Songs, Movies & Moments: September 2017

Jonathan Simmons

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

The sports community has reached out to the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Houston Texans linebacker JJ Watt raised $12 million dollars though his foundation, and Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander pledged $10 million to relief efforts.

Orlando Magic guard and Houston native Jonathan Simmons was one of the hundreds who had to be rescued by boat. Simmons shared his scary experience with Hurricane Harvey through the Magic’s team website, explaining how he and his friends and family were stranded in a home and had to be rescued.

“Saturday night it started raining about 8 o’clock but we had gotten over there about 3 o’clock just to be safe,” Simmons wrote “ I had bought all of these air mattresses and covers and blankets and food and water for everybody. We were good for three days but my other friend’s house had started getting flooded early, so he came to the house, too. SO that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids.”

Trae the Truth

Simmons and his family and friends didn’t have the flood waters reach their house, but they ran out of food and needed rescuing. The person who came to the rescue made Simmons’s experience a wild movie plot that actually happened.

Houston rapper, Trae the Truth had to evacuate his house and a mutual friend from San Antonio driving south with a boat to evacuate the rapper and they picked up Simmons and his family and friends as well.

“Trae the Truth the rapper is from Houston and we know a mutual friend from San Antonio.” Simmons recalled. “They came and got Trae and then he came and got us right away. Luckily, I had a friend in the area who could help us out.”

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx announced a special telethon event through Instagram recently to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Just wanted to let everyone in Texas know, we got you.” Foxx’s video began. “From a fellow Texan, my heart goes out. My prayers go out. September 12, we have a telethon that we’re doing. We’ll give you more details so we can raise as much money as we can for everybody down there.”

Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, and Reese Whitherspoon will reportedly be part of the telethon, which is expected to air during primetime on September 12.

OWN Network’s much hyped and promoted four-part docseries Black Love debuted to solid ratings, and the network has ordered more episodes, according to Shadow and Act.com.

Premiering on August 29th, Black Love had, according to the network, 1.2 million total viewers and a 0.89 rating for the 25-54 women’s demographic. It became OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history and the networks highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years.

The new episodes for next year will feature Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and Grammy-nominated recording artist Tamia. Rev. Run and wife Justine Simmons, D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna.

Created by filmmakers Elaine and Tommy Oliver, Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, “What is the secret to making a marriage work?” The program focuses on the reality of what life-long love looks like, and offers proof that, while it can happen for everyone, it isn’t a cakewalk.

You can catch Black Love Saturday nights at 9 p.m. on OWN.

Uncle Drew, starring Kyrie Irving.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving’s movie, Uncle Drew, has received a prime summer release date for next year.

Directed by Drumline’s Charles Stone III and based on a series of Pepsi commercials staring Irving as an elderly basketball savant, Uncle Drew follows Dax (Lil Rel Howery), an aspiring street-baller who drains his life savings to enter the legendary Rucker Park tournament. Dax asks his Uncle Drew to return to the court one more time as his teammate, prompting a road trip to gather all of Drew’s old teammates (Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Lisa Leslie, Nate Robinson, and Chris Webber) for an on-court reunion.

Uncle Drew is scheduled for a June 29th release.

Law and Order: SVU

Law and Order: SVU thrives off of “ripped-from-the-headlines” storylines. Expect the same in season 19 as SVU showrunner Michael Chernuchin takes on the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, VA.

“We do rip from current headlines, so if headlines have to do with politics, we’ll do it. “Chermuchin told Entertainment Weekly. “You know, with what just happened in Charlottesville, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll do that. We don’t want to take a stand on any political point of view, but we like to present the issues. What I want is, at the end of a show, for half the people to stand up and cheer and the other half to throw their shoes at the TV. I want controversy.”

Catch the new season of Law and Order: SVU this fall on NBC.

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