To borrow from Donald Trump, HUGE things happened last week on "Empire" with Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) going out 'ding dong, that b*tch is dead' style at the end of episode 12 and pulling her wife Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) with her into that cold hard grave. Considering all of that drama, it wouldn't have been unexpected for yesterday's episode to have been much chiller and tamer with regards to the eye popping episodic business preceding it. To that end, early on at the start of episode 13, it was looking like everyone was taking it nice and normal with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wanting all her Lyons together in a Huxtable family way to celebrate her first birthday outside of jail, bi-polar Andre (Trai Byers) back on his meds and apologizing for accusing his wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) of being a ho, and Lucious (Terrence Howard) finally working through his serious issues with his mother (Kelly Rowland). However in the end, much like the whole pristine image of "The Cosby Show" going kablooey from the inside out, all of that calm got pretty much blown to hell by the time the credits were rolling. So let's get down to the best moments of that televised train wreck that we just can't stop watching every Wednesday night even if we wanted to ***Spoiler Alert***:
Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) gets engaged to Laura Calleros (Jamila Velazquez). In the big moves and grand gestures that we should come to expect from the youngest boy of Lucious Lyon, Hakeem goes for broke and proposes to his innocent lady love Laura right after one of her shows as the opening act for his ex girlfriend Tiana (Serayah). Even though it looks like the real thing, you just know from the look on Tiana's face and baby in Anika Calhoun's (Grace Gealey) belly that this path towards true love will not be running smooth. For that matter, if folks aren't careful, it might entirely jump the tracks before even getting close to the chapel.
Lucious reveals that as a young boy he witnessed as his mother took her own life. Working through his music video with Cookie, Lucious puts together all of the flashbacks from his boyhood and reveals that not only did his mother nearly drown him in a deluded attempt to cleanse him of his sins, but after she realized what she had almost done, she put a bullet in her own skull to atone with him as her only audience. Now that's a family history you don't want to see visited on anyone - no matter what dirty deeds they have done in the present.
Lucious admits to withholding the information that Andre's mental issues likely come from Lucious' own mother. When images of Lucious' mother putting a gun to her head in Lucious' music video trigger Andre's memories of putting a gun to his own head in a depressive mental episode, Andre confronts Lucious for keeping this vital information secret rather than revealing it in order to help with Andre's treatment and mental well being. Lucious is unapologetic for the lifelong omission, defending his actions as the better part of strength via refusal to admit any genetic weakness borne of the Lyon family tree. Yet another anti-father of the year moment for Lucious.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) steals Freda Gatz (Bre-z) from Lucious and Cookie learns that Freda Gatz is Frank Gather's (Chris Rock) daughter. In a turn that was bound to happen with Freda playing Lucious' adopted daughter, Freda learns the hard way that Lucious truly has no allegiance to anyone - especially his own children be they biological, musical or adopted. When Jamal finally gets Freda to see this, she comes to a recording session with Jamal and admits to Cookie that she is the recently murdered Frank Gathers' devoted child. Need we remind everyone that Cookie and Lucious are the ones who plotted and executed the murder of Freda's dear old dad? Yikes.
Rhonda Lyon makes plans to stay at Anika Calhoun's home as a 'safe haven' from Lyon family drama. Ugh! Talk about not having good instincts when it comes to dangerous female frenemies like Anika that would sooner cut somebody's throat out than have another woman carrying a Lyon dynasty fetus beat her to the delivery table. Now, we're not saying that Anika is the baby killer who pushed Rhonda down the steps causing Rhonda to miscarry, but Anika certainly isn't crying about that unusual turn of events either, now is she? Rhonda going to live with Anika instead of Andre or just about any other random person just isn't a move that is going to play out well for anyone other than Miss Anika Boo Boo Kitty herself.
"Empire" can be seen on Wednesday nights at 9/8 central on FOX.
Have you ever noticed a link between celebrities and persons of wealth? The link is their mindset. SO many people lack the understanding of the power in words and goal setting.
"Riches begin within a state of mind"-Napoleon Hill Success and wealth will NOT be inherited overnight. Your gifts and talents need time to mature, toe develop your own personal success. Before success comes a disciplined mind and a positive mindset is necessary to progress.
"Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief" -Napoleon Hill
1. The mindset begins with stating who you're and exactly what you want to be.
2. Have a desire and passion for your field of success.
3. Plan how you think you will be successful. (We will never know how, but planning provides a clear direction.)
4. Be consistent and have a reason behind wanting to succeed. (This all depends on what your rendition of success is).
5. Expressing gratitude
6. STOP being directed by people who don't have their own lives together
"If you are influenced by the opinions of others you have NO desire of your own" -Anonymous
As "Barbershop: The Next Cut," gets closer to it's nationwide theater release date of April, 15, 2016, AllHipHop's Los Angeles correspondent Kylie Krabbe was able to get some exclusive on set details from star Regina Hall on subjects as varied as what it was like to integrate the formerly all male Barbershop as newcomer, as well as the on set atmosphere between female rap stars Eve and Nicki Minaj. Read all about it below:
A lot has been made of the subject of violence and the possibility of violence between men and boys in this movie. What do you think a woman's role is in that sort of a reality, via your character Angie, the new co-owner of the barbershop?
Women are nurturers and we're loving. I think Angie actually is that in the counterpart to Calvin (Ice Cube). I think the presence of men is really important for other men to teach men ways to connect with one another so that there aren't gangs that can come in and play a parental role. I think we see the importance of fatherhood positive role models and I think women, we're balance. The reason it takes two to make one. I think they each play very specific and important roles.
You've worked on so many projects - comedic and serious, movies and television. How would you rate this experience on "Barbershop: The Next Cut" amongst them?
It was great. One of the great things about it is it was new, but it was also familiar because there was Malcolm ( Director Malcolm Lee) who I had worked with before and Cedric (Cedric The Entertainer) who I had worked with before and Cube who I had worked with. But also, it's always scary to walk into somebody else's franchise. I mean you don't know. Are people going to like Angie or be like, 'I liked it when it was...where's Latifah?' You don't know how people are going to respond to a franchise with new characters. So this was great because it was kind of a mixture of a lot of different feelings, but it felt good when we were shooting it and you can kind of tell that. I was happy to watch it and see how it came out.
You seem to have developed a really tight relationship with your "Barbershop: The Next Cut" co-star Eve. You've even gone so far as to say that you want to manage her and help her to get out her next album which has been a bit of time coming. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Eve and I had done "With This Ring" last year. So we already had become friends before this movie and it was more like, 'oh good, Eve is going to be there, so we'll hang out.' And then you end up loving the other girls too, like Margo (Margo Bingham) who's in the movie. She's wonderful. And Nicki (Nicki Minaj) we did love and we would have hung out, but Nicki traveled on weekends cause she had to go do concerts. She'd have weekends where she'd literally go to do a show as soon as the set wrapped and be back Monday to shoot.
So it was a very close knit cast on set amongst the men and the women?
Yeah. It was a close knit cast, which is kind of great because you needed them to feel close when you watched it.
Just now seeing the two of you together having a good time promoting "Barbershop: The Next Cut, " you seem pretty emphatic with Eve about her need to get out some new music. Are you seriously going to try to be a part of that?
I've been encouraging (Eve) forever. I don't think I'm going to be able to manage her but I'm really excited for her. She's super talented and for me it was more just reminding her that people love her. I think sometimes you forget. She lives in London and she's married and happy and still doing her acting and still shooting. Eve's very creative on a lot of other things so I think you wonder, 'do people miss me at all?' So I'm like, we miss you. We miss you. People love you still. So it's exciting. I mean, I think even when we first started shooting - that's what I loved about seeing her and Nicki together. They had such a mutual respect for each other as musicians and artists and even (Eve) completely understanding (Nicki's) twitch to acting and Nikki completely loving (and) knowing Eve as an example of somebody who had done that before. They had a pretty amazing dynamic.
Lastly - we loved your blue hair. You fought hard for that hair style with director Malcolm Lee, who initially wasn't so sure about it as a part of Angie's persona. Why is hair such an enduring and important part of creating all of the characters that you play - in this movie and others?
I feel like with women, we do our hair, it's our thing. Especially as a black woman, there's so many options yet none. So I'm always trying to figure out what is that? I mean, we do have this hair that can do a million things but maybe we always can't do it. Maybe there's not the time and then our hair is strong and yet specific, though it has a fragility to it and then it has a temperament. Then there's finances. Our hair is a little, 'do I add a hair? If I add hair, I'm going to buy hair. Is that hair expensive?' It's like I have full freedom to do whatever and yet I'm imprisoned by it. It's a coin with both sides.... I'm like I can't do anything with my hair but maybe it's the work that I'd have to put into it to get it done.
So it's a whole relationship?
It is. It is.
"Barbershop: The Next Cut" opens nationwide in theaters on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Yesterday, Warner Bros. Pictures released their spanking new blitz trailer for "Suicide Squad," as yet another motion picture high octane ode to heroes with a less traditional view of crime fighting - courtesy of DC Comics. As today's on trend cinematic superhero seems to be morphing hard into the less "perfect" superhero as the "cooler" subject matter on the heels of the unprecedented success of Marvel Comics' "Deadpool," it should be fun to see if "Suicide Squad" can deliver equally as well if not better for fans and moviegoers alike when it arrives in theaters nationwide on August 5, 2016. Starring Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Adewale Akinnuoye - Agbaje, Cara Delevigne, Jai Courtney and Common, it should be interesting to see how this creative remastering plays out as previewed here full throttle:
In a final press conference that was more of a peaceful campaign stop for Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13KOs) alike, both fighters were as talkative as they were oddly pacifist in demeanor when it came to promises of real fireworks in what is being billed as their last chance to fight one another in a boxing ring, as well as Pacquiao's last professional fight as a professional boxer period in deference to his political career and aspirations in the Philippines.
In their Wednesday, April 6th final press conference before tonight's fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bradley took a very emotional tone at the outset, taking pains to thank his whole team, referring to them as being "a small unit, but we are powerful," and crediting his wife/manager Monica Bradley as a veritable "superwoman," and his new trainer Teddy Atlas as helping him to grow inside and outside of the ring as "a person, as a man and as a fighter." Bradley then departed from the script of most final prize fight press conferences by chiding members of the Philippine press who would link his opponent Manny Pacquiao's future political success to a favorable outcome in tonight's fight:
"I read something the other day that someone said that Pacquiao, in order to win his campaign, in order to win what he wants... he has to win this fight. I think that is baloney. I think that is garbage," said Bradley, continuing: "I don't think that this fight has anything to do with what this man has shown to the Filippino people... to not get what's rightfully deserved and sooner or later become governor of the Philippines.... (Pacquiao) is truly truly to me the only one out there that's going to do right for the Filipino people in the Philippines. So y'all need to get right in the Philippines. Whoever wrote that needs to stop.... I think (Pacquiao's) right for the job."
After this rousing and highly unexpected endorsement of Pacquiao, Bradley let it be know that despite his political support, he is still more ready than ever before in his career to win uncontestedly against Pacquiao: "If I'm going to win this fight, it's now...this is my last opportunity and I am ready for it," stated Bradley.
In keeping with the atypically complimentary and conciliatory tone Bradley set as the first fighter to address the press, Pacquiao was equally kind to team Bradley, going so far as to voice his strong belief once again that the addition of Teddy Atlas as trainer has made all the difference to Bradley's game: "It (will be) more action compared to the last two fights," predicted Pacquiao of this final fight, adding: " Teddy (Atlas), he did a good job for Bradley and we saw that in (Bradley's)last fight. He added more strategy and technique for Bradley and that makes more action in the ring."
Hopefully this "kind" and highly civilized talk is setting the stage for what will be a very good and competitive final fight for both Pacquiao and Bradley tonight. If this fight ends up being a dud or a bust, much will likely be made of the fact that Pacquiao was markedly more political and more religious going into this final press conference than any other of his past fight press promotions. Using much of his time on Wednesday to talk about religious concepts and political hopes for his country in lieu of boxing for boxing's sake, it would seem that Pacquiao is already well on his way to making a departure from his more iconic and more internationally known boxing persona for a more decidedly regional political identity. With a sizeable portion of what he said to the press on Wednesday relayed only in Tagalog, Pacquiao had these final thoughts for international boxing fans and others as to what he wished to leave as his mark on boxing on the eve of his final fight: " Even though I (have) accomplished everything in this arena of boxing, I want to give inspiration to everybody that whatever we have done and accomplish in life (sic) we should humble ourselves before God and before man" stated Pacquiao, continuing, "Each and everyone of us one day one day will face judgment and that judgement - it's up to us where we are going to choose." As for his final words on the subject of his final fight and his opponent Bradley, Pacquiao had this closing comment to the press: "We don't need to fight each other. We save that for Saturday."
Hopefully what has been saved for last will be reaped tenfold in tonight's battle.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley is scheduled for April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be broadcast live at 9PM et/6PMpt on HBO Pay Per View.
The guilty pleasure that is the Fox television series "Empire" certainly did not disappoint yesterday with it's second run around the track. In the mad style of a truly great Hip Hop Opera, just when you're thinking that they couldn't possibly take it any further than going "there," they go and show you that what you thought was "there" was just another bump in a much crazier and much more scandalous road trip. To that end, with a big spoiler alert warning, here were some of our favorite knocks in that episode 2, season 3 road:
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) getting surrounded and read broadway theater style by male members of the gay community for Jamal's flip flopping on the sexual tip with Skye Summers (Alicia Keys). This scene not only demonstrated great choreography and the best use of multicolored flip flops ever as a prop to deliver shade, but you had to love the lyrical rearrangement of Hakeem Lyon's (Bryshere Y. Gray) hit "Drip Drop." Poor Becky did her best to tell them that it wasn't even Jamal's song, but it was just too bad of a sneak attack burn to begin with. Ouch, bitch... just ouch.
Hakeem remaking the Empire Logo in his own image. Hakeem performs the penultimate Hip Hop song about power and then he figuratively drops the mike by unveiling his unique and artistic coup de grace on the Empire logo to the shell shocked reactions of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Andre (Trai Byers) and Jamal. Let's not even start on how big daddy Lucious (Terrence Howard) will react when he gets the time to really savor this piece of work.
Tiana's (Serayah) number "I Just Came In Here To Dance". Skin tight, barely there sparkly body suits, and all of that shaking and popping from Tiana and her all girl army gives even our lady Beyonce a good run for her money. Can you say "All The Single Ladies?" A lot of folks could after seeing this.
Jamal letting it slip to the press that Lucious Lyon's real name is anything but Lucious Lyon. Sometimes the worst cuts come from those who know us best. Be good to your kids or suffer that grassroots homegrown fury. Enough said.
The all hands on deck machiavellian demise of Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) and Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei). When it comes to all business Empire, the family that slays together stays together... or at least keeps it's business firmly within the family bloodline. Mimi and Camila were slick, but they just had no chance when it came to the Slick Rick capabilities of the Lyon family. With Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) getting in close to Camilla through Camilla's fashion line at the behest of Cookie, Jamal and Andre, and then Hakeem sending a sex tape of himself and Camilla to Camilla's jealous and ailing wife Mimi Whitman, the stage was set for a simple business takeover, game, set and match. However, when Camilla then kills Mimi to regain the upper hand and is caught read handed by Lucious Lyon, who more than understands the cause and effect knee jerk reactions of power hungry people like himself and Ms. Marks, it's only a little shove to get Camilla to kill herself rather than face jail coupled with complete and utter financial ruin.
"Empire" can be seen Wednesday nights at 9/8c on Fox.
Since marriage and a move to London, England, it's been a minute since Hip Hop star and actress Eve has been stateside to discuss her creative endeavors both cinematically and musically. Looking as fly as ever to promote her new movie, "Barbershop: The Next Cut," Eve was on hand in Los Angeles, California to discuss acting opposite new co-stars Common and Nicki Minaj, as well as reuniting with all of usual "Barbershop" suspects like Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and more in a one on one conversation with All Hip Hop's Kylie Krabbe:
Living in Europe do you think you have a different perspective on the political issues here right now? You see it completely differently I think than being in it here. Seeing it being over there I'm kinda like, c'mon America. We just look crazy that we are allowing the show to go on with homeboy, cause he's crazy.
Who would you be talking about? Just a certain blondish craziness.
With a comb over and rhymes with frump? Yes. It's funny to watch it on that side and uh, yeah, It's crazy. I mean it's crazy here too obviously, but to see it from the point of view of Brits watching Americans go through it, it's crazy.
Do you ever feel as if you have to answer to Brits as an American with regards to what is going on here politically? No, but sometimes I feel bad. I'm like, 'it's not my fault,' because I've had people say to me, 'why do you all let this happen?' It's not ya'll. It's not me. So I don't feel like I have to answer, but I do feel like people will look at me like you're American, so you know what's happening - but I don't.
How would you encapsulate your evolution from a 'pitbull in a skirt' to now? You have had so many faces along the way. I've always called myself a chameleon. Since I was little I've felt like I was a chameleon or a shape shifter or like I've always been able to be in certain situations. From a young age my mother had me in many different circles...she was a young mom. She had me at seventeen but I never felt throughout my life, even though she was a single mom working and going to school, I never felt like I needed for anything. She would take me to her jobs where she worked with white people or whoever else outside of our community because we grew up in the projects... So I think from a young age I've just been able to adapt... We all have to change as we go through certain things in life as you get to a certain age, especially as women. We are always figuring out how to be better, I feel like. So, yeah I don't know. It has been a lot of faces though.
There is a whole dynamic in "Barbershop" with you and Common playing husband and wife, centering around women who are in relationships and doing very well professionally in love with men who aren't doing as quite well professionally. Could you relate to that at all? Absolutely. I mean, I've been in relationships in the past where I was the one making it happen and that person wasn't. It caused arguments because even though I was like this is ours and this is our house, car, whatever, as a man men feel like they need to provide. It's a hard thing I think for most men to kind of sit back and not be the breadwinner. But yes, I've been there. I've definitely been there. It wasn't as civil as the relationship in the movie... But then sometimes something happens to someone's job or someone's money or whatever and I think that's being in a relationship. Being a grownup is being able to say, if you really love someone, I'm there. Let's make it happen, let's figure it out. That's the grownup approach.
You've been involved in a lot of projects. You had your own television show, you've done music - what made this experience on "Barbershop: The Next Cut" special for you? It made it special because it was coming back to see Cube (Ice Cube) and Cedric (Cedric The Entertainer) and people that I already did this movie with before, but also with the new people - the new fresh faces. Also the script was so good. Honestly, I would not have agreed to do it if the script wasn't good. Immediately as soon as I read it, I loved it. So yeah, it was exciting and to revisit the franchise in a way. For me, when I did the first two, I was at a different place in my career, and as a person, and as a woman. Being able to come back to it as this person, as a mature woman and you see that in the evolution of the character as well was great.
People have really missed you on the music scene. Yes. New things are happening.
Why the wait and all of this time between albums? I put out an album independently because now I'm independent. I own my own label. I put out an album about three and a half years ago on my own. And that was a small project.
Was that a difficult learning curve for you? Oh my God! So hard. I grew up in a machine. I didn't know how much work it took. You know, you take for granted those people who have those offices - one's marketing, one's promotion, one's this and all of the sudden, I'm having all of those meetings with my small staff and that shit was hard. It's hard! But rewarding, because I felt that that was something that I needed to do. And then, I needed to be inspired again. After that situation, I kind of needed a minute. And then I got married and then I moved to a new country. You know, I needed to settle again and find my footing. Now I feel secure in where I live. I do call London home and so I feel like I'm back to me - if that makes sense.
What's the inspiration for this new music? Where are you drawing it from? Because like you were saying, you're a very different person now. I think sound wise, my ear is a bit different just because I live in London and I hear so many things. Music in London is so eclectic. So I think my ear is a bit different, so I'll be looking for different sounds. But lyrically, I'm a lyricist. That's who I am and what I've always been. So lyrically I think - not think I know people will know, 'oh that's my girl,' but musically it might be a little different.
So then what will you be talking about as a part of this most recent lyrical evolution? Can you give us a little hint or a taste? I don't know yet. I honestly don't know. You'll have to see.
"Barbershop: The Next Cut," from Warner Bros. Pictures opens nationwide in theaters on April 15, 2016.
With "Barbershop: The Next Cut," premiering tonight at The TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California and set to open in theaters nationwide on April 15th, hip hop star and actor Common met one on one with AllHipHop's Kylie Krabbe to talk about his experience as a newcomer to the "Barbershop" franchise, and how his love for his city of Chicago sustained him and gave him just the right amount of inspiration and confidence to give the role what it needed to deliver big laughs and political drama as an homage to both the franchise and the city that he calls his own.
Being from Chicago, how important was it to you to get it right in regards to what is going on with the unfortunate uptick in violence that is happening now in that city? I have so much passion and compassion for my city Chicago and the people in Chicago and what the people of Chicago in this story can represent for cities in America....It's not only Chicago that's enduring this and encountering violence and the struggles of fatherhood. Black men and Black women too have to deal with the struggles of American life, so I take a lot of pride in making sure that we were as authentic as possible and true to Chicago and also true to what's going on. Capturing the spirit of what's going on in Chicago and telling that story in an honest way so that people feel it and respect it... more than just feeling distant from it.
Director Malcolm Lee, as well as producer Ice Cube have made much of the idea that "Barbershop: The Next Cut" was intentionally crafted from a very inclusive and creatively improvisational mindset. To that end, what part of this movie would you say really has your mark on it? I would say in my performance the things that I felt were really like, 'look Malcolm, this is how this guy, this character needs to say this,' was the stuff about Trayvon Martin. You know, it was already written (in the script) about Trayvon Martin and the president, but then I kind of just started adding more things....I also expressed to Malcolm that I felt my character needed to be emotional with his lady and be caring... show that he was like... 'I need to hear that I'm important too sometimes,' but that he still showed that strength. Originally it was kind of like my character was almost getting pushed over by his wife. But those lines, I was adding that stuff....I think it shows the dynamic of what a man can be.
You are a completely new entity coming into this established franchise that is the "Barbershop" movies and it's equally established fan base. With ten years worth of history there, were you nervous coming in to that iconic world - especially considering that these movies are comedies and you aren't exactly known as a comedy guy? You know what? My confidence was grounded in that I was from Chicago. So I knew that... and I like going to certain unknown places because I just like challenging myself and growing and getting better. So okay, yeah I'm going to this real comedy so let me feel what this is going to be like. But then, just being around it I was okay. I just gotta feel who I am within this and feel who Rashad is and that's it. I'm not Eddie's (Cedric The Entertainer's) character. I'm not coming up with the punch lines like they come up with. I don't have to. That's not what I'm here to serve in the story either. So I didn't get outside of myself as far as who my character is, and I was really confident in the fact that I was going to bring Chicago to it like, yo' I was going to bring all our slang. There was just certain things like neighborhoods. So when people from Chicago hear it they're like, 'damn he said Chatham! He said Auburn Park!' So I knew couldn't nobody do that but all of us that was from Chicago really.
"Barbershop: The Next Cut" opens nationwide in theaters on April 15, 2016.
With his new movie "Barbershop: The Next Cut" set to drop in theaters nationwide on April 15th, Hip Hop legend, movie star and music and movie producer Ice Cube took some time out to talk one on one with All Hip Hop's Kylie Krabbe about why "Barbershop:The Next Cut" is timely addition to the much beloved franchise, other cinematic projects up his sleeve, as well as the time being ripe for Cube to work on his new album, "Everythang's Corrupt."
Here are some questions and answers from our one on one candid conversation with Ice Cube:
Of the three "Barbershop" movies, how does this one rate for you? Well, it's hard to beat the first one. I mean it's 1 A.
So what does 1A mean? I mean it's just as good as the first, it's just not the first.
Your character comes full circle from the first "Barbershop" movie in "Barbershop: The Next Cut." In the first one, your character Calvin wasn't sure that he even wanted the barbershop he had inherited from his father. Now in this movie, he is an elder statesman in the community because of his barbershop and what it represents for so many. Do you think that because of this "Barbershop: The Next Cut" is likely the last of the franchise or is there more that we haven't seen? I think there is definitely more there. As long as there's situations that people go through we can always highlight them and talk about them in "Barbershop." And I still think Calvin - he was still trying to get out of there. He was still thinking about abandoning the neighborhood and going somewhere else and doing what most people do in these situations, so I still think he has some growing to do.
As a producer on this movie, you came up with a large chunk of the dramatic A story - the barbershop holding a 48 hour cease fire - from an article that you happened to read about a real life barbershop in Memphis, Tennessee that did the same thing. If you hadn't read that article, do you think that "Barbershop: The Next Cut," while still very funny like all of the "Barbershop" movies, would have had such a timely but politically based bent? I think we would have - I was looking to connect it with what was really happening in Chicago, so I think that that element came out of it dealing with the son trying to stay out of the streets while trying not to get shot. I don't know if the barbershop 48 hour free haircut day would have happened. I think we would have found the story because we were looking for it so hard, looking for what this movie needed to be. Either we would have found it or we wouldn't have done the movie.
So it really had to be about something. Yeah. I didn't want to do it without having a good reason to do it. I didn't want to do it because - I don't think nobody did without having that good reason. Maybe MGM did, but we wanted to have a good reason to shoot this movie and talk about things that were really happening on the ground in Chicago.
With "Everthang's Corrupt," it's been awhile since you've come out with something new musically. Why now? You know, I haven't promised a record yet. I'm still working on it. But I had to put it down for a minute to finish these movies and make sure they were right. To make sure "Ride Along 2" was right, "Barbershop" and "Straight Outta Compton" - and this is going to be the end of it. I did a movie called "Fist Fight." I just didn't want to spread myself too thin. Finish these movies and finish this promotion and then finish the record and put it out.
"Everythang's Corrupt" - was that title inspired by the Oscar nominations snub with "Straight Outta Compton"? Oh no. I named that album three years ago.
So then where does that title come from? What's that about for you? Everything is corrupt. Everything has a form of corruption. It has poison in it. It's like a cancer. Everything.
So just aside from current politics, Donald Trump and everything else? Oh yeah. Way aside from Trump. Everywhere. There's corruption everywhere. That's the problem.
So is this album your way of dealing with it? I mean that's just the title of what I'm talking about on the record. That we have to look at everything because everything is corrupt, and it's a shame. But you know the hook on the song says: "For my birthday buy me a politician/ It's a shame that we gotta teach the children/ Everything is corrupt/ Everything is corrupt." Everything is corrupt so it's kind of like that's the theme.
Do you think you'll be working with your son O'Shea Jackson Jr. at all? Does he rap? Yeah. Yeah he do. He's good too. He's real good. I don't know if he want's to do that yet. He's still in the process of landing his second movie, so I think he wants to be a movie star. I'm fine with that.
So he can't do both like his dad? Yeah, he can if he want's to. I think he should focus on one over the other. I think the movie lane is open. You know, he's second generation Hollywood. I think he should go that route and do music after he solidifies himself in the industry.
Having been very successful both industries, do you see one as being easier than the other? The movie industry is a lot cleaner than the record business - it's dirty. It's a dirty business. It's still harder to get a movie made than a record of course, but they pay you. They pay you right.
You talk about the music industry being dirtier and of course you've got that whole business with Ke$ha and her lawsuit that she lost against her record label Sony, and her producer Dr. Luke based on her allegations of longtime sexual abuse from Dr. Luke. What's your take on that? What happened with her?
In a nutshell, she's accused Dr. Luke of having been sexually abusive to her since she first signed with him at 18 years old. Her contract with Dr. Luke's company, Prescription Songs and his label, Kemosabe Imprint, which is a Sony imprint, stipulates that Dr. Luke must produce at least six songs on all of her albums. Ke$ha claims to have sued because she doesn't want to continue working with him, even though she has no problem staying with Sony, but Sony won't let her out of her contract. Different female artists have come out in support of her since the ruling went against her. I know that this particular brand of ugliness hasn't been your experience, but do you think that this level of "dirt" might be due to the fact that the music business might not be as transparent as the movie business when in comes down to it? I think the same sort of stuff happens in the movie industry. If you really dig deep, there's probably people who are victims of the casting couch, so to speak. With her, I think as a record label, I understand them not wanting to release her cause she's a hit artist and they didn't do nothing to her. If they assigned her that producer, they might be at fault but as a producer I think the fault is with the producer and they just need to get her a different producer.
According to Ke$ha, that's what Sony won't do - though Sony has legally claimed otherwise. Oh well then yeah - I definitely wouldn't record for them again. They might as well release me because I'm not doing another record. I'm definitely not working with this motherfucker. So I side with her if they feel that way.
And so what's next for you? Because you were talking about your next movie "Fist Fight" - what's that about? Charlie Day is in that movie and we play two teachers who decide to have a fight after school at 3 o'clock. Kick yo' ass.
It seems like you are doing all of these projects that are speaking straight to being a dad or a father figure and things that men have to teach to the youngsters about manhood and what you should do as a real man versus what you might want to just run off and do. Is that a calculated choice or just an organic thing that has happened with you career? I think so. You know, I think it's really organic to just be going that way. You know, I ain't no young buck no more. I'm big daddy.
Has time mellowed you out at all? It would seem that it hasn't if you are writing "Everythang's Corrupt" paired with what you wanted to get across as a producer in "Barbershop: The Next Cut" in regards to real life community situations for many people living in Chicago. I haven't mellowed out at all as a person. People might see a character I play and for some reason they think if you play a preschool teacher on a movie then you're into doing kid's movies now and you've changed your life and that's what you're doing. It's like naw, I just played this dumbass preschool teacher and there's nothing different about me. I'm just trying to be a good actor.
See the most recent trailer for "Barbershop:The Next Cut" here in advance of it's release nationwide in theaters April 15, 2016:
Last week, AHH reporter Kylie Krabbe was able to catch up with world renown boxer Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38KOs) during his last media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, CA before leaving for his April 9th battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to compete for the third time against Timothy Bradley, Jr. (33-1-1, 13KOs) in what is being billed as Manny Pacquiao's farewell professional fight.
With much public debate swirling even within Pacquiao's own camp that this is indeed the illustrious Filipino fighter's last professional fight, our correspondent had many questions also - including exactly what Pacquiao's stance is today in regards to the anti-gay statements attributed to him in the Philippino press that ultimately lost the boxer/congressman his longstanding and profitable sponsorship with American multinational corporation titan NIKE.
See the full interview below and make your own conclusions in the wake of the lead up to Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr., scheduled for April 9, 2016 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada live on HBO PPV, 9pm ET/6pm PT:
In the lead up to the third fight between professional boxers Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38KOs) and Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13KOs) in what has been labelled by Pacquiao as his last professional boxing fight ever, AHH journalist Kylie Krabbe was able to talk up close and personal with Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach during last week's media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California.
While this particular Los Angeles media workout was not as packed to the gills with reporters as it was during the epic media blitz preceding Pacquiao's fight against the now retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (49-0, 26KOs), the turnout was still impressive with media outlets from around the world jockeying to get statements from hall of fame coach Freddie Roach as well as iconic fighter Manny Pacquiao.
With many new subjects up for grabs, such as Roach's opinion of Bradley's new trainer Teddy Atlas in the wake of Bradley's split from longtime coach Joel Diaz, and Pacquiao's recent image problems due to anti-gay statements attributed to him during his political campaigning in the Philippines that lost Pacquiao his lucrative and longtime endorsement deal with American multinational corporation NIKE, Freddie Roach was in rare candid form in talking to our correspondent as can be seen here:
In a nod to what Adrien "The Problem" Broner's (31-2, 23KOs) frenemy Floyd "Money" Mayweather (49-0, 26KOs) has experienced in regards to legal matters not putting the breaks on big money televised fight dates, as per Washington D.C.'s finest, Broner's warrant for felonious assault and aggravated robbery stemming from an alleged altercation outside of a Cincinnati, Ohio bowling alley was issued provincially in the state of Ohio, so D.C. police are under no official all states order or compulsion to arrest Broner and return him to Ohio in order to comply with that warrant.
To hear Broner speak on tonight's fight versus game opponent Ashley "The Treasure" Theophane (39-6-1, 11KOs) of England, scheduled for live broadcast tonight on Spike TV from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. at 9PM ET/PT, he isn't terribly worried about these warrants either as he steps into the ring, or off of a plane post fight into Ohio Buckeye territory: "I have tunnel vision. It's fight time. I'm locked-in until I get the job done," said Broner at yesterday's final fight press conference, adding: "I just want to get home to Cincinnati and hold my baby daughter for the first time. I want to hold and hug my kids and be the family guy."
As for Theophane, future opponent or future felon, neither label matters much to the Brit, to hear him tell it, when it comes to any "problematic" issues surrounding Broner: "I'm here to make this happen. Broner can play games, it's all good. I'm here on a mission," stated the focused Theophane in reference to tonight's battle for the vacant WBA World super lightweight title.
For those of you who took our humble but emphatic advice to watch the premiere of "Empire," season 3 that aired yesterday at 8/9c on Fox, the drama certainly did not disappoint when it came to answering some of those nagging questions that had us hanging by a thread last season after that huge fall down the stairs for Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday), and the ousting of patriarch Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) from his Empire CEO roost. For those of you who haven't checked your DVR, or just don't want to know, from this point forward we are listing some of the best season 3, episode 1 highlights, so huge SPOILER ALERT for those who decide to read the below:
Rhonda is alive, but her baby with Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) is no more. So very sad, but at least we didn't have to say goodbye to one of the best ride or die b*tches Andre is likely to come by. However in an interesting development, Rhonda doesn't remember being pushed down the stairs, but believes that she just lost her footing and fell. And but of course, Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) made sure that she visited Rhonda in the hospital to hear this from the horse's mouth and add her own two cents that perhaps this tragedy was "for the best." The best for Anika, certainly....
Lucious Lyon is ready to regain control of his company by any means necessary. In scenes that had him packing and handling more guns than an anxious mobster planning a holiday getaway, Lucious has made it clear that he's gunning for Empire's board, Camilla (Naomi Campbell) and his own son, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) if they don't toe the line towards re-clearing a path for him to regain the Empire CEO crown. Lucious even offered Hakeem his own gun to shoot him in the back, rather than otherwise be shot on sight by Lucious should Hakeem take the open position of Empire CEO. It was a close one, but Hakeem sensibly chose not to shoot his own father and take his chances in the Empire boardroom as it's new CEO.
Cougars are going to roar, and Camilla in offering Hakeem top spot as CEO of Empire demands that Hakeem break up with his Tiger Beat Lyon cub love Laura Calleros (Jamila Velazquez) in the bargain - which Hakeem does. However, in his usual raw and emotionally driven way, Hakeem soon realizes that he is actually in love with Laura. As such, he goes to Laura's grandma's house in the hood and wins her back - consummating the relationship and saying the L word back to Laura just as he is deflowering her. Can you say virgin be gone? Camilla will likely be wishing he had all while making 'Keem pay.
Lastly, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) has her own designs for taking out Camilla from the inside by leveraging middle son Jamal Lyon's (Jussie Smollett) record release as a hefty incentive to get Empire to acquire Lyon Dynasty and appoint her both Empire and Lyon Dynasty's head of A&R. More tricky moves ahead for the Cookie monster... should be fun to see how it all gets her to final destination: revenge island.
Utilizing the classic horror tenet of the dark being the place where fear and horror reigns, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to do some damage on the horror scene come July 22nd with the nationwide release of it's new horror film "Lights Out," directed by David F. Sandberg and produced by James Wan ("The Conjuring").
Based on a family saga of a frightening entity that thrives in the dark and is unnaturally attached to family matriarch Sophie, played by the Maria Bello, it would seem that life really depends on these people always paying the electric bill on time... but of course it never ever works out easy peasy like that in fiction or real life, right?
"Lights Out" is a motion picture release from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. It is scheduled for nationwide theater release on July 22nd. See the new trailer here: