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R. Kelly Compares Himself to Bill Cosby — ‘the Good One’ — and Other Revelations From His GQ Story

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As acknowledged early in Chris Heath’s GQ profile of R. Kelly, the singer has never really spoken much about the various accusations lobbed against him throughout his career: alleged sex with minors, a marriage to a then-underage Aaliyah, that sex tape. Recently, R. Kelly walked off the set of HuffPost Live after repeatedly refusing to answer any questions about the controversies that have clouded his career. However, Kelly agreed to talk about all of it in a three-day interview featured in GQ’s February issue.

Speaking to the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a female relative as a child, Kelly refers to a “generational curse” within his family in which victims grow up to be victimizers, the obvious elephant in the room being the multiple women who’ve alleged that Kelly had sex with them before they were 18.

Responding to this later, Kelly opens up a whole new can of worms:

Generational curse doesn’t mean that the curse can’t be broken. Just like having no father, that’s a generational curse. Which is why, when my kids were born, I was Bill Cosby in the house. You know, the good one. You know, let’s be clear there: how we saw Bill Cosby when we were coming up.

Also like Cosby, Kelly has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing with any of his accusers; he has never been convicted of a crime relating to any of the accusations made against him.

I think, man, abso-effing-lutely I’ve been treated unfair. Yes. I’m not, you know, this innocent guy with a halo over his head. No, I love women. Do I like to sleep with underage girls? Absolutely not. I’ve said it a million times. But do I have people trying to destroy my career? Absolutely.

As for the 50+ accusations of sexual assault lobbed against Cosby, R. Kelly claims he’s not sure.

“Well, my opinion on that is, I don’t know what happened,” Kelly says. “[A]ll I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there’s something strange about it. … [W]hen you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true.”

Kelly also speaks — almost — to the rumor that he married Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27, saying that he doesn’t speak about it at the behest of her parents. (Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 when she was 22.)

Well, unfortunately when there’s two parties involved in any situation, both parties have to be respected. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself in a way to respect someone else’s wishes, and to respect someone else’s passing…. People can say, “Hey, well, he’s just trying to protect hisself.” Well, I have nothing to protect myself from. I’m still successful.

You can read the full piece on R. Kelly here.

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January 20, 2016
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Jada Pinkett Smith Expresses Gratitude to Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Academy for “Quick Response” Amid Diversity Controversy

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Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted support to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Tuesday, January 19.

The outreach was in regards to the boycott uproar following the lack of diversity shown in this year’s nominations from the Academy. Pinkett Smith, took to Facebook on January 18 with a powerful message to the African American Community voicing her opinion stating to African Americans, “We must stand in our power.” At press time, the video had already reached 7 million views.

As a response to Pinkett Smith’s Facebook post and the growing number of others who have suggested to boycott the Oscars, the Academy’s President Cheryl Boone Isaacs responded with this message on Tuesday:

“While we celebrate [the nominees’] extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion,” she said in a statement. “This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”

 

Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) posted two tweets;

In her first tweet, she posted, ” I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, (pt1)

In a follow-up tweet, she posted, “for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future. (pt2)

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CW Releases First Footage for ‘Wonder Woman’

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TRENDING NOW: Warner Bros. and DC teased some new clips and fleshed out a back story for Wonder Woman on Tuesday night’s Dawn of the Justice League special on The CW.

The clips reveal that Wonder Woman will have content set in the past with Diana (Gal Gadot).  “We are going to see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” says Gadot in the new clip.

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Nate Parker’s Film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ to Premiere at Sundance

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Nate Parker wrote, directed, and stars in this ironically titled biopic of Nat Turner, the slave who led a historical rebellion in 1830s Virginia.

Based on true events, The Birth of a Nation is the long-awaited story of Nat Turner, the American-born slave who would lead the most successful slave rebellion in American history. Having appeared as an actor in several features at the Sundance Film Festival (Arbitrage, Red Hook Summer), Nate Parker returns to the Festival with this bold, compelling, and deeply inhabited first-time feature—and proves that he is an ascending triple-threat talent.

About the Film: “The Birth of a Nation”

When a little slave boy, Nathaniel “Nat” Turner, was taken to meet the Elders in the deep woods of 1800s Southampton County, Virginia, it was determined he would be a prophet. It became evident that the unusually intelligent boy would become able to read, so he was encouraged to study the Holy Bible and be a preacher to his fellow slaves. But when Nat’s master decides to profit from his preaching skills by putting him on an inter-county preaching tour, Nat begins to see the full contours of slavery and is moved to become a different kind of leader.

 

more information at: http://www.sundance.org/projects/the-birth-of-a-nation

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Your Guide to Meek Mill’s Latest Feud, This Time With 50 Cent

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Part-time rapper and full-time internet troll Meek Mill is at it again. This time he and 50 Cent are feuding because there wasn’t anything good on TV and they were both out of lives on Candy Crush.

In a track on Meek’s new EP 4/4 called “Gave ‘Em Hope,” the Philly rapper takes several digs at 50 Cent, the most incendiary accusation being that 50 Cent is gay, which is something that rival rappers have been saying about 50 for years. “I got 50 reasons say you’re taking dick,” Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend raps in the second verse.

And so the two were off.

Round One

In a series of Instagram posts, 50 fired back at Meek: “LMAO Hey s**t head, your career is over already,” 50 wrote. “You better focus on getting Nikki [sic] pregnant so you can at least get child support.”

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50 also began referring to Meek Mill as “Meeka,” posting a photo of Meek Mill’s face Photoshopped onto a woman’s body, referencing Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover. In several other posts, 50 repeatedly called Meek “retarded.”

The Winner: Admittedly, 50 set a low bar, managing to be transphobic, ableist, and misspelling the name of one of the biggest rappers in the game all at once. This one goes to Meek.

Round Two

As he did with Meek’s last feud, Toronto politician Norm Kelly got involved, tweeting at Meek a photo of himself holding the letter “L,” as in loser.

In a lengthy response, Meek Mill posted a photo of himself holding just a whole bunch of cash, addressing both 50 and Norm’s disses.

“Ya son hate you smfh!” Meek wrote of 50. “Ya swag on below ‘0’ lol hold up….. U always hating on [P]uff [Daddy] and Hov [Jay Z] other go getters from ya city…… U going broke and you miserable …. U really miserable bro…. You like 40 on the internet all day.”

As for Norm Kelly, Meek called him an “old white racist man.”

Kelly fired back, posting Meek’s photo on Twitter writing, “When your girl lets you take pics with her money.”

The Winner: It’s Norm, guys.

Round Three

After a night at Pole-A-Thon in Dallas (sure), 50 got back to blasting Meek, posting a mock program from his funeral on Instagram.

At this point, someone tweeted both Meek and 50, saying that there were more important issues at hand, namely the toxic tap water in Flint, Michigan.

Meek responded on Instagram, saying he’d donate $50,000 to help the city out. 50 also responded, but with another meme, instead of a contribution. “You know you only trying to donate so you can try and use it in court 💩head,” he wrote. “You don’t have money to give away. When Nikki [again, sic] find out you playing with her money boy, oh boy your [sic] in for it.”

The Winner: Is Meek going to pull through with a win???

Round Four

In a post, ironically, on Instagram, The Game criticized the online nature of Meek and 50’s feud which, as you may have noticed, has only involved one song but a whole host of memes.

“So, this is what it’s come to these days???” The Game wrote. “WTF happened to REAL hip hop & the classic way of handling rap feuds??? Never thought I’d see the day when rap beefs were won over iPhone apps & s**t. We went from learning from & respecting the O.G.’s to learning from & depending on I.G.’s lol.”

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January 19, 2016
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LA Times releases shocking new video surrounding “Oscars So White” controversy

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According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, people of color buy about 1/2 of all movie tickets in the US, but make up only 1/4 of roles onscreen. The Academy Awards has been under fire for not acknowledging the efforts in cinema made by people of color and fans and entertainment insiders are speaking out.

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See the new video the newspaper released surrounding the “Oscars So White” controversy.

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Jada Pinkett Smith puts the Academy Awards on Blast

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Jada Pinkett Smith has voiced her opinion of the ‘Oscars so white’ feud in a very public way. The wife of Will Smith, 2016 Oscar snub nominee, released a two minute video Monday that voiced her opinion about the Academy Awards. In the video, Jaden and Willow’s mom, sat down calmly and spoke directly into a video monitor asking a question, “Is it time that people of color recognize, influence, that we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”

The actress continues by saying, “I ask the question, have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledge or respect of any group. That maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect, and acknowledge ourselves in a way in which we are asking others to do, that [that] is the place of true power.”

Smith says she believes, “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose. To invite whomever they choose. And, now I think that it’s our responsibility [now] to make the change. Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”

She went on with more powerful words. She ended by acknowledging Chris Rock, who is set to host the Oscars for a second time. In her shout out to Rock, Smith said, “Hey Chris, I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won’t be watching, but I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year but you my friend, good luck.” Smith acknowledged the viewers by saying, “And to the rest of you, nothing but love, always.”

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You can see the entire video here: https://www.facebook.com/jada/videos/10153983404106320/

 

 

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Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson, left, in a scene from “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” a 10-part series debuting Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 p.m. EST Tuesday. The 48-year-old acting veteran felt like there was no reason to meet with O.J. Simpson while preparing for his American Crime Story role.

“I didn’t want to. There was no reason to,” he told People during the FX Winter TCA Press Tour Saturday.

The FX series is based on “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the 1996 nonfiction book by lawyer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Despite the elapsed decades, executive producer Brad Simpson told the Associated Press, the timing is right to contribute to the “endless conversation” about race and justice in America, now dominated by police shootings of African-Americans and ensuing protests.

FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, also stars Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Selma Blair, David Schwinner, Connie Britton, Nathan Lane, and Sarah Paulson.