Posts from November 2013
by ROU Crew posted Nov 20 2013 8:53AM

There’s a new question in town: Why the hell are critics so shocked when black films do well?

Tongues are a waggin’ and headlines are ablaze because of the onslaught of commercially successful films with predominantly black casts over the past year.

The new buzzword to quantify the success of these films is “overperforming.” Not only is this not a compliment, its an insult, and African Americans even consider it a bit racist.

“So are we calling The Best Man: Holiday yet another overperforming black film or are we ready to admit that the model is wrong?” tweeted Franklin Leonard, founder of the Black List and an outspoken voice on race and Hollywood. Or Defamer’s blunt headline: “Critics need to stop being shocked that black films do well.”

Contrary to what was once popular belief in Hollywood (“That black folks don’t come out to support black films”) the past year has tested this theory and proved it wrong. ”Fruitvale Station” was the sensation of the Sundance Film Festival, ”The Butler” was a major commercial crossover, “12 Years A Slave” is the art-house breakout of the fall and an early Oscar favorite; and The Best Man Holiday gave the highly anticipated “Thor 2″ a good run for its money.

With headlines touting words like “overperforming,” some are actually calling this low-expectation racist.

Read more of this illuminating L.A. Times article on the issue of low expectations and tracking in black films here.

via www.eurweb.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 20 2013 8:47AM

Fox has put in development “Three The Hard Way,” a comedy inspired by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his best-selling book, A Father First, in which Wade reflects on being a father to two boys.

Written by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”), the Fox project, from Sony Pictures TV, centers on NBA superstar Daryl Wade, and his entourage of eccentric friends as they find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons, according to Deadline.com.

Watkins and Wade are executive producing “Three The Hard Way” with Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media and Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Troy Craig Poon through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. 

The project was originally set up at Fox by Wade and Tollin earlier this year. Lin joined in June drawn by his love for basketball and his own experience raising a young son. Tollin then brought in Watkins, with whom he has a long-standing relationship, as writer.

‘Three The Hard Way” marks the first television development project for Wade’s ZZ Prods.

via www.eurweb.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 20 2013 8:22AM

In a rare late-night appearance, Eddie Murphy joined Arsenio Hall Tuesday night and addressed a question that has followed them for years: WHY has there been no "Coming America" sequel?

The answer involves more threats and phony African princes than one might expect.  Murphy talks about his upcoming solo album “9,” collaborating with Snoop Lion, and an upcoming mockumentary he’s set to film with soul/funk legend Stevie Wonder. 

Arsenio also shared a story about how he found out his close friend was not much of a drinker that involved a fifth of Stoli vodka and a chat with a dog named Val.

Murphy then revealed he’s an occasional fan of the hit reality series, “Dancing With The Stars” and named the one celebrity (besides Arsenio) he wants to see on the show: Joe Jackson!


via www.eurweb.com


by ROU Crew posted Nov 19 2013 12:29PM

Nene Leaks tweeted that she’s “blessed to be alive” after an undisclosed illness resulted in her hospitalization on Monday.
“The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” standout included a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed, clad in a pale blue standard-issue gown with a white blanket pulled up to her stomach and both arms covered with intravenous needles.

“My arms are hurting wit these IV’s #blessedtobealive,” she tweeted to her more than 1.3 million followers, without giving further explanation.

The previous evening, she revealed that she hadn’t been well for a few days.

‘Thanks 4 tuning into RHOA 2nite! I have been very sick for the past couple of days but I wanted 2 Thank my tweetie pies,’ she tweeted on Sunday.

While the 45-year-old is yet to disclose her illness, she retweeted a message from one of her followers, @maddoxmusic, who speculated that it’s “probably from exhaustion. She has the most grueling schedule of any celebrity.” NeNe’s retweet included the message: “I work my butt off.”

Up until recently, the actress has been working back-to-back on multiple shows, playing Sue Sylvester’s nemesis Roz Washington in “Glee” and Rocky Rhoades in the now-cancelled “The New Normal,” both of which were helmed by creator Ryan Murphy.


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by ROU Crew posted Nov 19 2013 12:08PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter & Jay-Z Make Major Announcement

Barneys has canceled a planned kick-off event for "A New York Holiday," its collaboration with Jay Z, as calls for the rapper to end his partership with the high-end retailer continue to grow.

The party, which Barneys was sponsoring at an off-site location, was scheduled for Wednesday, and was intended to be a fundraiser for Jay's Shawn Carter Foundation. A spokesperson for Barneys tells the New York Daily News that the event was canceled "due to unforeseen circumstances."

Whether or not those "unforeseen circumstances" included the accusation of racial profiling levied by two shoppers against Barneys — and the criticisms Jay Z has received for continuing to work with the store — was not clear. Last month, Jay said he was holding off on deciding the fate of his BNY SCC Gallery collection (sales of which benefit underprivileged students through his Carter Foundation) until he had met with Barneys, community leaders and the New York State Attorney General's Office to discuss treatment of minority shoppers.

The CEO of Barneys soon apologized for his company's actions, and, on Friday, Jay released a statement saying he intended to move forward with the collection, under the condition that he now has a leadership role on a council "specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling."

"I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue," Jay wrote on his Life and Times website. "The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on."

Additionally, Jay announced that the Shawn Carter Foundation would now receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the BNY SCC collection (originally, it was set to receive 25 percent, with Barneys getting the remaining 75), and that the Foundation will also receive an additional 10 percent of all retail sales from Barneys stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th.

Via www.mtv.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 19 2013 11:43AM

Lauryn Hill is slated to perform two shows in New York City at New York's Bowery Ballroom November 27, according to nj.com. The shows will be on the same day, with one scheduled for 6 pm and one at 10:30 pm, as per ticketmaster.com.

This year, Lauryn Hill has faced several legal issues and career changes.

In April, the Grammy Award-winning singer-rapper spoke about an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment in a letter to fans. 

"It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes," Hill wrote. "Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music." 

In the letter, Hill also spoke about her financial complications.

"Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything," she wrote. "I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could and will be said."

In July, Hill began a prison sentence for tax charges after not paying approximately $1 million in taxes, according to abcnews.com.

In October, Hill released the song "Consumerism" upon completing a prison term.

Via www.hiphopdx.com

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by ROU Crew posted Nov 18 2013 11:38AM

R. Kelly's 12th studio album, Black Panties, is slated to drop December 10.  Now, Kellz has released the accompanying cover art, as well as the tracklist for the project.

Previously released tracks "My Story" featuring 2 Chainz, and "Tear It Up" featuring Future, do not appear on the tracklist, at least for the standard edition of the project. Without those two cuts, Black Panties has limited features, including contributions from Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, and Young Jeezy.

Below is the cover art and tracklist for Black Panties:


1. Legs Shake f. Ludacris
2. Cookies
3. Throw Money On You
4. Poetic Sex
5. Marry The Pussy
6. You Deserve Better
7. All The Way f. Kelly Rowland
8. Right Back To My Niggas
9. Spend That f. Young Jeezy
10. Crazy Sex
11. Shut Up

The cover for the deluxe version of Black Panties has also been released:

via www.hiphopdx.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 14 2013 11:31AM
Mariah Carey ain’t playing with it comes to her disdain for Nicki Minaj. Mariah recently did an interview where she spoke on the experience at American Idol with the rapper with the heavenly butt. But, that didn’t matter, because Mrs. Cannon compared coming to work with Nick Rock to going to see Satan every day. Wow. The quote is below.

“Honestly, I hated it.”

“I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment, and I was just like, ‘Okay. Randy Jackson will be there; I’ve known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn’t a big deal. This will be nothing.’ But it wasn’t that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”

Via www.allhiphop.com


by ROU Crew posted Nov 13 2013 9:53AM
Typhoon Haiyan may have killed 10,000 in the Philippines. We are all touched by the photographs and news videos of the destruction and anguish.  Our prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones and those coping with searching for lost family.

Do help out, please click to donate time or money.

Salvation Army - donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan

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Americares - www.americares.org
by ROU Crew posted Nov 12 2013 1:15PM

Anger can be an invaluable motivator but it can equally be debilitatingly blinding. Unfortunately, Spike Lee falls in the latter category as he is currently being sued by an elderly couple, Elaine and David McClain in Sanford, Florida for helping disseminate their personal address to hundreds of thousands of people.

Following the February 26th, 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman, Lee retweeted a tweet from Marcus D. Higgins which gave out George Zimmerman’s address. After discovering the address was in fact erroneous and belonged to the , Lee quickly apologized and attempted damage control:


The apology did little to subdue the negative attention the McCain couple experienced. Due to the high volume of hate mail, death threats and social media harassment, the two were forced to move to a hotel to avoid it all. The couple’s attorney Matt Morgan informed The Los Angeles Times shortly after Lee’s apology that Lee also compensated the couple.

The mixup of addresses apparently stemmed from Elaine McCain’s youngest son sharing the same name as George Zimmerman, however not sharing any familial relations. The couple is suing further as they claim the abuse they experienced that started with Lee’s March 2012 tweet extended until the conclusion of George Zimmerman’s trial in mid July 2013. 

The couple is seeking $15,000 in damages. 

Via www.allhiphop.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 12 2013 7:46AM

In a rare late-night appearance, Ediie Murphy joined Arsenio Hall Tuesday night and addressed a question that has followed them for years: WHY has there been no "Coming to America" sequel?

The answer involves more threats and phony African princes than one might expect.  Murphy talks about his upcoming solo album “9,” collaborating with Snoop Lion, and an upcoming mockumentary he’s set to film with soul/funk legend Stevie Wonder. 

Arsenio also shared a story about how he found out his close friend was not much of a drinker that involved a fifth of Stoli vodka and a chat with a dog named Val.

Murphy then revealed he’s an occasional fan of the hit reality series, “Dancing With The Stars” and named the one celebrity (besides Arsenio) he wants to see on the show: Joe Jackson!


via www.eurweb.com


by ROU Crew posted Nov 11 2013 1:20PM

Looks like Usher is about to get caught up in court….AGAIN!

TMZ reports that singer Usher is being sued by three guys for allegedly ripping off a song they wrote called “Caught Up”.

Zacharia Edwards, Mitch Moses and Vince McClean allege that  they wrote a song called, “Caught Up” back in 2002. The trio say they played their song for a honcho at Arista Records which is Usher’s label. The guy they played it for liked it and reportedly took the song  and played it for LA Reid.  Edwards, Moses and McClean say they never heard from Arista again, but 2 years later they heard their song on the radio.

Usher’s song skyrocketed on the charts and was featured in his album, “Confessions.”

Edwards, Moses and McClean are suing for unspecified damages.

Via: www.theurbandaily.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 8 2013 1:01PM

It looks like it isn’t all sisterhood and five-part harmonies in the realm of “R&B Divas.” Cast member of the LA franchise, Lil Mo didn’t take too kindly to some remarks Atlanta cast member and executive producer, Nicci Gilbert, made about her in an interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine.

According to the magazine, Nicci Gilbert tried to explain how she wasn’t really the mean girl she was made out to be on the show. As she was trying to put herself in a positive light, she threw a few of her cast mates under the bus, one being Lil Mo. Gilbert stated in the interview, “I explained everything to [media coach Dyana Williams] because originally she thought I’m like Lil Mo or Syleena [Johnson] and just flips out and says whatever the hell I wanna say.”

Nicci Gilbert also referenced Chante Moore and Lil Mo when discussing the ladies on the show who liked to stir up the drama. The magazine contacted Lil Mo for a comment on Nicci Gilbert’s remarks and Lil Mo pulled no punches. Lil Mo said she and Nicci have only interacted with each other a few times. So Nicci Gilbert wouldn’t the right person to be discussing the actions of Lil Mo.

“I’ve seen Nicci Gilbert twice in my life…I don’t know her. I just don’t do and say whatever,” the gritty singer explained. “Chances are if I’mma say something it’s because I was asked or provoked.”

While Lil Mo has really kept quiet about the other cast members of the “R&B Divas” franchises, she has been very fast in defending herself against their comments about her behavior. The “Superwoman” singer continued,”When she tried to put my integrity in question, that’s a discussion. We gonna have to sit down and talk about it. Don’t mention my name. What kind of executive does that? All the years that I’ve been in this industry, I’ve never seen no executive talk about any of their staff in an interview…Unacceptable.”

While Lil Mo and Nicci Gilbert sling insults back and forth, Gilbert and a few of the other ladies from both franchises will be hitting the road for a tour. The R&B Divas tour will consist of Nicci Gilbert, Kelly Price, KeKe Wyatt, Dawn Robinson, and other divas who weren’t named yet will be touring together. Lil Mo wasn’t asked to be on the tour and she isn’t the slightest bit concerned.

“I didn’t care. I was just like ‘good luck.’ Trust me, my show is freaking crazy. My live show with my live band is intimidating, and that’s not even being conceited or arrogant or boastful. I like KeKe [Wyatt]; I know she’s gonna kill it. I would hope that maybe she’s the co-headliner because between her and Faith [Evans], I think that was a real good call. I don’t know what anybody else is going to sing, and I really don’t care.”

This is going to be interesting to see if this plays out on a cross-franchise storyline. Make sure you watch the upcoming seasons of “R&B Divas” because you never know how this will end up.

by ROU Crew posted Nov 6 2013 12:27PM
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Evelyn Lozada is going to help her fans get in top form for the holidays with a new workout DVD. Earlier this year theBasketball Wives star signed on with Latina magazine to dish out fitness advice and now she's parlayed her expertise into a workout series. The first, titled Real Fit Female Disc 1: Abs Slim Down, offers core- and ab-toning routines so you can bear your midriff in some sexy holiday outfits.

Lozada partnered up with online fitness personality Zuzka Light for the project, but don't be nervous about the workouts being too hard-core; the routines are designed for all fitness levels.
 Via: www.bet.com

by ROU Crew posted Nov 5 2013 12:57PM

TLC member Chilli has reached her breaking point and is reaching out to all media outlets in regards to her 16-year-old son’s sexuality. Tron Austin, was targeted by MediaTakeOut after they shared an alleged rumor about Austin’s sexuality. Chilli fired back by launching a petition against MediaTakeOut and several other aspects of cyber-bullying.

The petition states:

Most of you know me as a member of the group TLC, but everyone who knows me personally knows being a MOM is my number one priority. The health and safety of my son means more to me that any accomplishment or achievement I’ve received being an entertainer. 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.

There are countless anti-bullying campaigns geared towards teens and I support the message with my own non-profit, Chilli’s Crew. If we can rally to stop bullying in schools and via social media. How much more should we support an anti-bullying message for entertainment websites that host millions of readers a month? Who are the advertisers posting on these sites? Why are they supporting a site bullying minors? We need to make the website and their advertisers accountable.

The petition can be read in its entirety here. So far, the petition has received over 3,000 signatures.

Source: www.theurbandaily.com

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