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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: Actor Hill Harper speaks onstage during the 'Limitless' panel discussion at the CBS portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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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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Teyana Taylor Addresses Iman Shumpert Cheating Rumors: "He Know I'd Kill Him"

The social peanut gallery hasn't been kind to Teyana Taylor and her marriage with Iman Shumpert.

The singer-songwriter has decided to address rumors of infidelity in her marriage head-on by clearing up the claims that the NBA star conceived a child with another woman. Since teasing her upcoming video "WTP" over the weekend, the singer abruptly deleted her Instagram and Twitter platforms. At the same time, rumors spread about Alby Rydes, a 28-year-old pornstar, who allegedly shook hands with the couple in the bedroom and birthed Shumpert's child in November.

Jokes appeared left and right on social media, as Taylor came forward to simmer down the chaos. "I've never seen/touched that girl in my life," she tweeted. She also claimed she shut down her socials as a rebuttal to her label not releasing the visuals to "WTP" on time. She also claimed her husband knows better. "Iman is not dumb. He know[s] I'd kill him. End of story."

Welp.

The couple has been at the center of cheating rumors in the past with both denying them every time. Rydes has also come forward to condemn the baby rumors. "I had my baby with the man I was dating and that ain't Iman," she said. "Y'all should be ashamed of creating this negative energy and throwing it around like it won't affect anyone."

 

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Drake's "In My Feelings" Receives Kidz Bop Treatment

After the release of Drake's chart-topping Scorpion album, his single "In My Feelings" skyrocketed to number one, so it's no surprise the City Girls assisted track received the Kidz Bop treatment.

Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

This #KidzBop version of "In My Feelings" is SENDING me! 😂 pic.twitter.com/EQzTwdbfb6

— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

This isn't the first time Drake's music has been Kidz Bopped. For Kidz Bop 31, "Hotline Bling" was also featured. The new 18-track album also features Cardi B's "I Like It" as well as Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies."

The lyrics to the hook received a slight change:

KiKi, do you love me/are you with me/say you'll never ever leave from beside me/cause I want ya/and I need ya/and I'm down for ya always

And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

All of us kids and we hangin' in the rain/hangin' in rain/I need a black card with the code to the safe/code to the safe.

Hey, kids need love too. Watch the Kidz Bop version of Drake's "In My Feelings" below.

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/8rH0O5OAAo

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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