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​Show # 92 – Cultivating Change

​Big change is inevitable. For instance, there’s a new Black pop culture trivia game, “Say It Loud”. The game features questions that span decades of music, movies, television shows and literature with clues ranging from obvious to obscure. The five categories, S = Music, A = Books, Literature, the Arts, Y = Television, I = Movies, T = People, Places, and Things. Check out what the game is about from the crew. Was racism why Adele beat Beyoncé at the Grammys? Even Adele thinks Beyoncé “Lemonade” won for best urban contemporary album. Her hit “Formation” won for best music video. There have actually been a few artists of color who have won album of the year during that time period: “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in 199; Carlos Santana’s “Supernatural” won the following year; “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by Outkast took home the Grammy in 2004 and Ray Charles won posthumously in 2005 for “Genius Love Company”. Finally, a black contestant will be handing out the roses – multiple sources say Rachel Lindsay will be the next ‘Bachelorette’. Rachel Lindsay, a Texas attorney, marks the first time a black contestant will be the lead in 21 ‘Bachelor’ seasons and 12 ‘Bacherlorette’ seasons. Unprecedented Proposed Law Provides African Americans Reparations and Opportunities to Better Their Lives. The Legislation will help descendants of American Slaves, many of whom live in poor, underserved, and high crime areas in the United States. The benefits are not handouts, and differ from other historical reparations, such as those given to Japanese citizens entered during WW II and Native Americans. Those claiming benefits must be 40% descendants of slaves, and born in the United States. Spanning the 19 years between 1989 and 2008, BET’s Rap City was the longest running hip-hop TV show in history. It helped rap grow from urban shout to suburban obsession in the late Eighties, documented the initial reigns of Los Angeles and Atlanta in the Nineties and, most famously, helped make freestyling fashionable in the image-conscious society. To represent this, we had in studio BET Rap City Hosts (1989-93) Hans “Prime” Dobson and Prince Dajour (1991-94). You HAVE to check this interview out to get the oral history from the pioneers!

​Show # 91 – Changing of the Guard

Trey Songz is latest celebrity to bring his search for “love” to a TV network. The R&B crooner, aka Tremaine Aldon Neverson, aka Mr. Steal Your Girl, is the center of VH1’s new reality series “Tremaine the Playboy.” Hosted by Draya Michelel and Steelo Brim, the show features 17 ladies competing for the singer’s heart. The Trap House vs. the White House: Why Black America Needed the Flacons to Win. The New England Patriots are racist-adjacent. Their owner and quarterback kick it with the racist-in-chief, who not only openly opposes anything not white and male but openly loves the New England Patriots. The crew had a great conversation on why the Super Bowl ended the way it did. On the heels of the success of BET’s New Edition miniseries, The New Edition Story, it looks like its parent company, Viacom, sees that R&B biopics are the way to go when it comes to ratings. According to Jodeci member Mr. Dalvin, a Jodeci biopic is in the works and will air on BET’s sister network VH1. The series is going into production at the end of the month, with an end-of-the-year air date. There’s no word yet on who’ll star in the series. RushCard, the prepaid debit card company founded by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, is being bought by rival Green Dot for $147 million. Green Dot said Monday it will buy UniRush, the parent company of RushCard as well as the Rapid! payroll debit card. Simmons started RushCard in 2003 as one of the first prepaid cards to focus on minority customers and charge lower-than-average fees. In studio, we had Dr. Gybrilla Ballard-Blakes, who discussed her new book, “Give Your Parents a Standing Ovation.” Come check Dr. Blakes book signing out in-person February 15th 2017 from 8-10pm – 1522 Rhode Island Ave, NE ,Washington DC.

90 – Let’s Give a Hand​

This weeks updates, had us celebrating on one hand. On the other however, we had to shake our head and wonder…WHY! First the head shaking update; non other than our President, Donald J. Trump. Americans are sharply divided over President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily block U.S. entry for all refuges and citizens of seven Muslim countries. This is most certainly a travesty and we should really look at how this rolls out – thoughts?? We finally have the first look at the “Ocean’s 8” cast. The pic shows Rihanna along with fellow cast members Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena-Bonham Carter and Awkwafina in a subway car. Ocean’s 8 hits theaters on June 8, 2018. Oprah Winfrey may have walked away from her own successful television show long ago, but she has not left television behind. CBS has announced that Winfrey will join the long-running news program “60 Minutes” as a new special contributor. Winfrey will join “60 Minutes” this fall. BET’s The New Edition Story resonated with viewers across generations, bringing in a reported average of four million viewers each night of the three-part mini-series. Day one fans, as well as newer ones, got a front row seat to the Boston crooners’ struggles with drugs, royalties, and fights from the studio to the stage. One of the most shocking revelations was Ricky Bell’s struggle with cocaine due to Bobby Brown’s battle with drugs and alcohol being the most publicized. The biopic had our eyes glued to the screen during the drama-filled and heart-tugging moments, but it also spawned some questions about other things that happened during the group’s three decades in the business. Here are five questions that went unanswered during The New Edition Story. What do you think? At this point #BlackGirlMagic and Serena Williams have become synonymous. Williams continued to motivate many while making history. The 35-year-old played against her sister Venus Williams at the Australian Open final on Saturday (Jan. 28) and won, landing her a historic 23rd Grand Slam title. Congrats to her! Check back with us next week for the same great entertainment you get every week.