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Anika Noni Rose Talks 'For Colored Girls,' Going To A Dark Place, Tyler Perry's Support

Anika Noni Rose played Disney’s first Black princess in her last film but her role in Tyler Perry’s upcoming For Colored Girls, will take viewers to a darker place. In the movie adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s iconic choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Rose depicts a happy-go-lucky woman who endures date rape. Rose, who plays Yasmine/Yellow has never experienced what her character does in real life, but she hopes to give a voice to people who may not have been able to speak up.

“I thought that what Ntozake had put down on paper about the way we trust people with ourselves, with our spirits with our bodies, with our lives⎯it was so clear to me that I had to allow it to live it,” the Tony Award winning actress told VIBE at a For Colored Girls press junket. “My plan was to live these words so that it was clear because so many people don’t get to say that out loud. So many people go through these things and they never get to say, 'Somebody hurt me and I didn’t deserve it,' or either they are afraid to or they’re told not to, they’ve been scared into silence.”

Rose admitted that repeatedly acting out the scene got so intense at times that it was sometimes hard to snap out of it. However, she credits Tyler Perry with providing great support. “There were times in a scene where Tyler would just stop and hug you. There were times for me, and a few of the women throughout where it felt like air was a luxury⎯to get another breath was a luxury at one point,” said Rose. “And Tyler came up to me we had already cut and he just put his arms around me and held me for a while. And we did it again and again, and again. But to have that support of the mind and of the spirit, but also of the body is something we had and I’m grateful.”

So far, this may have been the most emotionally challenging role Rose has taken on. Some viewers might have a hard time watching the scene but Rose’s goal was to take people to another level. If her tears in the film, which were real, get a rise out of audiences, then she has accomplished her goal. “I try to always do something different from the last thing that I did. I don’t want to see me in the same role all the time and I don’t know why somebody else would want to,” she said. “So try to shake it up and I choose things that are challenging and different and will allow me to attempt to turn myself into that character.” ⎯Starrene Rhett

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

A post shared by James Corden (@j_corden) on Dec 10, 2018 at 5:17pm PST

In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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Romeo May Have Landed A Role In 'Bad Boys For Life'

Bad Boys 3 is officially going down, and there's going to be a lot of new changes. The biggest change seems to be major additions to the film's cast. In fact, Romeo Miller recently hopped on social media on Tuesday (Dec. 11), suggesting that he could be the newest addition to the Bad Boys team.

Romeo shared a photo of an email for a callback to the Bad Boys set on his Instagram Stories on Dec. 11. "When you get callbacks and opportunity to work alongside your idols, @martinlawrence and @willsmith, you go study and go ghost," the rapper-turned-actor said, mentioning stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Romeo isn't the only hip-hop star to possibly land a role in the forthcoming movie. Nicky Jam also suggested he was going out for a part during an interview with TMZ in Nov. 2018. "I actually came her because I'm doing a casting for a movie," he said at the time.

As previously reported Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced that the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is finally happening after years of negotiating. The upcoming film, entitled, Bad Boys For Life, is expected to premiere in Jan. 2020.

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Looks like #Romeo May be joining the #BadBoys3 crew! Are y’all here for it, #Roomies!?

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