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By Flo Anthony
J. Alphonse Nicholson, who plays Lil Murda on the STARZ hit series “P-Valley,” returned to his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, on Aug. 16 to welcome new students to the school. Nicholson’s return to campus was part of the university’s Eagle Mania events. The series brings together many of the nation’s top artists and thought leaders to engage students in relevant topics. Nicholson is from Greensboro, North Carolina. The talented actor received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his breakthrough performance on “P-Valley” as a rapper who performs onstage at the Pynk strip club while the women dance around him. In other P-Valley news, the actress Elarica Johnsonwho plays Autumn Night, confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that her character has been written off the show.
ALL BLACK, black television streaming service, hosted a red carpet screening event and cocktail party on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., for their new upcoming drama series, “Send Help “. The coming-of-age dark comedy series is created by the actor Jean Elie and writer Mike Gauyo and premiered on August 11. Talents on hand to celebrate the show included Elie, who also stars in the show, Gauyo, as well as cast members Karen Obilom and others. Other notable participants included Nicole Murphy and Is she.
NBA player Sterling Brown of the Houston Rockets is aiming for the stars with the launch of its new TV show “How Cool Is This” – on YouTube. As host, Brown will explore the world of science, technology, engineering arts and math – also known as STEM/STEAM – through a multicultural lens. The first episode of the show features the NASA astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps, who is interviewed on location at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. “How Cool Is This” plans to kick off its “Full STEAM Ahead” tour this fall, when Brown visits various STEM and STEAM programs in downtown markets across the country.
The day before A$AP Rocky was charged with assault and weapons on August 15 in connection with a shooting altercation between his high school friend and a member of his crew, A$AP RelliRocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and Rihanna landed in Los Angeles in a private jet. The parents of a newborn son, they were seen stepping out of the exquisite plane. A staff member carried the baby’s car seat, but the little bundle of joy was not visible.