Lee Daniels Talks to Haute Living Mag on Philanthropy, Star and How He’s Building an Empire
Within five minutes of meeting Lee Daniels, you realize that the guy is a giver. Yes, we do mean in the philanthropic sense, but his generosity is more than mere largesse. When he gives anything—be it his time, attention or advice—he gives it fully. He is completely present, wholly engaged and always, without a doubt, one hundred percent himself. That said, Lee Daniels will also—if the situation calls for it—give you hell.
Let’s recap Lee’s successes: he is a two-time Academy Award-winning director who also produced Monster’s Ball, a film that made history for making its star, Halle Berry, the first African-American to win a Best Actress Oscar. He later became the cocreator, executive producer, writer and a director of Empire, one of the hottest shows on television. Even more impressively, Daniels reached Hollywood all on the strength of sheer will.
Seriously, his story could have been scripted. He grew up in Philadelphia before moving to St. Charles, Missouri, to attend college at Lindenwood University. Then, when he couldn’t afford film school after graduating, Daniels moved to California and began working as a receptionist in a nursing agency. If you’re a fan of the musical Annie Get Your Gun, you’ll remember the lyrics, “Anything you can do, I can do better / I can do anything better than you.” Well, that’s Lee Daniels to a T. He soon realized he could start his own agency and, by the tender age of 21, had a company with over 5,000 affiliated nurses. He then segued from nurses to actors and became both a casting director and manager. Monster’s Ball was, unbelievably, his first production effort and the rest, as they say, is history.
Daniels would agree that he’s living the dream—he’s matter-of-fact about his success and doesn’t pussyfoot with humble platitudes—but, because of it, he also feels a strong sense of purpose to create similar opportunities for those who remind him of who he used to be: a kid with hustle from the streets of Philadelphia.
Then again, it seemed almost predestined that he would work with Ghetto Film School (GFS), an award-winning nonprofit known for its unique approach to film-making. The organization plucks up-and-coming filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and gives them the tools to accomplish their goals through a pre-professional narrative filmmaking program, as well as an early career support network for those already working in creative industries.
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#RHoA: OOOPS! Ex-Wife Puts Kandi Burruss on Blast
Kandi Burruss' storyline on season nine of The Real Housewives of Atlanta focuses on the nonexistent relationship between Kandi's 13 year-old daughter Riley and Riley's father, Russell 'Block' Spencer.
Now Block's ex-wife explains why Kandi knew exactly what she was getting into...
The woman, who asked not to be named, tells Radar Online Kandi was Block's side-chick and that Riley was conceived during Kandi and Block's three month affair.
The ex, who was with Block for 25 years, also claims Kandi was one of four other women Block was messing with at the time and that Kandi was fully aware Block was married.
She also claims Kandi is just using Block for a storyline.
Stream it! John Legend’s New Album ‘Darkness and Light’
As we enter into the last month of 2016, John Legend has shared his Darkness and Light.
Since his last album, 2013’s Love In The Future, the R&B crooner has won an Oscar and ventured into film and television with multiple successful projects. Now, after a tumultuous year the singer-songwriter delivers his fifth and possibly most personal LP.
Executive produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes), the 12-track album takes a page from the days of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, spreading love while addressing the current climate of our world. Chance the Rapper guests on “Penthouse Floor,” Miguel joins John on “Overload,” and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes appears on the title track.
The new father also dedicates the touching ballad “Right by You (for Luna)” to his young daughter Luna.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Legend explained his intention with the album. “If you follow me on Twitter, you know I have a point of view,” he said. “I want to do the same with my art. I want to contribute to the conversation.”
Stream Darkness and Light HERE
New Hip Hop New Music: Juelz Santana feat. Bobby Shmurda, Dave East, & Rowdy Rebel – ‘Time Ticking’
It’s a New York party on Juelz Santana’s single “Time Ticking” featuring Dave East, Bobby Shmurda, and Rowdy Rebel.
With Jahlil Beats’ horns blaring, Rowdy and Bobby go back and forth on the hook while Santana puts Instagram in perspective.
“I come from hand-in-hands and the bundles stashed,” raps the Dipset spitter. “Fell in love with flippin’ ‘grams and what come with that / Y’all in love with Instagram and them double taps / Finger on the trigger, you won’t like it when I double tap.”
Elsewhere, Dave recalls his days in court while shouting “Free Rowdy, free Bobby.”
Speaking of “Time Ticking,” the track comes nearly two months after Bobby and Rowdy were officially sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to 4th-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon and 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession. Due to time served, the pair may be out in five years.
Listen to “Time Ticking” HERE
Ladies, Guess what? Rick Fox Joins ‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 in Recurring Role
Following its highly successful freshman run, Greenleaf is set to add more star power to its upcoming second season.
OWN announced today that Rick Fox has joined the season two cast in a recurring role.
Per Deadline: Fox will play Darius Fox, a handsome reporter covering the latest round of scandals at Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, with a liking to sandbagging high church officials in the parking lot, hoping to pressure them into blurting out something memorable.
Congratulations, Rick! The megachurch drama is set to return in spring 2017.
HEY FELLAS! Christina Milian leaves little to the imagination as she wears nipple pasties and white panties under a sheer mesh gown at NYC event
This time Christina Milian pulled out all the stops as she turned heads at the #CurveYourReality Launch in New York City.
The 35-year-old opted to leave very little to the imagination as she wore a sheer mesh gown to the event.
Christina sported some nipple pasties and a pair of large white underpants to protect her modesty.
Completing her attire was a pair of sparkling earrings and open toe silver heels.
OH? Chris Brown Calls Out Fake Gang Members: You industry n*ggas ain’t no threat!
Chris Brown Calls Out Fake Industry Gang Members: You industry n*ggas ain't no threat!
Chris Brown is calling out what he refers to as fake thugs and gang members. The 26-year-old singer posted an Instagram message venting about how irritating it is to witness fake blood and crips in the industry, who aren’t really about that life. See his message below.
P.S. We wonder whom he’s referring to…..Stay Tuned!
Corey Clark Testifies About his Affair with Paula Abdul Affair!
Former American Idol contestant Corey Clark testifies about his secret affair with American Idol judge Paula Abdul in his lawsuit against E! ...
From The Daily Mail: Former American Idol contestant Corey Clark was questioned under oath during a deposition about his alleged affair with Paula Abdul in the latest installment of his lawsuit against E! Television network.
At one point in the deposition, Clark even compares the pop star to abolitionist Harriet Tubman, saying that Abdul was 'helping people she wasn't supposed to be helping', according to court documents exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com. In 2013, Clark sued E! Over the E! True Hollywood Story episode that focused on Abdul.
SWV, Fat Joe, Case, Jon B, After 7 Among Acts Slated for New ‘Unsung’ Season
The network’s longest-running show will also profile artists Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister and After 7.
SWV will kick things off on Jan. 4, followed by Fat Joe (Jan. 11), Jon B. (Jan. 18), Lenny Williams (Jan. 25), Case (Feb. 1), Dave Hollister (Feb. 8) and After 7 (Feb. 15). A special tribute to James Brown (Feb. 22) — featuring actor Chadwick Boseman of the Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Full Force and Kwame, among others — will complete the season’s eight-episode run.
“Unsung’s in-depth first-person interviews, the participation of family and friends, the attention to detail invested into sharing each artist’s story and, of course, the music are the staples that have made this series ‘must-see TV,’” says TV One president Brad Siegel. “After 129 episodes and nine seasons, ‘Unsung’ is still TV One’s most anticipated series.”
The series is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams.
Watch the Unsung season 10 teaser HERE
Former Bears RB Rashaan Salaam Found Dead In Colorado Park, Suspected Suicide
1994 #Heisman Trophy winner #RashaanSalaam, was found dead in a park in #Boulder, Colorado. Salaam was 42-years old. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly, there was no foul play. There are speculations that his death was suicide. However, the official cause of death is still under investigation.
“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” said Salaam’s mother, Khalada Salaam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to #CNN, Salaam was found in Eben B. Fine Park on Monday, a little before 9 p.m.
“He had a happy heart. I loved being around him,” former Colorado Coach Bill McCartney told CUBuffs.com. “He didn’t take himself too seriously, and he always credited those around him, especially his offensive line. What I liked about him is that he had a sparkle in his eye. He was upbeat and positive.”
As a junior, the star athlete led the Buffaloes to a No. 3 finish nationally in 1994. He won the Heisman Trophy with ease as he rushed for 2,055 yards. Though Salaam only played 33 games in his pro career, he made history as the youngest #NFL player to reach 1,000 yards rushing. Picked in the 1st round by the #ChicagoBears, Salaam was also voted NFC Rookie of the Year in 1995. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our prayers and condolences go out to his family, fans, and loved ones.
EGGPLANT NATION: Meet Justin
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