May 31st, 2012
In today’s top news, Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights, a report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed and the makers of FEMA trailers are set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes.
Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights. [BET]
Report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed. [Miami Herald]
Makers of FEMA trailers set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes. [CNN]
Black surgeon sues UCLA over racist joke. [The Root]
First Lady Michelle Obama says the president “tucks her in” to bed each night at the White House. [DailyMail]
Bobbi Kristina walked off of the set of her new Tyler Perry show after an emotional breakdown. [BET]
Idris Elba is rumored to star in the next Hunger Games movie. [BET]
After her sister’s big upset loss at the French Open, tennis champ Venus Williams is also out of the tournament. [SI]
Africa NGO says the rush to adopt African children needs to stop. [CNN]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points finger at Russia for contributing to Syria’s civil war. [BBC]
May 17th, 2012
In today’s top news, Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney for president, legendary go-go performer Chuck Brown dies at age 75 and pastor and famous gospel singer Marvin Winans is carjacked and robbed in Detroit.
Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney for president. [BET]
Legendary go-go performer Chuck Brown dies at age 75. [CNN]
Pastor and famous gospel singer Marvin Winans was carjacked and robbed in Detroit Wednesday. [WXYZ]
Man sues Walmart over “all black people leave” announcement. [MSNBC]
An all-white Houston jury acquits a white officer in the beating of a Black teen. [LATimes]
Children from ethnic and racial minorities now make up more than half the births in the U.S. [BBC]
Tim Story has surpassed Tyler Perry as the highest grossing Black director in Hollywood. [BET]
Tupac Shakur’s estate denies he was a homophobe. [BET]
Usher wants his ex-wife Tameka Foster out of his Atlanta mansion. [TMZ]
Precious metal reserves valued at $20 billion discovered in Haiti’s hills. [Caribbean360]
May 2nd, 2012
In today’s top news, President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan and Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire.
President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan. [BET]
Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire. [CNN]
George Zimmerman’s latest Myspace page is uncovered and reveals disparaging comments about Mexicans. [Miami Herald]
Samuel L. Jackson talks to BET.com about his latest role in Django Unchained. [BET]
Nicki Minaj announces U.S. tour dates. [BET]
African-Americans are taking on the scourge of sex trafficking in Black communities. [UPI]
At least 11 protesters in Cairo, Egypt were killed by an unknown assailant. [BBC]
Women in Ghana are being trained as pilots and health care workers to deliver health materials to isolated communities. [RFI]
April 5th, 2012
In today’s top news, Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room, five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings and a new study shows that many whites and republicans are tired of Trayvon Martin coverage.
Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room. [BET]
Five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings. [BET]
Study: Whites, republicans tired of Trayvon Martin coverage. [CNN]
Tyler Perry claims he was racially profiled by police. [BET]
Jesse Jackson’s daughter to work for FOX News. [Examiner]
Congressional Black Caucus members introduce Trayvon Martin legislation. [BET]
KKK accidentally sends membership letter to Black person. [CBS]
Connecticut senate repeals the state’s death penalty. [MSNBC]
Syria violence continues as U.N. peace team arrives. [BBC]
Mali’s rebels declare ceasefire. [BBC]
February 24th, 2012
In today’s top news, singer Chris Brown is under investigation for allegedly stealing a fan’s phone, a new study links chemical hair relaxers to fibroid tumors and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicts Syrian rebels will get arms and overthrow President Assad.
Chris Brown is under investigation for stealing a fan’s phone. [BET]
New study links relaxers to fibroid tumors. [BET]
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton predicts Syrian rebels will get arms and overthrow President Assad. [MSNBC]
Tyler Perry is penning a comeback role for the legendary Diana Ross. [BET]
Nigerian animator creates African version of Dora the Explorer. [CNN]
A lawsuit in Alaska says Obama can’t run in the state because of his “mulatto” race. [ENEWSPF]
Controversial John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed. [ABC]
The Beverly Hills Hilton fired staffers who leaked info about Whitney Houston’s death. [BET]
Are Black male teachers becoming extinct? [CNN]
An airstrike of unknown origin kills four in Somalia. [BBC]
November 28th, 2011
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In today’s top news, Tyler Perry reaches out to the whistleblower Penn State abuse victim, Wyclef Jean is back in the spotlight over his charity’s spending and Occupy L.A. tries to flex its muscle against an evacuation deadline.
Black atheists face stigma at home. [NYT]
Tyler Perry writes open letter to Penn State victim. [Daily Beast]
N.J. Tea Party blames Obama for Black unemployment. [Star-Ledger]
Black Kentucky twins seek opera fame. [Kernel]
Legendary Black photographer Teenie Harris honored in new exhibit. [BET]
Wyclef Jean is back in hot water over charity spending. [BET]
Eqypt pulls off first election since uprising. [MSNBC]
Occupy L.A. refuses to heed deadline. [LATimes]
FDA allows manufacturers to reuse wayward food. [MSNBC]
Illegal immigrant laws affect citizens too. [Hattiesburg American]
December 28th, 2009
After a five year stage hiatus, “Madea” is coming back on stage.
Tyler Perry made the announcement on his website that he’s taking Madea on the road as part of a new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family”
“All I want to say is that if you have not seen “MADEA” live on stage you haven’t seen Madea at all. In the movies, I’m limited but on stage….FREEEEDDOMMMM!!! LOL,” Perry said on his website.
The first leg of the tour begins Jan 4, in El Paso, TX with stops in Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Portland.
November 30th, 2009
Maybe Madea should have used another song.
Tyler Perry along with Lionsgate Entertainment are being sued by the estate of state of gospel singer/songwriter Bertha James for copyright infringement for using the entire chorus from her song ‘When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus’ in Madea Goes to Jail.
The verse was performed during the scene when Madea was released from jail.
February 23rd, 2009
Tyler Perry Continues to Impress
Tyler Perry rocked the box office this weekend. His comedy “Madea Goes to Jail” raked in an astounding $41.1 million in its debut, making it the highest grossing film ever for Perry and Lionsgate films. In 2005, his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” debuted at $30 million, which was particularly impressive considering the low-key buzz it had generated. “Madea Goes to Jail” proves how much power Perry has when he goes drag. Apparently the public loves that manly, advice-spewing grandmother. “Madea” was the studio’s best opening in its 14-year history, according to Steve Rothenberg, president of distribution at Lionsgate. The studio’s previous top opening was the $33.6 million debut of 2006’s “Saw III,” he said. “You could argue that Madea is now the top female box office star in Hollywood,” said Rothenberg, whose studio has distributed all seven of Perry’s films, several of which were released straight to DVD. “The character is one of the great screen creations of the last decade.”
January 30th, 2009
It’s Time for Another BIG Rap Movie
Cheo Hodari Coker, fresh off his hit “Notorious,” is tackling another BIG story about a slain rap star. He is bringing to the big screen Bill Adler’s Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC – The Authorized Biography for DJ Classicz, the urban arm of Davis Entertainment. Fox Searchlight’s “Notorious,” released two weeks ago, chronicles the life and early death of Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G. In “Tougher,” Coker will share the history of Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, who was shot to death in his Queens studio in 2002. They were the first real superstars of hip hop music. Among their most recognizable hits were tunes such as “It’s Like That,” “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas” and “Walk This Way.” The Queens, N.Y.-based group, retired after Mizell’s death. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4.
Perry’s Meet the Browns Re-upped by TBS
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns will now be officially a part of the TBS lineup. The station announced this week that it had purchased rights to air 80 episodes of the film, which was adapted from the theatrical film, starring Angela Basset. The show premiered on TBS on Jan. 7, in a 10-episode test run. The first two episodes were the second highest premiere for an original sitcom – only behind Perry’s House of Payne, which hit screens in June 2007. After six episodes, the show is the top comedy among cable audiences between 18-49 years old and 25-54 years old, with about 3.4 million viewers, 2.2 households, 910,000 adults 18-34, 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54. It’s also television’s No. 1 scripted series among African-American viewers, households, adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, according to Turner.