Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Talk ‘BlacKkKlansman’ And The Power Of Film

The two film giants sat down to discuss their Academy Award nominated film, BlacKkKlansman, the power of film, and it’s ability to push past entertainment, reach the people and effect change.

“This is the type of film that can change how people think. This movie is so relevant with where we’re at in this country. We need more movies like this,” says Jordan Peele on BlacKkKlasman and how the power of cinema can push past entertainment.

BlaKkKlansman, directed by Lee and produced by Peele, is the incredible true story of an American hero, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who was the first black detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, he set out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the extremist hate group the, Ku Klux Klan with the help of his colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver).  In 1978, Stallworth infiltrated the hate group going undercover, and becoming a member. No, this isn’t a Dave Chappelle skit this really happened.

Spike Lee is finally having his Oscar Moment, BlacKkKlansman, received 6 Academy Award Nominations. Lee’s debut film, She’s Gotta Have It was released in 1986. 

After more than 30 years, we’re raising our fist to say Power to Spike Lee who’s always brought Power to the People.

Via B.Scott

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T.I.’s Sister Precious In Critcal Condition

T.I. and Tiny have stopped filming “Family Hustle”  in the wake of  a bad car crash involving the T.I.’s sister.

via TMZ:

Sources close to production tell TMZ … T.I. and Tiny halted production Wednesday after learning the rapper’s sister, Precious Harris, got in a serious car accident in Atlanta earlier that morning.

It’s unclear what led to the car crash but here’s what we know … sources say Precious hit a pole, which triggered an asthma attack. The 66-year-old — who often appears on the show — was taken to a hospital where she’s now in ICU. Her exact condition is unknown. 

We’re told Tip and Tiny were devastated and decided it was best not to move forward until Precious pulled through. T.I.’s incredibly close to his sister and so is Tiny.

For Precious’ 66th birthday bash last May, Tiny gave her a shout-out and said, “I hope you know how much u mean to me. Always been my road dawg. Love u much! Hope you enjoyed your day!!”

Prayers Sent Up for The Queen hope she gets well soon.

Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut On ‘ Empire’ After Reports He Staged His Attack

Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ screen time is getting cut down big time in the as reports collect facts based on he staged the alleged attack against him.

via TMZ:

Production sources tell TMZ … Jussie was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last episode — which is being shot now —  but, 5 of his scenes have been cut, and his musical number has been 86’d.

As for the remaining 4 scenes  … we’re told he’s no longer the focus. The scene features an ensemble, meaning he’s flanked by a number of cast members.

With his duties pared down, Jussie will be spending way less time on set. Instead of working every day this week, we’re told Jussie’s working Friday and possibly Thursday, and he won’t be rehearsing.

Less work for Jussie means more work for writers, who are busy making edits. In the past 24 hours, we’re told the script has undergone multiple revisions. 

We broke the story … Jussie’s case is heading to a Grand Jury as early as Tuesday. Our law enforcement sources say the focus is presenting evidence that could lead to a felony indictment against Jussie for allegedly filing a false police report.

Backfired! This whole situation is getting ugly smh

Payless ShoeSource To Close All Remaining U.S. Stores

Stick A Fork In Payless ShoeSource because They’re DONE!

The huge retailer broke the news on Friday that they will be closing the remainder of their 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The company is also shutting down all they e-commerce operations.

via USA Today:

We expect all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May.

This process does not affect the company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual.

Liquidations sales will begin on Sunday

Who remembers rocking they Payless ProWings back in the day before they started charging $50 for “cheap shoes.”

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Colin Kaepernick Has Struck A Deal With The NFL

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached a confidential settlement with the NFL.

via TMZ:

Kaepernick and Reid had filed a lawsuit against the NFL claiming owners and league officials colluded to keep them off NFL rosters because they chose to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games. 

The league had adamantly denied blackballing Kaepernick … even after President Donald Trump publicly urged owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who didn’t stand for the anthem. 

Kap’s attorneys, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, issued a statement saying, “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL.”

“As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Reid was picked up by the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season and on Monday, the safety signed a $22 million 3-year extension. Kaepernick is still a free agent. 

You can read the official statement below.

‘All That’ Is Coming Back to Nickelodeon, Executive Produced by Kenan Thompson

All That’ is coming back !

The iconic 90s sketch-comedy series is getting a reboot on Nickelodeon with show alum Kenan Thompson as executive producer.

via Variety:

Nickelodeon will revive the program — a “Saturday Night Live” for the tween set — with an all-new cast. But the show will have callbacks to its past as well. Kenan Thompson, the long-running “SNL” cast member who got his start on television when “All That” launched in 1994, will serve as an executive producer. Nickelodeon expects some former cast members to make appearances in the series.

The sketch comedy show “stayed in the zeitgeist for many years,” Brian Robbins, president of Nickelodeon, tells Variety. “People are really fond of it.” One regular sketch, “Good Burger,” was set in a fast-food restaurant with a clueless cashier, and served up the premise for an original movie in 1997. Kids also loved recurring characters like “Walter the Earboy,” “The Spice Boys,” and “Baggin’ Saggin’ Barry.”

Thompson is one of the people who remembers the series fondly. “It means everything to me,” he told Variety. “It was my first job that I ever had. It gave me an opportunity.”

Robbins was a co-creator and an executive producer of the original run of the series, which during its time featured Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Jamie Spears, among others. Many of the cast members went on to star in other landmark Nickelodeon series, such as “The Amanda Show,” “Kenan and Kel” and “Drake and Josh.” Thompson said many of the show’s stars remain close more than a decade after “All That” went off the air.

An “All That” revival would continue Nickelodeon’s recent efforts to dig into its past to help secure its future. In recent years, Nickelodeon executives have tested new editions of one-time stalwarts like “Hey Arnold” and “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” sometimes as movie specials. Such programs can spur viewing by both parents and children, as one generation tries to interest another in favorite pieces of popular culture.

“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. “We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of ‘All That’ to the world.” He suggested the program would be “a sort of mash-up of some of the old sketches and a lot of new sketches.”

For Thompson, the idea, pitched to him directly by Robbins, was a “no-brainer.” Thompson said he and Robbins have “always remained close. He is one of my second fathers.” Thompson didn’t hesitate when Robbins suggested he work on the new program as an executive producer.

“Every time he does that, he has been right on the money. He has done it infinite times in my life,” Thompson said.

Thompson is not giving up his day job on “Saturday Night Live,” however, and he acknowledges “my time is limited.” But he expects to have some say over the show’s tone and casting, among other things. “If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read,’ he said. “I’ll be around.” He hopes the program will have a similar role at the Viacom-owned kids’ outlet. “I think it should be a staple show for Nickelodeon,” he said.

I would LOVE if the original cast members make recurring appearances with fresh, new, talent.