I MATTER, WE MATTER: #IFTHEYGUNNEDMEDOWN

 
An unarmed Black teen was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. As usual the media responds. Depending on what channel you watch, you will get one side of the story. Within in every broadcast one thing remains the same. The images that are chosen to air when a black man or woman is involved in a high profile incident does not reflect who that person is or was.
Mike Brown lied dead in the street, and the world heard Ferguson, Missouri’s cries. When the media aired the story the image on the left was used to represent Mike Brown the recent high school graduate. In the days of social media any picture could have been chosen but the man in a jersey with his fingers up was the ideal image for the media outlets. Now the picture on the right was already on Facebook. Same person, perfectly different feeling you get from each photo.
In light of this tragedy, #IFTHEGUNNEDMEDOWN was created to question how would the media portray you  if you were gunned down. Shortly after this social media revolution started, more details about the Mike Brown slaying have been revealed. This post is not about what Mike Brown did or did not do, this post is about the way the media portrays our slain black men and women. If they gunned you down, which one of your pictures would the news use?

THROWING SHADE: TOWANDA IS NOT A NICE BRAXTON

In a Dish Nation interview Towanda Braxton was asked who would win in a fight between the Braxton’s and SWV who would win. She said it’s five of us and three of them and we are real sister. #shade

Braxton Family Values and SWV Reunited both premiered yesterday on the WE Channel.

ONE DAY YOUR IN, NEXT DAY YOUR OUT: LOVE AND HIP HOP NY CAST REVEALED

I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw an interesting post by Balleralert.com about Love and Hip Hop NY’s next season. Balleralert reporter Eleven8 reported that Tahiry and Joe Budden have left the show. Their story line was getting dry anyway.

The newcomers to the Love and Hip Hop franchise are……………….

Rapper Chink Santanna and his girlfriend.

Record Exec Cisco Rosa and his new girlfriend. (He briefly dated Jennifer from Basketball Wives.)

Recording Artist J. Dinero, she appeared on last season’s Love and Hip Hop and spoke with Yandy a few times.

I am not impressed by the latest casting. I hope these new folks bring something interesting to the show, or else this just might be Love and Hip Hop NY’s last season. With the oh so dramatic Atlanta version and now the LA version is cooking up, offering drama before it is even aired. Love and Hip Hop NY has to come out strong.

IN THE RUNNING: ESPN ANCHOR MAY JOIN THE VIEW

Sherri is out! Whoopi is in! Jenny is out! Rosie is in! Sounds like a game of musical chairs. The View‘s next season is expected to change the morning talk show game. The producer of the Rachel Maddow show Bill Wolff will takeover for Bill Geddie. Yes with all of the hoopla over Barbra, Jenny and Sherri leaving the show, no one cared to notice that Bill was retiring from the show as well.

With all of these changes comes tons of rumors. Here’s the latest. Rumor has it that ESPN’s Sage Steele just might be added to the round table. Sage has been a guest co-host on the show before. Test shows are being done to see how the chemistry is on stage with all of the prospective co-host. There was also a rumor going around saying that Whoopi was not pleasant to work with on set and she called Barbra a “cranky 85-year-old woman”. ABC disputed this rumor and is disgusted by the thought of anyone saying Whoopi would do such a thing. In an interview with TheWrap an ABC spokes persons said “Whoopi is a consummate professional and has an enormous amount of respect for Barbara with whom she has a professional and personal relationship.  Unless you were there and heard it first hand, this is nothing more than mean and hurtful rumor.”

Do you think Sage has what it takes to rub elbows with Rosie and Whoopi?

AS IF WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING: BLACK BOX HAS BEEN CANCELLED

High expectations were put in place for ABC’s new drama the Black Box. With the networks roster of hit dramas like Scandal the bar has been set really high. The Black Box unfortunately started out strong and quickly fell off the radar. Although it was filled with lots of drama.

The bi-polar neuroscientist already has a lot on her plate with her personal life. Then she saves mentally disturbed people from themselves. Sound like enough drama right? The Black Box’s main character also was so promiscuous, it just seemed unsettling. The show goes from 0 to 100 real quick.

ABC has pulled the plug on the mind rattling drama. Sometimes less is more.

 

I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE IT: A HOLLYWOOD EX AND A TV HOST END THEIR RELATIONSHIP

After their 5 year engagement Micheal Strahan (Good Morning America) and Nicole Murphy (Hollywood Exes LA) have ended their engagement. Due to Michael’s intense new schedule the couple finds it hard to continue the relationship. They still love each other, time together has not been on their side.

Micheal will be entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow. This announcement could have waited. Tomorrow is Michael’s moment, let him have his moment gosh.

Both Michael and Nicole have experienced nasty divorces. At least this time they won’t have to go through one.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER: REALITY COUPLE GIVES BIRTH

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Love and Hip Hop NY reality stars and couple Peter Gunz and Amina Buddafly are now parents to a bouncing baby girl. This is the married couple‘s first child together. However Peter Gunz has a slew of other kids, by different women. But today they are one big happy family and that should be celebrated. Congratulations to them. Make Mona Scott the grandma, I mean the godmother.

TAKE THAT TV BIOPIC: AALIYAH’S FAMILY WORKING ON A BIOPIC THAT WILL B E RELEASED IN THEATERS

Well if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Words sung by the one in a million R&B Princess Aaliyah. These are truly word to live by.

Aaliyah’s family have now decided to participate in a biopic for t heir beloved Aaliyah. This biopic will not be with the Lifetime Network. Aaliyah manger and Uncle Barry Hankerson, is  the one orchestrating the biopics production. The movie will include Aaliyah’s full story andthe singers music. The music will not be featured in the Lifetime Movie. Aaliyah’s family has already chosen who will play Aaliyah. Singer B.Simone will play Aaliyah.

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I think she looks like Aaliyah, but can she act? I won’t judge. I am just so happy the family is doing their own movie. Take that Lifetime and Wendy Williams.

The Aaliyah movie will be ready to be released in theaters in 2015