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Chris Rock Defies Producers, Roasts Jussie Smollett At The NAACP Awards

Chris Rock was given explicit instructions to not make any jokes about Jussie Smollett at the 2019 NAACP Image Award. And guess what the 50-year-old comic did? He made jokes about Jussie Smollett.

"They said no Jussie Smollett jokes, I know. What a waste of light skin," Rock said. "You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here! I'd be f--king running Hollywood!"

The 36-year-old earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his work on Empire. Reportedly he flew to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony, but ultimately he was a no show.

Rock later questioned Smollett's motive and stated he has no respect for the disgraced actor. "What the hell was he thinking? From now on you're 'Jessie.' From now on, you don't get the u no more. That 'u' was respect, you ain't getting no respect from me."

The audience seemed to eat it all up, including The Daily Show host Trevor Noah who could be seen cackling in the audience.

On Jan. 22, Jussie Smollett alleged to have been attacked by two men wearing MAGA hats as he left a Subway fast-food restaurant. The Empire actor alleged the two men hurled racial and homophobic slurs, beat him, poured bleach on him and tried to tie a noose around his neck. Initially, many in Hollywood stood behind Smollett, but as the case went on suspicion arose.

The Chicago Police Department later alleged Smollett fabricated the whole ordeal and charged him with 16 felony counts. The story only further raised eyebrows when prosecutors dropped all charges, leaving Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the city of Chicago and anyone following the story bewildered.

While Rock may have earned a few LOLs from a majority of the audience, Black-Ish star Yara Shadidi accepted her award and said: "I stand with Jussie."

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Social Media Mistakes Congresswoman For Madea At Commencement Ceremony

If Tyler Perry wanted to revamp his Madea franchise, social media users might have given him some inspiration.

Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was one of the honoraries at Capital University Law School's Commencement ceremony on Sunday (May 19). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Ohio native serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, including Housing and Insurance, and Oversight and Investigations. In addition to helping rebuild her city, she's also helped expand STEM education to Ohio public schools.

Yet, despite all of her accolades, she was jokingly confused for Tyler Perry's Madea character on social media.

Receiving an honorary @CapitalLaw degree. Another lawyer is in the Beatty family! pic.twitter.com/R5M54dzbQc

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) May 19, 2019

Excited to deliver the commencement for @CapitalLaw’s Class of 2019! pic.twitter.com/mc8XjiR4sN

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) May 19, 2019

Is this another Tyler Perry movie lol

— Petty Pablo (@electricsoul123) May 20, 2019

It also didn't stop fans from creating ideas for Perry's next film. The moment was so hilarious, it became a trending topic on Monday (May 20).

*Sees Madea trending*

Didn’t Tyler Perry retire Madea?*clicks*

*sees the reason why Madea is trending*

NGL but that woman does look like Madea, that’s actually spot-on tho’ 😭😂😂💀 pic.twitter.com/pbuK2B3n2G

— 👩🏾‍🚀🚀Astro•Alex☄️💫 (@OnyxScholar21) May 20, 2019

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Law School: https://t.co/6rCHLcN0Y1

— Saraah ♤ (@BrownSugaSaraah) May 21, 2019

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to PVAMU https://t.co/wyL8M73ffy

— Tyren 🐐 (@Tyren4President) May 20, 2019

For the hottest second I was so mad at Tyler Perry https://t.co/KtqRXBXWCA

— i watch GOT now (@SimSim_124) May 20, 2019

I seen Madea trending and instantly thought Tyler Perry signed a deal with Netflix or something to create more Madea movies, whole time it’s somebody granny graduating that look like Madea. pic.twitter.com/mNPuF05UVY

— hood baby (@ronthacreator) May 20, 2019

Thought Tyler Perry had changed his mind and decided to keep Madea alive then see why it trending pic.twitter.com/ujZlqFfB6r

— DKT (@darleneturner53) May 20, 2019

“Madea Graduates Again”

— Simply Jay (@j_burgundy) May 21, 2019

pic.twitter.com/pN7sthOq9M

— Potentperson (@alexcabrera56) May 20, 2019

Ironically enough, Perry is casting for a new project in Atlanta. The details are pretty scarce but his studio has requested "fresh faces" only. They also noted that they're working on a television series and a film.

Either way, it looks like Congresswoman Beatty isn't bothered by the jokes.

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Naturi Naughton On 'Power' Season 6: 'Everybody's Not Going To Live'

Power fans expressed great sadness when the Starz network announced the forthcoming sixth season would be the show's last. With an August 2019 air date, fans can only wait and see who will make it out alive of the treacherous big rich town.

In support of the last hurrah, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday (May 15) to talk about the magnitude of the show despite its humble beginnings.

"When we first started, we were eight episodes. We still shoot in Brooklyn and people were like 'Power? Never heard of it. Starz? What network is that?'...Starz has now become a leading cable premium network and we have over 10 million views across all platforms."

Naughton, 35, also said while traveling to Africa she was greeted with fanfare from those who watch the show overseas. "Oh, Mrs. Ghost. Tasha! Tasha! We love you' I have never felt so much love in my experience there,' " Naughton recalled.

When asked which of the actors takes a while to remove themselves from their role, both agreed Omari Hardwick needs a minute to divorce himself from Ghost/James St. Patrick.

"Omari, admittedly, and I think he's talked a lot about that in interviews. Unlike Naturi and I, we're not as method as he is. I do a lot of the homework for Tommy at home and bring that to the set, whereas Omari needs to kind of stay in the realm of the character Ghost," Sikora said.

Watch the entire interview below.

 

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