The Daily Buzz For Jan 12

Lady Gaga Scores Four V Magazine Covers
After laying low for the past few months, Lady Gaga is back in the limelight on the cover of V Magazine's issue #99.
The “Just Dance” singer actually posed for a total of sixteen versions of the cover page, shot by famed photography duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Gaga told the publication, “This issue of V is about all of these people coming together to express a passion for art and fashion, to really ‘go there’ to make a great statement and to change things…I feel like we all share an appetite for living a life of passion and creativity…it’s like we all found our immortality through art and fashion…we share that deep spiritual place.”

#EGGPLANTNATION! Meet Straight Outta Compton’s Marlon Yates (THE D.O.C)
Ladies and others LOL, Meet Marlon Yates actor from the summer blockbuster ‘Straight Outta Compton’. He’s also the EX Boyfriend of Shaunie O’Neal (Shaq’s Ex). I guess he wants you to see what Shaunie was in love with while they were together.

Thank us later!

#RHOA Oh? Nene Leakes Slams Rhoa With Kandi, Kenya Moore As Boring & Forced
NeNe Leakes slammed RHOA 8 led by Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore as “boring”, “fake”, and seemingly “forced”. RHOA has received the praise of many fans this season. Leakes in turn recently told Andy Cohen that she has watched nearly all the episodes this season. And while “RHOA” (and “Don Juan”) were trending much of Sunday night, Leakes jumped into the Tweet-vest to express her twirls on the situation.
NeNe Leakes rejoins the RHOA 8 cast later this season. And NeNe, who went from blocking Kenya Moore on Twitter before the RHOA Jamaica trip, to following Kenya after the RHOA Jamaica trip, is now back “un-following” Moore again. However, Leakes opened up about season eight.

During Sunday’s telecast, Leakes kept on retweeting much the same messages. “I see why NeNe Leakes had to come back, RHOA is boring as h-l and petty without her. I’m waiting on your arrival”. Leakes retweeted another message which said “I am missing NeNe Leakes on Real Housewives. It’s not the same without and the show seems forced and fake this season”. Another message stated “Where is NeNe? This show is a bore without her!” One stated much the same. “This season has been boring. Bring NeNe back!”

The real mystery, however, was one tweet that NeNe wrote midway through the above retweets. Leakes wrote “I show loyalty until I’m NOT shown loyalty”. To date, Leakes has not been clear why she left the show, why she returned to the show, and why she changed her mind. To date, Leakes’ To Tell the Truth has not been picked up for a full season commitment, her role in Broadway over the holidays has concluded, and her purported comedy Tour called “So N-sty so Rude” has yet to be confirmed.

#TEAMEMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson says Prepare for an Even More "Unpredictable" Empire!
Cookie got what's hers at the 2016 Golden Globes. Translation: Taraji P. Henson took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama for her work as Cookie Lyon on Empire.
"When good people are talented, they deserve to win. As huge and wonderful and pure as her talent is, her heart is even better. And for that—I can't contain myself," Jussie Smollett told the media at Fox's Golden Globes party. "I feel like my sister won…it's so deserving and it's so perfect. And she gave out cookies to everybody, it's perfect."

As for what's next on the hit Fox drama, you can expect changes.
"We're going to kind of switch it up on everyone, I think. We have some really interesting moves that we're making and it's going to be much more unpredictable than people think," Grace Gealey told us about the second half of Empire season two. You may recall Empire signed off for the winter with Lucious (Terrence Howard) declaring musical war on his son Jamal (Smollett) and a hooded figure (probably Gealey's Anika) pushing Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) down a flight of stairs.
Empire returns with new episodes on Wednesday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

New Music: Kristinia Debarge Feat. Problem – Problem
Kristinia Debarge returned with a brand new EP titled Thinkin Out Loud. The eight track project includes collaborations with West Coast MCs Iamsu! and Problem, who appears on the aptly-titled single “Problem.”
Over the bouncy Bay Area style beat, Kristinia keeps it real singing, “I’m a motherfu**in’ problem / Won’t find a real one like me.”
The 25-year-old daughter of James DeBarge (of DeBarge fame) can currently be seen alongside Romeo Miller and Angela Simmons on WE tv’s reality series “Growing Up Hip Hop.”

Hear her new single HERE


ICONIC MOMENTS FROM DAVID BOWIE! That Time he Called Out MTV For Racial Discrimination
A 1983 MTV interview with David Bowie is making its rounds on the Internet Monday, a day after the legendary singer's death. 
In the video interview with MTV veejay Mark Goodman, Bowie called out the network for neglecting to air music videos by black artists. 
"[MTV] is a solid enterprise and it's got a lot going for it," Bowie said. "I'm just floored there's so few black artists featured on it, why is that?" 


A tweet posted Monday has more from that interview and has since gone viral: 
Bowie's concern was also echoed by many big, black artists of the time, including "Slick" Rick James, who called MTV "racist" after the network turned down his 1982 video "Super Freak." 
"I'm just tired of the bullsh*t. I have sold over 10 million records in a four-year period... and I can't get on the channel," James reportedly said in a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone. He mentioned some of his other successful peers like Stevie Wonder,  Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, among others, who had also been excluded from the network. "It's like taking black people back 400 years," he reportedly said. 
For his part, Bowie helped to bring more recognition for notable artists like Michael Jackson and also played a significant role in identifying, collaborating with and, ultimately, solidifying the success of soul stars like Luther Vandross. Vandross, who died in 2005, co-wrote the song "Fascination" and later became a backup singer and opening act for Bowie's world tour in 1974.

OH WOW! Farrah Abraham Takes A Stab At Nicki Minaj Following Twitter Fight
Former 16 & Pregnant star, Farrah Abraham is firing shots at Nicki Minaj, after the rapper initiated a feud with her on Twitter over the weekend. 
The entire incident began when Nicki Minaj was live-tweeting her reaction to re-run episodes of the reality show. Nicki tweeted Farrah, calling her a c*** for mistreating her mother on television and criticized her for doing porn. The two exchanged words for a bit and according to Farrah, she's completely done with Nicki. 
Farrah, who is now 24,  tells TMZ that her 6-year old daughter is no longer allowed to listen to Nicki Minaj's music. "They already have little girls asking for butt injections and wanting to color their hair crazy," she says.  She also believes that Nicki Minaj's trash talk was super disrespectful to single mothers who are just trying to do their best. "She's dead to me ... that mess," Farrah says in regards to Nicki Minaj. According to TMZ, Farrah also suggest Nicki Minaj focus on her "rapist brother." Look below.
Well alrighty now.

Watch: Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf’s ‘My Beyoncé’ Video
Lil Durk‘s DeJ Loaf-assisted single, “My Beyoncé,” gets the Love & Basketball style video treatment. The couple gets kissy on the basketball court after a game of one-on-one, and playful in a dorm room.

“I had fun shooting this video,” Durk tells The FADER; adding that the clip is “different than any other video I’ve shot in my career thus far.”
Watch the twosome mix love and basketball HERE

“My Beyoncé” appears on the Chicago rapper’s mixtape, 300 Days, 300 Nights – released last month. Fans can soon catch him on the road on his forthcoming tour, which launches in Urbana, IL on Feb. 18th.

OOOPS! Did Nike Clap Back At Kanye West With The Air Entertainer?
Surely you’ve heard about Kanye West throwing shots at Nike via a lackluster (just admit it) song called “Facts.” But did Nike just return fire at Mr. West via a new sneaker called the Air Entertainer?
Probably not, since Nike has millions of sneakers to focus on selling. However, the Air Entertainer has been spotted in red and black colorways and features a tonal mesh and leather upper, a heel with a similar aesthetic to the Air Yeezy 2 and a white sole akin to the Air Trainer SC 2.
Check out detailed pics of the Air Entertainer below
Think Mr. West still has any Nikes in his closet? Could this have been the Air Yeezy 3? We’ll never know.
Word is they’ll run you $130. Hey, it’s your money.

Teens Tied To BRUTAL Brooklyn Gang Rape Turned In By Their Moms
The mothers of 14 and 15 year-old suspects turned them in to police in connection with a gang rape of an 18-year-old woman on a Brooklyn playground last week. Two more teens, ages 15 and 17, also turned themselves in for the rape.
Four of the five suspects are currently in custody, while the remaining suspect has yet to be apprehended.
The woman was at a playground with her father when she was attacked last Thursday (Jan. 7) night. She was raped at gunpoint, while her father was made to leave the scene, reports the New York Post.  The dad went into stores nearby asking to use the phone but was turned away for being “drunk” according to eyewitness accounts.
“He asked to use the phone. I told him, ‘No’ because he was drunk. It was easy to tell,” recalled a 16-year-old deli employee. “He just said, ‘Give me the phone.’ I feel so bad. If I knew, I would’ve given it to him. I’d never seen him before.”
Eventually, the dad was able to flag down police officers patrolling the area but by the time he returned to the playground, the suspects had fled.
The NYPD has been criticized for waiting to inform the community of the rape. A lack of urgency is suspected because of the Brownsville neighborhood, an area known for crime. “For community leaders and the community to find out about this horrific crime from the tabloids is not acceptable,” said Borough President Eric Adams.
As for the victim, she was treated at Brooklyn’s King County Hospital and later released.
Surveillance footage of the suspects in a convenience store prior to the rape has been made public. 
View it HERE:


FINALLY! Ringling Bros. Circus To Retire All Elephants A Year And A Half Early!
(AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.
The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of circus elephant acts with local governments passing "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty.
The circus's parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that all of the iconic elephants will be permanently retired to the company's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, located between Orlando and Tampa.
The company announced in March that it would retire the full herd to the center by 2018. But once officials began planning details, they realized "we could actually do this a lot sooner" because building the new structures to house the retiring elephants didn't take as long as they originally thought, said Alana Feld, Ringling's executive vice president and show producer. It costs about $65,000 yearly to care for each elephant, Feld said.
Eleven elephants currently tour with the circus.

"They'll be joining the rest of the herd," Feld said. She's part of the family that owns Feld Entertainment, which owns the largest herd of Asian elephants in North America. In addition to the elephants still touring, 29 of the animals are on the property now, and two are on breeding loans to zoos, Feld said.
Animal rights groups on Monday applauded Ringling's new timeline and announcement.
"Like the elephants themselves, it had outsized importance because of the symbolic value of the enterprise," wrote Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "Ringling had been one of the biggest defenders of this kind of archaic animal exploitation, and the imminent end of its traveling elephant acts signaled that even one of the most tough-minded and hardened animal-use companies now recognized that the world is changing and it had to adapt."
Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century and have often been featured on its posters.

But because so many cities and counties have passed "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances, it became difficult to organize tours of three traveling circuses to 115 cities each year, Feld Entertainment CEO Kenneth Feld said last year. Fighting legislation in each jurisdiction is expensive, he said.
Los Angeles and Oakland prohibited the use of bull-hooks by elephant trainers and handlers last April. The city of Asheville, North Carolina, also nixed wild or exotic animals from performing in the municipally owned, 7,600-seat U.S. Cellular Center.
Ringling's new show will begin in July without the giant pachyderms.

"We're looking at a lot of new ways of doing things," Feld said.
She said the retired elephants at the CEC will also be part of cancer research.
Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big animals' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation — one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.
Compared with just one copy in humans, elephants' cells contain 20 copies of a major cancer-suppressing gene, two teams of scientists reported in October. The gene helps damaged cells repair themselves or self-destruct when exposed to cancer-causing substances.
The findings aren't proof that those extra p53 genes make elephants cancer-resistant, but if future research confirms it, scientists could try to develop drugs for humans that would mimic the effect.
Dr. Joshua Schiffman, a pediatric cancer specialist at the University of Utah, is one of the researchers trying to find clues in the blood samples of some of the Ringling elephants.
"There's so much to be learned from their DNA," Feld said.

Animal rights activists have long alleged that circuses have mistreated elephants.
In 2014, Feld Entertainment won $25.2 million in settlements from a number of animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year legal battle over allegations that Ringling circus employees mistreated elephants.
On Monday, Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, called on Ringling to end all animal acts and that "vigilance will be needed to determine how they are treated" at the Florida sanctuary.
Elephants have been a symbol of the Ringling circus for decades. P.T. Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America in 1882.

Hit or Miss: Chanel Iman Wearing Jaime Lee Pearl and Lace Top and Midi Skirt For W Magazine 'It Girl' Luncheon
Folks, Let's play Hit or Miss. It's the battle of fashion. We want you to decide. (Please consider hair, makeup, and clothes.) 

NOW GO! Is it a Hit or Miss!

Looks like a real life Minion Momma….I like that. Banana!


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