Grapevine: ‘Aunt Viv’ goes after Jada and Will

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

‘Aunt Viv’ actress goes after Jada and Will

Actress Janet Hubert took to YouTube to respond to Jada Pinkett Smith’s video in which she calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity among the actor nominations. An NAACP Image Awards nominee, Hubert is best known for being the original Aunt Vivian in the Will Smith sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (she was on the show from 1990-1993). “People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry ... and you talking about some (expletive) actors and Oscars, and it just ain’t that deep,” said Hubert in the four-minute video in which she calls Pinkett Smith “Miss Thing.”

“I find it ironic that someone who has made their living and has millions of millions of dollars from the very people that you talk about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination ... that is not is the way life works, baby. It’s very suspect to me.” She went on to say that Idris Elba is an incredible actor and that Will Smith is not. “You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama, and you all need to get over yourselves.” Meanwhile, actress Alexis Arquette — sister of Patricia, Rosanna and David Arquette — also lashed out against Jada and Will in a since-deleted Facebook post. Arquette insinuated that Pinkett Smith and Smith were secretly gay, and said she wouldn’t listen to them until they came out of the closet.

Meek Mill challenges 50 Cent

As a growing number of artists and celebrities are weighing in on Flint’s water crisis on social media, warring rappers 50 Cent and Meek Mill have managed to turn the issue into a personal matter. On Instagram, Meek Mill said he was donating $50,000 to Flint for water, and he challenged 50 Cent to do the same. In a since-deleted post in its original form, 50 replied, “I’ll find out what are the right organizations to donate to. It’s a tax right off anyway,” and then went into attack mode on Meek, who is engaged to marry rapper Nicki Minaj. “You don’t have money to give away,” he shot at Meek. “When Nikki find out you playing with her money boy, oh boy your in for it.” 50 Cent also accused Mill of making the donation so he would look good in court. (According to TMZ, Mill is set to face a judge for sentencing regarding a probation violation.) Speaking of 50 Cent, he’ll appear at Vodka Vodka at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Saturday to promote his partnership with Dutch vodka brand Effen. According to the Metro Times, which produces the vodka-tasting event, the rapper will appear “sometime during the event,” but no specific time has been set.

Sexual harassment scandal rocks indie music world

Life of Death PR founder Heathcliff Berru has been forced to leave his position as CEO after several women in the music business spoke out against him. Dirty Projectors’ vocalist and guitarist Amber Coffman led the allegations parade on Monday with a tweet that described inappropriate behavior by Berru from years ago. That prompted more women to speak out — including musician Yasmine Kittles and Motormouthmedia owner Judy Miller Silverman — and for some artists to fire Life and Death as its publicist.

Stacey Dash calls BET a ‘double standard’

“Clueless” indeed. Actress Stacey Dash, best known for her role in that 1995 teen comedy, told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that institutions like BET and black history holidays should go away. “Either we have segregation or integration,” she said, “and if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

Kraftwerk to headline Movement

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will anchor the lineup for this year’s Movement festival, organizers announced Wednesday, as part of the first of two phases of its talent rollout. This marks the German foursome’s first appearance at the Memorial Day weekend festival, now in its 17th year and its 11th year under the leadership of Paxahau Events. Other acts at this year’s fest, May 28-30 on Detroit’s Hart Plaza, include Boys Noize, Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, John Digweed, Seth Troxler and Stacey Pullen. In all, 60 acts were listed as part of Wednesday’s announcement. Movement tickets, $135 for general admission and $300 for VIP, are now on sale at


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Adam Graham contributed

Thursday’s birthdays

Billy Ocean, 66

Geena Davis, 60

Emma Bunton, 40