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Ava DuVernay To Direct A Prince Documentary For Netflix

It's lit!

Ava DuVernay has been tapped by the Prince estate to direct a documentary about the late singer for streaming behemoth Netflix. The Academy-Award nominated filmmaker along with her close-knit crew of editors and producers have spent that last few months exploring the Purple One's treasure trove of unreleased material and studio in his Paisley Park home.

The Queen Sugar director spoke to Deadline about her newest project, his genius and the approach she's taking toward the documentary.

“He was like no other. He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

Prior to his April 2nd death, Prince contacted the Selma director about working together, Deadline reports.

The as yet untitled documentary isn't the only project DuVernay is working on. For the entire summer, she's relocated to New York where she's working with an all-star cast on the four-part series about the Central Park 5. The Wrinkle In Time director is also working on a screen adaption of Jack Kirby's The New Gods.

Well done, Ms. DuVernay

READ MORE: Before Ava DuVernay Was A Director, She Used To Be A Rapper

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Lil Mo Ticked Off Many After Defending R. Kelly

We're nearly three weeks out from the eye-opening documentary and the post-Surviving R. Kelly saga continues. Yesterday, Taraji P. Henson caught the wrath of the internet when she attempted to compare the misdeeds of R. Kelly and those of disgraced entertainment figurehead Harvey Weinstein. The day before, Erykah Badu was booed by fans at a concert for saying that she extends her prayers to the embattled R&B icon. Now, Lil Mo is the next one to receive sharp looks of disapproval.

The "Superwoman" singer and her husband made a pit stop at Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club to promote their appearance on Marriage Boot Camp, when naturally the topic of R. Kelly came up. Mo did not watch the extensive docu-series and alleges she has never met R. Kelly, but she was steadfast in defending him despite her interviewers' condemnation.

“He helped a bucket list dream of mine come true, I’d never been to [53-year-old Dr.] Dre’s before,” she said. “I refuse to allow this industry or anybody to taint his legacy. You mean to tell me that somebody is all of a sudden this monster? Don’t do that. If something happens to the head of the house, the rest of the family struggles and suffers.”

The thoughts didn't stop there. “I’m not gonna let anybody go out as an abuser. It's nobody's business,” she continued, instead posing the nagging question of where the victim's parents were and why they allowed their children to get caught up.

Of course the Internet let her have it.

I forgot to say this... Can we leave Lil Mo’ in 2001?

— Melly (@MellyJB) January 23, 2019

Lil Mo is on @breakfastclubam talking about how she covered for people that were sexually assaulting other people like that’s loyalty and acceptable...and then has the nerve to cry 😑

— Leslie (@Luhv_Lee) January 23, 2019

Watch the full interview up top.

 

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Kerry Washington To Star In And Produce 'American Son' Netflix Adaptation

Kerry Washington's Broadway banger, American Son, will be making its on-screen debut with Netflix.

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Eugene Lee (A Soldier’s Play) and Washington will be reprising their groundbreaking roles from the thought-provoking Broadway production. Kenny Leon, who served as the play's original director, will be directing the picture and producing the film alongside the former Scandal actress.

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Monday night (Jan. 21) while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she gushed over her role as Kendra and the play's exploration into an interracial families search for their missing son in a Florida police station.

I love you @jimmyfallon 😍 thanks for letting me come on @FallonTonight and share this thrilling news about #AmericanSonPlay 😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/5sk97I4Co6

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 22, 2019

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, [director] Kenny Leon, [writer] Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

The American Son production will come to a close this Sunday (Jan. 27) after a two month running at the Booth Theatre beginning in Nov. 2018. Watch Kerry Washington gush over American Son below.

 

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Not Sicko Mode: Nick Cannon Says Travis Scott Isn't For The Culture

Nick Cannon takes great issue with Travis Scott performing at the Super Bowl but says for Big Boi, it's okay.

During a sitdown with TMZ's Raquel Harper, the host of Masked Singer said "I'm Kaepernick all day," but said Scott doesn't have enough "cultural equity" to perform during Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

"To me, I call it cultural equity. So we're not mad at Big Boi for performing at the Super Bowl. He's for the people," 38-year-old Cannon explained. "[For Scott] he has to walk gingerly."

Harper followed up and questioned Cannon, to which he further explained having a child with Kylie Jenner also reduced his "cultural equity."

"It's more about truly having integrity in your music and in your art form. The people you choose to interact with. The people you choose to procreate with. That decision wasn't for the culture. But we not mad at you," Cannon said.

Harper reminded Cannon he's dated a few white women in his past, to which Cannon then looked into the camera and shouted: "I love white women."

The New England Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi are set to take the stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Out of respect for Colin Kaepernick, several artists declined to perform including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY-Z who reportedly tried to talk Scott out of it.

After Scott agreed to perform, reports revealed he spoke with Kaepernick about the decision. Kaepernick's longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab took to social media to blast Scott and say it was a lie.

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