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Jason Mitchell aka ‘Eazy E’ Dropped From ‘The Chi’ and Other Projects

Jason Mitchell is being dropped from his starring role on Showtime’s hit series, The Chi and upcoming projects.

It has been confirmed that the up and coming actor will not return for The Chi’s already announced third season.  Mitchell will also no longer be starring in the Netflix film Desperados, in which he was set to star opposite Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell. Furthermore, Mitchell is no longer repped by UTA or Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

None involved would comment on the reason for severing ties with Mitchell. Reportedly, he was involved in an off-set incident during production on Desperados, leading to his dismissal from that project and subsequently from The Chi.

Mitchell has been on the rise since his breakout role in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, where he played NWA member Eazy-E. Since then, Mitchell has starred in films such as Mudbound, Kong: Skull Island, and Detroit. He plays a leading role on The Chi, which was created by Lena Waithe. Waithe praised Mitchell at last year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour ahead of the Season 1 premiere, calling him “The Black Tom Hanks.”

On The Chi, Mitchell plays a young man striving to do better for himself, his girlfriend and his family. He dreams of opening his own restaurant one day and owns and operates a food truck. Brandon’s goals take flight after the death of his younger brother, Coogie, who is shot and killed on the streets of Chicago.

A rep at Good Universe confirmed his departure from the Netflix film, Deadline reported. They declined to comment further, however.

Deadline reported that Mitchell was also dropped by his management team at Authentic. UTA and Authentic both also confirmed that he was removed, but did not release statements.

Currently, no information about the misconduct has been revealed. Deadline reported that it happened away from the set. According to the outlet, Mitchell had previously been involved in inappropriate behavior on the set of The Chi, but the situation was resolved and production moved forward with him.

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Common Reveals He Was Molested in His New Memoir ‘Let Love Have The Last Word’

Legendary MC, activist, and actor. Common is telling his truth in the latest memoir Let Love Have The Last Word. Throughout the book, he talks about how therapy has changed his life and how he was sexually abused as a child.

In the new memoir, the Golden Globe, Oscar, and Grammy award-winner shares that while doing scene work with fellow actor Laura Dern, the memory of him being molested as a child came back to the forefront of his mind and he couldn’t shake it.

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he writes. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”

He then gives a detailed account of his experience that took place on a family road trip.

“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my god-brother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon…”

“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he writes. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’ He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped, he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away,” the rapper writes. “I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.”

 

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The Chicago MC truly says ever since the incident he suppressed all memories and feelings, adding, “I just pushed the whole thing out of my head. Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”

Let Love Have The Last Word is available now.

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‘WU-SEUM’ Interactive Exhibit to Open in New York City

Showtime, along with Mass Appeal, will debut an immersive Wu-Tang Clan tribute in New York City at Dolby Soho from May 16-19 in honor of the upcoming docuseries WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN. As the group marks the 25th anniversary of its breakout debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the “WU-SEUM” will feature experiential installations highlighting their fascinating journey from the projects to international superstardom. The four-part limited docuseries from filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (BURN MOTHERF*CKER, BURN!) will premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The “WU-SEUM” at Dolby Soho is the only place fans can experience interactive Wu-Tang Clan music and clips from the SHOWTIME docuseries mastered in Dolby technologies. There will also be areas themed to pivotal moments in the Wu-Tang Clan’s story, such as RZA’s basement (where the group first formed) and a tribute to the late Wu-Tang member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Dolby Vision enhances images through increased contrast and brightness in color, while Dolby Atmos takes music to a three-dimensional space. Located at 477 Broadway, Dolby Soho is a newly opened space where science meets art and technology meets imagination. The “WU-SEUM” exhibit will be open from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit https://soho.dolby.com.

WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN  follows the founding members – RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna – many of whom were childhood friends in the hardscrabble world of the ’70s and ’80s Staten Island and Brooklyn. It’s a look back on their careers, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence, and oppression of their neighborhoods.

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The Best Dressed Celebrities at Met Gala 2019

 

The 2019 Met Gala, an annual fundraiser that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, was as flamboyant as ever last night. This year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” named in reference to the pivotal 1964 essay “Notes on Camp” by the late cultural critic Susan Sontag.

Without question, this has regularly become one of the most popular events of the year, where high fashion is on full display, and celebrities from every sector of the entertainment industry gather to show the world their grandiose couture as interpretations of the theme of the night.

Check out The Source‘s top picks last night of the best styled celebrities who hit up Met Gala 2019:

 

 

Lena Waithe and Jean-Raymond

Styled by Pyer Moss

Image: CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Janelle Monae

Styled by Christian Siriano / Alexandra Mandelkorn

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Jennifer Lopez

Styled by Versace

Image:  AP Images

 

Ciara

Styled by Peter Dundas

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Cardi B

Styled By Thom Browne/ Stephen Jones

Image: DAVID FISHER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Lupita Nyong’o

Styled By Micaela Erlanger

Image: BROADIMAGE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Nicki Minaj

Styled by Prabal Gurung / Swarovski Crystal / Brother Vellies

Image: DAVID FISHER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Dapper Dan

Styled by himself (in Gucci)

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Tiffany Haddish

Styled By Michael Kors

Image: Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP

 

Danai Gurira

Styled by Fred Leighton

Image: CHARLES SYKES//INVISION/AP

 

Serena Williams

Styled By de GRISOGONO

Image: CHARLES SYKES//INVISION/AP

 

Ashley Graham

Styled By Dapper Dan

Image: CHARLES SYKES//INVISION/AP

 

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott

Styled By Versace

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Regina Hall

Styled By Gucci/Dapper Dan

Image: MATT BARON/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Ava DuVernay

Styled by Prada

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

21 Savage

Styled By Dapper Dan

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Michael B. Jordan

Styled By Coach

Image: MATT BARON/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

French Montana

Styled By Gucci

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

Solange

Styled By Salvatore Ferragamo/Paul Andrew

Image: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

 

 

 

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New Documentary Focuses on the History of Bay Area Hip-Hop

NBC Bay Area’s Emmy Award-winning series Bay Area Revelation returns with Culture of Hip Hop premiering Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m. The one-hour documentary will explore how Hip-Hop has influenced the Bay Area and tells the story of the entrepreneurial artists who created their own sound and set their own rules.

“The Bay Area is home to a thriving hip hop scene, producing legendary artists who paved their own road, and emerging talent who are using their skills and creativity to express the reality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area. “In Culture of Hip Hop, we’re able to connect with the people behind the personas and show why hip-hop is more than just a music genre.”

Bay Area rappers are known for their self-made hustle – whether it is selling cassettes out of the trunk, starting their own music labels, or generating their own buzz on social media. These artists created their own lingo and started new social trends.

Culture of Hip Hop gives viewers an inside look at Bay Area hip hop from several artists within the industry who share stories of their struggles, their “big break” and what keeps them going. The film begins with interviews with pioneering rappers Too Short and E-40 who describe the early days of their careers recording, marketing and selling their own music. Their music influenced future generations of self-made Bay Area rappers, some of which are also featured in the film including global star G-Eazy, Saweetie, Kamaiyah, and Nef the Pharaoh. Other interviews include legendary Bay Area DJ’s Big Von and Chuy Gomez and hip hop historian Davey D.

“Bay Area Revelations: Culture of Hip Hop” airs Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m.

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Jay-Z to Receive The President’s Award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards

This coming Saturday (March 30th) the NAACP will honor Jay-Z at the 50th Image Awards.

The iconic MC and music mogul will receive the 2019 NAACP President’s Award, which is given “in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service,” a press release said. Past recipients include Danny Glover, Spike Lee, Lauryn Hill, Ella Fitzgerald, John Legend, and others.

Since its inception, the annual NAACP Image Awards have celebrated “people of color in the arts” and those who “promote social justice through creative endeavors,” according to the civil rights organization.

The oldest civil rights organization in American took to Twitter to announce that they will be honoring “The Story of O.J.” rapper. ANNOUNCEMENT: Mogul and culture icon Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter will receive the prestigious President’s Award during the #ImageAwards50. The President’s Award is presented in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service. Tune in live on @tvonetv 9/8c #HOV 🙌🏽😎

Jay-Z, whose classic album “The Blueprint” was recently added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry earlier this month, is being recognized by the NAACP for his social justice work. He formed the Reform Alliance with Meek Mill to address prison reform. He co-produced the 2017 docuseries “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” which chronicles the story of Kalief Browder, who spent three years as a teenager in solitary confinement in New York’s Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He also was behind the docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. He recently helped rapper 21 Savage with legal representation when he was detained by ICE.

Explaining the reasoning behind choosing Jay-Z for the prestigious award, NAACP President Derrick Johnson said, “Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change. There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him with this award.”

The Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, will telecast live at 9 p.m. Eastern Time from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Kim Porter: An Angel In Disguise

Featured in The Source Magazine’s new Power 30 issue #274, journalist Courtney Brown covers the life of the talented and beautiful Kim Porter. Her death shocked the world when she passed away just one month shy of her 47th birthday. Adored for her electrifying smile and soothing spirit, hip hop’s First Lady will forever be missed.

Check out an excerpt from the article below.

Behind every bad boy there’s usually a women assisting and uplifting him as he attempts to conquer the world.  Before we knew her as the righthand and mother to Sean ‘Diddy’ Comb’s four children and Al B. Sure’s son Quincy, model/actress Kim Porter was known as the ultimate trendsetter of Columbus, Georgia.  The hip-hop scene in the 90’s was a monumental time where original fashions were born and new sounds were created.  During a time when colorism was noticeably enforced in the music industry, Kim’s bronzed-beauty was a breath of fresh air as she appeared in various music videos including the Heavy D video ‘Truthful’.  She modeled for major campaigns like Revlon and Tommy Hillfiger before solidifying herself on the runway as a supermodel.  When she began dating Diddy in the late 90’s, African-American girls silently cheered as her flawless chocolate-colored skin was pushed to the forefront covering magazines and various red carpets representing a generation of brown girls.

Kim and The Combs family became our unofficial cousins. We watched Diddy’s excitement when the couple announced their son Christian’s arrival and then their twins D’Lila Star and Jessie James. Always the life of every party, Kim also co-owned an event and marketing firm Three Brown Girls with her closest friends .  She also appeared on the TV series Law & Order, Wicked Wicked Games and VH1’s Single Ladies and a slew of other movies.  Widely known in Atlanta, Georgia for knowing the top movers and shakers in the industry, Kim was also monumental in helping a slew of today’s biggest artists get their break in the entertainment business including Janelle Monae.  “When I moved to ATL, I was passionate about being an artist but had not gained much exposure,” Monáe wrote on Instagram. “If it had not been for you and the Three Brown Girls (Your company w/ Nicole Johnson & Eboni Elektra) belief in me & inviting me out to do your open mic night ‘Lip Service’ at Justin’s restaurant, my career would have been on another path.  “You lovingly connected me with two key players that helped move my career forward.”

For the rest of the story, pick up the new issue of The Source Magazine out on stands and selected retailers now!

Check out one of our favorite throwbacks Heavy D ‘Truthful’ starring Kim Porter.
They are both missed.

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Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Chance The Rapper Headline Woodstock 50

On Tuesday night, organizers released the lineup for Woodstock 50 and it’s one for the ages. The eclectic lineup features JAY-Z, Change the Rapper, Vince Staples, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Run the Jewels, Janelle Monáe, Princess Nokia, Common and many more.

Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original 1969 festival, spoke to Billboard about the combing multiple genres for the 50th anniversary. “The lineup will be a mix of some of the old bands who are still performing and a lot of new headline talent,” said Lang. “Probably more than any other festival’s ever had. It’ll cross genres from rock to pop, folk and hip hop. It’s kind of representative of this idea of engagement and trying to steer toward acts that are heavily involved in social issues. So there’s some real gravitas in the performance and we want it to live on beyond the event.”

The lineup will also include artists who appeared at the 1969 Woodstock such as talking Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, as well as members of Dead & Co. The performances will take place on three stages: the Peace Stage, Love Stage, and Music Stage—names that nod to the original music fest, which featured legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, and Janis Joplin.

Woodstock was a music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, on the dates of August 15–18, 1969. The festival reportedly attracted an audience of more than 400,000 participants.

Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock.

In spite of torrential rain pouring all throughout the weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors. Woodstock is still widely regarded as a vital moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive event that represented counterculture generation.

Woodstock 50 tickets will go on sale April 22. To find out more information, go to the festival’s official website.

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ABC Picks Up Two Pilots Produced by 50 Cent

After having a dominating run in the rap game, 50 Cent is positioning himself to bring that same energy to the small screen. The executive credentials of 50 Cent just keep growing. His premium cable show Power is a huge success. Now it’s being reported by Variety that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has two new shows being greenlit by ABC studios.

United We Fall is a multi-cam family sitcom that shows when two people with young children and overenthusiastic blended family truly love each other, anything is possible. Julius “Goldy” Sharpe will write and executive produce along with Julia Gunn and Seth Gordon also executive producing. Sony Pictures and ABC Studios will also produce this pilot.

 

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According to Variety, “The untitled drama is a serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him.”

Mr. Jackson has been making significant moves as television and film mogul. He recently signed a multi-series deal with Starz worth an estimated $150 million. Per the deal, he will continue to create new scripted material and an unscripted series for the network through his G-Unit Film & Television Inc.

50 and G-Unit already have two new projects in active development, “Black Mafia Family,” and “Vanguard”: which he had open casting calls for.

50’s work as a power player in the tv and film industry is just beginning.

 

 

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Swizz Beatz Presents Exhibit on ‘Black Renaissance’ Art in L.A

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean is regarded as one of the greatest producers ever in hip-hop. Along with collecting chart-topping hits, Swizz has garnered a reputation as collector and lover of fine art. Now it’s being reported that Swizz is partnering with UTA artist space to develop a new show that highlights ‘Black Renaissance’ works. Entitled “Dreamweavers.” the exhibition opens on Feb. 13 and continuing through April 13th amidst L.A.’s convergence of art fairs including Frieze LA and Art Los Angeles Contemporary with works by Kehinde Wiley (portraitist of Barack Obama), Kerry James Marshall and more.

“Dreamweavers.” is curated by Nicola Vassell, who also serves as an art advisor to Dean. “At this particular moment, it feels like the doors have been flung open and the conversation is welcome,” Vassell observed. It’s a super positive moment in that these narratives are being embedded institutionally. And the consequence of that is economic success and cultural influence.”

Explaining the process, Swizz noted, “This show had to happen right here, right now. Many of the artists are my friends and some of the works you’ll see on view are from The Dean Collection,” his initiative with wife Alicia Keys that they describe as a “family art collection focused on the support of living artists.” Adds Dean of the UTA show, “It’s a family gathering, Nicola is my long-time collaborator and UTA was passionate from the beginning. L.A. is always on my mind.”

Swizz love of art is well documented. He and his wife, multi-Grammy award winning Alicia Keys previously announced their artist grant program that awards $100,000 in grants of $5,000 among 20 artists around the world to “put on their first show” on Instagram. Swizz also serves on the board of the Brooklyn Museum. He launched the “No Commission Art Fair,” which is free for artists who also get to keep all profits from each sale.

 

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