by G. Brown
Beyonce’s “Mi Gente” Help for the People While many accuse the White House of turning its back on Puerto Rico in wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, songstress Beyonce clearly has forgotten our neighbors. On Thursday, Beyonce dropped a surprise remix of “Mi Gente” solely to raise funds for victims in the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. Beyonce announced on Instagram “I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands.” The single “Mi Gente” means ‘my people’ in English. You can listen to or download the song on streaming services Tidal and on Spotify. Beyonce has been laboring to help hurricane victims ever since the first storm of the season ravaged her home state of Texas in late August. Hurricane Harvey was a category 4 storm that caused 83 deaths in the U.S. and cost between $70 to $200 billion in damages primarily to uninsured homes.
Vin Diesel, Kemp Team Up for “Get Christie Love” TV Reboot Back in the 70s, movie studios tapped into Black audiences by offering a slew of blaxploitation films starring beautiful strong women like Pam Grier (“Foxy Brown”) and Tamara Dobson (“Cleopatra Jones”) who were kicking a$$ and taking names on the big screen. On the small screen, a more docile offering was “Get Christie Love!”. The 1974 crime drama starred Teresa Graves as an undercover police detective in hot pursuit of taking down a drug ring. The series was groundbreaking and apparently ahead of its time lasting only one season on ABC, but still managing to earn a Golden Globe. But it seems the show’s time has come again! Deadline reports that ABC is on-board to reboot the under rated show in conjunction with “Power” creator Courtney Kemp and producer Vin Diesel. The reboot will give the title character a promotion making her a CIA agent heading up an elite ops team. For creator Kemp, who was a fan of the original, this is a passion project finally come true after years of working on the reboot. No word on title, casting for the remake or a date for when we can to in to “Get Christie Love”.
We Are Family Comedic Actor Marlon Wayans gets to keep redefining the modern family with the renewal of his show “Marlon”. When you come from the first family of comedy, starring in a hit comedy show is expected. Marlon Wayans is living up to the expectation as his comedy series of the same name “Marlon” is picked up for a second season on NBC. Variety reports “the series averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers…” managing to hang on to the strong viewership it initially attracted during its premiere. Variety critic Sonia Saraiya calls the show “a refreshing take on family dynamics” and adds, “ although in most ways ‘Marlon’ is a run-of-the-mill family sitcom, what makes it interesting is that Marlon is trying to co-parent his children while navigating an amicable divorce with his ex-wife Ashley (Essence Atkins). Along with Wayans and Atkins the show also stars Amir O’Neil, Diallo Riddle and Bresha Webb. “Marlon” airs on NBC.
For this week’s look at the movers and shakers in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!