A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
A charity named after Kanye West’s late mother, Donda West, is changing its name after a twitter feud with Kim Kardashian West. Donda’s House announced that it will drop the name after co-founder Che Smith, professionally and best known as Rhymefest, argued with the reality star.
She and Rhymefest co-founded the nonprofit aimed to help at-risk Chicago youth in 2011. But on Memorial Day weekend, when Rhymefest complained that West abandoned the youth of Chicago and asked for help from Drake, Kardashian West accused the Chicago emcee of using West’s name to bolster his own career.
Rhymefest tweeted: “I’m asking
@Drake to help the part of Chicago that Kayne has abandoned. Please contact
Rhymefest also asked his followers to boycott Pusha T’s new album that West produced and use the money to donate to the organization instead.
Kardashian West tweeted back and said. “You haven’t been right since you got kicked out of the studio in Hawaii wearing the fake Yeezy’s @Rhymefest. You over leveraging Kanye’s name and asked Kanye to donate money to you so stop with your fake community politics and lies. Truth is you haven’t been able to sustain the foundation.”
Later, Donda’s House tweeted that it was changing its name. The organization tweeted:
“Due to recent events that have occurred over the last 48 hours, we have decided to no longer use the name Donda’s House Inc. This has been an incredibly difficult decision but the social media quotes from Kim Kardashian West as well as the expressed interest of her family running the organization has brought us to this decision.”
Donda’s house has not yet announced its new name but the nonprofit asked people not to judge the organization by West’s recent comments about President Trump.
In a separate statement the organization said, “We ask that those who feel hurt, angered, or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us.”
On the heels of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior with women he has worked with, actor Morgan Freeman is in danger of having his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) revoked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Freeman received the honor at the 24th Annual SAG awards in January. In a statement, the Screen Actors Guild said they are keeping an eye on how the matter is handled legally before their decision.
“These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to ensure a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said in the statement. “Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment. Given Mr. Freeman recently received one of our union’s most prestigious honors recognizing his body of work, we are therefore reviewing what corrective actions may be warranted at this time.”
Freeman recently spoke out against these allegations, saying any comments were “misplaced comments of humor.”
As a result of these claims, Visa has already cut ties with Freeman, suspending marketing in which the actor is featured.
Actor/Rapper Jaden Smith’s eco-friendly water company Just Water, which he started with his father Will Smith, has recently sent 9,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan. Smith vowed to continue shipping water until lead levels significantly decrease. It’s been nearly 1,500 days since Flint had clean water.
Just Water’s other initiatives include producing classroom furniture from used water bottles and reducing plastic and carbon dioxide emissions globally.
Just Water CEO Ira Laufer said that Flint is very close to Jada Pinkett-Smith’s heart.
“This just makes sense for us to do,” Laufer said.
“Jada Smith has visited Flint and met with the mayor. Flint is very dear to her heart. After reading more about Flint’s challenges and the mayor objecting to pulling bottled water from the schools, we thought “Let’s help these kids.”
In her memoir The Last Black Unicorn, comedienne Tiffany Haddish revealed that she’s a domestic violence survivor. While many women felt empowered by her story, Haddish’s ex-husband William Stewart was disgusted—so disgusted that he filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Girl’s Trip star for libel, slander, and defamation over her claims in the book.
In the chapter “The Ex-Husband,” Haddish alleged that Stewart stalked her after meeting her on a cruise ship and that after they married, he became physically abusive and controlling. Haddish also claimed that she endured one beating that was so severe it led to a miscarriage.
In the lawsuit, Stewart alleges that the allegations are false. He claimed that Haddish aborted the baby and that he has never stalked her.
“Powerful people and influential corporations can’t intentionally and recklessly destroy someone’s reputation with malicious lies for their own profit,” Stewart’s lawyer Michael Sterling told TMZ. “After exhausting our ability to solve this matter privately, we have been left with no choice but to seek legal recourse. We look forward to our day in court.”