Although he’s known for his forthrightness, Lee Daniels kept it mighty cute during a recent interview when asked when he's asked to comment specifically on Hollywood's acceptance of Black artists vs. gay artists vs. Black gay artists. His response was that he’s “afraid” to answer the question, and thus, will not offer an answer. Why? “I want to work,” Daniels explained. Pop Quiz: How many gay Black characters do you see on TV and in film? For the three and a half you think of, are they secondary characters and awfully stereotypical most of the time? Bonus: Do you hear gay Black lingo all the time, though, but you know…mostly from Black straight women or White gay men? There, I helped, Mr. Daniels. [Shadow and Act]
Samuel L. Jackson is tired of prominent people trying to turn down their intelligence in order to appease the simple minded. Speaking with Playboy, the celebrated actor noted that “we have newscasters who don’t even know how to conjugate verbs... How the f--k did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable?”
And when asked about “President Obama or other highly educated Americans consciously drop[ping] gs off the ends of words to sound like "Joe Average,” Jackson said: “First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to ‘relate.’ Be a leader. Be f---ing presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say ‘It ain’t’ or ‘What it be’ to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f---ing conjugate.” [Politico]
Drake may be a lot of things, but a man of bad taste isn’t one of them. During his 30-minute chat with Ryan Seacrest, the Toronto-bred but often Houston-sounding rapper confirmed his membership in the Beyhive.
Drake explained: “I’m a Beyoncé believer. I really believe strongly in her talent and her position in our generation. I think she’s one of the biggest stars ever, but especially for these girls right now. I feel like they need Beyoncé.”
He also added that the two have been in the studio together: “I reached out to her and asked if I could come and be a part of her project and she was kind enough to invite me out there. And we did some work together.”
Please give us the new music already, Beyoncé. [Rap-Up]
Meanwhile, y’all aren’t watching Kelly Rowland on The X-Factor. The show, which has had a tumultuous run thus far stateside, is once again already sliding in the ratings—to its lowest tally ever. Oh well, Kelly, you’re doing a good job and look gorgeous so at least take pride in that. [Entertainment Weekly]
Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant would be none too pleased if they heard of K. Michelle already speaking of being snubbed at next year’s Grammy Awards. When asked, the Rebellious Soul singer said: “I just put out an album and it did very well. It would definitely be that. I feel like I’m not a very political artist. I just make great music for the people. Definitely if I did not get those nods everyone would be fully aware as to why.”
Isn’t it more so the responsibility of the label to play politics? To that end, think positively, sis. We’re rooting for you. And oh yeah, K. caught the shade about her tax debt from way back and said the matter has already been settled. Don’t Wesley Snipes her. [Crunk + Disorderly]
Kanye West will be giving a modern beat to your auntie’s favorite cat daddy crooner, Charlie Wilson. In a recent interview, Charlie, last name Wilson, revealed: "Kanye and myself, we started already — Kanye is starting on a new record for me. Kanye is one of the greatest rapper/producers that we have. He's a little controversial, yeah, but he's still a genius at that in the studio. He wants to produce me, so we'll see how that goes. He's been asking for a while and I've just been busy. Real busy. I know Pharrell [Williams] wants to get in. And Justin Timberlake." Can’t wait to hear it at your family cookout next year! [MTV News]
In related Kanye West news, when it comes to Miley Cyrus and all her annoying appropriation antics, you can think ‘Ye and Pharrell for encouraging her.
In her Rolling Stone cover story, Miley reveals that Kanye told her: "He came in and goes, 'There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now.'" As for Pharrell, he sent Miley the following text: "The VMAs was nothing more than God or the Universe showing you how powerful anything you do is. It's like uranium—it has the power to take