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Open Mike Eagle’s New TV Show To Feature MF DOOM, Phonte & Method Man

Chicago, Illinois MC Open Mike Eagle has inserted wit and drama into his music for years. The artist behind such releases as 2016’s Hella Personal Film Festival (with producer Paul White), 2017’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and last year’s What Happens When I Try To Relax EP has partnered with Comedy Central for stand-up comedy series The New Negroes.

The series, taking its name from a text by Alain Locke, will make its debut on the network April 19, with a simulcast on BET. According to Pitchfork, it will feature guests of Hip-Hop peers including Method Man, MF DOOM, Phonte, Danny Brown, Lizzo, and past Open Mike collaborator, comedian Hannibal Buress.

Open Mike Eagle Exposes His Addiction To Something We All Cherish (Audio)

“That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance,” Mike wrote in a statement with creative partner Baron Vaughn. “It was a place where Black people could define themselves instead of being defined by others. Our show aspires to do the same with stand-up comedy, music, and music videos. We’re paying homage to that original movement by inviting comedians and musicians to do what they do best: speak.” A trailer released:

Songs will be released in conjunction with each episode. This year, Mike, who has worked extensively with Mello Music Group, has appeared on albums by Blockhead and Pan Amsterdam.

Chicago, Illinois MC Open Mike Eagle has inserted wit and drama into his music for years. The artist behind such releases as 2016’s Hella Personal Film Festival (with producer Paul White), 2017’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and last year’s What Happens When I Try To Relax EP has partnered with Comedy Central for stand-up comedy series The New Negroes.

The series, taking its name from a text by Alain Locke, will make its debut on the network April 19, with a simulcast on BET. According to Pitchfork, it will feature guests of Hip-Hop peers including Method Man, MF DOOM, Phonte, Danny Brown, Lizzo, and past Open Mike collaborator, comedian Hannibal Buress.

Open Mike Eagle Exposes His Addiction To Something We All Cherish (Audio)

“That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance,” Mike wrote in a statement with creative partner Baron Vaughn. “It was a place where Black people could define themselves instead of being defined by others. Our show aspires to do the same with stand-up comedy, music, and music videos. We’re paying homage to that original movement by inviting comedians and musicians to do what they do best: speak.” A trailer released:

Songs will be released in conjunction with each episode. This year, Mike, who has worked extensively with Mello Music Group, has appeared on albums by Blockhead and Pan Amsterdam.

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‘Love And Hip Hop’ Star Tommie Lee Goes To Court Drunk, Gets Sent To Jail

Going to court for child abuse is bad, but going to court drunk for child abuse can only make things worse.

Love And Hip Hop’s Tommie Lee decided to show up in court for her pending child abuse case while intoxicated last week in Georgia. The judge had Lee tested and the results proved that the reality star was at least twice over Georgia’s legal limit.

Lee was jailed and is currently being being held without bond.

She was already facing prison time for child cruelty for a October 2018 incident where she slammed her daughter’s head into a locker. She was charged with battery, aggravated assault, and child cruelty charges and was eventually freed on a $27,000 bond.

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Watch 21 Savage’s First Performance Since his Release From ICE

21 Savage is still dealing with his ongoing legal battle with ICE, but the show must go on.

He performed for the first time since his release on Saturday and it looked lit from the footage below. The Atlanta rapper took the stage at the 2019 Spring Break concert at South Padre Island, Texas.

It had to be a pleasant distraction for the Slaughter Gang rapper to secure the bag and receive love from his fans with a deportation still looming over his head. But he seemed like he was in good spirits as he took the crowd through his catalog.

He performed songs from his most recent collection, i am > i was and took it back to Savage Mode days with cuts like “No Advance” and “No Heart.”

Check out some clips from the performance above.

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MTV Launches Three-Part Docuseries Highlighting Queen Naija

Queen Naija’s star skyrocketed throughout her banner year of 2018. The talented singer has graced stages across the country while balancing the new challenges of fame, all of which can be seen in the new three-part docuseries The Birth of Queen Naija.

The docu-series is a production of Viacom Digital Studios and is available for streaming today (March 18).

The MTV digital series will chronicle Queen Naija’s tour, her pregnancy and more.

“I’m so excited to partner with MTV on this incredible journey documenting my first national tour while pregnant with Legend,” Queen Naija said. “I cannot wait for my supporters to get a behind-the-scenes look at my life on the road.”

You can see the trailer above and you can check out the entire first episode here.

 

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The Second Season of Showtime’s ‘The Chi’ Debuts April 7th

Showtime has announced the season two release date for their critically acclaimed drama The Chi. Lena Waithe, the show’s creator and executive producer alongside fellow executive producer Common, will officially make its long-awaited return on April 7, at 10 pm EST.

According to Showtime’s description, On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. From Emmy winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

The official Season 2 logline reads as follows:

“Produced entirely in its namesake city, Season 2 of The Chi will spotlight the ambitious plan by Brandon to make his food truck a success, while navigating the class differences with his girlfriend Jerrika. Emmett will encounter a lot of bumps and bruises as he makes an effort to grow up and get custody of his son, guided by his mother Jada, who is discovering a new life of her own. Kevin reckons with the trauma of what he has experienced in his young life, as he strengthens the bonds with his buddies, Papa and Jake, whose older brother Reg exposes Jake to twisted lessons in street survival. Lastly, an imprisoned Ronnie will attempt to come to terms with killing Brandon’s brother and reclaim his life, while Detective Cruz launches a new investigation. The season will also show the joys of living life on the Southside of Chicago.”

Deadline has reported that the first season of The Chi pulled a significant number of viewers in its debut season. On a weekly basis, the show recorded 4.5 million weekly viewers, which ultimately made it the highest-rated debut series on the network since Billions was released in 2016. Ayanna Floyd will be this season’s showrunner while also joining Waithe and Common as an executive producer.

Keeping a great cast together is essential to the success of any show and The Chi looks to have most of their performers from the first season coming back for round two. Those returning from the remarkable ensemble include Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, and Tiffany Boone.

Check out the trailer for season two below.

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50 Cent Adds GAME OF THRONES Star To His New TV Show: “I’m Kinda A Big Deal”

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New York rapper 50 Cent is really raising the stakes for his new ABC TV show. The hip-hop veteran has continued to announce high-profile stars slated to grace the small screen.

Over the past few hours, 50 has hit up Instagram to reveal more entertainers attached to untitled project.

Earlier in the week, the G-Unit boss announced he had secured former “The Wire” star Hassan “Wee-Bey” Johnson for his show.

This week, Fif revealed his former Get Rich or Die Tryin’ movie co-star Joy Bryant would appear in his upcoming ABC pilot.

A few days ago, 50 announced actor Nicholas Pinnock would star in the untitled project.

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Dave Chappelle Teaches Will Smith How To Do Standup Comedy (Video)

Will Smith is many things. Actor, MC, humanitarian, father, social media influencer and husband are some of the titles he holds. However, the West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native says that standup comedy is a fascination of his that gives him fear. Smith’s role on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, in film, and on some of his music with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince has been presented with comedy. However, in a new video, Smith reveals that much of his act is an overcompensation for a personal shyness. The gregarious and romantically charming personalities that Will plays are not a natural extension of the 50-year-old media mogul. “The crazy thing is that I’m more nervous about doing standup than I am bungee-jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon,” Smith begins in the latest episode of Will Smith’s Bucket List. He says that unlike performing music on stage, if he slips in his vocal delivery, the audience will not bail him out. Will proclaims, “To be able to stand on a stage with a microphone [and nothing else but a crowd] to me, is the hardest thing in entertainment.” Will Smith Explains Why He Turned Down The Lead Role In The Matrix In preparing an act as part of a year-long 50th birthday celebration, Will Smith links with the man he considers “the master” of standup: Dave Chappelle. While providing some tricks of the trade, Dave has allowed The Fresh Prince to open for him, seven days after the two discussed the art of standup. At a Las Vegas hotel, Dave gives Will a checklist of what he feels are the three jewels of the standup trade: 1. Confidence Is Key Chappelle suggests that Will Smith, more than nearly anybody on the planet, has a right to be confident. He adds that he finds him funny and “a great conversationalist,” so this should come naturally. 2. Pick The Right Sh*t To Talk About 3. Be Interesting All The Time Dave says, “The best advice I ever got doin’ comedy was from a comedian that was not particularly that good. The advice was very important to me. He said, ‘You are one of these comedians that thinks you have to be funny all the time. And you don’t. But you do have to be interesting all the time.” Weaving the principles together, Dave suggests, “Look at it like you’re having a conversation with no rebuttal. They’re talking back with their laughter, or in many cases—my case—their disapproval.” He continues, “But especially someone of your stature, if they can feel you, they’ll never forget you.” Dave adds that embarrassing revelations make standup comedians, especially celebrities, more relatable to the audience. He says that in addition to common ground, the humility helps members of the audience forgive themselves for the same things that the comedian admits to doing or feeling. A Short Film Shows What The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Would Look Like In 2019 Preparing for his debut, Will Smith admits, “I think I’ve earned the right for gigantic public failure.” The Hollywood superstar’s career has been one marked by victory, not defeat. However, later in the nearly half-hour video, Smith reveals that he has guards, including the need for approval and the fear of people supporting him based on his celebrity. At lunch, Dave’s Chappelle’s Show partner, Neal Brennan, suggests Will share with the audience his bucket list reason for doing standup. The producer and co-writer of the show has several Netflix specials, like Dave. Q-Tip calls Dave and soon joins the affair. Will Smith Gives 1 Of His Realest Interviews. He Says He’s Finally Being Authentic (Video) After returning to California, Will takes lessons from other comedians. Rell Battle suggests that Smith pull material from his family, all of whom are public figures, to break some new terrain. Will’s Fresh Prince co-star, Alfonso Ribeiro, also joins his friend to prep. “Every time I confront a fear, I feel more free,” Smith says, after explaining how his TV character helped him unlock courage and courtship with women during his maturity. Will Smith Reminds Jaden Who The FIRST Icon In The Family Was With A New Freestyle (Video) Ahead of the big night, Dave Chappelle tells Will Smith, “fear is good for comedy” as the two have drinks at Chateau Marmont before the show. “You’re a big star. If you look anybody directly in the eyes, they might look away. That’s the power of celebrity. And you’re a good dude; you don’t put on any airs, you’re just like f*ck it. Being a good dude in comedy, that’s rare; comics are assholes.” Moments later, Dave admits that when Eddie Murphy attends his shows, he gets nervous. He feels as though Murphy is better than him at the art. The video concludes with Smith’s standup appearance at The Peppermint Club in L.A. near the 15:00 mark. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith, and other members of the family are in the audience. In his act, he references hopping onto Jaden Smith’s “Icon (Remix)” without his son’s permission, and schooling the rapper on who in the family did it first. See Jada Pinkett Call Out Eazy-E For Misogyny In His Music The First Time They Met (Video) In the closing sequence, Will is seen freestyling besides Dave, with John Mayer on guitar. This week, Chappelle was in the news for joking remarks he made on Mayer’s live video, aimed at fellow guest, singer Daniel Caesar.

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A Short Film Shows A 2019 Version Of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (Video)

Next year, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 years old. It’s been nearly three decades since Will Smith introduced America to a fictionalized version of himself, playing a West Philadelphia-native who gets relocated to Bel Air, California to stay out of trouble and live with his extended family. During the show’s six-season run, audiences laughed, cried, and fell in love with characters like Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton Banks,” and James Avery as “Uncle Phil.” Although it is now 2019, the sitcom’s influence, humor, and style still bleed throughout most mass media. However, one fan-made film begs the question: If The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were to debut in today’s climate, how would that feel? Sun Squared Media steps up to the plate to answer, as writer, director, and cinematographer Morgan Cooper, along with actor Jerry Madison who plays “Will Smith,” re-imagines the sitcom as a gritty, mature comedy-drama simply titled Bel-Air. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Vintage Freestyle Is An MC & DJ Hallmark (Audio) Cinematic music choice aside, this Bel-Air re-imagining captures a direction and tone similar to FX’ Atlanta. After a scuffle on the basketball court, “Will” gets caught with a gun by the local police, and is sent to live in Bel Air with his “Uncle Phil” to clean up and stay out of trouble. Viewers are given a glimpse of newness as “Will’s” character stands outside the mansion gates, coolly wearing a “What Would Meek Do?” hoodie. We’re introduced to all sorts of drama, showing scenes with “Carlton,” a supportive “Aunt Vivian,” and a slick “Jazz,” who meets our main character at a record store. Fan-made film or not, a gritty Bel-Air reboot might have something we’ve needed for a long time.

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Jussie Smollett Faces Decades Behind Bars After Being Charged With 16 Felonies In Hate Crime Hoax

Things just went from bad to worse for the Empire actor.

After being charged for falsifying a police report for claiming to be assaulted in a racist, homophobic attack, the grand jury in the case has decided to charge the 36-year old openly gay actor for each lie that he told in the initial police report and police interview.

Jussie’s total number of charges has now reached 16. All of the charges are felonies.

“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time… there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,”

the jury’s document says.

One of the felonies carries a maximum sentence of three years, so Smollet could possibly spend almost 50 years in prison if he receives the maximum penalty.

Smollett’s arraignment is set for March 14.

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Netflix Announces Season Two of ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ to Be Released on May 24

Spike Lee has been having a great couple of weeks since claiming his first Oscar win. Adding to his successful streak, Netflix has announced the premiere of the second season of She’s Gotta Have It, the series based on his film debut.

Created by the Academy Award winner who also happens to executive produces the series alongside Tonya Lewis Lee, all nine episodes of Season 2 will be released on May 24, 2019.

The series is described as a “seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and topical portrait of rising talents, with free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) at the center. Struggling with newfound success this season, against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.  Her journey of self-discovery helps transform the lives of those around her, including friend and sometimes lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), who sets out to pursue his true passion of music as well as her inner circle of Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), Clorinda Bradford (Margot Bingham), Shemekka Epps (Chyna Layne) and Winnie Win (Fat Joe). Their journey expands to new destinations this season beyond their home base of Fort Greene, the vibrant Brooklyn enclave that continues to evolve and change as gentrification remakes the neighborhood.”

When Spike Lee first dropped the film in 1986, to say it was a game changer would be an understatement. Highlighting sexual liberation and sex-positive identity through the of Black woman was iconoclastic.  Now as season two is to be released, Lee will continue to explore the themes of love, sex, and relationships, from the perspective of Nola Darling.

Watch the trailer below.

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