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Missy Elliott Would Like To Recreate Aaliyah's Biopic

The legendary Missy Eliott recently stopped by Sway's Universe after winning her very much deserved MTV Vanguard Award at the VMAs earlier this week. During the interview, she spoke about the intricacies that went into making 2001'a Miss E So Addictive, the album that delivered classics like "Gossip Folks" and "Get Ur Freak On."

Missy admitted Thursday (Aug 29) to "hating" "Gossip Folks" when Timbaland presented it to her. Also, she revealed that "Get Ur Freak On" was the last track that was made accidentally when Timbaland started making the beat with a piano.

Elsewhere in the interview, Missy talked about wanting to re-create an Aaliyah biopic when her family is ready and also creating one for herself. "When they are ready, I’m quite sure that we'll do that," she said of the Aaliyah one.

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B aired on Lifetime in 2014 to negative reviews. The family of the late singer was not involved leaving producers to rely on the biography Aaliyah: More than a Woman by Christopher John Farley. Zendaya was originally cast to play the singer but backed out due to production value and the family's disapproval of the project. Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men) took on the role. 3.2 million viewers tuned in, giving the network it's highest-rated TV film of that year.

She also addressed how important it was for her to win the Vanguard award now because it was just the right time to do so, even though many think the award was long overdue. "Back then they didn’t have the technology that we have now," she said. "And for the type of performer that I am, I needed that to happen yesterday when you saw that spaceship hovering over the crowd like that and people being sucked into it. I believe it’s God’s time that I’m on."

There's no denying how incredible Missy's talent is. She credits part of her stellar artistry and imagination to being an only child because she felt she always had to create a new world in her mind. "I was the only child so I pretty much created an Alice in Wonderland in my room, and I had a couple of imaginary friends, don’t think I’m crazy because I don’t know where they at now," she said, adding that,  "I didn’t listen to the radio or watch tv at one point in my career and that’s how I was able to become more creative."

Watch the rest of the interview below.

 

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Cast of 'Hamilton' Surprises Young Fan On John Krasinski's 'Good News Network' Show

John Krasinski has brought smiles to The Office Fans with the launch of his creative Some Good News show on YouTube but the actor took things to another level by reuniting the original cast of Hamilton to surprise a nine-year-old girl.

Aired late Sunday (April 5), Krasinski welcomed Aubrey to the show after her parents shared how their daughter watched Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins Returns after she was unable to fly to New York to see Hamilton on Broadway. While social distancing is a brief new normal, Blunt who is married to Krasinski popped into their Zoom interview to surprise Aubrey.

But the good news didn't stop there. Krasinski then promised Aubrey he would fly her family to New York to see Hamilton once Broadway opens its doors. And miraculously, he managed to reunite the entire cast where they performed "Alexander Hamilton."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, Jonathan Groff and more shocked the 9-year-old, who was left speechless during the performance.

Elsewhere in the broadcast, Krasinski shared good news from around the world, including many fans making their own version of the show. Robert De Niro also shares the weather in a very De Niro kind of way.

Krasinski, who also stars alongside Blunt in The Quiet Place, created the Some Good News show to prove positive news always wins. His first guest was none other than Steve Carell with the two talking about the 15th anniversary of the iconic Office series.

Enjoy the good news above.

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Quibi Documentary Explores LeBron James' I Promise School

Quibi's launch of original content has revealed an in-depth look into LeBron James' I Promise school based in the athlete's hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The docuseries explores young scholars attending the school and the traumas they've faced in their very short lives. I Promised officially opened in 2018, taking in low-income students who reportedly were among the worst performers in Akron’s public schools.

Speaking to People, James explained how the school's mission isn't just to improve grades but to provide emotional support the children will take into adulthood.

“Hope is a very powerful thing. No matter the situation, if a kid knows someone truly believes in them, that changes their outlook on everything,” James said. “With our school, everything is built on giving kids the confidence that they can do anything. They know I believe in them, they know their teachers, the whole staff, and everyone we’ve put around them believes in them. It’s incredible what they can do when they feel that support.”

Each student was handpicked with some improvement at record speed. According to The New York Times, 216 of 240 I Promise students met or exceeded their expected growth at the mid-year mark. “At the I PROMISE School, our goal is to let every single kid know they are special,” James added. “That they can be whatever they want to be. And that starts with addressing everything they’re going through before they even step foot in a classroom.”

Before its opening, James ensured that the parents of the students would also have a chance to expand their education and job hunt. Students also receive breakfast, lunch and snacks with access to an in-house food bank.

In the Quibi doc, James' mother Gloria Marie James, also shared how her son struggled in school as a child and how the player used his own life experience to help improve the school's mission statement.

“You’ll hear from my mom in the documentary, who shares how much we both can relate to what these kids and their families are going through,” he said. “A lot of what we do at I Promise School is based on our experience and that’s what makes the connection so real. We have a mutual understanding of each other and what we’re going through, and I think that gives us all the drive we need to succeed for one another.”

Like many schools around the country, I Promise teachers are engaging with students on platforms like Zoom.

 

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Quibi, a new streaming service from Jeffery Katzenberg, founder and CEO of Dreamworks, officially launched Monday with original content from the likes of Ariana Grande, Keke Palmer, Lena Waithe and more.

Luckily for T-Mobile customers, Quibi is on the house for a full year. T-Mobile customers with two or more voice lines at standard rates on Magenta and ONE plans with taxes and fees included — along with discounted First Responder, Military and Magenta Plus 55 plans — or small business customers with up to 12 lines, can get Quibi (regularly $4.99) added to their plan for free.

Customers can sign up between now and July 7 to get Quibi on Us by going to mytmobile.com or the T-Mobile app for iOS or Android.

See the full list of shows on the platform here.

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Jeezy And Jeannie Mai Get Engaged

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai have taken their relationship to the next level.

PEOPLE has announced their engagement which occurred on March 27. The plan was for Jeezy to propose to Mai in her mother's native country of Vietnam in April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans were placed on hold but the “All There” rapper managed to bring a piece of Vietnam to their home in Los Angeles.

“Jeannie and Jay were set for a trip to Vietnam this April. What Jeannie didn’t know is that Jay was planning to propose,” Mai’s rep said to the publication. “Instead, Jay decided to bring Vietnam to Jeannie with a surprise quarantine date night in his home filled with Vietnamese food and decor.” In November 2018, Mai and Jeezy began to date after they met on the set of Mai’s talk show The Real.

Mai was previously married but split from her ex in 2017. Upon meeting Jeezy, she said it was an instant connection. “Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve," Mai said to the publication. "So because we have a mutual joy of having purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”

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