Welcome to a special edition of Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s brilliant past

Here at TGJ HQ, we’ve been looking for an excuse to shine a light on the  impactful sights and sounds of T-Boz and how her art (and art inspired by her ) played an influential role in the careers of artists who now deemed to be more influential than her.

Much like Prince and Janet Jackson, the magic in T-Boz‘ voice lay in its uniquely powerful and poignant tone and her ability to carry stories without the sprawling ranges some of her peers were blessed with.

 

Criminally underrated, T’s influence can heard found of Britney Spears’ debut single ‘Baby One More Time’, Toni Braxton‘s ‘Breathe Again’ and Madonna‘s ‘Human Nature’…the first two being tracks originally penned with her in mind.

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A fresh look at videos, performances and interviews celebrating one of of the most important women in Popular culture.

 


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Ciara continues to make a mark in music and now she’s expanding her empire to incorporate both TV and film.

As reported, CiCi and husband Russell Wilson recently launched Why Not You Productions – showcasing a commitment to delivering fresh programming.

Now, insights into The Wilsons drive into the visual space are being shared.

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Will Smith is back on the big screen this Fall in ‘Gemini Man.’

Directed by Ang Lee, the forward thinking action-thriller sees the Academy nominee take on the role of assassin Henry Brogan.

Though hailed as one of the best in the field, he finds himself the target of someone seemingly able to mirror his every move in a bid to take him out.

He soon discovers it’s a clone of his younger self.

With the initial trailer drumming up ample buzz, a new extended look amplifies excitement the more.

Check it out ahead of the film’s October 11th release below…

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‘Insecure’ may have sat out its scheduled return spot, but when its fourth season arrives, it’ll serve as the show’s longest yet.

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Harriet Tubman, a fixture in and forerunner of the discussion on civil rights in American history, has seen her story told many times on the small screen.  However, July 23rd brought with it the trailer for ‘Harriet’ –  the grandest depiction of her iconic tale to date.

Starring British singer/actress Cynthia Erivo in the title role (with singers/actors Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, and Jennifer Nettles supporting), anticipation for the film was sent into overdrive upon the release of the teaser (which can be seen by clicking here).  But, before it marches into theaters November 1st, the movie’s already been greeted with controversy.

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Nicole Murphy‘s extending an olive branch after being the brunt of an ongoing backlash for a photographed lip lock that’s been dominating headlines.

Spotted in Italy recently with director Antoine Fuqua, husband of actress Lela Rochon, Murphy’s remorse rings just a day after first claiming she and Fuqua were just ‘family friends.’  Now, she’s walking back her previous statement and officially apologizing.

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Funnywoman Mo’nique wasn’t exactly smiling when she reflected on her ongoing beef with media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Referring to the talk show Queen as ‘cowardly’ and ‘malicious,’ Mo minced no words when asked about her current relationship with Winfrey.  In the same interview that’s now gone viral, the 51-year-old also had words for fellow comedian Steve Harvey.

Just two months ago, she extended a show of support for Harvey after his highly publicized loss of not one, but two gigs at NBC (click here to read more).  Now, she’s reminding viewers that she feels he too is a ‘coward,’ who put ‘the bag before his principles.’

Yikes! That’s not all she said. Look inside to hear more:

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‘Pose’ continues to strut from strength to strength in its seismic second season.

The Emmy-nominated FX series, which spotlights the LGBTQ ballroom scene of the 80s and 90s, has been met with rapturous applause since its debut and is earning it the more with its sophomore run.

Heading into this season, creators Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals promised a deeper delving into the various challenges faced by the likes Blanca, Electra, PrayTell, Angel, and co.

Ahead of the broadcast of the next episode (7), check out a preview below…

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Kenya Moore’s return to the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is set to spell good news for its ratings.

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Wesley Snipes is sending waves of love, power and positivity to Mahershala Ali after learning that the brilliant actor is to step into the shoes he wore as the character Blade.

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Despite critical panning for her contributions to the women’s network, ‘Queen of All Media’ Wendy Williams is no stranger to seeing her ventures with Lifetime reign over TV ratings (see:  Aaliyah biopic, more).

Now, after years of murmurs, they’re joining forces again to bring her own life story to the small screen via an authorized biographical film.

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Odell Beckham Jr oft isn’t one for interviews and does most of his talking on the field.

However, for August’s issue of GQ Magazine, he pairs his suave shoot with a telling set of quotes.

The no holds barred feature sees the Cleveland Brown‘s NFL star respond to the long-lingering rumors surrounding his sexuality.

His words on the matter after the jump…

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