5/22/18

The Daily Buzz For May 23 ☕πŸ“°☕


Danai Gurira Looks Beautiful For ‘Ebony’ Magazine [Photos]
Black Panther starlet Danai Gurira looks absolutely radiant for the new cover of EBONY magazine. The actress, playwright, producer and activist is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic in these beautiful images shot by renowned photographer Dennis Leupold.
“Growing up at a time when you didn’t often see yourself represented in popular media, #EbonyMagazine was always that source of edification celebrating Black voices, history, and achievements. Really enjoyed shooting this cover and sharing my story with them. Thanks so much @ebonymagazine,” said Gurira on social media.
According to EBONY, Gurira rocked to Diana Ross‘ classic 70s hit “The Boss” while doing her photo shoot.


#RHoA: Kim Zolciak Says NeNe Leakes Tried to ‘Kick’ Her at ‘RHOA’ Reunion
Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes just can’t kiss and makeup. After Andy Cohen admitted he felt the Don’t Be Tardy star was ganged up on by her castmates during last month’s explosive Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, the two women reignited the drama between them over social media on Monday, May 21.
 “Atlanta this season, I had a really rough time with the last chunk of that when Kim was on because it got very… I hate a five against one situation,” Cohen said during a recent appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show. “It is a gang up and the problem is that Kim was not …  It’s less problematic when the person is good at taking up for themselves and Kim was not having an easy time with her words …  No one was listening to me and I really did not have control of the room and I wish that I had walked off.”

Leakes was the first to respond to the Watch What Happens Live host’s comments on Monday, writing, “If Kim was gained up on, she deserved it! That’s what happens when u talk reckless abt EVERYBODY! Oh & no one cared abt me getting gained up on season 7. Think Dr Jeff situation, wearing all white at the reunion. Cynthia, peter, Claudia, Kenya & Kandi all had something 2 say 2 me. I don’t remember anybody caring🀷🏾‍♀️ just sayin.”
The former Glee actress added: “Just replying back to everybody blowing me up abt this video just saying! Just answering the people.”

Later on Monday, a fan tweeted about the interview to Zolciak, commenting that Cohen saying the reality TV star was “ganged up on blows [her] mind.”

“Sweetie you didn’t see an 1/4 of what happened this season or an 1/8 of reunion! I had positive moments Irregardless Im comfortable w/ who I am and what I stand for it’s television!” Zolciak tweeted. “The reunion was disgusting! Nene trying to kick me, girls making fun of my children, mocking my … Husband, I do not pick on people’s children, husbands! You are clueless human being! Sending love and light.”
 “Living MY dream!” added the “Google Me” singer, who is currently filming season 7 of her family’s spinoff after briefly halting production due to the drama.

The problems between Leakes and Zolciak started during season 10 of RHOA after the latter’s daughter Brielle Biermann took a video that she claimed showed roaches in Leakes’ home. As a result, the women on the series called Zolciak racist during the reunion. She was slammed for making a comment that racism isn’t “real” and apologized for her comments in a lengthy statement at the time.

“During the last RHOA reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize,” the statement read. “Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep — I am open to all and always have been.”


#Empire Co-Creator Danny Strong has a New lawyer series on Fox that will shoot in Chicago
Fox has ordered a new series about lawyers from one of the creators of “Empire,” and like that hip-hop-flavored hit, it is expected to be shot in Chicago.

“Proven Innocent” will star Rachelle Lefevre, who played reporter Julia Shumway on CBS’ “Under the Dome,” as the head of a law firm that investigates cases believed to be wrongful convictions.
It comes from producer Danny Strong, who created “Empire” with filmmaker Lee Daniels.

Also in the cast are Russell Hornsby (“Grimm”), Riley Smith (“Frequency”), Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) and Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”). The series pilot was shot in Chicago earlier in the spring, and a spokesman for producing company Twentieth Century Fox Television told the Sun-Times, “I know of no plans to move the show.”
That makes five broadcast network series filming here, along with “Empire” and NBC’s trio of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.” All were renewed for another season in recent days.

The series order comes a year after the cancellation of another locally made law show, the “Chicago P.D.” spinoff “Chicago Justice.”


#NewMusicVideo from Sza “Garden” Co-Starring Donald Glover
SZA invites us into a fantasy paradise in the anticipated video for “Garden (Say It Like Dat).”

Directed by Karena Evans (Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”), the dreamlike visual was shot around a forest and rocky beach in Maui. It opens at night with SZA lying in the sand. As the sun rises she explores the majestic landscape and cozies up to her man, played by Donald Glover.

WATCH HERE

 “Garden” is the latest release from SZA’s platinum debut Ctrl and follows videos for “Doves in the Wind,” “Broken Clocks,” “Supermodel,” “The Weekend,” “Drew Barrymore,” and “Love Galore.”


#HipHopNews: Meek Mill Shouts Out Drake In "What's Beef" Remix Snippet
It appears Meek Mill and Drake’s storied feud is truly a thing of the past. A snippet of Meek rapping over The Notorious B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef” emerged online featuring a shoutout to the OVO superstar.

“Is we beefing or rapping/I might just pop up with Drizzy like what’s –” Meek raps before the clip cuts off.
A post shared by Drake Official Fansite (@wordonrd) on
Meek and Drake were bitter enemies during one of the biggest beefs in recent Hip Hop history, instigated by the Dreamchasers boss calling out Drizzy for allegedly using ghostwriters in 2015. The two famously traded disses and insults before things finally settled down in 2017. Meek’s incarceration seemed to be the nail in the feud’s coffin, complete with Drake publicly lobbying for his rival’s release from prison.

In a recent interview with Hot 97, Meek entertained the idea of a collaboration with Drake. Prior to their feud, the two teamed up for 2015’s “R.I.C.O.” off the former’s Dreams Worth More Than Money album.

“It’s possible,” Meek told Hot 97’s Ebro Darden about working with Drizzy. “Everything is possible. I ain’t got no hate towards him and I don’t believe he got hate towards me. When I was in the situation, I seen in the media. He said ‘Free Meek Mill.’ That was when I’m at my down point, where I don’t really got anything going with music. A lot of people can say, ‘He wants to attach with what’s going on.’ I don’t really care about that. Before we had a little rap issue, I knew him as a person and he supported.”


The Pussycat Dolls is suing British Media Rag The Daily Mail for accusing them of being a part of a PROSTITUTION RING!
WOW! I know The Daily Mail can be vicious but…….. DAMN! On Twitter, a woman purported to tell the "truth" behind the girl group. Many media outlets picked up her comments and now one tabloid faces defamation claims for publishing her "unreliable" story without verifying.
Seen any of the news stories how the Pussycat Dolls was really just a prostitution ring with members of the girl group forced into sex with entertainment executives?

According to a new defamation lawsuit filed against the parent company of the Daily Mail, the wild tale was false. Now, The Pussycat Dolls Inc. and the band's manager Robin Antin are out to restore their reputations and punish one tabloid for what's being characterized as an "intentional, reckless and malicious publication."

The Pussycat Dolls were founded in 1995 by Antin as a modern dance troupe performing weekly shows at The Viper Room in Los Angeles. Christina Aguilera, Christina Applegate and Carmen Electra were among the revolving cast of dancers and singers. Eventually, the group evolved into a recording act whose debut album PCD in 2005 included several songs that landed on the charts. The six primary members of the recording group were Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton and Kimberly Wyatt.

In October, another woman named Kaya Jones came forward to tweet about her own supposed experience with the group.

"My truth," wrote Jones. "I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $."
That was just part of a tweet storm from Jones that included allegations that as a member of the group, she was drugged, blacklisted and walked away from a $134 million record deal.

Perhaps due to the fervor surrounding Harvey Weinstein last fall, or maybe because it was just a story too incredible to ignore, reporters began picking it up. Among the outlets to do so were Fox News, CBS News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

Now, the band's corporate entitity and Antin are in court to fight one of those publications who allegedly should have known better.

According to the complaint, "This defamation action arises out of the intentional, reckless and malicious publication by the Daily Mail Corporation... of false and defamatory statements made by a disgruntled, unreliable and biased person looking for her fifteen minutes of fame, Kaya Jones, when the Defendants knew through their direct prior dealings with Plaintiffs, or should have known, with even the most basic check, that Ms. Jones was unreliable and her story obviously false. Instead, for pure sensationalism, and advertising money, and to grab salacious headlines to sell their product, and without caring what it meant for Plaintiffs, their business, or their reputation, the Defendants published and commented on these defamatory statements with a reckless disregard for the truth."

This lawsuit figures to cast a shadow on a practice becoming increasingly common: taking statements on social media at face value and fair game for reporting without enough skepticism.

Although many stories characterize Jones as a former member of the group, the group itself considers that to be a stretch.

The complaint continues, "The extent of Ms. Jones’ credits in The Pussycat Dolls is when she auditioned, and served as a backup vocalist on the song 'Sway' released in 2004 and the song 'We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going' also released in 2004. Had the Daily Mail performed any investigation into this matter, such as reviewing album credits available on the Internet, they would have also seen this information."

The plaintiffs object to Jones self-portrayal as a core member or "leader" of the Pussycat Dolls. The complaint characterizes her as an "unreliable source," whose bias should have been evident "due to her failure to be chosen to be a member of the group and reunion."

Given that the band is in the public eye, attorney Richard Busch, representing the plaintiffs, appears to be focused on meeting the actual malice standard for a defamation case of this nature. That means knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth. Alleging that a media outlet should have done a more thorough investigation, however, might not be quite sufficient to support a public figure's defamation claim. (That could explain why other news outlets with stories about Jones' tweets have escaped becoming co-defendants. Or maybe it's because the Daily Mail has settled in the past. See Melania Trump.) What Busch highlights in the complaint (read here) is the Daily Mail's past interaction — it "interviewed and ran stories on Ms. Antin and the members of The Pussycat Dolls" — and a "close relationship" with Antin that plaintiffs argue would have made verification easy.

Get more over at The Hollywood Reporter!


Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Look So in Love at First Event Since Royal Wedding
They’re beaming! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended Prince Charles’ 70th birthday patronage celebration on Tuesday, May 22, for their first official event as a married couple.

The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who tied the knot just three days earlier, were all smiles as they arrived at the garden of Buckingham Palace in London.
Harry, 33, looked handsome in a classic black suit over a white button-down shirt and a blue necktie.
Meghan (nΓ©e Markle), 36, truly embraced her new role as a royal in a pale pink hat and a blush-colored Goat dress with sheer detailing. She styled her brunette locks in a chic side chignon.
Meghan shared a laugh with Charles and Duchess Camilla at one point in the afternoon.


Another Day, Another Accusation … R. Kelly Hit With Lawsuit Over Sexual Misconduct + STD
Here we Go Again!

R. Kelly is facing yet another allegation of sexual misconduct. They 52-year-old singer has come under-fire as of late for a series of questionable sexcapades — but this time the woman is seeking justice.

According to her lawsuit, Faith Rodgers claims that Kels sexually assaulted her, locked her in rooms to punish her for failing to please him and infected her with herpes. They 20-year-old woman says she was in a relationship with the R&B singer for about a year, but during that time she was subjected to awful treatment and abuse:

“Defendant, R. Kelly, locked Plaintiff in secluded areas including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, for extended periods of time in order to punish Plaintiff for failing to please Defendant sexually and/or for perceived offenses and violations of his prescribed code of conduct,” the suit alleges.

Rodgers says she met Kelly after a concert in San Antonio a year ago, and soon after he was flying her out to New York for visits. According to PageSix, Faith also alleges that during their first sexual encounter she told Kelly she was “not ready to have sex,” but that he disregarded her and engaged in “non-permissive, painful and abusive sex.”

Faith is suing the Pied Piper for sexual battery, fraud and false imprisonment.

In addition, the #MuteRKelly movement is still going strong…


Maddie Poppe Wins ‘American Idol’ After Runner-Up Reveals They’re Dating
“I win either way,” second-place finisher Caleb Lee Hutchinson said.

Maddie Poppe won “American Idol” Monday ― and also triumphed in romance.
Before she was named the champion in the rebooted singing competition, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson announced that he and Poppe were an item.

“Well, Maddie is my pal and I’ve known her since the beginning of Hollywood week,” Hutchinson said. “And she actually happens to be my girlfriend.”……Bombshell.
Judge Katy Perry spun a few revolutions in her chair at the news, People reported.
The evening got even more cozy when the two performed Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Over the Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World” together, and received a surprise trip to a resort in Hawaii.

Before the results were announced, Hutchinson said he couldn’t lose. “When I looked over at Maddie I was like, ‘I win either way,’” he said in the clip at the top.
Poppe, who’s from Iowa, consistently impressed during the reboot’s run by performing such classics as “Homeward Bound” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

She got a tad choked up as she sang her coronation song, “Going Going Gone.”


Nick Jonas Spotted on Date With Bebe Rexha After Sliding Into Newly-Single Jenna Dewan’s Instagram
Nick Jonas‘ dating life has the Internet buzzing!

The “Anywhere” singer was spotted out with Bebe Rexha at dinner on Monday night, just hours after they both performed for the “American Idol” finale. The two tried to throw off photographers by arriving and leaving the popular hotspot Craig’s separately.
Wearing a dazzling silver jumpsuit, Rexha showed off every single one of her curves and couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as she left the restaurant. When asked if the dinner date was for an upcoming music collaboration with Jonas, Rexha alluded that’s not exactly why the duo was together.

But she’s not the only Hollywood starlet that the 25-year-old heartthrob is currently linked to.

On the same night he was spotted out with Rexha, Nick Jonas was caught sliding into newly-single Jenna Dewan‘s Instagram comments. Dewan, who announced her separation from Channing Tatum in April, posted a sexy shot showcasing her outfit from the Billboard Awards.
 “‘twas such a fun night!!! Thank you for having me!,” the 37-year-old wrote, to which Jonas responded, “‘Twas. Twasn’t it.” [h/t @commentsbycelebs]
While it seems it’s too early for fans to start commenting about his date with Rexha, it’s safe to say they’re all for Dewan-Jonas 2018.


Paris Jackson explains why she didn’t show up to Auntie Janet Jackson’s Billboard Night
This week Michael Jackson's daughter Paris lashed out at fans after she was attacked for her underwhelming response to Janet Jackson's Billboard Icon Award.

Paris further explains she wasn't even invited to the event and had no idea about the award. 

Whatever!


‘LA To Vegas’ Comedy Series Canceled By Fox After One Season
Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series LA To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season.

As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get LA to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly guest starring in an episode next season but would not commit to doing the Season 2 opener. While not the crucial factor, that, along with the network’s reduced shelf space because of the addition of Thursday Night Football, contributed to Fox’s decision to cancel the comedy starring Dylan McDermott.

When discussing the then-pending renewal decision on the bubble freshman comedy on Fox’s upfront call last week, the network chairman Dana Walden noted that series creator/exec producer Lon Zimmet and executive producer Steve Levitan were working on Season 2 ideas and that “if we can’t find a way to make noise, we won’t do (a second season).”

LA To Vegas got off to a promising start with its premiere ranking as Fox’s highest-rated Tuesday comedy telecast in nearly a year and quickly earned an order for three additional episodes but its ratings have tapered off since.

The series follows an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take a no-frills roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to come back a winner. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, creator/showruner Lon Zimmet, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke, director Steve Levitan, Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener and Jeff Morton serve as executive producers.

With the decision on LA to Vegas, Fox has cancelled all of its existing live-action comedy series — all of them single-camera — with the exception of Ghosted, whose fate is still TBD. The network has on tap three multi-camera comedy series for next season, the Last Man Standing revival as well as The Cool Kids and Rel. Fox also has single-camera pilot Dan the Weatherman in consideration for possible reshoots and two off-cycle comedy pilots, Bless This Mess and untitled McElhenney and Rosell.


Jamie Foxx Will Host This Year’s BET Awards Making It His Second Time In Total
Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx, will host this year’s BET Awards according to news reports. Jamie, actor, singer, musician, and host of “Beat Shazam,” will be the MC of the show which kicks off on the 24th of June.

Foxx hosted the awards ceremony back in 2009, making it his second time doing so in the last ten years.


Aaron Hernandez’s Former FiancΓ©e Shayanna Jenkins Is Expecting A New Bundle Of Joy!
Last year, Shayanna Jenkins talked about the late Aaron Hernandez in an interview with Dr. Phil. Now… Shayanna Jenkins is pregnant.

Shayanna Jenkins shares the wonderful news and a photo of her baby bump on Instagram
Congrats to her and Wish her all the happiness in the World


Cannes 2018: Ava Duvernay in Stella McCartney at the Closing Ceremony
Ava Duvernay in Stella McCartney at the Closing Ceremony. Take a Look!

First reaction: What a gorgeous color. Second reaction: What a surprisingly understated design from Stella McCartney. Granted, the half-cape, half-train effect is pretty Stella-esque, but the overall look is pleasingly conservative allowing the simple drama of the shape and color work in tandem with a woman who knows exactly how to wear something like this. 
It’s a great look


AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
‘SO OFFICIAL’
I guess someone has to officiate the KY Jelly wrestling match.


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HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY!!!
EFREM

5/21/18

#WINNING Coming to Netflix: It’s The Obamas! πŸ‘πŸ‘«πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ


#WINNING Coming to Netflix: It’s The Obamas! πŸ‘πŸ‘«πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ
Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.

The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the United States and internationally. The couple has created “Higher Ground Productions,” a company to produce content for Netflix, the streaming service announced.

The former president has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative voices that populate media outlets like Fox News.
Instead, a release from Netflix said the Obamas will produce “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” that highlight issues and themes the president pursued during his eight years in office.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Mr. Obama has remained largely quiet since leaving office about a year-and-a-half ago, despite calls from some of his supporters to be more active in fighting back against Mr. Trump’s assault on the Obama legacy.

The former president and his advisers have rejected that approach, believing that Mr. Obama would become a convenient political target for the current president. As a result, the Netflix deal is unlikely to be a vehicle for any sharp, partisan rhetoric by the former president, officials said.

Word of negotiations between Mr. Obama and Netflix was first reported in The New York Times in March. Netflix did not disclose financial details of the arrangement, though similar deals between streaming services and high-profile celebrities have been worth many tens of millions of dollars over several years.

Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said the deal will benefit the service’s audience.

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” he said. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”

Of course the Trump Trolls are already at it threatening to boycott Netflix…LOL! Go ahead, Who cares? 

The Daily Buzz For May 22 ☕πŸ“°☕


Issa Rae Covers GQ + Releases Premiere Date For ‘Insecure’
Award winning actress, producer and pop culture phenom Issa Rae is having the best week ever. Not only did she just announce that her popular HBO series, Insecure is coming back on August 12 but she is also gracing GQ‘s new comedy issue along with Sarah Silverman and Kate McKinnon.

“Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQ‘s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature,” says GQ.
Profiles on each of the ladies will be released on GQ.com next week.

In addition to Insecure, also look for Issa Rae to star in Little with Marsai Martin and The Hate U Give with Common, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg and Anthony Mackie.


#RHoA: Kandi Burruss Flaunts Bikini Body At Birthday Bash With Friends
Kandi Burruss is out there flaunting her fabulous bikini body while on vacation in Las Vegas for her birthday.
The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star and a group of ladies including Toya Wright decided to recreate Lil’ Kim’s “Not Tonight (Ladies Night)” video.
In the clip, Kandi is wearing a white bikini and is sporting a cute bob as she danced with a very sexy friend.
Todd Tucker, who is Kandi’s husband and posted the video, wrote: “Babe @Kandi I’m happy you’re having a good time for your bday! Baddies takin over Vegas!”
She responded by: “Last night was awesome! My hubby surprised me & took us all to @jlo’s show. She did an amazing job! My whole crew loved it. Thanks, babe.”

One fan told the Xscape diva: “Thank you for the video you look like you really enjoyed your birthday praise God for another day. Yessss live yo best life, you work so hard!!! My fav role model!!! Honey and turn up and many more to come to you and God bless you love that you don’t drink. Shows that you can have fun without liquor. That one friend that stays on the phone while everybody lit lol. Kandi you look good Thought it was a throwback of Lil Kim ladies night.


#Empire: Gabby Sidibe and Gabrielle Union Bonding Over Racist Casting Directors Has Fans Outraged About Their Experience
This week’s “Empire” episode highlighted the racist casting practices that movie makers may engage in and actresses Gabby Sidibe and Gabrielle Union have feelings about it.
On the Wednesday, May 9 episode, Hakeem Lyon lands a movie role with popular “Star Wars” actor, Haven Quinn. However, the gig is shortlived after the white director begins instructing him to turn up the blackness and act like a stereotype.
“Bring all your Black into it. Let your guard down. I know you’ve been taught to keep the beast in check. But on my set Black lives matter,” the director says before telling Hakeem to “turn the Glock pinky up like a rapper does!”

When Hakeem responds, “Don’t nobody do that,” he gets fired and the director pines for Jaden Smith to replace him. But at least he earns Haven’s respect.

Meanwhile, Sidibe, who stars on “Empire,” tweeted that’s she’s had a similar experience.
“I’ve mos def had a director or 2 who wanted me to be ‘blacker’ or ‘sassier’ or they just make a neck rolling motion and tell me to do that. Assholes,” she said.

Moments later, Union co-signed, Sidibe.
“Gurl… Once had a casting director who kept saying ‘More sassy… you know. You KNOOOOW… like Della Reese,'” the “Breaking In” actress recalled.

“I never understood that…,” someone tweeted. “How the hell does someone tell a POC auditioning for a role of a POC who already has the [role] ‘you’re not Black enough’ or ‘you’re too Black?’ πŸ™„WTF?”
“Once had a casting director ask me where I’m from because I wasn’t convincing enough of being a Black man,” an actor said. “From the south, HBCU grad, dark as midnight but you wanted a stereotype not a Black man.”

“Not Black enough and too Black,” someone else said. “I don’t even have words for this ish…well just one…Degrading!”


#RnBFlashback Teddy Pendergrass ‘Love TKO’
In a career that spanned over a decade, R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass became a legend for his silky smooth voice and soulful delivery. As the vocalist behind several of the most beloved and monstrously successful hits of the 80s such as Love TKO. Let’s listen and reminisce to ‘Love TKO’

Listen HERE



#HipHopNews: E-40 Announces "The Gift Of Gab" Album
E-40 is living up to his Charlie Hustle nickname. One month after releasing the Connected & Respected album with his cousin B-Legit, the Bay Area Hip Hop legend has announced a new solo album titled The Gift Of Gab.

40 Water’s next LP is scheduled to drop on June 29. The project will be the 25th solo album of E-40’s career. His last solo effort was The D-Boy Diary, which was released as a two-parter in 2016.

No tracklist for the upcoming album has been revealed at this time. E-40 also hasn’t shared a lead single for the LP.


BeyoncΓ© Bought a Church in New Orleans…Church of Bey?
Seriously? BeyoncΓ© just purchased an attractive stone church in New Orleans, so we can now all convert and move to the Big Easy. According to TMZ, "Queen Bey's the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church -- which is more than 100 years old -- was listed at $850,000 ... but it's unclear if she got a divine discount." BeyoncΓ© and her sister Solange both already own residential properties in the city, so maybe they're investing in the community.

And don't worry, her purchase didn't displace some put-upon congregation, like those nuns Katy Perry kept trying to evict from a convent (RIP that one nun!). Per TMZ, "We're told Beyonce's church was built in the early 1900s, but has been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its church members passing away." Morbid, but understandable.

All in all, we don't have a ton of information to go on with this latest purchase. Is it an investment? Is she going to flip it? Does she just want the land? Will she turn the building into a museum or performance space, or install a ministry where every hymn is "Halo?"

We're reminded of the opening scenes of Jay-Z's "Family Feud" video, which finds him, Bey and Blue Ivy attending church together, seeking solace and inspiration and Grace. Hmm. BeyoncΓ© tends to keep her plans pretty quiet so her projects make a big splash when they actually debut, so hopefully we'll know more about what she has in store soon.


#BoxOffice: ‘Deadpool 2’ Dominates Box Office With Record-Setting $301.3M Worldwide Debut
Deadpool 2 dominated the box office and set a new record for Fox International with a staggering $301.3 million worldwide debut.
The film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin and others scooped $125 million domestically and $176.3M at the international box office giving Fox International their biggest opening of all-time.

Via Deadline:Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool 2 strutted his stuff into 81 markets this weekend, grossing $176.3M at the international box office. That sets a new benchmark for Fox International as its biggest opening of all time, topping the previous record-holder, X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

The offshore opening is also the biggest ever for an R-rated title, clawing away last year’s Logan. In all launch markets this session, Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a mouth scored the No. 1 spot and bested Deadpool 1’s start by 7% (in like-for-like plays and at today’s exchange rates). The global debut cume is $301.3M.

In the sequel, foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.


Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding Swag Bag Hits the Auction Block
If you weren’t one of the lucky 600 guests invited to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle then chances are you didn’t get to cop one of the sweet goodie bags that were handed out after the ceremony.  Luckily, the bags are now being auctioned off, and are loaded with royal keepsakes.

The royal swag bags were handed out to the guests Saturday as they left St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.  They were not available for purchase, and intended to be personal mementos from the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex to celebrate the wedding.

However, many listings for the coveted giveaways are now popping up on eBay.  Here’s what’s inside:
Official Order of Service for the ceremony
Harry and Meghan commemorative chocolate coin
Refrigerator magnet with the couple’s initials and wedding date
Map of Windsor Castle with points of interest listed
Official Windsor Castle water bottle
Special guest badge
Harry and Meghan wedding themed shortbread cookies
20% off coupon good at Windsor Castle gift shop

The tote bag itself is also a collector’s item with the couple’s initials and wedding date prominently displayed.
A complete bag is currently going for around $200 and climbing, but other listings offering single items or just the bag itself, are going for cheaper.
One particular listing noted that the proceeds from their sale would be donated to charity, which we think the royal newlyweds would surely support.


RHOP’S Robyn Dixon Responds to Karen Calling Her a ‘Ditzy B*tch” Plus Says Monique Should Take Responsibility for Accident
Real Housewives of Potomac star, Robyn Dixon has been pretty laid back this season, but her cast mates have been as outrageous as ever! She opened up about some of  their more dramatic (and problematic) moments during a new interview.

First, she addressed Karen Huger’s utterly bizarre behavior during “that dinner” on the first night of their recent trip to Pennsylvania. She’d gone off on an unprovoked tirade, calling Robyn “Gizelle’s puppet” and  “the dizziest b*tch at the table”.

But despite all that crazy, Robyn managed to take the high road, and laughingly chalk the whole incident up to too much champagne.

”That whole exchange at that table was  baffling, to say the least. I really found it comical that, out of nowhere, Karen started bringing up old issues and calling names. But the champagne was clearly flowing, and talking, that night, so I wasn’t fazed at all by what Karen said, and was actually quite entertained,” Robyn said to Bravo.

And speaking of being over served, Robyn and the other ladies have become increasingly concerned about Monique’s drinking throughout the season—especially after the grisly looking car accident she had, following a boozy outing with Ashley Darby.

”Wow! Total shock!” Robyn said of her reaction to hearing about the crash. “The thought of not only crashing your car, but waking up in a ditch, is terrifying, and gives me chills just thinking about it. I truly was grateful that Monique was safe, and no one was injured, but I was also concerned about the circumstances that lead to the crash.”

Robyn explained that, as Monique’s friend, she’d felt it was her duty to confront her about those ‘circumstances’ head on, and to ensure that she understood the full weight of what she’d done.

”Driving under the influence is not something that should just be brushed off lightly, and not taken seriously. If Monique had a serious problem, then it would have been wrong for all of us not to address it,” she explained.

But unfortunately, Monique did seem pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. She’d insisted that she’d just been “tired” that day, and couldn’t possibly have been drunk after “only” two martinis, although Ashley maintained that she’d had at least twice that many.

“It didn’t sound like she wanted to take responsibility for the situation. ‘I can usually go five martinis before I throw up’. Say what?! We aren’t talking about being black out wasted, we are talking about being impaired just enough to fall asleep and crash your car. And being tired is definitely a side effect of drinking too much,” Robyn said.

But despite her breezy attitude, Robyn remains hopeful that, deep down, Monique heard her.

”Although Monique talked herself out of this (as she does everything else), I do hope and believe that she has been able to look back, and process what happened, and vows to make better choices in the future,” Robyn said.

Well, we certainly hope so! Monique’s basically a good person, with a family who needs her, and we’d hate to see anyone get hurt. Besides, driving drunk is just plain selfish—especially when you have the money to hire a driver. Perhaps she should ask Karen for a referral? Word on the street is that  “Blue Eyes” is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty!


Amber Rose Says Kanye West And Trump ‘Have The Same Personality’
Following Kanye West’s controversial comments about President Donald Trump and slavery, Amber Rose is speaking out about her ex-boyfriend.

During an interview with “The Fallen State,” the model sat down with host Jesse Lee Peterson to discuss ‘Ye and his similarities to Trump. “When I first seen Trump on the podium and just kinda running for president, I was like, ‘Oh my God. That is Kanye in a white man’s body,'” said Rose. “I really felt like they have the same personality.”

She continued, “I would like to think—and this is hypothetically speaking—that Kanye met with Trump and Trump said, ‘Look, I seen these people. I knew they were gonna vote for me and I used them to get elected and I can’t tell nobody that ’cause I want to get a second term, but now that I’m in office I really want to make a change.’ Now, Kanye can’t snitch on him, he can’t snitch on himself. So, you know, maybe he’s thinking of the greater good of what Trump can do for the country.

“Kanye’s the type of person that he loves art, and he loves the art in things, so I think that he appreciates the politics that Trump used in order to get in office, ’cause Trump was a Democrat for like 30 years I heard, or something like that. So I could only hope that Trump kind of used the white people, seemingly like racist white people, to get in office maybe for the greater good. I don’t know.”

She also weighed in on Trump’s own controversy. “I think he’s a sexual predator. I feel bad for Melania,” she said. “I want her to get a divorce and become an activist. But that’s what I can only assume.”

Kanye, who plans to run for president in 2024, has met with Trump and been an outspoken supporter of his. “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he tweeted. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”


Celebrity chef Mario Batali under criminal investigation by New York police for Sexual Misconduct!
Authorities have launched a criminal investigation of restaurateur and celebrity chef Mario Batali, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed Sunday.

It wasn't immediately clear what incidents the police were examining. Batali was fired from ABC's "The Chew" in December and took a leave of absence from day-to-day operations of his businesses after the foodie website Eater.com reported allegations of sexual misconduct.

The investigation was first reported by CBS' "60 Minutes," which aired interviews on Sunday with several former female employees of the Spotted Pig, a restaurant Batali invested in and frequently visited.
The women alleged that Batali and the restaurant's co-owner, Ken Friedman, sexually harassed or assaulted them.

A spokeswoman for Batali didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, and there was no immediate reply to messages to The Spotted Pig and Friedman.

Batali apologized after the allegations were reported in December, saying: "Much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses."

In a statement to "60 Minutes," he denied assaulting a woman whose allegations were reported by CBS. He added that he wasn't focused on a professional comeback but on a "personal path forward" on which "I can continue in my charitable endeavors — helping the underprivileged and those in need."

In a separate statement to "60 Minutes," Friedman said he had "focused intently on what we could and should have done better, on my own personal decisions and mistakes for which I have apologized."

A spokesman for Friedman added that he "vehemently denies any non-consensual activity." A woman who alleged to "60 Minutes" that Friedman assaulted her "never issued a complaint," the spokesman said, "and expressed ongoing affection for him".


New Edition Members Talk Facing Hard Financial Times Despite Their Popularity
A few days ago, we shared a statement from Ricky Bell about why New Edition won’t be touring at the moment, and he also addressed whether Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill were really kicked out of the group as reported.
Recently, Bell, along with Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins, stopped by TV One’s “Sister Circle Live” to talk about their new group RBRM, and why it’s important for them to have different revenue streams.

Bell was very honest that things can get tough for them financially, because people aren’t always clamoring to see a New Edition, BBD or Bobby Brown show.

“Being in the business for as long as we have, we have experienced that every record is not always a hit; every tour is not always a sell out. Sometimes you have dry seasons. So with that in mind, it’s definitely a smart idea to have [a lot of] revenue streams.”
From the way it looks, New Edition, as the public knows them, is in complete disarray. Reportedly, the main reason has to do with Tresvant and Gill owning the group’s trademark, and they won’t cut the other members in for a piece. However, none of that has been confirmed by either member or their representatives.

All of the fighting might come as a big surprise to folks, after the group seemed united after the success of their biopic “The New Edition Story,” released in 2017. Around that time, they were promoting the film, doing interviews together and said the actors from the movie would be joining them on a tour.

But earlier this month, Bivins took to Instagram and said the members of New Edition weren’t communicating, and the tour wasn’t going to happen. Then just a few days ago, Bell confirmed the cancellation and admitted that the group was in the middle of a dispute. He also denied reports that Tresvant and Gill were kicked out of New Edition.

Later in the “Sister Circle Live interview,” the hosts asked RBRM what still keeps them going after all these years, which some may consider a good question, considering the infighting, dealing with a changing music industry and as Bell admitted, having financial dry spells at times.

“It always comes back to our fans,” answered Bell. “They love us, they support us, whether we have a record out or not, no matter what form we are whether it’s BBD, Bobby, New Edition, Ralph or Johnny, they alwas show up. And we love what we do. We love to perform, we love to create music and the money is good.”

Bivins added to those words and said despite what New Edition has accomplished, there’s still more rungs on the ladder of success they’d like to climb.

“We was put in this game for a reason,” he explained. “It seems like when we first started coming out the projects and just having “Candy Girl,” we had the best monster to get out the gate and we touched so many lives. But what you were saying about what inspires you? I think it’s what you want out of it. We’re still striving for some things we haven’t received. Regardless to what we have, there’s just some more personal goals.” 


German Broadcaster Criticized For 'Racist Coverage' Of Royal Wedding
German public broadcaster ZDF has been lashed for what critics called “racist” coverage of Britain’s royal wedding Saturday.

Announcers were mesmerized by how African-Americans straighten their hair, repeatedly referred to Meghan Markle and black wedding guests as “exotic,” and said the gospel choir at the wedding sang “beautifully black,” German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
HuffPost Germany complained: “The station never tires of emphasizing that Meghan Markle … is black. Black, black, black. Can we please talk about hats again?”

At one point, a ZDF announcer wondered: “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another responded, according to DW: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat de-curled, same as Meghan probably does all the time.”
The broadcaster was hit with criticism in emails, on Twitter and by phone. ZDF has not apologized for its coverage, but told DW that “we take the criticism of our viewers seriously.” The ZDF spokeswoman also said the network received praise for its coverage.

One tweet about the coverage complained: “Dear @zdf, it is extremely annoying that Meghan’s lineage is THE subject for the reporters. If Meghan were white, what would they snigger about? Please treat them equally.”
Another tweet, translated by DW, sarcastically proposed a very British drinking game: A shot of Pimm’s every time ZDF mentions “African-American background.”
Shameful.


Halle Berry Cast In ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’
Halle Berry is joining the cast of the action film “John Wick: Chapter 3.” The third installment of the film will be directed by Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves as the title character. The film will pick up immediately after the events of the second film, following a retired assassin who now has a $14 million bounty placed on his life.

Details of Halle’s role are being kept under wraps but reportedly she will not be a villain in the film. Berry confirmed her role, posting on Instagram,
Berry last appeared in three movies last year including “The Kingsman: Golden Circle” with Taron Edgeton and Channing Tatum.
The first film “John Wick” was released in 2014. The sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2” was released in 2017. “John Wick: Chapter 3” hits theaters May 2019.


Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, Lena Dunham, Chadwick Boseman Among 140 To Sign Open Letter On
Movie and TV heavyweights including Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Lena Dunham are among those to sign an open letter calling for action against gender inequality.

The 140 signatories from the entertainment arena are putting political leaders “on notice” in the letter which is spearheaded by international charity ONE. Also among those to sign are Black Panther stars Letitia Wright and Chadwick Boseman, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Schumer, Issa Rae, Michael Sheen, Thandie Newton and Natalie Dormer.

The 140 signatories call for a commitment to help every girl get an education and for leaders to use their power to deliver “historic changes for women.” The letter describes poverty as sexist and says, “We won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.”
The campaign — which hopes to attract many more signatories — has also been endorsed by prominent names outside the entertainment biz, including former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Chelsea Clinton and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.

According to a World Economic Forum report from last year, the equality gap between men and women would take 100 years to close at its current rate.

The letter reads:
“Dear World leaders,

We’re putting you on notice.
For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.
There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.

Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.
You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.

We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.

Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.”


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