On Sunday February 12, 2012 Diddy is hosting a post- Grammy after party at the Playboy Mansion. There are also lower priced tickets available for a mere $1,500. The proceeds from the party will benefit the Angelwish Foundation, a organization that helps children with chronic illnesses.
You don’t think blowing stuff to smithereens can be sexy? Challenge accepted, says Rihanna. Check the trailer for the new movie, inspired by the classic board game Battleship.
A dope cover of Joe Perry’s version of “Stop Messing Around” by 15 year old gifted guitarist Lil’ Nicky Fingerz
As if Diddy wasn’t doing enough already, the Hip-Hop mogul is in talks to launch Revolt a new music telivision-network. According to BroadcastingCable Revolt “aims to launch urban-skewed music and music news network by the end of 2012.” This may pressure networks to begin focusing more on the music side of things moving away from the mid-2000’s “Reality TV” thinking..cough cough MTV. With F– — USE along with Karmaloop who plans to launch a network themselves, we may be experiencing a music television revolution.
BC also reports “Former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon is involved with Revolt, according to sources. In 2006, Schuon headed up a music channel called International Music Feed (IMF), which was acquired by Ovation TV before being discontinued.” The network will be ushered in under Comcast to fulfill its agreement with the FCC providing cal opportunity in launching minority owned networks.
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– Sean Lynch (@Kiddfuture)
Here’s another look at the upcoming Comedy Central sketch series, Key & Peele, created by MAD TV alumns, Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele. Theres definitely a void in the sketch comedy lane on TV right now and the hilarity of this shows looks to be promising. The show premieres on Comedy Central on January 31st at 10:30pm EST / 9:30m CST.
– Nate Santos (@MidtownNate)
BET Honors airs tonight. Check out video, Jill Scott speaks about working with Jeezy, Kelly Rowland on new music and more.
The past Saturday, The Source stop through BET Honors Red Carpet on our way to the awards show. Check out Reakwon, Rocsi, Michelle Williams, Common, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Debra Lee and others. BET Honors Airs Feb. 13th.
As the blockbuster thriller, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg arrives in theaters this week, TheSource.com chopped it up with actor Lucky Johnson (HBO’s Treme), who plays the role of “Tarik” in the film. We spoke with Lucky about how his character fits into the international smuggling movie, being on set with a star like Mark Wahlberg, his relationship with his famous cousin Tyler Perry and his long relationship with regional hip-hop music in his native New Orleans. Check out the interview below and make sure to go see Contraband in theaters nationwide January 13th.
Tell us about your character, “Tarik.” What’s his involvement in the story?
Mark Wahlberg plays a security guard, “Chris Farraday,” who’s left behind his criminal past but unfortunately has to get back into the game. He calls my character, “Tarik,” because he has to put together a team to do a job or his brother-in-law will be killed. So we get on a ship to Panama to retrieve something and bring it back to the States.
In the preview of the film it looks like you’re dressed as a cook. Is your character a chef?
Yeah, I’m moonlighting as a chef but I don’t really know how to cook. I’m too busy smuggling, I can’t cook!
So does the role of “Tarik” entail you bringing some comedic relief to the film?
I’m more like an edgy bad boy, but I break the monotony cause I got this thuggish vibe. At the same time, I still come on with some comedy cause they try to drag on me about my cooking. But I drag on they ass right back and give them a taste of they own medicine.
Contraband has the makings of a blockbuster. Would you say that this is your break out role?
Absolutely. I’ve done a few films but they went straight to video. It’s outstanding, everybody treated me like family. Mark [Wahlberg] is a great guy and he took me under his wing [both] on the set and off the set. He shootin’ another movie in New Orleans right now and I hung out with him on set.
Your cousin Tyler Perry is also another major figure in Hollywood who’s influenced you. What kind of relationship do you have with him?
We grew up together and he was one of my babysitters so I had to look up to him in that aspect or he’d whoop my ass [laughs]. I’m so intrigued by what he’s done with his life as far a as movie producer, director and writer. He became a great man on and off screen. I went to school because of him. He was like ‘Lucky, go to school for acting,” so I did that. He gave me advice about stage plays and I did that. I’ve never been in any of his movies or plays, but that’s just because I never asked. The type of person I am, I try and establish everything myself. I haven’t gotten to the point of being in one of his projects also, because I been rollin’ so well on my own. But yeah, he’s my cousin and I love him. For me, that’s my role model.
What were some of your favorite movies of 2011?
Sherlock Holmes just came out and it was awesome. Tyler Perry, all of his movies [laughs], he’s killing ‘em. X-Men: First Class, Red Riding Hood, a friend of mine was in that. There were soo many movies in I saw in 2011.
What’s your relationship with hip-hop?
Well I’ll go down in history as a pioneer of Bounce music out of New Orleans. I have an independent record label, Big Face Music, and I’ve put out a lot of music in my region that we call “Bounce” music. It’s been in existence for 20 years and is becoming a phenomenon throughout the world. So my relationship to hip-hop goes all the way back to the 80’s when I was a boy and I was breakdancing and writing graffiti on the basketball court. Hip-Hop is embedded in my soul. That’s also my swagger in these movies. That’s what they lookin’ for, a different type of swag. It brings flavor to the film.
Who are some of the people you’re listening to these days?
Lil Wayne, cause he’s the homeboy from New Orleans. B.o.B., Wale, Common is killin’ it too. Also Kanye [West], Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Drake. Mystikal, I’m happy for him, he just got signed with Young Money. On the R&B tip, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige are killin’ it and the Mindless Behavior cats too.
What are some of the upcoming projects people can look for you in?
Arachnoquake. Also The Philly Kid should come out right after Contraband, I want to say around March.
Any final thoughts?
Visit my website, LuckyJohnson.com. Also, I have an autobiography coming out real soon and another stage play coming out in February which is named after to the book, The Definition of Bounce. I’m very appreciative of my fans and supporters and I thank God. I been grinding for some years now but I’m here, I’ve arrived, and I’m not gon’ look back. And you gotta go see Contraband.
Here’s your chance to attend an advanced screening of the new Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband. All you have to do is “Like” The Source and Contraband pages on FaceBook, then RSVP to the email address that corresponds with the city where you wish to attend (See below). The screenings will take place on January 12th, 2012 at 7:30pm. Enjoy!
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be given away on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.
Check out the trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming action-thriller Contraband. Wahlberg plays “Chris Farraday,” an ex-criminal who’s forced to revisit his underworld roots to repay his wife’s brother’s debt to a crime boss. “Chris” assembles a team to help the international smuggling operation run smoothely and navigate a world of ruthless crimninals and corrupt officials. Contraband hits theaters nationwide on January 13th.
The cutthroat underground world of international smuggling – full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs – where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Starring Mark Wahlberg. In Theaters Jan. 13th.