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Eddie Murphy's son Eric Murphy is dating Martin Lawrence's eldest daughter Jasmine Lawrence. Jasmine and Eric confirmed their relationship in separate social media posts over the weekend.

Jasmine, 25, took to the photo-sharing site to share two photos of herself and her boyfriend in honor of his 32nd birthday.

She captioned the pictures:

"Happy birthday, my love! I'm so incredibly blessed to know you, to love you, and to have you by my side. Cheers to many more blessings, laughs, and beautiful memories! I love you so much!!"

Eric declared himself to be "head over heels in love" with Jasmine in June.

He wrote: "Head over heels in LOVE with YOU @jasmin_lawrence (heart emojis) #myotherhalf #equallyyoked #iloveyou."

Jasmine's mother is former Miss Virginia USA, Patricia Southall. Jasmine, far left, has two half-sisters Iyanna Faith, 20, and Amara Trinity, 18 (by Shamicka Gibbs).

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Eddie has 10 children, and previously described them as the "brightest part" of his life.

"I am so blessed with my kids," the 60-year-old actor/comedian said recently. "I don't have one bad seed. I don't have any like 'Oh you are the one.' I don't have any of that. My kids are so great, normal people - and nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid."

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Eric, far right, is Eddie's eldest son with ex-girlfriend Paulette McNeely. Murphy also has a son, Christian (born 1990), with ex-girlfriend Tamara Hood.

Eddie shares five children: Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola and Bella with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy. He welcomed daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown with Spice Girl Melanie Brown on his 46th birthday, April 3, 2007.

Eddie also shares two children, a daughter, 5, and a 2-year-old son with current wife, Australian model Paige Butcher.
 

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Eddie Murphy wanted "Coming to America" to be an afrocentric extravaganza showcasing the wide range of talent in Black Hollywood. But the movie studio had different ideas.

Comedian Louie Anderson appeared in 1988's Coming to America as Maurice, a fast food employee who took pride in his work at McDowell's restaurant, owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the sequel, Coming 2 America, Murphy and Arsenio Hall explained that Anderson wasn't originally cast in Coming to America.

"I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," said Hall, 65. "We were forced to put in a white person."

Murphy, 59, added: "[The studio was] like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie.' I was like, 'What?' So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie."

"It was official," Hall continued. "I had a list. They gave me a list with three white guys. They said, 'Who would you rather work with?' I said Louie."

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Also cast in the original was white comedian Jake Steinfeld who made a cameo appearance as a wise cracking cab driver.

Other cameos included Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, who reprised their roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke from the 1983 comedy film "Trading Places," starring Murphy.
 

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Eddie Murphy is considering a return to music -- but never with raunchy rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

In the March 11 episode of Tamron Hall, Eddie -- who appears with his daughter Bella -- talked about the much-anticipated sequel Coming 2 America, which premieres on March 5 on Amazon Prime.

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Tamron asked him if he would ever consider recording new music. The comedian peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Rick James-produced club hit "Party All the Time" in 1985.

According to Eddie, if he ever did go back into the studio, it wouldn't be with rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

"Megan Thee Stallion?! I'm 59, I can't be doing nothing with no Megan Thee Stallion," he laughs. "You know how crazy I would look doing something with Megan Thee Stallion? I'm gonna be 60 in April. I can't be having Megan Thee Stallion doing her stuff and I'm standing next to her with my old ass playing my guitar.

"I have my first grandchild," he adds of his son Miles' baby girl. "Once you're a grandpa, you can't do no tracks with Megan Thee Stallion."
 

 

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When the comedy film "Coming To America" premiered in theaters in 1988, Black women everywhere expressed their dismay that Eddie Murphy's character, Prince Akeem had colorism issues.

At issue was Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Imani, who was groomed by her father to be Akeem's obedient and subservient wife.

On the day they were to be married, Akeem ordered her to "bark like a dog" and "hop on one leg" in a humiliating and degrading manner.

Akeem and his loyal man servant traveled to New York to pick his queen, Lisa, an arrogant and self-entitled light skinned woman, not a dark-skinned, regal, beautiful African woman like his mother, the Queen.

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In an interview with Page Six, Calloway confirmed suspicions that colorism issues played a role in her casting as Murphy's queen-to-be.

"When you have white people hiring Black people in movies, sometimes a certain look is wanted," said Calloway, who added that Murphy and the other executives "wanted a light-skinned girl" to play Lisa.

"I just wasn't light enough. Even though Eddie had the final say on who played Lisa."

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Murphy chose Shari Headley to play the part of Lisa McDowell.

"That's something that we've always dealt with within our race: A lot of men were indoctrinated by having a white woman or light-skinned woman on their arm," Calloway said. "I didn't want the part of Imani, I wanted to be Lisa -- I had read the script and I wanted the bigger role."

Black female moviegoers shared her frustration. They wrote letters to Murphy, the movie production company, and Ebony and Jet magazines, voicing their outrage over the optics of a stunningly beautiful African woman barking like a dog onscreen. While Lisa received $500,000 diamond and ruby earrings.

Calloway ultimately accepted the part despite her disappointment.

"The real deal is, when you're in a situation like that, you wanna be a part of an Eddie Murphy movie. I wasn't gonna say no! I would've loved to have had the lead part, but I was very happy to be in the movie. I can't lie about that. I said, 'I'll make the best out of this and I'll be the best.' It was a smaller role but it was a glamorous part to play. And Shari did a great job."
 

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Amazon Studios Announces the Royal Arrival of Coming 2 America's Official Teaser Trailer and Official Movie Poster.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began in 1988.

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Available March 5th on Prime Video. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones.

Also starring John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy.

Screenplay by: Kenya Barris and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield
Story by: Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield and Justin Kanew
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Based on characters created by: Eddie Murphy
Produced by: Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy
Costumes by: Ruth E. Carter

Amazon Studios will exclusively release COMING 2 AMERICA globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021.
 

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Arsenio Hall (left) is feeling the pressure for Coming 2 America to be successful after reading social media comments.

Social media followers warned the Arsenio and his co-stars not to mess up the sequel to the much-loved original classic.

The 64-year-old actor reprises his role as Semmi alongside Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem in the long-awaited comedy sequel to 1988 film Coming to America. He admits that after reading comments from fans on Twitter he is now aware of just how meaningful the original movie was to people.

"I'm a big social media nut," Arsenio explained. "Eddie's not so much into social media. One day we're sitting at his house, and I'm looking at something. I'm reading different stuff. I guess I said something like, 'Wow'. He said, 'What?' It was somebody tweeting saying, 'Don't y'all f**k it up.' I was like, 'I never thought about it that way.'"

Arsenio continued: "Here's what I got out of the entire tweet, 'That's our movie. My daddy used to make us watch that once a year like The Wizard of Oz at the house. Don't y'all f**k it up.'"

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Arsenio told Complex magazine the fan's comment "shook him up" even though his response was met with disapproval by Eddie (pictured with Shari Headley).

"I was like, 'Eddie...' He said, 'First of all, put that f***ing phone down, man. Somebody got to you like that? Put your f***ing phone down.'

"But I had never thought about the fact that it means a lot to people, and they put that in our arms and say, 'Care for it and do it right, y'all.'

"That shook me up, but I'll tell you what it did. It made me go read the script three more times in a row and say, 'Let me get ready for this s**t.'"

Arsenio insists the story is a "perfect" continuation from the 1988 movie.

The sequel, which is set after the events of the first film, sees Akeem set to become king of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in America named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler).

Akeem and Semmi return to America to find Akeem's son.

Coming 2 America will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting on March 5, 2021.

Amazon Studios is proud to present the most-anticipated sequel, Coming 2 America. Amazon Studios will exclusively release Coming 2 America globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Coming 2 America also stars Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones, John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy.

Directed by Craig Brewer. Screenplay by Kenya Barris and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield

Story by Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield and Justin Kanew

Based on characters created by Eddie Murphy

Produced by Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy

Costumes by Ruth E. Carter

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Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, may have to file for bankruptcy if she can't convince a judge to increase her child support from Eddie Murphy.

The Spice Girls singer has reportedly claimed she'll go bankrupt if ordered to pay $500,000 to her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. She requested an increase in child support from Eddie to offset her increased living expenses due to the Covid outbreak.

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Mel B, who is mom to the comedian and actor's 13-year-old daughter Angel Iris Murphy, has asked the court to allow her access to Eddie's financial records.

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The 45-year-old English singer (pictured with Belafonte in 2014) was "devastated" when Eddie announced they were no longer a romantic item on a Dutch TV show in 2006.

"I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a test," he said about their unborn daughter.

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Eddie continually denied Angel was his until a paternity test confirmed he was the father in 2007.

The 59-year-old comic previously agreed to pay Mel $25,000 -a-month in child support, as well as cover Angel's health insurance and her educational costs.

Mel B was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to cover $400,000 in legal fees and $100,000 in accounting fees for her ex-husband following their 2017 divorce.

According to MailOnline, Mel told L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas she is having financial difficulties.

She wrote: "I will effectively be insolvent and will in all likelihood have to file for bankruptcy. I simply do not have the ability to pay such an exorbitant sum."

She told the court she's been unable to work due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

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Angel (far right) is one of Eddie's nine kids, who range in age from 22 months to 31.

Mel shares her eldest daughter Phoenix, 21 (left), with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar, and daughter Madison, 9 (2nd from left), with Belafonte.

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Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has requested more child support from Eddie Murphy to help her through some financial troubles.

The Spice Girls singer, who is mom to the comedian and actor's 13-year-old daughter Angel Iris Murphy, has asked for Eddie's financial records to determine how much more child support she can request.

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"Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry," her lawyers write in the court documents.

"Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor. Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time."

Mel B's lawyer insist she made "numerous efforts to resolve the case without court intervention," adding, "Melanie was left with no choice but to file this."

According to court records, Murphy, 59, previously agreed to pay Mel $25,000 -a-month in child support, as well as cover Angel's health insurance and her educational costs.

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Angel (far right) is one of Eddie's nine kids, who range in age from 22 months to 31.

Mel B, 45, has two other daughters: Madison, 9 (2nd from left), and Phoenix Brown, 21 (left), and a stepdaughter Giselle Belafonte, 16 (2nd from right).

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Eddie Murphy's much-anticipated Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America, was sold by distributor Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios for a reported $125 million.

The sale was made to Amazon Studios as more theaters face bankruptcy amid ongoing closures during the coronavirus lockdown.

Paramount Pictures weighed numerous options for the movie's Christmas premiere -- including selling the rights to Viacom's steaming service CBS All Access.

The expected streaming premiere date is December 18, sources tell Variety.

The original Coming to America, starring Murphy, Shari Headley and John Amos, grossed $300 million in theaters worldwide.

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In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional African country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in America. Akeem learns he fathered the boy, named Lavelle, with a Queens, NY native (Leslie Jones).

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Akeem and his loyal assistant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) depart for America to find Akeem's son, whom he has never met. Apparently, Akeem kept the NY Yankees bomber jacket he purchased during his first trip to Queens in 1988.

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The movie's supporting cast includes Jermaine Fowler (Lavelle); Tracy Morgan, and Wesley Snipes.

Coming 2 America was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia.