Ellen Swoons Over Pharrell Williams (And His Shoes), Bravo Renews ‘Blood, Sweat & Heels’ & More

by | April 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM | Being Mary Jane, Black Entertainment, Blood Sweat & Heels, Can't Stop Watching, Fashion Queens, Single Ladies, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Game

Pharrell Williams chats with Ellen DeGeneres. (Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

The weekend’s almost here and there’s lots to dish about today! Find out why Pharrell Williams named his new CD “G I R L,” who’s the latest star to join BET”s “Being Mary Jane,” which Bravo shows are returning for a second season and what recently canceled show found a home at BET.

Pharrell Williams talks gender equality on “Ellen.” Isn’t Pharrell Williams the cutest? (My mother just told me that!)  I’ve loved him for years and have fond memories of bumping his music (usually a collabo with Jay Z) in my first car. But the “Happy” singer gave me more reasons to love him during his appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today. Ellen DeGeneres told the Oscar-nominated (she predicted “Happy’s” nod) performer that he was “one of my favorite I’ve ever met in my life. You’re a kind man and you’re talented,” Ellen told the entertainer before swooning over his Swarovski Crystal-covered tennis shoes. Pharrell talked about his new CD, “G I R L,” explaining he has a “huge affinity” for women and wanted to his album to honor them, touching on gender inequality. “The last I heard, the only way that this entire species can come into existence is through the portal of a woman’s body,” Pharrell said. Holla! I love this and often make a similar reference when discussing the absurdity of individuals who believe women are inferior to men (I have a similar argument referring to women who hate men–how can you hate that which you also come from?). Ellen and her audience were also impressed. Check out the clip below.

“Single Ladies” finds life on Centric. I’m sure you’ve heard  by now that the Centric, BET Networks’ 24-hour music and entertainment network, will revive the scripted drama “Single Ladies,” which VH1 canceled last month (the season 3 finale aired on March 24). I know scores of women are excited about this. Personally, I haven’t watched the show regularly since the first season (I got bored with it) but it’s good it’ll be available for those who do (I met a lady yesterday who raved about the show).  This pick-up reminds me of when the CW canceled “The Game” in 2008 and after much outcry it was reincarnated on BET in 2011.  Centric’s revival is part of a  an exclusive co-production deal that BET Networks has with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for the network. Read my coverage of that partnership here. Are you enthusiastic that “Single Ladies” will return for a fourth season? Check out a clip from the series below and watch more episodes here with XFINITY On Demand™.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield joins “Being Mary Jane.” While we’re on BET, Salli Richardson-Whitfield will join its popular drama “Being Mary Jane” when season 2 returns later this year. Salli will appear in at least five episodes as a longtime friend of Mary Jane Paul, played by Gabrielle Union, Deadline.com reports. About two weeks ago it was announced that Mike Epps will have a recurring role in the upcoming season, too. Now, this show I did watch and will check out when it returns. Is there room for improvement? Yep! But it was a lot better than I thought and I hope it evolves with richer storylines and more fleshed out characters. You can read more here.

Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” and “Fashion Queens” to return. Many people, including the cast of “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” were unsure if the freshman reality show would return for a second season. Turns out it, along with “Fashion Queens,” which is reminiscent of “In Living Color’s” “Men on Film” skit, will. “Blood, Sweat & Heels” had the highest debut of any Bravo new series. But it proved to be disappointing for many viewers who hoped it would focus more on the careers of its six cast members and not their beefs with one another.  I wrote about the show several times, often noting the squabbles, and maybe the second time’s the charm. It’s been reported that blogger and author Demetria Lucas is unsure whether she’ll return (she’s blogged about the trials of being on reality TV). While all of the ladies got their fair share of criticism, Demetria along with journalist Geneva S. Thomas and real estate broker Brie Bythewood–known as the Prouds–were labeled snobs, bullies and insensitive by many viewers based on their treatment toward their other castmates, particularly the flamboyant Mica Hughes (in their defense, Mica did engage in lots of foolishness though they could’ve addressed it better.). Hey, just don’t take my word for it, watch season 1 episodes here.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
Fashion QueensThe countdown is on! This is the penultimate episode of the season and it promises to be juicy. It airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: 50 Cent’s new Starz show, “Power,” starring Omari Hardwick gets a new theme song and a June 7 premiere date (Will definitely check out!).
NOT: The body of Dr. Teleka Patrick, who went missing four months ago, turning up in a lake in northern Indiana (I was hoping sis would be found alive and safe).

HOT: Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of Marie Claire’s May “Fresh Faces” issue (She apparently has two covers. Which one’s your favorite?).
NOT: The lack of diversity in biblical movies like “Noah” (Because darker-skinned people apparently didn’t live in that part of the world, you know near northern Africa, right?!)

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