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David Banner: “I Failed A Lot!”

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With every success, David Banner says, he had his fair share of failure. “I failed a lot. People only see the success or they don’t see you no more at all”, the rapper told HipHollywood.

With several top ten hits under his belt, Banner conquered the music world but took a step back to focus on his new passion…acting. Now the “Play” rapper is making a name for himself on the big screen and says his latest role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler changed his life. “It was one of the most powerful movies that I’ve ever been in…It was life changing and because of Lee Daniels people all over the world are asking about me.”

Although the acting thing is going well for David — his next role is in the upcoming comedy Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube — he can’t forget his first love…music. The “Like A Pimp” rapper is back in the studio working on his sixth studio album AND helping Jill Scott with her new project as well.

Check out our full interview will David below.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In

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Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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