Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5' 2" funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film.
This year on TV alone, he's hosted "Saturday Night Live" and launched a sitcom spoofing reality shows called "Real Husbands of Hollywood." On the big screen, he can currently be caught in the ensemble comedy "This Is the End," which comes close on the heels of hits such as "Think Like a Man" and "The Five-Year Engagement."
"Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" is a concert flick featuring the best of his recent concert tour across North America and Europe, with stops at ports-of-call as far afield as Vancouver, Toronto, Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam and Birmingham, England. The film opens at a Mix and Mingle party where a frustrated Kevin finds himself accused of letting success go to his head.
Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page this past Friday to post an open letter, venting about slavery, racism and the IRS.
The Grammy Award winning singer and rapper was recently found guilty of tax evasion on an estimated $1.8 million. Hill was sentenced to three months in jail.
The post, entitled "MLH On Racism," opens addressing the concept of "reverse racism," calling it "flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous."
Jim Kelly, who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful but brief career in action movies, has died. He was 67.
Kelly's former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN that the actor died Saturday of cancer – but did not elaborate.
Kelly worked as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles when he was tapped for his first role in the action movie, "Melinda." But he is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon."
Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on Saturday to a leader who has been characterized as one of the most repressive in the world.
"We wish you the very, very, happiest birthday," Lopez said to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and then she sang to him at a huge celebration at a resort in the central Asian country.
The singer's spokesman told CNN Sunday that "had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."
For movies opening June 28, 2013
"The Heat" (R for violence, crude humor and pervasive profanity) Good cop/bad cop comedy about a straitlaced FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who grudgingly agrees to work with a foul-mouthed Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) with a short fuse in order to apprehend a ruthless Russian mobster. With Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport and Tony Hale.
"White House Down" (PG-13 for profanity, violence, brief sexuality and intense action) Action thriller about a cop (Channing Tatum) recently rejected by the Secret Service who comes to the rescue when the President (Jamie Foxx) is abducted by a paramilitary group. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods and Richard Jenkins.
Services for Bobby 'Blue' Bland will be at First Baptist Church-Broad at 2835 Broad Ave. at noon Thursday, June 27. The family has asked that all memorials be sent to The Blues Foundation, which will assign them to the HART Fund.
Also, the family is allowing the blues community to share the celebration of Bland's life via this link: www.ustream.tv/channel/bobby-bland-memorial.
The blues and soul balladeer's signature hits include "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City." He died beloved and revered last Sunday (June 23) at age 83.