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‘The Fresh Prince’ Cast to Reunite on HBO Max

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Selfie of the former Fresh Prince cast. (Will Smith/Facebook)
Selfie of the former Fresh Prince cast. (Will Smith/Facebook)

Arguably one of the most treasured casts in TV history is getting back together, for one night only on the relatively young video streaming service HBO Max. The cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will reunite on HBO Max to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary.

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  • The special reunion will reportedly be recorded on September 10th, but the special will not air until a little over 2 months later around Thanksgiving time, the outlet states. It will celebrate the Fresh Prince’s 30th anniversary when it first began airing on September 10th, 1990.
  • Of course, the series star Will Smith will be there, joined by the rest of the colorful cast of series regulars such as Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Alfonso Ribeiro will all be part of the special. There will even be an appearance from DJ Jazzy Jeff.
  • Known music video director, Marcus Raboy, has been chosen to help direct the special. Showrunner and executive producer Rikki Hughes, alongside Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser, and Brad Haugen for Westbrook Media will also executive producing.

  • HBO Max is another contender in the streaming world. The video-on-demand streaming service from AT&T’s WarnerMedia is the only place you can catch the entire run of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The series was available immediately after the launch of the service in May. The show originally ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996 for six seasons and just shy of 150 episodes.
  • This special actually marks the second project the former cast has done centering the Fresh Prince this year. They all reunited earlier back in April for Smith’s Snapchat series “Will From Home”. Earlier this month, there were talks that Smith and Westbrook are developing a drama reboot of the series based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video “Bel-Air”.
  • For those that tuned into the Will Smith’s Snapchat show finale earlier this year, where the cast reunited to pay tribute to the life of James Avery “Uncle Phil,” this special could end up being another heart touching watch.
  • The Fresh Prince isn’t the only reunion HBO Max has in store for its streamers. Last week, an announcement that the cast of The West Wing was reuniting to make a reimagined and theatrical release of the Hartsfield’s Landing episode which aired during the series’ third season. It will be shot at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles sometime in October

Another reunion special that was supposed to air at launch was an unscripted Friends reunion, but it has been delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic’s grip on the entertainment industry.

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Javier Garay is a digital intern with Unmutedco. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. He is a contributor and editor for Black News Alerts (BNA), a BNA and BossFM social media contributor, and is the lead of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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