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Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash is joining the production team for the upcoming Netflix show The Get Down. The 57-year-old legendary DJ will serve as an associate producer and adviser for the Baz Luhrmann helmed drama.
Flash will also be portrayed in the series’ storyline by Mamoudou Athie. The Get Down is set in New York City during the 1970’s. Both fictitious characters and real life figures will be featured in the plot.
Billboard describes The Get Down:
Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world … forever.
Grandmaster Flash was one of the instrumental artists of that era. He helped create innovations in the art of DJing that became standards in Hip Hop. His group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released the groundbreaking 1982 single “The Message,” and they were the first Hip Hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Watch a short video about “The Get Down” below.
The Game’s search for the love on his life has been put on hold, and his tit-for-tat with Young Thug has something to do with it, TMZ reports.
While filming the show, titled She’s Got Game, he headed to New Orleans. The cameras followed him to a club appearance where he shouted threats at Young Thug during their brief feud. Sources reportedly said that Game also took his bodyguard’s gun and started waving it around, which scared the camera crew. They decided to go on strike when Young Thug posted a video on Instagram with a man in the back brandishing a gun as well. The crew reportedly felt that their lives were in danger.
The left coast rapper was supposed to visit Atlanta to continue looking for his special lady but it was then cancelled. It was agreed that no more filming in nightclubs would take place. No word on when they will start filming again.
The brawls and showdowns on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta have made it one of the top rated shows in VH1 history, but it may be on its way down from the top. TMZ reports that advertisers are not happy with the constant fights on the show and have complained to the show’s executives.
Producers reportedly made their way down to the ATL two weeks ago for an emergency meeting with the cast and made them sign documents agreeing that they would refrain from throwing punches. If they do fight, their pockets will be taking the blow. Any cast member that does fight during taping will be cut from that episode without pay and will face termination.
Charlamagne Tha God is getting a second stab at having his own show,. The radio personality will host eight episodes of a new MTV show called Uncommon Sense, a half-hour comedy talk show that will also feature a panel of funny folks who will address hot topics on social media, XXLreports. The South Carolina native had his own show once before on MTV 2, Charlamagne & Friends.
There was talk of Tyga also having his own MTV show but it has now been confirmed. The former Young Money rep will be starring in Kingin’ It With Tyga, which will follow him and his friends and they indulge in their luxury lifestyle while also attempting at stunts that should not be done at home. The first season will have six half-hour episodes. His love life will off limits, according to early reports about the show. Tyga’s BFF Chris Brown has reportedly already shot a scene on the show.
No premiere dates have been revealed.
Dr. Phil sat down with Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend Nick Gordon and his mother for an intervention, which will be aired Mar. 11th.
Gordon reportedly went into the sit down thinking it was an interview, but his mother, Michelle, and Dr. Phil set it up as an intervention for his alcohol and drug addiction. In a press release, it was stated that Gordon has experienced “severe pain, mental anguish and panic attacks” ever since Brown entered the hospital on Jan. 31st. TMZ has reported that he talked about killing himself if Bobbi Kristina didn’t survive. She remains in a medically induced coma.
After talking with Dr. Phil, the 25-year-old entered rehab. The location of the rehab and how long he will be there has not been revealed.
During the taping, Michelle Gordon also revealed that her son found Whitney Houston in her hotel room on 2012 the night she died and tried to save her.
“As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” she told Dr. Phil. “When Whitney was found, he administered CPR to her and called me as he was standing in front of her saying, ‘Mom, why couldn’t I do it? I couldn’t get air into her lungs.’ He won’t let go of the guilt.”
The compelling story of crack dealer-turned-motivational speaker Freeway Rick Ross has been turned into a documentary. Freeway: Crack In The System is set to air on Sunday, March 8 at 9 pm on Al Jazeera America.
Award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (SLAM, Mr. Untouchable) explores how the crack cocaine epidemic destroyed neighborhoods throughout America. The film centers around 1980’s drug kingpin Freeway Ross and Gary Webb, the journalist that broke the story of the CIA’s alleged involvement in trafficking illegal drugs into the United States.
“The genesis of this film was personal. As a child of the sixties I have long been fascinated by stories of the U.S. intelligence community’s connection to drugs and drug traffickers,” states Levin. “I was at the Iran Contra Hearings, producing for Bill Moyers on ‘The Secret Government’ and sitting only feet away from Ollie North. That’s when I first heard the accusation that the CIA stood for ‘Crack In America.’”
Coral Baca, Webb’s source for his “Dark Alliance” drug war exposé, as well as Webb’s wife Susan appear in the film. Other interviews include former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Robert Juarez, drug trafficker Julio Zavala, and of course Freeway Ross. The final interview with Webb before his death is also part of Crack In The System.
Darren Wilson was not indicted by the grand jury and he will not be charged by the Department of Justice either. An 86-page memorandum has been made public that states that Wilson acted in self-defense and did not violate any rights of the unarmed teen Michael Brown, according to USA Today.
Attorney General Eric Holder said he stands behind the DOJ’s decision.
“I concur with the investigative team’s judgment and the determination about our inability to meet the required federal standard of proof,” Holder said.
According to the investigators, several witnesses said that Brown approached Wilson in a threatening manner and that he shot in self defense and continued shooting until Brown fell to the ground.
“There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety,” the report states.
The report also concludes that though some witness said that Brown lifted his hands in a sign of surrender, those accounts were not consistent with physical and forensic evidence.
Lesley McSpadden and Mike Brown, Sr. released a statement with their disheartened feelings about the decision.
“Today, we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” Brown’s parents said in a written statement. “While we are saddened by this decision, we are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color. It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson but around the country. If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”
Read the DOJ’s report below.
Rest in peace, Anthony Mason.
The former New York Knick has died at the age of 48 after a prolonged, preexisting heart issue. Mason had received several surgeries on his heart to correct the issue. He died from congestive heart failure, according to his son Anthony, Jr.
The 6’ 7” giant played in the NBA for 13 years, but rose to prominence during a 5-year run with the Knicks.
In the 1994-95 season, Mason, a fan favorite, won the prestigious Sixth Man Award as a Knick. He also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat, according to ESPN.
Even with its detractors, Empire continues to make a major mark on the television landscape. The ratings for this week’s episode crowned the series the top rated broadcast drama in five years.
Entertainment Weekly reports Wednesday’s “The Lyon’s Roar” pulled in 13.8 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. That rating is the highest in that demo for a broadcast network drama since Grey’s Anatomy in 2010. Every episode of Empire has also been able to draw in a larger audience than the previous one.
The Fox program is extending its reach beyond just television next month when the Empiresoundtrack hits stores. The compilation features contributions from cast members as well as Mary J. Blige, Juicy J, Charles Hamilton, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Courtney Love, and Estelle.