Consequence Says He’s Working On Kanye’s New Album With Former Foe Pusha T
Pusha T and Consequence have squashed their beef for the greater G.O.O.D. The Queens MC says he and Push have put aside their differences and are working with Kanye West on his upcoming album. “All G.O.O.D. in 2015,” said the 37-year-old MC, who first clashed with the Clipse half after leaving Yeezy’s label in 2011. “Pusha [T] and I deaded everything and we creatively vibed with Kanye for this new LP.” While Cons and Pusha will help keep the lyrics at a premium, Paul McCartney is providing an acoustic flourish to Ye’s much-anticipated seventh solo LP.
David Oyelowo Says Academy Prefers “Subservient” Black Stories
Fresh off his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo is speaking truth to power. The 38-year-old actor spoke his mind yesterday (February 1) at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, insisting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the larger film industry insist on seeing Black thespians in docile roles. “We, as Black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative,” says Oyelowo.
He continues: “[Martin Luther King] was assassinated almost 50 years ago. There has been no film where Dr. King has been the center of his own narrative up until now,” said Oyelowo. “That’s because up until 12 Years a Slave and The Butler did so well, both critically and at the box-office, films like this were told through the eyes of White protagonists because there is a fear of White guilt. So you have a very nice White person who holds Black people’s hands through their own narrative. We don’t want to see that pain again, so you don’t even go into what that pain was in an authentic way. Both of those things are patronizing to the audience. You can’t have people curating culture in this way when we need to see things in order to reform from them.”
The remarks, which were met with applause from the live audience, come after Selma was snubbed by the Academy Awards, only scoring nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song.
Saturday Night Live Parodies Hollywood Whitewashing With Fake Jay Z Biopic Trailer
Try as they might, biopics don’t always get it right. Saturday Night Live poked fun at the trend of recent film fails with The Jay Z Story, a whitewashed trailer for a fake movie about Hov’s lifetime. The hilarious sketch features white actor Mike O’Brien as Jay Z, depicting a swagless first meeting with Beyoncé (Sasheer Zamata), formation of The Throne with Kanye West (Jason Sudeikis) and rivalry with Nas (J.K. Simmons). “It’s raw. It’s gritty. It’s 100 percent accurate,” a narrator says.