Remembering Sylvester 30 years Later (1947-1988) ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’–

Remembering The ICON Sylvester 30 years Later (1947-1988)๐Ÿ’–
Before RuPaul’s Drag Race there was Sylvester! Sylvester James, American singer and songwriter, was born in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California to Sylvester James and Letha Weaver on September 6, 1947.  He grew up with his mother and stepfather Robert Hurd, as well as five siblings: John James, Larry James, Bernadette Jackson, Bernadine Stevens, and Alonzo Hurd.  Raised attending the Palm Lane Church of God and Christ in Los Angeles, James became a young gospel star performing at churches and conventions across California.

James graduated from Jordan High School in Los Angeles in 1969.  He studied interior design for two years at Leimert Beauty College, Los Angeles and also studied archeology, working at the Museum of Ancient History at the La Brea Tar Pits.  During this time, he co-founded the recording group, the Disquotays.

After moving to San Francisco in 1967, he joined the Cockettes, a theater troupe, singing jazz and blues standards of the 1920s and 1930s; in November 1971, the Cockettes performed at the Anderson Theater in New York City’s East Village.  Sylvester made his debut album on the Blue Thumb label with Lights Out (1971), followed in 1973 by Sylvester and Bazaar.  In 1976, Sylvester hired the singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead-Rhodes. Record producer Harvey Fuqua discovered the group and signed them with Fantasy Records which produced the album Sylvester in 1977.  
James performed at the Rock Show at Winterland in San Francisco, opened for Chaka Khan, appeared at the Castro Street Fair with Harvey Milk, and was profiled in GQ magazine.  In 1978, James performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and on The Merv Griffin Show.  On March 11, 1979, Sylvester performed at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Diane Feinstein.  The concert was released as the album Living Proof.  Also in 1979, Disco International Magazine deemed him Best Male Disco Act.

The album Step II in 1978 included the Gold-record hits “You Make Me Feel (Might Real)” and “Dance (Disco Heat)”

The song, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," hit the top of Billboard's dance chart that year. Forty years later, its greater legacy is as an LGBTQ anthem.
"It's a song of freedom," says Joshua Gamson, Sylvester's biographer. In his book The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco, Gamson makes the case that the artist became a kind of folk hero for many young LGBTQ people, because his life was theirs.

"You've come out of the closet. It's been difficult," he says. "Many people [at the time] have moved out of their homes of origin, their families of origin, with great pain, and moved to a more liberated place, like San Francisco. And then ... this person comes out into public life that sounds like what you were feeling when you made yourself free.
"For him to be celebrated for all of his strangeness and all of the ways he inhabited who he wanted to be — who he felt himself to be — felt like you being celebrated for that."

And it wasn't just how Sylvester looked and sounded. The song's lyrics openly celebrated that liberation:

When we're out there dancing on the floor, darlin'
And I feel like I need some more
And I feel your body close to mine
And I know, my love, it's about that time
Make me feel mighty real

"You've got the words of a person who is just matter-of-fact about their sexual desires, about the freedom to do with their bodies and their desires whatever they want to do," Gamson says. "And you can dance to it!"

Sylvester’s mother was a devout member of the church and couldn't accept the early signs of her son's sexuality.

"When I was little, I used to dress up, right? And my mother said, 'You can't dress up,' " Sylvester told Joan Rivers when he appeared on The Tonight Show in 1986. " 'You gotta wear these pants and these shoes. And you have to, like, drink beer and play football.' And I said, 'No I don't!' And she said, 'You're very strange.' And I said, 'That's OK!' "

"The [Pentecostal] church was oppressive," says singer Jeanie Tracy, who shared Sylvester's religious background and became his friend and collaborator. "They just didn't tolerate gayness. They didn't tolerate a lot of things. They didn't allow you to wear makeup. You couldn't wear toeless shoes or sleeveless dresses. It was just real ... controlled."

Too much so for Sylvester. At 13, he left the church. Two years later, he left home. He lived with friends and his grandmother, who accepted him as he was.

When guitarist and songwriter James Wirrick saw the singer for the first time, Sylvester was backed by a tight three-piece band and flanked by two drag queens — "in full drag, with full neck-beards," he laughs.

Wirrick became Sylvester's bandmate and collaborator a few months later. By then, the drag queens had been replaced by backup singers Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash, aka Two Tons O' Fun. (They went on to record another anthem — "It's Raining Men" — as The Weather Girls.) Wirrick and Sylvester wrote "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" together. Getting the rest of the band on board was a challenge.

"At first the band didn't wanna play it as a dance tune," Wirrick says. "They were kinda snotty about it. 'We don't really wanna do that,' y'know? And Sylvester and I kept saying, 'No, you have to do that because that's what's on the radio.' "

More than on the radio, the song was a huge it in discos — and its falsetto vocals, four-on-the-floor beat and bouncing synthesizer influenced generations of electronic dance music producers to follow. Eleven years after the original came out, vocalist Jimmy Sommerville of the British band Bronski Beat paid tribute with a cover. The following decade, Chicago House vocalist Byron Stingily's version once again took the song to the top of the U.S. dance chart.

The song also went on to become the centerpiece of a 2014 off-Broadway musical that tells Sylvester's life story. It's appeared in ads, films, and TV shows. So far this year, James Wirrick says he's gotten eight requests for permission to use the song he co-wrote: a video game, three television commercials, three movies and an episode of The Simpsons.
Sylvester never had a mainstream hit after "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". A year after it came out, Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl made "Disco sucks!" a rallying cry with his "Disco Demolition" promotion between the games of a White Sox doubleheader; the ensuing melee forced the Sox to forfeit the second game.

Joshua Gamson says the event was a reaction by straight white fans of classic rock against a music that they saw as too black and too queer — and that that backlash is partly why he missed the anthem's power when it first came out.

"In a way, if I had felt that earlier, I'd have come out earlier," he says. "Embracing who you are, celebrating who you are, being as fabulous as you could possibly be, I think that's the message that he's preaching in the song. And I could've used a dose of that as a teenager."

But Sylvester remained popular among dance music fans, and he leveraged that popularity to raise AIDS awareness. He played benefit shows and distributed safe-sex information to his audiences. When he appeared on The Tonight Show, he thanked Joan Rivers and guest Charles Nelson Reilly for their early support of what was becoming a movement. "I was there trying to do whatever we could at the time to get it together. And now it's like a national thing to do," Sylvester said. "I want to thank you myself."

Less than 10 years after "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" came out, Sylvester's husband died of complications from AIDS. The singer was never tested for HIV — he told friends there was no point, because he knew he had the virus. Within a few months, his own health was deteriorating. But, Jeanie Tracy says, his senses of style and humor stayed intact, even as he was planning his own funeral. "He looked at me and he says, 'I wanna be buried in a pearl-colored casket,' " she recalls. " 'Don't bury me in a white casket, 'cause I don't wanna look like I'm lyin' in a white refrigerator!'"

A few months before he died, Sylvester appeared in the 1988 gay pride parade in San Francisco. He was emaciated and weak and rode in a wheelchair. But he didn't want to hide, Gamson says — he wanted the crowds along Castro Street to see him.

"It was part of the same almost philosophy of realness — like, this, this is being real," Gamson says. "This is mighty real, to be marching in the Gay Freedom parade looking, like, 40 years older than you are. And people, knowing that they've seen this icon of their freedom, they see him [as] a symbol of the devastation that AIDS took on the community."
Sylvester made sure to champion that community even after he died. In his will, he left his share of future royalties for "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" to two San Francisco nonprofits: the AIDS Emergency Fund and the meals program Project Open Hand.
God Bless and you will LIVE on in the Hearts of many FOREVER!

The Daily Buzz For Dec 17☕๐Ÿ“ฐ☕

Jennifer Lopez for InStyle Australia - January 2019
After working her famous booty off for nearly 30 years, Jennifer Lopez is not afraid to celebrate her success. - by Christopher Bagley
Jennifer Lopez is sitting by the pool behind her Bel-Air mansion, waiting for two staffers to move an umbrella closer to her chair and thinking about how her life could have turned out very differently. She sends a quick text to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, takes a sip of ice water, and sits still for a moment while a stylist applies a piece of double-stick tape to the plunging neckline of her Alexandre Vauthier dress so there will be no cleavage mishaps during a TV appearance later in the afternoon. Then Lopez reflects on how close she came to ending up as a bank teller in the Bronx.

“If I didn’t have certain ambitions, I might have gotten married after high school and had kids and decided to get a job at a bank in Castle Hill, like my aunt did,” says the New York native. “It’s just that I had dreams and ideas that were different.”
Lopez, who turns 50 in July, has been pondering her life path a lot lately. It’s partly because in her new movie, Second Act, she plays a character whom she describes as “soooo me” — an outer-borough girl with no connections and no college degree who suddenly finds herself across the river in Manhattan, navigating a world of glamour and power and Madison Avenue shopping sprees. It’s also because Lopez, after almost three decades of relentlessly public highs and lows, now understands herself better than she used to. A mother of 10-year-old twins (with ex-husband Marc Anthony) who meditates daily while juggling the jobs of actor, singer, Vegas performer, producer, reality-show judge, etc., etc., she has developed the kind of confidence that makes it easier to talk about her insecurities. Shortly after her breakout film, Selena, came out in 1997, Lopez remembers, she was speaking with a cousin whom she has known since she was young. “He said that whenever he saw me on TV or in movies, he thought, ‘She’s scared, but she’s doing it anyway.’ And he was absolutely right — I was terrified. But I really wanted to try. I wanted to do it.”
Since then Lopez has been doing it pretty much nonstop, keeping a pace that can seem superhuman. But at a time when women are speaking out against sexism in all its forms, Lopez is less willing than ever to put up with the double standards that persist in show business. “It has taken time,” she says, “but I think we’re in a very powerful moment where women are going, ‘Wait a minute. We’re not afraid to say what we deserve.’ ” For Lopez that includes challenging the old stereotype about multihyphenate performers, especially female ones: If a woman does a bunch of things, the thinking often goes, then she’s probably not serious about any of them. “I don’t understand why you can’t be an actress and a singer and dancer as well,” Lopez says. “Like, that’s how this whole business started. Entertainment! And why can’t you be funny and also be a dramatic actress? OK, some people can’t do both. But if they can, let them!”

For more with Jennifer Lopez pick-up the January issue of InStyle Australia. 

#RHoA: So Kandi Talks about Peter Thomas’ ‘Messy’ Ways during his stint on RHoA!
Boy Kandi has been really running her trap lately! Peter Thomas is no longer a part of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” since his divorce from Cynthia Bailey was finalized and she moved on with Mike Hill. But when he was on the show, he was known to get into women’s business.

During Kandi Burruss’ appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Sunday, the star addressed a fan’s question about whether or not Thomas was “messy” as a husband on the show.

“I feel like Peter was just very opinionated,” Burruss says. “But a lot of the fans don’t like it when the husbands have an opinion for whatever reason. It’s like, you say you don’t like it but then you talk about the show more, you talk about us more.”

Fans have steadily referenced Thomas’ opinionated ways in the year since he’s been absent from RHOA. In November, viewers of the Bravo show inundated the Instagram comments of a fan page when one user said, they “forgot he was a housewife.”
Many others echoed those sentiments.

“Can he finally get his peach now?”
“I thought his peach was taken away?”
“@mikell_je well he’s more interesting than Cynthia. Give that man his peach.”
“Nah y’all can give him his ๐Ÿ‘”
Thomas’ opinion on the show certainly was not always welcome for the ‘wives, either. During a season 6 episode, which saw the ladies and their husbands get together for a sleepover, Nene Leakes confronted Thomas. She took aim at the Bar One owner over him speaking up about a clash at a masquerade ball. Leakes had enough of Thomas’ ways and commanded him to “stay out of women business” and “stop trying to be a damn b—-.”

But Kandi????????

#Empire Fall Finale Coffin Mystery Solved Is it Andre?
Empire raised the stakes in its big Season 5 coffin mystery on Wednesday, dropping a potentially killer (get it?!) clue about the identity of the deceased in the series’ fall finale.

In the wake of Lucious’ discovery that archenemy Kingsley has Lyon DNA coursing through his veins, the mogul’s newfound son added insult to injury by breaking the news to the rest of the family — in the middle of the LMF showcase event, no less — before Lucious could do so himself. The revelation prompted a humiliated Cookie, Jamal and Hakeem to storm off stage. Andre, meanwhile, made a beeline for his older bro and, in front of a standing-room only audience, threatened to “end” him. Determined to get in the last word, Kingsley responded, “Unless I end you first, baby bro.”
And with that, the action jumped ahead three months to show Andre being rushed into the ER in critical condition, a distraught Lucious and Cookie in tow. The episode’s ominous final image was that of Andre’s heart monitor flatlining. Coffin mystery solved, right? Not so fast, cautions showrunner Brett Mahoney.

“It could be Andre [in the coffin] but it is not definitively Andre,” the EP hedges. “There is still a lot more to be revealed about that mystery as the back half of the season unfolds.” Suffice it to say, when Empire resumes its fifth season in early 2019, “Andre will face life and death circumstances that will rock the entire Lyon family,” Mahoney teases.

Regarding the coffin conundrum, Mahoney admits that not even he knows definitively whose corpse is hidden within that pine box. Although he admits to having “several candidates in mind,” the scribe confesses, “I won’t know who is in the coffin until I sit down to write the season finale [next month].”

What do you say, Empire fans? Do you think Andre’s “death” (we’re qualifying that word with quotes because his heart was only idle for a few seconds) was a red herring?

#NewMusicVideo from India.Arie ‘That Magic’
With her latest single “That Magic” steadily rising up the R&B chart, India.Arie releases the official music video.

The beaming clip features the earthy songstress and her leading man Lyriq Bent enjoying the beauty of a deep, meaningful relationship. In the midst of their lovesick avails, Arie’s cameraman boyfriend gets beauty shots of her in dazzling outfits and hairdos. She also hits the stage for an epic performance.


In February 2019, Arie will release her Worthy new album. The project, which includes “That Magic,” follows her EP, SongVersation: Medicine, which released earlier this year.

#HipHop: Teyana Taylor, Ghostface Killah & Method Man Bring Classic Hip Hop/R&B To “Gonna Love Me” Video
Teyana Taylor just unveiled a self-directed music video for the Wu-Tang Clan’s remix of her K.T.S.E. track “Gonna Love Me” featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon.

The cinematic visual opens with Tey arguing with Ghost about a phone she’s never seen before. As their argument escalates, the song begins and she angrily storms out of their apartment with her hair still wrapped in a doobie, letting viewers know she is mad, mad.
Meth observes this and the two end up on a rooftop together. Immediately, the scene brings back nostalgic visions of Mary J. Blige and Meth’s music video for their Grammy Award-winning duet “You’re All I Need.” Even her dance moves seem to be inspired by Auntie Mary.

Though Raekwon is missing from the video, his verse narrates the last scene where Ghost, Meth and Tey are all in a club at the same time and someone ends up getting popped.


Ariana Grande Issues Apology To Kanye West: "It Was A Joke"
TWITTER – After Kanye West accused Ariana Grande for exploiting his mental illness to promote her new “Imagine” single, the pop princess has issued an apology.
“with all due respect, i don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. period,” she tweeted on Saturday morning (December 15). “i was making a comment ab what men were doing at the time vs. women. it was a joke which i understand now was probably insensitive. i apologize if i was in any way triggering and hope u feel well today.”
Grande’s apology came after Kanye’s Twitter explosion aimed at Drake. Grande’s original tweet — which she has since deleted — insinuated the two Hip Hop heavyweights were arguing back-and-forth but Drake’s only reply to ‘Ye’s rant was a series of laughing emojis. It was mostly ‘Ye just spouting off about a myriad of topics, including Drake’s sub shots on Travis Scott’s No.1 song “Sicko Mode.” 
“guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight,” she said. “so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick so thank u.”

Grande’s tweet didn’t go over well with Kanye and she has evidently realized how her tweet could’ve been misinterpreted.

It’s GOLDEN: Papoose & Remy Ma Welcome A Baby Girl
Remy Ma and Papoose welcomed a bouncing baby girl on Friday, December 14.
The raptress took to social media to announce the birth of her daughter writing:

The Golden Child is here!!!
Thank you @papoosepapoose for making me the happiest wife in the planet ๐Ÿฅฐ #BlackLove #RemAndPap #BabyMackie #ShesMADDDDcute �

This is the first child for the “Love & Hip Hop” stars’ who tied the knot over a decade ago.
Both Remy and Papoose have one older child from previous relationships.

Congrats to the happy family!

Oprah hosting The Oscars???? She said NAH!
The 64-year-old media mogul is known for her work as the host of her eponymously titled talk show, but has said she isn't looking to fill in as the host of the Academy Awards in 2019 after Kevin Hart - who was previously lined up for the prestigious job - quit the position following the controversy that arose when his previous homophobic tweets were resurfaced.

When asked by TMZ if she would consider hosting the Oscars if the Academy were to ask her, Oprah simply said: "No."
'Get Hard' star Kevin, 39, stepped down as host after past tweets he'd posted re-emerged, and said he didn't want to be a "distraction".

He tweeted: "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to for my insensitive words from my past."
"I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again. "
And although the role won't be going to the 'A Wrinkle In Time' star, former host Whoopi Goldberg has suggested the job go to 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Ken Jeong.

Responding to the comments Whoopi recently made on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', Ken said: "I was just so flattered that Whoopi had even said that."
"I didn't even know she was gonna go on 'Colbert'. I just saw her on 'The View' yesterday morning, and, off camera, she was really serious about it. Like, 'You know, you should host,' and 'I'm gonna talk to the Academy,' and it was so lovely, you know, coming from her."

Ken also admitted he'd relish the opportunity to host the annual awards show.
He said: "If they asked me to be an on-set medic for it, I'd be glad"
"I think the Academy has done an amazing job in kind of just trying to get more representation on screen ... and I really think, with the success of 'Crazy Rich Asians', 'Black Panther' and so many amazing movies right now, and so much diversity that is in these amazing movies, it's exciting. It makes me so proud and excited to call myself an actor."

Janelle Monรกe Joins Cast of Gloria Steinem Biopic
While 2018 may be winding down, the year of Janelle Monรกe is still in full swing. According to Deadline, the singer-actress has joined the cast of The Glorias: A Life on the Road, a biography on the life of activist and journalist Gloria Steinem. Monรกe will portray Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a civil rights activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine.

Monรกe is no stranger to the silver screen. She made her on-screen debut in 2016’s Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and later in Hidden Figures as mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson.

Directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Alex Saxs along support from Taymor and Lynn Hendee, The Glorias will explore Steinem’s journey to become an advocate for equal rights and her trailblazing work as a journalist and campaigner.

In other Monรกe-related acting news, she will appear in DreamWorks Welcome to Marwen, later this month. She has also signed on for other major productions, including STX’s animated film UglyDolls, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp remake, and an unannounced role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriett.

On top of her acting gigs, Monรกe recently landed two 2019 Grammy nominations for her Dirty Computer work, which was accompanied by an emotion picture. The LP is up for Album of the Year, while “PYNK” is nominated for Best Music Video.

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Ordered To Pay Marvin Gaye’s Family $5 Million In “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit
Back in 2013, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams released their mega-hit, “Blurred Lines,” which peaked at number one in the U.S., where it was also the longest running number one single of the year. It also became one of the best selling singles of all time, all while breaking the record for the largest radio audience in history. 
The song was produced by both Thicke and Williams with the intention to create something with the groove of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.” Five months after its release, Thicke, Williams, and T.I.. who rapped over the beat, were slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the similarities. 

Now five years later, a judge has ordered Thicke and Williams to pay $5 million to Gaye’s family. 

Both Williams and Thicke were found liable in 2015, after a judge determined the two owed the estate $7 million in the suit, but after the pair’s appeal the amount was reduced to $4,983,766.85, Billboard reports. Gaye’s family will also receive 50 percent of the song’s future royalties.

Obama says that The Affordable Care Act Will ‘Likely’ Survive Judge’s Ruling!
He reassures Americans as he reminds people to sign up for the health care program before the 
Barack Obama reminded people that Saturday was the last day to sign up for Obamacare, and declared that a Texas federal judge’s ruling striking down the law making the insurance possible will “likely” not prevail.
Saturday is “the deadline to make sure you and the people you love have health insurance in 2019. So head over the HealthCare.gov to get covered!” Obama tweeted. He added that “it’s so important for you to know” that the ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional “changes nothing for now.”
As “this decision makes it way through the courts, which will take months, if not years, the law remains in place and will likely stay that way,” he added. “Open enrollment is proceeding as planned today. A good way to show that you’re tired of people trying to take away your health care is to go get covered.”
Today is the last day of open enrollment. That means it’s the deadline to make sure you and the people you love have health insurance in 2019. So head over to http://HealthCare.gov  to get covered! Here’s what else you need to know today about health care:

If O’Connor’s ruling stands, it would deal a major blow to the U.S. health care system. According to an analysis by the Urban Institute, eliminating the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010, would increase the numbers of uninsured by 50 percent with an additional 17 million people having no health coverage.

The Supreme Court upheld the law in 2012 and in 2015. It was modified by Congress in 2017 to eliminate the tax penalty for most Americans who refused to obtain health insurance. The law could now be headed to the top court for the third time.

Shakira Charged For Tax Evasion in Spain
Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain for her alleged failure to pay $16.4m in taxes between 2012 and 2014. 

According to the Guardian, Spanish prosecutors claimed the Colombian superstar avoided paying millions in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while residing in Catalonia. In docs obtained by the publication, Shakira updated docs to reflect her move from the Bahamas to Barcelona in 2015, after she’d already been living in Spain with her partner, Gerard Pique, for years prior. 

As a result, prosecutors say she missed out on taxes for those years, since she was, in fact, a resident and her travel abroad was for short periods for work. They’re demanding she pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income. 

In the meantime, a judge will decide if the matter will go to trial.

Offset Interrupted Cardi B’s Rolling Loud Set With Flowers To Ask For Forgiveness
A lovesick Offset interrupted Cardi B‘s Rolling Loud set bearing flowers to ask his ex to take him back. Rolling out four boxes of flower arrangements that spelled out “TAKE ME BACK,” the lovelorn rapper popped up from backstage to apologize to Cardi, who seemed less than impressed by the public show of affection.

While the crowd jeered, Offset said, “I just want to tell you I’m sorry. You’re my best friend in the world. Whatever I got to do to show I love you, I’ll do.” Unfortunately for him, she didn’t seem all that amenable to reconciling — at least, not in front of thousands of howling fans, many of whom have already taken to Twitter to voice their opinions, from imploring Cardi to consider forgiveness, to upbraiding Offset for upstaging his ex, to sassing both for pulling what some are calling a publicity stunt.

Cardi B first announced that she was splitting up with her husband and co-parent to her daughter, Kulture, two weeks ago, when she posted an Instagram video explaining that they’d be divorcing soon. Since then, rumors have swirled accusing Offset of repeated infidelities that Cardi eventually could no longer abide. Meanwhile, Offset has made a few plays at getting her back, despite the fact that she’s even changing her “Motorsport” verse lyrics to reference their impending divorce.

He used part of his own surprise appearance at Rolling Loud during 21 Savage’s set yesterday to induce the crowd to perform a “take him back” chant, then apologized for being a “selfish, messed up husband” on Instagram this morning. In the middle of all this, he never got around to releasing his long-promised solo album, an oversight for which some of his fans are already blaming Cardi.

Sarah Silverman says she will STOP making homophobic ‘jokes!
Shortly after black comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars over his past homophobic tweets and stand-up routines, American rapper Nick Cannon posted similarly homophobic jokes made in the past by white female comedians Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler.

Cannon wondered whether these white women faced any similar backlash for their use of anti-gay slurs. For a while, the comediennes didn’t respond — Schumer and Handler still haven’t — but Silverman has since stating that she’ll no longer use gayness as a punchline.

When asked about Cannon’s post by TMZ, Silverman replied, “Yeah, I’m done with that. I think I can find other ways to be funny. I mean, I used to say ‘gay’ all the time…’Oh, that’s so gay.’ We’re from Boston, we’d go, ‘That’s what we say in Boston. I have gay friends. I just say gay.’ And then I heard myself and I realized I was like the guy who said ‘What? I say colored…I have colored friends.’ And I realized it was stupid and I’m certainly creative enough to think of other words besides that, that don’t hurt people. But I f*ck up all the time.”

Opinions have been divided over what to make of homophobic humor, especially when it’s directed at hyper-masculine authoritarians like US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. To some, such homophobia is lazy and perpetuates anti-gay sentiment. Others see homophobic jokes as irreverent and subversive attempts to shatter fragile masculinity.

Gay comedian Billy Eichner said he considered Cannon’s point as “compelling” and added, “Here’s my personal opinion: Just don’t use the word. It’s as simple as that. There are so many other words to use. Now, because I am a grown up and not a child, I do take context, nuance and *intention* into consideration.”

He continued, “I agree that the best thing to do is to just not use the damn word! As a gay man, unless it’s perhaps a gay friend of mine saying it to me at a LIVELY BRUNCH, I don’t like hearing it. Even when I know it’s coming from an ally – and certainly when I know that it isn’t. It’s not a fun word for us to hear at this point. We’ve come too far. So maybe let’s just drop it.”

Danielle Staub Hooking Up With Al B. Sure? It seems So!
Danielle Staub’s new fling? It’s a Sure thing! The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum, 56, has been seeing R&B star Al B. Sure! amid her ongoing divorce from Marty Caffrey, Us Weekly has confirmed.
After the pair were spotted cozying up at a Harlem hotel earlier this week, a source has said that they’ve been hooking up and that Staub has been telling her friends about her encounters with the “Nite and Day” singer, 50.
A rep for Staub, however, denied the dating rumors: “They’ve been friends for a very long time. Someone might have misconstrued what they saw.”
Staub and Caffrey, her third husband, split in September after nearly four months of marriage. Before the breakup, the couple filed for temporary restraining orders against each other following a confrontation at their New Jersey home.

Michael Weatherly’s ‘NCIS’ Costars Defend Him After Eliza Dushku’s Sexual Harassment Allegation
Former costars, forever friends. Michael Weatherly‘s past colleagues are coming to his defense following an allegation that he made several sexually suggestive comments and jokes to Eliza Dushku while on the set of his series Bull.

 “This man… I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect. The best. I love you @M_Weatherly Always and forever,” Pauley Perrette tweeted on Saturday, December 15, along with a picture of the two of them smiling. (Perrette, 49, and Weatherly, 50, worked together on NCIS from the series’ inception in 2003 until his exit in 2016.)
Sasha Alexander echoed Perrette’s sentiments, tweeting a picture of herself smiling with the actor on Saturday, along with the caption, “I have been in trenches w/ my friend ⁦@M_Weatherly⁩. Always laughs, true friend & ❤️ as big as they come.” (Alexander, 45, and Weatherly were costars from 2003 to 2005, when her character, Caitlin Todd, was shot and killed.)
The New York Times reported on Thursday, December 13, that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, 37, who appeared in a guest arc on the first season of Bull in 2017, was uncomfortable over remarks that the actor made in front of the cast and crew about her appearance.

According to the report, shortly after she confronted the actor about his behavior, she was written off the show, despite producer Glenn Gordon Caron saying he had plans to make her a series regular and a love interest for Weatherly.
The network eventually agreed to a confidential settlement that was the equivalent of what the actress would have earned if she’d remained on the show as a cast member for four seasons: $9.5 million.
Speaking to investigators in September, one month after she wed Peter Palandjian, Dushku told them that Weatherly said, “Here comes legs,” on a day when she was wearing a suit. On another occasion, he allegedly said, in front of the cast and crew, that he would bend her over his leg and spank her. She also claimed that he made an inappropriate comment about having a threesome with her and another cast member. Weatherly told investigators that he was joking and apologized to the star in a statement to the Times.

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SERIOUSLY? Phaedra Parks Possibly Returning To ‘RHOA’ Well NeNe Thinks She Should! ๐Ÿ™‹ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

SERIOUSLY? Phaedra Parks Possibly Returning To ‘RHOA’ Well NeNe Thinks She Should!
Last year it was reported, Kandi Burruss says she will NEVER speak to former friend Phaedra Parks again after Phaedra started rumors that Kandi wanted to drug and rape her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Porsha Williams… Click Here, Here,  Here, and Here if you missed the previous stories.

Well, Last night, Phaedra Parks attended Nene Leakes’ b-day party.
Nene welcomes Phaedra back to the show via social media and Phaedra responds
But wait. Phaedra had already said she’s now with WETV and no interest in returning to RHoA or is that some Bull too? Stay Tuned.


High Fashion Racist Imagery brought to you by Prada! They’re now pulling their monkeylike trinkets from stores after being accused of using 'BLACKFACE IMAGERY'! ๐Ÿ˜’

High Fashion Racist Imagery brought to you by Prada! They’re now pulling their monkeylike trinkets from stores after being accused of using 'BLACKFACE IMAGERY'! ๐Ÿ˜’
Prada, the Italian luxury fashion house, said it would remove a set of monkey-like figures from its stores and displays after facing criticism on social media that they featured racist imagery.
One of the trinkets is a brown, monkey-like figure with large red lips that appears to use "blackface imagery," Chinyere Ezie said in a public Facebook post.

"Today after returning to NYC after a very emotional visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture including an exhibit on blackface, I walked past Prada's Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery," Ezie said.
The figure was on display throughout Prada's store, including in the window display, in larger versions not available to purchase, and on leather accessories, according to photos in Ezie's post.
The figure, which Prada calls "Otto," is part of its "Pradamalia" collection, described on its website as "a new family of mysterious tiny creatures that are one part biological, one part technological, all parts Prada." The "Toto" version of the keychain has a yellow-and-green pattern.
A Prada representative said in a statement to Business Insider on Friday that it would pull the figures from stores and displays.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

"Prada Group abhors racist imagery," the company said. "The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. We abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery." It added: "We will withdraw all of the characters in question from display and circulation."

Exaggerated red lips are a common trait of racist cartoons depicting black people throughout American history — as are googly eyes, inky skin, and very white teeth — featured in everything from ads and entertainment to children's books.

"History cannot continue to repeat itself," Ezie wrote. "Black America deserves better. And we demand better."

Ezie's post, which also called for a boycott of Prada, has gone viral on Facebook, with thousands of reactions, comments, and shares.

Others have echoed Ezie's sentiment.

BREAKING! ICONIC Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Has DIED at 81! ๐Ÿ˜ข⚘๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ข

BREAKING! ICONIC Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Has DIED at 81!
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to “Little Green Apples” and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough “Guess Who I Saw Today” and the 1964 hit “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a “song stylist.”

“The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s,” she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. “I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric.”

Wilson’s dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, “Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley,” a small group setting which understandably could be called jazz; “Broadway — My Way”; “Lush Life”; and “The Nancy Wilson Show!” a best-selling concert recording. “How Glad I Am” brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate “R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” and in 2007 for “Turned to Blue,” a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a “Jazz Masters Fellowship” in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including “Hawaii Five-O,” ”Police Story,” the Robert Townshend spoof “Meteor Man” and years hosting NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.
Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

Born in Chillcothe, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession. She was in high school when she won a talent contest sponsored by a local TV station and was given her own program. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band and met such jazz artists as Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.

She soon had a regular gig at The Blue Morocco, and got in touch with Adderley’s manager, John Levy.

“He set up a session to record a demo,” Wilson later observed during an interview for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded ‘Guess Who I Saw Today,’ ‘Sometimes I’m Happy,’ and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted.”

Her first album, “Like in Love!”, came out in 1959, and she had her greatest commercial success over the following decade despite contending at times with the latest sounds. Gamely, she covered Beatles songs (“And I Love Her” became “And I Love Him”), Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “Son of a Preacher Man,” on which she strained to mimic Aretha Franklin’s fiery gospel style. She was so outside the contemporary music scene an interviewer once stumped her by asking about Cream, the million-selling rock trio featuring Eric Clapton.

“It took me years to know what that question was about. Remember, I was constantly working or I was traveling to perform. The ’60s for me were about work,” she told JazzWax in 2010.

In the 1970s and after, she continued to record regularly and perform worldwide, at home in nightclubs, concert halls and open-air settings, singing at jazz festivals from Newport to Tokyo. She officially stopped touring with a show at Ohio University in September 2011, but had been thinking of stepping back for years. When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala. The show ended with Wilson performing such favorites as “Never, Never Will I Marry,” ”I Can’t Make You Love Me” and the Gershwin classic “How Long Has This Been Going On?”

“After 55 years of doing what I do professionally, I have a right to ask how long? I’m trying to retire, people,” she said with a laugh before leaving the stage to a standing ovation.

In accordance with Wilson’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life will be held most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

R.I.P Nancy!