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Eve & Jill Scott Give Their Takes On Iggy Azalea's Imitation Game

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Their movie With This Ring premieres tonight on Lifetime, but first, stars Eve and Jill Scott stopped by Shade 45 to chop it up with host Sway Calloway.  And the duo provided much needed opinions (and side eyes) about the imitation game of rapper Iggy Azalea....since it's a hot topic these days.


Check out what they had to say inside....


There's been PLENTY of talk about blonde haired, blue eyed Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, now that she's being crowned the "Queen of Hip Hop" by mainstream entities who don't have the best track record when it comes to knowing what real hip hop even is. So it has folks feeling some type of way since so many true hip hop artists get ignored.  And Iggy seems to currently be the most visible personification of whitewashed hip hop.

Folks in the industry and out have offered up their opinions...especially when it comes to what some refer to as Iggy's imitaion game.  While there's obviously some people who love and buy her pop-style being paraded as rap, others say she's simply imitating and mocking what SHE thinks is black culture....and doing so with mediocre talent.

Iggy's even been said to have ripped off Eve and Gwen Stefani's "Let Me Blow Your Mind" with her and Charli XCX's "Fancy".  So what does Eve herself have to say about the cultural appropriation?

"I get it...I get that people may be upset about certain things.  Yeah, she's white.  But they grew up with our shit.   Hip hop is everywhere.  Every neighborhood, every country, every city.  It didn't just hit.  Yes, it's from us and it's our thing. She's representing a group of girls right now as well.  I think people right now are too quick to give too many accolades to new people.  That's the one thing I just can't stand.  Let her do her's not my cup f tea but she's representing for somebody."


Jill followed up with why she thinks Iggy's music sounds like a bite off her co-star:

"I think it's fair enough.  It's a little challenging for me because I come from the era that she pulls from.  To me, it's like a mixture between Da Brat and Eve the way that it sounds.  So that's a little challenging to me.  But I'm a mixture of [1940's jazz singer] Sarah Vaughan and five other things.  So somebody else that comes from that era, they looking at me like....she aiight.  So that's the only thing that stops me....because I know where that comes from."

"[Iggy's music] sounds like a big bite to me.  The tone of it."

Then Eve chimed in with the perfect breakdown:

"The blaccent.  Is that horrible?  A lot of people gonna get mad at that, say what you want, but f*** it.  I'm saying it in a sense that...she's from a different place. I've said this before, It would be dope to hear her with HER swag, what are you, who are you and what is that?  That's the only reason I say that.  [Australians] are so dope.  That's my only thing."

"I think she's fly, I think she's good to look at, I think she's a pretty girl, she has a dope body.  All of that is fine.  I just wish there was a little bit more of where she came from."


Check out the rest of the ladies' interview (the Iggy comments start at 8:15)...including why Eve REFUSES to go back to Philly with a London accent, Jill singing live, and more: 



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Photo: Sway's IG

Halle's OUT, Alexandra Shipp Takes Over As Young STORM In "X-Men: Apocalypse"

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Halle Berry's iconic role as 'Storm' in Marvel's X-Men franchise is being least for now.  Find out about Alexandra Shipp landing the role inside...

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and Drumline 2 star Alexandra Shipp just nabbed herself a new role.  And this one is on the big screen.

The upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, just got a slew of new stars due to a "younger" recast.  And Alexandra Shipp made the cut.

The 'Storm' female superhero, brought to the big screen by 48-year-old Halle Berry in the first X-Men movie in 2000 and the following 3 movies in the franchise, will now be played by a younger actress.  The reason being, according to writer Simon Kinberg, is that the prequel is set 20 years before.  So it only makes sense to cast the major comic book characters slightly younger than their original portrayers.

23-Year-Old Alexandra posted the above pic of her reaction to finding out the big news and said:

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We hear she was up against several young starlets, including KeKe Palmer.  But, as one would expect, not everyone is jumping for joy with the decision.  Folks have been going off on social media saying they're concerned about her acting abilities (based on her two recent tv movies).  Hmph.

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Photo: Alexandra's IG

Kanye West -- "I Don't Smile....Because It Makes Me Look Cool Not To!"

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Kanye West finally spoke on what folks have been wondering about for a while now.  Why is he so intent on scowling for the cameras?  He took the podium at the Daily Front Row's inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards recently to explain.  And it's all about the cool factor.  Check out his explanation on why he no longer smiles for the cameras inside...

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Kanye & Kim West were spotted arriving at Washington Dulles airport this morning ahead of tonight's BET Honors taping where Kanye is one of this year's honorees.   The twosome rolled in decked out in fur and their "camera scowls".

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But Kanye was all smiles, for once, at Thursday's The Daily Front Row's inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards.  While presenting an award to Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi, 'Ye explained his inspiration behind that glum look of his in photos.  And his refusal to smile for the camera is all thanks to  a history book he found in a Parisian flea market.

He says he was inspired by the images of the 1800s realism art movement....the the stars of the 80's who looked "cool" not cracking a smile in their vintage pics.

'Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything.

I looked at all these people's photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren't smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, "Why you not smiling?" and I think, not smiling makes me smile.'

He continued:

'When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn't look as cool.'

Well, the self-proclaimed king of cool should know, right?

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But every now and then, we get to see that big smile that made us a fan all those years ago.

Check out video below with a snippet of Kanye's intro speech (4:56), Ciara speaking on the carpet (3:01) and Kerry Washington presenting to Christian Louboutin (5:38):

Check out pics from the Awards HERE in case you missed them.


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