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Jemele Hill and Cari Champion Make History for Black Women on Late-Night Television

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*Jemele Hill is a seasoned sports journalist and broadcaster, who has worked for The Atlantic magazine and ESPN.  Cari Champion is a veteran sports reporter and broadcast journalist, who has worked on the Tennis Channel and ESPN.  Hill and Champion together…are making history on television as they embark in uncharted territory for Black women.

On their new late-night cable talk show on Vice TV, called “Cari & Jemele:  Stick to Sports,” which airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m., the two African American women are on a platform and in a time frame usually given to white males.  The two women, however, are not shrinking violets, but instead  emboldened communicators.

“We‘re an example of a lot of Black Women who are seizing their own power and not waiting for someone to hand it to them,“ Hill told USA Today.  “We’re going to say what we want loudly and not worry about what people think about it.”

Hill and Champion share the love of sports and have been friends since their working days at ESPN.  They both recognize that sports – right now in America – has become a bigger platform for social change than at any other period in the country’s history.

“Sports is one of the few things that we still do together,” said Champion. “We’re a very separate society in most of the areas of our lives.  With sports, you have people of different economic backgrounds, ethnicities and genders rooting for the same things.  Introducing these ideas through sports allows you to have a much wider conversation than you have through just politics.”

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Both women agree that the timing of their new late-night talk show is perfect, especially as the country prepares for the 2020 Presidential Election, while Black people continue to face racial injustices in every sector of their lives.

“These are all things – sports, culture, politics – which people think we have to separate into different boxes, but we know there’s an intersection and we can show everyone how they work together,” Hill said.

Both women also agree that the “stick to sports” wording that’s a part of the show’s title, will be null and void.

“I think the ‘stick to sports’ mentality has been totally terminated,” Champion said. “The people who wanted that were always a very loud minority, but now…the toothpaste is out of the tube.  It can’t really go back in.  Where we are now, sticking to sports isn’t possible.”

“Cari & Jemele:  Stick to Sports” airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on Vice TV

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Babysitter in ‘Borat 2’ Feels ‘Betrayed’ After Being Tricked to Appear in Sequel, Launches GoFundMe

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*A professional babysitter who makes an appearance in “Borat 2” claims she was tricked into participating in the film and now she feels betrayed. 

Jeanise Jones, 62, was recruited for the comedy to babysit Tutar (Maria Bakalova), the 15-year-old daughter of Borat (played by Sacha Baron Cohen).

She  is tasked with teaching Tutar about modern women of the world, and that females are not born to be uneducated servants  and slaves (how ironic a Black woman was hired for this lesson). Jones also encourages Tutar not to undergo plastic surgery purely at her father’s behest. 

Jones thought she was signing up to appear in a film about women’s rights. She had no idea Baron Cohen was a world-famous comedian when she was asked to participate in the mockumentary. She also believed Tutar was on her way to being  sold into the sex trade.

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“I’m feeling like she’s from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women,” Jones told Page Six. “I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it.”

She continued: “They told me it was a documentary for this young lady to understand she has rights and she can do whatever a man can do. I felt pain for her and tried [to see] if there’s any way we can get through to her that she doesn’t need to do all that.”

Jones was found by the Borat 2 production team through the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in which she volunteers, and was paid $3,600 to participate. 

She now claims to be out of work due to the COVID pandemic and her pastor has launched a GoFundMe campaign

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Jones said that she did not “know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being ‘setup.'” In an interview with the New York Post, Jones said she felt “betrayed.”

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Javicia Leslie: First Look at Actress in Redesigned ‘Batwoman’ Suit

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*The CW has served up the first full look at Javicia Leslie as the new Batwoman in the brand new, redesigned bat suit. 

During DC FanDome in September, Leslie toucned on the new features for the character Ryan Wilder, saying that she wanted to celebrate her natural hair and curves.

“Ryan’s journey starts from a place of ‘What can this Batsuit do for me?’ But it’s not long before she realizes the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City,” said executive producer Caroline Dries of Batwoman’s new look. “As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively. This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful,’” she explaind.

“Maya Mani sent me her drawings and I loved it. The wig was something we never perfected in season one, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. Janice translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired.”

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Leslie added, “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”

“I was asked by Caroline Dries to design a Batsuit that was unique to the character of Ryan Wilder; as she is a highly skilled fighter, encapsulating her raw, athletic, and passionate nature was imperative,” said Mani. “As Batwoman, Javicia Leslie not only brings a fresh perspective, but physical strength to the role. It was important for the new suit to define Javicia’s commanding presence while showcasing her athleticism and allowing her the freedom to express the physical nature of Batwoman, all while looking ultra-cool in the process!”

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Leslise is picking up where actress Ruby Rose left off when she exited the show after season one. 

“When I read the character description, it was definitely me. I love the idea that it’s goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do. A person who does not like to follow the rules. I loved the fact that Ryan was just who I am, just a hot mess!” Leslie joked during DC FanDome last month.

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Jaden Michael Set to Play Colin Kaepernick in Netflix’s ‘Colin in Black & White’

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*Netflix has announced that Jaden Michael will star as a young Colin Kaepernick during his formative high school years in “Colin in Black & White

Michael’s past credits include Todd Haynes’ drama Wonderstruck, Baz Lurhmann’s critically acclaimed, The Get Down, and the indie feature, Custody alongside Viola Davis and Ellen Burstyn. Most recently, Michael starred in the lead role in Lorne Michaels’ comedy, Vampires vs. The Bronx.

“Colin in Black & White” is a limited series created by Colin Kaepernick and Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Ava DuVernay. Emmy Award® Nominee Michael Starrbury writes and serves as executive producer, alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick who will appear as himself as narrator of the series.

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Via a statement, Netflix says the six-episode series will “provide an introspective look at Kaepernick’s adolescent years as a Black teen growing up with a white adopted family.”

The streaming giant also  said: “It will follow his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity and lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.”

Kaepernick drew national attention beyond the realm of professional football when he began kneeling during the national anthem ahead of NFL games in protest of racial injustice in America in 2016.

Since then, as TheWrap notes, Kaepernick has seen some crossover success in Hollywood, recently inking a first-look deal with Disney for scripted and unscripted projects including a docuseries about his career and activism.

 

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