If you are a fan of  Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps or Kevin Hart there’s one man who deserves credit for being their inspiration. 

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Nine times out of ten, the legendary Richard Pryor is probably your favorite comedian’s...favorite comedian.

Epps, along with Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Mel Brooks, and George Lopez, as well as his widow, Jennifer Pryor, and his son, Richard Pryor Jr will pay homage to the late comedian/actor in the new Showtime documentary Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic.

Along with the personal reflections from various celebs on Pryor’s role in shaping modern comedy, the documentary will also feature never-before-seen photos, concert footage, and television appearances of the icon and more.

The Emmy and 5-time Grammy Award winner was named the greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.  He was also the first person to receive the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1998.  There's no denying, he's the greatest comedian to ever live.

Get more details about his upcoming Showtime documentary and find out when it's going to debut.  It's all inside Tha Wire below.

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In more news, sometimes leaving well enough alone is the best option.  JoJo Simmons had a embarrassing photo of himself being ruffed up on Instagram by Skull Gang member Hyneif over the weekend.  Now JoJo is addressing the issue from his end with the help of a few goons.

As previously mentioned: Juelz Santana affiliate Hynief caught up with JoJo sometime last weekend after taking issue with a diss track JoJo released going at rapper and founder of the Skull Gang Juelz Santana.

The beef all began in January with Juelz Santana’s track “Soft” which featured Rick Ross, Fabolous and Meek Mill. The Harlem emcee rapped, “Far as that dough goes / I’m Russell Simmons, you JoJo.”

[The Skull Gang member captioned the photo saying, “Guess who I caught y’all Lil punk ass Jo Jo that made the diss track look at his face when he ace! #facts shouldn’t pop shit if u not bout that life real niggas don’t care who u related too fuck nigga.”]

According to Hip Hop DX, Hynief allegedly forced JoJo to call and apologize to Juelz over the phone for popping off .  Now  on a recent video interview with Crave TV 6, JoJo is talking about “peace” , however the entire time his seemingly Crip-affiliated crew is talking retaliation.

Though you really can't hear him because of the background redrick, JoJo said "I grew up a very good kid and all that other s—. So they can stick to that violence stuff, but me…I’ma stick to just getting money.  “‘Cause all I been around is money all my life.  I ain’t been about all that thug and all that gun s— all my life so that’s not what I do.  What I do is count money and f— b—— and I travel the world. That’s all I do. I’m not about that violence s—. This ain’t no s—-talkin’ or none of that. This me keepin’ it real.”

The line clearly struck a chord with Jo Jo and he directly went at Juelz head with his diss track “Holy Water,” where he challenged Juelz relevance in today’s hip-hop industry. “Now how you gonna mention my uncle Russell / The industry forgot you f—–, you nothin’ special /…Simmons will not let you / Compare your money to my uncle / That’s just disrespectful / You’re not eligible.”

Hopefully things will not escalate, but that’s doubtful and I’ll keep you posted with any further developments.  Sometimes, it’s best to just be quiet it your not about that life.  Just saying.


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In other news, Reebok has broke all ties with Rick Ross.  Prior to the dissolution of his business relationship with Reebok, he tried to do damage control and offer an apology via Twitter and in a live radio interview in New Orleans.  Unfortunately, his apologies were not enough to end the influx of calls, petitions and protests for Reebok to drop him.  On April 11 the company official announced that the deal with the Miami rapper was over.

Several rappers including Meek Mill, Slim Thug and Rocko came out publicly and tried to defend Ross’ right to express himself as an artist. Rocko also suggested that Reebok owed Ross a lot of credit for making the brand relevant in Hip-Hop again.

[“As far as the Reebok thing, I don’t think that was fair because what he brought to Reebok. People in my neighborhood, in my city, they’re back wearing Reeboks. It was a cardinal sin to wear Reebok before Ross started promoting ‘em. Ross stepped in and he branded ‘em and he got the urban market back in to ‘em,” Rocko told MTV recently.

Ross later offered another more detailed apology saying in part:

“I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.”]

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