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Cuba Gooding Jr & Nate Parker Chat With VIBE About 'Red Tails'

VIBE's Krystal Holmes (@IAmKrystalH) caught up with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Nate Parker to talk about their new epic film, Red Tails. Here Nate reveals the career lessons he's learned from Cuba, they both talk abotu the special effects and why Red Tails is a must see movie.

VIBE's Starrene Rhett (@GangStarrGirl) got some additional time to chat with Nate Parker. Here's what he says about what attracted him to the movie:

There’s a number of things that attraceted me to the film, the first thing was that It’s a film that allowed me to present to the world a group of masculine, unopalogetic Black men whose input in the film determines the outcome of the film. So often Black men in film are emasculated, whether it’s them wearing a dress or whatever the case, because there are so few projects we have to take what’s given and often that comes with compromise, so it’s great to get a project that celebrates masculinity in our community.

And I think that can be used right now in contemporary times to inspire young people to really step up into that position and to encourage them in what decisions they’re making because that can have an impact. And the other thing is that the Tuskegee Airmen were all about excellence. It wasn’t just about, "I have to go and shoot down a plane," it was, "I have to be perfect." To be in the military in a time when they weren’t allowing us to do it and then finally allowing us--a lot of these guys got perfects scores on their tests. Imagine getting a perfect score on your SATs, that’s the equivalent to passing the test where you have to fly a piece of machinery. We got a chance to look at some of the tests they were giving and the scope was just so wide, I was like, how did they even pass?"

And then the other thing was for George Lucas to put 59 million dollars into a historical Black drama and make it an action film is mindblowing, it never happens. This is the first time I’ve known it for a Black historical film to have a pledge this big and for it to be an exciting popcorn film. It talks about the pain but it also talks about the excitement and the ability. These were the rock stars of their generation. It was like they were like flying race cars. Those are the reasons why I really wanted to be a part of it.

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Tommy Davidson Explains Why An ‘In Living Color’ Reunion May “Take Some Time”

The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

Watch Davidson’s full interview below.

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A Dru Hill Biopic Is Reportedly In The Works

Dru Hill’s story could be getting the film treatment soon. Following the success of Sunday’s (Feb. 23) Unsung season premiere episode chronicling the Baltimore group’s rise to fame, Dru Hill announced plans for a biopic.

According to the R&B group’s official Twitter account, the biopic is in development at BET. The informal announcement was tweeted in response to fans complaining about the Unsung episode being too short.

Working with BET on biopic as we speak. https://t.co/5zKC7QFygs

— Dru Hill (@DruHill4Real) February 25, 2020

BET has found a niche in R&B biopics. In 2016, the cable network debuted its first miniseries, The New Edition Story, which became the highest rated program on BET in four years. The network scored another ratings hits with The Bobby Brown Story, a two-part miniseries produced by the team behind The New Edition Story.

It’s unclear when Dru Hill’s biopic will debut, although the project appears to be in the very early stages of development.

The group is billed to perform at the Lovers & Friends Festival in May.

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Netflix Releases Trailer For 'Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker'

The story of Madam C.J. Walker's rise to self-made status will premiere on March 20 on Netflix. Starring Octavia Spencer as the titular character, the four-part limited series will depict the entrepreneur's rise in the hair care industry and the obstacles she faced from those within and outside of her community to become the nation's first black woman self-made millionaire.

According to Deadline, the show takes its cues from A'Lelia Bundles' book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is the great-great-grandaughter of Walker, born Sarah Breedlove. The show is directed by DeMane Davis and Kasi Lemmons, touting production by SpringHill Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Wonder Street.

The series also stars Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Garrett Morris, and Carmen Ejogo.

View the trailer below.

Meet America’s first empire-building, barrier-breaking, self-made female millionaire

Octavia Spencer stars in Self Made, a limited series inspired by the incredible life of Madam C.J. Walker pic.twitter.com/VGAi2uNVW7

— Netflix US (@netflix) February 25, 2020

#SelfMadeNetflix is out March 20th! So proud to be apart of this project about Madam CJ Walker!! @strongblacklead pic.twitter.com/w49Y7iigQw

— Kasi Lemmons (@kasi_lemmons) February 25, 2020

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