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‘Showtime At The Apollo’ being picked up by FOX as a weekly series

The Apollo Theater and FOX today announced that SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO has been picked up as a one-hour weekly series featuring Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.

“We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season, that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” said Harvey. “But our mission is a little different this time around. Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star. That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again?”

Featured in the series are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest, and those amateurs who don’t win them over must endure the wrath of this notorious crowd.

The Apollo Theater launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others. Its venerable stage show, Amateur Night at the Apollo, has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.

In each episode, Harvey will be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. Artists featured in the two SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO specials that aired earlier this season on FOX include John Legend, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh, Chaka Khan, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Flo Rida, Rakim, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci; and comedians Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jay Pharoah, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias.

Open auditions for SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO will be held at the legendary Theater on Sunday, April 23rd. Additional auditions will be held in select cities across the country.

This audition is open to singers, dancers, comedians and musicians of all ages and musical styles. Artists are encouraged to arrive early as auditions are on a first come first seen basis and only the first 300 acts per venue will be seen. More complete details are outlined below and available on www.apollotheater.org.

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Last Night In NYC: ‘Shots Fired’ NYC Screening with Mack Wilds, Sanaa Lathan and more

Last night, FOX hosted its New York screening for the much-anticipated new series “Shots Fired“at the Paley Center for Media. Creators/executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood attended along with cast members Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Mack Wilds, Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Hennessy.

Attendees enjoyed a pre-reception followed by a screening of the premiere episode and a Q&A moderated by Associated Press editor Nekesa Moody.

Special guests included activist Nicole Paultre Bell (fiancee of Sean Bell), fashion icon Bethann Hardison, actor Rotimi (“POWER”), NY City Councilman Jumaane Williams, actor J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Shots Fired”) and model Ebonee Davis.

#ShotsFired is a 10-part event mystery that examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings by law enforcement in a small southern town. With amazing music and an all-star cast led by Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Mack Wilds and Helen Hunt, “Shots Fired” will entertain and challenge perspectives.

The series premieres March 22 at 8/7c on FOX, prior to the spring return of “Empire” at 9/8c.

Follow the show on social media at @ShotsFiredFOX using hashtag #ShotsFired. www.fox.com/shots-fired

Photo Credit: Bernard “Beanz” Smalls 

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Last Night In NYC: “STAR” Shines at VIP Screening

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This week, FOX continued its promo tour of screenings for the upcoming series STARco-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.

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On Wednesday, FOX teamed up with ASCAP Urban to present a special screening and holiday showcase at Helen Mills Event Space in New York City. Over 200 press and influencers attended the swanky affair, which was hosted by media personality Gia Peppers and featured performances by recording artists Solo Woods, Topaz Jones and Liana Banks. DJ Max October provided sounds all night as attendees mixed and mingled in the sparkly gold-decorated space. Special guests included Mona Scott-Young, Keith Clinkscales, Len Burnett and media reps from The YBF, ESSENCE, The Root, BET, StuffFlyPeopleLike, NBC News, Complex and more.

Don’t miss the special preview of “STAR” airing Wednesday, December 14 on FOX after the fall finale EMPIRE at 8PM ET/PT.

“Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.

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On The Gram: The Internet Hilariously Reacts To Andre’s Supernatural Threesome With Nessa and His Dead Wife Rhonda On Empire!

Empire was ummmm very interesting tonight to say the least. No Rhonda still didn’t have a funeral yet, BUT she definitely was very much involved in tonight’s episode. Andre has had an interesting season thus far, he isn’t really dealing with the death of his wife Rhonda very well and still sees her from time to time.

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He’s also had a run in with the law after he was racially profiled and wrongfully arrested and is now in the system.

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On a positive note his relationship with his manipulative father Lucious seems to be on the mend and he’s dealing with his bipolar disorder very well. Which now brings us to tonight’s episode, Andre and Lucious may be getting along but Lucious still takes shots at his son and the fact he married a white woman this sets up the hook-up of the night.

Andre on a mission to sign Shine’s artist Nessa seems to intrigue the young star after he makes an impressive pitch to her. The two wind up alone and immediately hit it off, Andre is hesitant at first as Rhonda is still on the brain.

That all changes when the Ghost of Rhonda pretty much possesses him and joins in on the fun. Yes you read that correctly we just witnessed a paranormal menage trois.

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We don’t know what to say at all! Twitter immediately lost it here is a sample of the immediate reactions to the ghostly love scene:

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It didn’t stop there, peep more reactions from the gram in the gallery below:

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Steve Harvey To Host 2-Hour SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO Special On FOX

Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey will host SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, a two-hour event and re-imagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and where he’ll be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. The star-studded special will air Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. An additional one-hour special, also hosted by Harvey, will air in early 2017.

Also to be featured in the special are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don’t win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage. Amateur Night at the Apollo launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others, and the show continues to present new talent on the legendary Apollo stage every Wednesday night. The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.

 “I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater,” said Harvey. “I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater and an executive producer of the special said:

“Since its inception in 1934, the world’s original talent competition – Amateur Night at the Apollo – was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering new talent and spotlighting up-and-coming artists. That tradition was extended with the successful 21-year run of the ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ television program. We’re proud to continue to produce our live, weekly show, and are equally excited to be partnering with FOX to produce this SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO special and to bring the Apollo experience back to television!”

David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company says:

“The Apollo Theater played a crucial role in so many of this nation’s most talented artists, including Steve, and we couldn’t be happier to have him lead us back to this legendary venue. We’re sure this will be a fantastic night of entertainment.”

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On The Gram: Rhonda Still Didn’t Get A Funeral & More Hilarious Empire Memes

We are two episodes in now for the 3rd season of Empire and no Rhonda didn’t get a funeral yet!

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Hakeem and Nessa seem to be clicking but Hakeem may have second thoughts about that because of her brother Shine (Xzibit) knocked a man clean out for looking at her.

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Lucious is still dealing with the feds and trying to keep the illusion that he’s happily marred to Boo Boo Kitty. At the same time Lucious is still desperately trying to win Cookie back BUT she seems to be focused on Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs) who is zeroing on Cookie.

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They Lyon boys all have issues, whether it’s Jamal battling PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) after being shot by Freda Gatz, Andre talking to the ghost of his dead wife Rhonda while dealing with bipolar disorder and Hakeem’s drinking problem on top of being father of a baby girl.

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The scene that took the cake though was Empire touching on the current tension between African Americans and the police in this country. In a powerful scene Andre is approached by two white police officers who following up on call of someone robbing a house. Andre is cleaning out the house him and Rhonda used to live in, of course the two officers are not trying to hear it and wrestle Andre to the ground. On top of everything draw their weapons on the grieving Lyon son and the episode ends.

Like we always do we went hunting for the most hilarious meme reactions to tonight’s episode. Hit the gallery below to see what we found on the gram:

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On The Gram: Memes That Perfectly Break Down What Happened On Season 2, Episode 15 of Empire

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he Lyon’s aka “the first family of music’ are also one of the messiest families in television history. Episode 15 of Empire only magnified that with the constant dissension among the ranks and backstabbing that this family will never be on the same page. Hakeem is having the worst week ever, he’s no longer CEO, Anika’s is having his child and his fiancee Laura want’s nothing to do with him after he reveals the baby to her.

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Hakeem finally accepts it and welcomes the idea of having a cub, and he eventually wins the heart of Laura back. Things get a little scary as Anika suffers a panic attack and has to be taken to the hospital, but thanks to Cookie she was able to calm down and the baby was fine.

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ALSO READ : Empire Season 2, Episode 12 Recap and Memes

Jamal is still wants nothing to do with his father despite Cookie’s best efforts to fix their relationship for the sake of the company.

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Andre seems to have regained his composure and is working on patching things up with Rhonda.They get back to their sneaky ways and make a play for taking over Empire again.

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Things get shaky between him and Lucious when a reporter who Lucious played reveals to Dre that his grandmother who also suffers from bi-polar disorder is still alive.

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Tonight’s episode ends with though Lucious and Cookie being named co-c.e.o’s by board. Cookie was reluctant at first of the news but Lucious welcomed the idea but of course he has something up his sleeve.

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ALSO READ: Fans Welcome Back Empire With Hilarious Memes

Now to the best part, after these shows you guys always show out with the hilarious memes, we rounded up the best ones for your viewing pleasure. Hit the gallery below to see these accurate memes that perfectly describe what exactly happened on Empire on tonight.

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On The Gram: Empire Season 2, Episode 12 Recap and Memes

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE Season 2 premiering Wednesday, September 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

Episode 2, season 2 of Empire turns things up a notch as the Lyon’s do whatever takes to save Empire from the clutches of Camilla (Naomi Campbell). Hakeem is on a mission to prove that he is fully capable of running Empire, and is dead serious about the job after he reveals the new logo.

Even though his moves seemed shady his loyalty still remains with his family, he devises a plan to rid Empire of Camilla and her wife Mimi who is suffering from cancer. He wins over Cookie, Jamal and Andre with the plan which was to film himself and Camilla having sex.

He sends the tape to Mimi which features Camilla having sex with Hakeem and saying some pretty awful things about her by her wife Mimi. Camilla kills her wife Mimi with a poisonous cocktail in an attempt to make it look like  a suicide and cash out.In comes Lucious who is very well prepared wearing gloves and his shoes covered so he doesn’t leave a trace of evidence. He convinces Camilla to consume the same poison cocktail she gave to her wife killing herself as well.

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Jamal is having his own issues, his gay fans are turning against him because of Lucious letting the world know he hooked up with  Skye (Alicia Keys). Think Lucious still has this moment in the back of this mind:

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In the hilarious scene Jamal is approached by a fan with a pair of flip-flops he asks Jamal to sign. Jamal has no clue that he is being set up, a bunch of gay men surround him with flip-flops and they sing a rendition of Hakeem’s hit record “Drip Drop” instead it’s called “Flip Flop”.

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Jamal is not too happy about it and decides to get his revenge on his father. He drops a scathing record and reveals his father’s name is not even Lucious.

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Andre and Rhonda’s relationship is currently on rocks ever since she lost the baby. Andre is not feeling the fact she lost her faith and decides to see a counselor a.k.a. his pastor. Rhonda is clearly over it and feels Andre needs to see a doctor not his pastor as his mental problems are coming back to haunt him .

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Andre is becoming more paranoid and even accuses his Rhonda of cheating on him.

Rhonda is absolutely right about her husband, he suffers a breakdown in front of his family. The only way to get him to calm down the Lyon boys perform a touching track dedicated to him.

Next week looks to be even more intense as it shows things will pick up EVEN MORE following tonight’s explosive plot twists.

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Of course the highlight of the night are the creative yet very hilarious memes that ou folks always come up with. Peep the best ones in the gallery below.

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter on @TheSFPL for our hilarious commentary each and every Wednesday night!

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In Fashion: Fox Empire’s Bryshere “Yazz” Gray Covers Heed Magazine

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Just on the tip of the new season of FOX‘s Empire, Fly Guy Bryshere “Yazz” Gray covers Heed Magazine looking as dapper as usual. Heed Magazine debuts its Spring issue on the Premium Digital Magazine application called Texture.

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In the issue, Yazz talks about his time at the Million Man March for Justice this past October 2015:

“Don’t try to stand up for something that you don’t believe in…not the jewelry, the cars, the women, etc. The Million Man March was a historic moment. So, I feel like I had to be there as a young millennial and it was dope!”

Check out more of his interview and spread over at Heed Magazine.

Photo Credit: Isa Akahome for Heed Magazine Inc.

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SFPL Music: FOX’s ‘Empire’ Finalists DMK Debuts “On My Way Over”

Just weeks after premiering their debut single “Love the Way You Love” on Tidal Discovery and it also being featured as a “Hot Track” on Apple Music, R&B trio and Detroit natives DMK follow-up with their sexy and soothing R&B track “On My Way Over” this week. The finalists of FOX‘s EMPIRE, DMK has been catching the attention of a lot of heavy hitters as of late. Let’s see if they can keep the ball rolling!

In case you missed their latest video “Love The Way You Love” check it out below:

Twitter: @DMKmusic