In August, the network revealed its new season lineup of shows, introducing a slate of original programs that reflect the interests of what it called its “adultster” audience – “adults who are balancing new responsibilities with their desires to stay current with what’s happening in music and pop culture.”
Amongst the new titles announced was the greenlight of a new series titled Black Ink Crew, which centers on a successful Harlem tattoo shop staffed by a tight crew of employees, who boast hip hop stars, athletes and celebrities as clients.
It’s a reality TV series obviously; here’s the breakdown:
Enter the world of the “Black Ink Crew” and meet the girls and guys that run this black-owned and operated tattoo shop on 113th and Lennox, right in the heart of NYC’s Harlem. The employees are a tight, but totally dysfunctional “family.” For many of them, this shop is the key to turning their lives around, and for some of them, it’s their first legitimate job off the streets. Black Ink is more than just a tattoo shop to the people who work there. The shop is also a magnet for hip-hop stars and athletes, but the real flavor comes from the quite colorful characters that walk into the shop on a daily basis. Inside the doors of Black Ink, you never know what you are going to get. From the sexy new girl on the block, Dutchess, to the party animal of the group, Puma, the characters are crazy, sexy and, most of all, loveable. This hour-long docu-series follows the lives of Ceasar, Dutchess, Alex, Sassy, Puma, and O’Sh!t, as they work, live, party, and hang out in Harlem. “Black Ink Crew” explores the friendships, crushes, rivalries and craziness that comes when a group of friends become family.
Black Ink Crew is executive produced by Dan Cesareo, Doug DePriest and Ken Martinez for Big Fish Entertainment.
Announced a weeks ago, VH1 has set the new series’ premiere date for Monday, January 7th at 9 PM ET/PT, and ahead of that, the show’s first trailer has been release, link shown below:
Ball Wives, LA Reunion Season 2, a display of buffoonery, reality show maddness, where women are being displayed as catty, back stabbing, calling each bitc..hes, etc. And we wonder why African-American women have challenges in Hollywood. Being objective what do you think? Is this perpetuating positivity or negativity? What can we do and have better programming for women to identify themselves with?
You might recall last December’s news from VH1, announcing that the network was developing a biopic on pop/ hip hop/ R&B group TLC. Skip ahead about a year later, to tonight’s news that the project is still very much alive, and, in fact, is set to begin shooting in early 2013, with casting underway. From a VH1 press release, screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off, Beauty Shop) has penned the screenplay for the film, which is currently untitled, and it’s said that Chilli and T-Boz have signed on as consultants and executive producers of the movie, along with Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina, as well asAlexander Motlagh for Pop Films. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes are serving as executive producers for VH1, on what is currently being called Untitled TLC Biopic.
VH1 says that the feature film is the first in a series of scripted music-focused TV movies that will air on VH1. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early 2013, with casting in full swing; although no word on what actors are in the running; whether they’re looking at known actors, or fresh faces.
Over 1,100 Basketball Wives fans have signed a petition asking fellow viewers to boycott one bullying cast member’s spin-off. Evelyn Lozado, the former fiancee of basketball player Antoine Walker, is set to marry football player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and their relationship will be chronicled on the upcoming show Chad and Ev. The petition, created on Change.org by Alexis M., asks fans to contact VH1 directly with their concerns and boycott the show, explaining: Evelyn Lozada is a bully. The violence on “Basketball Wives” is horrible and disgraceful. Physical assaults, threats, verbal abuse, harassment and VH1 is rewarding this behavior by giving her a show. Do not reward negative behavior…This is not a hate petition against Eveyln Lozada. We simply will not support violence. It hurts to see violence amongst women on television for entertainment purposes. It is not ok for women to hit each other on TV. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s been following the dramatic ups and downs on VH1′s Basketball Wives over these past few seasons who hasn’t noticed that the show’s content has gone from catty banter to straight up O.K. Corral-style brawling. For those not in the know, the show follows around a turbulent friendship group of well-to-do women with links to basketball players by sending them on trips and out to dinner…that’s basically all and it passes for solid mindless entertainment.
MONDAY APR 16, 2012 – BY BRITNI DANIELLE — I have loved Nasir Jones since I first heard his voice blaring through my headphones on the Wake Up Show. Back then I’d sit in my room and listen as emcees from across the country waxed poetic about life. After that night, I made it a point to buy Nas’ debut album (on tape!) and proceeded to listen toIllmatic for a year straight when I was in high school. Arguably Queensbrige’s finest son and emcee, Nas has not only released amazing music since his turn on Man Source’s ‘Live At the BBQ,’ but has served as one of my biggest literary influences. Listening to Illmatic gave me the courage to write my own stories, and when I applied to graduate writing programs and the applications asked about my literary influences, despite my love of many writers, I wrote only of James Baldwin and Nas. So you can imagine how excited I was when I learned that VH1 would finally be profiling Queen’s premier emcee on Behind the Music, a show that takes fans inside the lives of their favorite artists. On the episode, Nas will apparently talk about his childhood growing up in one of the country’s roughest housing projects, his mother’s death from cancer, and his breakup with ex-wife Kelis.
Check out a Sneak Peek of Nas’ ‘Behind the Music’ episode. Who else should be featured on the show?