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OH REALLY? Tyrese: I was supposed to be in “EMPIRE”!

OH REALLY? Tyrese: I was supposed to be in “EMPIRE”!
Tyrese also stopped by The Breakfast Club to chop it up about Furious 7. But, he also revealed he was suppose to star on the hit FOX hip hopera “Empire.” So what happened? He said he was unable to film for the show because he was going through a custody battle over his daughter 7-year-old daughter Shayla. 

He spilled, “I was suppose to do season 1 of Empire. I was in and out of court fighting over my little angel (Shayla) and I just landed 50/50 joint & legal custody. So I had to break the news to Lee (Daniels) and Taraji (Henson) that I just couldn’t make it. I could not go to Chicago for 3-4 weeks at a time to shoot it when they hit me up. So, we’ll see what happens next season.

Black Ty also talked shared his views on ethnicity taking over television, Damon Dash’s comments about the working class, his last solo album, his singing group with Tank and Ginuwine and more



The Daily Buzz For March 27

Kerry Washington GORGEOUS in White as she COVERS Net-A-Porter’s “The Edit,” 
“Scandal” superstar Kerry Washington graces the newest cover of Net-a-Porter’s “The Edit.” And the sista is serving up uber flawlessness in a “less is more” natural beauty pictorial.
Shot by photographer Bjorn Iooss, the ABC star was pure perfection in a white Isabel Marant fringed jacket accessorized with earrings by Jennifer Meye. We are so loving the soft, dewy make-up to give off a natural glow.

In the cover story, the “Scandal” fan favorite let us in on a secret we didn’t know. Every Thursday, during “Scandal,” Kerry live tweets with all of her “gladiators” to discuss what’s currently happening on the show. Well, you’ll recall, Kerry was pregnant during last season, so to keep her fans from figuring out she could possibly be in the hospital, she live tweeted during the early stages of labor. Ha!

The fab actress also talked about how she prepares to transform into Olivia Pope, the biggest difference between herself and her character, how her husband/former NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha feels about her on-screen love interests and more. Oh…and in case you didn't know this mom does NOT drink alcohol, so all those scenes of her drinking wine...it’s actually grape juice!

Below are the highlights:

Now that you have established this huge presence in social media, do you feel like you can’t make plans on Thursdays?
KW: Oh yes, I have no social life on a Thursday! Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter Isabelle’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say.

Did you tweet while you were actually in labor?
I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!

In the online world, everyone can air their opinions. Do you ever feel people take Scandal too seriously?
[Some people] do get caught up. Bellamy Young [who plays Olivia’s nemesis, Mellie Grant] and I are really good friends and sometimes when people see us out together they get very confused. I take it as a compliment.

What do you think of Olivia Pope? Is there anything that you don’t like about her?
I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them.

What is the biggest difference between you and Olivia?
I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them.

Is your husband [former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha] ‘Team Fitz’ or does he want Olivia to stand in the sun?
I have never asked my husband that, actually. But I would say that we are all ‘Team Shonda’. I really love that in the episode Where The Sun Don’t Shine, Olivia said, “I choose me.” That is a really powerful message.

How do you get into the ‘Olivia Pope’ mindset?
The biggest thing for me are the shoes. I’ll wear Uggs around set, but I can’t rehearse a scene in them because I don’t feel like Olivia until I put the shoes on. Shoes define how you walk in the world and how you stand, like: what is your posture in life?

What’s your favorite wine? 
I don’t really drink.

This is such a problem.
I know. I drink Welch’s organic grape juice on the show.

If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing? Do you think you would be in politics?
I would be involved in politics, but I would probably be teaching. It’s what my mother did, so it’s in my blood. My mother is so badass. I watched her get her doctorate when I was a little girl: she got that around the same time that I graduated from kindergarten so we both had caps and gowns. I grew up with a belief in the importance of a woman’s mind and that has been a real gift for me.

How do you hope Olivia Pope will be remembered?
I hope people remember her as a complicated, fully realized human being; she’s not a stereotype and she’s not an accessory. I think that it’s important for women to know, in film and in TV and in life, that you can be the lead of your own story. I hope she’s remembered for that, as somebody who is the driving force of her own life.

Peep her gorgeous black-and-white spread
Simply Gorgeous!

What Happened to Mariah Carey?
Mariah Carey sustained serious injuries while filming the remix music video for her single Beautiful in the summer of 2013.
And it seems the injury may have had lasting effects, as the 44-year-old was spotted wearing a sling as she grabbed lunch in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
While the cause of the injury is unclear, the singer is likely being cautious as her upcoming Las Vegas residency is only about a month away.

Mariah sported a natural look, showing off her corkscrew curls as she made her to lunch in Beverly Hills.
She donned a chic, salmon-colored blazer, which she paired with a fitted black tank top and black skinny jeans.
She accessorized with a pair of strappy black heels and hid her eyes behind over-sized black sunglasses.
Lastly, the mother of two wore her right arm - on which she also appeared to be sporting a brace -  in a sling during the outing.
Mariah has yet to comment on the sling, but it could be the result of an injury she incurred while falling on the set of the remix music video for Beautiful.
In October of 2013 she revealed to Extra that she had originally downplayed her injury, saying: 'I dislocated my shoulder, my ribs.'
'There was nerve damage,' the performer continued. 'It was very serious and I downplayed the seriousness of the situation.'
Mariah has been spotted consistently sporting her sling and/or brace, likely because she wants to be safe ahead of her upcoming Las Vegas residency.
The hitmaker is set to begin the residency - titled #1's in honor of the singer performing all 18 of her No. 1 hit singles - May 6.
She made the exciting announcement in January on The Ellen DeGeneres show, along with the news that she would be releasing an updated version of her compilation album #1's, which would also contain newly recorded music.

Mariah has yet to comment on the sling, but it could be the result of an injury she incurred while falling on the set of the remix music video for Beautiful.
In October of 2013 she revealed to Extra that she had originally downplayed her injury, saying: 'I dislocated my shoulder, my ribs.'
'There was nerve damage,' the performer continued. 'It was very serious and I downplayed the seriousness of the situation.'
Mariah has been spotted consistently sporting her sling and/or brace, likely because she wants to be safe ahead of her upcoming Las Vegas residency.
The hitmaker is set to begin the residency - titled #1's in honor of the singer performing all 18 of her No. 1 hit singles - May 6.
She made the exciting announcement in January on The Ellen DeGeneres show, along with the news that she would be releasing an updated version of her compilation album #1's, which would also contain newly recorded music.

‘Empire’ Fans Are you ready for Tarajii on Saturday Night Live? She’s coming April 11!
Taraji P. Henson will be hosting an upcoming episode of "SNL."  Taraji aka Cookie Lyon will make her late night host debut on April 11th. And we're sure they'll be plenty of "Empire" skits to bring the funnies.
SNL made the annoucement earlier

And then Taraji hit her social media accounts to help spread the word posting:
Sweet! We'll definitely be tuning in. Will you?

Rihanna Drops New Track: “B*tch Better Have My Money” 
Rihanna released her new track “B*tch Better Have My Money” on Wednesday, but fans won’t be able to listen to it until they download Dubsmash
The pop star announced via Facebook that people can get her latest single on the video-messaging app and that users can also create their own dub.

Get a first listen of #BBHMM before everyone else! Hear it at Dubsmash & create your own dub: http://smarturl.it/BBHMMDub
Posted by Rihanna on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Earlier this month, RiRi took to Instagram to share a little snippet of another new track called “Higher.” While it’s unclear when her album, R8 will be dropping, we’d say the singer is building up our anticipation.

Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN’s Network a RATINGS BLOCKBUSTER!
The Tyler Perry Oprah Winfrey partnership is working out well for both of them.
On Tuesday night back to back Tyler Perry productions pulled in the largest primetime viewing audience in Oprah's OWN Network history… 

Between the season finale of The Haves and the Have Nots and the season premier of If Loving You Is Wrong the OWN Network averaged 2.5 million viewers during the coveted primetime hours.

The Haves and the Have Nots season finale alone pulled in 3.5 million viewers breaking the previous ratings record set by the Oprah's Next Chapter Bobbi Kristina interview which aired one month to the day after her mother, Whitney Houston's, death.
The Haves and The Have Nots was also the most watched show on cable Tuesday night.

Cissy Houston on Bobbi Kristina Brown: ‘Not a Great Deal of Hope’
Cissy also revealed she's finally at peace with whatever happens with her granddaughter
After the public has heard from Bobby Brown and Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s grandmother Cissy Houston is breaking her silence regarding the status of her granddaughter.
Houston commented on Bobbi Kristina for the first time during an interview with New York radio station WBLS that was posted online Wednesday (March 25). Regarding Bobbi Kristina’s condition, Houston told the station that, “She’s the same.”
“They’ve moved her now to a place for rehabilitation and, you know, still not a great deal of hope.”
Houston’s comments mark the latest development to occur since Bobbi Kristina was placed in a medically induced coma days after she was rushed to the hospital after being face-down and unresponsive in her bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia home on Jan. 31.

Bobbi Kristina, who is attached to a ventilator has since undergone a tracheotomy. Although doctors started the process of bringing her out of her coma, they stopped after Bobbi Kristina began suffering seizures. Last week, she was moved from Emory University Hospital to a rehab facility.
During her WBLS interview, Cissy also revealed she’s finally at peace with whatever happens. The situation is in God’s hands.

“If He works a miracle, thank God. And if it happens the other way, I’m alright.”

New York City's East Village catches fire after a MASSIVE EXPLOSION!
At least 12 people have been injured - three critically - after a five-story building collapsed and surrounding structures caught alight following an explosion in New York City's East Village on Thursday afternoon.
Flames ravaged buildings on Second Avenue and 7th Street following the explosion at 3.15pm - about an hour after Con Edison workers had been at the building to look into upgrading the gas service. 
The site of the blast, 121 Second Avenue, caught alight, while its neighboring building, 123 Second Avenue, completely collapsed - leaving a massive hole on the block. A fire is also raging at 119 Second Avenue and thick gray smoke continues to billow across the sky, while debris can be seen strewn in the street. 
Ninety minutes after the explosion, WABC reported that 12 people were injured, including three critically, while two have been taken to the burns unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Cornell. The majority of those injured were hurt at the moment of explosion, authorities said.
All of the injured victims are civilians. More people could still be trapped inside the burning buildings but Major Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that no one had been reported missing, although investigations are underway. Cadaver dogs are waiting on the scene, NYC scanner reported.
Around 2pm, Con Edison workers had been working on meters inside the building but there were no reports of a gas leak before the incident, Mayor de Blasio said. Con Edison announced just before 5pm that it was shutting gas down in the area of Second Avenue.
As many as 175 firefighters responded to the seven-alarm blaze, while multiple ambulances and a K9 unit were also been sent to respond to the incident. Roads have been shut down between Houston Street and 14th Street.
The buildings are mixed occupancy. 121 Second Avenue houses a sushi restaurant and between four and five residences, according to property records, while 123 Second Avenue is a Belgian frites restaurant beneath three residences. 
The FDNY received the first call about the explosion at 3.15pm.
'Just heard an explosion and my entire building shook!!' Twitter user Tosha Ryan wrote at 3.24pm. 
An eyewitness told DailyMail.com that a woman who was next to the building at the time of the explosion had suffered cuts across her face and that the smoke is so thick it is difficult to breathe in the streets and visibility is so poor that it is hard to see anything but lights.
Authorities are pushing passersby off the streets, he added.
A witness named Pablo, who was in a restaurant across the street when the explosion happened, told Fox5 there were Con Edison workers working in the area earlier in the day between 12.30pm and 1pm.
Pablo says locals he talked to after the explosion said they could smell gas even after the workers left earlier in the day.
etired FDNY deputy chief Vincent Dunn told WABC that he was surprised the building collapsed, due to the design of the 100-year-old tenement buildings in the area. Dunn compared these buildings to a 'lumber yard enclosed by brick'.
He says it will take several days to sift through the rubble at the scene of the fire, as happened last year when a gas explosion flattened an apattment building in East Harlem.
'Fortunately, this was a day time fire so most of the people were out working, so hopefully there will be limited vicitms,' Dunn said. 
Those with family and friends in area have taken to Twitter with worries for their loved ones.
'Freaking out about NYC. My friend lives on that block. He's not replying to me,' one Twitter user wrote shortly before 4pm.
'It was this slow rumble and then bricks tumbled into the street,' a WABC reporter said of the moment the building collapsed.
The NYPD is asking anyone who knows residents in the building to call 311 so they can account for who is accounted for and who is missing.
The neighborhood is also home to many NYU students, including a dorm down the street at 40 E 7th Street. A Business Insider reporter tweeted that NYU police were walking around the streets, looking for students after the dorm was evacuated this afternoon.

WELL DAMN! Amber Rose Goes Topless On Maui Beach 
Amber Rose has no problem breaking rules. During the beauty’s vacation in Maui, Rose hit up a gorgeous beach wearing nothing but a itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini bottom. On Wednesday, the model shared some snapshots of herself resting on the sand, topless with her backside hanging out.

“If only this beach was actually Topless #Maui,” she captioned one image.
In another image, the model captioned a photo of her behind:

“Groceries.” Wiz Kalifa’s estranged wife of course referring to the lyrics of Omarion, Jhene Aikio and Chris Brown’s track, “Post To Be.”
“But he gotta eat the booty like groceries,” Aiko sings in the song.
It’s unclear who took the photos for Rose, but our guess is her lovely assistant who has the pleasure of taking all of Amber’s sexy snapshots. “I’m usually the mastermind behind the photos or videos that get controversy,” Benji Carlisle recently told Cosmopolitan.

Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill To Be Added To Library Of Congress
It’s been nearly 20 years since Lauryn Hill released her critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning solo debut The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. That very album has been selected to enter the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, a spot saved for culturally and historically significant work.
Variety.com reports that L-Boogie’s crown jewel is among the 2014 selections, which includes Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer, The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”

The official press release says this about Hill’s being selected:
“Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on ‘Zion,’ and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on ‘I Used to Love Him’ and ‘Nothing Even Matters,’ respectively.”
Send some love Hill’s way, as she joins the likes of Sugar Hill Gang, De La Soul, Tupac Shakur and more representing Hip-Hop in the National Recording Registry.

Devon Still’s Daughter Cancer STILL is In Remission 
Good news for anyone who has been following Cincinnati Bengals star Devon Still’s daughter’s battle with cancer or believers in humanity in general.
Still took to his Instagram account yesterday to give fans an update and retrospective on the best and worst days of his life.
“June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life,” he began. “As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life,” the defensive tackle wrote Wednesday.
“March 25th, however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah’s oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I’m so proud and blessed to call her my daughter.”
He went on to thank doctors, hospital staff, family, friends and fans for their prayers and support.
“Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing.”

Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell and FRIENDS come out to the ‘GET HARD’ Hollywod Premiere 
Kevin Hart and his celeb friends came out to celebrate the Get Hard premiere in Hollywood. Kevin had his fiance Eniko Parrish right by his side for his big premiere of his and Will Ferrell's new comedy Get Hard.  The couple rolled to the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX Wednesday and looked happily in love..with each other AND all this success.
Dude is killing the box office game right now.  And that's a fabulous thing.
Kevin always has time for us-ies with his fans:
And his hilarious co-star Will Ferrell snapped some pics.  
These two...
T.I. also co-stars in the film, so he made his big arrival, sans wife Tiny.
Even Drake hit up the premiere to chop it up with the comedians.  
Drizzy worked with Will on Anchorman 2.
"Basketball Wives: LA" star Draya Michele and her boyfriend Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys made it a date night.  Draya's new "demure" look -- demure for her -- has been working it seems.
Kevin also posed it up with his on-screen wife, Edwina Findley Dickerson, and the rest of the cast.  Edwina's a bold risk takr for these orange pumps with this red (bombshell) dress.  Are we feeling it?
Get Hard premieres TODAY!

And the #1 reason I don’t go to Walmart? My luck I’d get struck by cross-eyed Cupid’s bow and fall in love with some Walcreature.


Kirk goes off on Creflo and Johnny goes off on Kirk! Who's Johnny?

Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin in No Position to Judge Creflo Dollar’s Character
*Hmm, it seems gospel’s Kirk Franklin‘s less than complimentary comments about Pastor Creflo Dollar (read it here) trying to buy a $65 million airplane caught the attention of  gospel artist Johnny Tyrone Stringfield.
Stringfield contacted the website EUR ’cause basically he has beef with Kirk Franklin. And if he’s telling the truth, his beef sounds justified.

Here’s his story: “I want to say something about Kirk Franklin coming out against Creflo Dollar. Listen, Kirk is no better than Creflo when it comes to character. We were invited to the ‘Sunday Best’ show by Kirk’s team and we travel 8 hours to get there. Now keep in mind, they called us twice in advance to make sure we were coming. Well, when we got there we were not able to go inside because they had over-booked the taping. So we traveled all that distance for nothing … some even took off work to come. Well, Kirk came out and told us that he was sorry and that was it. He didn’t offer us gas, room, dinner or nothing but he has the nerve to talk about character. Man please, he has got to be kidding me .So let me get in on this conversation about character I will tell Kirk he has no room to throw stones.” #AllLivesMatterBlackLivesMatter #JohnnyTyroneStringfield

Well, there ya have it. If you want to find out more about Johnny Tyrone Stringfield, check out his Facebook page or check out his music on YouTube.

I understand your frustration Johnny, but apples and oranges, my brother…Dollar is a pastor, and was asking for a 65 million dollar Gulf Stream. That is light years away from what happened to Johnny and his crew.
Kirk definitely could have handled your situation better, that’s for sure. And hopefully there will be some amends made, soon. You can only hope!

Just PRAY about it!

The 'Empire' LIE Malik Yoba: ‘I DO NOT HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM”!

From his mouth to yours! Malik Yoba: ‘I DO NOT HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM”
Folks are so quick to spread lies and rumors, even if they might derail someone's livelihood.  Today, "Empire" star Malik Yoba addresses the gossip spread about him over the weekend 

Yes....we were all shocked by the sudden death of Vernon Turner (aka Mr. Malik Yoba) on "Empire" and trust us....he was shocked too.  In addition to dying on camera, someone over at The Inquisitr attempted to assassinate his character online. 

Malik called into TMZ today to clear up rumors about his "substance abuse" problem.  In case you missed it, a rogue blog (in the video above Malik and his lawyer traced the rumor back to The Inquisitr) published a unsubstantiated report that Malik was fired from "Empire" because of a drug problem.  Over the weekend, the rumor went viral (thechroniclesofefrem did not print the story).

Now, Malik is speaking out and considering legal action (as he should).  Above, he looks right into the camera and says with full confidence that over his 25 year career, he has never had a substance abuse problem.  Tsk tsk....The Inquisitr (based in Thailand) has removed their post. 


The Daily Buzz For March 26

Brandy Set To Make Broadway Debut In ‘Chicago
Grammy Award-winning singer, Brandy, is set to make her Broadway debut. She will be stepping into the role of Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago.
In addition to Brandy taking to Instagram with the gorgeous above pic, to announce the news to fans, Broadway.com reports that she will begin performances at the Ambassador Theatre on April 28, playing an eight-week engagement through June 21. She will be taking over for Paige Davis, who will assume the role on March 30.

Brandy, who has currently been starring as Chardonnay Pitts on BET’s The Game, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.


‘Empire’ Scores Highest-Rated Season 1 Finale In Nearly A Decade
Empire had viewers tuned in to FOX faithfully every Wednesday throughout its first season, and drew in 21.1 million viewers during its Mar. 18th season finale — making it the highest-rated freshman finale since Grey’s Anatomy‘s on May 22, 2005.

According to Deadline: Comparing time slot to time slot, the 9 PM hour of Empire‘s finale was up 82% in the key demo over its premiere episode and up 19% from its March 11 show among the 18-49s. It is also the best any regular scheduled drama has done on the Big 4 since the 7.2/17 that CSI pulled in on October 9, 2008. The finale took Fox to the height of the best night any of the nets have done with regularly scheduled programming since the American Idol premiere on January 18, 2012.

Additionally, the hit show made its mark with music fans with its soundtrack debuting at No. 1; beating Madonna for the top slot in the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. The soundtrack moved 130,000 units, ahead of 121,000 units for Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.

Congrats to the cast and crew of Empire!

Are ‘Empire’s’ Trai Byers & Grace Gealey Dating? 
The EMPIRE’S nest keeps up watching even when they’re not on air! Hollywood just might have a new it couple.
There are new reports claiming that Trai Byers aka Andre Lyon and Grace Gealey aka Boo Boo Kitty might be more than just co-stars.
TMZ first broke the story, the duo recently attended a wedding together and according to guests, the pair were pretty affectionate. Sources say however, the duo was still aware that people were looking.
In a video obtained by the news outlet, Gealey, who was gorgeous in a black dress can be seen at what appears to be the desert bar while Byers stands close by. In another clip, the co-stars are sitting down at a table enjoying some food.

Trai’s rep tells us he does “not comment on clients’ personal lives.”

Queen Latifah and Jeanette Jenkins Unloading Love Nest
Back in 2010 Queen Latifah and her personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins bought a house for $1.32 million 
Now that the couple are no longer 'working out together' the house is up for sale…
According to Variety Queen Latifah quietly listed the 2,026 square ft 3 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow in the Hollywood Hills late last year for $1.93 million. After receiving no takers the house is back on the market for $1.8 million. 
Property records show both Queen Latifah and Jeanette Jenkins names are on the deed.

We’ve all seen the social media beef between K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton play out in public for quite some time now. But, it seems as though Braxton has reached her breaking point.

In an emotionally charged conversation with her co-host on “The Real”, Tamar opened up about her experiences being cyber-bullied. And while she didn’t say K. Michelle’s name, it was implied when she revealed that “someone” called her a Muppet and it really affected the way she looked at herself. The Braxton Family Values star broke down in tears when Jeannie Mai asked her what advice would she give her son Logan about being bullied. “I don’t have any advice to give my son,” Tamar said while choking back tears. “Because she’s still dealing with it,” Tamera chimed in to help her emotional co-host.


But, the baby Braxton sister wasn’t only one on the panel who had to deal with bullying, Tamera, Loni and Jeannie all shared the experiences and advice for handling the mean folks

Transgender Teen Commits Suicide Year After Winning Homecoming King
A transgender teen, whose active campaign against injustice got him local attention, has reportedly taken his own life, leaving the North Carolina community he called home, saddened and stunned.
Reports NYDailyNews:
Blake Brockington, the 18-year-old graduate of East Mecklenburg High School turned activist against racial injustice, died late Monday of suicide, according to Charlotte’s Time Out Youth Center, where he sought help with his transition from female.
He confided in the Charlotte Observer to experiencing years of depression and suicidal thoughts stemming from his struggle with gender identity.
The teen moved in with a foster family before beginning his transition to living as a man while a high school sophmore, according to QNotes.
His family celebrated him as a female, especially with the onset of menstruation, though he always “felt like a boy.”
“My family feels like this is a decision I made,” Brockington told the Observer. “They think, ‘You’re already black, why would you want to draw more attention to yourself?’ But it’s not a decision. It is who I am. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”

It’s not clear how Brockington, a native of Charleston, died. Calls by the Daily News to the Time Out Youth Center were not immediately returned.
According to a survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, nearly half of transgender people in the United States have attempted suicide during their lifetimes, making them the most like to take their own life among other sexually oriented groups.
Rest in power, Blake Brockington.

Beyonce Teams Up With Giuseppe Zanotti For New Shoe Collaboration
Beyonce has teamed up with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti for a new collaboration, which is scheduled for release within one or two weeks.

“I’m doing a shoe with Beyoncé right now,” Giuseppe revealed to Forbes while showing an image of a sketch from his phone, during an interview.
While they were unable to see exactly how the final product will turn out, going by the sketch they said, “Beyoncé has a thing for ultra thick platform stilettos.”
“Beyoncé has very clear ideas – she knows exactly what she wants, the designer continued. “The thing which she then also has over other celebrities, is that she has an amazing voice. She’s incredibly talented and she’s an amazing dancer – she’s complete. Few are like Beyoncé.”
He also stated that he is working on finalizing the shoe with her stylist right now, and after that Beyoncé will then say what she likes and what she doesn’t. “It will be one shoe only.”

“Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” Releases Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Headshot!
With an impressive array of roles to his credit, Jesse Eisenberg is up to the challenge of taking on Lex Luthor in the forthcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flick.
The “Social Network” stud looks convincing thanks to an intimidating glare and of course a completely-shaven cranium, and director Zack Snyder is thrilled with the way things are turning out.

Snyder gushes, “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure. Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”

Shonda Rhimes, Ava Duvernay Blasts Deadline Over “Ethnic Castings” Post
Deadline TV writer Nellie Andreeva might have made an epic infraction when she wrote a piece discussing the uptick in minority casting in television pilots in 2015. Twitter naturally gave Andreeva the business Tuesday night (Mar. 24), which was further boosted by comments from Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay.
As reported by TheGrio, Andreeva’s article, “Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of A Good Thing?” was already doomed from the start by way of its titling. The piece itself examined television studios mandating a minority role on both the major and minor level, and how certain characters intended to be one race were altered in favor of another.
Andreeva also noted that the success of Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder, ABC’s Black-ish, and FOX’s Empire might bring forth more “ethnic castings.”
More from TheGrio.com:
Needless to say, the response on social media to Andreeva’s article was fast and furious, with many outraged by her poorly articulated essay about a breakout era in TV.
“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse! 2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered,” Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter.
Rhimes’, who has several successful properties including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, was supported by DuVernay with a simple retweet with the comment “PREACH.”
Although both women essentially took the high road in addressing Andreeva’s article, it does raise the question of what exactly the writer was intended to get across to readers with the piece.

LeToya Luckett has a NEW MAN in her life!
"Single Ladies" star LeToya Luckett's boyfriend isn't new afterall.  But he is somewhat new to the public.  Why?  Because the she decided to keep him and their relationship under wraps.  For two years!

We first uncovered the cutesy couple when LeToya and producer Joseph Macklin (known as Jo Blaque) were coupled up on a couple's vacation with Ludacris and Eudoxie, Monica and Shannon Brown and more a few months ago.  The twosome had us raising our eyebrows and wondering who he was....since they popped up as a couple seemingly out of the blue.

In a recent talk with Joi Marie McKenzie over at ABC Radio, LeToya revealed she was hesitant to unveil their relationship due to possible scrutiny from the online community. She wanted to first focus on building an amazing foundation as a couple.  And we can't fault her for that.
Here's the highlights:

On Waiting Two Years to Reveal She Was Taken:
"I wanted to make sure that I built a foundation before just putting it out there. You know what I mean? I wanted to make sure that this is something real, that this is something that's true and honest and not just to have a picture to post on Instagram. I think now it's one of those things of, OK, this is something real. It's honest. It's not perfect. It's two people that truly, truly, truly love each other but are friends."

Why She's Still Hesitant to Be Open About Relationship:
"I'm still even very careful when I do decide to share those moments. And you do get anxiety because there is always the 'what if' and...you know how you might go about doing things if things go wrong, but then you don't know if somebody else is going to act a fool. It's hard. You can't think about that. You can't always dwell on the negative or you'll never let the positive in."

Why She Thinks Blogs Criticized Her for Being Private:
"[I'd be] logging onto blogs and they were like,'Yo, she never talks about her personal life, what's wrong with her?' And it was kind of like, 'Why does there have to be something wrong with me for me to want to just step back and really find out what it is that I truly want and take my time with that?' I don't like rushing into stuff and that's why I'm not in a huge rush to just throw something out there, because that's my heart."

LeToya is getting a little more open about her love for her boo, posting a few us-ies here and there and calling Joe her Valentine:
Awww. Congrats to them!

Fox confirms: The X-Files is returning as a miniseries with Anderson & Duchovny
There have been rumors and stories about an X-Files remake for years. I never thought anything would come to fruition because the show overstayed its expiration date when it was on the air, plus there were two movies that were frankly pretty bad. (A dismembered head was the villain in the second movie.) I loved the X-Files for the first few years that it was on, but when Mulder left (or maybe when he had a baby with Scully – it’s unclear if they actually had sex) it jumped the shark.

Regardless of some bumps in the road, the show remains one of the most beloved cult shows ever. As confirmation of that, Fox just announced that they’ve ordered six new episodes. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles and X-Files creator Chris Carter will be the showrunner. It’s unknown when the reboot will air, but production is set to begin this summer. Here’s more, thanks to Variety:

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

The “X-Files” revival follows last spring’s return of “24” as a 13-episode limited series. NBC has joined the mania for resurrecting series with built-in audience awareness with its plans for the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries next season.

“X-Files” is a natural, as the show about FBI sleuths investigating instances of paranormal activity is tailor-made for social-media obsession — even if it hails from an earlier TV era. “X-Files” had a nine-season run on Fox from 1993-2002. It spawned two feature films, 1998’s “The X-Files: Fight the Future” and 2008’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”

Fox Television Group chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden shepherded the show on the studio side during its network run. The pair have made no secret of their interest in bringing it back. The new episodes may well spark renewed interest in the show from SVOD platforms, just as the “24: Live Another Day” episodes spurred Fox to cut a rich pact for the entire series library with Amazon Prime.

[From Variety]

Both Anderson and Duchovny remain busy in recurring roles in other television shows and each published their first books recently. Anderson co-wrote a science fiction novel called A Vision of Fire while Duchovny published a humorous fable about a cow heroine (really) called Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale. It must have been tricky to find a time when the two of them were both free to film the new show.

I’m so excited for this remake. I hope they’re able to move on from the whole Scully and Mulder are in love storyline, but I guess the last movie already solved that. I barely remember it.
Duchovny instagrammed and tweeted this picture confirming the news. 
I loved Scully’s fashion so much. She had that iconic late 90s business style. It really doesn’t seem that long ago

Rihanna, and other Celebs come out for The "HOME" LA Debut!
Rihanna headed to the West Coast premiere of "HOME" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, 
We've spotted Rihanna rocking some of this season's most fabulous garments for the HOME press tour, and she selected Dior.  Gorgeous! 
Rihanna walked the mauve carpet with a few special guests, including her bestie Melissa Forde.  They made a few funny poses. 

And looked who arrived in her own HOME -inspired vehicle!  It's Rihanna's adorable little cousin Majesty.  
Rihanna's co-star Jennifer Lopez "stopped the press" in a Zuhair Murad Fall 2015 Long Sleeve Blue Illusion dress.
And look at the twins! Max and Emme are styled to perfection!
We don't see Viola Davis, the star of the hit series "HTGAWM" out with her daughter Genesis at many Hollywood events; but, the HOME premiere was an exception. 
And little Genesis looked so cute in her pink dress.

Your butt looks like it should be working on the highway at night with that bright ass vest it has on!