Morning News Headlines 01.16.13

ImageNATION
Readers speak on budget, contractors, corruption, whistleblowers
Federal Diary gives readers a chance to speak out on issues affecting federal employees.
(, The Washington Post)
U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali
Help wouldn’t include combat troops but could test U.S. boundaries and stretch counterterrorism resources in a murky new conflict.
( by Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)
Daniel J. Edelman, founder of influential public relations firm
Mr. Edelman looked deep into the postwar American culture and divined the potential power of public relations.
( by Emily Langer , The Washington Post)

Federal, local authorities prepare for security challenges at inauguration
While far fewer spectators are expected for Monday’s swearing-in, police plan to deploy thousands.
( by Peter Hermann , The Washington Post)

At world’s largest gun show, few worries about tighter controls
Gun makers and dealers argue that tougher controls won’t cure violence and won’t get past Congress.
( by Sari Horwitz , The Washington Post)

More National: Breaking National News & Headlines – Washington Post


LOCAL
Rector at St. John’s Church in D.C. to deliver inaugural benediction
The Cuban-born Episcopal priest is likely to be a less-controversial choice than the original one.
( by Michelle Boorstein , The Washington Post)

Prince George’s officer convicted of stealing guns
Juan Carter was accused of selling and giving away guns he had seized from criminals.
( by Matt Zapotosky , The Washington Post)

CIA sisterhood: One spy cared for her dying colleague, an agency pioneer
Jeanne Vertefeuille and Sandy Grimes were legendary CIA mole hunters and best friends.
( by Ian Shapira , The Washington Post)

Relatives of ex-MWAA official were paid $175,000-plus in no-bid contract
Files show a friend of an ex-vice president’s hired the official’s wife and daughter and paid them.
( by Cheryl W. Thompson , The Washington Post)

Tuskegee airmen, Martin Luther King Jr. to be honored in inaugural parade
Floats will also represent several states, the presidential committee announces.
( by Michael E. Ruane , The Washington Post)

More Post Local: Washington, DC Area News, Traffic, Weather, Sports & More – The Washington Post


POLITICS
White House sounds hopeful on bipartisan immigration reform
Spokesman says proposals from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “bode well” for a “productive” debate.
( by David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez , The Washington Post)

Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generations
Proposal will include assault weapons ban, universal background checks and magazine size limits.
( by Philip Rucker , The Washington Post)

Patrick Leahy could prove key to gun-control debate on Capitol Hill
Vermont Democrat could slow Obama’s plans for quick action on proposals.
( by Ed O’Keefe , The Washington Post)

Obama to use D.C. ‘taxation without representation’ license plates
The license plates will be placed on all presidential limousines starting this weekend.
( by Tim Craig , The Washington Post)

Clinton. Benghazi. Yawn?
The secretary of state is unlikely to make big news when she testifies, Al Kamen’s In the Loop says.
(, The Washington Post)

More Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post


STYLE
On Love: Jessica Lohmann and Jaime Duque
On Love: Surprise! This engagement party is a wedding.
(, The Washington Post)

2nd celebration? A big fizzle.
History shows presidents — Lincoln excepted — often have a hard time recapturing the glow of the first oath.
( by Monica Hesse , The Washington Post)

At service for Joe Allbritton, a wealth of stories
Friends and colleagues remembered Joe Allbritton, who died on Dec. 12, as a man of vast interests.
( by Carol Morello , The Washington Post)

Oprah stretches Lance Armstrong interview from one night to two
TV COLUMN | The Queen of the Confessional says the exclusive interview lasted more than 2 hours.
(, The Washington Post)

Atlantic fiasco is latest incident to spur ethics concerns about advertorials
After allowing a Scientology ad that looked like a real article on its Web site, the magazine pulled it.
( by Paul Farhi , The Washington Post)

More Style: Culture, Arts, Ideas & More – The Washington Post


BUSINESS
In latest debt-ceiling move, Treasury to tap Thrift Savings Plan money
Congress will have until between mid-February and early March to raise the $16.4 trillion debt limit.
( by Zachary A. Goldfarb , The Washington Post)

In a stalled French economy, mixed signals from the socialist government
The political leadership seems torn between its socialist pedigree and more market-friendly policies.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

For taxpayers, complexity run amok
COLUMN | For taxpayer advocate Nina E. Olson, a familiar refrain: The tax code is too complex.
(, The Washington Post)

Facebook introduces feature to search for friends’ interests and ‘likes’
Company officials say the tool will let it leverage social data for searches, a market Google dominates.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Between Europe and United States, the world recovery remains weak
World Bank cuts its 2013 estimate of global economic growth over U.S. debt talks and the euro crisis.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

More Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis – The Washington Post


SPORTS
Patriots rebound with victory
George Mason surges in the second half for its 10th consecutive home victory over James Madison.
( by Steven Goff , The Washington Post)

Ellis boosts Gwynn Park
After sitting out the first quarter, Takayla Ellis scores 17 points to lead Gwynn Park past Friendly in a battle of PG 3A/2A/1A contenders.
( by Eric Detweiler , The Washington Post)

TV and radio listings: January 16
(, The Washington Post)

Johnson catches fire for Riverdale
George Washington recruit Nigel Johnson poured in a season-high 39 points to pace Riverdale Baptist to a 77-62 win over National Christian.
( by Brandon Parker , The Washington Post)

Transfers propel Saints to victory
Junior transfer Cameron Gregory dropped in the game-winning layup to lift St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes to a 54-52 win over IAC rival Episcopal.
( by Roman Stubbs , The Washington Post)

More Sports: Sports News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules & More – The Washington Post


TECHNOLOGY
Facebook introduces feature to search for friends’ interests and ‘likes’
Company officials say the tool will let it leverage social data for searches, a market Google dominates.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

NRA faces backlash over shooting app
The pro-gun group is facing criticism for an app that it released a month after the Newtown shootings.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Facebook’s big announcement: What could it be?
The social network has been very quiet about its impending news, and the speculation is in high gear.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Can ‘big data’ lift people out of cycles of debt?
To better gauge the arguments on both sides of this question, we ask a financial-technology investor and a big data entrepreneur.
( by Christina Farr | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

MySpace offering track from site backer Justin Timberlake
The new version of the site has music and tools for musicians at its core.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

More Technology News – The Washington Post


WORLD
Insurgents attack Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul, killing 2 employees
Violence adds to security concerns as U.S. continues drawing down troops.
( by Kevin Sieff and Sayed Salahuddin , The Washington Post)

Helicopter crashes in central London

Aircraft apparently hit crane atop building in densely populated neighborhood; 2 dead, 9 injured.
( by Anthony Faiola , The Washington Post)

U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali
Help wouldn’t include combat troops but could test U.S. boundaries and stretch counterterrorism resources in a murky new conflict.
( by Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)

At world’s largest gun show, few worries about tighter controls
Gun makers and dealers argue that tougher controls won’t cure violence and won’t get past Congress.
( by Sari Horwitz , The Washington Post)

Panetta reassures Portugal on Azores Islands after U.S. downsizes base there
Visit reflects Pentagon problem: how to warn allies against defense cuts while undertaking its own.
( by Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)

More World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post


EDITORIAL
Stop the debt bluster
Their tough talk notwithstanding, the president and the GOP need to reach a debt accord.
(, The Washington Post)

Second-inauguration blues
This time, Obama’s swearing-in feels more somber than celebratory.
(, The Washington Post)

Time to see the doctor
In the U.S., it’s survival of the economically fittest.
(, The Washington Post)

Cutting the capacity to kill
Shrinking the size of gun magazines will save lives.
( by Jason Ross , The Washington Post)

Capitol Hill’s crazy new normal
GOP Rep. Steve Stockman was once an outlier. No more.
(, The Washington Post)

More Opinions: Washington Post Opinion, Editorial, Op Ed, Politics Editorials – The Washington Post


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Got Plans: Advice from the Going Out Gurus
Got Plans? Discuss great ideas for local entertainment, dates and family fun.
(, vForum)

Color of Money Live
Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.
(, vForum)

Eugene Robinson Live
Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.
(, vForum)

Cold medicine for a sick child? Don’t bother.
Administering cold medicine probably won’t help a sick child. So, what will? Pediatrician Howard J. Bennett discusses common colds and the medicines that promise relief.
(, vForum)

ComPost Live with Alexandra Petri
The Compost, written by Alexandra Petri, offers a lighter take on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
(, vForum) NATION
Readers speak on budget, contractors, corruption, whistleblowers
Federal Diary gives readers a chance to speak out on issues affecting federal employees.
(, The Washington Post)

U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali
Help wouldn’t include combat troops but could test U.S. boundaries and stretch counterterrorism resources in a murky new conflict.
( by Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)

Daniel J. Edelman, founder of influential public relations firm
Mr. Edelman looked deep into the postwar American culture and divined the potential power of public relations.
( by Emily Langer , The Washington Post)

Federal, local authorities prepare for security challenges at inauguration
While far fewer spectators are expected for Monday’s swearing-in, police plan to deploy thousands.
( by Peter Hermann , The Washington Post)

At world’s largest gun show, few worries about tighter controls
Gun makers and dealers argue that tougher controls won’t cure violence and won’t get past Congress.
( by Sari Horwitz , The Washington Post)

More National: Breaking National News & Headlines – Washington Post


LOCAL
Rector at St. John’s Church in D.C. to deliver inaugural benediction
The Cuban-born Episcopal priest is likely to be a less-controversial choice than the original one.
( by Michelle Boorstein , The Washington Post)

Prince George’s officer convicted of stealing guns
Juan Carter was accused of selling and giving away guns he had seized from criminals.
( by Matt Zapotosky , The Washington Post)

CIA sisterhood: One spy cared for her dying colleague, an agency pioneer
Jeanne Vertefeuille and Sandy Grimes were legendary CIA mole hunters and best friends.
( by Ian Shapira , The Washington Post)

Relatives of ex-MWAA official were paid $175,000-plus in no-bid contract
Files show a friend of an ex-vice president’s hired the official’s wife and daughter and paid them.
( by Cheryl W. Thompson , The Washington Post)

Tuskegee airmen, Martin Luther King Jr. to be honored in inaugural parade
Floats will also represent several states, the presidential committee announces.
( by Michael E. Ruane , The Washington Post)

More Post Local: Washington, DC Area News, Traffic, Weather, Sports & More – The Washington Post


POLITICS
White House sounds hopeful on bipartisan immigration reform
Spokesman says proposals from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “bode well” for a “productive” debate.
( by David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez , The Washington Post)

Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generations
Proposal will include assault weapons ban, universal background checks and magazine size limits.
( by Philip Rucker , The Washington Post)

Patrick Leahy could prove key to gun-control debate on Capitol Hill
Vermont Democrat could slow Obama’s plans for quick action on proposals.
( by Ed O’Keefe , The Washington Post)

Obama to use D.C. ‘taxation without representation’ license plates
The license plates will be placed on all presidential limousines starting this weekend.
( by Tim Craig , The Washington Post)

Clinton. Benghazi. Yawn?
The secretary of state is unlikely to make big news when she testifies, Al Kamen’s In the Loop says.
(, The Washington Post)

More Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post


STYLE
On Love: Jessica Lohmann and Jaime Duque
On Love: Surprise! This engagement party is a wedding.
(, The Washington Post)

2nd celebration? A big fizzle.
History shows presidents — Lincoln excepted — often have a hard time recapturing the glow of the first oath.
( by Monica Hesse , The Washington Post)

At service for Joe Allbritton, a wealth of stories
Friends and colleagues remembered Joe Allbritton, who died on Dec. 12, as a man of vast interests.
( by Carol Morello , The Washington Post)

Oprah stretches Lance Armstrong interview from one night to two
TV COLUMN | The Queen of the Confessional says the exclusive interview lasted more than 2 hours.
(, The Washington Post)

Atlantic fiasco is latest incident to spur ethics concerns about advertorials
After allowing a Scientology ad that looked like a real article on its Web site, the magazine pulled it.
( by Paul Farhi , The Washington Post)

More Style: Culture, Arts, Ideas & More – The Washington Post


BUSINESS
In latest debt-ceiling move, Treasury to tap Thrift Savings Plan money
Congress will have until between mid-February and early March to raise the $16.4 trillion debt limit.
( by Zachary A. Goldfarb , The Washington Post)

In a stalled French economy, mixed signals from the socialist government
The political leadership seems torn between its socialist pedigree and more market-friendly policies.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

For taxpayers, complexity run amok
COLUMN | For taxpayer advocate Nina E. Olson, a familiar refrain: The tax code is too complex.
(, The Washington Post)

Facebook introduces feature to search for friends’ interests and ‘likes’
Company officials say the tool will let it leverage social data for searches, a market Google dominates.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Between Europe and United States, the world recovery remains weak
World Bank cuts its 2013 estimate of global economic growth over U.S. debt talks and the euro crisis.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

More Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis – The Washington Post


SPORTS
Patriots rebound with victory
George Mason surges in the second half for its 10th consecutive home victory over James Madison.
( by Steven Goff , The Washington Post)

Ellis boosts Gwynn Park
After sitting out the first quarter, Takayla Ellis scores 17 points to lead Gwynn Park past Friendly in a battle of PG 3A/2A/1A contenders.
( by Eric Detweiler , The Washington Post)

TV and radio listings: January 16

(, The Washington Post)

Johnson catches fire for Riverdale
George Washington recruit Nigel Johnson poured in a season-high 39 points to pace Riverdale Baptist to a 77-62 win over National Christian.
( by Brandon Parker , The Washington Post)

Transfers propel Saints to victory
Junior transfer Cameron Gregory dropped in the game-winning layup to lift St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes to a 54-52 win over IAC rival Episcopal.
( by Roman Stubbs , The Washington Post)

More Sports: Sports News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules & More – The Washington Post


TECHNOLOGY
Facebook introduces feature to search for friends’ interests and ‘likes’
Company officials say the tool will let it leverage social data for searches, a market Google dominates.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

NRA faces backlash over shooting app
The pro-gun group is facing criticism for an app that it released a month after the Newtown shootings.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Facebook’s big announcement: What could it be?
The social network has been very quiet about its impending news, and the speculation is in high gear.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Can ‘big data’ lift people out of cycles of debt?
To better gauge the arguments on both sides of this question, we ask a financial-technology investor and a big data entrepreneur.
( by Christina Farr | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

MySpace offering track from site backer Justin Timberlake
The new version of the site has music and tools for musicians at its core.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

More Technology News – The Washington Post


WORLD
Insurgents attack Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul, killing 2 employees
Violence adds to security concerns as U.S. continues drawing down troops.
( by Kevin Sieff and Sayed Salahuddin , The Washington Post)

Helicopter crashes in central London
Aircraft apparently hit crane atop building in densely populated neighborhood; 2 dead, 9 injured.
( by Anthony Faiola , The Washington Post)

U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali
Help wouldn’t include combat troops but could test U.S. boundaries and stretch counterterrorism resources in a murky new conflict.
( by Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung and Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)

At world’s largest gun show, few worries about tighter controls
Gun makers and dealers argue that tougher controls won’t cure violence and won’t get past Congress.
( by Sari Horwitz , The Washington Post)

Panetta reassures Portugal on Azores Islands after U.S. downsizes base there
Visit reflects Pentagon problem: how to warn allies against defense cuts while undertaking its own.
( by Craig Whitlock , The Washington Post)

More World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post


EDITORIAL
Stop the debt bluster
Their tough talk notwithstanding, the president and the GOP need to reach a debt accord.
(, The Washington Post)

Second-inauguration blues
This time, Obama’s swearing-in feels more somber than celebratory.
(, The Washington Post)

Time to see the doctor
In the U.S., it’s survival of the economically fittest.
(, The Washington Post)

Cutting the capacity to kill
Shrinking the size of gun magazines will save lives.
( by Jason Ross , The Washington Post)

Capitol Hill’s crazy new normal
GOP Rep. Steve Stockman was once an outlier. No more.
(, The Washington Post)

More Opinions: Washington Post Opinion, Editorial, Op Ed, Politics Editorials – The Washington Post


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Got Plans: Advice from the Going Out Gurus
Got Plans? Discuss great ideas for local entertainment, dates and family fun.
(, vForum)

Color of Money Live
Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.
(, vForum)

Eugene Robinson Live
Eugene Robinson discussed his latest columns and political news.
(, vForum)

Cold medicine for a sick child? Don’t bother.
Administering cold medicine probably won’t help a sick child. So, what will? Pediatrician Howard J. Bennett discusses common colds and the medicines that promise relief.
(, vForum)

ComPost Live with Alexandra Petri
The Compost, written by Alexandra Petri, offers a lighter take on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
(, vForum)

Inauguration 2013 Event Guide

barack-obama-24_400x295_5For the next week, Washington, D.C. will be the hottest place in America. With President Obama’s public inauguration taking place next Monday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, hundreds of thousands of Americans are flocking to the nation’s capital to be part of history. There are number of popular cocktail mixers, brunches and balls leading the way to the grand day—where Beyoncé will perform the National Anthem and Myrlie Evers-Williams will deliver the invocation. Here is a list of a few events taking place all over the city.

Thursday, January 17
H.O.P.E. Inaugural Youth Ball

Friday, January 18
Young and Powerful Cocktail Mixer

Saturday, January 19
Desire to Aspire Brunch
Omegas for Obama Inaugural Ball
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Ball
Young and Powerful Roundtable Political Forum
Enchant: Inauguration Variety and Comedy Show

Sunday, January 20
Ambassadors Ball
Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball
Congressional Black Caucus Late Night Pre-Inaugural Party
The African-American Church Inaugural Ball
Monday, January 21
Black Tie Gala & Rising Star Awards Ceremony

WashPost Asks Black Men What They Fear, Love and Dream Of [Video]

screensceneToday the Washington Post released the latest short film in a three-part series that explores the lives of black men in the U.S. The series titled “BrotherSpeak” asks black men about their fears, loves and dreams. The second installment of “BrotherSpeak” released today focuses on Love. The video includes interviews with a former all-star running back from the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins; an internationally renowed pastor from Prince George’s County , MD; a nationally syndicated columnist; a hip-hop artist and educator, a Baltimore pastor and a community advocate.

Chris Jenkins describes the project on The Root DC: > Six years ago, The Washington Post embarked on an unprecedented project: a several-months-long journey exploring the lives of black men. Through pictures and one-on-one interviews, in-depth stories and award-winning video, The Post’s series, titled “Being a Black Man”, revealed the sometimes complex lives of African American men.

Today, The Post, in cooperation with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, is starting another project that explores the experiences of black men in America. Titled “BrotherSpeak,” the three-part video series is another chance to hear from the black men about what matters most to them. For the series, we asked a range of black men to discuss three words: Fear, love and dream. Each video focuses on one word.

We chose these words because we believe they represent fundamental human emotions and impulses that many black men’s experiences provide them a unique relationship with and perspective on. The point of our series is to highlight the three dimensions of these qualities as they relate to black men, while also touching on the universal human qualities illustrated by each. We believe a discussion of these words can help round out the image of black men in popular culture and touch spaces in our experience rarely explored by mainstream media.

To read more about the series and the first part of the series on Fear visit the WashingtonPost.com.

Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display

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Billboards are everywhere in New York City. They’re on subway trains and in stations, and on top of and inside taxis. But few, if any, have been anything like a series of anonymous billboards that have popped up on bus shelters in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They’re not selling anything but a declaration: that racism still exists.

That’s also the name of the appropriately titled campaign. At least half a dozen billboard sites have sprung up around the neighborhood since August, with each month dedicated to highlighting racial disparities that impact Black people in America. So far, the billboards have touched on topics ranging from the entertainment industryeducationfast foodsmokingpolicing, and Black wealth. Each month’s billboard is also accompanied by an detailed post on Tumblr that provides background information, news articles, studies, charts, and statistics to back up each claim.

A brief statement on the Tumblr page says, in part, that “RISE is a project designed to illuminate some of the ways in which racism operates in this country.” But who’s behind the project remains a mystery.

For the time being, the project seems dedicated to its anonymity. Both the Tumblr page and the billboards themselves are devoid of any contact information. Similarly, the private advertising company that’s contracted by New York City’s transit agency to host advertisements and billboards said that it does not give out information about who paid for the advertisements.

Even local activists who spend their time dedicated to working on racial justice issues can’t figure out who’s behind the billboards. Nonetheless, they’re intrigued by the campaign. This month’s billboard is dedicated toStop-and-Frisk, the controversial NYPD tactic that’s drawn national criticism for its disproportionate impact on Black and Latino men. The billboard’s proactive text reads, “Don’t want to get stopped by the NYPD? Stop being Black.” On the heels of New York City’s 2013 mayoral race and the prominent role that critics of Stop-and-Frisk have taken in city politics, the billboards have become a meaningful part of local discussion.

“Bed-Stuy, and Brooklyn in general, is going through a very profound transformation and we gotta put that in context,” says Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s New York chapter, referencing the gentrification that’s drastically altered the borough’s demographics over at least the past ten years. “For many of the young yuppies and buppies, they see the police playing a positive role and trying to engage in a race neutral dialogue.

“What the billboard is doing is kinda opening up and exploding this myth that [stop-and-frisk] is taking place in a race neutral light — it’s making people confront it in a very real way.”

Akuno added, “I applaud the effort. If the intent was to shake things up, I think they did their job.”

It’s no accident that of all of New York City’s neighborhoods, the billboards have targeting this one. A historically Black neighborhood, Bed-Stuy has become one of the most contested spaces in New York City. A 2012 study from the Fordham Institute found that Brooklyn is home to 25 of the country’s most rapidly gentrifying zip codes. That’s created a stark contrast between those in the neighborhood who have more upward social and economic mobility than others. Several high profile media accounts have recently noted Bed Stuy’s so-called “hip” transformation and “resurgence”, but the borough’s medium per capita income in 2009 was just $23,000, which was $10,000 below the national average.

Read it at Colorlines.

Are you watching: Real Husbands of Hollywood?

ImageWe’ve been hearing about it for months but tonight Kevin Hart’s latest project, Real Husbands of Hollywood, finally makes its debut tonight on BET.

What can we expect?

While it’s not a spoof show, the comedy which was inspired by Hart’s 2011 BET Awards show skit-turned-series will mock fun at the ever popular, all-female reality shows that have taken over.

“I’m a genius so I came up with this idea to do a show within a show,” Hart told The Insider. “Everybody watches [reality shows] and we all gossip about it. So I said, why don’t I put a group of men together that can be a version of what those women are but in a comedic form?”

Fair enough.

All playing “versions” of themselves, the cast includes Hart, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, J.B. Smoove, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin. Fun ensues when the guys crack jokes about …well, being husbands and living in Hollywood. For the record,

With the Los Angeles Times calling the show a “(mostly) black Curb Your Enthusiasm (indeed, Curb executive producer Tim Gibbons is an executive producer of RHH as well), there seems to be a pretty hefty amount of anticipation for the show.