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It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on the film (via Variety). “Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience” is comprised of two halves. The first focuses on the trio of Lee, Danny Aiello and production designer Wynn Thomas walking around the film's iconic Bed-Stuy block —Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy Aves.— revealing some interesting details about production alongside some quick interviews with current residents and a few members of the film’s cast. The latter half takes place at a block party Lee hosted in June with special guests including Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes »
- Cain Rodriguez
What’s most intriguing about the cinematic treatment of Brown’s life – both on- and off-screen – is that so much of it took place in front of a camera. In fact, Elvis Presley aside, it’s hard to think of a more physical performer that spent so much time being captured on film in the early days of the rock n’ roll/rhythm and blues era.
Brown’s popularity rose and sustained itself for so long that it’s often easy to forget that while he was a fixture well into his more funk-driven days of the 1970s alongside the likes of George Clinton, he got his start as a contemporary of Little Richard.
By time 1964 rolled around and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones »
- Shane McNeil
New York news reporter Mario Diaz doesn't recognize the singer at first, shoving her away rather forcefully.
Anything can happen on the streets of New York – especially when there are news cameras involved.
New York’s Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz learned this the hard way on Friday, when a "fan" encroached on his live shot and went in for a smooch. So why has the clip gone viral? Said "fan" is actually four-time Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu.
The 43-year-old can be spotted in a large, brimmed white hat (she was rocking that style long before Pharrell) smiling cheekily behind Diaz as he reports on Shia Labeouf's recent arrest. Moments later, she approaches from Diaz’s left and goes in for a kiss. Diaz reacts promptly, shoving Badu away with a curt “excuse me!”
Badu initially denied the shenanigans on Twitter, responding with a simple "nope" when a fan asked about the incident. Later in the »
Oh, the hazards of live TV. Sometimes you flub a line, and sometimes your news report about Shia LeBeouf gets interrupted by Erykah Badu and her hat. That's exactly what happened to Mario Diaz of New York City's PIX11 news during the 5 p.m. nightly news broadcast on Friday. Just as he was trying to explain the bizarre antics of another celeb, Badu strode into frame and then tried to plant one on Diaz, who handled the kiss ambush like a pro. Of course, he and the PIX11 audience didn't immediately realize that the news-ruining, large-hatted stranger was a famous singer. »
- Drew Mackie
Erykah Badu is the opposite of camera shy! The 43-year-old singer hilariously crashed a Pix 11 news report on Friday in New York City. As she walked by reporter Mario Diaz, who was stationed outside the London Hotel to do a report on Shia Labeouf‘s arrest, she approached him from behind and tried to plant a kiss on his cheek! But, Diaz kept his cool and fended her off with a polite "excuse me.Erykah later apologized to the reporter on Twitter, saying, "@MarioPIX11 sorry Mario. :-)))))" Diaz had a sense of humor about it all and tweeted a Prince lyric: "I get it because... "'Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your..... kiss.'""#Btw my wife and 2-year-old were 20 yards away when it happened," he added. "She saw the roll up, you putting on hat & everything."Luckily, Mrs. Diaz wasn't upset about Badu's little stunt. »
- tooFab Staff
Erykah Badu is the opposite of camera shy! On Saturday, the 43-year-old singer happened upon New York reporter Mario Diaz filming a live segment for Pix 11. Badu interrupted the broadcast, grinning from widely as she approached Diaz from behind and attempted to plant a kiss on his cheek! But this Pix 11 pro didn't lose his cool on the air! Instead, he quickly and politely rebuffed Badu's playful advances. "Excuse me, excuse me," Diaz said, attempting to put an arm's length of distance between himself and Badu. But without missing a beat, Diaz continued the tail end of his segment covering Shia Labeouf's recent troubles. He threw back to the anchor, noting that Labeouf »
It's been 25 years today, June 30, since director Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing film hit theaters, and this drama not only holds a lot of significance for many across the country, it was also the film President Barack Obama took First Lady Michelle Obama to see on their first date.
Related Pics: President Obama and First Lady Michelle's Pda Moments
To celebrate the movie's anniversary, a celebration was thrown in Brooklyn -- where Dave Chappelle, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Erykah Badu were in attendance-- and the Obamas made a video message for the special occasion. "Do The Right Thing was actually the first thing we saw together on our first official date," Michelle, 50, admitted. "He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker."
The President quipped, "I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about directed »
Erykah Badu made a surprise appearance on a local news show when she pranked NYC's PIX11 reporter Mario Diaz by trying to kiss him live on air. On Friday, Mario was reporting on Shia Labeouf's Broadway arrest when Erykah noticed the news crew filming and proceeded to stop and wave at the camera and eventually go in for a smooch. Mario didn't appear to be too happy about the on-air kiss, but he later promised not to do "the NYC push back" when Erykah apologized to him on Twitter. He also mentioned that his wife and 2-year-old son were nearby when Erykah went in for her kiss but that, after his wife realized what happened, she said Erykah had "great taste." @fatbellybella I get it because... "Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your..... kiss" — Mario Diaz (@MarioPIX11) June 28, 2014 Source: Getty »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Erykah Badu Crashes News Broadcast
Diaz was reporting on Shia Labeouf’s arrest from Manhattan Friday evening when Badu was spotted walking behind him. Wearing a large hat, Badu walked slowly in the background making faces and rude gestures before approaching Diaz and leaning in for a kiss. Diaz, focused on his broadcast, pushed Badu away with an “excuse me,” not even registering who his crasher was.
nope. “@StevieTrees47: @fatbellybella is that you? https://t.co/toWbpmgp0x”
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) June 27, 2014
Badu And Diaz Bond On Twitter
Once viewers identified Badu as the lady who tried to kiss Diaz on the news, the clip went viral and Badu apologized to Diaz via Twitter. Diaz and Badu have been exchanging tweets ever since, joking about the incident. »
Pharrell won big at the 2014 Bet Awards, beating out two Beyoncé videos for Video of the Year and performing with surprise guest Missy Elliot.
2014 Bet Awards
Chris Rock hosted the awards, which featured an incredible number of performers ranging from Best New Artist winner August Alsina to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Lionel Richie. While receiving his big honor, the techs at the Bet awards misspelled Richie’s name on the screen, writing it “R-i-t-c-h-i-e” instead.
Welp Bet spelled Lionel's name wrong #noT #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/7A0ZZvidxV
— Bg TeamKnowItAll.com (@Brittany_Geneva) June 30, 2014
Other performers included T.I. and Iggy Azalea, who performed their single “No Mediocre” before going into Azalea’s hit “Fancy,” and Nicki Minaj , who performed “Chi-Raq” and “Pills N Potions.” Robin Thicke also performed, making another awkward plea to his estranged wife Paula Patton. Thicke dedicated the song to her, saying, “I miss you and I’m sorry. »
Let’s say that you were a PIX11 reporter doing a live shot on the 5 p.m. news about Shia Labeouf’s arrest, and you were going to wind up getting videobombed as you tried to wrap up this segment on a Manhattan street. Who would be the perfect suspect to perpetrate this devious and disorienting crime? If you said Shia Laboeuf… well, that’s actually a really good and meta choice. But it was actually Erykah Badu, decked out in a Hoi (hat of interest). Standing behind Pix’s Mario Diaz, the singer made a family-unfriendly gesture in which »
- Dan Snierson
Local news reporter Mario Diaz of New York station Wpix 11 got an unwelcome surprise when R&B singer Erykah Badu interrupted him during a live report. Diaz was in the middle of a story about former “Transformers” star Shia Labeouf‘s recent arrest, when a woman wearing a large white hat awkwardly walked into the frame, made an obscene gesture and tried to kiss him. Also read: Red Carpet Reporters Slam Disastrous Daytime Emmys Pre-Show The incident happened during Wpix's 5 p.m. newscast on Friday. Diaz didn't know who the woman was — pushed her away and called her “a fan. »
- Anita Bennett
While reporting on the Shia Labeouf incident on Friday, Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz had his own celebrity encounter when a white hat–wearing Erykah Badu interrupted his standup by attempting to kiss him on the cheek. The mischievous Badu must have had some free time on Friday in between performing at Dave Chappelle's show, seeing Kara Walker's A Subtlety, and hanging out in Bed-Stuy at the 25th anniversary for Do the Right Thing. Even though Diaz's wife witnessed the whole thing, they both took it in stride once they realized that this was the fun kind of kooky celebrity encounter and not the violent kind. Watch the incident and read the Twitter postmortem: »
- E. Alex Jung
Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. For the Obamas, it's an easy way to keep track of how long they've been together, because they watched the movie on their "first official date" back when they were working at the same law firm in Chicago. Spike Lee played their video message at two events yesterday — first at a block party in Bedford-Stuyvesant (that included appearances by Dave Chappelle, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Erykah Badu), and then at a screening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read the banter below: Michelle: Do the Right Thing was actually the first thing we saw together on our first official date. Barack: We'd eaten lunch at the Art Institute of Chicago, gone for a little walk, and then I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about directed by a guy that not »
- E. Alex Jung
“It’s the shittiest comeback in the history of show business,” declared Dave Chappelle shortly into his opening-night performance at Radio City Music Hall, the first of an impressive nine-show run that later included guest appearances by the likes of Nas, the Roots, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu. But as he demonstrated in his frequently hilarious 95-minute set, that joke was far from the truth. Photos Inside THR's Comedy Actor Roundtable With Andy Samberg, Matt LeBlanc, Tony Hale The comedian -- who abandoned his hugely successful Comedy Central show in 2005 and entered into years of virtual seclusion
- Frank Scheck
Dave Chappelle performed at Radio City Music Hall last night — his first of a nine-show engagement. With rumors of special guests (on top of those already announced, like Nas, the Roots, and Erykah Badu) and well-documented horror stories of Chappelle's past outbursts hanging over the evening, how did it go down? Here's the word from those who were there:“But while there are many sharp bits, they rarely build momentum. The show wandered and strangely fizzled at the end, squandering several big laughs that would have made strong closing jokes. At his best, Mr. Chappelle weaves long stories, finding laughs before and after the joke. When he introduces a bit as one of the worst he’s ever written, he seems to use it as a challenge, establishing the premise of a friend who pitches him terrible movie ideas with precise characterization and a sense of suspense.” —New York Times “In fact, »
- Lindsey Weber
Dave Chappelle Returns To The Stage
Chappelle shocked the world when he abruptly left his hit show on Comedy Central in 2005. Chappelle had just signed a reported $50 million contract with the network, only to leave in the middle of Chappelle’s Show’s third season, and many speculated that he had a nervous breakdown. Following his disappearance from the industry, Chappelle has kept to himself, becoming known as somewhat of a recluse.
In 2013, Chappelle returned to the stage, headlining the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour. This year, Chappelle is performing a string of sold-out stand-up shows at Radio City Music Hall in June, followed by shows with musicians the Roots, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and DJ Premier. »
Dave Chappelle sat down Tuesday night for an alternately hilarious and insightful interview on The Late Show With David Letterman, marking his first late-night appearance in six years (and his first on Letterman's show in a decade). There's a clear mutual respect between the two comedy legends, as the duo exchange friendly family banter and reflect on their comedy careers. But the most obvious talking point – Chappelle's infamous exodus from Chappelle's Show – dominates the conversation, with the host playfully grilling his guest about walking away from $50 million and a third season. »
Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, the man himself will perform a string of five shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall in June. Then he'll team up with the Roots, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Janelle Monae, and Erykah Badu for three additional shows at the same venue. Everything is, naturally, already sold out. (But we're sure you can swing a way to find tickets if you really try.) »
- Lindsey Weber
Bilal’s list of collaborators reads like most people’s playlists: The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay-z, Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Common, John Legend, J Dilla, and Robert Glasper. But to get to this point in his career, it took a lot of waiting. Late 2013 brought the release of A Love Surreal, distributed by eOne Music. In support of the album, Bilal played at Stage 48 in Manhattan last weekend (May 9), with more touring to be expected. ...Read More »
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