A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
The Disney Corporation’s trend of rummaging through its own vault in search of animated classics to transform into live action movies has now reached The Little Mermaid after the success of The Lion King. On July 3, the company announced that it had cast Halle Bailey, half of the R&B sister act Chloe x Halle, in the lead role. Bailey will play Ariel in director Rob Marshall’s remake, according to Variety.
The Little Mermaid isn’t the only remake that Bailey has starred in. Her first on-screen appearance, starring alongside Queen Latifiah, was in Last Holiday, originally filmed in 1950. In the meantime, you can catch Bailey on Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish.
Actress La La Anthony has revealed recently that she is exploring “her legal options” as it pertains to her marriage to NBA free agent, Carmelo Anthony.
“As La La and Carmelo have been living apart for quite some time, La La is proceeding with legal discussions as the next step in their relationship,” Anthony’s representative told People in a statement. “They will remain loving and committed parents to their son,” Kiyan, whom the couple have been co-parenting during this time.
The couple’s been married since 2010, but hit a rocky patch when rumors swirled about Carmelo being unfaithful. They appeared to be trying to patch things up for a year. This past Valentine’s Day, La La shared both a sweet message and a stern warning in her IG post.
“I loved you since you were 19 and I will love you forever,” she wrote and also included a lyric from Beyoncé’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” She warned Carmelo: “You know I give you life… if you try this s__ again you gone lose your wife.”
Allegedly he tried it again. According to TMZ, Carmelo has been caught on a yacht with another woman.
People magazine also reports that divorce isn’t out of the question for La La.
Rapper A$AP Rocky has been arrested in Stockholm, Sweden after he and his entourage allegedly assaulted two men. Video of the incident went viral recently, with the rapper sharing footage of the incident on Instagram.
“So a few drug addicts are not my fans, we don’t know these guys and didn’t want trouble,” Rocky recalled. “They followed us for four blocks, and they were slapping girls’ butts who passed, give me a break.”
Rocky also claimed that one of the men hit his bodyguard with a pair of headphones.
In another video shared by TMZ, Rocky can be seen engaging in a heated conversation with the men, who were allegedly following him because he broke a pair of headphones.
Few details have been shared at press time, but a Swedish Prosecution Office spokesman said the rapper was arrested on suspicion of “gross assault.”
America’s Got Talent star Terry Crews opened up on a recent episode on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live about his longtime porn addiction, and how it almost destroyed his 30-year marriage.
Crews said that his wake-up call came when his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, walked out on him.
“When my wife walked out, she was like: ‘I’m done with you.’ It was something that the porn use lead me to be unfaithful years earlier,” he told Watch What Happens host Andy Cohen. “And what happened was after years of hiding and not saying anything, she confronted me. She was like: ‘What is it I don’t know about you, Terry Crews?’
Three years ago, Crews revealed to fans that he struggled with his addiction to porn ever since he was 12. At the time, Crews admitted that his addiction almost ruined his marriage because he felt entitled to sex. He later explained that coming clean to his wife was the first step towards battling the problem, before checking into rehab. Crew’s recovery included a 90-day sex fast. The Crews are reportedly doing better than ever.
At the 2019 Essence Music Festival, filmmaker, producer, and writer Ava DuVernay talked about the importance of diversity in film, the critically acclaimed Netflix series When They See Us, and the power of storytelling.
DuVernay draws her fans to her work by taking a chance on young black talent and bringing them on the big screen and on TV series. But according to DuVernay, it’s not nearly enough to be in front of the camera, bringing the same young black talent behind the scenes and behind the camera matters as well.
“Over 90% of entertainment is produced by white men. I’m a part of a lineage of creators who want to change that narrative. You can tell when a show is made by a sister,” she told Essence’s Entertainment Director Cori Murray.
When asked how she has changed as a director over the years, DuVernay said being behind the lens gives her confidence.
“I feel more powerful as a storyteller. I feel more confident. I’ve learned that storytelling can shift a culture. It can right wrongs, and it helped me find my calling.”