Grapevine: Kanye talks to TMZ about Trump, slavery
Kanye West pops into TMZ newsroom to talk about recent statements
After creating waves on social media for his outpouring of support for President Donald Trump last week, Kanye West turned up at TMZ newsroom and was a guest for the hourlong “TMZ Live” where he reiterated his love for Trump — “I just love Trump, that’s my boy” — and caused confusion when he spoke about slavery. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years,” he said. “For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” After West’s on-camera interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere, West was filmed in the newsroom getting into it with Van Lathan who took issue with the slavery comments from West, who said he was exercising “free thought.” “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan said. “There is fact, and realworld, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said ... while you are making music and being an artist and living a life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery which you said ... was a choice.” Lathan added that he was disappointed, appalled and “unbelievably hurt” by what West has “morphed into.” “I’m sorry I hurt you,” West responded.
‘Black-ish’ actress to visit Detroit
Actress Jenifer Lewis will visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History this month for a book event to raise money for Community Health Awareness Group, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting HIV and other health issues affecting the African-American community. Lewis, who plays recurring character Ruby Johnson on the award-winning ABC sitcom “Black-ish,” will sign copies of her memoir “The Mother of Black Hollywood” at 5 p.m. May 12. Tickets cost $60 and include a copy of the book and a photo with Lewis. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.com (search for Jenifer Lewis). Lewis, 61, is known for portraying a mother in films like “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Poetic Justice,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “The Brothers.”
Johnny Depp sued by former guards
Two of Johnny Depp’s former bodyguards are suing the actor for unpaid wages and overtime. Page Six reports that they were forced to protect the actor “from himself” because of his wild behavior, and were made to do things beyond their job description, such as drive vehicles that contained “illegal substances” and “open containers.”
Comic Con adds more stars
The roster of celebrity guests at the Motor City Comic Con 2018 continues to grow with the addition of “Black Lightning” actors Cress Williams, China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams. Actors from “Revenge of the Nerds” films, Kate Flannery and Oscar Nunez from “The Office,” Tom Welling from “Smallville,” Margo Kidder from “Superman” and David Henrie from “The Wizards of Waverly Place” will also be at the convention, which is May 18-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace. The convention announced earlier this year that Val Kilmer, Jason Patric, Lucy Lawless and Wallace Shawn would be attending. Fans can get autographs and photos with the stars for a fee. Visit motorcitycomiccon.com for more details.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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