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Radar 11/23: The Pop Culture Periscope

From Rihanna's "Rated R" to Beyonce's "I Am Yours" Thanksgiving Special, this is what's hot this week in entertainment and culture.


“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”–Oprah Winfrey 


Monday, November 23:

Music: “Rated R” Rihanna’s latest album is finally here. RiRi is the new “it girl.” After surviving her domestic abuse drama with Chris Brown, having the courage to discuss it with Diane Sawyer on “20/20”, and becoming the face of fashion, it’s now time for the music. “Rate R” is available online and in stores today. 


Broadway: “Fela” the musical celebrating the life and sounds of one of Africa’s most well known musicians opens tonight. The musical, which has received raves in preview, is choreographed by the legendary Bill T. Jones and produced by Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. “Fela” takes to the stage at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York, City. For more info: www.felaonbraodway.com


TV: “Dancing With The Stars”: Mya is down to the final three. The R&B singer and actress is on a mission to beat the competition.The ads say: “Will Mya Win?” We sure hope so. Check out her hot moves on the dancefloor. Whitney Houston is making a special performance. “DWTS” airs at 8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on ABC. NOTE: The Results show is tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on ABC.

Tuesday, November 24:

Music: Soul songstress Angie Stone is back with her new album “Unexpected.” Stone creates music that is soothing and familiar on her 5th studio album. “I Ain’t Hearing You” is classic Angie Stone and grooving R&B sound. “Unexpected” is available is stores and online today. 


Wednesday, November 25:

Film: Disney’s latest animated “The Princess and the Frog” opens in limited release today, just in time for the holiday weekend. The story of the Black princess Tiana (voiced over by Anika Noni Rose) who lives in the Jazz Age who must kiss a frog is a great movie for the kids. “The Princess and the Frog” is in theaters in Los Angeles and New York today. It will open nationwide on December 11. 

TV: Actress Paula Patton appears on “The Jay Leno Show.” The star of the critically acclaimed film “Precious”, the wife of R&B signer Robin Thicke, and the mommy-to-be chops it up with Leno. “The Jay Leno Show” is on at 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on NBC.

Thursday, November 26:

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Birthday: The incomparable Tina Turner celebrates her 70th birthday. 

TV: Forget about being lethargic tonight, Beyonce is adding some excitement to our Thanksgiving evening. Bey will televise a one-hour special for our viewing pleasure–performances originally taped at her Las Vegas show. “I Am…Yours” airs at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on ABC. 

Friday, November 27:

Black Friday! Get your shopping on. Sales galore. It’s the smartest way to shop in this economy. 

Black History: Rock legend and style icon Jimi Hendrix was born on this day in 1942.

*Remember to give thanks for everything in your life this week. Let’s not take anything for granted. Nothing is ever promised. Thank you for your support.