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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.


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 👀

A photo posted by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on

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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Chris Rock’s Soon-To-Be Ex-Wife Demands Large Portion Of Comedian’s $70 Million Fortune

June 15th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s cheaper to keep her.

Last winter, Chris Rock, 50, filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, 46. Thankfully, the messy details of their split (if there are any) have not been unfolding in the headlines, but it appears that this may change shortly.

According to Page Six, Malaak recently submitted documents to the Bergen County courts, and she’s requesting a significant portion of the comedian’s $70 million fortune.

In the filing, the stay-at-home mother of two explains that she put her career in public relations on hold after the birth of their two daughters, Lola Simone, 13, and Zahra Savannah, 11. In other words, she’s going to need Chris to continue financially supporting the lifestyle that she has grown accustomed to living.

Documents state that Malaak deserves a payout “commensurate with the marital standard of living” because she’s dedicated much of her life to child rearing and charity work. As previously reported, the pair did sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot in 1996; however, it expired on their 18-year wedding anniversary.

Last month, Chris spoke to The Guardian regarding his impending divorce, admitting that the process has taken an emotional toll on him.

“I’m doing OK,” Rock told the paper. “You know, some days are better than others, some days you’re sad outta your f-cking mind. But my daughters are good, and I’m only an hour away. Two houses close by. It’s good.”

Divorce sucks.

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Lucious Lyon’s Fourth Son To Make “Empire” Debut This Fall

May 12th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“Empire” is set to return this fall and we’re happy to report that Lucious and the gang will be joined by a host of famous faces for season two.

According to Variety, Fox announced Monday in New York that Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be making guest appearances on the television series. R&B singer Ne-Yo also took to social media yesterday to confirm that he will be appearing on the series.

“We just signed Ne-Yo who’s going to be writing all new music with Timbaland,” Fox co-chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced.

In addition to all of that, Vulture is reporting that High School Musical actor Zac Efron has been cast as the fourth son of Lucious Lyon, which will certainly add a lot more drama to the mix. As you may recall, we were introduced to the troubled music mogul’s secret daughter last season. Only God knows how Miss Cookie will react to Lucious having another son considering that this means he may have been unfaithful to her during their marriage.

Season two will consist of 18 episodes split into halves by a crazy cliffhanger that will mark the midseason hiatus.

Are you ready for this?

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Paper Or Plastic? 15 Celebs Who Went From Customer Service To Hollywood

April 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.

Take Five: 15 Stars Who’ve Gone Behind The Camera

February 20th, 2015 - By Rich
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These Hollywood A-list actors took five and stepped behind the camera to produce and direct various films and TV projects. Get the scoop on what Gabrielle Union is up to, which critically acclaimed  films where directed by Chris Rock and Denzel Washington and more!

Sources: Meta Critic,  Huff Po UK. IMDB. All images courtesy of WENN.


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