CONFIRMED: Zendaya No Longer Starring in Aaliyah Biopic

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Actress Zendaya Coleman

Lifetime confirmed that Zendaya Coleman will no longer portray Aaliyah in the late singer’s biopic. The network posted from their Twitter account, saying that Zendaya has pulled out and production is currently on hold.

When asked why she gave up the role, Coleman was reported as saying, “I didn’t feel like [production] was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes, when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.”

Coleman went on to say that it was hard to give up the role, but she thinks Aaliyah deserves something more.

“She deserves something really, really incredible and so I would rather wait for that,” she said.

When news of the Aaliyah biopic first broke, Coleman faced harsh criticism for being “too light” to portray Aaliyah and not resembling her in the least bit. Despite many fans’ disapproval, Coleman was ready and willing to play the role.

“And The Winner Is…” — Complete List of 2014 BET Awards Winners

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Pharrell Williams accepting award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

We all know that not every BET Award moment is televised.

In case you missed it, here is a complete list of the 2014 BET Awards winners:

BEST NEW ARTIST

August Alsina

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST

Tamela Mann

BEST ACTOR

Chiwetel Ejiofor

BEST ACTRESS

Lupita Nyong’o

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Nicki Minaj

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Pharrell Williams

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyonce

BEST GROUP

Young Money

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

August Alsina

FANDEMONIUM AWARD

Beyonce

BEST COLLABORATION

Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk in Love”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Hype Williams

THE YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Keke Palmer

BEST MOVIE

12 Years A Slave

THE CENTRIC AWARD

Jhene Aiko, “The Worst”

SUBWAY SPORTSMAN

Kevin Durant

SUBWAY SPORTSWOMAN

Serena Williams

INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA

Davido (Nigeria)

INTERNATIONAL ACT: UK

Krept & Konan

LIFETIME ACHIVEMENT AWARD

Lionel Richie

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

All Civil Rights Movement Heroes, accepted by Myrlie Evers-Williams

Top 5 Highlights From The 2014 BET Awards

L to R: Trey Songz, August Alsina, Chris Brown
L to R: Trey Songz, August Alsina, Chris Brown

The 2014 BET Awards Show is said to have topped those held in previous years. Hosted by legendary comedian Chris Rock, this star-studded event included appearances from Kerry Washington and Larenz Tate, performances from Usher and Jennifer Hudson, and a special tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Lionel Richie.

BET really stepped their game up with their annual awards show, and while there are many things that caught our attention, the following five highlights were the most notable:

1.) Robin Thicke Sang a Song for His Beloved, Paula Patton

Robin Thicke is really trying to win back his lady love. He sang a beautiful song for Paula Patton titled “Forever Love,” and it was obvious that he wanted her to know how sorry he is and how much he misses her. Thicke has cancelled shows, performed for Patton at other awards shows and he named his entire new album after his wife. We’re wishing him the best in his efforts to save his marriage.

2.) Trey Songz Joined August Alsina and Chris Brown On Stage for “I Luv This Sh**, Remix”

Earlier this year, August Alsina shamelessly scolded Keshia Chante for mentioning Trey Songz’s name on 106&Park during his visit. Imagine our surprise when Songz began singing in the middle of Alsina’s performance. Body language during the performance and an Instagram post after the show proved that the two have not patched things up. While the nature of Alsina’s beef with Songz is still unknown, apparently it was put aside for the moment since “business is never personal.”

3.) Nicki Minaj Gave a Brow-Raising Acceptance Speech

While rambling during her acceptance speech for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Nicki Minaj made it very clear that she writes her own lyrics. While no names were mentioned, and she said she wasn’t throwing shade at anyone, spectators couldn’t help but wonder who she might’ve been talking about or what she could’ve been implying. Besides that, and admitting that she had a recent near-death experience, it didn’t take away from the fact that she was awarded Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for the fifth year in a row.

4.) Pharrell Williams Took Home Two Awards for His Song, “Happy”

Pharrell has every reason to be happy. After opening for the BET Awards with Missy Elliott, he took home the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Video of the Year awards. His song “Happy” has brought him much success and has touched the lives of thousands all over the world.

5.) Debra Lee Bestows the BET Humanitarian Award to All Involved in the Civil Rights Movement

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act, enacted on July 2, 1964, outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and/or national origin. The Humanitarian Award, presented by State Farm, was accepted by Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers.

*Honorable Mention: Beyonce and Jay-Z Close the Show

Many were expecting The Carters to be present at the BET Awards. However, the viewing audience got to see footage from their On The Run Tour instead. Beyonce and Jay-Z were filmed performing “Partition” and the video was shown as the closing act.

 

What did you think of the 2014 BET Awards?

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Bobby Womack Dies at 70

362Bobby Womack, born Robert Dwayne Womack, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014. Although no details have surfaced, Womack’s publicist, Sonya Kolowrat, has confirmed his death.

Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years. He released several hits including “Lookin’ For A Love,” “Across 110th Street,” and “Woman’s Gotta Have It.” He also wrote The Rolling Stones’ “It’s All Over Now,” among other songs. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Check out one of his greatest soul hits, “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” below:

Above The Standard: Meet Mike Baskin

10397068_10154182122595611_3457880145774084709_oWe had a chance to sit down with five-time champion of The Standard, Mike Baskin. Baskin, who also goes by his stage name, King Mike, shared with us his experience with The Standard and his music career altogether. Read highlights from the interview below:

Everything Exclusive Magazine: How did you hear about [The Standard]?

Mike Baskin: I met Frenchy at Georgia State [University], and, he and I were in loose contact over the first few years… He had checked out some of my music, a few of the tracks that I had done, and when he came up with the idea for The Standard, he approached me and [asked me to be] a part of it and to really get it going in the beginning… Out of the respect that I had for him, what he does–and I know how serious he is about everything he does–I was more than willing to lend my time and talent to what he was doing.

EEM: How long have you been competing in The Standard?

MB: Since it began in October of last year.

EEM: And how many times have you won?

MB: Uh, a bunch. (laughs) Let me see… I’ve won five times out of competing in eight rounds.

EEM: Was it five times in a row or just five times?

MB: It was three times in a row, and then I’ve had to take breaks here and there just because of my schedule. You know, running a business, taking care of my daughter… It’s a lot, but I try to squeeze in [The Standard] the best I can, but sometimes I just can’t. Sometimes, I had to take a break and just come back.

EEM: So would you say that you have a strong fan base because of The Standard, or have you already had one?

MB: Musically, I’m not sure what my fan base is. I can only go by the statistical data that I have from my website. I mean, I consistently get hits and downloads and listens. People buy my music… I wouldn’t say I have a huge fan base, but it’s definitely picked up since The Standard. The main thing that I can say I’ve gotten from The Standard is [more opportunities] for my business. I’ve been able to display my ability to make beats, to produce tracks, to write lyrics and then record them at a high level. From that, it’s opened up a lot of opportunities for people to hire me for collabs, or buy beats from me, or do different production services and things like that. It’s helped me more for my business than [gaining] fans.

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EEM: How do you balance career and family life? Do they interfere [with one another] at all?

MB: No. Everything is about priorities and balance. Everything. It’s just really about consistently making the right decision and deciding what’s more important at that time. Obviously, spending time with my daughter is very important, you know, being there for her, investing in her. But at the same time, I have to be able to financially support her, so I have to be very ambitious and aggressive in my business dealings so the bills get paid… In the end, I think I strike a good balance.

EEM: Do you have any family members who are also into music?

MB: Yeah. My older brother is actually the one who got me into music.

EEM: How so?

MB: When we were in high school, he was a big-time poetry writer. He wrote a lot of poems and raps… I wanted to be like my big brother. I asked him to teach me a few things and he put me in what we call “Rap Boot Camp.” I guess the rest is history.

EEM: So, if you had to describe your music and your projects in one word, what would it be and why?

MB: Honest… That’s my main priority. More than anything, I want to be honest. I wouldn’t even feel right accepting any kind of compliment or support on something that I didn’t feel like was me, that represented me as a person, as a human being. My priority is to release music that’s honest. [Music] that’s a genuine representation of me. I’d rather be honest than good.

EEM: If you had to give any words of advice, what would they be?

MB: Show up for work. It’s all about repetition. Everybody starts somewhere, but if it’s something that you really want to do, then do it… If you’re not gonna put in the hours, don’t call it your passion; call it a hobby. If it’s your passion, there should be no problem with you doing what you have to do to make it work.

To learn more about The Standard, and to see Mike Baskin in action, click here.

Interview Conducted by Raena, Editor-in-Chief

Incoming Freshman Anticipating the First Day!

The time couldn’t have came any faster for the incoming Class of 2018 as they are excited about orientation, visiting campus and dorm room shopping. We all know how this feeling felt when we were once freshmen. All over our social networks we see our timelines flooded with college hash-tags of where everyone is attending this upcoming semester and there future plans once they get on campus. As we all know that this is a huge transition, there are a few things our incoming students need to know as they wonder what college will be like.

First and for most,

1. You should set some type of goal for yourself. Many people tend to get to college and totally forget why they came there. They get so drawn into the late night parties and hanging out with friends that they began to start struggling on trying to actually stay in college. What you should do is for each semester/year, you should say to yourself that you won’t settle for any below average grades. For example, telling yourself that you won’t except anything lower than an A or B. If you stick to it, you will find yourself making nothing less.

2. Push yourself to become active on campus in a student/adviser led organization or team. Once you get on campus you will see that it’s more to do than just going to class. There are many great things you can get involved in whether its SGA, a mentoring program, Greek Life, sports team etc.. All these things are ways to get yourself known respectfully and to develop a good name for yourself on campus. If your trying to make a mark on campus you will find that, “Its not what you know, its who you know!”  It will take you a really long way.

Last but not least,

3. If you want to be great, you have to plan ahead! Even though you’re incoming students it would still be good to know how you want to see your life turn out in the near future. When you have done the things I said above this should come easy to you. To get better experience in your field you should look into finding internships and job opportunities. You will find that this will open up doors for many things and meeting new people. Also, after graduating you could have a good job waiting for you.

 With this being said, if the tips that were explained above were followed, you will be guaranteed to have a successful year. Always remember that no one can push you as hard as you push yourself when trying to succeed. Lastly, you will find that things won’t always be easy and that your freshman year is a true learning experience. Don’t get caught up in what everybody else is doing & forget your purpose. Remember things just don’t happen they must be planned. Stay focused!

J’quan Freeman, Staff Writer

 

 

Know Your Status

According to the CDC, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV and more than 200,000 don’t know it. The seasons change and sadly so can your status. The weather is getting hot and relationships are ending rapidly; however, before you go out and have that summer fling, hiv_testing_dayprotect yourself. June 27th is National HIV Testing Day and according to Dr. Rachel, from the TV show “The Doctors, Atlanta, Washington D.C, New York, and Miami are the cities’ where this epidemic is growing rapidly. In a casual or regular relationship is it important to know you and your partner’s status. With new at-home technology where you can test yourself, there is no excuse for you not to know your status. This test can be purchased in select Walmarts, Walgreens, Korgers, Rite Aids, or online at http://www.oraquick.com/. So this week go out, get tested, and know your status! Below are testing sites for individuals located in and surrounding the Atlanta area.

2035 Candler Rd. Decatur GA 30032 SWC of Candler & Mcafee
4120 Austell Rd. Austell GA 30106 SWC of Austell & East-West Connector
2351 Dawson Rd. Albany GA 31707 SEC OF DAWSON & WHISPERING PINES
7935 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro GA 30236 NWC of Tara Blvd & Hwy 138
2711 Metropolitan Pkwy., S.W. Atlanta GA 30315 SWC of Metropolitan & Cleveland
631 Professional Dr., #100 Lawrenceville GA 30046 631 Professional Drive
3740 Cascade Rd., S.W. Atlanta GA 30331 SWC of Fairburn & Cascade

Sources : http://rollingout.com/health/national-hiv-testing-day-locations-atlanta/#_ , The Doctors TV show

Best of Luck,
Chasity Edwards