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American pop singer Lizzo won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program for her Amazon Prime Video series "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls."

Lizzo broke down and cried during her acceptance speech. "When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media," she said.

"Someone fat like me. Black like me. Beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I'd be 'you're gonna see that person, but, bitch, it's gonna have to be you!'"

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Lizzo posed in the press room after accepting her Emmy during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on Monday in Los Angeles, California.

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Lizzo wore a glamorous red Giambattista Valli Haute Couture tulle gown to the Emmy Awards. She was styled by Jason Rembert.

Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is a reality television series in which 13 plus-size women compete to be dancers for Lizzo's 2022 tour.

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After the awards show, Lizzo and her boyfriend headed to Craig's for a celebration.

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Lizzo's gown got stuck as she entered her van. Her boyfriend helped free the gown without damaging it, while Lizzo had a firm grip on her prized trophy.

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Lord of The Rings fans are expressing their anger over the casting of Black actors in the new "Rings of Power" series.

Whoopi Goldberg slammed critics of the diverse cast on Tuesday's episode of The View.

"And there are critics who are saying, 'They were too woke by adding diverse characters,'" Goldberg said. "Are you telling me Black people can't be fake people too?"

"I don't know if there's like a Hobbit club; I don't know if there's going to be protests. But people, what is wrong with y'all?" she asked.

"All of y'all who have problems because there are black hobbits? Get a job!" she said. "Get a job! Go find yourself, because you are focused on the wrong stuff."

The new series on Amazon received a 39% audience rating on Rottentomatoes.com.

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Amazon closed the comment section on its site after angry viewers vented their outrage over the "woke" casting.

The original Lord of The Rings did not have any Black or Latino characters.

Black actor Lenny Henry, who plays Sadoc Burrows, complained that he is targeted by racists on social media.

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Fans took to social media to criticize actor Ismael Cruz Córdova who plays the Silvan Elf, Arondir, because the character is a dark-skinned Puerto Rican, and there are no Puerto Ricans in Middle-earth.

Tesla founder Elon Musk said J.R.R. Tolkien is "turning in his grave."

"Almost every male character so far is a coward, a jerk or both," the Tesla CEO tweeted. "Only Galadriel is brave, smart and nice."

Galadriel is a female warrior elf and a character created by Tolkien.

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Actor Fred Savage was fired as director of ABC's "The Wonder Years" reboot for inappropriate behavior on the set.

The news was announced in a statement by a spokesperson for Disney-owned 20th Television, according to Variety.

The statement reads:

"Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision as made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of "The Wonder Years."

This is not the first time Savage was accused of sexual harassment. In 1993, a costume designer for "Wonder Years" named Monique Long accused the then-teenager of being inappropriate.

PEOPLE reported that Long said Savage repeatedly told her, "Oh, Monique, I'm so in love with you. Please have an affair with me."

She said he asked her out on a date and repeatedly tried to hold her hand.

Another wardrobe team member Younjoo Hwang alleged "an extremely hostile work environment" created by Savage, who's "aggressive behavior, intimidation, and constant use of profanities" toward female employees were left unchecked.

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Actress Alley Mills, who played Savage's mother on "Wonder Years", told Yahoo Entertainment that the series was cancelled in 1993 because of a "completely ridiculous" lawsuit.

She described the boyish Savage as "the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the earth."

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Blac Chyna was already back at work days after losing her $100 million lawsuit against the Kardashians & Jenners.

The mother of 2 wore a skintight bodysuit to film for her TV series in Malibu, CA. Chyna was seen posing in front of a Lamborghini.

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Chyna took to Instagram to urge her 16.4 million followers to watch BET's four-part series The Black Hamptons.

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"Make sure y'all tune in, I can't wait for y'all to see me as "Karrin" in Carl Webers "Black Hamptons" Thank you @tridestined bet #bet."

The Black Hamptons also stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Brian White and Elise Neal.

The series is produced by the same team behind the popular BET+ original drama The Family Business.


 
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Tyra Banks is moving on from Dancing with the Stars amid rumors that ABC won't renew her contract.

According to Daily Beast, Tyra is producing a new television series about teenage drag performers titled "Generation Drag" for Discovery+.

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Some of the children featured in the series are as young as 13.

"Generation Drag focuses on five kids—Noah, Jameson, Vinny, Bailey, and Nabela—and their families. It traces the leadup to the most important performance of these teens’ young lives at Dragutante, a nonprofit event that allows LGBTQ+ youth to connect with each other, meet mentors in the drag community, and, at the end of the day, stomp the runway in their own performances."

The news resulted in backlash among Twitter users who say Tyra was "terrible" to contestants on her long-running series "America's Next Top Model."

One contestant described her time on the show as "psychological warfare."

Doctors say transgender youths and others diagnosed with gender dysphoria have a high rate of attempted suicide (over 46%). The public worries that Tyra's in-your-face criticism may be too difficult for some of the youngsters to handle.

One Twitter user wrote: "She wants to give traumatic experiences to younger people at this point."

Another user tweeted: "Isn't the consensus that she's been terrible to the self esteem of young people from America's Next Top Model? Now they want to subject teenagers to her?"

And a third person tweeted: "Not her homophobic a*s :| you cannot be serious."

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Viola Davis opened up about the criticism to her cringe-worthy portrayal of former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime's TV series, The First Lady.

Social media users dogged the Oscar winner for exaggerating Obama's facial expressions in the series premiere.
 
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In an earlier interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Davis, 56, said she was "nervous" and "terrified" while playing Michelle, 58.

"There's a lot of fear that I messed up my portrayal of Michelle Obama," Davis said at the series' premiere screening on April 14.

"She's an icon. Everyone knows what she looks like and what she sounds like so I am absolutely terrified. But I'm mostly terrified about what she will think. I don't want to insult her and have her calling me. I gotta make the sister look good."

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But outraged viewers called Davis's portrayal "insulting" and "offensive." They also faulted the director for not instructing her to tone down her facial expressions.

One person tweeted: "They set Viola Davis up by allowing her keep her mouth that way throughout the filming. It's so cringey and distracting [sic]."

Davis was not apologetic in her comments to BBC News.

"Critics absolutely serve no purpose. And I'm not saying that to be nasty either," she told BBC News.

"They always feel like they're telling you something that you don't know. Somehow that you're living a life that you're surrounded by people who lie to you and 'I'm going to be the person that leans in and tells you the truth'. So it gives them an opportunity to be cruel to you. But ultimately I feel like it is my job as a leader to make bold choices. Win or fail it is my duty to do that."

Davis suggested it wasn't easy playing Mrs. Obama. In fact, she said it was "almost impossible" to portray the wife of former President Barack Obama.

"Either you're doing too much or not enough," she said.

Davis acknowledged she has not heard from Michelle. "I don't have any personal contact with Michelle Obama," she said.

Despite Davis's confident stance, friends described the 56-year-old as "Devastated" by the criticism.
 

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Viola Davis is reportedly "devastated" by the public's reaction to her honest portrayal of Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series that debuted on Sunday, April 17.

Black Twitter users continue to drag the Oscar winner after her "insulting" portrayal of the former first lady in "The First Lady."

Davis stars alongside actors Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV series that documents the personal lives of former first ladies.

Twitter users were outraged over Davis' "offensive" and "distracting" portrayal after episode 1 aired on Sunday.

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For some reason, Davis pursed her lips and made strange facial expressions while playing the wife of former President Barack Obama.

In an earlier interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Davis, 56, said she was "nervous" and "terrified" about playing Michelle, 58.

"There's a lot of fear that I messed up my portrayal of Michelle Obama," Davis said at the series' premiere screening on April 14.

"She's an icon. Everyone knows what she looks like and what she sounds like so I am absolutely terrified. But I'm mostly terrified about what she will think. I don't want to insult her and have her calling me. I gotta make the sister look good."

However, viewers say Davis reduced Michelle Obama to a cartoon caricature.

One Twitter user wrote: "Idc how great of an actress Viola Davis is, she 100% deserves everything she’s getting right now for this portrayal."

Another user tweeted: "Don't be getting defensive when them yt folks start dragging viola Davis for that role... y'all opened the door for disrespect."

And a third person wrote: "Crazy everyone was hype about Viola Davis playing the role of Michelle Obama but the only thing that’s been getting highlighted are her damn lips... they did Michelle wrong."

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At first glance Viola Davis' portrayal of former first lady Michelle Obama seemed like a Saturday Night Live skit.

Davis plays Michelle Obama in a Showtime series titled "The First Lady" that debuted on Sunday night.

In one scene from the series, Davis constantly pursed her lips and made exaggerated facial expressions while speaking to the actor who plays former President Barack Obama.

Black Twitter wondered how Michelle felt about Viola's over-the-top acting.

Davis continued her exaggerated facial expressions in another scene that looked like it came straight out of Tyler Perry's "The Oval" TV series.

It isn't clear why the Oscar winner played the part of Michelle the way she did. Or if she was directed to play a comical version of the real Michelle

TMZ reports that Davis was taking her role very seriously. But Twitter didn't think so.

Black Twitter wasn't happy with Viola's acting skills. See the comments below.

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Actor Hosea Chanchez (The Game) has agreed to star in and produce an all-male LGBT+ miniseries, titled Remember.

Hosea, 40, announced his new role in an Instagram post this week.

"Honored to Produce and Star in a Story so beautiful & brilliantly written by @bernarddavidjones. I can't wait for you all to see the world we've created, and what these wonderfully talented Actors/Artists have done with it. #REMEMBER is one of many new projects on my slate this year to produce and nothing makes me prouder. #GOD #Thankful #NewMemories."

According to Deadline, the series follows forgetful Jahi and his four best friends as they navigate gay relationships, unstable careers, and the ups and downs of friendship.

The series is created, written and executive produced by Bernard David Jones who also plays Jahi, a millennial who struggles with worsening memory loss.

Hosea plays Matias, a bisexual older friend of Jahi's with years of experience in the LGBT+ world. Matias has recently ended an 18-year marriage to a biological woman he truly loved.

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In real life, Hosea, the son of a single mother, revealed he was molested at age 14 by an older man he viewed as a father figure. The sexual encounters left him feeling confused and questioning his own sexuality.

"He would always tell me I was like his other son, so I can trust he's always looking for me," he said. "Further building my trust and commitment to his predatory agenda."

"A week before this day, my friend's dad was asking me what type of girls I liked and if I had sex with a girl yet. I didn't know at the time but he was trying to see where my boundaries were. He was using false hyper-masculinity as a way to sniff out my comfort level with sex and privacy."

Hosea said the man (who he later named as Issac Sanders) gave him a ride home, took a detour route and molested him.

"I hope this truth helps to stop child molesting predators from sexually assaulting more children," he said.

"Pedophiles have no place in our society they hide in the open and rape children who are afraid to speak up because of shame, guilt, fear, denial and the thought that no one will believe them. I'm doing this to help parents and young children become aware of some of the signs and better protect themselves from sexual predators."

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Jada Pinkett Smith is reuniting with her Girls Trip co-star Queen Latifah in an upcoming episode of The Equalizer.

The CBS TV series is a reboot of the classic 1980s series, and hit movie starring Denzel Washington.

Smith is taking a break from her popular web series Red Table Talk to fill in for actor Chris Noth who was axed from the series following several sex assault allegations.

Smith will star as a character named Jessie Cook, a genius thief with a photographic memory, according to DailyMail.com.

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Like Chris Noth's character, Cook has good chemistry with Queen Latifah's lesbian character Robin McCall. They both worked together in the CIA.

Smith and Latifah previously starred together in the 2017 hit comedy film Girls Trip alongside Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall.

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In 1996 they co-starred in F. Gary Gray's Set It Off with Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise.

Queen Latifah has two projects in post-production, titled Hustle and End of the Road. She will also star in Paper Chase, about a high school senior who figures out how to pay her tuition at a prestigious university when a grant falls through.

Smith is also staying busy producing three upcoming projects titled Straight Talk and a reboot of Uptown Saturday Night. There is also a third untitled project for Netflix.

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Black Twitter was outraged after a character on Prime Video's "Harlem" bust it wide open in a scene with star Meagan Good.

Viewers who tuned in to watch "Harlem" didn't expect to see a male character exposing his back door during what was supposed to be an intimate heterosexual scene.

The Black women empowerment series has been heavily criticized for being "too woke" and liberal for many viewers.

Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed wrote:

"This #HarlemOnPrime is really an LGBT show disguised as a "girl power" vehicle. All the sex scenes are generally same sex couples. And the one "heterosexual" sex scene that was about to happen was with Meagan Good, but the dude got in bed and spread his boochie cat open."

Black Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

Watch the trailer for the series below.
 

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Americans embraced 1980s TV series "The Wonder Years" featuring 12-year-old Kevin Arnold growing up during the late 60s and early 70s.

ABC's "woke" reboot of "Wonder Years" features a Black family savoring a slice of the American pie.

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The original series ran from 1988 to 1993 and starred Fred Savage, Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar as Kevin, Paul and Winnie - best friends for life.

The "Wonder Years" reboot stars (L-R) Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, EJ Williams (as as 12-year-old Dean Williams), and Saycon Sengbloh.

Actor Don Cheadle narrates Dean's adult voice.

Like the original Arnold family, the new family lives in a suburban home with a white picket fence and white neighbors who watch what they say.

Twitter reacted to ABC's trailer for the 2021 "Wonder Years" reboot. Some thought the new series parodied "Everybody Hates Chris" about the life and times of comedian Chris Rock.


 

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Black Twitter has questions about Tyler Perry's script-writing skills after one of his actors made questionable remarks during a scene from Sistas.

Tyler admitted he doesn't have a writer's room and writes all of his show's scripts himself. Tyler is part of the industry-wide effort to increase visibility of LGBT+ characters in the media.

However, his writing efforts are not appreciated by his show's viewers.

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In the viral scene, Calvin (played by actor Anthony Dalton) breaks up with Sabrina (played by Novi Brown). As she pleads with him to stay, he lists the reasons why their relationship simply won't work.

"Let's just end this. I'm just too much for you. Me, my two dads, me being in touch with my feminine side, my lace underwear. Hell, even me liking my prostate tickled!"

The prostate, or male G spot, is a small organ that provides pleasure when stimulated by a penis, fingers or an object inserted into the rectum.

The scene raised eyebrows and drew scornful comments from men and women on social media.

Among the comments were demands for Tyler to hire writers and stick to what he does best -- directing.

"The thing [is] Tyler Perry could be giving young black talented writers opportunities but be rather recycle plots and story lines from 10 years ago and i like don't get it," wrote one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted, "Look, I appreciate what Tyler Perry has done for black people making movies, lifting up actors and workers, but I'mma need this n**** to uplift some writing talent."
 

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A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot drama is in the works. The original NBC television series (1990-1996) was a situational comedy starring Will Smith as a street smart kid from Philly who is shipped to stay with his uncle's family in Beverly Hills.

The new drama series, Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper's viral YouTube trailer. The trailer, with updates from the original series producers Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, is currently being shopped to livestream networks, including HBO Max and Netflix.

Bel-Air is described as a dramatic spin on the original comedy TV series that launched Will Smith's career as an actor.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air series has been in the works for more than a year after the 4-minute clip went viral in March 2019.

Cooper, a self-described Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagines the series as a drama.

He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer, according to THR.

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The original series also starred James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Smith has remained close with the cast, except for Hubert-Whitten.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Netflix has acquired 7 Black television sitcoms, and will begin airing the sitcoms beginning this weekend.

According to The Wrap, Netflix raided UPN Network's library and acquired the rights to popular Black sitcoms, Moesha, Sister, Sister, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half and One on One.

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Moesha, starring Countess Vaughn, left, and Brandy Norwood, will begin airing on Netflix this Saturday. The first three seasons of The Game, which ran for nine seasons total, will debut on August 15.

Popular '90s sitcom, Sister Sister, starring twins Tia and Tamera, will debut September 1. Girlfriends, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, and ran for 9 seasons, will debut on Netflix on Sept. 11.

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