Plenty of news for today including a possible “School Daze” sequel, billionaire newlyweds making a big contribution, two successful filmmakers teaming for a girls-themed film and more drama surrounding “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”–as if that’s anything new. Keep reading to get the deets from my black entertainment roundup.
Spike Lee’s says “School Daze” sequel is complete. Sure, it’s been more than 25 years since “School Daze” debuted in theaters but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t wondering how things turned out for its controversial characters. Director Spike Lee, who also starred in the 1988 college film, said he already completed the sequel’s script. “But, what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version. So it’s the same school, Mission College, 25 years later,” Lee told Black & Sexy TV. “Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. And we would deal with issues around Historically Black Colleges today.” OK, we know what happens to Dap, but what about his cousin Half-Pint, played by Lee, and Jane, Julian and Rachel–what’re their stories? It would be hilarious, and telling of how life sometimes works, if Julian married a chocolate lady like Rachel, and Dap, following in his predecessor President McPherson’s footsteps, married a cafe au lait-colored sista like Jane. I guess we just have to wait for the movie to hit the big screen. Read more here.
Will Packer, Malcolm Lee team for “Girls’ Trip.” Both men released films that did well at the box office so it only makes sense they join forces. Will Packer produced “Ride Along” and is gearing up for “Think Like a Man Too” while Malcolm Lee directed “The Best Man Holiday.” Will will produce “Girls Trip” while Malcolm will direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Details of the film are currently being kept under wraps, but production is expected to begin this summer,” THR states. Hmm… I like their work and am hoping this is good. Fingers cross that “Girls Trip” is void of the corny cliches that sometimes plague black films. (C’mon, now, y’all know I’m not the only who’s peeped this.) Read more here.
Watch Xfinity’s interview with “Ride Along” producer Will Packer and director Tim Story
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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson donate millions to U of C Lab School. The newlywed’s “pledged $25 million for a new arts building at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The building will be named for photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks and is due to open next year. I grew up in that area and I think this is great news. Some people may question whether a prestigious private school like Lab needs a donation of this size. Well, I know Mellody has been a big supporter of Lab for years and her boss at Ariel Investments, John Rogers Jr., attended the school and is its board chairman. So this investment isn’t that big of a surprise. I know they’ve made great philanthropic strides individually and I’m sure they’ll continue to spread the love together. Read more here.
NeNe Leakes explains it all on “The View.” Most of her co-stars can’t stand her but the ladies–and guest co-host Jerry O’Connell— of “The View” love them some NeNe Leakes. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star got a lot of support during her recent visit to the show. She discussed her beef with co-star and former pal Kenya Moore and Marlo Hampton, her former BFF and bridesmaid (Still figuring that one out!) and remarrying her husband, Greg. When co-host Sherri Shepherd asked her thoughts about Kenya considering leaving the show , NeNe replied, “Really, girl? You haven’t worked in 10 years.” Apparently Sunday’s episode, which I missed, showed a huge blowup between the three women that spilled over to Twitter. It got very ugly. To be honest, I’m unsure why good and grown women would battle it out on the Net like this but, fame sometimes makes folks do crazy things. SMH. Watch more here.
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Being Mary Jane”: The two-episode season finale airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST on BET! Will she get back with David since she kicked Andre to the curb and will Andre and his wfe, Avery, work it out? Tune in to find out. Watch past episodes here.
“The Tyler Perry Show”: Oprah told me this show is good and that Tyler has “it.” I will check it out tonight, too. It airs after his other OWN show (he has about 4), “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The cast of that show will be his first guests. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on OWN.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: “Unsung Hollywood,” a spin-off of the TV One hit docu-series “Unsung” premiering tomorrow. (When I saw a promo for it during the NAACP Image Awards, my face lit up!)
NOT: This beef between NeNe Leakes and her “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star Kenya Moore and show guest star Marlo Hampton. (It’s gotten really ugly for between NeNe and the women she once considered her friends.)
HOT: Audra McDonald, a five-time Tony Award winner, playing the legendary Billie Holiday in “Lanie Robertson’s ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,’ a musical that imagines one of Holiday’s last performances in 1959,” according to the Associated press. (Love Audra and think many people will enjoy this).
NOT: The fact that the NFL has to enforce penalties for using the “n-word.” (Is it that bad?).
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