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Funny: Yvonne Orji Creates ‘First Gen’ Nigerian-American Sitcom (Watch)

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Yvonne Orji – Creator, Writer, Actress, Director, Executive Producer of FirstGen, a sitcom pilot

*”First Gen is a sitcom pilot written by comedian/actress Yvonne Orji. The story is semi autobiographical and draws loosely from Yvonne’s stand-up routines and real life experiences.

At it’s core, “First Gen” is a comedy about a Nigerian girl who trades medical school for a career in stand-up comedy and the adventures that ensue after her strict African mother discovers her plans. It’s a super funny and refreshing take on the modern day immigrant family. 

“First Gen” will resonate with a multitude of audiences, but especially, children of immigrant parents from a variety of backgrounds living in America, of which there are millions. The familiar themes of family, tradition and living up to parents’ expectations are universal, and extend beyond race, gender or religion. 

The goal of “First Gen” is to be sold to a major network and produced into a sitcom that will be enjoyed by masses for years to come. To help those efforts, the FG team will produce a pilot presentation and a Docu-series.

The Docu-Series.

In attempts to highlight the richness and universality of the “First Gen” experience, the FG team put together a mini docu-series showcasing the humorous, the hearfelt, and the heroic tales of First Generationers. Watch the episodes here.

Yvonne Orji – Creator, Writer, Actress, Director, Executive Producer 

As a first generational Nigerian-American, Yvonne grew up believing she was going to be a medical doctor, until she discovered that the sight, smell and taste of blood was no bueno! Oh, and flunking organic chemistry didn’t help either. Not one to disappoint her immigrant parents, Yvonne decided to settle on a compromise: Grad School. While earning her Masters in Public Health, she entered the Miss Nigeria In America Pageant.

A week before the competition, she realized she didn’t have a talent (and tribal dancing was out of the question), so she did the only logical thing there was to do: pray. The response came back: “do comedy.” Left with little options and an expensive Macy’s bill, (pageant dresses ain’t cheap!), she did just that…comedy. And thus a dream, a career, and a script were born. The First Gen Show is loosely based off Yvonne’s comedy material and real-life experiences.

Chika Chukudebelu – Executive Producer

Chika, also a first-generational Nigerian-American, is a creative executive at BET Networks, overseeing projects such as, Being Mary Jane and The Game. Prior to her time at BET, chika worked on several film and TV projects including The Lord of the Rings, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and This American Life (TV). She is a proud graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the creator/host of the life-inspiring podcast, The Blueprint Show

Katherine Oyegun – Producer

Kay, as she is affectionately known, is a hysterical human being, an absolutely talented writer, and also a by-product of Nigerian parents who imigrated to America, thus making her a first-gen-er (notice a pattern?). A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California, USC’s, MFA program, Kay currently works in comedy development at ABC Studios (even though she swears she’s more drama than humor… we don’t buy it either!)

Watch the pilot for “First Gen”:

 

 

 

 

 

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Kim Coles to Host Cheron K. Griffin’s Long Awaited Book ‘134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man’

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*Houston – Sensational and inspirational author Cheron K. Griffin is scheduled to  release another masterpiece titled “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 7-9pm CST.  The Virtual Book Launch will be hosted by Actress and Comedian Kim Coles via Facebook Live (https://fb.me/e/34ykAbd1S). This is a book that will keep you at the edge of your seat and one you definitely do not want to miss. History will surely be made right here with learning and laughter.

Cheron K. Griffin has taken book and journal lovers to some unfathomably deep and extraordinary places, raising her writing skill’s reputation as one of the most explorative and experimental imprints in the novel world with every release. A multi-tendrilled hive mind that has potential to take book lovers even deeper into the unknown, Cheron K. Griffin makes her statement clear across this breathtaking new release.

The most impressive element of this book is its flow and evolution across its pages with every page giving one reason. The quality of the writing is extremely noticeable too, with every page sounding professional, both in vision and style. Through her signature style, Cheron K. Griffin has truly mastered her art, and is giving a new direction to the literary world with limited words.

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“134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” will show you the raw truth that among today’s growing single population, 63 percent have never been married, 23 percent are divorced, and 13 percent are widowed. There are 56.8 million unmarried women in the U.S. They account for 26 percent of the overall population. Worldwide, 4.3 percent of women get to their late forties without ever marrying. Gallup finds that about one in eight women aged 18 to 60 worldwide — 13% — are unmarried and have children younger than 15 in their household. However, this figure is sharply higher in a few regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa at 32% and Latin America at 24%.

Book lovers will literally get chills every time they read “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man.” This is the type of book that sucks you right in and refuses to let you go. The delivery, the 134 reasons, and everything about “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” makes it a must-read!

About the author
Cheron K. Griffin is a Celebrity Life Coach serving Industry Leaders and Athletes in Personal Development and beyond.  Her passion is guiding people to live their authentic lives while living on purpose especially regarding dating and relationships.  Griffin is the author of five books and a motivational speaker that transforms individuals and empowers people to dream big and aim high.  Griffin leads a spirit lead life and lives unapologetically offering no apologies.  She lives in her freedom and is a voice to those who are afraid to talk.  Griffin is the CEO of Grow A Girl Network, Inc (www.growagirlnetwork.org)  and the creator of the I See You Suicide Prevention Campaign turned Movement (www.iseeyoucamp.com).

To learn more about Cheron, visit her website at www.cheronsworld.com.  Check out her YouTube Page “Cheron’s World.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.134reasons.com

Contact Cheron K. Griffin: [email protected]
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Website URL: https://www.134reasons.com

 

 

 

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‘Life After Lockup’ Exclusive Clip: Lamar Reunites with Daughter Shante [WATCH]

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*WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all new epsiode that finds Lamar reuntiing with his daughter Shante reconnect.

“Growing up without my dad was really hard for me,” says Shante in the clip. “I only had one little picture to show me what my dad looks like. I missed out on a lot. I didn’t know who I was.”

Will old feelings come up when father and daughter reconnect or can they move forward?

Check out their emotional moment via our exclusive clip above.

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Elsewhere in the episode, Lindsey hatches a plan. Shawn’s M.I.A. fiancée might be pregnant. Lamar’s secret meeting puts his relationship in jeopardy. Tennison storms off and Andrea loses it.  Michael risks all with a sexy date, and Shavel’s family pressures her to cut off Quaylon. 

Meanwhile, this season on “Life After Lockup,” the couples will face plenty of firsts in their new lives together – from new marriages to divorce, new homes to new children, all while living under the challenges of their parole. Possible restrictions abound: early curfews, random check-ins, drug tests, travel prohibitions, consorting with ex-cons combined with the temptations of alcohol and drugs, the stakes have never been higher. Will they stay together and stay out of prison? 

Catch “Life After Lockup” Fridays at 9/8c.

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‘I Don’t Need Practice Shots. Against You?’ Colbert Challenges Obama to a Game of ‘Wastepaper Basketball’ (Watch)

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Stephen Challenges President Barack Obama To A Game Of “Wastepaper Basketball” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Nov 24, 2020)

*President Barack Obama was in full “That’s what I do”-style trash talk mode when Stephen Colbert challenged him to a game of “wastepaper basketball” during his appearance Wednesday on “The Late Show.”

Colbert waited until Part 3 of the interview to ask #44 if he wanted to play, then had the nerve to ask Obama if he needed to warm up with some practice shots.

“I Don’t Need Practice Shots. Against You?,” Obama responded. When Colbert suggested they wager on the outcome, with Obama having to mention the host in his next book if he loses, Obama asked, “Well what if I win?”

“What do you want?” Colbert asked.

Obama shrugged off the whole prospect, saying, “Nobody’s gonna read your book anyway.” He then added, “It doesn’t matter, I’m not gonna lose.”

Colbert said he would donate to Obama’s library if he loses. And with that, the game commenced.

Obama was “crushed” by Colbert, 8 to zero.

“That’s what I do!” Colbert yelled mid-thrashing.

Watch below:

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