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Megalyn Echikunwoke Denies Dating Chris Rock

March 1st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Last month, we wrote about dating during divorce, specifically Chris Rock and his new rumored girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke. The two were spotted out and about together at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. And then again this past weekend when Echikunwoke showed up with Chris and his mother at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

As you know, Rock filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, back in 2014.

Now, over a year later, we were wondering if it was all that appropriate for a man still in the process of divorce to be dating someone else.

Well according to Echikunwoke, in an interview with Hip Hollywood, it’s not happening.

Backstage at the Oscars she said, “My name is Megalyn E.K. and I’m too busy for romance. Yeah I have work to do.” 

And then, just to make things more clear, she continued, “I think it’s pretty funny that people don’t have anything else to do, but hey if you want to talk about me, go right ahead. I’m pretty interesting I guess.” 

A little snippy but ok girl. I guess we were completely off base to assume that you two were in a relationship because you wore a hat featuring his movie CB4 and stepped out together with his mother, laughing and ki-ki-ing.

There are some who still think Echikunwoke is playing coy and that she’s not confirming their relationship because it might not bode so well for her career or Rock’s reputation.

Who knows.

Check out her interview in the video below and tell us, is she for real or just trying to protect her neck?

The Oscar Ratings Are In… And They’re Not So Hot

February 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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The Oscars have been on a downhill trend since last year. But this year’s numbers might clock in with record-breaking lows. With 34.3 million viewers, according to Fast National ratings, the show ranked as the third-lowest in the past 15 years.

Here are the numbers and the hosts for each of the past 15 years, according to Deadline

2016 34.3 million Spotlight Host Chris Rock
2015 37.3 million Birdman Host Neil Patrick Harris
2014 43.7 million 12 Years A Slave Host Ellen DeGeneres
2013 40.3 million Argo Host Seth MacFarlane
2012 39.3 million The Artist Host Billy Crystal
2011 37.9 million The King’s Speech Hosts Anne Hathaway/James Franco
2010 41.3 million The Hurt Locker Hosts Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin
2009 36.3 million Slumdog Millionaire Host Hugh Jackman
2008 32.0 million No Country For Old Men Host Jon Stewart
2007 40. 2 million The Departed Host Ellen DeGeneres
2006 38.9 million Crash Host Jon Stewart
2005 42.1 million Million Dollar Baby Host: Chris Rock
2004 43.5 million Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King Host Billy Crystal
2003 33.0 million Chicago Host Steve Martin
2002 41.8 million A Beautiful Mind Host Whoopi Goldberg
2001 42.9 million Gladiator Host Steve Martin

Interesting. To look on Twitter, you would think the show was as popular as ever. There was plenty of discussion. But despite Chris Rock’s highly anticipated monologue and all the #OscarsSoWhite controversy surrounding the lack of Black nominees, and Leonardo DiCaprio taking home his first gold man, people just didn’t tune in like they have in the past.

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? Are you surprised to see that the numbers are so low?

The Hits And Misses From Chris Rock’s Opening Monologue

February 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, I made a conscious decision to avoid the Oscars. I chose to watch the Justice for Flint event instead. I was certainly interested to hear and see what Chris Rock was going to say though. I just knew his monologue would be all over the internet within a matter of minutes. And it was.

For those who didn’t catch it last night, you can watch it below. First, he walked out to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and then launched into his spiel.

Those of you who have active Twitter accounts, you know that the next best thing to actually watching a moment on television, is joining the discussion on Twitter. Last night, I saw that people were conflicted on Rock’s monologue. There were some who loved it, praising it as brave and appropriate, just what we needed. Then there were others who felt he could have gone farther. There were those who felt like he was making fun of the very people who were expressing their anger and frustration by choosing to boycott the show.

And then there was that awkward moment where Stacey Dash, introduced as the director of diversity, came out and wished everyone a Happy Black History Month. You could have heard a pin drop. You know people are done with you when they can’t even laugh at you being the butt of a joke. Her presence is just completely unwelcomed.

Anyway, back to Chris Rock. After I watched this morning, I could see where everyone was coming from. He made some valid points when he said, aside from the boycott, actors of color just want more opportunities, the same types of opportunities White actors receive. And it’s true. The talent is there. He mentioned Jamie Foxx specially and his role in Ray. Saying that Foxx was so good, that people went and unplugged the real Ray Charles because there was no need for two.

He made a good point about the fact that there’s no need for a separation of best actress and actor, saying that it’s not a physical competition where there are obvious differences. Men and women can be judged in the same category.

He made a good quip about the in memoriam segment featuring all the Black people who were shot and killed by the police. Real.

Then he asked a really good question about whether or not Hollywood is racist. He said they’re not “burning cross” racist but that for all these “liberal” White writers, directors and producers, they still don’t hire Black people. And they’re the nicest White people around.

Most poignantly, was the note about opportunity. Things have got to change. And I appreciate Chris Rock for standing in a room full of White people and speaking that level of truth. Hopefully, to punctured some people.

But then there were moments that caused me to give him a side eye. There were moments where he seemed to be making fun of the very people who were expressing their pain at repeatedly being ignored and disregarded.

He mentioned  that there were people who called for him to quit his upcoming hosting gig. And he said it’s always unemployed people who tell you to quit. Well, that’s the very reason we’ve come to this place. Because there are so many Black actors and actresses who struggle to find consistent work. And I’m not suggesting that Chris Rock should have declined the hosting gig. If he weren’t there, none of our issues would have been addressed. Still, whatever decision Black actors made about attending or not attending the award show, they shouldn’t have been judged for it.

He also took a stab at Jada Pinkett Smith for her role as the catalyst in this whole boycott thing. He said Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars was like him boycotting Rihanna’s panties. He wasn’t invited. Rock, like so many Black people, seemed to suggest that the only reason Jada decided to boycott this year’s Oscars was because Will Smith wasn’t nominated. That argument makes me so tired. I personally don’t believe that was her initial motivation. But even if it were, just because an action is selfish or self-serving, it doesn’t mean that the action itself is wrong. The two are not mutually exclusive. It wasn’t just Will that wasn’t nominated, not a single Black person was. When there were roles and work that would have warranted a nomination. Like Michael B. Jordan in Creed, like Jason Mitchell in Straight Outta Compton, like the director and screenwriter Rick Famuyiwa or lead actor Shameik Moore in Dope. But there wasn’t a single one. Even if her decision to boycott started with Will, it’s bigger than him. And I honestly believe Jada recognizes that.This has been happening for far too long. And as long as both Will and Jada have been in the industry, maybe she’s tired of seeing it.

Then, while Chris Rock admits that Hollywood is racist, he also said that there were no protests in the ’60’s. I’ll just quote him here, so you can get the gist.

“You’ve got to figure that it [no Black nominations] happened in the ‘60s. And Black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time. Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer. When your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.”

There is some truth to that. But it was also very unsettling to watch White people laugh about our raped and lynched grandmothers. Furthermore, the two aren’t unrelated. If someone hates you, violates your body, views you as property, or strings you up from a tree, they damn sure aren’t going to put you in their movie. It’s all the same fight to me. At the end of the day, the economic injustice, police brutality and even the water crisis in Flint, is about poor and Black people fighting to be seen, to be heard, represented, regarded as human beings, worthy of fair and just treatment. It’s the very reason this new wave’s movement is called Black Lives Matter. Because there is so much from entertainment, to society that seems to suggest that they don’t. And while we certainly don’t need White validation, representation matters. It reasserts personhood. It proves not only that there are more than White people in the world and it illustrates that our stories have value and merit as well. And they deserve to be recognized.

Chris Rock Has A New Girlfriend: Meet Megalyn Echikunwoke

February 17th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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#ChrisRock and his new girlfriend actress Megalyn Echikunwoke. She is #Nigerian @chrisrock #megalynechikunwoke

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We’ve talked in the past about whether or not it’s a good idea to date a man who is separated from his wife (the response was something to the effect of, “terrible idea!”). But would you date a guy who is actually actively taking steps to get out of his marriage even though it’s taking longer than planned?

I ask that because Chris Rock, 50, is reportedly dating again. The young woman he’s seeing is an actress named Megalyn Echikunwoke, 32, who has been on the show Damien and Arrow, and she was on his arm as his date for Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy gala this past Sunday. But the pair have reportedly been an item since last year, as People reports that they were also by each other’s side at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC last September.

Echikunwoke has been very supportive of Rock, rocking a CB4 cap on her Instagram page, and retweeting his tweets and promotional messages as he prepares for the Oscars on February 28.

Straight outta Locash! Hope @chrisrock does something from #cb4 at the #oscars2016

A photo posted by Megalyn E.K. (@megalyn) on

Of course, Rock is still trying to finalize the details of his divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock. The pair would have been married 20 years this November, but Rock filed papers in December of 2014. More than a year later, they’re still trying to figure things out and have had some public clashes, specifically over the South African child they took in years ago.

But Echikunwoke, whom people say looks a lot like a younger version of Compton-Rock, and who is also Nigerian and White, seems very happy with her beau. After the pre-Grammy event, she even shared a photo of the flowers Rock gave her for Valentine’s Day.

 

My Valentine got me wasted on them goooood roses last night. So hungover. Hope you had a happy V Day. 💋😛

A photo posted by Megalyn E.K. (@megalyn) on

So with all that being said, I wonder what you would do in a situation like this. I asked my friend if she would entertain a relationship or even just date a guy in the midst of a divorce, and she was actually somewhat open to it.

“Depends on how far along he is in the process,” she said. “I would probably go on a date and see where his head is, but I don’t think I’d want to consistently date until it was officially over.”

And I could understand that. Said guy sounds like he’s actively trying to move on, as opposed to the kind of men who string one woman along while promising to split from their wife “soon.”

But I would have to pass. Divorce can be a long and drawn-out process, not to mention a messy one. The last thing I would want is to get pulled into the contention or the conversation at any point. Also, there is a lot of restructuring going on in a man’s life as he goes through divorce proceedings, including starting over in a new home, figuring out what money and items will be given or divided, and most importantly, there might be some very strong feelings (like love…or anger) still lingering that he might need to work on before stepping back out in the dating field.

There’s nothing wrong with giving a divorcé a chance, but I would probably wait for him to actually be that before trying going forward with anything.

That’s just me, though. Wendy Williams, on the other hand, was more strong with her opinion, a.k.a., her disapproval of Echikunwoke dating Rock while he’s trying to finalize his situation (10:30 mark). But what say you?

According To Chris Rock, The Oscars Are “The White BET Awards”

January 17th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Just earlier this week the nominees of the Oscars, presented by The Academy Awards, were announced and Hollywood and average Jane’s and Joe’s alike have been talking.

Per usual, much drama and controversy was called to annual awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry due to the lack of diversity — in this point brown and black folks– in the nomination pool. No black performers were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress for the second year in a row, PEOPLE reported. This also prompted upset Twitter users to create the hashtag  and trending topic #OscarsSoWhite. Get it?

Jada Pinkett Smith even chimed in on Twitter with her opinions on the nominations tweeting,  “At the Oscars . . . people of color are always welcomed to give out awards . . . even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” Smith wrote. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J,” she concluded.

Well, to lighten the mood, comedian and actor Chris Rock, who’ll host this year’s event, also took to Twitter and voiced his opinion and share a promo video for the awards ceremony. “The . The White BET Awards,” he captioned the post. Leave it to Rock to come through with the comedic relief.

But seriously though, we’re with Jada on this one. What are your thoughts, should people of color refrain from participating all together? The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

Leslie Jones Said She Cussed Kenan Thompson Out For His Comments About Black Comediennes

December 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Leslie Jones Said She Cussed Kenan Thompson Out For His Comments About Black Comediennes

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Two years ago, comedian Kenan Thompson had us all giving him the side eye for his comments about Black, female comediennes. In case you forgot, he said:

“Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. ‘It’s just a tough part of the business,’ Thompson says. ‘Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.’”

Later, the quote would be misconstrued and people would claim Thompson said Black women weren’t funny. You just read it, that’s not exactly what he said but perception is reality and the comment itself was icky and ill-informed for the start.

And is subsequently sparked great change in the overall makeup of the show as Lorne Michaels hosted an audition specifically for Black women. Sasheer Zamata joined the cast as a result and veteran Leslie Jones followed shortly after.

Naturally, Jones had heard of Thompson’s comments when she joined the cast. And in a recent profile with The New Yorker, she explained how she spoke to him about it once the officially met.

“Soon after the article was published, Thompson was denounced online. (In a reaction video on YouTube, a woman named Dawn Melissa said, “Seriously, get it together. Because there’s no joke funnier than the one your mom made when she had you.”) Around this time, Jones was at an L.A. comedy club called Inside Jokes, waiting to go onstage, when someone told her about Thompson’s comment. “He should come battle me,” Jones said. “Give me ten minutes and I’ll ruin his life.” That night, she had a strong set. After her closing joke, she said, “And they say we ain’t funny, huh?,” dropped the mike, and walked off to a standing ovation.

On the podcast, Jones said of Thompson’s remark, “They’re not ‘ready’? That’s bullshit. ’Cause I know I’m ready.”

LeRoi, who has worked as a producer on several comedy shows, said, “ ‘Ready’ is not just the can-you-be-on-camera part. When you say ‘ready,’ it’s, like, ‘Yeah, bitch, you might have four impersonations, but can you write a fucking sketch? Yes—can you get ten sketches turned down and write an eleventh sketch?’ ”

Jones tried to speak.

“No, no, no—keep listening,” LeRoi said.

She exhaled audibly, but let him finish mansplaining. “I have never said I would want to be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” she responded. “I don’t do impressions. I don’t know if I could write sketch. So, no, I would never put myself into that circle. Even if they asked me to come and audition, I’d really be, like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I can do that.’ But I do know women who can.” Pounding a hand on the table, she added, “There’s motherfuckin’ three bitches I can call right now, goddammit, that will fill that spot. . . . Just because you don’t know them, that don’t mean that they don’t fucking exist. That’s like saying Italy does not exist. Motherfucker, yes, it does. I’ve been there.”

When Jones met Kenan Thompson, she confronted him about his TV Guide interview. “I came at him, like, ‘I heard what you said, motherfucker.’ He said, ‘Come in, close the door, let’s talk.’ ” Thompson told me, “What I said was that the show hadn’t found the right people. That was true. And at the end of the day Leslie and Sasheer both got jobs, so I’m happy.” These days, Jones said, “Kenan is possibly my best friend on the show.”

So happy to hear that these two were able to work that out. Jones’ entire profile is quite interesting as she details her grind from Def Jam, the Black comedy club circuit, White clubs, how Chris Rock told Lorne she was “the funniest woman I know” and the techniques that make her performance so magical. Check out the full profile here.

Why Chris Rock Won’t See Little Girl Who Lived With Him And Estranged Wife

November 24th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Chris Rock files for divorce after 20 years of marriage.

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Chris Rock has reportedly not seen the seven-year-old girl who lived with him since infancy in a year, following divorce proceedings with estranged wife Malaak.

TMZ reports that back in 2008, the family took in a six-month-old child named Ntombi from South Africa, who lived in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a New Jersey school.

The site adds that the girl’s parents were from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family.

They add that when Chris, 50, and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters, 12-year-old Lola and 10-year-old Zahra, but not Ntombi.

Then, ‘South African officials opened an investigation to determine how the child went from their country to the U.S, when there was no evidence of a legal adoption.’

Chris’ spokesperson told TMZ he does not have an adopted child. And we’re not sure why this information is being revealed at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Chris and Malaak’s split was announced via a statement from both parties in December 2014. Malaak announced the split saying: ‘After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways.’

Do you think Chris Rock should be spending time with the little girl, Ntombi?

Chris Rock To Host 2016 Oscars

October 21st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well, the rumors are true. Chris Rock took to Twitter Wednesday to confirm whispers that he is set to host the 2016 Oscars. This will be the actor and comedian’s second time hosting the awards show.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” Academy Awards producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement, according to CNN. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

Rock also expressed excitement about returning to the Oscars stage.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” Rock said. “It’s great to be back.”

The actor’s first time hosting the show was back in 2005. The 88th Academy Awards is set to broadcast live on February 28 on ABC.

#MCM: 10 Eligible Bachelors We’d Like To Recruit For Cuffing Season

September 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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‘Tis the season for hookups and love. That’s right, as the weather changes, that means cuffing season is drawing near. With so many baes to choose from, why not shoot your shot in the direction of some of Black Hollywood’s most elite single men? Prepare to hop on the ‘gram and slide into those DMs as we look at famous fellas who are on the market.

What You Can Expect From “Empire” Season 2 [Watch]

June 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For some odd reason, even though Empire’s debut season concluded with Lucious Lyon’s arrest, it did not register in my mind that the following season would pick up with Lucious behind bars–even though that’s usually what follows an arrest. Perhaps I bought into his whole “I’m invincible” speech, or maybe, seeing the crooked music mogul wiggle his way out of everything, including a deadly ALS misdiagnosis, led me to believe that he would also weasel his way out of jail. However, apparently, that is not the case.

Filming for the new season began yesterday, and it picked up in the Cook County jail. In a series of Instagram clips shared by executive producer Lee Daniels, Terrence Howard and “Empire” newcomer Chris Rock can be seen sporting bright orange prison jumpsuits.

“My first day was incredible,” said Rock. “I worked with the great Terrence Howard, and the great Lee Daniels.”

1st day incredible #empireseason2 #chrisrock #terrencehoward #FOX #thankful 🙏🏾

A video posted by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on

It looks like we’ll also be getting a little eye candy this season. Lee stays clowning, so, of course, he had to take a moment to flaunt the prison baes.

Ummmm … #prisonlife? 💋 #freelucious #empireseason2 #day1 #bigdaddylostintheyard 👀

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It’s going to be really interesting to see what schemes Lucious cooks up during his time in the pen. I’m also pretty eager to see what Chris’ character has to offer. Hopefully, he becomes a permanent fixture on the show.

Locked up with Lucious on #empireseason2 #terrencehoward #chrisrock #fox #freelucious 👊🏿

A video posted by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on

#gettingready #gettingexcited #chrisrock #empire #empireseason2 #fox 👊🏿

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So, you ready for season two or nah?

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