The man that I call “The People’s Champ” has proven once again why he deserves the title. Back in 2013, Washington Township High school student, Cierra Bosarge, wrote the rapper asking him to attend her high school graduation. Cole responded to Cierra assuring that he would be there as long as she got accepted into a four year college by then. Fast forward to June 2015, Cierra met Cole’s condition and got accepted into a few four year institutions!
If you were a teenage girl in the 90’s or 2000’s the odds are you read Omar Tyree’s novel, Flyy Girl, a dozen times. You probably wanted to be the sassy but classy, “all about the money” teenage Tracy Ellison and made sure you copped the two sequels to see how the diva tackled adulthood. If so, you’ll be happy to know that the classic trilogy is being adapted to film. The film will follow an adult Tracy Ellison, now a businesswoman, obsessed with the material world, before falling into a cycle of gratuitous sex and heartbreak. Sanaa Lathan will star as Tracy and also executive produce the film.
Every “read” isn’t vicious or mean. Actually, the best “reads” are when you don’t realize that the “read” even took place until after it’s over and you’re like ‘hold up’. lol That’s exactly the kind of read Michael B. Jordan delivered today via a piece he wrote for Entertainment Weekly addressing the detractors of his upcoming role as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, a role previously played by white actors, in this summer’s installment of Fantastic Four.
The recent ethnicity changes to popular film characters continues to cause controversy in Hollywood. The casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch in the next Fantastic Four movie, a character who has previously been white, is one that has ruffled the feathers of comic enthusiasts. If you saw any of the interviews where Michael B. Jordan discussed the issue after he was casted, it’s pretty clear that it’s not something he wants to focus on. He’d much rather focus on the content of the film and doing his very best to “flame on”. Jimmy Kimmell clearly didn’t get the memo. The Creed actor was on Jimmy’s couch last night and things got a bit awkward when Jimmy pushed about Michael being black and his character’s sister in the film, Sue Storm, being played by a white Kate Mara.
There’s always three sides to every story…his side, her side and the truth. Tamika Fuller, the mother of rapper/actor Ludacris’ toddler daughter, Cai Bridges, is sharing her side in the form of an essay penned for Madam Noire entitled “A Personal Essay from Tamika Fuller…Fighting for My Daughter: Power, Wealth, and Hip-Hop.” In her essay, Tamika chronicles her side of the nasty court battle that eventually resulted in Ludacris being awarded full custody of their daughter. In the essay Tamika expresses her shock that Luda sought and received full custody after asking her to get an abortion and refutes accusations that she is a gold digger and unfit mother. Check out a few excepts below.
Over the weekend some photo shoot fun went all the way wrong for Kylie Jenner. The youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan has been engulfed in a social media storm ever since posting the above photo and a few others from a recent photo shoot where black and neon lights were used to create this avatar-like effect. Folks are in an uproar accusing the reality star of wearing black face. She tried to clear it the air by making it clear the effect was all in the lighting.
After Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna and a few other big name artists launched music/video service Tidal by signing ownership documents at a press conference on earlier this week, Jay Z is responding to criticism of the new app. Naysayers are claiming that the artists are just trying to get richer by charging as much as $19.99 a month to consumers for the service. Yesterday Mr. Carter, along with Tidal executive Vania Schlogel, participated in a Q&A at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to discuss all things Tidal. They addressed a lot of the questions consumers had. When discussing the costs of the service, Jay made it clear that people are nitpicking in his view. “Nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Check out a few excerpts from the Q&A below.
After a four year relationship with model/actress Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown is a single man. Although he’s been acting like one far longer than they’ve been broken up. The singer fathered a baby girl with another woman while he a Karrueche were still in a relationship. Chris expressed his loneliness earlier today in an Instagram post that he deleted as quickly as he posted it.
If you were looking to get the tea from Karrueche Tran’s interview with Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla says you may be disappointed. According to the life coach, Karrueche, to her surprise, was not forthcoming about the inner turmoil of her relationship with Chris Brown and did not bash him for cheating on and disrespecting her. She instead chose to be forgiving of Chris, who fathered a child with another woman during the couple’s four year on and off again relationship.
In every successful career, there has to be a moment or two that show and prove just how talented you are. We’ve always been fans of our home town gal Taraji P. Henson but her portrayal of “Cookie” on Fox’s Empire has shown EVERYONE just how talented the Academy-Award nominee truly is. During a recent interview with Power 105’s Angie Martinez, the actress dished on how her new found popularity has impacted her life, how she keeps her sexy co-stars at bay, how the infamous “booty scene” came to be and more. Check out a few excerpts below.
If you’re one of those people who’ve wondered if art was imitating life in the case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, then wonder no more. The actor who plays the gay son of Luscious Lyons talked with Ellen DeGeneres after his recent appearance on her show about the rumor that he and Jamal share the same sexual orientation. Jussie says it’s no secret. He has never been in the closet to begin with.
It’s been 5 weeks since Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in her bathtub. From day one her father, Bobby Brown, has made it very clear that he wants her privacy respected. Even going as far as to blast his own nephew, Jerrod Brown, for speaking to the media. So I’m pretty sure he is not pleased with the most recent media related development connected to his family. Rumor has it that Bobby’s sisters and brother are filming a reality show centered around their lives and the lives of their children. Although there has been no footage tape at the hospital, the show is reported to chronicle Bobbi Kristina’s health situation as well.
The plight of the black actress in Hollywood is one that I’ve heard expressed time and time again from some of my favorite actresses. Just this past week, Essence hosted it’s 8th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The luncheon which uplifts black women in Hollywood is necessary because far too often black actresses are not given the lead roles that they seek. The sentiment is that the playing field in Hollywood is not leveled. Tatyana Ali, Essence Atkins and Andrea Lewis have teamed up to shed more light on the issue with web series “Black Actress”. The series created by and starring Andrea Lewis is a mockumentary style series following the life of actress Kori Bailey while she pursues her next big acting role and making a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
As expected, Selma, the film starring David Oyelowo and Oprah, didn’t win big at this year’s Academy Awards. The award winners clearly lacked diversity but the show’s attendees and performers didn’t let that make the film’s message null and void. During the show there were several moments that highlighted the need for equality and end of racism. In fact, the night’s most powerful moment came when the leading song from the film’s soundtrack was performed.
It’s very clear that Kanye West’s media hiatus is over. He did very little talking last year but so far in 2015, he’s back to his no holds barred attitude when it comes to sharing his opinions. His most recent sit down with The Breakfast Club sparked some controversial comments. I won’t attempt to rehash everything that Mr. West (or as some call him Mr. Kardashian) said. Kanye’s rants are usually pretty epic, but there were three specific moments that warrant a serious side eye. Check them out below.