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Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker will be featured on episodes of Uncensored & Unsung this Easter Sunday on TV One.

TV One'S Critically-acclaimed documentary-series Unsung continues with the spotlight on Gospel greats Hezekiah Walker and Dannie McClurkin this Easter Sunday, April 4 at 9 P.M. ET/8C.

Unsung is immediately followed by Uncensored with Donnie McClurkin at 10 p.m. ET/9C.

Upcoming episodes of Unsung features Keith Washington, Mystikal, Syleena Johnson, Bobby V, Lyfe Jennings and The Jones Girls.

New Episodes of Uncensored features KEM, Remy Ma, Marsha Ambrosius, Lisa Leslie and Jaleel White.

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UNSUNG: Hezekiah Walker

Hezekiah Walker is a singer and pastor whose ministry has pushed the boundaries of traditional church and worship. Bishop Walker gets candid about the ups and downs of a trailblazing career and his personal journey that inspired his greatest hits.

UNCENSORED: Donnie McClurkin

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. This week's episode hits a high note with Gospel music trailblazer Donnie McClurkin.

Each episode will be published on TVOne.TV and TV One's social media platforms. Syleena will react to clips, share anecdotes, and provide cocktail recipes for viewers to unwind to as they watch both Unsung and Uncensored. She'll end each episode reminding viewers of their chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card.

For more information on Uncensored and Unsung, visit TV One's Youtube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv).

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Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.

In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.

Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.

Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.

"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."

Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.

He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.

He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."

American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.
 

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Debbie Allen spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the roadblock to bringing back A Different World.

The 71-year-old actress, dancer and choreographer said Bill Cosby's attachment to the original sitcom series is the roadblock that prevents a reboot from happening any time soon.

"We've been wanting to do it forever. Honestly, it's strapped behind the whole situation with Mr. [Bill] Cosby — which is unfortunate," she said. "But the show was his idea. There's a studio and network situation where they can't allow any money to go into his company. I said, 'Can't we contribute it to schools or something?' But you can't take somebody's name off of a show. A Different World needs to have a second life, and we know how to do it. I was so close to doing it with Issa Rae."

She continued: "We were going to do it again, yeah. Then the question was posed, 'Will he take his name off of it?' And that's not going to happen. It's sad because we need it right now."

Cosby, 83, is currently serving 3–10 years in state prison in Pennsylvania on aggravated sex assault charges.

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Production of Queen Latifah's new drama series "The Equalizer" has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was "necessary" in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

"The only reservation I had was Denzel," Latifah told USA Today. "I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either."

She said she liked the idea of "delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun."

"When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country," said the multi-millionaire actress.

"We just didn't know that, God, would we need to see justice. There's just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely."

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an "Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes."

One viewer wrote "This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!"

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch "The Equalizer" on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 

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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."