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Exclusive: Ja Rule Announces Partnership With 51 Minds Entertainment For New Reality Show

Rapper Ja Rule is taking his talents to the small screen. Not even a month after completing his house arrest following a two-year prison bid, the Queens MC/ actor has already loaded up his itinerary with studio time alongside N.O.R.E. and former Murder Inc. mate Ashanti, along with an upcoming flick I'm In Love With A Church Girl co-starring Adrienne Bailon. Now, Ja, real name Jeffrey Atkins, is in talks for a potential reality show in partnership with 51 Minds Entertainment and esteemed television producer/ writer Cris Abrego.

“First and foremost anything that I try to do, I try to bring my professionalism and creativity to the table and I think with myself and Cris," the 37-year-old rapper tells VIBE. "When all of our minds get together, collectively we all get together, it's going to be incredible."

Fans can expect to see a softer side of the Hollis native, who is also a husband and father to three kids: Brittany, Jeff Jr, and Jordan, with wife Aisha. "It is a good family show. Television needs more positivity, especially young black families to look at," he explains. "To see that it is not just negativity when it comes to Black couples on television, but also a lot of good families out there raising kids and doing good things out there. And also have fun out there and it doesn’t have to be corny, but young parents raising three beautiful kids and doing it our own way and it’s special. Its got to have the edge, its got to be sexy, its got to be fun and that’s what people gravitate towards.”

Abrego will be adding Ja's new business endeavor to a lengthy TV résumé that includes a hand in such shows as VH1's guilty pleasures T.I. & Tiny, For The Love of Ray J and Flavor of Love.

"I've been in this business long enough to know that everyone thinks they belong on television, that they have a big enough personality, or interesting enough lifestyle, that regular people will want to watch them," Chris tells VIBE. "Ja is one of those rare cases where it really is the truth. You can't help but watch this guy. That he's a legend in the music business, one of the greats, is almost beside the point. The simple fact is, he's a truly memorable personality with a fascinating life to match. And we're extremely excited to have the opportunity to create some equally memorable television around him."

Though the project is only in its beginning stages, Ja promises that the show will be worthwhile. “I am very excited and I love Cris," Ja said. "[51 Minds] do great work. Their work speaks for itself and this marriage that we just made is going to be a long one.”—Adelle Platon (@adelleplaton)

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Gabrielle Union Slammed For Kissing Newborn Daughter

Filled with that new-mommy joy, Gabrielle Union's Instagram feed has been packed with baby pictures. But a new video with her showering her daughter in kisses is receiving backlash.

Captioned "Kissing Game, She's got my heart on a string," the short video is a less than 30 seconds of the mother-daughter combo kissing on the mouth. Still, some commenters felt that Union was harming the child.

 

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Kissing Game. She's got my ❤ on a string. @kaaviajames 💋💋💋

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"Kissing seems so harmless, but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutant streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay," said one commenter, giving an unwelcome dose of cyber parenting. "And this could increase your child's risk of tooth decay."

With hundreds of people giving unrequested advice, Union offered a response to the comments.

"Hey guys, I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing,” the 46-year-old wrote. "I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.”

A classy comeback, the actress stood her ground while defending her right to parent in her own way.

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50 Cent, Starz CEO Detail $150 Million Deal, 'Power' Spinoffs

50 Cent continues to flourish as a television producer as he spilled the tea to Business Insider during their Ignition conference this week on some projects he has coming in relation to his hit series Power.

In a sit-down interview, 50 along with Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht, told moderator Nathan McAlone that although he'll no longer appear on the Omari Hardwick-headed show, he'll be bringing three spin-offs from the show into on-air fruition.

One of the spin-offs will be a prequel revolving around 50's slain character Kanan. Meanwhile, all three spin-offs will be moving simultaneously, according to Albrecht.

"The prequel is my spin-off. I get the chance to come back. I'm dead," 50 said. "It's cool, though. It gives the chance to show the world where all of these characters grew in so you can see the defining moments that developed their imperfections that people are attracted to at the moment. It's exciting. It's TGE, the golden era."

Albrecht chimed in on 50's announcement, saying, "I'm happy to have them all work, but we're determined to have at least one.

"it's important because there's a lot of fans out there that want to see more of those characters and new stuff like BMF [Black Mafia Family], which is going to be amazing. Not easy, but amazing."

Black Mafia Family is another show that will be overseen by 50, about the infamous drug organization that ran rampant in the 1980s headed by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory.

This news comes almost two months after the October announcement that 50 signed a multi-series deal with the network worth up to $150 million.

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Snoop Dogg Advises Kevin Hart To Tell The Oscars To "Suck A D**k"

Kevin Hart has pulled out of hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for his resurfaced tweets that appeared to share homophobic views. The gig may have been Hart's dream job, but Snoop Dogg is telling him not to worry. Instead, he suggested the comedian should tell the Academy to "suck a d**k."

Snoop gave Kevin some advice in a video on Instagram on Friday (Dec. 7). "Don't trip, that ain't our kind of shit anyways. Oscars? Yeah right, come do the BET Awards," Snoop said in the video. "They don't care. You a comedian, crackin' jokes...really? Y'all want me to host it now? Nah, I don't think so. I got s**t to do, and I got way more customers before I get to you. Kevin Hart, smoke a blunt. Tell the Academy to suck a d**k or die trying. F**k 'em. We still love you, n***a."

As previously reported, Kevin Hart landed at the center of controversy after someone re-discovered his tweets from 2011. He reportedly claimed that he would hit his son if he was ever caught playing with dolls. The comedian stated that the Academy called him Thursday night (Dec. 6), and gave him an ultimatum: apologize or step aside. Hart decided to pass on the apology and later stepped down from his position. Amidst his exit, he also offered an apology to the LGBTQ+ community. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past," he said.

The Academy hasn't announced a new host at this time. The 91st Oscars ceremony will kick off on Feb. 24, 2019. Check out Snoop's advice to Hart in the video below.

 

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P. S. A. @kevinhart4real 🎥👍🏿💙. 🏆 🥇 Oscar Meyer Weiner

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