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"The Chi" is losing its first transgender character. Jasmine Davis played "Imani," the girlfriend of actor Luke James' character "Trig" in seasons 3 and 4.

Lena Waithe's Chicago-based TV drama introduced the show's first male-to-female trans character in season 3.

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"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe (pictured) said at the time. "We kick off with two black women marrying each other in holy matrimony."

"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," she added. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

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Even though Davis was warmly welcomed by viewers of The Chi, the actor made the decision to leave in protest of Disney's delayed response to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Davis took to social media on April 22 to announce the departure, writing:

"Due to the many inquiries I'm officially announcing I will not be part in Season 5 of @SHOTheChi and I will no longer be part of #thechi/#disneyproduction. Sending a BIG THANKS to all my family and supporters/fans who have embraced me with along this journey."

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Neo-Soul R&B singer-songwriter Davion Farris released his new music video "Sometimes" via Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad Records / Def Jam Recordings.

Hailing from Inglewood California, two-time GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Davion Farris has previously written with and for artists such as Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Ginuwine, Jill Scott, SiR, and more.

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"Davion is a timeless artist," said Lena Waithe. "He isn't afraid to be vulnerable in his music. And that's why he stood out to myself, Albert, and Tebs as an artist we wanted to sign. He's been a fantastic collaborator and we can't for everyone to hear what we've been cooking up."

"Sometimes is for those of us who give our best and still get knocked down. It's a reminder that we're not alone," said Davion Farris. "This song is about strength in vulnerability. It's OK to acknowledge that in certain moments, you're not OK."

However, fans say "Sometimes" is an ode to the new Black male who is in touch with his feelings and finds strength through weakness.

    "I stumble sometimes
    I lay awake at night
    I drink and I cry
    'Cause I'm only strong sometimes, sometimes

    Took less than my worth
    Put everyone first
    It broke me inside
    That's why I'm only strong sometimes, sometimes"

 

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Here is what the press is saying about "Sometimes":

"...lyrics and penetrating vocals to paint a vivid portrait of love and its complications."
~TEEN VOGUE

"...soulful ballad..."
~VIBE

"...the song's lyrics aim to spark self-reflect, encouraging listeners to embrace the times when they're emotionally drained."
~RATED R&B

STREAM "Sometimes" HERE.
 

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Chris Brown, right, and his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, left, sat near each other at a fashion show, years after their much-publicized falling out.

Rapper Saweetie, center, was also seated in the front row at the runway show.

Fans were surprised to see Chris and Karrueche couple seated near each other at the RHUDE fashion show in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night.

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Sources say Karrueche, pictured with a friend, was polite but didn't speak to the bad boy of hip-hop. The 33-year-old Blasian dumped Chris after five long years when she learned he fathered a baby with one of her friends in 2015. She moved on with retired NFL star Victor Cruz, 34. The couple split recently.

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Meanwhile, Chris is in legal trouble again. A woman accused him of slapping her weave off during a get together at his San Fernando Valley home over the weekend.

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Saweetie caught the eye of fellow rapper Big Sean, left, who complimented her impossibly short dress and high heel sneakers.

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Evan Ross, left, and Lena Waithe dressed in casual yet stylish menswear at Monaco, With God's Help Spring/Summer 2022 Paris Fashion Week Event hosted by Rhude in Beverly Hills, Ca.

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Former lesbian couple Lena waithe (right) and Alana Mayo (left) are headed to divorce court.

Earlier this week, Mayo filed a petition to dissolve their civil union after Waithe, 36, confirmed their nuptials in January.

"After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," read a joint statement from Waithe and Mayo's reps to E! News. "We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

Mayo filed the petition in Los Angeles Superior Court, per court records obtained by The Blast.

Last November, Waithe told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Mayo had tied the knot after living together for years.

"We snuck and did it, you know," she said. "We didn't really make any announcements or a big... you know."

But 2 months after the quickie nuptials, their relationship lay in ruins, allegedly due to Waithe's rampant cheating.

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Waithe (right) is rumored to be in a relationship with bisexual actress Cynthia Erivo (left). Sources say Waithe couldn't stop cheating and buying designer handbags and shoes for side chicks.

The Chicago native was raised by her single mother and grandmother on the South Side of Chicago. Her parents divorced when she was only 3. She never knew her father.

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Rumors are swirling that former The Chi actor Barton Fitzpatrick, a Chicago native who played gang leader Reggie, plans to retain a top anti-discrimination attorney.

The rumors were fueled by reports that Fitzpatrick was forced to quit the Showtime series after he declined to have his character date a male-to-female transgender.

The news comes as top anti-discrimination attorney Douglas Wigdor confirmed in an email to Sandrarose.com today that he is representing the woman who accused Ed Henry of sexual harassment.

Henry was fired from Fox News on Tuesday, June 30, for a past sexual harassment incident.

Sources say The Chi's creator Lena Waithe "pressured" Fitzpatrick to play a character in a relationship with an MtF trans character.

Fitzpatrick announced his departure from the show in a tweet, saying he appreciated the opportunity to be on the series.

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Reggie's brother, Trig (played by Luke James), is Davis' live-in love interest on season 3.

In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Waithe, 36, proudly announced a new trans character named Imani (played by Jasmine Davis).

"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," Waithe said. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe said of season 3, which premiered Monday on Showtime.

Waithe said the show won't bring any attention to the fact that Davis was born a male.

"We make sure to not point a finger or shed too much light on her being trans," she said. "She's an amazing woman, she's an interesting character, and I'm excited that we finally get to do that this season."
 

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un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a MtF (male-to-female) trans whose feminine appearance is convincing.

The Chi creator Lena Waithe introduced The Chi's first male-to-female trans character in season 3.

In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Waithe, 36, announced the new character named Imani (played by Jasmine Davis).

"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe said of season 3, which premiered Monday on Showtime. "We kick off with two black women marrying each other in holy matrimony."

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"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," she added. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

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Waithe said the show won't bring any attention to the fact that Davis was born a male. Davis plays 'Chi' actor Luke James' live-in love interest on season 3.

"We make sure to not point a finger or shed too much light on her being trans," she said. "She's an amazing woman, she's an interesting character, and I'm excited that we finally get to do that this season."

Watch the video below to see why Davis is Unclockable (except for the voice and the chiseled jawline).

Waithe also announced there will be no police officers in season 3 in light of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and other Black people.

Even before all of this happened, when I pitched Season 3 to the network and studio I said, 'I don't want any cops this season. Why do police have to be in the black community narrative at all?'" Waithe said.

"My amazing showrunner, Justin Hillian, basically said, 'Well, you know how to make cops go away? Make a black girl disappear.' So that's what we did," she added. "We focus on how the community comes together, leans on each other, and doesn't necessarily need police to be in their community."

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Lena Waithe is helping to pay the bills of Instagram users during the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns in America.

During an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden on Monday, the Emmy-winning screenwriter said she's been giving money to people on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Waithe is giving money directly to people who need it through an app rather than donating to the political organization, since none of the hundreds of millions of dollars BLM has received in donations is going to Black communities.

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The 36-year-old Chicago native says giving money to Instagram users is a "humbling" experience.

"When the cameras leave and when the dust settles, Hillman Helps will still be here," she said, referencing her company, Hillman Grad Productions. "I'm a big believer in community, I'm a big believer in tribe."

Waithe noted she paid out almost $50,000 from her own bank account.

"We've literally just been going through the Instagram and people asking us for certain amounts and they're not asking for a lot," she said.

"It really has been a humbling and inspiring experience for me to talk to these people and to communicate with them. We've been able to help some folks out and it's been a beautiful thing."

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Disney/Pixar's animated film 'Onward' is banned in multiple Middle East markets due to a lesbian reference by male-identified screenwriter Lena Waithe, 35.

In the movie, about two teenage elf brothers in a mythical world, there is a passing reference to a lesbian relationship uttered by Waithe's genderless character, a purple unicorn cyclops officer named Specter.

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Middle East censors objected to the line: "It's not easy being a new parent - my girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?"

Waithe's animated cyclops officer made history as Disney's first openly homosexual character, according to Deadline.com.

But censors in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have banned the film from showing in any theaters within their territories.

Russia, which is notoriously anti-homosexual, changed the word "girlfriend" to "partner" and allowed the movie to show in theaters.

Onward earned $2 million in Thursday previews in North America, according to Deadline.com. The movie tracking $37 million - $40 million in opening weekend ticket sales.

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Actor Jason Mitchell is reportedly struggling to pay bills after he was fired from "The Chi" and dropped by his agent for sexual misconduct.

According to The Blast, Comerica Bank filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the 33-year-old struggling actor for defaulting on a $60,000 loan.

The bank claims it loaned Mitchell's company $60,000 in December 2016. He made payments on time until June 2019 - when he was let go by "The Chi" producer and close friend Lena Waithe.

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The bank accuses Mitchell of willfully defaulting on the loan a month after he was accused of sexually harassing co-star Tiffany Boone on the set of "The Chi" in Chicago.

Boone complained about the harassment to human resources and to Waithe, but her complaints fell on deaf ears. She ultimately felt unsafe and quit the show.

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Mitchell was let go in 2019 when bloggers got ahold of sexual misconduct allegations made by Mitchell’s other female costars.

Comerica Bank says despite numerous demands for full payment of $70,674.16, Mitchell has refused to pay up. The current balance of the loan is $59,268.50 (principal) plus $11,260.66 (interest) and $145 in late charges.

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Lena Waithe (right) has reportedly left her life partner Alana Mayo for another woman. According to gossip blog Bossip.com, a source confirmed Waithe, 35, and Harriet actress Cynthia Erivo (left) are living together.

Waithe's publicist announced the split in a statement to People.com on Wednesday.

"After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," the statement read. "We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

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Mayo (left) is pictured with Waithe during happier times. The two women dated for three years before tying the knot in a quickie same-sex union in a San Francisco courthouse in August.

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Erivo, 33, made no secret about her love for the "Queen & Slim" Waithe in social media posts.

In one photo, the actress wrote: "I finally found my sis. Lena you are absolutely everything. You are perfection. What a meeting of minds, glad to have you in my life! Stuck like glue !!! SHINE QUEEN SHINE!!"

The British actress, who was born under the Capricorn star sign, has earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet (2019).

Erivo was previously involved in a relationship with British actor Dean John-Wilson. After dating three years, she dumped him for actor Mario Martinez.

Like she did with Waithe, she expressed her love for Martinez in an Instagram post on Valentine's Day 2019.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Erivo gushed:

"He chased me," she said. "The last time, I was not with my ex anymore -- except this time he did not ask. He just walked up to me and gave me a kiss."

Friends say Waithe pursued Erivo because she gets a thrill from turning out heterosexual women. The male-identified lesbian reportedly told one source, "[Cynthia's] man can't do what I can do for her."

Erivo moved on quickly with Waithe when she opened Hollywood doors and helped her score coveted acting roles.

Waithe was raised by her single mother and grandmother on the South Side of Chicago. Her parents divorced when she was only 3. She never knew her father.
 

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Lena Waithe and longtime partner Alano Mayo split just 2 months after announcing they they tied the knot in August.

The split was announced via a joint statement on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

"After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," the statement read. "We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

While their split seemed abrupt, sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that their relationship was on the rocks long before they tied the knot.

Waithe and Mayo hopped the broom back in August 2019 at a courthouse in San Francisco.

"We didn't make any announcements or a big... We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse," Waithe explained during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. "Got married right in front of [late gay rights activist and politician] Harvey Milk's bust."

The 'Master of None' star told Degeneres the impulsive marriage was Mayo's idea.

"[It was] her idea, as all good things are," Waithe continued. "And she was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, 'We should get married there.' And I said, 'Cool, I'm down.'"

But, according to lovebscott.com's sources -- the quickie wedding came after multiple accusations that Waithe cheated on Mayo. Waithe reportedly agreed to the nuptials to satisfy Mayo.

Waithe and Mayo dated for several years before they got engaged on Thanksgiving in 2017.

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Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas says she wasn't surprised that her film was snubbed by Golden Globes voters.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith as an unlikely couple who go on the run after killing a cop.

Queen & Slim didn't receive a single nomination in any of the 14 film categories voted on by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

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Matsoukas, pictured right with screenwriter Lena Waithe, said, "It's extremely discouraging. It's extremely infuriating. And it just represents an archaic system that is full of people who don't value us.”

Matsoukas tells Variety.com that the members skipped multiple screenings of Queen & Slim that was set up for them.

Matsoukas said only 4 members of HFPA attended the screenings.

"We held three screenings for the HFPA and almost no members attended," Matsoukas said. "For me, it's reflective of their voting body. It's not reflective of the society in which we live in or the industry as it stands today."

She added, "They don't value the stories that represent all of us, and those stories are so often disregarded and discredited, as are their filmmakers."

But critics say the film missed the mark. It is widely believe that Queen & Slim was written James Frey, a white male who has a reputation for being a liar. The movie was promoted as a film written and directed by 2 Black females.

Waithe was dragged on Twitter.com when someone leaked the original script which contained questionable references to slavery.

One Twitter user wrote:

"It was cheap and manipulative to play off of the very real hurt going on in this country right now. Lena should be ashamed of that raggedy ass script."

An HFPA representative told Variety that "Queen & Slim was in the conversation amongst the membership."

The 2020 Golden Globes airs on Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Universal Pictures' film Queen & Slim landed in 5th place at the box office behind Sony's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, the beloved TV personality who had an "emotional" relationship with his producer Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys).

According to Box Office Mojo, Queen & Slim took in an estimated $11.7 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $15.8 million over five days. The film's budget was $18 million, which doesn't include the tens of millions of dollars spent on TV, Internet and print advertising.

Queen and Slim is a typical Hollywood propaganda film that, according to social media activist Tariq Nasheed, was intended to make white people "feel good", while portraying Black people as “buffoons" who kill each other for no reason.

Tariq says there was only one "bad" white person in the movie (the cop who was killed at the beginning). Every other white person is depicted as good people on some "Underground Railroad sh*t".

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Queen & Slim was written by Lena Waithe, a male-identified lesbian (pictured right), and directed by Melina Matsoukas, left, best known as a music video director. Matsoukas' father is of Greek and Jewish descent, and her mother is African-Cuban and Jamaican.

According to Tariq, Waithe and Matsoukas portray Black people as either ghetto "buffoons" or impulsive wannabe heroes with poor insight and bad judgment.

Tariq was particularly annoyed that Matsoukas and the film's stars, British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, are Non-Foundational Black Americans in the ADOS movement for reparations.

The majority of glowing film reviews were written by white movie critics who fell for the lie that Waithe and Matsoukas are somehow experts on the Black experience in the Deep South.

The improbable, unlikely story of a defense attorney throwing her career away for a guy she just met on the Tinder app is couched in a "love story" that is about as believable as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Tariq notes that Queen & Slim's terrible choices led to their ultimate demise at the end.

Though Queen & Slim received an "A-" CinemaScore, the movie did not meet box office expectations.

Celebrities and Black Instagram bloggers were recruited at the last minute on Saturday to plead with Black people to rush to the theaters to support the film.

Watch Tariq's hilarious movie review HERE.

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The NY Times contributor Carvell Wallace penned an emotional review of the new movie Queen & Slim, in theaters everywhere on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wallace, a Black father of two teenagers, urges moviegoers to give Queen & Slim a chance. He says they might be among "the great love stories of all time."

Queen & Slim is about a Black couple who meet on Tinder and go out to a Cleveland diner for their first date.

The man (Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya) is a minimum wage Costco cashier whose deep faith in God is reflected on his vanity license plate that reads: "TrustGod."

Queen (played by British newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith) is an uptight defense lawyer and atheist. The date is a disaster from the start. The only reason she went out with him, she says, is because he looked sad in his profile photo, and she felt sorry for him.

Queen has an attitude because one of her clients was sentenced to die on Ohio's death row.

"Was he innocent?" Slim asks. "Does it matter?" she snaps. "The state shouldn't decide who lives or dies."

The movie's flimsy plot line is based on that argument.

After dinner, Slim drives Queen home. On the way, his car is pulled over by an aggressive white cop.

Slim is polite and courteous at first. But Queen, the defense lawyer, knows her rights and just won't stop talking (the film's director, Melina Matsoukas, was "haunted" by the footage of Sandra Bland's arrest).

When Slim asks the cop to hurry it up because he's cold, the cop draws his weapon, because, you know, he fears for his life.

Queen reaches for her cell phone to record the encounter while Slim and the cop struggle over the gun. The gun discharges, grazing Queen on the thigh. Now fearing for his life, Slim kills the cop.

Slim wants to call his folks and turn himself in. He has a good case for self-defense. But Queen, the defense lawyer, decides to throw her law career away by ordering Slim to go on the lam with her.

Matsoukas, who directed Beyonce's music video "Lemonade", takes the couple on a meandering journey from the Midwest to the Deep South.

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Their first stop is the home of Queen's Uncle Earl in New Orleans. Uncle Earl (Bokeem Woodbine) is a war veteran and a pimp. Among his scantily clad hookers is Pose star Indya Moore, a cross-dresser who helps Queen remove her box braids so she will be less recognizable while on the run.

Of all the eccentric characters Queen & Slim encounter on their journey, Moore is the least memorable. Yet Wallace spends time describing the moments between the biological female Queen and the male-to-female trans Moore.

"The camera lingers on them in the intimate act of hairdressing; cool light fills the room. Queen breathes slowly, feeling protected for maybe the first time in the film."

It isn't hard to figure out where Wallace is going with this: Queen didn't feel protected when she was with Slim, a heterosexual male?

Wallace was physically and emotionally moved by Queen & Slim. After the film ended, he went into a bathroom for an ugly cry. "I put my sunglasses on because I was bawling, my whole torso heaving," he wrote.

Wallace goes overboard in his praise of the movie, over-exaggerating the "love story" between the two hapless fugitives.

Unlike the real Bonnie & Clyde, who were in a longterm relationship, Queen and Slim barely knew each other. They weren't even planning to go on a second date before the fateful encounter with the cop.

Their brief relationship is described by Wallace as "true, active, life-affirming love... He allows her anger, makes space for her hurt. Isn't this what love is?"

"If you allow it to be, Queen & Slim can be one of the great love stories of all time," Wallace writes.

If Queen & Slim is considered to be the standard for mature, life-affirming love, it is no wonder the divorce rate in America is over 70%.

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Writer and actress Lena Waithe is done working with former The Chi star Jason Mitchell. The 32-year-old actor was fired from the show amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Mitchell was cut from Waithe's TV drama and from the cast of Netflix movie Desperados amid claims of inappropriate behavior, which led to him being dropped by his talent agents and managers.

At first Waithe defended her friend, who proclaimed his innocence, insisting he did nothing wrong.

The Straight Outta Compton star issued a public apology and promised to undergo therapy and counseling.

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While Waithe acknowledges Mitchell's efforts to improve his inappropriate behavior, she now insists her priority has to be ensuring the safety and well-being of her female cast and crew on set.

The male-identified lesbian says she can't see herself collaborating with Mitchell on any future projects.

"I'm for the people - I'm for black women. I'm a person who is all about supporting us and making sure we're good and we feel safe," she shared on New York radio show The Breakfast Club, according to WENN.com.

"I couldn't then have a whole conversation with you and then still be like, 'Oh yeah, if he (Mitchell) ever wanted some (work), it's all good.' To me, it's also about changing your behavior... I can't align myself with someone who's (faced misconduct allegations)."

Waithe, who tied the knot with her longtime girlfriend earlier this year, has since hired "intimacy coordinators" to mentally prepare actors for intimate sex scenes on every project she's involved in.

"For me, I feel like I've grown so much from it and I've evolved so much because of it," she explained.