Queen Latifah to Star in Faith-Based Drama Miracles From Heaven

After dazzling viewers last month in the HBO biopic Bessie, Queen Latifah is getting right back on the movie set. The 45-year-old Hollywood and music icon will star alongside Jennifer Garner in the drama Miracles From Heaven. The faith-based film, based on Christy Beam’s book of the same name, tells the story of a young girl overcoming an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. Latifah will play a comforting waitress who befriends and accompanies the sick girl on her hospital visits. Joe Roth, T. D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin are producers on the movie, a reunion of sorts after the trio produced the wildly successful Heaven Is for Real in 2014. Miracles From Heaven debuts on March 18, 2016, one week before Easter.

Read it at The Hollywood Reporter.

Diddy Posts $50,000 Bail After Assault at UCLA

We’ve all seen or heard of soccer moms from hell. (Is it you?) But Diddy may have taken that concept and ran with it. The mogul is in trouble with the law once again after an alleged assault using a weight room kettlebell at UCLA’s athletic facilities, where his son, Justin, redshirts on the football team. Puff posted $50,000 bail after being arrested yesterday afternoon, shortly after the alleged incident.

According to sheriff officials, Puff posted $50,000 bail last night, hours after being taken into custody. He’s facing federal charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery, and another count of—get this—making terrorist threats. (America is truly trolling us.) Diddy is due in court July 14.

The university hasn’t identified the cause of the incident or initial dispute. “This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved,” football coach Jim Mora said in the statement from campus police. “While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”

While the incident is no laughing matter, frequent Diddy pest 50 Cent cashed in on another opportunity for some cheap chuckles. He posted a few funny IG memes about the incident, even making his own video clips joking about gathering bail money for Puff, so Fif isn’t his next victim. “They say Puffy went Cîroc coco on the coach with a kettlebell,” 50 quips, in what’s definitely a phony phone call. “I’m scared to death around here.”

Read it at BET.

Wondaland’s Jidenna: Easy on the André 3000 Comparisons!

Attention music blogs: Your mid-year best song list is trash if it doesn’t include Jidenna’s “Classic Man.” The breakout hit from the Wondaland rookie sounds like nothing else on the FM dial, with its bubbly bassline and sung-rapped verses (an innovation the Janelle Monáe protégé calls “swank”). But he says he’s already getting one overwhelming comparison: OutKast’s André 3000. And those are mighty large wingtips to fill. “People say, ‘This is the millennial version of André 3000’,” Jidenna told XXL. “Those are big shoes to fill and that’s an admirable position, but my goal is to redefine and create a new genre… make music that you can party and ponder to at the club. It doesn’t have to be hella deep, but it just has to mean something.” Sounds like a winning recipe for success—and even more comparisons to Three Stacks.

Read it at XXL.



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