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Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ‘Dream Crazy’ Ad Wins Emmy

Nike played a wild card when they decided to join forces with the exiled quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter stated the unimaginable: The ad won an Emmy.

The sportswear giant’s controversial “Dream Crazy” ad featuring Kap won for outstanding commercial at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two-minute video made its debut on Thursday night open of the 2018 NFL season. He’s sporting his signature afro and says “believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” When LeBron James appears on the screen, Kaepernick says, “Don’t become the best basketball player on the planet, be bigger than basketball.”

Although it’s now an Emmy-winning ad, it was met with backlash. People threatened to boycott Nike and of course, Donald Trump gave his two cents when it was released.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” he tweeted. “I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

Too bad everyone wasn’t happy about the Nike x Kaepernick partnership because the manufacturer market value jumped $3 billion as a result.

On the other hand, Colin still isn’t signed to a team.

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Beyoncé’s Groundbreaking ‘Homecoming’ Documentary Didn’t Win Any Emmys

Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary was snubbed by the Emmys.

The award ceremony is scheduled to air on September 22nd but the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards take place last weekend.

The winners for all the categories Bey was up for was announced and she didn’t win not one. The singer was nominated for six categories including, outstanding variety special, outstanding costumes for variety, non-fiction or reality programming, outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding music direction, outstanding production design for a variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special.

But the loss that hit the most was best variety special, which was taken by James Corden for his Carpool Karaoke special with Paul McCartney, When Corden Met McCartney.

To play devil’s advocate, Corden and McCartney’s episode was more of a special where they toured the Beatle’s childhood home in Liverpool and performed at a pub instead of inside the car like the other guests do.

But we all remember the uproar Beyoncé caused when she released her two-hour Netflix documentary in April, and it’s not fear that she didn’t get one win.

But that’s just one misstep towards her EGOT status. The Beyhive rejoiced when she announced the airing of the behind-the-scenes footage of the production process of the Lion King album.

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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50 Cent Admits Trey Songz Didn’t Want to Remix ‘Power’ Theme Song

50 Cent stopped by The Breakfast Club recently to talk all things Power and his recent social media antics.

Within the first few seconds they dived right into the topic of the unnecessary theme song change. “They bossed me around on the remix,” Fif said speaking of Power fans across the entire world wide web.

“Because it was six years, I thought it was kinda time to freshen it up and they was like nah,” the mogul said.

“You know what I realized though … the remix ain’t really bad. It just shocked us. It was too much of a surprise,” Charlamagne Tha God added. “I was making it ‘now’ … Trey Songz a little A Boogie,” 50 explained.

“How did you call Trey and say you’re not using his remix?” DJ Envy asked. Fifty went on to explain that he already had A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s verse on the song and presented it to Trigga in the studio. “Why you want to do that?” Trey asked according to 50 Cent. The Queens native got the singer to see his vision then he hopped on the chorus.

But as soon as the first episode premiered and there was an uproar, Fifty said Trey texted him immediately saying, “I told yo a**. I told you not to do that,” he explained jokingly.

Fortunately, Fif’ is a peoples man and put the original version back on for the third episode. Hopefully it stays that way.

Check out the full interview below:

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Twitter Celebrates 50 Cent Putting Back ‘Power’ Original Theme Song

With all this chatter Power has been creating over the past few years, it’s almost hard to believe the popular series wasn’t nominated for an Emmy.

Fans are currently watching the sixth and final season unfold and it started off with a bang. The only problem was the new theme song that nobody asked for which featured Trey Songz and a complete different verse from 50 Cent.

Black Twitter bonded together and made sure that Fif put back the theme song with Joe ASAP! The Queens mogul promised to put the theme song back for the third episode of the season, which was also his directorial debut. And he certainly did keep his promise.

Power fans were rejoicing since the clock striked midnight on Sunday morning.

Trey Songz has yet to comment on the swap but it’s no surprise that it happened.

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[WATCH] First Trailer for ‘Bad Boys for Life’ is Here

The bad boys, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, are reuniting to ride or die “one last time” in the first official trailer for the highly-anticipated film, Bad Boys 4 Life.

The trailer for the third installment of the franchise kicks off with the action and the jokes. The video below kicks off with Mike Lowrey (Smith) stepping out of a fly Porsche in slow motion, meanwhile, Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) banged his passenger door on a fire hydrant.

On top of the comedy and heart stopping action, the dynamic duo drove the Porsche through a mall. “We’re not just black, we’re cops too,” Lawrence says from the passenger seat. “We’ll pull ourselves over later.” Of course Diddy’s, or should we say P. Diddy’s, “Bad Boys for Life” played in the background.

The franchise began in 1995 and was followed by Bad Boys II in 2003. Both films together grossed about $414.7 million worldwide, and the two legendary actors were due for a link up.

Jerry Bruckheimer is returning to produce the film, this time with co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah replacing Michael Bay.

Bad Boys for Life also stars Joe Pantoliano and Vanessa Hudgens, and is slate to hit theaters January 17th, 2020.

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Tyler Perry Starts a New Production Company with Film Vet, Tim Palen

Tyler Perry and his long-time work colleague for over 15 years, Tim Palen, have linked up to form a new company called, Peachtree & Vine Productions. P&V will be a  non-exclusive joint venture will focus on film, television and digital content both in the scripted and non-scripted space.

This is the mark of a baller, and proving to everyone that Tyler is a notable businessman… savvier than his hit Madea movies would imply.

READ MORE: BET and Tyler Perry to Team for New Streaming Service

In 2017, Perry entered into a multiyear content deal with Viacom, affording him access to the BET cable channel and the network’s new streaming service, which includes a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. It was under this deal that Perry’s Nobody’s Fool was released.

“Tim and I have had great success in our many years of working together — he truly understands my audience and my brand,” Perry told The Hollywood Reporter. “I value his taste in material and his understanding of the current marketplace of film and television and I’m looking forward to continuing our work together.”

READ MORE: Tyler Perry Breaks Record With “A Madea Family Funeral” in Preview Night

As of May, his partnership with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has come to an end. But one pony ride ain’t ever the end to his grind. Just last week, the multi-talented filmmaker was blessed with a huge exit sign with the name of his Tyler Perry Studios on the highway.

Name strange or charming? Well, either way, it is fusion two signature streets that best represent both of their towns of establishment: Peachtree (Atlanta) & Vine (Hollywood).

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Garcelle Beauvais Joins Cast of ‘Coming to America’ Sequel

The cast for the Coming to America 2 is filled with a bunch of familiar faces from Black Hollywood. It was recently announced that Garcelle Beauvais has joined the cast of the sequel.

Beauvais had a small role in the original installment. The Jamie Foxx Show actress joined the film with African actress Nomzano Mbatha. The film began filming about a week ago so these ladies will probably be the most latest additions.

The star-studded cast includes Wesley Snipes, Tracey Morgan, Teyana Taylor, KiKi Layne, Rotimi, Leslie Jones, Rick Ross and Michael Blackson. The core cast from the 1988 flick will also be returning including Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones and John Amos.

The sequel will follow Prince Akeem, portrayed by Murphy, who travels back to Queens, New York to meet his son for the first time. His good pal Semmi, played by Hall, will be by his side again for the journey. This trip is crucial for Akeem because his father’s dying wish was to groom his son to be a prince before he takes the throne as King.

Coming to America 2 will be in theaters December 18th, 2020.

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SOURCE360 RECAP: Joseph Sikora, Eden Duncan-Smith and Stefon Bristol Get Real About Hollywood On The ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ Panel

Every year, SOURCE360 canvasses Hollywood is search of the biggest and brightest stars in the industry to venture into Brooklyn to talk about the business. In past, we’ve had big Hip-Hop film producers such as Master P and Roxanne Shanté, network executives such as Debra Lee and Thembisa Mshaka and big screen directors like Bennie Boom.

This year was no exception.

As the new season of Power approaches, SOURCE360 secured break-out star Joseph Sikora (also known as Tommy Egan) to talk to the ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ audience about his career. Also on the panel, fresh off their Netflix summer blockbuster was lead actor Eden Duncan-Smith and director Stefon Bristol.  Africa Miranda from The Africa Miranda Show on Facebook moderated the panel.

Here are a few jewels that we took away from this most informative panel:

ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Sikora doesn’t use social media to be political.

The Ozark star stated that he does not address social issues of social media because for him as a white man in this business:

“I don’t use it as a political platform. It is too dangerous for me, especially as a white man. Its too slippery of a slope. If you want to see my social media, you will get to know me the man behind the character. That is mainly what I use it for.”

He continues, “I am mainly accessible on Twitter.” He does however, re-post DL Hughley and his commentary on the world. Even with that, sometimes he gets backlash because of that. So to play it safe, he just spreads his love and humor on social.

Bristol also understands that social media can be a headache. He flatly stated:

“I can’t wait until the day I can delete my social media.”

His co-panelists cracked up.

“It’s fun, but I use it because I need to promote… showing people what I am doing… keeping people in anticipation…. it is distracting… I hate it but I do it because I see people asking me questions like how do I get in and what advice can I give them. And I answer because I was once in their position. But I hate it.” He did add that it is helpful to build your audience and to inform people of the projects that you have done or are doing. Its a necessary evil.

Duncan-Smith shared that she mostly uses social media to inform the community about her passion projects. Currently she is publishing on Instagram information about the leading 26 democratic presidential candidates.

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PRESSURE OF THE JOB

Duncan-Smith likes to be with friends and is a strong advocate for self care. She considers self care the little things such as taking a shower in the morning and eating breakfast. She also believes that drinking water and teas can help mellow you out.

“You have to take care of yourself, more than anything because you are the most important person in your life. There is no one more important than you… no employer or employee more important. You need to take care of yourself. No matter what you do. I am in school and also working… and in those little moments when I have a break… I calm down and take a moment. Let yourself have the moment of peace and elation that keeps you driving forward.”

Bristol talked about the pressure of taking the next film.

“The pressure is on.”

He then talked about a scripted that he rejected about a mummy on a slave plantation. And while as a new director, you want to select another project, you can’t just take anything.

He also spoke about the wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, why having a close circle of friends is important for your mental health.

“I have two very close friends that I can go to cry to and they can come and cry to me. And I believe in Jesus.”

PROJECTS

Bristol stated that Spike Lee cursed him out for making a short film about two Black kids robbing a bodega store. He continued:

“I appreciate that because it forced me to really think about the stories that I want to tell. So I think that if I hadn’t asked him [Spike Lee] to be my mentor at Morehouse, going to NYU and having him berate me to make sure I create work that pushes the culture instead of taking a stab at it, I don’t think that See You Yesterday would have been made.”

Sikora also talked about taking just any project.

“Here is a good example. I am almost the same age as Michael Shannon. Michael Shannon and I both come from Chicago. I took every job that came my way. Michael Shannon was strategic. Whose doing better? Michael Shannon with his Academy Award nomination.”

He continued, “Also… I am learning. I was raised to be a worker. I was raised to work with my hands and have a 9 to 5 job… I just am so grateful to be here, and that drives producers and directors crazy. You got the job for a reason… you are good. I could not until recently, find my gravity. And that is important. It is important to have a plan. It is important to stick to your morals.”

Eden also chimed in.

“As a Black female actor, I have to be strategic on the things that I choose. There are a lot of auditions that come our way and they are basically the same. They are basically made to make fun of my demographic. I won’t allow myself to be humiliated on screen or on stage.”

She continued:

“If I don’t agree with what I just read, I will not go out to audition for it. I feel I am in a position to where I telling other Black female stories and if that if that story is being told in a skewed way where it shows a negative side of Black female culture or tries to suppress us or demean us in any way… I can’t bring myself to tell that story or be on that platform, and mass produce that message. So I am very strategic for the things I choose to audition for… not just take.”

The panel was jammed pack with good advice for those interested in breaking into the field. For more, check out the The Source’s Facebook Live of the panel.

Posted by The Source Magazine on Thursday, August 15, 2019

 

 

 

 

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Kim Kardashian Rightfully Credits Paris Hilton for Her Career in ‘KUWTK’ Teaser

A lot of people may think Kim Kardashian’s career started off with a sex tape, and while that played as a catalyst to her mainstream success, the reality star reflected on her humble beginnings in the following Keeping Up with the Kardashians teaser.

Kim explained that she participated in Hilton’s “Best Friend’s Ass” music video because she “really would want to do anything for her.”

“She literally gave me a career,” Kim, 38, added. “I totally acknowledge that.” Khloe Kardashian praised her sister for acknowledging the truth instead of being ungrateful. “You’re so sweet and kind, and your schedule is crazy,” Khloé added.

Kim Kardashian recognizes she’s a superstar and has a tight schedule but she will “drop it for her because that’s important to me to be loyal.”

Kim and Paris are childhood friends and had their ups-and-downs. At the peak of the heiress’ career in the early 2000s, the beauty mogul was her closet organizer. In 2011, the KKW mogul told Harper’s Bazaar her and Hilton “don’t really talk.”

“As I always say, everyone comes into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime,” she said. “There comes a point in life where you just grow apart and you realize you’re not as similar as you thought.”

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