WATCH: Trailer for Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

The first trailer for Lee Daniel’s star-studded film The Butler has been released.

The Butler is based on the real life story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who saw the coming and going of eight Presidents during his career.

The film features an all-star cast; including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelow, Lenny Kravits, Cuba Gooding Jr. Terrence Howard, and Mariah Carey.

Lauryn Hill Writes Letter of Thanks to Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Other Supporters

Considering her imminent three month stay in federal prison, things must be extraordinarily difficult for Lauryn Hill and her family at this time.

But Ms. Hill still took the time out to thank those that expressed support and encouragement throughout her legal struggles.

She recently posted a letter on her Tumblr, naming specific individuals who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf; including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

From Lauryn Hill’s Tumlbr:

I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:

Rep. Marcia Fudge Cites Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Charm and Karaoke Skills in Plea for Leniency

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) penned a letter to a federal judge last month asking for leniency for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who faces sentencing this summer for misusing thousands of dollars in campaign funds.

Fudge says Jackson should be cut a break because he’s charming, suffering from bipolar disorder, and “the highlight of our karaoke nights.”

Cleveland Hero/Internet Sensation Charles Ramsey: Are We Laughing w/ Him or At Him?

Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey has been catapulted into the spotlight after rescuing 27 year-old kidnapping victim Amanda Berry from his neighbor’s house; leading to the rescue of Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter.

It’s an incredibly shocking story. Berry disappeared in 2003, DeJesus in 2004, and Knight in 2002. Three brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, Onil Castro, 50 have all been arrested for the kidnapping. The horrific details of the experiences of their captives will certainly come out in the coming weeks.

But for now, the focus has been on Ramsey, whose animated and rather hilarious post-rescue interviews have made him a internet sensation, in the vein of Antione Dodson and Sweet Brown.

But are we laughing with him or at him?

8 Year-Old Successfully Treated for Alopecia Expelled for Having Too Much Hair?!

Eight year-old Zion Williams had recently been treated for alopecia; a condition that makes sufferers love their hair.

After undergoing painful shots to stimulate hair growth, Zion’S doctors were able to give him a full head of hair.

Instead of being happy for Zion , his school informed him that his new hair had in fact grown too long…and expelled him!

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Federal Prison

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as well as another 3 months of home confinement.

Additionally, she’ll serve a year of probation and must pay a $60,000 fine.

In a courtroom statement, Hill contended that she’d always intended to pay her taxes, but was unable to come up with the money during a time in which she’d dropped out of the music industry.

Hill will begin serving her sentence on July 8th.

LISTEN: Lauryn Hill Releases New Song “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)”

Lauryn Hill released a new song over the weekend, her first since 2010’s “Repercussions.”

The track – titled “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” – features rapid-fire spitting and biting social commentary, over a spastic beat.

The release is apparently a part of her recent deal with Sony, allowing her to avoid jail time. Hill addressed the less-than-ideal circumstances surrounding the release in a Tumblr post:

Tyler, the Creator Responds to Mountain Dew Controversy: “There’s no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all”

A couple of days ago we reported that PepsiCo decided to pull a Mountain Dew ad directed by Tyler, the Creator due to claims that the commercial–one of three in a series–was racist.

Now, Tyler, the Creator has issued a response to all of the criticism and speaks directly to Dr. Boyce Watkins, one of the commercials most vocal critics.

 

From The Fader:

 

…There’s no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all — which I’m confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the line-up] are my friends….

Emmett Till’s Family Dismiss Lil Wayne’s “Apology;” Call for Face-to-Face Meeting

Earlier this week we reported that Lil Wayne had issued a letter to Emmett Till’s family, apologizing for using Till’s name in the song “Karate Chop.”

Well, a spokesperson for the family dismissed the apology, claiming that it was inadequate.

From Rolling Stone:

 

“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who is also executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said.