The Morning Show returns with its second season on Apple TV+ September 17,2021.
Exclusive: Tahj Mowry Discusses His Love of Football, ‘Smart Guy’ Reboot, MorningStar Farms & ‘Smart Guy’ Reboot [Video]
The NFL season kicks off on September 9, 202. Football seasons are filled with tailgating, friends, family, and most importantly great snacks. However, when it comes to football season many can be lost on what to eat or bring to a Sunday night tailgate when they’re plant-based. However, Tahj Mowry spoke with The Knockturnal to tell our viewers how to enjoy a plant-based feast with Morning Star.
With the pandemic preventing fans from coming together last season, this current football season is allowing for lovers of the sport to celebrate together once again. Even though, the plant-based lifestyle has increased in popularity the diet is not always reflected in the list of popular game night meals. Tahj Mowry hopes the tastiness of morning star farms foods will make it easier for football fans to enjoy the game while being plant-based or for meat-eaters to try a plant-based snack.
MorningStar Farms currently is hosting fan sweepstakes where fans can win a fan sweepstake that includes a jersey and more morning star plant protein. Morning Star farms hope to show football fans that even though they’re watching the pigskin toss they can still skip the pork.
Not only is Tahj collaborating with Morning Star Farms to spread awareness about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle combined with the excitement of football, but the actor is working on a Smart Guy reboot. The popular 90s sitcom is getting the reboot many fans have been craving since it ended in 1999. At the current moment, Tahj cannot share specifics about the show’s reboot but he assures fans that it will meet expectations and bring back all the elements of Smart Guy fans fell in love within the 90s.
Bounce, bounce, bounce like it’s “808” with the duo Bebi Monsuta. Sisters Manami and Akira bring together their multi-cultural background, their hometown of New York City, and their creativity to create the Bebi Mansuta sound.
The word Bebi means baby in Japanese while Monsuta means monster. Bebi Monsuta captures the duality of the group’s music, stage presence, and even the sibling dynamic. Manami and Akira hope that their music can explore all aspects of their personalities and allow fans to embrace the aspects of themselves that are cute and tough. Bebi Monsuta is intended to be for the outcast, the villains, and those who don’t want to be defined by a box.
The musical style of Bebi Monsuta is inspired by Akira and Manami’s unique cultural background and marries their heritage through music. Fans can hear soul music, Brazilian funk, and techno beats throughout their discography. The sisters’ authenticity is woven into their musical expression. They hope that their ability to be unapologetically themselves will become a catalyst for fans to do the same. In their own words:
“We want people to feel motivated and worthy, we want those who listen to this project to feel that the truth is and will always be better than a lie. Stand in it, own it and be brave.”
Bebi Monsuta is on their way to making a name for themselves while promoting self love, acceptance, and exploration.Their music video for alternative R&B song “808” brings together 80s aerobics videos and lingerie, and it will make listeners excited to bounce, bounce, bounce, like it’s 808 or like it’s 1988.
Bebi Monsuta’s second single from their EP RäkStär which showcases the group’s Monsuta side while keeping the same bouncy vibe as their single 808. RäkStär and 808, give fans a taste of the Bebi Monsuta duality and introduces them to the sound of their upcoming EP.
September 3, 2021 Showtime premieres the Rick James documentary Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James. The documentary was directed by Sacha Jenkins and executive produced by Ty James.
Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James explores not only Rick’s journey to becoming a cultural icon but the challenges within his life that molded the man behind the figure. Rick James was a pioneer of the funk rock genre and has left an imprint on music forever through hits like Ghetto Life and protegees such as Prince and Tina Marie. However, his journey to musical success and finding his voice within the industry was one paved with trauma, substance abuse, and the historical changes surrounding him such as the Vietnam war and the fight for Black liberation through expression.
With Rick James’s legacy being intertwined with pop culture and the funk genre his larger than life persona always had the potential to overshadow his musical contributions even after his death. His personal struggles were analyzed by the public and inspired comedy skits, speeches, and more. The documentary in many ways brings viewers back to Rick James the artist and the human and pulls them away from the persona.
With Ty James, Rick’s daughter, and Sascha Jenkins working together, audiences are able to view the full image of who Rick was, what he loved, and the people that were a part of his life. The documentary explores Rick’s childhood in Buffalo, his activism, his determination, and includes interviews from his daughter Ty, his peers, and more.
Really Love tells the love story between Isaiah and Stevie as well as the community and their love of DC.
Atlanta rapper Ludacris is making his return to releasing music with his new song Butter.ATL. The song is a part of his new collaboration with the iconic peanut butter brand Jif. The Knockturnal had the opportunity to speak with the rapper about his love of Jif, the evolution of southern rap, and more.
The Knockturnal: Monday, August 16, you will be releasing your new song Butter.ATL after a break from releasing music. You changed your flow with this song, how would you describe the style of Butter.ATL?
Ludacris: My whole career I have been reinventing my flow and that is one of the things I love so much about music and myself. I feel as though there are no limitations around what I can accomplish and what I can do. After two decades in the music industry that’s what constantly excites me: being able to try new things and with this whole campaign and the universe bringing me together with this partnership with something, I have been doing since I was a kid and that’s eating Jif peanut butter. What better way than to experiment with all the people I love and all the things that I love. So, Dave Meyers, whom I worked with on the Stand-up video, and even my friend She’kspere who produced hits for TLC and Destiny’s Child and so many others. It is just a dream collaboration all around. That’s what I love so much about it, and yes I’ve been shooting a lot of movies but I think that this is the catalyst for putting out some more new music and the start of it is great it is a great way to start things off.
The Knockturnal: With this Jif campaign, you were able to work with Gunna and the campaign was directed by Dave Meyers. What was the collaboration process for the campaign?
Ludacris: We came together and I think we found each other. People know that I eat peanut butter every single day and it was people coming together saying: “We just gotta do something with Jif peanut butter.” So, it was hearing about it and then it came to us, and when talking about this campaign that’s really how it started. That inspired the excitement to get in the studio and create something and from there came the idea for the commercial, and now everything has come full circle. Now, all of these things are happening synonymously together.
The Knockturnal: With this new song release you also worked alongside Atlanta rapper Gunna for the campaign and the unveiling of that Jif’ing Good campaign. What was it like being able to work with a new school artist from your hometown?
Ludacris: We already knew each other and we went to the same high school: Banneker High School in College Park, GA. This was already considered as family and it was seamless and very easy and simple. In terms of bringing different generations together, that is what makes music more powerful. Nas and Hit-boy are good examples of two individuals that just appreciate and love music and it shows the power of what can happen when we teach one another and we come together to collaborate. That is no different than what is going on with me and Gunna. It’s the best of both worlds and the best of both generations.
The Knockturnal: With both you and Gunna being best known for being influenced by Atlanta and being a part of the Atlanta hip hop culture. How has the music culture of Atlanta evolved from when you released Incognegro to now?
Ludacris: It’s evolved in a great way and there is so much talent. I think the spectrum of different flows and different melodies and styles has expanded. People have more options for what they want to listen to or they have the option to listen to it all depending on how much time they have. When you think about Hip-Hop and you think worldwide, most of the music is coming out of the south, and it’s been that way for quite some time. I love how dominant this area of the world is in terms of trend-setting around the world.
The Knockturnal: With the launch of Jif’s That Jifing Good campaign, what was your favorite part of working with such an iconic peanut butter brand?
Ludacris: Ever since I was a kid I have been eating Jif peanut butter, mostly smooth because I tried the crunchy and it hurt my gums a couple of times and I don’t want that to go for everyone. I just wasn’t a crunchy guy. I like it smooth. However, it was the dream collaboration because I think this long in my career I only want to do things that are organic to my everyday lifestyle and there was no better fit than Jif peanut butter.
Netflix is expanding their collection of love stories with their latest release “Resort to Love.”
Actress and Broadway star Nikki M. James is best known for her Tony-winning performance in The Book of Mormon. However, the thespian is adding director to her resume with episode 305 of The Good Fight.
On June 11, 2021 Apple+ will premiere their second season of hit show Home Before Dark. The show is based on the life of child journalist Hilde Lysiak. The real-life Hilde and the character inspired by her are wise beyond years and have a need to explore and showcase the truth.
Cultural icon Vashtie Kola has a new partnership with Pine-Sol through designing a limited edition shoe. The sneaker sales are intended to continue Pine Sol’s commitment to supporting Black female entrepreneurs.