by TRN Staff Writers
Wrong Place at the Wrong Time Grammy award winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean has a beef with L.A.P.D. and it may head to court. Wyclef says he was leaving the music studio after a little work when he crossed paths with police as they were looking for a suspect who had just robbed a gas station. Police say Wyclef fit the description of their suspect so he was snatched up and handcuffed. The 47-year old Wyclef posted a very brief video of him with his hands cuffed behind his back and said, “I was treated like a criminal“. Wyclef described the whole incident as “appalling”. A representative for the former Fugees member issued a statement saying, “Mr. Jean is requesting a formal investigation into racial profiling by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and the LA Sheriff’s Department while calling upon the ACLU and Black Lives Matter to join him in defense of civil liberties and racial bias.” The real suspect was described as a black male wearing a gray or dark-colored hoodie, a red bandanna and fled the scene in a gold or tan Toyota. Police say Wyclef was driving a car that matched the description which is what led to the case of mistaken identity. Wyclef was released as soon as police realized their mistake.
Former Tom Joyner Show Member Joins Team Steve Harvey in Radio Wars J. Anthony Brown shocked fans when he announced at the end of 2016 that he was leaving the Tom Joyner morning radio show after 20 years. Brown says he resigned from the show voluntarily because he wanted to change his schedule to include weekends and do away with the early weekday mornings. Reports of Brown’s new gig with Joyner’s competition broke Wednesday saying that the former stand-up comedian would be on air, but few details are emerging from Steve Harvey’s camp. Currently, Steve Harvey’s morning show team includes Shirley Strawberry, Carla Ferrell, Thomas Miles and Kier Spates. It’s not clear if Brown would actually become the sixth member of the team or if he would be replacing someone.
“Get Out’s” Jordan Peele, Director of the Year Jordan Peele’s contemporary look at the age old problem of racism has launched a new level of consciousness in the Black community. Critics call the movie groundbreaking while movie goers are still tweeting and posting it about on social media urging others that it is a must see. The movie led the box office its opening weekend and has grossed more than $140 million nationwide making it the fifth highest grossing film so far this year. Peele now has a new honor to add to his list of first-time credits as creator/director. “Get Out” has earned him the CinemaCon Director of the Year Award. CinmaCon says Peele is being honored because “…with the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker.” The group also added that “…audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.” Peele will be honored this weekend at the National Association of Theatre Owners official convention in Las Vegas.
For this week’s look at Celebrity Life, that’s a wrap!