Nick Cannon

Songs, Movies & Moments: February 2019

Nick Cannon

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –
Wendy Williams

“She sounded amazing, y’all.”

Actor Nick Cannon addressed the audience of The Wendy Williams Show recently as a fill-in for the show’s namesake, who continues to battle Graves Disease.

According to “Page Six,” Williams wanted to assure Cannon, one of many rotating fill-in hosts, that she and her family are fine, despite the rumors swirling around them.

“She said she wanted to speak as a family unit, and her, [her husband] Kevin, and [her son] little Kevin they said they are all good,” Cannon said to the audience. “The love and the passion are still there because that’s what you need in times like this … for your family to stick together with you.”

Jussie Smollett

For the first time since his attack, actor and singer Jussie Smollett addressed the public at his West Hollywood concert recently. The long-planned concert was Smollett’s first public appearance since he reported to Chicago police that two masked men attacked him and put a rope around his neck while using racial and homophobic slurs.

Before singing, Smollett teared up as he told the crowd that he’s not fully healed yet—but that he will be, and music will help him to get there.

Smollett is currently back on the Empire set, having shot scenes and attending table readings for the popular Fox show. According to TMZ, police want to speak with Smollett again while he’s in town as part of an on going investigation.

Smollett told Essence in an exclusive interview that he’s recovering, but is thankful for the outpouring of support.

“Let me start by saying that I’m okay,” Smollett began in his statement to Essence. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”

21 Savage

Rapper 21 Savage was taken into custody by ICE agents last week. Authorities clam the rapper, born Sha Ya Bin Abraham Joseph, is actually a resident of the United Kingdom, and that he overstayed his visa, which expired in 2006.

According to Savage’s manager, the rapper’s been in lockdown for 23 hours each day and is only allowed to communicate for ten minutes, but remains upbeat. The firm representing Savage released a public message on Feb. 4 on twitter, maintaining their fight to release the rapper. According to the statement, Savage never hid his immigration status from the U.S. government, and the Department of Homeland Security has known his address and his history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no action against him until the past weekend.

The statement continued that ICE has not charged Savage with a crime; it said that when he was still a minor, his family overstayed their work visa and he, like nearly two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.

Taraji P. Henson Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez

During the press junket for the forthcoming film What Men Want, actress Taraji P. Henson shared a piece of advice while discussing some keys that women need to know about men, and for Henson that was for women to let go of the “strong black woman” narrative.

“For so long, you want to be the strong black woman, and I started realizing when we preach that, me get scared. What does that mean? We have to be careful throwing that term around because then, we, it makes us sound like we’re super human. Like nothing affects us. Like we don’t have feelings. I’ve stayed away from saying that word too much.”

You can catch What Men Want in theaters on Feb. 8.

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