K-Ci & JoJo (Pg. 2)

JoJo: Anyone that’s out there that feels that an alcoholic beverage is not a problem then you do have a problem, that’s where the first problem begins because you have to admit to yourself. If you get to the point where I was, where you have to go to sleep to it and you have to wake up in the morning to it and have to have it before you eat, that’s a problem and honest to God, when it’s taking over your mind it really is a problem. Because if you find yourself having a conversation with anybody and they come to you and tell you about something that you did more than once and alcohol is related then you have a problem. So you have to get over it and get yourself together. Keep God first. And honest to God if you admit to your problem, it will be much easier for you to deal with that problem.

K-Ci: And when the doctor tells you if you keep drinking you’re gonna die then you have a problem. We’re definitely going to be going to the studio as well as working out a lot of different problems within our lives, like certain situations with our kids and our kids mothers. We just deal with a lot of stuff and when we came into the show we didn’t know what was gonna happen. There was nothing scripted, nothing said to us. Everyday we woke up we didn’t know what was gonna happen next. We just knew we were going through this process.

About a year or two ago there was a clip swirling the web where the two of you were performing and JoJo fell out. What happened? Was it really a seizure?

JoJo: I’m aware that it was all over the internet but that’s gonna be self-explanatory on the show because we show what lead up to it, how it happened. I don’t want to give to much away because I want people to watch the show and really take this show serious. We don’t want people to watch just to say they watch it. This show is really about our lives and to clear up rumors and also to better and to help ourselves, mentally and physically, and understand the importance of the blessings that God has given us. So to answer that question, it’s all in the show.

What can we expect from you guys musically?

JoJo: Musically, you can expect the same love ballads. I’m not stepping on any toes but no there will be no computerized voices, just the same love songs that we’re known for that we know how to do so well. And that we’re not gonna change with time. It’s like old wine we only get better with time. We’re not gonna change with it. The only thing that’s gonna change is the sound of the instrument and that’s it. Everything else is gonna stay the same.

This might be stretch but is there any hope of a Jodeci reunion?

JoJo: Let me tell you something, Jodeci has never broken up as a family. I speak with Dalvin and K-Ci speaks to Devonte. We all speak but right now as far as an album coming out in the near future, it’s hard for me to say because right now we’re just trying to really concentrate on K-Ci and JoJo with this because we feel as though we are the voices of the group so we have to first get ourselves into place and then maybe everything else can fall into place. But as far as, “Is there a Jodeci?” there will always be a Jodeci but we want to take it one step at a time rather than put all our eggs in a basket and have a few of them crack. So we’re gonna be very cautious with every step we make right now. K-Ci Devonte’s appears on the show.


What do you want fans to take away from the show?

K-Ci: I want people to not be embarrassed to get help. And I want fans to see who we really are and what’s true about us and what’s not true and knowing who we are. JoJo I want everybody to tune in for this show not for the ratings, but just look at it, understand and think about some of the questions that you may have had that need to be answered. Watch the show and continue to pray for us.

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Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

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Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

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West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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