Songs, Movies & Moments: May 2017

Chris Rock

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Comedian/actor Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock finalized their divorce last August. Rock, who is currently on his Total Blackout Tour, is the latest cover story for Rolling Stone.

Reporter Stephen Rodrick described a comedy set two months after the divorce finalized where Rock predicted President Trump’s win and described how his ex-wife hated him.

“Would I ever get married again? Not if it would cure AIDS,” he joked.

Five months later, Rock did not mention his divorce until two thirds of the way through his set, according the Rolling Stone article.

“I was a piece of __,” Rodrick recalled Rock saying in the comedy set, to which he then “segued into this infidelities” and got “disarmingly specific” describing three women he allegedly cheated with: one famous, one “semifamous,” and one a retail worker.

Rumors have swirled since Rock revealed that he allegedly cheated with a celebrity in his routine, linking the comedian to Scandal’s Kerry Washington. However, a source close to Rock brushed off the routine as shtick.

“I take it as a joke when he says he cheated with a famous person. He even says he cheated with a member of Destiny’s Child but not Beyoncé.” the source said. “He was friends with Kerry around that time. They did the movie (I Think I Love My Wife) together. He was also separated from Malaak around that time. They were off-and-on a lot during their marriage. It was a rocky situation.”

Rock is currently dating actress Magalyn Echikunwoke. Reps for Rock and Washington have not commented as of press time.

Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj went on an altruistic spending spree recently, offering to pay school expenses of more than 20 of her fans on Twitter.

“Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it,” Minaj tweeted.

The rapper’s twitter followers delivered, sending pictures of their grades and needs—including loans, tuition, and supplies—and Minaj responded with promises to pay up. Minaj agreed to cover at least 21 fans’ expenses, while others were instructed to send more details of their debts.

Keke Palmer

Actress Keke Palmer is opening up about her battles with mental health in a new social media campaign.

Palmer shared her experience with anxiety and depression with Essence.com recently, revealing “We all have our trials and errors with different things in our lives. Everything is not the end of the world. I realized, as I got older, I would love to have told myself that.”

The Akeelah and The Bee star shared that she had trouble dealing with depression and anxiety, harboring the blame for the issues she’s faced. Palmer is one of a slew of celebrities who have teamed up with Child Mind Institute for its “#MyYoungerSelf” social media campaign.

Throughout May, celebrities will share their mental health experiences in order to inspire others to speak out. Fans are encouraged to keep the conversation going by using the hashtag #MyYoungerSelf. A new celebrity video will be shared online daily at www.speakupforkids.org.

OutKast

Ever since the New Edition biopic dropped in January, there have been rumors about forthcoming biopics that have included Xcape and Jodeci. It just seems as if everyone is trying get that biopic treatment. Now, add OutKast to the list.

Rapper Big Boi recently told HipHopDX that he and Andre 3000 had been tossing around the idea of a biopic with Empire’s Lee Daniels directing.

“I got a couple of people in mind that I’ma talk to, one of them being Lee Daniels who I just did the TV show Star with,” Big Boi said. “So yeah all that’s coming and we just know it’s time to do it. It’s coming!”

Big Boi added that he’s not quite sure who he’d want to play him in the film but at the moment, he’s thinking of taking a page from Ice Cube.

“Maybe one of my sons could do it because they look exactly like me and they know all the words to all the raps so they probably could pull it off, and they know me so I may have to do the Cube move and pick one of my sons to play me.”

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