Will Smith Apologizes for Slapping Chris Rock in Tearful Victory Speech

Will Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow best actor nominees in his winning acceptance speech, shortly after he went on stage and slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. He did not address Rock in his speech.

“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people. Tim and Trevor and Zack and Saniyya and Demi and Aunjanue and the entire cast and crew of ‘King Richard,’ Venus and Serena, the entire Williams family. Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams,”

Smith said in his tearful acceptance speech.

Rock had earlier made a joke about Pinkett Smith being in “G.I. Jane” because of her shaved head. After smacking Rock in the face, Smith yelled at him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” The Oscar audience, and viewers on social media, were stunned by Smith’s slap, which appeared like a comedic skit at first. The incident took place during best documentary feature, which was a few categories before best actor. Smith addressed the slap immediately upon taking the stage to accept the award.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world. Making this film, I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. I got to protect Saniyya and Demi, the two actresses that played Venus and Serena,” he said, as he began to tear up. “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile and you got to pretend like that’s okay.”

After the incident with Rock, Smith’s publicist Meredith O. Sullivan, Oscar producer Will Packer and best actor nominee Denzel Washington came by to talk to Smith during the commercial breaks. In his speech, Smith revealed what Washington said to him. “Thank you, Dee. Denzel said a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you,’” Smith said.

Source: Variety

‘Maury’ ends a 30-year-run, marking the closure of an era

After 30 years of talking about teen pregnancies, rare phobias and sexual infidelities as well as revealing who is or is not the father, daytime talk show host Maury Povich is saying goodbye to audiences. An NBCUniversal executive told Deadline it is canceling Maury at the end of the 2021-22 season, when Povich plans to retire. The media company did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment. Povich himself told Deadline he had been ready to retire six years ago but NBCUniversal asked him to continue.

“I’m so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, ‘Enough, already!'”

he said. But it’s not entirely the end for fans – reruns will live on in syndication.

The end of Maury is part of a larger shake-up in daytime programming

The show first launched in 1991 as The Maury Povich Show before shortening the name to Maury in 1998. It quickly became a success in an era when tabloid-y talk shows reigned supreme on the airwaves. (Think Jerry Springer and Sally Jesse Rafael.) Audiences reveled in the wild antics of show guests, often booing or egging on their behavior.

Source: NPR

Jussie Smollett Released From Jail After Serving Less Than A Week Of 5 Month Sentence Pending Appeal

Jussie Smollett is officially out of jail. Following the decision earlier today, by an Illinois Appellate Court to cut short the former Empire star’s 150-day sentence pending appeal, Smollett walked out of Cook County Jail at around 8 PM local time. Surrounded by members of his defense team, family and other supporters, Smollett was silent as he exited the Chicago facility. Defense attorney Nenye Uche told the assembled media that his client only drank water over the past 6 days and ate no food whatsoever.

A one-page order unceremoniously released by the Illinois Appellate Court today in a 2-1 decision granted the motion from the former Empire actor’s lawyers for a stay of the sentence. Denied an appeal by the sentencing judge last week, the defense team sought to set Smollett free while his appeal on five felony convictions is pending.

The Appellate Court judge agreed, citing that Smollett likely already would have served his jail time sentence before his appeal had gotten very far. The order also noted that the actor had never been convicted of a violent crime. In fact, the paperwork’s only real demand was that Smollett put up a $150,000 personal recognizance bond.

Source: Deadline

Jussie Smollett Says Judge Sentenced Him to Jail Because He’s Black

Jussie Smollett has been in the headlines since being sentenced to 150 days in jail for staging a homophobic, race-based attack in 2019. Many tried to come to the defense of the actor, with people like Samuel L. Jackson and his wife asking the judge for leniency in his case. However, the judge ended up issuing jail time along with fines amounting to $145,000, and probation after jail.

Now, Smollett has reportedly given his take on the sentencing. 

According to sources directly in contact with Smollett, the actor expected to receive some form of jail time. Smollett reportedly told his lawyers ahead of sentencing that he felt he’d get more because he is Black. The actor also says his situation is more proof of systemic racism in the justice system. 

A representative for the Cook County Chief Judge’s office was asked about the situation, and responded “judges can’t comment on pending cases, and it’s still pending.” As of now, Smollett will be held in protective custody while in jail, while an officer with body cameras monitor his cell. Stay tuned for more updates. 

source: TMZ

Relationship’s Balancing Act: Balancing God, Family, & Business – The Connected Corner

The Connected Corner is Buzzing as we talk BALANCE and discuss the best way to keep all of our “Bees in the air”. It is a juggling act, it can be hard, BUT we have an expert in Balancing God, Family, & Business on this week’s show! Join us as we talk with Ret. Senator Barbara A. Robinson, who will share how she kept sane as a seasoned Mother, Wife, Public Servant, Author, and Entrepreneur. Tuesday, March 8, 2022- 8PM EST- Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! Dial in.

OnFire Spotlight: ‘The Courtship’ Premieres Tonight on NBC | Meet The Men

Tonight, NBC embarks on the ultimate fantasy with new dating series “The Courtship,” premiering March 6th at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series will stream on Peacock the day following its NBC telecast.

Leading lady Nicole Remy, a modern girl tired of modern dating, is transported back to Regency-era England in the hope of finding love.

In a grand 19th century castle set among the rolling hills of the English countryside, a group of 16 eligible suitors must battle to win her heart. Writer and broadcaster Rick Edwards hosts and guides them on their journey, complete with surprise guests along the way.

Tonight’s premiere episode entitled “First Impressions.

The Courtship” is an exciting ride, worth tuning into. Unlike any other dating series, this one has it all from comedy, raw emotions, chorography to of course, romance.

Nicole is no stranger to breaking barriers by her sheer existence. As daughter to her Haitian immigrant father, Claude, and her French-Creole mother, Claire, Nicole has been a leader in predominantly white spaces since a child and hopes that her hard work and grit will allow others from all walks of life to hold positions similar to those she had the blessing to experience.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, particularly through different workouts. In addition to fitness and nature, Nicole loves to travel, read a new book, practice sustainability and mindfulness. She resides in Seattle where she continues her work in software engineering while pursuing her next dream.

Source: Urbanbridgez

Watch Kanye West Premiere New Album Donda 2 at Miami Event

Kanye West’s “Donda Experience Performance” event, marking the premiere of his new album and Donda sequel Donda 2, is taking place tonight at LoanDepot Park in Miami. Billed as a “DONDA 2 listening and DONDA 1 performance” by West on Instagram, the event’s livestream is happening in IMAX theaters and at Kanye’s Stem Player website. Watch it below.

After over two hours of heartbeat noise, the show began with a house on fire and a new song that appeared to feature posthumous vocals from XXXTentacion. As multiple new songs played in the stadium, West danced near the flaming house while wading through water. He shared “Flowers,” which he teased with his Stem Player exclusivity announcement, and “Eazy.” 

West was joined in the water by Migos as a new song featuring Baby Keem and the trio played. The next two songs featured Future, who reportedly executive produced the album, and the latter also appeared to feature Travis Scott. Pusha-T appeared in the stadium as his new single “Diet Coke” played. 

A subsequent song opened with a sample of Vice President Kamala Harris’ “we did it, Joe” phone call, featured Jack Harlow (who appeared at the event), and West’s repeated line “we stopped buying Louis bags after Virgil passed.” It was followed by another song featuring Future. A sample of Kim Kardashian West’s SNL monologue about Kanye opened the next track (though not the punchline: “So, when I divorced him, you have to know it came down to just one thing: his personality!”). The next song began with a TikTok-popular Empire sample.

The event pivoted to a live performance, which featured the Sunday Service choir and multiple songs from Donda. Marilyn Manson, who is facing multiple sexual assault lawsuits and is the subject of a new documentary that outlines allegations of abuse, once again joined West and DaBaby during “Jail.” Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys delivered a live performance of the new single “City of Gods.” Soulja Boy appeared to be featured on “Fist Time in a Long Time” amid an on-again, off-again feud with West. The event ended with a performance of “Off the Grid” that featured Playboi Carti (in Joker makeup) and Fivio. 

Donda 2 will reportedly be made available exclusively through West’s Donda Stem Player. He claimed that he turned down a $100 million deal from Apple, choosing instead to release the album via his own platform. In late January, West had announced that Donda 2 would arrive on February 22, but it did not appear online or on the stem players at midnight. 

West has lately become an avid Instagrammer, using his page to share (and typically delete) controversial posts, often about Kim Kardashian West, as well as her rumored boyfriend Pete Davidson. Among the first of West’s recent incendiary posts was a criticism of his oldest daughter North West’s TikTok use. He also harassed Davidson directly. Due to West’s anger with Davidson, he also appeared to cut ties with Kid Cudi—a friend of Davidson’s. West, on February 12, said that Cudi would not appear on Donda 2. Cudi had previously appeared alongside West on Donda’s “Moon.”

Since the August 2021 release of Donda, West has co-headlined the Amazon-sponsored Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert with Drake and was announced as a Coachella headliner. The first part of the Jeen-Yuhs documentary about his life premiered at Sundance, and he had been a mainstay in the tabloids due to his relationship with actress Julia Fox. (Fox and West broke up in February after a couple of months together.) Plus, he legally changed his name to Ye, which is also the name of his 2018 studio album.

Source: Pitchfork

‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming’ | Launching Friday on Netflix

Madea prepares to welcome her family who have all come into town to celebrate her great-grandson’s graduation from college, when some hidden secrets threaten to destroy the joyous family homecoming. Tyler Perry returns with everyone’s favorite character in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming,” the newest film in the Madea franchise set to debut on Netflix this Friday February 25th.

VERZUZ Reaction: Anthony Hamilton vs Musiq Soulchild

After nearly devastating fans with an announcement that Verzuz would no longer be free, Triller reversed course the day of and the Anthony Hamilton vs Musiq Soulchild Verzuz was back on Instagram and YouTube. And as always we’re here to break it down for you. The Verzuz puts two of Soul music’s biggest crooners against each other in am R&B Valentine’s Day special. Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild.

Diamond K reacts to Anthony Hamilton vs Musiq Soulchild Valentine’s Day VERZUZ Special from The Avalon in LA.

PLAYLIST: Anthony Hamilton vs Musiq Soulchild