Many gladiators woke up today either LOLing or extremely disappointed. When a “Good Morning America” promo aired during last night’s “Scandal” episode that Kerry Washington would make an announcement with co-host Robin Roberts, Black Twitter got typing. It was pretty unanimous: Washington would announce that she’s pregnant. Turns out that was wrong. Instead, the “Scandal” star announced her support for “Girl Rising,” a global campaign that uses “the power of education to transform girls lives all over the world,” she told Roberts. It’s a passion project for the 36-year-old actress. And it seems like a worthy cause. When I initially saw the “GMA” promo, preggers announcement didn’t come to mind. That would seem out of character for the notoriously private Washington. However, when I reviewed my Twitter feed, that’s exactly what many people thought. Speculation about a pregnant Washington began swirling soon after she secretly wed San Francisco 49er Nnamdi Asomugha last June. And over the past few weeks, she’s been spotted wearing more camouflaging outfits on the red carpet (2013 Primetime Emmy Awards) or during interviews (last week appearances on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The View”). So anticipating a pregnancy announcement wasn’t too far-fetched. But it’s her life and if she is pregnant and chose not to address it until the child was heading to college (someone suggested that’s how secretive she is, LOL) then that would be her business. We’d have to respect it.
Here’s what else is going on …
Can we talk about “Scandal’s” Daddy Pope?: Daddy Pope and Olivia Pope’s relationship primarily had Twitter “Scandal” fans attention last night. And you can’t blame them. It gets deeper each week, especially through the flashbacks, which rewound five years yesterday (As “Essence” editor Charreah Jackson tweeted, Liv wears bangs in those scenes.). Last week, I said I could roll with him. Daddy Pope aka Eli/ Rowan Pope just wants the best for his little girl and would go through the ringer to protect her, even if it’s from himself, right? Good dad. Yeah, I was sticking to that narrative until about half way through last night’s episode. One of my Twitter buds kept saying ad nauseam that he was “scary.” I was like, girl, get over it. Um, can I retract that? Here’s why. First, the present-time conversation Liv and her dad had over Jake Ballard was a red flag. Daddy Pope wants ex-White House staffer Jeannine Locke to take the fall as Fitz’s mistress and in exchange, he’ll release Jake. “How do I know he isn’t already dead?” Liv asks with a fake smile, so her team, watching through glass doors, won’t know the nature of their conversation. “You don’t,” a wide grinning Daddy Pope said as he cupped Liv’s face. That scene did it for me! But in case any doubts lingered, a flashback scene where Liv questioned him about his involvement in the secret CIA-like B-613 after discovering he lied took the cake. “I’m your father so I’m going to explain to you how you ought to behave in my presence. You do not ask questions that you cannot handle the answer to. You do not make judgments about things you cannot imagine. You don’t know me that way. You don’t ever want to know me that way. But if you push you will know me well and that would break my heart because I’m enjoying these Sunday dinners that you make me pay for,” he told her. That sounded like a veiled threat and Liv did the best thing by leaving. Then, we learn that she and Sen. Edison Davis were engaged back then and that Daddy Pope may have masterminded a brutal car wreck involving the senator because he disapproves of the engagement. And he kidnapped Huck! Apparently this caused their five-year estrangement. Even Cy’s recent warning to Fitz, “And trust me, B-613 isn’t the kind of enemy that any world leader would want to have.” Any world leader? Whoa! Yeah, Daddy Pope, who is “command” at B-613, is out there. And I’m sure it’ll only get more interesting. Clearly, he’s no one to mess with and may be a bit cray-cray. But, I’m not completely anti-Daddy Pope. Like the show’s other characters, he seems complex and layered (Similar to “Ray Donovan’s” title character or “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White) and I wonder what’s his real back story. Can we also acknowledge how refreshing it is to see black actors afforded the opportunity to star in roles that aren’t one-dimensional? Yay for that! Go here for a full “Scandal” recap.
Think I’m exaggerating about Daddy Pope? See him in the latest “Scandal” episode
Since we’re talking about tough guys, are you keeping up NBC’s “Ironside?” I watched the second episode on XFINTY On Demand last night and it’s pretty good. I really dig Blair Underwood’s portrayal of this handsome “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” wheel-chair bound chief detective. He’s smart, fine, get’s ladies and kicks ass. See here for yourself. Still staying on the kick ass subject, be sure to check out Xfinity Black Entertainment’s Halloween Fright Fest movies. I watched “Vampire in Brooklyn” last night and laughed. Eddie Murphy is funny as a vampire seeking the affections of a police detective played by Angela Bassett. Watch it here and when you’re done, be sure to see Ms. Bassett in “American Horror Story: Coven” if you already haven’t (She gave so many people life in under 3 minutes!). The first episode aired Wednesday but you can catch up here. Yesterday, Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys opened up to “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King about why she executive produced “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” which opens today.”I love being able to tell stories that wouldn’t be told,” Keys told King. “I was drawn in instantly just by reading the piece… It is a global story, it’s a human story.” The two also dished on her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and her son Egypt’s musical talent. Awwww. Watch it here. I also went back and watched Michael Fassbender’s Wednesday visit to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where he discussed his role as a cruel slave owner in “12 Years a Slave.” I’m attending a screening of this movie Sunday and am bracing myself. Jon Stewart said it was an “incredibly well-done” film that was “very difficult to watch.” Check out the interview here.
On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend …
“The Walking Dead”: We said goodbye to more characters last season (wipes tears) but welcome plenty new faces during season 4. In addition to Danai Gurira’s Michonne, I’m also looking forward to expanded story lines for Sasha and her brother, Tyreese, played by Sonnequa Martin-Green and Chad Coleman, respectively. “The Walking Dead” airs at 9 p.m. EST Sunday on AMC. [Watch here]
“Boardwalk Empire”: Still waiting to see what’s really going on between Chalky White’s right-hand, Dunn Purnsley, and Dr. Narcisse. Hmmm. “Boardwalk Empire” airs at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]
“The White Queen”: I’ve watched this limited mini-series from the start and it’s down to the final two episodes. It’s like a history course refresher. “The White Queen” airs at 9 p.m. EST on Starz.[Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson likening her latest role in “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” to having an orgasm (I know that’s right!).
NOT: Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo! ending telecommuting for its employees (Isn’t there research available that touts telecommuting as product?).
HOT: The anthology “Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama” (Yes!).
NOT: Teen Kendrick Johnson’s internal organs found removed from his body and replace with newspaper (This is beyond sad and suspicious).
HOT: “12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o (As “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd gushed earlier this week, the girl is beautiful).
NOT: The whole saga with ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (He’ll be nearly 70 by the time he’ll get out).
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