Robin Givens: Rehearsal for my appearance on "The Cosby Show," was exciting. Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable, Mr. Cosby's wife, changed a line during one of our scenes; I responded with a perfect reading of the line I'd memorized from the script, which now made no sense at all. Phylicia stopped and fixed her gaze on me. "You're not listening, Ms. Givens," she said. "In order to act-and act well-you must learn to listen. So, listen.
Denzel Washington turned down the role of Curtis Taylor, Jr. in "Dreamgirls." The role went to Jamie Foxx. Denzel also turned down the role of Detective Del Spooner in "I, Robot." The role went to Will Smith. Morgan Freeman was offered the lead in Jurassic Park but turned it down. Wesley Snipes turned down the role of Hale Caesar in "The Expendables." The part went to Terry Crews. Will Smith turned down the Colin Farrell part in "Phone Booth."
Some years ago, fiery msgs Kim Kardashian left on Ray J's voicemail about his new love Whitney Houston were sampled. Kim allegedly blasted Ray J and his new girlfriend. Ray J said, "There's this 1-800 number, where you can check people's messages through this spy company (that no longer exists) and now it's going to be Kim dissing Whitney, and Kim talking s**t to me about the women I've sexed."
A former rep said, "When Eazy-E was alive, he received death threats," and it was discovered that Neo-Nazi skinheads had allegedly taken out a contract on his life, for reasons unknown. The rep adds, Eazy-E was never informed that his life was in danger. Because of other threats, “Ruthless Records,” was protected by Isreali trained security forces." The neo-nazi contract was cancelled after it was discovered that Eazy-E was dying of AIDS.
A very rare commemorative booklet (above) that was given out at the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech has a collage dedicated to Josephus, a man whom the march organizers designated as the "last living slave" in the United States (although Mary Walker and Sylvester McGee were still alive in 1963 as well). This collectable was priced on Amazon.com for $3,300.
Celebrity Incest (Tommy Debarge): Bobby and I had always shared a room together. One night, Bobby asked me could he "put it in." I said No! Bobby never took no for an answer. He was strong, and he held me down and he forced his way on me, then in me. Afterward, I was overtaken with shame and I feared him even more than before. There was no way around what had happened. My brother had raped me! I held in what happened, which enabled Bobby to continue the sexual abuse.
Bobby Womack: "One day, Sam Cooke called me and asked me to come over. When I arrived, he cued up a song. The song was 'A Change Is Gonna Come.' After it ended, he asked, What do you think? 'It sounds like death.' 'It's just so eerie, it gives me the chills.' Sam said, it will never come out, Bobby. I'm scared of that song.' It will never be released- 'Not while I'm alive.' It would finally be released under the RCA Victor label shortly after Cooke's death in late 1964.
According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli: When Diana Ross considered leaving Motown for RCA and a $20 million dollar advance. She allegedly turned to Smokey Robinson for advice. She had only a few hundred thousand dollars in her bank account after selling millions and millions of records and couldn't purchase an automobile without Berry's signature, yet Smokey allegedly gave her a speech about loyalty. She wisely ignored it.