These segments are my absolute favorites because of how informative they are. It takes me a full day of focus to research all the items, which are usually about 10, to digest and put them into succinct words ready for television. I was very happy to be able to review the biggest and buzziest film of the year – Wonder Woman along with recommending several other other movies, music albums and TV shows for you to see and listen to this June. Please, click on the video and see what catches your eye!
On March 24, Netflix will launch the first season of the anticipated Mexican original series, Ingobernable. The thriller and drama series will debut at 12am and feature a total of 15 episodes that will tell the story of a Mexican Presidential family and how in a matter of seconds everything can change. Kate del Castillo (Emilia Urquiza) and Erik Hayser (Diego Nava) portray the First Lady and President of Mexico. Emilia Urquiza, is the First Lady of Mexico with big plans to improve conditions for the country through her commitment to fighting for peace. As Emilia starts to lose faith in her husband, President Diego Nava, she finds herself at a crossroad where she will need to find a way to deal with a great challenge and uncover the truth. Emilia is a woman with a strong personality, conviction and clear ideas that make her capable of doing anything: making a president, leaving a president and killing a president.Read More
This morning’s segment felt as if Kathie Lee, Hoda and I had an off-camera conversation that happened to be caught-on-camera. They have an incredible ability to make an interview feel like a nice chat. I usually prepare, research, read many articles for the segment, but as soon as Hoda asks you the first question, you can’t help but feel as if they are very close friends of yours who you went to lunch with. Time flies by when you are with them. Enjoy the segment.
Who would make a better President? Frank Underwood or Donald Trump? Season 5 of House of Cards will never be more timely and reflective of the current political landscape. With Donald Trump now officially in office, Kevin Spacey’s fictional character of President Frank Underwood will be a eerie example of life imitating art. Check out the trailer and tell me your eyes didn’t pop wide open.Read More
The first Monday of 2017 and I got the chance to be on the same show Katie Couric co-hosted. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to see her, but awesome to know I was feet away from her. This is also my second New Year’s Day segment in a row. Last year we pre-taped, but this morning was live. I discussed the ‘Most Anticipated Movies and TV Shows of 2017’. Check out above my personal picks for this year!
Of all the segments I have done for the TODAY show in the last 3 years, this was by far the most challenging and visually dynamic one I’ve done. The concept is simple: discuss three cultural topics, under 5 munutes, on three stages with three hosts. It sounds like an obstacle course, right? Lol. From what I was told, these types of segments have been done before but with THREE contributors. The fact that TODAY producers allowed me to do all three means they have tremendous trust in me which I highly appreciate them for it. Also, I found out it was the first time they were testing out the new format so whatever you see here has never been done before on their show. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity and for actually pulling it off!
On the tenth episode of my Highly Relevant podcast, I had a chance to chat with Brian Tyree Henry, a.k.a. Paper Boi on FX’s Atlanta. We spoke mainly about diversity in the arts, but we did get to the nitty gritty on the prolific usage as of late of the word ‘nigga” in television and film (music has been like that from the beginning). Aren’t we trying to eliminate the word from our vocabulary? We also conversed on his pal Donald Glover’s casting in the new Star Wars movie, his first encounter with him, his character Paper Boi, the show’s appeal, his view on Latino culture, Broadway’s lack of minority storytelling and why Gina Rodriguez is so hot to him. Read on or listen to the interview!Read More
Had a chance to join Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the TODAY show this morning to discuss Justin Bieber’s concert meltdown… again, Donald Glover’s headline news of being cast in the new ‘Untitled Han Solo’ project and talk on how Tyler Perry beat Tom Cruise at the box-office.
Photo above refers to the Pitch Perfect wedding, but we’re here to chat Taylor/Katy. I went on the TODAY show this morning to discuss some celebrity news with TV icon Kathie Lee Gifford and the talented Hoda Kotb and one of the topics I spoke about, apart from some celebrity weddings and Amy Poehler’s Creative Arts Emmy win, was about Taylor Swift’s beef with Katy Perry OR is it the other way around? Watch the video as I tackle the reasons behind the putative friction amongst both pop superstars and if Taylor will be putting out a new album this October. We have a feeling yes due to a fact I mention on air.