A few days ago Hulu announced that they were bringing Living Single to their streaming service. After the announcement, the excitement spread across social media. One of our favorite shows would be back in our lives once and for all! Khadijah, Regine, Max and Sinclaire are characters a lot if us looked up to even before we knew what “Living Single” meant. Up until 1993 when the show premiered, we’d never seen a show about successful, beautiful black women going through the growing pains of being in their mid 20s. To be honest, my country southern self didn’t know what a brownstone was until a few years ago.
Personally, I have been looking for episodes of Living Single (and other 90s-early 00’s black sitcoms) for a ‘long periodically time’. After I ditched cable, I had black sitcom withdrawals. Even on cable there are very few of the black sitcoms we want to see still in syndication on the major channels.
Media companies are starting to realize that this is the era of nostalgia. We love 90’s culture, 80’s fashion, and still love the hippie free spirit of the 70’s. Last year Netflix revamped the series Full House (Fuller House), NBC brought back Will & Grace, and this year Roseanne is coming back to the small screen. First of all, I have no idea who asked for these shows to be revamped but I am quite sure it wasn’t Jackie from up the street or Nisha from around the corner. For as long as I can remember, I have seen countless tweets and threads about the love of black sitcoms but it falls on deaf ears. Hulu and Netflix are multi-billion dollar businesses with hundreds of thousands of black subscribers. Where are the black sitcoms?!
Anyway, I’ve been watching a few episodes of Living Single each day. It is still so relevant and there are great moments of black feminism and empowerment. Now that I’m in my mid-late 20’s, I can see aspects of myself in the characters and it is just awesomely fun to see all black women leading the show and even the black men who love and respect them. A few months back Queen Latifah said in an interview that the show Friends was inspired by Living Single. Interestingly enough Friends had very little diversity and many people today even consider it problematic.
Are you tuning in to Living Single? What other black shows would you like to see on Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services? Do you think any black sitcoms should be revived?
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.