Beyoncé Covers Time’s ‘Most Influential’ Issue, Michael Strahan Makes ‘GMA’ Debut, Loni Love On ‘Ellen’ & More

by | April 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Beyoncé Knowles covers Time's "The 100 Most Influential People" issue. (Image: Time)

The weekend’s almost here and I’ve got a few nibbles for you to chew on. Blue Ivy Carter’s mother is among the “Most Influential,” Michael Strahan fits right in at “Good Morning America” and Loni Love gives humorous love advice on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (and not). Enjoy!

Mrs. Carter lands Time cover. Time Inc. sure isn’t playing when it comes to letting sistas get their shine. Wednesday, People magazine revealed Oscar-winner and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o as its “Most Beautiful” person in the world. Today, Beyoncé covers Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2014 issue. All right, now! Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote a tribute to Beyoncé, applauding her decision to not just sit at the table. “She builds a better one,” Sheryl writes, explaining that  Queen Bey “has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.’ She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.” I see, I see. Pharrell Williams, Kerry Washington, Jason Collins, Jordan Peele, Serena Williams, Ertharin Cousin and President Barack Obama are among the other 99 influencers highlighted in the issue. Is there anyone you think should be featured that wasn’t? Read more here. Listen to her discuss her biggest influences below.

Michael Strahan makes “GMA” debut. The “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host joined “Good Morning America” Wednesday, feeling right at home. Now, I admit, I don’t watch “GMA” as regularly as I used to. But am glad to see him join the team. The show has a very sunny feel, similarly to “Live,” so I’m sure he’ll adjust fine.  He even brought his co-hosts ice cream, so, yeah, he’s a keeper. Michael will appear on “GMA” a couple of times a week in addition to his “Live” co-hosting duties. Check out a sample of his first day below.

Loni Love offers love advice on “Ellen.” Looks like Loni Love is channeling her inner Wendy Williams, answering relationship questions posed by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” audience members. This was a very cute segment and am always amazed when people seek real advice on personal matters from TV personalities (seriously?!). But Loni’s offerings were humorous yet sensible. It made sense to me. Loni visits “Ellen” often and has even subbed for Chelsea Handler on “Chelsea Lately” but we’ll see her this fall co-hosting “The Real.” In the meantime, check out her latest book, “Love Him Or Leave Him, But Don’t Get Stuck With the Tab: Hilarious Advice for Real Women.” Watch the “Ellen” clip below.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Django Unchained”: My parents saw it for the first time last weekend and have been talking about it a lot. I haven’t seen it since it debuted. Fortunately, it’s available on Showtime, which you can watch online or with XFINITY On Demand™. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Centric TV signing a deal to air “ARISE Entertainment 360!,” the daily show, co-hosted by Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier (Good news! Congrats!).
NOT: A 14-year-old allegedly shooting Isaiah Martinez, 15, because he jumped the line at a Brooklyn Foot Locker to get Kanye West’s Nike’s Air Foamposite Pro “Yeezy” sneakers (…).

HOT: Twenty-two-year-old Stockton, Calif. city councilman Michael Tubbs’ efforts to revive his hometown (We all could learn a thing or two from him).
NOT:  The plainclothes policemen who shot pizza delivery driver Philippe Holland as he was making his last delivery of the night (You can’t be serious?!).

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