Did U Know? 1-13-18 Entertainment News Updates… Drake, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Claudia Jordan, Mary J., Tavis Smiley, Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Cedric the Entertainer, Terrence J and others are trending this week. Did U Know? is trending entertainment news about the latest movies, music, TV shows and your favorite celebrities that happened during week ending Jan. 13, 2018.
Drake Wants You To Invest In His Whiskey Brand, Plans IPO With $5 Shares For March
Drake wants you to become a part owner of his whiskey brand, Virginia Black, and has made preparations to take the brand public, according to New York Post. The Canadian phenom is looking to raise $30 million from his fans through a special “Regulation A+” initial public offering. A Regulation A+ IPO allows a company to raise up to $50 million in what is essentially a mini IPO that is not subject to normal Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations, the NYSE reminds us. Essentially, it is an easy way of letting the public buy shares of a small business. The company is planning to go public by the end of March, and plans not to list itself on an exchange. Initially, investors will be able to buy $5 shares (with a $100 minimum buy-in) on Virginia Black’s website. Drake co-founded Virginia Black Whiskey with award-winning spirits producer Brent Hocking (of DeLeon Tequila fame) in 2016. He also serves as the company’s spokesperson, having appeared in commercials for the brand features Drake as “The Realest Dude Ever,” a parody of Dos Equis’ famous “Most Interesting Man in the World” character. Virginia Black had yet to release any details yet on its revenues or profits, but claims to have sold 60,000 cases of the $40 per bottle whiskey.
After Being Cut By PBS For ‘Sexual Misconduct,’ Tavis Smiley Launches New Show On Religious Network
About a month ago, PBS suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley‘s late night show, Tavis Smiley, due to allegations of “sexual misconduct” against the talk show host. Having vehemently denied these allegations, Smiley plans to launch a new weekly online series, the Washington Post reports. Called The Upside With Tavis Smiley, the new show will be distributed by the Word Network, which bills itself as the “largest African American religious network in the world.”
Along with the new show, Smiley announced a five-city tour of town-hall conversations called, “The Conversation: Women, Men and the Workplace.” The town halls will consist of him discussing “how to create safe and healthy work environments.” Asked whether it might have been better to wait for an opportunity to return to television, Smiley told the Associated Press, “You can only make decisions based on what’s in front of you. You can’t make decisions based on what might happen, on what may come.” Smiley also added that he believes that as a “black man in America,” chances of having his own major network show again are slim. The Upside With Tavis Smiley is expected to debut on the Word Network this spring.
‘The Raw Word’ Talk Show, Hosted By Michael Eric Dyson And Claudia Jordan Will Test On Sinclair Stations In March
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is set to host The Raw Word, a daytime panel talk show produced by Michael Eric Dyson Enterprises and Final Level Productions. He’s joined by reality personality, Claudia Jordan and chronic pain psychologist, Dr. Dan Ratner for the four-week broadcast test run airing on 16 Sinclair stations beginning March 5, 2018. Three complete episodes of The Raw Word were independently produced with guests Don Cheadle, Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley. The show’s creator and Executive Producer, Andre Jetmir brought the show to Sinclair Original Programming COO, Arthur Hasson who was pivotal in advancing the deal. Terms of that deal have not been released. The Raw Word shoots in New York with celebrity house-call segments shot in Los Angeles and will air on WRDC in Raleigh.
Premiere Date Set For Tracy Morgan And Tiffany Haddish’s New TBS Comedy, ‘The Last O.G.’
TBS has set the premiere date for Jordan Peele and Tracy Morgan‘s new TBS comedy, The Last O.G. The show will kick things off on April 3. After that, episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. It was originally set for October 2017, before it got pushed back. Starring Morgan, alongside Tiffany Haddish, Cedric the Entertainer, Dante Hoagland (Young Michael Bivins in The New Edition Story), Allen Maldonado (black-ish, Survivor Remorse) The Last O.G. is Morgan’s return to television. Haddish, who also starred in the recently-canceled, yet critically acclaimed The Carmichael Show, is having a moment, coming off of what is her breakout performance in Girls Trip.
The Last O.G. revolves around Tray (Morgan), an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for good behavior after a 15-year stint. Returning to his newly-gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the twins (Taylor Mosby & Hoagland) Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading unfamiliar territory. Cedric the Entertainer stars as the head of the halfway house where Tray is staying, and Allen Maldonado as Tray’s cousin Bobby, who helps him adjust to life on the outside.
Mary J. Blige Celebrates Birthday With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Mary J. Blige cemented her name in the history books with a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame today. The legendary singer was surrounded by fans and her celebrity friends. Diddy was on deck to emcee the ceremony and help Mary celebrate her birthday, which happened to fall on the same day of the unveiling. Mary donned a tailored suit and blonde half-up, half-down do to the event while flashing a pearly smile as she accepted the honor.
Terrence J Returns As Red Carpet Host Of 49th NAACP Image Awards
For the fifth consecutive year, TV One is the television home for the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s award show, the 49th NAACP Image Awards hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actor Anthony Anderson. Additionally, actor and TV personality Terrence J (Think Like A Man) will return to host and serve as one of the producers for the 1-hour live TV One Red Carpet Special with correspondent Tanika Ray (Extra) and chat with the stars as they grace the carpet at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The telecast will feature the latest, fully loaded Toyota Camry on the carpet. Toyota will also present the digital red carpet promotional category on HelloBeautiful.com. Following the arrivals, special guests will indulge on festive fair in the Walmart VIP Gold Room, complete with food, drinks and photographs to capture the occasion. The 49th NAACP Image Awards: Red Carpet Live! pre-show is on Monday, Jan. 15 at 8.00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT. and the subsequent live telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards on TV One at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT.
Lauryn Hill Sued
TMZ reports that Lauryn Hill’s former trombone player is suing her for not getting paid. Hill hired Matthew Harnett to record songs with her while on tour while but she soon fired him without paying him. Being sued alongside Hill is her touring manager and touring company. Last summer, Harnett joined the L-Boogie team for live recording sessions. It went so well that he was asked to come on board and tour in the fall. In documents, Harnett says he charged them an “industry standard rate” for the sessions and signed a 10-week tour contract but didn’t receive pay for either. The suit states that Harnett should have received half of what his contract said including an extra $4,000 in studio cash. In total, he is suing for $11,521.60 for damages.