Snoop Dogg & Martha Stewart Talk New Show, 'Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge'

The unlikeliest of duos are back with their 3rd season, a show name with a battle-like theme and a bunch of new guests and surprises. 

On the surface, you’d never expect Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg to come together in any form. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart: Martha — coming from a Polish, middle-class, New Jersey-residing family — who would babysit the children of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra as a kid and Snoop hailing from Long Beach, Calif. where he’d join the Rollin’ 20’s before becoming a rap icon. However, the duo is now heading into the third season of their Emmy Award-nominated VH1 show.

Season 3 of their hit show boasts a star-studded lineup of guests from Yvonne Orji to Matthew McConaughey. With some big changes in store, the show now has a new name and format: Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge. Instead of the cooking-themed talk show we’ve grown accustomed to, the pair will bring the competition to their guests as they battle for kitchen supremacy.

In between shooting promos for the new, spin-off season, VIBE sat down with the two in Los Angeles to discuss everything from their chemistry to Martha being a true OG to Snoop’s aspirations of an EGOT.

“I haven’t been to your house yet,” Martha quips when asked about how they spend time together off-camera. “I’ve been to your compound.” Snoop’s home away from home, The Compound, is everything you’d imagine the adult playground of a rap superstar to be. Equipped with a full recording studio and space for filming his own content, Snoop’s compound is a staple in Los Angeles for those who are able to visit.

As Martha and Snoop wax poetic and play off each other akin to a verse from Jadakiss and Styles P, Snoop flips a question back at us. “How does hip-hop perceive Martha Stewart?” Snoop asks as he is excited for Martha to hear how she is perceived and welcomed. “This is hip-hop, Martha. I can tell you but it ain’t nothing like hearing it from Hip Hop up close and personal.”

With Martha by his side, Snoop is now an Emmy-nominated talent. He’s amassed 13 Grammy nominations and with his first play(Redemption of a Dogg) under his belt, could the D-O-double-G have aspirations of the elusive EGOT status? “I don’t really trip off of awards,” Snoop says. “It used to be a time when I wanted awards and I didn’t get them and that kind of made me upset. So I stopped focusing on the aspects of accolades and just [start] doing it for the spirit of it all. If it happens to fall in my lap, I’ll take it on the chin and keep it moving.”

Other guests for Season 3 include Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Kandi Burruss, Regina Hall, Yvonne Orji, and more.

Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge returns to your screen on Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 pm ET on VH1. Watch our full interview above.

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Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi will portray Tinker Bell in Disney's forthcoming live-action version of Peter Pan, Deadline reports. The cast of Peter Pan and Wendy, directed by David Lowery, includes Oscar-nominated actor, Jude Law, as Captain Hook.

The casting of Shahidi, who is Black and Iranian, marks the first time that a person of color has portrayed the character, previously played on the big screen by Julia Roberts in Hook, a 1991 live-action reimagining of the classic fairytale.

Peter Pan & Wendy will be Shahidi’s second major feature film behind 2019’s The Sun is Also a Star. The 20-year-old actress scored her breakout role in ABC's Black-ish prioer to landing the spin-off Grown-ish. Additionally, Shahidi has appeared on several other hits TV shows such as Scandal, Family Guy, and Wizards of Waverly Place.

The release date for Peter Pan and Wendy is unclear but the film will reportedly debut in movies theaters versus an on-demand release.

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Chris Rock, Megan Thee Stallion Sign On For ‘SNL’ Season Premiere

Chris Rock is returning to Saturday Night Live as host of the upcoming 46th season. The 55-year-old comedian will helm the season premiere next week with Meghan Thee Stallion as the musical guest, NBC announced on Thursday (Sept. 24).

Airing on Oct. 3, the season premiere marks SNL’s return to its headquarters at Rockefeller Center since March. The long-running sketch comedy show went virtual last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show will also be Megan’s first time performing solo on the SNL stage (she previously made a guest appearance with Chance the Rapper last November).

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Rock, who has hosted the SNL three times, was a cast member from 1990 until 1993. After SNL, Rock joined the cast of In Living Color, and embarked on a successful career in stand-up comedy.

But he's not  the only In Living Color alum heading back to SNL this season. Jim Carrey has signed on to play former Vice President and presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, on the show.

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‘Antebellum’ Star Janelle Monáe: ‘This World Owes Black Women So Much’

For us Black folk, the fight for social justice in America continues to be a long and arduous fight. Since the day our African ancestors set foot on this land, we’ve endured the chains and whips of systemic oppression and marched arm in arm for our civil and economic rights. Along the way, we’ve witnessed the senseless killing of our Black brothers and sisters at the hands of police brutality and white supremacy.

Let’s face it. Today, 400 odd years later and in the midst of an anxiety-inducing pandemic, being Black in America is still exhausting. Our Black brothers can’t go for an afternoon jog without running into the armed, confrontational, and self-appointed neighborhood watch. Or question their arrest before being handcuffed and forced to lie face-down, while gasping for air under the pressure of a police officer’s knee on their neck. The most disheartening of all is that our Black sisters can’t rest peacefully in their beds without trigger-happy police officers raiding their homes with a fatal shower of bullets.

The gut-punch of it all? Justice for Black bodies is far and in between. And the group less likely to see any form of justice? Black women. The women who’ve carried and birthed nations. The women who’ve fearlessly aided and led historic uprisings while fighting on the front lines to spark social change. In the upsetting case of Breonna Taylor, one of the officers responsible for her death has been indicted on “three counts of wanton endangerment” for endangering the lives of those in a neighboring apartment.

One activist who has been vocal about the lives of Black people in America is eight-time Grammy award-nominated artist Janelle Monáe.

“I feel like this world owes Black women so much. At the very least, it owes us peace...I have to actively fight for my own peace,” shared the actress in a recent sit-down with VIBE correspondent Jazzie Belle. “It's tough, especially when you see your brothers and sisters, that look like you being murdered and killed, all you can really feel is rage. And when that festers in you, it's hard to shake it. It's hard for me to unwatch the videos I watched of Sandra Bland, of Trayvon Martin, of Jacob Blake, thinking about Breonna Taylor, it's difficult. So, you have to actively fight. I have to actively fight for my own peace.”

In the newly released thriller Antebellum, Monáe plays Veronica Henley, a best-selling author and outspoken sociologist. After speaking on the marginalization of Black people in America at an event in New Orleans, Veronica wakes up as Eden, an enslaved woman working on a Louisiana plantation in a Civil War era. As Veronica experiences the past life of slavery, she (Eden) finds her strength and voice to plan and lead fellow slaves to freedom. Even if she fails over and over again.

“I used to say, ‘Black women are superheroes.’ That's not what I say at all. It's not our job to be superhuman. It's not our job to clean up systemic racism or dismantle them,” pointed out Monáe.

“This film [Antebellum] is a look at what it is like for a Black woman to carry the burden of dismantling and deconstructing white supremacy every single day. We persevere through it. We are triumphant, but we shouldn't have to carry that emotional labor and that heaviness every single day.”

This same weight of responsibility can be seen in today’s oftentimes women-led social movements and calls to action in the streets of America. You can see how it’s cinematically embedded as a theme in the twisted Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz co-directed film. But there’s one thing that must take precedence during any physically and mentally demanding mission for change: rest. And those of us protesting for equality should have loved ones around to serve as a reminder of joy and lightheartedness. For self-care is an underrated superpower.

“I think that it's important to surround yourself around people that if you are doing heavy lifting, if you're out there on the front line, if you’re just having a difficult time, [you can] go watch some comedy films,” encouraged Monáe. “Just be around people that make you laugh. That's really important. I think laughter is something that we can do a lot more of together.”

Watch the full interview with Janelle Monáe above. Also, catch our chat with Antebellum's co-directors Bush and Renz where they talk about how one nightmare inspired the film’s premise.

Antebellum, co-starring Gabourey Sidibe, Kiersey Clemons, and more, is available now on premium video-on-demand platforms.

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