Kanye West performed on Saturday Night Live and he didn’t disappoint his fans. He was his usual controversial self. He performed his latest song “Black Skin Head,” as images of barking doberman dogs, slogans including “Not for Sale” flashed behind him. He also sang another new song, “New Slave,” which laments the war on drugs and the overincarceration of black males. He also had images of black Ku Klux Klan hoods flashing behind him too. Is Kanye West planning on going through life angry at the world?
REPORT Beyoncé Pregnant: E! reports Beyoncé is pregnant with her second child with husband Jay-Z. Speculation was rampant after Beyoncé, canceled a show in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion. Blue Ivy Carter, who was born in January 2012, is going to have a sibling. Congrats to the couple.
(HinterlandEntertainment) Samuel L. Jackson is set to play the president of the United States in Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Entertainment and Subzero Film Entertainment’s action film “Big Game.” According to Deadline Hollywood, “the story centers on a shy 13-year old boy who undergoes a test of manhood by spending a day and night alone in the wilderness. On the same night, Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and the boy discovers the president in an escape pod in the forest where the pair team up in a struggle for survival.” Production of the film starts in summer 2013.
Jalmari Helander will direct and Petri Jokiranta will produce ‘Big Game‘ under Subzero, with Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Dredd) serving as executive producer.
Bounce Television is set to premiere its first original non-scripted series, “Forever Jones,” June 5 at 9 p.m. EST.
Coming on the heels of Bounce TV’s successful original special “A Forever Jones Holiday,” the new reality series will delve deeper into the daily lives and challenges of the close-knit, faith-based family and gospel group foreverJONES. The series, set in the family’s hometown of Shreveport, LA, will run original episodes Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. over a six-week period.
Coming on the heels of Bounce TV’s successful original special A Forever Jones Holiday, the new reality series will delve deeper into the daily lives and challenges of the close-knit, faith-based family and gospel group foreverJONES. The series, set in the family’s hometown of Shreveport, LA, will run original episodes Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. over a six-week period. Source
Shonda Rhimes has the Midas touch when it comes to bringing in big advertising bucks for ABC by way of her blockbuster shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” Both hit shows bring in $13 million in advertising revenues weekly. ”Scandal,” which draws 8.3 million viewers each week, brought in an estimated $100 million in ad revenue this season, Forbes reports. Not bad for a black single mother of two, right?
I thought people like Iyanla Vanzant, Patti Labelle, Oprah Winfrey were my sheroes, but I have to add Shonda Rhimes to the mix. She has made a name for herself, not because she was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth, but because she worked hard, honed her craft, and didn’t give up. She persevered in the face of adversity. Shonda Rhimes has become the face of network television — good network television. She is an indispensable part of the Disney brand.
Among black TV viewers Scandal, the first network drama written and produced by an African-American woman with an African-American woman in the lead role, is even more resonant. According to Nielsen, it’s the highest-rated scripted drama among African-Americans, with 10.1% of black households, or an average of 1.8 million viewers, tuning in.
“What Shonda Rhimes possesses is this extraordinary instinct and compass for what our audience needs,” says Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment Group. And from where he sits it’s impossible to say no–the network credits her worlds with winning it the coveted number one spot in the women’s 18-to-49 demographic in her shows’ time slots. “That Shonda is free and has a huge amount of power to pursue her vision is precisely how the magic happens.” Source: Forbes
Instead of crying “woe is me” after she graduated from USC with a Master of Fine Arts degree and didn’t have a job in the film industry. She worked at a variety of day jobs, including as an office administrator, and then as a counselor at a job center that taught mentally ill and homeless people job skills, to make ends meet. She got a break in 1995 to work as a research director on the “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream” documentary. Then, she made her directorial debut in 1998, with the short film “Blossoms and Veils.” As they say, the rest is history — fast-forwarding to 2013 and her two hit series.
I have to admit, “Scandal” more than “Grey’s Anatomy” is my weekly indulgence. Can’t wait to see this week’s episode. It’s going to be explosive!!!!
Former Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill on why she didn’t bother paying her taxes: ”I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.”
Needless to say, the judge wasn’t sympathetic to Lauryn Hill’s bullsh*t and slapped her with three months in jail and three months of home confinement. She owes the IRS $500,000. Her lawyers said she has already paid $970,000.
Patti Labelle Signs with Jeff Berg’s Resolution Entertainment, Zuri Edwards Continues as Her Manager
R&B legend Patti Labelle recently signed with Resolution, a newly formed agency that will oversee booking of her concerts, speaking engagements, television and film opportunities, Deadline reports. She will be represented by Jeff Franklin, Phil Casey and Everly Lee.
Patti Labelle is currently in the studio recording new music and will release summer tour dates shortly. I am surprised that she retained her son, Zuri Edwards, as her manager. Seems to me she did a whole lot better when her former husband Armstead Edwards was her manager.
Jay-Z claims President Obama approved of his and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba in his track, “Open Letter,” dissing his critics, President Obama begged to differ, saying, “We’ve got better things to do.”
President Obama told Today’s Savannah Guthrie that aired on NBC Wednesday morning, “I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip. My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”
There you have it, President Obama isn’t going to go out on a limb for Jay-Z and Beyonce. Guess the rap mogul got that ‘friendship’ thingy with Obama all wrong. Hey, Jay-Z, the “better things” President Obama has to do include, bipartisan support for gun control, Boston Marathon bombing investigation, burgeoning deficit, sequestration and immigration legislation.
Watch President Obama’s Interview with Savannah Guthrie:
UNIDENTIFIED RAPPER SHOT: Another rapper has been shot, but he is expected to survive. KHOU reports that gunfire erupted at the filming of a rap music video early Saturday morning just south of downtown Houston.
According to the Houston Police Department, at about 2:30 a.m. officers responded to a call of a shooting near Nettleton and Reeves streets. When they arrived, they found a man had been shot, and had the victim transported to Ben Taub Hospital in serious but stable condition.
Police said that a couple of unknown men opened fire of the production crew from across the street in a church parking lot. The rapper who was being featured in the music video was hit an unknown number of times.
The suspects fled on foot and remain at large. The name of the rap artist has not been released yet. Source
This comes days after rap executive OG Double D, whose real name is James Lewiel, was killed in a drive-by shooting on the I-20 in Atlanta during rush-hour. No suspects have been arrested.