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The 2010 BET Awards: A Family Affair With Tributes to MJ, Gary Coleman and Prince

The 2010 BET Awards was a family affair for it's 10th anniversary in more ways than one with Diddy and son Christian and stepson Quincy, Jada Pinkett Smith with daughter Willow and son Jaden and the T.I. and Tiny family clan all working the red carpet.

Comedian Tony Rock revealed that he’s teaming up with big brother Chris, for a comedy tour summer in 2011. “I’m looking forward to it so I can show my superiority on stage,” jokes Rock. “But I gotta go first (open up the show) because Chris has like 20 million under the belt. We’ll call it the Rock the World tour, Rock Squared, or something like that.”

But everyone was abuzz about the tributes for the evening. After Flo Rida squashed hookup rumors about he and Brandy, “Much love to Brandy, but I’m not dating her— I am single,” he then professed his love for the King of Pop. “I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson he’s an inspiration to people around the world.”

Actor Todd Bridges, who both presented at the show and spoke onstage about his former Diff’rent Strokes co-star Gary Coleman, hoped that despite the circus surrounding the aftermath of Coleman’s death that people would remember his childhood friend in the best light.

“I’m hoping that God will shine his light and let people realize that Gary was a great kid who unfortunately he had some difficulties growing up,” says Bridges. “The 2010 BET Awards is celebrating Michael Jackson, Prince and Gary Coleman, because Gary was the biggest child star of all time and no one will be able to top that.”

 And of course, all the celebs were very excited about the 2010 BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Prince getting his long overdue props.  N.E.R.D’s Pharrell Williams, whose currently on tour all summer long in promotion for their new album which hits stores September 7th, called the Purple Rain star, “The King, one hundred percent.” But perhaps Lottery Ticket star Naturi Naughton put the enthusiasm level for his royal badness in the best perspective. “Oh my goodness! I’m just excited to be in the same building with Prince!” —Ronke Idowu Reeves

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Netflix Gives Sneak Peek Of Jay-Z Produced Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Netflix gave a preview of the streaming giant's upcoming films on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Among them, the highly anticipated western, The Harder They Fall.

Produced by Jay Z and written and directed by musician Jeymes Samuel, the film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Woody McClain.

The Harder They Fall follows the fictional character, Nat Love (Majors), as he seeks revenge on the man who murdered his parents. Besides signing on as a producer, Hov also created original music for the film.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed filming, which began in March of last year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Filming resumed in September but was paused again after one of the actors tested positive for coronavirus.

“What I love about movies is that they can make you feel every emotion,” King says in the Netflix teaser.

“And show you something you’ve never seen before,” adds Majors while clips from their film plays on the screen.

The Harder They Fall is one of 27 films headed to Netflix. See more in the video below.

2021 = a new movie EVERY WEEK on Netflix. Here's a sneak peek at 27 of the biggest, brightest, fastest, funniest, feel-good, feel-everything films and stars coming to Netflix this year pic.twitter.com/iCr1ZPrc7W

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) January 12, 2021

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Issa Rae Announces ‘Insecure’ Will End After Season 5

Insecure will return this year for a fifth and final season, Issa Rae revealed on Wednesday (Jan. 13). In a statement to Deadline, Rae and executive producer Prentice Penny showed gratitude to HBO and fans of the show.

“Prentice and I are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept the faith in us to see our vision through the end,” said Rae.“We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn’t have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience. I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”

HBO’s Programming EVP Amy Gravitt, noted that Rae has “turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy.”

Based off the 36-year-old’s popular Awkward Black Girl YouTube series, lnsecure was created by Rae and Larry Wilmore. The series premiered on HBO in 2016.

Season five will reportedly begin filming later this month with Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell and Amanda Seales all expected to return. The previous season ended with Rae’s character at yet another crossroads with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Lawrence (played by Ellis).

Season five of Insecure debuts later this year.

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