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Rick Ross Defends Cardi B: “We Don't Need To Persecute Her”

Rozay reacts to the #SurvivingCardiB controversy. 

Rick Ross is defending Cardi B amid the #SurvivingCardiB hashtag spawned from a three-year-old video of the Bronx native admitting to drugging and robbing men when she worked as a stripper.

Cardi attempted to address the backlash with a statement posted on social media earlier in the week. “All I can do now is be better for myself my family and my future,” she wrote.

The explanation didn’t exactly extinguish the fury. Rozay, who lost an endorsement deal several years ago for his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O” remix, has been used an example of a double-standard between male and female entertainers in the era of the #MeToo movement. But the Maybach Music boss disagrees with the comparison, and doesn’t think that Cardi should be “persecuted” for being honest.

“In a lot of circumstances that’s what comes with that lifestyle. She never hid that, we all know that,” Ross  said in a series of Snapchat videos posted online Thursday (March 28).

In 2013, Rozay rapped: “Molly in her champagne, she ain't even know it/I took her home and enjoyed that, she ain’t even know.” The lyrics caused outrage for their promotion of sexual assault, and Ross was swiftly dropped from his Reebok endorsement deal as a result. In hindsight, the Florida native feels that the company made the right decision.

“I took that on the chin and I have no love lost for Reebok. I needed to understand I was a king and they [were] right, I didn’t need to promote that.”

The 43-year-old rapper went on to explain what inspired his controversial lyrics. “The parties I attended at the time, where I’m from, that was the lifestyle. When we performed that record that was the most popular line to a lot of motherf**kers, and that’s who I wrote that for. I wrote that record speaking for the motherf**kers who were living that lifestyle,” he said.

“Me being a king, I did not need to promote that among my beautiful queens,” Ross added.

In closing, Ross reiterated that Cardi shouldn’t be punished. “We don’t need to persecute her for her past. We need to be leaders and lead by example.”

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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.

2021 = a new movie EVERY WEEK on Netflix. Here's a sneak peek at 27 of the biggest, brightest, fastest, funniest, feel-good, feel-everything films and stars coming to Netflix this year pic.twitter.com/iCr1ZPrc7W

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) January 12, 2021

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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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