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I’m something of a Netflix-head, and I noticed recently that the movie Belly was added to “Instant” watch. Score! Trust me, I know that it isn’t a modern-day classic or anything like that, but the 1998 film, which many would classify as one long and beautifully shot but poorly written movie, definitely was entertaining. I just so happened to watch it last night while nursing a cold and I wondered what the actors had been up to since doing the film. So in case you were wondering, here is an update on the cast of Belly.
Nas as Sincere
Nas didn’t give the best performance as Sincere (I mean, he delivered most lines as monotonous as possible), but who was expecting Denzel-caliber work? After Belly, Nas decided to stick to rapping for the most part, but continued to try his hand here and there at acting. He was in Sacred is the Flesh, “Hawaii Five-0″ and most recently was cast as Street Poet Isaiah in Black Nativity. He has been able to fuse both his music and film together with the upcoming documentary on his life, Nas: Time Is Illmatic.
If you have Janelle Monae’s latest album Electric Lady, then you already know the title track goes incredibly hard. It’s the perfect anthem for a woman doing her thing, having fun and loving life. So we’re so excited that Janelle Monae has finally released the video for the song I adore.
The concept for the “Electric Lady” video is that Monae is leaving her house, complete with a shot of her real mom cooking in the kitchen, to go kick it with her sorority sisters at a house party. And just like any other house party, dancing, stepping, flirting and even a bit of stunting ensues.
The video gave me such a joyous, nostalgic vibe that I found I couldn’t stop smiling. You’ll also notice that the video features a few guest appearances from people you’ll be happy to see pop up. Sadly though, Solange, who provides vocals on the track was not present. Sad face.
Anyway, it’s still awesome. And if you happened to attend an HBCU, you’ll especially relate to this video. Take a look at the visuals for “Electric Lady” below and let us know what you think about the song and video in the comment section.
While most of us would say, “stay out of it” when it comes to children getting caught up in the squabbles of their parents, it’s kind of hard to keep your mouth shut when people personally attack or try to embarrass your mother. Just ask T-Boz’s 13-year-old daughter, Chase.
We told you late last week that during an interview, T-Boz and Chilli were asked their thoughts on today’s artists running around half-naked all the time. T-Boz said this:
“Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked. It’s easy to sell sex.” She also acknowledged that people would probably take her comments as jealousy, but she says that they’re far from jealous: “It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say ‘Oh TLC must be jealous’ but I call a spade a spade.”
Chilli also chimed in to say “We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot. We could go around too with booby cakes [breasts] out all day long.”
Of course, Rihanna responded with some very interesting pictures, including a photo of T-Boz and Chilli topless (which she used as her background on Twitter all Friday), and this one:
Of course, T-Boz would later say on Twitter that she was speaking generally about young women in music today and their penchant for dressing in very little (though she defended Miley Cyrus’ half-naked behavior in the past), not speaking directly about Rihanna.
After chatting with T-Boz in the past for MN, I can say that she’s a pretty straight shooter when it comes to her opinion, and it seems that her daughter is the same. Someone asked Chase how she felt about Rihanna posting the pictures that she did, and calling her mother an “old thot” on Twitter for her millions of followers, and she made it clear that one pic of her mom compared to Rihanna’s entire career of being underdressed is not the same thing. This is what she said through her Ask. Fm account:
Twitter user TheJoLo_ posted Chase’s comments and gave props to T-Boz for raising an intelligent daughter. T-Boz responded to her saying this:
What do you think about what Chase had to say about Rihanna’s comments? Did she make a good point or should she have stayed out of that mess?
“Phuck What An Old Thot Got To Say”: Rihanna Responds To TLC’s Criticism of Her Dress, T-Boz Clarifies
People are still talking about Rihanna’s dress from Monday at the CFDA dress. Including TLC. In an interview with Entertainment Wise, T-Boz and Chilli slammed the outfit saying “Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked. It’s easy to sell sex.”
And T-Boz said that it may seem like they’re jealous because of their age but they say that’s not why they’re pointing it out. “It’s hard for us to say anything because any time we do, they say ‘Oh TLC must be jealous’ but I call a spade a spade.”
But Chilli said they’re happy to have achieved so much success all while keeping their clothes on.
“We became the biggest girl selling group of all time with our clothes on and that says a lot. We could go around too with booby cakes [breasts] out all day long.”
Rihanna took to her Twitter page to respond. And you know she’s quick with the pictures.
And there was more.
With the weather heating up, the spring and summer will give birth to a fresh batch of musical festivals. Two years ago, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were joined onstage with a hologram of the late great rapper 2Pac at the Coachella Festival and we realized there are a lot of other deceased artists we’d like to see in Hologram this summer.
His music is just as popular as ever but the younger generation never had the opportunity to see Bob Marley perform live. The reggae legend started out his musical career with the Wailers but he soon went solo and achieved international success. Marley’s songwriting skills resonated with an audience worldwide and he became the voice of the downtrodden and gave hope to the masses. Marley gave his last performance on September 23, 1980 but shortly after that his health quickly deteriorated. When he succumbed to brain cancer the following May, the entire world mourned his loss.
Quite a bit was revealed in the highly controversial TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” but group member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says there’s a lot more to the story that has yet to be told. Luckily for curious TLC fans, a book detailing the group’s journey will more than likely be released in the coming months.
“We’re working on a book,” T-Boz recently revealed to Billboard. “The movie was great but it’s hard to cram three stories about three different girls in a 120 minute film. So, expect a full length book to come out in the near future.”
She adds that the group also has a few other projects in the works, including a tour and a couple of clothing lines.
“We’re going back on tour. I can’t give away too much but, we do have some clothing that just came out in Forever 21 and H&M. I’m just blessed to be here 20 years later, still touring and doing what I love. I’m having a ball.”
In the interview, which served as a tribute to TLC’s fallen group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Chilli and T-Boz also discussed Lisa’s determination to live a full life prior to her passing.
“She did the things that she wanted to do, no matter how anybody felt,” Chilli expressed. “She just did Lisa. She was a fearless woman; I’m not that fearless. I wish she was still here. She would encourage anyone to follow their dreams. She was the type of person who wanted to help everyone.”
Considering how much controversy followed their biopic, one can only imagine what will be revealed in their new book.
Read their full interview here. Do you think you’d be interested in checking out their book when it drops?
Yes―Black people do live in Iowa! In case you didn’t know, quite a few have grown up in the Hawkeye state. Iowa isn’t the most diverse place, considering African Americans count for 2.9% of the population, but there are a handful. Click through to see who is from the big Midwest state.
Femi Emiola was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but raised in the Phillipines and Nigeria. When she was a teenager she returned to the US and attended Iowa State University where she studied theatre arts. She has also studied acting in New York City and is best known for her role on “Wicked Wicked Games.”
I had the chance to interview Chilli and T Boz for the site a few weeks ago, and not only is Chilli incredibly sweet, but she’s a dedicated and loving mom. I could tell that from the way she talked about her child, and from her bag, which had the picture of her 16-year-old son Tron on it (if you’ve seen her old reality show, you’ve seen one of the bags). And she continues to prove that today, as the TLC singer created a petition against the website MediaTakeOut to push them to stop slandering the children of famous folks, and minors in general. Recent posts on the site have tried to make insinuations about Tron’s sexuality, talked about his choice of attire at events with his mom, and more things that came to the attention of Chilli, and enraged her. Here’s a little bit of what she had to say in the petition, which you can see in full here:
“Recently my son was targeted negatively by popular gossip site MediaTakeOut.com. I can’t describe the anger I felt at my son being ridiculed continuously by MediaTakeOut.com for no other reason than the fact that he’s my son. MediaTakeOut.com has posted numerous false stories about me, and other celebrity friends of mine and while I don’t like it, I realize that is a part of what comes with celebrity. However when my 16-year-old son is being attacked, that is when I take off the celebrity hat and become the protective Mother that I am, and I know many of you are.
Adults have the mental capacity to deal and prioritize. Most importantly my son had no choice in who his mother was just like many other celebrity kids do not. It isn’t fair that our children have to deal with cyber bullying because of the career choice of their parents. Anyone under the age of 18 should not be ridiculed or targeted by MediaTakeOut.com or any other website.”
A rep for Chilli, Christal Jordan, also put out a statement expressing her own disappointment with the way Chilli’s son has been portrayed in the media, and she says that he has indeed noticed:
“Working with Chilli over the last seven years, I have seen Tron grow into an amazing kid that I love very much and it bothered me that I had nothing more to tell him than “ignore it” it will go away. Well the truth is, it hasn’t gone away and while MediaTakeOut.com owner Fred Mwangaguhunga is a father himself, for some reason he finds nothing wrong with making personal attacks on celebrity children. MediaTakeOut.com
constantly posts negative headlines on not just Chilli’s son, but also Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s children, Puffy’s twin daughters and even Jay Z and Beyoncé’s baby Blue Ivy. Yes celebrities are fair game in this entertainment industry, but at some point we must draw the line. No one’s child deserves to be ridiculed by a public domain.”
Since the petition came out, Fred Mwangaguhunga, CEO and founder of the site, has already come out with an apology and promised to deal with the individuals behind such stories about Tron.
It has come to my attention that in an article posted on MediaTakeOut.com on October 28th, some inappropriate comments were made towards Tron Austin, the son to Rozonda “Chili” Tomas.
As many of you are aware, MediaTakeOut.com has a strict policy against criticizing children, whether children of celebrities or otherwise. It’s not clear how an article that clearly violated our stated policy was published, but rest assured that I will get to the bottom of it. I plan to take action against the MTO staffer who wrote the article, and put in place additional safeguards to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Our sincere apologies go out to Tron, Chili, his family and anyone else that were offended by our comments.
Fred Mwangaguhunga Editor, MediaTakeOut.com
Folks definitely crossed the line, but they’ve been doing these type of stories for a while, so Fred isn’t fooling anybody...What do you think of Mwanagaguhunga’s apology?
It’s been a week since CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story came on and blew everybody’s minds, but it’s also been a week since it put some pretty strong accusations out there about Perri “Pebbles” Reid and even her ex-husband LA Reid. Pebbles has already threatened legal action, and the night after the movie came on, her kids were online going at it with fans of the movie and group, who were calling their mother a thief. Pebbles’ daughter, Ashley, was particularly feisty with folks and is still going back and forth with people on Twitter, telling them to fix their face, their weaves, calling folks fat, and on and on. Here are some of the most interesting things she’s had to say about the movie over the last week. Here’s what she told her mom:
“@pebbles2day I love you so much pretty momma! You’re an inspiration, generous soul, incredibly talented artist, and blessing of a momma!!!”
And here’s what she told the haters:
“@1klexus_ my mom was a thief? All the money my taxes have paid for your welfare, and you got the nerve to point fingers? Sheesh!”
“I love reading opinions from people with less than 200 followers. Did twitter make you feel important finally? Is your hate being heard?”
“When will people realize that a movie is a MOVIE? Not truth. This is not a true story. It’s meant to entertain.”
“I will defend my family, what I love, & what I believe regardless of what anyone has to say. It doesn’t depend on what channel I’m watching”
“Take that same ratchet energy and put it towards healthcare, state laws, or taxes.Do you even go so hard for Jesus? Or is TV your religion?”
There was even a picture from MediaTakeOut that she linked to, where the site called Chilli and T Boz liars because Chilli was seen making nice with Pebbles just two years ago. Ashley commented on it saying, “LMAO exactly” and “holding hands two years ago? Sheesh! How sweet”
But one comment that definitely stood out was this one, that seemed to come off as something of a threat to Chilli:
“@officialchilli I cannot WAIT to see you around honey!”
While Ashley initially tried to say that it wasn’t a threat when confronted by people on Twitter, she went on to own the fact that it was, and she that she wasn’t sorry about it when sharing her thoughts on Instagram:
“Being tactlessly defensive is a choice, and is rarely the most effective approach for anyone. It was my choice. Threatening is not what I represent. In anger, many things are said out of intense emotion. This goes the same for obvious desperation and a need for making someone a fall guy in order to generate publicity. That was TLC’s choice. My voice is my own and is not reflective of my mother’s opinions. Despite all the lies and slander depicted in the movie and over the past 20 years, my mother loves TLC, and always has. In conclusion, defending who I love and what I know is right is something I will never apologize for under any circumstance. Including this one.”
Of course, Chilli didn’t respond, but the ladies (especially T Boz) were very adamant late last week that their story was the truth and that folks who had a problem with it needed to build a bridge and, well, you know: “All these scorned heffas need to get over it. Pray about it and grow. Like, get over it!”
Chilli agreed when speaking to an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, saying that they told nothing but the truth: “I’m very proud of the film. We were very hands on, as executive producers. It was my dream to tell this story…at the end of the day, I know, my group member knows we told the truth. We didn’t lie.”
I’m not surprised that Ashley is defending her mother as hard as she is. Who wouldn’t want to do the same for their parent? But she might want to be careful, especially since only TLC, Pebbles and God (and maybe past lawyers) really know what happened to their money and why their business relationship fell apart…
Well ladies, it looks like the gloves are off. Earlier this week, we told you that the original C from TLC, Crystal Jones, was not too pleased with the way that she was portrayed in the group’s biopic, which debuted on VH1 on Monday. According to Crystal, she wasn’t kicked out of the group because she couldn’t sing, but because she refused to sign the contract without allowing her mother to take a look at it.
“As far as what happened, and I’m sure what everybody wants to know is that, it was based on the contract…We’re going through the paperwork, and it’s lengthy. So I turned to Pebbles and I said, ‘Can I take it home and let my mom take a look at it? Because I really don’t understand what I’m reading.’ And she said, ‘No absolutely not, so I didn’t sign it,” Crystal said during a radio interview.
In a follow-up interview with Big Tigger of V-103, T-Boz and Chilli responded to Crystal’s statement.
“Did everything happen correctly all of the time? No. The way we kicked Crystal out of the group, no it wasn’t right. We’re telling the story of the truth and what really happened. I always tell the truth. I’ve never been a liar. So Crystal, I would be mad if I got kicked out of my own group too and TLC blew up. I would have some harbored feelings so I understand her, so sorry.”
She also accused Crystal of sabotaging the movie.
“She put out our movie, trying to sabotage it with a code and put it on the internet. It’s no need for all that. I’ve apologized for the way things went down. I did bring Pebbles to the table. The way me and Lisa handled it may have not been the best, but I’m not at 43, after saying sorry gonna talk about some mess. All these scorned heffas need to get over it. Pray about it and grow, like get over it!” T-Boz said.
T-Boz went on to comment on Pebbles Reid’s reaction to the movie.
“The one thing you can’t take from her, we’ve always said, she helped us out so much. She did a lot for our career and that you can’t take, but if you’re telling a story and it’s even 20 years ago. You can’t tell someone how they’re perceived situations from their end, how they felt. That doesn’t take away the good that you did…We’re telling a story of what happened…now we’re 19, 20 and that’s exactly what happened. No I didn’t appreciate paying a million dollars per name. There are certain things we don’t have to like. You move on from certain people. I’m not a bitter person. I let things go and I move on,” she continued.
And if you were wondering why Jermaine Dupri wasn’t featured in the movie, they say it wasn’t personal.
“It was just hard to get everybody. We talked about everybody,” Chilli said.
“There’s only so much we can do…we tried our best. And JD, I’ve always said, he’s the one that told me, ‘You should keep that, I’m gonna call you Scruffy.’ We wanted a whole week and 2 hours a night,” T-Boz added.
Watch part of their interview on the next page.