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Kim Porter to be buried in her Columbus, Georgia, hometown

The funeral arrangements for Kim Porter, the former model and actress who died unexpectedly last week, will reportedly be held in Georgia. 

» RELATED: Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

Her body will be returned to her Columbus, Georgia, hometown, according to the New York Daily News. She will be buried at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery alongside her mom and grandmother, and her memorial service will be held at Cascade Hills Church, the publication reported.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

Sean “Diddy” Combs, whom she dated on-and-off for 13 years, reportedly hosted a private memorial for her in California Sunday.

Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home Thursday, Nov. 15. She had been suffering from flulike symptoms for several weeks, according to TMZ. However, her cause of death is currently unknown. She was 47.

Porter acted for many years, landing small parts in the film “The Brothers,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the TV series “Wicked Wicked Games.” She also appeared on “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

She had four children, including actor Quincy Brown, who appears on the Atlanta-filmed Fox series “Star,” and three of Combs' kids, Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. 

» RELATED: Who was Kim Porter? Diddy’s ex-girlfriend dead at 47

Petition asks Maroon 5 to drop out of Atlanta Super Bowl halftime show

It’s been more than two months since Maroon 5 was announced as the performer for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, and many are still upset about the selection. An online petition asking the group to step down is making its rounds on the internet. 

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The change.org request is urging the band to drop out of the show, because they have “a chance to stand on the right side of history,” the authors wrote. “If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players.”

Many celebrities have reportedly boycotted the Super Bowl to support Colin Kaepernick, the creators noted. Rihanna and Jay-Z turned down the halftime show this year to back the ex-NFL player and other athletes who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem as a symbol of protest against racial injustice in America.

» RELATED: Here’s why Jermaine Dupri thinks it’s a bad idea for celebs to boycott the Super Bowl

“Until the league changes their policy and support (sic) players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL,” the writers continue.

The petitioners even mentioned that Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s lead singer, has supported civil rights in the past. They said he was a strong advocate for LGBT rights and that the group once changed the location of a concert because the venue supported anti-gay marriage laws.

“If the band can take a stand for LGBT rights, they should do the same for these players,” the creators said.

The petition has nearly hit its goal of 50,000 signatures. As of Tuesday morning, about 49,300 had signed the document. 

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Rapper Snoop Dogg gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rapper Snoop Dogg was honored with the 2,651st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, KTLA reported.

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Born Calvin Broadus Jr., Snoop Dogg has sold more than 40 million albums since “Doggystyle,” his 1993 debut album. He has also been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards. 

"I want to thank me for believing in me; I want to thank me for doing all this hard work,” the rapper, actor and entrepreneur said during Monday’s ceremony. “I want to thank me for having no days off; I want to thank me for never quitting.

>> Here’s how celebrities get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

“I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive; I want to thank me for doing more right than wrong; I want to thank me for being me at all times.”

Snoop Dogg's musical hits include "Gin & Juice," "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," "Next Episode," Drop It Like It's Hot" and Beautiful."

Now casting: Will Smith’s ‘Bad Boys 3’ seeking actors

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

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‘Bad Boys 3’

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be in Atlanta soon to shoot part of “Bad Boys III,” which is currently titled “Bad Boys For Life.” The movie is currently in pre-production, according to the Georgia film office.

What are they looking for?

Casting directors are looking for talent of all ages and ethnicities to submit for speaking roles. They are looking for SAG or SAG eligible actors. A video reel is required.

» RELATED: How to get cast in the TV shows filming in Atlanta right now

When are they filming?

It’s set to shoot from November through February in Atlanta.

How much does it pay?

Details about the pay have not been released. 

How do I submit? 

Go here to apply: https://airtable.com/shrhIcdquS4NSyQb9.

» RELATED: Take these classes and workshops to break into Georgia's film and TV industry

Who was Kim Porter? Diddy’s ex-girlfriend dead at 47

Former model Kim Porter has reportedly died at age 47.

» RELATED: Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

The actress, producer and model, who dated music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs for several years, was found dead in her Los Angeles home, according to TMZ. The publication revealed she had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for several weeks. However, her cause of death is currently unknown. 

Here’s what you should know about Porter.

She is a Georgia native.

Porter was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1971. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1988, according to IMDB. Shortly after earning her diploma, she moved to Atlanta. 

She worked as a model and actress.

The entertainer began her career as a model. She later became an actress, landing small parts in the film “The Brothers,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the TV series “Wicked Wicked Games.” She also appeared on Comb's reality show, “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

She began dating Combs in the 1990s.

Porter met Combsin the 1990s when he was an A&R executive at Uptown Records. 

“The first time I saw her, she was at the studio with her ex-boyfriend,” Combs said in a 2006 Essence magazine interview. “I wasn’t trying to holler at her or anything, but I was admiring her—her lips, her eyes, her mouth, her shape, her energy—and thinking, ‘I wish I had a girl like that.'”

The couple dated on-and-off from 1994 to 2007. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. The two remained friendly after their breakup. 

She had a child with singer Al B Sure!.

Before dating Combs, she was in a relationship with Grammy-nominated singer Al B. Sure. In 1991, they had a child together, Quincy Brown. He is a singer and actor, who stars on the Fox show “Star,” which is filmed in Atlanta. 

Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” was written about her.

Al B. Sure! was also a producer and songwriter, penning hits for acts including Tevin Campbell and Jodeci. In 1991, he wrote Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” while Porter was pregnant with their son. During an episode of TV One’s “Unsung,” he revealed the tune, which became a No. 1 Billboard 200 hit, was about Porter.

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T.I., Cardi B, Chance The Rapper to judge Netflix hip-hop music competition show

Want to boost you career in entertainment?

T.I., Cardi B and Chance The Rapper may be able to help, because they will serve as judges on a new hip-hop music competition series. 

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Earlier this week, Netflix announced it greenlit a show titled “Rhythm + Flow.” It’s “a classic, flashy competition series, but with a twist, focusing specifically on hip-hop music, which has never been at the forefront of any major unscripted music TV competition,” according to Variety

“We’re going to travel the country and all the hoods, all the studios, all the nightclubs, even the barbershops to find the next, unreleased, underground hip-hop superstar,” T.I. said in a video posted to Instagram.

The three rappers aren’t the only A-listers a part of the project. John Legend, Jesse Collins and a few others are executive producing it, and additional artists and industry veterans are expected to sign on. 

The show is set to launch in fall 2019 with auditions beginning this fall across the United States, including in Atlanta. 

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21 Savage, Storm Reid, other Atlantans on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

Forbes has released its annual “30 Under 30” list, and a handful of Atlantans have made the cut. 

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Each year, the publication highlights 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders and stars across 20 industries, including finance, entertainment, technology, fashion and education. 

To determine the list, a group of community leaders, reporters and experts chose the honorees from a pool of thousands of nominees using “a three-layer process.” 

“The final product: a collection of bold risk-takers putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade,” the team wrote.

Check out the Georgians from the class of 2019. 

Emily Adams Bode

In 2016, the Atlanta-born designer launched Bode, a menswear brand known for its globally sourced antique fabrics. The clothing is available in 30 brick-and-mortar retailers worldwide, including nine stores in Japan. In 2018, Bode, 29, was a runner-up for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund award.

Ryan Delk 

Delk, 27, is currently the chief operating officer of Omni, a rentals and item management company. Since 2015, he has been a part of the corporation, which has raised $35 million from investors, including 8VC and Highland Capital. 

Tyler Mitchell

At just 23, the photographer has worked with Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Converse and Vogue, becoming the first African-American to shoot a cover for the magazine in 2018. The cover star happened to be Beyonce Knowles. Mitchell, who self-published his first book in 2015, has also shown in group exhibitions with Artsy and Red Hook Labs Gallery. 

» RELATED: Atlanta photographer behind Beyoncé’s Vogue issue is magazine’s first black cover photographer

Erin Jane Nelson

The visual artist, 29, is famous for mixing “southern craft traditions like quilt-making with digital photography.” Since launching her career, she has shown at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Pinakothek der Moderne museum in Munich. She also has an upcoming show back home at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Storm Reid

As the youngest Atlantan on the list, the 15-year-old acted alongside Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon in the Ava DuVernay-directed film “A Wrinkle In Time.” Her next project is a sci-fi thriller titled “Only You.”

21 Savage

Last year, the Atlanta rapper, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, released his first album, “Issa Album,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The 26-year-old is also passionate about giving back. He has hosted back-to-school drives and donated $1,000 to 21 teens to promote financial literacy. In January, Savage established the Leading by Example foundation.

To see the full round-up, head to Forbes

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Movie to be made about Georgian who became youngest female trader at New York Stock Exchange

A Georgia native is the youngest woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange, and now her story is being told on the big screen.

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AGC Studios has acquired the life rights to tell the story of Lauren Simmons, a Kennesaw State University graduate, who became the sole woman trader and only the second black woman to trade full-time on the NYSE floor at the time. She earned the historic title last year after landing a job as an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities at just 23 years old.

While she initially pursued a career in medicine, she later tapped into her interests in finance, securing her current position by applying to an opening posted on LinkedIn.

Kiersey Clemons, whose credits include “Dope” and “Neighbors 2,” will portray the Georgian, according to Deadline. Clemons will also produce the flick with her managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreef, AGC's Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer. 

The film will serve as the debut project for Clemons' production banner, Girl on Mercury. No word yet on when the movie will premiere. 

Nicki Minaj doesn't hold back while flirting with Michael B. Jordan as she accepts award

Nicki Minaj had her eyes on the prize — and Michael B. Jordan.

While on stage accepting the award for female artist of 2018 at Sunday’s E! People’s Choice Awards 2018, the “Anaconda” rapper wasn’t shy about letting the audience in on her evening plans.

“Hey y’all, how are you tonight? I said, ‘How are you tonight?!’ ” she started off after Jimmy Fallon presented her with the award. (She beat out Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello.)

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Once she thanked her management and her fans for voting, Minaj, 35, finished off her speech with a big bang.

“Shout-out to Donatella Versace for custom making this outfit for me,” she said with a sly smile, “and shout-out to Michael B. Jordan because he’s going to be taking it off of me tonight.”

The singer isn’t alone in her adoration of Jordan: In October, Ellen DeGeneres helped U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka land a date with the “Black Panther” star.

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The talk show host tweeted a steamy picture of a shirtless Jordan to Osaka for her 21st birthday. She captioned it, “Happy birthday, @Naomi_Osaka_. I got you a present.”

And it didn’t take long for Jordan, 31, to jump in on the fun. “This one is better and more recent. LOL,” alongside another picture of his impressive abs and arms. “Happy Belated Bday Naomi. But seriously I want to invite you to the Creed 2 premiere as a bday present.”

» Michael B. Jordan says his company will use inclusion riders for all projects

DeGeneres, 60, was pleased with her work. “You’re welcome, Naomi,” she quipped.

Minaj also took to the stage during the evening event to perform “Good Form,” as well as “Dip” alongside Tyga, before accepting a second award — album of 2018 — for “Queen.”

» Michael B. Jordan offers to replace fan’s retainer after viral story

Atlanta rapper Future fires back at Wendy Williams’ baby mama jokes

Atlanta hip-hop artist Future took to Instagram to respond to TV host Wendy Williams’ comments about his personal life.

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Last Thursday, Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show, had a few words for the rapper, who was preparing to welcome a child with Joie Chavis.

“Once upon a time there was a man named Future and Future has a lot of baby’s mothers,” Williams said, with photos of all five of the mothers of Future’s children projected in the backdrop.

“Where are your condoms?” Williams added.

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Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, clapped back on Instagram with the caption, “Thank God I’m richer than Wendy Williams.”

Unfortunately, The Shade Room pointed out that the rapper’s defense may be untrue. Celebrity Net Worth shows Williams’ net worth is $60 million, whereas Future’s net worth totals $30 million.

Who is Dennis McKinley? Things to know about Porsha Williams’ fiancé

In October, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fans got a major update on the life of one of the show’s notorious cast members, Porsha Williams, just weeks before the 11th season premiere.

Williams, who joined Bravo’s stalwart reality series in 2012, announced she and her boyfriend Dennis McKinley got engaged. The pair announced that they were also expecting a baby soon in the summer, so the news about this relatively new couple has been buzzing the last couple of months.

»RELATED: Porsha Williams engaged to Dennis McKinley

Many fans have been digging for the background story on her new boyfriend-turned-fiancé. If you’ve been wanting to know a bit more about Porsha Williams new fiancé, here are a few tidbits about Dennis McKinley.

He is a native of Detroit.

According to McKinley’s public Facebook profile, he calls Detroit home. He also went to college in Michigan. He studied economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He is a ‘serial entrepreneur,’ according to his business website.

McKinley is the CEO of a business conglomerate Detroit Equities site,  which runs the Atlanta-based businesses Cru Hookah Lounge and the Original Hot Dog Factory. His businesses also have locations in his hometown. The site described McKinley as “a serial entrepreneur” with “ a background in real estate, e-commerce, retail, business and product development.”

He is expecting his first child with Porsha Williams.

In an interview with People, Williams said she and McKinley had known each other for years but only began dating this past year. She shared the baby news with McKinley in July.

“The thought of me getting that blessing after praying for it for so long and getting that blessing with someone who is just as excited as me — it’s Dennis’ first child, just like me — and it’s something we’ve both always wanted. … It’s like a dream come true,” Williams told the magazine.

He proposed to Porsha in Atlanta after planning the occasion for months.

McKinley reportedly proposed to Williams over the weekend after planning the occasion for two months, according to a People magazine exclusive.

“Dennis rented out a venue and took Porsha via helicopter there,” a rep told the magazine, adding that there were “candles and rose petals everywhere.”

Once there, Williams was serenaded by R & B singer Lil’ Mo, who surprised the reality star with her favorite song, “4 Ever.” 

“After they were officially engaged, they threw a Prayer party for Baby McKinley,” the rep told People.

He will be featured in the 11th season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

McKinley has appeared in the early episodes of RHOA this season. Porsha’s storyline will primarily cover their budding romance and the days and weeks leading up to the marriage proposal.

Singer Keke Wyatt reveals child is cancer-free, gushes over new husband

Keke Wyatt is celebrating some good news. TMZ reported Thursday that she announced she has a new husband and that one of her children is cancer-free. She announced the news in a video.

“I went through a really rough patch for about a year,” she said, referring to her ex-husband, Michael Ford, divorcing her while she was pregnant with her ninth child. “I was eight months pregnant, and I was hormonal. And I thought I wanted something that wasn’t for me.”

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At the time, one of her children was fighting cancer.

Wyatt has found love again. She tied the knot with Zachariah Darring last month in Indianapolis. It’s her third marriage. 

“The fact that I’m laughing and smiling is a beautiful thing,” she said. 

Wyatt’s video, in which she discusses her new husband, ex, and child’s health, is at TMZ.com.

Now casting: New Oprah series seeking extras

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

» RELATED: 9 big movies filming in Georgia in 2017 

‘Ambitions’

According to Deadline, the series is a multi-generational family saga that will follow a woman, who relocates to revitalize her marriage. Along the way, she must go “head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.” The series, produced by Will Packer, will appear on OWN.

What are they looking for?

Casting directors are seeking extras, 18 and up of all races, for a gala party. Women must have full length evening gowns, heels, complimentary jewelry and an evening clutch. No red or white attire is allowed, and the clothing must not have labels. 

Men should have a black suit or tuxedo with a black or white dress shirt, a solid dark tie or bow tie, dark dress shoEs and socks. The clothing must have no labels. 

» RELATED: 10 reasons to seek a job in Atlanta’s TV and film industry

When are they filming?

There are two booking options in the Atlanta area. The first one is Nov. 7-9, and the second is Nov. 8.

How much does it pay?

Pay is $75 for eight hours.

How do I submit?

Send an e-mail to  AMBITIONSextras@gmail.com with the subject line “GALA GUEST w/ Wardrobe.” Include your name, number, age, booking option, attached photos of yourself in two wardrobe outfits, height and clothing sizes. Also, note if you have visible tattoos and where as well as your car type, model and year.

Tyler Perry wants to make a ‘Sister Act 3’ with Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish

Tyler Perry has several films under his belt, and he’s hoping to add another with the help of Whoopi Goldberg.

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During a recent interview with “The View,” the filmmaker gushed about the EGOT-winning actress, who stars in his upcoming movie “Nobody’s Fool.”

“I was writing the mother role and I thought, ‘Oh, if she would do this I would be so honored.’ I called and when she said ‘yes,’ we were all like, ‘Oh my God. She is coming.’”

And Perry hopes Goldberg will be a frequent collaborator. He has a few other projects up his sleeve for the star. Continue reading...

Now casting: Fox’s ‘Star’ seeking council members, upscale guests

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame.

»RELATED: 9 big movies filming in Georgia in 2017 

Star’ 

Lee Daniels’ Fox musical drama is now filming its second season. The series tells the story of a girl named Star (Jude Demorest) who travels to Atlanta with her sister Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and spoiled rich girl Alexandra (Ryan Destiny) to try to become famous as a girl group. Queen Latifah portrays Star and Simone’s godmother.  

What are they looking for? 

The following roles are being cast: 

  • Council members – Men and women, 18 and older, that appear to be in their 30s to 50s with nice business attire. 
  • A-list, Industry types – Men and women, 18 and older, that appear to be in their 20s to early 50s celebrity types with cool and fun, fashion-forward attire. 
  • Upscale guests – Men and women, 18 and older, that appear to be in their 20s to early 50s with nice upscale attire as if you were attending an award show party.

When are they filming?

Filming is in Atlanta on Nov. 2 and Nov. 5.

How much does it pay?

All roles pay $88 for eight hours.

How do I submit?

Send an e-mail to star@centralcasting.com, with the one role you’re submitting for in the subject line. Include your full name, recent photos, clothing sizes, and contact phone number. 

» RELATED: How to get cast in the TV shows filming in Atlanta right now

Ava DuVernay working on new Netflix Prince documentary

Famed producer, director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay is working on Netflix’s new multi-part Prince documentary, sources recently confirmed to Variety. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker best known for “Selma” and “13th” also tweeted the news Monday night.

Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” she wrote. “The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

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The estate has given DuVernay full access to the late artist’s trove of archived recordings, including unreleased material, according to Deadline. “It wasn’t just Prince’s estate that saw DuVernay as a collaborator and specifically choose her to make the film. The man himself blessed the film in a sense. Before he passed away, Prince reached out to the Queen Sugar creator directly about working together.”

The documentary is currently in its early stages, but DuVernay and other members of the production have visited Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios several times over the past several months, Deadline reported.

» RELATED: Director Ava DuVernay tackles story of the Central Park Five

DuVernay, who hails from Long Beach, California, got her start on the big screen with her 2008 hip-hop film, “This Is the Life.”

Her Netflix limited series “The Central Park Five,” chronicling the true story of a 1989 case that wrongfully convicted five black teens of raping a woman, premieres in 2019.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Beyonce’s  '90s Halloween salute to Toni Braxton

Beyonce is in a 1990's mood as she salutes singer Toni Braxton for Halloween.

Beyonce appears on Instagram in a pixie wig, leather jacket, white tank top and jeans to re-create Braxton's 1993 album, which she labeled Phoni Braxton.

In the last of the three images, Beyonce writes: "Sending love and adoration to one of our talented legends. Thank you for the countless bops. Your tone, your beauty, your range, and your God-given talent is treasured."

Braxton returned the love on Twitter by asking how Bey could "look better than me on MY album cover?"

Beyonce channeling other artists is a bit of a Halloween tradition. Last year, it was Lil' Kim.

Twitter had a field day with the Toni Braxton tribute, with many imploring the songstresses to duet together.

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Now casting: Marlon Wayans film seeking ‘light skinned African-American male’

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

» RELATED: 9 big movies filming in Georgia in 2017 

‘Sextuplets’

The Netflix series “Sextuplets” stars Marlon Wayans as a man who’s embarking on a journey to meet his birth mother before his first child is born, according to Deadline. He meets his brother and learns he was born a sextuplet, and they set out on a road trip to find the rest of the family. Wayans portrays all the siblings. 

What are they looking for?

Casting directors are looking for a light skinned black man or mixed ethnicity man, who is 6 feet 1 inch or 6 feet 2 inches tall and around 170 and 180 pounds. 

» RELATED: 10 reasons to seek a job in Atlanta’s TV and film industry

When are they filming?

Filming is in the Atlanta area on Oct. 31 to Nov. 8.

How much does it pay?

Pay is to be determined.

How do I submit?

Send an email to SextupletsExtras@gmail.com with “Stand In” in the subject line. Include a recent full body photo and your age, height, weight and clothing sizes.

» RELATED: Take these classes and workshops to break into Georgia's film and TV industry

Here’s why Jermaine Dupri thinks it’s a bad idea for celebs to boycott the Super Bowl

While celebrities have reportedly boycotted the Super Bowl to support Colin Kaepernick, Jermaine Dupri thinks there is another way to stand behind the ex-NFL player and his cause.

» RELATED: Super Bowl 53: Jermaine Dupri will helm music for Super Bowl Live

During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, the Atlanta producer discussed Rihanna and Jay-Z’s decision to turn down the halftime show this year to back Kaepernick and other athletes who’ve taken a knee during the National Anthem as a symbol of protest against racial injustice in America.

However, Dupri thinks boycotts are ineffective.

“Boycotts and marches don’t seem like they work to me, I’m sorry. I think they should send a message while they’re onstage. Take advantage of your platform,” he said. “Taking advantage of your platform is to not do the Super Bowl as well ... The more people speak on it, the more they talk about it, then the more it's something people feel like they have to address.”

He also chatted about his role as the music producer for Super Bowl Live, the week of free fan events preceding the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

“Me being the unofficial mayor of this city but caring about how people view my city forever and ever,” he continued. “I feel like it’s my job to at least make sure that the ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ experience is the best that you’ve ever had for those who still come and support Super Bowl weekend.”

» RELATED: Super Bowl LIII is 100 days away: What we know so far

Pharrell Williams threatens to sue Trump over use of ‘Happy’ at rally after synagogue massacre

Pharrell Williams is threatening to sue the president unless organizers of President Donald Trump’s rallies stop using his song “Happy.”

The singer’s attorney sent a cease and desist letter to the president to stop playing his song, according to CNN

It was played hours after a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 dead, CNN reported.

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Howard King wrote, according to CNN

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played the song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

King alleges that the use of the song without the consent of Williams goes against copyright and trademark.

“Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music,” King wrote in the letter, Time reported.

Trump and his administration have also received letters from other groups including The Rolling Stones, Steven Tyler and Adele, CNN reported.

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