A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Singer/producer and reality star Kandi Burruss has another spin-off coming to Bravo. Burruss’s mother, Joyce Jones, and her two aunts Nora and Bertha will be getting their own reality show that will share the same name as their Atlanta-based soul food restaurant, Old Lady Gang.
A premiere date has not ben announced, but according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, production has already started. This will be Burruss’s fourth spin-off series for Bravo, following The Kandi Factory, Kandi’s Wedding, and Kandi’s Ski Trip.
Old Lady Gang opened in 2016 and has been recognized ever since for its Southern cuisine. The restaurant won the Diner’s Choice Award in 2018 from Open Table and was named one of the 25 best soul food restaurants by Taste of Soul.
Actress Gabrielle Union is taking her talents to the world of children’s literature.
Her new book, Welcome to the Party, is inspired by her daughter, Kaavia James, and what her arrival meant to their family.
“I’m so excited to be releasing my first children’s book,” Union told People in a recent interview, “Since the birth of my daughter, I’ve been even more inspired to create stories that are on only representative of the cultural melting pot we live in, but also celebrate life and the lessons that come at every age.”
Harper Collins Children Books editor Luana Horry shared her excitement to collaborate with Union on this project.
“When I heard about the arrival of Kaavia James, I was touched by the beautiful and loving way she was introduced her to the public. To work with Gabrielle Union on her unique celebration of parenthood was more than an honor—it was such an honorable experience.
Union and her husband, former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, used a surrogate to birth Kaavia in November of 2018.
Welcome isn’t the first time Union ventured in the world of books. Her memoir, We Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, is on the New York Times best-sellers list.
A former dance instructor on Lifetime’s popular series Bring It was recently sentenced to nine months of prison and four years of probation.
John Connor III was found guilty of having unprotected sex with an underage dance student, exposing the teen to HIV.
In November, Conner pleaded guilty to charges of criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure, and solicitation of a minor, according to Memphis CBS affiliate WREG.
At the time of the incident, Conner was 26 and the teen was 16. The two reportedly met online and agreed to meet one another for sex. Conner was diagnosed with HIV in 2012, but failed to disclose his status to the student at the time of their relationship.
Conner got national attention during the first season of Bring It, following the dance leadership of Coach Dianna “Miss D” Williams and her Dollhouse Dance team in Jackson, Mississippi. Conner appeared on the first season of the show as a coach of the Dynamic Diamond Dollz. He returned in season two.
According to WREG, Conner still faces two similar cases. As a requirement of the conviction, Conner will have to remain on the sex offender registry for life.
Actress Lorraine Toussaint has joined the cast of the pilot for the series reboot of The Equalizer at CBS, according to Deadline.
Toussaint will join the pilot lead, Queen Latifah, who is stepping into a role described as a new take on the character Edward Woodward portrayed on the original series and by Denzel Washington in the film franchise.
Toussaint will play Freda ‘Aunt Fry’ Lascombe, Robyn’s (Latifah) aunt who’s been living with Robyn and her daughter, Delilah, since Robyn’s divorce. She has an undeniable wisdom and is a cautiously optimistic truth-teller.
The Equalizer was originally a television series on CBS from 1985-89 with Woodard. It was adapted for film in 2014 starring Washington, and a sequel, The Equalizer 2, was released in 2018.
The project will be produced by Andrew Marlowe, Terry Miller, Davis Entertainment, and Latifah’s Flavor Unit productions.