Chris “Ludacris” Bridges may have guest starred on BET’s “Being Mary Jane” Tuesday but his appearance didn’t make my top 3 moments. Don’t get me wrong, his character and the storyline where he was an embattled journalist who Mary Jane did a story on were fine, but her personal life outshines her professional efforts this go-round. Read on to see why.
Andre moves in with Mary Jane. I guess Andre was telling the truth after all. Mary Jane’s
married soon-to-be divorced lover has moved out of the home he shared with his wife and two small children (that just sounds bad as I type it) and got his own spot. Problem is that it won’t be ready for another month so MJ says he can crash with her for the time being. That’s understandable. To prep for his extended stay, she clears space for his items and removes the inspirational messages she has posted all over the house. She thinks he won’t get it. Turns out he’s more understanding than she thought and to be honest, I think she should’ve kept the Post-its up. This is who you are and he’s in your space, so why alter it? It’s kind of inauthentic and unfair to you and him. Be you. Just my two cents.
Mrs. Helen Patterson does the most. Anyone who’s been keeping up with this show knows that Mary Jane’s mother can be a handful. She’s recovering from an illness (lupus, I believe) and demands much of her family. From her husband, Paul Sr., she demands he purchases an expensive “platinum table” option at their local Jack & Jill of America black-tie fundraiser. Unbeknownst to her, she was sending him into the lioness’ den but more on that later. As a founder of that organization’s chapter, she addressed the crowd during the event, pointing out how she still hoped that MJ’s ex-boyfriend David could still be a member of their family one day. Yes, girlfriend not only put him on the spot but made her daughter–a public figure–look a bit desperate. I would’ve camped out in the bathroom, too, MJ. Mama Patterson redeemed herself though. Apparently, Paul Sr. made a deal with a sexy, vulturous older woman to get that platinum table that included the two of them dancing that night (I spoke about her before). MJ saw this and questioned her mom, who replied, “I got this.” Then Mama Patterson sashayed over to the dance floor and politely cut in to dance with her hubby. They then embraced and kissed. BAM! I love it!
Mary Jane’s reaction to David sharing he’s in a new relationship. At the Jack & Jill event, we learn that MJ’s ex David still maintains a tight rapport with her family. He does some light flirting and saves her from a drunk, aggressive critic of her TV show (how did that dude get in the party?). I thought David was attempting to make his way back into her life but while they were dancing (he asked) he told her he’s seeing someone. This, after she leaned in to kiss him. And this new relationship seems serious. MJ was devastated and calmly left and went home to Andre. Judging by the responses on Twitter, a lot of people believe MJ had no right to be upset about this. She already has someone–Andre–and he’s married. But I get her reaction. After she learned Andre was married, she started dating David again but found out he was seeing other people. She cut it off and Andre aggressively pursued her again. David is available in ways Andre is not. For example, Andre wasn’t at the party because he and his wife are well known and he didn’t want to throw his attendance in her face. I totally get that. And David seems to come from a similar background as MJ–not that it should matter but sometimes it does help. It seems she loves David still. And it’s OK. Hey, in a world of black and white there’s plenty of gray.
“Being Mary Jane” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on BET. Catch up on past episodes here. Missed last week’s episode? Watch it below.
Here’s what else is happening…
Laurence Fishburne (yes, Laurence and not Samuel L. Jackson) will play Anthony Anderson’s father in an ABC pilot centered on ”an upper-middle-class black man (Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids,” according to Deadline.com. It’s loosely based on “The Game” writer Kenya Burns’ life. Should be interesting. Besides, I think people have grown weary of reality TV and want better viewing options. Read more here.
Diahann Carroll exits the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun”and is replaced by LaTanya Richardson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife. The production, which also stars Denzel Washington and Sophie Okoneda, would’ve been Carroll’s visit to The Great White Way in 30 years. When I spoke with her publicist two weeks ago she said she was really prepping for her role as the family matriarch Lena Younger. Unsure of her reasons for leaving but I wish her well and hope to see her back in front of the camera soon.
Nathalie Emmanuel has been promoted to regular cast member on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for its fifth season. Love this show and look forward to seeing more from her character Missandei. Hey, at least we know she won’t die in the upcoming fourth season! “Game of Thrones” returns April 6 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Watch past episodes here.
Check out this “Game of Thrones” 15-minute season 4 extended trailer
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Being John Malkovich”: You know XFINITY has a lot of cool movies online, right? This is gem is just one of many. Watch it here.
“The Tomorrow People”: I’m still catching up on this but you can watch it tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the CW. Watch past episodes here.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging states to restore voting rights to ex-inmates (Why? They served their debt and should be allowed to vote.).
NOT: Shani Davis faltering at the Winter Olympics (You win some, you lose some.).
HOT: R&B newcomer Alice Smith’s fierce spread in InStyle Magazine (Her voice is hot and so is her are these photos.).
NOT: Trader Joe’s dropping it plans to expand to Portland, Ore.’s historically black neighborhood (TJ’s is affordable and could probably benefit those residents, no?).
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