Spike Lee Adapting “She’s Gotta Have It” Into TV Series For Showtime

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Remember the Spike Lee movies, “She’s Gotta Have It”? The movie stars Tracy Camilla Johns as a woman who won’t commit to any of her three boyfriends, instead choosing to enjoy each of their company while still maintaining her independence. It grossed $7,137,502 at the U.S. box office. So… if you loved the movie, you’ll love a TV series right? Spike Lee has been given the green light to bring “She’s Gotta Have It” to Showtime as a half-hour series. Showtime is a fitting home for the project as the pay cable network has built a whole slate of half-hour series that straddle comedy and drama in the tone of She’s Gotta Have It. Of course, Lee will be in the director’s chair, and he will also write the show. The series will take a modern look at the characters of Nola Darling and her love interests. The project is said to explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and the gentrification in Brooklyn.” Lately, Spike Lee has been very open and verbal about how he feels concerning gentrification. He said, “I mean, they just move in the neighborhood. You just can’t come in the neighborhood. I’m for democracy and letting everybody live but you gotta have some respect. You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now sh*t gotta change because you’re here? Get the f**k outta here. Can’t do that!” You heard the man, YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!! Spike is known for wanting to shed light on controversial issues and stereotypes. He was born in Atlanta and later grew up in Chicago and New York. Spike Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta before receiving his masters degree at New York University in film.
She’s Gotta Have It” was released in 1986 and it opened doors for young black filmmakers in the late ’80s and onward who were looking to discuss aspects of black life that aren’t generally documented. It was also Lee’s first feature length film, and it was arguably ahead of its time.

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LMFAO Says Rick Ross Is A Fraud

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Rick Ross is suing LMFAO for jacking his own “Hustlin’” for their 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem.” Now the club/dance artist have responded with a legal document that basically says they did riff on Rozay’s tune, but it should be all good since his whole rap persona is a fraud. Back in 2011, people were raving about Rick Ross being a fake, meaning he wasn’t who he said he was. It came out about him being a correctional officer and never having any dealings with the streets like he claimed. The judge ruled in his favor as far as using the name Rick Ross which is the name of a big drug dealer that was locked up but other artist still had their opinion. He even got Ice-T all rowdy. Ice -T was like “”He thinks he’s [Freeway] Rick Ross, he thinks he’s Larry Hoover, he thinks he’s Big Meech, he thinks he’s MC Hammer, he thinks he’s Tupac, like who the f*** are you really dude?” Ross sued LMFAO in December, claiming the group stole his lyric, “Everyday I’m hustlin’” from his 2006 track “Hustlin’.” Ross acknowledges they changed the words slightly to “Everyday I’m shufflin’” for their big hit, “Party Rock Anthem” — but he says they couldn’t mask the obvious thievery. “Hustlin” was the song that garnered Ross his claim to fame to within the rap industry’s elite. It only peaked on the Billboard 100 at #54 but has went on to sell over five million copies and been licensed in a host of advertisements. We guess LMFAO thought that’d be a way to get their side seen or even the law sui dropped but… it doesn’t seem like it. Maybe they should of asked they guy… Who knows! They are a pretty cool group with other hits that we hope wasn’t stolen from anybody else’s lyrics. The Party Rock Anthem has gone to being crowned as the third best selling digital song ever, according to Yahoo music with sales nearing the diamond mark at 9.7 million. Their first single was “I’m in Miami Bitch”, which was released in December 2008, and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 37 in Canada. In 2010, they were featured in David Guetta’s song “Gettin’ Over You”, which was an international hit, peaking in the top ten in eleven countries and at number one in three of them, including in the United Kingdom. It also peaked at number 31 on the U.S. Hot 100 and at number 12 in Canada. On February 5, 2012, the group appeared with Madonna at the Super Bowl XLVI during the Bridgestone Halftime Show. They performed during her song “Music”, which contained a mash-up with “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It”. During the commercial break they also appeared in a Budweiser ad featuring their remix of Madonna’s single “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, which is included in the video game FIFA Street and the deluxe edition of her album MDNA.

[HipHopWired]


Update: The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Raises More Than $500K At Annual Gala Event

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The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Annual Gala raised more than $500,000, according to a press release sent to MN Business. The funds include $45,000 for a VIP package to a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game provided by Helping Hand Award honoree Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Programs including the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend will benefit. Brandi the executive director of the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, presented the foundation’s fourth annual gala on May 3 at the Hilton Chicago along with Steve and his wife Marjorie Harvey. Throughout the evening, the gala showcased the Chicago Children’s Choir, a youth presentation featuring Erica Vincent and Joseph Foster, a live performance from R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer Kem, and an after-party soiree with DJ Timbuk2.
The gala, themed “The Power of 3: Potential, Passion & Purpose,” will also highlight its Helping Hand Award honorees: Pastor Corey Brooks of Chicago’s New Beginnings Church; Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems; Steve Pemberton, chief diversity officer of Walgreens; and Cookie and Magic Johnson. Brandi said the honorees were chosen because of their impact in the lives of young men and women, which in turn encompasses the “Power of 3.” She also said, “We want to show our kids that service is a part of life and when you give you get so much more. We are going to push a service initiative that will teach our kids how to go out and lead, and to see that the world is so much bigger than their neighborhood.” Brandi’s great ability to lead comes from her father. “My father is the clearest example of hard work. I have had to work hard for whatever it is that I have gotten in life and that is something he always instilled in us and into the boys and girls in our programs,” she said. “I have been blessed to have a father like him and I take everything I learned from him into my family, into my team and sometimes you have to be stern to lead but that’s what love is. It comes with toughness and that’s all right,” said Brandi. Well, its always good to hear about people giving back. It’s very refreshing…sigh!!!

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