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Octavia Spencer Says LeBron James And Maverick Carter Backed Her Call For Equality In Hollywood

"That type of leadership has been important, and I'm thrilled about it."

In 2018, world-renowned athlete LeBron James and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer teamed up to produce a visual story on Madam C.J. Walker. Under James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment company, the team will tell Walker's story of becoming a million dollar beauty industry maven in a society that demeaned and targeted black people.

While Walker's fight to prominence will be displayed onscreen, executive producer Spencer, who will step into Walker's shoes in the near future, discussed her personal fight for equality in her career. In an interview with The Undefeated, the Hidden Figures star said James and Carter stepped in to make sure that her worth was respected for this project.

"When we were in negotiations they had to...step up for me. He and Maverick...that type of leadership has been important, and I'm thrilled about it," Spencer revealed. "When I asked for certain things, they had to go and say, 'She deserves these things!' It's sad that we have to do that, but they did and that's what I'm working with: people who have no problem standing up."

In the summer of 2018, Spencer's The Help co-star Jessica Chastain shared how she also helped to advocate for equal pay for Spencer. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Chastain said she was taken aback to learn of Spencer's wage as compared to her's or other white women in the industry.

"I knew women of color got paid less than Caucasian actresses," Chastain said. "What I didn't know is someone of Octavia's level, who had an Oscar and two Oscar nominations, how much less she would be getting paid. When she told me what she was making, that's what really made me go, 'Hold up, that doesn't compute in my brain.'"

The Madam C.J. Walker program will premiere on Netflix.

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A Fried Chicken And Doughnut Sandwich From KFC Is On The Way

KFC is throwing its hat into the chicken sandwich ring but adding something sweet to the mix.

According to reports, the fast-food chain is testing a fried chicken and doughnut sandwich in the Richmond, Va., area to see if customers are interested in their version of the sweet and salty craze.

Dubbed Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts, the new sandwich will be sold at seven locations in Richmond.

“Served hot and fresh, no matter the time of day, the donuts create a tasty flavor experience in every bite. Consumers will have a variety of options to satisfy their sweet and savory taste buds,” said a spokesperson.

The "Best Fried Chicken Sandwich" Olympics seemingly began when Popeyes announced they had a chicken sandwich of their own, in essence, encroaching on new territory, particularly Chick-Fil-A territory. A friendly social media battle ensued which helped to promote both sandwiches and forced long lines across the country. Some continued to pledge their loyalty to Chick-Fil-A, while others found a new meaning of life in the Popeyes chicken sandwich.

There's no word on how long the Kennedy Fried Chicken & Donut launch will last, but if given the opportunity to taste test it, would you?

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Cardi B Reveals She Wants To Have Another Child After Making Second Album

Cardi B has baby fever. The 26-year-old rapper's recent Instagram Live revealed that she wants another bundle of joy after making her second album. She plans to do this plus a tour within a year, XXL reports.

The Invasion Of Privacy artist said she's started working on her forthcoming project. "Everything is going good. I'm working on my album, I already have two songs," she said. "I actually have three but I'm not sure about one of them. I'm working on it."

"I want to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse for my tour, get ready for my fu**ing tour,” she continued “After my tour, I want to have a kid. I want to have another kid.”

 

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Since having her first child, Kulture, last year with husband Offset, Cardi has been very candid about her experiences with motherhood and how it's changed her outlook on life. "I just wanna be home all the time," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I don't care about going out anymore. The things that I thought matter, it didn't really matter. I'm just so focused on my kid. I don't be sad for long because whenever I'm with my baby, it's like, 'Yeah, whatever. F**k everybody.'"

The "Press" rapper also shared how her parenting style is similar to her mother's way of raising her because she wants the best for her daughter. "My mom raised me on some like, 'I'm not your friend. I'm your mom,'" she continued. "So that's how I'm gonna be with my daughter.  She most likely gonna hate it, but she gonna appreciate it when she's older. I totally appreciate my mom."

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Ja Rule To Re-Release Discography As Visual Albums

In a series of tweets posted on Monday night (Sept. 16), Ja Rule announced that he will re-release his entire discography. Not only will fans be re-introduced to the award-winning artist's hits but they'll also see accompanying visuals to the New York native's tracks.

Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

Songs that already have been matched with visuals will not be a part of the discography's re-release. His roster includes: Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain Is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood In My Eye (2003), R.U.L.E. (2004), Exodus (2005), and PIL 2 (2012). 

With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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