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Actor Nate Parker is bringing change to Hollywood in so many different ways.

The Birth of A Nation creator recently announced the launch of his new film and drama school at Wiley College, founded to help pave the way for students attending the school who are interested in film and drama careers.

Parker said of the venture, “The hope is that we cover all aspects of filmmaking, from sound, lighting, and cinematography, to just studying film specifically with the cultural component and the history of film.”

The first classes will be offered in the fall. Congrats, Nate!

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Bow Wow is not the little pre-teen rapper we’ve all come to know and love.

The actor may be taking it back to his hosting roots. Shad Moss took to Twitter to let fans know, “My “Talk show” is on the way… I get to see the building I’m filming at this week! We changing the game w/ this one.”

No word on if the upcoming show has a title, but we’re sure the CSI star will be letting the world know soon.

FILE PHOTO: Actress Zoe Saldana To Play Nina Simone In Biopic Role

The upcoming Nina Simone biopic is receiving more hate than love these days.

Adding fuel to the controversial fire, Jeff Lieberman, who directed a documentary about Simone’s life called The Amazing Nina Simone, expressed his disdain for the film starring Zoe Saldana.

“[BET Founder] Robert Johnson’s defense of his film Nina was not only insulting, it was 100 percent wrong,” he wrote to the Hollywood Reporter, adding, “I am saddened by the ugly and inaccurate portrayal contained in the script and trailer of Nina and by Mr. Johnson’s desperate attempt to defend the project. Since Mr. Johnson is a black man who lived through the 1960s, I am surprised he does not know what Nina Simone stood for, both for herself and for the hundreds of thousands of people she inspired along the way.”

The film’s April 22 release is sure to cause a major stir.

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Amy Schumer‘s gratitude is on a thousand, literally.

The comedian attended Hamilton on Broadway for the second time in five months over the weekend and left a $1,000 tip for the bartenders.

Bartender Madeleine DeJohn took to IG to share her joy with a photo of the bill, writing, “And then @amyschumer comes into your work and does something amazing.”

Schumer responded, tweeting:

The photo has since gone viral.

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Don Cheadle is known for his amazing acting chops and his knowledge on race and Hollywood.

The actor, who is set to play Miles Davis in the highly unconventional biopic Miles Ahead, chatted about the film and White Hollywood during a Q&A at the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival.

“I just thought that a movie about this person needed to be as mercurial and unexpected and improvisational as his music was. As opposed to a movie that’s, like, checking off all the boxes about Miles Davis’s life,” Cheadle stated.

When asked about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Hotel Rwanda star said, “That’s a symptom of things that are not happening inside the halls of power where movies are being decided.”

Check out the full interview in the March issue of New York Magazine.

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Disney’s animated film Zootopia came in at number one at the box office again, bringing in $38 million this weekend. The Divergent Series: Allegiant came in second with $29 million, while Sony’s Miracles From Heaven took the third spot with $15 million.

SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, The Root, Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, EW, Vulture | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram, Twitter, Disney 

What’s Happening In Hip-Pop: Nate Parker Opens Film & Drama School, Bow Wow Gets His Own Talk Show, & More was originally published on globalgrind.com

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