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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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Mike Epps Reprises his Role in ‘How High 2’

Although he previously expressed no interest in joining the cast of How High 2, its been confirmed that Mike Epps will reprise his role as Baby Powder.

Epps is set to join the cast with Lil Yachty, DeRay Davis, D.C. Young Fly, Alyssa Goss, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Special guest appearances include Lil Baby, Blac Youngsta, and Justine Skye. MTV also revealed the production is slate to begin April 20th.

The script written by Family Guy and Futurama writer Shawn Ries, Big Mouth‘s Artie Johann, Workaholics‘ Alex Blagg, and Powerless‘ Neel Shah.

Quality Control’s Pierre Thomas and Coach K are notably credited for executive production.

Redman told the Grass Routes podcast that Mike Epps and Method Man simply didn’t have the same interest in the film that they did years ago. Plus, decisions were made without their input.

“What happened is that a branch that’s under Universal decided [they were] gonna shoot this movie,” he said at the time. “And they did not need permission from us because we didn’t own the rights to How High.

At the end of the day, the two original co-stars were asked to join the sequel, but declined.

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Idris Elba Reportedly the Front Runner to Replace Will Smith in ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

It has been reported that Will Smith will not be returning to resume his role as “Deadshot” in the DC comic book thriller Suicide Squad sequel. Upon hearing of the news, many wondered who would replace Smith in the lead role. It looks like Idris Elba is the leading contender.

THR reports that Smith made the decision not the star in the upcoming sequel due to scheduling conflicts. He is currently preparing for the upcoming release of Disney’s Aladdin. Elba is now the favorite to be the next to play “Deadshot.” Reportedly the star of Luther made a huge impression on Warner Bros. and director James Gunn during a recent get-together. Reportedly, Elba is the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio as the replacement for Smith.

The brass at Warner Bros. is said to be heavily invested in the Suicide Squad sequel and its script that was penned by Gunn. The film project is going forward with high expectations due to the tremendous success of the first installment of the Suicide Squad.

Also, Gunn is said to be using mostly DC characters who did not previously appear in David Ayer’s 2016 film, although several are expected to return, including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Rick Flagg, originally played by Joel Kinnaman, say sources. Another source, however, says Flagg is no longer in the follow-up.

Elba continues to be on a hot streak. He is set to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend for the first time. He plays a villain in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which is slated to bow Aug. 2, and is coming off of filming Working Title and Universal’s adaptation of the Broadway mainstay Cats, in which he plays the feline Macavity. If that wasn’t enough, Elba is a popular DJ having spun at the Royal Wedding for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and will perform at Coachella this year.

The Suicide Squad has an Aug. 6, 2021, release date.

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Will Smith is Not Joining ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Will Smith will not be reprising his role in Suicide Squad 2 as Deadshot.

The reason why Smith decided to back out of the film was due to scheduling issues. Deadline reports that the James Gunn-directed flick is supposed to begin recording in September in Atlanta.

There’s no word on the rest of the cast but Margot Robbie is expected to return as Harley Quinn. She’s already reprising the Joker’s girlfriend in Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey which is slated to open on Feb. 7, 2020.

Suicide Squad 2 is set to be released on Aug. 6, 2021. The first installment raked up $746.8M in the global box office, 44% of that made in U.S./Canada.

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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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Lil Kim, Mya, Chilli Spotted Filming Secret Project in Barbados

Lil Kim, Mya, and Chili were all seen together in Barbados reportedly filming a secret project for VH1.

Kim was seen sporting a metallic one piece, meanwhile Mya and Chili were wearing bikinis.

The rapper and singers were seen on the beach talking while the cameras rolled. Details in regards to the project is kept tightly under wraps, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s music related or not. But it looks like they may be heading to the small or big screen.

Lil Kim and Mya recently reunited at the Real Music Festival in Kentucky to sing their Grammy-winning song “Lady Marmalade.”

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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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Lakeith Stanfield Rumored To Star In Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot

Watch what you say in front of the mirror. It looks like our favorite homicidal urban legend will soon be back on the big screen.

Word is Lakeith Stanfield is in talks to star in Candyman. Produced by Jordan Peele the film is said to be a sequel to the 1992 horror classic. Based on Clive Barker’s The Forbidden short story, the original follows a female student researching urban legends. Her work leads her to the ghost of an artist and son of a slave who was murdered in the late-19th century called Candyman.

Screen Rant is reporting that Stanfield will play Anthony, an artist researching the gory myth who eventually summons the killer spirit. His name seems very purposeful as the original protagonist Helen escapes Candyman’s trap with a baby named Anthony in the final scene. Whether or not his role indicates he is indeed the infant has yet to be confirmed. If casted the booking should not come as a surprise considering that Stanfield has worked with Peele previously in the horror comedy satire hit Get Out.

Candyman went on to become a cult classic spawning two sequels including Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999). You can view the trailer to the original below.

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