‘Being Mary Jane’s’ Top Moment, Viola Davis To Star in New Shonda Rhimes Series, What’s Hot/Not & More

by | February 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM | Being Mary Jane, Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching

David confronts Mary Jane about stealing something invaluable from him. (Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert/ BET)

SPOILER ALERT

There were plenty of memorable moments from the two-hour season finale of BET’s newest hit, “Being Mary Jane.” There’s Mary Jane’s niece Niecy confessing that her soon-to-be born biracial daughter’s light skin would automatically make her pretty and have an easier life (ay yi yi), David confronting MJ about stealing his sperm, MJ mistakenly accusing Nichelle of telling David about the sperm theft when it was her BFF Lisa, MJ going to apologize to Andre’s wife, Avery, at their home–the list goes on. But the most valuable moment, in my opinion, happened in the episode’s final minutes during a conversation between MJ and her driver, Leo. Leo, undoubtedly listening to MJ’s drama–an affair with a married man and stealing her ex’s sperm–felt compelled to offer the tormented lady a bit of advice courtesy of Esther and Jerry Hicks’ book, “Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires.”

“It says that the universe already knows our heart’s desires and if we just keep our radios dialed to gratefulness all of what we want will be ours. So that’s our work, just staying grateful even when faced with the storm of life,” Leo tells MJ, who responds that her friend has that book. “Borrow it. It changed my life. I mean, It helped me realize everything that is happening in my life, I called into existence so I could reach my goals. Just take comfort in knowing that everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.”

Amen, Leo, Amen! You see why this was the standout moment for me? At the risk of sounding like an “Oprah’s Lifeclass” student, I’ll tell you right now that gratitude and forgiveness–you know, releasing that old mess and recognizing that people, like yourself, are just humans trying to figure it out–will change your life. I had a “Come to Jesus” moment Monday with one of my mentors, who shared this exact message. So my ears perked up and my eyes widened when I watched that scene. It really is the truth. You have to grateful for all of your experiences. All of them. (I know, I know, it’s hard to swallow.) But, as my dear friend shared with me, be grateful during the “uncomfortable” periods so that it can carry you to the experiences that you desire. And as Leo shared, if you’re honest with yourself, you’re getting exactly what you asked for. I’ll let that marinate …

Now, Leo’s message didn’t hit MJ right away but we saw she got the gist of it by the episode’s end. You may also recall the MJ picked up “Ask and It Is Given” in the season premiere while at Lisa’s house. (BTW, did we ever find out why Lisa attempted suicide?) I noticed this and asked Gabrielle Union, who plays MJ, about that book and a Buddha statue being incorporated into the show. She said “these are all Mara [Brock Akil] things.” Aha. Well, I look forward to seeing what else Mara, the show’s creator, has planned.

Will MJ, who let go of David and Andre, keep along this path or will she be sidetracked by more drama? I guess we’ll have to wait ’til season 2 and see.  Watch past episodes of “Being Mary Jane” online here or with  XFINITY On Demand™.

Missed last week’s episode? Watch “Being Mary Jane” season 1, episode 6, “Hindsight Is 20/40″

Here’s what else is happening…
Viola Davis to star in Shonda Rhimes’ new ABC series. Shonda Rhimes is keeping sistas paid and in front of the camera! She basically helped launch Kerry Washington and her career into the stratosphere and is now sharing that love with Oscar nominee Viola Davis. “‘How To Get Away with Murder’ is described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives,” according to Deadline.com. She, along with Halle Berry and Octavia Butler, make the latest Oscar winning/nominated actresses to head to the small screen. Viola is a superb actress and this show will definitely be must-see TV. Kudos!

Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton to play daughter Rashida Jones’ parents. A while back I reported that Rashida Jones would be starring in the new TBS pilot, “Tribeca,” created by Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy. Well, it seems Rashida’s real-life parents, music legend, Quincy Jones, and her mother, actress Peggy Lipton, will star as her parents on the show, too.”"Tribeca’ is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD. The single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served,” Deadline.com reports. As I previously said, I liked Steve in NBC’s “The Office” and “Bruce Almighty,” so I’ll give this a shot. I do, however, have cop show fatigue.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Mary Mary”: I’m a fan of these girls but haven’t watched their reality TV show. I’m willing to give it a shot. See it before it airs online or with XFINITY On Demand™. It airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on WeTV. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Eyrkah Badu! (She turns 43 today and doesn’t look older than 30!)
NOT: Everything that seems to be happening with NeNe Leakes now. (With the exception of her appearance on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” it seems like everyone’s favorite housewife has gone from bestie to bully. Ay yi yi!)

HOT: Michelle Obama honoring Cicely Tyson during the Lifetime Network “Trip to Bountiful” screening at the White House. (Y’all know I love it when we honor our elders.)
NOT: Alexsandra Wright, ex-mistress of Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, and mother of his 4-year-old son, airing her grievances on TV. (That’s just messy all around. Think about your son!)

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