John Legend Supports Protesters in Billboard Op-Ed
In the midst of the racial injustices that have defined much of 2014, John Legend’s voice has been louder than ever. The golden-voiced singer wrote an op-ed for Billboard magazine in response to the grand jury decisions in Eric Garner and Mike Brown’s murders. In the piece, Legend stresses the racial inequalities that still exist in America, cites his inspiration for co-writing “Glory” with Common for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, and urges young activists to continue fighting for necessary and fair change. “We can’t wait for gradual and incremental change,” he writes. “Our government is a democracy, by the people and for the people. It is time for the people to wake up, stand up and demand change.”
Childish Gambino Is Producing and Starring in an FX Show Called Atlanta
Childish Gambino is creating his own 8 Mile, albeit funnier and for the small screen. The rapper/actor is executive producing and starring in a show called Atlanta, which has been greenlit by FX Networks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The half-hour sitcom will focus on two cousins trying to make it on the ATL rap scene. Childish, born Donald Glover, will play Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout who pursues a career rapping after an estranged family member gets famous. Glover memorably starred on NBC’s Community before becoming a real-life rap star.
Keyshia Cole May Face 30 Days in Prison
Keyshia Cole’s old skeletons may be coming back to haunt her. The Oakland native may have evaded prosecution following her fight with a Cash Money employee at Birdman’s house, but she may face a month in prison for some old strikes on her record. The singer appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom to face a judge over a DUI warrant from 2002. Back then, she was ordered to complete an alcohol class, but she’s never produced evidence that she’s done so. A warrant was issued in 2004, and 10 years later, it emerged in her file amidst Cole’s recent fight. The judge is giving K. C. until February to come up with paperwork that verifies she’s completed the course.