BREAKING NEWS! Obamacare repeal fails AGAIN in the Senate in 49-51 vote!

BREAKING NEWS! Obamacare repeal fails AGAIN in the Senate in 49-51 vote!
The Senate's effort to pass a stripped-down version of an Obamacare repeal measure -- the so-called "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act -- failed during a vote, 49-51, held shortly around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
About an hour after the vote was announced, President Donald Trump, tweeted, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a statement the Trump administration will pursue its health care goals through regulation. "This effort will continue," he said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was among the Republicans who voted 'no.' There were gasps and applause from the Senate floor when McCain voted. The other Republicans who voted 'no' were Rep. Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
In a statement released following the vote, McCain said, "From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals."
McCain added, "While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens."

McCain offered a plan going forward, saying, "We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

"We tried really hard,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor following the vote. "A disappointment indeed ... I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time.”
He said he imagines Democrats are celebrating, but "American people are hurting and need relief." He then blamed Democrats for not engaging with Republicans to help people “suffering under Obamacare.” He added, "Now I think it’s appropriate to ask what are their ideas. It’ll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward."
“Bailing out insurance companies with no thought of any kind of reform is not something I want to be part of and I suspect that not many folks over here that are interested in that,” McConnell said, drawing the line on the potential bipartisan road ahead. “But it’ll be interesting to see what they have in mind.”
“I regret that we’re here, but I’m proud of the vote I cast tonight,” McConnell said. "It’s consistent with what we told the American people we’d try to accomplish in four straight elections if they gave us a chance." He then ended his speech admitting it’s "time to move on."
He asked for unanimous consent for the Senate to meet at 10 a.m. on Friday and to proceed to HR 2810, the National Defense Authorization Bill. There was an objection.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer then took the mic and expressed his relief.
"I would suggest we turn the page," Schumer said. “We are not celebrating. We are relieved that millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt…will at least retain their health care.”
He added, “We are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people."

The vote came amidst the Senate's days-long debate in which it struggled to pass any option for repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act. Two earlier attempts - one to pass a repeal-and-replace option, and another on a repeal-only measure - both failed Wednesday.
The bill that did not pass during the early hours of Friday morning is dubbed "skinny" repeal because of its limited scope. The text of the pared down bill, released just hours before the vote, revealed that it would scrap the individual mandate for insurance coverage, repeal the employer mandate for at least eight years and allow individuals to put more money in tax-exempt health savings accounts.

The bill also suspends a tax on medical devices and allows states to seek waivers from consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act.
An estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showed that skinny repeal alone would leave 16 million more people uninsured than the current law over the next decade, and would raise premiums for some consumers by 20 percent.
At least four Republican senators had threatened to block the so-called skinny repeal proposal unless they have assurances from House Speaker Paul Ryan that it is only a placeholder and would not be passed in the House and sent to the president’s desk. They, and others, want this to serve a vehicle for the next step of negotiations between the House and the Senate.
"The skinny bill as policy is a disaster. The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. He said he could support the bill, but warned of the dire consequences if it was allowed to become law.
Graham said he has had conversations with Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., in which Meadows has warned him that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has apparently been telling "some" people that the House will just take up the skinny repeal and pass it and put it on the president's desk.
"I need assurances that it will not be the final product," Sen. Graham went on during a press conference Thursday. Graham said he worried about rumors that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has been recovering from a gunshot wound but was released from the hospital this week, was considering bringing the narrow repeal bill up for a vote as is.
Amid the negotiations Thursday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan opened the door for the Senate proposal to be considered in a conference committee with House lawmakers, giving the Senate efforts a much-needed boost.

"It is now obvious that the only path ahead is for the Senate to pass the narrow legislation that it is currently considering,” Ryan’s statement read. “Senators have made clear that this is an effort to keep the process alive, not to make law. If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do."
As the possibility of the Senate passing a partial repeal bill loomed Thursday, several patient, hospital and insurance groups put out statements arguing that scrapping even just the mandate that individuals buy insurance could have real consequences for health care marketplaces.

Blue Cross wrote in statement: “A system that allows people to purchase coverage only when they need it drives up costs for everyone.”
America's Health Insurance Plans CEO Marilyn B. Tavenner echoed their concern, writing in a statement: “We would oppose an approach that eliminates the individual coverage requirement, does not offer alternative continuous coverage solutions, and does not include measures to immediately stabilize the individual market.”
The AARP called it a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Citing a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office that predicted repealing even just the individual mandate could lead to 15 million more Americans uninsured in the next decade a 20 percent premium increase for folks buying their own insurance.
This increase in premium costs could lead to some people's being priced out of plans, or the federal government may aid those people through subsidies and tax credits.

The individual mandate provides social cost savers as well. If people don't have insurance and get sick, hospitals, taxpayers and local governments end up covering the costs. "In the absence of a mandate, those social costs would probably increase relative to the case under current law," the CBO said in a report last December.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., indicated he would vote for a bare-bones package as long as it kept the process moving forward. "We'll keep the process going. If we've got to do something less than obviously I'd want to keep the process going, we'll do it," he said.

Hopefully not, Just fix the ACA and let it be!


The Daily Buzz For July 28

Canada’s President Justin Trudeau is on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine!
Rolling Stone prefers Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Donald Trump and isn’t shy about it with a new cover story headlined, “Why can’t he be our president?”
The feature refers to Trudeau as the “North Star” and says he “was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada’s prime minister.”

Reporter Stephen Rodrick asks, “Is he the free world’s best hope?” He seems to feel the answer is yes, according to the cover story. You can read that HERE!

#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Throws A “Gurls And Gays” Party 
NeNe Leakes threw a party this weekend with a theme I don’t understand. At all. The concept appeared to be wear white, bring a gay guy friend, come over to gush over NeNe’s newish multi-million dollar home, and in some cases, get thrown out for assaulting another guest. Anyway, the official title was “Gurls & Gays” but the official hashtag was “NeNeNeverForget”.

I believe this is NeNe’s first “event” since rejoining Real Housewives Of Atlanta, and she also got to show off her home in the process. Since homes are the source of such contentions in this group! Most of the cast attended – including Kim Zolciak who embroiled Kenya Moore in some mighty Wigs-N-Cigs drama!

Porsha Williams was absent because, if you recall, NeNe wants her fired from the show. Kandi Burruss also wasn’t there, because she was in Kenya attending Shamea Morton‘s wedding. Bizarrely Marlo Hampton attended – apparently she and NeNe are fast-frenemies again, which probably means we can expect to see her in a ‘friend’ role again this season. And even more surprisingly Lisa Wu-Hartwell showed up to this little reunion!
Also present were a couple other ladies RHOA is ‘testing’ as potential cast members.

#EMPIRE: Taraji P Henson: Cookie Lyon won’t be around FOREVER!
While we wait in anticipation for ‘EMPIRE’ Season 4, that doesn’t mean the show can go on forever — well, at least according to star Taraji P. Henson.

“I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” Henson exclaims during a recent interview with Variety. “She drains me,” the actress adds with a laugh. “She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode. By the 18th episode [of each season], I’m dead. I got to get far away. I don’t wear animal print. I cut my hair into a bob. I don’t wear a weave because I’ve got to get as far away from Cookie as possible.”

When asked if she has a number of seasons in mind she’d like “Empire” to stay on the air, Henson quips, “Once it’s syndicated — and then I’m like, ‘Thank you. Goodnight!’”

“I learned this from the women of ‘Sex and the City’ — you’ve got to know when to go out. You don’t want to overstay your welcome. You want to go out on a high. You want to be remembered as the number one show on network,” Henson adds. “I’m going to lose my passion, I know me. And Cookie is enough. I can’t do that for so long.”

While playing Cookie is an emotionally taxing role, Henson wasn’t always confident that her erratic character would resonate with audiences. When she first read the script for “Empire,” she says, she was “scared to death.”

“I thought people would hate her,” Henson admits. “Because of the things that she says, it was very risky, because that’s a character that if it’s not handled correctly, it would turn the audience off.”

Henson could have never imagined the success “Empire” would become — many would say, in large part thanks to her Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as Cookie — but she originally signed onto the Fox pilot because the character frightened her.

“Any role that scares me is a challenge and I don’t back away from challenges. That’s how I pick roles — if it scares me, I have to do it,” she explains. “Cookie scared me a bit and the challenge was, how do I make the audience connect and feel and empathize for her? Once I did that work, I was like, OK, people are either going to love her or hate her. Thank God it worked. Phew!”


#MUSICNEWS: Mariah Carey Announces Christmas Movie Single, ‘The Star,’ Shares Trailer
Get ready to celebrate another Christmas season with Mariah Carey. Already crowned the “Queen of Christmas”, Carey will be delivering a brand new holiday song to our ears this year, as the title track to the upcoming animated film, The Star.

Scheduled to hit theaters this holiday season, the animated movie is a new, family-ready comedic story about the first Christmas ever. It will feature the voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Anthony Anderson, Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan, and Tyler Perry.

The “All I Want for Christmas” songstress premiered the forthcoming film’s trailer today (July 26). “I’m so excited to share the trailer for the new movie The Star,” she said in the clip. The trailer is soundtracked by a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means to Me.”

This holiday season, Mariah is also set to narrate an animated film based on her holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” She is also currently developing a drama series based on her life and readying a new album through her recently-announced Butterfly MC Records label.


If that wasn’t enough, the queen of Christmas will also celebrate the holiday season with fans at her annual “All I Want for Christmas Is You” concerts, which are set to take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from Dec. 14-22.

But first, the pop diva can be seen alongside Lionel Richie on the “All the Hits” tour, which runs through Oct. 14.

#HIPHOPNEWS: Watch the Trailer for ‘Public Enemies: JAY-Z vs. Kanye’ Documentary
JAY-Z and Kanye West’s friendship and fallout will be the focus of “Public Enemies,” a new television special about the rap rivals.
The documentary, which will air on Britain’s Channel 4 network, will feature “unseen footage and unheard testimonies.”
DJ Clark Kent, the legendary producer who’s worked with Hov since his debut album Reasonable Doubt, comments on the differences between JAY and ‘Ye in the preview. “One is a New York street dude,” he says. “The other dude is a mama’s boy from Chicago.”

Tourรฉ, a longtime music journalist, adds: “JAY-Z is very thoughtful about money. Kanye is spend-it-all, art-comes-first.”


Jigga and Yeezy went from being frequent collaborators to rivals. Last year, Kanye blasted Hov onstage for ignoring his requests for a conversation. “Jay Z, call me,” he said. “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.” At around the same time, he also criticized Beyoncรฉ for alleged award show ultimatums.
This year, JAY referenced the onstage outbursts on 4:44’s “Kill Jay Z.” “You got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye,” he raps. “You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?”

“Public Enemies: JAY-Z vs. Kanye” airs Monday (July 31) at 10 p.m. on Channel 4.

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world
Jeff Bezos just became the world’s richest person.

A surge in shares of Amazon early Thursday — coupled with a slight dip in Microsoft shares — helped Amazon’s 53-year-old founder vault past Bill Gates to top the world’s wealthiest list for the first time.
Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos, who owns about 17 percent of the e-commerce giant, a net worth of more than $90 billion, surpassing Gates’ $89 billion.
Gates, 61, has held the top spot since May 2013, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index.

Nevertheless, Bezos looks poised to extend his lead over Gates in the coming months, with stock analyst James Cakmak predicting that Amazon shares could double to $2,000 if its recent acquisition of Whole Foods is approved by regulators.
That would make Amazon “the first trillion-dollar company,” Cakmak told CNBC Thursday. Indeed, Amazon’s market capitalization surpassed the $500 billion mark for the first time Wednesday, putting it in fourth place behind No. 1-ranked Apple, No. 2-ranked Google and No. 3-ranked Microsoft.
Earlier this year, Bezos surpassed Warren Buffett to take the No. 2 spot among the world’s richest. As of this week, Buffett was ranked fourth, just behind Spanish clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega Gaona. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is currently the world’s fifth-richest, according to Bloomberg.

Shares of Seattle-based Amazon have gained 40 percent this year, adding $24 billion to Bezos’ net worth as the online behemoth continues to steal business from retailers and fellow web-based sellers of everything from books to appliances to streaming movies and music.
Bezos, who started Amazon 22 years ago selling books out of a garage, currently owns about 80 million shares of the company.
Amazon is slated to report its second-quarter earnings after the bell Thursday, and better-than-expected results could solidify Bezos’ top spot among the world’s billionaires.

Unlike Gates, Bezos hasn’t been big on philanthropy despite his riches, instead spending much of his personal wealth and free time on his space exploration company, Blue Origin.

Kim Kardashian's Surrogate Is Three Months Pregnant
Here comes baby! Kim Kardashian has long been vocal about her desire for a big family — and now that family's growing.

In June, the 36-year old and husband, Kanye West began looking for a surrogate, and a source now tells Us Weekly they have cause to celebrate: Their pick — a San Diego mom in her late 20s, referred by an agency — is three months along, which means they’ll likely welcome baby No. 3 in January 2018.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and rapper, 40, are in experienced hands, as the woman has reportedly served as a surrogate before, even appearing in a promotional video about the process with her own family.

The parents to North, 4, and Saint, 19 months, have agreed to pay $45,000 in 10 monthly installments of $4,500, according to a TMZ report. In the case of multiples, Kardashian and West will fork over $5,000 per additional child. This is all in addition to the whopping $68,850 deposit given to the agency.
My baby girl turned 4 years old today! She's my light & my everything!!! I love you to the moon & back North
Other stipulations in the contract focus on the surrogate's wellness habits. Among the fairly standard expectant-mom guidelines are no drinking, smoking or drug use; no hot tubs or saunas; no raw fish; and no handling cat litter.
As Kardashian told Ellen DeGeneres back in 2014, "I have so many siblings and I love it, they're my best friends and I would love that for my kids.” But two pregnancies plagued by placenta accreta, a potentially life-threatening condition, have forced her and West to consider alternative options, rather than enduring another high-risk situation.

#BLACKHOLLYWOOD: Will Packer And Oprah Winfrey Are in line To Dominate Hollywood
Will Packer and Oprah Winfrey are once again taking Hollywood by storm.
It was just announced that Packer, the director behind several major grossing films, including this weekend’s record breaking comedy Girls Trip, will be starting a new production company.

Packer’s new venture will be backed by Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures, but its Oprah’s entity OWN that has first refusal.

Under the first-look deal, OWN gets first pick of all scripted and unscripted television shows Packer produces. If they refuse, then Will can pitch to other networks.
“When you look at just the landscape of television content, every morning you wake up, there’s another outlet that has content going out to the same viewers,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN. “When you can strike first-look deals with a talent like Will Packer, what that affords you is the ability to look at what he’s creating before it goes out to the masses.”
Packer will not only produce television series, but he will also tap into advertising campaigns, short form content on a digital platform and ad campaigns for branded clients.

“This gives me the ability to tell a story the way that story should be told,” Will recently said. “I don’t have to look at it as one particular type of content for one particular medium.”

Houston Rapper Z-Ro Arrested For Beating Girlfriend Just Brittany For Nearly Two Hours
Houston rap legend Z-Ro, real name Joseph McVey, has been arrested stemming from a domestic abuse incident that occurred in April.  The news breaks as his girlfriend, rapper Just Brittany, makes her reality TV debut on VH1’s new series, “Signed.”
Over the weekend,  Just Brittany informed authorities that on April 29, she had been assaulted by Z-Ro after the two got into an argument over canceled dinner plans. Court documents say that Joseph McVey allegedly slapped, punched and dragged Brittany for about an hour and a half.  She provided a 21-minute recording of a portion of the assault to police as evidence.

In the video, which Brittany reportedly started recording midway through the assault, McVey, 40, could be heard saying “You’re dead.” Brittany could also be heard saying, “Why did you push me?” and “Get your f*ckin hands from around my neck.” Brittany told investigators that she was in fear of her life during the assault.
Police turned the information over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, who in turn, determined there was enough to arrest the rapper and charge him with felony aggravated assault.

McVey is currently being held without bond.

Quincy Jones wins lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s Estate for 9.4. Million Dollars!
A jury says Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million! The legendary producer is entitled to the amount in royalties and production fees from “Billie Jean,” ?Thriller” and other hits that he made for the late singer.
The award is less than the $30 million Jones sought in the lawsuit filed close to four years ago. The Jackson estate had put the figure at less than $400,000.

Jones claimed in the lawsuit that Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment owed him for music used in the concert film “This Is It” and two Cirque du Soleil shows that used Jackson’s songs.
Jones, who produced “Thriller” and two other Jackson albums, said the songs were improperly re-edited in order to deprive him of the royalties and production fees.

Rihanna Wears Pink Prada Outfit at Paris Premiere of "Valerian City of a Thousand Planets"
The Rihanna press slay tour continues on.

On Tuesday, the singer graced the red carpet for the premiere of Valerian City of a Thousand Planets in Paris wearing a millennial pink ensemble that somehow outshone her other headline-making lewks from previous premieres.

Millennial pink is not a surprising choice for Riri — she wore a bubblegum pink off-the-shoulder gown just one week ago for the film's Los Angeles premiere. But the outfit from Tuesday's red carpet was a completely different silhouette, this time channeling a modern-day flapper. Rihanna's Prada outfit consisted of a beaded satin bra paired with a high-waisted pencil skirt, trimmed at the hemline with darker hued feathers.
She accessorized the ensemble with pink, round-frame Cutler and Gross sunnies (which covered up coral-pink eyeshadow), rose-hued diamond drop earrings, and fur-trimmed Charlotte Olympia heels in a pinkish-nude hue. The monochromatic look has also been Riri's go-to of late. On the London red carpet just a day ago, Rihanna wore head-to-toe red, accessorizing her low-cut bright dress with ruby jewels and deep crimson lips — not to mention, her first millennial pink premiere outfit also had a matching pink clutch and accessories. (But Rihanna's Parisian Prada was a departure for the singer, as she's worn Giambattista Valli gowns twice now.)

Rihanna — who plays a shape-shifting alien named "Bubble" in the new film — shared her outfits (as she's been doing the whole press tour) on Instagram, even revealing that her makeup was from her own, upcoming beauty line, Fenty Beauty.

In another social media picture, the singer poses with co-star Cara Delevingne, who looked equally glamorous in a long-sleeve, plunging silver gown. (What a red carpet duo these two are.) Take a look at her outfit below.
In a world of uncertainty, the only thing it seems we can count on these days is for Rihanna's red carpet looks to never disappoint. 

James Corden Performs Musical Number in Response to Donald Trump's Ban of Transgender Troops
James Corden issued a response to Donald Trump‘s ban on transgender individuals in the military by performing a song and dance number on The Late Late Show on Wednesday (July 26).
The song was performed to the tune of Nat King Cole‘s “L-O-V-E” with different words.

“‘L,’ he doesn’t care for lesbians; ‘G,’ he thinks two men should just be friends, ‘B,’ to his dumb knowledge is just a phase in college; ‘T,’ he finds confusing, so the army’s now refusing trans women who only want to serve; trans men who want rights we all deserve. POTUS thinks it’s unsavory, patriots who know real bravery. Trump’s got hate for me and you,” James sang.


“Trump wants to seem like a manly man, overcompensating for his tiny… hands,” James added later....LOL!

Tinashe gets restraining order against fan
Tinashe has been granted a restraining order against an obsessed fan who thinks the pair are married.
The 24-year-old singer has been left terrified of her alleged stalker, Martin Murphy, who thinks he and the star are a married couple, and whom she believes is trying to hurt her.

According to TMZ.com, the “All Hands On Deck” singer has been awarded a restraining order against 25-year-old Martin, which requires him to stay at least 100 yards away from both the brunette beauty and her parents.
The publication also states Martin traveled from Boston to L.A. just to see the singer and ended up staying close to her parents’ home.

Tinashe is also said to be worried that the man is “trying to reinstate his Massachusetts license to carry a firearm.”
Martin’s father is also said to be in favor of the restraining order, and is quoted to have said in a declaration: “[Martin has] suffered a psychotic break and is unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.”

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#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Throws A “Gurls And ๐ŸŒˆGays๐ŸŒˆ” Party!

#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Throws A “Gurls And ๐ŸŒˆGays๐ŸŒˆ” Party!
NeNe Leakes threw a party this weekend with a theme I don’t understand. At all. The concept appeared to be wear white, bring a gay guy friend, come over to gush over NeNe’s newish multi-million dollar home, and in some cases, get thrown out for assaulting another guest. Anyway, the official title was “Gurls & Gays” but the official hashtag was “NeNeNeverForget”.

I believe this is NeNe’s first “event” since rejoining Real Housewives Of Atlanta, and she also got to show off her home in the process. Since homes are the source of such contentions in this group! Most of the cast attended – including Kim Zolciak who embroiled Kenya Moore in some mighty Wigs-N-Cigs drama!

Porsha Williams was absent because, if you recall, NeNe wants her fired from the show. Kandi Burruss also wasn’t there, because she was in Kenya attending Shamea Morton‘s wedding. Bizarrely Marlo Hampton attended – apparently she and NeNe are fast-frenemies again, which probably means we can expect to see her in a ‘friend’ role again this season. And even more surprisingly Lisa Wu-Hartwell showed up to this little reunion!
Also present were a couple other ladies RHOA is ‘testing’ as potential cast members.


The Daily Buzz For July 27

MTV VMAs nominations announced,And the gender-specific categories dropped
On Tuesday via Instagram Live, MTV announced the nominees for the 2017 Video Music Awards, and the DAMN. rapper led the way with eight nominations for “HUMBLE.,” the first single off his recent album, which debuted to critical and commercial acclaim in April. Among the video’s nominations are those for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Hip-Hop, and Best Direction.

Lamar will be competing for the newly created honor of Artist of the Year with Katy Perry and The Weekend, who tied for the second most nominations with five apiece. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande join them in the category, which marks the first year the show will ditch the gender-specific awards. MTV made the same move earlier this year for its inaugural TV & Movie Awards.

Competing against Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE.’ for the top prize, Video of the Year, are Mars’ “24K Magic,” The Weeknd’s “Reminder,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful,” and DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

The 2017 VMAs will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. Check out the complete list of nominees below (excluding Best Song of Summer, which will be announced at a later date).

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd

Kodak Black
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and Mร˜ – “Cold Water”
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”

Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”
Halsey – “Now or Never”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

Kanye West – “Fade”
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Sia – “The Greatest”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

Future – “Mask Off”
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Lorde – “Green Light”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

#RHoA: Shamea Morton Marries Gerald Mwangi in a Lovely Kenyan Ceremony
The #RHOA Georgia Peach is officially a Mrs.

(Via Bravo) Shamea Morton has tied the knot with her African prince. The Real Housewives of Atlanta bestie married Gerald Mwangi in a ceremony in Kenya on July 22.
Shamea and Gerald, who is originally from Kenya, partied with their wedding guests in a reception held on Mount Kenya. Shamea's RHOA pal Kandi Burruss captured all of the "#FunTimes" at Shamea's wedding on Instagram.
The RHOA couple has been together for more than three years before tying the knot. "He is amazing. He is definitely Godsend. And they say you got to kiss a couple of frogs before you get your Prince Charming, and that is definitely what he is," Shamea gushed about her then-fiancรฉ during an interview with The Daily Dish in April. "I think about where I was five years ago even, and I think about where I am now, and all I can say is, ‘God, he is so good, and he is so merciful, and he is so understanding, and he is so patient and forgiving.' And it’s nothing but his work that brought us together."
Shamea also told The Daily Dish that she and Gerald planned to make a home in Atlanta following their big day. "He and his siblings came to the States for college. So he’s been in the States right before his 18th birthday, and he’s like, 'No, I never want to leave Atlanta,'" Shamea said. "That’s where all my family is, and he has all his friends here, and we just have a really great life in Atlanta. That’s where we want to raise our kids, and this is home for us."


EMPIRE; See ‘Empire’ Co-Creator Danny Strong’s New Film ‘Rebel in The Rye’
As literary declarations go, “Holden Caulfield deserves an entire book” sounds like one of the safer bets, but as this trailer for IFC Films’ upcoming Rebel in the Rye suggests, the sentiment wasn’t exactly a universal one when the young, untried author J.D. Salinger began his road to a masterpiece.
Rebel in the Rye, directed by Danny Strong and starring Nicholas Hoult as Salinger, chronicles The Catcher in the Rye author’s literary beginnings and the inspirations behind the novel and its phony-hating main character Holden. Says IFC, “the film sheds light on the events that shaped the young author, and some of the influential people who he meets in his pursuit of success – namely his mentor Whit Burnett.”
Burnett is played by Kevin Spacey, and he’s the one who suggests turning Holden’s tale from short story to novel.

Watch the trailer HERE

The trailer also flashes back to Salinger’s wartime experiences, and the disapproval he later faced from his doubting father (Victor Garber). Also starring are Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch and Hope Davis.
Strong directs from his own script, and Rebel in the Rye is produced by Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, Danny Strong, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill.

IFC releases Rebel in the Rye September 15, 2017.

Ol’ Skool flashback: Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas – Is It Good To You
Seemingly from the start of his career, Teddy Riley began working with the talented singer Tammy Lucas. She’d begin writing and providing backing vocals to songs he’d produce, but that work culminated with the song “Is It Good To You” from 1991.

The original version of the song was included as part of the star studded “Juice” soundtrack. The project is considered one of the greatest soundtracks of all time and includes artists like Naughty by Nature, Eric B & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Aaron Hall, EPMD and much more.

Lets go back and Listen to ‘Is It Good To You’ HERE

As for Tammy Lucas, you might be wondering what she’s been up to in recent years. Our friends over at ‘You Know I Got Soul’ caught up with the singer for a pretty extensive interview last year, giving them the background on her career. She mentioned her start working with Teddy Riley:

We did a few things and Guy was just getting started. I did some of the vocals on the first Guy album. We did a bunch of stuff together. We did something with J.T. from Kool and the Gang. Teddy was getting a lot of work and that was before Virginia Beach. Then we took a little break from each other and then he had the Michael Jackson thing. He called me onto that and we went down to LA and we met Michael Jackson and the engineer Mr. Swedien. We got a lot of open tracks. Teddy and Michael were working on his album and there were a million different tracks. They gave us a lot of open tracks. “Remember the Time” was one and “Joy” was another one. I’m not sure what the other one was, but I took the stuff back in my little cocoon. I wrote “Joy” and Bernard Belle wrote “Remember The Time”. We co-wrote those with Teddy and Michael Jackson. That’s something I’m really proud of. “Joy” didn’t make the “Dangerous” album and then Blackstreet recorded it years later and I think it was a number one song.


#NEWHIPHOP from Belly – ‘P.O.P.’
After teasing the Blac Chyna-assisted video, Belly unleashes his new Glorious single “P.O.P.”

Over the piano-laden Ben Billions beat, the XO affiliate raps about “the power of pussy.” “No job and she hit a lick,” he rhymes. “That’s a fuck and blow job with some benefits / Went and got an ass job and some bigger tits / Now, she at the Benz dealership? / I’m like, ‘Get it, bitch!'”


A video for the track is expected soon. But before that, Belly has released a behind-the-scenes clip from the shoot, which features Blac Chyna, a vintage Ferrari, and several gorgeous models.
“P.O.P.” is a single off Belly’s forthcoming Glorious project, a follow-up to last year’s InZombia and Another Day in Paradise.

‘Wonder Woman’ 2 Release Date Announced
The Warner Bros. and DC Comics has announced a release date for the sequel to their box office smash, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

Wonder Woman 2 will arrive on December 13, 2019. While I’m hot as fish grease that I have to wait over two years to see Princess Diana kicking butt and taking names – I’m geeked the sequel is happening!

Via Deadline: Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has been the breakout smash of the summer, last week passing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as the season’s top=grossing pic. It opened domestically June 2 with a $103M opening weekend that broke numerous records, including best bow for a female-directed film. Overseas, the film crashed in $125M for a worldwide debut of $228M.

Oh? Amber Rose on Dark Days After the Kanye West Split: ‘If I Was Going to Kill Myself, I Would Have During Those Times’
Amber Rose is getting forthright about her 2010 split from Kanye West and the “constant bullying” she says she’s endured from him over the years.
During an interview with Complex‘s “Everyday Struggle” talk show, the TV personality opened up about her personal battles in the years since breaking up with the rapper, and how his harsh comments deeply impacted her life.

“I see this a lot on the Internet: ‘Amber’s going to hurt him.’ I’ve been the one that’s been heartbroken. I have never cheated on any of my boyfriends,” Rose, 33, revealed during her sit-down interview. “I still have never said anything mean about Kanye. This is after six, seven years of constant bullying from him.”

Rose and West, 40, dated for two years before calling it quits in 2010 — the same year he released the Grammy winning My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his fifth studio album, inspired by their breakup.
“It’s a great part of history and it’s a great part of hip-hop, and I’m happy to be a part of it, but that time was not a great time for me,” she said. “I’m famous, and I’m broke. I can’t date anyone else. I can’t say anything on the Internet because Kanye has such a voice. If I was going to kill myself, I would have done it during those times.”

“The only thing I got from him was fame. I had to just take that,” Rose continues. “I had to take that heartbreak on top of it.”

#SHOTSFIRED Charlize Theron Calls Tia Mowry “A B!tch” Over SoulCycle Comments?
Who knew Charlize Theron was the shade queen?!

The “Atomic Blonde” actress stopped by Watch What Happens Live and played “Plead The Fifth” with host Andy Cohen. Being a little shady himself, Andy asked Charlize if the rumor about her rolling her eyes at Tia Mowry during a SoulCycle workout class was true. Theron answered by saying, “What a b!tch,” and while she was somewhat joking, her continued response was a bit more petty (or passive aggressive at the very least).
“I’m not an eye roller,” Charlize stated, “but I would be like ‘f*ck off’.” And after claiming she didn’t even remember seeing Mowry at SoulCycle, she followed up with a non-apology saying, “I’m sorry if you were there.” THE. SHADE.


It’s also worth noting that she never flat out denied the eye-roll, she more so just deflected.

Justin Bieber Cancels Tour because he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior!
Justin Bieber surprised fans by abruptly nixing the remaining dates on his “Purpose World Tour.” Now, questions are being asked about his reasons for the cancellation.
Bieber has cited “unforeseen circumstances” in his official statement and he also claimed exhaustion influenced the decision. However, insiders say he was more influenced by religion, according to TMZ.

Sources from the Hillsong Church say that Bieber cut his tour short because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” The pop star has frequently been seen with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz in recent months. They even attended a large church event in Australia recently. Still, insiders claim that Lentz did not influence the decision.
In a paparazzi interview, Bieber explained his reasons for cancelling the tour, while quieting concerns about the matter. “Everything is fine,” he said. “I’ve been on tour for two years. Just resting and getting some relaxation. We’re gonna ride some bikes.”

When asked about his message to fans, he responded: “I love you guys. I think you guys are awesome. Sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed. It’s not my heart or anything. Have a blessed day.”
But fans weren’t the only ones disappointed in Bieber’s cancellation. According to TMZ, more than 200 people are out of work due to the decision, with many of them upset and feeling blindsided by the situation.

Crew members reportedly don’t believe Bieber’s exhaustion claims, either. According to sources, the pop crooner recently had a month off in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, where he apparently played sports and partied during his down time.
Shortly after his remaining “Purpose Tour” dates were scrapped, Bieber issued a statement through his camp. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the ‘Purpose World Tour’ concerts,” read the statement. “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the ‘Purpose World Tour’ over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.”

K Michelle gets her own day in Houston as K Michelle Day!
R&B singer/reality star K. Michelle received some love from H-Town. The Rebellious Soul singer was awarded with her very own day in Houston. July 16th is officially "K. Michelle Day." She gushed about the honor on Instagram, posting a video when she received the honor and a caption of gratefulness.
Chic is getting all the days all around the country...so it seems.

Congrats K!

FIGHT NEWS ALERT! Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Will Be In Movie Theaters
Movie theaters around the U.S. will show the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26th.

Movie theater tickets for the fight are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. It will cost boxing fans that watch it on high-definition pay-per-view TV, $99.95. Tickets to attend the actual fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, ranges from $500 to $10,000.

Hair For Days
Build a little sun visor right in there. That’s just smart practical problem solving right there.

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