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'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Director To Bring Tupac/Biggie Crime Series To USA

The true crime series titled "Unsolved," will tell the stories of the biggest murders in music history. 

Next year is shaping up to be a memorable one in television. Just a few months after announcing a film highlighting the deaths of music legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, a true crime series on their unsolved crimes is headed to USA.

Variety reports Thursday (Nov. 10), the network announced the series Unsolved will be spearheaded by The People vs. O.J Simpson director Anthony Hemingway. The series will simultaneously tell the stories of the police investigations into the rappers' deaths.

Shakur was 25 when he lost his life in a drive-by shooting in September 1996. A year later, Smalls was fatally shot at the age of 24. Speculations have been raised about their deaths by former detectives and conspiracy theory enthusiasts, but the series will use LAPD Detective Greg Kading's book, “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations,” as source material.

Kading, who lead task forces on the crimes, will also be a co-exec producer for the pilot. Suits writer Kyle Long will write the pilot with Hemingway and his producing partner Mark Taylor. The series will more than likely show stark contrasts from the upcoming film, Labyrinth which follows the late LAPD detective Russell Poole's theory on the murders.

The true crime trend is going strong. The People vs. O.J Simpson Emmy wins showcased the parallels between nostalgia and newfound revelations on the most memorable moments in pop culture. For the next installments of American Crime Story, creator Ryan Murphy will take on Hurricane Katrina and the death of Gianni Versace.

NBC is also participating in the trend by highlighting the Mendez brothers on the upcoming series, Law & Order: True Crime.

Hemingway's vision is a trusted one. The director has filmed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, EmpireGlee, The Newsroom, CSI:NY, Treme, True Blood and Shameless. He's also dived into films with the  2012 effort, Red Tails.

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by Self.com, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.

 

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Chris Brown And His Ex-Girlfriend Reportedly Welcome Baby Boy

Chris Brown has become a father for the second time. According to numerous reports, Brown's ex-girlfriend, Ammika Harris gave birth to their son on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Neither Brown nor Harris have publicly confirmed the birth but fans suspected the reported baby news after the 30-year-old singer shared two cryptic posts on Instagram late Wednesday.

In one image, which fans believe was snapped at a hospital, Brown is seen looking down and smiling. He captioned the photo with the date, "11.20.19."  A second post features Brown wearing a sweatshirt with the words, “Born” on the hood.

 

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Harris also pointed posted to her Instagram Story, “I was in love with you the moment I first saw you,” TMZ reports.

The newborn is the first child for Harris and the second for Brown, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Royalty. Although Breezy has never directly addressed rumors about Harris being pregnant he may have dropped at least one clue. In May, Brown commented “BM BAD” on Harris’ Instagram account leading fans to believe that he was referring to her as his baby’s mother.

Aside from reportedly welcoming a new bundle of joy, the Virginia native’s “No Guidance” collaboration with Drake received a Grammy nod on Wednesday. Brown is also up for two  trophies at the 2019 American Music Awards, which air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Nov. 24.

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