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A First Look At Will Smith’s Latest Biopic, “Concussion”

August 31st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Will Smith’s latest biopic Concussion tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu , the Nigerian forensic pathologist who discovered the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after performing an autopsy on Mike Webster, a retired Pittsburgh Steelers’ player, in 2002. Usually found in football players and wrestlers, CTE causes early-onset dementia which potentially leads to death.

In the film, Dr. Omalu (Will Smith) is faced with opposition from the NFL after he diagnoses several football players with the disease. Instead of addressing the health problems their athletes face, the NFL intimidates Dr. Omalu in order for him to deny CTE is real. Not backing down, Dr. Omalu makes it his mission to make the public aware about CTE and how it affects the mental health of athletes.

See how Dr. Omalu’s story unfolds in the trailer below.

Concussion premieres in theaters on Christmas Day.

Can We Leave Will And Jada Alone Already?

August 5th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are one of the most prolific and successful couples in Hollywood. And despite rumors of swinging, infidelity, and impending divorce, they remain a shining example of Black love in Tinseltown. Together, they have raised a family in which their daughter Willow and their son Jaden have been able to become empowered and unique artists; even if their point of views are oft-applauded and denounced in the culture. And while trying to be the best parents possible, Will has still found time to reignite his film career, and Jada has remained a constant in television and movies. She has had a banner year so far with her roles in the hit Fox series Gotham and her scene-stealing turn as “Rome” in Magic Mike XXL.

Will and Jada have never given anyone reason to think that their marriage is in the dumps. And yet, they are so often plagued with rumors of a split that Will, who virtually ignores any and all rumors about his family, finally spoke out about the situation. He said this on his Facebook page on Monday:

Under normal circumstances, I don’t usually respond to foolishness. (Because it’s contagious) But, so many people have extended me their “deepest condolences” that I figured – “What the hell… I can be foolish, too!”

So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are…

NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -)

I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself!

‪#‎Dumb‬ People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D’s

A short while later, Jada hopped on social media to support her husband’s statement with a simple response:

And if that weren’t confirmation enough, Willow tweeted out her thoughts on the constant reports:

 

The family delivered the ultimate “Bye Felicia” to the rumors. Will dropped that Facebook message and then went on and partied at the OVO Fest with Kanye and Drake. Jada threw on a bikini and flaunted her flawless figure on a beach in Hawaii, completely unbothered. So with the death of that latest rumor, fellow media outlets, haters, and naysayers, can you finally leave Will and Jada alone?

The entertainment dynasty they’re creating is important. To see Will Smith be a caring Black father and husband while maintaining his position among Hollywood’s elite is necessary as we often don’t see many positive representations of the Black family in entertainment. To see them support their daughter who is quickly becoming a role model by choosing to stay true to her unique look and perspective is important. Watching Jaden become a young international star and an individual who motivates young people to think outside the box is a beautiful thing. There’s been no family like the Smiths, and whether you hate them or love them, they’re living their lives their way and doing nothing to hurt others. That’s why it’s maddening that the media has been on a mission to split Will and Jada up for so long. It is the plight of the A-list star. Once you become very successful and your fame elevates to a prominent level, the media seeks to find a chink in your armor in order to feed the obsessive public. Many people like to watch people reach success, but a lot of people really enjoy watching the mighty fall. And while we’ve seen the end of several long-term A-list celebrity marriages within the last year—Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Chris Rock and Malaak Compton—I am thrilled that Will and Jada are not a part of that list.

No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors. At the end of the day, I’m going to take Will and Jada’s social media word as bond. If the day comes where they say they are splitting up, I’ll believe it. If they say they’re staying together and they love each other, as they have, then I believe it, and I champion it. May we see more examples of prominent Black love in Hollywood in the future.

And while celebrity marriages are ending quicker than Meek Mill’s rap career, the Smiths have put their collective feet on the ground and set the record straight. Now, can they live?

 

“I Don’t Usually Respond To Foolishness…” Will Smith Shuts Down Divorce Rumors

August 3rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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All day long, media outlets have been claiming that Will and Jada are ending their 17 year marriage. The story gained such traction that it was one of the top trending topics on Facebook. It was everywhere.

But if you fell for the trap and clicked on the story, you probably noticed that there were no receipts to speak of. There was an unnamed source and there were no official documents.

This has happened far too many times for us to take this seriously. But it kept growing and growing.

And just as people were starting to doubt the authenticity of Will and Jada’s love, our boy released a statement through his own Facebook page.

See what he said.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

And then Jada came through with a co-sign.

Boop!

Well, there you have it.

Will Smith And Jay Z Partner For Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

July 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Will Smith and Sean “Jay Z” Carter have partnered in the production of a miniseries based on the life and death and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago teen who in 1955 was brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.

According to Deadline, the untitled series, which will likely be a six-hour series, is currently in the developmental stages. It is slated to air on HBO. The project will be executive produced by Carter, his Roc Nation partner Jay Brown, Smith,  James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The group is currently in search of a writer pen the treatment for the project.

During Till’s stay in Mississippi, he was accused of flirting with 21-year-old grocery store owner Carolyn Bryant. Days later, Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Wilam showed up at Till’s great uncle’s house and forefully removed him from the home. After torturing him, they shot him in the head and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. Sadly, Bryant and Milam were acquitted in Till’s murder.

The miniseries has the potential to make a huge impact because as recent headlines have informed us, many of the racially-motivated murderers of Black people still are not being brought to justice in this country. Casting details have yet to be revealed, but we will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge concerning this production.

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Woman Sentenced After Breaking Into Will & Jada’s Home

June 23rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ariel Archer has been formally charged with misdemeanor trespassing after breaking into a home belonging to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith back in March, My FOX LA reports.

The 26-year-old was discovered in the kitchen by a housekeeper at the Smith residence, who says that she refused to leave premises. Will, Jada and their two children, Willow and Jaden, were not present at the time of the incident. Archer was eventually arrested and later pled no contest to misdemeanor trespassing.

Monday, Archer was sentenced to three years of summary probation. The Van Nuys courts also issued a restraining order against the young woman, which prohibits her from coming within 150 yards of the Smiths’ Calabasas home.

In recent years, multiple celebrity home intruders have made headlines. In May, Chris Brown was stunned to find a naked woman waiting for him in his Augora Hills mansion. Just two years earlier, Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, also experienced a home intrusion encounter of sorts. A man was apprehended for breaking into a house belonging to the singer’s neighbor. He was reportedly under the impression that he was breaking into the “Diamonds” singer’s home.

People are really bugged out.

15 Celeb Kids Following In The Footsteps Of Their Parents

May 13th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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When you have a father at the top of the box office or an Emmy-winning mother, it can be intimidating when trying to decide if you should follow in your parents’ footsteps or journey out and do your own thing. These celeb kids decided to follow the lead of their parents and prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Daddy Duty: Chris Brown &14 Other Hands-On Black Celeb Dads

April 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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Today we are saluting these black celeb dads who exhibit what it means to be a black dad in action on a daily basis. These Hollywood stars can be found rocking  red carpets, films and stages with their beautiful off-spring.

Go Daddy!

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 Chris Brown & 14 Other Hands-On Black Celeb Dads

Jaden Smith Wears Dresses…So Will Is Under Scrutiny?

April 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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“My randomness is what you jokers fall in love with.” -Jaden Smith

I took my phone and I gave it to my daughter after asking her if she had seen Jaden Smith’s recent move being shared virally. Without being nudged in either direction, she gave a visceral “Ew” of disapproval. See, she and I have been fans of Jaden and his equally provocative sibling Willow since forever. (Read:Why Jaden And Willow Smith Are Geniuses) To this day, we talk about how much he and Justin Bieber, who collaborated for the “Karate Kid” soundtrack, have changed. On this move, we chatted briefly about it, because Jaden was wearing a mini-skirt in the streets of California.

Make not-one-mistake about it, I am not that guy that steadily goes around co-signing the dress-wearing movement in men. At this point in time…I’m mostly indifferent with a side of the traditional. I appreciate dresses on the curves of a woman. On the flip side, I do my best to allow my daughter to have the ability to form her own views and opinions, because the world is changing. Kids like Jaden and my own live in a very different world than I grew up in. Rappers are wearing dresses, for goodness sake. I run a website, AllHipHop.com, that covers rappers like dress-wearer Young Thug, who would not have made it in the 1990’s.

Will Smith was nobody’s thug, but he was always a free thinker since coming out in the Hip-Hop’s Golden Era (The 1980’s). When emcees were rapping “keep that crossover BS,” he made the concerted effort to go mainstream. Mentally, I’ve always seen Will as a man without boundaries in just about every aspect. I also saw him angrily slap a dude for trying to kiss him on the red carpet. So, I think its clear that “anything goes” is not exactly how Will rolls. I do get the puzzled face when people suggest that somehow Will has failed as a father because his son wears dresses.

First of all, Jaden is reared where social attention is a reward and your relevance is often rooted in how virally your moves get shared. So, I tend to Kanye-shrug when people applaud that the 16-year-old is so comfortable in his manhood, he can wear a dress or that he’s redefining gender roles. I mean, to my absolute glee, dude wore an all-White Batman to Kanye and Kim’s wedding. I still google it to this day for laughs. Modern kids and millenials get social rewards in “likes” and validation comments under articles. An insider told me this is what Jaden is doing, but I don’t know for certain.

So, I showed a hippie friend of mine the most recent images of Jaden in a dress coupled with a crown of flowers at the coveted Coachella festival and she said, “What’s wrong with it?” I never said anything was wrong with it. I simply asked her opinion. She responded with, “Maybe he’s looking to get some attention or something.” At this point in time, who cares. This isn’t the revolution. This is clicks and retweets. This is a platform for Facebook users to “SMH” or pontificate back and forth. Meanwhile, in his way, Jaden steps up the tabloid ladder.

Back in the day, De La Soul was weird and they proclaimed their movement the D.A.I.S.E.Y Age. PM Dawn and Arrested Development had their own uniqueness and they all challenged the norms with conviction. Furthermore, they backed it up with great music. Lord knows, Jaden can rap very well, but his dresses get more attention. Man, I don’t care about his dresses. They don’t move me at all. If anything is “wrong,” I would say, more people should pay attention to his latest songs. They are really good.

 

Same Sex Affairs: 16 Hollywood Rumors and Confessions

April 17th, 2015 - By Rich
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Rumors and confessions of same sex affairs run rampant in Hollywood with some stars being accused of same sex play (Will Smith and Duane Martin) while others proudly flaunt their lovers (Angelina Jolie). It’s an interesting list that’s for sure.

Dig in!

Sources:  RadarOnline, MadameNoire, Rolling Out

Same Sex Affairs: 16 Hollywood Rumors and Confessions

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Bad Boys” 20 Years Later

April 7th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Can you believe it’s actually been 20 years since Bad Boys came out?! Where did the time go?

While we wait on a possible third installment to come to fruition (it was announced), I think it would be fun to see what the cast is looking like now, and what they’re up to.

So here it is!