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What’s the 411? Calls for Haddish, Rudolph to host Oscars begin

March 9, 2018 GMT

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph presented at the Oscars together and broke the internet. They walked out in slippers, tired of their shoes, assured the audience they don’t have to worry about #OscarsSoWhite and Haddish told Meryl Streep she wants to play her daughter. Social media went crazy and called for Oscars to have Haddish and Rudolph host in 2019. Some said they should have been hosting this year.

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Speaking of Haddish, she’s set to team up with Tyler Perry in the movie “The List.” Tika Sumpter (“The Haves & The Have Nots”) and Omari Hardwick (“Power”) also star. Haddish will play a woman recently released from prison and reentering normal life but whose online boyfriend may be a scam according to her sister played by Sumpter. Perry is writer/director and “The List” is set for a Nov. 8 release.

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Finally, did Brad Pitt just shoot his Oscar shot with Ms. Tiffany? Haddish told Kelly Ripa that she met Pitt in an elevator. According to the “Girls Trip” star, he told her in a year if they’re both single — it’s on! Keep in mind being down with the swirl isn’t new for Pitt. Back in the day, before all his drama with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, Pitt used to date actress Robin Givens. That didn’t work out as she was fresh off her divorce with Mike Tyson, who apparently was still lurking around Givens. Anywho, let’s see what happens in one year with the twice divorced Haddish and the on the way to being twice divorced Pitt.

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Haddish will also be the first African-American woman to host “The MTV Movie & TV Awards” June 18 at 9 p.m. Haddish joins Tracy Morgan for the series “The Last OG,” which debuts on TBS on April 3 at 10:30 p.m. Then she co-stars with Kevin Hart in “Night School” coming to theaters in September.

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This fall, Gabrielle Union is planning to return to TV and her co-star is also a film star returning to TV, Jessica Alba. The two will co-star in the small screen spin-off of the big screen’s “Bad Boys II,” which starred Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Union will reprise her role as Syd Burnett, and Alba will play her cop partner. Alba is also listed as an executive producer. Let’s see how the ladies get treated by the studio and network because Union originated the character in the film and is fresh from starring and producing “Being Mary Jane.” Meanwhile, Mrs. Dwyane Wade also reunites with producer Will Packer for the thriller “Breaking In.” Union plays a woman whose father passes and when she brings her two children to his highly secured home, the horror begins. When a group of criminals break into the home, hold the kids hostage and try to extort Union’s character, her race against time becomes rescuing her children. “Breaking In” opens May 13.

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Usher, 39, and his wife Grace Miguel, 48, have announced their separation. After two years of marriage, the multi-platinum singer and his one-time manager released a statement that they remain deeply connected. The soon to be exes also say they remain supportive of each other and loving friends. Usher and Grace had no children together. He has two young sons from his previous marriage, and she has a grown daughter and grown son from a previous relationship. The separation announcement comes after months of multiple people accusing the “Let It Burn” singer of having the STD herpes and either exposing or transmitting the disease. The surfacing of a reported million dollar settlement from a 2012 accuser ignited more accusations. Speculation is that situation may have been the last straw for Usher’s second marriage.

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Mary J. Blige‘s divorce is finalized. The 47-year-old Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and her now ex-husband and former manager Kendu Isaacs have come to an agreement less than a week ahead of when their trial was to begin. After 13 years of marriage, Blige filed for divorce in July of 2016 and the process was not pretty. Accusations of reported infidelity on his part, false accusations against Isaacs in songs on her part and the temporary $30,000 monthly spousal support Blige had to pay along with the $100,000 legal bill complicated this case. The terms of the settlement haven’t been disclosed, yet. Blige was radiant at the Oscars. Though she lost her two historic nominations (supporting actress for “Mudbound” and best song for “Mighty River”), her performance was one the show’s highlights and a resulted in a more than 300 percent streaming increase for Blige. With this behind her, the actress/singer/songwriter is ready for her next chapter. Blige is currently slaying on the cover of the new March issue of Ebony magazine as the cover story “Hail Queen,” saluting her history making career, new projects and reclaiming her power.

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Trey Songz is accused of assault at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, and the alleged victim has obtained a restraining order. The woman is claiming that the singer choked and punched here when they were together during the NBA All-Star Game last month. Former Harvey Weinstein attorney Lisa Bloom represents the accuser. Bloom says her client went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion and multiple contusions. Bloom’s client also says Songz took two of her phones and threw them away when she tried to call for help. The courts granted the woman’s temporary restraining order and the accuser also claims Songz has a history of this type of behavior. Songz’s lawyer says there are witnesses to refute the woman’s claims.

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The Roxanne Shante‘ Story is coming to Netflix. The pioneering female rap star and charter member of the Juice Crew burst upon the scene starting in 1984 with the cuts “Hanging Out” and “Roxanne’s Revenge.” Her other hits include “Sparky’s Turn,” “Roxanne You’re Through,” “Have A Nice Day” and “Go On Girl.” Now the story of the rap legend is coming to the small screen. Chante Adams, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Nia Long bring the life and career of Roxanne Shante’ to the screen. “Roxanne, Roxanne” begins streaming on Netflix on March 23.

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“Creed II” is filming in Philadelphia and Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren (“Rocky 4”) and Sylvester Stallone are all back. Stallone wrote the script and is co-producer. Stallone decided not to direct when Ryan Coogler decided not to return for the sequel. Coogler, riding high off his “Black Panther” success, noted to the media that time wasn’t the issue, but the subject matter is so personal. Coogler says “Creed” is very much about him and his own father, and it’s a difficult to watch for him. Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if you see the cast and crew out and about in Philly.

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This Saturday, Sterling K. Brown of NBC’s “This Is Us,” will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time with musical guest James Bay.

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Halle Berry and Daniel Craig will team up on the big screen for “Kings.” The movie is based on the L.A. riots of 1992 following the not guilty verdict for the officers caught on videotape beating the late Rodney King. Berry will play a mom of eight children. “Kings” will be in theaters April 27.