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Chance the Rapper Tapped for New Streaming, 'Mobile First' Version of Punk'd

Chance the Rapper Tapped for New Streaming, 'Mobile First' Version of Punk'd

Three-time Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper has been tapped to host a reboot of Punk’d — the hidden-camera, celebrity-driven prank show that was wildly popular in the early aughts.

The new iteration of Punk’d will appear on Quibi, a new streaming service set to debut in April of this year.

On Friday, the streamer promoted the new show in a short teaser released featuring “Hot Girl Summer”...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday at 04:50. 1 comments

America’s Got Irony: Terry Crews Defends America’s Got Talent After Gabrielle Union’s Firing

America’s Got Irony: Terry Crews Defends America’s Got Talent After Gabrielle Union’s Firing

Remember late 2017, when, as the #MeToo movement exploded, Terry Crews made sexual assault allegations against agent Adam Venit , subsequently filing suit and testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018 ? As Crews weathered derision from several other high-profile black men , Gabrielle Union was one of many in his corner (including our own writers here at The Root ), repeatedly

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 23, 2020 at 04:00.

Are the Grammys Rigged? A New Complaint From the Former CEO of the Recording Academy Alleges So

Are the Grammys Rigged? A New Complaint From the Former CEO of the Recording Academy Alleges So

“Music’s Biggest Night” has some major mess to clean up backstage.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will kick off next Sunday, but the lead up to the awards show has been all about the folks behind the scenes; namely, recently ousted CEO Deborah Dugan and the rest of the leadership of the Recording Academy.

Grammys Chief Rips Racist and Sexist Academy's 'Boys' Club' in Filed Complaint

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 22, 2020 at 21:54.

Sundance 2020: A List of Black Movies to Watch While You're in the White Mountains

Sundance 2020: A List of Black Movies to Watch While You're in the White Mountains

It’s a brand new decade, but we have a familiar festival season!

Like last year , I’m going to give you the scoop on some black-ass films I’m looking forward to. The mountains may be white, but we are going to stay black, always.

I, along with most of Hollywood, will be lollygagging in Park City during opening weekend of the festival so I will be stuffing my rarely-used winter coat into my...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 22, 2020 at 04:00. 2 comments

Grammys 2020: Kirk Franklin, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend and More to Perform in Nipsey Hussle Tribute

Grammys 2020: Kirk Franklin, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend and More to Perform in Nipsey Hussle Tribute

The biggest night in music is coming up and, of course, a special tribute to Nipsey Hussle is scheduled to take place.

Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey was shot and killed on March 31, 2019. He was 33 years old. His tragic death sent waves across South L.A. and the music industry, as a whole.

Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed Outside Store

Grammy-Nominated Rapper...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 21, 2020 at 23:43. 20 comments

Negro Noir: A Fall From Grace and the Curious Case of Wigs, (Diner) Wine and Wayward Filmmaking

Negro Noir: A Fall From Grace and the Curious Case of Wigs, (Diner) Wine and Wayward Filmmaking

Movies that are “so bad, they’re good” are one of life’s unsung treasures. And like anything, adding blackness to that principle is like adding proper seasoning. Thus, I introduce you to our new series reviewing/recapping bad black movies, Negro Noir. As our queen-in-chief Danielle Belton pointed out, it’s so black, the title of the series is essentially “black black” in two different...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 21, 2020 at 03:15. 6 comments

Comeback Kings: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life Breaks Box Office Record With $100 Million Opening

Comeback Kings: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life Breaks Box Office Record With $100 Million Opening

One thing that I learned in this business is to never write people off.

Especially ones with real talent, skill, and tenacity.

And staying power.

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith proved that they are not to be forgotten with their latest movie offering, Bad Boys for Life, which shattered box office records during its opening weekend.

According to Variety, the Adil El Arbi and Bilall...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 20, 2020 at 06:00. 9 comments

Getting the Last Laugh, Mo’Nique Finally Has Another Stand Up Comedy Special

Getting the Last Laugh, Mo’Nique Finally Has Another Stand Up Comedy Special

To the chagrin of the many detractors who continue to write her off, Mo’Nique has rebounded in a big way.

The Academy Award, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award-winning funnywoman will host her first stand-up special in almost 10 years.

On Friday, Showtime announced that Mo’Nique & Friends: Live from Atlanta will air Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Filmed at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 18, 2020 at 05:00.

Man Down: Rihanna and Billionaire Bae Hassan Jameel Reportedly Split Up

Man Down: Rihanna and Billionaire Bae Hassan Jameel Reportedly Split Up

The low, rolling rumble you hear on the horizon? Those are the grunts of legions of men, women, and horny teens doing deep stretches so they can shoot their shot.

Rihanna, the fashion and beauty mogul and Grammy-winning singer, has reportedly split up with 31-year-old businessman Hassan Jameel. The pair had been dating since 2017 and, as of late last year, seemed like they were doing well.

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 18, 2020. 2 comments

The Boat Was Rocked: Fans Rushed to Stream Aaliyah’s Music on Her Birthday as Planned, But Were Still Left Empty-handed

The Boat Was Rocked: Fans Rushed to Stream Aaliyah’s Music on Her Birthday as Planned, But Were Still Left Empty-handed

Hey, fam! Remember that time we all rejoiced because Aaliyah’s full discography was coming to streaming services? Sike!

Cut to better days, back in December, when it was reported Aaliyah’s entire discography would be released on every major streaming platform, including Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and Prime Music on her birthday (she would’ve been 41 this year).

In fact, I specifically said I...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 17, 2020. 16 comments

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

A network and a show creator walk into “Abar”... and decide to end their popular and acclaimed show on a high note.

It’s official, show creator Damon Lindelof is stepping away from Watchmen and will not be pursuing a second season of the series.

USA Today reports:

Lindelof told USA TODAY this week that he’s told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season, though he’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 17, 2020.

The Neptunes, Mariah Carey and the Isley Brothers Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Neptunes, Mariah Carey and the Isley Brothers Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

It’s time for another hall of fame induction class! This time, we’re highlighting the iconic folks with the best lyrics of all time, the Songwriters Hall of Fame!

The press release gives us a history lesson on SHOF:

Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future. In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 16, 2020. 3 comments

Bad Boys for Life Is So Ridiculous and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Bad Boys for Life Is So Ridiculous and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Bad boys, bad boys, what ya gonna do, what ya gonna do when old age comes for you?

Per the film’s official website:

The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.

“Our whole lives we’ve been Bad Boys. Now it’s time to be good men,” Burnett muses, thrusting the audience into accepting what...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 16, 2020. 19 comments

Not Like This, Kanye: Yeezus Christ to Headline Massive Prayer Rally With Anti-LGBTQ Pastors and Activists

Not Like This, Kanye: Yeezus Christ to Headline Massive Prayer Rally With Anti-LGBTQ Pastors and Activists

Kanye has some explaining to do.

Since abandoning secular music in favor of saving souls and rapping about Chick-fil-A , his crusade for Christ has garnered praise and acclaim from pastors like Adam Tyson to profiteers like Joel Osteen . And while he’s made plenty of new friends and bad music along the way, it appears that those associations have officially veered into problematic territory.

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 16, 2020. 3 comments

Insecure Returns for Its Fourth Season This Spring

Insecure Returns for Its Fourth Season This Spring

Wow, y’all. It’s been over a whole-ass year since we’ve last seen the misadventures of Issa, Molly and the rest of the Insecure crew. Fear not, though, the drought is soon to be over.

A trailer was released today revealing that the Issa Rae-led show will return for its fourth season on Sunday, April 12. Not only that, it’s returning with a longer 10-episode season. I know; it’s still three...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 16, 2020.

Jezebel: Numa Perrier on Combating the Stigma Associated With Sex Work and the Rollercoaster Ride of Film Distribution

Jezebel: Numa Perrier on Combating the Stigma Associated With Sex Work and the Rollercoaster Ride of Film Distribution

Numa Perrier is a force.

One of the things I thoroughly appreciated about the film Jezebel was that it didn’t lean on the typical exploitative hyper-sexualized stereotypes of black girls. Instead, it embraced our sexual identities like the warmest hug.

Numa Perrier's Jezebel Transforms the Exploitation of Black Girl Sexuality in the Most Tender, yet...

When a black girl is seen—truly seen—its...

Angela Helm Angela Helm Jan 16, 2020. 4 comments

Under the Skin: Tattoos, Trauma, and Tackling Stigma on Black Ink Chicago

Under the Skin: Tattoos, Trauma, and Tackling Stigma on Black Ink Chicago

Much has been finally been made and explored in terms of this notion of trauma—what it is, who experiences it most, what its effects are. But the scary part about trauma is that if it happens too often; too frequently, it can start to feel normal, which can be dangerous. Your body’s fight-or-flight response, triggered one too many times, shuts down or goes into overdrive and one becomes numb...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 15, 2020. 14 comments

Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. to Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. to Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

If you’re professionally involved in music, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is probably the endgame for you.

In 2019, Janet Jackson was added to the Hall of Fame. Well, it’s a new year and that means it’s time for yet another round of inductees!

The Class of 2020 inductees are as follows:

Performer Category

• Depeche Mode

• The Doobie Brothers

• Whitney Houston

• Nine Inch Nails

•...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 15, 2020. 15 comments

Tyler Perry Says He Tried a Writers’ Room and It Was a ‘Nightmare,’ so He Can Do Bad All by Himself

Tyler Perry Says He Tried a Writers’ Room and It Was a ‘Nightmare,’ so He Can Do Bad All by Himself

When Tyler Perry decided to show off his screenwriting prowess, let’s just say it didn’t serve the inspiration he intended and the whole display ended up as dramatic as his television shows.

‘I Have No Writers Room...I Write It All’: Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Gatekeeper

While Madea may be laid to rest, Tyler Perry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

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In a recent press...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 15, 2020. 11 comments

We Are All Witnesses: Cardi B Surpasses Lauryn Hill for Longest Charting Debut Album by a Female Rapper

We Are All Witnesses: Cardi B Surpasses Lauryn Hill for Longest Charting Debut Album by a Female Rapper

Over the course of her brief career, Cardi B has repeatedly defied the odds to become one of the most successful artists in the history of rap music. And on Monday, she added another feat to her lengthy list of accomplishments when her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, became the longest-charting debut by a female rapper in Billboard history, a record previously held by Lauryn Hill’s magnum...

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