Idris Elba to Play Gangster Rapper in ‘The Trap’; Replaces Jamie Foxx

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Idris Elbawill replace Jamie Foxx as a gangster rapper in Harmony Korine’s “The Trap,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Benicio Del Toro, Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino also star in the film, which Focus Features is in negotiations to acquire for U.S. distribution.

Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, “The Trap” finds Del Toro playing an ex-con out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend (Elba) who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier.

Franco will play Elba’s drug-addled manager, while Pacino will play Del Toro’s parole officer. Pattinson will play a surfer who helps Del Toro exact revenge.

John Lesher (“Birdman”) will produce via his Le Grisbi banner along with Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz and DCM Film’s Marc Schmidheiny.

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Father Shoots Son Over Orange Juice

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Eldridge Dukes Mugshot Source: Baton Rouge Police Dept. / Baton Rouge Police Dept.

Here’s a funny, not funny, story about a father who shot his son in the ares.

A man in Louisiana is under arrest for shooting his son in the buttocks over an argument about the lack of orange juice in the house. The father said that the son damaged his home, and broke a vase. That’s when he armed himself with a gun, and chased the son out, firing a few shots. One of those shots caught his son in the behind. The injuries were not life-threatening. (Reuters)

People are doing the absolute most these days.  SMH

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Ethnic Castings? Looks Like White People Are Starting To Feel Disenfranchised By Black Excellence On TV

Originally posted on 93.1 WZAK:

Kerry, Taraji, Viola Source: Steve Granitz, Michael Tran, Jeff Vespa / Getty

What should be a celebration of the amount of faces of color we’ve been able to experience on prime time TV has turned into a whine session on Deadline about Black actors in lead roles of shows that are killing the ratings game right now, as if we don’t deserve the roles in the first place. With this bold inquiry: Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?, we’re left waiting for Nellie Andreeva at the do’!

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Ethnic casting? Ethnic. Good thing Andreeva defined what she mean by that loaded word: “a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps.” The flaw in this explanation is that White actors stand alone as “Caucasian,” as every other actor of color is…

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The ‘New Black’ Mentality Is Causing More Harm Than Good, So Please Black Celebrities, Do Better

Originally posted on 93.1 WZAK:

Pharrell, Raven, Don, Common Source: Vincent Sandoval, Kevin Mazur, Karwai Tang, Jason LaVeris / Getty

Last year Pharrell Williams, in an interview with Oprah, declared that he was a proud member of the “New Black.” In his contrived version of reality, “New Black” people do not blame “other people” for their problems. Instead, they assert themselves in society and probably chase that good ol’ American Dream.

Last year Raven-Symoné demanded that she not be seen as “African-American,” but rather just American. She also informed us all of her “interesting grade of hair,” as she aimed to negate her Blackness. This week she essentially defended a former Univision host who compared Michelle Obama to an ape. Hip-hop artist Common also informed us that Black people can end hundreds of years of racism and systematic oppression by extending a “hand of love,” to White people.

MUST READ: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why ‘He…

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Angie Ange Hot Topic: FLOTUS Shaved Her Head???… [VIDEO]

Originally posted on 93.9 WKYS:

Michelle Obama Source: Getty / Getty

Our amazing First Lady Michelle Obama made a guest start appearance on Jeopardy last night where she had prerecorded questions regarding healthy eating.  Now it was probably the lighting and the fact that she had her hair pulled back and we couldn’t see the back to know that it was a pony tail, but from the front it appeared she had shaved her head! Twitter went into a frenzy questioning the First Lady’s health, but clearly upon a second glance you can see her hair is pulled back tightly, classically known as the “snatch back.”  The world can rest easy…meanwhile..did you get the answers right or nah?…

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Food For The Soul Recipe: “Roast Chicken And Sweet Potatoes”

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2 tablespoons whole-grain or Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1 1/2-2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges


1. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven to preheat.

2. Combine mustard, thyme, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl; spread the mixture evenly on chicken.

3. Toss sweet potatoes and onion in a bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and spread the vegetables on it. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.


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Be A Boss: Dame Dash Defends His Harlem Money-Making Logic To All You Chatty Patties

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Dame Dash Explains His Breakfast Club Interview

Dame Dash’s infamous Breakfast Club interview has hit viral capacity. The former Rocafella CEO recently clarified his ‘don’t call another man daddy’ logic and says you chatty patties have the game all wrong!

Via S2S Magazine reports:

Damon Dash talks about how people can gain financial independence and responds to the criticism he received after his Breakfast Club interview. He sat down with Hip Hop Motivations Kenyatta “The Barbara Walters Of Hip Hop” in the video.

“Our job is to protect our generations”…The difference between me and everybody else is instead of buying the Bugatti right now I’m gonna invest in an art gallery …with a million dollars I’m not gonna buy something to drive, that’s just me.”

In addition to that, streetwear company Karmaloop may have to close its doors unless investors can come in and save the day and Dame Dash…

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T.I. Explains Why He’s Making “ATL 2,” Stereotypes In “Get Hard,” & More

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T.Iis back on his Hollywood flow and he’s one of the stars in the new movie Get Hard starring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. We sat down with T.I. to discuss his role in the film and some of the backlash it’s getting over the many racial jokes.

The “All About The Money” rapper told us:

“Nobody is going to break a stereotype. They come from a lack of information due to a lack of experience and a lack of diversity. And there will always be people in certain areas that have no idea about what people in other areas live like and as long as that exists, there will be stereotypes.

The thing about stereotypes is that some of this stuff really happens, so what people does becomes a stereotype and not a depiction of the truth.”

Tip goes on to say that a whole bunch of people…

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Here’s Patti LaBelle Dancing to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’

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It’s been a big week for Patti LaBelle—the 70-year-old singer guest-starred on Empire last week, and last night she had a big moment on Dancing with the Stars.

LaBelle flaunted her stuff and showed off her salsa moves to none other than 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” LaBelle was shaking what her mother gave her with such intensity that host Tom Bergeron remarked,  “Patti LaBelle holding it together, literally in places.”

Related: An Animated Questlove Chases Patti LaBelle & Fried Chicken: Watch

LaBelle earned a 28 out of 40 score from the judges.

Judge Bruno Tonioli compared the “Be Yourself” singer to a character from Empire: the high-powered record exec Cookie Lyon played by Taraji P. Henson. “So Cookie! So Empire!” Tonioli exclaimed.


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Anthony Anderson To Host UNCF Evening Of Stars, Performers Announced

Originally posted on AM 1310: The Light:

Kem 'What Christmas Means' Holiday Tour Concert With Kem, Patti LaBelle, The Isley Brothers And Anthony Anderson Source: Paul Warner / Getty

Actor Anthony Anderson will host the 36th Annual UNCF Evening Of Stars at the Atlanta Civic Center on April 12. The United Negro College Fund’s annual show highlights the importance of minority education.

Guests will definitely be entertained during the show. The performers that have already signed on include K. Michelle, Yolanda Adams, Estelle, and Jussie Smollett from the hit FOX TV series, “Empire.” The show is set to air on April 26 at 8 pm Eastern on the BET Network.

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