6/19/18

The Daily Buzz For June 20 ☕πŸ“°☕


Janelle Monae for Allure July 2018
Janelle Monae is on the cover of Allure’s “Freedom” issue.
Here’s what the entertainer had to share with the mag…

On celebrities being told to stay in their lane: “You strip away the makeup, the costumes, and everything you know about Janelle MonΓ‘e the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.”
On the risk of living openly and freely: “There’s lots of fears that I have about just living openly and freely and criticizing those who are in the position of power. You just never know. You never know what could happen when you are outspoken. It’s a risk. It’s a risk that I’ve prayed on and I’m willing to take.”

On how results of the presidential election affected her ability to create: “I felt it was a direct attack on us, on black women, on women, on women’s rights, on the LGBTQIA community, on poor folks. I felt like it was a direct attack saying, ‘You’re not important. You’re not valuable and we’re going to make laws and regulations that make it official and make it legal for us to devalue you and treat you like second-class citizens or worse.’ I got to the point where I stopped recording because I was just like, ‘I’m going to make an angry album.’”
For more from Janelle, visit Allure.com.


#RHoA: Kenya Moore –Dear Bravo  “I Will Be A Housewife Or Nothing At All”
Real Housewives of Atlanta star/former Miss USA queen, Kenya Moore, took to Instagram to set the record straight about the status of her peach. As we previously reported, Kenya Moore was rumored to have been fired from “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” along with Sheree Whitfield and Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Kenya hinted that she isn’t willing to settle for a recurring role on the show. She posted a behind the scenes video shooting a green-screen for the show’s intro, holding her peach. She included the caption:
#FAKERHOANEWS .No one has EVER asked me to be a friend to show... .fact: I am THE housewife that has had THE highest rated episodes the past 3 seasons... even last year having missed 3 episodes.πŸ€” .#Fact: the Barcelona New Lineup didn't work...The fans have spoken. I've never been called boring πŸ’…πŸΎ .#Fact love me or hate me I may not be the "fan favorite" (my sister @kandi is and well deserved) but thank you for being invested in my life and continuing to contribute to the success of #RHOA and my success in my career on all levels .Don't worry #teamtwirl you will get to see #babytwirl and all that I'm experiencing as a new wife and mother-to-be one way or another .You will see my raw truth... the good the bad and the ugly one way or another ☺️ .Fact# I am good effing TV! ❤️ .Fact# I will be a HW or nothing at all. 😘 Fact# I don't discuss business but know that I know my value #queen #πŸ‘ΈπŸΎ #kenyamoore #truth #shadequeen #shadeassassin #blameitonmyhormones #letaBishknow
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In the meantime, Kenya is flaunting her baby bump. She is expecting a bundle of joy with her husband, restauranteur Marc Daly. She debuted her pregnant belly to the public at the Ultimate Womens’ Expo in Atlanta, GA.

Do you think Kenya Moore deserves to keep her peach?


#Empire: The Best All-Time Anika Moments on “Empire” Part #3
When Empire first came out back in 2015, it became an instant hit mainly because of the characters at play. The top billers, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are the epitome of what power couples should be. Not only are their characters successful and charismatic; they’re also equally insane in the most dramatic sense of the word. Of course, for Taraji’s character Cookie to be fully recognized, there has to be an opposing force that’s just equal in power and pull. That opposing force for the past four seasons of the show is Anika Calhoun, played by the amazing Grace Byers. Anika was a force to be reckoned with on the show, and she still managed to shock us all her time on the show. So in her honor all this week on The Chronicles we will show you the five best Anika moments on Empire.

The Lyon Who Cried Wolf – Season 2 Episode 16

This wasn’t exactly the episode when Rhonda was pushed down a flight of stairs, which led to her losing her baby. By this point, we already knew that it was evil Anika that pushed Rhonda out of pure jealousy and craze, and as shocking as that scene was, we didn’t really see her do it—it was all just an assumption then. In this episode, what we see is the immaculate acting that Anika was so capable of doing in just the right moments. We never really knew when this woman was being sincere or not. Perhaps she was just never sincere. But in this moment, we saw just how capable she was at spewing lies, as she completely falsified concerns for Rhonda.

WATCH HERE



#NewMusicVideo Marsha Ambrosius Drops Video For New Single, ‘Old Times’
Recently, Marsha Ambrosius released the emotional visual for her new single, “Old Times.”
Produced by DJ Camper, the single features Marsha’s signature melodic vocals as she reminds her lover of their longtime love as he navigates the streets to get home to their family.

WATCH HERE
The video was shot and directed in Atlanta by The RiskTakerz (of Gucci Mane, Future, and 2Chainz video fame), and replicates the same feeling, adding symbolic imagery that has made headline news of violence against African-American people by authorities in the U.S. She sits and waits at home with her real-life daughter Nyla for her partner a to arrive. Will he make it home safely?

Marsha is also gearing up to release her third album NYLA on September 14 via Entertainment One (eOne), which is the follow up to her 2014 release Friends & Lovers. The album will feature production by Focus, Stereotypes, Harmony Samuels as well as a heartfelt collaboration with PJ Morton. “Old Times” is currently available on all digital platforms 

In addition, Ambrosius will be serenading fans in New Orleans at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival on Saturday, July 7 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (click here for the schedule). She will be performing chart-topping hits spanning across almost 2 decades including “Far Away,” “Say Yes” “Butterflies” “Hope She Cheats…,” “Late Nights & Early Mornings” and introducing new songs from the incredible upcoming album “NYLA.”


#HipHopNews: Kanye west and kid cudi’s ‘kids see ghosts’ debuts at no. 2
A week after the chart-topping debut of ye, Kids See Ghosts enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2.

The 7-track joint album from Kanye West and Kid Cudi sold 142,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Billboard. Of that number, 79,000 were in traditional album sales.
Kids See Ghosts is the second weekly release from G.O.O.D. Music, following West’s ye, which falls 1-5 in its second week (74,000 units). Cudi’s previous solo album, 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, debuted at No. 11 with 49,000 album equivalent units.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys falls 2-4 (92,000), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy drops 5-6 (46,000), Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance dips 6-7 (43,000), and Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever holds at No. 9 (34,000).

Next week will see the debut of Nas’ 11th studio album Nasir, which was also executive produced by West, as well as BeyoncΓ© and JAY-Z’s surprise joint album Everything Is Love.

BILLBOARD 200 TOP 10
1. Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow – 292,000
2. Kanye West and Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts – 142,000
3. Dierks Bentley – The Mountain – 102,000
4. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys – 92,000
5. Kanye West – ye – 74,000
6. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy – 46,000
7. Juice WRLD – Goodbye & Good Riddance – 43,000
8. Various – The Greatest Showman – 38,000
9. Lil Baby – Harder Than Ever – 34,000
8. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes – 31,000


Prince’s Estate Seeks To Pull Out Of Tidal Deal
Back in May it was announced,  The Prince Estate and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL confirm plans to debut highly anticipated new Prince music exclusively via the TIDAL streaming service. The new album will contain previously unreleased music sourced from Prince’s vast archive of Vault recordings. The album – expected to be released in 2019 – will stream exclusively on TIDAL for fourteen days and will be available for download seven days after its debut.

Tidal has been accused of intentionally falsifying streaming numbers for Beyonce’s“Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” albums and consequently paying inflated royalties to the artists’ labels.

The heirs to Prince‘s fortune are calling out Tidal for allegedly lying about streaming data,

According to TMZ  reports, The attorney for Sharon, Norrine and John Nelson blew the whistle on Tidal with the probate judge in Prince’s case. In a letter, obtained by TMZ, they say Tidal’s been accused of “inflating the streaming numbers” for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo.”

They say Tidal allegedly boosted the numbers by several hundred million streams … which would jack up the royalties paid to Bey and Ye.


Kim Kardashian’s Tweet Won’t Sway Gov. Jerry Brown in Kevin Cooper Clemency Case
Kim Kardashian West‘s latest crusade for criminal justice reform has gotten a response from California Governor Jerry Brown and her royal celebrity status won’t be enough to change things for one death row inmate.

KKW tweeted a link to a New York Times piece this weekend about Kevin Cooper, a death row inmate in California who claims new DNA testing will exonerate him for the brutal slaying of four people in the 1980s. In her tweet, the mogul implored Gov. Brown to test Cooper’s DNA.
Democratic and Republican officials alike turn their backs on what should be a scandal of justice and race.
 “The Governor’s Office has received the clemency petition from Cooper and it remains under review,” a representative from Gov. Brown’s office tells The Blast. “A request for clemency is a serious matter and applications are thoroughly and diligently reviewed. That review will ultimately dictate next steps.”

Kardashian’s celebrity status is undeniable and after her recent success getting President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of low-level drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, many thought it was possible that the reality star’s tweet might sway the governor.
The Gov’s office explained that while some are focused “on a celebrity tweet,” the history of Cooper’s case is long and intricate.
They referred The Blast to a post-conviction order from 2011 that detailed the “many, many proceedings over the years, the long history of extensive testing and the great complexity of this case, which has been before every level of state and federal court multiple times.”
However, several legal experts and even judges have questioned the veracity of Cooper’s murder conviction and Senator Kamala Harris even recently supported testing the DNA evidence in the case.
Additionally, the sole survivor of the massacre (then 8-years-old) has repeatedly maintained that the perpetrators were two or three white men; Cooper is black.

In 1983, Cooper escaped from a minimum-security prison just two days before the gruesome slayings of Peggy and Doug Ryen, their daughter and a friend who was there for a sleepover. While a fugitive, Cooper holed up in an abandoned house close to the crime scene. He was apprehended by police two months later after a rape was reported on a sailboat anchored near Santa Cruz and the victim identified Cooper as the rapist.

According to Gov. Brown’s office, Cooper’s request for clemency remains under review and they emphasized “how seriously the office takes its clemency responsibilities,” Kim Kardashian West notwithstanding.


#YOURFIRSTLOOK: Michael B. Jordan In ‘Creed 2’
Warner Bros. Pictures has offered us a first look at ‘Creed II’ with the release of the official poster featuring Michael B. Jordan.
Creed II poster - Michael B. JordanWarner Bros. Pictures has offered us a first look at Creed II with the release of the official poster featuring Michael B. Jordan looking scrum-dilly-umptious!

In the highly anticipated sequel, slated to open in theaters on November 21, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

The trailer is also expected to drop later…


BeyoncΓ© & Jay-Z Drop Bonus Track ‘Salud!’
Mazel tov! Hot off the release of their surprise joint album Everything Is Love, The Carters put up a glass on their bonus track “Salud!”

The celebratory song, a TIDAL exclusive, was produced by Cool & Dre, and also features vocals from Dre.
Bey gets the party started on her rap-sung verse. “Put it on ice / Celebrate that we made it / I put it on Christ,” she sings. “Lord knows it takes hella patience when your name is a verb and these comments absurd / And they swear they know you better than you know yourself.”


Hov boasts about his all-glass house, wife with a “model walk,” and homes in Montauk, Tribeca, and New Orleans. He also addresses Donald Trump. “Your president’s tweeting about Hov like he know us / My road to the top was to take what you owed us / I give a fuck what that man find vulgar / Just look in my eyes when you toast us.”

In addition to “Salud!,” Cool & Dre produced “Summer,” “713,” and “Black Effect.” Everything Is Love also features contributions from Quavo, Offset, Pharrell, Ty Dolla $ign, NAV, Dave Sitek, and Boi-1da.


MTV Movie & TV Awards: See the full list of winners
Host Tiffany Haddish did it all at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday night: she riffed on the Kardashians, she danced, she got spontaneously pregnant, Cardi B-style, by looking Michael B. Jordan directly in the face. Everything. She also won Best Comedic Performance, because, well, naturally. Check out the full list of this year’s winners, who competed in gender-neutral categories once again, below.

BEST MOVIE
Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
*Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)
IT (New Line Cinema)
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST SHOW
13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
grown-ish (Freeform)
Riverdale (The CW)
*Stranger Things (Netflix)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
*Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
TimothΓ©e Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
*Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why
Issa Rae – Insecure
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones

BEST HERO
*Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash
Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST VILLAIN
Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
*Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT

BEST KISS
Jane the Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)
*Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)
Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)
Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)
Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror
*Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things

BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
*IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
Ready Player One –  Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
*Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Kate McKinnon – SNL
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty

SCENE STEALER
Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things
*Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale
Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok
Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther

BEST FIGHT
Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
*Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
*Gaga: Five Foot Two
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
The Defiant Ones

BEST REALITY SERIES
*Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Love & Hip Hop
Real Housewives
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Vanderpump Rules

BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
black-ish (Cast performs “Freedom”)
Call Me by Your Name (Elio crying through the end credits)
Girls Trip (Girls Trip dance battle)
Love, Simon (“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” dream sequence)
Riverdale (Cast performs “A Night We’ll Never Forget”)
*Stranger Things (Mike and Eleven dance to “Every Breath You Take”)
The Greatest Showman (Phillip and Anne sing “Rewrite the Stars”)
This Is Us (Kate sings “Landslide”)

Congrats to all Winners!


Suge Knight Denied Permission To Attend His Mother’s Funeral
Suge Knight‘s mother, Maxine Chatman, passed away on Sunday, but he will not have the opportunity to say his final goodbyes.
Ms. Chatman’s death comes a month after she suffered a stroke. Her health continued to decline resulting in her lungs collapsing and her kidneys failing.

She died surrounded by family in a Paramount, California hospital.
Suge Knight was hoping he’d be granted permission to attend his mother’s funeral service, but it’s a no-go because he’s in jail and awaiting trial for a homicide.

Welp. My condolences to the Ms. Chatman’s family.


#RHOC Tamra Judge gives fans hope for a life after divorce
Tamra Judge is currently celebrating love, but she’s becoming a beacon of hope that one can find love and happiness after divorce.
Tamra Judge has gone through quite the health challenges over the past couple of months, as she herself has been diagnosed with skin cancer. Her husband has also been diagnosed with some heart troubles and has undergone several heart-related surgeries. But both of them are sticking to their vows, through sickness, and in health, as they battle these illnesses and conditions. Tamra and her husband Eddie Judge are currently hanging out near the California Sur and it sounds like they are enjoying their time together after these obstacles.

On The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra Judge has shared the struggles she’s gone through with her divorce from Simon Barney. When they got divorced, Tamra thought she had gone through the worst of it, but she had no idea that she would soon be facing parental alienation from her oldest daughter, Sidney. She struggled to make sense of it all but tried to stay positive. And fans have noticed how she’s gone through everything and still managed to be there for her husband, run a business, film a reality show, and care for her kids.
It sounds like Tamra Judge is becoming the face of hope after divorce. It’s clear that she and Eddie are happy and she has no problem putting their lives on television or social media.

These days, fans are curious as to whether Tamra and Vicki Gunvalson are still friends. Tamra and Kelly Dodd recently went out to eat where Kelly was caught calling Vicki a liar. It is possible that Judge feels the same way about her former best friend.

What do you think about Tamra Judge being the face of happiness after divorce? Are you surprised that she’s shared so much of her life on the show?


Roseanne Spinoff will move Ahead and Roseanne Barr has Agreed to Walk Away from Show
Roseanne Barr has reportedly agreed to walk away from the show and characters she created in order to allow Roseanne‘s cast and crew to move forward with a proposed spinoff.
After her racist tweet prompted the cancellation of her show in May, the actress will not be involved financially or creatively in the Sara Gilbert-centered spinoff about Darlene Conner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR also reports that cast members John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are tentatively on board and would likely receive the same $250,000 an episode fee as negotiated for the second season of the revival prior to the show’s abrupt cancellation.

For the Roseanne spinoff to officially be greenlit without Barr, she would likely have to waive rights to financially benefit from the spinoff because the original series was credited as being “based upon a character created by Barr.”
Though nothing has been decided, if Barr does relinquish the rights, she may still receive a one-time payment or “go-away money,” according to THR.

The controversy erupted after Barr likened former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape” in a since-deleted tweet. She has since claimed that she didn’t know Jarrett is black — and that she was on Ambien while tweeting.
Days after news of the Roseanne cancellation, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that there were discussions underway about a potential reboot revolving around Gilbert’s character.

A source at ABC previously called the cancellation “really unfortunate” as the network’s revival was the network’s “biggest hit.”
“Everyone is upset for the cast and the crew, but there was always a feeling that something was going to happen. There was always a heightened awareness with her and we were always on edge about her going off track,” the ABC source said.

“But you just hold your breath until it does. Did we think she would say something like that? No. But then it all fell apart,” the source added.
Gilbert also addressed the sitcom’s cancellation on The Talk earlier this month.
“I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this,” she said. “I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion and it’s sad to see it end in this way.”

The actress continued, “I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process, however I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”


Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: “We’re Talking About It”
As networks and streaming services harvest classic shows for reboots and revivals, one show is planting a seed the television landscape: The Nanny.
The sitcom celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and Fran Drescher is very aware of the show’s popularity. “It’s unreal,” she told Entertainment Tonight in an interview. The conversation led to whether or not a revival forThe Nanny was on the table.

“We’re talking about it,” she admitted. “Peter [Marc Jacobson] and I are talking about it.”
Drescher and ex-husband Jacobson created the CBS sitcom which ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1999. The show was loosely based on her life growing up in Queens. The story followed Drescher’s Fran Fine, a nanny — with a very distinct laugh — to three children of millionaire British Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield.
 “The thing is our show would be the same characters 20 years later,” she said in regards to a potential revival. “We can’t just pick up where we left off. But in a way, that could be really good because the show can have a whole fresh bend to it.” She adds that her character would probably be more involved with social issues.
Drescher and Jacobson continue to work together and said, “We’re working on a very big project. It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”

With revivals a hot TV commodity, Drescher said she “wouldn’t be mad” at replacing the recently canceled Roseanne. “I mean, I’m waiting to get the call,” she said.


So you Wanna Be Staring Something? Michael Jackson The Musical is Coming to Broadway in 2020
The King of Pop is hitting the Great White Way.

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced Tuesday that they are developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The as yet untitled show is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020, though the backers did not announce what theater they plan to book for the run.

The show will boast a book by Lynn Nottage, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner known for “Sweat” and “Ruined,” two gritty dramas that grapple with subjects such as war and rust belt privation, both of which seem pretty far removed from the life of the Gloved One. The score will draw on Jackson’s catalogue — a list of pop favorites that includes “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Tony Award winner and contemporary ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”) will direct and choreograph the production.

It will be interesting to see if the Michael Jackson Estate’s involvement prevents the show from dealing with some of the more controversial aspects of the pop star’s life, such as his 2005 trial and acquittal for charges of child sexual abuse.

Juke box musicals have become increasingly popular on Broadway. “Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet,” and “Beautiful” are just a few of the recent shows that have arrived in New York boasting scores based on the music of singers such as the Temptations, Gloria Estefan, and Carole King. Now, add Jackson to the list.


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The King of Pop is hitting the Great White Way.

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced Tuesday that they are developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The as yet untitled show is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020, though the backers did not announce what theater they plan to book for the run.

The show will boast a book by Lynn Nottage, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner known for “Sweat” and “Ruined,” two gritty dramas that grapple with subjects such as war and rust belt privation, both of which seem pretty far removed from the life of the Gloved One. The score will draw on Jackson’s catalogue — a list of pop favorites that includes “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Tony Award winner and contemporary ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”) will direct and choreograph the production.

It will be interesting to see if the Michael Jackson Estate’s involvement prevents the show from dealing with some of the more controversial aspects of the pop star’s life, such as his 2005 trial and acquittal for charges of child sexual abuse.

Juke box musicals have become increasingly popular on Broadway. “Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet,” and “Beautiful” are just a few of the recent shows that have arrived in New York boasting scores based on the music of singers such as the Temptations, Gloria Estefan, and Carole King. Now, add Jackson to the list.

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The Daily Buzz For June 19 ☕πŸ“°☕


Sandra Bullock Covers InStyle Magazine June 2018 Issue
Actress Sandra Bullock takes the cover story of American InStyle Magazine‘s June 2018 edition lensed by fashion photographer Carter Smith. In charge of styling was Paul Cavaco, who for the session selected looks from top brands such as Alberta Ferretti, Isabel Marant, Etro, Altuzarra, Louis Vuitton, and Sacai. Beauty is work of hair stylist David Babaii for Lowe & Co, makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani at The Wall Group, and manicurist Betina Goldstein for Lowe & Co. production by Avenue B.
“It’s easy to give money to people who are incredibly brave and outspoken. But Time’s Up is not just about the actors—it’s about the single mom who’s been abused, bullied, and sexually harassed and is just trying to make every day safe. I also love All Raise, which has partnered with Time’s Up to help close the gap on funding for women and minorities in technology. It’s our duty to do whatever we can to help. I can safely say there is not one person I know who hasn’t experienced some form of [harassment] or doesn’t know someone [it’s happened to].
It happened to me when I was 16. And you’re paralyzed to a degree, thinking, “Will anyone believe me?” And at that time? No. Up until recently it was the victim who was shamed, not the perpetrator. But just like with this [points to the TV], we can do peaceful protests and utilize the media. We’re raising our children to be fearless. At least I hope I’m raising my kids that way.” – Bullock for InStyle Magazine on donating $500,000 to Time’s Up.


#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Thanks Kim Zolciak and Her ’RHOA’ Costars for Support After Husband Gregg’s Cancer Diagnosis
NeNe Leakes is grateful for Kim Zolciak's support following husband Gregg Leakes' cancer diagnosis.
The 50-year-old television personality said in an Instagram post Thursday that it meant a lot for her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star to reach out despite their feud.

"We have been so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, support, thoughtfulness & prayers," Leakes wrote. "So far, Gregg is doing great! He feels good with the exception of not being able to eat a lot. The cancer was removed! Now we have to decide whether we do chemo or not?"

"Thank you so much to the ladies i work with and have worked with in the past for sending gifts, love and just good ole words of encouragement," she added, tagging Zolciak and several other current and former co-stars. "We hope you all know that this means a lot."
Thank You all so very much! Excuse how i had to type this as i am at different appts with Gregg so i just type when i can to keep you guys updated #lifeoftheleakes
Leakes and Zolciak clashed during The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 10 after Zolciak's daughter Brielle Biermann posted a video of alleged cockroaches in Leakes' home. Leakes rejected an apology from Zolciak in April.
"Please file a lawsuit Chile! Like I'm begging you," she responded. "You can never WIN when you play DIRTY so throw in the towel! I mean throw in the lips."

Leakes announced Gregg's diagnosis in an Instagram post Wednesday. She shared a photo of her husband at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

"Our New Normal and the fight begins," the star wrote on Instagram. "#mdandersoncancercenter #yougotthis #iloveyou."


#Empire: The Best All-Time Anika Moments on “Empire” Part #2
When Empire first came out back in 2015, it became an instant hit mainly because of the characters at play. The top billers, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are the epitome of what power couples should be. Not only are their characters successful and charismatic; they’re also equally insane in the most dramatic sense of the word. Of course, for Taraji’s character Cookie to be fully recognized, there has to be an opposing force that’s just equal in power and pull. That opposing force for the past four seasons of the show is Anika Calhoun, played by the amazing Grace Byers. Anika was a force to be reckoned with on the show, and she still managed to shock us all her time on the show. So in her honor all this week on The Chronicles we will show you the five best Anika moments on Empire.

Who I Am – Season 1 Episode 12

There were many shockers in the season 1 finale of Empire, but this one had to top them all. At first sight, it might’ve seemed that Anika was getting exactly the revenge that she wanted to get on Lucious. Lucious caught Anika with Hakeem deep in a make out encounter, but it wasn’t Lucious we felt bad for. We actually felt bad for Anika because this was the first time that she really showed her weakness. For her to stoop so low as to use Lucious’ son against him, it showed that she really wasn’t as creative as we thought she was. She got points for playing the part of heartless bitch even though we knew she was hurting herself by trying to hurt Lucious.

Watch HERE



#NewMusicVideo from Next “Want It”!
After officially announcing their reunion, Next has released the music video for their new single “Want It.”
Each member takes a turn seducing the cameras from the bedroom, as they submit to the requests and commands of their women.

WATCH HERE

Previously speaking about the single, which he penned, RL says: “When I wrote the record, I wanted to place women in the drivers seat, empowering them and making them the aggressor. Men want to feel wanted and desired as well.”


#HipHopNews: BREAKING Rap Artist XXXTENTACION Dead at 20 Following Florida Shooting
FLORIDA – XXXTENTACION has passed away after being shot in Florida on Monday (June 18), according to a tweet from the Broward County Sheriff Department.
“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” the tweet read.

Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, X had been battling several legal issues stemming from a 2016 domestic violence case but had found success with his rap career.

His latest album, ?, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its release in March 2018.
X was only 20 years old. Shortly before he was shot, X shared an eerie message with his Instagram followers.
“Worst thing comes to worst, I fucking die a tragic death or some shit, and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I least want to know that the kids perceived my message.”

Several notable artists have started sending their prayers on social media.
WOW…R.I.P!


Kirk Franklin Reveals His Sister Was Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison
 The award-winning Gospel singer Kirk Franklin has revealed that his sister has been sentenced to 30-years in prison.
The singer did not reveal on what charges warranted such a lengthy sentence but the “Brighter Day” artist has been open in the past about his sister’s drug addiction.

“For over ten years, my younger sister was incarcerated in a facility here in Texas. She was in love with a young man who was drug dealer,” Franklin said in 2015. “He introduced her to not only selling drugs, but using as well. When he was arrested for drug trafficking, she was arrested along with him. After she served her time, she was brought before the review board who determined she was ready to be released and brought back into society. The documents were signed and she was set free… but only on paper.”

He continued, “After a few months back into the free world, it became obvious to me rather quickly that my sister was still in prison. It’s what they call being institutionalized. She quickly started using again, becoming very reckless with her body, which turned into her using it as a means to pay for her habit.”

It was then Franklin realized he needed to sit down the read the Bible.
“God has given us a tool which renews our thinking,” he said. “It reprograms us to receive everything that is ours. It shows us that we are heirs and joint heirs. It cuts down the weeds that have grown in our minds.”

Kirk’s sister was sentenced to 30 years for drugs in Texas.


Kanye West Accused Of Ripping Off Artist For Yeezy Campaign Photos
Kanye West is being accused of stealing an artist’s work … again.
West has come under fire over the Yeezy Season 6 campaign photos released last week. Many of the photos, shot by Eli Russell Linnetz, bare a striking resemblance to a 2015 photo series by artist Rita Minissi.

Diet Prada, an Instagram account dedicated to spotting knockoffs, was first to notice.
“Another day, another Kanye rip,” the account posted over the weekend. “It’s pretty messed up when you consider the original work by Rita Minissi explores identity and was inspired by dealing with personal trauma and a resulting desire to reconnect with her own body.”
The artist herself took notice shortly after, calling out Kanye in a series of side-by-side comparisons posted on her Instagram story.

Minissi also screenshot a text conversation where she said she received a threatening message on Instagram saying she “must have a death wish to be f***ing with ye.” She added, “I am one person, without a production team, feeling indescribably overwhelmed.”
While Kanye West has yet to chime in, it’s worth noting the rapper has been accused of lifting other artist’s work before.
Earlier this year, ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman called him out for ripping off a 13-year-old sketch and passing it off as a Yeezy design with Spackman’s date whited out.
West explained that “a newly hired designer on the Yeezy team presented work that was not of their own,” adding the former employee was let go immediately after.


‘Power’ Teases New Storyline and Drops Details on the Decision to Kill Off a Fan Favorite
It’s an answer that a lot of fans wanted to know after the episode first aired, and they can get now get a detailed answer.
While speaking in “The Hollywood Reporter Showrunners Roundtable,” Courtney Kemp, “Power’s” creator, said Raina’s character was killed by Ray Ray because the series is based on the unexpected happening.

She also said the actions of Tariq, Raina’s twin brother, also played a part in the decision since most people probably thought he’d pay the consequences instead of her.
“The show is governed by the concept of the surprising and the inevitable,” she said. “So the dominoes have to fall a certain way. The character’s brother had committed a series of acts, for which in their world you get got. So then his sister being a white hat on our show tries to save her brother from his fate. And as a result of him making these choices, she’s the one who gets hurt … That is surprising, because it’s not him but it’s inevitable, because he made some terrible choices.”

Kemp also said the stories write themselves, and if a character is killed off, it’s because things were leading up to that moment.
“So in terms of the storytelling, I always feel like the story leads you where it’s supposed to go,” she explained. “Sometimes you want to buck that. Sometimes you don’t want that. Sometimes you don’t want that character to die. And in the case of my show, characters die every season. Sometimes you don’t want that. I’ve had actors who I’ve loved, and I was like [crying] as I typed their demise. In that case, I felt like there was no other choice.”
But the actress who played Raina, Donshea Hopkins, found that reasoning very hard to accept at first. In fact, Kemp said she took it extremely hard.

“I think for the child actor she was frightened and confused,” said Kemp. “Then you bring the parent in to say, ‘Hey, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other jobs.’ That kind of thing.”

In addition, Kemp explained that she talked to Hopkins about a week before a draft of the script was given to the production team, so the news wouldn’t leak and get back to her.
Hopkins spoke about the moment when she heard about her character in a 2017 interview and expressed how shocked she was.

“So I went up [to Kemp’s office], she told me, and she was like ‘Hey, we’re killing you off’ and I was just like ‘Wow.’ It was so unexpected,” she recalled. “The same way the viewers felt, that’s how I felt when she told me. I cried, and I was so distraught. I cried right in the office. Now I can look back and laugh at it.”
Then days later, on a phone call, Hopkins said she pitched Kemp story ideas to keep her character on the show, but they were all quickly rejected.

Season 5 of ‘Power’ airs on July 1, and you can see Kemp talk about “Power” and Hopkins HERE



Jesse Williams casted in upcoming tech thriller ‘Team Joy’ by D Street Media
Many fans became familiar with Jesse Williams when he won the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award after delivering a stirring speech highlighting racial injustice and police brutality in America. The speech set off a firestorm of reactions on social media instantly made him one of the most popular actors in Black Hollywood. Williams is currently finishing his eighth season on the wildly popular Shonda Rhimes drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” but will soon be making his way to Atlanta to film an indie tech thriller titled Team Joy.

Team Joy is about an old-school con-artist and his hacker daughter, who unknowingly reveals their tricks of the trade and puts them in danger. D Street Pictures’ Dexter Davis, and business partner Corshonda “CoCo” Springer and Joe Newcomb’s Truth Entertainment joined forces to finance, package and produce the film.

“Dexter and I are thrilled to board this exciting project, and even more excited to work with such an esteemed actor and activist such as Jesse Williams,” said the film’s executive producer CoCo Springer. “The film examines racial and social biases that aren’t always touched upon in movies today. We can’t wait to begin principal photography early next year.”

Emmy Award-winning director Joe Tripician wrote the screenplay and will also direct. Dallas Buyer’s Club executive producer and Truth Entertainment CEO Joe Newcomb had this to say, “Jesse brings to our film not only his enormous talent, but also his own personal experiences helping at-risk youth. We are honored to have him board the team.” Atlanta based Autumn Bailey will serve as producer.


#LGBTQ: Amandla Stenberg Comes Out As Gay
Amandla Stenberg has come out as gay in her new feature interview with Wonderland magazine.
Before the issue was released, the 19-year-old actress took to social media to share her news with her fans!

🏳️🌈 OUT & PROUD. ✨🏳️🌈
So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print. Interviewed for @wonderland by someone I stan infinitely – the fiercest garbagio pop queen @kingprincess69.

Thank you to KP for providing me with such a safe space to come out. We talk about gay sobbing, first encounters with lesbian masturbation, queer icons, Toni Morrison, disillusionment as a critical step, the art I’ve been working on, and the films that I have coming out this year.

Below are a few more photos from Amandla Stenberg’s cover shoot.
Good for her! Living in your truth is the best thing you can do! Read more at Wonderland.


Ameriie Welcomes A Baby Boy – See her Son River’s First Photo!
Ameriie is officially a mommy!

Over-the-weekend, the R&B singer announced the birth of her son, River Rowe Charles L. Nicholson, who arrived on May 15.
1 magical month later… | River Rowe Charles L. Nicholson πŸ― God blessed us with our baby boy May 15th, 2018.
River, we love you and we’re so honored to be your parents, to be your foundation and your rock in this thing called life.
God bless you, our beautiful son. #RiverRowe #MommysLilCupcake


Andy Cohen Labels Aviva Drescher’s Claims Against The Real Housewives As ‘So Dumb’ As Bethenny Frankel Fires Back
Andy Cohen isn’t too happy about Aviva Drescher‘s recent interview with Page Six.

Following an article titled “‘Housewives’ say Bravo keeps the booze flowing,” Andy, the creator of the Real Housewives franchise, spoke out against the former star of The Real Housewives of New York City on his Instagram page.

“I mean, this article is so dumb,” Andy said on an Instagram story. “It’s a lot of quotes from Aviva complaining about the show, basically.”
During her interview, Aviva told Page Six that her head producer pressured her into doing a shot during filming and even said “no” when she asked if she could instead fill the shot glass with water.

“I was so weak and so intimidated by the production team, and I had just gone through all the negotiations of my contract for the second season and those were demoralizing,” she recalled. “I took the shot. I felt tremendous pressure to do it.”
Following Andy’s statement against Aviva, Bethenny Frankel spoke out on Twitter, slamming her former co-star and friend for “misrepresenting the truth” and lying about things that happened behind-the-scenes.
In response to Bethenny’s tweet, Aviva shared a message of her own, confirming that she had, in fact, been pressured to drink alcohol during her time on Bravo TV.

Following the Page Six article, the network released a statement, via a spokesperson, to People.

“The franchise follows the women in their real lives,” the statement read. “No one is pressured to drink alcohol. If the network, production company or castmates have deemed that someone is putting themselves at risk in their overall lives, we have taken and will continue to take responsible action.”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV


#FIRSTLOOK for For Tyler Perry’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish & Tika Sumpter
The first trailer has arrived for Tyler Perry‘s new film, Nobody’s Fool, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Courtney Henggeler, Missi Pyle and Omari Hardwick.

About The Film: A woman who gets released from prison and reunites with her sister, who discovers she is in an online relationship with a man that may be “catfishing” her.



Watch The Trailer HERE

Release Date:
November 2, 2018


AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘#BOOTYGAINS’
After you hit the gym sometimes you need to show off those booty muscles so high heels are a very practical showcasing tool.


EGGPLANT NATION: Meet Julian
Meet Julian! So you know what to do to see more. Just CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICS and remember they’re NSFW!

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