11/20/18

The Daily Buzz For Nov 21 ☕πŸ“°☕


Michelle Obama for Elle France - November 2018
The Forever First Lady!


#RHoA: This is Why Gregg Leakes Decided Against Chemotherapy After Colon Cancer Surgery
On Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Gregg Leakes made the emotional decision not to undergo chemotherapy after having part of colon removed in the wake of his stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis.
It was a difficult choice to make, and it started when the businessman, 63, visited the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston with wife NeNe Leakes for a series of tests — including a CT scan — to determine the next step in his treatment process.

The goal was to hopefully hear that chemotherapy was not necessary, so that Gregg might explore holistic healing options.

As NeNe explained, “Chemo is not something that Gregg is thinking about doing at the moment. Obviously we hear all the report of people doing chemo and being very sick. So he feels like if there’s any other options that can take, I’d rather take those options and let chemo sit on the back burner for now.”

Sadly, that’s not what came recommended from Dr. Scott Kopetz, Gregg’s oncologist.
Though imaging tests showed the good news that there was no evidence cancer remained in Gregg’s body, Dr. Kopetz explained that Gregg was still at risk.

“There other areas of cancer that may still be in the body that we just don’t know about. Microscopic cancer cells floating around somewhere in the body that, if we don’t do anything for those, will grow back and show back up as cancer,” he told Gregg. “I would use chemotherapy at this point to try to reduce that risk of the cancer coming back. What we do know is that chemotherapy can reduce that risk of the cancer coming back by about half.”

Asked about alternative medicines, Dr. Kopetz revealed that none of those “have been studied in a more rigorous way,” or have been found effective. “We’re certainly supportive of patients who want to think about how to integrated that,” he said. “Unfortunately, there’s nothing that we have that I can recommend in lieu of the chemotherapy that we know could help reduce that risk.”

“I don’t want to miss out of the big picture, which is this is something we can fight,” Dr. Kopetz stressed.

Despite doctor’s orders, Gregg stuck to his guns.“If the cancer was more active, I would entertain chemo a lot quicker,” Gregg told pal Cynthia Bailey.

“I’m deciding to really take my life and use it as a mouthpiece for other people,” he said. “I just want to use my life in a way to help someone. So I can say I’m Gregg Leakes and I have cancer, but I will be a survivor.”
NeNe agreed. “I’m very much on the same page as Gregg,” she said. “I’m not sure I would do chemo. We’ve watched chemo destroy people, so it’s not something that he is even interested in.”

“Gregg is definitely on a rollercoaster. His emotions are all over the place. He cries, he’s short patience, he’s frustrated,” she added. “I feel like because he is weak at this moment, he needs someone who is going to be strong, so I feel like I have to be his rock as he has been my rock for so many years”
By episode’s end, NeNe and Gregg had started already exploring holistic options, including bringing trees that are supposed to help with healing into their home.

“I’m here to do whatever I can to make Gregg heal,” NeNe said. “So Toni Braxton called us and gave us her holistic wellness person to talk to. If someone tells me I need to buy trees, I buy the whole damn forrest. ‘Cause I want my Gregg back. The one I married.”

Not all the suggestions have been good ones, though. “We talk to a few holistic wellness people and sometimes they can sound like the little bird that flew the cuckoo nest,” NeNe joked. “‘Cause they kind of get a little bit weird. ‘Go outside and eat some dirt in the backyard.’ They say all kind of stuff.”

“This is the weirdest one: I need to eat a snake,” Gregg said. “It cured a lady!”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.


#Empire: Recap Hakeem Learns a Lesson 
Well, to begin with, Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) has always been the most troubled among the Lyon brothers. Last week, though, we see him taking the higher ground and sorting his issues out. He goes to the park with Tiana (Serayah McNeill) to see their kids Bella and Prince. It’s been a few days after Hakeem dropped his diss track against Blake (Chet Hanks) and subsequently took it down. Seeing how determined Hakeem is to change, Tiana decides to let him take care of the kids for a day.

Things work out fine until Hakeem sees a video of Blake’s diss track against him. Hakeem’s crew rile him up into releasing another diss track, but he realizes that this fight will go on if he doesn’t end this childish rapper feud. Instead, Hakeem goes live on Instagram to tell his followers that looking after his kids is more important than responding with a diss track against Blake. The bickering ends there. After all, Blake has no one special in his life, and Hakeem has all the happiness that his children could ever give him. This time, Hakeem truly wins.


#NewMusic from K. Michelle ‘Save Me’
K. Michelle has offered her latest single, “Save Me,” which premiered on the season finale for VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Los Angeles.

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“Save Me” is the brand of music K. Michelle was born to sing. As an artist who seems to wear her heart on her sleeves, feeling the vibrancy of her emotions makes you come to grips with her music and experiences. We’re here for these types of ballads!

“Save Me” is the first taste of what’s to come from K. Michelle’s upcoming album, slated for release in 2019 via eOne.


#HipHopNews: Earl Sweatshirt Shares Release Date For New Album
Earl Sweatshirt is gearing up to break his musical hiatus, announcing Tuesday (Nov. 20) his new album is officially on the way.
According to Earl, who arranged for a billboard in Los Angeles to help advertise the news, his upcoming third studio album, Some Rap Songs, is slated for a release on Nov. 30.
After confirming the project will drop before the month ends, Earl also celebrated the announcement by sharing his new song, "The Mint." The Black Noi$e-produced song features Navy Blue and marks his first release since "Nowhere2go."

"Brodie on the corner with a piece on his hip / Give a warning 'fore you blow it in the sky," he spits on the new track. "'Tiptoein' over mortar and the brick / Bumpin' shoulders with the devil in disguise / Shoulder-level water on the rise."

According to a statement, the new album will address the death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, who died earlier this year at 79. The pair were planning on reconciling prior to the poet's passing.
"Me and my dad had a relationship that’s not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,” Earl wrote. “Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it’s literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.”

He also shared the album artwork for Some Rap Songs, which depicts a blurry photo of the artist's face. While the tracklist has yet to be revealed, the album and new accompanying merch is now available for pre-order.


Mariah Carey On Possible Cardi B Collaboration, Aretha Franklin, Wendy Williams And More On ‘WWHL’
Mariah Carey appeared on Monday’s Watch What Happens LiveWith Andy Cohen, where she couldn’t help but gush about some of her fellow stars and divas. 
Though there were several attempts to get the chart topper to dish some dirt, Mimi kept it classy, avoiding probing questions about Wendy Williams, who has very publicly dissed Carey in the past. 

“First of all, we love everybody,” Carey coyly replied when asked about the daytime talk show host.

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On collaborating with Whitney Houston: “We did a whole promotional tour for the Prince of Egypt and just had some great times… I have great memories.”

On Adele saying Mariah “deserves to be in the Bible”: “Wow, that’s great. That’s a huge compliment.” 

On working with Aretha Franklin on Divas Live: 
We saw each other many times and talked a lot but that Divas performance was the only time we performed together,” the singer shared, adding that she felt very intimidated at the time and wanted to be by the backing singers.  
“That’s the Queen of Soul and that’s what you do. She was just so real. She came to me and she was like ‘They’re playing games, Mariah and I’m not playing these games!’ We never really rehearsed too, we just did in her trailer…but I don’t want to tell the whole story because I’m working on my memoir!” the singer said. “But she went so far beyond what I imagine she would be like. God bless her.”

On potentially collaborating with Cardi B: “I would love for that to happen. The song you guys were just playing, ‘A No No,’ which was originally Lil’ Kim’s song — we love Kim — I was hoping that the three of us could do a collaboration.”


Oprah’s Exclusive Interview With Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union To Air On OWN
Oprah Winfrey will sit down with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade for an exclusive interview about their journey to becoming parents.

Oprah's Exclusive Interview With Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle UnionYou know you’re a big deal with Auntie 
Oprah Winfrey sat down with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for an exclusive interview about their journey to become parents using a surrogate.

“Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby” will air on Saturday, December 8 at 8/7c on OWN.
The NBA star and the actress surprised everyone when they announced the birth of their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, who arrived via surrogate on November 7.

Gabrielle opened up about suffering over 10 miscarriages in her memoir, “We’re Going To Need More Wine.”
I’m so happy for Dwyane and Gabrielle and I’m looking forward to this special.


Introducing ‘Cultivate’ A Recreational marijuana store to open in Massachusetts
Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana stores were approved Friday to begin selling to customers next week, months after the state had intended to begin retail sales.

ABC News reports that two stores selling recreational marijuana will open in Northampton and Leicester beginning Tuesday morning following the three-day waiting period mandated by the state's Cannabis Control Commission.

Massachusetts advocates had previously hoped to see recreational sales begin in July, two years since the 2016 vote to legalize recreational marijuana sales in the state was passed.

"This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state," Steven Hoffman, chair of the CCC, told ABC in a statement.
"To get here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections and had their products tested, all to ensure public health and safety as this new industry gets up and running," he added.
With Tuesday's openings of the two locations, Massachusetts will become the seventh state in the U.S. and the only state in the eastern U.S. to allow marijuana to be sold in retail settings. Maine, which has also voted to legalize recreational marijuana, is set to open retail stores in 2019 at the earliest.
Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for a group behind the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, told ABC that his group was not concerned with the slow pace of legalization efforts following the 2016 vote.

"We can rightfully squawk about state delays and problematic local opposition, but the fact remains that we're the first state east of the Mississippi to offer legal, tested cannabis to adult consumers in safe retail settings," he said.


Diddy Is Planning Elaborative Funeral For Kim Porter In Georgia With Horse-Drawn Carriages
Kim Porter will be laid to rest in her hometown of Georgia, and Diddy is ensuring that the memorial suits the woman who he considers more than a soulmate.

TMZ reports that the funeral will be on Saturday in Columbus, Georgia. Porter grew up in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High in 1988. Her mother, Sarah, was also laid to rest there in 2014.
Sources say that family and friends are scheduled for dinner the day before the ceremony, and are planning an event for Sunday.

Diddy reportedly wants an extravagant ceremony. He’s in talks of getting a casket that will travel by carriage, pulled by horses.

Pastor T.D. Jakes will conduct the service.


Blac Chyna is Launching Her Own Skin Bleaching Cream named Whitenicious! 
Blac Chyna has announced a partnership with a skin bleaching brand and people are not happy about it. On Monday, Chyna informed her Nigerian fans that she would be in Lagos for the launch of her new skin bleaching collection with the brand Whitenicious. The new Whitenicious x Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream retails for $250. Chyna made her announcement on Instagram:

Lagos Nigeria, join me at the first official launch of my face cream this Sunday November 25th at  the Whitenicious store from 1-5PM. Everyone is invited. @whitenicious

Whitenicious markets itself as a hyperpigmentation corrector and dark spots remover, however, its founder,  Cameroonian pop singer Dencia, is most known for her dramatic skin bleaching.  She’s also gone on record as saying “white is pure.”

Those familiar with Dencia, Whitenicious and the negative affects skin bleaching has had on African and Caribbean countries, are not feeling Blac Chyna’s newest venture. Rapper Willie D of the Geto Boys even spoke out about the collaboration.
Blac Chyna is cashing in on a beauty product — a controversial one — she says she’s been using for skin care. Money over everything right? BC is partnering with Whitenicious by Dencia

Another Twitter user, actress Kelechi Okafor said:
The fact that you were dating a BOY is enough for me to find you repulsive but promoting products that are detrimental to other BW makes you a particular type of trash @BLACCHYNA and there’s no excuse for it.

The criticism on Instagram got so bad that Blac Chyna eventually disabled her comments section.


Attention: Fake Followers, Likes and Comments Will Not Fly Anymore On Instagram
In today’s society, it’s no secret that many people try to “fake the funk” to appear a certain way or have a status on Instagram. Some go as far as purchasing followers, likes, and even comments.
Now, Instagram will not be having it anymore, as they have already started removing the fake gestures yesterday. The company said in a blog post that this is a part of a greater effort to maintain an “authentic” platform.

With #FakeNews as a headlining topic due to Trump comments, social media has been filled with non-credible misinformation, and Instagram wants to avoid further issues.
Accounts have used third-party sites, granting them access by providing their username, password, and usually paying a small fee. Instagram is tackling this problem of inauthenticity by using a machine that is built to help detect and remove fake popularity.

So, If you see a decrease in your following, there will also be a message notifying you of the change to your account and prompt you to change your password, CNN reports.


Lock Her Up! Ivanka Trump Uses Personal Email To Send Hundreds Of Government Business Emails
Donald Trump’s official adviser and oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year.

Trump made it a point, and still does, to acknowledge the controversy surrounding #HillaryClinton’s improper use of a private email server, but now Ivanka could be criticized for the very same thing  if found to be true. Several of the emails, which were sent to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants, violated federal record rules, according to Huffington Post. Five Cabinet agencies revealed the findings after reviewing documents for a public records lawsuit. Many of the emails included information on Trump’s official work schedule, travel plans, and public and private meetings.

“She was the worst offender in the White House,” said one former senior U.S. government official who spoke to the Post about Trump’s inappropriate use of her personal email account, which she shared with husband, Jared Kushner, under the domain “ijkfamily.com.” Ivanka’s actions could break the Presidential Records Act, which orders that all official White House communications and records be preserved in a permanent archive. In addition, the emails could wind up being given to the wrong person.

The story made headlines and now social media is saying, “Lock Her Up!”


Cardi B’s Buys Her Mom A New Luxury Home
Cardi B‘s dreams — and her mom’s — came true.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, 26, bought her mom a gorgeous house and shared the news with her fans by giving everyone a tour.

“Stay down till you come up! Its always been a dream to buy my mother a house. Last year i was so thirsty to buy my mom a house but the ones i was interested for her weren’t at my price range. I worked and worked and now I’m here !!” she captioned the videos.

“Thank you everybody who supported me to make my childhood dreams come true! Buy my momma a house !!…..don’t ask me for s–t motherf–kers i got big girls bills.”

The tour includes the large kitchen that’s outfitted with stainless steel appliances and an island. The manse also features a combination of tile and hardwood flooring, with a grand staircase complete with a wrought-iron railing that connects the first and second levels.

The house also has a finished basement, with a gym to boot.
Cardi held off on purchasing a home last year because she could only afford ones that “cost $600,000.”
“We live in New York, so cribs that look like that look like s–t,” she said in the video.

It’s unclear what neighborhood and area she chose.


Dancing With the Stars Controversy! Viewers Are Furious About Bobby Bones’ Win!
Bobby Bones was the underdog throughout season 27 of Dancing With the Stars, but he managed to pull off a surprising win during the finale on Monday, November 19.
The country radio personality, 38, and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, received some of the season’s lowest scores, never getting higher than an 8 out of 10 from the judges, but that didn’t stop his dedicated fan base from dialing in and ultimately getting him the mirrorball trophy.

At one point in the season, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Bones that his “technique was nonexistent,” though she later applauded him for bringing “so much joy” to viewers. Inaba, 50, added, “The world is a better place because you’re in it.”
Bones and Burgess, 33, were both visibly shocked after the final results were announced on Monday night, when they beat out Milo Manheim and Witney Carson, Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe, and Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten.

“I think most people are shocked that we won,” the Bobby Bones Show host later told Us Weekly. “The people who voted aren’t because they are the ones who kept us in and they are the ones who made this happen for us.”
Immediately after the episode aired, some viewers took to social media to express their frustration.

“Bobby should have been kicked off on like week 2,” remarked one Facebook user. Another commented, “Ive watched this show since season ONE! This is by far one of the most disappointing, ridiculous outcomes I have EVER seen. … How Bobby Bones won is beyond me.” A third Facebook user wrote, “Sorry total FARCE!! and an insult to everyone to give Bobby Bones the trophy. This is no longer a dance contest but a fan contest. Either give the judges 100% of the decision for the semi finals and the Finale or the show is done for good.”
Many Twitter users were equally upset. “Time to change the voting system to give more weight to the judges scores,” one viewer tweeted. Another wrote, “I’ve been a loyal DWTS fan since day 1, but this was an injustice.”

Other viewers wrote that they believed Juan Pablo Di Pace, who was eliminated in the semifinals, was also robbed of the title. “Juan Pablo should have been in the finals!” one person commented on Facebook. Over on Twitter, another user pointed out that the Fuller House star, 39, and his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, received a perfect score of 30 five times during the season, while Bones never scored higher than a 24.

Bones had plenty of people in his corner, though. As one admirer tweeted, “Haters gonna hate, it’s not his fault that he improved so much and he has the best people backing him up. We are so proud of you @mrBobbyBones & @SharnaBurgess … YOU EARNED THIS!!!”


Snoop Dogg Officially has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Snoop Dogg has become the 2,651st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at the El Capitan Theater, where the 47-year old hip-hop icon gave his acceptance speech.

Snoop has been in the game for close to 30 years, transitioning from one of the West Coast’s most prominent rappers in the ’90s, to an actor whose released his first gospel album this year, The 220 EP. Alongside his cookbook and the announcement of his cooking show with Martha Stewart getting a second season, Snoop gave credit to himself most of all as the reason for his success. “I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work,” he said. “I wanna thank me for taking no days off. I wanna thank me for never quitting.”
Snoop now joins his contemporaries in hip-hop, Sean “Diddy” Combs and L.L. Cool J, who both received their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008 and 2016, respectively.


Facebook removed the page for a notorious anti-LGBTQ hate group
Facebook unpublished the page for Peter LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) over the weekend, citing hate speech.

The page was taken down over the weekend, according to LaBarbera, who posted a screenshot on Twitter.
LaBarbera responded that he doesn’t hate gay people, he is just a “moral opponent” of gay people.

“Of course, the ‘hate’ charge is spurious and effectively precludes all MORAL opponents of homosexuality from using [Facebook],” he told LifeSiteNews, a Christian conservative website.
“AFTAH, a Christian educational organization, has from its inception condemned real hatred and violence against homosexuals (or anyone).”

“We have long denounced groups like Westboro Baptist Church with its preposterous ‘God Hates Fags’ message,” LaBarbera added, as if the existence of someone even more hateful than himself means that he’s not hateful.

AFTAH is an anti-LGBTQ hate group founded by LaBarbera over 20 years ago, “dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda,” according to its website. The group’s “About” page doesn’t mention any officers or members other than LaBarbera.
He has a long history of hateful statements about LGBTQ people.

A few years ago, he invited a guest on his radio show who explained how Christian conservatives need to “re-horrify” Americans about LGBTQ people in order to fight increasing tolerance. He has said that his goal is to “re-stigmatize” gay people.

In order to “re-stigmatize” LGBTQ people, LaBarbera’s main tactic has been to link gay men and pedophilia. He also refers to marriage equality as “tyranny” and, in 2018, is still promoting conversion therapy.


AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES?
‘HAT TO MATCH’
Now I think everyone knows my stance on non-service dogs in Walmart. I’m also not a fan of tiny ass dogs. But there is an exception to every rule and that exception is matching cowboy hats.


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EFREM

11/19/18

The Daily Buzz For Nov 20 ☕πŸ“°☕


Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts and Ellen Pompeo for Porter Edit!
Ellen Pompeo, Gina Rodriguez, Emma Roberts and Gabrielle Union are on the cover of the latest issue of PorterEdit, out now.

Here’s what the four stars had to say…

Ellen, on fair pay: “We’re in very rarified air. Women with normal jobs are in different situations to us, so I sort of feel very out of touch or arrogant, even, to talk about my fight for my pay because I was in a very specific situation where I had a very real number. I had seen that Grey’s Anatomy had grossed 3.7 billion dollars over 15 years, and I could take that very real number and attribute my face, my voice. […] Even though we struggle in our industries, we’re struggling a lot less than, let’s say, people who are working normal jobs.”

Gabrielle, on fair pay: “You feel like a jackass; you feel like you should just be grateful and be quiet because it’s more [money] than others [make]. But at the same time, when those lists come out, when Forbes drops the top-paid actresses in television or the top-paid actresses in film, and there’s no women of color on it, it’s like well why didn’t you speak up?”
Emma, on fair pay: “I’ve taken less money knowing I’m taking less than a male costar, because they’re telling me this is as much as we’re going to give you; your male costar is getting more, if you don’t take this deal, another girl will. And I take it because I’m so passionate [about the project]. I was embarrassed to tell my friends, because what if my girlfriends are making as much money as their male costars.”

Gina, on fair pay: “I’ve recently been faced with being offered a project where my fellow actress was offered it prior [to me], and she tells me how much she was getting paid for it, and then I ask for the same amount and they say no because you’re not worth that much, and she was because she’s bigger than I am. But it’s the same job, the same amount of hours.”

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3 DEAD, including police officer and Doctor after shooting at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago's South Side!
Three people have died -- including a police officer -- after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago's South side, according to officials.
The three victims who were shot all died of their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The shooting suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.

The shooting began as a verbal altercation between a man and a woman near Michigan Avenue outside of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in the city's Bronzeville District, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday evening.
After a friend of one of the individuals tried to intervene, the man then lifted up his shirt, showing that he was armed, Johnson said.
The acquaintance then fled into the hospital, and the man fired at the woman in the parking lot, killing her, Johnson said. The couple was in a domestic relationship, and the woman was an employee at the hospital, Johnson said.
Police officers then responded to the scene and observed the suspect with a handgun. The man then fired multiple shots at the officers before they could even exit their cars, and the officers chased him as he ran into the hospital, Johnson said.
Officers then exchanged gunfire with the suspect inside the hospital. A female staff member who was inside an elevator and a police officer who were both struck by gunfire also died.
One of the women killed was a doctor, while the other was a pharmaceutical assistant, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during the news conference.

"The City of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love," Emanuel said.
It is unclear if the suspect died by police gunfire or if he died from a self-inflicted shot, Johnson said.
The officer was identified by the department as Samuel Jimenez, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter, describing the deadly attack as a "senseless active shooter incident."
Jimenez "saved a lot of lives," Johnson said, adding that the suspect "was just shooting" and they "just don't know how much damage he was prepared to do."
"Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother -- a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago," said Kevin Graham, president of Chicago chapter of the police union. "He did that today, and he did so with his life."

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near the hospital after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Guglielmi said.
Officers were executing a "methodical" search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.


Prayers and Condolences go out to the Fallen


#RHoA: Oh Really? Porsha Williams Thinks 'Hateful and Miserable' Kandi Burruss Is 'Obsessed' with Her Relationship
Porsha responds to her "Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star spilling all kinds of tea about her baby daddy: "We're not friends."
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss has spent much of Season 11 talking about Porsha Williams' relationship -- and Porsha is over it.

A very pregnant Porsha stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" Sunday night, following a super juicy episode of "RHOA," to address everything her co-star has been saying about her and her baby daddy, Dennis McKinley.
"Watching tonight's episode, I just thought that Kandi just came off hateful and miserable," Porsha told Andy Cohen. "I didn't really know that this was even coming. Mind you, we were cool talking on the phone, and then she turned around and pulled up my ex-assistant like Phaedra did with [Kandi's] ex-assistant."

Sunday's episode showed Kandi having a conversation with Porsha's former assistant, Jami Ziegler, about Dennis. Jami said her friend was dating Dennis for "two-and-a-half, three years" when he got with Porsha. "When we were in Africa, she found out 'cause her friend texted her and said that he's with Porsha now, and so it was a big situation. She was crying!" Jami told Kandi, who said she knew of numerous other women Dennis was dating during that time.

Prior to that conversation, though, Kandi FaceTimed Porsha, and the two had a seemingly friendly exchange. Many thought it was a sign they were rekindling their friendship after that explosive Season 9 reunion at the hands of Phaedra Parks, but Porsha told Andy the FaceTime call was actually "drier than [Kandi's] personality."

"We're not friends," she added after the audience let out a collective, "Oooooh."
A caller then asked Porsha, "Why does it seem that Kandi is always the one that has the dirt on the men that come on the show every season?"

"Hmmm, maybe because she's got-- You know, I don't know," Porsha replied. "I haven't really paid attention to what she does to other people, I just found it a little odd that she was doing it to me being that we're supposed to be doing better. So, I don't know. Everybody finds dirt on somebody's man on the show, I just feel like she just went very far to bring out the dirt on Dennis. She's a little bit obsessed with us."
Miss Lawrence -- SherΓ©e Whitfield's former hairstylist -- was sitting beside Porsha and told her she shouldn't be "bothered" by Kandi's comments because that's just the nature of the show.
"But is it normally somebody who you have a truce with?" she asked Miss Lawrence. "Who you're supposed to be moving forward with? No. That's the answer."

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.


#Empire’ Lee Daniels has some casting news Empire Casts Alicia Coppola
Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is joining Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire in a recurring role. Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris). She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House. Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, hails from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John executive produce. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner. Coppola recently recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles. 

She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Leslie Allan-Rice Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger. Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on Fox.


#NewMusic from Ne-Yo ‘Superstition’ (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Check out Ne-Yo’s version of the timeless hit “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. The song is his contribution to the Motown Magic soundtrack which just released, just days before the November 20 premiere of Josh Wakely’s animated Netflix series.

The series’ theme song – and the soundtrack’s lead-off track – is “ABC,” with 11-year-old Zacary James (Melisizwe Brothers) singing lead. “ABC” is one of the Jackson 5’s signature songs and charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1970, knocking The Beatles’ “Let It Be” off the top of the tally.

LISTEN HERE

Other artists featured on the album, produced by Wakely, include Becky G, BJ The Chicago Kid, Skylar Grey, Calum Scott and Trombone Shorty. Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Executive Music Producer for the series, contributes newly recorded versions of two hits that he co-wrote for other artists: “My Girl,” which was The Temptations’ first No. 1 hit, and “I’ll Be Doggone,” which was Marvin Gaye’s first single to top the R&B chart and has never before been recorded by Robinson. The soundtrack’s recordings were produced by Don Was, Harvey Mason Jr., Bob Mothersbaugh and Sean Carey.


#HipHopNews: Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ Goes Platinum
Tha Carter V goes platinum. Less than two months after its release, Lil Wayne’s latest album is eligible for platinum status after moving one million units. While the RIAA has yet to officially certify the project, Wayne celebrated the news on Instagram.
 “THANK YOU !!” a grateful Weezy told his 10 million followers.

C5, which spawned the Swizz Beatz-produced hit “Uproar,” debuted at No. 1 with 480,000 equivalent album units following its release in September and scored the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album.
Weezy, who recently performed on “SNL” and at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, has since released a trio of bonus tracks off Tha Carter V including collaborations with Post Malone and Gucci Mane.

He can also be heard “Amen” off the newly-released Creed II: The Album.


Nicki Minaj Tricked by Chinese Promoter
Nicki Minaj endures grueling 10 hour flight to Shanghai for concert that was NEVER promoted…

WATCH HERE

OOOPS!


David's Bridal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, aims to stay in business
David's Bridal, the nation's largest wedding retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday with plans to stay in business.
The company is saddled with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt from a private-equity buyout several years ago and faces a surge of digital competition.

David's Bridal assured customers that its bankruptcy would not disrupt their weddings – in part because it secured support from key lenders to stay alive. It expects to continue operating more than 300 stores and its website.

"Orders will arrive on time and bridal appointments will not be impacted," the retailer said.
Another wedding retailer, Alfred Angelo, left brides and grooms in a lurch in 2017 when it suddenly liquidated.
David's Bridal said it won't suffer a similar fate.

"For more than 60 years, David's has delivered beautiful, high-quality dresses and accessories for our customers' most special occasions, and the actions we are taking will enable us to build on that tradition," David's Bridal CEO Scott Key said in a statement. "Our team is laser-focused on providing brides and their families with the five-star service and experience they deserve and have come to expect from us."

The company is grappling with a decline in spending on wedding dresses, as more brides choose alternatives, including cheaper ones online, and couples wait longer to get married. 
The average price paid for a wedding dress fell 3.5 percent to $1,509 in 2017, according to TheKnot.
The retailer filed what's known to restructuring experts as a "prepackaged bankruptcy," which typically means the reorganization process is negotiated ahead of time with creditors who stipulate that the debtor will enter Chapter 11.

With support from certain lenders locked in, David's Bridal said it hopes to finish its bankruptcy by early January and emerge with $400 million less debt.
David’s Bridal still sells about 1 in 3 U.S. wedding dresses, according to market research firm IBISWorld. The company also sells prom dresses and other wedding items. 

The chain projected 2018 revenue of $721 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $75 million, according to a court filing.
Since David's Bridal's product suppliers will get paid in full, there's little reason for engaged couples to worry, said Angelo Thalassinos, senior legal analyst for restructuring research firm Reorg.

The "vast majority" of the company's stores are profitable when factoring out debt payments, said Mark Fischer, director of credit research for Reorg.
"This is about realigning the debt and the capital structure with the company’s operations and not about aggressive store closings," Fischer said.

The trend of Americans waiting longer to get married, or deciding not to altogether, has hurt David's Bridal. The number of new marriages per 1,000 Americans was 6.9 in 2016, down from 8.2 in 2000, representing a decline of about 16 percent  in the wedding rate, according to the U.S. government.


Cicely Tyson, 93, Wows as She Makes History to Become First Black Woman to Win Honorary Oscar
Cicely Tyson capped her legendary career in Hollywood on Sunday when she took home an honorary Oscar.
Just a month before she turns 94, Tyson wowed in a metallic dress with shiny gloves and chic chin-length hair as she became the first black woman to receive an honorary statuette from the Academy.
The iconic performer — who has starred in projects like Fried Green Tomatoes, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Help and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter — was previously nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1973 Academy Awards for her work in Sounder.

Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay and Quincy Jones presented Tyson with the award. DuVernay called Tyson “the seed for so many of us, the rose that we adore.”

“Her work, grace, dignity, class, humility and profound professionalism firmly placed her on the pedestal of Hollywood royalty, and now, at long last, I could not be more honored to say that tonight, Cicely Tyson receives her more than well-deserved Oscar,” Jones said.
Tyson then delivered her acceptance speech. “I don’t know that I would cherish a better gift,” Tyson said. “This is the culmination of all those years of haves and have not.”

At her buzzy table, which Oprah Winfrey offered a peek at in a group shot, Tyson mingled with Shonda Rhimes, Anita Hill and Winfrey.
 “Here at the Academy Governor’s Awards celebrating Royalty!” Winfrey gushed. “Ms. Cicely Tyson’s getting a long overdue Oscar! And yes that IS THe Anita Hill standing behind chair!”


Rapper Tekashi69 among 4 arrested on racketeering, weapons charges
(WABC) -- Federal authorities have arrested rapper Tekashi69 on racketeering charges.
The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was one of four people taken into custody Sunday.
The arrests appear to be connected to a shooting at a party last month on the Upper East Side.

Among those arrested are the victim, Faheem "Crippy" Walter, who was shot during the fight, and Tekashi69's recently-fired former manager, 36-year-old Kifano "Shotti" Jordan. Jensel "Ish" Butler was also arrested.
They are all charged with racketeering and firearms possession.

The rapper, also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, has been one of the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months. His debut album, Day69, was among the most downloaded records on iTunes following its February release.
But he also has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement and has publicly identified himself as a member of a violent New York gang. He recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop.

In a 2015 case in New York, 6ix9ine was sentenced to probation for his involvement in a sexually explicit video of a 13-year-old girl.
The video, posted on social media, showed the girl performing a sex act on another man while 6ix9ine "stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks," according to court documents.

The shooting occurred outside what was a party to celebrate Tekashi69 receiving probation in that child sex case earlier in the day.


Stan Lee’s Team Responds To Bill Maher’s “Disgusting” Comments About Marvel Legend And Comic Books
In a response to Bill Maher’s recent remarks about the death of Stan Lee and comic books, the Marvel legend’s team at POW! Entertainment posted an open letter to the Real Time host that criticized his commentary he posted over the weekend.

On the Real Time With Bill Maher blog, Maher recognized that the world is mourning Lee’s death but then went on to say that Lee “inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie” with his signature sarcasm. He also went on to put comic books on blast: “Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys,” he wrote. “But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”

He continued to criticize how adults don’t give up “kid stuff” and says that they have “pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.” He adds that there are over 4,500 colleges in America and that “we need more professors than we have smart people” before saying that “dumb people got to be professors” for writing theses about comic books.

POW! wasn’t about to let this go unnoticed. On their website, they posted a letter to Maher saying that great creators like Lee “make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human being.” The letter adds, ” One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.”

POW! then went on to drag Maher saying that him saying Lee inspired people to “watch a movie” was disgusting. “Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls,” the letter said.

Read the letter in its entirety below.

Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

-Team Stan…POW!


Forever First Lady Michelle Obama’s Book “Becoming” Is The Fastest Selling Book of The Year
Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest retail bookseller, has announced that Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming,” has become the fastest selling book of the year, as it lands among the fastest sellers in the store’s history – as if we expected anything less from our Forever First Lady. 

“We knew ‘Becoming’ was going to be one of the biggest books of the year, but it has now officially had the best first week of sales of any book in 2018, and is among the fastest selling in Barnes & Nobel history,” Senior Director of Merchandising, Liz Harwell, said in a press release. “This is definitely the must-have book of the holiday season.” 

In addition, Obama’s “Becoming” had the best first-week sales of an adult book in over three years, as it topped “Fear” by Bob Woodward and “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” by James Comey.

Congratulations to our Forever First Lady!


Because Nobody Can Take a Joke The WHCD Won’t Invite a Comedian Next Year!
It’s official: Next year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner will not feature a good old-fashioned roasting by a comedian. In a statement, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced today that it has selected author and presidential biographer Ron Chernow as the speaker of 2019’s ceremony, confirming earlier speculation that both the White House and journalists can’t take a joke in today’s political climate — especially not a joke about smoky eyes by Michelle Wolf.

“It will not surprise you to hear that my email inbox is overflowing with advice on how to improve the dinner,” WHCA president Olivier Knox said in an interview back in April following Michelle Wolf’s WHCD performance, which drew criticism from Donald Trump and others. Knox followed it up with a list of changes the ceremony might include: “No entertainer. No comic. A serious speaker. Maybe a musician. Maybe don’t televise it.”
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment, and I am happy to oblige. Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics,” Chernow said on the news. “My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory. While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry.”

Michelle Wolf responded to the news on Twitter, saying, “The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”


#BROADWAYNEWS: LaChanze, Saycon Sengbloh & Manoel Felciano To Star In Off-Broadway Version Of ‘The Secret Life Of Bees’
Broadway divas LaChanze and Saycon Sengbloh are teaming up in 2019 for the Off-Broadway musical version of The Secret Life of Bees. Performances will begin May 12, 2019 at the Atlantic Theatre Company before an official opening on June 13.

According to PLAYBILL, the Sengbloh (Eclipsed, Hair) will star as Rosaleen, a Black caretaker who embarks on a pursuit with the young Lily, played by Elizabeth Teeter, to uncover the mystery of Lily’s mother’s death against the backdrop of 1960s South Carolina.  LaChanze will play beekeeper August Boatwright along with Eisa Davis (Kings) as June, Manoel Felciano as T-Ray, Brett Gray as Zach and Anastacia McCleskey as May.

Rounding out the cast is Jai’Len Christine Li Josey, Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland and Matt DeAngelis.

The Secret Life of Bees is based on the 2001 Sue Monk Kidd’s novel of the same name. It was turned into a major motion picture in 2008 starring Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, Dakota Fanning and Sophie Okonedo.


The Rolling Stones announce 2019 ‘No Filter’ WORLD TOUR!
The rock icons bring their "No Filter Tour" to the US beginning in April
The Rolling Stones will return to the US next spring for a new leg of tour dates.

The US jaunt is a continuation of the band’s “No Filter Tour”, which kicked off in 2017 with dates across Europe. As of now, the upcoming US jaunt spans 13 dates, kicking off in Miami on April 20th. Check out the full itinerary below.
Tickets to the newly announced shows go on sale November 30th at 10:00 a.m. local time. You can also get tickets HERE

The Stones have also hinted at a new music in the works. “We have some stuff down, which is very interesting. “I’m going to sound like Trump — ‘It will happen; don’t worry about it’ — but it’s in the early stages,” guitarist Keith Richards told The Wall Street Journal earlier this year. “We have some stuff down, which is very interesting. It’s more difficult for us to write together the further apart we are, but it also has its benefits in that we come back to it from a different angle.” In September, frontman Mick Jagger shared a short video of himself playing harmonica with the caption, “New tunes.”

Rolling Stones released a covers album of blues music entitled, Blue & Lonesome, back in 2016. Their last original recordings, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot”, were included on the 2012 greatest hits album GRRR!.

The Rolling Stones 2019 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
04/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
04/28 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
05/07 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium
05/11 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose Bowl
05/18 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
05/22 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
05/26 – Denver, CO @ Broncos Stadium at Mile High
05/31 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
06/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
06/08 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
06/13 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
06/21 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field


The Stars of FX’s ‘POSE’ Strikes A ‘Pose’ For Ebony Magazine
The category is…FACE!
Check out these super lit photos of the Pose cast for EBONY Magazine. The stars of the groundbreaking FX series are celebrating 2019 with a bang in these hot photos shot by noted photographer Dennis Leupold.

Set in the 1980s, Pose looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.  The series features the largest gay and transgender cast in television history and was created by Ryan Murphy.
The photos include Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez, Dyllon Burnside, Dominique Jackson, Ryan Jaamal Swain and Indya Moore.

Can’t wait for season two children!


Actress Janet Hubert Cast on General Hospital
Actress Janet Hubert cast on daytime soap opera General Hospital...

From EW
Janet Hubert, who played the original Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom, will join the daytime sudser cast as Yvonne, a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home. Since this obviously all happens in the soap world, Yvonne will end up having a connection to the good folks of Port Charles.
Hubert’s first episode airs Friday, Dec. 7.

Thank goodness. Hopefully now she can move past the Will Smith situation.


AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘HOLY SMOKES’
Talk about a hole in one .


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