‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap in Barcelona: season 10, episode 13

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This has been an odd trip to Barcelona because the primary battle this week is between NeNe Leakes and – in absentia – Kim Zolciak.

Kim is sowing chaos and she is 4,500 miles away.

But she didn’t start it. She simply chose not to go to Spain for two reasons: her husband Kroy couldn’t come and she had health worries about taking long trips on an airplane. (See Kim’s “Dancing With the Stars” stroke issue in 2015 that came about from cross-country travel and forced her to withdraw from that competition and led to heart surgery.)

NeNe mocked both reasons. She thinks Kim is unhealthily attached to her husband. Then she made fun of Kim’s multitude of medical ailments, including a cancer scare (not cancer), a thyroid issue and her heart problems. She thinks Kim has such a sour attitude despite all those problems, that she should be more grateful she is even alive.

The two former friends have been on the outs for awhile. This seals the death of their relationship for sure.

Sheree, who is not at all defensive about her need to spill tea, wasted no time to tell Kim by phone what NeNe had said. Kim went into her usual expletive-ridden tirade (e.g. “Is this motherf******* b**** for real?”) and decided to text all the ladies a Snapchat video her oldest daughter Brielle had taken of cockroaches in NeNe’s home. Kim also showed a photo of NeNe’s vehicle in a handicapped spot.

Her message: NeNe is a slob and NeNe will break rules for convenience’s sake.

NeNe did not take this well, of course. She said her home is clean and that she actually was driving a handicapped friend.

She also threw out a ton of curses toward Kim: “She’s a trashy no good b****. She’s always been trash. She will always be trash. That was so catty!”

Soon, it will turn racial as well. 

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There were a couple of other minor tension points:

NeNe vs. Kandi

Kandi Burruss and Shamea Morton nabbed the best rooms at the villa. NeNe was annoyed. So she and Marlo Hampton tried to pull the “We’re more mature” card to convince Kandi to move to their less idyllic rooms. That’s weak sauce. Kandi held firm. And when others began teasing NeNe about using the age card by calling her an “elder,” she got super annoyed despite the fact she brought it up first. NeNe is super sensitive about her age. (Shh… she’s 50!)

Porsha vs. Cynthia

Cynthia wanted more details about what Eva Marcille knew regarding her kinda boyfriend Will Jones. When Porsha tried to interrupt with her so-called knowledge from the “streets,” Cynthia shut her down because she wanted to hear more from Eva.  Cynthia even brought up Porsha bringing up rumors in the past about her ex Peter Thomas.

Porsha felt hurt, deemed Cynthia’s attitude and words was a dis after she thought the two of them had patched things up.

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Former Fox 5 anchor Roy Hobbs, 64, has died

Roy Hobbs at his last TV job.

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Roy Hobbs, a former WAGA-TV anchor from 1996 to 2003, has died in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 64.

The cause is unknown, according to West Palm Beach authorities. His 22-year-old daughter Taylor posted the news on her Facebook page.

Hobbs was very open about his depression and cocaine and alcohol addiction over the years.

Hobbs talked to CNN about his issues in 2012, two years after being arrested for cocaine possession. He ultimately went into counseling and Narcotics Anonymous. “It’s not like your character is bad or you’re immoral,” he said on the network. “You are genetically predisposed to this… I don’t have a stop button in my head.” He said he has tried to commit suicide in the past.

His last known anchor job was at WRDE-TV in Delmarva, NBC Affiliate in Delaware from 2014 to 2016.

He attended Amanda Davis‘ funeral service last month. The two worked side by side at Fox 5.  “As I walked past her I broke into tears because it’s just not fair,” Hobbs wrote January 2 after her public viewing on his Facebook page. “The outpouring from the people of Atlanta for this beautiful wonderful incredible woman is incredible.”

Roy Hobbs took a photo with former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young at Amanda Davis’ funeral service last month. CREDIT: Facebook

“Roy and I were desk neighbors many years,” said Brett Martin, who worked at “Good Day Atlanta” while Hobbs was at Fox 5. “He would be coming to the office just the time I was leaving for the day. We shared many laughs, our appreciation of R&B and our love for movies. We used to talk for hours. Sad to hear this.”

Angeline Hartmann, a former reporter at Fox 5 who was known as Angeline Correa at the time, said his “million-dollar smile will never be forgotten. For those of us who knew him personally, that smile was a reflection of his big heart… Today, my heart breaks for his two children who were the light of his life.”

“Roy was a good anchor with an ebullient personality off-camera,” said Buz Veazey, assistant news director at WAGA-TV when Hobbs worked there. “He dealt with some serious personal and health issues but seemed to be in a good place when I saw him last a couple of years ago. I was saddened to hear of his passing.”

Another soul lost. Roy Hobbs was my partner and my TV husband ..as he would like to say… for many years at Fox 5. This week he too went sleep. Roy had the biggest heart I’ve ever known. So grateful we shared a huge hug just last month. Good night and sleep tight old friend. pic.twitter.com/75Mk6nAnO1

— Lisa Rayam (@LisaRayamTV) February 18, 2018

Hobbs also worked at stations in Nashville, Boston, Little Rock and Birmingham.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Hobbs, daughter Taylor Hobbs and son Roy Hobbs III.

He left a bittersweet note on January 30 on his Facebook page:

It’s 2 AM. I am officially two hours into my 64th year. My birthday didn’t start off with a bang. It began with a pain. That pain was in my heart. I always begin my birthdays with reflections of the years prior. The totality of those years can be hard to cope with when you think about the mistakes, losses, heartbreak and pain you’ve encountered over the years. Well let me tell you it ain’t the years… it’s the mileage. Boy do I have a lot of miles! As those who have followed my personal life you know the past 2-2 1/2 years have not been kind. Yes I’m still here to celebrate this birth anniversary. However the weight of the losses I’ve suffered over the past 50 months years is heavy and at times I wanted to unload it all but I was told to keep carrying the weight, that I couldn’t pick the time to let the weight of life go. So here I am. Having another birthday. I’ve been thinking about my dreams of 50 years ago. The sad thing is the one dream, my most important dream never came true. At this time in my life I doubt it will. I thought it had but I was wrong. I suppose my illness played a major role in not getting the most important aspect of my life from occurring so I can’t blame anyone but myself, but isn’t that true for 99% of us. I’m taking responsibility. I remember thinking this age was so far away and that I had time. Time is nothing if it’s not used correctly and here in what seems like a blink of an eye all that time between then and now has passed. The two things I’m most proud of that wasn’t a waste of time? Taylor Genevieve Hobbs and her brother Roy Hobbs… my 2 now adult children. Thank you for the love and affection you’ve shown me. My love for you two is without bounds or limits. My advise is the advice I just got from a 93 year old celebrity I met Saturday. Live each day as if it’s the last and love to the fullest. I had it backwards and that seemingly small juxtaposition of 2 ideas has cost me dearly. So I reflect on what is, what was and what could have been. However I live in what is and for as many years I have left I’m taking that 93 year old woman’s advice and I suggest you do the same.
I’ve been listening to the “soundtrack” of my life and I have lived a remarkable life… thanks for the encouraging comments as they led me to listen to music! It washed away dismay and brought joy!!! I hope you guys listen to some of the music and remember what your life was like back then.

His last note on his Facebook public page was from Christmas Eve:

It’s that time of year when no one should be alone. We should be with her family or loved ones our friends. But if you’re like me and you were alone tonight you can spend this time reflecting on the past 12 months. I personally have been through a great deal. Health, heart ache, pain, sadness, and extreme depression. There is the one thing I do know. That is I would not have made it through these past 12 months were it not for the love and kindness that many of the 5000 Facebook friends I have gave me. Tonight while I try to prepare a turkey and some other sides to take to work for my coworkers tomorrow I will take that love that with given me over the past 12 months and I will wrap it up and hold onto it. I want to thank all of you for your on conditional love and wish you all a merry Christmas. I know we can be depression and anxiety if we continue to give and receive unconditional love and to me that is the best Christmas gift of all. Merry Christmas everyone and I’ll see you on New Year’s eve.

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DL Hughley visits Atlanta, promotes radio show on Classix 102.9

DL Hughley in the Classix 102.9 studio Friday reading promos for a Philly station he is on. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

DL Hughley will forever be known as part of the groundbreaking Original Kings of Comedy tour 17 years ago with Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and the late great Bernie Mac.

And like all those comics, he’s a multi-tasker, seeking to reach audiences any way he can. He’s hosted TV shows. He’s had his own sitcom. He just started a podcast. And he has been hosting an afternoon syndicated radio show for the past five years which finally showed up on Atlanta radio just last month on the new Classix 102.9, heard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s on more than 60 affiliates nationwide including stations in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas, Detroit and Portland, Ore.

Hughley popped into the Radio One Atlanta studios on Marietta Street earlier this month to talk to advertisers and staff before meeting up with his 31-year-old daughter Ryan, an Atlanta resident, for dinner with a boyfriend he doesn’t really like much.

But he said he won’t make a scene: “I’m going to be very quiet.”

While other stand-up comics like Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley have thrived on radio, Hughley said there’s still a “reticence to believe you’re going to stick to it. The people who are in it, love it and want it to be preserved and cherished are worried about your motivations and how hard you’re going to work. I want to be great at radio. It takes a lot of reps.”

He was doing radio in Los Angeles and New York for several years before going syndicated five years ago.

The radio audience, compared to his stand up crowd, is more female, more conservative, more religious, he said. In many ways, he believes radio is more difficult than TV or film because you have to create theater of the mind with your voice and sheer force of personality. “It’s more unforgiving,” he said. “It takes awhile to get it.”

He also understands that commercial radio is “homogenized” to a degree. “Radio’s intent is to make money,” he said. “It’s a dance.”

He’s on different formatted stations nationwide. He just provides content. “I’m the manufacturer,” he said. “These are retail outlets.” (Classix, owned by Raido One, was created essentially to provide a home for Tom Joyner and by extension, Hughley, both run by Reach Media, which is also part of Radio One.)

Hughley is able to be more opinionated, more blunt, on his weekly podcast “The Hughley Truth,” where he doesn’t have to worry about ad breaks or advertisers. After a few months, he gets 360,000 downloads a week. He said it’s often a very different audience.

“I’m not as political as I am clear in what I believe,” he said. “It’s not fair to say all Trump supporters are racist. But I believe being a racist is not a disqualifier for them… I don’t know if I have a dog in this race other than my perspective. I don’t want a bunch of sycophants.”

He also has a satirical book coming out in June called “How Not to Get Shot – And Other Advice From White People.”

On the road, he now regularly works with Cedric, George Lopez and Eddie Griffin in what’s known as the Comedy Get Down tour, which is set to return to Atlanta later this year at the Fox Theatre.

“We love comedy and respect comedy and I think it really is a metaphor for what we’d like to see generally,” he said. He said he once met a tatted Hispanic man in El Paso initially reluctant to even shake Hughley’s hand. When Lopez convinced him to do so, the man’s girlfriend said it was a rare time he had touched a black man without getting into a fight. “Our audiences tend to be so divided,” he said. “The first time they come together is to laugh. That’s what comedy is about.”

Hughley is open to doing a “Daily Show”-type TV show again. (He had a brief run on CNN a decade ago.) “The stakes are higher now,” he said. “I wonder what will become of us as a society. I used to understand the game, what America wants. Now I don’t. The willingness to kind of suppress your principles is very pervasive now… we seem not to understand nuances anymore.”

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TV best bets with Winter Olympics, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Regina King

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

We not only get to say goodbye to two weeks of Winter Olympics this Sunday but Carl from “The Walking Dead’ gets his chance to wish his dad and Michonne farewell after eight seasons.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty quiet week. “Shark Tank” finishes its ninth season and Starz’ “Ash vs. Evil Dead” returns while CBS concludes its three-week “Celebrity Big Brother” and the 30th season of ‘The Amazing Race.”

Over on Netflix, the service tries a crime drama Friday with “Seven Seconds” starring Regina King.


This covers Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 25, 2018.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Arie meets Kendall’s parents in L.A.; travels to Weiner, Ark., where Tia’s parents batter him with questions; stops in Prior Lake, Minn., for a romantic afternoon with Becca K.; and endures a tense dinner with Lauren B.’s family in Virginia Beach, Va.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Bobsled, freestyle skiing, figure skating.

“Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil” 9 p.m. A&E — Featuring extensive interviews with current and former church members, Warren Jeffs’ family, and the people who brought him to justice.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT — The team learns more about the killer. Moore and Sara share an intimate moment. Kreizler seeks advice from an old mentor. Roosevelt takes action.


“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Snowboarding, bobsled, alpine, figure skating.

“We’ll Meet Again” 8 p.m. GPB —The reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Candace gets released from jail while David fights to get Jeffrey out.

“Baskets” 10 p.m. FX — Bakersfield gets a frozen yogurt machine.

“Death Row Chronicles” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — A former bouncer, Suge Knight pries away talented producer Dr. Dre from Ruthless Records through intimidation and strong-arm tactics.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” 10 p.m. ABC — Desperate to repair his friendship with Tyler, Kevin enlists the help of Kristin to pull off a grand gesture to win him back.


“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS — Omarosa is still around!

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Cross country, alpine, bobsled, freestyle.

“The Amazing Race” 9 p.m. CBS (30th season finale) — The race concludes with stops in Hong Kong and San Francisco. Can the Indy car drivers be stopped?

“Channel Zero” 10 p.m. Syfy — Alice has a terrifying encounter in an abandoned hospital; and Luke, Louise and Nathan play cat-and-mouse with Robert Peach.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — Horatio Sanz, Amy Sedaris, Tim Meadows, Niecy Nash, RuPaul and Leah Remini.


“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Figure skating, women’s snowboard cross, men’s skeleton.

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” 9 p.m. WE — An unwanted guest crashes Reginae & Zonnique’s housewarming party.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Daphne seeks to establish her career and auditions for a country music singing competition; Scarlett invites Sean to see live music.

“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo — The Voltaggio brothers reunite on the show for the first time since competing against each other.

“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC — Sandra discovers she can have it all; Jamie’s co-workers help her get over a cold; Fred and Carrie prepare for a natural disaster.


“Ugly Delicious” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Chef David Chang travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences

“Seven Seconds” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Bobsled, speed skating, snowboarding, alpine.

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” 8 p.m. WE — June’s eye surgery has failed and panic strikes. Sugar Bear finds the DNA results and loses it.

“The Paynes” 9 p.m. OWN — Nyla’s disrespectful behavior is wearing out her welcome at the Payne’s house.

“The Rap Game” 10:02 p.m. WE (fourth season finale) — Street Bud and Rap-unzel are the likeliest to take home the prize.


“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 tonight NBC — Bobsled, figure skating gala.

“Fear Factor” 7 p.m. Sunday MTV (ninth season debut) — Ludacris is back to torture people.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — Closing ceremonies.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 Sunday Bravo — The ladies are still at it in Barcelona. 

“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (first season finale) — Could Omarosa win? Probably not.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz (third season debut) — More gore!

“America’s Greatest Threat: Vladamir Putin” 9 p.m. Sunday History — Or as Donald Trump might call this: #FakeNews.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie has a distressing realization; Saul negotiates; and Keane and Wellington disagree.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Carl gets to say goodbye. 

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brandon compromises his employment by defending a co-worker.

“Shark Tank” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC (ninth season finale) — An energetic entrepreneur from Key Biscayne, Fla., believes he has the best men’s swimwear; entrepreneurs from Alhambra, Cal., present their “better” version of a popular beauty trend.

“A.P. Bio” 10:30 p.m. Sunday NBC (special presentation) — When Jack leaves his class unattended, a student injury sets off an official investigation and lands Jack in “teacher jail.”


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Mo’Nique now owes the U.S. government $560K in unpaid taxes

Mo’Nique is having issues with federal taxes. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Since I was checking on Keshia Knight Pulliam’s tax issues earlier this week, I decided to get an update on Mo’Nique’s situation for the first time since 2016.

Based on the Department of Treasury records, the comedienne and Duluth resident now owes even more money.

In 2016, she had a tax lien filed against her for the years ending 2013 and 2014 for a total of $389,904.98. Last fall, the federal government said she was late paying her taxes in 2015 as well to the tune of $170,720.74.

So the Oscar-winning actress now owes the U.S. government $560,625.72.

That $500,000 she recently rejected from Netflix might have come in handy, eh?

By the way, I didn’t break this story. Several websites posted about this last fall and I just missed it.

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‘American Idol’ notes: David Cook, Danny Gokey, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 07: Recording artist David Cook performs onstage during FOX’s “American Idol” Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

David Cook has joined the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots.”

He will play the role of Charlie Price, the son of a shoe factory owner who reluctantly takes over his father’s business. He’ll be at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre starting April 3 through May 5.

This is Cook’s first time on Broadway where many other Idols have thrived, including Fantasia, Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo.

“I love the collaborative aspect of theater, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night,” Cook said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join this incredible cast in Kinky Boots including the very talented Wayne Brady and Kirstin Maldonado.”

“Kinky Boots” has been on Broadway since 2013 and has won several Tonys.

Cook has also released his new EP “Chromance.”


Danny Gokey landed a No. 1 hit last year on the Christian pop chart. CREDIT: publicity photo

Danny Gokey, after a successful run on BMG, has changed labels.

According to Billboard, he is now part of Capitol Christian Music Group.

He had a great run with BMG, where he generated two hit Christian albums with several hit singles including “Rise” and “Hope in Front of Me.”


Kelly Clarkson is doing a webisode series! Yah! And she sings her next single “I  Don’t Think About You!”


Ruben Studdard is performing twice in Atlanta in two weeks later this fall at two different venues and events. CREDIT: Getty Images

It’s about time! Ruben Studdard is releasing an album that honors Luther Vandross next month!

He is touring, too. No Atlanta dates yet but you can check out his tour schedule here. 


Carrie Underwood’s recent injuries and her husband’s return to hockey have fueled the tabloid magazines. She is typically not a controversial figure but the tabs clearly think she can sell copies. And aware of the rumors about her marriage, she went to US magazine to counter the other narrative as seen on InTouch.


David Archuleta covers Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” with Nathan Pacheco:

Clay Aiken’s Tweet of the week:

Uh… @Google I’mma need you to do better…. pic.twitter.com/IXaVkSEmue

— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) February 12, 2018

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Mini Bert Show reunion on Star 94.1: Melissa Carter visits Jeff Dauler, Jenn Hobby

Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

For nearly a decade, Q100’s Bert Show featured Jenn Hobby, Jeff Dauler and Melissa Carter.

For the first time since 2011, the trio were together on air this morning on Star 94.1, where Dauler and Hobby have had a morning show for the past two years.

“We are basically like siblings,” Hobby said.

“I feel like we’re all giddy!” Carter said. “But I haven’t punched Jeff yet.”

Carter left the Bert show in 2011. Hobby followed in 2012Dauler was the last to leave in 2015. All three have remained good friends.

She updated listeners about her son she calls “Mr. Carter” on air and the end of her coupleship with Katie Joe about the time he was born. They are now successfully co-parenting. (As a lesbian couple, they used a surrogate/IVF combo.)

“The breakup was really tough on both of us,” Carter admitted. “There was a sense of failure.”

Mr. Carter is now three years old and the love of Carter’s life. She got teary just talking about him. “He’s the light in my life,” she said. “I love this kid. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Carter worked as a morning host at B98.5 from 2013 through early 2017 with two different hosts. Unhappy, she chose to leave. A non-compete clause in her contract kept her off Atlanta AM/FM radio until this week.

Since last fall, she has been doing a podcast with Atlanta-based Progressive Voices called “She Persisted.” She did it daily for a few months but cut back to weekly this year. (You can check it out here.)

And starting this week, Carter joined The Impact Partnership, an Atlanta-based company that provides services for clients creating pay-for-play radio shows, the ones you often hear on weekends. She will co-host shows typically with financial analysts and help them sound professional.

This is similar to what many former Atlanta professionals now do including both Randy Cook and Spiff Carner, formerly of Fox 97.1’s Randy & Spiff show.

And since Carter never got her name in front of any radio show, Jeff and Jenn made her honorary “lead” today:

Instagram Photo

Tomorrow morning…7AM 😎#reunitedanditfeelssogood @JennHobby @JeffDauler @MelissaCarter pic.twitter.com/xZ7zWt6kpT

— The Jeff & Jenn Show (@JeffandJennShow) February 15, 2018




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Marvel’s “Black Panther,” filmed in Atlanta, opens today

Welcome to Wakanda.

After generating enormous buzz, celebrity-packed early screenings and universal early praise, the Atlanta-filmed Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” is in theaters everywhere today.


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“It’s not just a movie. It’s become its own thing,” title-role star Chadwick Boseman told the Associated Press during red-carpet interviews at the recent Hollywood premiere. “It’s a movement. People are excited about the cultural aspect of it. I’m excited about it because I know it’s good.”

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The movie was directed by Ryan Coogler, features Marvel icon Stan Lee in a fun cameo and stars “The Walking Dead” lead Danai Gurira, Oscar winning Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker; Sterling K. Brown, who just made history as the first black actor to win a Golden Globe best actor in a television series/drama; Daniel Kaluuya, who just picked up an Oscar nomination for best actor for “Get Out” and Michael B. Jordan, the 2016 recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.

“You feel like you’re doing something that’s never been done before. I’ve never seen an African superhero movie,” Kaluuya said during the red carpet interviews. “I was so excited to be a part of that.”

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Marvel director owns and shoots guns, calls for reform

Director James Gunn owns guns for safety and sporting purposes, but is among the many prominent voices demanding reform following Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

“I, like many Americans, enjoy guns for sporting purposes and feel safer having one in my home to protect myself and my family,” Gunn said in a Twitter thread. “But I also think there are a few things we can do to make ourselves, and our children, safer.”

The director of Marvel’s locally filmed “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” wants the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence.

“Honest inquiries into the subject have been SHUT DOWN by government for 22 years. We don’t know how to decrease gun violence because we aren’t allowed to study it (and, yes, this is due to the gun industry),” he wrote. “We need to outlaw unregistered private sales. We must have at least the same rules around our guns as we do around our cars. Period.”

Gunn goes on to pin blame on social media, extremist groups and President Donald Trump and concluded with a challenge:

“(W)e, the adults in the room, need to let go of the anger & self-righteousness & sit down & have a discussion about practical steps we can take to make our country safer. Because the situation we have now, for whatever reason, is obviously not working. Love to you all.”

Read the entire thread here.

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Brian Moote joins Edgar, Chelsea in LA on ‘New Guys’ morning show on AMP 97.1

Brian Moote is using this shot on the new AMP 97.1 “New Guys” morning show. CREDIT: Twitter

Posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Brian Moote, who left Q100’s Bert Show last month after two years, debuted today on a new Los Angeles morning show The New Guys. (You can hear it on the Radio app.)

The top 40 station AMP 97.1, which used to air Carson Daly, brought in Brian, Edgar Sotelo and Chelsea Briggs. The station is owned by Entercom, which also runs Star 94.1, V-103 and 92.9/The Game in Atlanta.

“We are not famous,” Edgar declared soon after 6 a.m. EST.

“We are famous adjacent,” Brian cracked.

Brian, who grew up in Washington state, went to college in Los Angeles and began his stand-up career there. He had not intended to leave Atlanta but the opportunity to go back to the West Coast in the No. 2 radio market and be part of his own morning show was too enticing.

RELATED: My interview with Brian about why he left the Bert Show

Edgar, who emigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico at age five with his parents, is the point man on the show. He has worked at stations in San Francisco, Dallas and New York. “We weren’t financial stable but I didn’t know it,” he said, about his childhood. “We had family, hope, unity, faith and God. When you come to this country, great things can happen when you try. I learned English by listening to English language radio stations.”

Chelsea is from Detroit but moved to Los Angeles eight years ago. She has been doing red carpets and entertainment for HollywireTV and Billboard News. This appears to be her first radio gig. “I’m so grateful to be here,” she said.

They tried to get their first “fans” on the phone, which wasn’t easy on day one of a new show. They did epic Valentine’s Day failures. And Chelsea did the Hollywood report because for some reason, the female on the show always seems to end up doing that.

Brian mentioned his Atlanta girlfriend Jessica visiting him and how they went to Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR. When Lisa saw them, she told Brian not to lose her, that she’s a real find.

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