The biggest shopping week is now upon us! No matter if you’re looking for smartphones, tablets, gadget accessories or televisions – the best deals are right under your nose, you just have to know where to look! Retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target are already offering massive sales even though Nov. 27 is still days away. Keep in mind that some outlets, (AHEM Amazon,) will be changing their deals leading up to Black Friday, so it’s important to check back regularly.
If you’re looking to upgrade your television, look no further! Check out the best Black Friday TV deals for any budget below!
If you’re looking for a large-screened premium TV for your living room, you can snag one of Samsung’s 2015 TV models for less than $1,000 this holiday season. The TV, which supports 4K resolution and can run apps without a separate set-top box, is usually priced at $1,500.
Those seeking a high-end TV that can run apps but want something a bit cheaper, you may be interested in this deal. Sharp’s 50-inch TV has Roku’s platform built in, and usually sells for $499.99.
If the 50-55-inch range is too large for your living room or bedroom, there are some smaller models on sale as well. Hisense’s 2015 Roku Smart TV is selling for $50 cheaper than usual through Amazon.
Online giant Amazon is slipping some of its best “lightning” deals within the Amazon smartphone or tablet app, such as the 50 inch HDTV for a rock bottom $150. That’s app only, and shopping begins Thursday at 3 p.m.
Don’t need a smart TV? Walmart is advertising deals on standard 1080p TVs for just $149. The retailer hasn’t specified which brands in particular will be on sale just yet.
Roku has released a special edition set-top box that only costs $25. It’s not as powerful as Roku’s more expensive models, but it’ll do if you just need something cheap that can run Netflix, Hulu, and other apps on your TV. It’ll be available in limited supply starting Nov. 26.
The Google Chromecast will be on sale for $15 cheaper than it’s usual price at Walmart. The Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into your TV and allows you to cast apps and websites from your phone to the big screen.
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SCANDAL: Kerry Washington’s As Olivia Pope Returns Early on BET
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sulking all summer long for lack of earth-shattering programming on television. Just yesterday, I had a Scandal itch that just couldn’t be scratched and the fact that I had to wait until Fall programming began had me feeling as hopeless. Lucky for me and self-proclaimed Gladiators alike – BET has officially gained rights to air ABC’s hit drama Scandal and repeat episodes of the first two seasons will start playing on the network this summer.
Once season three of the political series begins this fall, the network will also air new episodes eight days after they premiere on ABC. If Scandalcontinues to run beyond season three, BET will have permission to show those episodes as well.
“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee told Hollywood Reporter. “Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of it’s continued journey.”
BET will kick things off with a Scandalmarathon this August.
Since Beyonce’s Life is But a Dream documentary hit the airwaves in February, I’ve been wondering what other celebrity documentaries would also give a better understanding. Documentaries give watchers a more realistic look into the lives of people, of thoughts behind ideas, and facts about topics viewers may not have come across otherwise. Below is a list of researched documentaries worth watching. Some are about celebrities, others about social issues and culture. All are available on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and/or iTunes. Get into it!
During the 1980s and 90s, the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn was booming with talent. The black arts movement was underway with filmmaker Spike Lee, comedian Chris Rock, actress Rosie Perez, among other artists creating a community and paving their ways in the art world. Brooklyn Boheme tells the story of these creators.
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
The film chronicles the story of Black comedy, its roots, nature, and what social and political stances inform it. From minstrels and ‘Amos ‘n Andy’ to ‘In Living Color’ and the Original Kings of Comedy, it is all discussed. There is commentary from established comedians and clips from different periods of significance in comedy.
Harvest of Shame
The documentary was produced by CBS in 1960 as a part of a series by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. In Harvest of Shame, Murrow exposed the plight of America’s farm workers. It is interesting to see some of the issues of farm workers today mirroring that of those over 50 years ago. (Full Documentary)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Through the lens of Swedish filmmakers, viewers get a look at the Black Power Movement. In clips Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael talk about what the movement means. There is also commentary by Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte, among others.
Elmo is an icon, but not many people know who is behind the puppet and makes him come to life. Kevin Clash is that man. In Being Elmo, Clash’s story is told. Viewers will learn how he got to where he is now and created the persona of Elmo.
Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child
At the age of 27, the artist Jean-Michael Basquiat left the earth. In this film, Tamra Davis brings an unreleased interview of the charismatic and controversial artist. The rise and fall of Basquiat is seen in the film, giving viewers a better understanding of the man behind the paintings.
A Man’s Story
Celebrated menswear designer Ozwald Boateng gives a look into is life as a designer, tailor to Hollywood’s A-list, superstar, and family man. A Man’s Story goes to the very heart of what Boateng has spent an entire career trying to distil: “what it is to be a man.”
Where I’m From: Jay-Z Barclays Center Documentary
The Barclays Center is Brooklyn’s baby, in a sense. It’s only right that the borough’s own, Jay-Z, performs there. In Where I’m From, Jay-Z takes viewers on a behind the scene journey of preparing for opening concerts at the arena. (Full Documentary)
Also recommended: Fade to Black
A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs shed light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. Looking at the film may allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the professional boxer.
Which documentaries will you be checking out? Have any recommendations?
Before recent portrayals of powerful, talented Black women on television, entertainment was known to breed stereotypes. There were very few roles in the first few decades of television’s existence that didn’t marginalize Black women until the late 1960’s. Thus, African American women playing a leading non-stereotypical role was so rare they could be counted on one hand, until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. These women have made their mark in television and have opened the doors for some of the best shows with a leading Black actress on television today. In honor of National Women’s History Month, we celebrate these women from then and now.
In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in the ground breaking series “Julia.” Heralded as being the first series to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role, “Julia” produced 86 episodes and Carroll earned herself a golden globe. The first major breakthrough for African American women in television.
In the 70’s, Pam Grier played a character that also went against the typical African American female archetype. In 1974, Grier starred as the title character in Foxy Brown, a sexy yet independent Black woman who was capable of running down criminals and saving the day. Another ground breaking role for Black women in television.
The 1980’s and ’90’s saw the birth of the black upper-middle class in entertainment. In The Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad played Claire Huxtable, the epitome of a strong, dignified, and highly intelligent black woman that rarely was seen on television before and was noticeably absent. Even after The Cosby Show it was several years before we saw another Black woman playing a lead role outside of the media-bred stereotypes, but Rashad definitely broke the mold for a new generation to come.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has been one of the most popular Black actresses since the early ’90’s. She has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres and in 2009 created her leading television role in the TNT medical drama Hawthorne, of which she was executive producer. Although it was canceled after three seasons, it was definitely the first show of its kind with a leading Black actress, opening doors for many more to come.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Henson has proved her versatility in a variety of movies like Baby Boy, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Family That Preys, Four Brothers and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Many may not know, however, that she has also appeared on many television shows before landing a major leading role in 2011 on the CBS crime-suspense series Person of Interest. Henson was a cast member on Lifetime Television’s The Division and ABC‘s Boston Legal and guest-starred on several television shows, such as the WB Television Network‘s Smart Guy, the Fox series House, and CBS‘s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She has proved that hard work and persistence do pay off!
Kerry Washington has played almost every role imaginable from a struggling single mother in Save the Last Dance, a lesbian in Spike Lee‘s She Hates Me, a wife in Ray, a slave in Django, and finally to our favorite professional political fixer in Scandal. ABC’s Scandal was the first time in more than 30 years that a television show starring a black actress appeared on a major television network. Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, portrays a powerful woman who runs a crisis management firm that the political elite trust to solve their problems, including murders and extramarital affairs. Based on the real life fixer, Judy Smith, Washington brings an edge to television that has never before existed.
We cannot celebrate the amazing Black women on-screen without recognizing the powerful Black women that work off-screen creating more opportunities for other women of color. Producer, screenwriter, and director Shonda Rhimes has taken over television, giving us some of the best shows networks have seen in decades including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal. Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and was also named Time Magazine’s “100 people who help shape the world”. She continues to shape the television world as we know it.
These women have broken through barriers, set new standards and proven that African American women, too, can be successful in the entertainment industry and any other field chosen. These breakthroughs have also allowed others like Tyler Perry to make his mark in television, by featuring Black women as his leading characters. These women have without a doubt changed the face of television, opened several doors, and changed many perceptions in the process!
Where do you think television would be without these women from then and now? Who else are some of your favorite Black women of television?
As we close out 2012 and prepare for the emergence of 2013 TV networks are rolling out their mid-season lineup. Get ready to set your DVR’s as we give you a sneak peek of what to watch in the New Year. These are the shows that everyone will be talking about once they premiere.
Do No Harm
January 31st on NBC
“Do No Harm” starring Steven Pasquale, “Rescue Me” as neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Cole, who has a strange secret that erupts every night at the same time- his sinister alter ego named Ian Price. Think Beyonce and Sasha Fierce meets “House” on prime time. The show also stars TV veteran Phylicia Rashad from “The Cosby Show”.
May 2013 on ABC
“Mistresses” is remake of the British TV show with the same name. The show has been dubbed a “modern day version of Sex and The City”. It follows the lives of four girlfriends as they journey through their own paths of self-discovery, scandalous affairs and relationships. Everyone loves a good scandal, especially through the eyes of the “other woman”.
The Carrie Diaries
January 14th on CW
“The Carrie Diaries” follows 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, “Sex and The City” during her senior year in high school. As she moves from her hometown in Connecticut to intern at a New York law firm during the summer. We discover how Carrie falls in love with Manhattan, fashion, and writing. This is a must watch for all Sex in The City lovers!
January 1st on TLC
Atlanta has brought us a steady stream of must watch TV for the last few seasons (Love and Hip Hop ATL, Housewives of Atlanta). This time is no different as we follow the lives of five “First Ladies” as they navigate the responsibility of being a preacher’s wife, each woman having a different and distinct idea of those responsibilities. Jesus, fix it!
February 4th on TNT
“Monday Mornings” is based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta. The medical drama follows a group of doctors based in Portland “as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.” The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. A touchy subject that will definitely be groundbreaking and controversial compared to other hospital shows.
Brace yourself, 2013 will definitely be a year for amazing, mind blowing television. Be the first to put your friends on to these new shows, they’ll thank you once they can’t get enough… and you can thank us later!
Excited about these shows? Have another show coming in 2013 that you’re looking forward to? Tell us below…
Last week fans here in America and across the pond were ecstatic to see this image on Facebook of hot British actor, Idris Elba, on set for the first day of shooting season 3 of the intense crime-drama and psychological thriller, Luther.
Since season 2 concluded in summer 2011, hundreds of thousands of fans have eagerly awaited the return of DCI John Luther, “a man in ruins, but with a heart the size of the moon. Bloodied and battered, but somehow still standing. And still doing what he can,” says series creator Neill Cross. After the vicious murder of his wife, Luther has become just as self-destructive as he is loving towards those he cares about.
At last season’s ending, Luther was sinking into dark depths to solve serial murders (remember the masked “folklore-ish” murderer and the “roll the dice” copycat killer?), while protecting a young Jenny Jones from sleeping prostitution and pornography after her father’s imprisonment (and subsequent suicide) at the hands of Luther himself.
Season 3 trailer promises “four perfectly dark, chillingly formed episodes” but leaves the question of whether the murderous child genius and seductress, Alice, will return to the show. Join together and cross your fingers for some steamy, flirtatious exchanges between Luther and Alice! Will they take their complex, wayward “relationship” to the next level?
As fans awaited Luther’s return, Idris has kept us entranced between filming the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (with Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris!), appearing in British GQ, interviewing superstar Lucy Lui, spinning as DJ Driis, putting out house music under his alter ego 7 Wallace, and co-directing/starring in the recently released Mumford and Sons video, “Lover of the Light.” Elba’s dark and sexy looks, Renaissance-man swag, and award-winning acting stay winning for team #IdrisElba and #Luther.
What are your favorite Idris Elba films/appearances? What are you hoping to see in season 3 of Luther? Tell us below…
Missed out on the VMA’s because you were enjoying Fashion’s Night Out festivities or attending a DNC viewing party? Here’s your snapshot of all the details, fashions highs/lows and more for you below…
Rihanna opened up the VMAs coming out of a serpent’s mouth, amazing performance of her songs “Cockiness Remix ft. ASAP Rocky” (ASAP Rocky exiting mid performance hugging & squeezing Rihanna’s butt) and “We found Love”. Kevin Hart escorted to the VMA stage with secret service midgets to presidential music which later switches over to Young Jeezy’s “My president’s is black” song. Katy Perry presented the first award of the night- “Best Pop video”- Winner: One direction “Beautiful”. Demi Lovato & Rita Ora presented- “Best Male Video”- Winner: Chris Brown, “Turn up the Music”. Zoe Saldana presented singer Frank Ocean, he performed his song “Thinking About You”– the performance was perfect. (Frank Ocean stole the show), Very deep, emotional and passionate performance. Rashida Jones & Andy Sandberg presented- “Best Hip Hop Video”- Winner: Drake ft Lil Wayne, “HYFR”. Wanted & Rebel Wilson presents” Best Female Video”- Winner : Nicki Minaj “Starships”. Ke$ha & Wiz Khalifa presents “Best New Artist ”- Winner: One Direction. Alicia Keys ft. Nicki Minaj performs her song “ Girl on Fire Remix” with Gabby Douglas showing her skills with some back flips. Kevin Hart presents the “Video of the year”- Winner: Rihanna “We found Love”. Final Performance: Taylor Swift performs “We are never getting back together”; Taylor Swifts closes out the VMAs.
We can’t decide which bodysuit was the biggest disaster – Nicki Minaj in this sheer/red number or Rita Ora’s deep sheer v-neck suit. They’re both equally dreadful in our opinion.
Best Dressed contenders:
What did you think of last night’s VMA red carpet looks? Let us know below…
The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) hosted PROJECT REALism on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in New York City. The standing-room only event had a line wrapped around the corner as more than 147 young women participated in an interactive panel discussion with their favorite stars on the impact of reality TV on young women.
Participants included: WEEN co-founders Valeisha Butterfield – Jones, Kristi Henderson, Lauren Lake and Sabrina Thompson, also the runner-up on CBS’ Survivor, celebrity host Amanda Seales, Emily B, Mashonda, Somaya Reece and Yandy Smith, all formerly of Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop, Adrienne Bailon of the Style Network’s Empire Girls, Andrea Kelly of Vh1’s Hollywood Exes, Meeka Claxton formerly of Vh1’s Basketball Wives, anti-domestic violence activist Sil Lai Abrams, psychologist/author Dr. Michelle Callahan and others.
Panelists shared insights on their reality TV experiences and reality TV in general…
- Andrea Kelly (VH1’s Hollywood Exes) – “Don’t be a fool and you won’t get fooled”,” Be a living example”
Adrienne Bailon (Style TV’s Empire Girls) came from humble beginnings, grew up in the projects in the lower east side, her mother still works at a local hospital. She wanted to work with a network that displayed positive images of women. She selected the Style Network because of Kimora Lee Simmons and her show “Life in the Fab Lane” She wanted show people what she was doing to break out as a solo artist after her stints with 3LW & Cheetah girls.
Meeka Claxton (VH1’s Basketball Wives), came on the show to shed a positive light on being a basketball wife, although she is married to a basketball player she created her own wealth, she wanted to show viewers that you can make your dreams come true. She stated she is a business woman, wife, mother, sister and daughter. She is a business owner who has two successful businesses. One being a real estate business where she travels with athletes to help them buy property.
Yandy Smith, (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop) worked behind the scenes for the first season of Love& Hip-Hop but came to the forefront on the second season as an Entertainment Manager and an Entrepreneur. She said she came on the show to show young girls that you can have your own if you work for it. You can have the nice car, clothes, shoes and all the above if you work for it. She wanted to show that her success was not connected to a man.
Rating were identified as the primary reason for the continued imbalance on reality television with regard to how women of color are portrayed among other environmental and cultural factors. WEEN announced clear action items and next steps, including: each person in attendance to join weenonline.org, to sign-up to mentor at least one young lady, and to commit to joining WEEN’s future PROJECT REALism programs to empower young girls. The mentorship programs are ongoing and an opportunity for WEEN members to get involved. In addition, WEEN announced upcoming television and online programming with more balanced content currently in development and attendees were asked to stay tuned, get involved and support.
For more information on WEEN and to get involved, go to www.weenonline.org
credit: Johnny Nunez
If it’s been 10 days since you’ve witness your favorite ratchet programming on VH1, BET or more – then your wait is finally over. Viacom and DirecTV announced this morning that they have reached a deal, putting aside their dispute and allowing programming to return to the airwaves.
The agreement ends a dispute that has interrupted programming since July 10.
“It’s unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it’s clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was,” said Dereck Chang, executive vice president of DirecTV. And by customers, that includes displaced reality TV / New Jersey Nets Blake Griffin…
Viacom was seeking what DirecTV claimed was a 30% boost, or an extra $1 billion, on top of its prior deal. Viacom countered that the hike it sought was just “a couple of pennies per day per subscriber.”
The companies did not provide a dollar figure for the new deal.
We’ve just received exclusive word that Blackberry is currently casting real people to star in their next national television campaign. If you or someone you know owns a Blackberry and loves using it, Blackberry wants to hear from you. They’re especially looking for music people (artists, producers, etc) and business owners, but if you’re a lover and supporter of all things Blackberry, they’d love to meet you too! They’ll be conducting interviews via Skype all next week and if you’re selected, you’ll need to be available to shoot one or two days within the first two weeks in January.
Interested? Here’s how to find out more…
Email your name, age, city (California residents only), occupation, recent photo and a brief description on why you love your Blackberry to firstname.lastname@example.org