Can’t Stop Watching: Congrats to Joy-Ann Reid, Oprah Cancels Birthday Bash, ‘Being Mary Jane’ Marathon & More

by | January 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM | Being Mary Jane, Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Preachers of LA

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Photo: AP/ Matt Sayles/Invision)

Here’s what else is happening…

Joy-Ann Reid’s new MSNBC show: “I knew it, I knew it!” my mother exclaimed when I told her that Joy-Ann Reid would get her own MSNBC show. Anyone who’s watched Joy as commentator or fill-in for the network’s other hosts can attest that she knows her stuff. So you know it was a matter of time before this smart, savvy journalist would get a permanent anchor spot. And a glance around social media proves this. Many people are pretty happy about the announcement and feel that it’s well due. Joy’s served as the managing editor for TheGrio.com and as an MSNBC contributor since 2011. The yet-to-be named show debuts on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. EST, “News Nation with Tamron Hall’s” old slot. That show’s been moved to 11 a.m. EST. Congrats! Read more here.

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Oprah cancels 60th Birthday Bash: We remember the swank shindig Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo staff and pals through for her birthday 10 years ago (Part of it aired on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and I believe other festivities took place). So we all knew when she turned the big 6-0, it was going to be off the chain. Apparently it was, well, at least the guest list. The billionairess reportedly canceled her birthday party because “the guest list was getting out of control,” a source told E! Online. Although her actual birthday is tomorrow, January 29, she and a bunch of her friends celebrated during a spinning class last Friday. “I just had the best birthday experience ever at SoulCycle. Ride, baby, ride!” She exclaimed in a video posted on her Instagram account. Oprah and her crew were wearing “Happy Birthday Oprah” tees. Fun times! Read more here.

Here’s a snippet from Oprah’s 2004 Birthday Extravaganza

Preachers of L.A. returns: Bishop T.D. Jakes may have rebuked “Preachers of L.A.” but God apparently has other plans for “that junk on TV.” The series’ been picked up for a second season. And guess what?! More editions are coming to a city near you. No, seriously. Oxygen’s holding castings in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit. Wonder if metro Atlanta’s Creflo Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long will be on? Or will Jakes change his mind and rep Dallas? Talk about ratings gold! Though those additions are highly unlikely, whoever’s selected  I have a feeling that we’re going to see some real characters. Read my interview with cast member Minister Deitrick Haddon, one of the masterminds behind the original show, here. And learn more about the docu-series’ return and the newer editions here.

First Lady’s Guests Revealed for State of the Union: It’s that time of the year again … the delivering the State of the Union address! While many are discussing the content of President Barack Obama’s speech, the individuals selected to watch his delivery with first lady Michelle Obama also is a hot topic. Among her 22 guests this year are Jason Collins, the NBA player who became the first active male athlete on a major American sports team to come out as openly gay; Antoinette Tuff, who’s credited with preventing a shooting at an Atlanta-area school; Tyrone Davis, a blind, third-year law school student who’s a fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps; Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, who’s set to become the Navy’s first female four-star admiral this year; and new General Motors CEO Mary Barra, who became the automaker’s first female chief executive, according to the Associated Press. You can read more here or watch it here.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The State of the Union Address”: For the past 12 or 13 years, I’ve always found it interesting how lawmakers behave during the SOTU address. I first noticed this during President George W. Bush’s term, when his supposed political foes clamored to get his autograph or be seen on-camera with him. I noticed similar although less friendly behavior with President Barack Obama. Let’s see what happens tonight. It airs at 9 p.m. EST on every major network but you can live steam it on MSNBC here.

“Being Mary Jane”: There’s a strong chance that I may still be watching all things SOTU-related but thankfully there’s XFINITY On Demand. So I’ll catch tonight’s all new episode later. And guess what?! There’s a “Being Mary Jane” mini-marathon starting at 7 p.m. EST on BET tonight. That means the 90-minute pilot plus this season’s episodes. Catch up and tune in! “Being Mary Jane” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on BET. Watch past episodes here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Grammy Award winner India.Arie’s post about the Grammy Awards’ politics (Show me where she lied!).
NOT: The ugly brawl that exploded on the most recent episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (It was so embarrassingly brutal and unnecessary.).

HOT: President Barack Obama raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour (Good news for them! I remember my first job in high school paid $4.35 per hour!).
NOT: The Arizona State University fraternity that thought it was a good idea to throw a “MLK Black Party” where attendees resorted to negative stereotypes to define black American culture (You know, at this point, you have to laugh at the ignorance. Ha!).

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