1. WEtv Renews Mary Mary for Second Season
Gospel fans everywhere can say “Hallelujah!”
WEtv has renewed Mary Mary, the reality show about gospel sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, for a second season. The network has ordered ten hour-long episodes to begin airing in early 2013. [MORE]
2. Essence Magazine Honors Beauty Professionals and Top Products
This week, Essence magazine celebrated its second annual “Best in Black Beauty Awards” in New York City. The event, which was hosted by Essence’s beauty director, Corynne Corbett, and celeb stylist June Ambrose, highlighted the best beauty products as well as the top professionals in the field.
“We are in the business of celebrating Black beauty and the brands that get it right,” Corbett told the Huffington Post. “What better way to not only recognize those brands but also the people who are creating the products behind the scenes, in the studios, in the labs and beyond.” [MORE]
3. The 411 on Black Girls and Eating Disorders
Recently on VH1’s Behind the Music, singer and star of Moesha and BET’s The Game Brandy admitted that at the age of 19 she developed an eating disorder. It’s important to note that Brandy is not alone.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder). Yet only one in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Also, 50 percent of people with eating disorders are considered depressed and eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness. [MORE]
4. Cissy Houston: Reality Show Could Launch Bobbi Kristina’s Career
Bobbi Kristina’s move into reality television has the blessing of her grandmother Cissy Houston.
TMZ reports the Houston family matriarch is telling friends she fully supports plans for her granddaughter, along with Whitney Houston’s brother Gary, his wife Pat and their daughter Rayah, to appear in their own reality show. The family signed the deal for the 10-part docu-series, which will begin airing later this year, with the Lifetime network last week. [MORE]
5. Rev. Jesse Jackson: Push for Gay Marriage Rights Like Slavery Abolition
As the flurry of reactions to President Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage continues to swirl, Rev. Jesse Jackson added his opinion to the mix, lauding Obama for taking the bold step, but also calling for the president to take an even stronger stance. On Thursday, Jackson said President Obama should throw his weight behind federal freedom of marriage legislation in the same way abolitionists sought federal laws banning slavery. [MORE]