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HBO’s ‘Mr Dynamite’ the Definitive James Brown Documentary? (Trailer)

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*Can you even count the number of James Brown specials you’ve seen in your lifetime?

On Monday, Oct. 27, HBO will add another one to the mix…and it just might be the granddaddy, or rather godfather, of all JB documentaries.

To make the case, here’s what HBO’s “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown” has working in its favor:

• An Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney, at the helm.
• Mick Jagger as a producer (fresh from producing the well-received James Brown biopic “Get On Up”).
• Never-before-seen footage, interviews and photographs.
• Interviews with Jagger, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Questlove, Melvin Parker, Chuck D, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins and Fred Wesley…to name a few.
• Perhaps most important, the documentary was made with the cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time.

Jagger, the Rolling Stones’ lead singer, explains why so many white musicians and rock bands in the 60s were influenced by James Brown:

Listen below:

“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown” premieres Monday (Oct. 27) at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Watch the trailer below:

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Probe Reveals UNC Academic Fraud in Afro-American Studies Dept.

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*More than 3,100 students – nearly half of them athletes – enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a ”shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina, reports the Associated Press.

Back in 2012, the NCAA hit the football program with scholarship reductions and a postseason ban following an investigation over improper benefits in 2010. However, the academic violations focused mainly on one tutor providing improper help to players on papers.

The NCAA said it reopened its investigation in June because new information was available. …and that info was centered on shenanigans that took place in the former African and Afro-American Studies department.

The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud in the African and Afro-American Studies department than previous investigations by the school and the NCAA, according to the Associated Press. The report found a systemic problem in the department that could lead to NCAA sanctions and possible dismissal of additional UNC staff.

The report outlined courses in the former African and Afro-American Studies department that required only a research paper that was often scanned quickly and given an A or B regardless of the quality of work.

The report reveals how the fraud ran unchecked for so long, as well as how faculty and administration officials missed or looked past red flags such as unusually high numbers of independent study course enrollments.

It said athletics staffers steered athletes to classes that also became popular with fraternities and other everyday students looking for an easy grade.

”By the mid-2000s, these classes had become a primary – if not the primary – way that struggling athletes kept themselves from having eligibility problems,” the report said.

The school hired Wainstein in February. Unlike previous inquiries by former Gov. Jim Martin and the school, Wainstein had the cooperation of former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro and retired office administrator Deborah Crowder – the two people blamed for the irregularities.

Nyang’oro was indicted in December on a felony fraud charge, though it was dropped after he agreed to cooperate with Wainstein’s probe. Crowder was never charged.

It was Crowder who started the paper classes as a way to help struggling students with ”watered-down requirements” not long after Nyang’oro became chairman of the curriculum in 1992, according to the report. Though not a faculty member, she managed the courses by registering students, assigning them topics and then handing out high grades regardless of the work.

By 1999, in an apparent effort to work around the number of independent studies students could take, Crowder began offering lecture classes that didn’t meet and were instead paper classes.

After her retirement in 2009, Nyang’oro graded papers ”with an eye to boosting” a student’s grade-point average, even asking Crowder’s successor to look up GPAs before he’d issue a grade for a course, according to the report.

Nyang’oro stepped down in 2011 as chairman after accusations of undetected plagiarism surfaced against a former football player.

In all, athletes made up about 47 percent of the enrollments in the 188 lecture-classified paper classes. Of that group, 51 percent were football players.

Wainstein’s staff reviewed records dating to the 1980s and interviewed 126 people, including men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, who said he trusted the school ”to put on legitimate classes,” according to the report.

Former basketball player Rashad McCants, who told ESPN in June that tutors wrote research papers for him and that Williams was aware that of no-show classes, didn’t respond to numerous requests for interviews, according to the report.

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Nicki Minaj Nodded Off Four Times During her GQ Interview

Nicki Minaj in the November 2014 issue of GQ Magazine

Nicki Minaj in the November 2014 issue of GQ Magazine

*Nicki Minaj just could not keep her eyes open during her interview for GQ magazine’s latest issue.

Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner said she met with the rapper in her dressing room at the Barclays Center in New York, but Minaj was apparently too tired to talk.

The article begins:

“Her eyelashes are even and delicate, like wisps from a dandelion, and I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen her without prosthetic versions. I have had plenty of time to search my memory, though, because here on this couch, in this room, during this interview, with me sitting next to her, Nicki Minaj has fallen asleep.”

The writer adds, “To be completely accurate, she never fell into actual REM sleep during our interview, but at four separate times she dozed off, her head jerking awake at just the moment it had started to dip. In between, she was what I could call low-key and reserved, because I am generous, but the picture looked like this: those eyelids, falling, falling over eyes that would cross momentarily, closing for a moment but staying too long – a blink that lasted a few blinks longer than a blink.”

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Pebbles Files $40M Lawsuit Against Viacom over TLC Biopic

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*After months of complaining that VH1’s TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” made her look less than honorable while managing the trio, Perri “Pebbles” Reid has finally taken legal action against the network’s parent company, Viacom, for what she called “many false and defamatory statements” made about her in the film.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Reid, who is also a singer and music executive, filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom on Friday, claiming the 2013 film portrays her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain,” and alleges that the network “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”

Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion, pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health, and giving them each only $25/week in allowance.

The suit also states that Reid never withheld the trio’s contract terms, and never controlled their lawyers or accountants, contrary to what is depicted in the film.

Since the movie’s record-breaking premiere last October — it proved to be VH1’s most-watched original movie of all time — Reid has spoken out against the biopic in numerous interviews. She has also released a statement on her website:

First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection. The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or misled anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.

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Zoe Saldana Ready to Retire the Word ‘Ethnic’ (Watch)

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*Zoe Saldana visited “The Queen Latifah Show” on Tuesday to discuss her role in “The Book Of Life,” as well as other business endeavors.

In August 2013, Saldana and her inked with Lionsgate Studios to develop Latino-themed content for TV and film. Since then, the siblings’ company , “Cinestar Productions,” produced NBC’s horror miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby” starring Saldana.

When asked by host Queen Latifah about why she feels passionate about creating opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood, the actress said it went beyond her own roots.

“I think it’s not just Latinos,” Saldana said. “It’s what kind of path I would like to create for myself in terms of the kind of world that I would want to be in. Now that I’m getting ready to start the most special passage of life, which is by becoming a parent, I want to be part of a world — or at least behave that way — that is equal, that is fair, that is even. So it’s not just with Latinos.”

“I cannot wait until the word ‘ethnic’ is erased from our everyday vocabulary,” the star added. “In America, everything that’s not ‘American’ is ethnic but outside of America everything that is American is ethnic. So in reality there’s no such thing as being darker or lighter, when in reality you’ve just been this way your whole life. Unless you’re comparing me to something, then I’m always going to be taller, smaller, skinnier, bigger or lighter or darker.”

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ScHoolboy Q Says Kathy Griffin is His Jumpoff (Watch)

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*Cue “The Odd Couple” theme song…only ScHoolBoy Q says his booty calls with comedian Kathy Griffin hardly makes them a couple.

During an interview Tuesday (Oct. 21) on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable,” the rapper claimed that Griffin, who will turn 54 next month, is his “secret lover.”

Hosts Bomani Jones and Dan Le Batard asked him if she’d also been with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown, who appeared on her short-lived Bravo talk show “Kathy” after the two had mentioned in an interview (with each other) several months earlier that they would want to have sex with her. (Watch below.)

During that Feb. 2013 “Kathy” broadcast (seen above), the duo participated in a game of sexual dice, in which a player tosses the dice and one die indicates a particular body part while the other die dictates an action. A$AP Rocky’s dice landed on “breast” and “suck.” The rapper immediately put his mouth on one of Griffin’s breasts and groped the other with his hand. In another instance, Danny Brown planted a big kiss on the talk show host.

ScHoolBoy Q was quick to mention that A$AP and Danny Brown’s flirtation with Kathy was for laughs, but claimed that he and Kathy are indeed friends with benefits.

“She hit me up, I come through, I spend the night–I don’t have to say what I do when I spend the night, and I leave. She ain’t tripping,” he casually stated.

Watch Q’s entire interview below.