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Centric Sets Pact with Queen Latifah, Orders Season 4 of ‘Single Ladies’

Queen Latifah

The Queen Latifah-produced scripted series Single Ladies has found new life on Centric, BET’s sibling cable channel.  Centric has ordered a fourth season of the romantic comedy series, created and executive produced by Stacy A. Littlejohnwhich previously aired on VH1, as part of a larger content development pact with Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. Centric will also carry repeats of Latifah’s daytime syndicated talk show.

“We are thrilled to be working once again with Flavor Unit Entertainment and Queen Latifah. She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women,” said BET Networks chairman-CEO Debra Lee.

The Single Ladies pickup was the centerpiece of Centric’s portion of BET Networks’ upfront presentation announcement in Los Angeles Tuesday.  Flavor Unit, run by Latifah and partner Shakim Compere, is already in business with BET as the producer of the scripted comedy “Let’s Stay Together.”

article by Cynthia Littleton via Variety.com

 

Seven African Americans Make Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment Top 100

Shonda Rhimes (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The Hollywood Reporter released its Women in Entertainment Power 100 and seven black women made the ranks this year. Oprah, naturally, was the top-ranking African American, at number 18, as the CEO of the OWN network.

Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, was number 23, while Vanessa Morrison, president of Fox Animation Studios, came in at number 27. Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s AnatomyPrivate Practice, and Scandal, has always made a point to bring a diverse cast of characters to the TV screen and was number 47 on the list.

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