6/23/16

The Daily Buzz For June 24



Omari Hardwick, 50 Cent & Co. Get In Closeup For VIBE Mag!
The men of "Power," Starz's sleeper hit, are rocking with VIBE before next month's season 3 premiere.  They got into character during the shoot and dropped a few dimes (no snitching though!) about what we can expect from writer Courtney Kemp next season.

On what loyalty means to him vs. what it means to Ghost: Omari Hardwick’s definition of loyalty would definitely be if you’ve been down for me when it was really rough, if you checked for me when I was trying to figure out the terrain of that heavy-ass mountain and how to get up, if not to the top at least somewhat to a satisfactory place, then I’m rocking with you for life. Once you got me, you got me. Ghost, his definition is a little bit more self-serving.
On whether he could ever kill his on screen right hand man, Tommy: I don’t think he could ever do that. I think that’s what people root for. There’s always a twinkle of, like, ‘He can’t kill Tommy’—as our executive producer walks by right now Curtis [Jackson] is playing a character, in Kanan, that can do that. Kanan is a guy that separates himself from a lot of characters we see on dramas, on thrillers, on crime dramas because he is ruthless and could care less. He shot his son. Ghost could not only not shoot his son; he could not shoot his Caucasian brother Tommy Egan. He cannot. He might act like he can, but I don’t think he could ever come to that place.
On Curtis vs. Kanan:  It’s an extreme difference because Kanan is on one track. It’s just the hustler, street mentality. Those laws apply to Kanan, and he’s a guy that’s been incarcerated and hasn’t made any adjustments during that time frame; he just got more advanced at the criminal behavior, slicker energy. It’s no difference between the CEO of a corporate company and Kanan. He sees an option of acquiring your business by killing you. That cold-blooded instinct is in that guy who’s in the corporate space because he doesn’t care if everyone in your organization doesn’t have any way to eat.
Joseph Sikora knows the black community is Team Tommy all day.  About why folks seemed to have accepted Joseph & Tommy immediately:
My parents were in civil rights. I can’t say I progressed in the exact same way, but part of it was because of the example of my parents and having African-American people in my life since I was a baby. My heart has never been cold or awkward, or anything. I’ve always had the luxury of knowing that people are people. It’s almost, to me, being anything else would have to be pretend, and people can tell. It just translates. If there was ever any a hint of discomfort with anybody else of a different color skin, I think that would translate on television, especially having a brother that is Omari Hardwick, who is African American. I think that is all it is, and the camera doesn’t lie. People pick up on that stuff.

The show's writer and creator, Courtney Kemp, dropped a few nuggets on how to best work with men in the professional arena:
“It’s very helpful when you work with men to be able to be on eye level,” Kemp says between bites of grilled chicken, sweet potato and greens. Her simple, prayed-over lunch is meant to keep her moving and avoid sluggishness, a lesson learned a few weeks prior when she instead opted for fried chicken. “You have to use and evaluate all of your assets, whatever those might be. You may have a great voice. You might sound good on paper. But when you get to a place where you’re managing others, you want to make sure that you know what your assets are–and that you use them.”

Check out the full cover story HERE.  "Power" returns July 17th on Starz.



THIS JUST IN! British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will RESIGN!

Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign by the fall and insists the British people’s will must be respected after voters chose to leave the 28-nation European Union.
Cameron says there can be no doubt about the result of Thursday’s historic vote but that he is not the “captain” that will steer the ship through difficult negotiations with the EU.
He says he will resign by the time of the Conservative party conference in the fall.

British stocks are plunging as the market opens as investors scramble to react to the news. The pound has hit a 31-year low.



Brexit Wins As The UK Votes To Leave EU In Historic Referendum

The narrow result sent financial markets into a swoon and plunges Britain into an uncertain future.
Remain campaigners hang a large banner from Westminster Bridge as they try to disrupt a flotilla of fishing vessels campaigning to leave the European Union.
The United Kingdom will exit the European Union, as a majority of British voters chose “leave” over “remain” in the country’s EU referendum on Thursday, the BBC projected. The result plunges Britain into an uncertain future, with both serious and immediate political and economic ramifications.
The “leave” campaign took a surprising early lead hours after the polls closed, and edged further ahead as the counting continued. With “leave” leading, the British pound plummeted to the lowest in 31 years, the The Associated Press reported. U.S. financial markets were expected to open sharply lower.
“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” said Nigel Farage, the anti-EU leader of the U.K. Independence Party. “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day.”

The U.K. will now enter into a two-year negotiation with the EU on how its exit will be handled, although it could take even longer. The country is bracing for market turmoil and a potential large scale depreciation in the value of the British pound. Focus also turns to Prime Minister David Cameron, who urged Britons to “remain” and is likely to face pressure to resign following the “leave” result.
Polling in the week before the referendum showed an almost dead heat between the “leave” and “remain” camps, with the latter taking a slight lead Thursday. A significant number of voters — around 10 percent — were undecided just days before the vote.
Earlier this month, a number of polls showed the “leave” side pulling ahead after lagging behind for much of the contest. As the referendum neared, however, support for both sides was almost equal.
Meanwhile, Britain’s betting houses split with the polls and odds suggested the U.K. would opt to stay in the Union.
Prime Minister David Cameron called the EU referendum in late February to make good on a campaign promise from his 2015 election campaign, during which he vowed the country would hold a vote on whether to exit the EU if he were re-elected.
The move was intended to quell the rising influence of the anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party, or UKIP — as well as dissenting voices from within Cameron’s own Conservative Party.
Some of the roots of Brexit go back much earlier, however. While the U.K. joined the EU in 1973, it never really adhered to the ideological goal of a “closer union” between states. Membership in the Union was initially controversial and prompted a referendum in 1975, which the “remain” side won with 67 percent of the vote.
Though Britain stayed in the Union, it opted out of key EU initiatives such as the move to establish a common currency and the Schengen Agreement allowing border-free travel.
‘Remain’ Versus ‘Leave’
Since Cameron officially set the June 23 date for the vote four months ago, British politics has been embroiled in a heated contest between the “remain” and “leave” camps. The debate over Brexit also reverberated around Europe, as rising anti-EU parties backed the prospect of a U.K. departure while central figures in the Union, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk, warned of dire consequences should the U.K. opt to leave.

Politicians backing “remain,” including Cameron and leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, campaigned to convince voters that the U.K. would be far better off as a member of the EU. They largely focused on the economic benefits of staying in the world’s largest trading bloc and warned of the potential market turmoil if the country left.
Prior to announcing the referendum date, Cameron also negotiated a deal with the EU to give Britain more autonomy within the organization if it voted to remain. The terms of the agreement give Britain greater control over a range of issues, including social welfare benefits, immigration and political integration with the EU.
On the “leave” side, former London Mayor Boris Johnson and UKIP’s Farage fronted a campaign that focused heavily on immigration and gaining sovereignty from the bureaucracy of the EU. Buoyed by the refugee and eurozone crises in recent years, this anti-EU sentiment resonated among many Britons.

“Leave” campaigners attempted to capitalize on people’s frustrations with the Union, and sometimes played to populist nationalist sentiment. These appeals were often controversial, and proponents of “remain” accused anti-EU individuals of fear mongering and xenophobia. Farage drew condemnation from both sides after debuting a poster showing a group of refugees walking through Europe to imply that Britain had lost control of its borders.
In the darkest moment ahead of the vote, pro-EU Labour Party MP Jo Cox was murdered on the street in the town of Birstall by a man prosecutors say yelled nationalist slogans including “keep Britain independent.” The attacker, Thomas Mair, may have had ties to right-wing extremist groups and family members said he had a history of mental illness. Both the “remain” and “leave” sides suspended their campaigns for days after the attack, amid concern that the Brexit debate’s rhetoric had become toxic.



#RHOA: Phaedra Parks Calls ‘Real Housewives’ A Sorority & The Reason Why Is Actually Really Touching 
One aspect of the Real Housewives franchise that has always fascinated me is the authenticity of the women's relationships with each other. Not only do I wonder about whether the friendships are genuine within each show, but I also wonder how Real Housewives from different shows end up connecting. But after speaking with Real Housewives of Atlanta's Phaedra Parks, I feel like the franchise as a whole could be described as Six Degrees of Phaedra. You might be a little surprised by that since Parks isn't someone who shows off every time she hangs out with someone, but the reality star is just more low-key with her friendships.

Anyone who watches Real Housewives of Atlanta knows that Parks has been through a lot in her life and she has not been at all shy to share everything with viewers. Parks explains, "The difference between a good reality show and a great reality show is people being very authentic, genuine, and most importantly, being transparent."

With that said, some of her greatest struggles have been very public, and there's no one who understands that like her fellow Real Housewives. Parks shares some insight about how the ladies connect to each other with a great analogy to describe the franchise: "Being on a reality show is almost like a sorority of sorts. Only another person in the sorority can truly understand the pledging process." That mentality explains why so many of these women across the different shows have formed such strong bonds.

"Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them." - Francesco Guicciardini It's always fun times with my girl @sonjatmorgan. #RHONY meets #RHOA!! @bravotv #LA #BTS

For instance, I had no idea that the southern belle has some close connections to the Real Housewives of New York City ladies. Parks reveals,
"I know the Countess [Luann de Lesseps] and Sonja [Morgan]. We've had the opportunity to hang out. I just love Sonja's spirit. Sonja and I talked last week and I was encouraging her and she was encouraging me."
I'm sure that was much-needed considering Morgan's storyline on this season of RHONY. It has been very dramatic to say the least and Parks has been making sure to support her friends. Parks says, "They’re having a great season in New York, so you should definitely tune into that." Oh, I am, Phaedra.

Parks has also been in touch with Real Housewives of New Jersey's queen Teresa Giudice. Giudice's husband, Joe Giudice, and Parks' estranged husband, Apollo Nida, are currently serving sentences at the same prison. "Teresa and I obviously have some common things going on," Parks explains. "So we’ve talked about some the issues that I had and she asked me for some advice."

And Giudice isn't the only New Jersey lady who Parks knows. "I talk to Kathy Wakile. She and her husband are so sweet and their whole family has always supported us, as well," she says.

But when it comes to which show she would want to be on aside from her own, Parks answers "Beverly Hills" without hesitation. Aside from talking about how great the shopping and weather are in California, she reveals that she has connections to both Lisas:
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lisa Vanderpump. We’ve been on the Women’s Empowerment Tour together. She is so sweet. Lisa Rinna and I have a mutual friend. She is really great and has great children."

These existing bonds provide an authentic reason for Parks to be around just in case she ever wants to make a cameo appearance on RHOBH — which would be amazing.
Parks also mentions something that I have been fantasizing about for years: an all star edition of Real Housewives. She muses,
"Andy Cohen should have a Real Housewives all star team where we all stay together in a house. I think it would be very interesting to bring women from the various cities together since we are all so different. It would be quite entertaining."

This has to be the best idea ever. Hopefully, Cohen will listen up.



Was Taraji P Henson’s Exit from Person of Interest FAIR? The producers speak on it.
Of course TEAM EMPIRE we love Cookie Lyon. But before that she was on the show ‘Person of Interest’. You also know she was killed off the show. Well the producers spoke to deadline Hollywood about the matter. Here’s some excerpts from the interview:

Episode 2 (of Season 1) featured flashbacks, Episode 3 started to tee up Elias, who we met in Episode 7, so the show was consistently serialized from the beginning, and by the third season there are so many different serialized storylines that the show began to feel more mythological. But that was part of the design from the beginning. I’m very proud of how we executed that.

DEADLINE: POI was a rare series that killed off its female lead, played by Taraji P. Henson. Looking back on that decision, is it still something that you feel you should have done or are you having second thoughts now?

PLAGEMAN: I would just say that was a mutual decision. Taraji really wanted to go do other projects and we crafted a narrative that we felt was in keeping with the character. We parted on amicable terms.
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NOLAN: We loved working with Taraji and one of the reasons why we parted on great terms and very proud of the material we did was you have this incredibly talented actor who’s so known for her range in addition to everything else. It’s incredibly exciting watching what she’s doing in Empire. I think one of the things from the beginning that I certainly regret is that, we had a great relationship with Warners and CBS but the decision was made early on not to feature Taraji prominently in the advertising for the show and I think that was a mistake. Greg, jump in if you think I’m being too direct. It’s difficult.

When you start these things off, conversations are had, and we had a lot of arguments back and forth about it, but the decision was made to sell the show as a two-hander and I think, in hindsight, it feels like you have this fantastic, commercially appealing, incredibly talented female lead and she’s not on the poster. It’s always hard to figure out how to market these things in the first place. You don’t want to second guess these things too much but I think that was a mistake. I was never happier than when I was walking down Ventura Boulevard and saw a bus pass with a picture of Taraji Henson on the side of it. I thought that’s fantastic. We’re thrilled for her.

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I would change very, very few things about what we did with the show from the beginning. I would have fought even harder to ensure that Taraji was on the poster in the beginning, but I wouldn’t change any of the moves that we made along the way in terms of big character movement. I think part of the reason why our fans are as die-hard and rabid as they are is because the show took risks. We weren’t interested in cashing checks for the rest of our careers.



#NEWMUSIC: Nicole Wray Returns as Lady Wray with Soulful New Single “Do It Again”
You Better Sing Nicole!

R&B songstress Nicole Wray, now known as Lady Wray, has recently returned with the brand new single “Do It Again,” on indie label Big Crown Records.

The triumphant, soul drenched record is the first offering from the singer’s forthcoming album Queen Alone. Over the commanding instrumentation, Wray belts out with outstanding vocals about a lost relationship that she would willing give another chance.

“We rolled the dice, and we lost in the end / Though our luck has run out, I would do it again,” she sings over booming percussion and hair raising horns.

Check out the single and video HERE!
Good to see her BACK!



New Video: 50 Cent feat. Chris Brown – ‘No Romeo No Juliet’
50 Cent and Chris Brown are back at it again. After teaming up in the video for “I’m the Man (Remix),” the two hit the strip club for their latest collaboration, “No Romeo No Juliet.”

Exotic dancers show off their flexibility in barely-there outfits, and one even multitasks, playing the violin while hanging from a pole. Meanwhile, Fif counts his money and Breezy keeps it pimpin’. The clip ends with a teaser for 50’s next video, the Post Malone-assisted “Tryna Fuck Me Over,” which appears on last year’s Kanan Tape.

50 is working on the follow-up, Kanan Reloaded, which is due sometime this year.



Kevin Hart Posts Photo of Burglar Who Robbed His Home *sarcasm*
Kevin Hart has taken to Instagram, to call out the burglar who allegedly robbed his Tarzana home last week for $500,000 worth of belongings. Posting a photo of the alleged thief, the actor writes:
"Here is a picture from the security cameras of the jackass that’s been robbing houses….Real smart move wearing the cool ski mask that shows ur eyebrows & the bags under ur eyes. We are on yo ass man….I’m about to show u the power of social media….One of my followers might recognize u and might not like you which would mean that they could careless about giving u up….Lets play a game of tell on the robber real quick…who knows I might get lucky!!!!! ?????"



The Cleveland Cavs and their Fans Celebrate At Championship Parade
The NBA’s happiest fans (seemingly EVER) showed up and showed out to celebrate the 2016 NBA Championship with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers during their victory parade to celebrate their very first title. Come inside for the fun….

The city of Cleveland was SUPER TURNT!
Hordes of fans, an estimated 1.3 million people, flooded the streets of downtown Cleveland in their wine and gold Cavaliers gear to celebrate the Cavs’ first NBA Title…ever.

The victory parade got off to a late start due to the sea of fans crowding the parade routes, which in turn caused the rally to last way longer than expected. Like 4 hours long. The celebration was complete with parade floats, marching bands and this year’s NBA Champs riding on the back of cars that roamed the streets.

Finals MVP LeBron James waved at fans as they roared with cheers after he fulfilled his promoise of bringing a NBA title home. LeBron was joined by his family -- including wife Savannah James, sons LeBron Jr. & Bryce, and adorable little Zhuri -- to celebrate as they rolled through the army of fans in downtown Cleveland.
Little Zhuri looked on at the celebration as she sat on her mommy's lap. Adorbs!

Bron Bron confirmed he will STAY in Cleveland for next season to defend his title.
By the way, LeBron James (Best Male Athlete) and the Cavs (Best Team & Best Game) have been nominated for ESPY awards.
Meanwhile, J.R. Smith is STILL shirtless:
During the parade, he told fans he gave his dad his shirt after they copped the championship and has been shirtless ever since. Ha!

Baller Kyrie Irving, who shot the game winning basket, followed suit and went shirtless like his teammate:

Kyrie hopped on the top of vehicles and dapped up fans as he made his way through the city...in those extra telling grey sweatpants:
Well damn Kyrie.  We see folks were on print patrol...
Looks like he purposely blocked the view of that....eggplant...eventually.  Or was it just happenstance?

Iman Shumpert also joined in on the shirtless trend. His fiance Teyana Taylor and baby girl Iman Jr. were right by his side for the fun.
Dahntay Jones and his wife Valeisha Butterfield-Jones (founder of WENN) and their kiddies were all smiles as they soaked in all the love.
And here's an aerial view of the victory parade:
Congrats!



Van Driver Cop Accused of Giving Freddie Gray ‘Rough Ride’ Acquitted of All Charges
*Officer Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore Police officer and van driver accused of giving a “rough ride” that killed Freddie Gray, was found not guilty by Judge Barry Williams on Thursday.

Goodson faced the most serious charges of the six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. He was found not guilty of 2nd degree depraved heart murder, and also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

Prosecutors argued Goodson had five chances to render aid to Gray after his neck was broken in the back of the van, which they said demonstrated a “depraved heart.” They also said Goodson was the direct cause of the injuries, driving the van in a reckless manner that threw the shackled black man around in the back of the van’s steel cage. As a certified field training officer, prosecutors said Goodson knew Police Department rules and broke them.

But Goodson’s defense argued that officers who checked on Gray didn’t know he was seriously injured, and that Goodson deferred to decisions of other officers not to put a seatbelt on Gray.

Williams, a former city prosecutor who also investigated police misconduct for the Justice Department, heard Goodson’s case instead of a jury.

Four other officers still face charges for their roles in Gray’s arrest and death. The next trial, of Lt. Brian Rice, who is charged with manslaughter, is scheduled to begin July 7.



Evelyn Braxton Approves of Daughter Toni Braxton Dating Birdman: He is a nice man.
Evelyn Braxton, the mother of the famous Braxton sisters and star of Braxton Family Values, hopes that the dating rumors surrounding Toni Braxton are true. As you know, for the past few months, rumors have circulated that Toni, the eldest Braxton sister, is dating Birdman.

And if you were wondering, Ms. Evelyn approves. While visiting The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, with daughters Trina and Towanda Braxton, she said of the speculation:
"I hope so. I think he is a nice man."

During the interview, the conversation switched to whether or not one of the sisters would be on “The Real” next season since their sister Tamar was fired. To this, Trina says,
"I think the chances are slim and none. When something like that happens to your family it’s very personal. When it comes to business and when it comes to family, family comes first every time."

Oh?



#EGGPLANT NATION: Meet Daddy Ron !
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Enjoy!



AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘Hair Of The Doll’
Just a thought for all you parents out there. If you notice your little girl is getting too obsessed over her doll’s hair, step in and do something about it before it turns into a serious adult problem.



HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!
EFREM

TV One: Black Pastors want to influence Trumps Policies ON YOU!



Black Pastors to TV One’s NewsOne Now: ‘We Want to Directly Influence Donald Trump’s Policies’
News One Now, Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke with members of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board about his recent questioning of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s religion.

Sr. Pastor Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, Pastor A.R. Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center, and Pastor Mark Burns of the NOW Network do not endorse Trump’s campaign for presidency, but each believes it is their duty to have an influence on shaping Trump’s economic stability plan for African Americans.

“What we are trying to do is to give him [Trump] a framework for values and to bring a contribution that can help African American people, especially, and people at the kinda bottom rung of the culture, get a chance in life,” said Bishop Jackson. ”That’s really our focus from a faith perspective to say can you do something about justice as it’s needed out in America for Black people? Can you make a difference in the outworking of faith centered values?”
Martin agreed that we need to influence presidential candidates to better the Black community, but disagreed with the pastor’s position on assisting a candidate who has constantly criticized other political figure’s religious values when his own are in constant question.

“If you are going to stand there in front of evangelicals and question Hillary Clinton’s faith and President Obama’s faith then we get to examine your [Trump] faith,” said Martin. “And as a Christian leader, I would have said ‘excuse me,” you don’t have the right to question somebody else’s faith and then dance around it. That’s what he [Trump] did,” said Martin.
“When you are a pastor, when you are a religious leader, again, you have the job of the prophetic to speak truth to power,” added Martin. “It was one of the prophets who told David you were wrong when you slept with Bathsheba. What I’m saying is that I don’t believe you sit there and you do a dance with the politician. You gotta be able to say; here you’re right, and here you’re wrong.”

Bishop Jackson discusses his role on Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board:


Martin discusses Trump’s statement against Clinton’s religion:

Martin discusses religious leader’s responsibility:

THIS IS JUST SHAMEFUL!

6/22/16

GOOD GUY! Chris Brown Encourages a Fan to not Contemplate SUICIDE!


Chris Brown Sends Encouraging Words To Fan Contemplating SUICIDE!
Awwww, He is a GOOD GUY!

Chris Brown’s name in the headlines normally means he has done something outlandish or there’s drama (cue Beyoncé's lyrics about f'ing excuses). But this time, he’s using his starpower to inspire the masses.

A fan hit up Breezy’s DMs seeking advice because she was contemplating suicide. Taking a moment from his One Hell of a Nite European tour, the “Loyal” singer penned a few words of encouragement to talk the young lady out of ending her life.

Here’s how it went down:
Then he said:
Well good for Chris for taking a few moments to help this young lady through a tough time.

The Daily Buzz For June 23



Give me BODY! Dwyane Wade Poses Nude For ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’
Dwyane Wade will grace the cover of the 2016 ‘Body Issue‘. Shot by Carlos Serraro for ESPN, the 34-year-old shooting guard says he isn’t ready to retire:

"I never envisioned that I would be playing this long. … But nah, I’m not there yet. I’ve got some good years left."
The issue drops July 6th.



#RHOA: You'll Never Guess Which Physical Attribute NeNe Leakes Had to Assure Mike Tyson Was 'Real'
Make no mistake: NeNe Leakes' lashes are au naturel IF NOTHING ELSE!
Leakes talks that when Mike Tyson appeared as guest panelist on her upcoming game show To Tell the Truth, he had only one question for her: "Are those mink lashes?"

"He asked me about my eyelashes," she explains, adding that she assured him, " 'I don't know about mink but, they're real. They're real honey.' "
The game show revival stars Leakes and Betty White, along with a cast of rotating celebrities, and the superstar panelists – corralled by host Anthony Anderson – must decide which of three people is telling them the truth about their identity and incredible talent or job by asking a number of questions. The series will also include musical performances from a house band.

"Working with Mike was amazing," says Leakes, 48. "For a minute I think Betty was like, 'Okay, okay, okay,' because Mike was all over the place. He was saying and doing everything."

Of the iconic boxer, Leakes adds, "He is definitely an Energizer bunny, and he says a lot and does a lot – but that is an episode that you do not want to miss coming on. He is amazing."

To Tell the Truth premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.



#EMPIRE: FOX says Serayah will each perform at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
In addition to confirming Victoria Justice and John Cena as co-hosts, FOX revealed the first two confirmed musical performers for the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
Charlie Puth and Serayah will both be performing at the July 31 ceremony.

FOX added that Puth will perform his current radio single “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” Serayah’s song selection was not available at press time.

YAY for Serayah!


Throwback Thursday: A Look Back At Mary J. Blige’s “My Life” Album
For Flashback Friday, We look back on the album that was considered one of the greatest by the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige.
My Life is her sophomore album was released on this day back in 1994. The album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 charts.

The first single released from the album was “Be Happy,” but her biggest hit from the album was a cover of the r&b band Rolls Royce‘s 1977 hit “I’m Goin’ Down.”
While recording the album, she was going through clinical depression, battling both drugs and alcohol, as well as being in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend singer K-Ci Hailey from Jodeci.
Years after the release of the album, she continued to release albums but back in 2011, she released a sequel to My Life called My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I) where she worked with Diddy again.

Let’s Reminisce off of ‘BE HAPPY’
What was your favorite track from My Life?



New Hip Hop; New Music: Jeezy feat. 2 Chainz & Future – ‘Magic City Monday’
The ATL connection turns raunchy as Jeezy heads to the strip club with 2 Chainz and Future on their new collaboration “Magic City Monday.”

Rapping about the famous Atlanta gentleman’s club, the Snowman also proclaims that “Jizzle is the name,” and that “hustlin’ is the game.” Meanwhile, 2 Chainz hits the second verse with “magic” like “Orlando,” and Future rounds it out with bars about jumping in foreign whips.

LISTEN HERE!


Kyrie Irving & His Baby Mama Make Amends
Has Kyrie Irving worked out his differences with his baby mama?  New rumors say it’s highly possible.
Kyrie Irving and Andrea Wilson of Texas, have a 6 month old daughter. Roughly three months ago, while Kyrie was still dating Kehlani, Andrea and Kehlani got into a social media back-and-forth over Kyrie allegedly not seeing his daughter in months.  However, things seemed to have changed because over Father’s Day Weekend, the same weekend Kyrie became an NBA Champ, Andrea took to social media to wish her ex a Happy Father’s Day and express her appreciation.

Not long after the Father's Day post, the Texas beauty posted a photo from a hotel room in Las Vegas, where the Cavaliers flew to celebrate their championship win on Sunday. Could it be possible she’s kicking it with her baby daddy again?  Who knows, but as long as they’ve worked out their differences for their child’s sake, Kyrie’s year will only get better.



Beyoncé And Jay Z Vacation In Hawaii With Daughter Blue Ivy
Beyoncé and Jay Z touched down in Hawaii with their daughter, Blue Ivy, for some rest and relaxation. Bey shared photos from their tropical vacay, which comes ahead of her kicking off the European leg of her Formation World Tour next week.

Beyoncé rock’d a long sleeve patterned swimsuit, lemon(ade) necklace and headpiece, while having some fun in the sun with her family.
Take a peek into their Hawaiian getaway with more photos below..
She posted photos of Blue playing in the sand, cute in a mermaid style skirt and a bun – and also spending some special moments with her dad. Plus, the trio is snapped as they set off on a family bike ride, and Bey and Jay are seen sharing a kiss on the beach.

Beyonce tours Europe starting June 28th at Sunderland, England’s Stadium of Light.



Why was Rihanna CRYING on stage in Dublin?
Rihanna tuned on the water works in Dublin last night During "Love The Way You Lie," she couldn't even

She didn't give a particular reason why, but her fans speculated she was either really sad or really happy and overcome with emotion.
The statements from her fans went from, "I hope @rihanna was crying tears of joy" from Kal Ninaj to another follower saying, "She was crying tears of happiness."
A fan named Chey even tweeted, "Can you come online and explain why you were crying @Rihanna so I can love life again."

Check out the videos below:
A video posted by Stanley Piana Vieira (@stanleyvieira) on

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We're gonna go with tears of joy for having a crowd this big and this loud.
She was all smiles backstage with MMA fighter Conor McGregor who came to say hi and give some sweet words:

He posted the two getting into their fighter stance saying: "An honour to see the pound for pound number 1 female in the game perform tonight!! This woman ain't playin!! #AntiWorldTour @badgalriri."
Sweet!
This comes on the heels of Rih being announced as a headliner for the upcoming Made In America Festival in Philly.  The Jay Z curated festival goes down annually during Labor Day weekend.



THIS JUST IN! Chicago Bulls Trade Derrick Rose To The New York Knicks
Derrick Rose is set to join the New York Knicks after being traded from the Chicago Bulls, sources tell ESPN.
A source close to Derrick says the Chicago native was very emotional about leaving his hometown team, which drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008, due to all his great memories there, but he’s looking forward to the big stage of New York.

More from  ESPN:The Knicks are trading center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which is shipping guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to New York, sources said. ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, the NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season.

Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading their point guard position in the offseason.


Over the past four years, the six-year veteran has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls’ regular-season games, because of various injuries – including two major knee surgeries. He is owed $21.3 million in the final year of his contract, and will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season.



‘The Real Hosts Chat with ‘Extra’ in First Interview Since Tamar’s Exit (WATCH)
*In their first-sit down interview together since the departure of Tamar Braxton, the co-hosts of “The Real,” Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley, joined “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood today.
Sharing their feelings about Tamar not joining them for season three of “The Real,” Loni tells Mario:

“First of all we want to let all of our fans know that we love them and we were totally taken by surprise when we found out that Tamar wouldn’t be returning to ‘The Real,’ we love her.”
Mario noting that the ladies all seemed to get along when he was around them, with all of them agreeing. Tamera adding, “We will miss her dearly.”

WATCH HERE
The hosts are not only gearing up for next season, they are also participating in the 2016 ESSENCE Festival.

“We are going down to New Orleans, July 1st, we are having a real live show on the ESSENCE main stage [in the Convention Center], it’s free anybody can come. We’re gonna have some live girl chat, we’re gonna be doing everything we can to give and show love to our fans,” said Love.
The girls will also host a day party during the festival at The Sugar Mill on Sunday July 3rd leaving Adrienne to say:

“We are having a white party which I’m so excited about!”
Tune in to “The Real” when it returns for season three September 12th.



Rep. Chaka Fattah Convicted On Racketeering Charges In Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Pennsylvania congressman was convicted Tuesday in a racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan related to his unsuccessful 2007 mayoral bid.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was found guilty of all counts against him, including racketeering, fraud and money laundering. His lawyers had argued that the schemes were engineered without Fattah’s knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case.
The 59-year-old Democrat had been in Congress since 1995 and served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But he lost the April primary and his bid for his 12th term. His current term ends Jan. 2.
Fattah had little reaction to the verdict, but he kept a smile on his face as he conferred with his lawyers afterward.
He will remain free on bail. A judge set sentencing for Oct. 4.
Fattah told reporters as he was leaving the courtroom: “Well, it’s a tough day, but I do want to thank the jurors for their service.” He said he will confer with his lawyers on the next step.
Prosecutors said Fattah routed federal grant money and nonprofit funds through his consultants to pay back the illegal loan.

His wife, Philadelphia TV news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, took a leave after her husband’s indictment and then quit in February. She was cited in the case over the sham sale of her Porsche, which prosecutors said was a bribe. But she was never charged with any wrongdoing, and she said the sale was legitimate.
In a related case, his son, Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., was convicted on charges of bank and tax fraud and sentenced in February to five years in prison. A jury found he took part in a scheme as a subcontractor to defraud the Philadelphia school district.
Justice Department lawyer Jonathan Kravis said in his closing argument that Chaka Fattah Sr. used federal grants and nonprofit funds to enrich his family and friends.

Defense lawyers acknowledged Fattah might have gotten himself in financial trouble after a costly mayoral bid, but they said any help from friends amounted to gifts, not bribes.
Many of them came from co-defendant Herbert Vederman, a wealthy friend who had dreams of scoring an ambassadorship. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, testified that he never took the pitch from Fattah too seriously, even though Fattah once bent the president’s ear about it. Democrat Ed Rendell, a former mayor and governor, was called to defend Vederman, his former deputy mayor. He said Vederman was qualified for the job and accused prosecutors of cynically misreading the help he lent Fattah.

Vederman helped support Fattah’s South African nanny and paid $18,000 for a Porsche owned by Fattah’s TV anchor wife.
“The nanny, the Porsche and the Poconos, they weren’t part of a bribery scheme,” Fattah lawyer Samuel Silver argued in closings. “Those were all overreaches by the prosecution.”

The campaign loan was just one of several schemes prosecutors outlined during the trial. They say Fattah was aided in his endeavors by current and former staffers who ran his district office or the nonprofits; by Vederman, who now lives in Palm Beach, Florida; and by political consultants Greg Naylor and Thomas Lindenfeld, who pleaded guilty.
The other co-defendants are Bonnie Bowser, of Philadelphia, who ran his district office; Karen Nicholas, of Williamstown, New Jersey, who ran the education nonprofit 
Fattah stepped down as the top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice and science when he was indicted in July 2015.

Under the House’s Code of Conduct, a lawmaker who is convicted is not to vote in committee or in the full House if the punishment for his conviction may be two or more years’ imprisonment.
Prior to Fattah’s conviction, the House Ethics committee had impaneled an investigative subcommittee and, at the request of the Justice Department, deferred action.
A senior Democratic aide said it would not be unusual for Justice to renew that request of the Ethics panel to defer action until appeals are over.

The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the possible steps by Ethics and Justice.



Your First Look: Birth of a Nation
The official trailer for Nate Parker's film about the Nat Turner slave rebellion 'Birth of a Nation..'
WATCH HERE
Coming Soon!



Man Claims He Was Omar Mateen’s Gay Lover says ‘He Did It For Revenge’ Against Latino Men
The alleged male lover of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen claims he did the shooting as “revenge” against Latino men.
The man, who spoke to Univision on the condition of anonymity, said Mateen held a grudge against Latino men he met at the gay nightclub Pulse because he felt used by them.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge,” the man who said he was Mateen’s lover for two months told Univision.

The man told Univision that the FBI has interviewed him three times about Mateen. Univision reported that FBI said they have met with the man.
“He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin, but he felt rejected. He felt used by them,” the man said. “There were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him.”
The man claimed that Mateen was upset after having a sexual encounter with two Puerto Rican men after one of them revealed he was HIV positive.
“He was terrified that he was infected,” the man told Univision. “I asked him, ‘Did you do a test?’ Yes. He went to the pharmacy and did the test … it came out negative, but it doesn’t come out right away. It takes four, five months.

“When I asked him what he was going to do now, his answer was, ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me.’”
The called Mateen a “very sweet guy” and said he met him last year through a gay dating app.
The Los Angeles Times previously reported that Mateen used gay dating apps. He also frequented the Pulse nightclub before killing 49 people more than one week ago.

The man claims he and Mateen met around 20 times, with the last meeting taking place in December. He said Mateen never revealed his name to him, but told him that he was 35 and married with a son. He told Univision that he believed Mateen’s wife knew that he went to gay bars and that his marriage was to hide the fact that he was “100 percent” gay.
It was reported that on the night of the shooting Mateen went into the club and received a wristband and left. He then returned nearly two hours later to begin his attack.
Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria during the attack on Facebook and 911 calls.
The FBI previously investigated him for possible terrorist ties but those investigations were closed due to lack of evidence.



#EGGPLANT NATION: Meet David
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AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
‘Dude Stuff’
It’s called giant fashion, look it up…actually don’t look it up. You won’t find anything. I just made it up. But I guess now it’s a thing.



HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY!!!
EFREM 

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