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Love & Hip Hop's Executive Producer Talks Spinoff Shows, Juelz Santana, and More

Mona is back! You've sent the questions and we've got the answers. Check out Mona's latest blog entry, responding to what you asked on Twitter..

To My Lovers & Hip Hoppers:

Thanks for continuing to support the show! Hopefully it's getting better for you guys by the week. You're actually coming up on what I feel are our best episodes so can't wait to hear your reactions. We're almost wrapped with shooting and I can't tell you how happy that make me! Note to self- shooting while the show Is airing? - Not a good thing. Lol!
Anyway, we got through it and I love that you guys are loving it.
Thanks again for the support and keep watching!!

MSY

With Love and Hip Hop such a success, are we going to be getting spinoffs of the show?

I definitely want to create a franchise as Hip Hop is global and I think there are great women and stories to be told in other markets, not just in the US but Internationally as well. Hip Hop is huge in Germany and France and they have their own stars over there. Can you imagine? But in answer, I have definitely had my eye on a couple of other cities and have put some feelers out there with some ladies, so hopefully there's something to announce in the very near future.

Will we be seeing more of Yandy's work with Monami?

Interesting that you ask as that is an area the network and I always disagree on. They feel that the work stuff isn't as interesting and that the viewers will get bored. I believe our viewers want a balance and want to see different kinds of women represented. But in fairness sometimes the work and career stuff is hard to capture in a compelling way. The personal stuff tends to be more exciting. Anyway, we do see Yandy in work mode and we will make it a point moving forward to continue to showcase that side of her life.  

With Somaya and Chrissy being cordial with one another, is that Jim Jones x Somaya Reece collaboration in the works?

I don't know about that. LoL! The ladies  did "bury the hatchet" this season but I think Somaya moved past looking for that collabo.

Will we see Juelz's reaction to the Chrissy/ Kimbella fight?

Juelz does appear on the show so you will get to hear his thoughts on the things that are going on. He and Yandy have a close relationship and they have a great convo on the show. 

Will Teairra Mari get into any drama on the show? Chance of becoming a regular member?

Drama to me is not always an argument so yes, she does have some very good scenes coming up on the show. Our original intention was that Teairra would make a guest appearance as she and Emily are friends and she was in town, but she was great with Emily and great on camera so we expanded her role and kept bringing her back. We really like Teairra and definitely want to do more with her.

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Halle Berry is receiving all the praise at the moment, not only for her latest role in the new John Wick movie but for refusing to skip two interviews with a pair of black journalists on the red carpet.

Emerald Marie, a reporter from Where Is The Buzz TV, was one just two black journalists who were sent to the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Emerald recalled being excited to interview the Oscar winner, but was quickly cut off by the actress' publicist. Instead of walking away, however, Berry made the decision to turn around and speak with Emerald and the other black male journalist, Lamar Dawson.

“I can't skip my brother and sister,"  Berry said, according to Marie.

The latest incident is unfortunately common for black journalists and media companies. "Oftentimes, black reporters and black outlets are pushed to the end and unable to get the proper interview that they need,” Marie explained. Because of Berry's generosity, Marie said she has a "newfound respect" for the actress.

Dawson also released a statement to VIBE about his interaction with Berry. "Emerald and I were standing next to each other on the carpet and were discussing how too often Black reporters are skipped at these events--and then it nearly happened to us. It's a big issue that needs to be addressed. Our stories deserve to be told, too," he said. "When Halle came back, I was able to talk to her quickly about her show 'Boomerang' and how important it is for the show to feature Black, LGBTQ storylines--an interview question the mainstream outlets aren't going to ask thus underscoring the importance of diversity in newsrooms and the importance of outlets that seek to give a voice to marginalized people. I'm grateful for Halle for seeing us out there."

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum starring Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry hit theaters today (May 17). Check out Emerald Marie and Lamar Dawson's full recaps from the red carpet below.

 

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I wanted to share this story because so often we hear people say “support black business” We all know it’s hard being the Minortity in many industries! For Halle Berry to make a conscious effort to turn back around and make sure the only two black faces we recognized & allocated the time to get our coverage is just another reason why she is a Leader & Queen 👑 @halleberry ❤️‼️🎤 #blackbrandsmatter #johnwick3 #blackreporters thank you @whereisthebuzz for this platform

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Last week, I shared a story about how too often Black journalists are often skipped on red carpets, but at the “John Wick 3” premiere I was covering, Halle Berry came back to talk to me and the only other Black reporter, @emerald.marie.tv. The story has been getting traction and Halle was asked about it today at another premiere by @hay_itslay and I am deeply moved by her response and the response from many of you. I hope it sparks much needed change in the industry. ✊🏾

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Uzo Aduba To Play Shirley Chisholm In Upcoming FX Series

Actress Uzo Aduba is reportedly slated to portray legendary congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm in the upcoming series, Mrs. America for FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Orange Is the New Black actress reportedly verified the reports on Twitter on Tuesday (May 14). The series will follow the backlash surrounding the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), THR reports. Aduba joins Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, and other all-star actresses.

ERA, which prohibited gender discrimination, was introduced in Congress in 1923 but has yet to become law. Chisholm, who became the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first black woman in the United States to run for a major party’s presidential nomination, was a prominent advocate for ERA before she died in 2005.

Dahvi Waller wrote the nine-episode series and will also serve as the show's executive producer. Mrs. America is set to premiere on FX in 2020.

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Will Smith and Queen Latifah are joining forces to produce a film that blends hip-hop and Shakespeare. The pair are reportedly gearing up to produce an upcoming hip-hop musical of Romeo & Juliet for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be a contemporary musical on Shakspeare's romantic tragedy that is set in New York City. The updated rendition will portray a young waitress from Brooklyn who falls in love with an aspiring musician from a wealthy family.

Solvan "Slick" Naim will reportedly direct from a script he wrote with Dave Broome. Latifah will produce the musical through her Flavor Unit Entertainment banner. Smith will act as an executive producer under his Overbrook Entertainment, with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.

Hip-hop and Shakespeare might sound like they don't miss, but you probably forgot that Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet. The film, which starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio, also took a more urban, hip-hop approach.

It's unclear when the upcoming musical will hit Netflix at this time.

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