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Bobby Brown: A "bad guy" (onstage, at least) seeks a good image


Of all the interview sessions during the recent Television Critics Association weeks, none had quite as much emotion as the one with Bobby Brown. Now his mini-series runs Sept. 4-5; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

For Bobby Brown,
this was an uncomfortable moment.

In T.I.'s show -- and in his life -- it's all about the hustle


Even if rap music isn't one of your favorites, you'd find Tip "T.I." Harris interesting. The guy has a high-octane life -- something he's teaching in his reality competition show, "The Grand Hustle." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- Lots
of folks can't rap or write or act. What they can do, they think, is
hustle.

Anika Noni Rose's roles range afar ... and, occasionally, anear


By Mike Hughes

From the moment I saw Anika Noni Rose in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," almost a decade ago, I thought she was an amazing talent. She's ranged afar since then ... and now stars in a new series on BET. Here's the story I sent to papers:

Anika Noni Rose has
criss-crossed much of the human spectrum.

Cable and TV add moreWhitney Houston specials


With Whitney Houston's funeral scheduled for noon Saturday (Feb. 18), TV and cable channels keep adding more coverage.

There have already been documentaries all week, but here's what's still coming:

-- Friday (Feb. 17): "NAACP Image Awards," 8-10 p.m., NBC. A
Houston tribute is being added. That's followed at 10 by a "Dateline" that includes Al Roker interviewing Aretha Franklin about Houston.

Black History Month remains big


Black History Month starts today, bringing a fresh cascade of shows. Here's the story and list I sent to papers:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

Each February, two strong forces –
PBS and cable – propel Black History Month.

This year's shows range from the upbeat
and uptempo – a Cab Calloway profile (Feb. 27), a vibrant
production of the Tony-winning musical “Memphis” (Feb. 24) – to
the dead-serious.