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Terrence Howard And Taraji P. Henson Disagree About Using The N-Word On ‘Empire’

One 'Empire' star would like to use the N-word, one would rather not.

Empire has peaked record-breaking success by showcasing the many controversial issues that engulf the black community (but are often shoved under the rug).

Viewers have seen the FOX series tackle homophobia and mental illness among other plights. Now, Terrence Howard, who stars on Empire as Lucious Lyon, wants the hip-hopera to tackle yet another taboo subject: the usage of the N-word.

Howard recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his sentiments surrounding the word being featured in upcoming scripts and plot lines.

“I’m mad that we don’t say ‘nigga’ in the show,” he revealed.  “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use ‘nigga’ every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

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Citing censorship as the culprit behind a lack of authenticity on television, Howard called being politically correct a “gate for bigotry.”

“If we start getting silly, if we start playing to people’s fancies, then we don’t deserve to be where we are,” he continued “It’s a big pressure because I want to be a truth sayer. I want to raise the bar,” he said. “I want to get rid of this f–ked-up word called PC. I think it’s a gate for bigotry because as long as you’re politically correct, you can say anything you want but feel some way different.”

Regardless of how ordinary Howard believes the N-word is in mainstream society— some of his fellow Empire co-stars and colleagues beg to differ. Creator Lee Daniels and co-star Taraji P. Henson openly disagree. Henson, who plays the fiery Cookie Lyon, recently caught up with TMZ and her response to the issue was: “No, you might piss people off.”

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“Old Town Road” director, Calmatic, is ready to make a name for himself on the silver screen. The music video director is set to make his feature film debut with the House Party remake which will be produced by Lebron James and his business partner Maverick Carter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to helming the visual for Lil Nas X’s record-breaking single, Calmatic has directed music videos for Anderson .Paak, Khalid and Vince Staples. The South Central Los Angeles native is touted as a “filmmaker, historian and artist,” per his website. “Old Town Road” has so far become Calmatic's most popular music video credit garnering over 176 million views online.

The film’s script was penned by Atlanta writers, Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori. James’s and Carters’ SpringHill Entertainment will produce the project for New Line Cinema. House Party was originally released in 1990 and starred rap duo Kid ' n Play alongside Paul Anthony George, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tischina Arnold, A.J. Johnson, John Witherspoon, and more. The hip-hop cult classic spawned the sequels House Party 2 in 1991, and House Party 3 in 1994.

The latest installment promises to offer a new take on a '90s classic. "This is definitely not a reboot. It's an entirely new look for a classic movie," James told The Hollywood Reporter last year. "Everyone I grew up with loved House Party. To partner with this creative team to bring a new House Party to a new generation is unbelievable."

 

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Issa Rae Re-Developing '90s Classic Film 'Set It Off'

Issa Rae is working to re-develop the '90s crime thriller Set It Off. Variety announced the news on Monday (Sept. 16) that the Insecure star and co-creator will produce the re-make.

With Syreeta Singleton (Black Monday) and Nina Gloster (Star) penning the script the film is currently in its early stages. Montrel McKay of Issa Rae Productions will sit alongside Rae as a producer.

Originally directed by F. Gary Gray, Set It Off garnered $41 million at the box office. Set in Los Angeles, four friends (Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise) pull off a string of bank robberies.

Rae is opening up her bag and ready to receive her 2020 coins as she will star in romantic comedies The Photograph, set to be released on Valentine's Day, and The Lovebirds unveiling on Apr. 3.

The 34-year-old teased on Instagram (Sept. 5) that Insecure season four was in the works with co-stars Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, and Yvonne Orji.

 

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Following a modern-day in the life of black women, Insecure highlights relatable but awkward experiences circling friendships, relationships, situationships, and the workplace.

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Jamie Foxx Recalls Convincing Idris Elba To Decline 'Django Unchained' Role

Jamie Foxx is a determined man. During a recent talk at the Toronto International Film Festival alongside Michael B. Jordan, Foxx revealed he did everything in his power to land the role of Django in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Django Unchained. When he received word that Idris Elba was one of the actors considered for the role, he made it a point to tell him he should look the other way.

According to Foxx, his management informed him that he wasn’t on the short list of actors that were considered for the film. At the time, Elba had all eyes on him. When Foxx randomly bumped into Elba, he brought up the topic of Django Unchained and told him he was too good looking for the character

"Your beautiful black a** riding up on a horse, there’s going to be some problems for everyone," he said.

Ultimately, the decision was made to nix Elba from the role because Tarantino thought it wouldn’t make sense to cast a British actor for an American story.

"Yeah, Idris is British and this is an American story," Tarantino told The Sun. "I think a problem with a lot of movies that deal with this issue is they cast British actors to play the Southerners and it goes a long way to distancing the movie. They put on their gargoyle masks and they do their accents and you are not telling an American story anymore."

In a 2012 interview with VIBE, Kerry Washington discussed the turbulent history Foxx helped bring to life about slavery in the film. “This is not a doc. This is a Quentin Tarantino film," Washington said. "But I remember there was this one moment in the script where Jamie's character was put in an awful crazy medieval metal mask. I said, ‘'That's some sick thing Quentin thought up.'"

“And when I went to the production office to meet about my wardrobe, I saw into the research office,” she continued. “Twenty photos of real masks like that. It made me sad. I realized as much as my degrees and everything I've read on slave narratives [should have informed me], I didn't even know that they wore masks like that, that people did that to us. It took a Tarantino movie for me to know that that's not some crazy thing out of his imagination. That's how it went down.”

Foxx and Jordan star in Just Mercy, a film about civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) who's on a quest to release an inmate on death row. The movie debuts on Dec. 25.

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— Just Mercy (@JustMercyFilm) September 4, 2019

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