Songs, Movies & Moments: November 2017

Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Singer and reality star Tamar Braxton filed for divorce from her husband, Vincent Herbert, on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles County.

According to TMZ, the divorce announcement follows news that the couple put their mansion up for sale for $15 million and that Herbert owes Sony $3 million.

Braxton alluded to marital issues in cryptic social media posts. On Instagram, she shared an inspirational message by Sarah Jakes Roberts about being pulled back to be able to move forward, and the message included mention of being removed from relationships that don’t have God’s “fragrance” on them.

In the documents, Braxton cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. She is also asking for sole custody of the couple’s four-year-old son, Logan; she also requested that the judge deny any request Vince might make for spousal support.

Issa Rae

Coming off of two seasons of her mega-hit comedy Insecure, show creator Issa Rae recently announced she is creating and producing another show for HBO.

According to Deadline, Rae is executive-producing a drama with Turner House author Angela Flournoy, who will also serve as executive producer and write the script for the upcoming project. The show will center on a family trying to adjust to the changing times in early 1990s Los Angeles.

Per Deadline, the show will follow the marriage of a woman named Sheryl, an “envelope-pushing” real estate agent, and her husband, Jackson—an LAPD gang task force recruit—and their two children.

“I am so thrilled to be working with Angela,” Rae told Deadline. “I was a huge fan of The Turner House, and we feel so lucky to bring her beautiful storytelling to HBO.”

Along with Rae and Flournoy, 3 Art’s Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry and Montrel McKay at Apex Content Ventures will co-executive produce the still untitled project.

Gabrielle Union

Is the “Bad Boys” movie franchise getting a spinoff TV series?

Deadline.com reported that not only is a series in the plans, it is also gaining interest from networks.

The spinoff will be built around Gabrielle Union’s character in Bad Boys II. Union’s character, Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett, introduced in the sequel, is the sister of Lieutenant Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who was dating Marcus’s partner, Detective Mike Lowery (Will Smith). Sydney is an undercover operative with the DEA.

The Blacklist writing and production team of Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier will be writing the untitled spinoff.

Union is available to reprieve her role as her BET series Being Mary Jane will wrap up their final season next year with a two-hour series finale.

Bad Boys producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 2.0 Entertainment’s Doug Belgrad, and Primary Wave Entertainment will lead the project’s production team.

Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid and her MSNBC weekend morning show AM Joy has plenty to be joyful about. According to Nielsen, the show beat CNN’s programming in the time slot among total viewers for the fifth consecutive month.

Reid’s AM Joy’s Saturday edition averaged 1.02 million viewers, versus CNN’s 778,000 in the time period. AM Joy’s Sunday edition averaged 880,000 total viewers, versus CNN’s 878,000.

According to Shadow and Act.com, the show has had double-digit growth in the 25-54 demographic, while FOX News and CNN were down for the month of July in comparison to the same time last year.

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