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Daddy's Little Girl: Kenny Smith and Daughter Kayla Brianna Look to Rock Music Industry

If for any unforeseen or unimaginable reason, Kenny “The Jet” Smith ever tires of his day job or even decides to walk away, an equally prosperous and rewarding career may already await him.

Not that Smith would have any reason to consider such a radical career change, given TNT’s Inside The NBA's rising popularity or his undeniable status as the perfect counter puncher to Charles Barkley’s and now even Shaquille O’Neal’s incessant antics.

Nonetheless, late last month Smith took on still another role during one of the show’s most hyped weeknight telecasts. As any proud father would, Smith sat glowing as his 17-year-old daughter, Kayla Brianna, debuted her momentum-climbing single “If You Love Me” during the “Kenny’s Picture’s” segment of the network’s Miami vs. L.A. showdown.

Interspersed with player footage, the song blared before a live game audience of 5.3 million viewers. In addition, taped shout outs attesting to the Kayla’s worthiness were heard from the likes of Kobe Bryant, Chris Rock, Ice Cube and Keri Hilson. And by night’s end, the song/video was trending as one of Twitter’s hottest topics.

“It’s been unreal said,” Kayla Brianna, signed to the Interscope label still ran by the legendary Jimmy Iovine. “My goal is to do a little bit of everything, R&B, uptempo, hip hop. I’m not afraid of the hard work… my aim is to be the best I can possibly be.”

That’s the same work ethic and resolve Smith recognized from his days as a teen from Queens, sweating his way to a ten year, two-time champion NBA career. It’s the same understanding and approach that led him to the first uncomfortable thought that his daughter just might have been made for the ever-evolving music business.

“Kayla came to me at 14 and told me this is what she wanted to do,” said Smith. “I was taken aback, and right away I called my father and told him ‘Kayla Brianna says she wants to do music and… well, I don’t know, I’m a little afraid.’”

“I remember tell him telling me, ‘Kenny I was afraid the first time you told me basketball is what you wanted to do,’” Smith added. “I remember him telling me just be a good dad, put her in the right hands and get out of the way.”

With that, Kayla Brianna began forging her own path, submitting her demo to several labels before inking her current deal with Interscope. “Aaliyah, Brandy, and Monica, those are some of the artists my style is most like and some of the performers I would be proud to have a career similar to. I’m ready to work.”

In between, Kayla Brianna will continue taking classes at UCLA and learning the ins and outs of her new craft.“I’m blessed that I’m able to provide the vehicle for my daughter to follow her dreams,” said Smith. “What makes me feel even better about it is at some point the talent just has to kick in and take over… and she has that.”

“There are a lot more famous fathers out there than me with daughters who wouldn’t mind singing careers… but the talent and the work ethic have to be on point. Kayla’s blessed to have all that.”

All this month, Kayla Brianna will be on full display, including appearing and performing at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. In conjunction with that event, Interscope is staging a promotion where one of her lucky Twtitter followers (kaylabriannax) can win All-Star tickets and the chance to hang out with father and daughter over the weekend based on which fan “shares” her video most. More details are available at kaylabrianna.com. -- Glenn Minnis

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Ghostbusters will be re-imagined. While the news sat well with fans of the mid-80s cult classic, it struck a nerve with others that are attached to the movie’s cinematic lineage.

Comedian Leslie Jones took to her Twitter account to air out her opinion, stating the all-women cast of 2016’s rendition of Ghostbusters, which she was a part of, were overlooked. “So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying,” she tweeted. “Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

The Saturday Night Live cast member also displayed how the upcoming film, which is slated to be released in 2020, and its possible all male cast will diminish the box office success of a cast spearheaded by women. “...if they make this new one with all me and it does well which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop,” she said. “Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019

It’s very sad that this is response I get.When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that “boys are better”it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019

The all-women adaptation of Ghostbusters, which also starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Jones’ fellow SNL cast mate Kate McKinnon, netted $180 million at the worldwide box office at its time of release. While it was one of the most talked about films of that year, during the press run Jones received a wave of racist comments from social media users, a moment that led the entertainer to take a step away from the Twitter platform.

“You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out,” she said.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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