5 Ways Justin Bieber Can Go From Pop's Boy Wonder To The Man (Pg. 3)


 Even as The Bieb continues to conquer the globe at a scary pace (the kid has ignited riots from New Zealand to Long Island, New York), the specter of Aaron Carter is never too far behind. Remember Carter? The kid brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter; a late ‘90s/early 00’s multi-platinum cash cow who sold millions of albums and boasted a seemingly endless legion of screaming girls. Today at 23, the long since fallen Carter has become a sad answer to a trivia question as he has battled drug addiction and spent time in rehab.

Of course we are not simply suggesting that Bieber will end up as strung-out former teen-idol who now has to sing at pig fairs in Mississippi just to pay the bills. But shit happens. “His handlers are definitely preparing for that evolution,” Barshad says. “I was talking to the director of Bieber’s movie and he kept talking about how they’re focused on making this part one of a long career. They are very concerned about that next step. They are having conversations and monitoring the situation to figure out what they should do next.” 

Michael Bivins believes that Bieber’s team, which includes his protective mother Pattie Mallette and savvy manager Scooter Braun, has so far handled the Tween King’s rapid ascension like seasoned pros. Bivins, who went on to find platinum acclaim as a member of New Edition spin-off group BBD and managed the careers of Another Bad Creation, 702, and best-selling vocal group Boyz II Men, stresses that having a strong support system is key to avoiding the cautionary tales that have destroyed so many teen musicians.

“There were trials and tribulations,” says the founder of the entertainment company Sporty Rich Enterprises, recalling his own experience as a teen idol, which included discovering at the age of 15 that he and New Edition were virtually broke after returning home from their first sold-out major concert tour.  “When you work really hard and you are on tour for three years and you are 14 and17 years old and your entire life is a hotel, a plane, an autograph session and girls screaming, it can get overwhelming. You are forced to keep a smile on your face no matter what. You look at the finances you are bringing in and you are forced to grow up. You want to take care of the bills and take the pressure off your mom and pops. You have no choice but to mature faster.”

“But when you are a young artist you really want to still do the things that young people do whether it be playing video games or cracking jokes with your friends,” Bivins adds. “It’s hard to know where to cut it off.  If you don’t have the right people around you to make sure you get that time to be a kid, when you get older you go crazy because no one ever balanced you out. That’s why I like the fact that Bieber’s mom is playing a huge role in her son’s career. You can tell she gets it.”


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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

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.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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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.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

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.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

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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