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10 Things We Want To See In 'The Boondocks' Season 4

If you have been living under a rock or stuck watching cable TV, you might've missed Adult Swim's announcement that The Boondocks will be back for another season. The wildly inventive show, created by Aaron McGruder and starring Regina King and John "Pops" Witherspoon, has incited controversy and invited praise at the same damn time. Many have always felt that it was just a matter of time that Huey, Riley and Grandad Freeman would be kicking arse and taking names.

We don't know what to expect from one of the game's most notorious series, but that doesn't mean we can't use our imagination. With that in mind, here goes our 10 Things We'd Want To See In The Boondocks Season 4.

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10. Lovely Ebony Brown Pt. II

Grandad should get another chance at being the ultimate mac-a-roni. Season 4 could be the perfect opportunity to let the old man get another shot with the woman of his dreams. He'll need a strong back-boned sista to stand beside him during all the insanity that will hit the peaceful suburb of Woodcrest.

9. Riley vs. Dontrevius Wenters

When the NBA lockout hit what was there to do? Watch Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith have a tête à tête? Pop in some old VHS and relive the days of yore? Play NBA 2K12 for a few hours? If you live in Woodcrest and you have skills that check ninjas and the whole nine, then you have no choice but to issue an one-on-one challenge to a Knicks legend. It would be a day to remember as Woodcrest's "mightiest deer" takes on your favorite almost Knickerbocker in an epic match for a championship.

8. The Rise of The Digital Age 3.0

Huey goes revolutionary as he gets another chance to challenge the system. After the digi-wars in Egypt, the United States looks to take a page out of President Mubarak's playbook and implement similar measures in the Land of the Free. We can only imagine what would be waiting for Huey, as he would attempt to stop a SkyNet-esque corporation from getting off the ground.

7. The Return of R. Kelly

Season 4 could be the perfect chance to catch up with the Pied Piper of R&B! He's quietly dropped some new material, even striking with a hit on radio, and there's no doubt the music has passed by Aaron McGruder's ears! We wonder what Huey and Riley would think of the new, improved Robert Kelly?! Thankfully, we'll get a chance to see something soon!

6. The Whitney Houston Funeral

Aaron McGruder is no stranger to pushing buttons. He famously imagined what life would be like if Martin Luther King, Jr. survived his assassination to see how his life's work affected Black America. Tackling the subject of Whitney Houston and her battle with drugs would do well to ease the tension created by her passing. It could also create a discussion about our generations coping with the lost of such star-studded talent. Think of it as the obligatory after-school special episode on The Boondocks Season 4 DVD.

5. Same-Sex Marriages

Vice President Joe Biden fired the first shot, but President Obama delivered the bomb heard around the globe when made his position known about same-sex marriage in America. In the words of Jon Stewart, "BOOM!" The meat on that bone is so juicy, you can say it's breast meat! Given The Boondocks' glossary of the subject, we can expect a non-Glee approach at having that "important" talk with the kids.

4. More Fight Scenes

We all love them and it's become a staple in a few memorable episodes of the series. In Season 4, McGruder and company and go so many different ways. Huey and Riley avenging the death of Grand Masta Bushido Brown; a rematch between Uncle Ruckus and Huey; or how about Granddad and Thugnificent backyard brawl? Make sure the music is dope and the cut-scenes are crisp and on point, as The Boondocks should surely add some classic battles to their next effort.

3. The Search For Dave Chappelle

The Freeman Family accompany Tom and his family to Africa, where the boys attempt to find out what happened to their favorite comedian. Our hope would be that Aaron could get @ChappelleDavidK to voice himself in the episode that would go into his abrupt trip to South Africa, his thoughts on the third season and other topics.

2. The Fall of Trayvon Martin

For 46 days the world collectively held watch as the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin gripped us all. The Boondocks can create a spectacular episode dealing with the controversial assault on a young, Black male. It would be provocative, fiery and sure to be a conversation starter at everyone's dinner table. Huey and Riley could offer point/counterpoint deliberations to challenge the claims of Zimmerman as The Boondocks takes us through "The Fall of Trayvon Martin". Extra kudos would be offered if they could get Bill Duke and Rev. Rollo Goodlove to feature in it, too!

1. The 2012 Presidential Elections

President Obama and Mitt Romney are already sending shots at each other, so what's one more bullet in the chamber, right?! Although neither Huey and Riley are old enough to vote, they can help Granddad make the best informed decision while questioning certain loopholes in America's constitution. With so much socio-political rhetoric being thrown around, The Boondocks Season 4 could be just the "fair and balanced" show to keep cutting-edge humor alive and well for the 21st Century.

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Taraji P. Henson Criticized For Comparing R. Kelly And Harvey Weinstein

Taraji P. Henson is under fire after she appeared to compare the backlash and response surrounding the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. Henson seemed to question why Kelly was being slammed more than Weinstein, and Twitter users were not happy about her argument to say the least.

Henson shared her thoughts on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (Jan. 22). She shared a series of videos, first of her looking up the hashtag and fan pages under "Mute R. Kelly." To no surprise, she found a handful of pages advocating for the complete dismissal of R. Kelly.

I love me some Taraji but GIIIIIIRRRRRLLLLLLAAAAAAAA. Make it make sense. pic.twitter.com/qBtYuwpio0

— sie (@NOPussBoys_) January 22, 2019

She then searched for similar tags and pages for Weinstein, but was unsuccessful. She also looked up pages under his full name to no avail. Henson then shared an emoji along with a simple "hmmm." The message suggested that she was confused as to why Weinstein and Kelly – both of whom have been accused of sexually abusing dozens of women through their career – were not receiving the same backlash. It appeared her argument regarding the discrepancy might have something to do with race.

Twitter users were not persuaded by Henson's thesis however. Surviving R. Kelly show-runner, dream hampton promptly responded to Henson's story, saying, "no idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more." Others criticized the actress for not acknowledging the black women and girls who had allegedly been abused by Kelly throughout the years.

While there may not be pages about muting Weinstein on Instagram, the Hollywood mogul is facing consequences for his heinous actions. Weinstein was forced to step down from his company, and he was arrested in May 2018 and charged with "rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women." He later made bail but was mandated to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Taraji P. Henson's comments below.

No idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more.

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019

All of us watching Taraji’s instastory pic.twitter.com/VbcmMY3t7U

— Kayla Marie (@Maria_Giesela) January 22, 2019

TARAJI IS SO EMBARRASSING I HATE HER pic.twitter.com/tnm4HcMeAP

— fads (@azuIair) January 22, 2019

Yall.....Taraji P Henson done lost her entire mind....I... pic.twitter.com/8CuLCy19h2

— future librarian ♏️ (@blkbravado) January 22, 2019

Harvey Weinstein has been booked, charged, etc. the purpose of #MuteRKelly is to silence his music. For him to be held accountable for his actions. I really need taraji to know better. Unbelievable.

— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@krissys_kitchen) January 22, 2019

Taraji is dumb ass bricks. She really tried to compare mute R. Kelly hashtags to Mute Harvey Weinstein! News flash, Taraji, Harvey is about to go to trial. There are people willing to testify against him. His businesses and career are DONE! R. Kelly is still out here functioning!

— Where Is Yo Scoota? Where Is It?! (@AshleyShyMiller) January 22, 2019

Taraji, why? pic.twitter.com/6a4CenaNg3

— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) January 22, 2019

1. Why would “Mute” apply to people who aren’t in the music industry?2. Weinstein has several documentaries coming about his allegations. 3. Weinstein is also going to trial over his allegations. 4. Between Taraji and Erykah “What Men Want” is a no go. pic.twitter.com/DLzvq32VKy

— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2019

I wanna have a conversation about women Taraji's/Erykah's age and their obsession with "being a man's peace/shield/sponge because society brings them down enough" but I've already hit my 1 thread a day limit.

— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@_ItsMarisWorld_) January 22, 2019

 

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Kelly Rowland Becomes Gladys Knight For 'American Soul'

Kelly Rowland will reprise a multi-episode role as Gladys Knight on BET's newest series, American Soul.

The forthcoming series explores Don Cornelius' journey to creating Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated show centered around black music, chronicling the uphill battling with record labels and off-camera drama with dancers, artists and more. The '70s set also painted pictures of the racially charged issues that plagued that generation.

It's almost as if the black entertainment channel is creating a Destiny's Child reunion, because Michelle Williams has been announced as the series' Diana Ross.

In a first look clip provided to VIBE, Cornelius is seen pitching the idea to a seemingly uninterested Knight (Rowland). The Chi-town DJ wants to create a show centered around black singer, dancer and performers.

"I’m talking about a national television show written, produced, and owned by black folks. I’m talking about bringing us — not whitewashed, not toned down, but us — into millions of homes, like it or not,” Cornelius' character says to Knight. Non-spoiler alert: Knight would eventually go on to be the first guest on Soul Train if history is any indication.

American Soul will premiere Feb. 5 on BET at 9 pm ET/PT on BET. Watch Kelly Rowland bring Gladys Knight's character to life in American Soul above.

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Spike Lee Earns Six Academy Award Nominations For 'BlacKkKlansman'

It’s been long overdue, but Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director for 2018’s acclaimed BlacKkKlansman. In addition to being nominated for Best Director, Lee earned six nominations in total, The Los Angeles Times reports.

According to CNN, the Brooklyn director will compete against Black Panther, Green Book, VICE, A Star Is Born and Netflix’s Roma for the Best Picture category. Adam Driver who stars in BlacKkKlansman alongside John David Washington is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The film is also being nominated for Best Adapted Screen Play, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score.

 

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In 1990, Lee was nominated for Best Original Screenplay of his classic Do The Right Thing and in 1998 he was nominated for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls. Previously, Lee has been critical of the Academy for its lack of diversity in their nominations. In 2016, when Hollywood experienced a boycott for the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Lee spoke about the conundrum with a grain of salt.

"We talk about the lack of diversity at the Oscars almost every year. Last year people were calling me about Selma and now they are calling me again," he told VIBE. "Every 10 years we get the nominations….but the other nine years we get a drought. But I had to learn the hard way. If your sh*t is good it’s going to stand the test of time. I have to draw up my own history with Do The Right Thing. You know what film won Best Picture in 1989?"

Lee also earned an honorary award at the Academy in 2015. The Oscars will take place on Feb. 24 at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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