Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress (Photo Credit: Gotham video screengrab)

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s stuntowman, Kelsee Devoreaux,  is putting “Gotham” on blast for using blackface on a white actress for an episode. I guess I would be pissed too, considering there are black stuntwomen out there that the show could have used.

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Eagerly anticipated FOX TV show Gotham debuted to strong ratings and critical acclaim earlier this fall. But now, RadarOnline.com has learned, the primetime drama is coming under heavy criticism — and even accusations of racism — after a white actress’ face was reportedly painted black so she could double for an African-American actress. On the heels of the scandal, Jada Pinkett Smith’s stuntwoman is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the sticky situation — and why she says it still has not been resolved.

Earlier this month, Deadline published an explosive article slamming the show for the cover-up, and the WB later apologized. “A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

Kelsee Devoreaux, longtime stuntwoman for Pinkett Smith, who plays the character Fish Mooney on Gotham, says the scandal was even more unnerving because she had been explicitly told there was no stunt work for Smith’s character.

Radar has learned that Devoreaux contacted the show’s stunt coordinator in March offering her services, and was told Smith’s character did not need any stunt doubles. According to Devoreaux’s IMDB page, she stood in for the star in Hawthorne, Terminator Salvation, Lincoln Heights, The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, and more, before being snubbed by the show.

“This did happen and it will not and should not ever be tolerated, especially in today’s age. This is 2014 and it is not acceptable,” she says.

What’s more, she claims, “Jada definitely knows about this,” although it is not certain that it was Pinkett Smith’s stunt person that was painted black by the stunt-coordinator for the show.

When Radar contacted SAG about the incident, they claim that “the circumstance has been resolved.”

However, Devoreax claims otherwise.

“This situation has not been resolved,” she tells Radar, adding, “The stunt-coordinator who may have been responsible for this is still working on the show!”

“If being resolved means the person responsible for this has not been fired, than nothing has been resolved,” she continues.

Deveroux also claims to know the stunt double whose face was painted black by Gotham’s stunt coordinator.

“She was so freaked out and uncomfortable by this situation, that she contacted SAG immediately,” Deveroux says.

Following the incident a spokesperson for the union also told Deadline, “Thus far, no one working on this production has brought this to our attention so we have no comment on this specific allegation.”

A SAG rep insisted to Radar, “With respect to this issue in general, the relevant SAG-AFTRA contract is clear: the practice known as “painting down” is presumptively improper. It further states that when the stunt performer doubles for a role which is identifiable as Black/African American and the race of the double is also identifiable, stunt coordinators shall endeavor to cast qualified persons of the same sex and/or race involved. In other words: the practice of “painting down” is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work.”

Indeed, Devoreaux says she explicitly contacted the show for that reason.

“There is simply no excuse when all casting directors and stunt coordinators need to do is reach out to the union so we can help them identify people who can compete for these opportunities,” the SAG rep continued. “Each and every day we consult with industry professionals to ensure that they are able to access the pool of diverse talent around the country to meet their casting needs—from our own searchable database of union members to referrals to outside organizations to crafting an inclusive job notice to encourage appropriate candidates to apply.

“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts, Partner Charged with Lewd Conduct

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“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts, Partner Charged with Lewd Conduct 

Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, were charged with one count of lewd conduct after they were detained by the LAPD in a Studio City neighborhood last month.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office announced it had charged Watts and Lucas with the charges that carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000. They will be arraigned on Nov. 13.

 

Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine

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Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comedian Hannibal Buress called Dr. Bill Cosby a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine at the Trocadero last Thursday. He was referring to the allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby by multiple women. Buress suggested that it was hypocritical of Bill Cosby to give younger men or “black people” advice because of this alleged history.

More from Philadelphia Mag on Hannibal Buress’ routine slamming Bill Cosby:

Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherfuckers on Bill Cosby: Himself if you weren’t a rapist.[…] I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. […] I’ve done this bit on stage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. […]That sh*t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.

Here’s the video:

Eric Harvis Killed in No. Oakland Where He Sold BBQ to Help Pay for Wedding

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Eric Harvis Killed in No. Oakland Where He Sold BBQ to Help Pay for Wedding

TRAGEDY:  Eric Harvis, a Vallejo chef, was fatally shot in a north Oakland neighborhood Sunday night where he was selling barbecue to help pay for his wedding.

The Oakland Tribune reports Eric Harvis, 41, was shot about 7:19 p.m. in the 800 block of 46th Street as he sat in inside his truck. Police are investigating whether he was gunned down during an attempted robbery.

Eric Harvis had reportedly packed up and was about to leave the Oakland neighborhood when he was accosted by someone on foot, who shot him from outside the vehicle before fleeing the scene. Harvis’ fiancee was inside the truck at the time of the shooting, police said.

 

Darren Deon Vann ID’d as Suspect in the Murders of 7 Women in Indiana

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Darren Deon Vann ID’d as Suspect in the Murders of 7 Women in Indiana (Photo Credit: ABC7 Chicago video screen grab)

HAMMOND SERIAL KILLER:  Convicted sex offender Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, Ind., has been identified as the suspect in the murders of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend.

Police said Vann confessed to the murder of Afrikka Hardy, 19. Her body was found at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Hammond, Ind., at a Motel 6, located in the 3800 block of 179th Street. She had arranged to meet Vann for sex, according to Hammond Police Chief Doughty, and the facilitator of that encounter led officials to Vann after finding Hardy’s body. She was strangled, according to an autopsy. Source:  ABC7 Chicago

Serena Williams Slams Russian Official for Saying Her, Sister Were “Brothers”

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Serena Williams Slams Russian Official for Saying Her, Sister Were “Brothers” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Serena Williams is hitting back at the head of the Russian Tennis Federation for referring to her and sister, Venus, as “brothers.” She said his comments were sexist, racist and bullying. She also supports the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official, who has been identified as Shamil Tarpischev.

Tarpischev was also fined $25,000. He made the comments during an appearance on a Russian talk show earlier this month, with former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva. Tampa Bay Online reports, when Dementieva was asked what it was like to play against the sisters, Tarpischev interjected, calling the women “brothers” and saying, “it’s scary when you really look at them.”

Serena Williams said, “I think the WTA did a great job of taking (the) initiative and taking immediate action to his comments. I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”

Tarpischev later said his comments were taken out of context. Um, how do you take calling two sisters brothers being taken out of context?

Angel Hooper, 6, Killed in Kansas City Drive-By Shooting After Buying Bubble Gum

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Angel Hooper, 6, Killed in Kansas City Drive-By Shooting After Buying Bubble Gum (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)

SHOCK: Angel Hooper, 6, was gunned down in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store Friday evening in a drive-by shooting at 10615 Blue Ridge Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. She had gone to the store with friends to buy bubble gum.

She was murdered when someone opened fire from a passing car when she stopped in the parking lot to open the gum before getting into the car with her friends. Angel Hooper was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police have made no arrests in Angel’s murder. Police Chief Daryl Forte sent a tweet telling the shooter “please turn yourself in. I know you have a conscience.”

Angel Hooper’s family have set up a GoFundMe page to solicit donations. It stands at $2140 with a goal of $10,000.

Remains Found in Search for Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham

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Remains Found in Search for Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham

#BREAKING:  Remains have been found in the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The Charlottesville police would not say if the remains is that of Graham, but said forensic tests must be conducted to identify the body.

The case has changed from a search investigation to a death investigation. The remains were found in an abandoned property in south Albemarle county. Jesse Matthew, the chief suspect in the case, has been charged with her abduction but not murder.

Jesse Matthew grew up near the location where Hannah Graham’s remains were found. His mother lived in the area.

Father, 2 Children Dead, 1 Child Critical in Port Orange Shooting

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Father, 2 Children Dead, 1 Child Critical in Port Orange Shooting

PORT ORANGE MURDER-SUICIDE:  A father and two children are dead, third child in critical condition in Port Orange shooting. The Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said the man shot his kids and turned the gun on himself in an apparent double murder-suicide stemming from a domestic dispute at a home located at 1927 Jackson Lane, Port Orange.

Police have not released the names of the victims, but property records show the five-bedroom home was purchased by David and Cynthia Mahoney in 2010.

Police say the woman fled to a neighbor’s home to get help before the argument with her husband turned deadly. She told the neighbor her husband had threatened her with a gun. Moments later, gunshots rang out. Police were called to the home at about 5:11 a.m. Friday.

Police say the couple’s two oldest children and their father were killed; a 9-year-old girl is in critical condition at a local hospital. David and Cynthia Mahoney had moved to Florida from South Dakota. They had filed for divorce and a temporary injunction had been served in June. According to the divorce papers, they have three kids — David, Lauren and Savanna.

“RHOA” Drama: Cynthia Bailey Throws Phaedra Parks Shade Over Lap Dog Diss

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“RHOA” Drama: Cynthia Bailey Throws Phaedra Parks Shade Over Diss on “Ellen” (Photo Credit: Twitter)

RHOA” drama as Cynthia Bailey threw some shade Phaedra Parks way after she appeared on “Ellen” and publicly dissed her. She described Bailey as a “lap dog” during a discussion about her castmates.

Well, being called a “lap dog” didn’t sit well with Cynthia Bailey, who took to Instagram to bring up a nasty rumor that Phaedra Parks had cheated on Apollo with an African man named Chocolate.

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