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Award-winning comedians Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele, aka Key & Peele, tackle the controversy surrounding American directors casting Black British actors in American movie roles.

Ironically, director Jordan Peele cast a British actor, Daniel Kaluuya, in his critically acclaimed movie "Get Out".

Actor Samuel L. Jackson questioned why Peele cast Kaluuya in Get Out. Others point out that British actress Naomie Harris was nominated for an Oscar for Moonlight. And British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

The film Queen & Slim, which opened in theaters on Thanksgiving Eve, featured British actors - Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith - in the lead roles.

In this video, Peele and his comedic partner Keegan-Michael Key explain why American directors choose British actors over Black American actors.
 

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Samuel L. Jackson's new movie The Banker is in jeopardy after allegations of molestation by the family of the main character's son, who produced the movie.

Jackson, 70, stars in a real-life story about Bernard Garrett, a Black businessman who hired a white man as the face of his financial business before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. Garrett Sr. gave loans to Black Americans at a time when few banks would accept loan applications from Black people.

The Banker, which was filmed in Atlanta, also stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, and Jessie Usher. It was written and directed by George Nolfi.

The film was set to premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, CA on November 21, but the premiere was abruptly canceled by Apple+ after family members of the main character's son made serious allegations against him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia and Sheila Garrett accused one of their 8 siblings, half brother Bernard Garrett, Jr., of molesting them when they were young. Garrett Jr. is listed as a producer of the movie.

The sisters, who are about 15 years younger than their half brother, accused Garrett Jr. of sexually abusing them over the course of a few years when they were young.

Cynthia Garrett, formerly an interviewer on MTV and VH1, has since founded Cynthia Garrett Ministries and speaks to women's groups about the stigma surrounding molestation by family members.

Molestation is a serious problem in the Black community. It often goes unreported to protect the molester, who is typically a male relative.

Another sister, Grace Garett, was upset that Apple+ erased her and her mom from the film.

"Yes it's true. They omitted my mom and my siblings and I entirely. Stole our mom and our life story and did so with our abuser. It hurts. Deeply," she said.

Apple, which purchased the rights to The Banker in 2019, declined to comment on the specifics of Cynthia Garrett's allegations.

In a statement announcing the cancellation of the premiere on Wednesday, the company said:

"We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film's entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps."

THR reports Apple has a lot riding on The Banker, which is set for theatrical release domestically on Dec. 6. The film is getting an awards-season push.

Iconic director Spike Lee finally won his first ever Oscar award after being nominated 5 times since 1990. Lee won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman at the 91st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston in Rome

Hollywood's newest power couple Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston, 35, were surrounded by bodyguards as they enjoyed a romantic holiday in Rome, Italy. Rumor has it that Swift, 29, is paying Hiddleston big bucks to be her exclusive escort. That means he has to clear his dating schedule until she grows tired of him and discards him in 6 months or less like she did the others. I don't know how true that rumor is, but based on her addictive personality and her past history of dating emotionally unavailable men, I wouldn't doubt it.

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Music producer Stevie J dines out with his wife at Mr.Chow in Beverly Hills, CA

After Sandrarose.com posted a photo of reality TV stars Stevie J and Jose Hernandez in NY on Monday, rumors spread like wildfire that the masculine rapper was pregnant. Joseline quashed the rumors by wearing a midriff bearing top to dine out with Stevie at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, CA last night.
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Last night, a slew of Atlanta tastemakers descended upon the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema to catch a sneak preview of the upcoming film DJANGO UNCHAINED, which stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" personality Stevie J and WE tv "Braxton Family Values" star Trina Braxton hosted the screening, which was attended by Kandi Burruss (RHOA) and her boyfriend Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod (HGTV personality), Joseline Hernandez ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta"), Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films), Chaka Zulu (DTP Records), Towanda Braxton (WE tv/"Braxton Family Values"), WNBA stars Swin Cash and Chamique Holdsclaw, Dr. Heavenly Kimes dentist/entrepreneur), Fonzworth Bentley, actress Faune Watkins, V103's Ryan Cameron, Art Terrell and Cynthia Young from KISS 104, 11 Alive's Karyn Greer, Funky Dineva, Michelle Brown (StraightfromtheA blog) and many more.

DJANGO UNCHAINED opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

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Soul Men marks the final big screen appearance of comedian Bernie Mac and soul singer Isaac Hayes who both passed away last month.

The two legends share the screen with acting great Samuel L. Jackson in this comical farce about two surviving members of a 70s soul group (Mac and Jackson) who come out of retirement for a VH1 tribute to soul music.

If the two group members can find a way to get along, they might get lucky and score a record deal.

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Ludacris and his mom Roberta Shields; radio personality Frank Ski (V-103) with his wife Tanya

The 16th Annual Trumpet Awards took place on Sunday (JAN 13) at the Civic Center in Atlanta. It was a black tie affair with dignitaries from the fields of entertainment, politics and medicine gracing the red carpet. The night's biggest honoree Halle Berry was a no-show because her doctor wouldn't give her the green slip to travel.

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