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R. Kelly Accusers Speak Out After His Emotional Interview With Gayle King

"Robert cut the b.s!"

Tuesday evening, (March 5) clips and still images of R. Kelly's forthcoming interview with Gayle King began to populate online. An emotional Kelly seen crying and at one point standing in a dramatic fashion indicated an explosive discussion about the years of sexual assault allegations leveled against him would take place.

"An absolute shame, but guess who's not surprised?" former Kelly collaborator Sparkle captioned on Instagram Tuesday.  "Wondering will the Academy consider the performance airing tomorrow on CBS?"

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Wednesday morning (March 6) King sat calm and composed during her one-on-one with the singer-songwriter.  The more than hour-long CBS Interview found the Grammy-award winning entertainer unhinged as King questioned him on the many accusations of his sexual relationship with underage girls.

As many listened intently to Kelly point fingers at blogs and the girl's parents who he believes besmirched his name and legacy, several of his accusers took to social media to react and comment on the man they allege manipulated and often held them against their will.

"Robert cut the b.s.," Lisa Van Allen captioned on Instagram. "I believe you can lie with those crocodile tears. Name the date let’s do these lie detector tests."

Allen was one of several alleged victims to speak about her relationship with Kelly during Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which began when she was a teenager.

Jerhonda Pace, another woman who claims to have been sexually abused by Kelly, took to her Facebook page and dissected Kelly's ardent reaction and attributed it to his inner circle of enablers.

"Looking at that clip of Robert during his interview for Gayle King I didn't see R. Kelly, I didn't see my abuser. I didn't want to read him with a biased attitude. What I saw was a man that needs help," Pace posted. "For decades he's been around enablers who never told him the truth. When you've been doing wrong for decades, and the people around you makes you feel that your actions are right, you tend to believe that you're doing no wrong."

Pace ended her Facebook by suggesting Kelly undergo a mental health evaluation.

For more than two decades, R. Kelly has been accused of manipulating young black girls and forcing them into sexual relationships, often holding them hostage and cutting off communication with their parents.

During the bombshell interview, Kelly vowed he'd fight for "f***ing life."

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Netflix Gives Sneak Peek Of Jay-Z Produced Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Netflix gave a preview of the streaming giant's upcoming films on Tuesday (Jan. 12). Among them, the highly anticipated western, The Harder They Fall.

Produced by Jay Z and written and directed by musician Jeymes Samuel, the film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Woody McClain.

The Harder They Fall follows the fictional character, Nat Love (Majors), as he seeks revenge on the man who murdered his parents. Besides signing on as a producer, Hov also created original music for the film.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed filming, which began in March of last year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Filming resumed in September but was paused again after one of the actors tested positive for coronavirus.

“What I love about movies is that they can make you feel every emotion,” King says in the Netflix teaser.

“And show you something you’ve never seen before,” adds Majors while clips from their film plays on the screen.

The Harder They Fall is one of 27 films headed to Netflix. See more in the video below.

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Issa Rae Announces ‘Insecure’ Will End After Season 5

Insecure will return this year for a fifth and final season, Issa Rae revealed on Wednesday (Jan. 13). In a statement to Deadline, Rae and executive producer Prentice Penny showed gratitude to HBO and fans of the show.

“Prentice and I are so grateful that HBO believed in our show from the beginning and kept the faith in us to see our vision through the end,” said Rae.“We always planned to tell this story through five seasons, but we couldn’t have made it this far without the tremendous support of our audience. I feel blessed beyond measure to bring our characters’ stories to an end, on-screen at least.”

HBO’s Programming EVP Amy Gravitt, noted that Rae has “turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy.”

Based off the 36-year-old’s popular Awkward Black Girl YouTube series, lnsecure was created by Rae and Larry Wilmore. The series premiered on HBO in 2016.

Season five will reportedly begin filming later this month with Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell and Amanda Seales all expected to return. The previous season ended with Rae’s character at yet another crossroads with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Lawrence (played by Ellis).

Season five of Insecure debuts later this year.

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