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Kofi Siriboe Talks His 'Queen Sugar' Character Ralph Angel And Learning To Accept His "Ugly" Side

"I myself have taken a step back lately in saying, 'What do I want?' or 'How do I want to move forward?"

It might've taken the Internet all of 30 seconds to fall in love with Kofi Siriboe who stars as Ralph Angel in the OWN television series Queen Sugar. With his sun-kissed chocolate skin and gorgeous smile, Brother Siriboe won viewers over before he said his first line.

The scripted-drama executive produced and directed by Ava DuVernay, centers around the Bordelon siblings, Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel who inherit their father's 800-acre sugarcane farm, and all the blessings and burdens that come with it.

At the end of the show's first season housed on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ralph Angel discovers a hand-written letter from his father declaring him--the youngest of the three--as the sole inheritor of the land, which will no doubt shake up the little progress that has been made thus far.

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Yet despite the fact that Kofi obviously took first place in the genetic contest, Ralph Angel is as beautiful as he is flawed. Whether it be acting on impulse, or not being able to leave his criminal past alone, Kofi has brilliantly demonstrated Ralph Angel's ugly side.

During a round-table Q&A at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, VIBE along with several journalists sat with Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Oprah Winfrey and Siriboe to discuss Season Two. Siriboe also spoke at length about how his role has helped him confront his own personality flaws.

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VIBE: The Internet thinks you're beautiful.

Kofi Siriboe: [Laughs] Really?

How has your character Ralph Angel helped you to better accept your not so beautiful characteristics?

KS: It just comes back to identity and seeing Ralph Angel transition and you know, be looked at as one way and obviously, my life I'm looked at one way but it's still a perspective. It's still somebody from the outside defining me from how they see me. So seeing how he's dealt with that and how sometimes his sensitivity or his passion gets in the way of him just accepting advice from his sisters, or advice from his auntie. I feel like I myself have taken a step back lately in saying, 'what do I want?' or 'how do I want to move forward?'

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"It's very easy to just plateau and personally, success is very crippling because once you get it you think, oh well, there's a lot of things you don't have to worry about it, but also because you don't have to worry about those things you have to spend more time with yourself. You can't fill your spaces with just nonsense, or social activity or whatever it ends up being. So now I'm forced to be in this position and to look at myself and now I have to face truths that I haven't really looked at because there's so much going on. And then you start really evaluating and you're like 'wow! I thought I was good' and now I realize I have to grow."

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A Billie Holiday Documentary Is Currently In The Works

A documentary about beloved jazz great Billie Holiday--appropriately titled Billie--is in the works and will reportedly feature new interviews from the icon's contemporaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Erskine will helm the film and has received support from the successor to Billie Holiday's estate, Concord. The film will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of 1970's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl.

More than 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Count Basie will be featured, as well as some of Holiday's classmates, her step-parents, her cellmate, her drug dealer, her pimp and even the FBI agent who arrested her will be in the documentary.

Kuehl died in 1979 without completing her book about the "Strange Fruit" singer. Her interviews will be seen for the first time in the forthcoming documentary.

Holiday, real name, Eleanora Fagan, died in 1959. Her life was brought to the big screen in 1972 in the now beloved film Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

"We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films, who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way," she said in a statement.

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Michael Rapaport Walks Back Meek Mill "Trash" Comments

Michael Rapaport clearly doesn't want the smoke with Meek Mill because the comedian has seemingly taken back the "trash" comments he made about the "Going Bad" artist while speaking to Sway Calloway on his radio show.

Meek Mill, great story. Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

On Tuesday (Feb. 19), Rapaport further explained the comments that created beef between himself and the Philly rapper.

"I should not have used that word," the 48-year-old said, reiterating past comments about Mill's career. "He's absolutely not a trash rapper...It was wrong and it wasn't the right word. He's not a trash rapper, I can't say it. I wish I could take that word back. I'm harsh with my hip-hop opinions and it's the wrong word. It's not valid, it's not true, it's not reasonable. It was a stupid word to use."

Rapaport went on to defend the other comments he made on Twitter about Mill reminding listeners that he noticed the "Dreams and Nightmares" rapper's evolution in hip-hop and his importance to the community.

Previously, Rapaport offered his opinions about Meek Mill, calling his lack of response to Drake during their infamous beef "wack" and insinuating that he had no skill.

 

 

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Slick Woods Celebrates Mom's Release from Prison

After the birth of her son Saphir in September of 2018, and making headlines after walking Rihanna's Savage x Fenty A/W Show during New York Fashion Week while in labor, Slick Woods has more reasons to celebrate now that her mother has been released from prison after 17 years.

"Cried a lot," the 5'10 model wrote on her Instagram post featuring her mother. "Me n' mom, fresh out after 17 years in prison."

 

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Since the age of four Woods was raised by her grandmother between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, after her mother was sentenced to prison for manslaughter. Unfortunately, Woods life at the age of seven shifted bumpier after her grandmother divorced her husband and the two found themselves spending time in cars and motels. The unofficial face of Fenty eventually became homeless and was on track to what many felt was the same path as her formerly incarcerated mother.

"I was in a place where I didn't believe in anything, so I was susceptible to evil energy," Woods said in an interview with E.S. Magazine in 2018. "I'm so easily turned. It's not something I'm proud of," she continued. "And when everyone in the world is telling you that you're going to be just like your mother, and then you're behind bars..."

Thankfully for Woods, after a stint in jail of two to three months at the age of 18, she was able to choose a different path for herself, and a year later she modeled for Kanye West in Yeezy, allowing her to one day provide for her mother once she was released from prison.

"Being a gang member, everyone expected her to not be the best mum," Woods said in an interview with Elle Magazine back in 2018. "But my mum was very hands-on with me as a child. My mummy read to me in the womb," she said. "And she's proud because she knows that everybody expected me to be exactly what she was. She went to prison when she was 19. I became a model at 19. And I can take care of my mother when she gets out."

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