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Mike Epps And Jessie T.Usher Discuss The New Season Of 'Survivor's Remorse'

Come and find out the latest details of tonight's new season debut of Survicor's Remorse. See what Mike Epps and Jessie T. Usher revealed. 

On a sunny summer Tuesday afternoon in Midtown, longtime funny man Mike Epps and Hollywood newcomer Jessie T. Usher are presiding in a conference room on the 19th floor at the STARZ network offices. Seated at a long brown table dotted with small bottles of Smart Water and Poland Spring’s sparkling water spinoff reminiscent of Pellegrino, in front of five journalists—the two are in town to promote the second season of Survivor’s Remorse, which airs Saturday (Aug. 22) on STARZ. The show, executive produced by LeBron James, details the life of Cam Calloway’s (Jessie T. Usher) rags to riches story as he becomes a famous basketball player. In doing so, he leaves his old Boston neighborhood behind, and gets accustomed to his new life along with his family.

In the show’s first season, we see Cam getting used to having money and figuring out what to do when family is calling and pleading for financial help. Hence, the series’ title best describes Cam’s inner struggle with helping out members of his kin or old friends left behind his success, as opposed to just splurging on himself. Despite the blatant dichotomy of his plight, Usher admits Cam’s deep pockets are what makes playing him appealing. “When it comes time to play Cam he’s driving an Aston, and he is throwing on Versace,” he gushes speaking comfortably while sporting a white t-shirt. “It’s a lot of fun. He is free in a way that a lot of people feel they aren’t.”

Read: 5 Things We Took From 'Survivor's Remorse' 

But like Cam, both Jessie and Mike (who plays Uncle Julius) have dealt with random folks hitting them up for some cash due to their generous bank accounts. “It comes from a lot of different areas and a lot of different places. Believe it or not, a lot of people think they are supposed to be that way with you,” explains Mike. “It’s just something that you have to manage like everything else. You have to realize ‘hey it’s the cut off point.”

There’s not doubt, however, these two are perfect for these roles. Uncle Julius’ overzealous attempts at sleeping with women in season 1 coupled with his out-of-this-world antics makes Epps the perfect choice for playing him. He’s made a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s “it” comedians. “We were cast because they see some type of familiarity with the characters in us,” says Mike as he then praises the show’s writer for his knack of comedic relief. “The way Mike O’Malley writes the scripts is kind of forewarning you not to do some sh*t. If I read this and I wasn’t in the TV show. I know I better not to do this sh*t," he says amusingly.

Read: Actors Jessie T. Usher & RonReaco Lee Score With LeBron James' 'Survivor's Remorse'

But what can you expect to see in this new season? Well, one thing is for sure, it seems like Cam’s dodging needy estranged relatives and foes a lot more this time around. “In the second season you’ll see sometimes stuff will come up and he won’t even bring it to me,” Usher says of Cam’s cousin/manager Reggie (RonReaco Lee) “He already knows how I would handle it so he just takes care of it.”

It’s also interesting to see the many underlying stories the show has, like Cam’s sister M.Chuck (Erica Ash) and her role as a lesbian struggling to get laid with being a high-strung woman. Or really, just showcasing how dysfunctional life can be no matter who you are. Doesn’t everyone have a crazy uncle who likes weed and girls like Uncle Julius? In a recent interview with Rolling Out, Ash said the issues the family goes through are universal. “It’s not just a Black show or just Black people problems or things Black people do, you end up integrating a lot of different people,” she said. “I have white people say, ‘Ohmygod, my uncle smokes weed all the time!’ or ‘My mother is really overbearing just like that!’ or ‘My big sister or big brother is mean and overprotective just like that!’ So, instead of focusing on what the stereotypical black household would be, we just portray a random dysfunctional family who happens to be Black.”

Like season 1, you can expect to see M.Chuck’s strong personality shine through. “M-Chuck has a little problem with her temper; I don’t think that’s anything new for the fans,”Ash told Rolling Out. “It causes some legal issues for her and the family [this season] and she has to resolve that.”

Back to Jessie and Mike, Mr. Epps concludes things off with some insightful words of wisdom no matter your circumstance: “Sometimes you have to walk in the door with nothing, and take a little something,” he explains. “Because the only thing that can get you more success is success. So I just make whatever I’m trying to do successful and then after that success, now I have another bargaining chip for what I’m doing.”

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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.

— 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

— Kayla Marie (@Maria_Giesela) January 22, 2019


— fads (@azuIair) January 22, 2019

Yall.....Taraji P Henson done lost her entire mind....I...

— 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?

— 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.

— 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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