Plus: Empire's premiere breaks ratings records, Roots may become a remake, Richard Pryor's daughter Rain makes a documentary, and Black Ballerina documentary shows how some women are dancing their way through the color barrier.
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Anthony Anderson will return for the second time as the host of the 46th NAACP Image Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film, and social justice. The awards ceremony will air February 6 at 9pm on TV One.
Empire raked in a whopping 9.9 million viewers when it premiered Wednesday night, making it Fox’s highest-rated series debut in three years and tying with How To Get Away With Murder for highest new series opener this season. Much of the credit for the series’ successful debut goes to Taraji P. Henson who stole the show as Cookie Lyons, the tough and sexy matriarch of the hip hop family. [Hello Beautiful]
Roots is coming back to a TV near you. The blockbuster miniseries is getting a reboot on the History Channel by director and executive producer Allen Hughes, who plans to retell Alex Haley’s story of an African American family from slavery through the civil war for a more modern audience. Scripts are already in the works for this highly anticipated remake. [Deadline]
Rain Pryor, Richard Pryor’s daughter, has a new documentary about her life as the child of the famed comedian. That Daughter’s Crazy premieres at the African Diaspora Film Festival this Saturday, January 10. Watch a clip from the documentary here.
An upcoming documentary, Black Ballerina, is delving into the beautiful and often heartbreaking world of the African American dancers trying to make moves in a predominately white career. Take a look at the trailer below.
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