The Daily Buzz For March 23 ☕πŸ“°☕

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RHoA: Did you know that Marlo Hampton is writing a book on Etiquiette?
What Does Marlo Hampton Do for a Living? We Finally Have the Answer

For years, one question has plagued fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta like no other: What exactly does Marlo Hampton do. Well she’s writing a book on Etiquette….Yeah you read that right ETIQUETTE!

Marlo always comes prepared to school the RHOA ladies as a self-proclaimed etiquette expert. And now she's blessing you with her top rules of etiquette: "Always wear 5-inch heels wherever you enter into. Say whatever's on your mind. Be unapologetic. Smile. It helps a lot when you smile. Give two f---s about what anyone thinks about you. Always say 'thank you.'" 

After growing up in the foster care system, Marlo was inspired to help other young women going through that same experience achieve success as they enter adulthood. That's why she started the nonprofit Glam IT UP in 2011. 

Through this organization, Marlo mentors girls 13 to 18 and treats them to a bit of the glamorous life in an effort to encourage them to strive for success. Past events have included a trip to a WNBA game and a Christmas brunch at Kandi Burruss' Old Lady Gang restaurant. "My Glam It UP girls, I tell them, 'The world is yours. If you can dream it, you can achieve it," Marlo shared. "So I just hope they look at me and say, 'Dang, well, Ms. Marlo was in foster care, and she aged out. I can do it, too.'" 

You could be seeing Marlo in a book store near you soon. "I have a book that I'm working on, a cocktail book. Not the etiquette book yet, but this is a cocktail book where you'll be able to sit it on your table and just see gorgeous pictures of me in fashion," Marlo said. "So I'm excited about that." 

So what else will Marlo do next? "I'm good at just about anything," she told The folks over at The Daily Dish. "I'll try anything. Usually when I try it, I can do it." 

For now, you can catch Marlo hanging out with the RHOA squad.

#EMPIRE: Calesha “Bre-Z” Murray Talks to Rolling Out about her music and Sexuality on the show!
Calesha “Bre-Z” Murray recently sat down with the folks over at Rolling Out Magazine. She talked to them about life growing up in Wilmington Delaware then moving to Atlanta and then L.A to focus on her career. Here are few excerpts from the interview.

R-Since your debut on FOX’s “Empire,” fans have assumed you were a lesbian, considering your character Freda Gatz is a young lesbian rapper. Why have you opted to not discuss your sexuality?

I choose not to discuss my sexuality because I’ve chosen to use my platform to display my art, talent, and to be of some light to those who follow me. I believe sexuality is one sure thing most young men and women struggle with at some point growing up. Freda Gatz was a visual display of a young woman determined to find her way in life. The character was never seen with a woman, she just appeared to have a harder exterior. Regardless of what you give, people will develop their own perception. For me, my role on Empire is something that people assumed to be real lol, I’m still just a woman with everyday struggles like everyone else.

R-men? Women?

I’m not sure that I can tell you that it has. My sexuality is not something that is a “thing” when you speak of Bre-Z. I think it varies depending on the person and what they display to the world. As a woman, I will never volunteer the things I do intimately with anyone. It’s just tacky. People essentially give me exactly what I give them, which is love and respect for a shared interest.

R-Why do you think it was important for “Empire” to portray a presumably lesbian rapper on the show? 

“Empire” displayed what was real in our communities. A lesbian just happens to be one of them. The great thing that our creators (Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Illene Chaiken, Sanaa Hamri) did was zero in on all walks of life in the Black community. Sexuality was one of them. I believe it was important to show that there’s always more to a person. You don’t have to like their choice, but we should accept and be supportive.

R-With the success of artists like Young M.A, AzMarie Livingston, etc., how do you think the industry is responding to increased sexual diversity?

I think the industry is just fine. Sexual diversity has always been around, they’ve just taken the blanket off of it. What you’re seeing now is freedom of everything — in its truest form.

R-Let’s talk about your music. You’re dropping new music on your own independent label. Why the independent route? 

I chose to go the independent route because I know what I want. I know what I want to create. And I didn’t want anyone to get in the way of my creativity because then it confuses me.

You can listen to some of her latest music HERE

Get more over at Rolling Out.

#NEWMUSIC from Sammie – Naked (Ella Mai Cover)
Off the heels of his birthday EP, 31873.0, Sammie surprised us with a stripped down cover response to “Naked” by rising songstress Ella Mai.

Listen HERE

In addition to his new EP, Sammie is still promoting his stellar 2017 album Coming of Age, while Ella is currently working on her debut album under 10 Summers Records.

#NEWHIPHOP Listen To Remy Ma’s ‘Set Trippin’ Freestyle
The “Melanin Magic” rapper unleashes a freestyle over Casanova’s “Set Trippin” instrumental, while a video of the Irving Plaza performance acts as the visual.
Donning a black-and-white jacket, tight black pants, and matching boots, Reminisce unleashes some furious bars on stage. Casanova looks on while Rem’ raps under bright lights.


Remy previously teased the freestyle on social media. Recently, she also bashed fake thugs on her Spotify freestyle. She’s now prepping her long-awaited sophomore album 7 Winters & 6 Summers for a summer release.

Ladies, Have you seen Zayn’s new Look? He now has Blond hair and a Huge Rose Head Tattoo!
Zayn Malik is making changes following the announcement of his break up with Gigi Hadid on March 13. Not only has the former One Direction member gone blond, but he also revealed a rose tattoo on the back of his head. After giving the world a peek last week on his Instagram account, he was snapped with the ink more prominently on display under his newly bleached locks on the set of a music video shoot in Miami on Wednesday, March 21. The open bloom, which is positioned slightly below the middle of his skull, features a stem that snakes down and around his neck.

Of course. this isn’t even close to the star’s first tat — or even the first one on his neck. Malik’s love of skin ink is well-known. In fact, he has ex Gigi’s eyes prominently displayed in the middle of his chest, something fans were quick to point out after the couple broke up.
The singer made a statement about their parting after two years together via Twitter, writing, “Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of  respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend. She has such an incredible soul. I’m grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ.”

Malik is hardly the first star to make changes following a split. Who could forget Miranda Lambert going for pink streaks after separating from Blake Shelton in 2015? It’s a time for new beginnings, including for style choices. And while the body art is most likely permanent, the hair color is definitely not. Whether he decides to keep the new look or go back to his natural brunette shade when the dust settles, time will tell.

Wendy Williams Says Her Husband Kevin Nursed Her Back to Health.
A few days ago, Wendy Williams sat down with “Good Morning America” co-host Amy Robach to discuss how she’s now making her health a priority in the battle against Graves’ disease.
“In the entire almost 10 years of doing the show, I have never taken a sick day,” Williams told Robach. “… it was a perfect storm; a perfect storm that had been brewing, I have to say, internally, knowing my body, since late July.”

Wendy reveals her husband Kevin nursed her back to health…

According to People Magazine: My husband was extremely concerned,” says Williams. “He’s not just my husband, he’s my business partner, one of the executive producers on the show and he’s also my manager. He and I are glued at the hip.”

“He was with me every step,” she says of Hunter, who shuffled her to and from doctor’s appointments in New York City. “For him, seeing me go through all of this, it’s really been trying on him. I’ve been concerned about him. I’m like, ‘Don’t worry about me!’”

Yeah, OK if you say so.

SAY WHAT? PETA Calls Drake A Fake A** Vegan!
PETA has a beef with Drake. Earlier this month the Canadian rapper made the declaration that he no longer eats meat. And while PETA initially praised his “ethical” decision, they quickly pointed out that although he doesn’t put animal products IN his body he is quick to wear them ON his body. How un-vegan of you Drake!

The oft-aggressive, animal advocacy organization has called Drizzy out and is demanding that his OVO company part ways with Canada Goose. In a letter to the “God’s Plan” superstar PETA urged “the rapper to cut ties with Canada Goose,” a company that, according to PETA, “touts a phony respect for the environment yet kills ducks and geese for their down.” Apparently, the outerwear company also uses painful steel traps to catch wild coyote and use their fur for collars.

Drake has yet to respond to PETA’s demands, but he probably should soon … or he could be covered in red paint by the weekend.

Chaka Khan Responds to Accusations of Being Drunk After Bad Performancein Miami
Chaka Khan being falsely accused of being drunk? That’s what her rep said after the legendary singer had a strange performance this past weekend at the 13th annual Jazz in the Gardens show in Miami Gardens, Fla.

In the clips that surfaced, you can see the “Through the Fire” creator mumble some of her lyrics, and at other times she stood on stage without singing at all. Eventually, some of the audience started walking out, and they took to social media to express their disappointment.

The famed producer Rico Love also tweeted about the performance and told everyone what was happening in real time.
“I love Chaka Khan with my whole heart, but she is drunk as hell on stage [in] Jazz in the Gardens,” he wrote. “This makes me so sad.”
A woman who uses the Twitter handle Cynthia Traveling Queen also expressed her dissatisfaction with Khan’s set.
“She looks like she’s [dis] oriented,” tweeted Cynthia. “Something is going on with her, so we all just started walking out, because it was just so terrible. I’ve seen Chaka Khan at West Palm Beach at the Kravis Center. I’ve also seen Chaka Khan at the Essence Music Festival, so I don’t know what’s going on tonight, but it was really terrible.”

As the web buzzed with speculation about her lackluster performance, Chaka’s rep spoke out and said the 10-time-Grammy winner was ill but decided to perform anyway against the doctor’s advice.

“She has been supporting her scheduled show dates, as she has been battling the flu for a number of weeks despite the doctor’s orders to cancel these shows and rest,” wrote the rep. “Unfortunately, Chaka not wanting to disappoint her fans has performed, while not totally 100%, and the media has been turning these difficult performances into something else.”

“Chaka values her fans and supporters and would never do anything to jeopardize their support and love,” added the rep. “Under doctor’s orders, Chaka will be resting for the remainder of the week until her next performance engagement in Macon, GA, Saturday, March 24th.”

Watch Mary J. Blige As Irene In New Animated Feature ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ 
Oscar nominated actress and Grammy winning singer Mary J. Blige is hitting the big screen again but this time as the sassy siren “Irene Adler” in the new animated film Sherlock Gnomes. The film also features the voices of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Emily Blunt and opens in theaters this Friday, March 23.
After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.  


Blige’s character is a no-nonsense porcelain doll who is in control of her dollhouse and mama don’t take no mess. Sherlock finds himself needing his once engaged lover’s help and she winds up showing him what he’s been missing through an outstanding musical performance and original song ‘Stronger’ written by Elton John.

Cardi B ‘Couture’ Is Coming Your Way with her own Clothing Line.
Cardi B has taken the fashion world by storm.  She may attend the hottest events wearing luxurious gowns and sit with Anna Wintour, but it’s her devotion to those on a budget that may pay off huge in the end.
According to documents the retail company Fashion Nova just filed documents this month to lock up Cardi’s name for online retail store services.  They specifically filed for the name “Cardi.B” and “CB” and plan to sell a full line of threads; including blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jackets, jumpsuits, leggings, rompers, skirts, undergarments and shirts.  Footwear is listed too, because … y’know … red bottoms.

Cardi has been associated with Fashion Nova for years promoting their products on her social media, and in fact she helped the online outlet grow in popularity among not only the hip-hop crowd, but reality tv fans as well.  No matter how famous Cardi has become, she still regularly gives props to Fashion Nova for being a great place to get affordable clothes.

Fashion Nova has worked with other celebrities, like Amber Rose and Nicki Minaj, but the company has never moved to trademark any of the other celeb names.  Clearly they see the value in a relationship with Cardi, and it appears the two are collaborating on something much bigger than just being a spokesperson.

Rapper Logic Announces His Split From Wife Jessica Andrea: ‘It Just Didn’t Work Out’
Logic has officially announced his split from his wife, Jessica Andrea, after two years of marriage.
In a statement posted on his Instagram page, the rapper said it simply “just didn’t work out.”
He was sure to mention there is no anger, no cheating and no fighting involved in their split.

Read Logic’s full statement below.
Sorry to hear this. I wish them the best as they move into the next chapters of their lives.

Did you know that The Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to give $1 billion to schools that discriminate against LGBT People?
Congressional Democrats pushed Betsy DeVos to say that she opposed discrimination in a federal schools program. She refused to do so.
The Secretary of Education appeared at a hearing before the Appropriations Committee to discuss her proposed budget for next year, which includes $1 billion for a school choice program, which would put federal money in the pockets of private schools.

Democrats wanted her to assure them that the money wouldn’t fund schools that discriminate against LGBT students. She refused to make that promise.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) questioned her about a statement she made last month that the Department of Education would no longer investigate discrimination claims from transgender students. He brought up how several federal courts have interpreted Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination in schools to include transgender students.

“We have continued to defend the rights of students as defined under Title IX,” DeVos said, “until either the Supreme Court or Congress clarifies the law with regard to transgender access to bathrooms, athletic locker rooms and athletic teams.”

“This department is not going to make law,” she continued, a reference to guidance from the Obama Administration that said that schools should work to prevent discrimination against transgender students because of their Title IX obligations. Last year, DeVos rescinded that guidance.

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) also brought up discrimination.
“I could not find a single state the protects LGBT students within the state’s voucher anti-discrimination laws,” Clark said. “So state dollars flow to private schools, they are allowed to discriminate. I couldn’t find any case where that didn’t happen.”

She asked whether the Department of Education would assure that federal money wouldn’t go to schools that discriminate.
DeVos responded, “Where federal dollars flow, federal law must be adhered to.” Which means that she will not oppose discrimination against LGBT students since she interprets federal law as not including LGBT people.

“As Secretary DeVos fumbles through another congressional hearing, her record of walking-back LGBTQ protections and actively refusing to aid transgender students facing discrimination speaks for itself,” said GLAAD‘s President Sarah Kate Ellis. “Our Secretary of Education should be fighting for all students, not actively making life more difficult for transgender students.”

DeVos has deep ties with the religious right. Last year, she held a conference on education and invited Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, two organizations that advocate for conversion therapy.

Erica Mena and Desus and Mero Trolls DJ Envy on Social Media!
Last week DJ Envy from The Breakfast Club came down hard on Desus and Mero after they made light of his extra marital affair with reality star Erica Mena on their podcast 
Now Erica is twisting the knife by liking a Tweet about her affair that was re-Tweeted by Desus and Mero.

Frank Avruch who played Bozo The Clown DEAD at 89!
Frank Avruch, TV's original Bozo the Clown, died Tuesday in Boston after a long battle with heart disease according to his family. He was 89.
The Boston legend created Bozo back in 1959, and played the lovable clown until 1970. Although Frank wore a lot of hats -- as a local host on radio and WCVB-TV -- he'll most be remembered for wearing that red-orange wig, oversized red shoes and pajamas with the frilly collar.

Avruch is an inductee of the National Television Academy's Gold Circle. Bozo's survived by his wife, Betty, 2 sons, grandchildren, and, of course, his cousin Homey. 

Rest in Peace!

The Daytime Emmy Nominations are Out!
(Deadline) The morning show race also features the usual suspects (CBS Sunday Morning, CBS This Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today) as does the Talk Show Entertainment category, whose nominees are the same as last year except for syndie The Real. Meanwhile, the Talk Show Informative race also has two newcomer this year as NBC freshman Megyn Kelly Today snagged a nom along with syndie rookie Steve — whose host Steve Harvey was nominated in the category last year for his eponymous former talker.
Meanwhile, CBS again leads all networks with 66 nomination, but this year it was tied by the combined syndication show. Netflix is third with 36 noms, followed by Amazon (49), NBC (35), ABC (33), PBS (29) and Nickelodeon, HBO (10) and Disney Channel with 12 apiece.

The hardware will be handed out  on Sunday, April 29, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood are returning as the hosts. The nominations were revealed this morning on CBS’ The Talk.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said last month that this year’s Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to longtime Days of Our Lives stars Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes and kids show producers Sid & Marty Krofft. The Days starwalts will receive their trophies during the Daytime Emmy ceremony, and the guys behind such classics fare as H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Land of the Lost will get theirs at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on April 27, also at the Pasadena Civic.

The peer-judged drama pre-nominations were unveiled in January. with Days of Our Lives and General Hospital grabbing the most acting pre-nominations,.

Read is the full list of nominees for the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards here

Bobby V has been Named As A Suspect In A Rape Case
Less than two weeks after releasing his new album, Bobby V has been named as a suspect in a Georgia rape case.
According to TMZ, a woman filed a police report in Cobb County, Georgia on Monday, March 19 claiming she was raped by the singer the day before.

Police aren’t saying much because the investigation is ongoing. Bobby’s rep said, “Bobby takes any allegation against women very seriously. However, false allegations damage true victims of sexual abuse.”
They are also planning to take legal action against the accuser claiming this appears to be a shakedown for some cash.
It as just last year that the singer was caught up in a scandal with a transgender woman.

The singer also claimed she was trying to extort him for money.

Outgoing Sec of State Rex Tillerson’s “Very Mean-Spirited Town” Exit Speech Goes Over Big In D.C.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson killed President Donald Trump with kindness on his way out the door Thursday afternoon.
In a brief, pointed, televised speech to his staff, Tillerson called on them to “undertake one act of kindness each day towards another person” noting, “This can be a very mean-spirited town.”

He also used the spotlight to deliver the loaded message that personal integrity is a person’s most valuable asset.

“Only you can relinquish it or allow it to be compromised. Once you have done so, it is very very hard to regain it,” Tillerson warned members of Trump’s administration, advising them to “guard it as the most precious thing you possess.”

To Tillerson’s point, Trump tweeted in mid-March that he’d sacked the former ExxonMobile CEO. But, keeping it classy, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters, in an off-the-record gaggle, that he had broken the news to Tillerson ahead of the tweet, while Tillerson, fighting an overseas travel bug, was on the toilet. This according to reporters who’d said they’d been shut out of the exclusive off-the-record huddle, and got their information from those who had attended but were bound by the OTR rule to of the invite not to publish themselves.
In today’s speech to staff, though sure to be seen by Trump, Tillerson said he hopes they will continue to be guided every day by the values they have spoken about during his not-quite-a-year tenure including safety, accountability, honesty and, most importantly, personal integrity.

“Never lose sight of your most valuable asset,” Tillerson said, in re personal integrity.
“Not one of you was gifted it. You were born with it. It belongs to you, always has and will belong to you and you alone,” he said.

“And finally I hope you continue to treat each other with respect. Regardless of job title station in life or your role, everyone is important to the State Department; we’re all just human beings trying to do our part,” Tillerson added.
It was Tillerson’s closing shot that got reporters’ ears up:
“In closing I would like to ask that ask each of you undertake one act of kindness each day towards another person. This can be a very mean-spirited town,” he said in a masterstroke of understatement, getting laughs followed by big applause.

“But you don’t have to chose to participate in that,” he added, getting even bigger applause.

“Each of us gets to chose the person we want to be, and the way we wanted to be treated and the way we will treat others.”

As you get older & stop doing Easter Egg Hunts, the thing I look forward to is creepy Easter Bunny costumes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Daily Buzz For March 22 ☕πŸ“°☕

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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