Reality TV Recap: Fantasia & Aunt Clash; Real & Chance Are Shark Whisperers

Fantasia For Real

On last night's episode, Fantasia wanted her first single to be “Even Angels” as a result of her London concert being a success (the fans were very receptive to that song in particular). However, the label had other plans and decided that “Bittersweet” was the single (they basically showed that they owned her). Aside from music, Fanny’s aunt Bunny was still trying to steer her away from the possibility of being with a married man by coercing her into going speed dating. The idea was for them to experience it together but Fanny expressed that she wasn’t ready for something like that while on the way to the venue and Aunt Bunny demanded to be let out of the car so that she could go alone, and stormed off in a huff. (Bunny actually met people but we’ll have to see if anything happens with that in future episodes). They made up later, but it was revealed Fantasia and her aunt had tension stemming from the infamous confrontation in episode one. However, we know that family in general has a lot of drama to work out so this isn’t the end of it. Fanny goes to therapy but it seems like the whole Barrino crew needs some serious professional help.

LaLa's Full Court Wedding

Last night we watched La La juggle wedding planning with planning for Carmelo’s impending birthday. She said that birthdays were a big deal to her family so she planned to do it up for her boo but she had to go to New York first to get the location and food details squared away for her nuptials. While on a one day trip to NYC, she met up with her wedding planner, her mom, her cousin and Angela Beyince (Beyonce’s cousin) who helped her make some final decisions. By the end of her trip she realized that her wedding planner had everything on lock and decided to ease up a bit. She capped her Big Apple trip off with a family dinner (she hadn’t seen her relatives in a while) and went back to La La Land with her cousin in tow (who agreed to live with her until the wedding was over), where she prepped for Melo’s born day. Carmelo’s actual birthday was low-key during the day. Some of his friends chilled at their crib and kicked it by playing spades, etc. Little Kiyan presented his daddy with a sweet card while La La gave him a $16,000 watch (must be nice). They capped the night off with a birthday party at a swank club where celebs like Ciara, Tyrese and more came through to show love.

Real And Chance: Legend Hunters

Real and Chance went to The Bahamas to become shark whisperers (yeah, we don’t know what the heck that is either). Apparently, shark whisperers are foolhardy people who enjoy swimming and socializing with sharks. The point is to show the sharks who is boss (have we not learned from the crocodile hunter?). Real and Chance first practiced their marine encounter in a tank full of sea lions. The idea was they had to conquer sea lions before they could think about sharks. By the way, Chance couldn’t really swim so of course, foolery ensued. The pair had a screaming match with the sea lion. Whoever was the loudest was the winner. They won (surprise, surprise) and proved that they were ready for the sharks. Long story short, they swam with the sharks for a little while until the sharks started getting really aggressive, which scared them. However, they were gifted with pink t-shirts that signified them becoming honorary shark whisperers. Alrighty, then…


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Drake To Direct Upcoming ’48 Laws Of Power’ Episode On Quibi

While Drake is behind the mic laying down new verses for upcoming music, the Toronto native will also step behind the camera to direct an episode of an upcoming series. Based on Robert Greene’s best-selling book The 48 Laws of Power, the series of the same name will debut on Quibi in the near future.

Drake’s production company Dreamcrew, and Anonymous Content will helm the executive producing duties. The partnership will also receive executive direction from Dreamcrew’s co-founder Adel “Future” Nur and executive Jason Shrier. “When Drake and I sat down with Robert Greene it was incredibly inspiring,” Future said. “The laws allow for a wide range of dynamic storytelling and Quibi allows us to tell these stories in bite-sized chapters similar to the book.” The entertainment outlet will launch on mobile on Apr. 6.

Greene, who’ll be an executive producer as well, said he’s looking forward to the cinematic adaptation of his 1998 book. The passage outlines the road to success through philosophies taught by Sun-tzu, Machiavelli, and more.

"I have always thought that The 48 Laws of Power would be a perfect fit for a series, bringing to life the timeless Machiavellian game of power as portrayed in the book. But it was not until Drake and Future with Anonymous Content approached me with their unique cinematic approach to the laws that I knew I could join forces with them and go all in for a filmed interpretation of my work," Greene said. Anonymous Content will spearhead the studio.

Although music videos might be the only time you see Drake on the television screen, for now, the 33-year-old has his hands in a couple of TV projects from Netflix to HBO. On the former streaming service, Drake executive produced London's hit series Top Boy. On HBO, the first season of Euphoria, which Drake recently posted a picture of a table read on his Instagram, is headed into its second season. The production is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Kenya Barris’ ‘#blackAF’ Netflix Series Debuts New Trailer

Kenya Barris is looking to command the Netflix universe with another program for the streaming giant titled #blackAF. The series, set to premiere on Apr. 17, will depict his parenting skills and family structure in “a total reboot of the family sitcom” dynamic.

The mockumentary stars Rashida Jones, with guest spots from Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Mike Epps and more. Barris will also step into a leading role, playing a version of himself. Its description reads: “With new money and expensive tastes, Kenya Barris and his family navigate success and explore the struggles of being unapologetically black and wealthy.”

The show arrives after Barris' previous sketch comedy series, Astronomy Club, which debuted in 2019. The 45-year-old director/writer has also created hit programming including his -ish canon of black-ish, grown-ish, and mixed-ish. Barris is also responsible for writing the sequel to Coming to America.

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‘Dutch’ Trailer Features Lance Gross, Macy Gray And More

In an adaptation of Teri Woods' best-selling Dutch novel, the film of the same name will finally hit theaters in Fall 2020. The movie stars Lance Gross, Macy Gray, Melissa Williams, James Hyde and more.

The motion picture is directed by Preston Whitmore (This Christmas) and tells the story of Bernard “Dutch” James Jr., an ambitious drug dealer who has his sights set on becoming the East Coast’s top drug lord while battling a high-profile court case.

"We really got our hands on an all-star cast," says Manny Halley, producer of Dutch and founder of Imani Media Group. "Dutch is an iconic story within the urban literary genre, so we had to get every detail right—and I think we did. Fans will be looking for us to finish the trilogy with this one!"

The book "Dutch" was part of a trilogy series that first began in 2003. It was followed by "Dutch II: Angel’s Revenge," and "Dutch III: International Gangster."

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