The Rewind with Jus Nik, keeping you informed on everything that happened in the culture this week:
Queen Elizabeth II:
RIP Queen Elizabeth II. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, reigning for seven decades. She passed away on September 8, at age 96. The Queen’s son, King Charles III, is Britain’s new monarch.
Black Lives Matter:
Black Lives Matter grassroots activists accused Shalomyah Bowers, a leader of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, and his Bowers Consulting Firm, is accused of stealing $10 million in donor funds. As a response, Byron McLain, GNF’s lawyer, said the allegations are “completely false.” GNF has also released an independent external audit of its financial accounts, which it says “ensured fraud and abuse were not happening.”
Chris Rock isn’t here for Will Smiths apology video, addressing the Oscar slap. Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock had a comedy show in London at the O2 Arena on Saturday. Chris joked, “F*ck your hostage video. Yes, that shit hurt. He played Ali, I can’t even play Floyd Mayweather.”
At another show, Dave addressed the situation and said, quote, “Will did an impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us.” He continued, “Whatever the consequences are … I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again and lets his real face breathe. I see myself in both men.”
Who do you agree with?
Tiffany Haddish & Aries Spears grooming lawsuit:
A 22-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears for forcing her and her younger brother to perform in sexually suggestive comedy skits when they were minors, resulting in them being “traumatized for life.” The victim goes by Jane Doe and she’s asking for their immediate arrest in a new letter to the LAPD District Attorney’s Office. Jane Doe says when she was 14 & her brother was 7, the comedians groomed and filmed them doing sexually explicit acts in comedy sketch called “The Mind of a Pedophile.”
Tiffany responded to the accusations and said she understands that people have questions. She also said since it’s an ongoing case, she can’t speak on it too much. Tiffany said, “clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it. I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can.” Aries spears responded and claims the alleged victims are “trying to extort him and and tiffany.” See his full response.
Congratulations to the late, Chadwick Boseman, he posthumously won an Emmy Award for his final performance as T’Challa for outstanding character voice-over performance for his role in Marvel’s animated What If…? series. Chadwick’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the ward on his behalf and told the audience, “Chad would be so honored, and I’m honored on his behalf.” Chadwick passed away in August 2020 from colon cancer at age 43. May he continue to Rest In Peace.