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Lil Kim Explains Why She ‘Hated’ Naturi Naughton’s Portrayal of her in ‘Notorious’ Documentary, Actress Responds With Biggie Lyrics

Before Naturi Naughton was known for her lead role in the hit series, Power, she portrayed Lil Kim in the 2009 biopic about the Notorious B.I.G, Notorious.

Jamal Woolard was praised for his performance as Biggie Smalls, but viewers weren’t feeling Naughton. Kim wasn’t even feeling her, which she expressed in the past, and it resurfaced in a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked.

“I’m gonna touch on this briefly because I think everybody already knows my answer to this, but I hated everything about that movie,” Kim said. “I hated it. Wasn’t involved in it. I actually had to get my lawyers involved which I ended up getting a check from it. That was the only reason I was [like] whatever.”

The Queen Bee added that production continued “without my permission” and she was upset that she didn’t have a say in who would play her. “I was not okay with that! I would have never picked her. Never, ever, ever. She has nothing in common with me. Nothing. No, seriously. I said it already, so I’m not gonna sit here and act like I didn’t say these things.”

Kim assured that she didn’t have a problem with Naughton before the film’s release. But she said, “I don’t like the way she’s been disrespectful about it. I wasn’t even like, basically blaming her, but she did like a whole documentary coming at me.” But she said she let it go because the actress didn’t “want this smoke.”

Naturi Naughton hit back with a clever response in her Instagram Story. “In the words of #BiggieSmalls … “MO MONEY, MO PROBLEMS” she wrote quoting the late rapper.

This message can also be directed to 50 Cent who is currently being dragged for making a joke about Naturi’s hairline on Twitter, after she publicly said it offended her on Instagram.

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Lil Kim Says John Singleton Expressed Interest in Making her Biopic Before he Passed

Lil Kim’s rise to Queen Bee status is definitely something worth watching on the big screen. With a slew of legends receiving the biopic treatment as of late, Kim might get one herself.

The Brooklyn rapper told the ladies of The Real that she’s indeed ready to tell her life story. She revealed that she has been approached by production companies in the past but wasn’t interested. “I’ve gotten so many offers,” she said. “I’m talking, major offers… even BET, Lifetime, Lionsgate. But the thing is, I had to be ready, and I think now I’m ready to tell the story.”

However, when the biopic does see the light of day it will not be handled by the one person she wanted to do it: John Singleton. The late director previously expressed interest on producing the movie before he passed. “Him and I went [to a party]. He was like, ‘I want you to be my celebrity date.’ But I knew what that meant. He wants to talk, right? So he said to me, ‘Kim, why aren’t we doing this movie? You’re a walking best-seller.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m waiting for you.’ I said to him, I always said if I did a movie about my life, I’m not doing it with anybody but you. And then he passed away.”

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Salt N’ Pepa Biopic Set For LifeTime in 2020

By:Amira Lawson

The early 90s rap female duo is announced to have their own biopic coming to LifeTime Network. GG Towson is said to be playing Cheryl Salt James, and Laila Odom plays Sandra Pepa Denton. GG Towson has been seen previously on your TV screen in TV shows including Everybody Hates Chris, Zoey 101, and Children’s Hospital. Laila Odom has been seen in The Bobby DeBarge Story, Phantom Halo, and Game Shakers. The biopic is set to depict the rap groups rise from college students to stardom.

Salt-N-Pepa is an America is an American hip hop group formed in 1985. The group included the rap duo and DJ Spinderella. They released their major hit single, “Push It” on March 8th, 1987. The movie will also feature other great hits by the icons that include, “Shoop,” “Whatta Man,” and “Let’s Talk About Sex.” The group’s DJ Spinderella is said to be played by Monique Paul. The biopic starts off showing the rap group at Queensborough Community College and the timeline of the rappers as they find a love for hip-hop after recording a song for a friend. Salt N Pepa was amongst the first female rap groups that were unafraid to talk about sex and their experiences with men. The biopic uncovers the relationship of the rap group behind the music, uncovering how their altogether different characters powered their imagination yet, in addition,
tried the obligations of their relationship.

The biopic has yet to have a release date, however, it is expected to come out in 2020.

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HBO to Air Documentary Celebrating the Legacy of The Apollo Theater

The iconic Apollo Theater is the subject of an HBO documentary that will detail the unique history and contemporary legacy of the venue.

The documentary, titled The Apollo, is directed by Oscar and Emmy award winner Roger Ross Williams and will tell stories of the theater over the course of the last 85 years. The story will detail the building’s history as a refuge for marginalized artists to the legendary host for black excellence and iconic performances that it is known for today.

The documentary will bring archived clips of performances, behind-the-scenes footage of the team that makes sure the theater runs and brings in stars like Common, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Savion Glover, Smokey Robinson and Pharrell Williams for insight into what makes the theater one of the most important venues in history.

The film will also bring you to the theater in present-day and highlight the work of the 2018 multi-media stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, which hit the theater’s grand stage.

The Apollo will also highlight both the struggle of black lives in America and the essential part the theater plays in Black culture.

The Apollo is produced by Lisa Cortes, Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann and executive produced by Nigel Sinclair, Dan Cogan, Nicholas Ferrall, and Julie Goldman.

The Apollo will air on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. If you miss the airing be sure to check your local listings and HBO streaming applications.

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Lil Rel In Custody Drama With His Baby’s Mother And Her Husband

Talk about baby mama drama!

Famed comedian Lil Rel Howery is embroiled in a messy custody battle for his son after learning that his ex has made both him and her current husband think that they are both the father of her two year old son.

Chicago native Rel says in recently filed documents in court that his baby’s mother is claiming two men and the father of their two year old son. She told the Get Out he was the father and he has financially supported the child since birth. He says she told him the child had his last name and he often flew the child from Illinois to Los Angeles to visit him. He claims she also told him she was divorced.

Rel now claims that his child’s mother, LeChez Davis, put her husband’s name on the child’s birth certificate instead of that of Howery.

Last month, Rel took the DNA test and found out that he is indeed the father of the two year old baby boy.

Howery is seeking full custody and wants to move his son with him to Los Angeles.

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Black Excellence: Courtney B. Vance Becomes the President of SAG-AFTRA Foundation

In today’s edition of Black Excellence, we salute Courtney B. Vance, as he has been tapped to lead as the new president for the SAG-AFTRA foundation.

The SAG-AFTRA foundation is the charitable arm of the actors’ union and its mission is to create awareness and funding for programs that benefit its 160,000 members across the country.

He has a goal that he wants to match during his presidency and that is to make the foundation “part of the industry fabric.”

Vance told Variety, “There’s the union side to SAG-AFTRA, which handles the industry and negotiates health care and pensions. It is so necessary, but what happens to performers when they’re on the way up, or on the way down? Who is there for you?”

He continues, “When you start to hear about the cases of members in need, who have turned to our foundation and received this support, their lives change. And we want to keep changing lives.”

In comparison to the other organizations similar to the SAG-AFTRA foundation, Vance made this comparison, “Look at the Recording Academy and MusiCares. Everyone knows that MusiCares supports recording artists, and it does incredible work providing life support… We’re moving to set that up, to help in all aspects of the performer’s life.”

According to Variety, the foundation has advisory committees independent of its board of directors: The Actors’ Council and The Entertainment Industry Council.

On The Actors’ Council there are celebrity names like George Clooney, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington. And on The Entertainment Industry Council executives like Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn, Universal motion picture chair Donna Langley and Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Ann Sarnoff.

The foundation operates on a $6 million annual budget and provides aid to all SAG-AFTRA cardholders. Services include emergency health and financial assistance, disaster relief and artistic and business education programs. Vance will need to continue to raise money for the foundation to continue all of its excellent work.

Congrats to Mr. Vance as he takes on this new position. Now all he has to do is tap his beautiful wife, Angela Bassett and watch the money start pouring in.

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Cardi B Joins the Cast of ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Cardi B is riding high off rekindling her exotic dancer spirit in her silver screen debut for Hustlers, she will now kick it into high speed, joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Entertainment Weekly confirms the Invasion of Privacy rapper will have a small role in the return of the Fast Family in the upcoming film. Vin Diesel teased Cardi’s appearance in an Instagram from the set of the film in the United Kingdom.

Diesel shared that it was the last day of filming in the U.K. and was day 86 of work on the film.

“I’m tired, but I can’t wait,” Cardi said alongside Diesel. “I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.”

 

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Last day in the UK! Pa mi Gente… #Fast92020 #Fatherhood

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The film will be directed by Justin Lin and is set to bring back the cast of Diesel along with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron and more. In addition to Cardi B, WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will also be joining the cast.

Fast 9 hits a theater near you on May 22, 2020.

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Suge Knight Denies Reports That he Signed Life Rights to Ray J

On Monday it was reported that Suge Knight signed over his life rights to Ray J in hopes to generate revenue, but he quickly slammed those rumors.

The former Death Row Records CEO clarified his partnership with the Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood star in a phone interview with The Blast. Suge gave Ray J rights to hold down Death Row Records and control the music that is released via the label. Knight made it clear that he respects Ray and looks at him as a “little brother.” But the person who has power over his life rights is his wife, Toi-Lin Kelly who is in charge of movies, television, and documentaries.

Suge Knight announced that Nick Cannon has been appointed to write and publish a book about the notorious music figure’s life. He referred to Cannon as “the most realest guy in the business today.”

It’s going to be interesting to see what Ray J and Nick will make out of Suge’s famous brands.

Check out the three minute conversation below:

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[WATCH] Kanye West Dropped the Trailer for ‘Jesus is King’

It looks like Kanye West’s delayed project, Jesus is King, will finally see the light of day. Well, maybe. You can never be too sure with Ye these days.

It was previously announced that the collection would be accompanied by a film, and we’ve finally got the trailer for the flick. Jesus is King is slate to be released via IMAX on October 25th.

The clip below features a gospel rendition of Yeezy’s 808 & Heartbreaks opener, “Say You Will” by a chorus. The camera is zoomed on in a staircase, and the trailer also contains an exerpt from the book of Mark.

In the words of Jesus Christ,
“The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 1:15

Kanye West has been taking his Sunday Service all across America. He recently made a stop during Howard University’s homecoming and he plans to take his service to Jamaica on Friday.

The event will be held in the Emancipation Park in Kingston. It will be free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. His visit is being supported by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

He reportedly plans to take his services to Africa, Europe and Asia.

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White Tears: Netflix & Ava DuVernay Sued By Police Interrogation Firm

FYC Event For Netflix's 'When They See Us'

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Wait, no hugs for Netflix and Ava DuVernay?

According to a newly filed lawsuit, not from the company behind the controversial police interrogation technique highlighted in DuVernay’s miniseries on the Central Park jogger case.

Variety reports that John E. Reid and Associates filed a federal lawsuit on Monday (Oct. 14) against Netflix and director Ava DuVernay, claiming that it was defamed in the powerful miniseries When They See Us after the series showcased how the company’s controversial Reid Technique was used to obtain a false confession from the teens during the case in 1989. The technique is mentioned in the fourth episode of the limited series after a character confronts NYPD detective Michael Sheehan with allegations that he coerced a confession out of the five original defendants, who were later exonerated.

“You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision,” the character states. “The Reid Technique has been universally rejected. That’s truth to you?”

The lawsuit claims that the aforementioned dialogue mischaracterizes the Reid Technique by alluding that coercion is a part of the process, and by asserting that the technique has been “universally rejected.”  The suit also goes on to allege that the series caused damage to the company’s reputation and is seeking punitive damages while requesting that Netflix be barred from distributing the series in its current form.

“Defendants intended to incite an audience reaction against Reid for what occurred in the Central Park Jogger Case and for the coercive interrogation tactics that continue to be used today,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants published the statements in ‘When They See Us’ in an effort to cause a condemnation of the Reid Technique.”

In addition to requesting edits, John E. Reid and Associates are also requesting that money earned from the miniseries in its current form be paid back to the company citing that the series’ critique of the method was an unethical business practice.

Although Netflix nor DuVarney have yet to respond to the lawsuit, it is widely known that the technique does have its fair share of critics, including Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, a firm run by two former John E. Reid and Associates employees who announced in 2017 that they would no longer teach the method due to the “risk of false confessions arising from the misuse of the approach.”

Check out the documents from the case here.

Source: HipHopWired.com

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