Coffee Talk: Oprah and Eddie Murphy Join Cast of Richard Pryor Biopic

Plus: NeNe Leakes joins Fashion Police as permanent host, Daniele Watts sentenced to community service, A&E casts role of Kunta Kinte in Roots remake and more! 

Taylor Lewis Aug, 31, 2015

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Two new faces are coming to the Richard Pryor biopic. Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy were just added to the cast, where they will star alongside Mike Epps, who has been cast at the star role. Oprah will play the comedian's grandmother, and Eddie will play Richard's father. We like what we're hearing! [Deadline]

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Fashion Police is about to get some flair. Just weeks after announcing that she wouldn't be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes announced that she had signed on as a permanent host for E!'s Fashion Police. The good news? The show returns tonight! The bad news? This season will only be six episodes. [Black America Web]

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Remember last year when Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend were arrested for allegedly having sex in a car? Earlier this year, the actress issued an apology to police officers for accusing them of racial profiling, but a judge just ruled that her apology was insincere. He ordered Watts and her boyfriend to perform 15 hours of community service. Hopefully this is the last chapter in this saga! [The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Broadway world is morning the death of 21-year-old Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who was the first Black actor to play the lead role in the hit musical, Les Miserables. The actor tragically died after falling from a Brooklyn fire escape just weeks before he was set to start rehearsal for the upcoming show, The Color Purple. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle's family. [Huffington Post]

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We have a new Kunta Kinte to go with the new Roots reboot! A&E just announced that it had cast British actor Malachi Kirby to step into LeVar Burton's shoes and play the iconic role. The highly anticipated remake will hit the small screen sometime next year. [The Grio]