I knew just by looking at it that that mess was a British dish.... not sure why the food (outside of fish and chips) is so visibly unappealing.... peas and mash really makes me ill....I'm in the middle of watching the latest episode of T and Coco, and man, them cooking that nasty British dish truly has been the highlight of my week. I am dying!
There can't be a single black person living there eating that mess. I had to come here and post about this because I'm having a ball.
New episode of song association with Melvin Crispell III. It’s probably one of my favorites. Melvin’s voice and his placements are unreal
The week I talked to YouTuber Terrell Grice, the people of Minnesota had been out in the streets for the fourth night in a row, enraged and mourning the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed by a police officer who allegedly mistook her gun for a Taser. That same week, a pulmonologist took the stand in the George Floyd trial to testify that no, Floyd could not have died of carbon monoxide poisoning as the defense had posited. It would be a few days later that Derek Chauvin would be found guilty on all charges, a fair verdict that had never been guaranteed. And far from the gaze of the public eye, Grice was in a car accident, his second in the space of roughly a year, neither of which were his fault.
But that same week, on his Youtube channel, TERRELL, Grice was joined by Grammy-nominated gospel singer Melvin Crispell III. For half an hour the host, producer, occasional singer, and all-around artist was as enthralled as the audience listening to Crispell put on a show that was equal parts a congregation in worship and a star in the making. At one point, Crispell and Grice burst into an impromptu version of Hezekiah Walker’s “Oh Lord We Praise You,” a song known to get you out of the pews and onto your feet.
Such is the delicate balance of life for Grice and Black creators—in the midst of tragedies both personal and communal, he finds the time to say a little prayer for his community, and to celebrate it. Grice’s channel has almost 900,000 subscribers, and his hybrid talk/game/music show has undergone a meteoric rise since his very first video dropped three years ago. Born in Mullins, South Carolina, where the best food and music can only be found after Sunday service—”There’s a church on every corner, it’s like doughnut shops in Los Angeles”—Grice is as surprised by his career choice as anyone. “I used to play tennis, girl…. That was my first love. My first dream. My first career goal,” he told me over Zoom from his home in Los Angeles.
Starting at the age of 11, Grice traveled for the sport, cultivating his route to becoming “the next Serena Williams.” His junior year, he was undefeated until a shoulder injury sidelined him for an entire season. With his aspirations for athletic domination derailed, Grice found himself unmoored and without any idea what would compel him to go to college, if it wasn’t to play tennis. As chance would have it, a teacher encouraged him to try a TV class. “I was like, okay. That’s all you got?! I don’t even watch TV like that. Fine. Cool,” he said, his voice dripping with the hyperbolic exasperation of teen years. “It was the only class on my schedule and that is when I first started being interested in the entertainment industry.”
Even if you’re unfamiliar with Grice’s channel, you’ve probably been greatly entertained by his work in the last five years. After graduating from the film program at Florida’s Full Sail University, Grice jumped into the casting world, plucking out talent for the legacy program Showtime at the Apolloand NBC giant The Voice. “Working with those big casting teams really taught me how to talk to strangers.” he said. “It taught me how to interview people, how to get more information about their stories.”
He remembers those days fondly, both for the opportunities they offered him, and also for what they revealed about the way Hollywood seeks out talent—“One thing that did not sit well with me when I went to bed at night was seeing amazing talent not being chosen or being completely ignored to make room and space for other talent that would just be more digestible to the American people,” he said. “I wanna shine a light on those people who don’t have 3 million followers but they can sing their faces off. That’s important to me.”
It’s difficult to put into words, where exactly TERRELL fits in terms of traditional and nontraditional entertainment, and for Grice that’s by design. The show has become a stopover for Grammy winners, up-and-coming artists, prolific songwriters, producers, and beloved actors—the Clark Sisters stopped by to crack jokes, Cynthia Erivo sang “I’m Here,” and Ledisi, one of the few vocalists who can do right by Aretha Franklin while still making a song her own, became everyone’s best friend after coming through and sitting next to Grice. “With The TERRELL Show, we bounce back and forth from having a quick moment of entertainment to learning about somebody’s story,” Grice said. “That [storytelling] is one thing that I think gets lost in digital because of attention spans, but that’s fair. That’s how it’s set up.” All these artists have Grammys and even more nominations among them; greater still, they have a presence in the expansive lineage of Black music-making that is indelible and generational. They have also all been to Grice’s house. “We actually just moved into our brand-new studio at the top of this year in January, but every episode that came out before then, was shot in the apartment that I also lived in which was the size of a very small one-bedroom in New York City,” he said. It’s astounding to imagine ever meeting your heroes, and damn near daunting having to worry about fluffing the pillows enough so three of the Clark sisters, Lalah Hathaway,and Tony winner Erivo can be comfortable. “When we first set it up, I was like, this is cool, this is fine, we’ll do a couple of interviews,” Grice said, “And then we have Lalah Hathaway walking in and I was like, okay, we need to have more space!” Since the beginning of this year, square footage isn’t the only thing that’s expanded at Grice productions. In March, T and Coco, a cooking show featuring Grice and actor-singer Coco Jones, premiered to great fanfare. If not immediately obvious from the show’s theme song, Jones is a Disney veteran, who’d previously appeared on TERRELL as a musical guest just months earlier. Their comedic chemistry was so apparent it was only right they collaborated. The spin-off show, along with his own singing competition, Race to the Blue, have turned Grice’s channel into a growing digital station. Having premiered in 2019, the upcoming second season of Race to the Blue with judges Stevie Mackey, vocal coach to the stars (J.Lo, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Rowland) and Candice Boyd, runner-up from The Four is according to Grice, “going to be competitive in this singing competition market.” The winner of Race to the Blue’s first season, Kim Cruse, currently has an EPout and has been touring consistently since her win. “I want to create a digital network, and I want it to celebrate us,” Grice said. ”I want it to celebrate culture, talent, new ways of thinking, new information.” The TERRELL channel gives you a chance to see artists who are powered not by multimillion-dollar corporations, but loyal followers, and whose artistry cannot be calculated by Billboard charts, but is instead mapped out in the legacies that shaped them. Durand Bernarr, the slick-talking sage—his cannabis-inflected remix of God’s Property and Kirk Franklin’s “Stomp” should be on replay in all dispensaries—is a student of Earth, Wind & Fire, with the artistic independence of the Purple One. Jade Novah is rhythm and blues personified, and Inayah Lamis is the hustle and grind of hip-hop when it was still an outlier.
Soon Bernarr, who recently performed his latest album, DUR&, on Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad platform, will be a regular face on the TERRELL channel, as Grice shared in an exclusive reveal that the two are working on a show together. “I won’t spoil what the show is, but I guarantee you it’s going to be hilarious,” he said, barely able to contain himself. “I am producing that show, and it’s going to be the first show that will be a part of my network where I am solely a creator and producer. So I’ll pop in here and there onscreen but it will be Durand’s show produced by Terrell Grice.”
This kind of digital expansion would have seemed impossible a decade ago, but the internet has proven to be a dynamic platform for creators of color to build, grow organically, and usher in work missing from Hollywood’s archaic roster. HBO multihyphenate Issa Rae, late-night host Lilly Singh, and comedian Awkwafina can all trace their roots to YouTube, and now creators like Tahir Moore and KevOnStage—whose scene-stealing costar Angel Laketa Moore, a.k.a. That Chick Angel, seems poised to have her own Tiffany Haddish–esque breakout moment—are seemingly shouting, “I got next!” Grice is just one part of a larger squad that’s disrupting entertainment in ways that are enchanting and wholly unexpected. The pandemic has not slowed him down, and his small crew comprised of videographer Matt Garrett (“behind that camera making us look good”) and producer Roxelana Trinidad (“making sure I’m not saying the craziest, outlandish stuff so I don’t get fired off YouTube”) has now expanded and includes a nurse to administer COVID-19 rapid tests. Grice has come a long way from his tennis days, yet there’s still one particular part from that life on the court that he’s carried with him up to this point. “Before every single match, I would go into the bathroom, locker room, or whatever had a mirror, and I would say my mantra. ‘You belong here. You’re talented. You’re a fighter. Do not give up. This is your destiny. You are God chosen. You are blessed.’” He paused as he collected himself before continuing. “Today I do that very same thing before every single interview. And I also add, ‘you are worthy.’” This last part was necessary when imposter syndrome started sneaking up on him. “All of these amazing, talented legends call us, and ask us, can we collaborate?” he said in disbelief. “If I’m being honest, in the beginning I was like, why are they coming to me? They can go to Ellen [DeGeneres],they can go to Steve [Harvey], they can go to Wendy [Williams]. Why do they want to come to me? It took me some time to say, you know what, you did not train for this but God was building you for this without you knowing it. And that is why they are coming in this door in droves. It’s a God thing.”
This was beautiful... the group was awesome and I love how Keontae jumped right in and become the director...I know this was a MOMENT for them lol
This is great as well... I listen to the live version of "All" very often... George is a voice...Terrell’s music being covered>>>>
Okay, so I watch everything on YT in 1.5x speed but I definitely go to Normal just so I can hear the theme song... I love listening to it and love watching the opening...I am in LUV with T and Coco's theme song! I blast it whenever I'm doing chores around the house, it's a straight bop.
The T and Coco show is such a hit, I'm so proud of Terrell!