Hollywood Live: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on top at the box office | Howard University Revokes Diddy’s Honorary Degree | Obama Shares His Summer Playlist

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Actors Martin Lawrence, left, and Will Smith, strike a pose during a photo shoot to promote their latest film, "Bad Boys: Ride or Die", in Mexico City, Friday, May 31, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Dominates Summer Box Office with $104.6 Million

As I predicted, Black folks have once again saved the summer box office. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” came in with $104.6 million for the global purse. Forget the streaming wars, Will and Martin are doing their part to get butts back in the theater seats.

The Academy Award-winner surprised a lot of people too over in South Central L.A. when he snuck into the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater. Fans were totally blown away when they realized, oh, Will was watching with them? Well, I have to say, this is the Black theater where folks get loud when they love a movie, so I am sure a good time was had by all. And congratulations to Will and Martin. Pulling this off once again.


Howard University Revokes Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Honorary Degree Amid Assault Allegations

Howard University says no, no, and just no. On Friday, the DC-based university announced it was revoking the honorary degree awarded to Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2014. That decision follows, of course, the release of that horrific video that shows Combs attacking his ex-girlfriend, Cassie Ventura.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, wearing a fur coat, walks down the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The university’s board of trustees voted unanimously to rescind the degree, citing behavior that’s just fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs. In addition to revoking the honorary degree, the trustee’s statement noted that Howard would be terminating that 2016 gift agreement with Combs, and they are disbanding the scholarship in his name. They are also returning his $1 million contribution. I’m sure he’s going to need that money anyway for his legal fees.


Former President Barack Obama Shares His Summer Playlist Featuring Hip Hop and OG Favorites

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means. Former President Barack Obama is sharing his favorite songs that keep him cool. I mean, literally, because, you know, he’s one of the coolest men on the planet.

President Joe Biden waves as he arrives with former President Barack Obama, center, on Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Thursday, March 28, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Well, the playlist features major hip hop artists like 2Pac, 21 Savage, Nicki Minaj, and Babyface Ray. He also lists some OG artists like Janet Jackson and Otis Redding. The former president posted on X, “Like I do every year, here are some songs I’ve been listening to and I look forward to hearing what I’ve missed.” Well, we do too. Keep it coming.

And for all these stories and a whole lot more, don’t forget to follow Tanya Hart on social media @tanyahollywood and @aurnonline.


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