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  1. https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/snoop-dogg-talks-re-recording-music-taylor-swift-1235062601/?fbclid=IwAR3Gf46cokTaBDlqRm11pJa30O5f8ez_v575EiOHALKMI_XrUeiargETgw4

    Snoop Dogg Says He Almost Re-Recorded His Music Like Taylor Swift

    "What did she do?" Snoop said of Swift. "She remastered her album. Why? Because she wasn't making revenues off of that album."

    By Hannah Dailey 

    Snoop Dogg on Full Send Podcast
    Snoop Dogg on Full Send PodcastCourtesy Photo

    Snoop Dogg almost took a cue from another artist who pretty much couldn’t be more his opposite: Taylor Swift. On a new episode of the Full Send podcast that dropped Wednesday (April 20), the 50-year-old rapper talked about how his plan for Death Row Records, which he acquired in February, will give artists proper revenue for their music in order to avoid what happened with Swift’s masters.

    Speaking on his goal to increase artist profits by making Death Row an exclusively NFT label, Snoop cited the “All Too Well” singer as a “perfect example” of an artist finding similar workarounds to the industry’s antiquated contracts that restrict them from making adequate money off their music. “She ain’t an old artist at all — she’s quite new,” he said of Swift, who began re-recording her first six albums after her master recordings were sold to Scooter Braun against her wishes in 2019.

    “What did she do?” he continued. “She remastered her album. Why? Because she wasn’t making revenues off of that album.”

    One of the show’s hosts proceeded to ask Snoop whether he was trying to bash Braun. “I ain’t firing shots at nobody. Scooter’s my friend, I’m just giving the truth,” the rapper replied. “This is public information, am I lying? Ask her why did she redo her album? Because she couldn’t get finances so she redid her album as a way of ‘I’ll make this for my fans, and they’ll support me because those are my vocals, this is my music, and I should be making money off of my project when you buy it.'”

    The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper continued on to reveal that he almost did the exact same thing with his 1993 record Doggystyle. “I was going to remaster my album,” he said. “My son had told me years ago, he was like, ‘You should just remaster Doggystyle, Pops, f–k all that. Just remaster it, you ain’t gotta worry about all that.’

    “But I didn’t want to go that approach, because you can’t remaster Doggystyle like you can remaster them R&B songs. That s–t was a feeling, that s–t was a moment. You can’t recapture that. We’re trying to re-enact that s–t all over again, so I had to go get my s–t back.”

    Listen to Snoop’s full appearance on “Full Send Podcast” below:

  2. Chuck D Big Ups Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff Amid Chris Rock Oscars Slap Controversy
    Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images


    Published on: Apr 17, 2022, 10:21 AM

    Will Smith has been constant internet fodder since March 27 when he infamously smacked Chris Rock across the face during the 94th Annual Academy Awards. Some have taken sides, while others choose to remain neutral. Public Enemy legend Chuck D falls into the latter.

    On Saturday (April 16), Chuck shared a tweet showing love to both Smith and his partner-in-rhyme DJ Jazzy Jeff. As The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, the beloved duo penned hits such as “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and the Kool and the Gang-sampling “Summertime.”

    Will Smith is the only mc I ever heard others around him murmur’ yo when is he gonna stop rhyming?” he wrote. “No lie I’m serious @djjazzyjeff215 … Say whatever Will Smith probably the most rhymingest dude I ever met. Period…dude can rap all damn day … fact @djjazzyjeff215 also is endless talent all damn day long.”


    DJ Jazzy Jeff addressed the controversial “slap heard around the world” earlier this month during a Closed Sessions Legend Conversation at Dorian’s Through the Record Shop in Chicago. While he defended his partner-in-rhyme, he also noted it was out of character for the Academy Award-winning actor.

    “Don’t get it twisted that it was something he was proud of,” Jazzy Jeff said. “It was a lapse in judgment, you know? I think the thing that I’ve realized is I don’t know too many people that has had the least amount of lapse of judgment than him.


    “I can name 50 times that [Smith] should’ve smacked the **** out of somebody and he didn’t. So for him to have a lapse in judgment, he’s human. And I think a lot of the criticism comes from the people who don’t think people like that are human.”

    Smith has since resigned from the Academy, apologized to Chris Rock publicly and been banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years.



  3. DJ Kay Slay Dies Following Battle With COVID-19

    Kay Slay was a pivotal figure within Hip-Hop's mixtape culture and released six studio albums during his career.


    APRIL 18, 2022 2:02AM 
    DJ Kay Slay Wearing Leather Jacket
    DJ Kay Slay attends the In Arms Reach fundraiser at The Griffin on March 5, 2012 in New York City. Andy Kropa/Getty Images

    The legendary graffiti artist and Hip-Hop icon, Keith Grayson aka DJ Kay Slay has succumbed to medical complications due to a lengthy battle with COVID-19. The East Harlem native, who passed away on Easter Sunday (April 17), was 55 years-old at the time of his death. Rumors of Kay Slay’s passing began to circulate on Sunday evening, with well known music artist manager, Wack 100 reportedly confirming the news, along with veteran Hip-Hop promoter Van Silk.

    In January, Wack 100 revealed that DJ Kay Slay had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 since December 2021 and that he had been put on a ventilator to help assist with his breathing. “Pray for my brotha @djkayslay It’s not looking good,” Wack wrote in a post on Instagram. “He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get … Been 14 days fighting Covid and he’s just [been] put on a ventilator . Keep him in your prayers Please. [sic]”

    Last week, Wack gave an update on Kay Slay’s condition, writing that the DJ was “still fighting” in a post on Instagram. “He’s been off the #ECMO machine for a couple weeks now,” Wack added. “Let’s continue our prayers as our brother continues to fight.”

    Slay was a pivotal figure in the Hip-Hop community, getting his start as a graffiti artist, using the tag name “Dez,” before making his Kay Slay moniker as a DJ on the mixtape circuit during the late ’90s and early aughts. Signing a recording deal with Columbia Records, Slay (also known as “The Drama King” and “Mr. Smack Your Favorite DJ”) released his major label debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in 2003, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His sophomore release, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, dropped the following year and reached No. 10 on that chart. He released six studio albums during his career, the most recent being The Soul Controller, which dropped in December 2021, shortly before his hospitalization.

    VIBE sends out condolences to the family and friends of DJ Kay Slay. RIP.


  4. https://blackamericaweb.com/2022/04/14/sony-bad-boys-film-believed-not-successful-black-lead-actors/?fbclid=IwAR3Rf9apgjkmCycUMColWcEuX74iHbNmK3OWeEWAZqR-21Fgbmj8QQlpv3c

    ‘Bad Boys’ Director Says Sony “Had No Faith” In The Film’s Success With Two Black Stars


    Even though Will Smith is going through a career crisis of sorts for infamously slapping fellow veteran actor Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards, there’s no denying his existing roster of hit leading roles in Hollywood. For many, the standout of those is his third-ever feature film, Bad Boys, which co-stars comedic legend Martin Lawrence.

    Over 25 years and two successful sequels later, with a fourth currently in pre-production, director Michael Bay says the $840 million franchise’s longtime distributor Sony Pictures originally didn’t think it would even be a success with two Black actors in the lead roles.

    While promoting his new film Ambulance, Bay spoke to Entertainment Weekly briefly about his directorial debut with Bad Boys. He was asked about his now-signature “hero shot” that dramatically circles the characters at a prominent climax in the movie. Bay said Bad Boys is where it started, and the inspiration was fueled by Sony’s doubt and disrespect for them during principal photography. “Sony didn’t believe in the movie, because two Black actors don’t sell overseas,” he said of their apprehensions, going to add, “And they shut me down, literally. They shut the power off. That’s how rude they were on this movie.”

    Take a look below at how one shot and a determination to prove Sony wrong led Michael Bay to success with Bad Boys and one of the most imitated cinematic scenes in action film history, via EW:

    “So I remember we’re driving our van. The line producer, he didn’t like me. I don’t think he liked anybody. I said, ‘Stop the car! Stop the van.’ And he’s coming up to me, the line producer, saying, ‘What are you doing, Michael? We don’t have time for this.’ I’m like, ‘This is going to be the trailer shot.’ For some reason, I just came up with this shot as we’re driving. And I said, ‘Where’s the circle trolley? Get the circle trolley.’ And we made this round move and you guys rise up and it became a very famous shot. People try to imitate it, but it was a seminal moment. ‘Bad Boys’ literally changed the game on Black actors. It’s the first movie that really traveled overseas.”

    As we now know, Bad Boys would go on to make $141.4 million at the box office on a $19 million budget and solidify both Smith and Lawrence as certified Black leading males in Hollywood. We bet Sony is glad they didn’t go with their initial bias!

  5. In this particular circumstance, I don't think racism is part of the decision either.  Will's actions occurred at the event and on television.  Most, but not all, of the people that are being compared due to poor behavior/decisions did what they did in their personal life or on the set.  The academy can only police the behavior that happened at their event.  Will picked the wrong time and the wrong place to make a mistake.  I can see all perspectives, whether ones thinks banning him from 10 years was too much, just right, or too little. At this point, who cares?  It's done.  Will has accepted it. 

  6. Points are being made... https://www.aol.com/entertainment/lets-ban-oscars-academys-smith-234732543.html

    'Let's ban the Oscars': Academy's Will Smith ban met with disbelief, accusations of racism

    LA Times
    April 8, 2022, 7:47 PM
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    Will Smith is facing a 10-year ban from events held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for slapping Oscars presenter Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards in March. But the reaction to the film academy's decision Friday was met with mixed results, ranging from disbelief to accusations of racism.

    While the "King Richard" star has repeatedly apologized and accepted the academy's decision, the organization contended that its ban was "a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the academy."

    But many people on social media didn't see it that way (and celebrities were mostly silent).

    Some critics characterized the academy's ruling against the "Fresh Prince" veteran as racially motivated, while others saw it as the group making up for lax repercussions for past transgressors.

    They cited inappropriate behavior by the likes of Oscar winner Adrien Brody, who planted a kiss on presenter Halle Berry in 2003, or that of comedian Jim Carrey, a critic of Smith who made live-show advances on an unwilling Alicia Silverstone at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards.

    "The ten year ban they gave Will Smith feels very 'make a lesson of this Black person,'" tweeted author Frederick Joseph.

    "This is 100% racially motivated," wrote Twitter user Somari, replying to a news story about Smith's punishment. "Jim Carrey sexually assaulted a woman live on stage and she was visually distressed. Will Smith slaps a dude for mocking an illness and gets banned for a decade."

    Others contrasted the academy's swift action with the "Ali" and "Concussion" actor with the delayed punishments involving disgraced Hollywood players such as Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.

    Amid the #MeToo movement, the academy implemented a code of conduct in 2017 in response to the Weinstein sexual-assault scandal. It has only expelled three people — the "Shakespeare in Love" producer, Polanski and comedian-author Bill Cosby — since enacting it. (Weinstein and Polanski still have their Oscar trophies.)

    "will smith becoming the face of 'they don’t love us, just what we create' was not on my 2022 bingo card. how did a slap translate to this when they have yet to ban actual predators and racists??" added user @houseofphoton.

    "let’s ban the oscars for 10 years too. the hell. so many predators still not banned…" tweeted user BEYTHOVEN.

    "crazy how the oscars have allowed racism and harassment to happen with no consequences, but they choose to ban will for TEN YEARS all over a slap?? f— the oscars," added user @ultrcmcr.

    But there was a handful of people who backed the decision and plenty who continued to make fun of the whole slap debacle.

    "Sad end to a bad episode. I'm baffled by those saying 'Not good enough!' as if the Academy is some industry-wide regulatory body. They're responsible only for their show, their awards, and their membership. And they're right to keep the awards out of it," wrote author Mark Harris.

    "A harsher punishment would have been mandatory attendance for 10 years," quipped "Scandal" alum Joshua Malina.

    Here's a look at some of the online discourse around the academy's decision:

  7. 9 hours ago, Jazzy Julie said:

    I looked at twitter to see what peoples thoughts are on it. And most people are saying it’s unfair he’s been banned yet they haven’t banned people like Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein. And they have a fair point. 

    One person even wrote Will got a worse punishment than the people that stormed the capitol lol. 

    I think the reason for this is that Will's actions are directly related to the Oscars.  They want to save face.   The dealings of those other people, while vile and long term, aren't directly related to the Oscars. No one is associating their behavior with the Oscars like they are Will's.  That's just my guess at reasoning. 

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    Black Star’s Madlib-Produced Album Gets A Title & Release Date

    After years in the making, Black Star’s sophomore album has a title and release date. Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli are scheduled to follow-up their 1998 debut nearly 25 years later with No Fear Of Time. As anticipated since early 2018, the Brooklyn, New York duo is teaming with producer Madlib for this go-round—which is slated to arrive May 3.
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    The news arrives with a short video, showcasing some music:

    Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Detail How Black Star’s Upcoming Album Came To Be

    In a press statement published by Pitchfork, Talib Kweli said, “About three-to-four years ago I was visiting Yasiin [Bey] in Europe and we started to talk about songs to do on an album, so I flew an engineer out just to see what that would be. Once I realized this conversation is starting to organically become a creative conversation, I started making sure to have the engineer around at all times. There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he’s like, ‘Play that Madlib tape again.’ I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.”

    Kweli’s statement continues, “This is very similar to how we did [Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star]. But the first album, there were no mobile studios. This entire album, we have not set foot in one recording studio. It’s all been done in hotel rooms and backstage at Dave Chappelle shows.”

    20 Years Ago Black Star Released A Gold Standard For Hip-Hop (Audio)

    While 1998’s go-round featured production from Hi-Tek, 88-Keys, J. Rawls, and others, Madlib is expected to helm the whole ’22 affair. The Oxnard, California veteran previously laced Liberation for Kweli in 2006, and has worked with Yasiin Bey on The Ecstatic three years later.

    With Rawkus Records having been defunct for nearly 15 years, this LP is said to arrive through podcast platform Luminary. There, both MCs host a podcast alongside Dave Chappelle, The Midnight Miracle. Yasiin Bey has gone outside of the normal release structure previously. In 2019, he premiered NEGUS as an art exhibit. Last year, Kweli partnered with D.I.T.C. veteran MC/producer Diamond D to release Gotham, in a more traditional rollout. In 2019, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs dropped Bandananamed the best LP of that year by Ambrosia For Heads readers.


  9. Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years; “Accept & Respect …Decision,” Actor Says – Update

    By Anthony D'Alessandro, Dominic Patten

    April 8, 2022 11:50am
    Gilbert Flores/Deadline; AP

    (UPDATED with Will Smith statement) With their options rather limited, the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on-stage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27.

    “The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” said AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson of Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful behavior” in a letter to the full membership after a contentious 9 AM PT virtual meeting today concluded. “We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted,” they added at the end of the letter, with no pun undoubtedly intended. Read the full letter from Rubin and Hudson below.


    “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a succinct statement soon after AMPAS made their POV public.

    Not that there was a lot more the AMPAS Board, which includes Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern and Whoopi Goldberg among its current roster, could really do. Seeing where this debacle was likely going to end up, Smith made a chess move on April 1, and immediately resigned from the AMPAS.

    In his preemptive letter the King Richard Best Actor Oscar winner proclaimed: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”

    With whispers in the preceding days that the organization’s more than 50-person strong Board of Governors were strongly considering a decade long expulsion as part of its self-described  “disciplinary proceedings,” the actor’s April Fool’s Day decision effectively neutered the organization. While disinvites to future Academy Awards, a fine or even a lawsuit for staining the Oscar brand were discussed to varying degrees in recent days, there was never ever a possibility that Smith would have his Best Actor Oscar taken away from him – as Roman Polanski can tell you.

    While he won’t be allowed to hand out the Best Actress award at the 95th Academy Awards, as is traditional for the previous Best Actor winner, there is nothing in today’s AMPAS decision that prevents the busy Smith from being nominated in future years. Such a move on the part of the Board of Governors would have been unprecedented for AMPAS, and likely could blow up in its face.

    Not that the now banned Smith didn’t have a good run among the Hollywood elite group before striking and verbally lambasting Fargo star Rock over his mocking of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. The former Fresh Prince had been a member of the Academy since 2001, joining just five years after his big screen blockbuster debut in Independence Day.

    It was Smith’s resignation last week that forced the AMPAS leadership to move up its meeting from April 18 to today.“We were required to provide Mr. Smith notice 15 days prior to the board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also give him the opportunity to provide the board a written statement no less than five days prior to that meeting,” an April 6 memo from AMPAS prez Rubin explained, noting that those rules and timeline had been essentially taken over by Smith with his resignation.

    Of course, by that point a secondary scandal was in full bloom as conflicting and nuanced explanations began to leak out as to why Smith wasn’t removed from the Dolby Theater after assaulting Rock. After an AMPAS  Governors meeting on March 30, the group’s reps released a statement saying, “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

    Those close to Smith said this was not true.

    They say that AMPAS heads Rubin and CEO Hudson rather gently suggested to Smith’s longtime rep Meredith O’Sullivan backstage that the actor leave the Dolby. Even before the likes of Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry consoled Smith, the then Best Actor nominee’s rep passed the request on to him. Perhaps not capturing the severity of the moment, Smith supposedly said he wanted to stay, to say sorry and that was that.

    With no adults taking control or responsibility, Smith stayed in his front row seat for over half an hour before going back up on stage to accept his long expected Best Actor award.

    For many watching at home and even some in the room, the standing ovation the actor received before launching into a somewhat rambling, emotional, self justifying and apologetic (though not to Chris Rock, that would come on social media a day later) speech was a travesty. Later Smith and family showed up at the Vanity Fair party to dance to his own past hits in a manner that displayed a distinct lack of contrition.

    Additionally, contradictory accounts arose as to whether Oscars producer Will Packer did or did not ask Smith to leave. Attempting to get out in front of AMPAS, Packer sat down with GMA on April 1 to tell the ABC morning show that the decision to force Smith to leave fell on Rock’s hands.

    As to whether the police “were about to physically remove Will Smith,” the Girls Trip EP said. “I wasn’t part of those conversations. …Rock has made it clear that he didn’t want to make a bad situation worse.”

    However, sources told Deadline following that GMA interview that Packer, who directly spoke to Smith in the minutes following the shocking slap, was conflating from a conversation that happened after Smith slapped Rock onstage, where the comic told Packer he did not want to press charges. Had he chosen to do that, the LAPD would have removed Smith and arrested him. Had Packer actually asked Rock if he wanted Smith removed from the building, he might have gotten a different answer, we hear.

    Also, had the now touring Rock filed a police report against Smith, the actor could have faced up to six months behind bars and a $100,000 fine if found guilty on the misdemeanor charge that the assault is under California law.

    Now, with big and awards-intended projects like AppleTV+’s Antoine Fuqua helmed Emancipation in the can as other offerings at Netflix and Sony on pause for a beat, Will Smith’s career will surely dim for a bit. However, this is Hollywood, and with a fanbase as wide and deep as global superstar Smith has, expect to see the actor right back in the center of the A-list crowd soon enough.

    Read AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson’s full letter to Academy members here:

    The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

    During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

    Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

    We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.

    This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

    Thank you


  10. Yeah, do something that's fun.  Something that we'll want to watch over and over again.  Don't get me wrong, I love Ali and King Richard, but I watch them ever couple years. Movies like Bad Boys, Hitch, Men In Black, Enemy of the State, ID4, etc....I can watch them frequently. 

    On another note, it would be kinda gangsta to put out a movie or two during this time that would result in him being nominated even if he can't be there.  At the same, would will he have a prejudice against him for being nominated or winning because of all this? 

  11. I think it's fair.  I was expecting something like this, but I'm mildly surprised it's for this long. I know it can be a big deal for some people to attend the Oscars, but going to a big event like that isn't all that big of a deal.  He's an Oscar-winner (something Whoopi already confirmed) and he can still be nominated and win.  While he militantly worked for the Oscar for years, he has admitted in recent years he wasn't chasing it like he once was. He can now just determine the work he wants to do in his own life, then resume artistically doing whatever he wants. 

    Film Academy Bans Will Smith From the Oscars for 10 Years After He Slapped Chris Rock – Report
    Film Academy Bans Will Smith From the Oscars for 10 Years After He Slapped Chris Rock – Report


    Aleia Woods , Will has been banned from the Academy Awards.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday (April 8), the Film Academy is reprimanding Will Smith after he slapped and yelled expletives at Chris Rock after Rock made a G.I. Jane-related joke, which was aimed towards Jada and the low haircut she was sporting at the award show due to her struggle with hair-loss caused by alopecia. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the rapper-actor has been banned from returning to the Oscars or attending any other Academy events for the next 10 years.


    Despite Smith being restricted from the event and Oscar-related activities for the next decade, he will keep the accolade he won on March 27 for his starring role in King Richard, the film based on Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

    He also has not been ostracized from future Oscar nominations and wins, and remains eligible to take home nods in the coming years.

    The decision was apparently made by the Academy's 54-person board of governors, who held a meeting this morning to determine the actions that would be taken against Will Smith.

    When accepting his award for King Richard, Will apologized to the Academy, but did not vocalize any regret towards Rock at that time. The next day, on March 28, Will Smith released a statement via Instagram, apologizing to Chris Rock.

    "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," Will expressed. "My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally." 

    He continued: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us."

    Will Smith added, "I am a work in progress."

    Hours after the incident transpired, the Academy released a statement of their own, denouncing the violence that had taken place during the annual award show.

    "The Academy does not condone violence of any form," the organization tweeted. "Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world."

    It was also reported that the LAPD was informed of the incident and that Chris Rock chose not to press charges.

    XXL has reached out to the Oscar Awards for a statement on this matter.


  13. Yoooo, this article is actually quite sad.  It's the opinion of comedian Earthquake.  It makes you think.  I don't recall any actions from Jada in the past decade that I'd translate to real love and affection. If anyone should be mad at Will, it should be comedians, but Earthquake is showing nothing but love for Will and seems to be talking a lot of sense. 




    Comedian Earthquake Says Jada Pinkett Doesn’t Love Will Smith, Has Done Nothing To Protect Him And Only Embarrasses Him

    Comedian Earthquake has also shared his two cents on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars and according to him, Will Smith loves Jada but she, on the other hand, doesn’t love him. That’s sad!
    Earthquake says Jada Pinkett should have stopped Will Smith from walking up the stage to slap Chris Rock for joking about a woman who doesn’t love him as he does via Yahoo Entertainment;

    “Personally, I feel sorry for Will ’cause you know he’s being beaten and abused by Jada–just saying. That’s what happens when a man loves a woman who doesn’t love him, and he’s doing everything to try and make sure that … try to win her love,” the 58-year-old star began.

    “I’ve been there before,” Earthquake admitted. He continued, “You have to make a decision. Either accept it for the love she giving and just accept that or just leave it alone, but you will never ever ever win her over c’ause you can’t make her heart feel what it don’t — and she don’t. And her actions that night showed it, and I feel for him.”

    When asked to elaborate, the funnyman stated that even if the “Gemini” star felt Rock disrespected his wife, the actress still had a duty. “She knows her man, and she saw he was about to go up here. A woman that loves you would stop you,” he said. “And then we do radio, we know the rules of FCC, and it was at the Oscars. Will doesn’t even cuss, and he out here using profanity on a live broadcast. He knows Hollywood; he knows the rules.”

    Earthquake said Pinkett Smith had a few opportunities to defuse the situation but chose against it. He also noted that she has still yet to defend her man — although she released an Instagram statement about healing.

    “She didn’t try and stop him, on there, on two occasions, and then lastly, man, she has yet to release the statement to say, ‘Hey man, my man is a good man; he lost his cool. It’s not indicative of who he is. He got over three decades of good work towards the people he never had that, he lost his cool, ain’t nothing, no,’ ” he said.

    He continued, “She should protect her man. What he did was protecting her. A woman would come out and vouch for you, that that’s not you, that is not him. It’s just a natural — in my humble opinion — a natural reaction for a woman who sees a significance of what he did and what it’s gonna cost him if he was doing it for you.”

    It is hard to find any lies in what Earthquake is saying.

    Can you find any?

    Flip to the next page to watch the interview where he tells Smith he needs to either move on or accept Jada for who she is.


  14. It looks like part of this will be over with soon. 


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     APRIL 7, 2022

    Will Smith will soon know his fate after his shocking slap at Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars. According to Variety, The Academy Board of Governors will meet this Friday, April 8, to come to a conclusion on punishment for the King Richard star.


    The meeting was originally set for April 18, but a letter called for an early session.

    “I am calling a board meeting for this Friday morning, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. PT, rather than the previously scheduled April 18 meeting, to address possible sanctions for Will Smith in response to his actions during the Oscars broadcast on March 27,” the letter from Academy president David Rubin reads.

    “Following Mr. Smith’s resignation of his Academy membership on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility, and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies. It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion.”

    You can see the full letter here.

  15. Oh, wow. This is definitely not a polished and presentable moment.  There are a lot of memes, YouTube videos, and articles coming out that are focusing on Jada in the second phase of all this.  I don't want to pin the negativity on her, because none of us know her personally.   The media likes to speak negatively about strong women.  Especially strong, black women.  They jump to conclusions about women who don't try to be "America's sweetheart".  It's worth pointing out that none of those who know her personally are saying bad things about her, at least not that I've seen. 

    I remember watching an entertainment show back when Bad Boys first came out.  The media's angle on Will and Jada showing that they were together was taking the angle that she was the "bad girl" that seemed a misfit for him.  Then they turned into a power couple and everyone loved them. It seems like this "redefining" of their relationship is accommodating Jada, where as much of their relationship before this was accommodating Will.  Ultimately everyone should be happy.  If that's them, good.  If it's not and this "redefining" an upgrade for both of them, it's time to take steps where they can be happy and completely themselves. 

  16. I always find it strange when people announce things like this.  Look, do what you will with the content.  I don't think anybody really cares, especially since you have no history on this forum. I'm actually finding his music and other projects to be a way of finding peace over the recent incident. 

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