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Tyler Perry Didn't Successfully Secure Ownership Of BET — But He's Inked An Extensive New Deal With The Media Group

In April 2023, Tyler Perry shared his interest in bidding to purchase a majority stake in BET Media Group from Paramount. As BET is the home of his shows such as “Sistas” and “House of Payne,” there was potential alignment. In addition, the media mogul hoped for the network to become Black-owned once again. However, the aspiration came to an end shortly after. By August 2023, Paramount announced that it had ended its initial plan to sell its majority stake in BET Media Group stating that “a sale wouldn’t result in any meaningful deleveraging of its balance sheet,” as previously shared by AFROTECH™. With the change in plans, Perry, along with other reported bidders including Byron Allen, did not gain ownership of BET. As AFROTECH™ previously told you, Perry was reportedly among the offers that ranged from $2 billion to $3 billion, but the bidding process didn’t pan out as he had hoped. “I was disappointed about it for a number of reasons,” Perry shared at Bloomberg’s Equality Summit,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 16, 2024

Terrence Howard Claims His Photo Was Used For The 'Empire' Logo Without His Permission, Says It's 'Worth $100M At Least'

Following the premiere of “Empire” on Fox, the show took off instantly. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” broke TV records off the bat in its first season, which was released in 2015. At the time, the ratings for the musical drama series’ first five episodes increased consecutively — making it the first series to do so since 1991 — per The Washington Post. Running from 2015 to 2020, “Empire” was everywhere and its logo, which includes Howard, was too. However, the veteran actor says he didn’t officially sign off on it. During a sit-down interview on “Straight Talk with Daphne Phaneē,” Howard claimed that the logo Fox used is a still shot of him from his Oscar-nominated role in “Hustle and Flow.” “They took that [photo], flipped it, and put it on everything. Made a trademark of it, sold it around the world — didn’t ask my permission.” He continued, “That image is worth $100 million at least for how much money that they made from it.” In addition, Howard shared...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 15, 2024

Actress A.J. Johnson Says She Earned More By Selling Her Rights To A 'House Party' Scene Than She Did For The Movie

When debating legendary movie dance scenes, the comedy/romance “House Party,” directed and written by Reginald Hudlin, is most likely a part of the discussion. The dance scene from the ’90s classic features the Hip-Hop group Kid’ n Play, comprised of Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin , actress Tisha Campbell, and actress and choreographer A.J. Johnson. This scene focuses on an iconic dance-off that fans replicate to this day. While “House Party” has created a long-lasting impact for over three decades, it’s been revealed that the pay at the time for the cast’s contribution may not have been what one would expect. In an interview with sports journalist Jemele Hill on her YouTube channel “Jemelle Hill Is Unbothered,” Johnson, who choreographed for the “House Party” dance scene, claimed that she was paid $4,000 for her role as Sharane after filming for up to two months. “We all made four grand,” Johnson told Hill. Johnson also shared how she and Play, Christopher Martin, made...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 11, 2024

Zendaya, Who Now Has An Estimated Net Worth Of $22M, Opens Up About Becoming The 'Breadwinner Of My Family Very Early'

Zendaya has been building her net worth since she was a child. However, being a child star comes with its fair share of challenges, like taking care of your family financially. In 2010, Zendaya starred in Disney Channel’s TV series “Shake It Up” as Rocky Blue. After three seasons, the breakout role led Zendaya to stay within the Disney Channel franchise in TV shows and films such as “K.C. Undercover,” “Frenemies,” and “Zapped.” Building her work resume early on resulted in Zendaya co-starring in the film “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” based on Marvel Comics, and landing the leading role in HBO nextwork’s teen drama series “Euphoria,” for which she won two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her portrayal of Rue Bennett. While Zendaya has risen in stardom since her Disney Channel days, she is now beginning to further reflect on how her time as a child star impacted her. During her May 2024 cover story interview with Vogue, the 27-year-old shared how having the most income in her household at a...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 10, 2024

Does Terrence Howard’s Lawsuit Against CAA Provide Further Insight On A Deeper Equity Issue Plaguing Hollywood?

In 2015, film and television producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong debuted the critically acclaimed television series, “Empire,” starring actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. As characters, they portrayed a complicated couple attempting to navigate the duality of family and business. Each week, viewers were engrossed in the drama of this fictitious musical dynasty, but behind the scenes everything wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed. Howard has been in a legal battle over his salary from the show since December 2023. According to a previous post from AFROTECH™, the “Hustle & Flow” actor claims he received up to 50% less than what his white counterparts would have made in a starring role similar to “Empire’s” music mogul character Luscious Lyon. Terrence Howard’s Complaints Based on the lawsuit documents filed against the Creative Artist Agency (CAA), the complaint alleges that Howard was unaware of the fees and conflict of interest the agency would impose. Additionally, after...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 10, 2024

Terrence Howard Claims He's Owed $120M From The CAA 'Based On What Would've Been Paid To White Counterparts'

Terrence Howard is set on pushing forward with a legal battle regarding his Hollywood earnings. As previously shared by AFROTECH™, the Oscar-nominated actor filed a lawsuit against the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in December 2023. Howard claims that the agency prompted him to accept talent fees that were less than what he should’ve received. For starring in the hit TV series, “Empire,” he allegedly earned 30% to 50% less than what he should have earned per episode. “We expect our agents and our lawyers to look after us, and therefore we’re free to do all of the work that you guys enjoy so much,” Howard expressed during a press conference that year. “I trusted CAA to look after me, and they looked after themselves.” During the press conference, Howard noted that he wasn’t entirely certain that the lowball pay was due to a “racial issue.” However, now, he has come forward to not only further address the elephant in the room but also detail what he believes he’s owed. In an interview...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 9, 2024

Chris Tucker Was Reportedly Paid $10K For ‘Friday’ But Says It Wasn’t About Money — ‘I Just Wanted The Opportunity’

Chris Tucker has revealed his compensation for one of his most notable roles. In 1995, the comedian-turned- actor starred in “Friday,” which was directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, according to IMBd. Tucker played the character Smokey and landed the role due to his humorous performances while touring with “Def Comedy Jam” in the ’90s. “One day we were sitting around watching Def Comedy Jam, and we saw Chris [Tucker] perform, and me and Cube couldn’t stop laughing,” DJ Pooh told Complex. “We thought, ‘This dude would be able to play the hell out of Smokey. Let’s see if we can get him to come in and read for him.’ And that’s what happened, and it was over like that.” Friday would go on to gross $28.2 million worldwide, according to IMBd. The budget to create “Friday” was $2.3 million, Ice Cube revealed on X, formerly known as Twitter. He also added that actors on the film were paid according to the scale of the budget. For Tucker this equated to a $10,000...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 4, 2024

Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Doesn't Act As Much Due To The Pay Gap, Reveals People Have Said 'You Don't Need It, You're Married To Will'

Taraji P. Henson, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, and Octavia Spencer. Many Black actresses have been vocal about pay disparity in Hollywood with these women being some of the latest to address the issue. As previously reported by AFROTECH™, Henson was transparent about her debating on whether to quit acting. “I’m just tired of working so hard, being gracious at what I do, getting paid a fraction of the costs,” Henson said in a Sirius XM interview with Gayle King. “I’m tired of hearing my sisters say the same thing over and over. You get tired. I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ I have to. The math ain’t mathin’.” Henson isn’t the only one who has faced the unfortunate reality of stepping back from being an actress due to Hollywood’s pay gap. During an appearance on NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute,” Jada Pinkett Smith shared that while her “heart broke” for Henson, she was also happy that she was courageous enough to speak up. In addition, she related to her fellow actress’ sentiments, but in...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 1, 2024

Chris Tucker Explains Why He Left Hollywood Despite Becoming The Highest-Paid Actor At The Time

Chris Tucker is opening up about his decision to walk away from Hollywood despite massive success.

Shanique Yates

Apr 7, 2023

Of The Movie Stars Who Make The Biggest Salaries In Hollywood, Only 4 Are Black — And None Are Black Women

A new report by Variety revealed a very sad truth about the biggest salaries in Hollywood. The outlet reports that the actor who got the biggest payday in Tinsel Town was none other than Daniel Craig. The current James Bond received more than $100 million for the “Knives Out” sequels, which are being directed by Hollywood heavyweight Rian Johnson. And there’s a reason Craig is getting this heavy salary: the “new deal” that’s available to many Hollywood stars. “Netflix compensates movie stars for the projected back-end box office participation they would reap if their movies were released exclusively in theaters. Add to that salary bumps Craig would’ve received for second and third films in the murder mystery series, and the outgoing James Bond is sitting on a nine-figure check,” explains Variety. And there’s more to the biggest salaries in Hollywood, too. In a nutshell, actors who are involved in the business of streaming can expect a bigger payday than those who limit their efforts...

La'Ron Hines To Take His Talents From TikTok To Hollywood With New Series Alongside Robin Thicke

La’Ron Hines is graduating from TikTok to Hollywood! According to Variety, the host of our favorite pre-school digital series, La’Ron Hines, is making major star player moves with an upcoming show. The show, which has yet to be titled, will be produced by New York-based production company, Leopard USA — which is backed by by the U.K’s Argonon group — and will star Hines alongside his mentor, Robin Thicke. “La’Ron is a special young talent with an amazing work ethic, who deserves the opportunity to reach a wider audience, and this partnership with Leopard USA offers the perfect platform,” said Thicke. “Anything is possible with La’Ron’s limitless potential and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes him.” Hines, who has close to nine million followers on TikTok, first emerged on the scene through his popular skit, “Are You Smarter Than a Pre-Schooler.” He interviews some of the kids at his parents’ daycare like JaBria and Lauri (everyone’s favorite besties), who have taken...

Shanique Yates

Aug 20, 2021

Anthony Anderson Went From Slapstick Comedian To Hollywood Bedrock — And Amassed A $25M Net Worth

Anthony Anderson has just finished filming the final season of the hit show “black-ish,” and he said that the ending was nothing if not bittersweet. But while he had the most amazing chemistry with his co-star, Tracee Ellis Ross, there was a time when they weren’t always the best of friends. “I hated him,” she said to Entertainment Weekly. “[He] made a fart joke at my expense on stage! I was like, ‘Not appropriate! I don’t know you that well! What are you thinking?’ And I held this resentment forever… And now, look — I love this man! This man is like the best TV husband ever.” But all’s well that ends well for one of our favorite TV couples, so all we can do is wonder what’s next for Anthony Anderson. He’s serving as a spokesman for many popular brands, including AT&T, so the chances are pretty good that we’ll be seeing him again in the near future. But how well does he get paid for all these films, television shows, and endorsements? We’ve got the answers to all your burning...

After Struggling With His Skin, Here's How Kri Peck Worked With Chemists To Create A Skincare Line Of His Own

This founder turned his acne woes into dough! Kri Peck has always been one to stand out and go against the norm. Whether it’s through his work as a publicist or an advocate within the LGBTQIA+ community, he isn’t afraid to use his platform and voice to prompt change. Now, he’s changing the skincare game ! KRI SKIN was launched to help others with their skincare journey. The publicist, actor, and now entrepreneur has made the decision to use a solution that worked for him to help eradicate acne , hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by @kriskinllc   After struggling with horrible cystic acne for over 10 years and coming up short on finding products that worked, Kri took matters into his own hands. “I basically tried everything on the market, everything over the counter and everything prescribed to me by dermatologists and nothing works,” said Kri in an official interview with AfroTech. “And so I was like I’ve got to figure out a way to...

Shanique Yates

Jun 30, 2021