Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell. Prime-time broadcast fell to 9.1% after reaching an all-time high of 10.2% last season. GLAAD's report, “Where We Are on TV,” found that 70 out of 773 series regular characters on broadcast scripted prime-time TV were LGBTQ. The group found good news on the second request in the latest study — over half of LGBTQ characters on cable television were people of color, meeting GLAAD’s challenge. The advocacy group noted that nearly half of all LGBTQ representation in prime-time scripted cable is seen on just three networks — FX, Freeform and Showtime.
Roku buys library of the short-lived streaming service Quibi
FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020 file photo shows a logo for Roku on a remote control in Portland, Ore. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, Roku is buying short-lived streaming service Quibis content library to bolster content for its free Roku Channel. AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)Roku is buying the content library of Quibi, the short-lived streaming service, to bulk up its own free ad-supported channel. Quibi, short for quick bites, raised $1.75 billion from investors including major Hollywood players like Disney, NBCUniversal and Viacom. Roku created its business solely as a hub for other streaming services, but has recently begun piling up content for its free Roku Channel. Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen and Lena Waithe have all been in Quibi shows.
Audible enlists Waithe, Gladwell to help find new talent
LOS ANGELES – Lena Waithe and Malcolm Gladwell will join several influencers on an advisory board for Audible to help discover new talent. The online audiobook and podcast platform announced Monday the formation of the Emerging Voices Advisory Board. The diverse board of esteemed artists, podcasters, producers and writers was created to help Audible experts define and “further the creative vision” of storytellers. On Monday, Audible also announced the launch of the Audible Podcast Development Program. Selected participants will have the opportunity to work alongside Audible experts to receive editorial, production and financial support.
'Bad Hair' movie explores Black women and hairstyle messages
(Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)LOS ANGELES – Several scenes in the film “Bad Hair” were so horrifying that some cast members initially second-guessed their own use of hair weave or extensions. The dark comedy horror is “only a film," they say, but the story’s underlying messages of harmful hair weave and false beauty standards for Black women had a lasting effect. Ultimately, she discovers that her newly installed hair is possessed, taking over her body and causing harm to others. A weave is a popular method where hair wefts are sewn onto braided hair and styled in any manner. He said the writing process started with talking to some of his closest friends who are Black women.
Shock, grief, and gratitude after death of Chadwick Boseman
God bless Chadwick Boseman. Denzel Washington, via a statement. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. From Black Panther to Da 5 Bloods, Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, via Twitter.
Expert: Uncommon to be diagnosed with colon cancer so young
Actor Chadwick Boseman, known for playing real-life Black icons and ruling Wakanda as the Marvel character Black Panther, died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Jacksonville oncologist Dr. Scot Ackerman said Saturday on The Morning Show that its unusual for someone to be diagnosed with colon cancer at such a young age. God bless Chadwick Boseman. Denzel Washington, via a statement. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. You will be missed. Bosemans Black Panther co-star Sterling K. Brown.
BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists went political
The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd. The BET Awards kicked off with Black artists rapping and singing anthems about the Black experience and fighting for equal rights. Nipsey’s family, we love you.”The BET Awards, one of the first awards shows to air virtually, featured performances that were sharp with artsy stage production, giving extra life to the songs being performed. “I used to watch the BET Awards all the time thinking, ‘One day that’s going to be me going up there accepting my award’ — and now it is.”Though the BET Awards are technically about handing out trophies, the awards were an afterthought. Beyoncé won the BET HER award for “Brown Skin Girl,” shared with daughter Blue Ivy Carter as well as Wizkid and Saint JHN.
Floyds death hastens shift in police pop culture portrayals
In this image released by NBC, Jason Beghe portrays Hank Voight, left, in a scene from the crime series "Chicago PD." The divide between crime fiction and real life dates back to the genre's origins, more than 200 years ago. Law enforcement violence and corruption were extreme in the mid-19th century and some police forces were rooted in the patrols that used to chase down runaway slaves. Meanwhile, The police in early crime fiction were depicted as good, courageous, and brilliant, says Otto Penzler, the crime fiction publisher and bookseller. Over the past 50 years, the image of law enforcement has sometimes mirrored debates between liberals and conservatives.
With a gay protagonist, Pixar short 'Out' makes history
This image released by Pixar Animation Studios shows a scene from the animated short film "Out," featuring a gay protagonist, the first in Pixar's 25-year history. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, Out.Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar film, which recently debuted on Disney+. While frantically trying to hide evidence of his boyfriend, Manuel, Greg discovers the courage to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents. Greg, whos loosely based on Hunter, is Pixars first LGBTQ protagonist. To animate it, Hunter approached Wendell Lee, the only other gay animator still at Pixar from Hunters early days with the company.
Robyn Crawford Says She Felt Like She Was 'Losing' Whitney Houston When Singer Married
The late Whitney Houston's longtime friend, Robyn Crawford, is opening up about the complicated relationship she had with the singer's husband, Bobby Brown. Crawford says despite her own complicated relationship with Houston, she only wanted the best for the singer when it came to her marriage. Crawford says she was actually more disappointed when prior to her relationship with Brown, Houston didn't tell her about secretly dating Jermaine Jackson. I didn't feel like I was being effective; I didn't have her ear anymore. Watch the video below for more: Diane Warren Believes If Whitney Houston Stayed With Robyn Crawford She'd Still Be Alive Today Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Robyn Crawford Says She and Whitney Houston Planned to Confront Wendy Williams Over Her Remarks About ThemRobyn Crawford Recalls When She Realized Whitney Houston Had a Drug ProblemRobyn Crawford Says 'No One' Knew About Her Whitney Houston Romance
Lena Waithe Moves to Amazon in Major New Deal
Lena Waithe is headed to Amazon. The multi-hyphenate has closed an overall deal with Amazon Studios, they announced at their Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. Waithe will produce the streaming service's upcoming horror anthology series THEM, and will further work with Amazon Studios to create and produce additional original series to stream on Amazon Prime Video. "Lena is a powerhouse writer and producer who also has a gift for identifying exciting and authentic voices," Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. RELATED CONTENT:'The Chi' Creator Lena Waithe Addresses Jason Mitchell Misconduct Allegations: 'I Wish I Would Have Done More'Halle Berry Plants a Big Kiss on Lena Waithe During 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' MonologueLena Waithe Joins 'Westworld' Season 3Must-See Star Sightings