Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames Headline Lifetime’s ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short,’ What’s Hot/Not & More

by | March 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, The Face, The View, TV News

Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage during the Oscars, (Photo: Getty Images/ Kevin Winter)

Lifetime sure knows how to keep black women tuning in.

This time the women’s network has tapped an all-star cast led by Oscar and Golden Globe winner Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames, also a Golden Globe recipient, for its original production of “A Day Late and a Dollar Short.” The television movie will premiere on April 19 at 8 p.m. EST.

Based on Terry McMillan’s New York Times bestseller, the film follows “the uplifting story of a mother who tries to help her dysfunctional family through life’s ups and downs,” according to a Lifetime press release. Whoopi stars as matriarch Viola Price, who learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, a reason for her to deaden her familial drama that includes a jailbird son, an estranged husband with a pregnant scheming younger girlfriend, a troubled granddaughter and bickering children. Whoa! Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold also join the cast. Get your popcorn ready because this promises to be an interesting watch.

I liked Whoopi in the 1998  film adaption of Terry’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” She was Stella’s naughty girlfriend, Delilah Abraham, a fun woman who men found sexually desirable.  For me, she was the film’s highlight, playing  the perfect gal pal and I immediately wanted to see her cast in similar roles. I haven’t seen everything Whoopi’s been in over the past 16 years but I don’t think it’s happened. Am I wrong? Click here to see Lifetime’s other offerings.

Here’s what else is happening …

Naomi Campbell stuns on “The View.” My mother called me yesterday, insisting I hurry up and turn to “The View” because the lovely goddess Naomi Campbell was on. I listened and was pleasantly surprised to see her donning a “power to the people Afro,” fierce makeup and showing off those gams. Naomi knows how to shut it down. She chatted about Lupita Nyong’o,  the second season of her Oxygen modeling competition show, “The Face,” and offered insight into the runway world. She turns 44 in May, looks the same way she did 20 years ago and more importantly seems to be in a better place emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Win, win for Ms. Campbell! Check it out here for yourself.

“Captain Phillips” star Barkhad Abdi is supposedly broke? Say it ain’t so. Rumors are swirling that the Oscar nominee is struggling, living off a small stipend and the $65,000 he earned from “Captain Phillips” more than two years ago. Dang … Barkhad Abdi seems like a cool dude and I hope things pick up for him soon. READ: More paying acting opportunities. This just goes to show you that everything that glitters isn’t gold. “12 Year’s a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o, another Oscar-nominated (she won) unknown who blew up overnight, seems to be living a different reality. But had the machine not gotten behind her, would her story read similar to his? Hmm… Read more about Barkhad here.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The Following”: People on my Facebook and Twitter feeds keep chatting on about this Fox show. I haven’t seen it yet but will check it out. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox. Watch it here.

“Drop Dead Diva”: This was one of my favorite shows but I admit I fell off watching it during its fifth season. Luckily, we have it online and I’m doing a self-controlled binge before the sixth and final season returns March 23 at 9 p.m. EST. It will air Sundays on Lifetime. Catch up here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Whoopi Goldberg revealing her ruby slippers stilettos during the Oscars. (I just rewatched her moment on “The View.” Lovely!)
NOT: The headlines some news outlets published about “12 Years a Slave’s” Oscar win that included slavery references (Goodness, people and their humor…)

HOT: Tennessee anchor Pam McKelvy of WMC-TV, a recent cancer survivor, removing her wig to reveal her short, natural curls during a live broadcast. (Good for her!)
NOT: The Kenyan pastor, Rev. Njohi of the Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church in Nairobi, who banned women from wearing panties at his church. (Right … Because the kingdom of God is without and not within? Whatever!)

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