'Single Black Female' Coming to BET

In today's link roundup: Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have a new project. Plus: Whitney Houston special to air Wednesday night.

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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (Deadline)

Single Black Female pilot coming to BET: The network has given Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil the green light for a new pilot titled, Single Black Female, which is expected to air in August. It will be based on the work-family balance of a single black woman who is the host of a popular Atlanta talk show, similar to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Deported dad begs North Carolina to give him his children back: Felipe Montes and his children, all three of whom are U.S. citizens, are among a growing number of families separated, sometimes permanently, at the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system. Read their story at Colorlines.

New Hampshire lawmakers consider rolling back gay marriage: As several states debate measures to legalize gay marriage, New Hampshire is considering a repeal of its same-sex-marriage law. The repeal has the backing of some top leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. But rescinding rights is never easy, particularly in a state that takes its liberties seriously. 

Whitney Houston: In Her Own Words to air on MTV tonight: MTV will pay respects to Whitney Houston on Feb. 15 with a live 30-minute tribute. The MTV News special, airing at 7:30 p.m. EST and hosted by Sway Calloway, will feature interview clips of Houston from her network debut in 1986 through her final interview.

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