Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000 of Outkast has completed the filming of “Semi-Pro” which stars Will Ferrell. It is set for release in theatres on February 29th.
Also featured in the film are Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney, Will Arnett, Andy Richter, Rob Corddry, DeRay Davis, Josh Braaten, Jay Phillips, and Jackie Earle Haley. (Source)
As the title suggests, the movie is about a semi-pro basketball league and is set in the 70’s. Will Ferrell is a funny dude so it might just be worth seeing. I’ll go just to see Dre with that big ass Kool-aid smile… Looks kinda corny but I’m game…get it…game?! Oh nevermind! The lame jokes seem to be contageous!
Should 2001 music be considered “Old School”?? I think not… but since I haven’t heard this song in a while and since Roy Jones, Jr. and he are such good friends….I decided to give Pastor Troy a lil play today! Enjoy!
Where oh where is Lil Jon when you need him?? President Bill Clinton was in dire need of some Crunk Juice yesterday as he was caught dozing during an event at Convenat Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem. Like…for real…give the man a break! Hillary has him campaigning his ass off and he’s not even running!
…and sometimes speeches are just borning! I almost fell asleep during the MLK event at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday and I was watching it on T.V.! I got crunk when Bernice King started rapping though….that really made my day!
Tyler Perry is currently negotiating with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson to star in “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys”, a drama Perry wrote and will direct and star in for Lionsgate.
Already on board are Sanaa Lathan, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Rockmond Dunbar. The project will begin shooting March 2nd at Tyler Perry Studios here in Atlanta.
The script focuses on two families from different sides of the tracks that become intimately involved in love and business.
The Family That Preys is Perry’s sixth for Lionsgate. He scored his last hit with Why Did I Get Married? and will follow The Family That Preys by directing Madea Goes to Jail,” based on his stage play. Lionsgate opens Perry’s Meet the Browns, starring Angela Bassett, David and Tamela Mann and Lamman Rucker on March 21. (Source)
In related news, Jennifer Hudson’s next film, her first since winning the Oscar for her performance in Dreamgirls, will be released this summer. Miss Hudson has the devine pleasure of joining the reunited Sex in the City crew in Sex and the City: The Movie! Oh how I wish it were me!!
Sanaa Lathan has been busy as well working on the film version of the Broadway play, A Raisin in the Sun, opposite Sean “Diddy” Combs and Phylicia Rashad. The film will be shown at Sundance this year before it airs on ABC Television February 25th. Both projects are “must-sees” for me! Check out the trailer to A Raisin in the Sun(hosted by Diddy of course!) below:
Usher’s father, Usher Raymond III, passed away at an Atlanta hospital on January 18th. I originally spotted this over at UsherForever.com and decided to do some digging myself. It appears that the news is true and that the funeral will be held at the Taylor Funeral Home chapel in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s not forget his dream of racial equality and acceptance. It’s easy to assume that racism doesn’t exist or has no effect in your life, but we cannot afford to overlook the fact that it does.
Senator Barak Obama spoke yesterday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He touched on several valuable points that are worth repeating over and over again. So if you’ve already read his speech….read it again!
It’s not easy to stand in somebody else’s shoes. It’s not easy to see past our differences. We’ve all encountered this in our own lives. But what makes it even more difficult is that we have a politics in this country that seeks to drive us apart – that puts up walls between us.
We are told that those who differ from us on a few things are different from us on all things; that our problems are the fault of those who don’t think like us or look like us or come from where we do. The welfare queen is taking our tax money. The immigrant is taking our jobs. The believer condemns the non-believer as immoral, and the non-believer chides the believer as intolerant.
For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.
And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.
We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.
Every day, our politics fuels and exploits this kind of division across all races and regions; across gender and party. It is played out on television. It is sensationalized by the media. And last week, it even crept into the campaign for President, with charges and counter-charges that served to obscure the issues instead of illuminating the critical choices we face as a nation.
So let us say that on this day of all days, each of us carries with us the task of changing our hearts and minds. The division, the stereotypes, the scape-goating, the ease with which we blame our plight on others – all of this distracts us from the common challenges we face – war and poverty; injustice and inequality. We can no longer afford to build ourselves up by tearing someone else down. We can no longer afford to traffic in lies or fear or hate. It is the poison that we must purge from our politics; the wall that we must tear down before the hour grows too late. (Source)
Please take the time to listen to or read the entire speech. Also take time to think about what part you can play in our contining struggle for equality, civil and human rights.