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Queen Latifah Brings Black Drama Back to TV with 'Single Ladies'

Black sitcoms have found a new home on cable TV, but now it seems the black drama is making a comeback as well. And the power of hip hop royalty is making it happen.

Along with VH1, Queen Latifah will be executive producing both a TV Movie and one hour comedic drama series called Single Ladies. With its focus on the friendships between black women and the varied states of their love lives, industry insiders are calling it a 'cross between Girlfriends and The Game.'

The two-hour Single Ladies TV movie will introduce audiences to three young, black and fabulous Atlanta-based BFFs who have completely different views on love, sex and relationships. And the movie will then launch the weekly one hour drama series, Single Ladies that will star Stacy Dash as Val, a fashion mogul looking for a life partner, LisaRaye McCoy as Keisha, a former video dancer on the continuous hunt for a rich man and Charity Shea as April, a married woman not living in complete wedded bliss. The Queen herself will be making regular guest appearances on the series.

And the former Living Single star seems just as excited about her role behind the camera as she is with her upcoming cameo returns to the small screen. “My [producing] partner Shakim [Compere] and I are excited to collaborate with VH1, as they have a similar vision on how to bring this show to life.  I think Single Ladies will really fill a hole in what is needed on television today,” Queen Latifah said in a statement.

Single Ladies, the TV movie and series is scheduled to air on VH1 in July 2011.—Ronke Idowu Reeves 

 

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Bigger Thomas is a young, black man from Chicago's South Side uninterested in diving into the world of crime that surrounds him. With his leather jacket, beanie and black painted nails, Bigger would much rather make a name for himself that doesn't involve crime and potential jail time.

And then, an opportunity falls into his lap.

Adapted into an HBO series, Richard Wright's Native follows Bigger as he finds himself at the center of a crime. after he accepts a job as a driver for Mr. Dalton. Bigger is thrilled at the $1,000 a weekly payday, and for a while, the sun is beginning to shine in his world. Then Bigger comes in contact with Mr. Dalton's daughter, Mary and the trouble that's been held at the wayside now boils over.

Moonlight's Ashton Sanders embodies the role of Bigger, while fellow Barry Jenkins' alum Kiki Layne plays his girlfriend, Bessie. Rounding out the all-star cast is Sanaa Lathan, David Alan Grier, and Stephen Henderson.

Watch the trailer for Native Son below

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Tevin Campbell Lands Guest Role On 'Queen Sugar'

The cast of Queen Sugar plans to welcome a new face to its plot for the upcoming fourth season. On Tuesday (March 19), series creator/director/producer Ava DuVernay announced the addition of R&B legend Tevin Campbell in a guest starring role.

Since August 2018, DuVernay had plans to construct a persona for Campbell after the "Can We Talk" vocalist received controversial commentary on his importance to R&B. "Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW," the award-winning director wrote on Twitter. "On general principle."

Campbell's film and television resume date back to his memorable appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, The Parent 'Hood, voicing Powerline in A Goofy Movie, and now OWN's Queen Sugar.

"This is so exciting for me and I want to thank Ava DuVernay. She's a do-er, she kept her word," Campbell said in a video message on Twitter. "I want to thank the cast and the crew for making me feel like I'm home like I've been here for years."

Queen Sugar is set to premiere on OWN on June 12.

Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW. On general principle. pic.twitter.com/mcNCGBnvDv

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 17, 2018

“@Ava is a doer, she kept her word.” Welcome to #QueenSugar, Tevin Campbell— stay tuned! 🎤 pic.twitter.com/jKKUcBreyO

— Queen Sugar (@QueenSugarOWN) March 19, 2019

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'In Living Color' Cast To Reunite At Tribeca Film Festival

The cast of In Living Color will reportedly unite for a special event at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The event will be held as part of the festival's TV program, which celebrates anniversaries and milestones.

The event will consist of a screening of the comedy series' 1990 pilot episode followed by a sit down with the original cast members and crew where they will discuss the show's impact on television and culture. Creator Keenen Ivory Wayans and costars Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, and Rosie Perez are all expected to attend.

This is the first time a majority of the cast has publicly reunited in nearly seven years. The ensemble previously gathered in 2012 to receive TV Land's "Groundbreaking Award" at the network's annual awards show

In Living Color ran for four years from 1990 to 1994 on Fox. The ground-breaking series followed a similar format to Saturday Night Live but featured a predominantly black cast. It was also the starting point for a number of stars including Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, and more.

The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from Apr. 24 to May 25, in New York City. The In Living Color screening and panel event will take place on Apr. 27.

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