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Five Things You Didn’t know about Irv Lorenzo

2 July 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Irv Lorenzo aka “Irv Gotti” is an entertainment and music industry veteran. He’s associated with such names as Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, and Lyor Cohen. This guy is without a doubt gifted and has an eye for talent. However, that alone doesn’t secure your spot in the world of entertainment. After years of setbacks and hardship Irv Lorenzo is set to make his comeback as the creator and producer of the new Bet show “Tales.” The scripted anthology series will turn classic hip-hop songs like ‘F*** Tha Police’ into visual narratives. I don’t think a show like this has ever

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- Nat Berman

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Review: ‘Bet’s ‘Tales’ Flips the Narrative for a Fascinating Mirror-Universe Look at Police Brutality’

28 June 2017 6:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The debut installment of Bet’s anthology series “Tales,” which aired Tuesday night, creates not just a story, but really, a whole world out of the lyrics of Nwa’s “F—k tha Police.” “Tales,” which will air through the summer, aims to do this for a variety of different rap songs, including Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got a Story to Tell,” in subsequent episodes.

But with “F—k tha Police,” a track whose trenchant lyrics about police brutality are as unsettlingly relevant today as they were in 1988, “Tales’” approach makes for an episode that feels like an installment of  “Black Mirror,” aligned with American racial history. Where Nwa presented a blistering recitation of the abuses committed by the police against black people, “Tales”’ “F—k tha Police” switches the races: Instead of an oppressed black underclass, the standalone episode imagines a world where it’s whites who live in “the »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Bet Awards: Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky and Maxwell Among Latest Performers

20 June 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

With just five days to go, this year's Bet Awards is adding more names to its performer lineup.

The latest additions include Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Maxwell, Swae Lee, Sza, Xscape, Khalid, El DeBarge and Kamasi Washington. They join such previously announced hitmakers as Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Migos, Future and Tamar Braxton.

Concurrently, Remy Ma, Irv Gotti and the cast of the forthcoming movie Detroit (Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Laz Alonso and Jacob Latimore) have signed on as presenters. They will be sharing those duties with Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Jada Pinkett Smith, »

- Gail Mitchell, Billboard

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Tales: Scripted Hip-Hop Anthology Series Coming to Bet in June (Video)

25 May 2017 8:57 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you a hip hop fan? Recently, Bet released a new teaser for their upcoming TV series Tales.From Irv Gotti, the scripted anthology drama weaves "classic and current hip-hop songs into captivating visual narratives from the lyrics of some of hip-hop's greatest hits. The ensemble cast includes Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Jennifer Freeman, Elise Neal, Mc Lyte, Boris Kodjoe (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Lance Gross, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks, Clifton Powell, and Christian Robinson.Read More… »


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