Looks like Spike Lee’s new controversial film Chiraq is starting to shape up in Chicago. Peep pics of Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, LaLa Anthony and more around the Windy City inside….
Although Spike Lee’s upcoming film Chiraq has drawn some criticism and backlash recently, it appears the movie has started production in Chicago.
Production assistant Anya Adams snapped a pic of The Butler star John Cusack, Expendables 3 star Wesley Snipes and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon gathered a few days ago at the very first table read for the upcoming flick about the violence that plagues Chicago.
A few weeks ago, the Oscar nominated director spoke during a news conference at St. Sabina Catholic Church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood to address the backlash and rumors circulating about his film. In short, he said,
“Everything I’ve done has led up to this film,” Lee said, adding a simple overall message: Don’t prejudge the film, whatever it may depict or be titled.
“I love Chicago, you know,” he said. “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first. This is not a joke, this is not a game,” he said, “this is real life and death, and that’s the way we are going to approach this.”
There haven’t been many details about the film, but we have heard rumors of who may star in the film. And recently, a few of them have been posting up flicks while out and about in Chicago:
"Power" star LaLa Anthony has been rumored to star in the film and she was spotted in Chi-town over the weekend with friends, including Derrick Rose's baby's mother Mieka Reese.
Nick Cannon has been posting up shots from the Windy City. A few days ago, he said, "Nothing but love on the Southside of Chicago yesterday. The youngsters held me down! #rockyourdrop #ChicagoStandUp"
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is also rumored to have signed up for the film. Last week, J-Hud made a visit to her alma mater Dunbar Vocational High School in Chi-town:
A few other YBF folks are rumored to be on the set, including Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Common and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey).
There have also been a few celeb sightings around the city. According to the Chicago Tribune, The Game and Trey Songz were partying (separately) at Studio Paris nightclub inside Paris Club Bistro & Bar on May 16th, Chance the Rapper dined at Lou Malnati’s on May 17th and former president Bill Clinton had lunch at Joe Fish on May 18th.
The 8th Annual Television Academy Honors at Montage Beverly Hills was held yesterday where the cast of Black-ish accepted an honor. See photos inside...
Yesterday, The 8th Annual Television Academy Honors were held at the Montage Beverly Hills. And our newest fave tv family was front and center:
Tracee Ellis Ross was among the celebs in attendance as her hit ABC series "Black-ish" was honored as one of six programs that have used their influence to cause cultural shifts.
Speaking of cultural shifts, in the latest issue of THR, Tracee shares the cover with several powerful women of Hollywood whom all opened up about expectations and limitation often places on actresses. During one candid moment, Dr. Ross (she received an honorary doctorate from Brown University) shared her thoughts on women knowing their worth.
"I was raised by a woman [singer Diana Ross] who has high standards for what she's worth, which has been called 'diva behavior.' I have witnessed flagrant, disgusting behavior, and that is not my mother. There is a way to be a woman, ask for what we deserve and be able to negotiate."
Tracee's co-star Yara Shahidi came out to share the show's honor with the cast. The YBF chick is also flossing her modeling skills lately. The talented teen recently signed on as the face of cousin Destiny Jones's lip gloss line Lipmatic. Check out their photoshoot here.
Miles Brown is about to steal the crown as Hollywood's most adorable child actor. He always looks like he's stepped straight out of a GAP Kids ad.
Rounding out the cast, actors Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner were also on hand to celebrate the show's success and honor.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, shown above with wife Dr. Rainbow Edwards-Barris, accepted the show's honor on behalf of the cast. The show was recognized for taking on child discipline methods in the episode 'Crime and Punishment.'
Kenya, who created the show based on his own life and experiences, opened up about the episode (and how it showcased a cultural shift) during a post-awards show interview saying,
'We had to tell it (the story) because I do think there's a general -- whether it's apocryphal or not -- notion that black families spank, and I wanted to talk about it,'
Kenya revealed that 11 of the show's 12 writers admitted to being spanked as kids but none of them spank their children. "That was kind of the basis for how we got an interesting story out of it," he revealed.
Chile, somebody introduced our parents' besties-in-their-heads to Twitter....and now veteran beef is popping off between singers Anita Baker and Cheryl Lynn. Plus, it looks like there’s trouble in paradise for R&B singer Tiffany Evans and her husband Lorenzo Henderson after a few years of marriage. Chick took to her Instagram and pulled his card for cheating on her! Deets inside…
Get y'all aunties! Last night, "Got To Be Real" legend Cheryl Lynn came for her frenemy Anita Baker....and she blasted her former friend in front of the whole Twittersphere.
According to Cheryl, Anita has been acting brand new with her after decades of friendship. And the nail in the coffin is when Anita BLOCKED her on Twitter.
Read from the bottom up:
Anita -- who likely didn't see any of Cheryl's tweets since she's BLOCKED and all -- must have gotten the gist from a friend. She responded this morning saying:
This is why they should have never given y'alls aunties Twitter.
In other social media blastings:
It appeared R&B songstress Tiffany Evans, who’s currently making a comeback on the music scene, was all wrapped up in love since secretly marrying her husband Lorenzo Henderson in 2010 then giving birth to their baby girl Adalia Sarai Henderson in 2012. But apparently, everything has not been all peaches and cream in their relationship.
Back in 2012, the “Promise Ring” singer (who was once managed by Mathew Knowles) gushed to Essence magazine about being head-over-heels in love with Lorenzo and how excited she was to give birth to her baby girl. She said,
“I've been married for two years. He is the love of my life and I love him very much. His name is Lorenzo. He's a really a cool guy and we're expecting something else as well – our first child together. I am six months pregnant. No one has seen me and I've been waiting the proper time to say something about it. I'm so happy and I'm so excited and I'm having a girl. It's so big and wonderful to me. It's an amazing experience and I wish guys could go through this. It's life changing.”
Well…things have changed since then. Apparently, Lorezno has been creeping behind Tiffany’s back (on numerous occasions) and she’s FED up. Chick took to her Instagram to air out her frustrations accusing her husband of CHEATING on her. Not only that, it appears there was/is a love triangle between her husband, some chick named Naeemah (who may possibly be married herself) and one of her husband’s friends! Chile….
Here’s what she said:
“All 3 of yall can keep yall lil love triangle yall got going on. The shit is sick. As a married woman, you shouldn’t fuck with nobody’s husband, regardless of what those people are going through, and you should be really ashamed as well as you men. You run around claiming love your wife as Christ love the church but steady doing the opposite. I’ve been dealing with this sh*t a long time and I have been hurt badly and I have tried to keep my f*ckin’ dignity through it all. But hoes will be hoes. Even when you’re sincerely kind to them. Nobody cared when I was pregnant with Adalia about any of the shit that they were doing to me or had to endure dealing with dumbass Lorenzo and this b*tch Naeemah. Now you can add his friend to your list of people you’ve f*cked. I’ve been nice and I have been quiet. I don’t give a f*ck about what none of yall think of me for this, try to cuss me out, say I’m wrong. I don’t care. F*ck them and f*ck all yall who have a sorry a** opinion because you don’t know any of the sh*t I’ve been through these past years with this bullsh*t. This is the one time I exposed it. Since everybody want to hide and hold secrets and sh*t, ima expose it and move the f*ck on and write a f*ckin song about [it].”
What a mess! But on the flip side, it does make for good music material. In January, she released a new video "Baby Don't Go,” starring former “Scandal” star Columbus Short (Check it out HERE). We can only imagine what her next musical offering will be like.