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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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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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‘Desus & Mero’ to Air Two Nights a Week During the Summer

Showtime is bringing fans more Desus & Mero. The network announced it’s expanding the show to two nights a week for a special summer run.

After leaving Viceland, Desus & Mero jumped to Showtime and became the network’s first-ever late-night talk show. The hit talk show will air two nights a week starting Monday, May 6 and will air Monday and Thursday nights at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT all summer long, up until its August hiatus beginning Monday, August 5.

Desus & Mero features the Bronx duo talking with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more, as well as giving their take on the day’s hot topics in their signature style in front of a small live studio audience from New York City. Upcoming guests on Desus & Mero will include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charlize Theron, Amy Poehler, Gabrielle Union, Seth Rogen, Spike Lee, Bill Hader, Regina Hall and many more.

Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez) made a name for themselves when they reconnected on Twitter. That led to spots on Complex and MTV, the Bodega Boys podcast, and a daily late-night show on Viceland, developing a cult following. The quick-witted duo brings a distinct voice to late night, delivering smart and comedic commentary on any and all topics, that keeps audiences buzzing. Desus and Mero continue to host their Bodega Boys podcast. Produced for Showtime by JAX Media, Desus & Mero is executive produced by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.

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Nas Rolls Out ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC Pop-Up In Celebration of His Debut LP 25 Years Ago

We’ve been in Illmatic 25th anniversary mode all day — peep our Today In Hip-Hop History feature for a breakdown of Esco’s monumental debut album! — but nobody is reveling in the moment more than the man himself. That’s why last night made for an extra special occasion, as Nas returned home to NYC to unveil a new pop-up experience currently on display at Sony Square.


An original copy of The Source Issue No. 55 (April 1994), where Nas gets a perfect Five-Mic rating, sits on display at the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up.
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Made possible by the good people over at Hennessy, The Pop Up Agency and Certified Classics, the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ experience kicked off Thursday night (4/18) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Illmatic and the rap icon who made it all happen. Nas was on the floor to greet industry insiders, guests and familiar faces from his past, all there equally as fans of his most groundbreaking work of musical art. Joining him in the celebration included Vashtie, Pro Era rapper CJ Fly, Dave East, Rox Brown, Illmatic photographer Danny Clinch, 88 Keys, Ruben Rivera, his brother Jungle and a room-full of other supporters of the Queens-bred Hip-Hop legend. However, the one guest in attendance that probably garnered almost as much fanfare as Nas himself was none other than his The Firm partner in rhyme AZ. Both fellas hung out the entire night side by side, showing a rap unity that brought nothing but positive vibes to the room.

Speaking of the said room, the pop-up itself was completely designed to replicate the Queensbridge circa ’94 setting that is just as important to the story of Illmatic as the words on wax. From a photo booth that let attendees recreate the album cover, to a live painting of it by artist Andre Trenier, everything about the space felt like a time capsule of a moment that many look back on with fond memories.

‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue) will see a lot of exciting events for fans in the upcoming weeks. The pop-up itself will be open for eight days, starting today (April 19) and ending Saturday, April 27. On April 23, there will be a special fan screening of Mass Appeal’s 2018 concert film Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, which should gear up rap heads for his Illmatic 25th Anniversary performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Theater/Wolf Trap on July 14. You’ll also be able to shop Illmatic XXV merch — hoodies, tees and headwear are included — in addition to Bleacher Report’s B/R Rewind campaign with Nas, which is also available online.

Take a look at a recap of the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up launch event below, and stream Illmatic today, tomorrow and all this week:



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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.

Check out the trailer below.

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Killer Mike Hosts the Launch of ‘Martell Home Live’ in New York

Martell Cognac celebrated the world premiere of Maison Martell’s new, interactive talk show, Martell Home Live, hosted by the one and only, one half of Run the Jewels, ATL’s own Killer Mike.

The first episode entitled “Music, Dance & Entertainment” was live streamed for audiences worldwide and featured special performances by Princess Nokia, Big Freedia with dancers Javier Ninja, Archie Burnett, Dejiavu Ferguson, and Charli XCX – all artists who have made a statement in their creative fields, while unapologetically pushing the culture forward. In addition to the dance performances of vogue dance scene legends and the exclusive showcase of pop culture and new underground rap scene artists, the host of the night, Killer Mike, spoke with each performer as they shared stories about their humble beginnings, and how they’ve stayed true to themselves and their beliefs while on the path of leaving a lasting legacy.

Additional dates for upcoming episodes of Martell Home Live will be revealed in the coming weeks. The next episode in the series will highlight the best in gastronomy and mixology.

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Afropunk Announces 2019 Brooklyn Festival Lineup Including Jill Scott, Santigold, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown And More

AFROPUNK, the world-renowned festival and movement, has announced the lineup for its critically acclaimed, weekend-long, annual celebration, AFROPUNK BROOKLYN, which will take place on August 24 and 25 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. AFROPUNK BROOKLYN’s 2019 edition continues to display one of the most exciting and inclusive festival lineups in the world. Headlining the festival this year are Jill Scott, FKA Twigs and Kamasi Washington; with additional performances by Gary Clark Jr. Santigold, Lianne La Havas, Danny Brown. Toro Y Moi, Death Grips, J.I.D, Leikeli47, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, IMDDB and many others (full lineup below).

The festival has expanded around the world in five cities, Paris, Johannesburg, London and Atlanta, with additional cities on the horizon. Beyond the constellation of large-scale, live-music events, AFROPUNK is a world-wide community that is the engine of the global Black experience. AFROPUNK festivals are gathering places to experience art, food and craft-makers and vendors. AFROPUNK is where the global majority comes to see and be seen, to speak loudly and proudly, to resist and party – but most of all, to make the future.

As has become custom, AFROPUNK has created an annual theme for the festivals: this year, it’s WE SEE YOU, a message that brings together AFROPUNK ideology and the people who support it, under the banner of acknowledgement, in resistance to those who strive to oppress.

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50 Cent Sells His Connecticut Mansion After Being on Market for 12 Years

After 12 long years of being on the market, rap superstar and television mogul 50 Cent has finally sold his massive mansion in Connecticut. He purchased the home from boxing icon Mike Tyson in 2003 for 4.1million dollars.

50, whose government name is Curtis Jackson, had trouble to find a buyer from the mammoth 50+ room mansion for over a decade. For years, 50 kept dropping the price of the mansion from the original asking price of $18 million dollars.

The home was most recently listed for $4.995 million with Million Dollar Listing New York star Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman. It had also previously been listed for rent at $100,000 per month.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the “In Da Club” rapper sold the home for $2.9 million, which is approximately 84 percent less than the original listing price. Jennifer Leahy of Douglas Elliman brokered the sale.

Although 50 is known for being an astute businessman, even couldn’t figure out how not to take a loss on this deal. A spokesperson for 50 Cent reportedly told WSJ that the proceeds of the sale would be donated to the G-Unity Foundation Inc., his charity that is dedicated to providing grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for low-income and underprivileged communities.

According to the listing, the luxurious home includes 19 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a “substantial” night club, according to the listing. Multiple game rooms, a green-screen room, a recording studio, a full gym, and a home theater can also be found in the 50,000-square-foot structure.

The buyer of the opulent mansion was not disclosed.

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Machine Gun Kelly Announces ‘Hotel Diablo’ World Tour

Rebellious rapper and rising actor, Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records) will continue to blaze through 2019 as he prepares to embark on The Hotel Diablo World Tour, in support of his duly titled forthcoming album.

The Cleveland artist will travel through the States, beginning in Cincinnati, OH on May 31st before concluding in Los Angeles, CA on June 30th. MGK will break for his annual EST Fest on August 2nd and 3rd in Butler, OH before traveling overseas for the tour’s European leg. Sure to be incorporated into his set are tracks from his fall EP, Binge. The eight-track project featured the tracks “Lately” and “LOCO” and spawned a pair of haunting visuals. Tickets for The Hotel Diablo Tour will go on sale April 5th, with local and Citi pre-sales available on April 4th.

The tour announcement comes at an exciting time for MGK, who recently made headlines for his appearance as Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt. The rapper also collaborated with the Motley Crue for the soundtrack’s title track, “The Dirt (Est. 1981).” Continuing to establish his presence as a bona fide actor, MGK appeared as part of the ensemble cast for Netflix’s 2018 hit, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock.

The Hotel Diablo World Tour

May 10, 2019 Rockingham, NC

May 31, 2019 Cincinnati, OH

June 1, 2019 Detroit, MI

June 2, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA

June 4, 2019 Philadelphia, PA

June 6, 2019 Washington, DC

June 7, 2019 Worcester, MA

June 8, 2019 New York, NY

June 9, 2019 Sayreville, NJ

June 11, 2019 Chicago, IL

June 12, 2019 St. Paul, MN

June 14, 2019 Kansas City, MO

June 15, 2019 Dallas, TX

June 16, 2019 Houston, TX

June 18, 2019 Phoenix, AZ

June 19, 2019 Anaheim, CA

June 21, 2019 Heber City, UT

June 22, 2019 Denver, CO

June 24, 2019 Boise, ID

June 25, 2019 Seattle, WA

June 26, 2019 Portland, OR

June 28, 2019 San Francisco, CA

June 29, 2019 Las Vegas, NV

June 30, 2019 Los Angeles, CA

Aug 2, 2019 Butler, OH – EST FEST

Aug 3, 2019 Butler, OH – EST FEST

Aug 16, 2019 Osaka, JP

Aug 17, 2019 Tokyo, JP

Aug 23, 2019 Leeds, UK

Aug 25, 2019 Reading, UK

Aug 26, 2019 Glasgow, UK

Aug 27, 2019 Manchester, UK

Aug 28, 2019 Bristol, UK

Aug 30, 2019 Birmingham, UK

Aug 31, 2019 London, UK

Sept 1, 2019 Paris, FR

Sept 3, 2019 Brussels, BE

Sept 4, 2019 Amsterdam, NL

Sept 5, 2019 Cologne, DE

Sept 7, 2019 Zurich, CH

Sept 8, 2019 Milan, IT

Sept 9, 2019 Prague, CZ

Sept 11, 2019 Warsaw, PL

Sept 12, 2019 Berlin, DE

Sept 13, 2019 Hamburg, DE

Sept 15, 2019 Copenhagen, DK

Sept 16, 2019 Oslo, NO

Sept 17, 2019 Stockholm, SE

Sept 19, 2019 Helsinki, FI

Sept 21, 2019 St. Petersburg, RU

Sept 22, 2019 Moscow, RU

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