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5 Reasons We're Looking Forward To Shaunie O'Neal's 'Basketball Wives' Movie

It sounds like Basketball Wives is coming to the big screen. According to a report in a recent issue of Variety, Shaunie O'Neal—the executive producer of the VH1 reality TV series—and Jumping The Broom writer/producer Tracey Edmonds have teamed up to create a film version of Basketball Wives that will be released sometime within the next year or so through Fox Searchlight.

"The beauty of a feature film is that we'll have the ability to dig much deeper into the stories and characters that come from this very colorful world and create a very juicy action-packed narrative," Edmonds told Variety.

The movie won't step on the show's toes at all, because it reportedly will not feature Evelyn Lozado, Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, or any of the other regulars featured on BBW. In fact, the plan is to make sure the two BBW entities are completely separate by making the movie a fictional take on some of the story lines that have developed on the BBW reality show. It'll be scripted. It'll feature real actors and actresses. And, it'll allow Shaunie & Co. to give us an even more in-depth look into the life of a basketball wife.

But, not everyone is excited about this news. A lot of BBW fans think Shaunie might dilute or kill the BBW brand altogether by turning it into a feature flick. Others aren't sure if all the drama that goes down on the small screen will translate well to the silver screen. And, everyone else is skeptical about exactly how the transition will work. Not to worry, though, BBW fans! We're actually excited about what Shaunie has in store for us. To explain why, we put together a list of the 5 Reasons We're Looking Forward To Shaunie O'Neal's Basketball Wives Movie. Check them out.

1. The Basketball Wives movie will tell the stories of basketball wives as opposed to girlfriends, ex-wives, etc.
If there's one thing that we haven't loved about Basketball Wives, it's that so many of the girls who have agreed to be on the show aren't actually "wives." They're former girlfriends or, in some cases, even just girls who have been closely tied to athletes, and those athletes aren't always marquee names (hi, Michael Olowokandi!). By doing BBW in movie form, Shaunie can literally write anyone into the script. She won't be able to use real names. But, if she wants to feature, say, Kobe Bryant's wife or LeBron James' fiancee in the movie (under fictitious names, of course), she can. That'll make BBW a little more true to its name and bring some much-needed star power to it.

2. The movie will provide an inside look into the lives of the wives and the husbands involved in all of the relationships.
Because a lot of the girls featured on BBW either aren't with their significant other anymore or are dating a guy who doesn't want to be filmed, we see a lot of what goes on with the wives and not a lot of what goes on with the guys. That'll all change with a BBW movie. Since Shaunie can write the script however she wants, she can have the husbands of her wives featured more prominently and showcase how basketball players in relationships act around their wives. That'll give us all a more balanced look at what goes on with real-life basketball wives.

3. The movie won't have to rely solely on all the drama that occurs between women (although, for the record, we're sure there will be plenty of it!).
For the most part, the reality show relies on drama. Lots and lots of drama. And, while that's all well and good, the BBW movie can also throw in a joke or two just to make it a little bit more appealing to folks who aren't into all of the drama that reality TV brings. We assume a movie like this would also require an ensemble cast of some sort, so it'd be nice to see a comedian or two thrown into the mix just to lighten up the mood. We're sure it'll still feature drama for days, but the comic relief will make more of us want to go out and see it.

4. The movie will take a closer look at some of the larger issues that occur between an athlete and his wife.
What are the issues that come to mind when you think about Basketball Wives? Issues with adultery and cheating? Issues with kids and child support? Issues with money? All of those issues can be explored more extensively through a BBW movie. That's not to say that the movie is going to be a case study in how relationships between athletes and their significant others work. But, since we don't get to hear much from the husbands, boyfriends, and exes on the reality show, the movie will give us a chance to see all the different dynamics of these relationships up close.

5. The movie will have a beginning, a middle, and, most importantly, an end.
The "end" of each season of the Basketball Wives TV show—if you really want to call it that—comes during a reunion special. After filming a bunch of shows together, the ladies reunite to argue, bicker, and try to work out their differences. Basically, it's more of the same from the actual season and nothing usually gets resolved. With the movie, Shaunie will be able tie up loose ends and tell us how things turn out for all of the "wives" involved. And, after three seasons of the reality TV show, won't that be a nice change? That's why we can't wait to see what Shaunie has in store for us.

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Taraji P. Henson Criticized For Comparing R. Kelly And Harvey Weinstein

Taraji P. Henson is under fire after she appeared to compare the backlash and response surrounding the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. Henson seemed to question why Kelly was being slammed more than Weinstein, and Twitter users were not happy about her argument to say the least.

Henson shared her thoughts on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (Jan. 22). She shared a series of videos, first of her looking up the hashtag and fan pages under "Mute R. Kelly." To no surprise, she found a handful of pages advocating for the complete dismissal of R. Kelly.

I love me some Taraji but GIIIIIIRRRRRLLLLLLAAAAAAAA. Make it make sense. pic.twitter.com/qBtYuwpio0

— sie (@NOPussBoys_) January 22, 2019

She then searched for similar tags and pages for Weinstein, but was unsuccessful. She also looked up pages under his full name to no avail. Henson then shared an emoji along with a simple "hmmm." The message suggested that she was confused as to why Weinstein and Kelly – both of whom have been accused of sexually abusing dozens of women through their career – were not receiving the same backlash. It appeared her argument regarding the discrepancy might have something to do with race.

Twitter users were not persuaded by Henson's thesis however. Surviving R. Kelly show-runner, dream hampton promptly responded to Henson's story, saying, "no idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more." Others criticized the actress for not acknowledging the black women and girls who had allegedly been abused by Kelly throughout the years.

While there may not be pages about muting Weinstein on Instagram, the Hollywood mogul is facing consequences for his heinous actions. Weinstein was forced to step down from his company, and he was arrested in May 2018 and charged with "rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women." He later made bail but was mandated to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Taraji P. Henson's comments below.

No idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more.

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019

All of us watching Taraji’s instastory pic.twitter.com/VbcmMY3t7U

— Kayla Marie (@Maria_Giesela) January 22, 2019

TARAJI IS SO EMBARRASSING I HATE HER pic.twitter.com/tnm4HcMeAP

— fads (@azuIair) January 22, 2019

Yall.....Taraji P Henson done lost her entire mind....I... pic.twitter.com/8CuLCy19h2

— future librarian ♏️ (@blkbravado) January 22, 2019

Harvey Weinstein has been booked, charged, etc. the purpose of #MuteRKelly is to silence his music. For him to be held accountable for his actions. I really need taraji to know better. Unbelievable.

— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@krissys_kitchen) January 22, 2019

Taraji is dumb ass bricks. She really tried to compare mute R. Kelly hashtags to Mute Harvey Weinstein! News flash, Taraji, Harvey is about to go to trial. There are people willing to testify against him. His businesses and career are DONE! R. Kelly is still out here functioning!

— Where Is Yo Scoota? Where Is It?! (@AshleyShyMiller) January 22, 2019

Taraji, why? pic.twitter.com/6a4CenaNg3

— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) January 22, 2019

1. Why would “Mute” apply to people who aren’t in the music industry?2. Weinstein has several documentaries coming about his allegations. 3. Weinstein is also going to trial over his allegations. 4. Between Taraji and Erykah “What Men Want” is a no go. pic.twitter.com/DLzvq32VKy

— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2019

I wanna have a conversation about women Taraji's/Erykah's age and their obsession with "being a man's peace/shield/sponge because society brings them down enough" but I've already hit my 1 thread a day limit.

— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@_ItsMarisWorld_) January 22, 2019

 

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Kelly Rowland Becomes Gladys Knight For 'American Soul'

Kelly Rowland will reprise a multi-episode role as Gladys Knight on BET's newest series, American Soul.

The forthcoming series explores Don Cornelius' journey to creating Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated show centered around black music, chronicling the uphill battling with record labels and off-camera drama with dancers, artists and more. The '70s set also painted pictures of the racially charged issues that plagued that generation.

It's almost as if the black entertainment channel is creating a Destiny's Child reunion, because Michelle Williams has been announced as the series' Diana Ross.

In a first look clip provided to VIBE, Cornelius is seen pitching the idea to a seemingly uninterested Knight (Rowland). The Chi-town DJ wants to create a show centered around black singer, dancer and performers.

"I’m talking about a national television show written, produced, and owned by black folks. I’m talking about bringing us — not whitewashed, not toned down, but us — into millions of homes, like it or not,” Cornelius' character says to Knight. Non-spoiler alert: Knight would eventually go on to be the first guest on Soul Train if history is any indication.

American Soul will premiere Feb. 5 on BET at 9 pm ET/PT on BET. Watch Kelly Rowland bring Gladys Knight's character to life in American Soul above.

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Spike Lee Earns Six Academy Award Nominations For 'BlacKkKlansman'

It’s been long overdue, but Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director for 2018’s acclaimed BlacKkKlansman. In addition to being nominated for Best Director, Lee earned six nominations in total, The Los Angeles Times reports.

According to CNN, the Brooklyn director will compete against Black Panther, Green Book, VICE, A Star Is Born and Netflix’s Roma for the Best Picture category. Adam Driver who stars in BlacKkKlansman alongside John David Washington is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The film is also being nominated for Best Adapted Screen Play, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score.

 

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In 1990, Lee was nominated for Best Original Screenplay of his classic Do The Right Thing and in 1998 he was nominated for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls. Previously, Lee has been critical of the Academy for its lack of diversity in their nominations. In 2016, when Hollywood experienced a boycott for the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Lee spoke about the conundrum with a grain of salt.

"We talk about the lack of diversity at the Oscars almost every year. Last year people were calling me about Selma and now they are calling me again," he told VIBE. "Every 10 years we get the nominations….but the other nine years we get a drought. But I had to learn the hard way. If your sh*t is good it’s going to stand the test of time. I have to draw up my own history with Do The Right Thing. You know what film won Best Picture in 1989?"

Lee also earned an honorary award at the Academy in 2015. The Oscars will take place on Feb. 24 at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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