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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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Destiny's Child Members To Guest Star on Sitcoms

February 14th, 2006 11:08am EST
Kelly Rowland
The destinies of former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are set - they'll be starring in TV sitcoms. Williams will appear in three episodes of UPN's Half & Half, a drama about a hard-edged record executive who turns out to be HIV positive. And bandmate Rowland will appear in another UPN show, Girlfriends, as an innocent intern who is not all she appears to be.

Rowland is hopeful her run on Girlfriends might turn into her own sitcom, saying, "We'll see. I would love that."

But the pair have some way to go before they can match bandmate Beyonce Knowles' ...
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Destiny's Child Singer To Guest Star On UPN's Half & Half

January 19th, 2006 11:59pm EST
Michelle Williams of Destinys Child
UPN's comedy Half & Half will feature a three-episode HIV storyline guest starring Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child in which she plays Naomi Dawson, a rival record producer who is HIV positive with whom Spencer (Chico Benymon) is pursuing a relationship. The three-episode arc airs in consecutive weeks beginning Monday, February 13 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.

After working together on a special project, Naomi and Spencer find themselves spending extra time together and getting very comfortable with one another. As the couple grows closer, Naomi unexpectedly begins to back away fr...
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