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Kevin Hart is known to push the envelope in his standup routines, but in the past, he’s been very clear regarding which subjects he refuses to touch. In the August 13 issue of Rolling Stone, after being questioned about whether he feels compelled to address racism and police-involved killings in his standup, the Philadelphia native explained why these issues are among those topics that have no place in his comedic act. Check out some highlights from his interview below.
On officers walking free after murdering unarmed Black men:
“A guy in the hood with two nickel bags of weed gets five years in jail, because they say they want to make an example of him, but I haven’t seen one judge make an example out of one of these police officers that killed one of these young black men.”
On refusing to address police shootings in his comedy:
“When I see videos of children being shot dead by police, I don’t talk about it because it’s something that scares me. Because I have kids. At that point, it’s not a joking matter. There is no joking there. I would not touch it.”
On why he doesn’t acknowledge racism in his standup:
“I won’t acknowledge what I won’t let beat me. Have I experienced racism? Of course. But will I make you feel superior by saying I’ve felt trumped at times? No. I’ll beat you by succeeding. I want to show my generation that a man of color, despite the roadblocks, can still make it. There’s moments when I took to social media and said things, but it’s always been on the positive side. I gave a message to Baltimore: At the end of the day, we’re only hurting ourselves by destroying what we have. We have to go back and live there. We’re torching, firebombing, looting our stuff. We need that CVS! Be smarter than this!”
“It’s not my style of comedy. It angers me, but not onstage. Onstage, my job is to take away whatever problems are in the world, for that brief moment of time.”
Honestly, we can’t figure out why anyone would think that these racist acts of violence would have a place in comedy anyway, but we can appreciate Kevin speaking out.
Read Hart’s full interview here.
Famously known for his fast-talking wit, unmistakable high-pitched voice and raunchy comedic style, funnyman Chris Tucker was all but MIA from the movie scene for years. Save for a small role in the 2012 Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker’s absence was felt long enough to raise questions and rumors about everything from the state of his mental health to his supposedly born-again religious beliefs and his reported multi-million dollar tax woes. But thanks to Netflix, which recently debuted Chris Tucker Live, an hour and a half stand-up special several years in the making, Tucker is officially back.
I, for one, congratulated Tucker in my head for doing something other than Friday or Rush Hour, arguably his most famous (and reprised) roles. But stand-up is a unique and brutal beast all its own. In the past, the comedy arena seemed to only have room for one “it” man (or woman, for that matter) at a time. Right now, it’s Kevin Hart’s world, and we’re just living in it. So, the question on everybody’s mind is can Tucker hold his own with today’s top comedians? More importantly, does he still have it?
Offering a glimpse into his personal life and briefly poking fun at some of the aforementioned issues behind his disappearing act, Tucker’s Live is equal parts grown man suite and opus to the dictum, mo’ money, mo’ problems. Single and admittedly looking for love, the comedian opens with jokes about his problems with modern dating, like the younger woman who took to tweeting while in the throes of passion. He touches on the extreme differences in relationships when dating vs. being married. According to him, women seemingly turn from angelic and eager to please to demonic, opting for a hands-off, don’t ask me for sh*t, you’re on your own type of approach. He also joked about his desire to find a woman who can fill out a 1099 form and keep him from going back to Wesley Snipes for tax assistance.
Despite his take on relationships, an issue that most everyone can relate to, from the jump I felt like I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. “Where’s the funny?” I kept asking myself. I was literally waiting to laugh. For me, that didn’t happen until he brought up Michael Jackson. Tucker befriended the late King of Pop and even made a cameo appearance in his “You Rock My World” music video. Tucker gives a hilarious, spot-on impression. Soft voice, intonation, dance moves and all, he lets us in on how Jackson loved hip-hop, particularly 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and his penchant for mimicking Rick Ross’ quintessential grunt. Tucker even took us on a tour of Neverland; marveled at Jackson’s nonchalance over a lion that got loose and the giraffes that casually walked around the property like it wasn’t no thang.
“Michael, was that two giraffes that just walked by the window?”
“It was three. It was three, Chris.”
But the stand-up special really came to life when Tucker talked about his childhood. The youngest of six children, he was no stranger to whoopings at the hand of his father and reenacted the time when he and his brother were told to strip and wait for a beating on the couch. Tucker was frantic (and confused), and his brother told him to stay strong. Then his brother burst into tears the second his father got to whooping, which sent Tucker into a fit of laughter, despite not being spared the rod. Even funnier was Tucker’s reenactment of the time his card-playing father accused a roach on the wall of helping people cheat and peep his hand.
Tucker’s impressions of his no-nonsense mother were equally entertaining. He reenacted the time when he accidentally ate her breakfast while en route to church, a definite no-no. He also shared the audacity he had to talk back to her (from a distance) when they were in church, the one place where she couldn’t step away to set him straight. His parents’ completely opposite approaches to parenting give us a look at what it was like growing up Tucker.
Though the stand-up special definitely lagged in places with jokes that went on for too long or that simply lacked juice (like his over-the-top telling of his welcome to Africa, which he kept referring to as if it were a state, not a continent), where Tucker succeeds most is when he’s honest about where he’s been and where he comes from. Though he might not have answered all the questions about his time away and certainly would have benefitted from delving deeper into personal, more relatable stories that had less to do with fame and money (though intriguing and amusing) and more to do with everyday living and occurrences, he still held his own. This was no therapy session, but a reintroduction to the public at large in the arena where Tucker first cut his teeth. Tucker will undoubtedly be compared to contemporary comedians like Hart, but with this special and a role in a soon-to-be-released film, he is proving that there’s still room for Chris Tucker yet.
The Café Mocha crew was at the Essence Music Festival, doing its thing. And so was Kevin Hart. Café Mocha spoke with the superstar comedian during its time in New Orleans.
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If I had to guess, I would have assumed that Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish were gearing up for a huge, elaborate wedding ceremony with a star-studded guest list of approximately 200 attendees. But apparently, I don’t know everything. In a recent interview with E! News, the Get Hard actor revealed that he and his wife-to-be are actually aiming for a smaller, more intimate shindig.
“Small, small and small definitely,” he said. “It’s definitely about us not making a big masquerade. It’s not my style or cup of tea. It will be something special, just a day to be remembered just for us!”
With the exception of the party size, the comedian says that he doesn’t know much else about the upcoming ceremony. He left the planning up to his fiancée.
“My wedding is coming up soon. I don’t like to talk about it cause I don’t know details,” he admitted. “What I do say is, ‘Honey, you have an amount. Don’t go above the amount. Come to me when it’s time to sign the check. It’s your day to be happy.'”
“That’s what I have learned. You throw your hands up!”
Hart proposed to his longtime girlfriend nearly a year ago at her 30th birthday party. The couple has not disclosed their official wedding date.
This promises to be a big year for Black autobiographies. With Issa Rae’s book of short essays in stores everywhere, Amber Rose preparing her scandalous tell-all, and the announcements of memoirs coming from Shonda Rhimes and Gabourey Sidibe, we are hype. But we would be even more excited if the following stars shared their stories. Here are 15 celebs who need to write tell-all books!
It’s been nearly a year since Kevin Hart proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Eniko Parrish, but apparently folks are still not happy about their relationship or their engagement. Earlier this week, the soon-to-be wife of the comedian shared a photo on Instagram of the two of them walking hand in hand.
“He’s my best friend, he’s my best friend,” she captioned the image.
While many left positive comments underneath the image, others questioned her loyalty to the Get Hard actor and made gold digger accusations.
“I truly believe she doesn’t love him like his wife did, and I believe if he didn’t have any money she wouldn’t look twice to think about being with him and that’s my opinion,” one commenter wrote.
“Would he still be a best friend if you was broke,” questioned another.
Eniko never responded to her critics, but Kevin decided to jump in the comments to defend his rib.
“Message to all of the angry women that leave negative comments on her page….Your life must truly suck if someone else’s happiness bothers you. The question that all of you negative unhappy put your page on private b-tches should all ask yourselves is while you’re wrecking your brain worrying about us…ARE WE WORRYING ABOUT YOU????? The answer is not even a little bit. Now have a blessed negative thinking day….P.S. I love chicken nuggets…ok I’m done.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Kevin has defended Eniko against critics, but it has been a while since the last incident. On one hand, I imagine that it’s probably frustrating to have people constantly unloading their opinions and negativity on your social media pages. On the other, it seems that responding to this type of criticism will only motivate some of these individuals to continue leaving comments of that nature.
Do you think Kevin should’ve responded to these commenters?
Our beloved Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America aren’t doing so hot financially. The demise of St. Paul’s College in 2013, a 125-year-old HBCU institution, served as a wake up call for the future of other Black academies. Who’s next? Well, according to Inside Philanthropy, Cheyney University — the oldest HBCU in the nation — is on the chopping block.
Many HBCUs are going through a financial hurricane: falling enrollment numbers, cuts in higher education funding, and a dearth of wealthy donor bases.
In 2013, Howard, Spelman, Hampton, Meharry Medical College, and Florida A&M all had a combined endowment of $1.3 billion. That may seem sufficient, but compare this number to the big guys, such as Harvard. The Ivy League collects an endowment of $30 billion.
In efforts to prevent an HBCU from becoming another St. Paul’s College, donors around the country have given scholarship packages to keep our Black academies afloat. Who are they? Here are some recent benefactors of our beloved HBCUs.
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.
Kevin Hart is no stranger to giving back.
In his latest act of kindness, the comedian gifted high school students from Philly with a $50,000 scholarship. Hart partnered up with the United Negro College Fund to give scholarships to four high school seniors.
In the video, Kevin stated, “this is me stepping up to the plate and saying what you’re doing is dope. You’re dope. You’ve got the opportunity to be the dopest of all dopetivity.”
The students received the award based on their GPAS and their need for financial aid.
“My money went to a much much more useful cause I guess you would say than what I would have been doing with it at a strip club,” Kevin joked.
We love seeing celebrities give back. We’re sure those scholarships will help them tremendously.
Recently is was reported that Kevin Hart bought his ex-wife a new Cadillac Escalade for her birthday. My first thought was, “Oh, how nice of him” – especially given that they definitely had a contentious relationship at one point due to rumors of infidelity surrounding their divorce. It was nice to hear that these two were putting their issues behind them and co-parenting and co-existing amicably.
But of course I was curious to read the comments on blogs that reported this story. While most responses to the news were positive, many women said that if their man bought a lavish gift like that for an ex – whether that ex was his ex-wife, baby mama or simply an ex turned best friend – they’d have a problem with it. After all, Kevin Hart has a fiancée, and everyone wondered if Eniko Parrish approved of her soon to be husband buying gifts for his ex-wife.
And that’s a good question. Now I understand that Kevin Hart and his ex share children, so many argued that the vehicle was given to her to ensure that her children would have a way to get around in style. And I agree that he should help in any way he can to make sure his children are comfortable. However, others argued that she receives upwards of $20k a month in child support, so she should be able to buy her own car.
Whatever the details of their agreement, it’s very easy to speculate on the lives of celebrity couples and exes. But for us everyday folk, the thought of our significant other giving his or her ex a stick of gum would get us in an uproar. I had to ask myself how I’d feel if my husband bought his ex-wife a gift, and my answer was simply this – what is the gift and why is he giving it to her?
I am my husband’s second wife and he shares children with his ex. Luckily, he’s cordial with his ex, as am I, and he’s actually gotten her gifts after we got together. But those gifts were given to her from “the kids.” Sure, she knew that he bought them, but it was the thought behind it that counted. Each time he decided to get her a gift, he asked me how I felt about it and even asked me for suggestions as to what would be appropriate. None of the gifts came from him, but from all of “us.” And none of the gifts were something that she could misinterpret as “something more” that could give the wrong impression. I’d pick out a nice pashmina and call it day…and all was well.
But if my man bought his ex a car or any other lavish gift, it would give me pause. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even have to be expensive in order for me to give him the side-eye. Anything that could be considered personal should not be something you give an ex – perfume, lingerie, clothing, or anything that reminds you and your ex of the time you spent together. It’s okay to be cordial with your ex, and if you share children then it’s encouraged. But at the same time, sharing children doesn’t mean you can cross the line into a familiar, personal space that borders on being inappropriate. If you both are single, then you may think it’s no big deal because you’re not disrespecting anyone. But at the same time, your ex is an ex for a reason, and there is no reason to exchange personal gifts if your goal is to move on.
My take on it is pretty simple. If you and your ex share children, you can buy the ex a gift from the kids, and nothing that the ex can read into as being more than a kind gesture. After the kids become a certain age, then give them a little extra allowance and encourage them to buy their mother their own gifts. And if you, your ex, or both of you have moved on to new relationships – especially marriage – then there is no reason for either of you to exchange gifts unless they’re from the children. And if you must, then the gift should go to the ex AND her partner. No personal, individual gifts.
I can’t say whether Kevin Hart should have given his ex-wife a car or not. No one knows the nature of their relationship, nor do they know if Eniko had a problem with it. If I had to guess, I’d say she doesn’t take issue with Kevin treating his children’s mother to something that ultimately benefits the kids. Call it maturity and security, but it’s probably not that deep in their world. But what I will say is that if the children witnessed their father’s generosity towards their mother, then this is a positive gesture that transcends pettiness. But if your man and his ex don’t share children, then only you can decide if your man’s “generosity” is something you can deal with.