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Stax Records To Release Soundtrack To 'Soul Men' Nov. 4

October 31st, 2008 9:48pm EDT
Soul Men
Authentic soul music and superstar musical performances are the consistent theme and backdrop for the side-splitting comedy, Soul Men, starring entertainment icons Bernie Mac, who passed away on August 9, and award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film also includes a cameo appearance by Isaac Hayes who died the day after Mac in unrelated circumstances. Soul Men, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother, Roll, Bounce) will be released November 7, 2008 nationwide (Dimension Films/MGM) and the soundtrack will be available November 4th on legendary label Stax Records....
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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Bad Dads & Rad Dads On TV

June 13th, 2008 8:44am EDT
The Brady Bunch
Back when television was young, TV fathers were portrayed as all knowing and in control. Fathers knew best. They dispensed unchallenged wisdom. They were calm and smiling and never seemed pressured by any circumstance. They were always clad in a shirt and tie, even while relaxing at home.

The TV fathers of the 50s and 60s had a ready answer for their children, all who sat with rapt attention to the father's every word. "Gee, Dad," said Wally of Leave It to Beaver, "I never thought about it that way." The Brady kids would also express the same types of revelation after a counseling ses...
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The Stars Of 'Cheers' & 'Married...With Children:' Where Are They Now?

January 16th, 2008 11:19am EST
Married…With Children
In the 80s, viewers tuned in to two series that featured some of the most popular theme songs on television: "Married...With Children" and "Cheers." What happened to the stars of these popular shows?

Cheers (1982-93)

Who can forget the words from the opening sequence: Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got/Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot/Wouldn't you like to get away?

For 11 great years we watched regulars Carla (Rhea Pearlman), Norm (George Wendt), Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) come into the Cheers ...
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NAACP Points Out Lack of Diversity on TV

June 15th, 2006 1:33pm EDT
Dennis Haysbert stars in drama The Unit
According to the NAACP, with the cancellation of the Bernie Mac Show, for the first time in recent history, there is not a comedy with an African-American lead character left on the big four networks. When it comes to returning sitcoms and the announced new comedies, African Americans are missing in action.

While the genre is not as popular as it once was, there is not a shortage of sitcoms on the schedule. Out of the nearly 20 sitcoms on network television this fall, it is unconscionable that there is not an African American lead among them.

When you take into account the recent...
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Gone For Good: 'Pepper Dennis,' 'Stacked' & More

May 26th, 2006 8:33am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Rebecca Romijn's new TV show "Pepper Dennis" and Pamela Anderson's sitcom Stacked are two of the casualties in one of TV's most ruthless cut job. The two shows join a long list of programs that will not return this autumn for new series on their respective networks.

In "Pepper Dennis," Romijn played an unlucky in love reporter, while Anderson was praised for her role as a busty bookstore employee.

Also cancelled, according to TV Guide, are long-running comedy The Bernie Mac Show, Jenna Elfman's "Courting Alex," doomed Friends spin-off Joey and cult drama Everwood.

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Tennis Ace Serena Williams Offers Advice on 'Bernie Mac' Episode

March 21st, 2006 2:58pm EST
Serena Williams
Tennis great Serena Williams guest-stars with Bernie Mac in his confessional on The Bernie Mac Show, offering him advice on the delicate relationship between sisters Friday, April 7, on FOX.

In this episode, "Spinning Wheels," Wanda's sister Valerie (Shar Jackson) shows up to celebrate Wanda's birthday and old sisterly rivalries get in the way when her plans to thrown Wanda a roller disco party for the occasion go awry and Bryana's Daddy, Bryan (Anthony Anderson), saves the day. Williams guest-stars to offer Bernie advice on the situation.

At 23, Williams has won a title in all f...
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Alicia Keys, 'Crash,' Bernie Mac Show, Others Win NAACP Awards

February 27th, 2006 11:08am EST
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys scooped three honors at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual Image Awards on Saturday. The hitmaker put comeback queen Mariah Carey in the shade, after being named Best Female Artist, as well as earning Outstanding Song and Outstanding Video awards for "Unbreakable."

Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi was feted as the Best Album. Oscar-nominated film Crash won the top movie award, while Terrence Howard was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in the racial drama. Howard also won Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-series for Lackawan...
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FOX Debuts New Comedies, Rearranges Schedule This March

January 17th, 2006 1:34pm EST
Two new comedies, “Free Ride” and “The Loop,” will soon join FOX's spring schedule, which also features the return of hit drama Prison Break and new time periods for veteran comedies The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle.

FOX doubles the fun on Friday nights with back-to-back episodes of The Bernie Mack Show (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Jan. 20. Malcolm in the Middle, in its seventh and final season, returns to the Sunday night lineup beginning Jan. 29.

As previously announced, the most talked-about new drama this season returns in March as Prison Break returns with an ...
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'The Bernie Mac Show' Gears Up for 100th Episode

January 4th, 2006 2:07pm EST
The Bernie Mac Show
The Bernie Mac Show, currently in its fifth season, will celebrate its 100th episode with "Bar Mitzvah Crashers" Friday, Feb. 3, on FOX. In this milestone episode, Bernie pushes Jordan to hang out with David, a new neighbor who is Jewish, in order to expand his cultural horizons.

Jordan thinks the kid is a total nerd and hangs out with him begrudgingly, but the two become fast friends when David introduces Jordan to the Jewish bar mitzvah tradition and he is amazed by how elaborate the parties are, especially the gift bags. Jordan has a difficult decision to make when he is invited to...
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