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Record Producer Quincy Jones  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

It’s been about week and people are still talking about Quincy Jones’ epic interview, where he dropped massive bombshells about superstars in the entertainment world. Depending on what side of the fence you’re on, you either grabbed your popcorn and allowed Q to enlighten and entertain us all about the goings-on behind the scenes of the industry; or you were either pissed with the iconic producer. Actor, Marlon Brando’s, son, Miko Brando (who was also Michael Jackson bodyguard and very close friend), happens to fall on the latter. He’s just spoken out to defend his late pop’s legacy, much like Richard Pryor’s daughter recently did (then deleted) on social media.

Brando’s Son Responds To Q’s Claims

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Actor, Marlon Brando, and sons Christian Brando and Miko Brando (far right)  (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

Simply put, Miko says his dad did not have sex with Richard Pryor, regardless of what Quincy Jones, nor Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor recently confirmed:

Via TMZ: Marlon’s oldest living son, Miko Brando, tells TMZ … “The Marlon Brando family has heard the recent comments by Quincy Jones and we are disappointed that anyone would make such a wrongful comment about either Marlon Brando or Richard Pryor.”

Quincy’s and Pryor’s Widow’s Claims

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Jennifer Lee and Richard Pryor walking together; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)

Many of y’all may recall, during Quincy’s new Vulture interview, but if not, here’s what he said:

Quincy Jones- [Marlon] Brando the actor and Jones were longtime friends. During a down period in Jones’s life, he spent time on the island in Tahiti which Brando owned. The two called each other Leroy, owing to a story recounted extremely well (one among many) in this recent GQ profile. used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherf*cker you ever met. He’d f*ck anything. Anything! He’d f*ck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.

After the interview, more details about Pryor’s bisexuality (which we previously reported in 2014) began to re-emerge as internet users everywhere, started seeking proof of Quincy’s claims. Once Pryor’s past public admissions about his open bisexuality re-surfaced, everyone pretty much concluded that Q and Pryor’s widow were probably being truthful about Richard and Brando.

Pryor’s Daughter’s Defense Of Dad

Catch A Rising Star With Rain Pryor
Rain Pryor (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

Rain Pryor tried to also deny Quincy’s and Jennifer Pryor’s revelation, in a lengthy Facebook post, but has since deleted it. However, you can read it in full HERE. In her post, she revealed surprising details about the past interactions she’d had with her father, Richard’s, transgender girlfriend back in the day, but still denied that he had sex with Marlon Brando.

Can Children Truly Know Their Parents’ Entire Sexual Past?

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Richard Pryor, March 8, 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

When we previously reported Rain Pryor’s denial, that her dad had sex with Marlon Brando, I questioned whether or not Rain is actually fully capable of defending her dad’s sexual history. Don’t get me wrong, she apparently was very close to her dad. However, as we all know, it is not uncommon for children to not be thoroughly informed about all of the details of their parents’ sex life – past or present. That’s one aspect of life where typically Brando’s and Pryor’s peers and friends (like Quincy Jones and Jennifer Pryor) would likely have more information about the late icons.

That could also be why Rain Pryor has since deleted her post and Miko Brando only released a short statement- there’s only so much they can probably say in their dads’ defense, understandably so.

Whatever Brando’s and Pryors’s sexual orientation, the bottom line is they were both gifted at their crafts. ‘Nuff said.

Many of us, old schoolers, remember actress, Rain Pryor, from her tenure on the 80’s/90’s sitcom, Head of the Class. She’s also the Richard Pryor’s daughter and loved her Pops unconditionally. Her dad has been making headlines all over the internet, after Quincy Jones revealed, in his recent interview, that Pryor had sex with the late actor, Marlon Brando. Soon after Jones’ reveal, Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, also publicly confirmed Quincy’s claim, stating she knew her husband and Brando had hooked up, but it doesn’t bother her, because she sees it as a non-factor.

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Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, and Rain Pryor at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)

However, the way Rain Pryor sees it, it’s a major factor. Now that a social media firestorm has occurred for many people who never knew Richard Pryor was openly bisexual, Rain has stepped up to slam everybody. Without naming names, she’s now taken to social media to go off -indirectly- on Quincy Jones; her stepmother, Jennifer Pryor; and all media outlets that have reported on Quincy’s and Jennifer’s interviews (we’re assuming that includes us).

**FYI: As we have previously reported, Richard Pryor was never ashamed of his bisexuality. In fact, he’s written about it and discussed it publicly. He also never hid the transgender woman he was dating back in the day.**

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PRINCETON, NJ – MARCH 07: Rain Pryor performs at Hyatt Princeton Hotel on March 7, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

Rain Pryor’s Statement About Dad’s Bisexual Revelations

Rain -who was a child at the time- admitted that she knew the transgender woman her dad dated, but she believes that Quincy and her stepmom are lying about Marlon Brando. Read her statement below:

“My dad was very open with his life, so much so that news of his relationship with a trans women in the early 70s and 80s wasn’t really newsworthy nor notable. As a child I knew her, not as the trans person in our home, but the lady whom everyone accepted. So much acceptance I did not know she was Trans until recently.

There were no murmurs, nor was it tabloid news or execution by public opinion. It was just another day in our lives. It was just another identity I can assess our father was trying to navigate and process. It’s funny how during a time of huge inequality, it would have seem to matter more, and , now it’s sensationalized news, but the characters are wrong, and it’s all done to elevate the egos of sad empty people who’s money is proving it doesn’t buy happiness. However, Daddy did NOT have relations with Brando. There were no trips to his South Pacific Oasis, no flowers or love notes between. Not even a film role.

Why this sudden need to drag Daddy through the Hollywood mud? I find it tasteless and infuriating. At least get the details right, but of course we live in the age of faux news is real unless we disagree for our own agendas, and people need to stay relevant by dishing dirt.

As one of his children, I should not have to defend my brilliant and bruised father to anyone. I should be commenting on his genius comedy and the fact that he not only wrote, directed and produced … he had an office at Columbia Pictures and was once one of the Richest men. I should be sharing prolific anecdotes because he was an activist and so brutally honest. But instead I am sharing much vulnerability with some mean spirited gossip rag readers who believe anyone with money and fame. Bottom line. This man Richard Pryor, is not your Hollyweird scandal performance. He is our Daddy. He is our perfect imperfection. He is our legacy and we are most certainly his. So get a life and focus back on what’s really going on in the world. -Rain Pryor

JUNE 1995. QUINCY JONES AND RICHARD PRYOR CELEBRATING THE PUBLICATION OF 'PRYOR CONVICTIONS'
JUNE 1995. QUINCY JONES AND RICHARD PRYOR CELEBRATING THE PUBLICATION OF ‘PRYOR CONVICTIONS’

Questions & The Obvious

Listen, we get it. Although Richard Pryor proudly spoke publicly about his bisexuality, it’s understandable why Rain would want to protect her father. However, if Rain just admitted she did not know that her father’s girlfriend was a man at that time, isn’t it a possibility that Quincy Jones and Pryor’s wife knew more about that part of his sex life than she would have at that time? Not saying it’s true, but it’s highly possible, given that adults don’t typically discuss their sex lives with their minor children, but rather with their peers.

It seems that Her dad had a nonapologetic self-assured awareness about him that allowed him to fully embrace himself regardless of what the external world thought about him. That type of vulnerable authenticity is something that we, here at ILOSM, respect about him. Rain Pryor has a lot to be proud of in her iconic daddy.

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American comedian Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005) during a stage show, circa 1977. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)

 

With all the talk about Quincy Jone’s recent reveal that Richard Pryor slept with actor, Marlon Brando, we thought we’d dig into our crates and re-post this info we shared with y’all a few years ago, because apparently many never knew Pryor was real about his sexuality.

Yep, you read this headline correctly: Richard Pryor openly admitted to being with a transgender woman…and after you see the details within this article, you’ll probably have a better understanding about all of this. You will also have a better understanding of why Quincy Jones and Pryor’s widow have no problem telling the world about the late comedic icon’s sexual past. Check out what Richard Pryor and his son, Richard Jr. had to say…THIS IS DEFINITELY A SHOCKER…

Richard Pryor Proudly Admitted Dating A Transgender

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 8: Richard Pryor is photographed at ‘Night of 100 Stars’ event March 8, 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

Richard Pryor was not shy at all about revealing the time he dated a man. “Pause and rewind that back” you say? Aiight then: The legendary comedian, Richard Pryor Sr. said he tried a relationship with a transgendered man for about two weeks. He said:

“I never kept him a secret. My best friend for instance, knew I was f**king a dude, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that. I even admitted doing something different was exciting. But after two weeks of being gay, enough was enough and I went back to life as a heterosexual.”

Jaw dropping, ain’t it?!! But wait ’til you see the extreme trauma that Richard said happened to him as a young child….

Pryor’s Childhood Sexual Trauma Revealed

Richard Pryor; August 1983
UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 12: Richard Pryor; August 1983 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

Check out what Richard said happened to him as a child (via NY Daily News):

Richard talked about being molested as a boy. He recalled telling his family how a priest had kissed him on the lips, and how his dad and uncle plotted to blackmail the priest by encouraging young Richard to flirt with the reverend on the phone. Pryor’s grandma put an end to that charade. But there was an earlier incident, one where an older man named Hoss forced Richard to have oral sex with him in an alley. “I told no one,” writes Pryor. “Ever.

“Years later, when the superstar went back to Peoria to make “Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling,” the man showed up at Pryor’s movie trailer with his son. “I was seized by that old sense of fear,” Pryor writes. “The boy was about the same age I’d been when his father raped me. . . . I couldn’t believe it. After preparing a lifetime for this moment, I suddenly had nothing to say.

“Pryor adds that he shook both their hands: “I hoped the boy fared better.

The abuse hardly turned Pryor off sex. Instead, he came to know countless women. Many were hookers. One was a transvestite who looked like Josephine Baker. One night, “I discovered that she was actually a he. For some reason, I didn’t care. . . . But after two weeks of being gay . . . I went back to life as a heterosexual.”

Wait a minute…there’s more…

Richard Pryor JUNIOR a.k.a. “Ivanna Schtup” Speaks On Being A Gay Part Time Drag Queen

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Richard Pryor Jr.

Meet Richard Pryor Jr., as you can see he is a splitting image of his pops, he’s an actor, singer, comedian, and yes, he says he’s gay and proud of it. There are a lot of similarities between he and his Dad. In an interview with Feast of Fun, this is what Richard Jr. had to say about the how his parents handled him confessing to them that he was gay:

Dad took it well, but Mom freaked out. She was like “Oh where did I go wrong?!!” She thought that it was her fault. I expected it to be the other way around. You always think that people don’t know, but then you tell them and they’re like “Well I already knew.”

So are you saying that your Dad already knew you were gay?
Oh God…how could he not know? One time I had picked up these two hitchhikers and my Mom caught them in the house when I wasn’t there…they were naked and when I got home my Mom called and said “Richard Jr. your Dad wants to speak to you!” Then my Dad just outright asked me, “Are you gay?” and I basically just cried & lied my way out of that one…LOL. This was before I came out, but he knew. I came out and then went back in [got married], and then came out again.

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Ricahrd Pryor Jr. as “Ivanna Schtup”

On dressing in drag as his alter ego, “Ivanna Schtup”:

To me it’s performing…anything you do as far as being in front of people…it’s performing, it’s acting. That’s the way I’ve always looked at it. it was never a thing for me like: ‘I wanna be a woman, you know. It was just the thing of me performing and just releasing a lot of things that were inside of me out as far as performance and being very theatrical.

Habits Richard Pryor JUNIOR Said He Learned Directly From His Dad

Richard Pryor with his son Richard Jr. (via Instagram)

Do you have fond childhood memories?
I grew up off and on with my dad. I was with my dad for vacations and summers and got to go on the road and tour with him, too. It was an unbelievable experience but I didn’t know that until I was older. Touring with my dad and introducing him on stage felt like the norm. Now I cherish those memories.

How old were you when your Dad landed in the hospital from his freebasing incident?
It was a week after my high school graduation. I knew it was a suicide attempt. He had so many demons.

Did you struggle with addiction, too?
Yeah, I went through all that. I crashed and burned. When I was old enough, I moved to L.A. and went club-wild. Drank anything, smoked anything, took anything. There was one time when I worked on one of my dad’s films and I was so high that my dad flew me from the set to a rehab. I nearly had a heart attack, in the hospital…I flatlined. I went through another tough period when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I tried to kill myself with an overdose on pills.

[I just wanted] to fit in. I’ve learned that life really comes down to acceptance. A lot of my turmoil came from trying to have acceptance for my dad. A lot of my drug abuse was my own naïve way of trying to be closer to him. He was a partier so I thought if I were like him, we could be close.

[Sources: Feast of Fun; Soul Train; Examiner]

We, here at ILoveOldSchoolMusic, like to study the behavioral patterns of the greats of our past, and in doing that, we’ll often find that there’s a message and ultimately, a lesson to be learned from the great ones. So with that said, let’s take a look at Richard Sr. and Junior. We often hear Iyanla Vanzant speak about the common pathology patterns between parents and children. Therefore, in this case, do you think it’s possible that, based on the traumatic experiences Richard Pryor had to endure as a child, he somehow unknowingly transferred those lessons/experiences onto Richard Jr., or no? Talk to us ILOSM family.

Quincy Jones has most definitely been having more than a few ‘come to Jesus moments,’ like the old timers used to say back in the day. In other words, he’s not only been spilling the beans about this own life, he’s telling all about everybody else’s too.

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Quincy Jones (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

As we previously reported, Jones has already revealed that he used to date Donald Trump’s 36 year old daughter, Ivanka Trump. Now, there’s more we wanna share with y’all, but here’s the thing: it’s not that Q is out here airing out all of his celebrity friends’ (and foes) dirty laundry on some gossiping tip, it’s just that he’s always been known to be a brutally honest individual. Therefore, when doing his recent interview with Vulture (you can read the full interview here), every time he was asked about his personal life, or others, he gave his honest answers and/or opinions…all of which will make you go ‘Wait, what?!!’ “All I’ve ever done is tell the truth. … I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man,”said Jones. See the multitude of bombshells he dropped about everybody from Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, P. Diddy, Richard Pryor, and so many more below…

Jones Claims Marlon Brando Had Sex With Marvin Gaye, Richard Pryor & James Baldwin

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Marvin Gaye, 1970. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

Quincy Jones: [Marlon] Brando the actor and Jones were longtime friends. During a down period in Jones’s life, he spent time on the island in Tahiti which Brando owned. The two called each other Leroy, owing to a story recounted extremely well (one among many) in this recent GQ profile. used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherf*cker you ever met. He’d f*ck anything. Anything! He’d f*ck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.

Vulture:He slept with them? How do you know that?

QJ: [Frowns.] Come on, man. He did not give a f*ck! You like Brazilian music?

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Iconic writer, James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) (left), smiles as he poses with actor, Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004), August 28, 1963.  (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Jones then went on to drop more bombshells on us all. Read on and prepare to be amazed…

Quincy Calls MJ A Thief & Speaks On His Plastic Surgery

When the interviewer asked Q to reveal something that most people don’t know about his late friend, Michael Jackson, Quincy’s honesty streak struck again:

QJ: I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] “State of Independence and “Billie Jean.”The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come. … Greedy, man. Greedy. “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” — Greg Phillinganes wrote the c section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.

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Michael Jackson 1994 Grammy awards with Quincy Jones (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

V: What’s misunderstood about Michael?

QJ: I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bullsh*t. […] He had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?

V: It’s such a strange juxtaposition — how Michael’s music was so joyous, but his life just seems sadder and more odd as time goes by.

QJ: Yes, but at the end Michael’s problem was Propofol, and that problem affects everyone — doesn’t matter if you’re famous. Big Pharma making OxyContin and all that sh*t is a serious thing. I was around the White House for eight years with the Clintons, and I’d learn about how much influence Big Pharma has. It’s no joke. What’s your sign, man?

Jones Reveals He Knew Who Really Killed J.F.K.

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President and Mrs. Kennedy,  seated in rear seats, prepared for motorcade into city from airport, Nov. 22, 1963. After a few speaking stops, the President was assassinated in the same car.

Another one of Quincy’s bombshells, was his revelation about knowing who killed Pres. John F. Kennedy. It had something to do with his good friend, Frank Sinatra. When the interviewer asked Quincy what’s something he wished he didn’t know, he replied, “Who killed Kennedy.” But there’s more:

V: Who did it?

QJ: [Chicago mobster Sam] Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy [Pres. Kennedy’s father]— he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.

Then Jones cut that part of the convo’ short and moved on:

QJ: We shouldn’t talk about this publicly. Where you from?

Shade At P. Diddy & Russell Simmons

Quincy also gave his honest views about today’s music industry. He said that artists and producers no longer pay attention to details in music and where it comes from, such as the genre of jazz, etc. He pretty took jabs at P. Diddy, Russell Simmons and others, for ‘selling out for money’ instead:

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Russell Simmons (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

V: Do you hear the spirit of jazz in pop today?

QJ: No. People gave it up to chase money. When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat FarmCîroc is the alcohol brand owned by Diddy. Phat Farm was the fashion label founded by hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons in 1992. Simmons sold the company in 2004. and all that sh*t, God walks out of the room. I have never in my life made music for money or fame. Not even ThrillerJones may not have worked on Thriller for money, but co-producing the album (with Jackson) presumably made him a ton of it: The 1982 album is widely reported to be the biggest-selling LP of all time, having sold somewhere north of 66 million copies. . No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money. You could spend a million dollars on a piano part and it won’t make you a million dollars back. That’s just not how it works.

Jones Calls Out Cyndi Lauper

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Rock legend, Cyndi Lauper, January 28, 2018 (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Quincy Jones was then asked about behind-the-scenes drama among the “rockers” during the infamous “We Are The World” video shoot, which he mentioned in his memoir. Yet again, Q had no problem name dropping and called out rock star, Cyndi Lauper while at it:

QJ: It wasn’t the rockers. It was Cyndi Lauper. She had a manager come over to me and say, “The rockers don’t like the song.” I know how that sh*t works. We went to see Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, and all those cats and they said, “We love the song.” So I said [to Lauper], “Okay, you can just get your sh*t over with and leave.” And she was f*cking up every take because her necklace or bracelet was rattling in the microphone. It was just her that had a problem.

Jones on rock music overall…

V: What’d you think when you first heard rock music?

QJ: Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, motherf*cker.

Q Says Rich People Don’t Do Enough For Poor

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Quincy Jones (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for JBL)

V: You hang out in these elite social circles and doing good has always been important to you, but are you seeing as much concern for the poor as you’d like from the ultrarich?
QJ: No. The rich aren’t doing enough. They don’t f*cking care. I came from the street, and I care about these kids who don’t have enough because I feel I’m one of ’em. These other people don’t know what it feels like to be poor, so they don’t care.

And Just So We Know What Time It Is

And just so we never get it twisted, Jones made it clear that at 84, he’s still secure in who he is when it comes to being a musical genius:

V: What’s something you’ve worked on that should’ve been bigger?

QJ: What the f*ck are you talking about? I’ve never had that problem. They were all big. […] I can make a band play like a singer sings. That’s what arranging is, and it’s a great gift. I wouldn’t trade it for sh*t.

And BOOM! Drops mic, exits stage left. Quincy is a straight up G!…

Be on the lookout for Quincy Jones upcoming project, Qwest TV: “Everybody is excited about it. It’s going to be a musical Netflix,” says Jones.

And that’s all folks!

Pam Grier. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Pam Grier is finally bringing her life story to the big screen in a biopic tentatively called Pam. The iconic actress who owned the blaxploitation era in film, provided us with sexy, yet powerful images of a Black woman who took no shorts. She has already pegged Bennie Richburg to write the screenplay and at least one of the characters has been cast.

The woman who brought us “Coffy,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Jackie Brown” led a colorful life, especially when it came to her love interests. She had a passionate love affair in the 1970’s with comedian, Richard Pryor, who will be portrayed in the film by SNL alum, Jay Pharoah. She met Pharoah met while they were doing voice work for the video game Infinity Wars.

“I watched him and heard his voice and closed my eyes and said, ‘It’s Richard,'” Grier told Deadline.

The film will draw largely from her autobiography, Foxy: My Life In Three Acts, where she goes into much detail about the other men in her life including NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actor Freddie Prinze. She also shared much more heinous encounters like the time she was raped by two boys when she was just six years old, a second rape while in college, and the time she had to enlist the help of Liza Minnelli and her husband to escape the aggressive advances of Sammy Davis Jr.

As Grier’s career took off, she credited her agent John Gaines with getting her work and protecting her from sexual predators. He accompanied her to meetings and helped her navigate the do’s-and-dont’s of the business.

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“If you go to meet someone on a business deal, your lawyer, manager, agent, someone must always be with you,” Grier recalled. “John always set those rules for me and created a comfort zone. He just had seen so much, he knew. When he took me to clubs, and someone would hand me a drink, he would say: ‘Don’t drink that. See the sediment at the bottom? You drink that and you won’t remember the next week.’ I became comfortable, not accepting the invitations.”

Mhmmmm… won't he do it?? #BLESSED

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Pam promises a riveting look at a career that is still far from over. The 68-year-old has had a fascinating life and her work in movies has greatly impacted both Black culture and pop culture. A Pam Grier biopic is an idea whose time has come. Will you be watching?

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After a long delay in the production of the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said.” Word on the Old School curb is that director, Lee Daniels, and The Weinstein Company (the production company producing the film) are back at it with their all-star line up and a brand new multiplatinum selling rapper investor on board.

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The rapper who will be dropping some major cash into the Richard Pryor biopic is ‘Mr. H-to-the iz-O-V-to-the-iz-A,’ Jay Z. Jay has recently gotten into the biopic business after teaming up with The Weinstein Company and has a few other projects in the works as well. Here is what was reported by Variety:

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Lee Daniels has committed to directing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic with Jay Z on board to produce. The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017.

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Harvey Weinstein announced Thursday that the project was back on track. […] The movie’s cast had been previously announced as Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor.

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We’re not sure how much money Jay Z had to put up to be a part of the Richard Pryor project but it was definitely a pretty penny. With a cast like Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson and Mike Epps; and a highly in-demand director, like Lee Daniels, Jay’s price tag wasn’t cheap. You know how the Old School saying goes, ‘You gotta pay to play,’ and on the flip side of things, Jay Z’s return on his investment will probably be well worth it, once this Pryor biopic drops.

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Jay Z will also have a few more biographical projects releasing. He and The Weinstein Company will also bringing to life the story of Kaleif Browder, a high school student from the Bronx who was jailed for three years in one of the nation’s roughest prisons, Rikers Island, all because he was accused of stealing a backpack. He never received a trial date and eventually committed suicide in 2015 by hanging himself in his cell. The docu-series will be in 6 parts and it is titled, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” due out in 2017.
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Okay Jay-Z, we see you expanding your mogul status and shedding light on the lives of people whose stories deserve to be told…do your thing!

Richard Pryor’s daughter/comedic actress, Rain Pryor, recently revealed a side of her beloved dad that we didn’t typically get to see. Turns out that in the midst of his comedy stories that had us rollin’ back in the day, and the unfortunate drug use that Richard always talked about, Rain says he was actually a very strict parent who did NOT take any mess from his kids. That leads us to what Rain revealed about the time her Pops showed on the set of a TV show she was filming and he put her in check like you wouldn’t believe…

RAIN DETAILS HOW HER DAD PUT HER IN CHECK ON HER TV SET

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The iconic Richard Pryor, as we all know, lived through quite the dramatic life, ALL his life- from childhood until into adulthood. The circumstances he revealed about how his dad died at the age of 57 is just as dramatic and equally bizarre…

RICHARD PRYOR'S DAD DIED DURING A SEX ACT

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 9.31.30 PM Pryor revealed how his Pops died at the age of 57:

"I'd like to die like my father died," he says. "My father died fucking...he DID! My father was 57 when he died. The woman was 18. My father came and went at the same time. [...] I just figured God must've loved my Father an awful lot to let him go out like THAT." - Richard Pryor
Yep you read that right, Pryor's dad sadly passed away in the middle of sexual intercourse and Pryor actually turned his pain into laughter when he incorporated his father's death into his timeless stand-up concert in 1992, "Live In Concert." Like we said earlier, the late great Rchard Pryor lived quite a dramatic life and from the look of it, his beloved parents did the same. May they all continue to rest peacefully. WATCH RICHARD PRYOR'S VIDEO CLIP ABOUT HIS DAD *WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE*...

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fb richard9 The year was 1968 when Richard Pryor’s career had just started and that was the same year his career almost ended. He did the unthinkable to one of his co-stars and it had gotten him shunned in Hollywood for years. That was until his opportunity to appear in the 1973 film, The Mack came along.

The Mack is now a classic, but the ride to get it made was a long, rocky one according to what the star of the film, Max Julien, and the producer and director of The Mack said. The beloved Richard Pryor was at the center of the conflict and what he did prior to get him shunned in the industry was in true, wild Richard Pryor form, so we weren’t necessarily shocked when we heard about this, but it was still entertaining to hear nonetheless.

Max Julien (L), with his friend, Richard Pryor (R), on the set of "The Mack," 1973
Max Julien (L), with his friend, Richard Pryor (R), on the set of “The Mack,” 1973

Here is why Richard almost didn’t even make it into the cast of The Mack and almost lost his career, until his good friend, Max, stepped in and pushed for him to be in The Mack, after which, Pryor’s career began to get back on track:

Richard Pryor (L) and Max Julien (R) in "The Mack," 1973
Richard Pryor (L) and Max Julien (R) in “The Mack,” 1973

Word on the old school curb is that Richard Pryor URINATED on his Caucasian co-actress, Shelley Winters’ head, during filming of their 1968 film, Wild In The Streets. That was Pryor’s first movie, but as you can imagine, many in Hollywood refused to work with him after his peeing stunt.

Actress, Shelley Winters
Actress, Shelley Winters

According to Max Julien, The Mack producer, Harvey Bernhard, absolutely did not want to cast Pryor in the film because of Pryor’s untamed behavior and that infamous urinating incident.

Pryor had become somewhat of an…

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The year was 1973 and everybody couldn’t wait to go see The Mack in theaters. The movie is now a CLASSIC but the ride to get it made was a long, rocky one according to what the star of the film, Max Julien, and the producer and director of The Mack said. The beloved Richard Pryor was at the center of the conflict and what he did was in true wild Richard Pryor form, so we weren’t necessarily shocked when we heard about this, but it was still entertaining to hear nonetheless.

Here is why Richard almost didn’t even make it into the cast of The Mack, until his good friend, Max, stepped in and pushed for him to be in it, after which, Pryor’s career began to get back on track:

Richard Pryor (L) and Max Julien (R) in "The Mack," 1973
Richard Pryor (L) and Max Julien (R) in “The Mack,” 1973

Word on the old school curb is that Richard Pryor urinated on his Caucasian co-actress, Shelley Winters, during filming of their 1968 film, Wild In The Streets. That was Pryor’s first movie and after that, not many in Hollywood actually wanted to work with him.

Actress, Shelley Winters
Actress, Shelley Winters

According to Max Julien, The Mack producer, Harvey Bernhard, absolutely did not want to cast Pryor in the film because of Pryor’s untamed behavior and that infamous urinating incident.

Pryor had become somewhat of an…