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Comic Hannibal Buress (kind of) talks about ‘the Cosby stuff’
Hannibal Buress became a more visible comedian after his routine about Bill Cosby went viral last year. During the bit, he called out Cosby for the rape allegations. “You rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” A video of him doing this routine launched a media storm about Cosby and dozens of women came forward saying he raped them. In a GQ story published Wednesday, Buress says he doesn’t regret the bit. “You can’t predict (stuff) like that,” he said. “People think I’m this amazing guy or something. I’m a decent guy.” He doesn’t say much else about it, except “I don’t know what the (expletive) else you want me to say.”
N.W.A. reunion tour possible, with Em on board
Eminem may be joining the ranks of “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” when the legendary rappers reunite for a reunion tour to promote the new film “Straight Outta Compton,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The promotional tour would take place in Europe. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” Universal Studios chief Donna Langley tells THR. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.” Eminem, a protegé of N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre, appears on the film’s soundtrack. An N.W.A. reunion occurred last month when Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella performed together at the BET Experience in Los Angeles. Original N.W.A. member Eazy-E died in 1995 due to AIDS-related complications. “Straight Outta Compton” opens Aug. 14.
MTV snubs upset Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks
After the nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards were announced this week, some artists took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Rapper Azealia Banks wasn’t nominated, so she tweeted: “All my videos deserve VMAs and my album deserves a Grammy, but I’ll never get one because America doesn’t like opinionated black women.” Nicki Minaj is up for three awards, but she felt she deserved more, and her tweets on the matter led to a whole big thing that managed to rope in Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. “Did ‘Feeling Myself’ miss the deadline or ...?” Minaj tweeted that on Tuesday, following up with tweets explaining why her video for “Anaconda” should have been nominated for Video of the Year.
Motown camp for high school students
The Motown Historical Museum is offering a weeklong summer camp Aug. 10-14, Motown EDU, and invites Metro Detroit high school performing arts students to apply. “Counselors” include Rhonda Ross Kendrick, 43, daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Diana Ross. “The purpose is really to get our young people to consider business ownership,” said Robin R. Terry, chairwoman and CEO of the museum’s Board of Trustees. Space is limited and the deadline looms. Prospective campers should obtain an application at the Motown Historical Museum, 2648 W. Grand Blvd., or at Youthville, 7375 Woodward, both in Detroit, and return it to Motown by Friday.
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