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Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Lead 2015 BET Awards Nominations



Recording artist Nicki Minaj and DJ David Guetta perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Recording artist Nicki Minaj and DJ David Guetta perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada

*Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown lead this year’s list of 2015 BET Awards nominees with six nods each, followed by Beyonce and Lil Wayne follow with four apiece.

Common and John Legend’s Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the film Selma also received a nomination.

Iggy Azalea, who won a Billboard Award Sunday night, will battle her rap rival Azealia Banks for the title of Best Female Hip Hop artist.

On the TV side, “Empire” earned three acting nominations: Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard and, of course, Taraji P. Henson.

Here is the complete list of 2015 BET Awards nominees:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Janelle Monae
K. Michelle
Jhené Aiko

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Rich Gang
Rae Sremmurd
Young Money

Best Collaboration
August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – “No Love” (Remix)
Big Sean f/ E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown f/ Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common and John Legend – “Glory”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
J. Cole
Big Sean
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Dej Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “7/11” Big Sean f/ E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown f/ Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common and John Legend – “Glory”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams
Beyoncé, Ed Burke and Todd Tourso

Best New Artist
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Sam Smith

Best Gospel Artist
Donnie McClurkin
Erica Campbell
Hezekiah Walker
Tye Tribbett
Tamela Mann

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Jussie Smollett
Terrence Howard

YoungStars Award
Mo’ne Davis
Quvenzhané Wallis
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith

Best Movie
Beyond the Lights
Top Five
Think Like a Man Too

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Chris Paul
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Stephen Curry
Marshawn Lynch
LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Dej Loaf – “Try Me”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Nicki Minaj f/ Drake and Lil Wayne – “Only”
Rae Sremmurd f/ Nicki Minaj and Young Thug – “Throw Sum Mo”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Centric Award
Avery Sunshine – “Call My Name”
Jazmine Sullivan f/ Meek Mill – “Dumb”
Mark Ronson f/ Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Sam Smith f/ Mary J. Blige – “Stay With Me”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Best International Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
FKA twigs
Fuse ODG
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz
Mnek Stormzy

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EUR Exclusive | ‘Spells’ Omari Hardwick Will Have Your Feet Clutching! (Watch)



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*This Friday, Omari Hardwick (Marquis T. Woods) awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic in Paramount Pictures’ “Spell.

EUR reporter Fahnia Thomas talked to the actor about telepathy, parking lots and the subconscious mind.

FT: Clairvoyants and tarot cards – yea or nay?

OH: Nay, I don’t get down with it – it carries crazy energy. Words carry a lot of energy so there is no way tarot cards and Ouija boards don’t.

FT: What’s the last thing you manifested?

OH: I’m good at manifesting parking spots. For years Jae (Pfautch) has said, [jokingly] ‘Omari has slept with the parking attendant.’ I’ve guessed all three of the kids genders, we’ve never had a doctor tell us. But being a poet I don’t know if you have a little bit of that prophetic gift. For sure my career…a lot of it has been manifested by my energy and what I put out but there’s still a lot of craft and a lot of worth ethic.

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Omari Hardwick stars in ‘Spell’ (Paramount)

FT: What was it like on set working with Loretta Devine?

OH: What’s in a name…she’s Divine! Our previous relationship working on Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” connected us. Both of us come from [the theater world] and we have a level of respect for one another. It’s a beautiful thing to say you love someone and not in the proverbial [adolescent] ‘love you! Mean it!’ We were really on some like, ‘Yo, I love you!’ Her family was there and my family was there in South Africa. It was a big deal.

FT: What are your thoughts about fans who won’t let you get away from your James ‘Ghost’ St Patrick character?

OH: The subconscious is a very deep thing. Subconsciously we as a people [God bless us] aren’t as aware of how much we have needed to matter. I don’t get the same thing from my African, Haitian, Canadian or white fans. The fans who look like you and I…remind me of what we’ve had to endure [in America]…I think it comes from the fact they’ve never seen a person – no slight to what Wesley Snipes did for Nino Brown in “New Jack City” – who was such an anti-hero, hero. Ghost was loving, doting, a killer and a dreamer but he looked cool doing it. We made a white guy look like the bad guy…I guess, I nailed it enough to make people go so far subconsciously…why would we want to let him go? I forgive it. Does it frustrate me? Hell, yeah! But I forgive it!

For more details about “Spell” follow #watchspell or click here.

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Netflix’s ‘His House’ Stars Wunmi Mosaku & Sopẹ́ Dìrísù on Blending Horror and Political Asylum



His House

*“His House” is the new Netflix horror thriller that centers on a young refugee couple who make a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan to a small English town. While struggling to adjust to their new life, they discover an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

The film is the debut feature from British writer-director Remi Weekes. Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (AMC’s “Humans”) and Wunmi Mosaku (HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”) star as former bank employee Bol and his wife Rial, who undertake a terrifying journey through desert and sea to escape the war-torn country- losing their daughter along the way.

When they finally arrive in a British detention center, they receive temporary permission to stay in the U.K. until their asylum is granted. With restrictive rules not allowing them to take any employment, the couple soon learns that the horror of getting to their new home was just the beginning.

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EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe spoke with Dìrísù, Mosaku and Weekes about the film, what makes this project special.

Wunmi Mosaku: I thought the concept was genius. It really painted and actualized the horrors of the experience, and I had never really thought of it in that way. I had always thought of myself as someone who was open and liberal, that no person was illegal. But I hadn’t really opened myself to thoughts of all the emotions and the traumas and horrors that these people actually experience. And continue to live with in this new country that they find themselves in. Just kind of honoring that and paying homage to these really strong, but truly traumatized people that we don’t hear from regularly. We talk about them, but we don’t talk to them.

Dìrísù shared his thoughts on how this film shows that couples are stronger together, no matter their issues.

Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù: I think that couples are stronger together. I think that it’s easier to overcome your individual battles when you have a strong partner with you… I hope that’s something someone takes away from the film, just to talk to their life partner. Try not to shoulder all the burdens of the world by yourself.

Director Remi Weekes explained why he wanted to combine the genre of horror with the real-life challenges that many immigrants face.

Remi Weekes: When I was developing this project, I did lots of research. Something that I found fascinating was that in this country (England,) when you are claiming asylum, the government will give you a house but you’ll be forced to follow rules to have it. For example, you can’t leave, you can’t work, and you’re given very little money. For asylum seekers, it can be a very re-traumatizing moment to be stuck in the house and living with your demons. That was the geneses of the film.

The film is available on Netflix from October 30.

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Babysitter in ‘Borat 2’ Feels ‘Betrayed’ After Being Tricked to Appear in Sequel, Launches GoFundMe



Borat Babysitter

*A professional babysitter who makes an appearance in “Borat 2” claims she was tricked into participating in the film and now she feels betrayed. 

Jeanise Jones, 62, was recruited for the comedy to babysit Tutar (Maria Bakalova), the 15-year-old daughter of Borat (played by Sacha Baron Cohen). She is tasked with teaching Tutar about modern women of the world, and that females are not born to be uneducated servants and slaves (how ironic a Black woman was hired for this lesson). Jones also encourages Tutar not to undergo plastic surgery purely at her father’s behes. 

Jones thought she was signing up to appear in a film about women’s rights. She had no idea Baron Cohen was a world-famous comedian when she was asked to participate in the mockumentary. She also believed Tutar was on her way to being sold into the sex trade, MSN reports. 

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“I’m feeling like she’s from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women,” Jones told Page Six. “I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it.”

She continued: “They told me it was a documentary for this young lady to understand she has rights and she can do whatever a man can do. I felt pain for her and tried [to see] if there’s any way we can get through to her that she doesn’t need to do all that.”

Jones was found by the “Borat 2″ production team through the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in which she volunteers. She was paid $3,600 to participate in the film. 

She now claims to be out of work due to the COVID pandemic and her pastor has launched a GoFundMe campaign

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Jones said that she did not “know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being ‘setup.'”

In an interview with the New York Post, Jones said she felt “betrayed.”

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