Jenifer Lewis To Play Anthony Anderson’s Mom on ‘black-ish’

Jenifer Lewis (Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images)

Donald Trump calls “black-ish” title racist, T.J. Holmes joins ABC News and Kevin Hart’s funny on “Dancing with the Stars.” Plus, there’s what’s hot (Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu performing together) and not (beheading suspect Alton Nolen).

Yes, you’ve read the headline correctly. Jenifer Lewis–known for playing everybody’s mama–will join “black-ish” as Anthony Anderson’s mother. Yes! I had wondered who they’d get to play his character Dre’s mother. I mean, we’ve met his dad, Pop (I know he has a government name) played by Laurence Fishburne. But what about the woman who endured labor pains for him? An ABC rep confirmed with me that  Jenifer will guest star in a recurring role as his overbearing mother Ruby. “She smothers pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother [Dre’s wife] Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who feels the same way about her,” TV Line, quotes Jenifer. I know Jenifer’s always typecast as playing the mother but I think this could be good. Plus, she’s another actress who’s funny and can deliver clever one liners. Remember, she played the overbearing mother in the “Think Like a Man” films. I imagine Ruby will be similar Loretta. Now, this may be the first time (don’t quote me) that she and Laurence have worked together since she played Tina Turner’s (Angela Bassett) mother in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” I wonder what type of relationship Ruby and Pop have? Maybe their exchanges will help keep “black-ish,” which is currently the No. 1 new comedy, as a must-see TV show. ‘black-ish’ airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.  Watch the first episode below.

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And speaking of “black-ish”…

Donald Trump calls”black-ish” show title racist

OK, let me take a deep sigh before I begin … This morning, real estate titan Donald Trump tweeted: “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled “Blackish”? Can you imagine the furor of a show, “Whiteish”! Racism at highest level?” Oh, Donald. First, I need people (including Donald) to stop misusing (and overusing) the word racist. Seriously. Just because the show’s title relates to race doesn’t make it racist. Second, I need people (yes, Donald, again) to learn to read and research. “black-ish” showrunner Kenya Barris explained how he came up with the series’ title in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. In part, he said: “Instead of calling it “The Burbs” or “New Rules” or something like that, we wanted to reflect that this is the world we are living in. I feel like my kids are a little bit of a lesser version of what I remember the ideology of what black was. At the same time, all of their friends — who are mostly nonblack kids — are a little bit more black than I remember. They’re sort of black-ish, all their little friends, and my kids are sort of black-ish.” And has Donald, or those favoriting his tweets, even seen the show?? When I saw Donald’s tweet, I knew it was to kick up dust, like much of what’s he’s been saying over the past few years. And those who fall for the bait, do.*sigh*

T.J. Holmes joins ABC News

I don’t recall an official announcement from ABC being released but “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts introduced T.J. Holmes as part of the ABC News team during a news segment on Friday (He also was spied on the set this morning). You can watch Friday’s segment here. Either way, I think this is good news for the former CNN weekend anchor. I always liked watching T.J. as an anchor on CNN and I followed him when he went launched his late night show “Don’t Sleep!” on BET. I was one of the many who were disappointed when the show didn’t last. What happened to him? In between his new ABC gig and the “Don’t Sleep!” cancellation, he occasionally filled in for anchors on MSNBC (everyone thought he would join MSNBC). Anyway, congrats, T.J.!

Kevin Hart’s funny on “Dancing with the Stars”

Want a good laugh? Watch Kevin Hart as a guest judge on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” episode. Not only does he offer funny one liners but he busts a move himself. “…there was a moment when Betsey hit the floor and hit a split–we got a term called drop it like it’s hot in the black community and that’s what you just did, Betsey,” Kevin told contestant fashion designer Betsey Johnson who turned 72 last month. We feel you, Kevin. Betsey was amazing–such flexibility–and watching her performance was inspiring. Check it out below.

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The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Aretha Franklin’s “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version).” (I love Adele’s version but y’all know ReRe is one of my favorite singers!)
NOT: Beheading suspect Alton Nolen, who’s charged with murder in workplace attack. (…)

HOT: Outkast’s Andre 3000 reuniting with his ex (and son’s mother) Erykah Badu onstage. (Been fans of them both for years! Love it!)
NOT: Police in Ferguson, Mo. locking up peaceful protestors by mistake. (Tsk, tsk…)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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