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Exclusive: Antoine Dodson To Appear In ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’

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Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your Christmas presents … Antoine Dodson is making his big screen debut in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.

During a recent interview with the Internet sensation via Skype, Dodson revealed to HipHollywood that he will be starring in the director’s upcoming holiday film. “I did the Madea’s Christmas with Tyler Perry and that’s coming out December 13, so I’ve been working, putting in work,” Dodson said.

“It’s so crazy, he’s serious about his work,” the Internet star said when asked what it was like working with Perry. “I love being around him and the cast. Everybody was so great. They treated me like I’ve been doing this for years,” he shared.

Dodson instantly became a YouTube sensation after he colorfully warned his neighbors back in 2010 to hide their kids and wives from a local rapist.

“I just can not believe all this happened and accumulated off of one interview. It wasn’t even meant to be put on Youtube and stuff like that … People in the community never thought I would be alerting people world wide and everybody else around the world was like ‘yeah, I’m having those problems too.'”

In September, Dodson announced via Twitter that he was expecting a baby with his girlfriend of six months. The 27-year-old was openly gay, but renounced his homosexuality after dedicating himself to the Hebrew Israelite faith. Dodson shared with HipHollywood exclusively that although he’s in a good place spiritually, his lifestyle change brought on major backlash.

“Everybody is turning against me. At first when I was growing up, everybody said ‘you need to read the bible, you need to know that God is against that’. And then when you actually say ‘I’ve changed and I’m on the right path, I’m straight,’ they still have a problem with it,” he shared. “You can’t make people happy, you can’t satisfy everyone. Oh well, people make their comments,” he added.

Be sure to check out Antoine in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, set to premiere December 13.

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She’s Gotta Have It: Is Ilfenesh Hadera Spike Lee’s New Muse?

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We all know Spike Lee loves working with the same actors over and over again. And in some cases new up-and-comers who go on to be Hollywood A-listers. Think Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson.

Now it seems it’s Ilfenesh Hadera’s turn. The actress of Ethiopian decent has worked with Spike Lee four times: in the 2011 Mike Tyson TV movie Da Brick, in 2013’s Oldboy, in Chiraq playing Ms. McCloud and in his upcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.

Hadera told us she believes it’s because of Lee’s commitment to diversity that he tends to hire the same actors multiple times.

“If you look at his body of work you see he’s worked with Rosario over and over, [John] Turturro over and over, Mekhi Phifer over and over so he finds talent, new talent and gives them a chance and if more directors did that maybe we would be more represented in the media … God bless him for that,” she said.

Now with 30+ years and countless films under his belt, Lee is bringing his first feature, She’s Gotta Have It, back to life, in a 10-episode Netflix binge debuting Nov. 23.

Hadera, who plays Opal Gilstrap in the series, told us Lee had hinted that he would be bringing his 1986 directorial debut to Netflix and wanted her to be apart of it.

“We had worked together a lot and he had been giving me little hints that this was in the works so I was like let me go back and watch [She’s Gotta Have It] again.”

Like the original, SGHI follows Nola Darling (played by DeWanda Wise) a twenty-something woman living in Brooklyn, New York exploring her sexual identity as she juggles a host of colorful suitors.

As for if this is Hadera’s final time working with Lee, we think not. 2017 has already been an amazing year for the 5’10 beauty with roles on the big and small screen in Baywatch, Billions and Master Of None.

 

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