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Hosea Chanchez Talks Malik's Future on 'The Game,' Playing MLK Jr

VIBE caught up with Hosea Chanchez, who is known as The Game's bad boy Malik. He couldn't reveal much about the show but we did pull some hints from him about what to expect for season five, the desire to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic and his non-profit youth organization.

When last season of The Game ended, it looked like Malik might have to start taking responsibility for someone else, which is sort of like a role reversal. I know you can’t reveal too much but can you elaborate on that or at least tell me if I’m hot or cold?

[Laughs] You are hot! I hate dealing with stuff like this because we can’t say anything. I’m excited to just talk to the fans about the show but they forbid us from saying anything other than Brandy is on the show.

Yeah, journalists hate that but you have to stick to your contract so it is what it is. As far as Brandy being on the show, what can we expect with her relationship with your character?

She’s not really too much in my parts this season but she has had things where she’s worked with everybody. You’re gonna have to wait and see but she’s a really good actress. She’s on point, so that makes it easy to work with her.

What can fans expect from this season in general?

A bigger show. Bigger, better in looks, better in acting and better in storylines.

Malik is a really complex character, but what is your favorite thing about playing him and what’s the hardest thing about playing him?

My favorite thing about playing him is that he’s so honest. He says whatever’s on his mind. He has no filter. And that is probably the most likeable thing about the character for me is that he does everything based on truth—it’s his truth but truth. And the hardest thing about playing him is when he is a lot less careful. And he will just say something to double the score. So it’s a gift and a curse in a way because it’s opposite of myself because I’m very conscious of what I put out into the world—you know—what energy I give other people and how I handle my surroundings, and he’s the opposite so that’s the hardest thing as far as playing him.

Have you learned anything about yourself from playing that character?

The character himself has taught me that because it is a challenging role for me because he’s absolutely nothing like me. Playing him takes studying, he takes discipline, he takes all of that stuff for me as an actor. So I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be more patient as a person.

I have to ask but will Malik keep a steady relationship this time around?

[Laughs] You know what? Maybe one day. Hopefully. But not right now; I don’t think so.

In addition to acting you have a charity. Talk about what it is and the inspiration behind and your mission.

Watch Me Win is a youth non-profit organization and what we do is teach kids how to overcome economical and mental roadblocks. The brain behind this is my upbringing and how my grandparents provided me with a way to be free mentally. If you can free your mind from all these different things—these roadblocks that you have, these different energies, these different doubts and insecurities then you can overcome the mental capacity to judge and suppress certain things and you will be limitless. A lot of kids don’t really get the opportunity to know that. So teaching them how to tap into those things that make them the most powerful as people in general—it doesn’t matter whether they’re Black, White or Asian, the keys to success in life are often from the mental capacity to see it, to feel it to taste it, to view it, and to actually believe that you can grab it. And I’m not talking about monetary success, I’m talking about tapping into your purpose or tapping into your passion, living a healthy life and things that extend past monetary success.

Speaking of success, you have a production company what are you working on with that?

I’m doing some producing coming up in 2012, television and film. Television and film should depict real life. For me, as long as there is a place and time in this world where there is a culture or society or a people that reflects whatever it is, I think the art should be told. My thing is, as long as it’s authentic to what’s real then I wanna do it. No matter what the story is, I have no boundaries about that, no matter what the race or the product is, as long as it’s real, as long as there’s a place and time that we can shine that light on that culture, that lifestyle, that existence then we should tell our story.

I have a series of random questions I want to ask you. One, what’s your ideal role to play?

I just wanna act and I just wanna play real people. If they’re real and they exist then that’s my job as an artist, I don’t have an ideal role because they’re all ideal every time I get one, as long as they’re real people.

If you could play anyone in biopic, who would you be?

Martin Luther King. I think that he is one of the greatest men that ever lived.

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Homecoming: The 5 Best Moments Of Beyoncé’s Documentary

Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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Trailer Released For Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Flick, 'When They See Us'

Ava DuVernay's last work of cinematic excellence is coming pretty quickly. The writer and director's forthcoming film When They See Us has officially released the trailer, and in the 30th anniversary of the very event it memorializes. The Netflix film, which takes a look at the true story of the Central Park Five—five black teenaged boys who were falsely convicted for the April 19, 1989 rape of a white female jogger—is set to hit the streaming platform on May 31.

The four-part series will follow the lives of Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise over the course of 25 years, allowing viewers to follow their perspectives from accusation to conviction to exoneration to their eventual settlement in 2014.

 

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On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix.

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When They See Us boasts a laundry list of talented stars, including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, and Marquis Rodriguez.

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Wendy Williams' Estranged Husband Reportedly Fired As Executive Producer From Talk Show

Wendy Williams’ estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, was reportedly fired as an executive producer on her eponymous talk show, Deadline reports. The news follows a tumultuous time for the host, who allegedly filed for divorce due to Hunter’s reported infidelity.

Since 2011, Hunter served as an executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show. Nationally syndicated and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, the company issued a statement on Hunter’s departure. “Kevin Hunter is no longer an Executive Producer on The Wendy Williams Show. Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors,” a spokesperson for the company told Deadline.

Williams tearfully admitted on her show in March that she relapsed and was living in a sober house. Prior to that, she embarked on a brief hiatus from the show due to health concerns as she was recovering from a fractured shoulder. The show then took another hiatus because of her bout with Graves disease.

Hunter recently spoke out publicly about the divorce and has expressed remorse for what he did to their marriage. “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” Hunter told PEOPLE. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

“Twenty-eight years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world," he said. "I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally."

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