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Usain Bolt Girlfriend Kasi Bennet Reacts To Cheating Scandal

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Usain Bolt main chick Kasi Bennett has reacted to the cheating scandal rocking the couple. As of now all signs point to Bolt being a single man because he has […]

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Several Major ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Screenings CANCELLED Amid Nate Parker’s Rape Case Controversy

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Is the Oscar run for Birth of a Nation in jeopardy? Possibly. Several events have been cancelled amid Nate Parker’s controversial rape case that hit the headlines once promo for the slave revolt film picked up. Get the latest inside…

Things aren’t looking good for Birth of a Nation.

The slave revolt film about Nat Turner created, directed and produced by Nate Parker is being pulled from film festivals amid all the media attention on Nate’s sketchy past. The Hollywood actor was accused of raping a woman in 1999 while he was a student at Penn State. While he was cleared on all charges in 2001, Nate tried to jump the gun, so to speak, reaching out to the media for interviews, seemingly trying to have his side of the story put out there before folks started speculating, but it seems to have backfired.

Since the whirlwind of controversy unfolded, we’re now seeing the repercussions of it all. And it’s hurting his new film.

The American Film Institute has axed a planned screening and Q&A with Nate that was scheduled to go down this Friday, according to Deadline. AFI dean Jan Schuette make the announcement in a note to the film school’s fellows that reads,

“I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of view about the screening, and I believe it is essential that we discuss these issues together –messenger and message, gender, race and more—before we see the film. Next week, we will be scheduling a special moderated discussion so we may explore these issues together as artists and audience.”

It’s unclear if or when they will do the screening at a later date.

Following AFI pulling a screening, the Toronto International Film Festival has followed suit. The film was supposed to be screened several times throughout the festival, but the film is not listed anywhere on the full schedule out this morning.

A spokeswoman for the festival told Deadline, “That’s definitive, it’s definitely not going to happen.”

Nate was also supposed to present the film at several colleges in Toronto, but that’s no longer happening either.

While Nate will be absent from those events, Fox Searchlight, which paid a whopping $ 17.5 million for the film at the Sundance Film Festival, announced he will join the cast for press junket interviews in Toronto on the weekend of September 10th -11th.

Actor and social activist Harry Belafonte is weighing in on the controversy. In an interview with the Associated Press, the 89-year-old actor called Nate “a winner” and "a very bright young man."

While he says he doesn’t know what the facts are or what the truth is, he feels the movie shouldn’t be punished because of what happened in Nate’s personal life.  He’s also suspicious of the timing of everything.

Below are a few quotes for his interview:

"It’s interesting because it’s coming out the same time the film’s coming out. Of all the stories you can tell, why are you telling this story? And if he was somebody who had committed a crime and got away with it, but he faced the justice system," Belafonte said.

"The fact that (the system) may have screwed up, the fact that it didn’t really take care of justice, the fact that he should have been punished or whatever is history. The fact is that he was confronted and then he did go through the process. Why are you bringing this up now? What has he done that requires this kind of animus?"

"How do I put it in a perspective that helps me with greater clarity understand why this is the consequence of something he’s done by getting this high profile, ’cause this film is touching a lot of consciousness. Why isn’t that the story?" Belafonte asked.

"And is this going to be the price that young black women and men pay for making films of substance?" he continued. "Are they going to dig in and get dirt instead of fruit? What are we doing here? And where is the voice that defends him if he in fact is worthy of defending?"

So what are your thoughts? Has this case, which Nate attempted to get ahead of by calling up press to speak about it, tarnished the film’s run for an Oscar?

Tell us in the comments!

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Is Al Roker’s Rio Rant About Lochte Causing Drama at ‘Today?’ (WATCH)

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*Obviously we’re not connected with the “Today” show, but we find it hard to believe that supposedly insiders were “embarrassed” by Al Roker’s response to the Ryan Lochte scandal. If you didn’t see it, Roker got very, shall we say, “expressive” during an on-air conversation with Billy Bush about Lochte’s lying about being the victim […]

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Popcaan Drop New Mavado Diss Song ‘Dutty Dread’

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The Mavado and Popcaan beef is far from over. The Unruly Boss has already responded to the Gully God’s diss with a new track title “Dutty Dread.” Foota Hype recently […]

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‘Hands Of Stone’ NYC Premiere Was A Total KNOCKOUT! Usher, Sugar Ray Leonard, The Carters & More Flock To Screening

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Total Knockout! The YBF stars aligned last night at the Hands of Stone NYC premiere where Usher, Sugar Ray Leonard, Beyonce, Jay Z and more were in attendance. Flicks inside…

Last night was fight night!

The red carpet was rolled out at the SVA Theater in NYC for the premiere of the highly anticipated Hands of Stone film. R&B crooner Usher linked up with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for a knockout flick together as they made their way down the carpet.

The boxing film tells the story of boxing legend Roberto Duran.  Usher will star as Duran’s ultimate rival Sugar Ray.

In an interview with the “TODAY” show, the Grammy Award winning artist said one of the reasons he was chosen to play the iconic athlete was because his skill in choreographed movements are similar to Sugar Ray’s. “I didn’t prepare like it was an acting role," he told the morning show. “I prepared liked a boxer.”

As expected, the cast also hit the carpet with Usher, including Ana de Armas, Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower, and Edgar Ramirez, who will star as Roberto Duran.

Roberto’s nickname in the ring was “Manos de Piedra” which translates to “Hands of Stone.”

De Niro is set to play Roberto’s aging trainer Ray Arcel, who makes a comeback in the boxing world after he was forced to retire.

Actress Ana de Armas is set to star as Roberto’s wife and mother of his children, Felicidad.

“Quantico” star (and one of our current girl crushes) Priyanka Chopra was on the scene to support.

By the way, Priyanka will return to the small screen in the new season of "Quantico" which premieres Sunday, September 25th at 10/9c.

What’s a premiere without a few selfies with the fans lined up outside?

Brooklyn native and actress Rosie Perez is a huge boxing fan, so it was no surprise to see her on the scene snapping it up with Sugar Ray.

Then, the Carters rolled up on the scene in matching gray suits looking like the ultimate power couple that they are: 

Beyonce and Jay Z were on the scene to support their good friends Usher and Robert De Niro. 

Usher shared the cutest coupledom snap shot of the couple with the caption "Familia" on SnapChat.

And Bey showed off her sophisticated style:

Gorge.

By the way, check out how Jay had to strong arm a fan who tried to get a selfie with Bey HERE. Ha!

DJ D-Nice was tapped to provide the tunes during the premiere and he nabbed a shot with music manager Jaha Johnson and Roc Nation Sports exec Shawn "Pecas" Costner. Fun times!

Hands of Stone hits theaters Friday, August 26th.

 

Photos: Getty/Splash/Usher’s SnapChat/Beyonce.com/D-Nice’s IG

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