The cast of “Bobbi Kristina” says the film comes from “a place of love and respect”

Cast of “Bobbi Kristina”; Photo Courtesy of TVOne

It’s only been two short years since the untimely death of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Sunday, TV One will attempt to bring her tumultuous story to life with their original movie, Bobbi Kristina.

While the film’s expected to honor Bobbi Kristina’s legacy, it’s come under intense criticism from Bobby Brown.

Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, says she spoke to Brown.

“I did see Bobby and he let me know he wasn’t happy with us doing the film,” Fox tells ABC Radio.

“And my reaction to him was, ‘Bobby, give it a chance. Trust me. Knowing that the majority of the cast knows you — has respect and love for you and Whitney — we’re not going to do nothing to make you look bad.'”

Fox says Brown’s reaction was “him being a natural protective father.”

She says TV One also “reached out and communicated with him to look at the film.”

Hassan Johnson, who plays Brown in the film, agrees with Foxas, adding that Brown should understand that the film comes from “a place of love…and.. respect.”

“I came with all the sincerity and consideration in the world, for what Bobbi has been through, with the loss of his wife and his daughter,” Johnson explains.  

“So I just felt like it was a duty to do him some justice and to represent.”

For the youngest star of the film, Joy Rovaris, who plays Bobbi Kristina, the biopic was a “personal” project.

“I’ve always been such a Whitney fan that…it felt personal to me,” she explained.  

“I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything exploitative or that would shed a bad light.”

Bobbi Kristina airs Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET on TV One.

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Lionel Richie to receive Recording Artists Inspiration Award

Randy HolmesLionel Richie is having a moment.  He was just confirmed as one of the new judges on ABC’s reboot of American Idol, and now he’ll be receiving a prestigious award from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which provides assistance and education to actors, singers and other performers.

Lionel will be presented with the Recording Artists Inspiration Award at the Foundation’s second annual Patron of the Artists Awards, scheduled for November 9 in Beverly Hills.  Lionel is the award’s first recipient, recognized for his musical success as well as his charity work.

In a statement, actress JoBeth Williams, the Foundation’s president, says, “Lionel Richie is an American institution. We all know his beautiful music for which he’s been greatly honored, but even more than a legendary recording artist, Lionel is a man of tremendous compassion who’s deeply committed to helping others.”

Others being honored at the event include Oscar-winners Kate Winslet and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as Judd Apatow and Netflix executive Ted Sarandos.

Lionel will resume his Las Vegas residency on November 29 at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, and has an Australian tour kicking off in March of 2018.

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Jill Scott heats up CW's “Black Lightning” as Lady Eve

ABC/Randy HolmesFour-time Grammy-winner Jill Scott is set to show off her villainous side in the forthcoming CW series Black Lighting.

According to Billboard, Scott is set to play Lady Eve, a D.C. villain who becomes an adversary of the masked vigilante Black Lightning.

The new series, which is based on D.C. Comics characters, stars Cress Williams as Black Lightning.  

He’s a high school principal and father of two who has the superhuman ability to harness and control electricity.

Black Lightning‘s showrunner and executive producer, Salim Akil, offered his thoughts on why Scott was the perfect fit for the upcoming role.

“Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex,” he said in a statement to Billboard. “I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve.”

This is the latest project from Scott, who has also starred in such films as Why Did I Get Married? and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Her TV credits include guest roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the CW series Girlfriends

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Paris Jackson makes “People”'s 2017 Ones to Watch list

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicParis Jackson‘s resume includes landing on the covers of Rolling Stone and Vogue Australia, scoring a role in Lee Daniels‘ hit TV show Star and being named the ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Now, she’s scored a spot on People magazine’s Ones to Watch 2017 list.

Dubbed “The Legacy,” the 19-year-old daughter of late icon Michael Jackson tells People that she“realized it would be a shame to waste the platform I was given” after originally having career ambitions to become a “psychologist or a nurse at a psychiatric ward.”

She adds, “Having the ability to go into the acting and fashion world, I just figured, why not use that to make my platform bigger?”

“That way, instead of helping the world one by one with patients, I could help the masses.” 

Others on People‘s Ones to Watch list this year include black-ish star Marcus ScribnerThe Mayor star Brandon Michael HallBlack Panther actor Winston DukeThe Cleveland Show writer J LeeA Wrinkle in Time actress Storm Reid, and Justice League actor Ray Fisher

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Tyrese blames The Rock for delaying the Fast and Furious sequel

ABC/Jeff NeiraTyrese Gibson is calling out his Fast and Furious co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for delaying the franchise’s upcoming installment and “making [it] all about” him.

After Universal Pictures postponed the release date of Fast and Furious 9 from April 2019 to April 2020, Gibson suggested in an online post that the film’s delay was a result of Johnson’s potential Furiousspinoff, focusing on his character Luke Hobbs.

“#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” Gibson wrote on Instagram, captioning an image that announced the new F9 date.

He continued, “And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah… it’s about #TeamDwayne.”

Gibson concluded, “#3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #Baywatch? Guys guys just relax I’m just a passionate film critic.”

Tyrese’s comments comes after he offered The Rock some strong words concerning his potential Fast and Furious spinoff last month.

“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my Sprinter,” Gibson wrote in a since-deleted comment on Rock’s Instagram page that was captured by The Shade Room.

“I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages — #FastFamily is just that a family…….. We don’t fly solo.” 

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On “The Real,” Tina Campbell responds to backlash over her vote for Donald Trump

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGospel singer Tina Campbell continues to backlash from fans thanks to a recent interview with The Root in which she explains why she voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.  

She addressed the issue again on Thursday’s episode of The Real.

As previously reported, Tina’s sister Erica Campbell came to her defense on social media recently, telling fans to refer back to an open letter Tina wrote on Facebook at the beginning of the year, which details her reasons for supporting Trump.  

On Thursday’s The Real, both Tina and Erica appeared on the show, and Tina stated, “What I said is, if during your campaign what you said appealed to me and it appealed to my Christian values, more than the other candidate, then when it comes down to it, I chose based on my faith.”

She continued, “I didn’t really like either one of the candidates, if I could just be honest, but it was two people that had the chance of winning and so I voted based on my faith.”

“Do I agree with everything that’s being done and being said? No. Do I promote and advocate any of that? No. And do I choose to give any more of my time to anybody that has an opinion about my right to vote and who I vote for and what behind it? Not at all.” 

Tina went on to say that she is “upset with the things that [Trump]’s doing in this country” and established that in her Facebook letter. She also added, “I ain’t out campaigning for nobody but Jesus.”

You can watch a video of Tina Campbell giving her reasons for voting for Donald Trump on The Real‘s Twitter account

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Nick Cannon refuses to apologize to Catholic university that found his comedy routine offensive

ABC RadioNick Cannon says he’s not apologizing to a Catholic university in New Jersey after school officials called his comedy routine offensive.

Cannon, who preformed over the weekend as part of Georgian Court University’s homecoming festivities, tweeted University President Joseph R. Marbach‘s email that went out to staff and students about Cannon’s performance.

“I want to acknowledge out profound disappointment with Nick Cannon, the featured artist for this past Saturday’s comedy showcase,” the email reads.  

“Mr. Cannon blatantly disregarded the terms of our contract, and much of his act ran counter to what we stand for at GCU.”

The message continues: “While comedy often explores serious social issues in ways that are fun and thought-provoking, Mr. Cannon’s act crossed the line.”

“His words were offensive and do not represent our Mercy core values. For that, we are deeply sorry, and the university has demanded an official apology from the artist and his representatives.”

Cannon responded the the message in his tweet, writing, “I ain’t apologizing for S*** LOL… wait, I’m sorry your university doesn’t believe in freedom of speech!!!”

In a statement obtained by USA Today, Marbach elaborated on his comments, saying Cannon was asked to “avoid vulgarity and explicit sexual content in his performance.”

“Unfortunately, he repeatedly chose to ignore this request,” Marbach said in the statement.  

“Throughout his career, Mr. Cannon has appealed to a variety audiences on Nickelodeon, MTV, and NBC as well as Showtime. We planned on and trusted we were getting the NBC or MTV version of Mr. Cannon. We did not. That was unfortunate.”

Earlier this year, Cannon announced he was leaving America’s Got Talent after the network reportedly threatened to fire him over a racial joke he made during his Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot. 

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It's really happening: Tank and Leela James announce Savage x The Soul tour

Tank; Taj StansberryTank and Leela James are teaming up for a savage and soulful tour experience. 

The two are co-headlining the newly announced Savage x The Soul Tour, which kicks off November 13 at the Playstation Theater in New York City. 

Other stops are planned in cities like Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Memphis, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  

More information can be found on Tank and Leela‘s websites.   

The exciting tour news follows the release of both Tank’s latest album, Savage, and Leela’s new studio project, Did It For Love.  

Leela is also a survivor of Hurricane Harvey and hosted a special benefit concert in September to gather donations for others affected by the devastating storm.  

Here are the Savage x The Soul tour dates: 

11/13 — New York, NY, PlayStation Theater
11/14 — Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
11/15 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
11/17 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
11/19 — Chicago, IL, House of Blues
11/20 — Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
11/21 — St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
11/24 — Charlotte, NC, Liberty Hall at the Park Expo & Conference Center
11/25 — Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theatre
11/26 — Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
11/28 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
11/29 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
11/30 — San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theatre
12/1 — Shreveport, LA, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
12/2 — Houston, TX, Arena Theatre
12/6 — Los Angeles, CA, CA Belasco Theater
12/7 — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
12/8 — San Francisco, CA, Historic BAL Theatre 

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LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Meters among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Courtesy Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 class have been revealed.  

LL Cool J, Nina SimoneRufus featuring Chaka KhanSister Rosetta Tharpe and The Meters are all included on the list of 19 artists.  

Simone and Tharpe appear on the nomination ballot for the first time. 

Rage Against the MachineDire StraitsRadioheadJudas PriestThe Moody BluesKate Bush, Eurythmics, Bon JoviDepeche ModeMC5The CarsJ. Geils Band, Link Wray, and The Zombies have also been nominated. 

Referring to LL Cool J, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President & CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio that “nobody else can combine infectious beats with romantic verses” like the rapper.

He says LL “brought it to the masses in a really exciting way that grabbed fans across multiple genres. Not just the core hip hop fan.

“He’s influenced many artists today,” notes Harris. “It’s wonderful to see him back on the ballot. This is his fourth time.”

Starting today and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on December 5, you can vote for your favorites at  

The top five artists chosen by the public will make up a “fans’ ballot” that will be included with the other ballots.  

The final inductees will be announced in December.  

The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, and will air on HBO.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest
LL Cool J
The Meters
Moody Blues
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Link Wray
The Zombies 

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Chrissy Teigen says she and hubby John Legend are planning baby number two

ABC/Tyler GoldenChrissy Teigen isn’t one to hold back when it comes to sharing about her personal life with hubby John Legend.  

In the November issue of InStyle, the model reveals that the couple is trying for baby number two via in-vitro fertilization, which is also how their daughter Luna was conceived.

“The first little girl didn’t work, and then the second is Luna,” she explains.  

The outspoken TV personality also tells the magazine why her and John’s marriage is so rock solid.

“He is insanely patient and such a dork, and he loves seeing me happy, even if that means watching The Real Housewives of Dallas with me for two and a half hours. There’s a balance,” she explains.  

Chrissy adds, “If he’s watching MSNBC and is excited about something, then I’ve got to be in that realm.”  

The pair also aren’t afraid to poke fun at each other.  

In a video shot for InStyle, Chrissy says, “My husband makes fun of me because I will always watch a Zac Efron movie. I don’t think a lot of people know about my Zac crush.”

“Whenever there’s one of his movies on, I must watch it.” 

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