Regina Hall Joins ‘Shaft’ Reboot
Actress Regina Hill has officially joined the cast of New Line Cinema’s upcoming Shaft reboot. The latest installment comes 17 years after Samuel L. Jackson revived the cult classic and will feature Jessie T. Usher as the successor to the Shaft throne. Regina is reportedly set to play Baby Shaft’s (Usher) mother.
Trailer: ‘Pimp’ Starring Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer’s new film, Pimp, which we first told you about in 2015, is finally on the verge of being seen. And while the independent project still doesn’t have an official release date, the producers are hoping the drama’s star power, which includes rapper DMX and actresses Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico + Sleepy Hollow) and Vanessa Morgan (Riverdale + Finding Carter), will help them secure a distribution deal.
Janelle Monae Designs for Refinery 29
If you thought Janelle Monae’s best fashion days were behind her, think again. The Electric Lady performer hit up the premiere of Refinery29’s 29 Rooms showcase in New York City last night, where she not only showed up, but showed out. The recently turned 32 chanteuse wowed photogs in an eye-catching Minnie-Mouse meets Space Barbie get-up, which she paired with simple Spiga boots and a clutch from the Charlotte Olympia Multi-Face Collection.
Mary J. Blige Praised for ‘Mudbound’ Role
Singer Mary J. Blige is capping off 2017 on a very high note. In addition to Fox picking up a new dance drama she’s producing, the R&B veteran was also recently recognized for her performance in the Dee Reese film Mudbound. Mary was honored with the Breakout Performance Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards, for her role as a depression-era mother trying to raise her children in the deep south.
Nicole Beharie Shoots New Film ‘Monsters and Men’
Despite her lack of press, actress Nicole Beharie has actually been quite busy since leaving her role as Lieutenant Abbie Mills on the hit Fox show Sleepy Hollow. The pint-size beauty reportedly shot two films back-to-back (Jacob’s Ladder + Monsters and Men) and was most recently honored with the Trailblazer Award at this year’s Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series.
In the Works: Cleopatra Jones Reboot
Are you guys ready for yet another remake of a classic 1970s Blaxploitation era film? Well, Warner Brothers hopes you are because they have just secured the rights to Cleopatra Jones, which originally starred Tamara Dobson as a government spy who uses her day job as a model to shield her globe-trotting covert operations.
Brandy Collaborates with Sam Smith
Brandy and British crooner Sam Smith have reportedly recorded new music together. The former Zoe Ever After star revealed the surprise collaboration during a recent interview with a South African news station. In advance of her upcoming tour in the country, The Vocal Bible shared several tidbits with the network, including the fact that the two performers have crossed musical paths before.
Phaedra Parks Signs with Wilhelmina Models
Phaedra Parks has been signed to the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. The former Real Housewives of Atlanta cast-mate announced her new endeavor earlier this week via Instagram, saying “I have started a new chapter in my life and couldn’t be more excited. I feel like I’ve turned into Benjamin Button and started aging backwards. It’s truly amazing what being happy will do for ya.”