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Hill Harper Talks Playing The ‘Intellectual Villain’ Opposite Will Smith In ‘Concussion’

“I don’t think Concussion is a condemnation of football at all. What it is, is a telling of the truth of what’s really happening to the people who play.”

The wool will be pulled from over the eyes of football fans the world over when Concussion—a film about the long term effects of repetitive head trauma football players experience, and the NFL’s attempts at keeping it under wraps--hits theaters.

Academy-Award nominated actor, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennett Omalu, an African-born forensic pathologist who, while doing the autopsy on 50-year-old Mike "Iron Mike" Webster of the Pittsburg Steelers, discovers what will later be known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE.

Based off of GQ's September 2009 story "Game Brain", film writer and director Peter Landesman chronicles Omalu’s findings, and the not-so veiled attempts the NFL tries to keep his research a secret. One of the many men working against Omalu is Chris Jones played by Hill Harper, who describes himself as the film’s “intellectual villain.”

“I’m kind of behind the scenes, the puppet master,” Harper said. “Chris Jones is that person, that consigliere in the NFL that you know is doing things that may not be in the best interest of the players. He goes across and you get to see an insight into the thousands of people that actually work at a place like the NFL. “

In an interview with Vibe, Harper is adamant that to describe Concussion as a movie that bashes America's favorite pass time is too puny a synopsis of the film’s totality.

“I don’t think Concussion is a condemnation of football at all,” the 49-year-old said. “What it is, is a telling of the truth of what’s really happening to the people who play. It’s basically a siren call to say ‘Hey what’s really going on? We have to change some rules, and we have to develop a different type of way to protect these individuals and protect their brains. "

As Omalu continues to strengthen his investigation, Jones goes to great lengths to bury Omalu's research and credibility. Harper said because the film reveals the truth about the dangers of football, it reaffirmed his personal desire to seek out information.

"Yes. I want information. I don’t like telling people what they should and shouldn’t do. But I want people to make their decisions based on accurate information," Harper said. "It’s just like the issue around cigarettes years ago. I’m not telling people whether they should smoke or not. That’s your free will. I want you making that decision not based off information tobacco companies covered up. I want you to make that decision based off accurate information of what smoking does and the hazards it presents."

Despite the sobering truth of the film, Harper says Concussion is the "best thing that ever happened to football."

"Why? Because a lot of the fans don't understand some of the rule changes 'How come they're not letting them do...?' Or 'I remember back in the day when they hit 'em and then they'd spin around' That's a lot of different types of hitting. Obviously, the [NFL] knew and they were trying to change it incrementally, but now fans will at least understand why they're at least some rules that have to change in the game."

Concussion hits theaters nationwide today!

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Snoop Dogg's Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony speech was undeniably Snoop. The Doggfather, who received a coveted star back in November 2018, thanked himself for everything leading up until that point.

"I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work," he said during the speech. "I wanna thank me for having no days off. I wanna thank me for never quitting. I wanna thank me for always been a giver and trying to give more than I receive. I want to thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”

When discussing his prolific and lengthy career during a recent appearance on Ellen, he explained to the host exactly why he said what he said.

"The speech was, it was [a] spur of the moment," Snoop candidly stated. "I didn't really have time to come up with nothing, because I felt like the people that was there that were instrumental in my life– I wanted to speak to them."

"And then, I wanted to speak to myself because I felt like I was the one that did most of the work and I was the one that had to go out on the line and do it and make it happen," he continued. "So, I wanted to give myself some credit because– a lot of times– we fail to give ourselves a pat on the back, and I wanted to take that moment to thank myself for doing all the work I did to get to that point."

Can't knock that at all! Check out his explanation above, and his speech below.

Snoop Dogg: "I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work... Snoop Dogg you a bad motherf---er" https://t.co/NhwqManzAW pic.twitter.com/TbzBmMexmt

— Variety (@Variety) November 19, 2018

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Lil Nas X Gifts Billy Ray Cyrus A Maserati Because He's An Amazing Person

Prior to the success of "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X was a broke college student with $5.62 in his bank account. Now that the remix of the song, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week in a row, the hot new rapper has money to spend, and spend he does.

It was reported by TMZ that the 20-year-old crooner gifted his collaborator the red Maserati GranTurismo that appears in the music video of their song. With the help of food delivery service Postmates, Nas X had the car delivered to Cyrus' Los Angeles home. He rolled up to Cyrus' offering up the sports car to show his appreciation for the country singer hopping on his song.

"It's yours! 'Old Town Road' number 1 — seven weeks straight," Nas X announced to Cyrus, while decked out in tan cowboy boots and a matte black cowboy hat. In the video obtained by TMZ, Cyrus is visibly shocked by his new gift. "Wait a minute there's no way! 7 weeks! Wow man! That's.... Are you kidding me?! Are you serious man?"

 

After he got over his initial shock, Cyrus and Nas X took a spin in his new whip. Whether the two took a trip down the 'old town road,' or rode "down Rodeo," at least one thing is certain, they're one of the hottest co-collaborators out right now, and can't nobody tell 'em nothing...not even those protesting Wrangler for teaming up with the rapper.

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Romeo Santos Makes History As The First Latino Performer To Headline MetLife Concert

Romeo Santos is making history and his fans have the most to gain from it.

On September 21, Santos will perform at MetLife Stadium making him the first Latin artist to do so. The venue holds up to 80,00 seats, which is more than enough for Santos' fans who will go see the singer perform his recent number one album, Utopia.

The one-day event will be called, UTOPIA the Concert, and Santos, the King of Bachata has already taken to his social media to express his appreciation on being chosen to make history at the stadium.

"I've never performed in such a prestigious venue, not even when I was a part of Aventura or in my solo career," the 37-year-old said in a video posted to his Instagram account about his upcoming concert. The "Odio" singer shouldn't face too much of a challenge in filling up the MetLife stadium seats.

In 2014 he sold out two Yankee Stadium shows, the stadium holds over 50,000 people; during his Golden Tour he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden three times. His draw power is undeniably huge, so tickets may be hard to come by once they go on sale.

 

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Fans can expect Santos to perform hits from his Utopia album, which includes records with fellow Dominican singers Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos, Monchy & Alexandria, and his former group Aventura.

Ticket information is not yet available but is to be expected soon.

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