Sneak Peek: ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life,’ 17 Ways ‘Scandal’ Hid Kerry Washington’s Baby Bump, Jackie Robinson Day & More

by | April 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life, Oliva Pope, Scandal

R&B recording artist Syleena Johnson meets with Iyanla Vanzant. (Photo: Harpo, Inc.)

There’s plenty going on in the world of black entertainment: Guess which reality TV couple is seeking help on “Iyanla: Fix My Life”? Plus, see if you’ve noticed the various ways “Scandal” has tried to mask Kerry Washington’s pregnancy and check out two videos you can watch to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. Also, take a peek at my watchlist and what’s hot (and not). Enjoy!

Sneak peek: “Iyanla: Fix My Life” returns. OWN and Iyanla Vanzant apparently found a ratings goldmine: reality TV stars. When the show returns in May, she’ll sit down with Erica Jean and Saigon from VH1′s “‘Love & Hip Hop: New York.” Oh, boy! You remember in 2012, “Iyanla: Fix My Life” premiered with a much talked about episode featuring then-“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada and her deteriorating marriage to Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Iyanla continued with interviews with ex-“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Sheree Whitfield, rapper (and former reality star) DMX, singer and star of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” Syleena Johnson and more. Check out a preview clip for the upcoming season below. “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will return May 10 at 9 p.m. EST on OWN. Watch it here.

Convinced? 17 Ways “Scandal” hid Kerry Washington’s baby bump. When ABC first announced that “Scandal” was cutting its third season by four episodes to accommodate star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, gladiators weren’t amused. Not. One. Bit. Even less funny? The obvious ways the show tried to hide Kerry’s growing belly. After the series returned from its three-month winter hiatus, Kerry was noticeably fuller–bigger belly, booty and face (still fab as Olivia Pope)–and since the pregnancy wasn’t written into the show (good idea!) they had to get creative. Our friends over at Eonline.com ranked all the ways the show hid her bump. Cute! One of my favorites? Last week’s episode, directed by Debbie Allen, when Olivia was sitting in a chair, staring out the window while talking to…you’ve guessed it, Fitz! Though it was only ranked No. 12, “the casual sitting position,” I liked it because I sometimes sit that way and it seemed more natural. Check out the other 16 ways here. “Scandal’s” season three finale airs Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch previous episodes here.

Watch the latest “Scandal” episode

Jackie Robinson Day. Yes, we all know April 15 as the deadline to file your income taxes but did you know it also honors baseball great Jackie Robinson? Yep, his legacy was memorialized 10 years ago today, which also marks the 67th anniversary of the second baseman breaking  Major League Baseball’s color barrier. Jackie, who died in 1972 at age 53, debuted in the MLB with the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team he played with for nine years. He previously played with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro leagues and the Montreal Royals in the International leagues. Watch 1950′s “The Jackie Robinson Story,” where the Hall of Famer stars as himself opposite Ruby Dee, and 2013′s “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman, to learn more about his life story.

Watch “The Jackie Robinson Story”

Watch “42″

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The Tomorrow People”: This show has yet to be renewed but I like it. I have a soft spot for this type of paranormal activity! I missed it yesterday but will watch it online today. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on the CW. Watch it here.
“The Following”: I have to space out watching this show about a bunch of psychos who love stabbing folks randomly and “The Killing,” which is now focusing on a psycho who loves slitting throats. Too much of this activity can bring down a girl’s spirit,  you know. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Drake surprising a fan, Kennedy Brown, 15, who has brain cancer (So sweet!).
NOT: The amount of hate mail MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron has received for criticizing the Republican Party (Some of the comments made public actually prove his point.).

HOT: Seattle Seahawks’ running back Christine Michael taking autistic teen, Taylor Kirkwood, 18, to prom (I love this, too!).
NOT: People criticizing “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts about not coming out sooner (If you people don’t get some business fast …).

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