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–Video recorded on September 21, 2015.
Welcome to another great episode of What’s The 411; your source for smart urban lifestyle and entertainment news. I’m Kizzy Cox.
I’m Onika McLean.
And, I’m Courtney Rashon.
This has been a week chock full of news and information to talk about. We’ve got so much to share with you today, so let’s get a Quick Take on What’s Poppin!:
More A-list stars have joined the cast of the Roots remake! Forest Whitaker will be playing Fiddler, a mentor to Kunta Kinte, Derek Luke will be playing Silla Ba Dibba the military officer who trained the Mandinka teens to become powerful warriors and Anika Noni Rose will be playing my namesake Kizzy, Kunta Kinte’s daughter who “maintains her family pride and warrior spirit!” The 8-hour miniseries will air on A&E
Rapper Rick Ross is engaged to former stripper turned Instagram socialite, Lira Galore. The ring is huge and Galore posted a picture on Snapchat with the caption “YES”. Congrats to the newly engaged couple.
Marketing guru Steve Stoute has wed! It was a true “Pretty Woman” story. Lauren Branche was a young and beautiful enterprising sales rep from Carol’s Daughter and Steve was her latest pitch! She didn’t get the deal but in the end she got the guy! Best wishes to the lovely and wealthy couple! Oh by the way! Nas, Kanye and Maxwell performed. And Jay and Bey were in attendance.
According to the Guardian, handsome and talented actor Idris Elba should stick to acting instead of singing. Elba recorded and released a new song and the reviews have not been so great. Elba, previously recorded a verse on references his characters Stringer Bell on “The Wire”. Detective John Luther and Nelson Mandela on a remix of Skepta’s grime track “Shutdown”. However, that remix has over 250,000 plays on SoundCloud and was number one on the Billboard charts.
Rapper Kanye West revealed his second Yeezy Collection 2016 during New York Fashion Week. The crowd was filled to the max and included celebs Common, Lorde, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love and of course, the Kardashian sisters. North West was seated in the front row with her mom, had a tantrum like any other two-year-old would. Reportedly, the show was organized and less chaotic and started on time, as opposed to last year’s show.
IN MEMORIAM: Prolific writer and author, Jackie Collins, passed away from the effects of breast cancer. Collins battled breast cancer in private for more than six years — revealing she did not want a wave of public sympathy or to be defined by her illness. In a wide-ranging and emotional interview just six days before her death, the 77-year-old best-selling writer told PEOPLE’s Elizabeth Leonard exactly why she chose to keep her diagnosis a secret from family and friends. She told only her children — Tracy, Tiffany and Rory.
Collins wants on her gravestone: “She Gave a Great Deal of People a Great Deal of Pleasure”
In the U.S. military, if you ask now, who cares if they tell! President Obama certainly isn’t acting like a lame duck! He is going out of this last call of duty with a bang! Actually, bang, bang, bang! Lol! Eric Flanning has been nominated to become the first openly gay Chief of the Military! At Ease Please! In a story reported by Fox News- Mr Fanning who was an official at the Pentagon has been serving as Under-Chief since July! Obama says that Flanning brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and he is confident that he will do an amazing job! Personally, I think President Obama has sat down with God himself and is strategically planning to change America to the point that this is truly a free democracy! Go Jesus and Mr. President!
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