Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq Gets December Release Date

Amazon Studios has set the release strategy for the Spike Lee-directed Chi-raq, which is the company’s first theatrical feature play. Amazon has set a December 4 release date and has brought in Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to get this going with an exclusive theatrical release that is expected to cover the major cities in the U.S. Roadside and Lionsgate have teamed often on prestige film fare.

Scripted by Lee & Kevin Willmot, Chi-Raq is inspired by Lysistrata, a Greek Comedy by Aristophanes that follows a woman’s efforts to end the Peloponnesian War.

Nick Cannon and Teyonah Parris star as Chi-Raq and Lysistrata, respectively. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Harry Lennix, and D.B. Sweeney.

The film is set in Chicago’s South Side, and covers the subjects of gang violence and clashes with police, a subject that most certainly has been in the news.


Nick Cannon Shows What’s Really Like to Shadow A Mogul on “Like A Boss”

What does it take to climb the ladder of success all while assisting someone already there?

That’s the question posed in the new Oxygen docu-series “Like A Boss”.

Oxygen Media takes an inside look at what it takes to be the assistant to some of the biggest power players in Atlanta with its new docu-series “Like A Boss,” premiering Tuesday, January 19 at 9pm ET/PT. Executive produced by entertainer and businessman Nick Cannon, the series follows four hardworking and motivated assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses, but know that it in order to get to the top, they must start at the bottom. Featuring Amber Grimes, assistant to media mogul Nick Cannon; Devin Simpson assistant to successful real estate agent Blair Myers; Rian Parish, assistant to popular radio personality Big Tigger; and Drekia Glenn assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, these protégés are out to prove they have the drive, focus and ambition to be a future CEO. Talent can only take this group so far, however, as they struggle to balance their personal and professional lives with the tempting Atlanta social scene surrounding them. From cleaning cars to house hunting and everything in between, these up-and-comers know they are one wrong coffee order away from a pink slip.


Amber Grimes assistant to Nick Cannon:

The ambitious Amber Grimes dreams of becoming a mogul and is trying to climb the ladder to the top of the entertainment world. She started as an assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, but recently left to jump-start her career, managing musicians and artists of her own. With Nick Cannon in need of an assistant to help launch NCredible South in Atlanta, Amber’s now got an opportunity to work with an A-list star, producer, actor and musician who has the connections to launch her career into the next stratosphere. Becoming Nick’s assistant may feel like a step backwards to Amber, but she knows the doors that this job can open could lead to far bigger opportunities in her career.

Drekia Glenn assistant to Abou “Bu” Thiam:

Drekia Glenn wants to make it big in the music industry. She splits time between working at her mom’s restaurant and going to the hottest clubs to scout for talent, in hopes of discovering a new artist. Drekia has had some minor successes, specifically while working for Shawty Lo, but now she’s ready to break out and get a taste of big-time success in the music game. After reaching out to music executive Bu Thiam, Drekia finally has her shot at the big-time and will learn the ropes as Bu’s second assistant. Hard work won’t be an issue for Drekia, but her strong personality and fiery temper could keep her from making a mark with Bu and slow her climb up the ladder in the music world.

Devin Simpson assistant to Blair Myers:

Devin Simpson is a small-town country boy who has his eye on moving up to the big city of Atlanta to become one of the top real estate agents in all of Georgia. Currently he’s stuck living at home with his parents, while working as an assistant to Blair Myers, one of the best, and most demanding, Real Estate Agents in Georgia. Devin’s worked for Blair for over six months and believes that he can be as good of a real estate agent as his boss, but he’s got a long way to go to make a name for himself. Devin’s job is also hurting his social life – he’s a serial online dater who is looking for a match, but can barely squeeze in enough time for coffee and a chat.

Rian Parish assistant to Big Tigger:

Rian Parish is trying to perfect the balancing act between being an assistant to radio DJ and TV personality Big Tigger and being a mom to three kids. Being an assistant can be incredibly demanding and it has caused Rian to miss out on quality time with her family. However, she knows that these short-term sacrifices can lead her to long-term success. If being a mom and an assistant isn’t enough, Rian’s hustling to jump-start an entertainment career as an on-camera host, but finding the time to fit it in is the biggest problem in her life. If working for Big Tigger can give Rian one thing, it’s a chance to learn how to be an on-air personality from one of the best.

For more “Like A Boss,“ fans can visit the official show site to see exclusive videos, photos and bios. Additionally, the assistants and bosses will contribute blogs or videos about careers and entrepreneurship to Oxygen.com. On social, viewers can check out the official Facebook page to watch sneak peeks, follow @Oxygen on Instagram for exclusive snackable content and join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #LikeABoss.

“Like A Boss” is produced by Evolution Media with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Greg Stewart and Jason Sands serving as Executive Producers in association with NCredible Entertainment with Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman serving as Executive Producers.

Nick Cannon Is Joined By Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony & More for 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards

In a concert event honoring young community leaders from across the country, the 2015 Nickelodeon HALOAwards will feature a special appearance by pop icon Justin Bieber, and one-of-a-kind performances by Fifth Harmony, DNCE with lead singer Joe Jonas, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly and WALK THE MOON. The music superstars will join host, creator and executive producer Nick Cannon, along with stars of Nickelodeon’s hit shows, to celebrate four teens who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) in their communities. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALOAwards, held at New York’s Pier 36, will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, Nick.com and the Nick App.

“There’s no better way to begin the holiday season than by celebrating the amazing work of these four teens and our first HALO Hall of Fame recipient Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards,” said Cannon. “Justin’s commitment to granting wishes for kids is unparalleled, and his ability to inspire and lead others through his positive actions is at the core of what HALO is all about.”

Bieber will be presented with the first-ever HALO Hall of Fame Award, an honor given to a celebrity who helps and leads others by making the world a better place, in recognition of his outstanding charitable work with Make-A-Wish [®] and Pencils of Promise. Bieber’s involvement with Make-A-Wish–the global organization which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions–has been longstanding. Since 2009, he has granted a wish at nearly every tour stop where he visits with wish kids and their families, takes photographs and signs autographs before they attend his concert. Over the last six years, he has granted more than 250 wishes for his fans. In addition, Bieber is a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.

After a guest appearance at the 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, platinum-selling girl group Fifth Harmony returns this year with their sing-along pop anthem “Worth It.” DNCE will perform the disco and funk fueled “Cake by the Ocean,” while multi-platinum recording artist Flo Rida is set to take the stage with a medley of his greatest hits and his new track “My House.” Rising star Tori Kelly will sing her latest hit single “Should’ve Been Us,” and WALK THE MOON will perform the chart-topping smash “Shut Up and Dance” along with “Different Colors.”

This year’s four Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are:

2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards will also feature appearances by stars from Nick’s hit series Bella and the Bulldogs (Brec Bassinger, Coy Stewart), Instant Mom (Sydney Park), 100 Things to Do Before High School (Isabela Moner), Every Witch Way (Rahart Adams) and Make It Pop (Megan Lee, Erika Tham, Louriza Tronco, Dale Whibley). The Nickelodeon stars will be put to the test in a series of in-show physical challenges that will help raise money for the organizations of the HALO Award honorees.

Beginning today, Nick.com/halo15 and the Nick App will be the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids can learn about the HALO Awards, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and this year’s performers, flip through photo galleries featuring their favorite musical acts, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event and score exclusive sneak peeks before the big show. On Nov. 29, kids will be able to watch the concert unfold through a live photo stream and simulcast.

Now in its seventh year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.

Kreesha Turner Charts Her Musical Journey with VIBE

Kreesha is no stranger to the music industry having amassed a slew of accolades in her native Canada.

But she’s here in the U.S. now making her way and spoke to VIBE on her journey at this point musically and culturally. She also displays how she’s more than just her stunning looks.

Check out a snippet of the interview below and read it in full on VIBE.com

When She First Got Into Hip-Hop:

“I was the only one of my friends that listened to rap when I moved back to Canada. I remember getting my first CD, Puff Daddy and The Family, and nobody knew who he was. I was like ‘You guys don’t know who Puff Daddy is?’

“I remember I would stay up late night, ’cause in Canada we had Much Music, but we didn’t have MTV or BET. The only time they would play urban music was after midnight for an hour on the American Rap City. Then I got on Napster… I remember one of the first groups I discovered on Napster was A Tribe Called Quest, mind you, I’m probably discovering them like a decade after they came out. But I fell in love with the music. I remember discovering like “Award Tour” and all of that stuff…super late.”

Falling In Love With Dancehall and Jamaican Culture:

“When I first started consuming a lot of dancehall, it was the ‘Black Chiny’ mixtapes.  I remember I would hunt down those tapes everywhere I could. I loved everybody from Ninja Man to Buju Banton. Every time I would come back to Canada my friends would be like ‘What are you listening to, that sounds like noise.'”

“For me I was very isolated when I came back to Canada. People don’t realize I lived in a place called “Edmonton” so most people think when I say I’m from Canada, they say, “Oh you live in Toronto?.” When I moved back after living in Jamaica, I ended up on the south side which was all different families of first generation immigrants. That’s where I found people who had parents just as strict as mine.”

“It’s still very divided. I have people who embrace me and who love me because yes, like, in Jamaica, one of our beliefs as a nation is out of many we are one. A lot of people don’t realize the different races we have within Jamaica just because of our heritage and our history. We have many many many Chinese Jamaicans and mixed races. I’m a Chinese Jamaican and feel proud about it. A large part of me family, they are Chinese but let me tell you, they are Jamaican, too [laughs].