UNCLE JAY FOR THE WIN: Jay Z Just Won a Bidding War to Create a Docuseries and Movie About Trayvon Martin

Jay Z and film studio Weinstein Company are teaming up to helm movie and television projects about Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.

“His death is here to teach us to save a generation of kids,” rapper says of six-part series. “It’s hard to watch, but important to see”

Jay Z recently acquired the rights to two books ­– Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin authored by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – which will serve as the basis for the projects.

Suspicious Nation is told from the perspective of covering the Zimmerman trial for NBC. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member in the Florida community where he and Martin both lived, shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old. Zimmerman was acquitted on a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. The verdict sparked protests nationwide. Rest in Power reflects on Martin’s childhood and the aftermath following the death of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s son.

The planned works include a six-part docuseries that Jay Z will produce and a narrative feature film that will be developed by the studio.

Jay Z has been a strong advocate in seeking justice and speaking against inequality in recent years. In 2013, he and Beyoncé participated in a rally for Martin in New York. Last year, Jay Z tackled police brutality in his protest song “spiritual” and his Tidal company donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter-related causes.

Earlier this month, Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein discussed the six-part documentary series Jay Z executive produced, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which delves into the need for criminal justice and prison reform during an event at Spike TV’s New York studios. Browder was arrested at age 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and spent more than 1,000 days at the notorious prison facility Rikers Island without a trial. He later took his own life at age 22.

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IT’S ALL FUN & GAMES UNTIL…: Taraji P Henson & Nia Long’s Rumored ‘Empire’ Set Feud Allegedly All Began with a Race Joke!

Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long’s reported feud allegedly started when Henson joked that Long was on her period.

The whole thing began, according to TMZ, when Long showed up late on set and one actor joked, “Damn, why are you on black people time?”

When Long got upset, Henson, who is said to be protective of her Empire cast and crew, stepped in and asked, “What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?”.

The two fell into a heated argument, TMZ reports, and it doesn’t look like things have improved between the two of them since then, judging by a statement from Long’s reps claiming she did the show because of her longtime friendship with her Best Man co-star Terrence Howard.

The statement went on to say that the timing of the alleged accusations coincided with the mid-season premiere of Empire, suggesting that it was all a ratings ploy. That’s certainly possible, but it’s funny how we get more of this story each day for it to not have any truth to it.

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TIME FOR MESS: Trey Songz Has a Few Choice Words About Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Didn’t Have Sh*t Before We Did ‘Bottoms Up'”

Trey Songz visited Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club radio show to discuss the latest in his career. During his interview, the “Animal” musician seemed to still be displeased at the way collaborator Nicki Minaj came for him on Twitter.

When host Charlamagne Tha God asked the R&B singer if the rap sensation apologized to him for calling him out, Trey offered up some words on the situation.

“No, she hasn’t, and Nicki, I love you,” he said. “And Nicki said she gave me six platinum, but let’s keep it real, Nicki ain’t had sh** before ‘Bottoms Up.’” The latter is Songz’ 2010 hit featuring Minaj. Minaj claims that she was responsible for the success of the song.

“I love you Nicki, I love you,” he continued. “You came at me wrong, you disrespected me, but I love you.”

If you can remember, Minaj said that Songz didn’t do enough to defend her after Remy Ma’s scathing “shETHER” diss last month, where Remy accused Minaj of sleeping with Trey and several other men.

After deleting his initial tweets, Songz wrote on Twitter, “Even when you stay out of the way, they will have ya name all in some sh**. Wake up to new comedy everyday. Focus.”

In response, Nicki wrote “Lol, what u SHOULD b saying is that it’s not true, seeing as it’s not. Real ni**az do real things. I done gotchu 6 million plaques,” to which Trey tweeted, “You need to be mad at Remy Nicki cause if you check my Instagram feed I already denied it on video so words didn’t get misconstrued. I didn’t post anything indirect. I gathered a understanding of events and then spoke my piece. You just mad. I still love you.”

Watch Trey’s interview below. Check out his Nicki comments around the 22-minute mark:

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CLANK CLANK: Erica Dixon Arrested for Disorderly Conduct following Confrontation with Atlanta Police Officers

Have you been wondering what former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Erica Dixon is up to? Unfortunately, the VH1 personality was recently man-handled by police officers and thrown in jail.

On Wednesday night (Mar. 22), Erica was pulled over by Atlanta cops for speeding. After accepting a speeding ticket, she drove off. However, the cops thought she was fleeing the scene and chased her down to a gas station. After a few words, Erica was then forced out of the car by at least 5 officers and arrested for disorderly conduct.

Video footage of the incident was released by TMZ.

Erica was initially pulled over for speeding, however, she also admitted to the officers that she had consumed 3 shots of Grand Marnier brandy. An officer advised her not to drive home. In the video footage, you can hear Erica say “Now, I feel like I’m being harassed,” after the officers refused to call her taxi. She then hopped in her car and drove off, which prompted the brief car chase.

According to the police report, the officer told Erica to call a friend to come pick her up, but she refused. She also refused to submit to a field sobriety test.

Erica and the officers exchanged words at the gas station. She did not cooperate when one cop asked her to step out of the vehicle. Several male cops then attempted to physically pull her out of her vehicle. “It takes five men to pull me out of a car?” a frustrated Erica says.

“This is ridiculous! What am I being arrested for?”

Erica was also unclear as to why she was being arrested and stated the officers failed to mirandize her. Nonetheless, she is placed in handcuffs and taken to a nearby detention center.

Though she was cited with disorderly conduct, Erica was later released. She has not publicly commented on the incident or arrest.

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STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE: Judge Puts Phaedra Parks Divorce from Apollo Nida On Pause; Says it’s “Unfair to Apollo”

Well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board when it comes to the divorce of everyone’s favorite southern bell, Phaedra Parks from her husband, Apollo Nida. According to docs obtained by TMZ, a judge tossed out her divorce judgment because it was said to be “unfair to Apollo.”

According to the report, The judge said he was troubled by a number of things, including Phaedra “intentionally misspelling the parties names.”

In the docs, this show stopping judge also said he was troubled Apollo was given the impression he would attend future divorce hearings from prison, which was always out of the question.

Apollo was also not informed of the final hearing or served with docs notifying him the divorce was final. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes next. Sorry, Phaedra!

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FIRST LOOK: Iggy Azalea Twerks All Over Hong Kong in Booty-Filled Music Video: ”Mo Bounce”

With her latest single — which she released yesterday (Mar. 23) — Iggy Azalea is back and she has one request: “mo’ bounce” (“more bounce,” for those who don’t speak Iggy). Just one day later, the rapper shared the song’s visual component that sees Azalea maintain a mostly straight face while her booty does most of the talking.

Shot in Hong Kong, Azalea enlists a handful of women in ages ranging from young adult to just plain young (a little girl shows off her break dancing skills) as they, too, bounce to the beat.

“Mo Bounce” is the first single off Azalea’s upcoming album, Digital Distortion, which is set to be released sometime this summer.

Watch Azalea’s twerk-filled video below. (Disclaimer: may be NSFW)

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TUNED IN OR TUNED OUT?: USA’s Biggie and Tupac True Crime Series Casts Luke James, Aisha Hinds, LeToya Luckett in Starring Roles

Unsolved, an upcoming crime series for the USA Network which will depict the unsolved murders of rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, has announced three actors who will appear on the show.

The New Edition Story’s Luke James, Underground and Shots Fired’s Aisha Hinds and singer LeToya Luckett are slated to appear as prolific figures in Biggie and Pac’s lives. James will portray Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Hinds will play Voletta Wallace (Biggie’s mother), and Luckett will play Sharitha Golden, the estranged wife of former Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight.

The show is said to be told from the perspective of former LAPD Detective Greg Kadin, who will be played by Josh Duhamel. Wavyy Jonez will portray Biggie Smalls, while Marcc Rose will play Tupac Shakur in the show. Rose is reprising his role as Shakur, who he played in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton.

Will you be watching the show?

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FIRST LISTEN: Iggy Azalea Premieres Booty Bouncing New Single Appropriately Titled “Mo Bounce”

Apparently, we need “Mo Bounce” in the house.

After teasing it for the past week, Iggy Azalea is back with “Mo Bounce,” the new single off her upcoming sophomore album Digital Distortion .Produced by The Stereotypes and Far East Movement, the banger is a club anthem, while the Australian rapper spits about her lifestyle.

“Little bit of ratchet, little boujee, you should all know,” she rhymes. “Everybody got opinions, yeah, like assholes / You ain’t gotta worry ’bout those / ‘Cause they assholes / We just came to party.”

I-G-G-Y spoke about the track during an interview with Beats 1. “This is my intentional single,” she said. “I wanted to put out the Uzi record, where I feel like it’s maybe more hip-hop, more about rapping verses. To me, this is about the whole sound, as an entirety.”

“Mo Bounce” is a single off Digital Distortion, the follow-up to 2014’s The New Classic. The album is said to feature collaborations with YG, Jeremih, and Lil Uzi Vert. A video for the single, shot in Hong Kong and directed by Lil Internet, drops Friday.

Sneak peeks at the video along with the sound of the song, suggests there’s about to be plenty “booty bouncing” once it premieres on Vevo tomorrow (Friday.)

Listen to “Mo Bounce” below.

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PER USUAL: Comedian Katt Williams is Having Legal Trouble; Sued by Former Assistant Who Claims He Once Held Her Captive as “Punishment”

It appears Katt Williams‘ legal troubles continue to stack up. The 45-year-old comedian is being sued by a former assistant who claims she endured multiple incidents of abuse from Williams. The former assistant, Yadira Torres, revealed she is the same woman Williams punched back in July 2016 at Sportsmen’s Lodge restaurant in Studio City. However, this altercation was only one part to her overall alarming experience.

In documents obtained by TMZ, Torres further stated that Williams verbally abused her, shortchanged her with payments, and once “restrained” her in a hotel room for three hours as “punishment.” It’s not clear as to what propelled Williams to do such a thing.

Torres also revealed that Williams left her stranded at an Atlanta airport for 24 hours with no money to catch a flight back home.

One can’t help but see disturbing parallels between Williams’ real life and his many famous pimp characterizations. Torres’ accounts make things not so funny anymore. Williams has yet to reply to the lawsuit.

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I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE: Nicki Minaj’s Enemies Remy Ma & Mariah Carey Team Up for “I Don’t” Remix (LISTEN)

Nearly two months after dropping her YG-assisted single “I Don’t,” Mariah Carey taps Remy Ma for the official remix.

As most of us will think, Remy’s placement on the remix is likely no coincidence. She is currently in a heated feud with Nicki Minaj, who famously beefed with Mariah during their stint together on “American Idol.” Remy also used a Mariah soundbite on her Nicki diss track “Another One.”

Rhyming and singing over the original, the Bronx bombshell delivers a verse about love gone awry. “Instead of looking at how far we’ve come,” she raps. “I’m regretting it, damn, are you dumb? / Wanted kids and thought you’d father them / Now? I wouldn’t even bother, hun.”

Produced by Jermaine Dupri, “I Don’t” is a single off Mariah’s forthcoming album, which may also feature a collaboration with Bryson Tiller.

Listen to the Remy-mix below.

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THE NERVE?: Guess How Much Kendu Is Demanding In Spousal Support From Mary J. Blige?

Mary J. Blige is still battling her ex-husband Kendu Isaacs in court in a bid to finish up their divorce settlement and move on with her life. It looks like Isaacs is trying to get as much money out of the divorce as he can, which comes as a surprise to no one based on his actions since splitting with the famous R&B singer. Isaacs recently filed paperwork with the court, requesting spousal support payments from Blige that total more than $100k per month.

Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs don’t have any children together so there are no child support issues involved in their nasty divorce battle. That hasn’t stopped Mary J.’s ex-husband from trying to take her to the cleaners, demanding a pretty shocking amount of spousal support from the superstar.

To make this divorce drama even more shocking, Kendu Isaacs, who claims that Mary J. Blige supported him during their marriage and therefore, owes him something in their divorce, wants part of that money to give to his parents. In divorce documents filed by Kendu, he broke down his monthly living expenses and that alone has people talking about what is necessary and how much he’s just trying to get from Mary J. Blige as he makes his exit.

In the filing, Kendu claims that he gives his parent’s $5000 per month and also has to pay nearly another $5000 per month for the care of his two children from a previous marriage. This begs the question, how is that Mary J. Blige’s problem?

Despite being unemployed since Mary J. fired him from being her manager, Isaacs also detailed his costs for eating out and for groceries, which together could feed a large family. He also wants her to cover his cost of paying a housekeeper, $60k in back rent that he owes as well as his costs for buying and maintaining cars.

Even though Kendu Isaacs and Mary J. Blige have been separated and he has been out of a job for well over a year now, he claims that due to his profession, it is taking him a long time to find work. Because of that, he is also asking for temporary spousal support to keep him afloat until a permanent order can be made.

Now here’s the real shocker… Kendu Isaacs signed a prenup two days before he married Mary J. Blige. Now he is asking the judge to disregard that prenup and consider his extravagant monetary request because he didn’t understand the document when he signed it.

Do you think, prenup or not, that Mary J. Blige should be on the hook for spousal support in excess of $100k per month for Kendu Isaacs?

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I CHANGED MY MIND: Keyshia Cole Has a Change of Heart; Joins the Cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’

Keyshia Cole is re-entering the reality show world. The R&B singer is joining the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, according to according to sources.

Initially, the 35-year-old songbird wasn’t interested in being on a reality show again (she previously starred on BET’s The Way It Is)—the show’s executive producer, Mona Scott, offered some financial numbers that didn’t move her. Sources also shared that Cole was aware of the negative reactions of fans to the news she may join the show, which made her back out of the deal.

Recently, the “Heaven Sent” singer confirmed that she is joining L&HHH with her fans on Twitter. “Contractually got what we wanted to move and I want to touch bases with the essence of my fans again. Wanted to do something different,” she tweeted.

When one fan worried that the show might hurt her career, Cole rest assured that her story line won’t ruin her image. “I’ll add to it. The producers seemed cool…” she wrote.

Filming reportedly has already begun for the fourth season, which is expected to air in June on VH1. Cole’s ex-husband, former NBA star Daniel “Booby” Gibson, is also reportedly appearing on the show as well.

Read Keyshia Cole’s tweets below:

Are you excited to see Keyshia make her Love & Hip Hop debut?

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