Nick Cannon Talks Nickelodeon HALO Awards, Raising Dem Babies & More

For Nickelodeon’s sixth annual HALO Awards, Nick Cannon surprised five honorees with a special performance from Jessie J and money for their education. GlobalGrind’s Ashley Haines chatted with Nick just after about why he created the show, raising Dem Babies, and offers advice to his younger self.

The HALO Awards premiere November 30 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

Nick & Drumline: A New Beat Cast Talks About Importance of the Film

Nick along with the cast of Drumline: A New Beat spoke exclusively with EBONY magazine on the importance of the original film and how it hopes to resurge that significance with the sequel.

Twelve years after Drumline grossed over $56 million at the box office, VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat looks to revive the big screen classic and reinvigorate the Black collegiate nostalgia of A Different World and School Daze. Premiering on VH1 Monday, October 27 at 9 ET/PT, Drumline: A New Beat will capture the original’s sound and spirit, while welcoming a new class to Atlanta A&T University’s drumline.

Nick Cannon serves as executive producer of the film, reprising the role of Devon Miles in a cameo appearance. Leonard Roberts also returns as Sean Taylor, Devon’s former adversary and Atlanta A&T’s present band director. LeToya Luckett joins the cast this time around as Dr. Nia Phillips, a dean at Atlanta A&T, as does Alexandra Shipp, who plays the film’s star, Danielle “Dani” Bolton.

The cast recently assembled in Atlanta to speak with EBONY.com about the long-awaited sequel.

EBONY: Why tell this story again? Why Drumline: A New Beat?

Nick Cannon: We created a classic tale the first time around, but that HBCU experience just isn’t on television. It hasn’t been told that much on film except for School Daze and it hasn’t been told on television since A Different World. So to bring this one straight to VH1, my ultimate goal is to be able turn the television movie into the television series. Based on the ratings and the response, this storyline will turn into an ongoing storyline similarly to the way VH1 did Single Ladies.

EBONY: A Different World and School Daze inspired a generation of students to attend HBCUs. Did you receive that response to the 2002 release of Drumline, and do you anticipate a similar response to Drumline: A New Beat?

NC: Absolutely! To this day, so many people tell me they wanted to go to an HBCU because of this film, and even wanted to go to college in general—be a musician, a drummer. In a lot of cultures before this movie came out, to be in the marching band was corny. This film made that cool. It allowed a lot of people to embrace it and thrive in it.

EBONY: You return in a cameo appearance. Is Devon Miles still the cocky, arrogant kid that we know? Does he still have the girl? Has he matured?

NC: Yeah, absolutely. People don’t understand that a lot of this story was loosely based on [producer] Dallas Austin’s life. So Devon is now one of the most successful producers in the music game. He married Laila. He actually turned out pretty well. He has his happily ever after.

Check out Ebony.com for the full interview with the rest of the cast.

Drumline: A New Beat premieres Monday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

Nick Breaks The Most Selfies World Record

Nick Cannon has broken the record for the most selfies in an hour on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old hunk smashed the world record for taking pictures of himself after receiving lessons in how to take the speediest snaps.

Speaking to New York Daily The News prior to his world record attempt, he explained: ”I did have some selfie training. My friends at Samsung first of all, they showed me the best way, the quickest way to increase the way to take a selfie is with the new Samsung.”

The ‘America’s Got Talent’ host took part in the Guinness World Record attempt as part of the Samsung’s #DITCHtheDSLR campaign, breaking the existing record.

The world record attempt saw Nick, along with ‘Rock of Ages’ actress Julianne Hough, snap a whopping 283 consecutive selfies, surpassing the previous record which stood at a nearby 279.

Nick and Julianne are now the world record holders and as a result $50,000 has been donated to Habit for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles by Samsung to celebrate the pair’s epic achievement.

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Nick Shares His Management Strategy for Amber Rose

On Tuesday (October 14) while awaiting to break yet another World record at Samsung’s #DITCHtheDSLR at Hollywood and Highland Nick shared his thought process on work and his plans for his new management client Amber Rose, with US magazine.

“We’re super excited about her brand,” Cannon told Us. “I feel like she’s one of those people who are truly an icon when it comes to fashion, style, and even just someone in pop culture. I want to help her develop a lot of things and the first thing we are starting with is a book. We just did a huge book deal that we are really excited about.”

Cannon had high praises for Rose, calling her “super intelligent” and “ready and willing as a business woman” to tackle the industry. “We kind of came up with a lot of the concepts together, but it’s going to be something where I think it’s going to shock a lot of people. I think it’s going to be really good for her brand and launch. My plan is to [begin with] the book then television, and so many other things. You’ll see, it will be out soon!”

Nick also mentioned his desires in even more creative endeavors including back in front of the screen. He hopes to one day collaborate with stars like Denzel Washington and Snoop Dogg.

“I think that would be really cool as an actor and as a music artist,” Cannon reflected to Us. “[To be able to work with] the people I grew up with listening to and that I admire. Snoop was someone that I always wanted to work with and we just completed a new song. Stuff like that, getting the opportunity to do things and work with people that I’ve always looked up to make this industry really cool.”

In the meantime, he’s been balancing his busy work life with time management. “I learned that early on because I do like to do so many things,” Cannon told Us of planning effectively. “I call myself an entrepre-tainer, you know what I mean? It’s in front of the camera and on the other side of camera as well. As a businessman, you have to say, ‘Alright, do I have the time to do this and is this worth my time?'”

He concluded that he was very thankful for his multifaceted career. “I love it all,” he told Us. “From comedy to music to writing to creating products, all of these things to managing brands. It’s just one of those things where to me, it all seems like one job. I know it’s many different facets but really I just got to wake up and be creative and that’s a blessing.”

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