Much to my joy and overwhelming sadness are literally thousands of televisions shows to watch, binge-watch or, if you appreciate fantastic actors playing despicable people, hate-watch.
So with a varied and wonderful ocean of television, it’s nearly impossible for even the esteemed Television Academy to recognize all of the industry’s most talented for this year's Emmy nominations. Snubs are bound to happen, and as devastating as it is, we just have remember that it really is an honor to be nominated.
Here are 4 heartbreaking Emmy snubs...
The 47th NAACP Image Awards, which aired Friday night on TVOne, answered the Oscars exclusion with an awards show that was an inclusive celebration for musicians, actors and activists of color. Winners and nominees cheered each other on, cracked jokes while presenting and accepting their awards, and passionately and adorably lip-synched to John Legend’s performance.
I had a lot of fun putting together my #2015BestNine Instagram pictures (Follow me!). It's a fun way to look back at the year and remind yourself of how much you accomplished and that just because a haircut looks cute on Taraji P. Henson doesn't mean it'll work for you.
While picking 2015’s Best Television Shows, I discovered that this was an exciting, diverse year for shows that obliterated the conventional ideas of drama—“UnReal’s” drama felt like TV-ception as it focused on the making of a reality dating show; BET’s “Being Mary Jane” found its niche just as the do-gooding but volatile Mary Jane tried to find her bliss; and “Jane The Virgin” offered the most unflinchingly realistic look at motherhood in TV history. Let's break it down!
Last week’s two-hour premiere of “Being Mary Jane” featured visceral drama the fallout of Mary Jane’s car accident, thanks of brilliant writing and genius casting of character actor, Emmy winner Loretta Devine.
Though she's been acting for over 30 years, viewers may know Ms. Devine best as the late Adele Webber on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Aunt Honey on the short-running Raven-Symone led sitcom, “State Of Georgia” and her breakout role in 1995’s “Waiting To Exhale." Her most popular roles are intensely maternal archetypes. So when viewers saw the first scenes of downtrodden and gracious Cece—another driver in Mary Jane’s car accident—they may have written her off as a nice churchy grandmother that desperately needed Mary Jane’s help.
Suddenly, the entire façade crumbled in scene-stealing fashion as Cece revealed herself to be an opportunistic, morally corrupt hustler who was underestimated by both Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) and a room full of SNC's lawyers, who she promptly shut down: “I understand what you see: a shifty black woman who has the future of your company in her hands. You don’t like me anymore than you like Mary Jane, but you tolerate her because she’s good for business. Well you are going to tolerate me because so you can stay in business.”
The reveal led to a deliciously awkward and provocative moment in the premiere in which Mary Jane and her extortionist feasted on popcorn and traded insults and insight over Mary Jane’s career. It was harsh reality, clever banter and social commentary in one electric and stunningly acted package.
Unfortunately, a character like Cece probably won’t be around for more than a few more episodes, but I’m salivating to see her and Mary Jane spar for at least one more round. “Being Mary Jane” airs tonight on BET at 10/9c, and it is rumored that someone may die or leave the BMJ-verse forever! Who do you think it will be?
I love television dramas. I relish in the intrigue and the betrayal and glorious lives of fictional characters that live in sprawling luxurious homes or just covet them, and have twisted, dirty personal lives. As an entertainment blogger, there are never enough dramas. As a black woman, there are is a depressing scarcity of dramas starring women of color. We might be the overconfident, oversexed, sassy best friend whose only purpose to boost the self-esteem of the classically beautiful heroine or the medical examiner forever stuck in the lab doling out boring, impersonal medical facts, but rarely the muse.
Enter "Being Mary Jane"—BET’s addictive, sexy and provocative drama about a successful, complicated black woman who wants it all, starring the flawless and underrated Gabrielle Union. It's "Scandal" crossed with "The Good Wife." The new season starts on today! Here are four reasons you should watch.
1. Gabrielle Union. While we were rightfully and passionately celebrating the historic Emmy nominations ofViola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Regina King and Queen Latifah and other people of color, I was saddened by Gabrielle Union's snub. As Mary Jane Paul—a troubled but brilliant broadcaster—Union has given so much; she has turned in nuanced, candid, vulnerable performances that can be compared to Viola Davis' incendiary wig and make-up removal scene on “How To Get Away With Murder.” Her epic monologues rival any "Gladiator In A Suit" speech made on "Scandal" because they are not about lofty political ideas or the failings of society, but the everyday battle of being a (single) woman, being black and how hard it is to be one or both.
2. Her love life is worse than yours. Misery loves company, so anyone—single, married, recently dumped—can tune into “Being Mary Jane” and commiserate. Mary Jane has unknowingly slept with a married man and knowingly stalked the wife. She’s saved sperm her lover’s sperm in a desperate and misguided impregnate herself. She pushed away her niece who all but idolized her. Her relationships, platonic, familial and otherwise, are trainwrecks, and you can’t help but revel and weep at the carnage. After seeing the gorgeous men in her orbit, can we blame her?
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