Thursday, November 8, 2018

Michael B. Jordan: More Than an Actor

Michael B. Jordan is more than just an actor, & his rapidly expanding Hollywood portfolio speaks to a performer eager to leave his mark on all sorts of projects. It doesn’t hurt that he’s been inspired by a few of the entertainment industry’s most successful & formidable talents, including LeBron James and JAY-Z.

In a recent story, Jordan’s big ambitions are top of mind, including his plan to be, in the words of journalist Joe Hagan, nothing less than “a one-man movie studio whose every move has a dollar sign attached to it and for whom nothing is left to chance.” Jordan is well on his way to that too, bolstered by “multi-million-dollar endorsement deals, his own production company and a new marketing/consulting start-up in the works.”

Full story HERE

Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall of Fame

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is breaking history by becoming the first female rapper to be nominated for the prestigious 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame award, the Associated Press reports.

After churning out Hip Hop and Pop hits such as the Hot 100 hit “Get Ur Freak On” and the classic “Lady Marmalade” featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya, which have lasted through the test of time, the Grammy Award-winning composer could also become the third rapper to be awarded the illustrious award. She will sit alongside the Hall’s previous inductees JAY Z and Jermaine Dupri.

Missy announced the news on her Twitter and congratulates the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s other nominees which include Mariah Carey, TLC songwriter Dallas Austin as well as Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

Wyclef Jean's Haitian Childhood Turning Into Netflix Animated Film

Wyclef Jean has announced a forthcoming Netflix feature that will put his upbringing in Haiti on full display. According to Deadline, the former Fugee teamed up with Greg Silverman’s Stampede company to bring the animated reel to life.

Silverman revealed he has a deep admiration for Haiti. He explained Jean and writer Justin Marks’ film will “showcase this magical country in their unique and signature style.”

On Jean’s side, he hopes the animated tale will put into perspective how someone from an underprivileged neighborhood can still attain success.

“I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” he said. “Now to see that imagination turn into reality with Netflix and my producing partners makes me want to tell the kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming.”

Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones Developing "The Color Purple" Musical

Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros is developing The Color Purple for the big screen again, but this time based off the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

Steven Spielberg, who directed and produced the 11-time Oscar-nominated 1985 film, is returning as a producer with Quincy Jones, though he will not direct. Both the musical and the film are based off of Alice Walker’s 1982 book about Celie, a black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father, husband and others over the course of four decades.

Oprah Winfrey, who made her feature debut in the original movie and earned a Supporting Actress Oscar nom, is also producing the movie with Scott Sanders. Winfrey, Jones and Sanders produced the Broadway musical. The project is currently looking for a writer.