The Daily Buzz For Jan 7

Teyonah Parris, Yara Shahidi & Johnetta Elzie Serve 'Black Girl Magic' On Three Covers
Teyonah Parris The former "Mad Men" co-star has a skyrocketing career that she's grinding extra hard for.  So it's only right the talented chick landed one of the three "Black Girl Magic" covers of ESSENCE magazine's February 2016 issue.

She gushed about being featured in the frst issue of it's kind saying:
What an absolute honor to grace the cover of @EssenceMag in their #BlackGirlMagic✨ Edition hitting stands Jan. 8th! Thank you so much to Essence Magazine and all the amazing talents that helped make this cover an absolute dream come true!! #ForTheLoveOfBlackGirls

Teyonah is now set to portray Mikki Howard in an upcoming biopic about the singer's life
Also featyured on other covers:

The gorgeous & talented teen Yara Shahidi of "black-ish" and activist Johnetta Elzie, who is one of the leaders of We The Protesters and was instrumental in the Ferguson protests.
Yara said about her big cover:

"Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl," says 16-year-old Shahidi.

The magazine explained the new special issue saying:

New Cover Alert | Introducing the #BlackGirlMagic Class of 2016, starring @TeyonahParris​, @officialyarashahidi & @nettaaaaaaaa! Our February issue highlights young Black women who are not only embracing their unique gifts, but also redefining their world--and ours.

And these aren't the only fab women included in the feaure:
ESSENCE’s “Class of 2016” showcases even more young women from the worlds of activism, fashion, the arts, sports and tech whose dynamic actions make us all shine bright, including: Zendaya, Willow Smith, Aja Naomi King, Quvenzhané Wallis, Gabby Douglas, Bree Newsome and more.


#EGGPLANTNATION! Two for One Trey Songz and his Brother Forrest Tucker!
Well today you get a two for one from our Eggplant staff. R&B Singer Trey Songz and his Forrest just loves to floss and flow for the ladies and other admires too! Well the have a lot of flossing here. So the wait is over.

GO HERE TO SEE THE PICS!  Click to enlarge! 

Thanks us Later!

Texas Trooper Brian T. Encinia Who Arrested Sandra Bland Is Charged With Perjury!
The state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman who three days later was found hanged in her cell at the Waller County jail, has been indicted on a perjury charge, a special prosecutor here said Wednesday.

Hours after the indictment was announced against the trooper, Brian T. Encinia, the Department of Public Safety said that the state police agency “will begin termination proceedings to discharge him.”

The charge against Trooper Encinia, a Class A misdemeanor, was announced at the end of a day of grand jury deliberations. It carries a possible penalty of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, prosecutors said.
The charge stemmed from a one-page affidavit that Trooper Encinia filed with jail officials justifying the arrest of Ms. Bland, who was pulled over July 10 in a routine traffic stop in Prairie View, northwest of Houston, for failing to use her turn signal. Ms. Bland, 28, who was black, was returning to Texas to take a job at Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater.

The trooper wrote that he removed Ms. Bland from her car to more safely conduct a traffic investigation, but “the grand jury found that statement to be false,” a special prosecutor, Shawn McDonald, said.
A police dashboard-camera video of the episode shows an escalating confrontation after Ms. Bland refuses Trooper Encinia’s request to put out a cigarette. At one point, Trooper Encinia says he will forcibly remove Ms. Bland from her car and threatens her with a Taser, saying, “I will light you up.”
Larkin Eakin, Trooper Encinia’s lawyer, said he spoke to his client after the indictment was announced. “His reaction was he’s not guilty,” Mr. Eakin said. “When you’re not guilty, you don’t expect to be indicted.”
The next step calls for a Waller County judge to issue a warrant, set bond and schedule an arraignment hearing. Mr. Eakin said Trooper Encinia remained on administrative duty and would appear for the arraignment when the date was set.
The question of criminal charges against Trooper Encinia was believed to be the last major issue facing the grand jury, which began its investigation in August, two special prosecutors, Darrell Jordan and Lewis White, told reporters outside the Waller County Courthouse earlier Wednesday. The grand jury had already declined to indict any of Ms. Bland’s jailers in connection with her death on July 13, effectively sustaining the medical examiner’s ruling of suicide.

Ms. Bland’s family, which has filed a wrongful-death suit, has expressed frustration and disappointment with the grand jury, saying Waller County officials have failed to keep them informed about its progress. Cannon Lambert, the family’s lawyer, has called the case a “sham of a process.” The Waller County district attorney, Elton Mathis, appointed an independent panel of five lawyers, including Mr. Jordan and Mr. White, to oversee the investigation.
 “We’re just going to finish what we started,” Mr. Jordan said. “Our goal in this process is justice, whatever that might be.”
About 25 protesters gathered in front of the courthouse, demanding that Trooper Encinia be immediately fired and indicted on a charge of making what they said was an unlawful arrest.

“Officer Encinia should not get off,” said Jinaki Muhammad of Houston, national vice-co-chairwoman of women’s affairs for the National Black United Front. “He escalated the situation.”
Ms. Bland’s death has fueled a national debate over the treatment of blacks by white law enforcement officers. Her family and a number of black leaders, including those in the Texas Legislature, have questioned the finding of suicide and denounced Ms. Bland’s treatment by the state criminal justice system, from her arrest until she was found dead in her jail cell.

The family’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in Houston and scheduled for trial in January 2017, claims that Ms. Bland should never have been arrested and accuses Trooper Encinia of making up a reason to arrest her. It also claims that Ms. Bland, who told jail officials of a previous suicide attempt, was not properly supervised by jail officials.
Trooper Encinia, who joined the state police in 2014, was placed on administrative duty after Ms. Bland’s death. The director of the Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, under sharp questioning at a legislative inquiry in July, said Trooper Encinia violated department policy, behaved rudely and failed to de-escalate a confrontation.

#RHOA: Kandi Burruss Tucker Blasts Former BFF Phaedra Parks On Social Media In Defense Of Husband Todd Tucker
The drama continues between former BFFs Kandi Burruss Tucker and Phaedra Parks and this time it’s off camera. Kandi and Phaedra were so fun to watch on the show and something has been missing from The Real Housewives of Atlanta since the two started feuding. As we know Phaedra owes Todd money for a workout DVD that he produced but never made it past production for one reason or another.

Of course, Kandi got thrown right in the middle of the drama between Phaedra and Todd, which is obviously awkward for her. The couples were best friends but it seems Kandi and Todd have sided with Apollo, or at least that’s how Phaedra interpreted the situation. Phaedra was upset to hear that Apollo was hiding assets at the Tucker’s home, and rightfully so. This whole thing is a mess, and it keeps getting messier.

Kandi took to Instagram after this week’s episode to clear some things up in regards to the work out DVD. While it seems dramatic for Kandi to rant on social media I’m glad she did, it gives a much better understanding into what should now be referred to as “work-out-DVD-gate“!
“Kandi Burruss: In 2015 My husband @todd167 had 3 shows that he was executive producer on to air on 3 different networks. People lie but credits don’t. Check the credits! We’re trying to move past this petty bs about this workout DVD but it’s always tough to watch the drama play out today over things we’ve supposedly worked out already. I just want to make things clear for people who are watching this episode of RHOA. My husband is great at what he does & he’s been successful at it. People always talk shit on this show but I hate when they try to discredit him with lies. Let me just clear up something for y’all. Todd & Phaedra talked years ago when she was pregnant with Dylan about him helping her with production for her pregnancy DVD. He was doing it as a friend because he said they could do it way cheaper than the company she worked with on her 1st workout DVD. She approved the budget & she paid the first 2 payments but never paid the third for whatever reason. This was well before Apollo went to jail. Todd sent final invoice emails but there was just excuses & no payment. I told him not to worry about it & give her time. But now years have passed. You know how it is when you have a friend who owes you money but they come around with new shit all the time but never mentions your money… That’s why he was irritated. So to everyone who is coming at us in the chat box saying my husband waited for her husband to go to jail to ask for his money as if he was scared to ask, that is absolutely not true. He’s was asking long before. Just never got all his money. Simple…. And Todd was never being mean or disrespectful to her. He always remained cordial. The video was shot & finalized in 2013. She was suppose to give him the photo she wanted to put on the DVD menu & final payment back then…. It’s 2016 people. I hope this gives y’all some clarity. #NoShade#AllFacts”

Kandi and Phaedra are both great, but I can now understand why Todd is so upset. Some fans are wondering why he didn’t ask Apollo for the money, but that would have been very awkward right before he went to prison. Friends and money don’t mix well and it’s a shame Todd hasn’t gotten paid when he was really just trying to help out his friends. I’m sure moving forward he won’t be as eager to work with friends; this situation doesn’t seem to be getting resolved anytime soon.

Whose side are you on Phaedra or Todd? Do you think Kandi was right to post this clarification of the situation? Do you feel differently after reading Kandi’s post? Do you think Kandi and Todd chose Apollo over Phaedra? Do you think Phaedra didn’t pay because she thinks the Tucker’s because she thinks they are on Apollo’s side?

WELL IN GOOD KANDI NEWS! Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker Welcome Son! 
Congrats to Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. On Wednesday morning, the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members welcomed their first son together. Sharing a photo of their newborn’s hand, the 39-year-old singer/reality TV star tells People:

Todd and I have been waiting so long for his delivery and he is so very perfect.
Their son arrived at 8:42 a.m., weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz. Late Tuesday evening, Kandi’s stepdaughter shared that her baby brother was on the way. See her posts below.

New Music: Brandy – ‘Beggin & Pleadin’
Brandy is back in full effect for 2016. In addition to starring in her own TV series “Zoe Ever After,” which premiered earlier tonight on BET, the R&B powerhouse returns with a brand new song called “Beggin & Pleadin.” Over the bluesy track, produced by Pop & Oak and co-written by Brandy and Kirby Lauren, Brandy lays down some soulful vocals that will have you saying amen.

“Told you walk out that door and you can keep your last name / Now I’m down on my knees, it’s a shame,” belts Brandy, whose last album, Two Eleven, was released three years ago.

The song, which is “based on a true story,” has already received Missy Elliott’s co-sign. “yassssss brandy u betta give us them revival church runs! Your vocals is top notch! Congrats!” she said.

Hear her praiseworthy return HERE!


Rapper Treach DRAGS Kanye West & Kim On Twitter! 
WELL DAMN! Rap icon Treach from Naughty By Nature is NOT here for Kanye West. And he also isn’t here for Ye’s wife Kim Kardashian. The Hip Hop legend made it known he is not a fan of Ye and could care less who has a problem with it.

So what’s his beef?

Apparently, ‘Ye was rumored to have made some comments about his good friend/late rap icon Tupac Shakur. Rumor has it, Kanye was overheard saying Tupac was the most overrated rapper in history. While there are no concrete receipts that the “Heartless” rapper actually made that statement, Treach doesn’t seem to care. Tupac was a good friend of his and he’s clearly going to defend his friend's honor no matter who it is.

So what does Treach do? He hops on Twitter to roast the “Bound 2” rapper AND his wife. Bloop!

Peep his tweets below:

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Beats “Avatar” For Highest-Grossing Domestic Film
Continuing to surpass every expectation, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” just snagged another massive film industry record.
After twenty days in theaters, the JJ Abrams epic is now the most lucrative domestic movie of all time, shattering the previous champ “Avatar” by $8.2 million.

The latest “Star Wars” installment has raked in a whopping $758.2 million in North American box office receipts, with $1.5 billion worldwide, also making it the fourth highest-grossing international movie

WE tv’s most anticipated series, Growing Up Hip Hop!
Meet the princes and princesses of the hip hop world on WE tv’s new dynamic docu-series Growing Up Hip Hop, premiering Thursday Jan 7th at 10pm ET/PT. Raised by hip hop legends, Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Damon “Boogie” Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss work hard to gain independence and step out of their famous parents’ shadows. 
Atlanta brought out the celebrities and even Honey booboo showed up ! With their love and work lives intertwined, each member of this this tight-knit group is facing a surprising challenge that will test their loyalties within the group and even relationships with their own mothers and fathers.

Angela Simmons
daughter of rap pioneer Rev. Run of Run- D.M.C, is a hip hop socialite, model and fashion designer of her own line, Foofi, named after her toy poodle. Angela is finding her independence and determined to make a name for herself in the industry on her own. Love has also been a struggle for Angela but a long-standing friendship with Romeo Miller could turn into something more.  

Romeo Miller 
is a musician and Hollywood actor juggling his busy career with a fast-paced globetrotting lifestyle. The son of hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Master P, Romeo Miller has known fame since he was a child star formerly known as Lil’ Romeo. Ever since he was a little boy, his father has been grooming him to take over the No Limit Empire. When given the keys to the coveted No Limit kingdom, will he have what it takes to wear the crown?

Damon “Boogie” Dash 
is the namesake of his father, former Roc-A-Fella Records music and media mogul, Damon Dash, and just like his dad, Boogie is an entrepreneur. In 2011, he and high school pal founded Chipz Cookies, which are currently sold in grocery stores throughout Manhattan. Boogie also owns a record label and an art gallery in gallery in NYC. His father is constantly putting pressure on him to succeed on his own and pushes him to work hard for everything.

Kristinia DeBarge 
is the daughter of James DeBarge from the legendary yet troubled group DeBarge, and a singer/songwriter in her own right. She began singing when she was 3-years old and at 12-years old recorded the duet “How I Feel Inside” with her father. Questioning whether to reunite with her drug addicted father, Kristinia, leans on her uncle, music legend El DeBarge as she struggles to choose between family and fame.

TJ Mizell 
is the son of Jam Master Jay, one-third of the famous rap group Run-D.M.C. He recently returned to New York stepping into his famous father’s shoes as a DJ. TJ spins at the hottest events and venues around the world and best known as A$AP Ferg’s DJ. TJ is the “nice guy” and often looks to close friend Angela for support as their fathers were both in Run-D.M.C. and view each other as family. TJ however is still haunted by the memories of hiather’s death and determined to keep his legacy alive in a city that revered him.

Egypt Criss
the daughter of Sandra “Pepa” Denton from Salt-N-Pepa and rap icon Treach from Naughty By Nature, is actively pursuing a solo music career. Pepa is eager to help Egypt navigate the industry quickly assuming the position as “mom-ager.” Between Pepa’s protective nature and heavy involvement in Egypt’s budding career, will it prove to be too much for the aspiring singer? The season begins as this tight-knit group of twenty something’s gear up for a week of high profile parties and events. While together in New York City they attend the opening of “Boogie’s” art gallery, but with the seasoned hip hop legends in attendance, casual conversation turns into an intense old school lesson. TJ celebrates his 24th birthday with an exclusive party, but Angela is forced to leave suddenly when a suspicious fan in the crowd gets a little too close for comfort. Kristinia and TJ are confirmed to perform at the debut showcase of Angela’s new faux fur fashion line; but when personal issues involving Kristinia’s estranged father arise, will it ruin the evening? 

Tune In Thursday Jan 7th at 10pm ET/PT. 

Being Mary Jane Snags 4th Season
BET’s Being Mary Jane is returning for a fourth season. The network’s president of programming, Stephen G. Hill, made the announcement on Wednesday at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour.
Reportedly, for its third season this fall, in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, “Being Mary Jane” averaged 2.1 million viewers, a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and a 1.1 in adults 18-34. It ranked among the top five scripted cable series in all categories every week it aired.

Being Mary Jane is a drama series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union. The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Máry Jane Paul who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
The show will begin production this summer in Atlanta.

Thandie Newton Blasts Starbucks Over Racist Display!
Starbucks is dealing with a little PR crisis after actress Thandie Newton posted an image of what she believes is an offensive display she spotted in one of their stores. That display featured a mannequin of a Black child holding a bowl of coffee beans.
Starbucks was quick to respond to Newton’s post, apologizing for its offense, but do you think the actress was fair to point out the statue, or do you think she overreacted?

Grandma is getting a little kinky with her cowboy huh?


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