#ConversationStarter: First Glimpse At Alexandra Shipp As #Aaliyah.

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The first movie about Aaliyah Dana Haughton will be hitting the airwaves this November.

The folks at HipHollywood.com have the first sneak peak. Check out the teaser below.

This movie is based on the book by Christopher John Farley, “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.” It stars Alexandra Shipp of House of Anubis and details the rise to stardom and heartbreaking end of the singer, dancer and actress.

From HipHollywood:

The Lifetime Original Film also stars Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Mike Haughton, Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.

Although buzz around the biopic is at an all time high, it has had a few rough patches. The family has voiced their disapproval of the project and the film’s initial star, Zendaya, backed out because of those concerns.

First impressions? Knowing that the family isn’t as involved will you watch?

#ConversationStarter: Preacher’s Wife Responds To Outfit Criticism.

DeVon Franklin with wife and actress, Meagan Good. (via HipHollywood)

DeVon Franklin with wife and actress, Meagan Good. (image via HipHollywood.com)

Good with the cast of Cousin Skeeter. She played Nina in the 90s sitcom.

Good with the cast of Cousin Skeeter. She played Nina in the 90s sitcom.

Meagan Good is catching heat from some on social media after the preacher’s wife donned a dress with a plunging neckline.

She wore the striking blue ensemble at the BET Awards while presenting the Best Gospel Artist award.

Good, who gained fame in the 90s in the Nickelodeon sitcom Cousin Skeeter, is married to Sony Pictures Executive and Seventh Day Adventist pastor Devon Franklin.

Below is a sample of the reaction on twitter:

The star of the NBC drama, Deception, had this to say to her critics:

From The Christian Post:

“I never forgot God was there for a second.. and would never be ashamed of what I’m wearing (in) front of him…,” Good responded to one person on Instagram. “He loves me for exactly who He created me to be despite what anyone else thinks…”

From NewsOne:

I’m not any less holy because the dress I wore -I may not be who people think I should be -but I’m morphing into exactly who God wants me to be.. My excuse is never “I’m going to do me” and I don’t feel that I need to make an excuse or defend or what I wore .. I know I have a responsibility -and I’m working daily to fulfill the full potential of all God has created me to be..

A dialogue was started about my character, integrity, my walk with God and my Husband -simply based on a dress that I wore.., Of course I’m going to have a reaction to people saying negative things… It’s just sad.. Makes me sad not regretful.. My heart and spirit is always open to whatever my Father would want to share with me… And my spirit tells me to be exactly who I authentically am -because that’s what’s going to reach who I was authentically designed to touch.. people like me who are often misunderstood and told their cut of God’s promise -because they don’t look the role …when God doesn’t care about us “looking the role”..he is always cared about bringing us in -and us being whatever we need to be to bring Those left out in ..

Chime in: Was the dress all good? Or do you side with the “social media motherboard” (as NewsOne puts it) who thinks it was too much?

Read More.

The Christian Post.

NewsOne.

The Huffington Post.

HipHollywood.

The YBF.

#TalentedTuesday: It’s A Pop OD.

“If you’re into motivational spiels….then go write a book.” — Andrea V.

This edition of #Talented goest to my #twitterfam known as @itsapopOD on the social network but Andrea Valeria on her vlog and everywhere else.

She has shared camera time with Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and even danced with the Rockettes–the itsapopOD versions of them (although she’s bound to chill with the real ones once Ryan Seacrest creates a show for her on E! *cough*).

I stumbled across AV, years ago, on Twitter when searching for bilingual journalists to follow (porque algun dia voy a ser un reportero que habla lenguas dos).

Yep! She’s not just a hilarious vlogger, at one point in time, she held down the hard news front for Bay News 9 en Espanol.

Quite frankly, I could not have been happier to make that follow button go blue because come to find out she wasn’t just news; she lives and breathes pop culture too.

Her overdose on pop started as a blog.

She then channeled her amazingly observant pop culture view into a YouTube channel and now she is nominated for a Shorty Award.

You don’t have to take my word or Shortys though check out some of her videos below.

If it was not for #7 this post wouldn’t be written, it’s one of my favorite vids and if the Library of Congress ever archives vlogs this one should be in there.

Visit AndreaValeria.com for everything pop.

Follow @itsaPopOD on Twitter too.

#TalentedThursday: @Zendaya shakes it up on #DWTS.

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Zendaya

This #Talented goes to a triple treat whose star continues to rise–Zendaya Coleman.

The Disney darling gained fame portraying hip-hop dancer Rocky Blue on the sitcom Shake It Up, a series about two teens who land gigs on a local Chicago dance show.

Coleman known mononymously as Zendaya has also released two singles ‘Swag It Out’ and ‘Watch Me’.

The Shake It Up star is the youngest contest to ever grace the ballroom floor on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and she’s even receiving praise from her competitors.

From People Magazine

“I mean, oh my gosh,” Dorothy Hamill told PEOPLE. “Doesn’t matter if she’s 16 or 12 or 100. It was just beautiful.”

Added Karina Smirnoff, standing with her Super Bowl champ partner Jacoby Jones: “We probably won’t be able to do what she did today after 10 weeks! Because that takes years of practice and training.”

Check out her moves below.

DWTS Week One.

Z & V’s First Meeting.

First Rehearsal.

Follow her on Twitter @Zendaya
Like her on Facebook..
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Chime in: Do you see Zendaya making it far in the competition?

Josh’s Note: I’m a Zswagger (nickname for her fans) so I’d love to see her rock it to the mirror ball.

#ConversationStarter: Betty & Coretta

Lifetime breaks away from the crime, murder and the romantic plot lines this February to tell the story of the friendship between two Civil Rights wives—Betty Shabazz & Coretta Scott King.

Hollywood’s Angela Bassett will play King and music’s Mary J. Blige will play Shabazz.

Watch the preview below.

From the Washington Post:

The film tells the story of the strong, evolving friendship between Shabazz and King, as they forge ahead to raise the ten children (Shabazz had six and King had four) left fatherless after the tragic assassinations of their husbands. It shows their courage as they braved the danger from black anger and white hate and how their commitment to the human rights movement propelled them to leadership in their own right. For the first time in one place, their surrogates give voice to whom or what killed their husbands.

Betty & Coretta premieres February 2 at 8pm ET.

We know Angela Bassett’s range she’s played everyone from Rosa Parks to Betty Shabazz (in Malcolm X).

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has had supporting acting roles before but now she’s taking lead as Shabazz.

Chime in: If you’re reading this before you watch how do you think Mary J. will fare? If you’re reading after, how do you think she did?

Return to 1313 “Mockingbird Lane.”

The Munsters: "Mockingbird Lane."

The first family of fright returns to television just less green, more ghoulish and just as quirky (2012’s “Mockingbird Lane” on left and 1964’s “The Munsters” on right).

Fans of the Munsters can return to 1313 Mockingbird Lane once again.

The classic sitcom which first aired on CBS in the 1960s is getting reboot or a “re-imagining” as Jerry O’ Connell who steps into the shoes of Herman Muster calls it.

As of right now it is airing as a Halloween-special for the peacock network.

However if the ratings are good it could become a regular series and creator, Bryan Fuller, says he still has hope for it.

“The thing that gives me a lot of hope is that first, I think show is wonderful, I think the cast is great. But also that NBC is putting it on the air. They don’t have to do that,” said Fuller.

The pilot, bearing the name of the Munsters’ address in the original series, still centers around goofy but loveable Herman Munster, his vampire wife Lily and her blood-sucking dad also known as Count Dracula.

Rounding out the Munster clan is, abnormally normal niece, Marilyn and son Eddie who is going through a monstrous transition as he hits puberty.

O’ Connell said he thinks fans will find homage in the new and folks who have never met any incarnation of the clan will find it fun too.

“While it is an homage to the original, I think it’s going to be very enjoyable to the people who don’t know the original,” said O’Connell.

This will be the third time (in series form) viewers take a trip to ‘1313.’

The first with the original series in 1964 and the second in 1987 with the syndicated sitcom, The Munsters Today.

The latter ran for three seasons which is one more longer than the original.

The Munsters also made a theatrical and several made-for television film appearances.

Unlike previous versions this will be a full hour of fright and be much darker in tone compared to the original–from Eddie learning about his werewolf power to Herman’s heart going on the fritz and needing a new one.

The pilot will air tonight (Friday, October 26th) at 8/7c on NBC.

Chime in: Are you up for seeing the Munsters return with a brand new spin?

Watch more clips below.

#ConversationStarter: Aaliyah Dana Haughton Revisited.

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Eleven years after her death, ‘Baby Girl’ has returned to the music scene and may have a new album in the works.

Actor turned rapper and Aaliyah fan , Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham has hinted at something special coming for months and now he has released her new song ‘Enough Said,’ and is featured on a verse of the track.

Take a listen. Explicit. (Listen to a version with the rap edited out here ►AaliyahAlways)

Mixed reaction is coming from fans.

Some love it, while others say the cussing is over the top and Aaliyah would never laden her music with so much cursing, if any.

Like the tweet above, some think Missy Elliott and Timbaland should work on the album seeing that they knew the ‘Are You That Somebody’ songstress best and Drake did not know her at all.

Aaliyah & Timbaland

Producer Timbaland recently told New York’s Power 105.1:

“I don’t know what’s going on. The proper way to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right.”

Read more at Billboard.com

In a recent turn of events, Aaliyah’s official twitter account tweeted that Timbaland will work on two tracks for the album. There is still no word on Elliott.

However, while her Twitter account confirms the album, her brother denied it on her official facebook page and followed up with a question to fans about releasing an Aaliyah album.

Aaliyah's Facebook Page

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Only time will tell if an album really happens or not.

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Josh’s Note: One qualm with the song—the cursing. Aaliyah’s music was not filled with cursing.

I do not necessarily have problem with Drake appearing on the album or helping produce it. However, if a album is produced. It is also only right to have both her family and those closest to her involved in the project because they are forever hers and she is forever theirs.

Her music was something anyone at any age could listen to whether they were 5 or 80. It was something anyone could relate to be it the beat or the lyrics.

As I told my radio colleague when I first heard the song, out of respect for her and her artistry it would have been smart and best to stay in lane with who she was, who she is.

Aaliyah is a classic R&B artist with a modern feel whose music is timeless.

Rest in Peace Baby Girl. 1979-2001
May You Live Forever Through Music.
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So what do her fans have to say chime in.

What do you think about ‘Enough Said?’

Is the cursing too much?

Would you like a new Aaliyah album of unreleased music?