Here’s everything you need to know this morning.
Will Smith celebrated Jaden Smith’s debut album, SYRE, reaching 100,000,000 streams on Spotify by recreating his son’s music video for “ICON.” The clip is hilarious and absolutely perfect with Smith ending it with a message to his son, “I’m proud of you baby. Congratulations, man, 100 million! Congrats, I love you.” (Instagram)
Kevin Hart is developing an animated series for FOX. Lil Kev is based on the comedian’s own childhood in North Philly and will feature the voices of Wanda Sykes, Deon Cole, Keith Robertson and Gerald “Slink” Johnson. (Deadline)
In a recent interview, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, revealed that Chadwick Boseman didn’t need to audition for his role as T’Challa for the upcoming blockbuster Black Panther. Unlike other Marvel stars like Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr., execs only thought of Boseman for the role. Feige said, “I think it was 24 hours between saying his name in a creative story meeting and talking to his agent and getting on the phone with him.” (Variety)
Michael B. Jordan still lives with his parents, kind of. The Black Panther actor, who shares his home with mom and dad, told Ellen DeGeneres, “I love my parents but we have a roommate relationship right now, which is interesting. You get home-cooked meals but then you also have random trips to the kitchen in the middle of the night.” The actor did admit that things get a little uncomfortable sometimes, especially when his parents run into him while he’s half-naked. (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Both Prince and Janet Jackson saw a bump in streams during Super Bowl Sunday. Spotify streams for Jackson went up 150 percent with Prince seeing a 205 percent increase. (The Fader)
Cardi B is reportedly facing threats from gang members after posting an image of herself in a blue coat to Instagram. The rapper, who has stated she is a Blood, used “Flue” instead of “blue” when describing the coat, a nod to the Crips’ favorite color without using the word. (TMZ)
A ‘Black Lives Matter Week of Action’ has kicked off in Prince George’s County Schools in Maryland. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in events and activities during, before and after school to increase conversation and reflection around social injustice. (FOX5)
Jermaine Dupri is set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dupri shared the news with a video, “Look at god, look at god, look at god! Yo, I was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! I don’t know what else to say, but aaaaahhhh!” (Twitter)
Remy Ma has fired Tamar Braxton’s estranged husband Vincent Herbert as her manager. Sources say the rapper felt he was spending more time trying to repair his marriage and less on her career, adding that Herbert dropped the ball on basic duties like booking studio time and scheduling performances. (TMZ)
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