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Exclusive: Richard Pryor’s Widow, Jennifer, Speaks On Upcoming Biopic, And Why They Chose Mike Epps Over Nick Cannon

February 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This week, I had the chance to chat with Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, about the documentary on the late comedian’s life, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, which premiered on Showtime in 2013, and was finally made available on Feb. 3 (purchase here). And while I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the film, I learned even more in my conversation with Jennifer: from where that biopic on Richard’s life stands, to her issues with his children, and how they met, she had a lot to say and share. Check out our chat:

Why People Should See Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

I think that there’s a lot in there that heretofore, hasn’t been revealed. Interesting information about the fire was revealed, although, there was even more to be revealed about it because I was there right before it happened. But I just think there are interesting pieces in there that we haven’t seen before. There’s been a lot written about Richard, and documentaries here and there. But mostly it’s been, eh, “E! True Hollywood Story” stuff, which I think is very superficial. I just think this is a lot more in-depth.

The Tea On The New Biopic With Oprah, Mike Epps and…Kate Hudson?

Oprah may be put on as a figurehead producer, but I’m actually hands-on producer with Bruce Cohen and Harvey Weinstein. And Oprah is going to play the grandmother. Mike Epps is going to play Richard, and Kate Hudson is going to play me. But we gotta shoot it first! The script is still being written and we have to approve it. Lee [Daniels] is finishing the script, and I’m working closely with him on that. We’ll get that script done and we’ll start shooting. We’re supposed to start in March in New York, and depending on the shooting schedule, this should be out by next Christmas. We finally have the right combination of people. It took many, many years to get this right, but I feel we have finally gotten it right and I couldn’t be more proud.

Why Mike Epps Beat Out Nick Cannon And Marlon Wayans For The Role

I think Mike has a rawness about him that is very similar to Richard’s rawness. You know what I mean? Nick is a delightful person, I think he’s a very nice guy and I think the same of Marlon, but I don’t feel their rawness. That’s not an insult, it’s just a fact. Some people look kind of shattered when they walk into a room and Mike’s got that vulnerability and you can identify that. Marlon doesn’t have that, nor does Nick. They’re both very talented and their both very likable, they’re both great guys and they’ll obviously be in the business for a very long time, but…it’s just different. When you’re going to play Richard, who’s a very raw person, you have to be able to embody that and identify with that, and Mike can do both.

If She Believes That Comedians Are The Saddest People

It’s true. I was married to Richard twice. We were married back in the day, and when I came back to take care of him, we remarried. Not to say he wasn’t fun to be with, because we had a lot of wonderful, funny and fun times together, but yet, there was a darkness that he would display in private that could be very disturbing and very sad to witness. Very tragic. He did come from a dark place. And the family was interesting because they provided Richard with that material in a great way. The fact that he could turn that pain into magic, into comedy, to me, was some sort of alchemy. It was some sort of wonder. It was absolutely amazing to me that he could do that, and amazing to everyone else. That’s what was Richard’s profound effect in the world of comedy, as well as, just in his work in general. How could he do that? Making a joke about his father punching him in the chest. That’s a sad story, but he did it. He took all that pain and heartbreak and just flipped the switch.

Her Issues With Richard’s Grown Children

Well, I have to tell you that Richard Jr. surprised me because we were on good terms. I was actually supporting him while the kid’s trust was in litigation because Elizabeth [Pryor] sued me. And while it was in litigation I helped him and basically carried him until it was settled and I won. They kept going to court but they kept losing. It was very sad because I kept offering olive branches and they kept swatting them, so it was like, “Okay, well, I tried.” So it was really surprising and hurtful with Richard Jr. I’m not currently speaking to Richard Jr., nor Rain, nor Elizabeth, but I do get along with Kelsey and Steven, the younger ones, and I’m very grateful for that. I share a very warm, loving relationship with them.

How They Met

I worked for Richard first. A friend of mine was working for him and was his right-hand sort-of assistant, and was dating him at the same time. I was an actress/model/songwriter and I needed work and she said, “Well, you can come be my assistant.” I went out and I worked for him for six months. He got married to someone else in the meantime, and he shot [his estranged wife’s] car and all this other madness went down. I didn’t care, I just did my work. But when I met him, I fell in love with him. I just adored him. After all that drama went away, we started dating in December 1977.

Why They Split The First Time

We got married and the fire happened, and obviously there was a lot going on. It was really difficult. Richard had to come to terms with the fact that he attempted suicide, and I think there was a lot of unresolved issues that he had to tangle with. Being married at the same time kind of overwhelmed him. We were starting to argue a lot and it was not good. I moved back to New York and I divorced him, but never stopped loving him. And throughout all of the ’80s and ’90s, we were always back and forth and in touch. I loved him forever.

How They Ended Up Back Together

In ’94, he was in New York and I went to visit him and it was a grim scene: he was drinking and doing drugs. It was very ugly, and there were lots of hangers-on. Ugh. And he said, “You know, I need help.” So I decided to move back and help him and take care of him, which I did for 11 years. He lived his life in dignity and I’m very proud of that period of time, and then he passed obviously. Now I’m carrying on his legacy, which I’m also very proud and happy to do.

On Richard Using “White Honkey Bitch” As Pet Name For Her

He did it on stage in Live on the Sunset Strip. He said, ‘Yeah, my wife thinks her name is white honkey bitch.’ You can hear it in an audio, it’s not actually in the film. But yeah, he would occasionally call me white honkey bitch. And I would say, “Richard, I can’t use the N-word, why can you get away with that?” [laughs] Of course he would say, “Figure it out! I’ll call you what I want to call you.” But it was always done with love. It wasn’t said to put me down.

Why She Thinks He’s The Best Stand-Up Comedian To Do It

Back in the day, he was the man to chase. Even Robin [Williams] chased him in terms of comedy. Robin had an amazing film career but really chased Pryor. Everyone chased him. And now, today, everyone knows it’s written in stone: He’s the king of comedy. He’s the one to try to aspire to even, not beat, because you’re never going to beat Pryor. Again, I think it’s his ability to turn all that pain into comedy. All those stories that if you were maybe sitting over a dinner table talking about, “I grew up in a whorehouse,” people would drop their china, but talking about where he came from and the reality and truth of his life, and turning that into a place where it was okay to laugh–it was genius. He didn’t want to just tell jokes, he finally found his voice. That’s what his voice was, his stories. His truth. That’s what makes him such a genius: His ability to tell the truth and rip the covers off of himself, white people and black people, and humanity in general.

 

Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Sued By Ex-Nanny

January 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s legal struggles just keep piling up. In addition to their impending divorce and Mimi being sued by a former employee, the estranged couple is also facing a lawsuit from their ex-nanny.

According to TMZ, Simonette DaCosta, who says that she worked as a full-time nanny for the Cannons, is alleging that she was terminated for showing their twins Moroccan and Monroe too much affection. In the suit, DaCosta explains that she cared for the children when they were infants by feeding, bathing and comforting them; however, Mimi became upset over how close she was with the children.

As time went on, the plaintiff alleges that Mariah began berating her for showing the children too much love. Prior to being fired, DaCosta says that she put in plenty of overtime, adding that she sometimes worked 100-hour weeks. As a result, she’s requesting both damages and back pay. Interestingly, Mariah’s former assistant, who is also suing her, makes similar complaints in her lawsuit. Ysler Oliver alleged in her 2014 lawsuit that she frequently worked 16-hour days, but never received a dime in overtime pay.

Neither Mariah nor Nick has publicly acknowledged the suit.

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Amber Rose Sets The Record Straight on Relationship With Nick Cannon

January 25th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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She knows exactly what she’s doing.  Amber Rose is getting her 2015 started off with a bang after recently setting the internet on fire posting pics of her scantily clad post-baby body. She recently caused another uproar after posting two curvaceous bodies on her Instagram: matching Ferraris belonging to her and her NCredible manager, Nick Cannon.

The posts of course re-ignited rumors that the two are an item which Amber decided to quickly squash:

“Shout out to my Amazing Manager @nickcannon!  I know the world wants us to be together sooo badly (Sarcasm) but it’s just not our relationship.  Every time I post a pic of me and this Man yall start reaching…We are friends and business partners nothing more. We have beautiful children and ppl we still love very much no matter what. I don’t know how many times I need to say this but this will be my last time.  WE ARE JUST FRIENDS!!!! OK [expletive]? I usually don’t even comment on dumb made up stories but ur gonna see a lot of us together cuz we’re getting this Shmoney….Cuz he’s my manager! Duh.  So fall the [expletive] back and chill the [expletive] out- Muva [kissy emoji].”

You’ve got to love how Amber handles all this shade with such class. And she clearly doesn’t want Mariah to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee on her behind, making it abundantly clear that they both still love their exes.

It seems that this business collaboration seems to be working well for the both of them. In addition to clothing line, “Rose and Ono”, Rose also stars in the 2014 film School Dance directed by Cannon.

Inside The Prenup: Mariah Carey To Pay $500K If She Discusses Their Marriage

January 17th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Yesterday, we reported Nick Cannon officially filed for divorce from Mariah Carey.

Now, new details surrounding their prenup are surfacing. According to TMZ, if either one of them disclose the details of their marriage, they will have to pay a hefty bill. If Mariah shares the details of their marriage, she will have to pay Nick $500,000! As for Nick, he will have to pay $200,000.

Why the big price difference? Well according to the mean streets of TMZ, Mariah came into the marriage worth more than $150 million (Can we borrow a Dollar MiMi?) and Nick came in with only $500,000.

The reports are also claiming Nick took out a $470K loan to pay off Mimi’s ring. It was not worth the $2.5 Million we thought.

The two have already figured out a property settlement.

 

Nick Cannon Quietly Files For Divorce

January 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the summer, many of us were shocked to hear whispers about the separation between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. But what started out as a rumor was soon proven to be factual when the actor had his infamous “Mariah” tattoo covered. After months of wondering whether or not the estranged couple would find a way to work through their differences, we’re sad to report that Nick Cannon has formally filed for divorce.

According to TMZ, the papers were filed on December 12. It’s unclear whether or not Mariah has responded to his filing yet, but according to some who claim to have knowledge of the split; the two have been hammering out the details of the divorce with their lawyers for quite some time now.

It’s also interesting to note that just a few weeks ago, Nick lashed out over reports that he’s in the process of recording an entire diss album dedicated to his ex-wife.

“I will never say anything negative about Mariah Carey,’ he tweeted. ‘We are forever a family rooted in love.”

And while Nick has been doing most of the talking, Mariah hasn’t publicly uttered a word about the split. We were hoping that they would be able to find a way to work things out, but hopefully this divorce will mean a fresh start for the both of them.

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“#ChokeYourself:” Nick Cannon Slams Reports That He’s Working On A Mariah Diss Album

December 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Speaking of divorce, Nick Cannon is pretty upset about some wild rumors floating around pertaining to he and his estranged wife, Mariah Carey.

Apparently, rumors about Nick putting together a diss album (Yes, I know how foolish that sounds) about Mariah have been circulating. On Twitter last night, the actor/rapper angrily addressed the whispers.

The rumors first began circulating after “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” star Mally Mall spoke to TMZ and said that he was working with Nick on the album.

“He’s talking about Mariah on the records,” said Mally. “There’s going to be a lot of controversy.”

Well then….

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Nick Cannon Says That He’s Not Ready To Date

December 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nick Cannon dating rumors have been swirling ever since it was first confirmed that he and wife, Mariah Carey, would be ending their six-year marriage. The rumor mill has linked him to both Amber Rose, who is also currently going through a divorce, and “Wild N’ Out” model Brittany Dailey. However, the father of two insists that he’s nowhere near ready to begin dating again.

“I’m dating no one. I’m not even ready for that right now. I’m just trying to focus on my family and my children,” the actor told CNN.

Nick also admitted that he didn’t even really want to confirm their split to the public, but after a while, felt like he needed to.

“I never wanted to step out there and confirm or deny because it really wasn’t anyone else’s business,” he continued. “You have to speak on things because people are curious.”

And as he has done in previous interviews, Nick expressed that he, Mariah and the twins will always be a family and that they’re handling the divorce as a family would.

“We’re family and we’re human. We’re dealing with this as a family and we’ll forever be a family.”

They definitely appear to be handling things in a mature way. It’s even been reported that the foursome spent Thanksgiving together.

Nick Cannon Will Produce A New Series Titled “The Drop”

November 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Nick Cannon is determined to build his brand. The rapper/actor/comedian/hehas12jobs, is set to produce a new series titled “The Drop” via his production company, Ncredible Entertainment. 

The new series also nicknamed “K Pop High” is a half-hour musical comedy set in a diplomatic boarding school. The comedy will follow 3 young girls as they discover their musical talents together. The girls will also learn they each share a special love for the K Pop Vibe music, also known as “Korean Pop” music. 

There has been no casting yet but according to Indiewire, the series could possibly begin shooting as early as December 2014. 

We absolutely love that Nick Cannon is producing new content for children and teenagers. How do you think the show will do?

“There Are A Lot Of People After Me Right Now”: Nick Cannon On Whether Or Not He’s Ready To Date…

November 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It was just August when word spread about Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separating. Though Cannon has been very open about how much he still cares for and loves the singer (and says that they are pleasantly co-parenting), he’s moving on, albeit a little fast. First there was his decision to cover up his “Mariah” tattoo on his back, and now, he’s being interviewed about dating prospects.

While DJing at a gig in Las Vegas on Tuesday, People asked Cannon if he was single and ready to mingle. Thankfully, he said no…well, he kind of said no.

“I’m good, man. I’m great. There are a lot of people after me right now. I gotta slow it down. I’m trying to slow it down and stay focused. Family is the first thing and my kids are most important.”

I have a feeling he was probably joking with the “There are a lot of people after me” statement…right? Yet and still, People went on to ask him what his “perfect woman” would be:

“I couldn’t even tell you right now. That’s a tough one. I haven’t thought about that one. I’m just taking it one day at a time. Obviously the dating thing will come down the line, but right now I’m just slowing down.”

Those questions were definitely too much too soon from the mag, but it seems as though he’s set on moving forward…

Nick Cannon Will Still Spend The Holidays With Mariah And Their Kids

October 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Though Nick and Mariah are separated and appear to be well on the path to divorce, Nick says that their children have not noticed much of a change since the split.

“They’re just happy. They love mommy. They love daddy. Being the fact our situation, we have always been people who have been on the go coming and going, their life hasn’t changed one bit,” he said during an interview with Meredith Viero, which is scheduled to air today.

The actor and producer went on to say that they still operate as a family would, including spending holidays together.

“We spend holidays together, we do everything that we are supposed to do together as a family,” he continued.

Nick also addressed some of the outrageous rumors, which have been floating around since the split.

“The media, they can say whatever they want to say and obviously, because you are not giving them anything, so they kind of create all these stories and make it way worse than it actually is.”

“They just make up all of these things. It’s truly just staying focused on family and what’s right and getting through these times and doing what’s right for the kids, so that’s just where we are.”

As for getting his Mariah tattoo covered up, the “Wild N’ Out” host had this to say:

“It’s like a whole work of art, my entire back and my arm and everything. I was leaving the gym going into the studio just having had that work done and they [the paparazzi] got me. It’s going to be a big reveal, but it’s not finished, it’s half-way done. It’s a lot of pain.”

Check out a clip from Nick’s upcoming interview below.