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Tyler Perry Admits Reluctantly Directing 'For Colored Girls' In The Beginning

According to Tyler Perry, he didn’t choose For Colored Girls, Ntozake Shange’s iconic choreopoem chose him. It was never in his plans to attempt to recreate what he describes as an important work but it popped up in his life so much that he felt he was on to something divine.

“Somebody bought it to me years ago and I said ‘No,’ and Whoopi brought it to me and asked if I wanted to do a revival on Broadway, I said ‘No’ at the time. I wasn’t really interested. I had been hearing the title and somebody else bought it to me so after the fifth time I said, “Ok God something’s here,” said Perry who admitted to quitting amost four times when he agreed to do the project. “I surrendered to that of what it was to get involved in. It was intimidating work because it means so much to so many people, especially women. And not only women of color, but women. I think the most important part of the final work is the final words that are said, ‘I found God in myself and I loved her fiercely.’ I think that it’s about all of these women no matter who you are whether it’s you’re taking that journey walking through your life and finding God for yourself and loving yourself so that’s what it meant for me.”

However, Perry had help learning those lessons. He credits his cast of accomplished actresses with teaching him about women and sisterhood that men don’t always get to see, and says he says he made a better film because of it.

“They were pushing me to make sure that I did a good job as well so they taught me a great deal. There were a lot of things that I would read in the poems that I would miss and then I heard Phylicia say something one day and the way she said a specific word, I got it. The way she said a specific phrasing of certain things in the poem it woke me up to what was happening and it taught me a great deal,” he said. “But more than anything it taught me about this bond that women have and it’s unbreakable. It’s a sisterhood that men don’t get a chance to see."

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Steph Curry Says He’s “Definitely” Visiting NASA After Moon Landing Joke

Earlier this week, Stephan Curry appeared on the Winging It  podcast where he expressed doubt in the moon landing. The comments caused an uproar in the science community and drew comparisons to Kyrie Irving’s flat Earth conspiracy.

NASA even weighed in, offering Curry a free visit to the lunar lab at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Looking back, the 31-year-old Golden State Warriors point guard admits that he wasn't being totally serious about his feelings on the moon.

 

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— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 11, 2018

“I was just talking nonsense around conspiracies and whatnot...and I brought up the moon landing and if I believe it or not,” Curry explained to VIBE Tuesday (Dec. 12) from the Warriors training facility where the NBA star gave a sneak peek at his new Under Armour Curry 6 sneakers.

“I have now parlayed that into an opportunity to educate myself and have an experience I will take NASA up on,” he continued. “I’m definitely going and also, lessoned learned in terms of obviously don’t believe something just because somebody said it, educate yourself. Do your research and be intelligent about it, that’s what I plan on doing.”

No word yet on when Curry will head to NASA.

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North Carolina Prosecutors Say Teen Would Still Be Alive If Cops Pursued Evidence From 2016

North Carolina prosecutors have placed blame on local law enforcement stating had police pursued evidence, 13-year-old Hania Aguilar would still be alive.

Robeson County District Attorney Luther Johnson Britt spoke with reporters Wednesday (Dec. 12) and said authorities were able to link suspect Michael Ray McLellan to an unrelated rape case for about a year but failed to take action.

"This hurts," Britt said. "This is like taking a punch to the gut and not being prepared to get it."

McLellan has been charged with first-degree murder and a host of other charges related to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of the teen. He's being held without bail. Last month, Hania was kidnapped from her driveway by the 34-year-old and forced into a relative's vehicle.

The eighth grader's body was found last week in water and the SUV was found less than 10 miles away from her body. Britt told CNN with the help of an interpreter he spoke to the teen's mother and explained their daughter wouldn't be coming home.

"It was a difficult conversation to have with her," he added. "Maybe the most difficult conversation I've ever had with a victim's family -- to tell them that had this information been followed up on -- her daughter might be alive."

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said the department would launch an internal investigation.

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McKenzie Adams committed suicide after being bullied by classmates. She was nine years old.
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9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying Occurs At School

Nine-year-old Alabama resident McKenzie Adams committed suicide on Dec. 3, after experiencing intense bullying from classmates. Her grandmother found her hanging in their bathroom. After performing CPR, McKenzie was rushed to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“Something happened that day from one of these bullies that pushed my niece over to the edge,” Adams aunt, Eddwina Harris, 33, tells People. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. We’re heartbroken.”

According to CBS News, Adams was receiving rude notes from classmates and was bullied on the bus due to her race. Her school U.S. Jones Elementary is predominantly white, but the bullies were both black and white.

"Some of the student bullies would say to her, 'Why you riding with white people? You’re black, you’re ugly. You should just die,'" explained the child's mother, Jasmine Adams.

"Certainly our hearts goes out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers," school officials said in a statement after the child's tragic suicide. "Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident."

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