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Keri Hilson and Deborah Joy Winans stars in TV One's new, original movie "Don't Waste Your Pretty" premiering Sunday, February 28 at 8 PM/7C

"Don't Waste Your Pretty" follows a group of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life issues and love lives - always turning to one another to figure out their next move when jobs, romance or family interactions prove more complicated than they had ever anticipated.

Directed by Tamara Bass and written by Katrina O'Gilvie, the film is based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas.

Don't Waste Your Pretty also stars Redaric Williams ("The Yard"), Jasmine Burke ("Saints & Sinners"), Kaye Singleton ("American Soul") and Rainey Branch ("Being Mary Jane").

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Newcomer actor Cedric Joe has landed the coveted role of Emmett Till in the limited series Women of the Movement, produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.

The six-episode series, set to premiere in 2021, will revolve around Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her teenage son following his murder in the mid-1950s.

The 14-year-old Chicago native was killed by members of the KKK while vacationing with his family in Mississippi.

His brutal death prompted Mamie to launch the Civil Rights Movement as we know it today.

Joe, who will also appear in the upcoming Space Jam revamp, A New Legacy, won the role of Till following a nationwide search to find a young African-American actor who could embody the tragic character.

Adrienne Warren will play Till's mother and Niecy Nash co-stars as Alma, the boy's grandmother.

Women of the Movement is inspired by Devery S. Anderson's book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.

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Talk show host Wendy Williams executive produces the biopic on her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced throughout the years.

Wendy has made herself the go-to source for great celebrity dish on her hit talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, but recently the spotlight has turned towards her. The authorized project provides a revealing look at Wendy's journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show.

Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive. Ciera Payton takes on the lead role while Morocco Omari stars as Wendy's ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.

Produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Wendy Williams, Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey.

Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on January 30, 2021 at 8/7C on Lifetime.
 

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Fans of cult teen drama Gossip Girl were disappointed to learn the series will be removed from Netflix to make room for the new Gossip Girl reboot, starring Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind (left) and Jordan Alexander (right).

The original Gossip Girl series will no longer stream on Netflix as of Jan. 1, 2021.

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In the reboot, Emily Alyn Lind (right) plays a teenager who tires of her long-term relationship with a boy and decides to explore a same-sex relationship with Jordan Alexander's character. According to LGBT+ organizations, over 50% of all TV shows will feature LGBT+ characters in 2021.

Gossip Girl, set in New York City and Los Angeles, revolves around the antics and misadventures of a group of ultra rich privileged teenagers.
 

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Rapper Common volunteered to serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving day in Hollywood, California.

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Meanwhile, Common's on-again, off-again girlfriend Tiffany Haddish and Craig Robinson gave a street performance in Hollywood on Thanksgiving day.

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Last week it was announced that this season of CW's Black Lightning would be the last.

The show's star China McClain announced she found out she was already leaving the show.

In a long, rambling video on Instagram, she said, "There's something I want to tell you. For those of you who haven't heard... This season that we're filming of Black Lightning now is gonna be the last season."

McClain tearfully said she already found out she was leaving the show, but she declined to say why for personal reasons.

"I only agreed to do a certain number of episodes. I'm not in the whole season."

Her revelation came as news to fans of the show because she is a main character who appeared in every episode in the past 3 seasons.

"There's only one truth and I'm going to live in that truth until I die," she said in a cryptic message.

She said she wasn't built for the entertainment industry and her steps will be ordered by God.
 

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Isaiah Washington still remembers when his former Grey's Anatomy co-star Katherine Heigl tried to cancel his career and silence him back in the day.

Washington recalled the incident in a passionate defense of his free speech rights on Monday.

The 57-year-old actor took to Twitter to share a photo of Heigl, 41, and accused the actress of trampling on his freedom of speech rights.

"This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again. The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

Washington, who portrayed Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC TV series, responded to a follower advising him to move on "in a positive way," saying, "I've learned that all money ain't good money and no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity. Some call it living by your principles."

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Heigl, pictured with co-star Washington in 2005, previously accused him of uttering a homophobic slur towards their co-star T.R. Knight on the set.

Washington later addressed the allegation at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, prompting Heigl to say that Washington "needs to just not speak in public."

Within months, ABC announced the actor would not be returning to the show for its next season.

To save his career, he apologized in a written statement and also shot a PSA for LGBT+ rights support group, GLAAD.

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes appeared to take aim at Heigl while discussing her show Scandal in 2014.

"There are no Heigls in this situation," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don't have time for it."

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Netflix has ordered an animated musical kids series executive produced by actor-rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

The musical kids series, titled "Karma's World," was inspired by Bridges' eldest daughter, 19-year-old Karma, and her educational website.

The series follows a fictional character, 10-year-old Karma Grant, who is described as "an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart."

The series will feature original music that tackles issues that affect young Black girls, including "Self-esteem, body positivity, discrimination, creativity, expressing emotions, friendship, family, leadership, celebrating differences and more," according to Netflix.

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Bridges, pictured with Karma in 2007, said the project was a long time in the making, and he hopes to leave a legacy for his daughters.

"I've had a lot of accomplishments in my life, but everything that I've experienced seems to have led up to this point to where I can leave a legacy for all my daughters," Bridges said in a statement.

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"Karma's World is one of those legacies. I hope this series will show kids that there are many ways to overcome difficult situations. This show is going to move hip hop culture forward, and show young girls that they have the power to change the world. This project has been a long time in the making and I can't wait to bring Karma's World to the entire world."

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In addition to Karma, Bridges, 43, is dad to daughters Cai Bella Bridges, 6, and Cadence, 5. Bridges' wife, Eudoxie, is pictured in 2017 holding Cai, while posing with Karma (right) and a young relative (center).

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On today's "Tamron Hall", "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Jeannie Mai discusses her headline-making statement that she plans to "submit to my man" when she marries rapper Jeezy.

The Emmy Award-winning co-host of "The Real" also opens up to Tamron Hall about her experience with sexual assault and how it affected her relationship with her mother.

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On the Thursday, October 8th edition of "Tamron Hall," Jeannie discussed her public statement about her plans to "submit" to her fiancé Jeezy, born Jay Jenkins, after she gets married. Mai's revelation was met with mixed response on social media, but she had a ready explanation:

"Well for me, submit does not mean that you are lower or less important than your man," Jeannie said.

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"Of course, Jay and I respect each other very equally. What I mean is in my work life, in my actual life, I own my businesses, I run my team, I make all of the decisions and I lead entirely in the outside of my life. So in my home, I want my man to lead. I want him to take in what I would like and what my wishes are, what my dreams are, and then incorporate it, making the overall decision that’s best for our vision together."

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Jeannie dismissed social media's reaction to her statement:

"Girl, I am 41, I don't care what kind of pushback I get from other women out there. This is my life and you know coming out of divorce and also making a major decision to marry again after being blessed to fall in love and finding such a beautiful person, I want to be very clear and open about how our life can be so that we make sure that our vision is aligned and that we both are empathetic to each other and know that this is the structure we’re going into. I think the biggest mistake that you can make is not communicating what you want and not setting it up for a win."

"Tamron Hall" airs Thursday, Oct. 8 on OWN Network.

Watch clips from Tamron's interview with Jeannie Mai below.
 

 

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Activist Angela Davis (center) and actors Mahershala Ali (left) and Tip "T.I." Harris (right) have been added to the cast of HBO's special "Between the World and Me."

The special, being produced under strict COVID-19 guidelines, combines elements of documentary footage and readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates's New York Times best-selling book.

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Coates' novel, published in 2015, is written as a letter to his teenage son. The book recounts Coates's experiences growing up in Baltimore's inner city and his fear of daily violence against the Black community.

Other new cast members include Mimi Jones, Ledisi, Greg Alvarez Reid, Nate Smith and Olivia Washington, according to The Wrap.

The full cast includes Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Jharrel Jerome, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ledisi, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Nate Smith, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michelle Wilson and Oprah Winfrey.

The special event is set to premiere on HBO on November 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/PT.

Watch the HBO teaser below.
 

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Former singer-turned-reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris has relaunched her talk show, The Mix.

The talk show is described as a "high energy, live millennial/Gen Z, mixed gender
talk show, where no topic is off limits.

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The show will relaunch on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on Fox Soul and will air each subsequent Tuesday night.

Produced by industry powerhouse Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, and hosted by daughter Zonnique, Romeo Miller, Anton Peeples (Mr. Mom), newcomer Jamie DuBose, and Jazz Anderson (TV personality & rapper), with four-time Emmy-nominated producer, Jill King (Rachael Ray, The Real, Steve Harvey, Red Table Talk) as Executive Producer and Showrunner. It's must watch TV.

Topics on The Mix range from Black Lives Matter, current affairs, dating apps, viral trends, to breaking news for the culture, and husband T.I.'s latest brush with the law.

Featured A-list guests include Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lil' Yachty, Kandi Burruss and Sukihana, just to name a few.

Anyone can view The Mix on Fox Soul, which is available via iOS, Android, Apple TV, FireTV, YouTube/FoxSoul, Samsung Plus, Fox Now, Roku, Tubi, Xumo, CaffeineTV or on the web at foxsoul.tv.