The run up to Empire‘s solid debut last night on FOX didn’t come without any opposition. Its main source of criticism came from 50 Cent, who accused the Lee Daniels-backed series of copying the marketing techniques of the Starz show Power that the rapper executive produces.
Known for his roles in Kick-Ass, The A-Team, and BET original series Being Mary Jane, Omari Hardwick’s latest character might be his best yet. As James “Ghost” St. Patrick in the Starz series, Power, Hardwick plays a nightclub owner who doubles as a big-time drug distributor in New York City (think Pablo Escobar or Frank Lucas). Living what seems like the perfect life, Ghost sees his nightclub as an escape from his dark past and a chance at a legitimate business. Read more…
Independence Day is right around the corner and we’re all getting in the mood for some good old-fashioned patriotism. But while many of us will be be celebrating by simply barbecuing and knocking back beers, some celebs will be touting traditional values and hanging with their right-wing Republican buddies. So which stars have been known to be sympathetic to Republican causes over the years?
It turns out that Solange Knowles may have learned her fighting moves from Beyonce. Ahead of the release of his latest album, 50 Cent caused a stir by saying that the singer attacked him like Solange did to Jay Z in the elevator. “”One time (Beyonce) jumped off of a ledge and came running over ‘cause she thought me and Jay had issues,” the rapper said in a radio interview.
The art of the celeb side hustle is nothing new. Since the dawn of man, financially-savvy entertainers have been exploring business options outside of movies, albums and TV shows — to varying degrees of success, of course (anyone remember Fashion Cafe? Or Nyla?). Not only is it always a smart idea to diversify their portfolio, the businesses give them something to fall back on when the box office and record sales start to plummet. Of course, the usual A-list side endeavors include starting restaurants, backing clothing lines or, in Ashton Kutcher’s case, putting star muscle behind smartly conceived tech startups. Recently, Jay Z., in all his big-baller glory, has set the bar by buying sports teams and launching a sports agenting company.
50 Cent is our finest example of a modern renaissance man. He makes music, he’s a beverage/fashion/electronics entrepreneur, and he’s a shining example of the heights rappers-turned-actors can reach. This summer, 50′s taking his on-screen presence to the next level in Power, a Starz series about the dark side of NYC’s nightlife scene, in which he acts, executives produces, and lends his musical expertise.
Joe La Puma already has accolades and trophies and sneakers… lots of sneakers… lots of sneakers you can’t get, in fact. But offering laurels is an exercise in redundancy. Everyone already knows about his cover stories on Cudi, Bieber, A$AP, Jeremy Scott, Rozay, and Katy Perry. And how he helped turn Complex Media into a big-time digital content player. And everyone already knows, we don’t f-ck with you musically.
It was the missed kiss heard ’round the racetrack. At the Daytona 500 two weekends ago, ladies man extraordinaire 50 Cent tried to plant a smooch on sultry sportscaster Erin Andrews but got denied in hilariously humiliating fashion. Well, at a red carpet event in New York City last night, Erin Andrews finally spoke out on why. Read more…
So Just How Mad is 50?
Let’s take a break from the Oscars for a moment to look at a story of cold hard rejection staring 50 Cent. Sound good? Excellent! Foxy Fox Sports correspondent Erin Andrews (see what we did there?) was down at the Daytona 500 trying to find speed racer Danica Patrick on the raceway. But instead she found a lurking Fiddy, and that’s when a car wreck of a different kind took place.