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Earlier this week, Chris Rock confirmed that he and wife Malaak were divorcing after 19 years of marriage. As some were quick to point out, the news wasn’t exactly shocking if you’ve ever seen Rock perform stand-up comedy. The guy has never really seemed too fond of married life.
In the video above, the Washington Post runs down some of the most revealing things Rock has said about wedded bliss in his movies and in his stand-up, including his famous riff on divorce and the late Nelson Mandela.
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Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions for 2015? One popular promise is to not bring baggage from the past into your future, that includes any past partners. It’s certainly no secret how quick stars join together and separate, but did some of these celebrity divorces surprise you?
When a celebrity divorce comes seemingly out of nowhere, the rumor mill is left to come up with their own explanations regarding why that particular marriage didn’t make it. When it comes to Chris Rock, one of the rumors that has apparently been circulating is that he’s divorcing his wife of 19 years for his longtime friend and Top Five co-star Rosario Dawson.
We’re not really sure specifically where these rumors originated, but we’re pretty sure that they were probably at the very least fueled by a photograph of Chris giving Rosario a peck on the lips at one of the Top Five premiere celebrations. The actor’s reps recently decided to address the rumors, telling Page Six:
“There is no truth to that. The rumor is 100 percent untrue.”
We sure hope not. That would be downright messy. As previously reported, Chris filed for divorce from his wife of 19 years last week in New Jersey. Malaak Compton-Rock is being represented by divorce attorney Allan Mayefsky, while Chris is being represented by attorney Robert S. Cohen.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a of life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”
The comedian is requesting shared legal and physical custody of their daughters Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10.
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Source: Chris Rock Split From Wife Malaak Because He Wasn’t Happy Anymore After 19 Years Of Marriage
Ever since the news of Chris Rock and Malaak Compton’s split came out over the weekend, people have been trying to figure out and understand why after 19 years and two children, the comedian would want to go it alone. Well, according to TMZ, sources connected to the couple say that he just wasn’t happy anymore.
According to the site, despite what theories people try to come up with, there wasn’t a third party waiting in the wings. Rock just felt that the marriage had run its course and was no longer fulfilling.
A source close to the couple told PEOPLE a couple of days ago that the split was “a long time coming.” If you’ll recall, Rock filed for divorce in 2006 (around the time that he finished production for the film, I Think I Love My Wife), but the pair was able to work things out:
“This was a long time coming. Chris has known it wasn’t salvageable for a while. He was the one to file because he knew it was time to just move forward already.”
The sources close to the estranged couple who spoke to TMZ also say that the proceedings to end their union shouldn’t be ugly, but a “simple divorce.” However, things have already started to get a little testy between the two, because Rock claims that Compton has started to make it tough for him to see their two daughters, Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10. He is now asking for shared legal and physical custody of the girls.
The gossip site recently got their hands on the comedian’s divorce petition, which was filed in New Jersey, and it reveals that he and estranged wife Malaak Compton-Rock sat down in November to split up community property.
According to his filing, there was a prenup signed when the pair first married in 1996, but it expired after their 18-year wedding anniversary. Chris explained that Malaak has the “ability to work and contribute to her own support,” which sounds like he’s going to try to keep spousal support payments to a minimum.
As far as custodial arrangements go, Chris is requesting shared legal and physical custody of their two daughters Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10. He has reportedly complained that so far, Malaak has attempted to keep him from seeing the girls.
With the exception of the custodial complaint, which we’re praying is the result of some sort of misunderstanding that can be quickly resolved, it seems like their divorce will be pretty clean. But truthfully, only time will tell how this will all pan out.
We’re wishing both Chris and Malaak the best.
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With just days left in 2014, another Hollywood couple has announced that they’re calling it quits. Chris Rock, 49, and his wife of nearly 20 years have confirmed that they’re divorcing.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, 45, said in a statement today, according to People. “Being fortunate enough to lead a of life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”
The philanthropist went on to request privacy during this difficult time.
“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
Chris has not directly spoken out about the split, but his attorney Robert S. Cohen did confirm the unfortunate news on his behalf.
“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
It’s currently unclear what pushed the pair to throw in the towel after all of these years.
While we’re certainly sad to learn of the disintegration of yet another Hollywood marriage, perhaps this is all for the best.
Are you shocked by the news of Chris and Malaak’s split?
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Chris Rock’s latest movie, Top Five, opened last weekend in 979 theaters, amassing $7.2 million dollars. It did not best Christian Bale’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was the number one film, pulling in $24.5 million for the same weekend. But Top Five emerged as the number four movie in America, a significant feat for Rock, who is the movie’s director, writer, as well as leading man. These numbers indicate the comedian’s potential to be a Woody Allen-esque figure, of sorts, for African-American moviegoers, following in the footsteps of other African-American silver screen savants like Robert Townsend and Spike Lee.
In the past decade there have been few intelligent, forward-thinking comedies starring, directed, and/or written by an African-American male or female. This year we were treated to Justin Simien’s Dear White People, which has been nominated for NAACP Image and Film Independent Spirit awards, among others.
It often appears that “thinking man” comedies are created by the Jason Reitmans and Julie Delpys of the world, whereas African-Americans are treated to movies like Soul Plane and Norbit. There is nothing wrong with slapstick comedy or the Tyler Perry Madea movies that have made him a millionaire. Still, the contemporary mammie, coon, and buck roles that African Americans have sought to diminish in the filmmaking landscape throughout history carry on and present themselves today. Perry’s last Madea movie, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, grossed a total of $52,543,354 at the box office. With numbers like that, Hollywood would be less concerned about the praise of critics, especially with A Madea Christmas being the latest installment of a mile long string of Madea flicks produced over the years.
Chris Rock is well aware of how Hollywood works and how the divide between White and Black Hollywood translates and constructs box office hits and misses. “It’s a White industry. Just as the NBA is a Black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. African Americans in Hollywood, no matter what position, are at the mercy of stereotyping and racial groupthink, which affects the types of films they are expected to consume and generate.
To further illustrate this point, look toward the existing Sony hacking scandal, the gift that just keeps on giving. Even the racial biases of renowned producer Scott Rudin and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, were revealed in a spread of email messages between the two “discussing” Obama’s movie preferences. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” wrote Pascal. “12 YEARS”, replied Rudin. “Or the butler. Or think like a man?” Pascal asked. “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”, Rudin then stated. (For the record, Obama’s favorite movie of 2014 is “Boyhood”, starring Ethan Hawke.) The reception for Chris Rock’s Top Five at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and the studio bidding war to acquire the film proves that a comedy of this ilk is wanted and that a good story knows no color lines.
Top Five won’t be able to eradicate the ghettoization of black films within the Hollywood movie system, and we are not trying to imply that it can. Instead, we can infer that Rock’s newest movie is another small step in the direction of presenting Black males who are funny without wearing a dress or being overtly hammy. Critics talk, but money talks louder. Smart businesspeople, such as Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst for BoxOffice.com, know that a movie’s success should not be solely evaluated by its opening weekend numbers.
“You can’t judge a movie like ‘Exodus’ or ‘Top Five’ based on their opening weekends. There’s a lot of time between Christmas and New Year’s for a film to pop, and compared to last year, there aren’t as many adult-skewing titles,” he said. A film like Top Five, which is being hailed as one of Chris Rock’s finest in years, is not in a bad position opening at number four, having being up against present blockbusters and animated movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1n and Exodus: Gods and Kings. (It cost $10 million to make and was bought by Paramount Pictures for $12.5 million.)
What remains to be seen is its global appeal, cumulative sum totals of ticket sales over the holiday season and beyond, and future studio support for intelligent comedies led by African-American talent.
However, let us keep in mind that Chris Rock has gained the respect of many industry tastemakers and gatekeepers with Top Five and this can only inspire him and other comedians like him to keep keepin’ on. On the whole, African-American filmmakers should be mindful that a balance of great storytelling and Hollywood industry acumen is fundamental. Like Rock and his film Top Five, showing film industry power executives that breaking out of the creativity box is a risk worth taking to the box office.
For a lot of comedians, nothing is off limits, but while promoting his upcoming film, “Top Five,” which hits theaters today, Chris Rock revealead there is one person he won’t come for in his stand up routines and we have to say that choice is a very smart move on his part. See who the lucky individual is in the video above as Chris also talks about growing as a comedian and not caring about people who aren’t true fans being offended by his jokes.
“We Lost Robin, We Lost Joan, And We Kind Of Lost Cosby”: Chris Rock Talks Bill Cosby, Obama, And His Daughters Preferring Kevin Hart
In the new issue of The New Yorker (which he covers), Chris Rock talks in depth about the struggle to be as funny as he wants to be in a politically correct-obsessed culture, fatherhood, the suicide of Robin Williams (and the dark sides of comedians), the ups and downs of Obama’s presidency, and of course, the accusations against Bill Cosby. There are quite a few great quotes as the Top Five (movie out on Friday, and it’s hilarious!) star has always been deep and hilarious at the same time, but these are the tidbits that stuck out to us the most:
Criticism Over His Jokes About Not Wanting To Visit The One World Trade Center After 9/11 And Political Correctness:
Oh, it’s back stronger than ever. I don’t pay that much attention to it. I mean, you don’t want to piss off the people that are paying you, obviously, but otherwise I’ve just been really good at ignoring it. Honestly, it’s not that people were offended by what I said. They get offended by how much fun I appear to be having while saying it. You could literally take everything I said on Saturday night and say it on Meet the Press, and it would be a general debate, and it would go away. But half of it’s because they think they can hurt comedians.
Which Comedian Gave Him A Hard Time When He First Came Out:
I mean, maybe Cosby early on, but he turned pretty quick. Other than that, nobody.
His Thoughts On The Allegations Against Bill Cosby:
I don’t know what to say. What do you say? I hope it’s not true. That’s all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it’s not true. It’s a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby.
What He Thought About Robin Williams’ Suicide:
Comedians kill themselves. Talk to 100 comedians this week, everybody knows somebody who killed themselves. I mean, we always say ignorance is bliss. Well, if so, what’s the opposite? Some form of misery. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice sh*t, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.
You try to give yourself other things to focus on. I always say, my children saved me from my miserable self.
His Thoughts On President Obama’s Legacy:
I’m trying to figure out the right analogy. Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there’s a little more peace. Not as much peace as we’d like, but I mean, that’s kind of the gig. I don’t recall anybody leaving on an up. It’s just that kind of job. I mean, the liberals that are against him feel let down because he’s not Bush. And the thing about George Bush is that the kid revolutionized the presidency. How? He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?
He’s the first cable-television president, and the thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get.
There’s an advantage that Bush had that Obama doesn’t have. People thinking you’re dumb is an advantage. Obama started as a genius. It’s like, What? I’ve got to keep doing that? That’s hard to do! So it’s not that Obama’s disappointing. It’s just his best album might have been his first album.
If There Has Been Much Change In Race Relations:
There’s always going to be people that don’t know that the war’s over. I’m more optimistic than you, but maybe it’s because I live the way I do. I just have a great life, so it’s easier for me to say things are great. But not even me. My brothers drive trucks and stock shelves. They live in a much better world than my father did. My mother tells stories of growing up in Andrews, South Carolina, and the black people had to go to the vet to get their teeth pulled out. And you still had to go to the back door, because if the white people knew the vet had used his instruments on black people, they wouldn’t take their pets to the vet. This is not some person I read about. This is my mother.
If His Daughters Find Him Funny:
Sometimes. My daughter Lola was like, “Kevin Hart’s funnier than you.”
Be sure to read Rock’s full interview with The New Yorker here and share your thoughts, and be sure to check out the new movie, Top Five, written and directed by Rock, out on Friday.
“We Don’t Mess With You Anymore” Tyler James Williams Says Some Black Folks Shunned Him For Playing A Gay Character
Chris Rock recently spoke about the unique pressure of being a Black entertainer. Pressures that White actors don’t have to deal with. He said that Denzel has a responsibility to his people that actors like Tom Cruise don’t. He said that no says to Tom Cruise, “Stay White. Don’t forget your whiteness.”
But I don’t have to tell you that Chris Rock is right. That is exactly what goes on in the Black community. The notion of selling out or “making us look bad,” for better or worse is a very real one. Actor Tyler James Williams, who just so happened to play a young Chris Rock in the hit series “Everybody Hates Chris,” found that out recently when he took on the role of Lionel in the smash indie film Dear White People.
In case you haven’t seen the movie, Lionel is gay. And not only gay but also incredibly socially awkward. Which makes it hard for him to fit in with both the Black and White kids on campus.
It plays out in a very interesting way on screen and I strongly encourage you to see the movie if you haven’t done so already.
But after the credits rolled and the screen went black, some Black audience members were left feeling betrayed.
Tyler spoke about this recently in a Huff Post Live interview.
“There’s this interesting thing in the Black community of staying real, never going away or forgetting where you come from and always representing the Black community well. Which is frustrating in a lot of ways and stressful as well. Because so many different parts– like any community of the Black community have different opinions. So it’s hard to please everybody and stay Black and proud. So especially with this, I got a good amount of backlash from a lot of the Black community, who are homophobic. And especially the “Everybody Hates Chris” audience, saying ‘we don’t mess with you anymore.’ ‘How dare you do this.’ ‘Why did you turn on us?’
And I was recently talk to Ali Leroi, who is the co-creator of “Everybody Hates Chris,” and he was saying what’s interesting with that is that for so long, there was so little portrayals of the average Black American that the average Black American male associated himself with whoever was on tv. So in this way, there’s still this mentality of ‘Okay, you’re a Black male on tv, I am you. Wait you’re gay? I’m not gay! No, no no. Never mind. We’re not the same thing. Forget you, we shun you now. That was very interesting like wow, we still have a ways to go.”
Tyler ain’t never lied. And I find it incredibly poetic that a movie that was meant to educate White people about their ignorances and prejudices ended up exposing a huge prejudice and problem in the Black community as well. Funny how life works out.
You can watch this segment in the video below and Tyler’s entire interview on the next page.