*Will Smith‘s rep has responded to reports that he gave singer August Alsina a “blessing” to have an affair with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation. Due to the transformation from their marriage to [a] life partnership that they spoken on several times, and not involving romanticism, he gave me his blessing,” August said in an interview with Angela Yee.
Will‘s rep told The Sun that this report is “wrong.” Jada‘s rep previously released a statement that the claims are “absolutely not true.”
Meanwhile, Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ film about slavery has landed at Apple Original Films after a massive bidding war.
Warner Bros, Apple, MGM, Lionsgate and Universal were reportedly battling it out at the virtual Cannes Film Festival over the world rights to the film.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, “Emancipation” stars Will Smith as a real-life historical figure named Peter, who was a “runaway slave forced to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey North where he joined the Union Army,” per Deadline.
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Apple bought the project for $105 million, outbidding seven other entities, according to the LA Times:
Here’s more from the outlet:
The period drama, based on a script by William N. Collage, will star Smith as Peter, a fugitive from slavery on a harrowing journey north from Louisiana. The character is modeled after Gordon, or “Whipped Peter,” an enslaved person who emancipated himself from a Southern plantation and joined the Union Army.
In 1863, photos taken of Gordon during an Army medical examination appeared in the Independent and in the July 4 issue of Harper’s Weekly. Known as “The Scourged Back,” one image shows Gordon’s bare back, mutilated by a whipping delivered on the plantation of enslavers John and Bridget Lyons.
The widely shared portrait served as photographic evidence of the cruelty and inhumanity of slavery in America, further fueling the abolitionist movement.
Fuqua noted that the photograph was “the first viral image of the brutality of slavery that the world saw,” which is interesting, when you put it into perspective with today and social media and what the world is seeing, again. You can’t fix the past, but you can remind people of the past and I think we have to, in an accurate, real way. We all have to look for a brighter future for us all, for everyone. That’s one of the most important reasons to do things right now, is show our history. We have to face our truth before we can move forward.”
Peep the infamous photo via the Twitter embed above.
The film will channel that historical background to take viewers on thrill ride with Peter as he escapes his captors.
Jodie Turner-Smith Opens Up About 4-Day Labor Journey: ‘I Was Fatigued’
*Jodie Turner-Smith is opening up about her four day labor experience at her Los Angeles home in April.
In an essay for the September issue of British Vogue, the actress reflects on her pregnancy journey and welcoming her first child, a daughter, with actor Joshua Jackson.
“Every stage of my pregnancy brought its own challenges and lessons,” she said. “Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you’re actually doing it.”
Turner-Smith and Jackson opted for a home birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to the “negative birth outcomes for Black women in America.”
“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism,” she says.
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“We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice,” she explained. “Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support.”
Turner-Smith says she spent nearly four days in labor in late April.
“Early in the morning on my third day of labour, my husband and I shared a quiet moment. I was fatigued and beginning to lose my resolve. Josh ran me a bath, and as I lay in it contracting, I talked to my body and I talked to my daughter,” she shared. “In that moment, he snapped a picture of me. An honest moment of family and togetherness — a husband supporting a wife, our baby still inside me, the sacred process of creating a family.”
The “Queen & Slim” star then praised her husband for supporting her throughout the pregnancy.
“It made me realize how lucky and privileged I am to have a partner willing to follow me around the world, supporting me while I did my job,” she wrote.
“Both of us had watched our own mothers struggle to raise children without such support. Both of us were determined to create something for ourselves,” she said of Jackson. “He kept saying to me, ‘There’s no part of this that I’m going to miss.’ “
Now, the new mother is thinking about her daughter’s future.
“Sometimes I wonder how I will explain to my daughter what it meant to be born in the year 2020. The historic events, the social unrest, and me — a new mother just trying to do her best,” she said. “I think I will tell her that it was as if the world had paused for her to be born. And that, hopefully it never quite returned to the way it was before.”
Read her full essay here.
Larry Wilmore Announces Late-Night TV Return with New Show on NBC’s Peacock
*Comedian Larry Wilmore is set to lead a weekly show on NBC’s new streaming platform Peacock. The streamer has ordered 11 episodes set to premiere in September.
“I’m honored to have the chance to not only be back on television but to partner with the great team at Peacock,” said Wilmore in a statement, THR reports. “Apparently there’s a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I’m happy to have a place in the conversation.”
This marks his first return to hosting since Comedy Central canceled “The Nightly Show “in 2016.
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Wilmore also announced the news in a Twitter feed, captioning Peacock’s official announcement with “I’M BAAAAAACK!!!!!”
His new series will feature conversations with influencers in entertainment, sports, and politics.
The show joins the previously announced “Amber Ruffin Show,” which Peacock has ordered nine episodes set to premiere in September.
Said Ruffin of her series, “Having a late-night show on Peacock is so exciting! We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”
Here’s more from THR:
The Amber Ruffin Show will feature her signature smart and silly take on the week’s news, and no matter what’s happening in the world, she’ll respond to it with a mix of seriousness, nonsense and evening gowns.
Wilmore’s untitled show will feature the host having real conversations with high-profile people from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment. Each episode will cover the election and engage in the important conversations of the week and be funny, sometimes serious, potentially awkward and definitely honest.
NBC announced Peacock’s late-night television programming during the company’s virtual panels for the CTAM Press Tour.
Rohan Marley Apologizes to Daughter After She Opens Up About Having ‘Daddy Issues’
*Rohan Marley has apologized to his daughter Selah for ‘any contributions’ his ‘arguing’ with her mother Lauryn Hill – coupled with his absence- may have had in her life.
Selah, 21, criticized her parents in a Instagram Live stream on Monday (August 10), during which she opened up about the “trauma” she endured as a child with her “angry” mother and daddy issues. At one point, she tells fans that she would Google what it was like to have a father.
“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”
Rohan, the son of Bob Marley, is apologizing for his behavior via a statement released through his rep, Hollywoodlife.com reports. “Selah’s expression on Instagram is a healing process for her,” he said. “I’m very happy that she is fearless in her expression.”
“I love her very much and do apologize for any contributions I may have added by arguing in front of her as a child,” he continued in the statement. “I’ve grown as a man, a spiritual being and a father. I am constantly growing and will teach my children to always take the higher road in any disagreements. I will be there for her no matter how many hours, days, months or years it will take. I will be the best Dad that I can be. One Love.”
Selah followed up with an Instagram Live chat on Aug. 11, in which she defended her parents from critics.
“My mother is a human, she’s not a perfect person but I’m not going to feed off all the negativity,” she said. “In the past 10 years she’s healed so much and I’ve watched her evolve and the same thing with my father. I mean he did some BS lately but my father, he’s healing as well. I came on and saw how the media misconstrued what I said, that is why I came on live it was a one dimensional narrative.”
She also explained that she’s now very close with her mom.
“Me and my mother are very close. She’s texting me as we speak,” she said. “Anger is a secondary emotion for sadness. I think for me growing up, remember I grew up with all brothers, so I’m like we’re fighting, we are fighting so I just learned how to be tough, I was always tough. So now coming back I’m learning how to cry again. Learning how to forgive is a big one, learning how to love, learning how to not be angry. And what I’m even learning now is how many walls I put up.”
Lauryn and Rohan dated from 1996 until 2008 and have five kids together. Lauryn also has a child from another relationship.
Scroll up and watch Selah share her story via the YouTube clip above.
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