Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars this weekend, and it looks like he’s not going to shy away from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
“See you Sunday… #blackout #oscars,” he teased on Friday.
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Black-ish is not The Cosby Show – it’s the show that the black community needs right now.
And last night’s episode on police brutality, is undeniable proof.
Black-ish delivered an absolutely stunning, emotional, hilarious and insightful episode on state-sponsored violence and how we, black families, attempt to cope and deal with the issues that arise from it.
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The honorable minister Louis Farrakhan is offering Beyoncé Knowles security from the Nation of Islam for her upcoming world tour.
On Sunday during his keynote address at the Nation of Islam’s Savior’s Day event in Detroit, Farrakhan responded to the massive backlash from police unions which have threatened to boycott Bey’s “Formation World Tour” after deeming her Super Bowl halftime performance as divisive.
“You’re gonna picket, you’re not gonna offer her police protection, but the F.O.I. (Fruit Of Islam) will,” Farrakhan said to those in attendance.
The Nation of Islam leader also took aim at former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani — who criticized Knowles for using the Super Bowl as a platform to attack police officers.
“She started talking all that black stuff, and white folks were like, ‘We don’t know how to deal with that.’ Well you taught us everywhere we went about the Holocaust, but we had sympathy for you. But when one of us shows some independence, look at how you’re treating Beyoncé now.”
While Farrakhan currently wants to provide support for Bey’s tour, last year he expressed disinterest in the singer’s on-stage attire.
Looks like the honorable minister is finally getting into “Formation.”
Veronica Hilbring –Hellobeautiful.com
Hollywood is no stranger to getting it wrong when it comes to Black History.
From fantasy films to revenge slave dramas, time and again, Hollywood has really tried it … and failed miserably. They’ve painted us as servants, and secondary characters, even re-writing African history and removing us from it.
Even when it seems they’ve had the best intentions, some of these films have fallen completely flat. And in spite of whatever commercial success, they were still either detrimental or disrespectful to Black people.
Take a look at the biggest Black history fails from Hollywood.
Exodus – Gods & Kings
Where do I even begin?
For some reason, people are either unwilling or refuse to accept the fact that Egypt is in Africa and therefore the people are African. They are not white. But when Ridley Scott’s epic film ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ was released, the only people of color found in the film were servants and slaves.
In response to the blatant dismissal of Black people in Black countries, others) boycotted the film. Although it grossed over $200 million, it was still considered a flop.
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press –theGrio.com
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby‘s legal and public-relations strategy took a sharp turn this week with word that he has sued the accuser in a criminal sexual-assault case against him for talking to police.
Cosby wants accuser Andrea Constand to return the money he paid her to settle her 2005 civil lawsuit because she sat for an interview last year with police who reopened the case. Cosby said that violates the confidentiality agreement she signed to not talk about the case.
Criminal defense lawyer David Walker, who is not involved in the case, has followed Cosby’s fall from grace and said the TV star’s strategy “makes him look like a bully.”
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Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment Group, the network announced Wednesday.
“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” Disney-ABC Television Group chairman Ben Sherwood said in a statement.
Dungey, previously an executive vice president responsible for ABC’s drama development, helped launch many of the network’s most popular shows, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Nashville.”
Lee’s resignation and Dungey’s promotion reportedly came after a power struggle at the network. According to a New York Times report, Lee and Sherwood disagreed over programming strategy:
Mr. Lee and Mr. Sherwood have repeatedly clashed over control of ABC’s creative pipeline. Mr. Sherwood, whose background is in television news, wanted to be more involved in ABC’s affairs than Mr. Lee allowed. Mr. Sherwood also wanted ABC to focus more on CBS-style procedural crime series like “N.C.I.S.,” while Mr. Lee continued to back serialized dramas like “Scandal” and “American Crime.”
By Tiffany Walden –Blackdoctor.org
A bad respiratory infection got the best of bad gal Rihanna just before her performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday night.
Per doctor’s orders, the 27-year-old star canceled what was supposed to be a super creative performance of her song, “Kiss It Better,” a lovey-dovey song off her certified platinum eighth studio album, Anti.
The Bajan beauty took to social media to apologize for leaving the Staples Center before the show kicked off. She wrote on Twitter:
by Lincoln A. Blades –theGrio.com
And if we’ve learned anything from the backlash Beyoncé received, what Kendrick’s performance represents is downright scary to lots of folks – mostly white conservatives who don’t have the artists on their playlists.
But, why? Beyoncé is far from being the first racially-aware R&B singer and King Kendrick is far from the first pro-black rapper, so why were some folks in the crowd so damn uncomfortable?
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By Aria Ellise –Blackdoctor.org
Denise Katrina Matthews, you may know her better by her stage name, the singer formerly known as Vanity, from movies like Action Jackson, has died. She was 57.
Matthews died from kidney failure, the result of years of crack cocaine abuse, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She died in a hospital in Fremont, Calif.
The Canadian born singer was also a songwriter, dancer, actress and model, leading the girl group Vanity 6 from 1981 to 1983. In that time, they recorded the smooth funk single, “Nasty Girl,” which was produced by Prince and topped the Billboard dance charts.
Many people get her confused with Apollonia from the movie “Purple Rain” but even though the group sang the Vanity 6 songs in movie, that was not Matthews who played the lead singer’s role. Prince chose Apollonia Kotero to play the role instead.
Vanity recorded two solo albums for Motown: Wild Animal and Skin on Skin before taking her break from music completely.
In the movie, The Last Dragon, Matthews’ gained a cult following by playing dance show host Laura Charles, opposite martial arts master, Taimak. The role garnered her legions of fans as the movie gained fame and classic status.
But it was in 1994 that Matthews became a born-again Christian after a near-fatal drug overdose. She then renounced her former identity. After she recieved a kidney transplant in 1997, she went on to devote her life to evangelism. In 2010, she self-released an autobiography called Blame It on Vanity.
Matthews’ health problems continued and took a turn for the worse last year. After being diagnosed with the kidney condition sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis, she set up a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for her medical treatment but fell more than $43,000 short of her goal.
“Boy, it is not fun suffering in this body of weak flesh… but Jesus is straightening out all my crooked places in my heart as I go through this time of pain,” the born-again Christian wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Vanity 6 the group, toured with Prince in 1999, before Vanity broke out on her own solo career.
The former model turned evangelist was seen preaching the gospel on both secular and religious themed shows all around the country. Still being recognized from her singing days is one of the reasons the singer said she had to show people a better way with God.
It could be described as the most expensive basement party ever, and it included Anna Wintour, A$AP Rocky passing around blunts, the entire Kardashian family, Lamar Odom’s debut appearance after his hospitalization, Naomi Campbell and an exclusive Adidas collection. Yes, we’re talking about Yeezy Season 3 and we were there to watch it all go down — standing right behind Kanye West.
On Thursday, West debuted his eighth studio album, “The Life of Pablo,” before a frenetic crowd at Madison Square Garden and 20 million viewers watching a live stream.
Say what you want about West, but when he releases music, he has our undivided attention. The long-awaited debut of “TLOP” doubled as the launch of West’s third collaboration with Adidas, making for a mind-blowing marriage of music, fashion and celebrity.
Kanye was a DJ/God who guided us through the journey that was Yeezy Season 3:
Watching Kanye slip an aux cord into a laptop and play tunes from what he touted as the “greatest album of all time,” is definitely a surreal experience to say the least. Equally surreal is watching Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Tyga subtly bop his head to the music while smoking one of the many blunts that was passed around. And only at YS3 would one overhear a harried MSG employee shout, “Lil’ Kim needs napkins or tissues … any kind!”
All of this is fitting since fame and celebrity were a major theme throughout the event and West’s newest album, which includes a track titled “Famous.” Despite all this, the show itself managed to feel extremely personal. Many of the the close to 1,200 models even shed tears as they stood in West’s designs, perhaps moved by the breathtaking grandiosity of the presentation that managed to relay a strange sense of intimacy.