Rickey Smiley discusses new season of ‘The Rickey Smiley Show’: Listen now

The second season of “The Rickey Smiley Show” has begun. The highest rated show on TV One returns with more jokes, special guests and a few plot twists.

Rickey Smiley recently spoke with rolling out regarding the new season.

Listen below:

Issa Rae starring in and producing HBO Comedy series

Issa Rae starring in HBO series 

A writer and actress from YouTube fame is taking her hit online show to television.Issa Rae, who  previously nabbed a deal to work with Shonda Rhimes on an ABC series, is now developing a comedy series for HBO.

According to Deadline, who got the exclusive on the as of yet untitled program, Rae will be working alongside “The Daily Show” correspondent Larry Wilmore on a program based on her hit, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae will star in the project that focuses on the awkward experiences of a modern day African American woman. Wilmore will executive produce and Rae will co-executive producer.

In addition to the comedy series, Rae is planning to pen a memoir/collection of personal essays with HarperCollins.

Congratulations to Issa Rae!


Happy birthday President Obama! Annual celebration on the African American calendar

Black history is more than a month. It is the marking of the first holiday and the beginning of a tradition with the African American community. Events like President Obama’s birthday should be marked as a day of accomplishment.

Black people are believers. As believers we pray that our sons are released from their imposed prisons. They are in prisons of the mind, of materialism and prisons of shame, because of who they are and how their history is reflected. This collective of black people includes pastors and rappers who enthuse and educate the leaders of the future.

This day marks the birthday of Malcolm X and Russell Simmons, it marks the day of preachers and of all African American leaders and progressive thinkers. It will mark the day of political prisoners and those who have paid the tax. It will be a day of atonement for educators and those who are part of the movements like John Lewis. Entertainers like Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder who see the injustice in society and Ray Charles who donate to educational institutions like Morehouse College.

Leaders contribute to the development of future leaders. Happy birthday President Obama, but also happy birthday to the annual calendar of African American accomplishments that will change the ideas that have been perpetuated. Those negative portrayals are not our only reality.

We will commemorate the lives of Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till and James Bird and all those who have died violently and without just cause.

On President Obama’s birthday, we mark a day for all those who fought and died and those who continue to fight for the collective whole.

RZA talks foray into film, traveling to Beijing in latest volume of 'Frank151'

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA has shown us that a love for hip-hop can span many cultures. The native New Yorker, who hails from Brooklyn, enjoyed kung fu movies as a kid and simply had an affinity for Chinese culture. In the newest chapter of Frank151, the collectible cult quarterly, Chapter 52: China is guest curated by powerhouse lifestyle brand CLOT and highlights China's vast underground subcultures, with interviews by aforementioned RZA who opens up about his foray into film and meeting John Woo, working as Quentin Tarantino's apprentice and traveling to Beijing, China, as well as, KAWS, Nigo, Bobby Hundreds, Matthew Williams, Michael Dupouy, SSUR, Vashtie Kola, and many more.

‘Y&R’ star Angell Conwell shoots for ‘rolling out’ (exclusive photos)

Sure, she’s beautiful. Hell, we see that daily on “The Young and the Restless” where she stars as Leslie Michaelson. But this isn’t new as we’ve had a thing for actress Angell Conwell from the moment she initially stepped into our adult consciousness and refused to leave after her sexy turns in Baby Boy and The Wash. But don’t think for a minute that the South Carolina is relatively new to the scene, as she has been putting in serious work over the years. Don’t believe me?  Then scroll back through your mental rolodex to a little show called “Dave’s World,” where Conwell successfully starred for three seasons. (yeah, I’m guilty … I watched it too.)

All photography by: DeWayne Rogers

Makeup by: Jazzmene Ellison

Hair by: Greg Gilmore

Styled by: Marian Ingram

Click here to see the shoot in it's entirety.

ABC's 'Mistresses' star Rochelle Aytes soaring higher Hollywood heights

This writer's first meeting in 2006 with stunning actress Rochelle Aytes was at a Starbucks coffee shop in Atlanta located at Peachtree and 7th Street. I knew then she was going to make it big.

Celebrity photojournalist DeWayne Rogers and national urban weekly editor Terry Shropshire recently interviewed Aytes for an upcoming edition of rolling out. Here's what she has to say in part:

On her role as widower April Malloy on "Mistresses"...

“My character does not have illicit affairs. She’s the victim here. Her husband died and that was the only man she’d been with for 19 years. ...I guess [my character] is the only one who is sticking to her moral code.”

On playing Pebbles in TLC's upcoming flick: Crazy, Sexy, Cool...

"And all of a sudden I felt such a huge responsibility to tell the truth about the person because she’s real and she’s going to see it. It was absolutely amazing to be given this role, it was an honor.”

Nick Cannon's 'Wild 'N Out' returns to MTV2

Nick Cannon always seems like he’s having a good time.

On a balmy afternoon near Battery Park in Manhattan, Cannon is laughing and joking with a photographer about his suit while acknowledging that he has less than two hours to get to JFK Airport to make his 7 p.m. flight. “We’ll be a’ight,” he says confidently. That scenario and his reaction are quintessentially Cannon: a sense of urgency without seeming too worried about anything. For a guy who came into the game with big dreams that he managed to fully realize, the ability to stay focused without getting flustered has been a hallmark of his career and life up to this point.

The personality, comedian, rapper, actor and philanthropist emerged in the early 2000s as an ambitious and likable Nickelodeon star and after more than a decade, he’s parlayed that affable persona into a multimedia empire. All the while, Cannon took shots from outsiders who felt that he wasn’t “edgy” enough to appeal to anyone other than preteens.

“I laughed at it,” Cannon says of the early criticisms. “I couldn’t care less what people say about me this week or next week. I’m trying to build a 50-year career. [People] like Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. — I know people had things to say [about them] at that moment, but when you step back and look and see what these people did to affect culture — that’s my goal.”

Read this interview in its entirety at rollingout.com.

Made for Music: Budweiser taps Rihanna and Jay-Z (videos)

Budweiser inks a deal with Rihanna which will launch in 85 countries and continues their fruitful partnership with ad veteran Jay-Z, which initiated last summer. "Made for Music" with Rihanna and Jay-Z kick off on July 15 with a pair of television spots created by film director Mark Romanek.

The beer giant is sponsoring the artists' concerts through Labor Day. Also, Made for Music Made for Music will include limited-edition packaging, digital promos, out-of-home ads and Facebook messaging put together by the social platform and Budweiser's marketing team.

"Music truly is a universal language, and Budweiser is proud to work with and support the great artists who inspire millions of people across the globe with their talent, dedication and drive to achieve their dreams," said Camilo Durana, global director of sports and entertainment for Budweiser, in a statement.

Check out the commercials here first.

GM Foundation president Vivian Pickard on academic scholarships and raising the graduation rates

The General Motors Foundation: Guiding the leaders of tomorrow

The General Motors Foundation is making a difference in a big way. Vivian Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation and director of GM Corporate Relations, discusses what the GM Foundation is doing to ensure education access and resources to the unserved communities of Michigan. Like General Motors, Pickard explains that every child who benefits from GM’s philanthropic donations are the catalyst for upward mobility within their communities.

Which programs Pickard feels have the greatest impact...
“My three favorite projects are all directly connected to education.The Buick Achievers Scholarship program, provides 1,100 scholarships on an annual basis to students. For 100 students we provide a full ride for up to $25,000 per year and for one thousand we provide $2,000 per year. With this program we have a component built in that provides extra points for those who are the first to attend college in their families. We understand what it means to have the first person to attend college within a family. Once you get one person to attend college that resonates with the entire family. Many of those individuals are all over the country attending top-ranked colleges and universities.

“Another significant initiative, GM’s largest grant of $27.1 million, was given to support seven schools in southeastern Michigan. The goal is to raise the graduation rate from 50 percent to 80 percent. Not only are we providing the resources to increase graduation rate but we also have GM employees as active volunteers within these schools.
“We then have a health component that provides research for diabetes, heart health and cancer. These three health issue not only affect the minority community but everyone. We provide research scholarships in those three areas to make a difference.”

For Pickard and the entire GM family, signing checks isn’t the only way they make a difference; it’s the lives they change and the impact for generations to come.

MillerCoors executive Steve Canal on Miller Lite Tap the Future business competition

Steve Canal, manager of community commerce and partnerships for MillerCoors, discusses the Miller Lite Tap the Future business competition and skills essential for tomorrows' leaders.

What inspires you to show up at work every day?

Knowing that each day, I have an opportunity to make a difference in our community and help make a big brand like MillerCoors align with the needs of our communities and national partners. Right now, I’m especially excited about Miller Lite Tap the Future, a new contest that is turning great friends into great business partners. It’s inspiring to know that Miller Lite can help teams of entrepreneurs with a great business idea.

Describe the future skill sets that are essential to future business leaders and innovators.
Recognizing the power of communication and relationships are two skills that people need to better understand business. … There are also times when your friends can turn into the best business partners. Leverage these relationships to succeed! You can see some great examples of friends working together at MLTaptheFuture.com, or you can also apply if you have a cool business that you started with your friends.

Miller Lite's Tap the Future competition joins like-minded entrepreneurs who compete for a prize pool of $400,000 in much needed business grants. During this opportunity, the competitors will receive mentoring and advice from some of the best and brightest business minds.

In order to participate, you and your business partners must be at least 21. 

Business partners will compete in a three-phased contest:

  1. Now through Aug. 1, 2013, entrepreneurs 21 and older will be able to submit their business information through www.MLTaptheFuture.com.
  2. Twenty-five semifinalists will be selected to compete in live pitch events in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix.  John and a panel of expert judges will select one business in each city to win $20,000 and advance to the national finals.
  3. The top five winners from each market will present before a national panel of judges as Miller Lite Tap the Future finalists. One team will win the grand prize: a $250,000 business development grant.

Register at MLTaptheFuture.com and fill out an application. After completing the submission the next two phases begin. Enter the contest. You have nothing to loss and everything to gain.