After strutting from Logo to VH1, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s ninth season premiered Friday, March 24. Critics say it’s as fabulous as ever—with a fierce cast delivering a whole new level of charisma, nerve, and talent. Viewers agree. The season premiere drew nearly 1 million viewers, more than any other episode of Drag Race. It was the most-watched show on cable TV that night, besides the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. The divas dominated Twitter, as well, trending worldwide and garnering the highest Twitter volume in Drag Race history.
TV Land’s latest scripted series is an inside-Hollywood comedy told through the lens of showbiz outsiders. Nobodies, which premiered last week, follows three graduates of renowned improv troupe the Groundlings—Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras, each playing versions of themselves—as they flounder in the entertainment industry while watching their friends reach stardom.
Davidson, Dorf, and Ramras play “nobodies,” and invite the world to watch their cringe-worthy attempts at fame.
Why should we care?
My Mic Sounds Nice, a panel organized by the BEAT (Viacom’s employee resource group devoted to the African American experience) gave a shout out to the women fundamental to hip-hop’s success. Trell Thomas, VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s director of communication and talent relations, moderated the event at Viacom’s Times Square Headquarters.
The panel featured women who contribute to hip-hop in major ways: Jana Fleishman, EVP of Communication at Roc Nation; LaTrice Burnette, SVP of Marketing at Epic Records; Nadeska Alexis, Senior Editorial Producer at Complex; and hip-hop artist Roxanne Shante.
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In January 2017, the late August Wilson’s play Jitney made its Broadway debut. A period piece set in the late 1970s, the play is about gypsy cab drivers in an African-American Pittsburgh neighborhood. Despite the city’s economic slump, these drivers are thriving and making an honest living—all because regular cabs at the time did not want to service black neighborhoods.
Like Fences—Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play that evolved into Paramount’s Oscar-winning smash—Jitney provides an authentic portrayal of the African-American experience in a particular time and place. The characters are flawed, embroiled in racial tensions and poverty, yet their humanity shines through.
Jitney is part of Wilson’s Century Cycle, a collection of 10 plays set in historically African-American neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and Chicago throughout each decade of the 20th century.
To celebrate Black History Month, The BEAT (Viacom’s employee resource group focused on the African-American experience) hosted a panel discussion at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters with five Jitney cast members.
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It’s All About the Cosign: MTV’s Woodie Awards Showcase New Talent and Encourage Artistic Collaboration
MTV’s Woodie Awards delivered a rousing, live party from SXSW, doubling as a preview of this year’s chart-topping artists and delivering a taste of summer music festival vibes.
BET’s latest scripted series is a gritty police drama—a first for the network.
“When they sent me to Rikers Island, I was 16. I would say it was like hell on Earth. Sometimes, you know, I feel like I’m never going to be the same. You know, I smile, and I joke a lot. But, you know, deep down, I’m a mess because like I’m 21, and on the inside I feel like I’m 40.” – The late Kalief Browder – Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Spike’s documentary series Time: The Kalief Browder Story exposes our broken U.S. justice system through the tragic story of Kalief Browder—a young black man who committed suicide in 2015 after spending three years on New York City’s Riker’s Island prison for allegedly stealing a backpack.
Browder fought to clear his name until he could not fight any longer. With help from public officials and other media outlets, Spike is picking up where he left off.
Orange blimps invaded Los Angeles, along with a deluge of slime, stars, and surprises, for the 28th annual Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this month.
Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards juxtaposed beloved mainstays (green goo, orange blimps, and celebrity guests) with cutting-edge elements. Stars shot out of an orange slide to get onstage. A drone circled the audience at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center, affixed to an orange blimp, snapping shots of fans and posting them to a second screen in the arena. A “live set” of real kids posing as stage props capped off the ultimate fans-first experience.
WWE star John Cena hosted the extravaganza, getting the chance to flex his muscles in an arm wrestling contest with the cast of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. This was one of many stunts chosen by the kids watching at home on Nick’s multiplatform, digital voting system.
3 Days, 5 Stages, Over 50 Comedians and Bands: Everything You Need to Know About Comedy Central’s Festival Behemoth
For festival fanatics, March means narrowing down your summer wish-list. Coachella, Firefly, or Mysteryland? Should you purchase a one-day pass, or go full-throttle and get the four-day VIP experience? How much time can you take off work to devote to camping in a desert?
Now there’s a new contender: Comedy Central Presents Colossal Clusterfest.
Comedy Central’s inaugural festival is, as its name implies, focused on comedy. But the San Francisco event’s lineup is full of more than just laughs. This entertainment bonanza features music, branded attractions and delectable cuisine from local restaurants and wineries.
It’s almost slime time, and Nick is shaking things up a bit. Nickelodeon International is unveiling its first-ever social squad for the network’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards.
— The Daily Nick! (@DailyNickNews) March 3, 2017
The Kids’ Choice Awards official Social Squad is unlike any other celebrity crew. Each member hails from a different part of the world: Germany, Denmark, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.