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Dwayne Johnson answers girl's prom request, rents out theater for her

An 18-year-old Minnesota student isn’t going to the prom with “The Rock,” but the actor and former wrestling star gave her the next best thing.

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Katie Kelzenberg of Stillwater Area High School had tweeted a video to Johnson, asking him to be her date for her school’s senior prom on May 5.

Friday during the school’s morning announcements, Kelzenberg and her fellow classmates were startled to hear Johnson’s voice over the intercom, ABC News reported.

“All right, let’s start this Friday morning announcement off with a little bit of fun and a little bit of excitement ... You're probably thinking 'What is 'The Rock' doing on our intercom system!?” Johnson said. “Well, I'm sending a message to very special young lady.”

While acknowledging that Kelzenberg might have been embarrassed -- in the video, her face reddens as Johnson continues to speak -- he thanked her for being “cool and awesome” for the prom invitation. He told the students that he was unable to make the prom because he would be in Hawaii filming his new movie, “Jungle Cruise.”

Then Johnson dug into his wrestling repertoire and dropped the People’s Elbow on the unsuspecting class.

Johnson told Kelzenberg that he was renting out a local theater for her friends and family to see a screening of Johnson’s movie, “Rampage,” with drinks and popcorn on him, ABC News reported.

"I want you to go and have the greatest time! I rented out 232 seats!" he said. "Katie, have the best time. Thank you for being awesome!"

Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking sports agents

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

‘What Men Want’

Taraji P. Henson will star with Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge in the comedy “What Men Want,” according to Variety. The movie is inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” which starred Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who could hear what women are thinking. In “What Men Want,” the roles are reserved, and Henson, who portrays a sports agent, can hear men’s thoughts. 

What are they looking for?

Men who are 25-48 or have a youthful appearance are needed to portray sports agents – think high-end corporate America. You’ll need to have more than one tailored/fitted suit and ties. If you’re currently booked as a boxer, pedestrian, etc., don’t submit since this role is within the same week.

You shouldn’t have dreads, braids, twists, ear gauges, multi-colored hair or earrings.

» RELATED: This is what it's really like to work as an extra in Atlanta

When are they filming?

Filming is in downtown Atlanta on April 30 and May 1.

How much does it pay?

Pay is $75 for eight hours.

How do I submit?

Send an email to with the subject line “2day CORE agent.”

Include three full-length photos of you wearing three different suits and holding a sign with today’s date. List your name, age, phone number, height, weight, location/distance to downtown Atlanta and sizes (shirt, neck, sleeve, pants, waist and shoe.

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

Watch teen nail routine from Beychella

It’s been nearly one week since Beyonce’s first Coachella performance, and people are still singing her praises with think pieces, tweets and even dances.

» RELATED: The story behind ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and why Beyoncé made it matter

One teen, Brianna Bundick-Kelly, chose the latter option, memorizing the choreography from one segment of the singer’s epic two-hour show. She took to Twitter to post her rendition alongside Beyonce’s in a side-by-side video. 

Known as Briyonce on the platform, the Virginia State University freshman didn’t missed a step. She nailed the choreography.

Pretty soon, the one-minute clip went viral. It garnered more than 356,000 likes and 4.7 million views in just three days. 

» RELATED: Destiny’s Child reunites during Beyonce’s Coachella performance

She even received a nod from celebrities including Gabrielle Union, En Vogue and Queen Bey’s fellow Destiny’s Child group member Michelle Williams.

In a separate tweet, Bundick-Kelly expressed she was overwhelmed by all of the compliments. “I was having a terrible week and y'all are really making my heart so happy with all the love!” she wrote. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This isn’t the first time the student has imitated the star. She also learned moves from 2016’s Formation tour, because she couldn’t make it to a concert. That upload has been viewed on Twitter more 1.4 million times.

» RELATED: Beyoncé gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges

Kanye West is dropping two new albums and the internet is ‘freaking out’

Earlier this week, Kanye West returned to Twitter, expressing his thoughts on creativity and fashion. Now he’s taken to the platform to announce two new albums

» RELATED: Kanye West uses email to tell Kim Kardashian to drop her big sunglasses

On Thursday afternoon, he rolled out the details of his latest work in a chain of tweets. The first announcement read, “my album is 7 songs.” Then he revealed the release date: June 1.

But that wasn’t the only surprise. He also shared that he’d be dropping another with his buddy Kid Cudi as the group Kids See Ghost. That project will be available the following week on June 8.

The news spread quickly, and several fans flocked to social media to express their thoughts with GIFs and memes. Tons were excited about the new music. 

» RELATED: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are parents again

Some were bummed that his solo album would only include seven tracks. They were hoping for more. 

On the other hand, a few were predicting who would be featured on the projects. Many guessed Travis Scott, Nas and others.

» RELATED: Photos: A look back at the career of AJC photographer Ray West

Several were just excited that so many hip-hop albums were coming out in time for summer. J. Cole is releasing “KOD” Friday, and Drake will also have new music in June. 

And according to another chain of tweets from West, his label mates, Teyana Taylor and Pusha T, will soon be releasing new albums as well. 

7 not-to-miss R&B shows happening in Atlanta this spring

R&B buffs, old school lovers and funkadelic fanatics: You're. In. Listening-pleasure. Luck.

Atlanta's spring lineup of soulful concerts ushers in a legendary list of iconic artists. 

»RELATED: Atlanta spring concert guide 2018: Pink, Kenny Chesney, Anita Baker and more

Take a musical trip  back down memory lane with the following Atlanta R & B shows that highlight singers and acts from Motown, quiet storm, smooth jazz and contemporary R&B:

Smokey Robinson

8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Rd SW, College Park.  Ticket range: $46.50-$96 plus. Tickets available here.

"The King of Motown" will serenade audiences for his "An Evening with Smokey Robinson" concert. Held at Atlanta's Wolf Creek Amphitheater, the live performance with take forever fans back to his most profound songs, which were released over the last five decades. 

The acclaimed singer-songwriter founded band The Miracles and was once dubbed America's "greatest living poet" by fellow artist Bob Dylan. Witness Robinson's silky vocals and treasured tracks on this most memorable night to close out April. 

Anita Baker

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10; 8 p.m. Friday, May 11; and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Ticket range: $57.50-$200 plus (applicable fees). Tickets available here.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will pit stop her "Farewell Concert Series" in Atlanta for a Mother's Day weekend celebration. The sultry "Sweet Love" legend's distinct, soothing and heartfelt vocals have captivated fans since the release of her first solo album, "The Songstress," during 1983. Before we all miss her romancing music live, here's your last chance to experience her Billboard-producing brilliance this May at The Fox Theatre

ATL Soul Life Music Fest

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Rd SW, College Park. Ticket range: $54-$104 plus. Tickets available here

This jamboree of classic jams will feature Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recording artists such as neo soul singer Eric Benét; jazz songbird Ledisi; adult contemporary R&B performer Anthony David and neo soul vocalist Raheem DeVaughn. 

The one-day event is dubbed one of the largest annual soul music festivals in the Southeast region, so diehard R&B fans of the Peach State definitely shouldn't pass up this popular showcase of rare, collaborative performances. 

»RELATED: Funk Fest 2018 features Bobby Brown supergroup, Charlie Wilson and more

Funk Fest

7 p.m.Friday, May 18; 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Rd SW, College Park. Ticket range: $69-$169 plus. Tickets available here

Known for its good music, good people and good times, Funk Fest is a make-you-wanna-get-up-and-dance tour that attracts nearly 100,000 R&B admirers. For more than 20 years, the mainly Southern music tour has fused unforgettable old school with new school performances. In 2018, the three-day Atlanta tour will feature heavy musical hitters like Charlie Wilson, Goodie Mob, Lil Kim and Nas at Atlanta's Wolf Creek Amphitheater. 

KISS 104.1 Flashback Festival

7 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton. Ticket range: $38-$80 plus. Tickets available here

This 23rd annual throwback series will feature timeless soul, electro-funk and urban contemporary acts from the 1980s. Watch artist Angela Winbush and groups SOS Band and Atlantic Starr perform live at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton. Hearing their classic songs will make you want to fall in love all over again. 

Maze feature Frankie Beverly

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2. State Bank Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Dr NW, Atlanta. Ticket range: $50-$225 plus. Tickets available here.

The smooth-grooving, quiet storm band is scheduled to bring its biggest '70s and '80s hits to the city during June at the State Bank Amphitheatre in Chastain Park. The nearly 50-year-old groups has continued to evolve and produce warm, slow jams sustaining generations of R&B lovers. If you want a funky good time on the town, you can't miss this epic performance. 

Kindred The Family Soul

8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Ticket range: $25-$40 plus. Center Stage, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. Tickets available here

Talented songbirds and even real-life lovebirds Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler are slated to slay their neo soul duo act at Atlanta's Center Stage Theater during June. The married couple, singers and songwriters were introduced in 1997 by hip hop band, The Roots, and have remained a solid team, delivering contemporary sounds dedicated to love and courage. 

Chadwick Boseman to be keynote speaker at Howard’s commencement

The "Black Panther" is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address at Howard University.

The university announced Wednesday that Chadwick Boseman will give the keynote address at Howard's 150th commencement ceremony May 12.

News outlets report Boseman will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the university's highest honor.

Howard University president Wayne Frederick said Boseman’s role in the blockbuster "Black Panther" film "reminds us of the excellence found in the African diaspora and how Howard continues to be a gem that produces the next generation of artist-scholars, humanitarians, scientists, engineers and doctors."

The South Carolina native also starred in movies portraying Jackie Robinson, James Brown and fellow Howard graduate Thurgood Marshall.


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‘Cardi B is right’: Bernie Sanders agrees with rapper’s view on Social Security

Cardi B has a ton of fans, and one includes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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In a recent interview with GQ, published earlier this month, the rapper talked about her “love for the government” and appreciation of former United States presidents, specifically Franklin D. Roosevelt.

She called him the “real Make America Great Again President,” crediting him for pulling the country through the Great Depression of the 1930s. “If it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security,” she said.

» RELATED: Bernie Sanders struggles with new path to black voters

Social Security Works tweeted a photo of the star alongside her quote, and Sanders retweeted it Wednesday. The former presidential candidate wrote, “Cardi B is right.”

“If we are really going to make America great,” he continued, “we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve.”

Since he posted the image, it has been retweeted more than 13,000 times and liked more than 42,000 times. 

About nine out of 10 American seniors ages 65 and up in receive Social Security benefits, which means about 63 million are expected to get it in 2018, according to the SSA.

However, the Social Security trust fund is projected to run out by 2034, possibly leaving millions of seniors without access to retirement benefits and politicians debating about how to strengthen the program.

Texas police investigating claim that R. Kelly ‘knowingly and intentionally’ gave 19-year-old STD

Police in Dallas, Texas, are investigating a now-20-year-old woman’s allegations that controversial R & B star R. Kelly “knowingly and intentionally” gave her a sexually transmitted disease without telling her.

»RELATED: Why do black people still listen to R. Kelly?

The Dallas Morning News reports the woman, who was 19 at the time she dated Kelly, was allegedly infected with herpes after an 11-month relationship with the singer. The accuser, who has not been identified publicly, filed a formal complaint with the Dallas Police Department against the 51-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner last week. She intends to file a lawsuit later this week, according to her lawyer Lee Merritt.

"When somebody brings something to our attention, we have a responsibility to look into it and to do our due diligence -- that's with any kind of case," Dallas police Dept. Chief Thomas Castro, who oversees investigations, told the Morning News Monday. 

» RELATED: Former girlfriend accuses R. Kelly of grooming 14-year-old as ‘sex pet’

In the April 9 criminal complaint, the woman said she experienced  “serious bodily injury”  during a relationship in which Kelly also allegedly gave her illegal drugs and alcohol, Merritt told the Huffington Post. The relationship ended in February.

“Our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection),” Merritt wrote in a press release. “These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult.”

Over the last several years, Kelly has been on the accused end of various sexual misconduct claims. In 2008, the entertainer was acquitted of child pornography charges, which came after accusations he videotaped himself having sex with underage girls.

 » RELATED: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running 'cult' in Johns Creek

Last year, BuzzFeed broke  the story that several women alleged Kelly abused and imprisoned them as part of a “cult” at his estate in Johns Creek, Georgia. Last month, his former girlfriend accused Kelly of sexually abusing her from the age of 14.

Kelly has not responded to several requests for comment, but through his representative he told the Washington Post he "categorically denies all claims and allegations" in the Dallas criminal complaint.

Despite his legal battles, Kelly has maintained a successful touring and recording career, selling more than 60 million albums.

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize in music, makes history

Kendrick Lamar has made history as the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album “DAMN.”

NPR reported that the Compton, California, rapper’s critically-acclaimed 2017 album took home the prize “for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year,” according to the Pulitzer Prize website.

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The album is described as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life” on the Prize winners page.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the finalists in the category this year were selected by a five-person jury. Lamar’s album beat classical albums “Quartet” by Michael Gilbertson and “Sound From the Bench” by Ted Hearne. 

Lamar’s win also marks the first time a non-jazz or non-classical artist took home the prize.

Woman sues Steve Harvey for harassment; says he made her dress more provocatively on show

A single mom and fitness model claims she felt sexually harassed as a guest on Steve Harvey's talk show.

The woman, Dominique Collier, was invited to a taping of an episode of "Steve Harvey" in 2016 after responding to a casting call for "single professional women who like to show off their looks" and claims she left there feeling sexually harassed, TMZ reported

She says that Harvey, 61, and the show's producers made her change out of her tasteful outfit and into a halter top and form-fitting skirt before asking the audience to vote on her looks. 

The audience's responses included the names: "whore," "slut," "ratchet" and "daddy issues," according to the suit obtained by TMZ. 

After the taping in front of a live audience, Collier fired off a cease and desist letter asking the poll to be removed before the show aired on television. 

Producers did oblige, but she claims the damage was already done.

Collier said in the suit that she felt humiliated and demeaned and was crying backstage when Harvey walked up to her and handed her the clothes she had arrived in — including her bra and undergarments, according to the gossip site. 

She is suing the show's production company Endemol Shine and NBC for at least $2 million. 

A spokesperson for "Steve Harvey" and NBC did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.

Beyoncé gives $100,000 to 4 historically black colleges  

Beyoncé paid tribute to historically black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities.

RELATED: Destiny’s Child reunites during Beyonce’s Coachella performance

The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money.

Beyonce's Coachella festival set was critically acclaimed, as Beyonce paid tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges.

Last year, the singer launched the Formation Scholars Awards Program, supporting creative and bold young women, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of her "Lemonade" album.

Related: Photos: Beyonce performs at Coachella

Donald Glover to host, perform as Childish Gambino on ‘SNL’

Donald Glover will be doing double duty on “Saturday Night Live” May 5.

The actor and rapper will be the host and musical guest for the NBC sketch comedy. 

>> Read more trending news 

Billed under his rap name Childish Gambino for musical guest and with his real name as host, “SNL” posted the announcement on Twitter Sunday. The announcement was also made on the show’s Instagram page.

Glover is currently starring on the FX comedy “Atlanta,” for which he is also executive producer and writer. As a musician, he released the Grammy-nominated album “Awaken, My Love!” in 2016. Its single, “Redbone,” won the Grammy for best traditional R&B performance.

Mourners flood social media to honor  Winnie Mandela during funeral 

South Africans gathered Saturday to bid farewell to Winnie Mandela, and mourners from across the globe flocked to social media to honor her legacy during the funeral. 

» RELATED: Twitter mourns for anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela

The anti-apartheid activist, who died at age 81 earlier this month, was laid to rest in a massive celebration, which was attended by thousands including Jesse Jackson and Naomi Campbell. 

Mandela, once married to former South African President Nelson Mandela, was known as “Mother of the Nation” or simply “Mama” for her fight against apartheid. She also became Johannesburg’s first black female social worker.

Although the ceremony, which was streamed live, took place in South Africa, several from around the world headed to Twitter to say their goodbyes to the controversial leader. Many reposted speeches, videos and pictures from the service.

» RELATED: 'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

A few acknowledged the rainy weather, stating the drizzle was a sign of “peace.”

Others said institutions, such as the Cape Town International Airport, should be named after the legend. 

Others simply reflected on her legacy and influence.

» RELATED: Roswell woman recalls friendship with Winnie Mandela

#BoycottStarbucks surfaces after video shows arrest of two black men at Philadelphia location

Starbucks is under fire after many said two black men were “unnecessarily” arrested at a Philadelphia location, sparking #BoycottStarbucks on Twitter.

» RELATED: Video showing arrest of two black men at Starbucks sparks outrage

A video, which surfaced online Thursday, shows police talking to two black men before handcuffing them and escorting them out of the building.

In the clip, which has been viewed more than 3 million times, a patron can be heard saying, “They didn’t do anything” after another asks, “What did they [the police] get called for, because there were two black guys sitting here meeting me?”

In a tweet, Melissa DePino, who recorded the moment, said, “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing.”

Amid outrage, Starbucks issued a statement online, writing, “We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest.” 

During a Facebook Live statement uploaded Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross described the incident. He said the men were “trespassing,” because they were non-paying customers who wanted to use the bathroom. When Starbucks employees asked the men to leave, they refused and the police were called. He said the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

» RELATED: Spelman grad named new Starbucks president and COO

However, several on social media disagreed and #BoycottStarbucks soon became a trending topic on Twitter Saturday. Many called the arrest racist and discriminatory. 

Other the other hand, a few said the coffee chain should not be blamed for a few people’s actions. They thought the hashtag was “unnecessary.”

» RELATED: Hoax claims Starbucks ‘barista’ soils white people’s orders in DeKalb

Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking men with boxing experience 

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

‘What Men Want’

Taraji P. Henson will star with Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge in the comedy “What Men Want,” according to Variety. The movie is inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” which starred Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who could hear what women are thinking. In “What Men Want,” the roles are reserved, and Henson, who portrays a sports agent, can hear men’s thoughts. 

What are they looking for?

Men age 22-40 of any ethnicity and with boxing experience are needed. Along with two cast members, you’ll move around on the mat and simulate boxing and punching a bag.

If you’ve submitted recently for the “Young Male” role, this scene is scheduled on the same day. You can submit as a boxer until the director makes his final selection for the “Young Male” role.

» RELATED: 8 ways to increase your chances of making money as a film extra in Georgia

When are they filming?

Filming will be in Decatur on April 27 with a call time to be determined.

How much does it pay?

Roles pay $75 for eight hours.

How do I submit?

Send an email to with the subject line “Male Boxer 4/27.” Send three photos of yourself in boxing attire (shorts, T-shirts, etc.) and list your boxing experience.

Include your name, age, phone number, height, weight, sizes (T-shirt, shorts and shoe size) and your location/distance to Decatur.

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

Twitter slams Taylor Swift’s country cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’

Taylor Swift is known for her original pop songs. However, she recently released a country version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” and not everyone is a fan. 

» RELATED: Photos: Taylor Swift through the years 

The singer honored the famous ’70s band with a slower rendition of the tune that implements guitar acoustics and banjo sounds.

The music, along with another titled “Delicate,” was added to Spotify this week as a part of the company’s Spotify Singles series, which invites artists to record two songs its in-house New York studio. The first is supposed to be a new recording, while the second should be a cover. 

Once the internet heard Swift’s track, several flocked to Twitter to share their reactions. Many said they didn’t like it, using GIFs and memes to express their displeasure. 

Some compared it to “bland” food, stating that her song lacked soul. 

» RELATED: Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' is 2017's highest-selling album

A few called it “disrespectful” and declared she did not do “September” justice. 

On the other hand, a couple of tweeps acknowledged her relationship with Earth, Wind & Fire. The group presented her with a Grammy Award in 2016.

In fact, several believed many of Swift’s critics were overreacting. They thought the hate was unnecessary and challenged non-supporters to simply not listen. 

» RELATED: Not all impressed by Taylor Swift video some say copies Beyonce

Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking black men

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

‘What Men Want’

Taraji P. Henson will star with Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge in the comedy “What Men Want,” according to Variety. The movie is inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” which starred Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who could hear what women are thinking. In “What Men Want,” the roles are reserved, and Henson, who portrays a sports agent, can hear men’s thoughts. 

What are they looking for?

The following roles are being cast:

African-American male – age 25-35 with a dark complexion for a still photo shoot. A low haircut, short Afro and facial hair are fine. (Subject: “Young Male”)

Men with upscale cars – Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, Latino or African-American males age 25-45 with one of the following 2015-18 upscale cars: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lexus or Porsche. You’ll work with your car and will portray an agent. (Subject: “2day AGENT/CAR”)

» RELATED: 6 ways to nail your casting audition in Atlanta

When are they filming?

The “young male” role films in Decatur on April 27. Men with upscale cars film on April 30 and May 1 in Atlanta.

How much does it pay?

Roles pay $75 for eight hours.

How do I submit?

Send an email to with the subject line of the role you’re submitting for. 

Include three cell phone pics of how you look today, as well as your name, age, phone number, height, weight and sizes (shirt/neck, pants/waist and shoe). For the young male role, list your location/distance to Decatur, and for the man with the upscale car role, list your location/distance to Atlanta.

If you’re applying for the man with upscale car role, you should submit photos of you in your suit and with your car. Also include the year, make, model and color of your car. 

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

Creflo Dollar tells church not to criticize Snoop Dogg

Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar recently told his congregation not to throw shade at rapper-turned-gospel performer Snoop Dogg.

The California-based godfather of rap and actor recently released “Bible of Love” through his All the Time Entertainment, in association with RCA Inspiration. 

The “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper said he was inspired by his grandmother and pulls in some heavyweight gospel talent like the Clark Sisters and Rance Allen.

Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International, said the church should focus on grace and not past behavior. He was preaching on the “Spirit of Grace.”

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“I’m gonna say something publicly. I don’t know if I’m really correct in saying this but I want to say something publicly,” Dollar said.  “Recently, a man in California, he’s a rapper, in fact, he’s known as a legend, they call him, I think his nickname is Snoop Dogg. He just released a gospel album to minister to people ‘cause his grandmamma ministered to him and he had it on the inside of him. Isn’t it sad that he received rejection and flak and ‘how y’all gon’ support somebody like this after what they did and what they said?’ What’s wrong with us?” Dollar asked. 

While Snoop Dogg may have gotten some criticism for going in another direction musically, his album has gotten some positive reviews.

Here are lyrics from one of the singles:

“I know god is calling me 

 I'm not where I'm supposed to be 

 Sitting here smoking trees 

 When I should be on my knees”

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Dollar said the “Holy Ghost police” were wrong to go in on the rapper because they don’t know his heart or spirituality. 

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Dollar said he might call Snopp Dogg himself.

Someone should have said  “Congratulations, thank you so much, thank you so much for releasing something that can minister to people and encourage people and help people.”

America's first black billionaire says Trump economy has been good for African-Americans

BET founder Robert L. Johnson, America's first black billionaire, said during a CNBC appearance Friday that black Americans should be encouraged by the growing economy under President Donald Trump. 

» RELATED: The making of a Donald Trump voter: Janelle Jones


"Something is going right," said Johnson, owner and chairman of Bethesda, Maryland-based asset management firm RLJ Companies. 


He cited the December jobs report showing that unemployment among black workers was at its lowest since the Labor Department began tracking the data in 1972.


Black unemployment did fall to 6.8 percent in December, before rising and dipping again to 6.9 percent in March, according to the latest jobs numbers released Friday. But black unemployment remains nearly double the white unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, even though the gap has narrowed somewhat.


Johnson, during his appearance on "Squawk Box" on Friday morning before the March jobs report was released, was optimistic about how black Americans will continue to fare economically.

"You have to take encouragement from what's happening in the labor force and the job market," Johnson said. "When you look at African-American unemployment, in over 50 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping the numbers, you've never had two things: African-American unemployment this low and the spread between unemployment among whites and African-Americans narrowing. 


"That absolutely means the jobs market is soliciting employees who have been out of the labor force, some of it just based on discrimination, some of it based on changes in education, access and technology changes," he continued. "And so when you look at that, you have to say something is going right."


Johnson praised the current U.S. business environment, "if you take into account the Trump tax cut," he said. "I believe the economy is on a strong growth path."

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The December tax cuts were the largest one-time reduction in the corporate tax rate in U.S. history. The GOP bill, sold on the promise that it would drive up wages and increase job growth, also lowered taxes for the vast majority of Americans, as well as small-business owners.


While Trump often claims credit for the lower black unemployment rate - touting it in his State of the Union address in January and even tweeting a CNBC story about Johnson's comments Friday - the brightening economic outlook preceded his presidency. The black unemployment rate had steadily declined during Barack Obama's two terms, from nearly 17 percent in 2010, after the recession, down to 7.8 percent by the time Trump entered office in January 2017.


"Most of the programmatic work was set into motion before the last administration was leaving," said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau. 


Some economists criticized Johnson's rosy assessment of the economic picture for black Americans.


"A 6.9 percent unemployment is perhaps in a historical sense something to be happy about, but if the white unemployment rate were at 6.9 percent, we would consider this catastrophic and be very alarmed," said Darrick Hamilton, an economics and urban policy professor at The New School.


Hamilton noted that the structural nature of work has changed drastically since the government began tracking employment statistics, with very different implications today in regard to job security, wages and retirement benefits.


"Work is more precarious today than it was in the past, and in particular, black individuals are more likely to be in precarious employment scenarios with jobs that face greater wage and work-hour volatility," Hamilton said. "Bob Johnson's in the billionaire's club with Donald Trump, so it's not surprising that they align in their vision on labor."


Johnson, who's said he's been friendly with Trump through the years, had met with the president at his golf club in New Jersey shortly after his election when Trump offered him a cabinet position.


"I thought I would meet to see if there's common ground with someone most in the black community might call an enemy," Johnson told NBC at the time. "It was clearly based on the respect two businessmen would give each other."


Johnson reiterated Friday that he turned down the cabinet position because he didn't want to work for the government but said he continues to have regular access to top administration officials who he speaks with regularly about improving the economic lives of African-Americans. Among the issues he said he's engaged them on, including Trump himself during a meeting last week in Florida, are encouraging black workers to save for retirement and keeping black-owned banks from going out of business by ensuring they have enough capital to lend and promote community development.

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Johnson, a Democrat and supporter of Hillary Clinton, had previously penned an essay on how African-American voters should respond to the "tectonic political rift" resulting in Trump's election. 


"Why shouldn't we, as Black voters, reject the notion that we are locked into one party which undoubtedly limits and dilutes our voting power? We should, instead, use the power of our vote to support and elect whichever party that best serves our interests," Johnson wrote. 


He went on to quote former representative William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., who formed the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971: "Black people have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests." 


"That was the CBC motto then and Black Americans should embrace it as our rallying cry today," Johnson wrote.

T.I. crowns himself inventor of trap music after Gucci Mane tries to claim title

There are tons of Atlanta rappers who’ve contributed to hip hop, but which one invented trap music? Both T.I. and Gucci Mane are taking the credit.

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Over the weekend, Gucci Mane took to Instagram to proclaim he was the “Inventor of Trap Music,” a gritty sub-genre of southern hip hop music signified by heavy drum kicks and synthesizers. 

In his post, he declared his 2005 album, “Trap Music” was the original trap album. 

But T.I. disagreed Monday. He said he was responsible for the unique sound, which is still maintained by musicians including 2 Chainz and Migos. On his Instagram page, he uploaded a screenshot of a Wikipedia page about his 2003 album “Trap Musik.” 

“Ok,so.... AGAIN for the slow ones in the back...August 19th, 2003 Birth of Trap Muzik & Only fools dispute facts!!!” he wrote in the caption. 

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The disagreement sparked a conversation online as several flocked to Twitter to debate about the true originator. Many praised Gucci for the style. 

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Others gave the crown to T.I., noting that his “Trap Musik” project indeed debuted two years before Gucci’s.

A few argued that neither of the artists were the creators. Instead, they acknowledged emcees, such as Three 6 Mafia and 8Ball & MJG.

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