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THE WORD | Tyler Perry tells Gayle King: "I'm ignored in Hollywood"

On Saturday, all of Black Hollywood’s elite descended upon Atlanta to celebrate the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, the first ever fully black-owned film studio lot. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the studio has no proprietary partners or corporate backing.

The Atlanta film complex spans 330 acres with12 sound stages – larger than the Burbank, California lots owned by Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Walt Disney Studios combined. “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King spoke to Perry in Atlanta about the historic moment.

Notable guests at the grand opening gala included Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Stacey Abrams, Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish and a surprise appearance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Perry dedicated the sound stages to legends such as Oprah, Harry Belafonte, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg and even his own mother Willie Maxine Perry.

People took to social media to express their excitement over the newly opened studio.

THE WORD | Icon Diahann Carroll Passes Away

The oscar-nominated and film pioneer Diahann Carroll has lost her battle to cancer at the age of 84. Her daughter, Susan Kay, confirmed her passing on October 04, 2019. As the world and entertainment industry mourns her passing, we acknowledge her accolades.

Diahann Carroll was a pioneer who left her mark on everything she touched. In 1968 she made television history by becoming the first African American woman to have her own tv show that didn’t portray a servant role. The tv series Julia, ran for 86 episodes before it came to an end in 1971. Her portrayal of Julia Baker was a significant role because it broke away from the standard of African American’s only being portrayed on screen as servants and help. That role not only uplifted the black community and culture, it acknowledged Diahann Carroll as a force to be wreckened with, especially after it secured her Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1969.

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After Julia, her television history didn’t stop there. Carroll later, made history again as the first African American woman to star in a prime-time soap opera drama. Dynasty aired 74 episodes from 1984–1987 and her work as Dominique Deveraux paved the way for this generation to have an Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. Diahann Carroll was unquestionably a major pioneer and icon in the television industry. Aside from making history as the first African American woman to star in a soap opera drama and have her own tv series in a non-servant role she starred in timeless films like Claudine which won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1975.

With over a dozen award nominations, Carroll has been busy over the years. She’s tirelessly worked as a triple threat in television, film, and theater. Carroll has guess starred in countless shows and films like A Different World as Whitley’s mother, Eleanor Potter in The Five Heartbeats, and Aunt Ruthie in Soul Food. Her consistent work over the years secured her spot in the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Diahann Carroll’s on screen presence was one of grace and class. Her life has impacted many. We join celebrities and industry professionals as they remember her life and legacy.

THE WORD | Is Nick Cannon the new content King? He announces new daytime talkshow

Nick Cannon's entertainment domination continues to build. The media mogul landed his first daytime talk show. The syndicated program will launch in 2020 under the production hat of his Ncredible Entertainment company. Cannon went on Wendy Williams earlier this week to make the announcement.

Cannon is coming off the first season as host of Fox’s hugely successful The Masked Singer, the No. 1 new show of last season, which drew more than 17 million multi-platform viewers in its record-breaking 2018 debut. He previously served as host of NBC’s talent competition series,America’s Got Talent for eight seasons. In addition to hosting The Masked Singer and AGT, Cannon is perhaps best known for his work as a producer, creator and host for 13 seasons of the popular MTV sketch show, Wild ‘N Out, which the network has ordered through Season 16. This past July, Cannon took over the Los Angeles morning drive time radio airwaves launching Power 106’s Nick Cannon Mornings.

"After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show," Cannon said in a statement. "I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone's minds. When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.” - Nick Cannon

Below You Will find some of Cannons dope accomplishments

THE WORD|Tekashi 6ix9ine Tells All

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In a third day of testimony, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) told a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan that he was not the only well-known rapper associated with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that prosecutors say is responsible for a string of violent crimes throughout the city. 

As prosecutors were about to play a recording of a phone conversation, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was asked to identify the voices on it. He said one of them belonged to Jim Jones, whom he called a “retired rapper” and said was a member of the gang.

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On Tuesday September 17, the popular yet controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine had his first day of trial. The rapper has been incarcerated since November of last year for racketeering and gun-related charges. During his brief time spent in jail and awaiting trial there has been a lot of chatter regarding his cooperation with law enforcement. Social media has ran rampant with memes, tweets, and jokes regarding the rapper’s lack of loyalty to his team and other rap colleagues. But, with Tekashi’s testimony, those rumors were put to rest.

Tekashi was facing multiple years in jail for his crimes. The rapper has been incarcerated for the past year and since then has accepted a shorter sentence by cooperating with law enforcement as a government witness. When asked in court

“At what point did you start cooperating with the government?”

He replied “The day after”

Referring to his second day in custody. Thus, as a witness, when the rapper was asked to testify on the stand, he did the expected… snitched.

During the trial the overnight sensation, was asked several questions regarding his former gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and the role he played in the gang. According to Tekashi’s statements his role in the organization was majority fincancial benefit for the gang. He claims that the information he was given was limited as to where or whom the money went but he provided funds while they provided protection. Let’s be clear, he left no parts unsaid. He commented on inside information of the organization including initiation, and what crimes they typically performed. Along with that he went as far to naming other members and rival gang members like rapper Trippie Redd. As there was no complete video of his testimony, transcripts and quotes from that court session have been published online for all to see.

As the trial continues, more information will unfold. But after the first day it’s clear that the rappers image is largely tainted. As many fans and artists have published their opinions online. Although everyone hasn’t jumped ship and deserted the artists, his fan base does appear to be dwindling. This trial and his cooperation with the government leaves many wondering will he hang up his career or is there a possibility he will attempt to continue rapping? Considering the rapper has been incarcerated for the past 10 months and hasn’t released any music, it appears his chance for a comeback might not happen. But Tekashi 6ix9ine, has certainly proved himself to be a persistent artists and one who enjoys publicity, he might try his luck at continuing his career, it’ll definitely be interesting to watch.

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THE WORD | KEVIN HART FACES MAJOR BACK INJURIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN MALIBU!

Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 1. Hart is currently suffering major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off Mulholland Highway, rolled over and landed in a ditch in Malibu. The driver Jared S. Black also suffered major injuries. Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat with no major injuries from the accident. While Hart was rushed to medical attention both Black and Broxterman were stock in the car. 

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We are all praying for a fast recovery for those involved in the car accident. 

THE WORD | ATLANTIC RECORDS DROPS A 6 FIGURE DONATION TO NIPSEY HUSSEL FOUNDATION

I don’t think none of us are really over the passing of Nipsey Hussel. The falling rapper was killed in front of his store earlier this year. However, in 2017 the rapper began a partnership deal with Atlantic Records and his label, All Money In signing a multi-album deal. During the announcement of the deal the CEO and COO said “Nipsey is not only an extraordinary MC, but a true visionary and innovative entrepreneur. Over the past seven years, he has built an incredible brand that reflects his independent, non-traditional approach to what it means to be a creative artist in the modern music marketplace. We are thrilled and honored that he has chosen Atlantic as his label home.”

So it comes to no surprise that it reported the record label just dropped a six figure amount into the account of the Neighborhood Nip Foundation. The exact amount hasn’t been release however there is proof the good deed is legit.

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THE WORD | RYAN COOLER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE DATE OF BLACK PANTHER 2!

Wakanda Forever ! Ryan Cooler announces at the Disney expo D23, the big return to direct marvel studios’ black panther 2, in theaters May 6 2022. The first Black panther was so moving and phenomenal it had viewers glued to the screen. We are all so excited and curious to see what this next sequel is going to reveal. 

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THE WORD | THE AMAZON RAINFOREST HAS BEEN ON FIRE FOR MORE THAN 2 WEEKS! THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEMS ON EARTH!

The Amazon not only harbors much of the Earth's cultural and biological diversity,but it also plays a major role in oxygen production, carbon dioxide balance and the water cycle.

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The Amazon, is largest rainforest in the world! It’s roughly half the size of the United States. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world's oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up.

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It’s still unsure on how the fire started but people we have to do better & bring awareness to this tragedy incident. There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage and news coverage for the fires destroying the Amazon Rainforest?

THE WORD | The Lion King's Gross is $1.4 billion, but Some People Think It's Overrated!

As of August 19th, The Lion King has grossed $497.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $940.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.439 billion. The film had a global debut of $446.1 million, which is the ninth largest of all-time and the biggest opening for an animated film.

For the opening weekend, the Lion King was a must see, for both younger and older ages. As it turned out, the crowd seemed to have mixed signals for the movie. By it being the 9th largest movie of all time, was it really worth it or was it overrated?

Let us know what you think below

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THE WORD | MALCOLM X & BUMPY JOHNSON RELATIONSHIP DISPLAYED IN NEW GODFATHER OF HARLEM TRAILER

 Premium network EPIX released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. The two join forces to manage the social upheaval and mob war that looms. In the trailer, Malcolm X says to Johnson, “You have guns, but I have an army.”

GODFATHER OF HARLEM is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

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THE WORD | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 

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THE WORD | Kanye West Managed To Get Out Of $53 million In Debt In 3 Years

On Tuesday (July 9), Forbes unveiled their latest cover featuring Kanye West, who they estimated made $150 million over the past 12 months (his team insisted "the number is even higher"), making him the third highest-paid entertainer over the last year. 

This is a huge accomplishment for the Chicago kid, especially when you weigh in the fact that just three years ago Kanye claimed to be in $53 million in debt...So, how'd he do it? According to Forbes, Kanye's fortune can greatly be attributed to his Yeezy brand and partnership with Adidas.

"I'm just blessed through the grace of God to go from tweeting at Mark Zuckerberg" to ask for money, he said, to where he is today.

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Back in August, The Blast reported that Ye was just shy of joining the billionaire club, claiming that Kanye's Yeezy brand had just reached a valuation of nearly $1.5 billion. The site cited the fact that Kanye was a majority stakeholder of the fashion label as further proof he was right at the line of being considered a billionaire. 

While Forbes reported that Ye still hasn't earned the billionaire title just yet, the mag added "the never-modest" Mr. West would certainly "claim he’s there already. And then some."

THE WORD | Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer-actress #HalleBailey will be part of #Disney 's world.

Bailey, who with her sister forms R*B duo Chloe and Halle , has nabbed the starring role in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

Bailey is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.

The animated “Little Mermaid” is widely acknowledged as the movie that helped kick off the Disney Renaissance. Other films from that era that have already been adapted into live-action films include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and the upcoming “The Lion King.”


THE WORD | Is Drake The G.O.A.T ?

Drake Ties The Beatles for Second-Most Top 10s,  in the Billboard Hot100with Chris Brown’s track "No Guidance" debuting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake is getting closer to proving that his claim of having "more slaps than The Beatles" is actually true.

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 "No Guidance" becomes Drake's 34th top 10 song on the Hot 100, tying him for the second-most ever with The Beatles. What makes this all so interesting, he accomplished all this in a time span less then a decade.

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 "No Guidance" is Drake's 194th entry to the Hot 100 thus far. His first Top 10 hit on the chart was his breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had." Seems like drake is on a winning spree.


Congratulations to Drake for another win on the charts. But with this all being said does this make Drake the GOAT?

THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell. 

The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line. 

THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.

While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?

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THE WORD | Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcome fourth child

Congrats to Kanye and Kim Kardashian West on their 4th child, their second child via surrogate.  The baby boy joins his sisters North, 5, and Chicago 1, and brother Saint, 3. On "The Ellen Show" Thursday with her nieces and nephews, Kourtney Kardashian said her sister was supposed to join her but couldn't because the surrogate was in labor.

Their mother and family matriarch, Kris Jenner, appeared surprised and said she was not aware labor had started.

THE WORD | An arrest warrant has been issued for Offset of ‘The Migos’

Offset of the Migos has been issued an arrest warrant for “criminal damage to property”. The rapper is facing charges in connection to the April incident shown above where he knocks a cellphone from a fan’s hand after he was approached at a Target in Georgia. The fan, Junior Gibbons, is said to have filed a police report last week. The incident has been classified as a felony due to the cost of the IPhone. Gibbons, phone has been cracked, as shown below. Gibbons and his family state that they simply want the phone fixed. 

 

Although the case continues on, the rapper’s lawyer released a state today calling the charges brought upon his client are both “disgraceful” and the charges should be “dismissed immediately”. 

What are your thoughts? Was Offset’s privacy invaded or is being filmed by fans a part of the celebrity lifestyle?? 

THE WORD | Avengers: Endgame' Breaks Box Office Records With $1.2 Billion Global Debut

 Avengers: Endgame’s opening weekend was a success with an incredible $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.


The movie became the first film ever to exceed $1 billion during its opening weekend. It arrived at the billion-dollar mark in five days, more than twice as fast as the year-old Avengers: Infinity War, which had previously reached the record in 11 days. Endgame also set domestic and international records.

The fourth and final Avengers superhero movie beat Infinity War records by almost $100 million domestically and an impressive $560 million worldwide. China also grossed a stunning $330.5 million over the five-day launch weekend.

THE WORD | John Singleton in a coma after suffering stroke

Last week, news broke that John Singleton suffered a stroke while at the hospital. Today Thursday (April 25) TMZ repoted that, the 51-year-old's condition is worst.  He is in a coma. This was made known in a court filing made by his mother, Shiela Ward. As revealed in the court documents, she is requesting that a judge appoint her as his temporary conservator so that she can make medical and financial decisions on her son's behalf.

According to the docs, the director is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter" at this time and remains hospitalized.

Revolt reported the legal documents, Ward noted how her son was engaged in several business projects when he decided to seek medical treatment after experiencing some problems with his legs. TMZ also reports the movie executive and educator was preparing to "sign a lucrative settlement agreement" prior to suffering the stroke. Given that he does not have any medical directives, Ward is now seeking the conservatorship

Singleton, whose catalog includes films such as the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious and more, has been teaching a course at the USC Film School titled "Film and Culture." His most recent projects include the TV series "Snowfall," "The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story," "Empire"and "Billions." FX has renewed "Snowfall" for a third season, which began earlier this month.

 

 This story will be updated as more information becomes available regarding John Singleton's condition.