"It's crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago"
Back in April we got to see the second trailer for Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming biopic film that tells the life story of the famed rap group N.W.A. Today, with the film’s release date drawing ever closer, we get to check out a new interview with N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as they chat with The Hollywood Reporter magazine about their biopic film and how the themes they wrestled with back in the day are themes we are all still wrestling with today. The group members have got a lot of things planned surrounding the release of the movie, including a reunion performance and tour that will include Eminem), so they have a lot to talk about these days. Click below to read excerpts from their Hollywood Reporter interview and get ready for the return of N.W.A. More »
"I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter."
Jake Gyllenhaal has been making the promo rounds lately in support of his new film Southpaw, which opened over the weekend, and during an interview with Howard Stern on his radio program, Jake confessed that he was really super bummed that his parents wouldn’t let him star in the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks. Jake was up for the role of the lead kid, which eventually went to Joshua Jackson, but his parents wouldn’t let him take the role becuase they wanted him to focus on school instead (he was 10 years old and going into middle school). Jake told Howard that his parents refusal left him in tears … which had to have been the saddest sight in the world. More »
"I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed to be me."
There are many reasons people blame the media for some of the biggest problems impacting the world, but I think the main reason is that the media—all media, really—wields power. Something as simple as an image on the cover of a magazine can speak volumes and can send a strong message about how we should all be feeling. In this way, the media controls a huge aspect of our society’s moral compass. So, putting 35 women on the cover of a magazine—women who were all questioned and called liars at one point—sitting them down in chairs facing the world, and leaving a single empty chair sends a powerful message about the face of rape culture, and gives agencies to those most effected (and to those who still haven’t spoken out, or those victims who are surely still to come). Click inside for a better look at New York Magazine‘s latest cover.
"There are so many hits on this album"
The members of Prince‘s new band, 3rd Eye Girl, gave a new interview to 6 Music this week to announce the forthcoming release of a new album of music. Described as a “super funky” album for “super hardcore” fans, musicians Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton promise that the album will be out “soon”. At the start of this month, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl released a single titled HardRockLover … today, we learn that that song is the official first song from this as-yet untitled album. It is unknown if the other recent new songs, like Baltimore (see the just-released music video HERE), The X’s Face and What If?, will be included on this new album but considering how prolific a songwriter Prince is, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this new album features none of the newish songs he’s already released this year. Click below to read excerpts from this exciting new interview and learn all the known deets about Prince‘s forthcoming 38th studio album. More »
Posted under: 3rd Eye Girl, Prince
Sons of Monarchy
Back in April, we got to see Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam in costume on the set of his upcoming film Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Today we get to see Charlie on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, as a more modern day-looking King Arthur. Well, kinda … actually, it’s a great photo of Charlie holding the Excaliber sword and, well, I guess that’s King Arthur enough for this magazine cover photo. Click below to see the photo in full and read excerpts from his cover story feature in EW mag this week. More »
"I’m not confused ... I think the world might be - but I’m not.”
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Rachel Dolezal — the Caucasian woman who brazenly identifies as Black. OK, it’s been about a month since we’ve heard from her but, honestly, in the past 4 weeks I don’t think I’ve given her even a passing thought. But, here we are, talking about her again … because she is featured in the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine. In spite of the backlash that she received when her true ethnicity was revealed, Dolezal tells VF mag that she feels that she never deceived anyone, she absolutely identifies as Black and she is completely unapologetic about everything that went down when her story blew up in May. Rachel Dolezal ain’t done talking, click below to read what she has to say now. More »
You're gonna wanna see this
Many of us still haven’t processed the fact that, in a couple of weeks, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be no more. I haven’t watched the show regularly in a long time, but I’m going to make it a point to try and catch these final episodes, because I’m expecting some pretty great things. Stewart has been an incredible, influential and hilarious voice over many many years and I’m sure he’s going out with a bang. On Tuesday, he’s got a very special guest and I cannot wait to see how these two chop it up. Click inside for more!
"Of course Bill Cosby is guilty"
While other former castmembers of The Cosby Show have either spoken out in defense of Bill Cosby or have refrained completely from commenting on the rape allegations, actor Joseph C. Phillips (Martin Kendall on The Cosby Show) has come forward with his fervent belief that Cosby is guilty of the crimes against women that have been alleged over the years. In a sit down interview with CNN, Phillips reveals above what finally caused him to believe the allegations against Cosby and on his official website, he plainly and clearly explains why he believes “of course Bill Cosby is guilty” of raping numerous women over the years. The video above is a short watch, the treatise below is a longer read. It’s all sordid and gross but, sadly, I believe — now, more than ever — that Bill Cosby is guilty of the numerous assault claims leveled against him. More »
"Ciara was on tour, and I was looking at her in the mirror, and God spoke to me"
UM EXCUSE ME WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE NOT HAVING SEX WITH CIARA? First of all, Russell Wilson will always get all the props in the world because HE’S NOT FUTURE. Okay? Yes. Thank you Russell, thank you for not being Future. But I have to admit that I busted out laughing when I saw that he gave an interview and publicly declared that he’s not having sex with his new girlfriend… and that it’s because he received a direct message from God about leading Ciara down a different path. Now, it’s not that I don’t believe God sometimes sends direct messages to believers… it’s just that, well, it’s kinda funny to think about God being all like, “Nah dude. Don’t even hit that yet.” Click inside for more!
Posted under: Ciara, Russell Wilson
It ain't easy bein' Nori
This weekend I’ve been hanging out with some old friends and Boston and my super-awesome sister who is also maybe insane offered to watch ALL THREE of my babies so I could get just a little crunk (the kids still say “crunk,” right?). This morning I was missing my babes just a teeeeny bit, which is partly why I was thrilled to see Amber Rose’s Baby Bash back on Instagram. And I had to check in on little North West, who is gearing up to enter big sisterhood—and she is having a few struggles. Click inside for more!
Posted under: North West