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Dave Chappelle Hits All The Stops With His 'SNL' Opening Monologue

Dave Chappelle hit the SNL stage for a hilarious set. 

It's been a long time coming. Dave Chappelle hit the Saturday Night Live stage Nov. 12, for one epic and hysterical set. And in just his opening act alone, the comedian left the audience in real tears.

Chapelle pulled all the stops for his opening monologue, beginning with commentary on the presidential election. While he noted most people were surprised by Donald Trump's victory, the comedian said he knew one thing about Election Day that others may not have. "It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls, but I know the whites," he joked.

The 43-year-old also poked fun at the number of white Americans furious about the election results, saying he hadn't seen "whites this mad since the O.J. verdict. "I'm not saying I'm enjoying it. I'm just saying I've never seen it before. I watched a white riot in Portland, Oregon on television the other night. The news said they did a million dollars' worth of damage. Every black person was watching that like, 'amateurs,' " he continued.

As the live audience continued to crack up, Chappelle moved right along to commenting on the Black Lives Matter Movement. "Why do we have to say Black Lives Matter? Now I admit it's not the best slogan, but McDonalds already took 'You Deserve a Break Today." He even plugged a joke about Harambe, explaining how America's frustration over the shooting of a gorilla trumped the slaying of black bodies. "They shot a gorilla in my local zoo. And the police department said, 'Shooting that gorilla was the toughest decision this department has ever had to make," he said. "I said, 'Well you about to see a lot of n****s in gorilla costumes in Cincinnati.'"

But ending on a more serious note, Chappelle recalled his time visiting the White House not too long ago. He remembered seeing all of the "happy" black faces, who had been "historically disenfranchised," and feeling proud of the progress that the country had made. So looking to the future of Trump's presidency, the comedian wished the president-elect well, and hoped he will continue to build on what Obama will be leaving behind. "I'm wishing Donald Trump luck, and I'm going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too," he concluded.

Although it was pretty hard to follow, A Tribe Called Quest also livened up the SNL stage with a colorful set of new and old hits. The surviving members Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad first performed "We The People," with a mural of the late Phife Dawg hanging in the background. For their second set, they delivered their single, "The Space Program" from the latest album We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, which dropped only the day before (Nov. 11). For that performance, they received special assistance from Busta Rhymes and Consequence.

Check out Dave Chappelle's opening skit and A Tribe Called Quest's performance on Saturday Night Live right here.

 

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If one thing is for sure, don't talk about Nessa Diab's family. The media personality and activist used her platform for good when she schooled Teen Mom 2 star Janelle Evans about hateful comments she made towards Diab's partner, Colin Kaepernick. 

The incident, which was intended to be a healthy conversation between the two aired Monday (May 20) during the Teen Mom 2 reunion. Throughout the season, Evans was reportedly upset about Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood speaking about her husband David Eason on social media. Surprisingly, Evans orchestrated the same behavior when she made a Facebook post about Kaepernick and his partnership with Nike. Evans reportedly slammed Nike for working with Kaepernick and allegedly burned Nike gear in protest of their decision.

While Nessa didn't break down everything Evans said, she shared the post on the screen behind them.“When I saw those comments, I did not attack you online, nor did I disrespect you over the years,” Nessa said. “My man uses his platform to peacefully protest police brutality against black people...that is the issue...I would’ve appreciated it if you contacted me.”

Nessa brought up the incident in an effort to show Evans how hypocritical she was being towards Portwood.

Evans denied doing the post and later accused MTV of using her. “I honestly have no idea who your boyfriend is...I would like to see [the comments] because what if it was an ad...was it an ad?” Jenelle asked. “I’m highly confused right now. I don’t know anything about your husband, and I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about. I swear to god, I’m done with this bulls**t. This is exactly why I didn’t want to f***ing come here,” she said. “This is about my storyline, and you want to bring up your issues? Okay. You got your show.”

As Evans stormed off stage, Nessa remained calm and detailed her working relationship with the mother of three.

“I’ve known Jenelle over the years, and I’ve always been fair and just to her," she said. "It wouldn’t have been authentic to who I am to be on this stage with someone who disrespected my family on social media.”

Shortly after the reunion aired, Evans continued to deny the allegations while her husband went on to attack Nessa and mock the death of slain rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

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Halle Berry Receives Praise For Refusing To Skip Black Journalists On Red Carpet

Halle Berry is receiving all the praise at the moment, not only for her latest role in the new John Wick movie but for refusing to skip two interviews with a pair of black journalists on the red carpet.

Emerald Marie, a reporter from Where Is The Buzz TV, was one just two black journalists who were sent to the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Emerald recalled being excited to interview the Oscar winner, but was quickly cut off by the actress' publicist. Instead of walking away, however, Berry made the decision to turn around and speak with Emerald and the other black male journalist, Lamar Dawson.

“I can't skip my brother and sister,"  Berry said, according to Marie.

The latest incident is unfortunately common for black journalists and media companies. "Oftentimes, black reporters and black outlets are pushed to the end and unable to get the proper interview that they need,” Marie explained. Because of Berry's generosity, Marie said she has a "newfound respect" for the actress.

Dawson also released a statement to VIBE about his interaction with Berry. "Emerald and I were standing next to each other on the carpet and were discussing how too often Black reporters are skipped at these events--and then it nearly happened to us. It's a big issue that needs to be addressed. Our stories deserve to be told, too," he said. "When Halle came back, I was able to talk to her quickly about her show 'Boomerang' and how important it is for the show to feature Black, LGBTQ storylines--an interview question the mainstream outlets aren't going to ask thus underscoring the importance of diversity in newsrooms and the importance of outlets that seek to give a voice to marginalized people. I'm grateful for Halle for seeing us out there."

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum starring Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry hit theaters today (May 17). Check out Emerald Marie and Lamar Dawson's full recaps from the red carpet below.

 

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I wanted to share this story because so often we hear people say “support black business” We all know it’s hard being the Minortity in many industries! For Halle Berry to make a conscious effort to turn back around and make sure the only two black faces we recognized & allocated the time to get our coverage is just another reason why she is a Leader & Queen 👑 @halleberry ❤️‼️🎤 #blackbrandsmatter #johnwick3 #blackreporters thank you @whereisthebuzz for this platform

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Actress Uzo Aduba is reportedly slated to portray legendary congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm in the upcoming series, Mrs. America for FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Orange Is the New Black actress reportedly verified the reports on Twitter on Tuesday (May 14). The series will follow the backlash surrounding the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), THR reports. Aduba joins Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, and other all-star actresses.

ERA, which prohibited gender discrimination, was introduced in Congress in 1923 but has yet to become law. Chisholm, who became the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first black woman in the United States to run for a major party’s presidential nomination, was a prominent advocate for ERA before she died in 2005.

Dahvi Waller wrote the nine-episode series and will also serve as the show's executive producer. Mrs. America is set to premiere on FX in 2020.

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