Songs, Movies & Moments: October 2018

Jemele Hill

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

After her much-publicized multi-million-dollar buyout from ESPN, it didn’t take long for Jemele Hill to land on her feet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hill developed a sports and politics show for LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment. Hill and her longtime friend Kelley Carter have started their own production company in which they are working to sell a half-hour scripted series in collaboration with actress Gabrielle Union at Sony that’s loosely based on their friendship.

In addition to the shows, The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffery Goldberg recently announced that Hill will join the publication as a staff writer. There, she’ll cover stories that intersect sports, race, politics, gender, and culture.

“She’s interested in something that I’ve been preoccupied with for a long time which is the intersection of sports and race and politics. I think it’s one of the best beats in America,” Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I saw that Jemele was leaving ESPN, and when I realized in reading more about her that she is, at heart, a reporter, I thought it was a perfect match because I want to cover this subject in a serious way.”

Winston Duke

Actor Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in the hit Black Panther, has secured two new movie roles, according to The Grio. Duke secured a role in the forthcoming action thriller Heroine and is also slated to play MMA fan favorite Kimbo Slice in a biopic.

According to the official movie description, “Heroine is about a young mother on the run who moves to a new city in search of a clean start, only to realize that a mysterious and enigmatic new neighbor may in fact be a profoundly dangerous criminal. Duke will play the role of the neighbor, a dark and tragic figure at the start who turns out to be much, much more than expected.”

Filming for Heroine is planned to begin next spring.

Lauryn Hill

Singer/Actress Lauryn Hill has been slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly running up her credit card bill and choosing not to pay it. According to court documents obtained by Bossip.com, American Express is suing Hill for not paying an outstanding balance of $371,892.39. The credit card company said they tried multiple times to reach out to Hill to seek payment but she often refused to put a payment down. The lawsuit was filed at the New Jersey Superior Court four weeks ago and also named Hill’s company, MLH Touring, as a co-defendant.

In the midst of the fallout of Kanye West’s impromptu rant on Saturday Night Live, long-serving cast member Keenan Thompson recently appeared on The Seth Meyers Show where he was candid about the incident.

“I did my part in the monologue and got to watch the circus,” Thompson recalled.

Keenan Thompson and Seth Meyers.

Thompson quietly left early in the show and was not present when West took the stage to perform. After closing out the show as a musical guest, West invited the cast onstage and begun his spiel.

Kanye West

For almost three minutes, West talked about feeling bullied by show producers and liberals to not wear his MAGA hat in support of President Trump.

“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist,’” West ranted. “Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all of their policies.”

The rant didn’t make it on air, and to Thompson, that’s a good thing.

“We’re all entitled to our opinion. I don’t know if that’s the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that.”

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