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A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Great — Here Are 7 Sketches That Prove It

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Great — Here Are 7 Sketches That Prove It
This summer has been decidedly short on new TV comedies worth watching — no, sorry, BH90210 doesn’t count — but one freshman show did manage to shine like an oasis of funny amid the barren landscape: HBO’s wickedly clever gem A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Created by comedian Robin Thede and executive-produced by Insecure star Issa Rae (who pops up in the occasional sketch, too), A Black Lady Sketch Show is upfront about its mission to introduce us to a fresh crop of talented African American women. (I mean, it’s right there in the title.) But this isn’t
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TV Review: ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

  • Variety
Hop on Twitter, and you will find a multitude of posts from frustrated black women decrying everything from cultural appropriation – to be clear, Kim Kardashian did not create cornrows – to the deplorable and racist way four freshman congresswomen of color have been villainized by the Potus.

In contrast, much-needed moments of levity by black women and for black women are much harder to find. That’s going to change when HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” premieres Friday. Funny, irreverent, subversive and self-aware the series, created and executive produced by comedian Robin Thede, is rife with brilliant bits meant to be shared via social media. Every episode (HBO previewed the first six for critics) has at least three noteworthy sketches that will make viewers revel, ruminate and post. Even the title sequence, which features puppets and Megan thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl,” is sharable.

In the pilot, there is
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Issa Rae Provides Update On HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Season 4 – TCA

  • Deadline
During her TCA panel Wednesday for her next HBO series A Black Lady Sketch Show, on which she is executive producer, Issa Rae said her Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series Insecure is currently being hammered out in the writers room and that it’s “shooting in September.”

And they’ll be more episodes in Season 4: 10, per Rae. Each previous season has featured eight episodes.

Rae co-created Insecure with Larry Wilmore. On the show she plays Issa Dee, who together with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) navigates the single experience in Los Angeles; their peers sometimes feel intimidated by their success.

Insecure was nominated for two Primetime Emmys last year, Rae for lead actress in a comedy series and half-hour single-camera cinematography.
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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Trailer: HBO and Issa Rae Change the Game Again

HBO has released the first official trailer for its new sketch comedy series, and the biggest reason to be excited about it is all in the title. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” was written by stand-up comedian and writer Robin Thede and executive produced by “Insecure” creator Issa Rae (Thede is also an Ep). The star-studded trailer includes a dizzying mash-up of guest appearances, but the core cast includes Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black, and Gabrielle Dennis. The official logline describes the show as “a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests.”

Celebrity guests who appear in the trailer include the great Angela Bassett, David Alan Grier, and Laverne Cox. In addition to their talents, the impressive roster also includes Tia Mowry, Aja Naomi King, Patti Labelle, Lena Waithe, Amber Riley, Yvonne Orji, Loretta Devine, Gina Torres, Lil Rel Howery,
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Star-Studded Black Lady Sketch Show Features Angela Bassett, Lena Waithe and Patti Labelle — Watch HBO Trailer

Star-Studded Black Lady Sketch Show Features Angela Bassett, Lena Waithe and Patti Labelle — Watch HBO Trailer
Move over, Saturday Night Live. There’s a new late-night sketch comedy series in town.

HBO on Sunday released the first trailer for A Black Lady Sketch Show, which counts Insecure‘s Issa Rae among its executive producers. The half-hour program is created by comedian Robin Thede, who most recently hosted Bet’s The Rundown.

Thede stars opposite Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee), Gabrielle Dennis (Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Game) and Quinta Brunson (iZombie). The show is described as a “narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests.
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for HBO. For this season, the premium network has returning champs “Game of Thrones”, “Barry” (Bill Hader), “Veep” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), newcomers “Gentleman Jack” (Suranne Jones) and “Succession” (Brian Cox), plus limited series “Chernobyl” (Jared Harris), “Sharp Objects” (Amy Adams) and “True Detective” (Mahershala Ali) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of HBO lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama, TV movies and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

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“Ballers”

Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Dwayne Johnson

Comedy Supporting Actress – Joy Bryant, Brittany S. Hall

Comedy Supporting Actor – Russell Brand, London Brown, Donovan W. Carter, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Omar Miller,
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It's Official! Issa Rae Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Louis Diame

  • Popsugar
It's Official! Issa Rae Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Louis Diame
Issa Rae is getting to walk down the aisle! The Insecure actress is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Louis Diame. Her costars confirmed the exciting news during the 2019 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. "We're very excited for her," Yvonne Orji told Entertainment Tonight. "We all found out in different ways because we're all on different text chains," Jay Ellis added. "We talk at different times, so we all found out at different times in different ways."

Rumors that Issa was engaged first started swirling after her cover for Essence's April issue featured her wearing a gorgeous diamond ring on her left hand. While the actress has yet to confirm her engagement, it seems like her costars are obviously overjoyed about the news!
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50th NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘black-ish’ Dominate

The winners of the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced last night during the live broadcast on TV One from The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as a nominee.

The big winner of the night was “Black Panther” which took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

In the television categories, “black-ish” topped all winners with five awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Additional winners included radio host and personality Tom Joyner who was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
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NAACP Image Awards 2019: black-ish, Empire, Grey's Anatomy Among Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards ceremony was held Saturday night, and it was a night of many repeat victories.

ABC's hit comedy series, black-ish scored its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Series stars (and hosts of the event), Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson also dominated the lead actor categories.

Empire's Taraji P. Henson was another repeat victory, snagging her third consecutive award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series.

Empire has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, so this win is great.

Have a look at the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)

black-ish (ABC) — Winner

Dear White People (Netflix)

grown-ish (Freeform)

Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish — Winner

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Dwayne Johnson, Ballers

Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks,
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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Grey's, Empire Among 2019 Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday night and featured a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who also hosted the ceremony) in the lead actor categories. Taraji P. Henson triumphed for the third year in a row, winning Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Empire.

This year’s winners list also included several first-timers, including Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams, who triumphed over embattled Empire star Jussie Smollett in the race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
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NAACP Image Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

  • The Wrap
NAACP Image Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List
The 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday night, with “Black Panther,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” the Starz drama “Power” and Beyonce going home as the night’s big winners.

Beyonce took home the night’s big prize for Entertainer of the Year, matching her husband, Jay-z, who was the previously announced recipient of this year’s President’s Award.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the NAACP Chairman’s Award, bestowed “in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change,” and radio host Tom Joyner took home the NAACP Vanguard Award.

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Held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the night also saw appearances by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, a monologue by host Anthony Anderson and a roast of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett by comedian Chris Rock.
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‘Black Panther’ Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations

  • Variety
‘Black Panther’ Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations
Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” has dominated nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards, scoring a leading 13 nods.

Black Panther” was recognized in the outstanding motion picture category alongside “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “The Hate U Give.”

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the eponymous superhero, and director Ryan Coogler were also nominated for the NAACP’s special award for entertainer of the year along with Beyonce, Regina King, and LeBron James.

On the TV front, “Atlanta,” “Black-ish” and its spinoff “Grown-ish,” “Dear White People,” and “Insecure,” were nominated for comedy series. Drama series nods were given to “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Power,” “Queen Sugar,” “The Chi,” and “This Is Us.” Netflix led the nominations in the television categories with 22 nominations, followed by HBO with 20 and ABC with 18.

The NAACP also announced that Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will receive the NAACP chairman’s award,
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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Insecure, This Is Us Lead TV Nominees

Nominations for the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced Wednesday, with ABC’s black-ish and NBC’s This Is Us leading the comedy and drama fields, respectively.

black-ish scored nine nods, including recognition for Outstanding Comedy Series and lead performances from Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. (The sitcom won in all three of those categories at the 2018 ceremony.) HBO’s Insecure followed closely behind on the comedy front, with five nominations total.

This Is Us also nabbed five nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series), as did Showtime’s The Chi.

The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of people
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'Halloween' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

  • Movies.com
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical White Boy Rick Night School   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite...
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'Insecure' Star Yvonne Orji Lands Book Deal (Exclusive)

'Insecure' Star Yvonne Orji Lands Book Deal (Exclusive)
Yvonne Orji, who currently stars as lawyer Molly Carter on HBO's hit series Insecure, has nabbed a book deal with Flatiron Books.

The publisher will release Orji's new book, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams (and 20 Lessons I Learned Along the Way). 

In the book, which does not yet have a release date, the actress and comedian, who has been outspoken about her faith, interprets biblical stories and metaphors to fit into current times.

Bamboozled by Jesus is described as a frank and fresh advice book, filled with one woman's ...
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‘Game Of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin, Lena Dunham & More HBO Stars Urge Voting Today

  • Deadline
‘Game Of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin, Lena Dunham & More HBO Stars Urge Voting Today
“Tuesdays are for voting,” Girls boss Lena Dunham declares in the latest election video from HBO in collaboration with Rock the Vote. (See the video above)

In case you don’t know, today is the day that millions of Americans have an opportunity to conduct their constitutional duty. From coast-to-coast, millions get to determine who represents them on the state and national levels in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

So the premium cabler and the 29-year old democracy in action non-profit group are turning up the volume on their previous collaborations..

The September video from Rock The Vote and HBO featuring Dunham, The Deuce‘s Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kumail Nanjiani, Westworld’s Ed Harris, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Wright, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams was intentionally – almost awkwardly – silent.

That’s not the case in this chatty ad.

Take a look above and see Dunham,
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TV's Best Scene Stealers, From Insecure to Ahs: Apocalypse

TV's Best Scene Stealers, From Insecure to Ahs: Apocalypse
Something strange happened after watching the Insecure season three finale. Yes, we were going to miss Issa Rae's heroine Issa Dee, but a realization suddenly hit—we're going to miss Natasha Rothwell's Kelli even more. Writer and actress Natasha Rothwell hit new comedic heights as Issa's and Molly's (Yvonne Orji) pal Kelli, a fearless accountant who is not afraid to partake in a good party drug or call out a past fling in public. Rothwell is the definition of a stellar TV scene stealer—one who should be celebrated. And she's not alone! Recently wrapped and new seasons of your favorite shows feature so many fresh and soon-to-be iconic scene stealers. The below 10 are some of the...
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Movie Review – Night School (2018)

Night School, 2018.

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.

Starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Romany Malco, Keith David, Anne Winters, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Yvonne Orji, Jacob Batalon, Bresha Webb, Fat Joe, Mason Guccione, Al Madrigal, and Ben Schwartz.

Synopsis:

A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they’ll pass the Ged exam to finish high school.

Take it from a Kevin Hart apologist; Night School is an unmitigated disaster and likely the worst thing Kevin Hart has ever been associated with. This grown-ass man back-to-school flick is worse than I ever could have feared based on the above logline synopsis, as it opens with the hyperactive rambler playing his character 17 years younger as a high school student. Let that sink in…

This flashback prologue is meant to demonstrate that Teddy (Kevin Hart) has some kind of learning disability, hinted at
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Insecure: Season Three Ratings

Last year, the Nielsen ratings for the Insecure TV show on HBO grew by leaps and bounds, maybe in part because it followed Game of Thrones and Ballers. While the epic fantasy drama won't be back this summer, the comedies are still paired together. Can they maintain their audience when not backed by the power of the Iron Throne? Will Insecure be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. *Status update below.

An HBO comedy, Insecure stars Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Jay Ellis, Y’lan Noel, Natasha Rothwell, and Amanda Seales. The series follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Orji). The duo tries to deal with their own real-life flaws, even as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Rae also co-created the series with Daily Show vet Larry Wilmore.
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Insecure: Is the HBO TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch

What's in store for Issa and Molly? Has the Insecure TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Insecure season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

An HBO comedy, Insecure stars Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Jay Ellis, Y’lan Noel, Natasha Rothwell, and Amanda Seales. The series follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Orji). The duo tries to deal with their own real-life flaws, even as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Rae also co-created the series with Daily Show vet Larry Wilmore.
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