Chris Rock Is NOT Talking About Will Smith Oscars Slap Until He Gets Paid, Will Is BANNED From Academy + Jada Pinkett Smith Makes First Post-Oscars Appearance Solo

On the heels of Will Smith being banned from the Academy for ten years, Chris Rock says he’s not talking about the Will Smith Oscars slap until he gets PAID. Meanwhile, Jada Pinkett-Smith made her first post-Oscars appearance solo. More inside…

Chris Rock says he’s not uttering a word about being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars until someone drops him a bag!

Over the weekend, the “Good Hair” host hit the stage for his live comedy show at Fantasy Springs in Palm Springs, California where he told attendees that he doesn’t plan on sharing his side of the Oscars slap heard around the world until he’s financially compensated to do so.

“I’m OK. I have a whole show and I’m not talking about that until I get paid,” the 57-year-old comedian said according to the Desert Sun newspaper. “Life is good. I got my hearing back,” he joked. 

It’s the second time Chris has addressed the drama. During his March 30th show Boston’s The Wilbur, he told the crowd he was “still kind of processing what happened.” Meanwhile, Chris’ brother, Tony Rock, popped off on Will AND Jada during a recent comedy sow, saying he didn’t have anything to lose, so it’s basically whatever. Hmph. 

By the way, Chris’ comedy show tickets have skyrocketed and so has Will’s memoir sales since "the slap." 

Chris’ jokes about the altercation came hours after the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences BANNED Will from attending the Oscars for 10 years due to “the slap.” There were online debates as fans questioned if Will’s Oscar Award would be taken from him. After meetings with board members, the famed Hollywood actor will be allowed to keep his Best Actor Award, which he won for King Richard.

“The Board of Governors has decided, for a period of 10 years, from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” the Academy said Friday (Apr. 8th).

“We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.”

The world has been debating about the controversial slap for weeks now. You’ll recall, the King Richard star walked up on stage and slapped Chris in the face on live television after the comedian made a G.I. Joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald head. She has been battling hair loss since she was diagnosed with alopecia. Since then, Will has issued several apologies and even resigned from the Academy. 

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Jada Pinkett Smith put the internet slander of her name behind her and made her first public appearance since her husband slapped Chris at the 94th Academy Awards.

Looking like a golden goddess in a strapless gown, the "Red Table Talk" host joined her friends Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen in L.A. to celebrate the grand opening of the Rhimes Performing Arts Center, which will serve as the home for the new Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Inside the new 24,000-square ft. space is a studio named after the Smiths, according to Broadway World.

 

Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen, Jada Pinkett Smith all here posing together…it feels like people are trying to avoid more #Oscars talk because Shonda, Debbie and Jada all declined interviews. pic.twitter.com/Om9NRox8xu

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) April 10, 2022

 

Swipe through below to go inside the grand opening, which features appearance from several of your faves including Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, Samuel L. Jackson and more:

 

 

 
 

 

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Fab times!

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Diddy Claims Will & Chris Squashed Their Beef, Others Say That’s False & They Haven’t Even Spoken + Will Smith Gets Hella Jiggy With Fam At Oscars Afterparty

Seemingly unbothered by the dramatic events during the Oscars ceremony, Will Smith turned up with his family and industry friends at the Vanity Fair afterparty to celebrate his first Oscar win. Watch the Academy Award winner cut a rug on the dance floor, plus what Diddy said about Will & Chris Rock squashing their “beef” (that other reports dispute) inside…

During the Oscars ceremony, Diddy mentioned Will Smith & Chris Rock would resolve their issues “like family” after the show after Will slapped Chris hard AF during the show. 

 

Aye Diddy is hilarious man pic.twitter.com/Ox4VhcQ5hp

— Reggie Chatman Jr. (@ReggieChatman) March 28, 2022

 

Later, the Hip Hop mogul confirmed to Page Six that Will & Chris had already squashed their beef.

“That’s not a problem. That’s over. I can confirm that. It’s all love. They’re brothers,” Diddy said.

However, other reports say otherwise. 

Sources told TMZ that Will and Chris haven’t even spoke to one another after the slap, let alone settled anything. The source explained Chris walked straight to his dressing room after the "the slap" and said there has not been any communication between Will and Chris. A person in Chris’ camp said the comedian had "no intention of staying" initially.

The source also noted Chris Rock didn’t have any idea Jada Pinkett-Smith had alopecia and that he "doesn’t have a mean bone in his body."

In 2018, Jada revealed she was battling alopecia and has been vocal about her hair loss and having to shave her head.

After Chris made the "G.I. Jane" joke, you could tell the Girls Trip actress was visibly annoyed by the joke.

Despite the drama, The Smith family enjoyed Will’s epic accomplishment. 

 

 
 

 

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It was a monumental night for Will Smith during the 94th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. Drama aside, the Hollywood veteran won his first ever Oscars Award! He nabbed the gold statue for his role as Richard Williams – the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams – in the critically acclaimed film, King Richard.

After the controversial slap, Will made his way to the Vanity Fair afterparty held at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills to turn up with his family and industry friends to celebrate his first Academy Award.

On the way inside the bash, Will snapped it up on the carpet with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and their children, Trey, Jaden and Willow Smith.

Peep the clip below:

 

 

"King Richard" star Will Smith smiles and poses for photos with Jada Pinkett Smith and their family outside the Vanity Fair party, after Smith won the best actor Oscar and slapped Chris Rock at the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/eUoGV9MpFq

— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 28, 2022

 

 

The famed actor “got Jiggy” to some of his own classic hits, including “Get Jiggy With It,” “Welcome to Miami” and “Summertime” on the dance floor while holding his gold Oscar statue. Get into it below:

 

 

Will Smith is at the #VanityFairOscarParty dancing with his Oscar to ‘Gettin Jiggy With It.’ pic.twitter.com/PvKrRICQEN

— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) March 28, 2022

 

 

Will Smith holding court at the Vanity Fair party, dancing to his hits pic.twitter.com/PtX7tnsNKS

— nekesa mumbi moody (@nekesamumbi) March 28, 2022

 

 

Will Smith dancing with his #Oscar  at the Vanity Fair party on Sunday evening. pic.twitter.com/cQhqczmBPU

— Dave Bondy (@DaveBondyTV) March 28, 2022

 

 

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and got Jiggy With It at the after party. What a move. pic.twitter.com/Pkh9eikgbs

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 28, 2022

 

During the party, reporters for the Associated Press asked celebs what they thought about Will slapping Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Check it:

 

Will Smith’s shocking Oscars stage confrontation with Chris Rock was the talk of the Vanity Fair party. Henry Golding says "there’s something deeper to be discussed." pic.twitter.com/OVcFSu3XpH

— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 28, 2022

 

On social media…

 

 

 
 

 

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The King Richard star shared a video of himself and Jada getting ready for the event, which he captioned, “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith got all dressed up to choose chaos.”

 

After slapping Chris Rock, he hopped in his own comments and wrote, “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere!!” Oop!

We’ve rounded up more flicks from the Oscars afterparty scene in our gallery below! 

 

Photos: Rebecca Ford’s Twitter (@beccamford)/Twitter Screenshot

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Mathew Knowles Makes Major Money Move For His Own ‘King-Richard’ Style Biopic That’ll Unveil Never-Before-Seen Footage From Destiny’s Child Days

Mathew Knowles saw what Will Smith did for King Richard and he wants the same thing done for his own biopic. The former Destiny’s Child manager merged his Music World Entertainment Group to APX Capital that now has a $275 million film and TV fund to make it happen. Deets inside…

The King Richard biopic has been scooping up tons of awards during this awards season. And the film’s success has one legendary singer’s dad wanting to release his own biopic. King Richard follows the life of Richard Williams, father of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams.

Mathew Knowles just made some major money moves to recreate something similar for his own biopic, which will give fans a peek at Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Solange’s rise to fame in the music industry with never-before-seen footage, pictures and songs.

According to Deadline, Destiny’s Child former manager just landed a mega deal with investment fund APX Capital Group. Mathew sold his music company, Music World Entertainment Group, and it has now led to a $275 million merger with the film and TV division within APX Capital Group. Under the acquisition, the former manager will now manage the film and TV co-productions for the U.S. and Italy.  And his first project is his own biopic, of course.

“The decision to partner with APX Capital Group is well made and corresponds to Music World Entertainment Group’s intent to expand its film and television portfolio,” Mathew told Deadline about the partnership. “Through this unique collaboration and as head of this new division under APX I’ll be able to share the story of my life by combining compelling storytelling with access to exceptional talent and music that will both entertain and emphasize a cultural awareness that’s necessary now more than ever. This is the story of my life, and I am honored to be able to transmit it even further through this alliance.”

As part of the deal, the company will own over 10,000 hours of footage that involves the Knowles Family making their mark in the music industry. If the biopic comes into fruition, fans will likely get to see some never-before-seen images, videos and music. We’re def here for that.

In his new role, Mathew will develop, finance and produce a range of diverse content across feature films, scripted series and documentaries. He will executive produce as well.

Deadline reports:

APX Capital Group, which takes advantage of Italy’s tax credit program, was launched by Yona Wiesenthal, former CEO of the Israel Broadcast Authority and content chief at Israeli DBS platform YES and Augusto Pelliccia, Italian film financier and CEO of Augustus Group, with New York real estate entrepreneur Noam Baram as an equity partner in North America.

Knowles will joins APX’s board immediately and the structure of the financing will be streamlined through APX’s Italian subsidiary, MMF Global Italia. It is APX’s latest deal following a move to finance several films by Kees Kassander and Peter Greenaway.

 

 

 
 

 

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Now, all we need to know is if Beyonce and Solange will be involved. For King Richard, Venus & Serena were executive producers of the film and supported the project since the beginning.

By the way, Bey’s song "Be Alive" – a track from the King Richard soundtrack – received critical acclaim and is nominated for several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming Beyoncé’s first nomination for the latter. If she wins, it’ll be her first Oscar win.

Are you here for a Mathew Knowles biopic?!

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OSCAR LOADING: Will Smith Wins Best Actor At 2022 Critics Choice Awards + Host Taye Diggs & Apryl Jones Hit The Carpet Together + Issa, Jodie & Joshua, More

The 27th annual Critics Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer, went down last night and Will Smith copped the Best Actor Award! Go inside to celebrate with the veteran actor, plus see Taye Diggs and his boo Apryl Jones hit the carpet together, and all of the jewel toned salvage on the red carpet inside…

Awards season is here! And we’ve got a round-up of YBF winners during the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards for, which recognized excellence in television and film. According to its website, the awards have typically been an accurate predictor of who will be nominated for an Academy Award.

It appears an Academy Award is loading for veteran actor Will Smith! The global superstar won bets actor at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards for his performance as Venus & Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in King Richard.

 

 
 

 

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Of course, Will had his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on his arm for the epic night. She rocked a Maison Rabih Kayrouz gown to celebrate her man.

 

 
 

 

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During his acceptance speech, the 53-year-old actor thanked the Williams Family for trusting him with their life story.

”I am here tonight with Venus and Serena [Williams] and their sister Isha," he said. "And I really just want to say to all of you, thank you for entrusting me with your story. What you were able to do, and what your family was able to do, inspired everyone in this room, everyone in this country and everyone around the world."

Peep the clip above.

By the way, Will also won awards in the same category at the 2022 SAG Awards and 2022 BAFTA Awards. The actor has been nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, so it sure looks like an Oscar is loading for Will. It’s long overdue.

Back on the carpet….

 

 
 

 

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Further confirming their relationship, this year’s co-host Taye Diggs brought Apryl Jones along as his date for the red carpet event.

The show’s host kept it dapper in Armani and the former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” star rocked a custom purple feathered look from Jean-Louis Sabaji. While this isn’t their first red carpet appearance together, it’s their first time showing up together at a major televised event.

 

After tons of funny and cute IG videos, Taye and Apryl has become the cutest (and oddest) couple the Internet didn’t know they needed. Missed their coupledom videos? Catch up HERE

Speaking of couples…

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Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith pulled up on the red carpet looking like a goddess alongside her actor husband Joshua Jackson. The happy couple both rocked Gucci ‘fits for the awards festivities, styled by Wayman + Micah

Stunning. 

A sister salvage! Tennis superstar Venus Williams served up thigh action in Atelier Versace and Messika jewelry, styled by Law Roach. Meanwhile, her younger sister/tennis GOAT Serena Williams sparkled in a Versace gown in a similar hue as her sister.

 

 
 

 

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Two goddesses for sure. Watch the Williams Sisters speak on King Richard (and give star Aunjanue Ellis her flowers) below:

Co-host Nicole Byer, a judge on the Netflix competition series “Nailed It!,” served up hot pink magical vibes in a custom Christian Siriano princess gown accessorized with Neil Lane Couture jewelry. Watch Nicole alongside Taye on their hosting duties below:

"Insecure" creator/star Issa Rae ushered in spring wearing a floral, flowy Carolina Herrera dress.

"POSE" star MJ Rodriguez served face while posing it up in a Valentino SS22 Couture look. The actor was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

"Evil" star Mike Colter – decked out in a pinstriped Dolce and Gabbana suit – hit the carpet as he was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Styled by Wayman + Michah, "The Underground Railroad" actress Thuso Mbedu looked like a mini goddess in Christian Dior as she was nominated Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made For Television.

 

 
 

 

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Keeping it edgy with a colored pixie cut, Hollywood vet Halle Berry rocked a MÔNOT bustier underneath a Dolce and Gabanna suit to accept the SeeHer Award. She delivered an inspiring speech that had folks in the audience in tears.

"[Storytelling] can raise our consciousness and help us think outside of ourselves and our individual circumstances," Halle said. "I realized that we truly need to see each other’s reality — no matter how uncomfortable it makes us — so that we can stop judging and stop pointing fingers, but rather find compassion and empathy for the others."

Watch her acceptance speech below:

Speaking of winners…

Ariana DeBose copped the Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Anita in "West Side Story." Congrats. Watch her acceptance speech above.

 

 

 
 

 

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King Richard star Aunjanue L. Ellis – who was nominated for Best Supporting actress – STUNNED in a glittery dusty rose Dolce and Fabbana gown custom made for her. And…WOW! She looked AH-MAZING.

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It appears TV host April Ruffin and Apryl Jones wore similar looks. While Amber opted for purple, Amber rocked a black feathered look from Jean Louis Sabaji.

Fab times. And major congrats to the winners!

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2022 OSCAR NOMS: Will Smith Earns 3rd & 4th Noms For ‘King Richard,’ Beyonce Nabs 1st Nom + J Hud Gets No ‘Respect’ For Aretha Franklin Role

The 2022 Oscar nominations are in, setting the stage to see who will win a coveted golden statue during the biggest night of awards season. Hollywood vet Will Smith makes a return to the spotlight, nabbing two nominations this year while the Academy snubbed Jennifer Hudson for her role as Aretha Franklin. Beyonce nabs her first Oscar nomination.

Also, Aunjanue Ellis, Questlove and more run up the nominations. See if any of your faves made the list inside…

Will Smith is a Hollywood veteran.

The 53-year-old actor has been entertaining us since 1990 when he led his own sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Since then, he has entertained us in blockbuster hits like Bad Boys, Men In Black, Ali, and Independence Day, to name A FEW. Just a few. He has starred in tons of movies, yet, he has never won an Academy Award.

Will this be the year Will Smith finally lands an Academy Award? We hope so!

 

This is a moment we won’t forget. Our #KingRichard family has been nominated by the @TheAcademy for 6 awards including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Song. pic.twitter.com/ZFb6x44Pov

— King Richard Film (@KingRichardFilm) February 8, 2022

 

"black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross and "Will & Grace" actor Leslie Jordan hosted this year’s Oscar nominations, announcing who would be in the running for the coveted golden statue.

Will Smith earned a nomination in the Best Actor category for his role in King Richard, where he played Richard Williams – the father of tennis superstars, Venus & Serena Williams. It’s his first Oscar nomination in 15 years. He also produced the film, which earned him a Best Picture nomination, which he shares with Tim White and Trevor White.

Both of Will’s previous nominations came from playing real-life figures. In 2002, he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Muhammad Ali in Ali and in 2007 he was nominated for his role as Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, alongside his son Jaden Smith. 

This year, the famed actor will be in the running against Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos).

In 2002, Denzel beat Will for Best Actor for his role in Training Day. They meet again in the same category two decades later.

 

 

 
 

 

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Beyonce – whose already the female artist with the most Grammy wins – snags her very first Oscar nomination! Her track “Be Alive” from the King Richard soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Song.

"The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment," Will Smith shared when the song was released. “I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

Woot!

 

Bomb actress Aunjanue Ellis earned her first Oscar nomination in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role cateogy for her portrayal of Oracene Price, the mother of Venus & Serena Williams, in King Richard. Yassssss!

 

Congratulations to #WestSideStory’s Ariana DeBose for her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role! #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/uDCgLkEpwS

— West Side Story (@WestSideMovie) February 8, 2022

 

Aunjanue will be up against West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose (above), Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Judi Dench (Belfast) and Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog).

King Richard was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

For Best Picture, King Richard will go up against West Side Story, Dune, Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, and The Power of Dog.

 

Oscar Nominated Film Director Questlove……I just need to see this in print. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— ahmir quest 5 letters only (@questlove) February 8, 2022

 

The Roots’ frontman Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul is in the running for Best Documentary. 

”Oscar Nominated Film Director Questlove……I just need to see this in print. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” he tweeted in excitement.

 

DDFSVGBDFHRTMJUJYHTGRFBGHJUYETGRBNHJUJHTGRFBGHFGJYHGRFBGHJUYJHTGEBDFNH J!!!!!!!!!!

— ahmir quest 5 letters only (@questlove) February 8, 2022

 

Ha!

 

Attica is the best documentary I’ve ever seen about criminal justice. https://t.co/hCARBPNMlh

— deray (@deray) February 8, 2022

 

Congrats are in order for Traci A. Curry and Stanley Nelson as their documentary, Attica, was nominated for Best Documentary.

 

 

BIG LIP KISSES, HUGE HUGS & CONGRATULATIONS to a woman I’ve known for (now) over 20 years @farmercarla (we met on #Girlfriends)
I love you Sis and Congrats on your Oscar Nomination for #Coming2America (Makeup & Hair) …well deserved, my friend pic.twitter.com/XIHEruTW1L

— Jill Marie Jones (@MsJillMJones) February 8, 2022

 

Carla Farmer, Stacey Morris and Mike Marino nabbed a nomination for Best Hair and Makeup for Coming 2 America.

 

Coming 2 America getting a hair and makeup nomination is no surprise. It’s the best part of that whole film. pic.twitter.com/9GYA0TcGMG

— Magical Space Negro (@TyTheRobot) February 8, 2022

 

And rightfully so. The hair and makeup in the film was top tier!

 

Congratulations to #WestSideStory’s Paul Tazewell for his Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design! #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/tULtOxiRVp

— West Side Story (@WestSideMovie) February 8, 2022

 

Costume designer Paul Tazewell was nominated for Best Costume Design for his work on West Side Story.

 

The Queen of Basketball, a documentary short on the legacy of Lusia Harris, was just nominated for an Oscar

The doc was directed by Ben Proudfoot. @SHAQ was an executive producer. https://t.co/wRBLeWjvCO

— Sean Hurd (@seanahurd) February 8, 2022

 

The Queen of Basketball – which follows the life of unsung b’ball star Lucy Harris – nabbed a nomination for Best Documentary Short. Woot!

On social media….

 

Shocked Jennifer Hudson was overlooked here! https://t.co/mJZwcPCoTZ

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 8, 2022

 

Jennifer Hudson is trending on Twitter for being snubbed for her role as Aretha Franklin in her biopic titled, RESPECT. The Academy didn’t put any R-E-S-P-E-C-T on our good sis’ name after there being tons of buzz that she was one of the frontrunners for Best Actress.

Peep a few snub reactions below:

 

WHAT?! The Jennifer Hudson snub, really?! @TheAcademy https://t.co/FrNOZbQ6kd

— Madam C.J. DuckWalker (@XOANTY) February 8, 2022

 

Hopefully Jennifer Hudson gets an Oscar nomination. I’d hate to see all of that campaigning go to waste. She’s been grinning and doing interviews for almost a year! Shit.

— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) February 8, 2022

 

 

Jennifer Hudson is trending after being snubbed by The Oscars. Just know that Jennifer we love you no matter what. You made Aretha proud. pic.twitter.com/lMZhWHCIiz

— NijiaVaughn (@NijiaMartika91) February 8, 2022

 

In 2007, JHud won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls.

The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday March 27, 2022 in Hollywood. Stay locked to TheYBF for everything young, black and fabulous at the awards!

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The Ton Is Abuzz Over The ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 First Look + ‘King Richard’ Star Saniyya Sidney To Portray Civil Rights Icon In Anthony Mackie’s Directorial Debut

The second season of “Bridgerton” – one of Netflix’s biggest series ever – is coming in a few weeks and we’ve got the first look! And it looks like the ton will STILL be abuzz for Season 2.

Also, King Richard star Saniyya Sidney is set to play civil rights icon Claudette Colvin in Anthony Mackie’s directorial debut, Spark. All the details inside…

Before “Squid Game” premiered, “Bridgerton” was Netflix’s biggest series ever with a record 82 million households that viewed the series in the first 28 days online. And the ton is still abuzz!

The "Bridgerton" cast and crew struggled through a hard season of filming as season 2 was shut down multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cast and crew members were popping up with positive tests. However, they were able to wrap everything up by the end of 2021.

Now, the second season is ready to premiere. The Shondaland series is set to debut Friday, March 25th – so MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

“Bridgerton” will feature returning cast members and it will also welcome new cast members for the second installment of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novel, “The Viscount Who Loved Me.” And the network just released a few teaser flicks to get fans excited about the new season.

In keeping with the tradition of the novels, the 19th-century period drama tells the romance story of Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love. In the newly released flicks, we see Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and boo’d up on the dance floor with Katharine “Kate” Sharma (Simone Ashley), which will be the main focus of season 2. The scene sort of reminds us of how Daphne and Simon’s first dance went down in Season 1.

In the flicks, we also see Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will make a return sans her husband Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). In April 2021, Regé confirmed he would not return to reprise his role as the Duke of Hastings in Season 2. Bummer.

”Bridgerton” is based on Julia Quinn’s novels, so fans who have read the book series may not have been surprised to learn about Page’s departure. Fans who haven’t read the novels were blindsided when news about his departure was made public, especially since he got married and had a baby with Daphne at the end of Season 1.

It’s all good though. Simone Ashley looks like she’ll be the show’s newest breakout star this season.

By the way, Netflix has already given the greenlight for Seasons 3 & 4. 

Check out the new pics in our gallery below! "Bridgerton" returns March 25th on the streaming giant. 

On the movie front…

A YBF veteran actor is going behind-the-scenes to tell the true story about an unsung civil rights icon that will come to life via a new YBF actress.

Captain America star Anthony Mackie is set to make his feature directorial debut in a new drama titled, Spark. The film will feature King Richard star Saniyya Sidney as an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era – Claudette Colvin.

Fresh from portraying tennis superstar Venus Williams in the award winning biopic, Saniyya will play 15-year-old Claudette when she bravely took a stand against racism.

Before Rosa Parks courageously declined to give her her seat on a bus for a white person in 1955, Claudette was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This happened nine months before Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights era.

“67 years ago, when history glued me to the seat of that bus in Montgomery, I could never have imagined that standing up for my rights could spark a movement that would change the course of history," said Claudette. "It is really an honor to have my story retold, by Mr. Mackie, for future generations to learn about our past so they can move forward knowing that progress is possible, and things do get better. I hope my story will inspire youth to continue to fight for civil rights and human dignity.”

Deadline reports:

Initially embraced by Civil Rights leaders for her courage, Colvin was brushed out of history when those same civic leaders decided a poor, dark-skinned teenage girl would not be the ideal face for their public campaign.

Mackie said that he came across the story of Claudette Colvin during a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Much the way that the story of entrepreneur Bernard Garrett sparked him to star in the George Nolfi-directed The Banker, he felt Colvin’s story needed to be told after all these years.

“Not only was I moved, I was inspired,” he said. “It’s great to be a superhero in movies but she’s a real live one living amongst us and I’m honored to tell her story.”

And we can’t wait to see it! 

By the way, Saniyya is booked & busy! She will next be seen playing Sasha Obama in Showtime’s "The First Lady," which stars Oscar winner Viola Davis. The anthology drama series is set to premiere this year.

 

Photos: Netflix/Denis Makarenko/DFree/Shutterstock/AP Photo/Vasha Hunt

THE TON IS ABUZZ IN 2022! ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 First Look

Snoop Dogg Announces 2022 Golden Globes Nominations: Beyoncé, Will Smith, Mahershala Ali, ‘King Richard’ & MORE!

The 2022 Golden Globes nominations are in! And Snoop Dogg helped with announcing this year’s nominees, which include Beyoncé, Will Smith, Mahershala Ali, King Richard and more! Peep the YBF nominees inside…

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has officially announced its nominees for the 79th annual  Golden Globes, which will recognize the excellence in film and television. Several of your TV and movie faves nabbed nominations.

As a total surprise, rapper/“BMF” star Snoop Dogg joined new president Helen Hoehne at the Beverly Hilton to read the 2022 nominations and quite a few YBF stars and movies we loved made the lists.

 

Tomato, tomato, Aff-leck, Affleck  @SnoopDogg @BenAffleck #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/w5o4IiXZQc

— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 13, 2021

 

Ha!

Beyoncé (who surprisingly popped up at the ceremony last year) landed her fifth Golden Globe nomination in the Best Original Song category for her song “Be Alive,” which appears on the King Richard soundtrack.  Queen Bey will be duking it out with her Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson as she was nominated in the category for her track “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which is a cut from the Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT.

Speaking of King Richard, the film scooped up three other nominations, including the prestigious Best Picture.

Hollywood veteran Will Smith received a nomination in the Best Actor category for his role as Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus & Serena Williams. The nomination is his 6th as he has never won a Golden Globes award during his career.

Actress Aunjanue Ellis scored a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category for her role in King Richard as Venus & Serena’s mother, Oracene Price.

Aunjanue will be going up against West Side Story’s Ariana Debose and Passing’s Ruth Negga in the category.

 

A decision awaits.#MahershalaAli
Naomie Harris
Glenn Close
Awkwafina#SwanSong premieres this Friday, exclusively on #AppleTV+. pic.twitter.com/WZTem4QVjW

— TV+Updates (@TVPlusUpdates) December 13, 2021

 

Mahershala Ali nabbed a nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Swan Song. He’ll be going up against King Richard’s Will Smith and The Tragedy of Macbeth’s Denzel Washington.

 

Mahershala Ali on how “Swan Song” balances a science fiction dilemma with a very human story pic.twitter.com/K9Dd76dewx

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 11, 2021

 

Marhershala won his first Golden Globe in 2019 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in Green Book.

Swan Song premieres this Friday on Apple TV+.

As for the television categories….

 

Merci à tous pour cette nomination qui, quelqu’en soit l’issue, est si symbolique pour moi, pour nous, pour tellement de raisons  
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Thank you all for this nomination which, whatever the outcome, is so symbolic for me, for us, for so many reasons pic.twitter.com/OkKF70iqp9

— Omar Sy (@OmarSy) December 13, 2021

 

Several popular TV series are in the running for Best Television Series, including "Lupin," "POSE," "Squid Game," "The Morning Show," and "Succession."

 

 

Winter is coming pic.twitter.com/AUXCwakTwu

— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) December 8, 2021

 

Award winning actress Uzo Aruba is in the running for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role in “In Treatment.”

”POSE” star Billy Porter nabbed a nomination in Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. He’ll be going up against “Lupin” star Omar Sy.

After being nominated three times in the same category, ”Insecure” star/creator Issa Rae is in the running for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Musical or Comedy. She’ll be up against “black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross, who won a Golden Globes award in 2017.  

”black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. It’s his third Golden Globes nomination.

British star Cynthia Erivo earned a nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for her role in “Genuis: Aretha.”

Amazon Prime’s ”The Underground Railroad” miniseries has been nominated in the Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category.

There’s been some drama going on behind-the-scenes at the Golden Globes over the last eight months where the HFPA has been reorganizing its organization amid criticism over a lack of diverse membership, questionable standards and conduct.

In May, NBC cancelled the 2022 show after the HFPA came under fire for a lack of racial representation in its voting body. They had ZERO Black members. There were also accusations of the organization accepting pricy gifts and trips, which prompted film and television companies to distance themselves. Since the drama, the HFPA has collaborated with the NAACP and added 21 new members, all from underrepresented groups.

That’s one step, however, they’re going to need to do more than that. You can check out the full list of nominations here

The 79th annual Golden Globes Awards will go down Sunday, January 9, 2022. On which network? We will have to wait and see. As of now, the awards ceremony may not be televised. It’s still possible that the HFPA will find a network to air it, but given all the associated baggage, that may be unlikely according to Vanity Fair.

 

Photo: Golden Globes’ Twitter 

Will Smith Joined By Wife Jada & Kids At ‘King Richard’ Premiere, Jada Limits Comments + Serena, Venus & Olympia STUN!

 

A family affair! Will Smith was joined by his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and their children, Jaden and Willow Smith, for a screening of his new movie, King Richard, during the AFI Fest in West Hollywood.

Also, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and more hit the carpet! See the flicks inside…

 

Will Smith was joined by his wife of 20+ years Jada Pinkett Smith on the red carpet for the first time as more details about their marriage come out via his new memoir, Will.

Before King Richard hits theaters and HBO Max on November 19th, the film based on the lives of Venus and Serena Williams was shown at the 2021 AFI Fest Closing Night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday evening. In the biographical drama feature, Will plays Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars, Venus and Serena Williams.

The 53-year-old actor turned the night into a family affair, hitting the carpet alongside his wife Jada and their two children, Jaden, 23, and Willow, 2.

It’s the first time Will and Jada have been seen together publicly since the recent influx of headlines about their marriage.

The former “A Different World” actress opened up about her entanglement with singer August Alsina, which seemed to spearhead an online obsession about their marriage. And don’t get it twisted, they both have been cutting up behind-the-scenes.

The “Fresh Prince” alum opened up about cheating on Jada in a recent GQ article and his “raging jealousy” of Tupac since he knew Jada was madly in love with him.

Several dark truths about their marriage have come out in these past few months, resulting in online criticism from every corner of the Internet.

It seems Jada is tired of y’all opinions because she limited the comments on her latest Instagram post she put up of herself and the Smith gang at the AFI Fest.

Despite the issues they’ve gone through, it seems they’re both committed to loving each other forever.

During an appearance on "Good Morning America," Will explained that he and Jada are working toward something special, whether their style of love is what works for everyone else or not.

Will Smith discusses his unconventional marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith: "We are pursuing the kind of love that everybody dreams about." https://t.co/vRreY7Ex8P@tjholmes pic.twitter.com/eLb0Y1HDzH

— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 9, 2021

“We are pursuing unconditional love,” he explained. “We are pursuing the kind of love that everybody dreams about. We just know that the road doesn’t look like everybody think it’s supposed to look.”

Peep the clip above. 

Back on the carpet…

Will snapped it up with the movie’s stars, Demi Singleton, Saniyya Sidney, and Aunjanue Ellis, along with Serena Williams and Venus Williams. 

NBA star Dwight Howard was seen dapping up Will on the carpet.

 

Come on, slayage! The Williams Sisters snapped it up with the girls who play them as young tennis playing sisters, Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney. They all look gorgeous!

Loving the throwback to the hairbeads that the Williams Sisters became known for during their tennis careers. Always fun times when they hit the carpet together.

And look who joined mommy on the carpet: Olympia! The mother-daughter duo was the cutest in their matching ‘fits, posing it up alongside husband/dad Alexis Ohanian. 

Momy & me! Adorbs.  

Work, Venus!

Peep a few videos from the red carpet below: 

 

 

 
 

 

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FAB times!

 

King Richard hits theaters and HBO Max on November 19th. 

Photos: Getty

 

Will Smith Says He Was ‘Relieved’ Venus & Serena Loved ‘King Richard’, Their EW Cover Goes Viral

When Will Smith learned Venus and Serena Williams loved his movie, King Richard, he felt a big gush of relief take over him. The famed actor wanted to honor the living tennis legends in a way that told their story in its truest form.

 

Will, Venus and Serena cover Entertainment Weekly’s December 2021 issue where they dig into the making of their new, Oscar-buzzy biopic…

 

 

 
 

 

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Doing a biopic and making sure justice is given to the person its about is hard work. It’s even harder when the person (or people) are still living. The actor always wants to portray the person in the best way possible.

Well, Will Smith felt double the pressure as he was the star of the film and he executive produced it. Forget the Oscar buzz talk, he had two tennis legends, Venus and Serena Williams, he wanted to impress.

King Richard chronicles the ’90s-era forging of tennis’ greatest-of-all-time queens, Venus and Serena Williams. However, the story is told through the eyes of Richard Williams (played by Will), the brash and wily Louisiana-born sports dad who masterminded his two youngest daughters’ conquering of the tennis world, focusing on the seven-year period that pushed Venus into superstardom in hopes of Serena following close behind.

Will Smith was brave enough to tackle the project, and luckily, the Williams Family gave it their stamp of approval.

 

 
 

 

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For the December 2021 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Will, Venus and Sernea sit down to talk about the creation of the film.

"It was such a relief that you guys enjoyed it and felt like your father and your family were honored," Will said, sitting alongside Venus and Serena. "For me, taking this role was to honor the beautiful aspects of your journey and your family. It’s like I saw something that was so beautiful and so misunderstood."

It was a privilege for Will to make the biopic because he wanted to honor the tennis icons and give them their flowers while they’re still here.

"I don’t make movies for money anymore. I don’t make movies for awards or anything like that. I make movies to honor people and to talk about ideas that I think could be helpful to other humans. This movie was a gift to you and your family. I am ecstatic that you appreciate it," he said.

When the idea of the biopic first came about, Venus and Serena’s mom, Oracene, wasn’t really here for it, but she didn’t totally shoot it down:

Focusing tightly on the sisters’ girlhood rise was an angle that was different from other treatments the family had lobbed back over the net for years, says Isha Price, 47, Venus and Serena’s sister and an executive producer on the film. After screenwriter Zach Baylin’s dramatized take on their early years landed on Price’s pile three years ago, it took her a few months and some pushing from former William Morris Endeavor agency CEO Dave Wirtschafter to crack it open. When she finally did, she had to laugh. "It was so off in terms of personality," Isha recalls. "I started reading some of it to my mom, and she was like, ‘Uh, heck no. But if it’s good and you think we should do it, we just have to be involved.’"

As for if their dad, Richard, has seen the movie yet – it’s still unclear.

All the while, the father who had the original vision now keeps largely out of sight, content to live out his dotage hanging out with Olympia at the local water park when he isn’t trundling around on his golf cart. COVID kept Richard Williams, who turns 80 in February, away from set. (He did not participate in this story due to health issues.) Has he seen the movie? Even those closest to him can’t say for certain. More than once, the sisters say, they’ve offered him a personal screener, but for all his enthusiastic promises to check it out and support his girls, he had yet to see the film and seems to have little interest in rehashing his life story. You’d think a man who spent years shaping his daughters’ future behind a camera would be eager to see himself on the big screen. But clearly that was never the point. "The film is not really about winning a championship," says Venus. "It was about this process of making a person who could win in life."

 

 

 

 

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The Williams sisters’ incredible story touched Beyoncé in a way that moved her to contribute a new track for the film’s soundtrack.

Serena and Venus even inspired Beyoncé, who, after screening the film, was moved to contribute "Be Alive," a bespoke closing-credits anthem. "The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment," says Smith, who knows a thing or two about that game. "I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

King Richard will serve as the perfect catalyst for mom Serena to explain to her daughter, Olympia, how she became one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

"She gets to see what Mommy was like," Serena says. "I always wondered how I would explain my life. Like, how will I even start that conversation? This is the perfect way."

Peep the clip below where Serena, Will & Venus break down the film:

You can read the rest of their EW cover story here.

When it was first announced Will Smith would be portraying Richard Williams, a colorism debate sparked online. Folks were saying they weren’t interested in seeing the film because Will wasn’t "black enough" to play Richard.

As they prepped for shooting, the film’s director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, was going to have Will made up to look more like Richard with prosthetics, but ultimately decided against it. He told Insider a team of makeup and prosthetic artists spent hours transforming Will into Richard and he really looked like him.

"They made him look like Richard Williams, it was straight-up shocking," Green said. He shared the makeup team placed prosthetics around Will’s nose and cheeks to make him look like Richard. The makeup job was so good Warner Bros was excited about the transformation.

However, Director Green changed his mind because he didn’t want people to get caught up in his appearance. They decided to drastically pull back on the makeup, instead putting grey in Will’s hair and beard.

"I was like, ‘Look, you guys did an incredible job, but I don’t want that,’" Green recalled saying.

"Will has his acting coach who has been with him for 30 movies, he had a dialect coach so he could speak similar to Richard, we have so much," Green said. "And it would have been three hours of Will being in the makeup chair every day. Who wants to do that? I looked at Will straight in the eye and said, ‘Look, we don’t need that,’" Green shared. 

King Richard hit theaters and HBO Max on November 19th. We can’t wait!

Photos: Tinseltown/lev radin/Shutterstock

Beyoncé Teases New Song ‘Be Alive’ In New ‘King Richard’ Trailer, Will Smith Reveals How Bey Got Involved

BEYHIVE! New music from Beyoncé is coming soon. The Grammy winner teases her new track "Be Alive" in the newest trailer for King Richard. Take a listen, plus find out how Mrs. Carter got involved with the film and more inside…

Now we know why Beyoncé has been EXTRA active on social media lately: She has new music and a new collaboration dropping! And we’re glad because we’re thirsty for some new Bey vocals and new Ivy Park ‘fits.

The newest trailer for King Richard just dropped and it features a powerful ballad titled "Be Alive" from none other than the queen herself, Beyoncé. King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus & Serena Williams, as he molds his daughters into the best tennis players we’ve ever seen. Both Venus & Serena signed on as executive producers of the film.

“Can’t nobody knock it if they try,” Beyoncé sings as viewers watch Richard (played by Will Smith) coach his young tennis stars Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) while he’s criticized about his training methods.

“Do you know how much we have pride?/How hard we have to try?," Bey sings.

Will Smith, who plays the lead role of Richard Williams, shared how The Williams sisters inspired the singer to contribute a song after a screening of the film.

"The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment," he shared. "I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

Sweet! Does this mean a new album is in the works as well? We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The Hollywood titan shared the new trailer on social media, prefacing the clip with a video of himself alongside Venus & Serena:

I’m SO excited for you to watch the new trailer for #KingRichard starring Will Smith and featuring the song “Be Alive” by @Beyonce. It’s in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax November 19. pic.twitter.com/pILYvbJsbw

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) October 21, 2021

"I’m SO excited for you to watch the new trailer for #KingRichard starring Will Smith and featuring the song “Be Alive” by @Beyonce. It’s in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax November 19," Serena tweeted.

Other members of the star cast include Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott.

Check out the trailer below:

Will King Richard be the project that earns Will Smith his first Oscar? We shall see….

King Richard, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, will arrive in both theaters and on HBO Max on November 19th. We are READY.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z will reportedly attend the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30th. Jay-Z is one of this year’s inductees.

Greg Harris – CEO and President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – confirmed The Carters will be in attendance.

“I can tell you they are scheduled to be at the event,” Harris told Cleveland.com. “It’s going to be remarkable.”

Right now, details about who will induct Hov and whether or not the Hip Hop icon will perform are still unknown.

The site reports:

The Rock Hall announced earlier this week that Taylor Swift will induct Carole King. Swift will also perform in honor of King, as will Jennifer Hudson in a separate performance.

Paul McCartney is set to induct Foo Fighters. Actress Angela Bassett will induct Tina Turner, whose showcase will feature an all-star cast of performers including Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams.

Actress and superfan Drew Barrymore will induct The Go-Go’s, who plan to perform three songs. Lionel Richie will handle the honors for Ahmet Ertegun Award winner Clarence Avant. There have also been reports that Dr. Dre will induct LL Cool J. However, the Rock Hall has yet to confirm those details.

We’re always here for a Bey & Jay performance…IF that’s what’s on the table.

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We love the inclusivity.

Mrs. Carter just announced her Ivy Park collab with Peloton, dropping November 10th. You here for it?!

Photos: Warner Bros/Beyonce’s IG

Horrible Histories – The Tudors lyrics

[Intro]
Anyone whose lived around these parts,
Or ever knew’d us,
Is well aware that you should never mess with the Tudors.

[Verse 1]
My Grandad Henry Seventh,
He beat King Richard,
That’s him pictured,
Defeating the Tyke.

[Verse 2]
He liked his name so much that,
To keep alive is memory,
He called his own son Henry,
What was he like!

[Verse 3]
Everyone said Hen-er-y the eighth was a baddy,
I have to agree,
Even though he was my daddy.
(Just popping of to chop some wives.)

[Chorus]
Cos we’re Tudors,
Britain’s biggest feuders,
And just like barracudas,
We kill with methods foul.

Tudors
Each enemy a Judas,
At least we’re not as rude as,
Simon Cowell.

[Verse 4]
My reign was quite notorious,
I liked to hunt and slaughter,
But then you had a daughter,
Mary was her name,
It was a son I wanted,
So I divorced her mother,
Then wife two had another,
A girl? Not again!
(That’s me your talking about! )

[Chorus]
Tudor,
Superior to you duh,
Who followed me as ruler,
Best not to ask.

[Verse 5]
It must have been my laddie,
Yes sicky little Eddie,
Was I’ll and soon got deady
And who came next?

[Verse 6]
Your daughters then took over,
First came Bloody Mary,
My sisters rule was scary,
So all hail meeeeeee

[Chorus]
Tudors,
The history books reviewed us,
As nutters and big bruisers,
Who kill and cull.

[Outro]
I never had an heir,
So our reign ended there,
We my not have been fair,
But we were never dull