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Gina Rodriguez-Led Comedy Series ‘Not Dead Yet’ Debuts February 8th –


ABC’s newest addition to its comedy roster, “Not Dead Yet” starring and executive produced by Gina Rodriguez, makes its highly anticipated series debut with a two-episode premiere on WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, starting at 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

The series follows Nell Serrano, a broke and newly single self-described disaster, working to restart the life and career she left behind five years ago. When she lands the only job she can find ― writing obituaries ― Nell starts getting life advice from some unlikely sources, the dead people whose lives she’s writing about.

Joining the previously announced Martin Mull (“Clue”) as Nell’s ghostly visitors is a star-studded roster, including Ed Begley Jr. (“Amsterdam”), Mo Collins (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Deborah S. Craig (“Meet Cute”), Telma Hopkins (“Family Matters”), Don Lake (“Space Force”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Paula Pell (“Saturday Night Live”), Tony Plana (“Ugly Betty”), Brittany Snow (“X”) and Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live”).

The series’ guest stars will get announced at a later date.

“Not Dead Yet” stars Gina Rodriguez as Nell Serrano, Hannah Simone as Sam, Lauren Ash as Lexi, Rick Glassman as Edward, Josh Banday as Dennis, and Angela Gibbs as Cricket.

‘Not Dead Yet’ Poster

‘Not Dead Yet’ Poster

Casey Johnson and David Windsor are the creators and executive producers. Also executive producing is Gina Rodriguez, Dean Holland, Wonderland Sound, Vision’s McG, Mary Viola, and Corey Marsh.

The series got produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.


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James Beard Foundation Shows Love to Black Restaurants and Chefs With 2023 Award Semifinalists


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This week, we told you that on Yelp’s list of Top 100 Places to Eat, only five of the restaurants were Black-owned. Welp, the James Beard Awards® just announced their 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists and the news was much better for Black folks.

The James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a restaurant industry where everyone can thrive, has recognized noteworthy restaurants and chefs with their highly-coveted award since 1991. This year’s standouts were chosen across 23 categories, including Outstanding Restaurant, Emerging Chef and Outstanding Bakery. Winners will be honored at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A Beard award carries a tremendous amount weight in the industry, mostly because the winners are chosen by their peers. A committee of industry professionals (including past winners) vote on recommendations submitted by other restaurants, chefs, and creatives.

These are some of the outstanding Black restaurants and chefs being considered for the awards this year.


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My daughter just turned 14—that means we have four years before college. Where did the time go?


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Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

By the time anybody reads this, my daughter will be a fully minted 14-year-old. She’s in 8th grade, a semester away from being a fresh(wo)man in high school. It’s insane to think about how fast the time has gone, but more crazy to think about just how fast the time will fly from here on out. One of my wife’s brothers is about to graduate from college, and it feels like we literally just moved him into his freshman dorm yesterday. I still have VIVID recollections of the day — from packing up his car and driving to northern New Jersey from their home in southern New Jersey to putting shelves together in his new space. It all feels so…recent, and at this point it was 3.5 years ago. 

So, to think that I have a child who is a little more than four years away from heading off into the world for college is a bit anxiety-inducing. I mean, now we have to think about college in a real way, not just as some far-off rhetorical adventure. Somebody has to pay for that thing, and one of my daughter’s preferred colleges — Spelman College, which is her mother’s alma mater — isn’t exactly known for tossing money around for scholarships. That might be different now. I suppose I’m going to find out one way or another soon. That means that grades are really about to matter and all that jazz. Look, I realize we still have four years to go as she’s not even in high school yet. But as quickly as time has gone by, high school and then high school graduation season will be right around the corner. 

Everyday life gives the impression of days, at times, moving like molasses. Summer doldrums and winter snowfalls make time feel like it’s standing still, but then you blink and everybody’s talking about New Year’s resolutions, and January speeds on by. Time keeps on slippin’ into the future isn’t just a song lyric from “Fly Like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band. It’s a real phenomenon, perhaps that’s why the song was so popular. As I watch my children grow up, I feel like the actual day-to-day growth is invisible until I look at my phone’s videos and photos and see a video from three years prior and how much younger my kids were (or in the case of my youngest, how absent he was). My boys speak more and more clearly every day and know things and are exposed to new ideas daily. My daughter is growing into a young woman and dealing with middle school ideas and social orders. And while I know it’s happening, I don’t see it happen every day, if that makes sense. 

It’s just one day. It’s Monday, and the next it’s Sunday. We’ll never get that Tuesday back, but it’s marked its existence on the calendar anyway. That’s how I feel right now. I’m so proud of my daughter and happy for the new adventures her new big ass affords her and where it will take her. I haven’t been in high school in more than 25 years, so the challenges of today are probably substantially different from whatever I went through. And yet, here she goes, a child whose first steps I still remember and for whom I have a ton of pictures where she’s strapped to her car seat eating snacks singing some song little kids sing. 

Because I have four kids I will experience this same thing three more times, and I imagine I will be no less taken aback each time. My daughter, as is often the case, prepares me for what is to come with my other kids as I experience it all for the first time with her. It’s so weird seeing this little human who carries my DNA go off into the world, even with limits at this point, who will eventually go off and only come home for holidays. I will try my best to remember to enjoy all of these moments. It feels like it’s moving so fast, and I didn’t even realize how slow I wanted it to go until now. 

Happy birthday, baby. 

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is a columnist at theGrio. He writes very Black things and drinks very brown liquors, and is pretty fly for a light guy. His biggest accomplishment to date coincides with his Blackest accomplishment to date in that he received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey after she read one of his pieces (biggest), but he didn’t answer the phone because the caller ID said: “Unknown” (Blackest).

Make sure you check out the Dear Culture podcast every Thursday on theGrio’s Black Podcast Network, where I’ll be hosting some of the Blackest conversations known to humankind. You might not leave the convo with an afro, but you’ll definitely be looking for your Afro Sheen! Listen to Dear Culture on TheGrio’s app; download it here.


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Footage Shows An Angry Wife Attacking A Thai Sex Worker She Found Having Sex With Her Husband –


A video of an angry married woman beating an alleged naked prostitute in Thailand for over five minutes went viral on social media. The Thai prostitute was engaging in sexual activities with the woman’s husband.

The wife reportedly went to a massage parlor in Phuket, Thailand, to confront the sex worker about her sexual relationship with her husband after following her husband to the parlor. When the wife arrived, she discovered the sex worker sitting in a chair.
The married woman found out her husband was having an alleged affair with the woman after she discovered pictures of the alleged prostitute in his phone on January 25th.

When she confronted the alleged prostitute, the wife was standing over and ripped the towel off her, leaving her naked. She began to slap the young woman multiple times while trying to grab the woman’s phone.

Also, in the video, a variety of sex paraphernalia is seen in the background. The video featured used tissues, sex toys, and dirty mirrors got spotted.

Multiple outlets reported that an hour with one of the women who work at the parlor costs around £49 per hour.

The Mueang Phuket Provincial Police launched an investigation into the incident.

Watch the video down below.


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