Comedian and Actor John Witherspoon Had DiedAt 77

John Witherspoon, best known for his roles in ‘Friday,’ ‘The Wayans Bros.’ and voice of ‘Grandad’ on ‘The Boondocks’ has passed away. Reports says he went under cardiac arrest and passed shortly after.

He was 77 years old.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” his family said in a statement. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”

via Deadline:

Comedy great Witherspoon was born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon. He launched a stand-up comedy career and began acting in the late 1970s with guest-starring TV roles, making his feature debut in the 1980 The Jazz Singer.. Witherspoon appeared in numerous films, including Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, Bird and The Meteor Man.

Witherspoon was perhaps best known for his role as the grump Mr. Jones alongside Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in Friday. He also appeared in the sequel Next Friday, and was expected to reprise his role in the long-gestating final installment of the franchise titled Last Friday.

Witherspoon also voiced Gramps on the cult animated series The Boondocks. He likely would’ve returned for the series’ upcoming revival on  HBO Max. Also known for his role as Pops on The Wayans Brothers, Witherspoon did stints on such comedy series as The Tracy Morgan Show, The First Family and Black Jesus.

Even with his busy film and TV career, standup comedy remained an important part of Witherspoon’s life. At age 77, he continued to perform regularly and had several dates coming up at the time of his death.

Rest In peace Pops . We will miss the legend.

Fatherhood : Wale Struggles With Connecting Emotionally To His Baby Girl

I know you couldn’t have missed it,  Wale’s new album Wow… That’s Crazy is super deep. It’s safe to say fans have heard what he’s been going through as he raps about his life experiences.

He said during an recent interview that he touches on many of his personal issues from being a thot to not feeling affection from his parents.

“I’m literally telling you I’m this troubled bachelor that’s like.. .I’m with all these beautiful women, trying to think what I’m gonna tell them when they get alone. I’m a glutton for women I shouldn’t yearn for… shouldn’t be tempted…or maybe I like to hurt, or maybe because I was searching to find me the perfect person…”

He said those experiences are what helped shape his new album.

“Now I’m carrying the bitterness… My parents never showed much, that’s like the foundation of where we’re going through the album. I’m struggling maneuvering through the industry. An industry that’s kind of broke me down, but an industry that I won’t let break me. I’m maneuvering through that, and I’m trying to understand my life better and live a better life and stay on the right track.”

Also during that conversation, he went more into detail about how his upbringing impacted him as a father, especially to a baby girl. Wale is father to three-year-old daughter Zyla Moon. Her mother is Wale’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe Alexis. “I never really talk about this about my daughter. I struggle, my baby’s mother is an amazing mother. But me, I struggle sometimes. And I didn’t know this was gonna happen.  When you have kids, you don’t know your true self for real, especially if you have a daughter. I didn’t know I was gonna struggle with connecting emotionally to a baby girl. I do feel it, but expressing it is so different. I didn’t realize it until I started talking to people and seeing professionals like, ‘You weren’t raised like that.’

“Sometimes how you’re raised doesn’t come into fruition until you start raising somebody. I never was like, ‘Oh! Gaga goo goo’ and all this other stuff. It’s love, but it’s how I do it. And the feeling is there. I know it’s cause I ain’t really come like… My mother never sent me to school [and] kissed me on the cheek, or kissed me goodnight… It was really just a fear. We love our parents and we respect them but it’s ‘Did you sweep the floor before I come home from work?’”

Who can relate?

Issa Rae Starts Her OWN “RAEDIO” Record Label

Is “Insecure” star Issa Rae finally putting her mirror freestyling skills to dope use? The show is known for dropping some of the hottest up and coming music artists . Sis is at another bag

The 34-year-old recently shared with us that she, along with veteran record label Atlantic Records, has debute her own label – RAEDIO Records. According to RAEDIO’s official Instagram page, the company is described as:

“…’an audio everywhere company’ founded by actress and writer @IssaRae. Raedio signs artists and provides music supervision services.

”Issa also introduced her first artist, singer/rapper TeaMarrr. Her caption read:“@issarae Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO, TeaMarrr (@imaliltcup)! Check out her song and video, “Kinda Love” on all streaming platforms now!

Check out the song Here :

Jurassic World 3 : “She’s Gotta Have It” Actress DeWanda Wise Snag Lead Role

Word in the streets is that our girl DeWanda Wise  snagged a lead role in the third installment of “Jurassic World” film

She is best known for her breakout role in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” series on Netflix.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reportedly reprise their roles from the previous films, as well as Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original mega-hit “Jurassic Park.”

The third Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow.

How do you feel about her enjoying the franchise?

Chrisette Michele Reveals Why She Got Divorced

Chrisette Michele is opening up about her recent divorce. The “Epiphany” singer wed her manager at the time, Doug “Biggs” Ellison in 2016, before they split in 2018.

In details she tells the story that they tied the knot in Las Vegas and that while she had experienced much success by then, she was still very immature.

She shares,

Aston Martin Music drops. I’m in LA, a small-time millionaire, Grammy award-winning, and happily dating “grown-ups” but… I’m a child. A very successful… kid. Aaaaand, it literally never occurred to me that I’d missed a step until… Wedding Bells in Vegas (circa: 2016-2018). I walked down the aisle to “Love You Like A Love Song”, a techno club record TOTALLY meant for high heeled, couch dancing at LIV in Miami (or maybe Lavo in Vegas). Childish.”

She added after their divorce, she realized that he desired things that typically come with a traditional marriage (i.e. living in the same city and having children).

“I’m divorced now. I think I got married to try adulting on for size. Didn’t fit. My ex had latched onto the idea that adulting was a “thing”, and I’d never gotten the memo. Sure I brought home fairly large slabs of bacon, made up the bed and opened a few businesses but… it wasn’t until after we divorced that I realized he had the intentions of living in the same city, raising small opinionated beasts who would grow IN MY STOMACH, and eating at the same restaurant every Sunday.”

She ultimately revealed she’s not a fan of “settling down” at all.

“Apparently this soul quelling idea is called … “settling down”. Eeek… I just threw up in my mouth a little.”

“One of my girlfriends text me. She said, “I’m still hoping for magic for you.” She was talking about love. I wanted to say, “Is it ok for a woman not to be thinking about marriage for the same amount of time as any given man?”. I wanted to ask, “Is it enough for me to love traveling, meeting new people and long lavish walks thru Whole Foods?”. Am I “not grown-up”, if I’m not constantly wondering about love and a home for 2? To avoid experiencing normal “Yes I’m Judging You” thoughts from my home gurl, I said, “I’m not pressed”. To recreate my whole existence to fit into someone else’s? And then be stuck in one place forever? Yeah. No. Not right now.”

Chrisette, who shared that her own parents have been married for nearly 40 years, adding that she’s not against having “A Couple of Forevers” in her own life in the future, but she’s not after it right now.

Maybe I’ll be SHOCKED into a Couple of Forevers. My love language is touch and I love to cuddle. Love is…nice. I’m open minded. I’ll try new things… but ummm… it’s quite likely too late that I’ll ever grow up. I skipped over that part of my twenties and I’m not sure you ever get that back. I’m “humaning” (stole that ”word” from a pal). This is MY human experience. I’m patient enough to watch my life unfold, trust God to forgive, reveal and restore and move forward. I fall. I get embarrassed. I stay at moms, eat good, then take my vitamins and get back out there. Am I “on the market”? You can’t buy me. Am I “single”? I’m complete. Loving me is complicated, mostly because I’m content. Kids don’t love people because they have a nice house and diamonds. Kids love people because they smile, laugh at their jokes, spend time on the couch and at the movies. I’m a kid that way… don’t need anything but the simple, beautiful, present human.”

And from the sounds of it, sis just fine with being single ….LET HER BE!

Cleaning House : Ari Lennox Is Looking For New Management And Lawyer

Ari Lennox‘s team a whole MESS.? Apparently the Dreamville starlet with one of the best albums
this year is looking to replace both her lawyer and manager. She took to Twitter to break some ppl off:

“LOOKING FOR A LAWYER AND NEW MANAGEMENT.”

She continued:

“I’m so happy to know who truly cares about my well being. It’s d*mn sure not certain people that I thought…People want to be there for the accolades but not the real grind. People love you when you’re the sweet baby doll but not when you’re human. Don’t want no more fake soulless sh*t around me.”

Just weeks ago, she shockingly declared that she was over the music industry, saying that she was done performing live.

Ari tweeted:

“After this year I’ll continue to drop music. But I’m not performing anymore outside of ig live or YouTube. God is good. I will pay back what was offered to me but literally I’m too thorough to be playing with my energy. People don’t know what happens behind the scenes.”

But, when her fellow industry newbie, Summer Walker, expressed the same feelings – she, ironically, encouraged her to keep going

The music industry is like a drug , once yo7 try it if your not strong its will F*CK you up!