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Cardi B Files Trademark for Television Show ‘Bocktails With Cardi B’

Cardi B is continuing to make money moves.

The Bronx rapper has a lot on her plate from being a new mommiana, a chart-topping rapper, to being a Nova Babe. Now it looks like the “Money” rapper is returning to the small screen.

TMZ reports that she filed a trademark for the name “Bocktails with Cardi B.” The outlet reports that the show is for “entertainment services in the nature of providing ongoing episodes for distribution via television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists.”

The brand won’t stop at just a television show. There plans to be an entire roll out of “clothing, including shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, caps, footwear, skirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants and shorts.”

Additionally, Bardi wants to use her trademarked name for “alcoholic beverages, except beer and beverages containing beer.”

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Dis Tew Much! Hazel-E, Yung Miami & Joseline Go At It Over City Girls Diss Track “Add It Up”

Like something straight out of a Love & Hip-Hop storyline, Hazel-E and Yung Miami are currently at war on social media, with special guest appearances by Joseline, Masika Kalysha, G Herbo and even Trina. Let’s hope this all works itself out sooner than later, but before you dive into this completely WTF beef listen to the song that started it all below:



Deemed as a diss track towards City Girls, “Add It Up” by Hazel-E was sparked by her feelings that Yung Miami and JT ripped off her 2017 song “Actin’ Up” for the duo’s hit 2019 single “Act Up.” See if you agree:

This led to Yung Miami responding with “We never heard a song by the ugly ass bitch!” and also stating, “That surgery going to that hoe head!” Jump back to “Add It Up,” which includes lines like “Copy my brand, bitch y’all just the teacher/Caresha [Yung Miami] you gotta problem, now you need a feature,” as well as mentioning Yung Miami’s son and the health of her mom. After the song got a shady co-sign by Joseline, Yung Miami responded with the following:



….oh, and this too, which led to Masika and G Herbo joining in with their opinions:



Joseline of course had to add her response, which led to an even bigger drama:



…oh, and now Joseline has a diss track of her own:


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…and that led to even more back & forth:



Then, out of nowhere, Trina stepped into it to defend City Girls:



The support we guess gave Yung Miami even more courage to continue her drag session, meanwhile Hazel-E went at G-Herbo directly:



This one could probably go on all night, so we’ll keep you all updated if more jabs are thrown between these ladies. Of course, we’re hoping that someone comes and settles all this so there can be peace in the sisterhood of Hip-Hop.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Opens Up About Past Porn Addiction on Red Table Talk

Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her past “unhealthy” porn addiction on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.

The actress revealed that she was addicted to adult movies right before her marriage to Will Smith.

“If I was still on my porn game, I’d be able to show you some good porn,” she said to her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne shortly before the episode began.

“Back in the day I had a little porn addiction, but I wasn’t in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness,” she said. “…Maybe I’ll say now that I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence.”

When Willow asked what prompted this addiction to porn, her mother explained that it came from an emotional place. “It was actually like feeling like an emptiness, at least you think it is,” she explained. “But it’s actually not.”

Check out the full episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk.

Does Porn Ruin Relationships?

Smith Family secrets are revealed as Jada, Gammy and Willow discuss their feelings about pornography – including Gammy's big TMI bombshell. Then a husband and wife reveal how his lifelong addiction to porn almost destroyed their relationship.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Sunday, May 19, 2019

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Spot a Water Bottle on Screen During Finale

Earlier in this season of Game of Thrones, a Starbucks cup stole the show and was pointed out as one of the many flaws of the conclusion to this epic series. The last episode aired yesterday (May 19) and the coffee was replaced by a bottle of water.

A fan captured a water bottle by the foot of the show’s character Sam. The moment happens in the 46-minute mark of the episode. But that’s not the only one, another bottle can be spotted between two more characters in the following minutes.

Also online in Game of Thrones chatter (spoiler alert), fans are critical to the conclusion of the series. The sixth episode saw Dany killed by Jon Snow, who returned to the wall. Bran took the throne and the seven kingdoms officially become six.

If you would like to chuckle at the reactions to the final episode click here.

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Will Smith and Queen Latifah Join Forces to Produce Hip Hop ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for Netflix

Will Smith and Queen Latifah are reportedly teaming up to produce a Hip Hop Romeo and Juliet for Netflix.

The Hollywood Reporter says the movie is described as a twist to the William Shakespeare classic set against “the urban rhythms of New York.” The story follows “a young waitress from the streets of Brooklyn and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family whose unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.”

This Netflix flick will reunite the the two rappers turned actors. Queen credits Will for giving her “my first job on TV” when she guest starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

She also co-starred with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in 1996’s Set It Off, and then 21 years later on Girls Trip.

Will Smith on the other hand has been real busy these days. He stars in Aladdin, Gemini Man, and did some voiceover work in Spies in Disguise. And we can’t forget the highly-anticipated Bad Boys for Life is slated for a January 17, 2020 release.

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Exclusive: The Cast of Netflix’s ‘See You Yesterday’ Break Down How They Intertwined Black Culture Into a Sci-Fi Flick

Spike Lee has another joint for us, and this one takes us into the world of sci-fi with a cast of strong Black leads and a setting that takes place in the heart of Brooklyn. Starting today, we urge you all to expand your minds, explore the impossible and get into Netflix’s newest time traveling epic that is See You Yesterday.



Directed by rising filmmaker Stefon Bristol and starring Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow and rapper Stro — all four of them young and ready to take Hollywood by storm — See You Yesterday centers around a plot that’ll make you laugh, cry and probably want to go study quantum physics. The film takes us into the lives of two Black teens from Brooklyn that discover time travel and use it to reverse the outcome of police brutality stemming from the death of a family member. However, they soon find out that going back in time to change the past can cause some serious problems in present time, which creates an even bigger dilemma overall. The entire story arc is told with great detail that proves this film wasn’t pulled off overnight; actually, it originally started as a short film released in 2017 before Spike linked with Stefon to give it a big-budget makeover under his legendary production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. Outside of a charming cast, great storytelling and even a meta cameo by Back To The Future star Michael J. Fox, the film tackles many issues that affect the Black community on all levels.

We wanted to dig deeper to get a breakdown of how it all comes together straight from the stars themselves, and thankfully The Source got to see an early screening of See You Yesterday during Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this month. We spoke with Stefon, Eden, Danté and Stro to see how each of them viewed the topics and themes depicted in the film.

Keep scrolling to see what the stars of See You Yesterday had to say about making a sci-fi film that puts Black culture at the forefront of the future on multiple levels:


“I love Black people — that’s all I can say honestly [Laughs]. When I was working on making the film, I’d never seen young Black kids do STEM [Education] before onscreen. It’s funny, because I was trying to figure out how to do the time travel — should they go through a portal? Should someone else build the machine for them? — and it happened to where it just made sense for them to be the ones who invented it; you’ve never seen brilliant kids like this before. Often in movies Black children are always [depicted as] in a gang, selling drugs, being rappers or being ball players, and I felt there was more to us than that. I needed to see that onscreen, but I didn’t know there was such a need when writing [See You Yesterday]. I was seeing comments like, “This is a need!” and “I’m so glad this came out!” [The absence] was very bothersome, so I was happy to make it.

[Making See You Yesterday] required a lot of tone balance plus trial and error. I really needed to create a story about a family, and people love this family so much that you hope to see them win. When the inevitable happens, you just want to feel sorry for them and love them. Often when we see Black people being killed by police, the media will try to find blemishes in the wrongful killing with stuff like, “He was smoking weed in his apartment” or “He robbed a store before” to warrant his or her death. I made sure there weren’t any blemishes on these kids besides their own flaws in personality. That’s a very strong component in screenwriting — Make sure your characters have flaws, please! [Laughs] I wanted to make sure that when the inevitable happens, you ultimately love them for them.”

— Stefon Bristol, director



“When we started the short in 2015, I think the most important thing was to show police brutality in a very upfront way. I think the film does a really great job at showing the spectrum of police brutality, from harassing kids on the street who are just talking to their little sisters to literally killing them in cold blood. I think that’s a very important aspect of the movie that people should take from it. Other than that, there’s the aspect of Black teenage scientists. It’s something you don’t see often. The teenagers in this film go to The Bronx High School of Science, which is a crazy hard school to get into [Laughs]! People like Neil deGrasse Tyson went there, and it’s just a really great school. It’s so important to show Black teens doing really great things like inventing time travel. I think it’s definitely time to show these two aspects in the same light so we can see the fullness of Black life. We see a lot of movies of Black life at home or just socially, but we’re showing how we have to handle ourselves around the police and also us doing more than music, sports or any of the occupations apposed on us daily. We strip away at those stereotypes and it’s just important to be showing that, especially now at this time in life.

I think Stefon’s goal with [my character] CJ was that not all female Black nerds are quiet; they can be outspoken and bold. From the colors she was wearing down to the braids, it was very important to show Black culture in that way. It’s not just curly hair or a weave, because we have so many different hairstyles that we go in and out of on a daily basis. Even the variations of the way I wore my braids in the film was conscious as well. With how loud she might be or even “rough” as Eduardo’s grandmother puts it [Laughs], CJ is still very smart. It’s never a question of whether or not she is, and I hope I brought that to the character of CJ. I hope people take away that you can be big and bold yet very focused on the things you want to do in life.”

— Eden Duncan-Smith, Claudette ‘CJ’ Walker



“For this movie in general, we were trying to tackle stereotypes of African Americans in our society and the way they’re perceived due to the lifestyles they live. Having [the lead characters] be teenagers at a predominately scientific institution, being STEM students, and being sophomores in high school wasn’t a mistake; that was intentional. It was so important to have representation for younger kids to look at this movie and feel like they could aspire to be that. For adults who have been living this life already, they now have something to relate to. For me, what I wanted to bring to [my character] Sebastian was this sense of being three-dimensional in a human sense. He’s not just a Black scientist; he’s a human being trying to get into college, he’s someone who gets frustrated with his best friend and he’s just someone trying to stop bad things from happening. I wanted all those different dynamics to be there so that when you look at Sebastian Thomas, you don’t just look at him as a Black face or a number on a screen. You ultimately see him as a human being.

[Working on set] honestly felt like I was working from home [Laughs]! The first scene that has the police encounter with Calvin, his friend, CJ and Sebastian, and the guy walks by and he’s like, “Bun a fyah! BUN A FYAH!” is so accurate! I feel like I see that everyday [Laughs]. I thought those little instances and moments that aren’t necessarily dialogue are what make Stefon a genius as a director. For me, one aspect was loving feeling at home on set and the other was being part of a great piece of art. While this has aspects of police brutality, keeping the childlike relationship between CJ and Sebastian was so important. We really wanted to show that these are children and teenagers going through something they shouldn’t have to. They’re just trying to live their lives and get into college, yet there’s something in society that isn’t allowing that. Regardless of if it’s sci-fi, fantasy or fan fiction, keeping that element of reality in there shows their drive to keep pushing back. That undertone message of keep pushing back, no matter how hard the fight gets, is integral to this movie.”

— Danté Crichlow, Sebastian J. Thomas



“Making this film was surreal for me because I’m from East Flatbush. Just watching it from an outside perspective was dope because it felt like I was home onscreen. We don’t see a lot of films being shot in those parts of Brooklyn either, especially right now. They’d prefer to go to the parts everybody frequents, or just go for the brownstone aesthetic. For Stefon to take East Flatbush and show the humanity and the everyday vibe was amazing to me. As far as what we’re trying to achieve with [See You Yesterday], we wanted to spark the conversation around police brutality and the idea of a Black sci-fi film. Someone said they hadn’t seen something like this in their generation, and to be part of this is a blessing and very special to me.

My family is West Indian, so growing up in East Flatbush you see a lot of the stuff depicted in this film. It has a very homely vibe too, because even the guy with the cart in the alley gives off a vibe like that’s his spot. There’s a lot of that in Flatbush — those characters really exist there and will not be moved. Seeing it onscreen was dope, but I witnessed that regularly in real-life growing up. That’s what you get when you go over there; that whole area is just Jamaicans [Laughs].”

When I first tried acting, the role I read for I got on my first shot. That was a blessing because I never took acting classes. I’ve sat down with an acting coach maybe once or twice, but other than that it’s been me going over roles with my management, building in the living room for the most part and sending in my audition tape. People would say things like, “You have a natural, real vibe onscreen,” and I just continued to tap into that. It was never my goal to be an actor, but after seeing this film I will say that it makes me feel like I want to pursue it further. After everyone telling me they liked what I did in this film and me watching it myself, I can see why they would say the positive things. It’s making me appreciate the art of acting way more. The difference between the film world and the music industry is a matter of weird versus fake. In Hollywood, you hear stories and it’s just like, “That’s what they do; they weird!” The music industry has a lot of people smiling but it’s hard to know who’s genuine. I’m not a big actor, but I believe that whoever sees this film will open doors up for not just me, but also for Eden and Dante. The talent always comes first.”

— Stro, Calvin Walker


You can watch See You Yesterday right now by streaming it on Netflix.

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The Shaft Soundtrack to be Re-released as a Deluxe Issue

Craft Recordings has announced a new deluxe reissue of Isaac Hayes’ Grammy Award-winning album Shaft.

Set for a June 14th street date and limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, the two-CD collection will offer the newly remastered, classic soundtrack—originally released in 1971—plus all of the original music from the film, which did not appear on the best-selling LP. In-depth liner notes from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson round out the set. A single-disc version consisting of only the remastered soundtrack will also be available.

In the liner notes of the deluxe reissue, Roots co-founder  Questlove writes that the film “was the Big Bang of African American movies…It was Year Zero for the Blaxploitation movement. It was the blast center.” While Shaft was a game-changer, Isaac Hayes’ compositions for the film helped set the stage for countless scores to follow. Questlove elaborates, “Shaft did many things. What it did, most of all, was cement the relationship between African American movies and African American music. Every Blaxploitation film that followed, whether it was a straight crime story, a feminist rewrite, a comedy, or even a horror movie, had an accompanying soundtrack by an artist trying to put the black experience on wax.”

Both a commercial and critical success, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack remains Isaac Hayes’ best-known and best-selling album. The groundbreaking title—which, upon its release, was already setting a record as the very first double album of original studio material from an R&B artist—became an instant success. Shaft spent 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at Number One, while “Theme From Shaft” went to Number One on the Hot 100 singles chart. Hayes took home three Grammy Awards for the album and its songs in 1972, and an Academy Award® for “Best Original Song” for “Theme From Shaft,” becoming the first African American to win an Oscar in a non-acting category. The classic track has been sampled by N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and many more. In 2014, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

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Method Man Explains Why he Chose Dave East to Play Him

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a 10-episode drama that will follow the rise of the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. In March, news broke that Dave East will be playing Method Man.

Along with East, Julian Elijah Martinez and Sopranos’s star Vinnie Pastore will appear in the project. Meth appeared on GQ’s “Actually Me,” and explained why he chose the Harlem rapper to portray him in the forthcoming docu-series.

“See, this has come up a lot,” Method Man said. “I cannot play myself as young myself, it wouldn’t even look right.”

The Staten Island rapper noted that this role is opportunity to usher in a new generation of talent to bridge the gap between Hip Hop and Hollywood, which he has done throughout his career.

“I saw it as an opportunity for someone like myself when I first got into it, ’cause there weren’t a lot of people giving you a chance to show that you can do it,” he said. “So when I seen Dave’s name in the pot I was like, ‘yeah he’s just like me. He wants to be an actor, fuck it, give him a shot.’ The question has no validity as far as I go.”

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DJ Khaled to Release Father of Asahd: The Album Experience’ Documentary

DJ Khaled has been relentlessly teasing his upcoming album, Father of Asahd. He claims it’s his best body of work to date and it’s only a matter of time before it’s the moment of truth.

Leading up to the collection’s release, Khaled is partnering with TIDAL to release an exclusive documentary, Father of Asahd: The Album Experience, showcasing the making-of the album on May 17th.

After the album drops, TIDAL users will have the opportunity to live stream DJ Khaled’s CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson on May 21st. Members of the streaming service can sign up for a chance to attend both the screening of the documentary and the interview.

Father of Asahd is a highly-anticipated body of work and so far the only thing we know about it is there’s a collaboration with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend somewhere on there. Get your tissue box ready!

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WATCH: SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott Release ‘GoT’-Themed “Power Is Power” Music Video

Last night’s staggering Episode 4 of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones officially solidified that this will go down as one of the greatest television shows of all time, with the final two episodes guaranteed to send fans into a collective state of shock. However, yesterday’s airing of “The Last of the Starks” wasn’t the only premiere to come from the fantastical series, as the GoT-themed music video for “Power Is Power” by SZA, The Weeknd and Travis Scott has officially dropped.

Arriving off For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones, “Power is Power” sees all three hitmakers channeling a key character going for the Iron Throne in the series. The Weeknd starts things off with a homage to Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen, in addition to the ominous Night King. While we saw the latter meet his fate by way of fan-favorite Arya Stark — a moment that will seriously go down in small-screen history — there’s still a very good chance that Jon will accept his destiny as the rightful king and rise into his true calling. Abel croons “I rise from my scars / Nothing hurts me now / ‘Cause power is power / Now watch me burn it down,” and you cen’t help but think its foreshadowing to a series finale where a resurrected male heir to the Targaryen dynasty takes the Throne.



SZA comes in next, and we see her channeling two queens actually: Daenerys Targaryen, the series’ underdog that fans have been rooting for to claim the royal ranking perceived to be rightfully hers, and also Queen Akasha, the vampire queen played by R&B icon Aaliyah in the 2002 film Queen of the Damned. The latter might be a bit of a stretch, but seeing as the crown Solana wears is almost identical to the one Akasha rocks in the campy flick that would unfortunately be Baby Girl’s last in her lifetime, it could be a slightly-veiled homage from one popular female chanteuse to another that inspired her career. The ode to Dany is quite obvious though, especially through lyrics that might even foreshadow the fate of our former Khaleesi. As she sings, “You wouldn’t take my place / Put me away / I’d die lookin’ up at your face,” and ends her verse with “Only love could kill me,” it’s not hard to assume that a battle between two certain lovers may be the deciding factor on who actually comes out on top.


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Travis closes the song with his signature ad-libs and digitized vocals, and he seems to be representing for Team Stark. Bars like “Lift the mask / They gon’ have to see what they can’t erase,” and “my lil baby, slay” are almost synonymous with Arya Stark, who killed the Night King during last week’s groundbreaking episode and also spent the better part of the series becoming a ruthless “masked” assassin known as the Faceless Men. At this point in the show, there’s no telling who will actually take the Throne, and after what has become of the Stark legacy it would be one amazing ending to give Ned, Catelyn and their entire lineage of loss family members a rightful form of vengeance.



Watch how it all ends these next two Sundays by tuning into the final season of Game of Throne at 9PM EST on HBO. Watch the music video for “Power is Power” in its entirety above, and stream For the Throne below:

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