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Actor Ahmed Best is mainly known for his role as Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars saga. His role brought unto him a ton of backlash and criticism as many felt his alien character lived up to racist stereotypes. Since his portrayal in the 1999 and 2002 installments of the film, Best struggled to find more roles and dealt with mental health issues as a result of it.
However, the 45-year-old actor now says that he's on a "really strong path to healing" after the franchise's creator, George Lucas, called Jar Jar Binks his "favorite character."
Lucas called into a fan event that marked the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and surprised enthusiasts with his remarks. "Thank you for coming to the celebration. It's one of my favorite movies," Lucas said. "Of course Jar Jar is my favorite character. Ahmed, he did a fantastic job. It was very, very hard."
Lucas' words inspired Best to speak with TMZ and share his thoughts on the filmmaker's comments. "I hope that George saying this, that it was his favorite character will help people look deeper into the work and what we did as filmmakers, and what we did as collaborators and what we did as artists," he said. "And look at how we influence the next generation of not only filmmaking but filmmakers."
Best previously stated that he contemplated suicide due to the character's backlash. We wish him a speedy road back to recovery.
Missy Elliott is coming. With the release of an Instagram video featuring a celebratory dance, the legendary musician signaled that new music is on the horizon.
"I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish," she wrote in the caption of her video announcement on Wednesday (April 17). The video features her boppin' along to Soul II Soul's "Keep On Moving." Her hair is in braids, she's rocking gold hoops and sports a beautiful smile on her face.
The Virginia native's last album was 2005's The Cookbook, which featured the hit single "Lose Control" with Ciara and Fatman Scoop. Since then, she's released solo singles such as "WTF (Where They From)" with Pharrell Williams, "Pep Rally," and was recently featured on Lizzo's new song "Tempo."
Just because she hasn't released a full-length project doesn't mean she hasn't been busy. Missy's hard work has paid off, and she will be the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame this summer. She was also recently named Berklee College Of Music's Honorary Doctorate Recipient.
We can't wait to hear what she's been up to.
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While returning to the U.S. from Canada on Wednesday night (April 17), Kodak Black, as well as three individuals, were stopped by Customs Agents at the border. After the authorities searched the vehicle, they were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon, TMZ reports.
The "Tunnel Vision" artist was scheduled to perform in Boston, Mass., as part of his Dying to Live tour. However, the concert was canceled which generated outrage from fans and confusion from some of Kodak's camp who weren't aware of the rapper's whereabouts. It has been reported that the rapper is still in custody and being held on a $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bond.
Since the start of his career, Kodak's name has remained in the midst of controversy. Recently, the rapper landed at the center of attention for his back and forth with T.I. The latter removed artwork that depicted the Florida native from the Trap Museum in Atlanta, Ga., following Kodak's comments about Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle. The beef between the two escalated to the point that Kodak released a diss track aimed at T.I. called "Expeditiously."
Kodak's run-ins with the law have also been a topic of discussion. The 21-year-old was released on August 18, 2018, after serving seven months for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Kodak currently faces criminal sexual conduct charges and faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.