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The Brits went and cast a white man to play Michael Jackson for an upcoming British tv series.  Get their unintentional shade inside, and Angela Bassett‘s epic response….

UPDATE: Joseph spoke to “Entertainment Tonight” confirming the project, but saying the casting decision wasn’t a malicious one.

“I’m a white, middle-class guy from London – I’m as shocked [about the casting] as you might be.

“It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing. And the more I actually looked at Michael – it’s great, as an actor, to have so much to copy and look at in interviews – the more I kind of fell in love with him.”

Joseph also said that in 2001, Michael had a “pigmentation issue” with his skin, so the issue of race should not come into play. What he must not realize is that race is deeper than just skin color.  But ok guy.

UPDATE 2: Footage has been uncovered of Michael speaking to Oprah in 1993 where he revealed he DOES NOT want to be portrayed by a white actor. He said:

“Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. That’s like you [Oprah] wanting an oriental person to play you as a child. Does that make sense? Please people stop believing these horrifying stories.”

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If you’ve seen Shakespeare in Love, you’ve seen Joseph Fiennes (who played Shakespeare) and your’e well aware that he’s a white Britishman.  So why would he be cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming British tv special?  Shade!

Fiennes will play the late Michael Jackson in a half-hour comedy special set to air on Sky TV entitled “Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon.”

The show will also star Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor.  The premise: A comedy telling the story of how Michael, Marlon and Elizabeth all took a road trip together out of NYC to escape 9/11.  Huh?!

According to Vanity Fair, Elizabeth’s friend Sam Kashner said in his book, Elizabeth Taylor’s Closing Act, that Liz told him this car trip actually happened.  Apparently, Michael was having concerts at Madison Square Garden September 7th and September 10th, so he invited his friends Marlon and Liz to attend.  Here’s what the publication says was in the book:

All three found themselves trapped in the city after the Twin Towers fell. Michael had gotten a call from friends in Saudi Arabia who warned that America was under attack. He hollered down the hallway of his hotel for everyone in his entourage, and for Brando, to leave immediately. Elizabeth was staying at another hotel, the St. Regis, a few blocks away. Now here’s where the story gets complicated. In one version, these three towering icons of American pop culture planned their escape, afraid that they would be the next target. Michael and Brando had trouble leaving their hotel garage because fans kept banging on the car windows, following them down the street, screaming. Unable to fly, they drove out of the city.

 

Fast forward to this now becoming a tv special.  And Joseph has now been cast as Michael.

 

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When news hit the net, actor Orlando Jones said he’d rather Angela play Liz, since color is obviously no barrier.  Her response:

 

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Rihanna just dropped her Anti album semi-unannounced.  Get the deets inside on the semi-surprise rollout…

After dropping her single “Work” featuring Drake Wednesday afternoon, and after reports went rampant that her album would be available some time before Friday, the wait is over.

 

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RiRi just released the entire Anti album on Samsung devices and TIDAL.

The album was actually supposed to be a TIDAL exclusive release at midnight where you received a free code from the AntiDiaRY app on Samsung devices first.  But when TIDAL accidentally uploaded the album a few hours early and it accidentally leaked, folks with all devices were scrambling to download it and rip it for the masses.

So Ri went ahead and allowed for the album to be released on both platofrms, and she gave out the code herself on her Instagram page saying:

A gift to my navy! #ANTI is available right now!!! Download with code: ANTI http://smarturl.it/RihANTI @samsungmobileusa

Now, anyone can stream the album on Tidal for free (until the free offers run out).  For non-Samsung device users, you may be required to sign up for the free 60 day TIDAL trial as well.

Samsung paid a cool $25 million to work with Ri on this release, so it’s safe to say she likely mimicked Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail release.  For Hov, Samsung purchased a million dollars worth of MCHG albums and gave them to Samsung users for free.

Forbes reports TIDAL has exclusivity on the album for the first week of its release.

The 13 song tracklist interestingly doesn’t include her previous singles “American Oxygen” “BBHMM” and “FourFiveSeconds.”  But according to Forbes, Rihanna’s releasing a deluxe version with an additional 3 songs this Friday.

 

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The tracklist for the initial release is below:

Rihanna – ANTI (Tracklist)
1. “Consideration” featuring SZA
2. “James Joint”
3. “Kiss It Better”
4. “Work” featuring Drake
5. “Desperado”
6. “Woo”
7. “Needed Me”
8. “Yeah, I Said It”
9. “Same Ol’ Mistakes”
10. “Never Ending”
11. “Love on the Brain”
12. “Higher”
13. “Close to You”

Have YOU downloaded it yet?!

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Chrisette Michele is engaged to music producer Doug Ellison! The Grammy-winning artist sent out a heartfelt letter to her fans about her finding her true love!

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Lamar Odom is slowly progressing after waking up from a coma this past Friday! He’s breathing on his own and been able to have simple conversations. His family, including ex Khloe Kardashian has been by his side the entire time.

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Former basketball star Lamar Odom was found unconscious in an Nevada brothel yesterday! Khloe Kardashian has is on her way to be by his side and “completely inconsolable.”

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Congratulations to singer John Legend and his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen! The two are expecting their first child and couldn’t be happier! Teigen just took to her IG to announce the news!

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It seems that Amber Rose and Blac Chyna have a couple of people shook due to their upcoming reality show! The Kardashians are trying to stop the dynamic duo from getting theirs because they believe the show will only be about bashing them!

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It is true, the Cincinnati Bengals have cut Devon Still! This makes the second time the football player has not been selected during the preseason. However, despite being cut, Still has remained positive & posted a heartfelt “thank you” to the team on Instagram.

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