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Kerry Washington Says Tyler Perry Was Best Person To 'Direct For Colored Girls'

Tyler Perry’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf has been sparking criticism since the day it was announced earlier this year. One of the issues raised was how can a man direct a work about women but according to Thandie Newton, one of the film’s stars, “the strength of the film caught the attention of the extraordinary collaboration of when a man and a woman can come together.”

Kerry Washington, who plays Kelly/Blue, says that Perry was the only person who could have done the film. She cites his supportive nature and the legacy he has created in Black Hollywood as reasons why he was perfect for the job.“The amount of creative capital that he’s created in this industry, that he’s build in this industry has allowed him to be the person that could make this project happen?," asks Washington. "Then thank God that the person who could actually make this happen has the emotional intelligence to actually do it right and to be a collaborator so I never thought, 'Oh gosh he’s a man, he’s not gonna get it.' Who would come to this material unless they were committed about telling the story about for colored girls?"

And Washington added that another benefit of working with Perry is that he is not just a writer and director but a rarity in the Hollywood movie making business—an actual power player mogul equipped with his own studio.

“I, from beginning to end, felt so grateful that we could live in a time where we could go and do this production with this man. All of us when we go to work in our studios in LA, and you go and shoot in the Greta Garbo Theater and the Charlie Chaplain stage⎯and you’re very grateful to be part of that show biz legacy. But for this movie, we all went off to Atlanta to shoot in his studio, and there we’re on the Sidney Poitier stage and the Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Theater," she says. "And you realize the immense power that has been cultivated by him, what he’s created that shows that we actually can own our stories and put them out in the world from a place that actually comes from us. It’s an honor.”

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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'Empire' Makes History By Airing First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

Additional actresses set to appear in the film include Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Transparent’s Trace Lysette, Mercedes Ruehl, dancer Mette Towley and Orange Is The New Black’s Madeline Brewer.

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