Midriffs, Lowriders and Rap, Oh My: Here’s What Beyonce Was Doing In 2001

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The Beyhive damn near fainted earlier this week when it was announced that Beyonce‘s first ever film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, is heading to Netflix on Saturday, June 1st. It’s hard to believe that the Robert Townsend directed flick came out on MTV almost 20 years ago!

And it was the first time we got to see 19-year old Bey show her acting chops and spit a couple of bars.

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Hella tours, hella hits, one marriage, and three children later, Beyonce is still snatching our edges with every move she makes.  In 2019, she’s revered as one of the greatest performers to ever grace the stage. But in 2001, she was just a teen branching off from her from her budding music career in order to find her voice. And that, she did.

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2001 was a pivotal year in lots of ways for many people. The devastating September 11th terrorist attacks took place in New York City, changing the face of America as we knew it. That same year, the first Ipod was released, and Wikipedia made its online debut.

Bill Clinton was leaving office, Hillary Clinton was sworn into senate, while Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake rocked their infamous Denim on Denim couple’s look to the American Music Awards.

But besides starring in Carmen, here’s what the Bootylicious Queen Bey was doing in 2001.

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Headline Heat: N.E.X.T. Singer R.L. Responds To Headlines About Bankruptcy, The Demise 90’s R&B Groups & More

Last time we heard from NEXT lead singer R.L, he was not too pleased about the way classic R&B songs and groups were being treated in this Internet age. He even confronted Internet sensation Nicholas Frazier over his “Why You Always Lying” video, a parody of NEXT’s biggest single “Too Close”, saying that he’s not too happy about someone turning his “life’s work” into a joke.

R.L. recently stopped by to clear up some of the wildest headlines BOSSIP has written about him, and his sentiments about the lack of respect that the culture has for 90’s R&B groups hasn’t really changed. The “We Can’t Be Friends” singer also opened up about filing for bankruptcy and new music he wrote dedicated to his beautiful baby girl Rory Lane.

Check it out in the video above.

Headline Heat: Lovely Mimi Responds To Headlines About ‘Acting Black’, New Breasts & More

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Lovely Mimi is always a big ball of fun no matter what setting she’s in. Folks have had lots to say about the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star ever since she joined the cast of the VH1 show, but Mimi has remained unbothered and true to her rambunctious personality.

The famed nail tech stop by to clear up some of the wildest headlines BOSSIP has written about her and she didn’t shy away from the hard topics: like whether or not she wants to be Black, or her cheap, saline water breasts that she recently got redone. Catch Lovely Mimi at one of two of the nail salons she owns in Atlanta, Georgia.

See what else she had to say about butt jobs and LHH fights in the video above.

They’re Byyyke: Ahnuld & Linda Hamilton Team Up To Blow Up MORE Evil Machines In “Terminator: Dark Fate” [Video]

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“Terminator: Dark Fate” Teaser Trailer

Ah yes, ANOTHER Terminator movie in a never-ending series of movies where the evil machines WIN EVERY SINGLE TIME. Yea, it’s been a depressing run but at least we’ll see Ahnuld and Linda Hamilton team up for the first since 1992 CLASSIC “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

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“Terminator: Dark Fate” hits theaters November 1, 2019.

Headline Heat: Slim & Mike Of 112 Respond To Headlines About Being Jerked By Diddy, Disbanding & More 

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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from R&B group 112, but half of the popular quartet is back like they never left. Slim and Mike stopped by to clear up some of the wildest headlines BOSSIP has written about them, and they had no other choice but to keep it all the way real. Did Diddy really jerk them in their deal? And why did Darren and Q go their separate ways from the group? Check out the full video above to see what Mike and Slim had to say.

Catch their latest single “Tonight” available on Itunes.

Verses To Live By: The Notorious B.I.G.’s 23 Greatest Lines

It seems unreal that the late, great Notorious B.I.G. has been out of our lives for over 20 years now. Today would’ve been Big’s 47th birthday, and needless to say, he’s still one of the most revered artists in hip hop and music history, period. It’s almost magical how much he accomplished in such a short amount of time in the industry.

@FemaleHipHop: He released 2 classic albums & he made “Junior Mafia” successful. Lil Kim was one of the artist that biggie took under his wing & she is now one of the greatest female rappers of all time

But what people remember most about the Brooklyn legend is that he was one hell of an emcee.

@MissyElliott: Biggie Smalls was way ahead of his time! He made us visualize what he rhymed about! He is a rare breed emcee! Only 1 Biggie!

@mackwilds: Yo, R.I.P. to one of the best who’s ever done it, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. Bumpin’ Biggie all day!!!!!

Biggie’s lyrics and flow were such a cultural force that fans young and old still bump his music like it just dropped this week. The Brooklyn legend did so much during his short time in the rap game that he’s probably your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and definitely an all-time great in any debate. In a 2015 Pusha T wrote an Op-Ed for Rolling Stone expressing his love and respect for the Notorious one:

“I believe the Notorious B.I.G. was the greatest rapper who’s ever lived. I remember in ’94, when Ready to Die came out, I was in 11th grade, living in my mother’s house in Virginia. There was a frenzy at my high school, arguing and talking about that album. We used to spend hours in the car, reciting his raps, trying to figure out what in the hell made him veer off in this way or that way. Some rappers just say a punchline, and it’s like, “OK, we get it.” But Big delved deep. He was a master painter with words. And his flow was just so effortless. I mean, I think I’m an awesome writer, but my bars still sound like bars. Big had all these intricacies, all these colors, all these witty things – and it didn’t sound like a rap. It was a conversation.”

To honor Biggie on what would be his 47th trip around the sun, join us in acknowledging some of the greatest bars Christopher Wallace ever spit.

1. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Ready to Die”

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“When I die, f*** it, I wanna go to hell / Cause I’m a piece of shit, it ain’t hard to f***g tell / It don’t make sense, going to heaven with the goodie-goodies / Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

2. Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & LL Cool J – “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)”

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“Disappear, vamoose, you’re wack to me / Take them rhymes back to the factory / I see the gimmicks, the wack lyrics, the shit is / Depressing, pathetic, please forget it.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

3. Unbelievable – Biggie (Original Version)

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“Live from Bedford Stuyvesant / The Livest one / Representing BK to the fullest / Gats I pull it bastards ducking when Big be bucking.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

4. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Machine Gun Funk”

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“Sticks and stones break bones, but the gat’ll kill you quicker / Especially when I’m drunk off the liquor.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

5. The Notorious B.I.G – “Everyday Struggle”

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“But they don’t know about your stress-filled day / Baby on the way, mad bills to pay / That’s why you drink Tanqueray, so you can reminisce / And wish you wasn’t living so devilish, shit” – The Notorious B.I.G.

6. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Victory”

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“Rhyme a few bars so I can buy a few cars / Then I kick a few flows so I can pimp a few hoes / Excellence is my presence never tense / Never hesitant leave a nigga bent real quick.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

7. Busta Rhymes feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Modern Day Gangstas” [Unreleased]

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“Catch my drift, or catch my four-fifth lift / At least six inches, above project fences.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Madea’s Last HELLURRR: Have An Exclusive Look At ‘A Madea Family Funeral’ Before It Comes To DVD [VIDEO]

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Tyler Perry Presents A Madea Family Funeral

Dearly beloveds… We have gathered here today to offer you an exclusive opportunity:

On behalf of MADEAS final hooray, Tyler Perry is exclusively offering you a chance to watch TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL for FREE today only here of BOSSIP!

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Sorry ya’ll, but you know Madea puts the Fun in Funeral. The Final Madea Movie Comes to Digital on May 21 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on June 4 from Lionsgate®

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If you haven’t already seen it, here’s what you should know:

Multimedia powerhouse Tyler Perry steps into the character of Madea for her very last movie when Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral arrives on Digital May 21 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand June 4 from Lionsgate. Written, directed, produced by, and starring Tyler Perry (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Boo! A Madea Halloween, Vice), the film celebrates this beloved character and film franchise by shining a light on Madea in her final big-screen performance! Starring alongside Perry in this hilarious farewell film are Madea’s BFFs and fan faves Patrice Lovely (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Boo! A Madea Halloween, TV’s “Love Thy Neighbor”) and Cassi Davis (TV’s “The Paynes,” Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Boo! A Madea Halloween)….also appearing for the first time is Tyler Perry’s new, off-the-wall character, Madea’s brother, Heathrow.

Tyler Perry revives his signature character Madea Simmons for her final film performance in this comedy to die for! Madea and her family head out to a family reunion, but the trip becomes a nightmare when the party suddenly turns into a funeral and threatens to reveal sordid family secrets. Only Madea can bring the entire family together and save the day in her own special way…

Bring home Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral and enjoy hilarious, never-before-seen outtakes, deleted scenes, retrospective featurettes, and even learn “Madea’s Tips for Attending a Funeral”! The Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

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BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

• Deleted Scenes

• Outtakes

• “Madea’s Tips for Attending a Funeral” Featurette

• “Making A Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember” Featurette

• “Hellllur: Looking Back on Madea” Featurette

Website: https://www.lionsgate.com/movies/tyler-perrys-a-madea-family-funeral

Trailer: https://youtu.be/3Bxb1OCv5N8
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Instagram: @madeafamilyfuneral
Twitter: @MadeaFamFuneral

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Cannes You Feel It? Lenya Bloom And The Cast Of “Port Authority” Get Litty At Film Festival Photocall

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We Can’t Wait To See “Port Authority” Now

It’s not often that the photos from a film festival photocall inspire us to want to see the movie, but after we spotted pictures of the cast of “Port Authority” at their Cannes Film Festival photocall we had to know more.

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Apparently the film is a love story set in the voguing scene and the star of the movie Lenya Bloom is a gorgeous transgender woman.

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Fierce AF.

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If the photocall is this colorful, we can only imagine what the full length project looks like.

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They definitely came to slay.

Bye Becky! Hollywood’s Black Hair Care Incompetency Has Viola Davis Hiring HER OWN Stylists [Video]

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Viola Davis Talks Lack Of Black Hair Care Professionals In Hollywood

As WE do what needs to be done to increase diversity in film and television, there continues to be an extreme lack of melanin behind the scenes. Viola Davis, for one, isn’t entertaining Hollywood’s incompetence.

In a recent interview with Ebony, the Academy Award-winning actress said she specifically hires beauticians who know how to do Black hair. When asked about dealing with the lack of hair care professionals who can cater to Black women in Hollywood, she shouted out her stylist and said she doesn’t depend on others to get her tresses right.

“That has not been my narrative, lately, in terms of hair because I refuse it. I reject it… I don’t think that people understand our hair…they don’t understand that we’re different, but yet, the same. What I find is hair is something that a lot of people don’t honor when you do film,” Davis explained, adding that she hires HER OWN stylists to make sure her hair is done properly.

Watch her speak on the issue below.

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She also gets into what she meant when she said “regular Black women” are what’s missing from film.

Wanda Sykes Talks Wypipo & Drugs In Trailer For Netflix Special ‘Wanda Sykes: Not Normal”

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Trailer Drops For Netflix Standup Special ‘Wanda Sykes: Not Normal’

Wanda Sykes is back with another standup special and per usual, she’s keeping things relevant with some of today’s most pressing issues. In the trailer for Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, she covers the opioid crisis and how there seems to be a racial divide on who accesses the drug. Check out the clip below.

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This will be Sykes’ next big stand-up special following her Epix special Wanda Sykes: What Happened…Ms. Sykes? in 2016. Since then, she’s appeared in shows like Black-ish and Broad City, as well as movies like Snatched.

You can check out Wanda Sykes: Not Normal when it hits Netflix on May 21!

REALLY???? Britney Spears’ Manager Says Pop Icon May Never Perform Again

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Britney Spears’ Manager Weighs In On Superstar’s Mental Health & Return To The Stage

Last month, Britney Spears checked herself into a mental health facility, stating she needed “a moment.” Now, her manager Larry Rudolph says her return to the stage could be a lot more far off than indicated.

“As the person who guides her career — based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis — from what I have gathered it’s clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again,” Rudolph told TMZ.

“I don’t want her to work again ’till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again, it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again. I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I’m here to tell her if it’s a good idea or a bad idea.”

Rudolph says Britney’s father getting sick last year was the “perfect storm,” as she grew distraught to the point that they had to pull her Vegas residency. Currently, Britney seems to be M.I.A.

“Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn’t called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now,” he adds.

Britney checked out of the mental health facility after a month of recuperating… but by the sound of things, it’s unclear how much help that did. Here’s what she was up to earlier this month…

We’ll keep you posted.

Black Mirror Season 5 Trailer Is Here! But Remember These Easter Eggs From Season 4?

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It’s official, Black Mirror is back! The trailer for season 5 of the hit Netflix series dropped on Wednesday, and it’s chock full of twists, turns and celebrity cameos — including Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Anthony Mackie. The thriller anthology will consists of three brand new stories from creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

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Variety reports:

“Once again, technology is front and center driving the stories in these three pieces, both distracting and tempting the protagonists. In addition to continuing to comment on the state of social media, this season promises to also dive deeper into the state of artificial intelligence, smart technology and virtual reality.”

The last time we got a new Black Mirror episode was back in December with the interactive standalone “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” in which viewers were able to make decisions for the main character choose different actions to see alternate outcomes. Folks enjoyed it so much that they couldn’t wait to get more BM episodes. So imagine the disdain fans felt when they found out that we were only getting three new episodes in season 5.

@VogueJukeBox: “black mirror made us wait so long only to give us 3 episodes huh… they better be interactive like bandersnatch.”

@cadymerow: “new black mirror on june 5 only three new episodes they better be two hours long each”

Season 5 of Black Mirror drops June 5th on Netflix. And if you ever wondered about the theory that each episode exists in the same Universe, then season 4 of the hit  show may prove the theory to be true. There were so many hidden messages, a.k.a. Easter Eggs, in the last season that made it clear everything in the Black Mirror-verse is connected.

Want your mind blow? Hit the flip for more and let the conspiracies begin.

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