Can’t Stop Watching: Amber Riley on ‘DWTS,’ Spike Lee To Be on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter,’ ‘Roots’ Remake & More

by | November 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Dancing With The Stars, Oprah's Next Chapter

Derek Hough dips Amber Riley on "Dancing With the Stars" (Photo: ABC)

It may not have been their best performance, but Amber Riley and her pro partner Derek Hough still rocked “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night. Riley, looking very sexy in a black leather skirt and black sequined blouse, danced the Rumba to Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” with the bare-chest (yes, you read correctly) Hough. Guest-judge, the legendary Cher said their performance was “fabulous” and that Riley “owned it.” Judge Bruno Tonioli loved it and judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, “I felt like it was not your best dance … I think there is more in you.” I agree with Inaba, it was good but Riley’s Tango and cha-cha-cha were more explosive. The duo still earned 28 out of 30 points. Watch their performance here. I do enjoy watching Riley-Hough but they may face competition from Corbin Bleu and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff. Check out their airtight cha-cha-cha performance from last week here.

If you thought Patti LaBelle was a good subject for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” I’m sure Spike Lee will be even juicier. Why? Well, you know the very talented Mr. Lee—who filmmaker Lee Daniels told me he thanks God for—has been a vocal critic of Oprah Winfrey’s pal filmmaker Tyler Perry. And, of course, Quentin Tarantino. Many people think Lee’s criticism of both filmmakers is valid—Perry has a lot of critics and people feel some kind of way about Tarantino constantly using the n-word in his films. However, Perry has ride-or-die supporters who think Lee is throwing salt. From what the 30-second promo shows, he breaks it down for Oprah. Who I would love to see on “Oprah’s Next Chapter?” Whoopi Goldberg. And while we’re on “SisterAct 2″ cast members, Lauryn Hill. (Oprah said Hill turned down her request. Try again, Oprah, try again!)

First Look: “Oprah’s Next Chapter” with Spike Lee

While we’re on the amazing Ms. LaBelle and Miss Riley, be sure to check out the rebroadcast of the “Black Girls Rock!” awards show tonight at 7 p.m. EST on BET. Riley performed an uptempo rendition of “I Am Woman” and as I shared yesterday, LaBelle, a celebrant, gave her usual best with “You Are My Friend.” All of the performances were great —Jennifer Hudson (she debuted her pixie cut), Kelly Rowland, Alice Smith, ballerina Misty Copeland’s open for LaBelle, Ledisi unleashing her inner-sexy and the electric lady herself, Janelle Monae. My favorite moment? Honoree Ameena Matthews’ acceptance speech. The passionate, anti-gang advocate had the audience on their feet. Be sure to tune in tonight. And while we’re on inspiring stories, “The Trip to Bountiful” just ended its most recent Broadway run and is now headed to a TV near you. Lifetime is producing a film adaptation of the Tony-winning play that will star original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams. Blair Underwood, whose show “Ironside” was recently cancelled by NBC, will replace Cuba Gooding Jr. KeKe Palmer will replace Adepero Oduye who stepped in once Condola Rashad left to star in Broadway’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Filming is underway in Atlanta and will air next year. Read more here.So History Channel is set to remake the groundbreaking 1977 “Roots” miniseries, according to Deadline.com. Hmm…”12 Years a Slave” (very riveting film), “Django Unchained,” the ABC 12-hour miniseries based on the novel “A Slave in the White House,” “The Butler” and now a “Roots” remake—all premiered or were announced over the past 12 months. Another movie, based on a story about black people but shown in a different light, “The Gods of Egypt,” also was announced yet none of its major cast members are black (the young man slated to play Horus may be multiracial and of African descent. Maybe.). Oh, Hollywood, and you wonder why people constantly give you the side-eye. LOL. Read more here.

On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand with…
“Chicago Fire”: Still catching up on this one. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. [Watch here]
“Treme”: I may only seen one or two episodes of this but want to catch up before the final season begins on Dec. 1 on HBO. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: The photo of Jay Z holding his daughter Blue Ivy released by Beyonce (It really was a beautiful shot).
NOT: DMX arrested in South Carolina (…).

HOT: Kimora Lee Simmons donating $50,000 to LIFE Camp, Inc., an anti-violence group (And people say she’s self-centered.).
NOT: Ashely Reid, daughter of L.A. Reid and his ex-wife Perri “Pebbles” Reid, threatening TLC’s Chilli for the way Pebbles was depicted in “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” (This may have back fired as people are high-fiving Chilli for “classy” response.).

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