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Exclusive: Angela Bassett Says She Has Caught The Directing Bug



Angela Bassett is kicking her 2015 off on a good foot and making her directorial debut with Whitney, a Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston and her relationship with Bobby Brown.

The movie which stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, shows the couple’s young relationship develop into a tumultuous marriage, addresses the icon’s drug addiction, and even shines light on the rumors that Houston was in a lesbian relationship with her best friend and assistant, Robyn Crawford.

And while the movie premiers on Lifetime on the 17th of January, the thought of directing another film does not seem to be an issue for Basset. According to Angela, directing this movie was an amazing experience. “I caught a little bit of the bug,” she told HipHollywood on the red carpet at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills Tuesday night when asked if she would be up to direct more films.”We will see, depends on the story, I took this one so personal, I guess every story can’t be this personal but you would hope it’d be at least half so.”

Watch the video above to find out what else Bassett had to say about her experience directing the film.



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



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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