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*Director Gina Prince-Bythewood sat down with Shadow and Act’s Locked Down With, for a Q&A series with prominent Black content creatives.

During the session, she spoke about her acclaimed film “Love and Basketball” and how she sparred with the studio about the film’s rating over a sex scene between Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, Madame Noire reports. 

Prince-Bythewood said, “When we did it, I was very specific about what I wanted it to be. It’s a girl’s first time, Monica’s first time, I wanted it to be the fantasy…I kind of wanted to give a blueprint for boys and girls of what to expect. I wanted the reality of it.  Sanaa [Lathan] and Omar [Epps] were so dope in that scene, so protective of each other. They just gave the realness, especially just the looks that they were giving each other that said so much, which added organic humor to it which I loved.”

“When it came time to get our MPAA grade on it, they gave us an R, and it was because of that scene,” she continued. “Their argument was that the scene was too real, which is so bizarre–there’s no nudity whatsoever in it, there’s no grinding. So you’re giving me an R because it felt too real, but that was the whole point.”

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Prince-Bythewood trimmed the scene but the MPAA gave it an R rating again.

The director said she “felt attacked as an artist.”

But when she watches the scene today, “I don’t feel compromised at all,” she said. 

Prince-Bythewood also spoke about the real slap that Alfre Woodard delivered to Sanaa for one particular scene.

“We’re doing the scene and Alfre is fake-slapping [Sanaa]…and I was not getting the performance from Sanaa. We just kept trying and it wasn’t coming and finally Alfre came over to me privately and said, ‘Do you want me to hit her, really hit her?’ And in my mind, I was like ‘Yes,’ but then as a director I realized that if I said ‘Yes,’ then Sanaa would never be able to trust me as a director because I literally said, ‘Yes, harm you.’ So I told Alfre no, I couldn’t do that.

So they do the take again, and Alfre slaps her on the leg, to get the shock, and it just made  Sanaa laugh. So then they went one more time and I’m sitting at the monitor watching, and boom–Alfre slaps the hell out of Sanaa for real. I almost yelled cut which is so scary because that performance is in the movie. Sometimes I learned as a director get out of the way and let the actors in the scene feed off each other enough and give each other what they need and sometimes they know better what they need.”

Prince-Bythewood’s next project, “The Old Guard,” hits Netflix in July.

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Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee Expands from Radio to Television

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*Angela Yee, co-host of the ultra-popular national radio syndicated program “The Breakfast Club” can now also be seen on television.

Yee is host of her new television show, “Established with Angela Yee.”  The celebrity-interview driven program, which streams on Fox Soul, can be viewed on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

“I came up with the title ‘Established with Angela Yee’ because I really want to celebrate people’s wins and not make it about ‘gotcha’ interviews,” Yee told the NY Post.  “I want the interviews to be more about milestones and pivotal career moments.”

Yee’s first guest was Method Man, who she once worked with when she was an intern for Wu-Tang Clan.

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“I would describe my interviewing style as very conversational – it feels like you’re just kicking it,” Yee explains.  “I always have certain questions in my head and I always make sure I ask.”

Yee has a “wish list” of celebrities she would like to interview.  Lil Kim and Miss Elliot are at the top of the list.

In addition to her new television program, Yee owns Juice for Life, a juice bar in Brooklyn.  She also continues to co-host The Breakfast Club on Power 101.5 FM, with DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha God.  As far as her future on The Breakfast Club, especially when her contract is up for renewal next year, Yee won’t reveal her plans.

“The guys have all signed up and are ready to go so they’ll be there,” Yee says.  “It’s always ‘it is what it is’ during contract negotiation time.  I feel like sometimes I take on a lot, but I put.   100 percent in everything that I do.  I’m at the point of my life where I can do what I want.  I’m just a fan of seizing the moment.”

 

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Alicia Keys Announces Launch of Her MasterClass [VIDEO]

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*Alicia Keys has teamed with MasterClass to share her songwriting approach in an online-video class.

Keys’ class is available through the $180 annual subscription plan, which generally consists of more than 3 hours of lessons. The plan also gives users access to the full catalog of 90-plus classes.

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In the 19 video lessons, the 15-time Grammy winner will teach a class on songwriting and producing, in which she’ll share her philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy and vulnerability.

Shot in her personal studio, Keys will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano in the Live Room, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room. 

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“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” Keys said in announcing the class. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”

Watch the trailer for Keys’ MasterClass course. 

Other music classes on MasterClass include: Usher, Christina Aguilera, Timbaland, St. Vincent, Sheila E., Danny Elfman, Reba McEntire, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzhak Perlman, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer.

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Duchess Meghan Opens Up About Miscarriage: ‘I Tried to Imagine How We’d Heal’

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*Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, revealed in an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in July.

The former actress and wife of Prince Harry said the moment occurred while she was caring for her son Archie.

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp, and dropped to the floor while holding her son. 

“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

Meghan added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”

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“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote.

“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan continued.

The duchess is receiving an outpouring of love on social media, with author Elizabeth Day writing on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen and the Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about something that historically has given women so much pain, shame and trauma, is a game-changing step.

“I, and countless others, am so grateful to them. Beyond that, I simply want to tell them: I am so, so sorry.”

Prince Harry reportedly told the royal family about his wife’s miscarriage in the summer and they were “very supportive,” a royal expert says, Newsweek reports. 

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