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5 Best New Black Shows 2014

The Upfronts last week in New York brought oodles of excitement to the new fall season for connoisseurs of African-american entertainment.  My personal requirement when I watch television or a movie is that it has to have at least two black people in leading roles, and the writing and the acting have to be amazing . Therefore  as you can guess I don’t watch much television. My time is valuable and  I can’t stand reality shows. I know these characters are getting paid. But how are you going to be a bad actor/actress in a show about your own life? I have not been on the Mad ManGame of Thrones bandwagon either. Mad Men completely ignores that black people exist during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Game of Thrones has dinosaurs and goblins but no sisters or brothers although Hannibal crossed the French alps (Gaul) with his crew .  Both shows are bloodthirsty, over sexed fantasy nonsense. With that said the 5 Best New Black TV Shows 2014   ARE….

Empire -Fox TBA


Empire is a Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) produced drama starring Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon  a dying mogul and Taraji B. Henson as Cookie Lyon his ex-con former wife who are battling  for  control of their  hip-hop dynasty.  Gabourey Sidibe(Precious) joins the cast at Lucious’ hardworking assistant Becky.  Taraji and Terrence acting together is reason enough to be excited about this new show.


The Mathis Project-BET Fridays 10p/9c


Judge Greg Mathis hosts this in-depth investigative program  that reopens cold cases using forensics, law enforcement to uncover new information that will solve murders and bring justice to the victims. This show actually premiered last year but they reworked the format making it leaner and more sophisticated.


How to Get Away with Murder -ABC Thursdays 10p/9c

Viola Davis HTGAWM

This legal suspense thriller produced by Shonda Rhimes stars Viola Davis as law school professor Annalise Keating. She mentors her band of  ambitious students in the intricate art of “getting away with murder”. It is part of ABC’s  Shondaland triad on Thursdays with Greys Anatomy at 8p and Scandal at 9p EST. In my opinion Viola Davis is so beautiful when she wears her hair natural. When she wears those helmet hair wigs, it’s like when Halle Berry wears long hair. It just doesn’t look right.


Black-Ish–  ABC Wednesdays 9:30p/8:30c

Black-ish ABC

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star as an upper  middle class couple raising their four children in a predominately white environment. What a weak premise . How about parents just trying to raise  four kids? That is  enough material for a comedy and a drama, and  no grown-ass kids PLEASE. Can they  also use their creative resources and give it a better name? It also stars and is produced by  Larry Fishburne as the grumpy grandpa.  It its filmed in a single camera format a la Modern Family. It has a lot of potential and I am elated to just to see a nuclear black family. If this show is even close to the genius of The Bernie Mac Show it will be successful.


5.CeeLo Green’s The Good Life – TBN Mondays 10:30p/9:30c

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CeeLo has a reality show and he  brought along his boys The Goodie Mob . I am not a fan of reality shows but  I do admire CeeLo and  the Goodie Mob as artists. The previews seem a bit scripted but the guys seem  fun and it would be nice to come along  for the party. CeeLo Green’s The Good Life premieres June 23 at 10:30/9:30c on TBN.



1. Scandal's Triple Talent Threat
1. Scandal’s Triple Talent Threat

Scandal ABC’s episode “Vermont is for Lovers Too”was the top TV moment in 2013 for black women. It was the first time in the history of television that an episode was produced by a black woman Shonda Rhimes, starred a black woman, Kerry Washington and was directed by a black woman Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere). All three of these sisters deserve the highest accolades because they work hard at their craft and provide quality entertainment. This dynamic trio gifted Gladiators with one of their favorite episodes.

2.OWN Network  Tyler Perry's The Have and Have Nots
2.OWN Network Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots

The tragically sad yet insightful scene depicted Veronica Harrington’s (Angela Robinson) bitterly cold and brutal response when her son Jeffrey (Gavin Houston) finally admits to his parents that he is gay. The scene gave a rare and poignant glimpse into the lives of African American families who as a whole are conservative about social issues such as homosexuality, abortion and liberal on issues regarding civil rights.

Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills on Fox's Sleepy Hollow
Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow

Nichole Beharie co-starring in Fox’s supernatural thriller Sleepy Hollow. She portrays Lt. Grace Abigail “Abbie’” Mills who along with Ichobod Crane (Thomas Mison) work together to destroy the Headless Horsemen and demons of the Apocolypse. Beharie’s best buds chemistry with Thomas Mison is adorable. Two hundred and fifty year old Icabod goes dashing through the 21st century with gusto with aristocratic English rogueness. Abbie being the real sistagirl that she is keeps him right in check. Awesome to see favorite “Girlfriends” actress Jill Marie Jones as the wife of Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones)

4. BET The Game "The Busted Episode" Season 6, Epi 11
4. BET The Game “The Busted Episode” Season 6, Epi 11

BET “The Game” season 6 is officially a grown an sexy party. Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson) gets caught creeping with Rick Fox (as himself) by her fiancee Pookie (Rockmond Dunbar ). It shows that age and gender does not always equal wisdom. There is plenty of rachtetness to go around.

5. BET's  Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union
5. BET’s Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union

Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union hits a black girl in America nerve viewing life through the eyes of Mary Jane Paul . She is a beautiful,talented and successful woman but has the same problems like everyone else. Mary Jane wrangles her life trying to find true love and deal with family drama