*On February 15, TV One kicked off the Television Critics Association 2019 Press Tour with the 50th Annual NAACP nominations. The highlight of it all was the networks new Cleo TV that launched January 19.
Cleo TV targets Gen-X and Millennial black women with shows that cover interior design, cooking and the Emmy nominated scripted show Giants. We got up close and personal with all the cast from each show plus TV One’s “Uncensored” second season cast member Tasha Smith.
We started off speaking with the always energetic Tasha Smith about what made her do the transparent show “Uncensored.”
“I appreciate the show, I love the producers that are producing the show and I just thought it was another opportunity to give another part of my testimony that I think people haven’t heard.” Smith goes on to say ” I mean I talked about some stuff I’ve never talked about and I talk about a lot.”
As a crowd shuffled in, brother-sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett sat down to talk about their new show “Living By Design.” Where the pair help makeover a room in a young millennial women’s place. Jake makes one original piece for each room and they finish the show with a special cooked dinner to celebrate.
But the in-depth cooking will be left to the networks, New Soul Kitchen with Chef Jernard Wells and Vegan Chef Porsche Thomas.
“Where can you tune in and get vegan and regular cooking at the same time?,” Wells asked, making the point that this show will be worth the 10 minutes it’s on because that’s all the time it should take for you to make a meal.
The lifestyle doesn’t stop there. Hosts Tai Beauchamp and Elton Anderson are bringing the world to us with their new show Lens Of Culture.
“The foundation of the show is love, for a demographic that needs to be loved the most,” Anderson points out. The dyad destination spots like Ghana and Kenya with the hopes that women of color will rid the stigma of fear when it comes to solo traveling, branch out to learn new things and inform us that traveling can be affordable for all.
Cleo TV chose to also add the up and coming scripted Emmy nominated show everyone has been talking about, “Giants.” The show truly captures the black millennial experience when it comes to mental health, identity, and sexual orientation. Creator James Bland and actor Vanessa Baden Kelly talk about how they hustled through pregnancy, working 9 to 5 and only having time on the weekends to make this series happen. Bland also opened up about how supportive his friends, which is also the cast, are to help him get through some of his own personal giants on a day to day basis.
Getting to speak with the cast members and seeing the shows that we’ll be presented with I am excited to watch. All the shows will roll out between the first and second quarter of 2019 so be on the lookout for each one of them.
‘What Have You Done for Black People?’ Obama Sits Down in Person With The Breakfast Club (Watch)
*President Obama’s jam-packed book tour for “A Promised Land” stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning for a wide-ranging interview, including the ongoing question by that one Black person in your orbit who keeps asking, “What has Obama done for Black people?”
DJ Envy asked Obama how he takes it when people question what he’s done for people of color, or say that he hasn’t done enough.
“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope… And I also think we generally viewed the presidency as almost like a monarchy.In the sense of, ‘once the President is there he can just do whatever he needs to get done and if he’s not doing it then it must be because he didn’t want to do,’” Obama said.
He then pointed out that the current president “breaks the law” which is why it may seem like he’s able to do what he wants. But Obama said he was very confident in what he had done for “Black folks” during his time in office “because I had the statistics to prove it.”
Here’s Obama’s full interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.
Fantasia Announces Pregnancy in Sweet Instagram Video with Husband Kendall Taylor [WATCH]
*Singer Fantasia has announced that she and her husband of five years Kendall Taylor are expecting their first child together.
The couple revealed the news during an Instagram Live, check out the cute moment via the clip below.
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Fantasia has two children from previous relationships; 19-year-old Zion and 8-year-old Dallas.
The singer gave birth to Zion as a teenager and last year she posted a series of photos and videos of her daughter in honor of her 18th birthday. In the caption she wrote: “I remember the day my water broke. It was the scariest feeling in the world. We lived in Winston Salem at the time and Papa Joe had left the house for a second and so I called the ambulance. Zi, I was terrified because I was so young and I wanted to give you the world but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. You came a little early and at the time I was thinking it was because you were either nosey (lol) or you heard all my cry’s and felt you needed to come on out and protect me. Now I see it was the protection part and still to this day you go hard for Mommy!”
Fanny also recalled a funny memory of Zion as a toddler and the family pet.
“We had a dog named Diva,” she explained. “Zion would hit her from time to time, she was 3 years old, and Diva would always get her butt right back. When she did, Zion would run in the room crying, ‘Diva Said, Diva Said.’ I told her DIVA CANT TALK ZION!!”
In a second post she noted of watching her daughter grow up: “[I’m] having a hard time with this 18 thing.”
‘She’s At the Fridge Again’ Lady Back with Another Banger: ‘It’s Thanksgiving Time’ (Watch)
*Back in August, gospel singer KD French appeared on “Today” to perform “The Fridge Again,” her hilarious ode to putting on pandemic pounds while quarantined.
Now she’s back with an original song making its premiere: “It’s Thanksgiving Time.”
She says family members inspired the new bop.
Watch her “Today” interview below and the full “It’s Thanksgiving Time” video above.
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