Queen Latifah Mourns the Death of Her Mother Rita Owens! 😭😭

Queen Latifah Mourns the Death of Her Mother Rita Owens! 😭😭
Queen Latfiah's mother, Rita Owens, has died after struggling with a heart condition for many years.
The Girls Trip star confirmed the news on Wednesday, sharing the heartbreaking news in a statement given to ET.

"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens, passed away today," Latfiah expressed. "Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life."

"She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over," she continued. "I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens' daughter."

On Monday, Latifah shared an Instagram video of flowers, asking people to continue to pray for her mother's speedy recovery.

"Words can’t to the express on the gratitude that I feel for the love and well wishes from friends family and all of you out there who just got love for the Queen! But just know in the words of my brother Tupac, You are appreciated!" she wrote. "Also please continue to send prayers up to my mom's speedy recovery! GOD CAN!!! ❤️😊."

In 2016, the singer and actress opened up about her mother's heart failure diagnosis in an American Heart Association Mother's Day message.

"I can't imagine my life without my mom," she expressed. "My mom is the strongest person I know, and she's committed to rising about heart failure."

We send our prayers and condolences to Queen Latifah at this time!

The Daily Buzz For March 22 ☕πŸ“°☕

Diddy for GQ. He wants To Be An “Unapologetic Warrior For Black Culture”?
Brother Love, formerly known as P. Diddy, said that he’s on a new wave right now. The hip hop mogul said that his primary focus is to be a warrior for black culture. Er, am I missing something, but Love, haven’t you always been?
In an article with GQ, Love was asked what kept him hungry considering the 48-year-old really has a “can’t stop, won’t stop” work ethic.

“My culture,” he said. “I want to be an authentic, unapologetic warrior for black culture and the culture of the street and how it moves. My thing is most importantly to change the narrative of the black race. I can’t relate to anything that isn’t about that.”
He tweeted this sentiment as well, making sure that all who didn’t catch the article would at least catch a highlight on social media.
And if you’ve ever seen a televised interview of Love, then you know that when he said this to the GQ journalist, he probably said it with the most serious face. This fits into my idea of Love already being unapologetic, so what’s with him saying he wants to be unapologetic when he already is?
Piggybacking off wanting to be a warrior for black culture, he said that he wants to develop an app that will allow users to locate black and black-friendly businesses in any given city or neighborhood.

“This is not about taking away from any other community,” he said. “We’ll still go to Chinatown. We’ll still buy Gucci!” He laughed. “But the application will make it possible for us to have an economic community. It’s about blacks gaining economic power.”
Apparently, Love wants to be unapologetic by using his own capital and investing it back into the black community. The multi-million dollar entrepreneur, who is behind brands like Ciroc and Sean John, now realizes that bringing attention to fellow black entrepreneurs will enable them to rise in the ranks. And not only the entrepreneurs but the whole community. That’s true unapologetic blackness! OK, I see you, Love!

Love went on to say that he’s been talking to fellow hip hop mogul Jay Z about this new endeavor. They have been seriously discussing what “black excellence” means, and this app would be one of the ways they would be able to contribute to, what I believe is a “black excellence” movement, right now.
And what’s not on the “black excellence” agenda is passiveness. Love said that he’s over that concept. It’s time to start “charging.”

 “We’re into psychological warfare,” Love said. “The difference is, we’re not trying to hurt nobody.”

#RHoA: Eva Marcille Celebrates Royal-Themed Baby Shower With Fiance Michael Sterling
Gearing up for baby in a big way! Eva Marcille celebrated her pregnancy — and soon-to-be little boy — at a vibrant baby shower on Saturday, March 17, and she detailed the affair.

The 33-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her fiancΓ©, Michael Sterling, were showered with love from family and friends during the “Prince Michael” themed party. “I did royal blue, purple and gold color scheme to bring in that Royal feeling,” she told Us of the decorations. Marcille’s longtime pal, Andrae Crenshaw from Drae Shaw Entertainment, hosted the bash at 433 Bishop in Atlanta, Georgia. The stunning event was planned by ellyB Events / Eliana Baucicault.
Marcille, who announced her pregnancy in a sweet Instagram post in November 2017, also shares a 3-year-old daughter, Marley Rae, with her ex-boyfriend Kevin McCall.

#EMPIRE; Season 4 Spoilers: Porsha Pits Against Scheming Cousin
Porsha's (Ta'Rhonda Jones) ambitious cousin, Mercedes (to be played by Porscha Coleman), is set to arrive in town in the second half of the current season of "Empire."

According to Deadline, Coleman has been tapped by the FOX series for a recurring role in the new installment. She will play Porsha's cousin, a singer/rapper who has big dreams of making it in the industry. Mercedes is a tough cookie whose personality will not endear her to others, but it will not stop her from getting what she wants. Porsha's position as assistant to the Lyon madam is perfect to jumpstart her career. It looks like the cousins will have some tough times ahead, especially Porsha, who will have the added burden of keeping Mercedes in check.

Meanwhile, another new face to be introduced in season 4B is Rhyon Nicole Brown, who will play a pivotal role. She will be Maya, the child of Cookie's (Taraji P. Henson) fellow inmate, Poundcake. Shortly after being born, Maya was said to be abducted from her mother. She was then adopted by an upper-middle-class couple. Growing up, Maya developed her love for dancing and classical music. She is beautiful but stubborn and her appearance will bring back painful memories for Cookie of her stay in prison.

Previously, it has been reported that veteran actress Alfre Woodard would be playing the role of Cookie's mother, Renee. In the storyline, Cookie is estranged from her parent. She grew up with her dad and had very little contact with her mom. Renee is expected to make waves in Cookie's life, especially when she and her family are facing difficult times. Last midseason finale, Lucious (Terrence Howard) vanished. Claudia (Demi Moore), his nurse, abducted him and brought him to a remote house deep in the woods. Cookie is out of mind with worry, knowing the Claudia is crazy and obsessed with the love of her life.

"Empire" season 4 will return on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.

#NEWMUSIC from Meelah, Formerly of 702, ‘Desert Love’
Former 702 singer Meelah returns with the buzz record, ‘Desert Love,’ a sultry and seductive offering that sees her reminiscing about when the love was good.

“Desert Love” is a small teaser of what Meelah has planned for her fans as she readies her long-awaited debut album for later this year.
Meelah said “Timing is everything. Releasing a project has been a long-awaited moment for me so when SoulStar Music Group approached me I was truly humbled and excited to record my debut solo album,” says Meelah on her forthcoming album (not yet titled).


The singer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and mom of one is looking forward to officially launching her solo career after having had much success in 702. Stay tuned for more to come from this super talented vocal sensation.

#HIPHOPNEWS: U-God Criticizes RZA's Leadership Of Wu-Tang Clan In New Book
U-God has opened up about the problems within Wu-Tang Clan in his new book RAW: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang. Rolling Stone has published an excerpt from the autobiography in which U-God blames many of the issues on RZA’s decision-making and leadership.

In the excerpt, U-God describes how the group’s united mentality splintered over the years. He explains that revenue distribution became a major point of contention and criticizes the management of RZA’s brother, Mitchell “Divine” Diggs.

“Right now, it just looks like the Wu brothers are not on the same page, going at each other’s throats, missing shows, and all that,” U-God writes. “But, to me, it’s really years of BS catching up to RZA. See, he put his family in charge of shit, and for years, we would go on the road but the money came up short. Whether it was because [RZA’s brother and Wu-Tang Production CEO] Divine overpromised or cut a deal he couldn’t deliver, or he made bad management decisions, I don’t know.”

U-God paints a picture of RZA getting top-flight representation for solo endeavors while the Wu-Tang was stuck with “B- or C-list” management. He also expresses frustration with operations like Wu-Wear, which he says the original members invested in but never received any return on investment despite the clothing line’s popularity, and the handling of Wu-Tang’s iconic logo.

“Many people don’t know this, but DJ Mathematics drew that logo on the back of a napkin back in the day,” he writes. “RZA quickly trademarked it, and to this very day his brother beefs when any of the original members attempt to use it. That to me is crazy — I mean, I understand if someone was using it without the group’s permission, but the members of the group itself? Wow, that’s just crazy … Divine always told us, ‘Y’all can’t use that W without paying a brand fee, and if a promoter calls your manager direct to book a Wu-Tang show, best believe they’re paying that brand fee!’ Ain’t that a motherfucker!”

According to U-God, RZA became a control freak. RZA allegedly wanted to be in charge of everything from the budget to writing hooks. U-God cites the creation of Wu-Tang’s 2000 single “Gravel Pit” as a major example of RZA’s dictatorial leadership. Instead of allowing Method Man and U-God to write the hook as planned, RZA did it himself. In U-God’s eyes, RZA lost his way as a leader.

“Trying to exert too much control over grown-ass men leads to problems,” he writes. “RZA doesn’t know how to let go and let motherfuckers be grown men anymore, like he used to back in the day, when it was four or five motherfuckers touring the country in an old Mitsubishi Scorpion. Somewhere along the way, he forgot to let his soldier do what he initially recruited us to do and coached us to do. He forgot that you don’t tear down your soldiers, you build your soldiers up. Because when they rise up, they bring you with them.”

Despite all these issues, U-God says Wu-Tang members are able to put aside their differences and come together when necessary. He also acknowledges that leadership is necessary but the leader should be open to ideas.

Read the entire excerpt in Rolling Stone or in U-God’s autobiography, which is in stores now.

The AustinTexas Bomber has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt!
Austin, Texas Mark Anthony Conditt, who police say was behind a wave of bombings in Austin and south-central Texas, killed himself early Wednesday in what investigators described as an explosion inside his car, leaving them scrambling to determine whether any bombs remain and if he acted alone.

Federal agents went to the bomber's home Wednesday while police interviewed his roommates.
Fred Milanowski, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Houston office, said one room in the house had components for making similar bombs to the ones that exploded in a string of incidents this month. There was also similar homemade explosive material in the room.
No finished bombs were found, he said. Conditt detonated a bomb in his vehicle before dawn on the side of Interstate 35 in Round Rock, north of Austin, as police approached him, authorities said.
Even in announcing his death, though, police warned a wary public not to let down their guard.
"We don't know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community," Austin police Chief Brian Manley said.

Why are Beyonce and Jay Z in Jamaica? Are they filming a new Video?
TMZ caught these shots of the couple doing a motorcycle tour through Kingston, Jamaica. Jay's at the wheel, while Bey's hanging on behind him ... rocking pink boots and fishnet stockings.

We're told they're shooting video content that will be used for their upcoming On the Run II Tour. The neighborhood they're cruising around is called Trenchtown, made famous by Bob Marley ... who lived there and frequently sang about it.

We're told they'll be shooting at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's home and studio. Jay was on Jamrock just last year ... when he recorded with Damian Marley for the 4:44 album.
The OTR II tour kicks off in June.

Tessa Thompson will Reunite with Chris Hemsworth for 'Men in Black' Reboot
Chris Hemsworth is going to be reuniting with his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson!
Earlier this month, it was announced that Chris would be starring in the Men in Black reboot and now, Tessa will be joining him!

Details about the reboot are being kept under wraps, so not plot lines are known right now.

Men in Black hit theaters in 1997 and starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The movie will not feature their characters of Agents K and J, but will feature new characters in the same sci-fi world, THR reports.

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams LOSE ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal, Must Pay Marvin Gaye’s Family $7.3M
BLOOP! Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke still owe Marvin Gaye‘s family $7.3 million after losing their appeal.
In March 2015, a Los Angeles jury found Robin and Pharrell guilty of ripping off the legendary singer‘s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up” with their chart-topping smash, “Blurred Lines.”

[Read Also: Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams Lose ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit – Ordered To Pay Marvin Gaye’s Family $7.3 Million!]

Reuters reports: By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” was entitled to “broad” copyright protection.

Circuit Judge Milan Smith said the jury verdict in favor of Gaye’s family and against Thicke and Williams could stand because there was “not an absolute absence of evidence” of similarity between the two songs.
The court also restored the jury’s finding that Clifford Harris, a rapper known as T.I. who contributed a verse to “Blurred Lines,” should not be liable for infringement, saying the trial judge erred in overturning that verdict.

Britney Spears Is the Face of KENZO’s New Campaign
Last September, KENZO debuted its La Collection Memento N°2 line, which was dedicated to the brand’s original creator, Kenzo Takada, as well as his first foray into denim back in the 1970s.

For the fashion imprint’s newest campaign this spring, the brand has tapped famed photographer/director Peter Lindbergh and pop superstar Britney Spears, as the new face of the label. Highlighting some of the standout denim pieces from the collection including jackets, caps, sweatshirts, footwear, and more, the line incorporates KENZO‘s signature motifs such as the tiger, the Great Wave of Kanagawa and bamboo tiger print.
Captured in Los Angeles, the cheeky and vibrant campaign is essentially a perfect combination for KENZO’s La Collection Memento N°2.

You can purchase the featured items at KENZO’s online store now, with prices ranging from $95 USD to $680 USD, while availability at retailers worldwide begins on Wednesday, March 21.

In other style news, U.P.W.W. releases more reflective workwear pieces and you can cop them here.

Sacramento police fatally shoot unarmed man holding cellphone in backyard
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.
Relatives have identified the man as Stephan Alonzo Clark, 22, according to The Sacramento Bee. His fiance, Salena Manni, the mother of his sons, ages 1 and 3, said his first name was Stephon.

"We're mourning right now and so we need our time to mourn," she said Wednesday as the family gathered in his grandparents' home. 

Police say the man was spotted breaking at least three vehicle windows Sunday night. Sheriff's deputies in a helicopter say they saw him break a neighbor's sliding glass door.
Two arriving officers chased him into the backyard of his grandparents' home, where he was staying. The department says he refused orders to stop and show his hands. He advanced toward the officers holding an object extended in front of him, the department said. The officers thought he was pointing a handgun and opened fire, fearing for their safety, the department said. 
No gun was found and only the cellphone was found near his body when more officers arrived and approached him about five minutes after the shooting, the department said. 
"He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?" Clark's grandmother, Sequita Thompson, told The Sacramento Bee. "C'mon now, they didn't have to do that."
"I know there could have been another way. He didn't have to die," Clark's older brother Stevante told CBS Sacramento. 

The department could not say how many times Clark was hit, and the coroner's office was not releasing information until his relatives were notified. The department said the two officers have been with Sacramento police for two and four years, but each has four years' previous experience with other law enforcement agencies. Both are on paid administrative leave. 

Clark routinely helped care for his grandparents at their home in south Sacramento, his cousin, Sonia Lewis, told Capital Public Radio.
Protesters took to the street on Monday night, gathering near the scene of the shooting on 29th Street. "It's very upsetting, it's very saddening to see people that look like you get killed over and over again in your city," said Tanya Faison from the Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter.

City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information. The department is required to release video from the helicopter and the officers' body cameras within 30 days.

Mark Zuckerberg Weighs In On Cambridge Analytica, Acknowledges “Mistakes” And Pledges “This Won’t Happen Again”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighed in for the first time on reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm advising the Trump campaign, had gained unauthorized access to millions of users’ personal information.

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Zuckerberg said the social media platform has an obligation to protect its users’ data and outlined the steps Facebook is taking to crack down on abuse of its platform.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”

The Facebook co-founder outlined a plan to investigate all third-party apps with access to private information, restrict developers’ access to data to prevent future abuses and to make it easier for Facebook users to understand how apps are accessing their information.

“I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community,” Zuckerberg said. “While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn’t change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.”

The company’s stock has been reeling since The New York Times’ bombshell report on Sunday that the firm, infused with a $15 million investment from Republican donor Robert Mercer, had harvested the private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.

The scandal wiped out $50 billion in market capitalization this week before Facebook’s stock began to recover today, rising as much as 5% before closing at $169.39, up a fraction. Meanwhile, there have been calls on Capitol Hill for an investigation.
“The silence from Zuckerberg and [COO] Sheryl [Sandberg] has put gasoline into the fire,  and, I think, it just added to the noise coming out of the beltway, as well as the European Union, as the regulatory chatter continues to elevate,” said Daniel Ives, BGH Insights’s chief strategy officer and head of Technology research.

Zuckerberg offered a chronology of events: noting that when Facebook launched, it envisioned apps as enabling social activity — that your calendar should show friends’ birthdays or a user’s address book would show their pictures. To do this, he said, it enabled users to log into apps and share who their friends were and some information about them.
In 2013, Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app that some 300,000 people installed, sharing their data and information about their friends. Zuckerberg said that, the way the Facebook platform worked at the time, that meant Kogan had access to “tens of millions of their friends’ data.”

Facebook changed the rules in 2014, to dramatically limit the data apps could access — in the interest of prevent abuse, Zuckerberg said. That meant apps like Kogan’s “could no longer ask for data about a person’s friends unless their friends had also authorized the app.” It also required app developers to request approval before extracting sensitive data.

A journalist from The Guardian newspaper contacted Facebook in 2015 to report that Kogan had shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica. That was a violation of Facebook’s policies prohibiting developers from sharing data without people’s consent — so Kogan’s app was banned from the platform. Facebook also demanded that Cambridge Analytica “formally certify” it had deleted all the data.

Last week, the social network learned from The New York Times, The Guardian and Channel 4 that this may not have happened — resulting in an immediate ban from the platform. Cambridge Analytica says the data has been deleted and agreed to a forensic audit by a firm Facebook hired to perform confirm this claim.

“This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook,” Zuckerberg wrote. “But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that.”

Zuckerberg described the steps Facebook would take to prevent bad actors from accessing people information in this way. He said the social network will investigate apps that had access to large amounts of information before the company changed its policies in 2014 to reduce data access. It will audit any app with suspicious activity and ban any developer or platform that refuses to submit to this audit.

“If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps,” Zuckerberg said. “That includes people whose data Kogan misused here as well.”

Facebook will further restrict developers’ data access to prevent other kinds of abuse. It will reduce the data provided to an app when you sign in the user’s name, profile photo and email address. It also will require developers to get approval to ask for access to a user’s post or private data.

In the coming month, Zuckerberg said Facebook will make it easier for users to understand what data apps are accessing. A new tool, to appear at the top of the News Feed, will make it easy to remove an app’s permission to access private data.

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Mariah Carey Demands $3 Mill Lawsuit Be Dismissed against her. She says she didn’t defame Concert Promoter! πŸ˜”πŸ˜

Mariah Carey Demands $3 Mill Lawsuit Be Dismissed against her. She says she didn’t defame Concert Promoter!πŸ˜”πŸ˜
LORDT! Mariah stay in a lawsuit! Here’s the latest: The 47-year-old mega star has responded to a concert promoter’s $3 million dollar lawsuit against her. The singer says that FEG Entretenimientos S.A. waited too long to take legal action against her over a message that she posted on social media.

On March 2, she responded to the suit, which accuses her of defaming a concert promoter after canceling overseas shows. Carey, who shares two children with ex husband Nick Cannon, originally sued the promoters claiming they didn’t pay her in full for 2 concerts. She says that the situation damaged her brand, because she had to cancel the shows.

In return, FEG Entretenimientos S.A., counter-sued her. They claimed that she didn’t perform at the 2 shows overseas with no notice or reason. They are suing for at least $500k in damages for each of the missed shows.
In the counter suit, they say that she defamed them with a message on twitter. She tweeted,

Devastated my shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil had to be canceled. My fans deserve better than some of these promoters treated them.

The promoters say that the tweet was “knowingly false and defamatory” and caused their business irreparable damage, which they are seeking $2 million in damages.

Here’s the backstory: Carey says the promoter’s claim of defamation is time-barred, which means that they waited too long to sue due her. She points out that message on social media was published in October 2016. However, they didn’t file suit until January 2018. In the suit, Carey’s legal team also notes that she never mentioned the promoter by name and didn’t make any false statements. She demands all claims against her be dismissed.


BREAKING NEWS: Austin-area bomb suspect kills self in explosion as Austin PD SWAT team closed in!

BREAKING NEWS: Austin-area bomb suspect kills self in explosion as Austin PD SWAT team closed in!
Police confirmed Wednesday that the suspect in the bombings in Austin that killed two people and wounded several others is dead after setting off a bomb in a hotel parking lot when a SWAT team closed in.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the suspect was a 24-year-old white man. His name will be released when his family has been informed. Manley said authorities do not know the motive for the bombings. 
One SWAT team member fired a shot at the suspect's vehicle after he set off the bomb in Round Rock, about 20 miles from Austin, early Wednesday. 

Austin, a destination city for music fans and barbecue pilgrimages, has long struggled with growth and segregation . Four bombings since March 2 have killed two people and wounded four. A fifth person suffered minor injuries when a package bomb exploded at a FedEx facility early Tuesday in Schertz, near San Antonio. That package was mailed from Austin, linking it to the serial bomber.

Here are the victims.

Bomb 1: Anthony Stephan House, 39
The March 2 explosion that killed Anthony Stephan House, a construction worker and money manager, received little attention at first.

Police described the explosion of a package left on his doorstep as an isolated incident with no continuing threat to the community after House died in a hospital less than an hour after it was reported.
House, remembered by friends as a quiet and motivated man, left behind an 8-year-old daughter. He went to high school in Pflugerville, an Austin suburb, where he ran track and played basketball.
A local man to the end, he graduated from Texas State University, a college down the highway about midway between San Antonio and Austin.

“He wanted to be something different and bigger than what a lot of people thought he was going to do,” Greg Padgitt, a friend from high school, told the Austin-American Statesman. “He was quiet, but jokey with the kids that he let in. He was a great kid.”

House’s stepfather, Freddie Dixon, said House’s daughter was inside the home when the explosion occurred

Bomb 2: Draylen Mason, 17
Before he was killed in a blast on March 10, Draylen Mason was college-bound.
He was involved in the Austin Soundwaves, a music-education program for underserved kids in Central Texas. He took to the stand-up bass and even played in a mariachi band.

“He was amazing, so passionate and very well-rounded,” said junior Eli Hernandez, 17, who described Mason as something of a role model. “Everyone could see he had a bright future with music.
Deflated balloons sway in the wind in the yard of the house where the second bomb went off and killed Draylen Mason, 17, in Austin on March 10. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
Mason caught the eye and ear of Doug Dempster, dean of the University of Texas’s College of Fine Arts in central Austin. Dempster had for years been watching Mason develop not only himself but also students around him. At 17, he stopped and patiently helped his fellow burgeoning musicians in the trade.

“He was every inch a musician . . . the very most remarkable talent in a most remarkable youth orchestra program . . . He carried himself with a kind of quiet maturity that belied his youth,” Dempster said in a statement. He said Mason expected to become a Longhorn in the fall.

And like House, Mason was black. Both lived on the east side of Austin, where gentrification has displaced historically black and Latino neighborhoods.

Bomb 3: Esperanza Herrera, 75 not pictured.
The bomber did not appear to have targeted Esperanza Herrera. But the explosion nearly killed her anyway.

Herrera was visiting her elderly mother’s house and picked up a package that authorities later said was bound for another address. Her mother, Maria Moreno, often needed overnight care, neighbors said.

Bomb 4: Two unidentified victims

More than 300 federal law enforcement officials and scores of police officers widened their search for the bomber or bombers, even pleading with them to come forward to discuss any demands as they warned Austinites to report suspicious packages.

The fourth bomb to rock Austin was neither on the east side nor concealed in a package. An explosive device detonated Sunday night after being triggered by a trip wire in what authorities called the work of a “sophisticated serial bomber.” Two men were injured.

Police have not revealed the names of the victims. But the Associated Press spoke with William Grote, who said his grandson Will and a friend were struck by the blast. His grandson had nails embedded in his knees, Grote said. Bombers will often add makeshift shrapnel such as nails, screws and ball bearings to increase a bomb’s killing power.
“It was so dark they couldn’t tell and they tripped,” he said, according to the AP. “They didn’t see it. It was a wire. And it blew up.”
Another package found at a separate FedEx center in Austin later Tuesday had a bomb inside but was "disrupted" by law enforcement before it exploded, the FBI said in a statement. 

One person was injured in Austin after an "incendiary device" was found at a Goodwill store Tuesday, but police said that incident did not appear be related to the other bombings. Police have not ruled out the possibility that those bombings could be hate crimes.
Will further update as more information comes in!


Tamar Braxton is Angry at her Family for the Portrayal of Hubby Vincent Herbert On ‘Braxton Family Values’! 😲😡

Tamar Braxton is Angry at her Family for the Portrayal of Hubby Vincent Herbert On ‘Braxton Family Values’!  
And, the new season of ‘BFV’ airs this Thursday. So the Tea is….., Tamar does not like how Vince’s portrayal will be on the show.

According to TMZ, Tamar Braxton is furious with her family, because she believes they’re ganging up on her estranged husband to vilify him on the new season of their reality show … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Tamar tell us … she’s supposed to be promoting the return of “Braxton Family Values,” but is refusing because she thinks Vincent Herbert is being portrayed in an unfair light in an effort by her mom and sisters to destroy him.
They’re told show cameras have captured Tamar and Vince as they steer through their pending divorce, but Tamar feels the family’s using fake storylines to drum up ratings and frame Vince as a villain. We’re told she’s pissed her kin would “stoop so low for personal gain” and unless producers edit out what she feels are lies … she’ll refuse to promote it.

Uh Oh? The Battle is on!

The Daily Buzz For March 20 ☕πŸ“°☕

John Legend is The Sunday Times Style Magazine’s March 20 Cover Star!
Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend is the cover star for The Sunday Times Magazine’s March issue which features an interview with the artist where he talks on scandal, activism, raising a daughter in a post-Heinstein world and romance in his marriage to Chrissy Teigen.

For the cover he poses in a multi print patched cotton two piece from Moschino and white sneakers against a pink background that sets it off perfectly.

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Nice look John. For the article GO HERE!

#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Breaks Down in Tears After Rape Joke Controversy: 'I Should Never Have Said That'
NeNe Leakes broke down in tears on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta recalling the regret she felt over controversial comments she made at a comedy show back in October.
“I never meant to say anything that would hurt anybody,” she told Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton, in tears. “I’m not just walking around here made out of steel. I hurt, too. I don’t want to hurt anybody.”

Leakes had hosted the “Girls Night Out for Laughs” event at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California — a night of comedy that featured stars Loni Love, Tiffany Haddish, Adele Givens, Melanie Comarcho, Hope Flood and DJ Lucci.
While on stage, she launched into a joke “warning to women about riding in the car with Uber guys.” But being in the Bay Area, where Uber originated, a female heckler booed Leakes and told her to “kill herself.”

That’s when Leakes responded with the controversial statement, telling the critic, “I ain’t even gonna to tell you about the damn Uber driver. I hope he rape yo a– tonight when he take you home, bitch.”
Video of the clap-back (and the boos that came from audience members) quickly spread online, with Leakes taking to social media days later to publicly apologize.
“I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend,” Leakes said in a statement on Facebook. “Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so. As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used. I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry.”

But when she talked about the incident on Sunday’s RHOA, Leakes got far more emotional.
“I’m so quick to fight back, I have to learn to not fight back. I hate that I said what I said to the lady. Oh my God. I felt so bad. I should never have said that,” she cried. “The problem is, you see red and you just flip. I know it can go somewhere so quick, and you’re not even meaning for it to go there.”

“I have been speaking about domestic violence for so many years,” she added. “So I would never wish harm or abuse about another women. I wish I could have said something different in that moment. I just f—– up.”
In the wake of the controversy, Leakes was dropped from her job hosting cast member’s Kandi Burruss‘ The Great Xscape Tour.

“Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes,” the group said in a statement. “As a result, we have decided to no longer proceed with her participation on our tour. It was an unfortunate incident for which Nene has since apologized and we wish her the best as she navigates this very difficult period.”

They continued, “As strong supporters of all women, we know this decision is what is best. Our hearts go out to all female victims and we stand with you! This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends. As always, we are grateful for the love and support and we look forward to seeing all of you at ‘The Great Xscape’ tour.”
Burruss was just as supportive Sunday.
“It’s not that I was okay with her comment, but because we’re in the public eye, sometimes we say stuff that we shouldn’t say,” Burruss said. “I’m not condoning anything she said.”

Bailey, too, gave Leakes her love.
“You know, you have to be a little more careful about what you said, who you’re around, and what you do,” she told Leakes. “You’re going to grow from this and this is going to be okay. You get to make a mistake and you apologized.”

“To see NeNe so broken down about this whole Uber thing is hard for me to watch,” Bailey added. “She just responded in a moment and she just said the wrong stuff. She messed up.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

#EMPIRE: Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson’s Gives the TV Show ‘Extra’ the Inside Scoop on 'Empire'
“Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson on the set of “Empire” in Chicago, where a photo shoot with the Lyon family was taking place!
As for upcoming surprises on the FOX show, who'll be running the empire by the end of the season?

While referring to the character of Uncle Eddie, played by Academy Award winner “The Last King of Scotland’s” Forest Whitaker, Terrence teased, “Cookie and Lucious learn to work together in a beautiful way. But sometimes you'll invite a friend in to help you through a rough period... but once you get on your feet they don't want to move out.”

Terrence added, “My friend Forest comes in and he's been helpful, but he starts to overstay his welcome a little bit, and we have to deal with that. He's a force to be reckoned with. He’s the King of Scotland, you don't mess with him... he'll eat you! He’s the most formidable monster that Lucious has ever had to come through... I get upset sometimes because they give him all the good lines!”
Taraji also shared her thoughts on Forest, laughing, “Ain’t nobody scared of no King of Scotland! You met your match through Cookie 'cause I'll eat your ass alive!”

“Empire” returns March 28 on FOX.

#RnBFLASHBACK: Deniece Williams ‘Free’
In 1976, Deniece Williams released her first album “This Is Niecy,” it hit the streets and soon became a gold seller.

Beyond its commercial success, the album is one of the most assured debuts of the decade. The combination of Williams’ sublime vocals and E,W & F’s eclectic musicianship gives the album a sophistication and vibrancy that hold up well 40 years later. The biggest hit from that album, was the song ‘Free’


“Free” is the sultry single that spurred sales for the album. Opening with tinkling chimes, gently crashing high-hat cymbals and a cascade of Fender Rhodes, the song deceptively posits Williams as an enchantress, whispering in her lover’s ear “a magic potion for love.” But as the song builds over Verdine White’s muscular bass line, you realize that Williams, in the sweetest way moved on. Her sense of freedom is more important to her than the relationship will ever be.

Loves Niecey!

#HIPHOPVIDEO from Wale – ‘Staying Power’
Wale proves he has “Staying Power” in the video for his recent buzz track.

The Chris Hernandez-directed visual kicks off with model Eyaluta’s arrival in D.C. Folarin welcomes her with open arms before riding around the city in a drop-top classic. 
It’s a fun-filled night for Wale. He raps in front of a giant mural of himself, kicks bars in an alleyway, hits the club with friends, and smokes in front of a restaurant.


Last week, Folarin dropped his 4-track EP It’s Complicated featuring the Jacquees-assisted “Black Bonnie.”
Up next, the D.C. rapper is working on his forthcoming album, since leaving Atlantic. 

#GUNSINSCHOOL Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured
A shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one student dead and two others injured, officials confirmed.
A 17-year-old male student opened fire using a handgun around 8 a.m. in a hallway at Great Mills High School, striking a 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said during a press conference.

The school’s armed resource officer, identified by police as St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputy Blaine Gaskill, exchanged fire with the shooter, Cameron said. Gaskill was not injured.
The three students were transported to local hospitals. The shooter, whom police identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, died hours later. The female student remains in the ICU with life-threatening injuries and the male student is in stable condition, according to officials.

Investigators were working to determine whether the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was fatally shot by the school’s resource officer.

Police believe the shooter had a prior relationship with the female victim, Cameron said. Investigators were mining through the shooter’s electronic devices and social media as they work to determine a motive.
“The potential for other victims was very real,” Cameron said during the press conference. “You can only theorize what would have happened ... if our school resource officer hadn’t engaged immediately.”
“This is what we prepare for,” he added. “This is what we pray we never have to do. And on this day, we realize our worst nightmare ― that our greatest asset, our children, were attacked in ... a bastion of safety and security. ... The notion of it can’t happen here is no longer a notion.
The school remained on lockdown as law enforcement officials continued to investigate the matter. All students were bused to nearby Leonardtown High School, where their parents were instructed to pick them up. 

Roughly 1,600 students attend Great Mills High School, which is located about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
FBI agents were on the scene to assist the sheriff’s office.
“No parent should ever have to worry about when they send their kids off in the morning to school whether they are going to come home safely or not,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said during a press conference Tuesday. “We need more than prayers ... We’ve got to take action.”

Halle Berry Makes Major Confession About Her Breasts
For years folks have wondered if Halle Berry’s boobs were man made or au naturale. Now the 51-year-old is being super candid about her breasts and why they are so damn perfect and perky.

Berry took to her Instagram page and revealed that is wasn’t plastic surgery as some have suggested but instead good old fashion excercise.
“Many women I know often complain that gravity is taking hold of their breasts and they struggle to keep ’em up. For me, working out my chest muscles have been key to keeping the ta ta’s right,” she said.

In the photo Berry bares her abs in a black and white sports bra that reads spiritual gangster. She is posed against some tall bamboo trees, her hair is blowing in the wind and her eyes are closed.

In the lengthy post she also admits that she has had a pretty ample bosom since she was a teen, but has kept them perky with this simple trick.
“Besides wearing a bra to bed every night since I was 16, doing very specific chest exercises over the years have helped as well,” she said. “For me it’s been important to work my chest muscles in a gentle way because the goal is never to get too muscular, but to stay feminine and long.”

She concluded by sharing one of her workout routines called the “ball up” and posted a series of demo videos with she and her trainer on her IG story.
“WARNING, it does look easy, but do 50 reps for 3 sets 3 days a week and watch how much you sweat and how you begin to defy gravity!,” she said before signing off with her signature hashtag: FitnessFridayHB.

#HARRYANDMEGHAN: Here’s the Real Reason Prince Harry Doesn’t Need Meghan Markle To Sign a Prenup!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are keeping the fairytale alive by forgoing a prenup … but this might not be as romantic as it sounds.
According to a source, Harry believes his marriage to Meghan will last forever and there’s no reason to safeguard his £30 million fortune. “There was never any question in Harry’s mind that he would sign a prenup,” one of his “friends” told DailyMail. “He’s determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there’s no need for him to sign anything.”

Awww, that’s beautiful … but the gag is, even if Markle signed a prenup it wouldn’t mean much. Unfortunately, prenups are not legally enforceable in the UK. However, they are increasingly taken into account during divorce cases, so at least there’s that.
Also, Prince Harry isn’t the first to take this route. His big brother Prince William made the same move when he married Kate Middleton. In addition, their mother, Princess Diana, didn’t have a prenup either. Consequently, she had to fight tooth and nail to get her £17 million settlement when she divorced Prince Charles.

Hopefully, the royal couple’s union will be one that last a lifetime. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed on May 19th at Windsor Castle in England.

The Plot Thickens Normani Kordei Will be first up in the Fifth Harmony Solo Projects, With a little help from RocNation!
As you all know by now we reported yesterday that Fifth Harmony has decided to spilt and go their separate ways. But, that also means time for solo projects … We’re looking at you Normani Kordei, 

Fifth Harmony released a statement on Monday saying the girls, who were placed together in a group on the singing competition show X-Factor, were taking a hiatus to focus on solo endeavors.
We all know what that means…

Moving on — once word spread that the girls were focusing on their own personal projects Normani instantly became the number one trending topic, Twitter rejoiced and news broke that Jay Z’s ROC Nation would be behind her project. Thanks Hov!

So are you here for Normani’s solo mission or will you miss the group more?

Aubrey O’Day is being slut-shamed on Twitter for having an affair with Donald Trump Jr.
Take cover. Aubrey O’Day is being inundated with vile messages after news of her affair with Donald Trump Jr. broke on Monday, March 19.
Some have taken to Twitter to blast the former Danity Kane member for having a relationship with the president’s son while he was married to Vanessa Trump. Angry social media users have called her everything from a “pathetic home wrecker” to a “mistress hoe” and accused her of not being “as classy as Stormy Daniels.”
Multiples sources confirmed that Trump had an affair with the Famously Single star in late 2011. They met when she was a contestant on season 5 of the Celebrity Apprentice. A source told Us, “Things started up with Aubrey and Don Jr. toward the end of the taping.”

The relationship was “serious all of a sudden,” according to the source, but he broke things off with her in March 2012 when Vanessa found emails between the pair.
“He told her it was over with his wife, that they were separated and he didn’t love her — all of that stuff … Aubrey fell for him hard,” the source added. “She thought they were going to be together for real.”

Vanessa filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years on March 15.

Mariah Carey Demands $3 Mill Lawsuit Be Dismissed against her. She says she didn’t defame Concert Promoter!
Here’s the latest: The 47-year-old mega star has responded to a concert promoter’s $3 million dollar lawsuit against her. The singer says that FEG Entretenimientos S.A. waited too long to take legal action against her over a message that she posted on social media.

On March 2, she responded to the suit, which accuses her of defaming a concert promoter after canceling overseas shows. Carey, who shares two children with ex husband Nick Cannon, originally sued the promoters claiming they didn’t pay her in full for 2 concerts. She says that the situation damaged her brand, because she had to cancel the shows.

In return, FEG Entretenimientos S.A., counter-sued her. They claimed that she didn’t perform at the 2 shows overseas with no notice or reason. They are suing for at least $500k in damages for each of the missed shows.
In the counter suit, they say that she defamed them with a message on twitter. She tweeted,

Devastated my shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil had to be canceled. My fans deserve better than some of these promoters treated them.

The promoters say that the tweet was “knowingly false and defamatory” and caused their business irreparable damage, which they are seeking $2 million in damages.

Here’s the backstory: Carey says the promoter’s claim of defamation is time-barred, which means that they waited too long to sue due her. She points out that message on social media was published in October 2016. However, they didn’t file suit until January 2018. In the suit, Carey’s legal team also notes that she never mentioned the promoter by name and didn’t make any false statements. She demands all claims against her be dismissed.

Jay-Z's Roc Nation and First Round Capital invest $3 million in bail reform startup Promise
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has thrown their support behind a new app that aims to reduce incarceration and recidivism in the criminal justice system. 

Promise, an app co-founded by social entrepreneur and former Prince manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, hopes “to create a sustainable and scalable program that will reduce the number of people behind bars, recidivism and the cost of care by extending the capabilities of community supervision,” the company said. The app will be open to both government agencies and users on parole or who would otherwise be incarcerated.

“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”

“Promise steps in during the pre-trial process to assist those that cannot afford bail. Following a comprehensive intake procedure, Promise sets up an individualized plan for each participant. Promise then monitors and supports participants to help them succeed with their plans,”

All the best with this initiative!

Keyshia Cole Responds to Her Sister Neffe’s ‘Public’ Apology
We all have family that are sometimes difficult to love but, singer Keyshia Cole and her outspoken sister Neffeteria also known as “Nefe” take that different heights.  In a recent sister beef, Neffeteria had a change of heart and gave her little sis a lengthy apology on Instagram. “Dear @keyshiacole first let me start off by saying I love you with all my heart, I have been thinking of you for awhile now and I must say I miss my sister!” She went into her apology and said, “Forgive me if I hurt you, forgive me if I didn’t support you, forgive me if I let you down, forgive me if I embarrassed you, forgive if I didn’t do well in your eyes because you have wanted more for me period!” She closed the apology and said, “My heart has been suffering and I’m ready to be healed and this is apart of my healing…”

Even though Neffe is seemingly apologetic, the sisters have had ongoing issues in the past. Neffe wrote a book about some of their disagreements back in 2012 entitled,”Price I Paid.” Keyshia was not happy about the book. “How many of ya’ll have leaches in your own family? I need to know I’m not alone! B*tch talk about me in ya book and wearing the shoes I gave u on the cover?”

Their strained relationship also played out in Keyshia’s reality show ‘Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is’ where Cole was frustrated with taking care of Neffe while still trying to reconnect with her mom Frankie, who placed her in foster care.
But Cole didn’t allow their estranged relationship to sever their sisterhood. The R&B singer responded ‘PUBLICLY.’ ” Oh and Neffe I did receive your PUBLIC apology, and I understand why you went PUBLIC with it. And I thought I should RESPOND PUBLICLY, and our lives have been VERY PUBLICIZED, and I want you to kno, that I do love u back! ALWAYS WILL.” Cole continued, “And naw we haven’t been close, and that’s been going on for some time now, but I’ve BEEN forgiven you. I’ve forgiven mom and everyone I’ve felt, has failed me in my personal relationships❤

Fans then wished the sisters the best.
“Healing is a part of owning saying I’m sorry and forgive me. Proud of you for that”

“You have grown sooo much sis!! I pray for your healing”

Stevie Wonder Calls ‘Bullsh*t’ On Bruno Mars Cultural Appropriation Claim
“We cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.”
Pop star Bruno Mars is getting support against accusations of cultural appropriation from an unimpeachable source: Stevie Wonder.

TMZ asked Wonder to chime in on a debate that started last weekend, when activist and writer Seren Sensei called Mars a cultural appropriator on “The Grapevine,” a web series dealing with African-American issues.
Mars, whose mother is Filipino and his father Puerto Rican and Jewish, has made a career with songs based on musical forms that are historically and traditionally African-American, according to CNN.
But Sensei argued that Mars “takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it.”

She added: “He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better. He’s a karaoke singer, he’s a wedding singer, he’s the person you hire to do Michael Jackson and Prince covers. Yet Bruno Mars has an Album of the Year Grammy and Prince never won an Album of the Year Grammy.”

Sensei’s remarks caused a heated debate online.
Wonder, however, one of the most Grammy-winning artists of all time, said he doesn’t think Mars was doing anything inappropriate.
“Here’s the thing, God created music for all of us to enjoy,” Wonder told TMZ. “So we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.”

He pulled no punches saying what he thought of the accusations.
“He’s a great talent, so all the other stuff is just bullshit,” Wonder said of Mars. “He was inspired by great musicians and great artists and songwriters. So it’s cool.”

The Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.”
TMZ asked Wonder if he thought Mars deserved a “pass” because of the reverent way he treats black-originated musical genres like reggae, hip-hop and funk.

Wonder dismissed the question, saying no pass is needed because God created music for everyone.

Dwayne Johnson’s Action-Thriller ‘Red Notice’ Set For 2020 Release
There’s a reason why Dwayne Johnson is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood…he STAYS booked and busy.
The 45-year-old hunk’s action-thriller Red Notice has been set for a June 12, 2020 release.
Johnson will play an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most wanted art thief in the world.

In the meantime you can check out The Rock in Rampage on April 13 and his action-adventure Skyscraper on July 13.

She’s either a great landscaper or great prostitute…either way you’re hired.

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