A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Fresh off his debut of The Shop on HBO, LeBron James is making another power move in Hollywood before even scoring a basket for the Los Angeles Lakers. This time it’s personal and political.
Showtime has ordered a three-part documentary series on the evolving role of athletes in the current political environment.
James is the executive producer of Shut Up and Dribble. The title taken from conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s remarks to the four-time NBA MVP in February when players from the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors declined an invite to the White House after the 2017 NBA Finals.
In today’s NBA, players consistently build their brands off the court. They become major influencers in fashion, commerce, tech, and, yes, they are also using that influence and their voices in the political arena.
“If being a star athlete is inherently a political experience, Shut Up and Dribble tells that complex and dramatic story from the past to the present and from the inside out,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but to perspective, and he, Maverick Carter, and Gotham Chopra have given us an important, insightful docuseries that should bring their fans and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirized in the title.”
Shut Up and Dribble is a presentation of Showtime Sports Documentary Films and James’s SpringHill Entertainment imprint, and will premiere on Showtime in October.
After walking out on production, the Braxtons are taking their “family values” to Iyanla Vanzant for a “fixing.” You read that right, The Braxtons are slated to be on an upcoming episode of OWN’s Iyanla Fix My Life.
According to Jasmine Brand.com, Tamar, Toni, Towanda, and Traci Braxton as well as well as their parents Michael and Evelyn will film with Van Zant following four of the five sisters walking off set during a taping of Braxton Family Values. Traci remained, bringing in Phaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Natalie Nunn (Bad Girls Club), Tiffany Pollard (Flavor of Love and I Love New York) and others to keep the show alive, with Tamar expressing her disapproval through social media.
“No one is supporting it. No one is watching it. No one is shooting it. No one wants anything to do with it, “Tamar said on a livetstream.
Look for the Braxtons on Fix My Life sometime during the season on OWN.
Cardi B (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Now that rapper Cardi B is a mother, it will not be easy to get her out of the nursery and onto the stage. According to TMZ, Cardi has now increased her price for performances to $300,000.
The main reason for the increase reportedly is because she does not want to be away from her daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, too much. The “Finesse” rapper is also not agreeing to perform in locations that are too far from her home, because she wants to be close to her child.
Cardi is getting offers to perform for $500,000. So it seems as if producers have no issue with the rapper’s price tag.
DJ Kahled often screams “We The Best” in his songs, but now he wants to prove that he’s the “best’’ in home décor.
Kahled has launched his own luxury furniture line recently, according to an announcement on his Instagram page. Appropriately titled “We The Best Home,” the line features sofas, dressers, nightstands, beds, chaises, wall art, and sneaker chests. Most of the furniture is adorned with a design of a roaring lion with a gold and black trimming.
“Everyone deserves to live like kings and queens, that’s a major key. I made this collection exclusively for ‘fan love’ to share how important our homes are and to bring WE THE BEST lifestyle into your sacred place,” Kahled said in a statement.
The line is divided into five collections: Lion, Major Key, Iconic, Baller and No They. The pieces range from $150 to $2,500.