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Mo'Nique Is On Roseanne Barr's Side: "Has She Ever Said, 'Kill Black People?'"

Roseanne continues to have a loyal friend in Mo'Nique.

Mo'Nique continues to court controversy by defending former sitcom star Roseanne Barr, who she considers her "sister in comedy."

The 51-year-old comedian turned Oscar-winning actress headed to the Chicago area to do several standup shows. While in town, Mo spoke with the Chicago Tribune, where she not only talked about wanting to try her hand at another talk show but also spoke about why she's not canceling the former ABC star who caught heat this year for her racist remarks and unapologetic support for Donald Trump.

Here is an excerpt of the conversation:

"That’s why, when people turned on my sister Roseanne Barr, I couldn’t do it. Because there were black entertainers who would not come on The Mo’Nique Show because it was quote-unquote “too black.” But when I called on my sista, she said (imitating Barr): “Where is it and what time you need me to come?”

And when she showed up, when the cameras weren’t rolling, she said to me: “Listen, you’re the real deal. Don’t let them use you up and take advantage of you, because they will. Don’t you let them do that to you.”

Now, a racist woman ain’t gonna say that to me."

The journalist also mentioned Barr's racist tweets, to which Mo'Nique says she didn't overthink it. She believes the now-shunned comedian was only trying to be funny. “And I know her. And what she thought was funny, as a comedian, that’s what it was,” Mo'Nique said. “Has she ever said, ‘Kill black people’?" the former Parkers star added.

Mo'Nique also says that Roseanne does work "behind the scenes" for black people. “She was behind the scenes fighting for the black (concert) promoters. Nobody knows that,” she said. “She’s behind the scenes trying to push a documentary about Malcolm X with a brother who’s a Muslim.”

The former Precious star did catch a lot of flack for defending Roseanne from the public, including from fellow black comedian Amanda Seales, who spoke with Complex about why she is wrong for standing up for Barr.

"As a black woman, as a comedian," Seales began during an episode of Open Late With Peter Rosenberg, “I think it is incredibly problematic for her to be using her platform in such a reckless way, and it makes me say, 'Well, we can't really listen to nothing you say.' Five minutes ago, you were trying to say we should boycott Netflix, now you're telling us that she's okay? It's nonsensical, you're Kanye-ing right now."

Readers, what do you make of this situation?

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B2K Share Millennium Tour Rehearsal Footage

With the Millennium Tour weeks away, B2K continue to sharpen their craft to put on an unforgettable show for future concert attendees. To incite the anticipation and excitement, the R&B group shared on Instagram a video of their rehearsal session.

Set to the tune of their 2002 melody “Gots Ta Be,” the quartet will presumably craft a setlist that’ll place their hits and deep cuts on centerstage. The tour will also be accompanied by Chingy, Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, and the Ying Yang Twins.

 

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✨. #MilleniumTour 1st week of #Rehearsal @popinpete @theonlysuperdave WE just warming up.

A post shared by ⚡️Omarion ⚡️ (@omarion) on Feb 20, 2019 at 6:23pm PST

A month after the tour dates were made public, Omarion uncovered another layer to the boy band’s discography, noting that he will retire the songs penned by R. Kelly once the tour is over. Since the January airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, that analyzed several recollections of sexual abuse on girls and women, the “Ice Box” singer wants to distance himself from singing the melodies that Kelly is responsible for “What A Girl Wants,” “Girlfriend,” “Bump, Bump, Bump.”)

"#RKelly was both a victim & a predator & accordingly must be held accountable but also get professional help," Omarion said. "His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light." Omarion then noted that the group will still perform their hits under Kelly's writing credit to avoid the fans' disappointment, but "after the tour, I am retiring those songs from my set list. I too am raising a future queen.”

The trek begins on Mar. 8 at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center and ends Apr. 28 at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.

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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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