By: Stacy M. Brown/ NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Comedian Dave Chappelle said he’s been disinvited to film festivals, and no company or studio will entertain his new documentary because of the fallout from his controversial Netflix special, “The Closer.” And while he’s willing to meet with the transgender community and Netflix employees who voiced outrage over his act, Chappelle made it clear that he wouldn’t kowtow to anyone. “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me,” Chappelle said in a video released early Tuesday. “I am not bending to anyone’s demands,” he insisted. Chappelle double-downed on his remarks from The Closer in which many in the LGBTQ community called homophobic. “I said what I said,” Chappelle declared. He also clarified reports that he has sought meetings with transgender Netflix employees angered by his special. “It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix, and I refused. That is not true — if they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about,” Chappelle remarked in the viral video. “I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.” Chappelle also said he believed any controversy stemmed from corporate interests, and that he’s received support from the LGBTQ community. Washington Informer Editor D. Kevin McNeir, who is openly gay, has said he didn’t have an issue with Chappelle’s remarks in The Closer. “I listened closely to what he said and then listened to his explanation for the subjects he had chosen and his rationale for his perspectives. And he made sense. I understood. And I was not offended,” McNeir wrote in an op-ed for the Informer. Chappelle admits that when he takes on a group of people, making them the focus of his jokes, that he’s also examining […]
The untitled film will be co-written by Dana Schmalenberg and Rheeqrheeq Chaineywill. It will be directed by Steven Tsuchida, who has worked on the popular Netflix series “Dear White People,” as well as “On My Block.”
NNPA NEWSWIRE — Ellie (Nia Long), a corporate attorney, is going through a transition. She’s leaving her San Francisco firm and preparing to start her own practice. She’s just moved out of the city to a quieter small town and a plush beachside property. Her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop, Moneyball) is an architect recovering from a physical injury. Their daughter Brittany (Aubrey Cleland) attends U.C. Berkeley and is home on occasion.
The Netflix hit show 13 Reasons Why has become a fan favorite for teens and young adults but the new network released a statement that the series will be coming to an end. “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement Tuesday. “We’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey that Netflix has slotted June 5 for the fourth and final season of 13 Reasons Why.” Fans and cult followers were outraged and took to social media to voice their concerns. “Just when we find something that really speaks to us as a generation and what we are going through they cancel it… thanks but no thanks Netflix,” said one Twitter follower named @Natxoxo23. The show which focused on hard-hitting teen topics, such as suicide and depression has received heavy criticism from parents and people of the mental health community. The show saw a major shift after newcomer Felischa Marye was hired as a staff writer but she did not receive official writing credit until season 2 episode 208, which is officially titled “The Little Girl.” Marye received has received heavy criticism for pushing the envelope with her heavy dialogue and provocative topics. Last season Marye stepped into the role of writer and story editor, where she served as the lead writer on the most debatable episodes to date; episode 308 titled, “In High School, Even on a Good Day, It’s Hard to Tell Who’s on Your Side.” The episode discusses a vivid scene where the character Clay, who is suspected of killing the main character Bryce describes being sexually assaulted by fellow classmates. “I was in the bathroom when I got back from my diversion program. Monty came in and he was mad about the field and he smashed my head on the mirror and on the sink.
The Netflix documentary series, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” gave an in depth look into the life of the late former Patriots tight end.
Will Mo’Nique finally have a “let go and let God” moment with Netflix after finally landing a well-deserved comedy special with Showtime? Mayybbeeeee, but we doubt it.