*We haven’t heard much from Chris Rock lately, but that’s because he’s busy actually working. This month, he’s the guest editor for Vibe magazine and is working on a film.
In an interview with the publication, he revealed he’s working with Tyler Perry and Eddie Murphy and deemed his latest project the “correct” way to make a Black film.
The movie is called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” starring J-Lo and himself. He plays the role of a responsible single father who actually takes pride in caring for his child.
Other projects include a film about a Black family that takes a skiing trip, but he warns he’s not into the stereotypes.
“I don’t feel like doing a movie that would be the Hollywood version of Black people skiing. A brother going down the mountain with bacon strips on his sneakers.”
As far as declaring what a real Black movie is, he says its one of those things that’s been up for debate.
“[Coming to America] is real Black. But Eddie Murphy has this thing where he can cross over without [selling out]. What is Blacker than John Amos with two daughters in Queens? Just the character, an African prince. That shit is really Black, but the way they executed it was brilliant. Nutty Professor is another one. What’s Blacker than that family at the table? But at the same time, you have the family dynamic. They emphasized that there’s all these different characters in the family. That’s how real families are. We got loud people, quiet people and we’re all kinda all in it together. Nutty Professor is the Blackest movie I’ve ever seen in my life. But Eddie Murphy, he’s like an old-time performer. It’s all about satisfying multiple groups of people. Eddie is from a time where we only had nine or 15 channels on TV. And if you came up in that show business, you couldn’t be like some of these niche performers. You really had to make everybody laugh. It’s not enough to be good in the ’hood. If there’s only nine channels, there are no hood channels; so many people are going to be seeing me. All that to say is Eddie Murphy is from that era, and so am I.”
Interesting. Read the full interview at Vibe.
*Lisa Wu-Hartwell recently spoke with vibe.com about her time with “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” her book and domestic violence. She said the first season of the show was a hit because it was real, raw, and untainted. But as the show became more popular, producers began to create drama and turned the ladies into characters.
“Our ratings—we were killing everybody so it’s like we gotta stay on top so they had an idea of where they want their characters to go and they forget that we’re not characters in a show we’re real people living our lives,” she told vibe.com. “And sometimes people want to turn you into a character of your former self and I’m just not willing to perform or create something that isn’t there.”
Wu-Harwell said the show became too much of a competition and a chess game, so she decided to get out of it.
“They have an idea of who they want you to be and you can only take that for so long and that’s why I said it’s time to go because I’m not willing to compromise my integrity. It’s like all Black people don’t act this way and it’s unfortunate that we feed into those stereotypes sometimes. I understand you don’t want to watch paint dry. I get it. But it’s a fine line between performing and acting a’fool. I had very real moments, I got upset on the reunion show but at the end of the day there’s a time and a place for everything.”
She has a book coming out Nov. 1 entitled “When the Cake is Made.”
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*He may be in prison, but Lil Wayne’s career continues roll freely with the scheduled release of a new EP in the fall.
His co-manager and Young Money CEO Cortez Bryant told Vibe.com the digital release, titled “I’m Not A Human Being,” will feature new material and preview “The Carter IV,” his full-length follow-up to the February release “Rebirth.”
“I’ll probably drop it on his birthday, September 27,” Bryant said, adding that it won’t be the usual release accompanied by long promotional and marketing lead-ups.
“We not about to roll out no three month set up,” he said. “I’m not even putting it out in stores. We just gonna put it out virally and maybe package it up for Christmas. Give ‘em a hard copy later for fan appreciation.”
Lil Wayne has been serving out his one-year prison sentence at New York City’s Rikers Island since March, after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon in connection with a gun found on his tour bus after a 2007 New York concert.
*In her blog on Vibe.com, Brandy comes clean about the romance rumors surrounding her relationship with “Get Low” rapper Flo Rida, particularly in light of paparazzi pictures showing the two cuddled up at her 31st birthday bash in February.
“I’ve seen the photos of me and Flo Rida,” Brandy writes. “I don’t want to say that we’re a couple. I can definitely say that he’s somebody in my life and I’m definitely interested but I’m not serious with anybody. I’m a little bit afraid to give my heart away right now. It’s very scary.”
One reason for the hesitation is her 7½-year-old daughter, Sy’rai, from her marriage to producer Robert Smith that ended in 2003.
“My daughter hasn’t seen me with anybody in five years,” she writes. “I’m very, very selective when it comes to that because I want to make sure that it’s real. I don’t want her to see me with just anybody because she means everything to me.”
So, what is Brandy looking for in a potential beau?
“You have to be a strong guy to be in a committed relationship,” Brandy writes. “If you’re not ready for that, then don’t tell me that you are. Be honest with a girl … Don’t tell somebody they’re your girlfriend and then you go out and act like you don’t have a girlfriend. That’s not right.”
While admitting her own reluctance to take the leap, Brandy gave some encouraging advice to her fans.
“I’m scared to give my heart away,” she wrote. “I don’t know where to find a good guy. I just think that they’re around and I think you have to be good and at some point you’ll attract that. I really believe that. First, people should stop looking. The looking thing does not work. Just let love find you.”
Brandy’s blog coincides with last night’s premiere of her new VH1 reality series “Brandy and Ray-J: Family Business.”