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Vivica Fox, Kenya Moore and Thandie Newton hit the carpet at NBCUniversal’s 2015 Winter TCA Tour yesterday to promote their current tv shows. Meanwhile, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is giving his take on why TV is so diverse and why films aren’t inside….

Day 2 of NBCUniversal’s 2015 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour was held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena yesterday. And a few YBF celebs hit the carpet before chatting it up about their respective shows.

“Celebrity Apprentice” star Vivica A. Fox popped up on the carpet looking fabulous in a blue hip hugging laser-cut dress before hitting the panel to dish on her latest tv spot.

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Luckily, Ms. Fox appeared to be in a good mood even though her nemesis/”Celebrity Apprentice” co-star Kenya Moore was also in the building. The ladies were able to play nice during their press junket after their recent war of words via Twitter.  Good for them.

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Shades of red seems to be the “it” color for Kenya Moore this season. She “twirled” on the carpet flaunting her curves and her lady lumps in a red midi dress before hitting the panel to discuss “Celebrity Apprentice”.

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On the upcoming episode of “Celebrity Apprentice”, the late Joan Rivers will be appearing on the show. Be sure to tune in to NBC on Monday at 8pm ET to catch it.

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Actress Thandie Newton was also in the mix to dish on her brand new show that she’s starring in titled “The Slap”.

The drama series is an adaptation of an Australian drama series that was based the 2008 novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas. Thandie plays a woman named Aisha, the wife to a public servant named Hector.

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Aisha throws a birthday party for her husband with family and friends in attendance. But ish goes left when Hector’s cousin SLAPS a couple’s misbehaving child and they threaten legal action. This occurrence opens up a can of worms that uncovers long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family.

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The show will premiere February 12th at 8/7c on NBC.

In other tv news….

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Following the Oscars snubbing African-Americans in the major categories for this year’s awards, “Empire” star Jussie Smollet is speaking out about the difference between diversity being prevalent on television, but not so much in films.

Lee Daniels’ hip hop drama “Empire” debuted with record-breaking views for its debut, becoming FOX’s highest-rated television premiere in years. And if you ask Jussie why the numbers were so high, he would tell you it’s because of the diversity of the cast. He believes people want to see people like them on tv and that’s why shows like “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” are raking in millions of viewers every week.

The young actor chopped it up with MTV News about why television is so diverse and why movies haven’t seemed to have caught up with the times yet. He said,

“TV is a more diverse space right now because TV is driven by the people. When a television show like ‘Scandal’ becomes the biggest show in recent history, suddenly advertisers and networks want to jump on that. And what it’s showing is that people want to see diversity. They want to see people who look like them on television, and they also want to see people who don’t look like them on television. But in film, everything is still driven by individuals — and those individuals can make or break your movie.”

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He then went on to talk about how good movies starring African-Americans are being created (i.e. No Good Deed, Beyond the Lights), but the honchos who choose what should be nominated are completely ignoring those works. He said,

“That’s not to say black films don’t make any money because black folks do very well at the box office. Taraji’s [P. Henson] movie with Idris Elba — that she produced along with Idris — featured a black leading lady and a black leading man, both producing that film, and that was a number one film. It’s not like black folks are putting stuff out that is falling on deaf ears. People are listening. It’s just the people in charge of the nominations aren’t listening.”

“What message does it send to the masses when someone — or an entire race — is completely snuffed? And completely ignored for work that was at the top of their game? That’s what we need to be asking,” Smollett said.

Very good points! He also talked about how the media puts black actresses against one another and why they aren’t being nominated in categories they definitely should have been included in. He explained,

“Kerry Washington is probably not stressing over the fact that she did not get a Golden Globe,” said Smollett. “I bet she is doing really fine right now. But it’s about her not getting it and what that represents. It’s the reasons behind why was she not nominated. That’s what we need to be talking about. It’s not about being sad she wasn’t nominated; it’s about asking yourself, ‘Well, why is there only one spot for a black women to be nominated for Best Actress?’”

What are your thoughts on diversity in television versus on the big screen?


Photos: Getty/Empire’s Website

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