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Lifetime Announces January Premiere Date for Salt-N-Pepa Biopic

Lifetime’s biopic on Salt-N-Pepa is set to air at the top of the new year.

On Jan. 23, 2021, the TV movie will air at 8 p.m. with an after show interview special to follow at 11 p.m.

As previously reported by TheWrap, the 3-hour miniseries follows the story of nursing students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a friend’s school project.

Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go platinum and earn multiple Grammy wins while paving the way for female rappers. 

The miniseries will feature some of their greatest hits and will be executive produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Jesse Collins. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere will also executive produce from Flavor Unit, the report states.

The cast includes G.G. Townson as Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom as Sandra “Pepa” Denton. Monique Paul will play Deidra Roper aka DJ Spinderella.

Jermel Howard will play rapper and Pepa’s ex-husband, Treach.

Cleveland Berto will play music producer Hurby Azor.

Here’s the official description from Lifetime:

“The miniseries Salt-N-Pepa follows the story of Queensborough Community College students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a song for their friend Hurby Azor. Salt-N-Pepa made a huge impact in hip hop by being one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look of hip hop and unafraid to talk about sex and share their thoughts on men. Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go platinum and experienced ground-breaking success with multiple awards, including a Grammy, paving the way for all female rappers to follow. The miniseries will also feature their greatest hits like Let’s Talk About Sex, What a Man, Shoop and Push It, among others.”

The film is produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles from a script by Abdul Williams (The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story). 

Chadwick Boseman Honored in Disney Plus Update of ‘Black Panther’ Opening Credits

In honor of what would’ve been Chadwick Boseman’s 44th birthday, Disney Plus redesigned the Marvel logo introduction to “Black Panther” on Nov. 29. Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther, died on Aug. 28 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Walt Disney executive Bob Iger announced the special tribute via Twitter, writing Saturday: “To all fans of #BlackPanther: watch the film on #DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts.”

The updated intro keeps the classic Marvel page-turning opening before showing concept art and images from “Black Panther.” The tribute shows footage from Boseman’s appearances in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

In addition to the images, there are quotes by T’Challa including the famous line from when his character addresses the UN Assembly: “In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”

Boseman is also shown behind-the-scenes. As the camera pulls back for the Marvel Studios logo, Boseman gives his “Wakanda Forever” salute.

Earlier this year, it was announced that “Black Panther 2” will be released on May 6, 2022.

Pregnant Summer Walker Slams Boyfriend London On Da Track, Claims He’s a Deadbeat Dad

Summer Walker, who recently took to social media to put her growing baby bump on display, is now putting her boyfriend on blast for allegedly being a deadbeat to his other children. 

Earlier this month, the singer confirmed that she is expecting her first child with producer London On Da Track, who has other children by at least two different women. 

Walker posted a series of messages to her Instagram Stories, claiming London is not a good father and telling Black men that they need to do better when it comes to their parental duties. She even referred to her own father as a “lame.”

“Black men gotta start doing better when it comes to being a father my grandfather lame, my father lame, & dis n#### lame. lol and I guess the cycle will just continue,”Walker wrote. 

She then blamed her issues with London On Da Track on the generational trauma from slavery. 

“I guess n##### still dealing with the shackles of mental slavery or some s###, back when white men ripped you from your families and beat you to death if you tried to protect them. It goes deep. S#### really sad,” she added.

Walker went on to threaten to “out this bum nigga” and ruin his life, apparently because he’s been cheating on her. 

Just last week, the couple appeared to be happy in now-deleted photos they shared on Instagram of them booed up.

 

Summer’s rant about the mother of London’s children didn’t go unnoticed by the women, prompting Eboni Ivori and Erica Racine to pop off on Instagram. 

“The story of the day is my ex has a side bitch who smiles in my face and be nosy every time she runs into me but I just found out… No wonder she be all in my business,” Racine wrote. “Don’t be fake to me boo, be fake to his girl cus I’m good.”

Ivori took issue with Walker’s comments about London’s relationship with his children. 

“How the f*ck yu tried to get him spend time w his kids but he didn’t wanna? But then double back and say his bitter baby moms wouldn’t hv it bc of yu!” she wrote on Instagram.

“Summer needs to keep whoever nose that is she got outta other folks business,” she concluded. 

What are your thoughts about Summer’s remarks? Let us know in the comments.

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