"GREENLEAF" LAUNCHES ON OWN JUNE 21-22</b>
OPRAH WINFREY, KEITH DAVID, LYNN WHITFIELD AND MERLE DANDRIDGE STAR IN "GREENLEAF" WHICH LAUNCHES JUNE 21-22 ON OWN.
"GREENLEAF" LAUNCHES ON OWN JUNE 21-22

Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The new original series "Greenleaf," featuring Oprah Winfrey's first recurring scripted television role in two decades, will launch on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and June 22 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

The megachurch drama from Emmy nominated writer/producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under") and Lionsgate Television will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

"Greenleaf" centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace...





<b>LEON OUTLAW JR. STARS IN "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL"</b>
LEON OUTLAW JR. CHANNELS MICHAEL JACKSON IN THE NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION OF "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL" WHICH DEBUTS MAY 18-29 AT THE SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY CENTER THEATRE.
ON STAGE

LEON OUTLAW JR. STARS IN "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL"

By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Leon Outlaw Jr. wasn’t even born when Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five took the world by storm in 1969/1970 with their debut hit single, “I Want you Back.”

However, the 14-year-old actor/singer who stars as little Michael Jackson in the National Touring Production of “Motown, The Musical,” says he grew up listening to the late, great iconic singer because his parents would often have the Jackson Five’s music playing in...




<b>\"EMPIRE\" RETURNS ON FOX MARCH 30</b>
"THE HIP-HOP DRAMA "EMPIRE" IS BACK MARCH 30 AT 9 PM (ET/PT) ON FOX.
"EMPIRE" RETURNS ON FOX MARCH 30

By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The wait is almost over. The second season of the explosive music drama, “Empire” arrives March 30 at 9 PM (ET/PT) on Fox.

I can’t wait to see what series creators and executive producers Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) have up their sleeves this time around especially after the climatic and record-setting first season.

“Empire” is without a doubt “Must-See TV.” The battle lines have been drawn between Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson).

After being betraying by Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei, “The Big Short” and Captain America: Civil War”) and his own son Hakeem (Bryshere...






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<b>PITTSBURGH ANCHOR FIRED AFTER INFLAMMATORY POSTING</b>
NEWS ANCHOR WENDY BELL FIRED AFTER POSTING RACIALLY CHARGED FACEBOOK MESSAGES.
PITTSBURGH ANCHOR FIRED AFTER INFLAMMATORY POSTING

By: Richard Prince, "Journal-isms"

A Pittsburgh anchor at WTAE-TV who posted a racially inflammatory Facebook message after a shooting that left five black people dead has been fired, the station announced March 29.

Wendy Bell, who is white, had been at WTAE-TV for 18 years and won 21 Emmy Awards.

On March 23, she posted a lengthy Facebook message that read, in part, “You needn’t be a criminal profiler...