The Daily Buzz For Aug 15 ☕📰☕

The Super Model Naomi Campbell covers Essence's September Issue
Naomi Campbell fronts Essence's September 2018 fashion issue. For the shoot and cover story, the ageless supermodel teamed up with Harlem couturier Dapper Dan, photographer Jamel Shabazz and André Leon Talley to showcase Dap's collaboration with Gucci around the streets of Harlem. Get more at {Essence}

#RHoA: Introducing Kandi Burruss' “Kandi Koated” Makeup Line
The Real Housewives of Atlanta OG has come a fashionably long way since Season 1.

Kandi Burruss is expanding her “Kandi Koated” empire in a very glamorous way. The Real Housewives of Atlanta boss is giving you all the tools you need to slay all day with a new luxury cosmetics line.

Last week, Kandi shared a behind-the-scenes look at a top-secret photo shoot on Instagram Stories. And now we know that it was for her new makeup line. The momtrepreneur officially revealed the news Monday evening in an IG post. "I've’ been grinding ya’ll. I’ve got a new makeup line coming out called #KandiKoated!!!” she wrote in the caption.  

According to the BTS video, the Atlanta pal has been working on this project for quite some time now. “We’re really excited about the line. We worked with Kandi over the past year in selecting colors,” shared Nadine Thompson, president of Bedroom Kandi. “We’re really excited in particular about the lipstick line. We’ve got a fierce line with beautiful bold blues and blacks, and bright oranges and reds. We’ve got a nude collection for a nice range from light, porcelain skin tones to expresso, beautiful chocolate browns. And we have an everyday line called Lip Service — regular colors that you might wear to work every day.”
The cruelty-free line includes six categories of lip products: Suede (matte lipstick), Satin (cream lipstick), Naked (nude lipstick), Glaze (lip gloss), Slay (metallic lip gloss), and Edge (lip liner pencil). It also contains a variety of eye shadows and eye liners in matte and metallic hues. Plus, a full range of face products including a BB cream, blush, bronzer, and illuminating powders.

The products will only be available through Bedroom Kandi Boutique Parties, starting Fall 2018.

#Empire: Taraji P. Henson Creates Foundation to Honor Her Late Father Who Battled Mental Health Issues
In hopes of eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health in African-American communities, the actress just launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father. The organization will provide scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offer mental health services to youth in urban schools and work to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.

“I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” Henson said.

The Empire star chronicled her relationship with her father Boris, who died in 2006 at the age of 58 after battling liver cancer, in her 2016 memoir, Around the Way Girl. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support,” she said. “I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

Henson, who just got engaged in May, is celebrating the foundation’s launch with a fundraising event, Taraji’s Boutique of Hope, on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. Funds raised for the foundation will help provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. BLHF will also partner with school districts help to provide mental health therapists, social workers and counselors to African-American children in need and other nonprofit organizations that offer mental health wellness programs as well.

“BLHF is breaking the silence by speaking out and encouraging others to share their challenges with mental illness and get the help they need,” said Tracie Jenkins, executive director for the foundation. “African-Americans have regarded such communication as a sign of weakness and our vision is to change that perception.”

For more information about BLHF, visit www.borislhensonfoundation.org

#NewMusic from En Vogue ‘Reach 4 Me’
En Vogue’s have announced the next single from their comeback album Electric Cafe, called “Reach 4 Me.”
Produced by Dem Jointz, “Reach 4 Me” is a danceable joint that finds the ladies testing the devotion of a lover.


So are you feeling this En-Vogue VIBE?

#HipHopNews: Nicki Minaj Calls Out Meek Mill, 50 Cent, & Dj Khaled On ‘Barbie Dreams’
Nicki Minaj’s new album Queen is out now, but there’s one song in particular song that has everyone talking.
Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die classic “Just Playing (Dreams),” “Barbie Dreams” finds Nicki lightheartedly rapping about sex with her rap peers including Drake, 50 Cent, and her ex Meek Mill.

“Shout out to The Notorious B.I.G., R.I.P.,” Nicki said during her Queens Radio show on Beats 1. “You are still inspiring rappers every day.”
On the tongue-in-cheek track, Nicki references 50 Cent and his show “Power.” “I tried to f**k 50 for a powerful hour, but all that ni**a wanna do is talk ‘Power’ for hours,” raps Nicki.

50 responded with flattery. “South Side stand up the bitch @nickiminaj is really a problem. Out here killing shit,” he tweeted.
Her Young Money brother Drake also inspired a verse. “Drake worth a hundred milli / Always buying me shit / But I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he cryin’ and shit.”

Quavo also makes it into Nicki’s dreams. “Somebody go and make sure Karrueche OK though / I heard she think I’m tryna give the coochie to Quavo.”

She even shouts out her ex Meek Mill. “Meek still be in my DMs, I be havin’ to duck him / I used to pray for times like this / Face ass when I f**k him.”

But she wasn’t as kind to DJ Khaled, rapping about his preference in the bedroom. “Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speakin’ / Ain’t no fat ni**a tellin’ me what he ain’t eatin’.”

She goes on to name check Future, 6ix9ine, Lil Uzi Vert, and Young Thug (“Used to fuck with Young Thug / I ain’t addressing this shit / Caught him in my dressing room stealing dresses and shit”).
She also has some fun at Desiigner’s expense. “Shout out Desiigner ’cause he made it out of special ed,” raps Nicki. But the rapper was a good sport about it. “You Crazy,” he wrote along with the laughing and heart emojis.
Despite the controversial lyrics, Nicki made it clear: “Barbie Dreams” is not a diss. “You guys know that that’s not a diss?” she said. “I love them and I said things about people who can take a joke and won’t be emotional about it.”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Dedicate Detroit Concert to The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin
Beyoncé and Jay-Z sent their love and well-wishes to Aretha Franklin on Monday by dedicating their Detroit OTR II show to the Queen of Soul.
Queen B made the sweet tribute after performing the opening number at Ford Field.

"This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin," she said, as seen in Mojo in the Morning's video. "We love you. We thank you for changing all of our lives with your beautiful music."
According to the Detroit Free Press, the couple's opener, DJ Khaled, also played Franklin's hit "Respect," generating roars of applause from the audience.

The concert location was a special one as the "Natural Woman" singer grew up in Detroit and lives in Michigan.
On Monday, reports started spreading that Franklin is "gravely ill."  Evrod Cassimy, an anchor for Local 4 in Detroit, broke the news and claimed the 18-time Grammy winner was "resting and surrounded by family and friends." Cassimy then asked people for their prayers on behalf of Franklin and the family.

On Tuesday, Franklin's nephew, Tim Franklin, told People the music icon is at home with her family. He also told the magazine "she's alert, laughing, teasing [and] able to recognize people." While he told the celebrity news outlet Franklin "is sick," the family is "trying to keep her spirits up."

"We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing," he told People.

In March, Franklin canceled a few shows after being ordered by doctors to rest. The Grammy winner had announced she would be retiring from concert performances the year before.

Carmelo Anthony Officially Signs with the Houston Rockets
Former NY Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony has officially joined the Houston Rockets.

Melo signed a one-year deal for $2.4 million on Monday, the NBA team announced. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum salary, which he’ll receive in addition to a $27.9 million buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.
Anthony was traded earlier this summer from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Atlanta, who bought out his contract and made him a free agent.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey welcomed Anthony to the team in a tweet.
After officially signing with the Houston Rockets on Monday, Anthony released a heartfelt letter expressing gratitude to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and its fans despite his time being brief and the results relatively disappointing.

Omarosa Responds to Trump Calling Her a "Dog"
The president referred to Omarosa Manigault Newman — formerly the top African-American in his White House — as "that dog!" Tuesday morning.
Omarosa Manigault Newman told MSNBC's Katy Tur on Tuesday that President Trump "should be afraid of being exposed as the misogynist and racist that he is."

During the latest press stop on her book tour, the former reality TV star responded to the president referring to her as "that dog" earlier in the day.

"I think that it just shows you that if he would say that publicly, what else would he say about me privately?" she said. Claiming, "He has absolutely no respect for women, for African-Americans, as evidence by him instructing the chief of staff to lock me for two hours in the Situation Room, to harass me, to threaten me and say that things could get very ugly for me and that there would be damage to my reputation."

Adding, "He is unfit to be in this office and to serve as the president of the United States."

The war of words between Manigault Newman and Trump escalated Tuesday when the president took to Twitter to refer to his former aide —  who was the top African-American in his White House — as "that dog." When tweeting in response to Manigault Newman's press tour for her tell-all memoir Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House, officially out Tuesday, Trump has referred to his longtime colleague as "wacky," "deranged" and a "lowlife," but the latest racially charged reference sparked renewed outrage.

"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Trump tweeted.

Invoking derogatory words and phrases Trump has used about women and minorities in the past, Tur asked Manigault Newman about the president's treatment of women in the White House. Manigault Newman said Trump had nicknames for "everyone," including Tur; Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos, whom she said Trump would call "Ditzy Devos"; and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"Because of his small ability to communicate, he would give them these derogatory nicknames and it just wasn't appropriate," Manigault Newman said. "He does treat women differently, I think as evidence by the lack of female appointees in his administration; the lack of high-level senior advisers, women, in his administration and throughout all the different agencies. He treats them different because he believes that they're beneath him."

Manigault Newman generalized Trump's behavior with women by saying, "He would grab women, kiss them, unsolicited, anytime, any day."
Trump's tweet came Tuesday morning as Manigualt Newman released another recording to CBS News, this time showing campaign workers discussing an alleged recording of Trump using the N-word.

Manigault Newman, a former star on Trump's Apprentice, has been on a publicity tour for her book, in which she writes that she has heard that such a tape of Trump making the racial slur while on the set of the NBC reality series exists. On Sunday, she said she listened to one recording after the book closed.

Trump has pushed back against the claim, citing an apparent call from Apprentice producer Mark Burnett as proof that "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa." Trump has insisted, "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said the book is "riddled with lies and false accusations." Sanders, in a press briefing that followed the MSNBC appearance, said Trump's "dog" tweet was "not about race" and instead was about "calling out someone's lack of integrity."

Also on Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign planned to file an arbitration action against Manigault Newman, alleging that her book tour and memoir breach a 2016 confidentiality agreement.

"I don't believe that I violated it but I'm going to leave that to the lawyers to sort that out," Manigault Newman told Tur. "It's interesting that he is trying to silence me. What is he trying to hide? What is he afraid of? If he hadn't said anything that was derogatory or demeaning to African-Americans and to women, why would he be going to this extent to shut me down?"

Manigault Newman, who has revealed two other audio recordings from her time at the White House, defended her credibility during the Tuesday appearance. She would not comment on whether or not she has more tapes to release.

Bruno Mars Adds Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, and Ella Mai to his 24K World Tour
Last month, Cardi B left Bruno Mars scrambling to find an opener for his 24K Magic World Tour finale when she dropped out due to underestimating the work it takes to be a new mother. With the North American leg of the tour now less than a month away, the pop star announced not one but four special guests who will be supporting him on various tour stops this fall: Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men and Ella Mai.

On Tuesday (August 14), the "Finesse" singer took to Instagram to announce the news via a hilarious note and video. "Hath the game changeth???" Mars captioned the posts, which show him giving his best vocal impressions of each special guest.

Check out the announcement below.

The final leg of Mars' 24K Magic World Tour kicks off on September 7 in Denver, Colorado and ends on November 11 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Check out the full tour dates and which artists will be accompanying what stops below.

24K Magic World Tour North American Dates
Sept. 7 – Denver, CO* – Pepsi Center
Sept. 8 – Denver, CO* – Pepsi Center
Sept. 11 – St. Paul, MN^ – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 12 – St. Paul, MN^ – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 15 – Detroit, MI^ – Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 16 – Detroit, MI^ – Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 19 – Philadelphia, PA* – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 20 – Philadelphia, PA* – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 22 – Toronto, ON** – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 23 – Toronto, ON** – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 27 – Boston, MA** – TD Garden
Sept. 28 – Boston, MA** – TD Garden
Oct. 1 – Newark, NJ** – Prudential Center
Oct. 2 – Newark, NJ** – Prudential Center
Oct. 4 – Brooklyn, NY^^ – Barclays Center
Oct. 5 – Brooklyn, NY^^ – Barclays Center
Oct. 7 – Nashville, TN^^ – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 8 – Nashville, TN^^ – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 11 – Tulsa, OK^^ – BOK Center
Oct. 12 – Tulsa, OK^^ – BOK Center
Oct. 14 – Dallas, TX^ – American Airlines Center
Oct. 15 – Dallas, TX^ – American Airlines Center
Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA* – STAPLES Center
Oct. 24 – Los Angeles, CA** – STAPLES Center
Oct. 26 – Los Angeles, CA^^ – STAPLES Center
Oct. 27 – Los Angeles, CA^ – STAPLES Center
Nov. 8 – Honolulu, HI – Aloha Stadium
Nov. 10 – Honolulu, HI% – Aloha Stadium
Nov. 11 – Honolulu, HI% – Aloha Stadium

*Boyz II Men
^Charlie Wilson
^^Ella Mai
%The Green & Common Kings

Rihanna's Hollywood Hills Home Swarmed By LAPD After Triggered Alarm
Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home was swarmed by the LAPD after her faulty alarm system went off on Monday night (August 13).

According to law enforcement sources close to TMZ, the singer's home alarm went off, prompting multiple units and even an LAPD helicopter to respond to the alert. In a video obtained by the outlet, viewers can see that the neighboring authorities don't take lightly to even the smallest of triggers, particularly because of the history of past intruders at the star's home. While the pop star wasn't in the house at the time, it was concluded that the alarm was triggered by accident.

Back in May, an intruder was arrested at the singer's property after he allegedly broke in and spent the night at the residence. Once he was caught, he reportedly told cops that he was there to have sex with the star, who was not home at the time of the crime, but he didn't intend to do it forcefully. He has since been charged with felony stalking and burglary.
News of Rihanna's triggered alarm occurred just hours after the singer announced that Donald Glover will be performing at her upcoming Diamond Ball in September, with Issa Rae serving as the charity event's annual host. "Issa Rae and Childish Gambino were the dream duo for the fourth Annual Diamond Ball and they’re coming!!! We are honored and grateful to have them help us celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation this year," Rihanna said in a statement.

Lyric McHenry Dead - Reality Star Dies Hours After Celebrating 26th Birthday
Lyric McHenry, best known for her appearances on the E! reality show EJNYC, has died at the young age of 26.
The reality star was found dead on Tuesday morning (August 14) of a suspected drug overdose. She was found unresponsive on the sidewalk above the Major Deegan Expressway at Undercliff Ave. and Boscobel Place in Highbridge in the Bronx borough of New York City.
A small Ziplock bag of cocaine was found on McHenry on the scene and she was wearing just a pajama top and underwear, according to reports from the Daily Mail and NY Daily News.

“Lyric McHenry, 26, was found sprawled out on the sidewalk above the Major Deegan Expressway at Undercliff Ave. and Boscobel Place in Highbridge at about 5 a.m. McHenry was rushed to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, where she died. Police are investigating, the matter is ongoing,” authorities said in a statement.
Lyric was reportedly 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death. She was a producer on the reality show, which was a spinoff of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and followed EJ Johnson‘s adventures in New York City.

Hours before her death, Lyric celebrated her birthday with friends all around New York City and posted Instagram stories at Frederick Hotel, the SoHo Grand, and Dream Downtown

Orlando Scandrick Signed and Released By Washington Redskins in Less Than 5 Months
Less than five months after the Washington Redskins signed longtime Dallas Cowboys cornerback, Orlando Scandrick, the D.C. team has decided to part ways with the baller.
Back in March, Scandrick inked a two-year, $10 million deal – plus a $1 million signing bonus – with the Redskins, just days after the team’s division rivals released the nine-year vet.

But now, just weeks ahead of the 2018-19 NFL season, the Redskins have released the baller, as the team molds younger players for the position.

On the bright side though, Scandrick still has a chance to sign with another team, in fact, according to Ian Rapoport, he is already on his way to Kansas City to talk business with the Chiefs. In addition to that, Scandrick will still walk away from the deal with $1 million, from the signing bonus, which was the only guaranteed money in the contract.

Where should Scandrick play next?

‘Southern Charm’s Thomas Ravenel Exits Show Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations – Report
Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel says he has left the Bravo reality series, according to E!. Ravenel’s reported departure comes three months after the show’s production company and Bravo said they were investigating Ravenel following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
 “I’m not doing the show anymore,” Ravenel wrote on his private Twitter page Tuesday, E! reports. “In the contract they have the right to fictionalize your story. They took advantage of me. I decided I’ve got too much to lose and informed them I’m not coming back.” When reached by Deadline, Bravo would not comment.

Ravenel also was not present for the Southern Charm season 5 reunion, which taped in June and aired last month, due to the investigation into the claims against him, according to E!
Real estate agent Ashley Perkins posted complaints against Ravenel online and told People magazine that her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, met Ravenel on dating app Tinder in October 2015, and that Ravenel had sexually assaulted her.

At the time, the production company and Bravo indicated they were looking into the charges.
“Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously,” Bravo said in a statement to People. “Haymaker is conducting an investigation, and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken.”

Southern Charm chronicles the personal and professional lives of seven socialites who reside in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to Ravenel, the cast includes Whitney Sudler-Smith, Cameran Eubanks, Shep Rose, Craig Conover,
Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, Landon Clements, Austen Kroll, Chelsea Meissner, Naomie Olindo and Ashley Jacobs.

Kevin Hart Partners With UNCF To Help 18 Students Attend College
Kevin Hart is doing a lot of good in this world. The celebrity father recently partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to secure more than half a million dollars in scholarship funds for up-and-coming intellectuals.
Kevin donated $100,000 of the $600,000 used to help 18 students attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This is just the beginning people,” Kevin exclaimed. “I’m also proud of the eight kids from Philadelphia that received these scholarships. Stand up Philadelphia!”
The UNCF expressed gratitude in Kevin Hart’s partnership and donation. “#HelpFromTheHart will help #HBCU students from eight cities complete college,” the organization shared on Instagram.

Kevin Hart shared his philosophy about success, which is grounded in community, during a recent interview with Good Morning America. “No person’s success alone,” he said. “Success is a community effort. The more relationships you have, the better you’ll be able to survive, thrive, and grow,” Hart shared. “You rise out of your humble beginnings to become part of a community, and it is only together as equals that we will save the world.”
Kevin Hart is the proud father of three children. Stay tuned for more celebrity father charity news

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The Daily Buzz For Aug 14 ☕📰☕

Naomi Campbell For Vogue Paris, September 2018

#RHOA: Kandi and Porsha are at WAR AGAIN!
Uh-Oh. There may be some trouble with Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams’ rekindled friendship already. Porsha unfollowed her cast mate on Instagram along with deleting a photo of them from just a few days ago.
The gesture may seem harmless but could be taken as a diss considering the two have a complicated history that was spotlighted the past two seasons of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“RHOA” alum, Phaedra Parks, allegedly told Porsha that Kandi and Todd Tucker wanted to drug and sexually assault her. The nasty rumor ended up getting Phaedra kicked off the show and caused a riff in Porsha and Kandi’s friendship.

The “Dish Nation” host spent the last season apologizing to what seemed to be a deaf-eared Kandi. However, it wasn’t a shock that Kandi would be quick to forgive an accusation as slanderous and scandalous as that.
Towards the end of season ten and earlier this year, it seemed like Porsha and Kandi were on the right track of becoming friends when they followed each other again on social media and were spotted laughing and talking together while on a cast trip to Miami.

On August 6, Porsha posted a photo from Todd Tucker’s birthday party that read: “#Swipe Lots of fun celebrating @todd167 birthday… @kandi did that for her hubby ️? We were lit from the moment we walked in until the end??‍♀️ #Todd45’ ”

The post is no longer there after receiving much praise from fans that the two were able to put their differences apart and become buddies again.
When a fan page pointed out that the photo was deleted and Porsha unfollowed Kandi, the 37-year-old commented that: “It’s just IG guys please relax.”

She added that it’s only an app, not real life.

Do you think it’s possible that Porsha and Kandi have gotten into it again?

#Empire: New Couple Alert? Vic Mensa & Empire Actress Serayah Spotted In Chicago
According to our friends over at theJasmineBRAND. Sources tell them that actress/singer Serayah and Vic Mensa brought them both to Chicago this weekend. The two entertainers were spotted at the first date of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s back-to-back “On the Run II Tour” Chicago dates.

Vic Mensa, who is a Chicago native and RocNation artist, performed as DJ Khaled’s surprise guest along with fellow Chitown native, Chance the Rapper.

Serayah posted videos to her Instagram story, admiring the show.

Fellow “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and her fiancé, along with comedian DeRay Davis were spotted enjoying the show, too.

However, we don’t believe Vic and Serayah’s “On the Run” sightings were a coincidence. Sources spotted the pair standing outside of the concert venue, Soldier Field, getting extremely friendly.
“Serayah was standing in between Vic Mensa’s legs while he sat on the edge of a curb outside of the show.”
Ironically, they were both a part of Chicago’s Bud Billiken parade the next morning. Serayah captioned a photo posing with “Empire” co-star, Tarhonda:

Both of the entertainers have managed to keep their love loves under wraps. Serayah has been previously linked to rapper Wale and her “Empire” co-star Bryshere “Yazz” Gray.

#NewMusic from  Ro James – Excuse Me
Rising R&B singer Ro James has just released this brand new single called “Excuse Me”. The song is the first offering from his upcoming sophomore album which is set to release this fall via RCA Records/BySTorm Entertainment.

“Excuse Me” was written by James and co-produced by Pierre Medor and Tricky Stewart.

Later this year, Ro will hit the road to support Jessie J on her “R.O.S.E.” tour beginning October 1st in San Francisco. The tour will make stops in major cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and New York before wrapping in Los Angeles.

#HipHopNews: Kendrick Lamar Added To JAY-Z's Made In America 2018
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JAY-Z’s Made In America festival has added some major star power.
Kendrick Lamar is now scheduled to perform “a very special set” at the upcoming event. K. Dot joins a lineup that includes Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Tekashi 6ix9ine and Post Malone.

The bill for JAY-Z’s Made In America has been expanded. The 2018 edition of the festival has announced the additions of Pusha T, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Skies and Daniel Caesar to its lineup.
Hov’s annual event in Philadelphia recently made headlines due to a public dispute over its location. In July, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney revealed the matter had been settled and Made In America would remain in its original location at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

#RHONY’ Bethenny Frankel Draped in Black as She Arrives at Funeral for Dead Ex-BF
Bethenny Frankel is mourning the loss of her on/off again boyfriend Dennis Shields and arrived to pay her last respects at the man’s funeral.
The services for Shields were held Monday on Long Island, and the “Real Housewives of New York” star received some assistance from her driver who had an umbrella to combat the rainy morning.

As we reported, 51-year-old Shields died last Friday inside his apartment at Trump Tower in NYC. He suffered an apparent overdose, and his death is currently being investigated by the medical examiner.

Days before he died, Shields recorded a podcast and spoke on the trials and tribulations of dating Frankel. He leaves behind an ex-wife and four children.

Bethenny has not yet commented on his death.

Ruby Rose Closed her Twitter Account After 'Batwoman' Backlash
Ruby Rose packed up her social media luggage and quit Twitter over the weekend after receiving backlash for her new role as Batwoman.
Last week, Ruby took to Instagram to excitedly announce she was cast as Batwoman for the CW’s huge television crossover event.
The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream.

This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different.

Thank you everyone. Thank you God.

Unfortuantely, some folks feel like the 32-year-old actress isn’t qualified to play a lesbian superhero despite the fact that sis says she’s been out since she was 12-years-old.
Others argued she isn’t Jewish like Kate Kane/Batwoman. Then, there were those who came for her overall skills as an actress. Yikes!
Before deleting her Twitter account, Ruby clapped back at her haters writing:

Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian, therefore, she can’t be Batwoman’ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read.
I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change.

Then, she exited stage left. It’s unfortunate people can be so harsh and cruel in the streets of social media rather than congratulating Ruby and giving her the opportunity to step up to the plate.

Florida ‘Stand Your ground’ Shooter Michael Drejka Charged With Manslaughter
Last month it was reported, An argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Florida led to a fatal shooting and the man who pulled the trigger won’t be arrested under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, authorities said.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters during a Friday press conference that Thursday’s shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three, is “within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified,” the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Well today Michael Drejka, 47, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal shooting in July of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida.
According to reports, Drejka was booked at the Pinellas County Jail and bond was set at $100,000. It was unclear if he had a lawyer and he has declined comment in the past.
Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas County, announced his decision to file charges against Drejka 12 days after receiving investigative reports on the case from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had initially declined to arrest Drejka after the gunman invoked the “stand your ground” defense, saying his decision was bound by the law.

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Spike Lee’s Biggest Box Office Opening In 10 Yearschanel
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman opened with a promising $10.8 million this weekend. It is the first Spike Lee movie to get a 500 screen+ theatrical release since his Old Boy remake in late 2013.

According to reports , Critics are saying “BlacKkKlansman,” an alternately satiric and horrifying looking at hate groups in America, signals a return to form for the director. Its $10.8 million start in North America trails only “The Original Kings of Comedy’s” debut ($11 million) as Lee’s third-biggest opening of all time.

Steven Tyler Sends Sweet Message to "Gravely Ill" Aretha Franklin
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler isn't ready to let Aretha Franklin go.
Reports early Monday from people close to the iconic singer say she is "gravely ill" with cancer. The Queen of Soul, 76, isn't expected to live through the week, according to one report.

Tyler received the news Monday afternoon while walking through New York.
"Aretha Franklin, you've reached billions of people with your style and your magic," Tyler told a paparazzo he had moments before been trying to dodge. "God bless you and everyone who's got you on their mind."

Before picking up the pace of his stride, Tyler sang a few bars of "Respect."
Franklin's family is asking for prayers and privacy.

Aerosmith is in New York this week, preparing to announce details of the band's 50th anniversary residency in Las Vegas next spring.

Chanel Iman And Sterling Shepard Welcome Baby Girl Cali Clay
She's here! Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard welcomed their first child, Cali Clay Shepard, on Friday (August 10).

The couple announced the arrival of their baby girl on Instagram Sunday (August 12).
"You were worth every push every contraction! Welcome to our world @caliclayshepard ️," the 27-year-old supermodel captioned a sweet photo of her and Sterling doting over baby Cali in the delivery room. And yes, @caliclayshepard is Cali's Instagram handle. The three-day-old already has an Instagram with nearly 10K followers! 

Proud papa Sterling, 24, also shared his excitement about the arrival of his little one on Instagram, captioning a photo of his wife and daughter, "Everything I do is for you two. My world!"
The New York Giants wide receiver and supermodel announced they were expecting on Mother's Day 2018.
Chanel made the announcement on Instagram, captioning a photo of her pregnant belly, "Daddy and Mommy can’t wait to meet you. As I approach motherhood I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and mommies to be."

In a second post of her and Sterling, she added: "We both are blessed in many different ways, that our love has created a wonderful new life and can’t wait for this ultimate blessing to arrive. We thank God for allowing us this opportunity to become parents and can’t wait to hold our baby in our arms."

The couple's baby announcement came just two months after they tied the knot in March 2018. Chanel and Sterling first met at Victor Cruz's birthday party in November 2016.

#BROADWAYNEWS: ‘Pretty Woman’ & ‘Boys In The Band’ Break House Records As Broadway Box Office Hits $37M
Pretty Woman: The Musical and The Boys in the Band broke house records last week as Broadway’s box office held steady into the summer’s dog days. Total b.o. for the 31 shows climbed a tad to $37,289,893, about 2.4% over the previous week, with attendance of 277,794 showing a slight dip of an identical percentage.

Higher average ticket prices – $134 compared to the previous week’s $128 – kept box office from slipping during the season’s Week 11, ending Aug. 12.

Bidding adieu to the street on Aug. 11 was Joe Mantello’s staging of The Boys in the Band, taking $1,152,649, well above and beyond the official potential of $957,024. The box office take smashes the Booth Theater’s previous $1,113,192 house record set back in 2015 when Bradley Cooper was on stage in The Elephant Man. The 50th anniversary staging of Mart Crowley’s Boys recouped its $3.5 million investment in the 11th week of its 15-week engagement.

Heading in as Boys headed out, director Jerry Mitchell’s Pretty Woman set a new house record at the Nederlander Theatre, scoring $1,142,989, the highest total for any eight-performance week in the venue’s 97-year history. Attendance of 9,306 was at 99.6% of capacity – the week included some comped critics’ performances for the musical that opens Thursday night.

Also opening this week is Gettin’ The Band Back Together, with no house records at the Belasco threatened. Though 7,197 seats were filled – 94% of capacity, in fact – a meager $41 average price kept b.o. way low at $293,847, about 38% of potential. The rock musical opens tonight.

Other notables: The Boss is back, with Springsteen On Broadway resuming performances after a brief hiatus. The four performances nabbed a total $1,931,445, with admission of 3,792 filling all the seats. The show remains far and away the most expensive on Broadway, with an average price of $509 blasting runner-up Hamilton‘s $292;
Dear Evan Hansen was the week’s third-highest priced seat, with average admission at $206. The musical at the Music Box Theatre was SRO, grossing $1,646,173;
Head Over Heels, the musical with Go-Go’s tunes, struggled, filling only 60% of seats even with a $62 average ticket. Total box office was $286,829, 32% of a potential $883,552.
The week’s sell-outs (or close enough at 98% of capacity or more) were:

Aladdin, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hello, Dolly!, Mean Girls, Pretty Woman, Springsteen On Broadway, The Band’s Visit, The Book of Mormon, The Boys In The Band and The Lion King.

Broadway season-to-date sales were $415,750,271, besting last season’s $358,600,936 by 16% and hitting about 86% of box office potential. Total attendance for the season so far is 3,174,400, 92% of capacity and 3% more than last year at this time.

All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.

Model Tammy Hembrow who left Kylie Jenner’s birthday bash on a stretcher speaks out
Australian model Tammy Hembrow spoke out Sunday after being rushed to the hospital from Kylie Jenner‘s 21st birthday party last week.

“I want everyone to know that I’m OK,” she began in a YouTube video titled, “Update: Back home.” “I’ve had a lot of concerned followers messaging me and asking if I’m alright so I just want to clear that up and say yes, I’m OK.”

Hembrow, 24, who was carried into an ambulance face-down on a stretcher outside Delilah in West Hollywood on Thursday, according to The Blast, said a combination of personal turmoil and lack of sleep contributed to the incident.

“Basically what happened is I was in LA, I was running on pretty much 30 hours, no sleep. I was struggling to stay awake even when I was getting my hair and makeup done,” she explained. “I could barely keep my eyes open.”
Throwing herself into work following her breakup with Reece Hawkins, Hembrow said, she has been trying to keep busy, but “not really taking time” to focus on herself.

“I probably definitely shouldn’t have been drinking because of how jet-lagged I was, how exhausted I was. I already wasn’t feeling well. But I was honestly fine at that point, and I was talking to a bunch of my friends, I was catching up with some people,” Hembrow shared.

The mom of two also said she is “super, super, embarrassed” about the collapse.
“I read a quote yesterday and it said, ‘Make time for rest or your body will force you to slow down in ways you probably won’t like.’ And I feel like that couldn’t be more true,” Hembrow noted.

Indulging in relaxation and retail therapy the following day, Hembrow then took time to thank family, friends and fans for their support.

“I’m lucky that I have amazing friends and family, and they know who I am and who I stand for, and the person I want to be,” she said. “I’m not going to let something like this define me. I’m not going to let it bring me down.”

Said to be an acquaintance of the Kardashian family, Hembrow has previously modeled for Khloé Kardashian’s Good American clothing line.

Omarosa Gets Checked By WH Correspondent April Ryan “Keep My Name Out Of Your Mouth!
Omarosa Manigault-Newman is currently in the throes of a press tour promoting her new book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House, and while the majority of the focus is on her scathing accounts of The Donald’s incompetency, and the accusation that he used the n-word, ‘Rosa also managed to land herself in hot water with White House Correspondent April Ryan.

During an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press”, Manigault-Newman opened up about recording her firing while in the Situation Room with White House chief of Staff, John Kelly:

“He knew that John Kelly was going to take me into the Situation Room, and lock me in there, threaten me, and say that things were going to get ugly for me, and there would be damage to me reputation,” Manigault Newman said Sunday, referring to President Trump. “And you know what, the next day there was damage to my reputation because they then put out a story using and exploiting an African-American reporter to say that I was running around the residence and trying to break into a Christmas party, which is ludicrous.”

That “African-American reporter” Omarosa was referring to was April Ryan, and Ryan was not having it.
Ryan also called Omarosa “evil” while on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
But, if you think Omarosa is worried, think again. The former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant has

And as for Donnie, his Twitter fingers have been furiously typing away…

The Baltimore police officer who brutally beat a black man RESINGS!
A police officer in Baltimore who was filmed repeatedly punching a man and throwing him to the ground has resigned.

The officer, whom authorities have not yet identified, was initially placed on administrative leave after the episode on Saturday, interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle told reporters Monday. Tuggle said authorities are considering second-degree assault charges against him.
The “video is extremely disappointing to me,” Tuggle said of the footage, which was shot on a cellphone and posted online. “I don’t think there was any room for the activity that I saw on that, and it is extremely disturbing.”

The officer involved in yesterday’s incident is no longer with the BPD. Interim Commissioner Tuggle has accepted his resignation. The second officer remains on administrative duties. This remains an active

McGrier’s lawyer, Warren Brown, told CBS News his client was hospitalized after the incident and “may have suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose, maybe some fractured ribs, and he had difficulty with feeling his left leg.” McGrier was not charged with any crime.

Well that’s one hell of a threat. I mean, I’m not going to call his bluff and take a nap, but that’s still a hell of a punishment for some R&R

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