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Mike Epps On Uncle Julius’s Death On Survivor’s Remorse: I Asked For A Raise And Was Killed Off

January 11th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Epps is moving on to “Uncle Buck.” Photo courtesy of ABC

Starz has had a lot of success lately with their original programming. Flesh and Bone is a critically-acclaimed show, Power boasts some of the network’s best ratings, and there is quite a following for the show, Survivor’s Remorse, which is produced by LeBron James. The performances on the latter are what seem to keep viewers tuned in, including Mike Epps’s work as Uncle Julius on the show.

But if you saw the Season 2 finale in October, you know that his character was involved in a pretty terrible car crash and was thrown from the vehicle. His last words were, “I wish I believed in God.” Fans weren’t sure what all that meant for the character, but it didn’t look good.

Well, Uncle Julius is dead, ya’ll. Dead, dead, dead. And it’s not simply because such a twist and turn in the storyline (killing perhaps the glue of the show) would leave fans shocked and wondering what would happen in Season 3. It’s also because Epps claims that he wanted more money to stay on the Starz program, but those behind it weren’t willing to pay up. With no raise, Epps wasn’t willing to stay with the show. Therefore, his character was killed off.

“I asked for some more money and they killed me,” Epps said at the Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena on Saturday, according to The Wrap. “That’s usually what happens on TV shows. If you remember Good Times, that’s what happened.”

That’s not exactly what happened on Good Times. Esther Rolle and John Amos both took issue with the creative direction of the show. Rolle left after Season 4 and Amos’s contract wasn’t renewed after Season 3 because of his creative conflicts with Norman Lear. But I digress.

Despite his sad departure from Survivor’s Remorse, Epps isn’t shedding tears about moving on. He’s ready to stand front and center.

“[On] ‘Survivor’s Remorse, I was like 24th lead.”

So Epps is off to be the lead and play another important uncle, this time on his upcoming ABC comedy, Uncle Buck. That is, of course, why he was speaking at the TCA panel in the first place. He will star alongside Nia Long and James Lesure in the Will Packer-produced series. But will you watch? In case you missed the trailer, check it out below:

 

Will you stand by Survivor’s Remorse without Epps?

Why Are Folks Mad About Nia Long Saying #AllLivesMatter?

September 11th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Honestly, I don’t understand what Nia Long did wrong by using the #AllLivesMatter hashtag.

If you haven’t heard, everybody’s favorite Black movie love interest recently posted a picture of herself on Instagram. In the selfie, Long is wearing an Innocence Project t-shirt, which features the names and years of those who found themselves wrongfully convicted. The caption for the post reads:

“Now is the time for criminal justice! Join me in helping @innocence fight wrongful convictions. #AllLivesMatter #reform http://bit.ly/1HGCZUP

The message certainly appears harmless and thoughtful enough. Long even included a link back to the Innocence Project’s fundraising campaign, which helps support the group’s efforts to free people who have been wrongfully incarcerated.

Yet, that is not how some of her fans saw it. Instead, many fans have taken to her page to express their outrage over her usage of the #ALLLivesMatter hashtag. And some folks have even accused her of being selling out.

More specifically one fan wrote:

whereintheworldismsfabulosity: How do you not understand why this is wrong?? If all lives mattered we wouldn’t need to scream about #BlackLives. You’ve been in the game too long to have to pander like this. #BlackLivesMatter is the only chant that matters until it’s not needed anymore. Maybe you need to look around at the world. Do you tell your little brown sons that #AllLivesMatter, too?? I wonder how much they’ll believe you when the police have one of them pinned to the ground (OR WORSE) for jaywalking. Shame on you, @iamnialong. Shame.”

And another fan wrote:

bokoesen: It’s appropriate u wore black in this photo cus u just caused ur own funeral boo. All lives matter is bullshit cus if they did there wouldn’t be a need for #BlackLivesMatter. Guess u forgot that sitting in ur ivory tower.”

And my personal favorite, one fan even said:

notayesfan: Minister Louis Farrakhan need to have a talk with this coon. Black folks shouldn’t support her a$$. #BlackLivesMatter @iamnialong GET IT TOGETHER.

Until Long comes out and explains why she decided to use the hashtag, we can only speculate about the true intent behind her message. But until then, I honestly feel like folks should give her the benefit of the doubt.

And yes, I get that #AllLivesMatter is an attempt by mostly White folks to mock and downplay the urgency of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and hashtag. But I also get context too. And I don’t see how using the hashtag to highlight a campaign, which largely helps Black men, is a proof that Long is not only a sell-out, but that her message was meant to counteract the Black Lives Matter movement.

If anything, it reads like a sly attempt at mocking as well as co-opting the #AllLivesMatter hashtag itself. After all if #AllLivesMatter that should include the lives of those who have been brutalized by the police, as well as those lives who have been falsely imprisoned. And yet #AllLivesMatter continue to be silent about those lives…

If anything Long should be applauded for using her platform to raise awareness for such a noble and under-supported cause. Instead folks are in their feelings about a hashtag and calling her a coon. And this is why we can’t have nice movements.

WCW: 15 Flirty Nia Long Looks

June 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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Nia Long like her gaggle of gorgeous and famous friends (Sanaa, Taraji and Gabrielle) is our BFF in our head. This haute mama has been holding it down on the screen for almost two decades! We’re not only excited about her upcoming nuptials to long time beau Ime Udoka but we can’t wait to see what she brings to her upcoming role with Key & Peele in Keanu.

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WCW: 15 Flirty Nia Long Looks

Nia Long Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend Ime Udoka

May 26th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After a few days of speculation, it has been confirmed that Nia Long is engaged to longtime boyfriend Ime Udoka. The rumors began swirling this weekend after Nia was spotted in California rocking a noticeably large diamond ring.

Although the couple has not spoken about their engagement yet, a rep for Long confirmed the engagement to E! News earlier today. The Love Jones actress shares one son, 3-year-old Kez Udoka, with the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach. Long is also mother to 14-year-old Massai Dorsey II, who appeared alongside his famous mom in 2014 Tyler Perry film, The Single Moms Club.

Long and Udoka have been the target of speculation and breakup rumors for years. Throughout their courtship, especially after the birth of Kez, Long was frequently met with questions about when she and Udoka would tie the knot.

“I don’t know [if we’ll be getting married anytime soon],” the actress said in 2013. “You know, he’s assistant coaching for the Spurs, so we spend a lot of time going back and forth to San Antonio. It’s tough. It’s hard. It’s a challenge. But we are committed to one another and our babies. You know, you just do what you gotta do. It was a great opportunity for him, coming from being a player. It was like the perfect way to parlay into his coaching career and so I have to support that.”

It looks like they were able to find a way to balance it all. We’re confident that Miss Nia is going to make a beautiful bride.

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[Watch] First Look At Nia Long & Mike Epps In ABC’s “Uncle Buck”

May 13th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last week, we told you that an “Uncle Buck” reboot starring Nia Long and Mike Epps is heading to ABC this fall. The network has since dropped a trailer to promote the forthcoming series. In case you missed our previous report on the series, check out ABC’s brief synopsis below.

Based on the hit movie of the same name, the new comedy Uncle Buck is coming to ABC. Mike Epps is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.

Judging by the trailer, the show has a bit of a “Blackish” feel to it. Hopefully, it does well with viewers. Mike Epps on primetime television definitely isn’t a bad thing.

Take a sneak peek at the new series below. Will you be tuning in?

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ABC Orders “Uncle Buck” Reboot Starring Nia Long And Mike Epps

May 8th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Mike Epps and Nia Long will be heading to the small screen in an upcoming television adaptation of 1980s film, Uncle Buck, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The pilot was recently picked up by ABC. Epps has been cast to play Uncle Buck, who is described as a less-than-responsible middle-aged man who is out of work and scores a job looking after his brother’s children.

Long will be playing the role of Buck’s sister-in-law Cindy Russell while James Lesure has been cast as Buck’s brother and Cindy’s husband.

Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi and Aalyrah Caldwell also star in the series produced by Will Packer. Of course, this isn’t the first time producers have taken a stab at an on-screen adaptation of the late 80s classic. In 1990, CBS aired a sitcom based on the comedy, but it was cancelled before the season ended.

Of course, reboots are commonly associated with drama—especially when they don’t include talent from the original project. According to Deadline, the families of both John Candy and John Hughes have complained about ABC turning the movie into a sitcom. Their statement reads:

Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project’s potential via the media.

The families feel a strong attachment to the original film which symbolized the great and unique collaboration between Hughes and Candy. Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he would not be supportive of this current attempt.

Apparently, ABC is moving forward with the reboot anyway. Scheduling details have yet to be announced.

Do you think you’ll be checking this out when it airs?

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Is It Okay To Crush On Someone Who ISN’T Your Man?

April 19th, 2015 - By Brooke Dean
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My husband is not one to watch reality TV. Wait, let me clarify. He is not one to watch MY reality TV shows – Love & Hip Hop, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and basically any reality show that features “ratchet broads fighting each other pulling weaves and throwing drinks.” His words, not mine…although he’s not too far off in his assessment. Though, they are my guilty pleasures, he rarely indulges with me…until one day he caught a glimpse of Hollywood Exes. Suddenly he was sitting down with me watching the show intently. I think I even caught him searching the DVR for an episode he missed.

While that show was watchable, it lacked the explosive antics that garner huge ratings other shows featuring mostly women have commanded. So why the interest in THIS particular reality show? Two words: Nicole Murphy. It suddenly hit me – my husband had a new crush.

I say new because he’s had several that I’ve known of over the course of our relationship. Jill Scott, Nia Long, Beyoncé, Rihanna…the list goes on. I actually think it’s cute how he tries to downplay his crushes to me, or say things like, “(insert celebrity here) is hot like you are” or something along those lines. While I appreciate the compliment and know that he thinks I’m beautiful, I know what he’s really trying to do is reveal his celebrity crush to me in a way that is non-threatening and respectful. And I appreciate that.

However, let’s be real for a second. The chances of him actually meeting his celebrity crushes are slim. And the chances of them actually giving him the time of day if he DOES meet them is even slimmer. Don’t get me wrong, my husband is charismatic, charming and FINE! But his fantasies are less likely to become realities, so I simply smile when one of his crushes pops up on the big screen or one of their songs plays on the radio. It’s just not that deep to me.

But what if your man had a crush on a co-worker, or the woman who makes his latte at Starbucks every day? Would it still be a big deal? Would you want to know, and if so, would you consider it disrespectful to have a crush on someone he actually has a shot at?

Just because we’re married or in a committed relationship doesn’t mean we can’t notice and appreciate an attractive person who isn’t our mate. While I only have eyes for my husband, I’m not blind and can see that Idris Elba could certainly get it – if I wasn’t married of course. But that’s Idris Elba…not the FedEx guy who delivers packages in my neighborhood. If I told my husband I was crushing on Idris, he wouldn’t care. In fact, he’d probably think I liked Idris because they favor each other. Yes, he’s that vain.

But if I told him I had a crush on the UPS guy, he’d suddenly be paying attention to my online shopping habits and tracking how many packages I had delivered from the Gap. Now, my crush isn’t so silly anymore when it’s a guy he thinks I could snag in real life, not just a fantasy celebrity crush.

So where do we draw the line? I think it depends on the intensity of the crush and the state of your marriage. If your crush is someone you see on the subway or at the gym but you’re still madly in love with your husband or your partner, then the crush could be considered innocent. But if your crush is your coworker whom you spend 8 hours a day with and your marriage is on the rocks, then I’d say your crush could become your mistress or your side piece if you’re not too careful…assuming they reciprocate your affections.

For me, the ideal crush situation would be with someone you either have no chance with, ie: a celebrity, or someone you wouldn’t be afraid to tell your significant other about. It assumes that you realize that while he or she may be fun to look at and even flirt with, you know that the fantasy of him or her is way more appealing than the reality of them…and that the reality of your REAL life crush – your husband or your man – is all you really need. Sure, crushes are fun and can distract you from the mundane for a bit; but if you find that your crush is occupying your mind way more than your man is, something is wrong. No one should take the place of the one you’re in an actual relationship with. Your ultimate crush should the one you go to bed with and the one you wake up to…and who you watch Hollywood Exes with.

Mommy and Me: Nia Long’s Super Cute Family Moments

March 25th, 2015 - By Rich
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Actress Nia Long—who is a mother to two sons, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II and Kez Sunday Udoka—has always been one of our favorite actresses and celebrity mothers. The 44-year-old has enjoyed much success in the business for the last 25 years. It was recently announced that the Single Moms Club star will have a role in a Will Packer-produced adaptation of the 1989 film Uncle Buck for ABC. Yay Nia!

Working aside, Long loves spending time with her family (including boyfriend Ime Udoka.) She recently spoke with ESSENCE about motherhood:

“I’m not that movie-star mom who’s got a private chef, a nanny and a driver,” she tells ESSENCE. “My life is getting up and doing a bunch of things and then trying to get my s–t together after everybody is taken care of.”

That’s what we’re talking about! Click continue and take a look at some of Long’s most adorable family moments courtesy of Instagram! Her kids are so cute!

Mommy and Me: Nia Long’s Super Cute Family Moments

Hot Hair Or Hot Mess? Nia Long And Gabrielle Union Rock Cornrows

January 28th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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I think a summer style prediction for cornrows might be in order after seeing two Black beauties on their Pippy Long Stocking steeze on Instagram. Two days ago, Nia Long posted a photo of her rocking two straight back braids, which she called #MyNewestOldObsesion and just this morning Gabrielle Union uploaded a similar pic taking it way back with the same style, feeling #PippiLongstockingIsh.

Though braids are nothing new, I’d say it might be more than a coincidence that both of these gorgeous woman pulled out this throwback style in the same week, which leads me to believe we’re going to see a lot more of this look as the days go by. But is that a good or a bad thing?

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Meet Their Kids: Nia Long

January 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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Nia Long is best known for her roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Too Deep, Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Soul Food, Love Jones, and Best Man. Long has two sons, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II from a previous relationship and Kez Sunday Udoka with her partner Ime Sunday Udoka, a former professional basketball player. Nia Long is definitely a super woman. Check out what the loving mom and busy actress had to say about motherhood.

In an interview with MadameNoire she talked about motherhood:

“Put the child first,” Nia calmly advised. “The child always, always comes first. And agree to disagree on certain things. If you set an example, your child will understand the value in every relationship. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a marriage or someone you spend the rest of your life with.”

“I know one thing that my boy Massai will be able to say is, ‘Yeah, my mom and dad may have had their differences, but they liked each other.’ He may not be able to articulate that at this time, but I believe when he is an adult, he will say, ‘Yeah, they had their moments, but they were cool.’ His dad comes over to dinner. He’s still a part of my family. It may not be traditional, I may not have had seven marriages [like Elizabeth Taylor], but you have to do what works. Not what other people think works for you. Just be liberated. What are we tied down to? We tie ourselves down.”

Meet Their Kids: Nia Long