Snoop After Dark, Latifah’s “Hope” and “The Prince(ss) of Bel Air” :Black Hollywood Wrap Up
“Fresh Prince Princess of Bel Air” ♪In West Philadelphia born and raised♫ Twenty years after it first aired on NBC, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” lyrics are an ear worm you just can’t rid of. Will Smith’s first acting job may make the actor cringe at his performance as he admitted recently on a talk show, but audiences still love the sitcom that lives on in syndication. It looks like the show may get a reboot and a bit of a make over according to celebrity news site TMZ. The site reports ” the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘ might be getting dethroned soon, ’cause there’s a potential new heir being eyed for a TV reboot — and he’s a she … TMZ has learned.” TMZ says the company that owns the rights to hit 90’s show is looking to update the reboot and tap into a ‘fresh’ market ripe for “Fresh Princess” merch like backpacks, footwear and clothing. No word on whether Smith or any of the original cast members would be involved in a reboot or which network might air the show.
Forizzle? Snoop’s Late Nite TV Gig The “Gin & Juice” rapper is teaming up with social media star Tami Roman to launch a different kind of late night variety show. According to Atlanta Black Star, “After Snoop Dogg chimed in on Tami Roman’s “Bonnet Chronicles” post about Kim Kardashian’s nude photos” the pair realized they made a little magic with viewers. The article says Snoop commented last month that he was ready with his “scarf on” and apparently that led to a report saying the deal is done. Atlanta Black Star says the late-night show will be titled “Get Into It…Forizzle” and will “capture their love of donning nightly headgear as they discuss pop culture updates“. It will also “feature celebrity interviews and performances from music’s biggest stars.” The rapper and his wife are sharing executive producer credits on the show that’s slated to begin filming in March.
Idris Elba’s “In the Long Run” Sitcom Eighties hit sitcoms like “The Cosby Show”, “The Jeffersons” and a “Different World” gave us snapshots of life growing up Black in middle class America. But what was it like growing up Black in that decade across the pond? Idris Elba’s new upcoming comedy is about to give the world a look as he walks down memory lane in “In the Long Run.” Variety Magazine says “Elba created the show, which is loosely based on his own childhood” and will follow the life of the Easmon family which moved from Sierra Leone Africa to England. Elba joins the cast as the patriarch of the family. “In the Long Run” will air on on the European cable and satellite channel Sky1 and on some streaming services. Elba also stars on the hit series “Luther” and in the HBO series “The Wire”.
Latifah’s New Project Full of Hope and Wishes Rapper/talk show host/actress Queen Latifah is on board to star in a “Hope’s Wish” . The true-life drama follows the story of 12 year old Hope Stout who is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. TThe little sets out on a mission to find the money to fund not her own wishes, but those of all the other health-challenged children in her part of North Carolina. Latifah stars as Make-A-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois who makes Hope’s mission her cause and joins the child to help raise the money.”Hope’s Wish” begins shooting in Charlotte North Carolina on April 9.
For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!