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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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Desus and Mero and Issa Rae to be Honored at the Webby Awards

As the Bodega Boys always say, “The brand is brolic.”

Recognizing this, the Webby Awards announced today that comedy duo Desus and Mero along with actor/writer Issa Rae will be recognized with Webby Special Achievement Awards next week for their contributions to Internet culture.

Desus Nice and the Kid Mero will be presented with a Webby Special Achievement Award for their talk show Desus & Mero which made it’s debut this year on Showtime.

Also, legendary actor Michael Douglas will accept a 2019 Webby Special Achievement Award for his work in the role of Sandy Kominsky in the Netflix original, The Kominsky Method.

Other Special Achievement honorees include Glossier founder Emily Weiss, artist Tierra Whack, and host and creator Hasan Minhaj.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences — which hands out the awards — will also honor Childish Gambino, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith, Kesha and Spotify this year

Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees, and other Internet professionals. Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet, The Webbys now honors excellence in 7 major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games, and Podcasts.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category—The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. In the spirit of the open Web, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

Hosted by actress and comedian Jenny Slate, the 23rd Annual Webby Awards will take place in New York City on Monday, May 13 at Cipriani Wall Street.

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Naomi Campbell Defends Gucci for Blackface Backlash: ‘It Wasn’t Intentional’

Gucci was under fire for their culturally insensitive sweater, but Naomi Campbell doesn’t think the Italian luxury brand meant to intentionally disrespect black people.

While Dapper Dan didn’t excuse the brand for what they did, he is looking towards a brighter future by joining the team to create opportunities for young Black creatives.

Campbell has joined forces with Dan on the newly formed advisory committee on diversity and inclusion. The supermodel told The Washington Post that people were “foolish” for burning their clothes from Gucci.

“I think it’s ridiculous for people to say they were burning their [Gucci] clothes. Don’t burn your clothes. It wasn’t intentional,” Naomi said.

“On a positive note, there’s a silver lining,” she added, of Dapper Dan’s Changemakers scholarship. “In a lot of countries, football was a way of getting out. Now those interested in fashion and creativity have a way.”

“We will invest important resources to unify and strengthen our communities across North America, with a focus on programs that will impact youth and the African-American community,” Gucci’s CEO and President Marco Bizzarri said in a statement. “I believe in the promise of the next generation, and through our scholarship fund we will also create more opportunities for talented young people of diverse backgrounds to gain access to careers in the fashion industry.”

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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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Dapper Dan Attends his First Met Gala + Designed 7 ‘Camp’ Looks

Dapper Dan vowed to hold Gucci accountable for their recent racist scandal involving a sweater that resembles blackface, and he did so in the best way he knows how.

Dan’s custom designs were on the backs of seven influential celebrities at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City on Monday. 21 Savage, Omari Hardwick, Regina Hall, Bevy Smith, Ashley Graham, Karlie Kloss, and Dapper Dan himself were all sporting the Harlem fashion icon’s designs to represent their camps last night.

Dan told Elle.com that he was addressing the issues in his community through fashion. “People in the community are like, ‘Man, leave them! Leave Gucci and all this stuff.’ They don’t understand. Until I make them understand the beauty of this, the significance of this, the importance of this…”

It wasn’t long ago the Italian luxury brand shut down the designer’s store for using their logo with authorization. Now he has a partnership with a company, and flooded the 2019 Met Gala with his designs, which marked his first Met.

“[Y]ou know who’s walking behind me?” Dan asked rhetorically. “Nelson Mendela’s walking behind me, Jackie Robinson’s walking behind me, Martin Luther King, all of those people are behind me. All those people who’ve suffered the slings and arrows of oppression in those difficult moments.”

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Family and Friends Gather to Celebrate the Life of John Singleton

A host of family, friends, celebrities, and dignitaries including Ice Cube, Tarij P. Henson, Stevie Wonder gathered to celebrate the life of director John Singleton.

Others who were present to pay their last respects to the fallen director were Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and the film’s Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth Carter, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, rapper Ludacris, and actors Ving Rhames, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, and Tyrese.

The private service was held at Angelus Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, the neighborhood formerly known as South Central, where Singleton spent part of his childhood and where his career-defining film, Boyz N the Hood, was set.

The service came just a week after Singleton’s family announced that he had died at age 51, days after he suffered a stroke and being in a coma. A family statement said Singleton was taken off life support on March 29 and died, though a death certificate issued Monday lists the date of his death as March 28.

John Daniel Singleton burst on the scene as a 24-year old film director, screenwriter, and producer when he debuted with his classic film detailing like in South Central Boyz n the Hood in 1991. For the film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for that award. Singleton frequently centered his native South Los Angeles in much of his filmography such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001). He also directed the drama Rosewood (1997) and the action films Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005). At the time of his death, he was working on the latest season of Snowfall on FX.

A Singleton representative said his family is also planning a public memorial and is deciding on the details, a representative said.

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The Wu-Tang Clan District Becomes Official in Staten Island

As one of the greatest groups in Hip-Hop history, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan has received every honor imaginable. But the having a district named after them in their hometown of Staten Island has to be at the very top.

On Saturday (May 4th), Lawmakers unveiled the Wu-Tang Clan District, which was approved in a unanimous vote last December, during a ceremony in the Park Hill neighborhood of their youth. Councilwoman Debi Rose in a series of tweets paid tribute to the “C.R.E.A.M” conglomerate.

 

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“The Wu-Tang Clan District is a celebration of their inspiration to the world — and a celebration of their home, Shaolin,” she wrote. “The Wu-Tang Clan turned their experiences growing up here into something that now resonates with people all over the world, with young people who live in urban settings, young people whose neighborhoods are underserved, young people who face economic and social challenges.”

Raekwon The Chef also shared a video of the unveiling in a post on Facebook on Saturday afternoon. “Thank You Staten Island, New York,” he wrote.

Check out the video below of Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks expressing his gratitude for the honor.

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R&B Legend Frankie Beverley Loves Beyoncé’s ‘Before I Let Go’ Cover

One of the biggest takeaways from Beyoncé’s Homecoming, a documentary detailing her iconic performance at Coachella aka Beychella performance, was her remake of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s Black national anthem “Before I Let Go.” Some purists believed the cover is almost sacrilegious but there are many (Shout out to the Beyhive) who loved her rendition including the writer and composer of the song R&B legend Frankie Beverly.

In an interview with Billboard, when asked when did he discover that Beyoncé wanted to cover his classic track, he responded, “Well, that’s kind of the shocking part of it. She’s a great friend of mine, but I didn’t know she was going to do this. I was hearing stuff, but I didn’t even want to approach her about it. She kept it quiet, until her people called me one day maybe a week or two ago. When they played it, that’s when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It’s a blessing. It’s amazing how she works, she’s very smart. I’m caught off guard, but in a beautiful way. She’s such a sweet person too. She’s a very sweet, religious kind of person. Then the way she just released it, it’s off the chain. She’s done so much; this is one of the high points of my life.”

Beverly gave Beyoncé’s version the ultimate thumbs up so, it can be played at Black weddings and cookouts all across Black America. He continued, “Other people have done my songs, but the way she did this was in a class of its own. I’m hearing from people I haven’t heard from in years. She’s done something that has affected my life. I haven’t even spoken to a publication like yours in quite a while. So it’s changed things around for me.”

 

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