A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
While D-Nice’s “Club Quarantine” and Verzuz’s producer battles are dominating the headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, an unlikely source of new, entertaining content is surging.
Current and former NBA players are taking to Instagram Live to produce content. Miami Heat legend Dwayne Wade is hosting “The Wine Down” weekly on his account. “Wine Down” features Wade and an array of celebrity guests just sitting down and having conversations over glasses of cabernet and chardonnay. Guests have included Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, Orlando Magic guard Aaron Gordon, and Stephen and Ayesha Curry. Viewers can also order wine from Wade’s label. Currently, Wade is offering a sip-and-chill bundle of three bottles each of D Wade Cellars’s “Three by Wade Rosé” and “Three by Wade Blanc” for $125.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry host Home and Hallelujah. Inspired by Ayesha, Home and Hallelujah is a place where people can gather, worship, and uplift in these times. Recently, The Currys featured Gospel artists such as Kirk Franklin and Lecrae on their episodes. You can catch Home and Hallelujah at their Instagram account. You can follow Stephen or Ayesha’s Instagram for dates and times of their showcase.
Blackballed, a docuseries examining the downfall of former Los Angles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, has been added to Quibi, the startup mobile-only streaming service from Jeffery Katzenberg, as part of its upcoming slate.
In the series, former Clippers including Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and DeAndre Jordan discuss the racist comments made by Sterling six years ago that were leaked to TMZ, and consequently led to his dismissal from team ownership and a lifetime ban from the NBA.
Blackballed will also look to take a wider look at race in America as part of its reflection on Sterling, according to a press release from the platform. Catch Blackballed on May 18 on Quibi.
OWN has confirmed that its church drama Greenleaf will end with its fifth season, according to Deadline.
In the final season, the Greenleaf family will try to save their Memphis megachurch from being taken over by Bob Whitmore and his Harmony and Hope Ministries. But past and present secrets threaten destroy the family even as they try to unite.
Cancelling a show at its peak is an interesting decision for OWN. It’s not like Greenleaf has “jumped the shark” and fallen off. The show has been the number-one scripted show on cable among black viewers and averaged 1.1 million viewers in Season 4.
Michaela Coel is bringing a new series that she created based on a personal experience to HBO, according to MadameNoire.
Coel has written and executive-produced the upcoming show, I May Destroy You, inspired by her own experience with sexual assault. It’s based on an up-and-coming writer trying to piece together what happened during a life-changing night that she can’t remember.
Cole plays Arabella Essiuedu, a writer suddenly in the spotlight after a literary work of hers went viral. She is being celebrated by the British press and has been hard at work trying to create her next release. One night, she decides to take a break and go out with her friends. The next day, Arabella has no idea what happened, realizes her phone is broken, and then discovers an unexplained gash on the side of her forehead.
The series is based on Coel’s own experience with sexual assault two years ago. While writing the Netflix series Chewing Gum, she, like the character Arabella, took a break from writing, went out with friends, and returned to consciousness hours later after being sexually assaulted by strangers.
I May Destroy You premiers in June.