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the Hughes Brothers Come Back from the Dead

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Back in the early ’90s, when black filmmakers were making movies about teenage crime in urban areas, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Menace II Society’ were clear standouts. The latter was directed by twins Albert and Allen Hughes, aka the Hughes Brothers. The brothers were responsible for igniting the careers of Larenz Tate, Clifton Powell Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Tucker.

Since their 2001 film ‘From Hell,’ which starred Johnny Depp, the brothers have been low-key. But their latest collaboration with Denzel Washington in ‘The Book of Eli’ has brought them back into the spotlight.

Co-starring Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals, the Warner Bros.’ post-apocalyptic thriller revolves around a lone warrior, Eli (Washington), who must fight to expose knowledge that could bring civilization back from the brink of destruction. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who’s determined to take possession of the book that Eli’s guarding.

While attending this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the Detroit siblings, along with Washington, spoke about their film and waiting so long for the right project.

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Hip Hop Star Lil Kim Dancing with the Stars

March 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Lil Kim makes an appearance on Dancing with the Stars.  Click the image to see the performance!

Oprah Warns Rihanna Publicly

March 9, 2009 1 comment

Oprah Winfrey (left) has publicly warned Rihanna to stay away from Chris Brown, saying he will assault her again. HOLLYWOOD – OPRAH Winfrey has publicly warned Rihanna to stay away from Chris Brown, saying he will assault her again.

"Both Chris Brown and Rihanna, if I were your friend, I would call you up and I would say, ‘Give it some time, get yourself some counselling, take care of yourself, heal yourself first,’" Oprah said.

"Love doesn’t hurt. I’ve been saying this to women for years – love doesn’t hurt. And if a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again. I don’t care what his plea is, he will hit you again.’

Dr Boyce, CNN: “Chris Brown is Not a Monster”

March 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Click the image to watch the video.  In this clip, Dr. Boyce Watkins appears on CNN to say that “Chris Brown is not a monster”. 

Lawyer: Rihanna Has to Testify if Called to Trial

March 9, 2009 2 comments

Rihanna’s attorney says the singer would testify against Chris Brown if called as a witness in her boyfriend’s assault case. Donald Etra, who is representing the 21-year-old Barbados native, said Friday that Rihanna would be required by law to testify if prosecutors subpoena her.

Etra appeared in court Thursday when Brown made his first appearance on charges of assaulting and making criminal threats to his superstar girlfriend. Brown’s arraignment was postponed until April 6.

Etra said Rihanna did not want a "no contact" order issued against Brown, but that she will report any violations of an order prohibiting the 19-year-old singer from threatening, harassing or harming his girlfriend. A court order grants her the authority to record any violations of the order.

The order is not uncommon in cases where a victim says he or she doesn’t want to completely cut off communication with a person, said Steve Cron, a Santa Monica criminal defense attorney who has represented celebrities such as Paula Poundstone and Scott Weiland.

"There are limits to when you can record phone calls and conversations," Cron said. "She can record those conversations if it’s for the purpose of showing there’s a violation of the restraining order."

Etra said Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, wants the case over with quickly. "She wants to get along with her life and career," he said.

 

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On the Other Hand: Dr Boyce and Madeline Talk Chrianna, Octomom and More

March 8, 2009 1 comment

Dr Boyce Watkins and Madeline Hatter discuss Chris Brown,  Octomom and other political issues in this episode of “On the Other Hand”.  Click the image to watch!

 

Black News: DL Hughley’s CNN Show Finally Canceled

March 6, 2009 3 comments

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Comedian D.L. Hughley was pummeled by critics when his weekend talk show debuted on CNN last fall. "What the hell was CNN thinking?" a columnist forAdAge asked after watching the first episode. It remains unclear what was running through the minds of CNN execs when they signed him up for the spectacularly unfunny program featuring painfully awkward interviews. But the network may have come to its senses or at least decided to cut its losses. A source tells us that CNN has decided to cancel the show due to "budgetary constraints."

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