6/21/18

The Daily Buzz For June 22 ☕πŸ“°☕


Kylie Minogue is the Cover Star of Vogue Spain!
Australian superstar Kylie Minogue poses for the cover of Vogue Spain‘s July 2018 edition lensed by fashion photographer Boo George. In charge of styling was Phoebe Arnold, who for the cover selected look from Dolce & Gabbana. Beauty is work of hair stylist Christian Vermaak, makeup artist Petros Petrohilos, and manicurist Charly Avenell.


#RHOA Sheree Whitfield teases She By Sheree products despite having no launch!
Sheree Whitfield just announced that joggers are coming soon from her She by Sheree line. However, fans just want to see something from her.
Sheree Whitfield gave an update on her She-By-Sheree line during the previous reunion special for The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Sheree really wanted fans to stick around as she tried to figure out what to do with her line. Years ago, she tried to launch a fashion line but her samples were not up to her standards and she decided it was time to scrap the idea. She had a launch party with no clothes and the clothes she had promised never arrived.

When Andy Cohen asked Sheree Whitfield about her clothing line earlier this year, she revealed that the clothes were coming. However, instead of gowns, fans could look forward to a work-out line with joggers. Her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-stars were surprised as they had no idea she was working on this.

On Twitter, Sheree Whitfield revealed that the joggers she had promised- and more – were coming soon. She also used the same business name as before, She by Sheree. In addition, Whitfield revealed that she was living her best life. But the interesting thing is that she used the hashtag, I stay on their brains.

This could be the same strategy that Kim Zolciak is using, as she continues to tease all kinds of things but then never really says anything about the products. Instead, she makes headlines because of her controversial and outrageous comments regarding her social media racist theory and families being off limits, despite criticizing her co-star’s husband.

Do you think Sheree Whitfield will finally launch her She by Sheree company, even though it has taken years to get something off the ground?


#Empire: The Best All-Time Anika Moments on “Empire” Part #5
When Empire first came out back in 2015, it became an instant hit mainly because of the characters at play. The top billers, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are the epitome of what power couples should be. Not only are their characters successful and charismatic; they’re also equally insane in the most dramatic sense of the word. Of course, for Taraji’s character Cookie to be fully recognized, there has to be an opposing force that’s just equal in power and pull. That opposing force for the past four seasons of the show is Anika Calhoun, played by the amazing Grace Byers. Anika was a force to be reckoned with on the show, and she still managed to shock us all her time on the show. So in her honor all this week on The Chronicles we will show you the five best Anika moments on Empire.

The Empire Unpossess’d – Season 4 – Episode 18

To date, this was probably one of Empire’s biggest season shockers. With the death of Anika, we lost such a formidable enemy and somehow endearing (at times) family as well. Anika fought until the very end, and it was only fitting that she died from her own causes (not the ghost of Rhonda to be exact). It was as if karma finally played its hand and just decided that Anika’s time was up. Grace Byers managed to keep it all so real for us that as much as we hated her at this point, we were still somehow bothered by her death.

WATCH HERE


#NewMusic from Tiffany Evans, ‘Money Ain’t Everything’
Tiffany Evans uses her own experiences to prove a valid point, “Money Ain’t Everything.”
On her latest release, the R&B powerhouse inspires others to take heed of the intangible moments in life, singing, “I don’t know what you’ve been told; Nothing last, nothing last forever,” she sings.

“I wrote and recorded this song four years ago when I was in a really vulnerable space in my life,” says Evans. “I remember being fed up with the world being so materialistic to the point where we hurt others just to get what we want.”

LISTEN HERE
“Money Ain’t Everything” is not an official single, but Evans plans to release a new project later this year. It will be her first project since 2015’s All Me, which has over 5 million streams worldwide.


#HipHopNews: Jim Jones Arrested On Drug Possession & Weapons Charges Following Police Chase
COWETA COUNTY, GA – Jim Jones was reportedly arrested on Wednesday night (June 21) in Coweta County, Georgia.
According to The Newnan Times-Herald, the Dipset O.G. was apprehended on drug possession and weapons charges. Coweta Country Sheriff’s Office investigator Jeremy Wood spotted a gray Mercedes crossing over into the left hand emergency lane when he decided to pull the vehicle over. Jones was in the backseat.

As the traffic stop was being conducted, the driver of the vehicle, Ana Rajnee Miles, took off and led officers on a brief police chase. Wood pulled in front of the car and the driver reportedly struck Wood’s vehicle intentionally.

Once the four occupants were out of the vehicle, Jones explained Miles was acting “incoherent” and wouldn’t pull over.
Investigators searched the vehicle and discovered 23 Oxycodone pills and a Titan .25 caliber pistol with seven bullets in the chamber tucked inside a backpack.
Weed was also found throughout the vehicle, along with a Ruger SR 9mm handgun reported stolen from Dekalb County in March.

In another backpack, police found a variety of Oxycodone, Percocet and THC oil as well as Jones’ passport and $148 in what Jones described as “petty cash.”
Everyone in the car was taken Newnan Piedmont Hospital to be medically cleared before they were booked into the Coweta County Jail on Thursday morning (June 21).
Jones was charged with multiple felonies, including possession of the stolen gun, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of narcotics. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for the prescription pills not being in their original container.

He was reportedly released on $7,000 bail.


Melania Trump Wears Coat With ‘I Really Don’t Care, Do U?’ Inscription Before Visiting Detained Immigrant Children
Despite her spokesperson saying “there was no hidden message,” Donald Trump just tweeted, “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

11:48 AM PT: Melania’s spokesperson just addressed the jacket to a reporter, saying “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.”
People are condemning Melania Trump for her outfit choice while traveling to see detained immigrant children in Texas.
Photographers snapped photos of the First Lady boarding a plane Thursday morning from Washington D.C. to Texas while wearing a green Zara coat bearing the phrase “I really don’t care, do u?” written on the back.
The Daily Mail was the first to point out the tone-deaf clothing choice, which retails for just $39.00. Although Melania did remove the jacket before she landed in Texas to see the detained children, the  internet was quick to call out FLOTUS for the poor fashion choice.
Mrs. Trump’s visit to the border today was a surprise, previously unannounced, trip to meet migrant children currently being detained by the U.S. government. Several of the children at the facility have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administrations controversial enforcement of their zero-tolerance illegal immigration policy.
After an enormous public outcry, President Trump signed an executive order yesterday barring the removal of children from their parents who are crossing the border illegally.


Kobe Bryant Denied an Invite to Join Film Academy
Back in March, The former Los Angeles Lakers player took home the Best Animated Short award Sunday night for Dear Basketball. His director and animator Glen Keane thanked Bryant for helping write their award-winning short film.
The general membership committee apparently felt that Bryant does not yet possess a substantial enough body of work to merit an invitation, since Dear Basketball was his first filmmaking venture.

According to THR reports, Cartoon Brew broke this news, which The Hollywood Reporter has independently confirmed with a source close to the situation.
It is not unusual for filmmakers who receive an Oscar nomination or win for a project early in a career to be denied membership; in fact, one of last year’s two winners in the same category, Piper‘s Marc Sondheimer, also was not invited after the ceremony at which he won. (Sondheimer’s co-winner, Alan Barillaro, was invited in 2015, and Keane, Bryant’s co-winner, was invited in 2000.)

Still, some will inevitably wonder if, in the #MeToo era, Bryant’s past legal troubles deterred the organization from bringing him into its fold.


Former ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Star Alexis Bellino and Husband Jim Bellino Split After 13 Years of Marriage
Another Real Housewives marriage bites the dust. Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim Bellino, have called it quits after 13 years of marriage.
According to the court documents, Jim filed for divorce on Thursday, June 21. He cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and listed “TBD” as their date of separation.

Alexis and Jim tied the knot in April 2005 and have three children together: son James and twin daughters Melania and Mackenna. Jim is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their kids and asking for spousal support from the former reality TV star.
The 41-year-old joined the cast of RHOC for season 5 in 2009. She was a full-time cast member for three seasons, leaving the show ahead of season 9 in 2013. After her former castmate Tamra Judge got baptized on season 10 of RHOC, Alexis sent host Andy Cohen an email to read at the 2015 reunion and accused Judge of making a “mockery” of her “savior.” The two women exchanged mean texts at the taping, but according to Judge, they later made up.

“You know what? It was really good. It was kind of a nice situation where she sat in front of me and she turned to me and she said, ‘I didn’t mean to come off bad. I’m very happy for you.’ And I just felt like there’s a reason for everything, for her sitting in front of me,” Tamra revealed during a June 2016 appearance on Watch What Happens Live. “You know, it was just really sweet, actually. It came out really nice.”

While the former Bravo star frequently shares photos of her kids on social media, has not shared a photo with Jim since April.

This will be Alexis’ second divorce. She was married to her college sweetheart from 2002 to 2004.


Nicki Minaj Admits Immigrant Status As She Talks About Families Being Ripped Apart
Amid criticism aimed at the Donald Trump administration for separating immigrant families at the Mexican-American border, Nicki Minaj has spoken out against it and disclosed her immigration status upon arriving to the U.S. 30 years ago.

“I came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old,” she said on Instagram June 20. “I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me. Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again… πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ.”
Trump on yesterday signed an executive order intended to end separation of children and their parents by detaining them together for an indefinite period of time.

“We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Trump said as he signed the document in the Oval Office Wednesday. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”
But it doesn’t solve the issue of the more than 2,300 children who have already been split up from their families.
Meanwhile, fans of Nicki have been applauding her for sharing her own story and standing up for immigrants.
“I love you, Nicki. Thank you for standing up for what’s right πŸ˜­ @nickiminaj.”

❗❗❗Thank you @nickiminaj – THIS IS AWFUL, INHUMANE, AND INEXCUSABLE. You are a true American and global citizen. πŸ’š
“@nickiminaj thank you for your support and knowing well where you come from. I am inspired by your bravery and humble journey to the U.S.”

Still, there was one person who called out the lack of support for the Black community in America.
“Sad, y’all care more about illegal immigrants (Hispanics) than Black folks (poor hungry Black families, poor Black kids struggling every day. Y’all make me sick. F— outta here.”


Fox News Pundit Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68
The conservative Washington Post columnist and TV commentator announced his cancer diagnosis earlier this month.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer has died, The Washington Post confirmed Thursday. He was 68.
The announcement came nearly two weeks after the columnist and Fox News personality revealed in a Washington Post column that he only had weeks left to live. For most of the last year, he wrote, he’d been recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen. Though the procedure was initially thought to be successful, the cancer returned and began spreading rapidly.
“This is the final verdict,” he wrote. “My fight is over.”
Krauthammer, a psychiatrist-turned-media personality, used his final column to reflect on the opportunity his career gave him in playing a “small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living,” he continued. “I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

He is survived by his wife, Robyn, and a son, Daniel. Although the conservative commentator spent the end of his career as a pundit on Fox News, the preferred news outlet of President Donald Trump, Krauthammer didn’t shy away from criticizing the president. He refused to vote for him and didn’t sugarcoat his belief that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election.

He was also a harsh critic of President Barack Obama and took controversial stances doubting climate change and denouncing gun control efforts.
Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68
His syndicated Washington Post column championed neoconservative thought and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Krauthammer expressed those views in his weekly Washington Post political column, which he’d written since 1985 and had syndicated in hundreds of other publications. In 1987, the gig earned him a Pulitzer Prize honoring him for his “witty and insightful columns on national issues.” He stopped regularly writing it last summer after his diagnosis.
Before transitioning into media, he earned a degree in psychiatry from Harvard Medical School. In his first year there, Krauthammer was injured in a diving board accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and required him to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

“I don’t like when they make a big thing about it,” he said of his disability in a 1984 interview. “And the worst thing is when they tell me how courageous I am. That drives me to distraction.”

Krauthammer excelled in psychiatry, earning top honors at Harvard and later publishing award-winning psychiatric research on the origins of mania. Despite his successes in the field, he said he didn’t enjoy the work and began transitioning into the media world just a few years after earning his medical degree.
“I’ve had a very checkered, irregular career. ... I just had a tug, a feeling that there was a wider world out there I wanted to get involved in,” he reflected in a 2005 C-SPAN interview.

In addition to his contributions to The Washington Post and Fox News, Krauthammer helped plan psychiatric research under President Jimmy Carter’s administration, worked as an editor and writer at The New Republic, and gained national recognition as a columnist for Time magazine


R&B ICON Anita Baker To Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor During ‘BET Awards’
If you were waiting to find out who would be honored at this weekend’s “BET Awards” then wait no more. Grammy-winning songstress and R&B icon ANITA BAKER will be recognized with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to the press release, Baker will be honored for her four decade career as a singer, songwriter, music trailblazer and all around diva! She is best known for burning up the R&B charts during the 80s and 90s with such classic smooth R&B ballads as “Sweet Love,” “Giving You the Best that I Got,” “Same Ole Love,” “Just Because,” “Good Love,” and “Body & Soul.” She was also one of leading music artists who defined the “Quiet Storm” radio format along with Sade, Luther Vandross, Babyface and Patti LaBelle to name a few.

Baker is currently living her best life and is performing around the country as part of a farewell concert series.

In addition to Ms. Baker, BET will recognize six individuals with the Humanitarian Heroes award:  James Shaw Jr. (disarmed Waffle House shooter), Naomi Wadler (11yr old speaker at March For Our Lives), Mamoudou Gassama (Climbed outside of building to save dangling 4-year-old), Justin Blackman (only student to walk out of his High School on National Student Walk-Out Day), Shaun King (journalist who has been instrumental in covering untold stories in the black community), Anthony Borges (Parkland Victim/Hero who threw himself in line of fire – shot 5 times). The bravery and strength of the highlighted 2018 honorees is truly exceptional.

This year’s show is hosted by Oscar winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx.

The  “BET Awards” 2018 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 24 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.


#YourFirstLook Images Of Anika Noni Rose In ‘Carmen Jones’
Check out these first look images of Tony-Winning actress Anika Noni Rose in the revival of Carmen Jones. The Off-Broadway musical is playing now through July 29 at the Classic Stage Company in New York City.

Rose is in the title role along with Davide Aron Damane, Erica Dorfler, Clifton Duncan, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Justine Keyes, Lindsay Roberts, Soara-Joye Ross, Lawrence E. Street and Tramell Tillman. The show is directed by John Doyle and choreographed by the great Bill T. Jones.
Carmen Jones is set in the South as World War II rages overseas and tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. The original Broadway production debuted in 1943 followed by a 1954 film version starring icons Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte and Pearl Bailey.


BALLAZ IN PARIS! Carmelo, James Harden Hit Up Paris Men's Fashion Week
It's Men's Fashion Week in Paris and the fellas are on the scene to soak in the new threads.

Oklahoma City Thunder baller Carmelo Anthony is taking full advantage of the off-season.The NBA baller slipped on a blue camo two piece Valentino ensemble to hit up the designer's menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week. He kept it comfortable, pairing his look with a pair of sneakers.
He made sure he was front row ready to see the newest designs.
Valentino claims bucket hats are back, but for NY and other places, those hats are a LOOK every summer. Nas and Carmelo - staunch NY bucket hat rockers - were front and center at the designer’s runway show.

Houston Rockets baller James Harden, who's rumored to be dating singer Ashanti, also showed off his fashion flare as he made his way inside the Valentino show.
Rapper ASAP Ferg made sure he was in the fashion mix and he even copped a few group shots with the NBA ballers. And he made sure everyone could see him in his bold outfit.
And we saw Toronto Raptors players Serge Ibaka in camo print as well.
Fun times.


'Welcome To America': Time Cover Story Asks 'What Kind Of Country Are We?'
In the wake of outrage over the Trump Administration's family separation policy, Time's latest issue—on newsstands Friday—serves up a series of essays and reports on what the newsweekly calls "a referendum on core American values."

In a piece headlined "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?," Karl Vick writes,

For the first 240 years of U.S. history, at least, our most revered chief executives reliably articulated a set of high-minded, humanist values that bound together a diverse nation by naming what we aspired to: democracy, humanity, equality. The Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson etched onto the Declaration of Independence were given voice by Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. ... Donald Trump doesn't talk like that." More HERE

And in an essay titled "Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over," Molly Ball writes,
The inhumanity unfolding at the border has not just been a test for Trump. It has been, and will continue to be, a moment of reckoning for America. Trump has often bet that if he just rides out the current frenzy, the anger will fade and some new controversy will erupt. He thinks shock is a temporary condition, moral outrage is phony posturing and that the American people can be numbed to just about anything. If there is a Trump creed, it's that there's no such thing as going too far. That may have found its limit with putting children in cages.

Read the full essay here.

Both of the photos Time used in its composite cover are from Getty Images. Earlier this week, Time offered context on the photo of the crying girl, taken for Getty by John Moore: "'All I Wanted to Do Was Pick Her Up.' How a Photographer at the U.S.-Mexico Border Made an Image America Could Not Ignore"


AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘DO A DOLLOP OF DAISY’
I guess we can call these Daisy Dudes?


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

Is Tyler Perry leaving OWN for Viacom? πŸ‘€ 😲


Is Tyler Perry leaving OWN for Viacom? 
In summer 2017, Tyler Perry signed a mega-deal with Viacom that covers film, TV and short-form video. As his exlusive arrangement with OWN nears its conclusion next year, Perry talked about the Viacom play today at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and revealed discussions for a Tyler Perry OTT service as part of the deal while also touching on diversity and plugging his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios.

A key factor in Perry’s decision to leave OWN and go to Viacom was a need for more options. “OWN is one channel and I have this huge machine that can churn out so much content. Viacom has many channels and outlets where I can place the content,” the prolific writer, director, producer and actor said.

With a traditional cable group, where is the streaming opportunity? Said Perry, “In that deal, we are talking about a Tyler Perry OTT which we’re really excited about, streaming to consumers as well. However, if you look at the stats on my audience, we’re still there. We’re still in that cable world. That’s why my shows are able to do so well in cable. As time goes on, we’ll make the progression. But being with a company like Viacom, they’re already ahead of it, already thinking about it.”

Also, he said, “I’m really excited to get to work with BET and get in side-by-side with those guys and bring something fresh.” The deal will see Perry produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original drama and comedy series for BET, which caters primarily to African-American audiences, and other Viacom networks.

Turning the discussion to diversity, Perry said he “took a lot of heat” during the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. “I didnt want to get into it. I respect all the people who were fighting for a seat at the table, but I was building my own table” via Tyler Perry Studios.

Perry continued, “By having a group of people who haven’t had their shot in Hollywood see that I’ve been able to do this has been such a beacon for so many people which is so important and so powerful to me. What I know for sure is that when people start to reflect the problems that we have, when those people rise to power, those problems go away. So it’s great to fight for a seat at the table, but at the same time I think more of us need to build our own tables, have our own share of IP so we can use what we have to elevate us all. Once you get in, then you open the door and let someone else in.”

WOW..I guess we all must move on at some point!

6/20/18

The Daily Buzz For June 21 ☕πŸ“°☕


‘POWER’ Actor Rotimi Covers Sheen Magazine’s Men & Music Issue
Triple-threat performer Rotimi is the latest celebrity to cover SHEEN Magazine. The rising singer-songwriter and Power actor kicks off the publication’s Men & Music issue that celebrates the essence of masculinity and music combined to create the evolution of man.

The budding star also shares his inspirational story that inspires the masses, while advocating the immense importance of trust the process, and overcoming.

“To be on a platform that enables me to evolve as an artist is a rewarding feeling,” said Rotimi.
SHEEN‘s July/August issue also features Love and Hip Hop Miami starlet, singer and songwriter Amara La Negra, Saweetie, Cerrone Hemingway and Black Girls Rock creator Beverly Bond.

The Men & Music issue of SHEEN Magazine hits newsstands on Tuesday, June 26.


#RHoA: Cynthia Bailey and Eva Marcille Shows NeNe Hubby Gregg Leakes Love and Treats Amid His Cancer Battle!
"This Father’s Day will probably be one of the most memorable ones we’ve ever had together!" NeNe Leakes said.
NeNe Leakes' husband, Gregg Leakes, is staying strong during his cancer battle — with a little help from his friends. Some of The Real Housewives of Atlanta performer's closest pals came out to support her and her husband during this difficult time on Sunday.
NeNe hosted a special gathering on Father's Day in celebration of Gregg. "This Father’s Day will probably be one of the most memorable ones we’ve ever had together!" NeNe gushed on Instagram in a post that featured a lovely photo of her and Gregg. "We are usually doing something all fancy but today we chose to just enjoy each other, have some company over and take tons of pics right here in the kitchen no really, I love you more today than ever Gregg. Happy Father’s Day hunni."
Some of the company the RHOA couple welcomed to Casa Leakes on Sunday included Cynthia Bailey and Eva Marcille and they both came bearing "goodies" as they paid Gregg a visit. Eva confirmed that NeNe and Gregg were "all smiles" when she stopped by to see the couple. "Woke up grateful to see @greggleakes smiling & full of love & positivity," Cynthia shared on Instagram. "I came over to put a smile on your face, and it was you that ended up putting a big one on mine. Love always."

Both NeNe and Gregg seemed to be in good spirits as they posed for some pretty pics during the celebration. "[You're] gonna be just fine hunni!" NeNe shared on Instagram.
NeNe later confirmed on Instagram that the cancer had been removed and the couple was deciding whether or not Gregg should undergo chemotherapy. In the same post, she thanked all of her fans and friends who have shown their support to Gregg amid his cancer battle. "We have been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, support, thoughtfulness & prayers," NeNe shared on Instagram. "So far, Gregg is doing great! He feels good with the exception of not being able to eat a lot."


#Empire: The Best All-Time Anika Moments on “Empire” Part #4
When Empire first came out back in 2015, it became an instant hit mainly because of the characters at play. The top billers, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are the epitome of what power couples should be. Not only are their characters successful and charismatic; they’re also equally insane in the most dramatic sense of the word. Of course, for Taraji’s character Cookie to be fully recognized, there has to be an opposing force that’s just equal in power and pull. That opposing force for the past four seasons of the show is Anika Calhoun, played by the amazing Grace Byers. Anika was a force to be reckoned with on the show, and she still managed to shock us all her time on the show. So in her honor all this week on The Chronicles we will show you the five best Anika moments on Empire.

4. My Naked Villainy – Season 3 Episode 13

By the end of season 2, any thought of Anika having some good in her was completely gone in our minds. She was flat out villain in every sense of the word, and she showed us in so many ways. She wasn’t easily intimidated as was evident in this episode. Even when Lucious was sick as ever, he still managed to employ some scare tactics to intimidate those around him. Anika couldn’t be fooled, however, as she made sure that Lucious knew she had the upper hand in their situation.

WATCH HERE



#NewMusicVideo from MIGUEL – R.A.N.
Miguel presents a cinematic music video for “R.A.N.,” his soulful contribution to the motion picture soundtrack.
The crooner plays a fugitive who is on the run with his lady, played by one of the film’s actresses, Lex Scott Davis. Poised and confident that he can offer her the change she deserves, the Los Angeles native croons his heart out over the vivid instrumental.

WATCH HERE

The action-packed music video draws inspiration from the film. After an opening scene from the Director X-helmed reboot, Miguel gathers up all his cash from under a mattress and hands it to his girl, who takes off in a car. But in the end, she’s able to get away, while he gets caught.

Produced and curated by Future, the SUPERFLY soundtrack includes the Khalid & H.E.R. duet “This Way,” and features from Lil Wayne, Young Thug, 21 Savage, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Future, who executive produced it.


#NewHipHop from Mobb Deep Drops ‘Hamilton’-Inspired ‘Boom Goes The Cannon…’
Nearly one year after Prodigy’s death, Lin-Manuel Miranda pays tribute to the late rapper with an unreleased Mobb Deep track “Boom Goes the Cannon…” Released as part of June’s “Hamildrop,” the track serves as one of Prodigy’s final recordings with Havoc, and the first posthumous release since his passing.

Prior to Prodigy’s death, Miranda invited The Infamous duo to see “Hamilton,” leading to their collaboration on “Boom Goes the Cannon…,” which incorporates a sample of “Right Hand Man” from the acclaimed Broadway show. Prodigy delivers his verse as George Washington, one of the characters from “Hamilton.”

“I paid homage to Mobb Deep in Hamilton by having Alexander Hamilton quote one of Prodigy’s most immortal lyrics: ‘I’m only 19 but my mind is old…’ They are New York hip-hop legends,” said Miranda.
“I feel so humbled and grateful that Havoc and Prodigy not only came to see us at the Rodgers in 2016, but were inspired to create this track before Prodigy’s untimely passing last year. Their lyrics, as ever, paint a vivid picture of friendship and solidarity in the face of overwhelming odds. I’m unbelievably proud to present new Mobb Deep music in 2018. This one’s for Queensbridge.”

LISTEN HERE

June 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Prodigy’s passing. The rapper was 42 when he died after an accidental choking in the hospital while getting treatment for sickle cell anemia.


#LookyLooky: Idris Elba Tests the Waters Near FiancΓ©e’s ‘Pacific Rim’ in Ibiza
Idris Elba is having an awesome time on vacation with his hot fiancΓ©e, no butts about it.
The movie star spent the weekend sunning himself on a yacht in Ibiza with Sabrina Dhowre, who you may remember as the 2014 Miss Vancouver.
Elba and Dhowre have been romantically linked since 2017, and he popped the question in February during a screening of his directorial debut, “Yardie.”
The 45-year-old “Pacific Rim” star has been married twice before and has two children, however, this will be the first marriage for 29-year-old Dhowre.


17 Year Old Unarmed Teenager Antwon Rose Shot 3 Times In the Back While Fleeing East Pittsburgh Police!
A 17-year-old boy in East Pittsburgh is dead after being shot three times in the back by an officer who had been sworn into the police department just hours earlier.
Antwon Rose was killed Tuesday night while fleeing from a car that had been pulled over in connection with an earlier shooting in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, according to WTAE TV.

A post on the Allegheny County Police Department’s Facebook page described what happened:

An East Pittsburgh police officer saw a vehicle matching the description on Grandview Avenue which also had ballistics damage to the rear window. The officer stopped the vehicle near Grandview and Howard Street in East Pittsburgh.
The officer took the driver into custody. While he was putting the driver into handcuffs, two other occupants ran from the car.
One individual ― a 17-year-old male ― was shot by police. He was transported to McKeesport Hospital where he was declared deceased.
Rose was not armed, Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Antwon Rose was shot and killed by a police officer in East Pittsburgh.
A bystander posted a 17-second video of the incident on Facebook. It shows two people running away from two police cars. After three gunshots, both of those people dive or fall to the ground.
Although the officer involved in the shooting was placed on leave by the East Pittsburgh Police Department, he has not been publicly named, McDonough told the Post-Gazette.

On Wednesday, East Pittsburgh Mayor Louis Payne told local station WPXI TV that the officer had been sworn into the department only a few hours before the shooting. However, he isn’t a rookie, having been an officer with other area police departments for the past seven years.

McDonough declined to say whether the officer is white, telling the Post-Gazette that he didn’t see what that had to do with the shooting.
People who live near where Rose was killed are outraged.
“Why did they have to shoot him when he is running away?” Selena Brooklin said to the Post-Gazette. “What is the justification for that? There is no justification. There is no answer. You shot a man in the back while he was running away.”

The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle that Rose allegedly fled was taken into custody. He was later released because officers did not feel they had cause to charge him in the North Braddock shooting, according to USA Today.
The North Braddock incident had happened less than 15 minutes earlier. Shots were fired from a car and a 22-year-old man was hit in the abdomen. The man, who was treated at a hospital and later released, told police that he fired back and struck the car.

Although McDonough said he was confident the car carrying Rose was involved in the North Braddock incident, more investigation was needed to determine whether Rose had fired a weapon in the earlier shooting, according to USA Today.
Rose’s death is being mourned by students and faculty at Woodland Hills High School. “He was an excellent student,” school superintendent Al Johnson told The New York Times, adding that Rose was taking Advanced Placement classes.

With Rose’s death, Johnson said the school has lost four students to gun violence over the past academic year.
Kim Ransom, who employed Rose at the Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club for about a year, told the Times that the teenager would be missed.

“Everybody loved him here. He was very mature,” Ransom said.

“I feel like it’s important for people to know that he was Antwon,” she said. “He’s not a statistic, he’s Antwon.”


Rachel Maddow Breaks Down in Tears on Live TV While Describing ‘Tender Age’ Shelters
Rachel Maddow became emotional on air while describing how President Donald Trump’s administration is operating shelters for babies and toddlers who are separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border.
 “Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border to at least three ‘tender age’ shelters in South Texas,” the MSNBC host, 45, said toward the end of The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, June 19, while reading a breaking news report published by the Associated Press just minutes earlier.

Maddow immediately choked up and abruptly ended the segment. “I think I’m going to have to hand this off. Sorry,” she said before turning her body away from the camera and waving goodbye. The show then cut to the next program, Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.Just 16 minutes later, the political commentator took to Twitter to apologize for breaking down in tears during a live broadcast. “Ugh, I’m sorry,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV. … I suddenly couldn’t say/do anything. … Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended to go, not by a mile.”

Many of Maddow’s viewers came to her defense and told her that she didn’t need to apologize. Chrissy Teigen tweeted that she and her husband, John Legend, “have watched this show for a long, long time now” and even record it every night on their DVR. She added, “I’ve never ever seen [Maddow] cry.”

WATCH HERE

The emotional moment on Maddow’s show was a sharp contrast to a Fox News segment that aired earlier in the night. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said “womp womp” on The Story With Martha MacCallum when fellow guest Zac Petkanas spoke about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother. The Democratic strategist angrily replied, “How absolutely dare you.”


Dr. Dre May be Producing a Marvin Gaye Biopic
Dr. Dre in talks to produce a Marvin Gaye biopic...

From Variety: Dr. Dre is working on a movie about the late singer Marvin Gaye, Variety has learned. The rapper, whose film credits include 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” on which he served as producer and inspiration for the film, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. And rights to use Gaye’s music have been secured, according to sources. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is home to Gaye’s songwriting credits.
An update to this report claims the movie is NOT a done deal and Dre is still in talks.


#RHOP: Oh No! Katie Rost Loses Custody of Her Children
Former Real Housewives of Potomac cast mate Katie Rost turns to social media to plead for help getting her children back...
Katie married her college sweetheart Dr. James Orsini in 2012 and divorced him while she was four months pregnant with their third child.


#POLITICS: GOP Strategist Steve Schmidt Quits ‘Corrupt’ Party Of ‘Feckless Cowards,’ Will Vote For Democrats
Steve Schmidt, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, tweeted that the Republican Party “has become a danger to our democracy and values.”
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Veteran GOP strategist Steve Schmidt renounced his Republican Party membership on Wednesday and pledged to vote for Democrats in an effort to preserve “what is right and decent” in the United States.

In a series of scathing tweets, Schmidt blasted the GOP as “corrupt, indecent and immoral” and “fully the party of Trump.”

“It is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders,” tweeted Schmidt, an MSNBC political analyst who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. “Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and our values.”
Schmidt, who served as an adviser in the George W. Bush White House, strongly condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating families caught illegally crossing the border into the U.S.
“This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history,” he tweeted. “It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated.”
Schmidt, who said in July that Trump had the “impulse control of a little child,” joins a growing chorus of political pundits and lawmakers to rebuke the administration’s practice of separating children from parents facing prosecution for illegally crossing the border.

 “All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “This must stop. Now.”


Folks Slam Actor Laz Alonso for ‘Black on Black Crime’ Take on XXXTentacion’s Death
XXXTentacion’s fatal shooting death Monday remains a topic of conversation as many have weighed in on the matter. For actor Laz Alonso, that meant giving a reason for why the rising rap star was gunned down.

“I grew up in DC when it was the murder capital. Black on black crime was normal to us. But never in my lifetime has killing each other is more destructive than now when black me r hunted like animals & imprisoned 4 life. Don’t help the genocide. #RIPXXXTentacion #weallwegot”
While the “Avatar” actor had some support for his message, others blasted him for his line of thinking.
“Right! Don’t help the genocide of our people!”

πŸ™πŸ½ thank you. Finally! Someone speaking to one of the darkest tragedies of our time. Breaks my heart what so many voiceless Moms are feeling right now… the loss of their little boy…. we are losing usπŸ˜₯.”

“Thank you for speaking on this. Same growing up in 757.”
“I agree. It’s us killing us after we worked and continue to work so hard to save our people from racist killing and imprisonment. But here we are, letting our jealousy and greed turn us into monsters. We can’t stand strong by lifting each other because we are too busy breaking our people down. It’s so sad. As a parent this is scary. As a human this is unthinkable. As a Black/Native American, this is unbelievable. I often wonder what life would be like if love and caring for ourselves and all others was our reality. It doesn’t seem hard to do but it seems impossible to do with the humans currently inhabiting this earth.”

“I’m so confused. Have they even released the suspects’ names/photos? If not, how the hell do we know they were Black and why does everyone keep assuming they are and chastising the Black community??? And X was a violent, sadistic being while alive.”

“Uhh @lazofficial why do you automatically assume the killer was Black, sir? He hasn’t been identified.”

No motive or arrests have been determined or made in XXXTentacion’s death, however, talk about Black on Black crime in regards to the rapper’s death remained.
“People kill those they are in close proximity to. White people kill white people too. It’s just not prominent in the media. Let’s not subscribe to the ‘Black on Black’ crime term. People need to stop killing, period.”

In response to the above commenter, Alonso directed the conversation back to his point: Black people are being hunted.

“@ivasmith what u say is correct but that is not my point. My point is they are not being hunted like animals. We are. It means more right now that we stop the madness cuz that’s all it is, madness. What the media chooses to show or not is not the point right now. Right now the point is u are either on our side or against us. If ur killing each other u are against us.”


Lil Kim’s Bankruptcy in Danger of Being Dismissed!
But $4 Million Debt May Not Being Wiped Clean

Lil Kim bankruptcy case is in danger of being dismissed and her debt NOT being wiped clean, due to the trustee objecting to her proposed repayment plan.
Last month, the 41-year-old rapper filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This month, the United States Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey submitted an objection to her request for loss mitigation. The doc explains,

The Chapter 13 Standing Trustee objects to Kimberly Jones’s Request for Loss Mitigation. Based upon Ms. Jones’s own schedules, she is clearly ineligible to be a Chapter 13 Debtor under 11 USC 109(e) with secured and unsecured debt each exceeding $2 million. Since Ms. Jones is not eligible to be a Chapter 13 Debtor, she should not be afforded the benefit of the Court’s Loss Mitigation Program in connection with this Chapter 13 Case. Once Ms. Jones coverts this case to a proper Chapter of the Bankruptcy Code, then she can renew her application for loss mitigation at that time if appropriate.

Based on the bankruptcy docs, Kim owes close to $2 million in back taxes alone ($1,845,451). Her larger creditors include unpaid federal taxes (from 2004 – 2017) and a loan company for close to $1.5 million. She proposed a plan that would allow her to pay $5,550 per month for 60 months.

Lets hope for the best!


African Americans are suing Washington DC for GENTRIFICATION Damage!
A Black lawyer is suing the District of Columbia for a colossal $1 billion, accusing the city of blatantly promoting gentrification and driving out longtime Black homeowners by the herds in favor of younger, White millennial renters.

Attorney Aristotle Theresa is filing the lawsuit on behalf of three native Washingtonians and CARE, a community organization with more than 20 members, The Washington Post reports. They claim District officials are deliberately trying to “lighten” the city and have put policies in place that are pushing out longtime low-income and middle-income residents who are Black as a result of the skyrocketing property values due to the tremendous influx of younger White workers who can pay the astronomical rental fees.

“The city is intentionally trying to lighten Black neighborhoods, and the way they have primarily been doing it is through construction of high-density, luxury buildings, that primarily only offer studios and one bedrooms,” Theresa’s suit reads.

Theresa has set big targets in his sights. He is a civil rights attorney with expertise in zoning and administrative Law. He is suing the Office of Planning, the Zoning Commission, the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Mayor Muriel Bowser and former Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Theresa is a man to be reckoned with — and not only because of his unforgettable first name. The Howard University Law School graduate is a principal partner of “Stoop Law,” a community justice project located in the historic Anacostia neighborhood of southeast Washington, D.C. That area has been predominantly Black for many decades, and residents are fearful of being driven out with callous disregard. Stoop Law specializes in gentrification law and is fighting to slow down the metamorphosis of its historic and beloved streets. 

Theresa successfully sued the D.C. Housing Authority on behalf of residents of the public housing complex for the way the District was handling redevelopment. The area is being bulldozed completely and rebuilt with much more expensive apartment complexes and condos, which Theresa says are meant to economically integrate the area. Residents say they fear they will end up being evicted from their complex and driven to places like Prince George’s County in Maryland, a prosperous Black suburb straddling the outer edge of the District.

“D.C. residents’ access to rental property [is] predicated at least in part on membership in an invented discrete class which directly discriminates on source of income,” Theresa writes in the complaint.
District officials have yet to respond to Theresa’s lawsuit, but they are required to do so by June 25.  The mayor, Attorney General’s Office and Zoning Commission declined to offer comments or responses about pending litigation, according to told The Washington Post and DCist.com.

Gentrification has been talked about and fought against for nearly two decades now in the nation’s capital. Theresa, who was raised in Washington, said he believes the District is actively trying to get rid of its African American residents.

“I think [gentrification] is problematic because it strips away the heart and soul of the city,” Theresa told the newspaper. “D.C. is unrecognizable. It’s a staging ground for people at a certain point in their career. It’s a pit stop, and they come and they go, and they don’t offer much.”


Is Tyler Perry leaving OWN for Viacom?
In summer 2017, Tyler Perry signed a mega-deal with Viacom that covers film, TV and short-form video. As his exlusive arrangement with OWN nears its conclusion next year, Perry talked about the Viacom play today at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and revealed discussions for a Tyler Perry OTT service as part of the deal while also touching on diversity and plugging his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios.

A key factor in Perry’s decision to leave OWN and go to Viacom was a need for more options. “OWN is one channel and I have this huge machine that can churn out so much content. Viacom has many channels and outlets where I can place the content,” the prolific writer, director, producer and actor said.

With a traditional cable group, where is the streaming opportunity? Said Perry, “In that deal, we are talking about a Tyler Perry OTT which we’re really excited about, streaming to consumers as well. However, if you look at the stats on my audience, we’re still there. We’re still in that cable world. That’s why my shows are able to do so well in cable. As time goes on, we’ll make the progression. But being with a company like Viacom, they’re already ahead of it, already thinking about it.”

Also, he said, “I’m really excited to get to work with BET and get in side-by-side with those guys and bring something fresh.” The deal will see Perry produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original drama and comedy series for BET, which caters primarily to African-American audiences, and other Viacom networks.

Turning the discussion to diversity, Perry said he “took a lot of heat” during the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. “I didnt want to get into it. I respect all the people who were fighting for a seat at the table, but I was building my own table” via Tyler Perry Studios.

Perry continued, “By having a group of people who haven’t had their shot in Hollywood see that I’ve been able to do this has been such a beacon for so many people which is so important and so powerful to me. What I know for sure is that when people start to reflect the problems that we have, when those people rise to power, those problems go away. So it’s great to fight for a seat at the table, but at the same time I think more of us need to build our own tables, have our own share of IP so we can use what we have to elevate us all. Once you get in, then you open the door and let someone else in.”


Eva Longoria Gives Birth To Her Baby Boy!
Eva Longoria just had her baby. The actress and her husband, Jose Baston, gave birth to their baby boy on the 19th of June. According to HOLA!, Eva and Baston welcomed their son, Santiago Enrique Baston into the world.

Eva and Baston shared a photograph of their child with the outlet. They told them they were tremendously “grateful for this beautiful blessing.”
As you may know, Eva has been candid about pregnancy in the last year, as she has made several red carpet walks while pregnant as well as a celebrity-filled baby shower.

Moreover, the Hollywood Walk Of Fame committee granted her a star on the infamous Hollywood street. The Desperate Housewives star confirmed the news of her upcoming baby back in December and showed off her baby bump on the beaches of Miami.
Back in April, just two months before the arrival of their child, several of the star’s friends and Hollywood peers came to her celebration for her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ricky Martin, Felicity Huffman, and Anna Faris were all their for the ceremony. And her baby shower was a celebrity-studded bash.
A source told us previously, “everyone had a lot of fun there including in the photo booth and when they handed out toys and stuff. There was a bar there and a lot of wine was passed around.”
According to the insider, there were even massage chairs, hair, and makeup booths, and all of the women there were all about getting “glammed up.”

As it was previously reported, Longoria has been trying to become a mother for a long time. At the premiere of Overboard, Eva said she couldn’t “wait to meet him.” The small-screen star explained she was looking forward to the day when she knew what his hair looked like, the sound of his laugh, and his personality.


AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
‘EXTRA HEADROOM’
Keep taking your shots Florida. All I’m saying is Alabama has one hell of a home court advantage when it comes to Walmart.



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