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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Steps Down Amid Alleged Sexual Misconduct Scandal

The #MeToo movement brings down another music exec as Warner Bros. CEO steps down after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

According to Page Six, Warner Bros. made the announcement following an allegation that Kevin Tsujihara, the company’s chief executive officer, promised “acting roles in exchange for sex.”

Warner Media’s CEO John Stankey says of Tsujihara’s resignation, “Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership expectations and could impact the company’s ability to execute going forward.”

According to an article published by The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin and an actress named Charlotte Kirk, who played in Ocean’s 8 had a sexual relationship dating back to 2013 and Tsujihara allegedly promised that she’d be considered for roles in movies and T.V., and he reportedly claimed he would introduce her to some influential executives.

Warner Media says that a third party is still looking into the ongoing investigation.

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MTV Launches Three-Part Docuseries Highlighting Queen Naija

Queen Naija’s star skyrocketed throughout her banner year of 2018. The talented singer has graced stages across the country while balancing the new challenges of fame, all of which can be seen in the new three-part docuseries The Birth of Queen Naija.

The docu-series is a production of Viacom Digital Studios and is available for streaming today (March 18).

The MTV digital series will chronicle Queen Naija’s tour, her pregnancy and more.

“I’m so excited to partner with MTV on this incredible journey documenting my first national tour while pregnant with Legend,” Queen Naija said. “I cannot wait for my supporters to get a behind-the-scenes look at my life on the road.”

You can see the trailer above and you can check out the entire first episode here.

 

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Virgil Abloh & Louis Vuitton Remove Michael Jackson Themes From FW19 Collection Amid ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy

The theme for Louis Vuitton’s FW19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, which originally wowed the fashion industry in all the right ways, is now causing the brand to completely backtrack and remove it altogether. It’s an act that truly has us wondering one thing: is this truly the beginning of the end for Michael Jackson’s legacy?



As unfortunate as it is to report this, both for the nature of the crime in question and the one being accused of it, the luxury fashion house and its recently-appointed menswear creative director Virgil Abloh are the latest to face backlash brought forth by the scathing Leaving Neverland documentary. Backed by a premiere at Sundance, a two-night airing on HBO and an after show special hosted by media maven Oprah, the doc depicts the disgraced King of Pop being accused of extreme acts of child sexual abuse by two of his former prepubescent associates. The reactions have been split — loyal MJ fans stand by his innocence while abuse survivors are denouncing the mere mention of his name — which has now put Virgil and LV in a tough predicament, seeing as the FW19 show was completely dedicated to him down to the “Billie Jean”-inspired set design.

Here’s what Louis Vuitton’s chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD in an official statement regarding the doc:


“We find the allegations in the [Leaving Neverland] documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

— Michael Burke, Chairman/chief executive officer, Louis Vuitton


Abloh followed with similar sentiments, addressing the controversy in the same statement by saying, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” According to WWD, the brand has made the decision to remove all MJ-focused themes from the FW19 offering. While specific items weren’t named, we can assumed that it will include the sparkly gloves (seen above), T-shirts depicting MJ’s signature tip-toed dance move and quite possibly the Jackson 5-inspired sweaters. What lingers are the range of items inspired by The Wiz. While Michael Jackson did in fact star as Scarecrow in the 1978 retelling of The Wizard of Oz, he alone doesn’t embody the entire significance of what that movie means to Black culture and cinema in general. We’ll just have to see when the collection starts hitting retailers in later months.


Image: Louis Vuitton

Image: Louis Vuitton


Let us know whether you agree or disagree with this decision to remove MJ from the Louis Vuitton FW19 Collection by sounding off over on Twitter and Facebook. Take a look below to reminisce on better times and watch the full runway show:

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Today In Hip Hop History: Cult Classic Flick ‘CB4’ Opened In Theaters 26 Years Ago

On this date 26 years ago, Gusto and the gang shows us what gangsta Hip Hop is all about.

In 1993, Chris Rock, Allen Payne and Charlie Murphy gave their own take of how things go down behind the scenes with gangsta rappers vs. real life gangsters in the comedy flick CB4. Directed by and starring Rock, CB4 was a parody that pokes fun at “the world’s most dangerous group” N.W.A. and features several Hip Hop notables including Ice-T, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav and the late Eazy-E.

Murphy, who played the role of “Gusto”, is a certified “G’ who is “three generations deep in gangsterdom.” Rock, who plays up and coming rapper Albert Brown from “LoCash” California, jack Gusto;s gangster look, background and persona, becoming MC Gusto, after the “gangsta” Gusto went to prison. The group that Rock’s character formed, who were called CB4, which stood for gangsta Gusto’s prison location ‘Cell Block 4″, took the rap world by storm until reality hit; Gusto gets out of jail.

Salute to Rock, Charlie Murphy (RIP), Allen Payne and even Daddy-O of Stetsasonic, who was the rapper for CB4’s hits “Straight Outta LoCash” and “Sweat From My Balls.” CB4 is definitely a comedic learning tool and will forever be a pieve of Hip Hop history!

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Netflix Announces Season Two of ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ to Be Released on May 24

Spike Lee has been having a great couple of weeks since claiming his first Oscar win. Adding to his successful streak, Netflix has announced the premiere of the second season of She’s Gotta Have It, the series based on his film debut.

Created by the Academy Award winner who also happens to executive produces the series alongside Tonya Lewis Lee, all nine episodes of Season 2 will be released on May 24, 2019.

The series is described as a “seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and topical portrait of rising talents, with free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) at the center. Struggling with newfound success this season, against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.  Her journey of self-discovery helps transform the lives of those around her, including friend and sometimes lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), who sets out to pursue his true passion of music as well as her inner circle of Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), Clorinda Bradford (Margot Bingham), Shemekka Epps (Chyna Layne) and Winnie Win (Fat Joe). Their journey expands to new destinations this season beyond their home base of Fort Greene, the vibrant Brooklyn enclave that continues to evolve and change as gentrification remakes the neighborhood.”

When Spike Lee first dropped the film in 1986, to say it was a game changer would be an understatement. Highlighting sexual liberation and sex-positive identity through the of Black woman was iconoclastic.  Now as season two is to be released, Lee will continue to explore the themes of love, sex, and relationships, from the perspective of Nola Darling.

Watch the trailer below.

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‘Beverly Hills 90210’ Star Luke Perry Dead At Age 52

The original LA suburbs bad boy died from a massive stroke today in Los Angeles.

Luke Perry, the star of the award winning television series Beverly Hills 90210, passed away today after suffering from a stroke on Wednesday, according to a report from TMZ. He was 52 years old.

Perry was best-known for playing a teenager, but he was in his early 20s when he joined the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 in 1990. In the years since, he also had recurring roles on a number of other shows, from OZ to Riverdale. Also, his raspy voice has been part of animated series that range from The Simpsons and Biker Mice From Mars to Johnny Bravo.

When Perry passed, he was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, according to his publicist.

The Source Magazine/The Northstar Group sends condolences to Perry’s family and close friends.

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London Rapper CeonRPG Sentenced To Eight And A Half Years In Manslaughter Death Of His Girlfriend

Ceon Broughton, a 30-year old London man who is better known as UK rapper CeonRPG, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for the overdose death of his girlfriend Louella Fletcher-Michie.

The 24-year old Fletcher-Michie, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead in woodland near the Bestival site in Dorset after taking the drug 2CP.

, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead in woodland near the Bestival site in Dorset, London after taking the drug 2CP. Beoughton was found to have caused her death after giving her a “bumped up” dose of the lethal drug.

Broghton filmed Fletcher-Michie as she lay dying on the floor and even called her a “drama queen” while she was becoming visibly ill. The defense argued that the couple often filmed each other while they were high on drugs.

The rapper whose worked with other UK artists such as Skepta, reportedly feared receiving his suspended sentence from a previous offense, which is why he didn’t seek help for his yoga teacher girlfriend.

Broughton will begin serving his sentence immediately.

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A Roc-A-Fella Records Biopic Could Be The Works

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Kareem “Biggs” Burke has his sights set on turning the story of Roc-A-Fella records into a movie.

During a recent interview with Revolt TV, he opened up about his career and the valuable lessons learned while in prison. He also shed some light on his role as the executive producer of HBO’s O.G.

Midway through the conversation, the interviewer asked Biggs if he had ever considered making a Roc biopic. Hip-Hop biopics have become a growing trend in Hollywood. Given the success of films such as Notorious and Straight Outta Compton, a Roc-A-Fella Records film seems promising.

In fact, Biggs confirmed work on the project is underway. “Yeah, I’m working on it now,” he said. Elaborating further, “It’ll probably be separate stories of Jay, Damon [Dash] and myself. Showing us as kids to understand what we’ve went through — the pain and hardships. The extenuating circumstances such as me living in a shelter, some people don’t really know that. Being evicted, living in a shelter, and staying in people’s houses and floors for two years. Jay losing his father at four years old when his father left him. Dame losing his mom at 14 years old and having to put himself through private school. So, there were a lot of hardships and things we went through that actually gave us strength.”

If he gets his way, there’s a good chance the Roc-A-Fella Records story will be told in three parts.

Along with the help of Damon Dash and Jay-Z, Roc-A-Fella Records became one of the most recognized labels in Hip Hop.

Biggs is doing big things, especially considering his return to the music business spearheaded by his launch of the Circle of Success Management Company and signing its first artist, SAINt JHN. 

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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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[WATCH] ‘How High 2’ Star Young DC Fly Cannot Name The Rappers In The Original Film

How did you get this job anyway?

New millennial artist and social media influencer DC Young Fly is feeling the burn today after not being able to name Redman and Method Man as the stars of the original How High in a sit down with the crew from Mostly Football.

Fly was asked who were the original stars of the film that he and Lil Yachty will be replacing in the sequel How High 2 and the Wild N’ Out comedian erroneously answers,

“Kid N Play!”

He’s going to hear it for a while behind that one, even though his excuse for blurting out he wrong answer was that he was “high as hell.”

Red and Meth will not be starring in the sequel of the cult classic, but Redman asserts that it has nothing to do with either Boat of Fly’s involvement.

“Me and Meth were not aware they were doing this transaction with the movie. I’m not mad at Yachty or DC Fly. It has nothing to do with them. I’m not even upset because God always places things in the right position,” Redman said.

“My thing is when you have a brand, like Red and Meth, that kind of helped built and created this entity of How High and shooting a movie on marijuana and being in college – those were all of our ideas. And when the new deal [for part two] came about, we wasn’t involved in it.”

How High 2 is slated for theaters on 420 of this year.

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