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“Trekky” Tyler Perry can’t talk about it!


Tyler Perry will be starring in the new Star Trek movie hitting theaters spring of 2009. Rumor has it he has to stay tight lipped about the film. It will be the first film that Tyler will star in that he has not directed or written.

Right now Tyler is directing and filming his new movie “The Family That Preys” starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Virginia Deberry & Donna Grant Hitting and New York!

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Exclusive interview with authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

Check out Virginia and Donna on tour:

Saturday 2/23/08, 3PM,
Central Queens Public Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, Queens, NY 11432
Tel: 718.990.0700

Monday 3/3/08, 7PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road,Lyndhurst, OH 44124, Tel: 216-912-1985

February 12, 2008 Posted by | books | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lil Lil’ Kim Gets “Cut”. How Do You Feel About Her New Look?

Lil Kim has gotten more plastic surgery and has a new look. What do you think?

Photo credit: Hard to tell original celebrity website source of this photo. They are all over the internet.

***ATTN GNC READERS:  We have a new blog home now. Come on over and visit. Tell a friend!  Thank you for your support*

Monica Peters Medina

February 4, 2008 Posted by | music | , , , | 3 Comments

The Great Debaters Still Holding On… Monica’s Special Message to A New York Newspaper

peters-pic.jpgIn case you all were wondering, to date as of January 31, 2008, The Great Debaters has grossed 29, 279,308 at the box office.

**Big up to the film critic from the major NYC “arts” newspaper who “borrowed” my angle for my First Sunday film review for your website. Next time I will post my original post and post your “borrowed” version to show the world that you are not that original. Shame on you. You are supposed to be writing for one of the best publications in the world.

Have a great day!

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Kennedy’s and Babies Back Barack!


“I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”….Caroline Kennedy speaking on her support for Barack Obama.

The influential and powerful Kennedy dynasty supports Barack Obama for President. For those of you who don’t know that is MAJOR. This is definitely a major blow to the Clinton campaign. Apparently the Kennedy’s are fed up with the Clinton’s injecting race into the campaign. Ted Kennedy is also upset about Bill and Hilary’s remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy. I’m just fed up with Bill and Hilary’s arrogant attitude like they are entitled to the Black vote. Quite frustrating.

Love this photo. Even babies are for Obama!


January 29, 2008 Posted by | politics, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Routing for Ruby!..Takes Home Sag Award. Will She Take the Oscar?

Actress, legend and icon Ruby Dee won the SAG Award for Best a Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Denzel Washington’s mother in American Gangster. She is also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role! Ruby says that her late husband, actor Ossie Davis is “working on things up there.” Go Ruby!


January 28, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Queen Takes Home SAG Award Too!

Queen Latifah took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role as Ana Wallace, an AIDS activist who is HIV positive, in HBO’s “Life Support.” All hail the queen.

*Legend, icon and actress Ruby Dee takes home SAG Award too. See post below.


January 27, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Rock Finds His Roots and Cries on Oprah

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First I must say, that it’s refreshing to see a man cry. It’s good for men to show their emotions. Chris Rock was on Oprah talking about the upcoming series that will air on PBS called “African American Lives 2” hosted by Henry Louis Gates. On the series, Chris discovers that his great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tinghman, went from being a slave to serving in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Tinghman also was elected into the South Carolina legislature at 27 years old. He went from being a slave to owning 65 acres of land when he died in 1917.

Chris became choked up. “It’s weird how you don’t realize what low expectations you have for yourself until somebody shows you what your people have actually accomplished. It made me a little sad because I always considered myself so lucky. Yes, there’s a lot of luck with the success … but when you see that people before you managed to make it, you feel like maybe it’s your birthright or destiny. We as black people don’t feel that we’re destined to do anything but bad.”

AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 airs Wednesdays, February 6-13, 2008, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Television, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming to 1/28: Triple Play! Deborah Gregory, Miasha, Alicia M. Rivers

Exclusive Interviews Coming to the website on 1/28

Best-selling authors Deborah Gregory, Miasha

and Jolie Magazine Editor-n-Chief Alicia M. Rivers


GritsnCheese has an awesome line up of interviews hitting on Monday 1/28. (Or who knows we may put them up earlier, hint hint).

Deborah Gregory author of the mega hit novel series Cheetah Girls talks about growing up in NYC foster care system.  She also gives the scoop on the business side of turning books into movies!

Best-Selling Author Miasha talks about her successful and phenomenal career as an author and her new novel hitting in March “Sistah For Sale.” She gives the scoop on good and bad book deals, why she didn’t take her first offer from Terri Woods and her advice to authors who hate on “urban street literature.”

Alicia M. Rivers, Editor-n-Chief of Jolie Magazine talks all things beauty, her career in the publishing industry and lots more.  She also discusses the natural vs. enhanced beauty controversy.

Read the website and the blog here everyday. You never want to miss a dish of grits!

January 23, 2008 Posted by | books, monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honoring His Memory: Dr. Martin Luther King

Honoring The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Honor his legacy everyday, not just today.

January 21, 2008 Posted by | thegritsncheesedish, world news | , , , | Leave a comment