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So when I read that part, I was like, “I’ll do that.” I’m hands-on with my own kids anyway. I do the job.

So does J-Lo being picked for this role have anything to do with the fact that she’s a new mother?

I don’t know. I didn’t write this one. They told me she was on it. I was like, “Oh, that’s great.” You know. She’s hot. So it’s like LeBron. You want to play with good players.

What about ?lms you’re working on from a producer/ writer standpoint?

I got this movie about this Black family going on a ski trip. I’m trying to get that ready soon, because you can only ?lm it in the winter.

Is it a ?sh-out-of-water story?

We’re still working on it. I don’t feel like doing a movie that would be the Hollywood version of Black people skiing. A brother going down the mountain with bacon strips on his sneakers.

So you mentioned that you were hands-on with your daughters. And you really are, aren’t you? Isn’t that anti-celebrity?

You’ve heard the stories. I’m not the only one. Me and Adam Sandler. Sandler takes his kids places. We go out with the kids.

So no nanny when you guys go out? No help?

My kids are 7 and 9, come on. Do I really need somebody? At 7 and 9? We just hang out. Hey, the other day we went to Central Park. We went to Gray’s Papaya and got some hot dogs, saw the Judy Moody movie. Took them to Sylvia’s [restaurant]. They love Sylvia’s.

Do they eat soul food at home?

No. My wife cooks very healthy. But I’m kinda a ?sh sandwich type of brother. I like my soul food. So we go to Sylvia’s.

It must have been hard being on Broadway six days a week. Did it cut into your family time?

When I do something big, it runs the household. So I gotta give my kids a break from me having a big project to do.

Your Broadway show, The Motherfucker With the Hat, what was it like, and why did you decide to go that route?

It was great. [The show] got extended. It’s been an amazing experience. I decided to do it because I just wanted to say that I did everything. That I made the most of the opportunity that I have in front of me, just being who I am. I just want more people to see me act, like really act. Sometimes when you do comedy, that can be a little formulaic, and it’s hard for really good directors to see that you can act. Like you can really, really convey emotion. And people come out and see you in the theater, and they’re like, “Oh, this guy can really do it.” I de?nitely will do it again.

Broadway is the place where you can spot celebs in the audience on any given night. Who came by to see your show?

Tarantino, Scorcese, Puffy, Kanye, Jay-Z, Steve Martin. Every big director. They all come out when I do stand-up. I just feel supported. I feel like I’m a member of this acting community. Maybe I didn’t feel that before. I just felt like a comic. But now I feel like a real member of the acting and theater community.

It sounds hectic, though. Six days a week?

It is hectic. But not more hectic than going on tour. ’Cause on tour you gotta be in different cities every night. While I was on Broadway, I could still get the kids ready for school. I could pick the kids up from school. I didn’t have to be in the city until 7:15 p.m. I could take them to their activities and you could still kinda have a life. When you’re on tour, [you can’t].

Funny story about you on tour: I met this guy who said he broke up with his girlfriend after seeing one of your shows. He said some of the things you said were just too real. What’s your response to that, and does it surprise you that you have that type of power?

I think they were in trouble before that. I’m not gonna sit here and take credit. And maybe he’s happy now. I’m sorry.

How do you prepare for your stand-up routine? Obviously, you pull from your own life experiences. But how does the writing process work?

All I’m trying to do is make people laugh. That’s it. There’s no other plan from it. But at the same time, I gotta talk about stuff that interests me, so I’m not on tour bored. So every time I do it, I’m really into it. It’s important that I ?nd topics that a) interest me, and b) that other comedians aren’t really touching. You try to do the same thing as everybody, but you’re just trying to do it a little deeper.

So you study the game before you go on tour?

I try to keep up with whoever everybody’s into. Just so you know what’s going on. It’s weird. You’re always gonna be in?uenced by whatever art you are taking in at the time. So basically whatever books you are reading, whatever movies you are seeing, whatever music you are listening to, all those things will affect you just as much as watching another stand-up. And when I’m doing stand-up, I try to listen to better music. Maybe I’ll be on some Mos Def shit, I won’t put on that Three 6 Ma?a CD. Soulja Boy is not gonna be in my head. I need real substantive art to make sense.

What other comedians do you watch?

Kevin Hart’s funny. I think he’s real funny. Hannibal Buress. My brother Tony Rock is funny. There’s some cats out there keeping hope alive. And then there’s the old reliable. Tommy Davidson is a hell of a comedian. D-Ray is real funny. Joe Torry. Steve Harvey.

Steve Harvey?

The stand-up. Steve Harvey throws down. He wears lots of hats. He has the radio hat, the book hat, the award show hat. He shows the young and old comics that you have a ton of options. When I watch Steve Harvey, I’m like, “Oh really, I could host a game show? Ohh, you could write a real book, you don’t have to write a joke book.”

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Dave Chappelle’s self-titled sketch comedy show is headed to streaming services. The popular series will hit Netflix and HBO Max on November 1.

“The best news you’ve heard all year: Chappelle’s Show is coming to Netflix US,” the streaming giant announced on Friday (Oct. 30).

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HBO Max acquired Chappelle’s Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Reno 911, Nathan For You, and Key & Peele in a non-exclusive licensing deal between ViacomCBS and the Warner-media-backed streaming outlet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The deals expands on a previously forged $500 million deal between HBO Max and Comedy Central for the streaming rights to South Park.

Chappelle’s Show aired on Comedy Central from 2003-2006. The series came to an abrupt end after Chappelle famously walked away from a $50 million deal with the cable network. The comedian stepped out of the spotlight for a while before re-emerging, and eventually signing a $60 million Netflix deal.

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Beyoncé Says She’s Focused On “Joy,” Shares How 2020 Changed Her Life

Beyoncé posed for three separate covers for the December 2020 issue of British Vogue. The covers debuted on Friday (Oct. 30), and were shot by 21-year-old Kennedi Carter, the youngest photographer in history to shoot a British Vogue cover.

In a rare interview with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Bey shares how 2020 changed her life. “It would be difficult to experience life in a pandemic and the current social unrest and not be changed,” she says. “I have learnt that my voice is clearer when I am still. I truly cherish this time with my family, and my new goal is to slow down and shed stressful things from my life.

“I came into the music industry at 15 years old and grew up with the world watching, and I have put out projects non-stop. I released Lemonade during the Formation World Tour, gave birth to twins, performed at Coachella, directed Homecoming, went on another world tour with Jay [Z], then Black is King, all back to back. It’s been heavy and hectic. I’ve spent a lot of time focussing on building my legacy and representing my culture the best way I know how. Now I’ve decided to give myself permission to focus on joy.”

 

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Elsewhere in the issue, which , hits newsstands on Nov. 6, Queen Bey speaks about her mission to elevate Black voices, and how becoming a mother changed her outlook, particular after welcoming her first child (Blue Ivy Carter) and giving birth to a son. “After having my son, Sir Carter, I felt it was important to uplift and praise our boys and to assure that they grow up with enough films, children’s books and music that promote emotional intelligence, self-value and our rich history. That’s why [Black is King] is dedicated to him.”

In other Bey news, the adidas x Ivy Park “Drip 2” collection debuted on Adidas.com on Thursday (Oct. 29), and in Adidas stores on Friday (Oct. 30). Needless to say, the online portion nearly sold out within minutes.

The lot includes women’s, men’s and gender neutral clothing options that includes cozy, oversized, and cropped hoodies, figure-hugging biker shorts, tights, bodysuits, sneakers, hats, socks, and more. The line comes in coral, canary, azure, honey, and dark green color pallets, and is available in plus sizes.

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Trump Administration Vetted Rappers For Failed Covid-19 Ad Campaign

The Trump Administration put together a $265 million effort to round up the biggest rappers, singers, and actors in the entertainment industry to appear in a failed ad campaign about Covid-19. Lil Wayne, Roddy Ricch, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Ludacris, Ice-T, and Nicki Minaj were among at least 247 celebrities vetted by the Administration, according to documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee and published by Politico on Thursday (Oct. 29).

The Department of Health and Human Services paid a contractor $256 million to complete the tax-payer funded public service campaign by Election Day. TheAdministration “vetted spokespeople based on their political positions and whether they support President Trump,” House Democrats argued.

Fors Marsh, a strategic communications firm, won a $250 million contract with HHS a week before, Atlas Research secured a $15 million contract. The campaign was the brain child of Michael R. Caputo, the department's assistant secretary for public affairs.

The 34-page spreadsheet dubbed the, “PSA Celebrity Tracker,” includes notes on each celebrity’s political affiliation, possible comments about Trump and coronavirus, criminal history (if applicable), demographic, and whether or not they expressed interest in appearing in the PSA. The entry listed Wayne as a “maybe; follow-up” option who previously supported President Barack Obama, “doesn’t like Republicans, ” and is popular among “Black Americans,” “super spreaders,” and the “general population.” It’s unclear what transpired between Wayne and the Trump Administration in regard to the PSA. He did of course meet with Trump this week and endorsed his re-election campaign.

Jay-Z was listed under “maybe; follow-up” as well. The notes state that Hov spoke with his manager and might, “Reconsider depending on who signs.” The entry lists Jay's criminal history, and support of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Eminem, Lil Baby, Beyonce, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Chance the Rapper, and John Legend were also on the list.

Luda, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, George Lopez, Zoe Saldana, Trevor Noah, Betty White and Britney Spears were some of the celebrities who turned down the offer, and it appears that most of the people on the list simply didn’t respond.

Singer Marc Anthony accepted but did not want his coronavirus quotes used for Trump’s election campaign, CNBC reports. Gospel legend CeCe Winans recorded a PSA but pulled out after receiving backlash once the clip hit the internet late last month.

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