Plus, Apollo Nida reports to prison, Paul George apologizes about Ray Rice tweets, SNL hires first Black 'Weekend Update' anchor, and the official trailer for for the Nas documentary Illmatic has been released.
Happy Friday! Here’s what we’re talking about over our hot cinnamon oatmeal:
CBS has decided to cut the song “Run This Town” from Thursday Night Football following the release of new footage of Ray Rice assaulting his wife. The song, which features Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye West, was previously selected as the opening song to the Thursday Night Football pre-game show. Much of the decision to cut the song was due to the fact that Rihanna was the victim of domestic violence back in 2009. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. [SportsIllustrated]
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida has turned himself into prison (finally) after taking a detour to his wife Phaedra Parks’ house on Wednesday, instead of going to the Lexington, Kentucky prison. The RHOA husband posted a video on Instagram confirming he was turning himself in. Nida is facing an eight-year sentence for fraud. [USWeekly]
In other Ray Rice News: Indiana Pacer’s player Paul George has had to backpedal for the comments he tweeted about Ray Rice and Janay Palmer. “I don’t condone hittin women or think it’s coo. BUT if SHE ain’t trippin, then I ain’t trippin. . .Let’s keep it movin lol let that man play,” he wrote. Although the tweets were quickly deleted, followers—as well as the Pacers president—were able to catch him in the act. “Let me apologize to the women and the VICTIMS of domestic violence people my intent was not to downplay the situation,” tweeted George, in apology. [TheRoot]
Saturday Night Live has stolen Michael Che from The Daily Show to be the new Weekend Update anchor, in place of Cecily Strong. Che has been writing for SNL for the past year, but will now make history as the first ever Black anchor. Season 40 will return, with Michael Che, on September 27. [ETOnline]
The highly anticipated premiere of NAS: Time Is Ilmatic is fast approaching. The Tribeca Film production official trailer has been released, giving just a taste of what’s in store. Featuring interviews with big names like Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Pharrell, Alicia Keys and more, the thrilling account of Nas’s evolution is set to star premiering October 1. And if the screening doesn’t come to a city near you, you’ll be able to watch the film on iTunes, October 3. Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you’ll be tuning in.
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