- Created on 01 April 2013
The struggle of getting a Richard Pryor biopic made is real. Oscar Award-winning actor and producer Forest Whitaker is up for the challenge. He is the latest person to try to bring the life of the legendary comedian's life to the silver screen.
If you're a person who stays up on the movie news, you're probably saying, "Wait, but isn't the guy who directed 'Dreamgirls' directing and Marlon Wayans starring in another biopic?" That was true, but just like the other attempts at bringing Pryor's life to the screen–it fell apart. Despite being in the works for the past 20 years, none of the writers and producers of other incarnations of the biopic have spoken to Pryor's widow Jennifer. Whitaker will be developing the movie with Jennifer Pryor so that may give it a boost when it comes to being greenlit.
Forest Whitaker is feeling very confident about his production company Significant Productions and their skill set because the company just produced the hotly anticipated Oscar Grant film "Fruitvale." Starring Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale" was a Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner. With Significant Productions' last film being hailed by critics, we can't wait to see how the Richard Pryor biopic comes together.
- Created on 28 March 2013
"Be Someone" founder Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson wants to teach young people to "make all the right moves." To that end, he is hosting a weeklong chess camp at the Be Someone Training Center, located at 949 Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain during spring break.
The five-day leadership chess camp will be held April 8-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 9 and up. The camp's curriculum is based on the mantra: "Brains Before Bullets, Think It Out, Don't Shoot It Out! Heads Up, Pants Up, Grades Up!"
"Our main goal is to teach kids how to be problem solvers. We want them to understand that the bigger the problems they can solve, the more they can earn in the workforce," Hudson said. "We want them to know that the new currency is K.A.S.H. – knowledge, attitude, skills and habits."
Through Hudson's innovative approach to the game of chess, children enrolled in the camp will play the roles of Bishops, Kings and Queens on a giant chess board. The chess camp will feature mascots Magic and Little Jimmy, who will make an
appearance to perform a rap song.
In between chess instruction, campers will compete with each other for prizes. Kids also will have opportunities to learn about leadership and effective communication skills, as well as the art of self-presentation. Hudson believes that these skills must be taught to younger generations to prepare them for leadership roles in the future.
For parents wondering about the benefits of playing chess, Hudson says the game of chess instills discipline and patience necessary for nurturing a new generation of leaders.
"My main goal is to teach kids how they can be a part of changing the world, one move at a time," said Hudson. "We're going to teach children how to dress, speak and how to create income."
Kids will receive breakfast, snacks and lunch. In addition, families are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the camp. Every child will receive a trophy, chess set, T-shirt, wrist band, and a copy of Hudson's book, One Move at a Time: How to Play and Win at Chess...and Life!
- Created on 22 March 2013
A Los Angeles judge has set the stage for trial of a civil suit by Michael Jackson‘s mother against concert giant AEG Live.
Katherine Jackson claims the company negligently hired the doctor later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death.
The judge’s rulings Thursday anticipate a three-month trial that will revisit e...
- Created on 26 March 2013
Ahmad Givens from the “Real Chance for Love” is set to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, TMZ reports.
Givens, who goes by “Real,” met with doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles last week, where they advised him to begin oral chemotherapy — which is chemo taken in the form of a pill rather than an IV.
- Created on 19 March 2013
Funkmeister extraordinaire George Clinton is now in the throes of a divorce with his estranged spouse of 23 years, Stephanie Clinton. Now Stephanie is reportedly seeking both temporary and permanent alimony from the mastermind of the Parliament and Funkadelic bands, reports TMZ.