And in case you’re wondering how it differs from their previous reality series, “For Peet’s Sake” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, Holly explained to EUR/Electronic Urban Report that the two series “really won’t differ at all.”
“For Peet’s Sake is a show that we’re so proud of and really resonated with so many American families, especially special needs families. And for reasons that I totally respect, the network decided not to continue with them. I was very disappointed because I felt like we were resonating and I felt like we needed to be set up a little bit better for success to reach as many families as possible,” she explained.
“We talked about some themes that you had not seen on reality TV before and we advocated for families you had not really seen on reality TV before. So I love the fact that the OWN network stuck with us for sixteen shows because it gave us a chance to really sample this genre to see if this is something we wanted to continue with, IF, we were so fortunate to have a network that would scoop us up and we did get that chance.”
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In “Meet the Peetes,” audiences will see Holly and Rodney’s hectic lives as they attempt to balance raising four kids, including one with autism, running their HollyRod charity and spending time with Holly’s 81-year-old mother Dolores, who has been living with the Peete family since her retirement from her career as a talent manager. Their daughter Ryan is in college at New York University while RJ, their son with autism, is working for the Los Angeles Dodgers and decides he’s ready to leave the family nest. On top of that, Holly’s mother Dolores announces she’s ready to move out too – the Peetes are in a period of change that will continue to unfold this season.
“I’m so excited about it. I feel like there’s more plots and more storylines and scenarios. When it was announced that the show was not going to continue on OWN, what I heard was a lot of disappointment from fans saying, “We want to know what the Peete’s are continuing to do.” And there were a lot of questions unanswered…. “What’s going to happen with RJ and his life, and what’s going to happen with your mom?”
The premiere episode, “Let’s Get This Party Started,” kicked off Feb. 18 and featured Holly and Rodney preparing for their twins, Ryan and R.J., big 20th birthday party. But between all the party planning and parenting their other two teenagers, Holly and Rodney start to realize their kids are growing up fast. But are they really ready for their nest to be empty?
Holly says the family is thrilled “to be able to continue to tell these stories, noting that “For Peete’s Sake” and “Meet the Peet’s” are the same show, “just a different outlet, a different network.”
“I do think we’ll be focusing a lot more on the autism piece and RJ’s job and what that’s like for him, and trying to talk to families who are impacted by special needs and continuing to create that awareness,” she added.
“One of the other things we touched on was Rodney’s cognitive health. That was something that I felt was really bold to talk about, because men in general, men of color, do not wish to talk about these things. And we really felt like we were opening that door in a way that was really helpful. I told Rodney, “You showed your brain on national TV.” That was pretty amazing, so we’re continuing that conversation,” Holly revealed.
“There was just a report that came out that said that a large percentage of all these brains that were studied in the NFL of ex-NFL players, almost all had CTE. How would you feel if you were an ex-player now and you’re cognitively trying function and what is that like for the family? So these are issues that we’re going to continue to talk about,” she added.
“We’re just really thrilled to be able to continue on because I was told that we are one of the very few shows that actually get a second chance like this. So we’re going to reach a different audience and still take with us some of the previous audience and hopefully be able to continue this show for years to come.”
“Meet the Peetes” airs new episodes every Sunday night at 10pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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