*On Tuesday, October 6, the ladies of The Real discuss Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “Savage” on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, in which she protested the Breonna Taylor ruling and injustice against Black women. Co-host Garcelle Beauvais commends the rapper for using her platform in such a powerful way, and co-host Adrienne Houghton also applauds her for getting her message out.
Co-hot Loni Love reveals she has seen some postings from Black women who were upset with Megan’s suggestive moves, but she advises them to let other Black women be who they are. And co-host Jeannie Mai reminds everyone that the use of the popular “Savage” was an effective method in getting Megan’s communication out to the world.
Later, Garcelle tells the story of a time when she was racially profiled while shopping for jewelry. The hosts also chat about how easily women accept plus-sized men and how the sentiment should be reciprocated.
And Ziggy Marley drops in to visit the ladies to talk about his new album, More Family Time. He shares if it’s important to him for his children to grow up to be artists or musicians and also what he thinks his late father, Bob Marley, would have thought of today’s world.
Megan Thee Stallion’s SNL Performance – That’s How You Use A Platform
Women Accept Plus-Sized Men and Men Should Do The Same For Women
What Ziggy Marley Wants For His Children and What His Father Would Have Thought of Today’s World
Megan Thee Stallion Got An Important Message Across So Let Her Be Who She Is
Loni Love: When I asked some of my Black girlfriends, they were upset by it. Because – and I’m speaking not for all Black women, but when we have this national platform, I saw her using her platform, not her performance.
Garcelle Beauvais: Right!
Loni: And sometimes we are scrutinizing each other so hard – and I’m talking about Black women, Black females –
Loni: – that we’re not allowing the Black female to be like every other female.
Garcelle: Thank you!
Loni: So you know, we have to stop and take a step back and allow these women to be who they are. It’s no different than J Lo, it’s no different than Shakira…
Jeannie Mai: Shakira at the…
Loni: RiRi, Madonna has done it… exactly, they’ve all done it…
Adrienne Houghton: Cher…
Loni: So I mean, I just want to say that to sisters out there, they feel embarrassed. They feel this embarrassment that she was twerking and all of this – you know – it’s no need to be embarrassed – let Black women be who they are.
Jeannie: I want to say this to those Black sisters out there, or some of them, even Loni’s friends, I really just ask you this: at the end of the day, is the message necessary to hear that Black women need to be protected.
Jeannie: Black men need to be protected. We need our Black women and men. So if that message is important, then realize that Meg Thee Stallion used a song that was the #1 song everybody of all race listened to the entire quarantine. That challenge saved us, because everybody dances and knows that song.
Garcelle: Everybody was doing it.
Jeannie: It’s at bat mitzvahs, it’s in churches, it’s – there was renditions of it, Christian ones. So if anybody – if Meg Thee Stallion said, “I have something to say to the people about Black Lives Matter,” I don’t know if the same amount of people would tune in like they did to that song this summer!
Adrienne: That’s right!
Jeannie: So just remember that she was so slick to come out there and get everybody’s attention for a song we all know the lyrics to, and then send the message to catch you and say, “And – don’t forget this. Point.”
About THE REAL
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.
Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Pushed Back to Summer 2021
*The Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” starring Jennifer Hudson, has been pushed back to summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second time the film has been delayed.
“Respect” is now moving from Jan. 15, 2021 to Aug. 13, 2021.
We previously reported… Hudson has spoken out about the biopic, noting that she shared a special connection with Franklin. Before her passing in 2018, the music icon gave Hudson her blessing to play her on the big screen.
Directed by Broadway veteran Liesl Tommy, the film also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Marc Maron, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.
Months after filming on the project wrapped, Hudson said this of Franklin: “I still feel like she’s in me, I really do. I just hope to meet her requests. You think you respect Aretha, but once you see the film and you learn her story, you can’t help but to have a newfound respect for her.”
She also had this to say about her personal connection with the Queen of Soul, “I still have the text chains, so every now and then I look back at them. The last time I spoke to her was Aug. 8, [2018,] and I can honestly say she sang until her last breath.”
In related news, filming on National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha starring Cynthia Enrivo has been halted after a background actor tested positive for COVID-19. The program is slated to debut in early 2021.
When asked about the competing projects in an interview earlier this month, Hudson dropped some subtle shade, saying “I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honored that she picked me to play her.”
Wayne Brady Demands Social Media Platforms Do Better at Protecting Underage Girls [VIDEO]
*Wayne Brady is calling out social media networks to take more responsibility in protecting minors.
Brady appeared on “The Talk”, and expressed his concern about platforms like Facebook and Instagram making it easy for perverted men to send inappropriate private messages to underage users.
Brady recalled the experience of his 17-year-old daughter Maile, and how he and his ex-wife Mandie have been monitoring her social media accounts, ET reports.
“Mandie monitors Maile’s Instagram and social media because even when she’s near-grown—’cause she’ll be 18 in February, you are still a child, so we have to monitor that,” he said. “And these grown men see her dancing and whatnot, and they just slide in.”
— Wayne Brady (@WayneBrady) October 19, 2020
Brady said Mandie once pretended to be their daughter and interacted with an older man.
“Mandie got on the line with one of them and was, you know, texting back and forth and he was talking slick, until he realized that it was her,” Brady said. “And then she’s like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And he’s like, ‘I just broke up with my girlfriend, and I just saw her.’ That doesn’t mean anything. You tell that to your cellmate when we put you in jail. You can talk all about your post-breakup relationship then.”
Brady then called for social media companies to do better at implementing tools for reporting and removing child sex predators.
“You can try to block a person’s account and report them for hate speech… you can report them for trying to be someone else, but in order to really get to them to say, hey, this person is saying something damning or showing images to a young woman or even to a woman who gets a salacious pic, all of the tap dancing you need to do to get that person reported shouldn’t happen,” Brady said. “If this is what social media is, make the tools available to deal with these reprehensible people.”
Scroll up and hear/watch Wayne Brady tell it via the clip above.
Tune in to “The Talk” weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Global.
Iyanla Vanzant Confirms End of ‘Fix My Life’ Series on OWN
*Iyanla Vanzant has announced that the upcoming season of her long running series “Fix My Life” will be the last.
“This is my last season. This is my legacy season, I’m out. We out. 2020,” she announced during a virtual press conference.
“This season we deal with the massive breakdowns that have occurred in families and relationships as a result of the pandemic, [and] as a result of the shutdown. We’re dealing with some very compelling issues,” Vanzant said.
We previously reported… “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Shay Johnson will kick off the season 7 premiere of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Oct. 31.
Without your feelings, you would not know where you are in life. Nor would you know what areas you need to work on.
— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) October 29, 2020
Johnson and several relatives turn to the spiritual life coach for help with personal and family issues. In a preview clip, emotions run high and the reality star storms out and says, “I’m not willing to deal with this s–t. Lady, I’m out.”
When Vanzant tells Johnson “You don’t know what the process is” Johnson responds, “F–k the process!”
Johnson addressed the episode teaser on Instagram, saying “I’ve never seen a therapist before so this was very new to me,” she shared.
“There were heated ‘situations’ between Iyanla and I, which I will explain more once the show airs, but definitely stay tuned,” she added.
Comedian and actress Luenell will also appear on the series this season.
In a description OWN says: “Iyanla will guide in the healing of the mother-daughter relationship with comedienne Luenell, bring together broken families, heal failing marriages, and even ‘fix’ clients who are in crisis mode in their personal and professional lives. Secrets will be exposed, relationships will be changed, and tears will flow as the process of change is often more emotionally debilitating than anyone imagines.”
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” premieres on Oct. 31 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
Watch the trailer below.
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