The Daily Buzz For March 1

Caitlyn Jenner Is Officially Releasing Makeup With MAC Cosmetics
The lipstick is called “Finally Free” and 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. 
“Caitlyn Jenner has fearlessly shared her transition with the world. Her new MAC Lipstick, Finally Free, champions All Ages, All Races and All Sexes,” MAC
Also, 100% of proceeds from the sale of the lipstick will go to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative to further its work in support of transgender communities.
The lipstick will cost $17 and will be on sale at MACcosmetics.com and in MAC stores.
Her caption reads, “I’m finally free to announce my partnership with @MACcosmetics! All sales of our lipstick shade, Finally Free, go toward improving transgender communities. Look for it in April! #MACCaitlynJenner (Link in bio).”

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New Music: Kelly Price ‘Everytime (Grateful)’!
* Seven-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer and songwriter Kelly Price makes a declarative statement with the release of her new single “Everytime (Grateful),” which is available now via all digital retailers, and just released to radio.
Driven by her beloved voice, Price penned the song, with co-writers Troy Taylor, Johnta Austin, and James Foye III. 
Price performed the song on national TV for the first time earlier this year on the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, which is airing around the country now (check local listings).

“Everytime (Grateful)” will be featured on the forthcoming Saints & Sinners album, the soundtrack for the new Saints & Sinners television series.  The first-ever drama series from Bounce TV will begin airing on Sunday, March 6th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).


Currently, Kelly Price is working on a new album, the follow-up to Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing, which was released on Entertainment One Music.  Price is also featured on Kanye West’s newly-released album The Life of Pablo, and recently joined West on stage at Saturday Night Live, for his performances of “Ultralight Beam” and “Highlights.”

#RHOA: HIT or MISS? Nene Leakes Hosts Oscar Party at Samsung 837 in Pedram Couture and Giuseppe Zanotti!
*Sunday night, TV Personality Nene Leakes hosted an exclusive Oscars Viewing Party at Samsung 837, the brand’s newly opened experiential flagship in NYC’s Meatpacking District.
The Fashion Police judge stunned in a Pedram Couture dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and bracelet. As the award show played on world’s largest multimedia digital screen extending three-stories tall, Nene shared her thoughts on all of the red carpet fashions, and toasted the award winners with Samsung 837 guests.
Nene made a surprising choice for best dressed selecting the host of the 88th Academy Awards, Chris Rock, as the most stylish among Oscars attendees. So is this a HIT or MISS? The pics are not flattering at all!

#TEAMEMPIRE: Xzibit To Guest Star On Empire, Watch New Trailer
Xzibit is bringing his acting talents to Empire. Mr. X To The Z, born Alvin Joiner, will be appearing on the FOX drama as a rival to Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).
Reports Deadline:
Xzibit will play Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, who is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and butter always has been — much to his years-long frustration — drugs, guns and extortion. Feeling shut out by the other heavy hitters in the music industry, he carries a big chip on his shoulder, especially for Lucious (Terrence Howard). The exact number of episodes is TBD.


Sounds like the character will be based on…well, there are a gang of music industry Debos who fit that description.

Oh? Is VH1 Bringing “Love & Hip Hop” To Miami & Houston?
If the rumors are true, VH1 will be bringing more ratchetedness to a screen near you. Looks like Mona Scott Young and VH1 are looking for new “talent” in two new cities. With “Love & Hip Hop” Atlanta, New York and Hollywood, there are other territories the reality show wants to explore.

If the rumors are true, the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise will be taking over Miami and Houston soon.
Sources tell TMZ the network is gunning to have the casts complete by April to premiere the city by the end of the summer. We’re sure whichever city brings to most drama and racthetedness will be the first to hit the tube.
No names have been attached to either season just yet, but there are supposedly some big names expected to star on the show.

Hmm….who do you think will shock us all and pop up on the show?

He’s LOCKED UP AGAIN! Katt Williams Arrested On Battery Charge In Georgia!
Comedian Katt Williams has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, so this really isn’t that big of a surprise.
According to reports, the Friday After Next star was arrested after allegedly assaulting a pool store clerk this morning in Gainsville, GA. Law enforcement officials said Katt got into a heated argument with an employee. For what? That's still unclear. Ish escalated quickly, resulting in Katt allegedly throwing something at the employee and then PUNCHING him.

Sighs… Why can’t he keep his hands to himself? Remember when he hit a fan in the head with his microphone during one of his shows?
Back to the story, TMZ reported the comedian was laying down on the ground with his hands behind his back when police arrived. Guess he knew he was wrong and going to jail.

He’s currently being held on a $5,000 bond. Wonder if his girlfriend Hazel-E is going to bail him out.
Oh, and we’re sure Kevin Hart is somewhere either laughing or shaking his head at all of this after Katt dissed during one of his recent shows.

Uh Oh! Jay Z & TIDAL Hit With $5 Million Lawsuit!
Jay Z is accused of ripping off musician’s by screwing them out of royalties stemming from TIDAL and now the company has been hit with a 5 million + class action lawsuit by an artist who says the music mogul is illegally profiting off his and other artists work.

Yesh Music LLC and musician John Emanuele filed a federal lawsuit against Jay-Z’s company, S. Carter Enterprises, along 2 other companies behind TIDAL — accusing them of copyright infringement and underpayment of royalties. The company is the owner of 118 copyrighted musical recordings – from a band named The American Dollar – and Emanuele is a member of the group. They explain the songs are currently available to be streamed on TIDAL. However, the company says TIDAL never obtained permission from the band or paid a dime in royalties.

The plaintiffs add, “Ironically, when Defendant Carter purchased the Tidal Music Service in 2015, it claimed it would be the first streaming service to pay the artists. Different owner, same game” — referring to the prior ownership of Tidal before Jay-Z purchased the company for a reported 56 million last year.

The complaint states that Jay-Z and the owners of TIDAL aren’t naïve in royalty payments and describes them as “experts” in the process of paying musicians their money.
TIDAL has over 25 million tracks in their music library by dumping all the music of independent artists into their library without licensing or receiving authorization from the artists.
The company also accuses TIDAL of willfully underpaying royalties to some artists by miscalculating the per-stream royalty rates and screwing them out of a large percentage of the money made.

Further, they say TIDAL failed to provide monthly accounting reports to artists for royalties.
Yesh Music LLC and John Emanuele filed suit for up to 150k in damages per infringement along with an injunction from TIDAL from continuing to distribute their music illegally. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the plaintiffs and any other artists who were screwed out of money from Jay-Z’s company. The complaint is seeking in excess of 5 million dollars.

SURPRISE! Prince Presents Surprise North American Tour!!!
Prince fans world-wide get ready because he’s back with an epic tour and it’s all about the fans. In an effort to ward off scalpers the concert concept is based on surprise shows.
Check out the details below.
Prince is preparing for his first surprise show on Sunday Feburary 28 in Oakland at the Paramount Theater. The tour entitled Piano & a Microphone is an intimate concert series tailored to Prince‘s core fan base. Fans can expect to hear sounds from the past and the artist’s new music.

Piano & a Microphone is a tour that will expectantly show up to your city. The concert’s promoter, LiveNation has decided to go old school and use “Paperless” tickets to discourage ticket scalpers and something for the real fans who want to see the master perform live. All purchasers will have to redeem their tickets in person the night of the show using their ID and the  credit card used at the time of  buy and will then have to enter into the venue following receiving their ticket.

Sounds like we need to get our money together because Prince is COMING to TOWN!!!!

Nicki Minaj RESPONDS to those BREAKUP rumors with Meek Mill!
Nicki Minaj is clapping back at those recent Meek Mill breakup rumors that popped up online recently.
Word on the curb was that Nicki and Meek Mill got into a huge fight about the “Anaconda” raptress moving to Philly while the MMG rapper serves his house arrest stint. We’re not sure if that argument ever happened, but Nicki wants y’all to know that she and Meek are still tight.

She tweeted:
Well there you have it. Yes, she's in L.A. while Meek is stuck in Philly, but they're still good...at least for now. Meek was sentenced to do a minimum of 90 days on house arrest after violating his probation terms.

DO GOODERS! Marshawn Lynch & More To Teach Football In Africa
Though Marshawn Lynch has officially retired from the NFL, it doesn't stop him from continuing his philanthropic duties. For his third year in a row, Beast Mode will be heading overseas to host the fourth annual American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) camp. This year the camp is taking on Cairo, Egypt. 
Alongside Lynch will be New York Jets Breno Giacomini, Cleveland Browns Gary Barnidge, Barkevious Mingo, and Johnson Bademosi, Pittsburgh Steelers DeAngelo Williams, Miami Dolphins Jordan Cameron, Houston Texans Oday Aboushi, former Carolina Panthers quarterback Colby Cameron, and free-agent Erik Lorig. 

Giacomini and Barnidge started the non-profit camp in 2011 as a way to globalize American football and reach underprivileged youth. This will be the first time in Africa. Previous years included Turkey, Brazil and China. It isn't all about football, however. The Ballers also plan to dedicate time to visit a children's cancer hospital during their stay. 

Sam Smith you WERE NOT THE FIRST GAY person to win an Oscar!
Oops, Sam Smith may have dedicated his Oscar win on Sunday “to the LGBT community around the world,” but he forgot about a bunch of openly gay male Oscar winners who came before him.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world,” he said.
The singer, who won the Best Original Song Academy Award for “Spectre” theme “Writing’s on the Wall,” may be slightly embarrassed to learn that a number of gay people have won Oscars in the past, and even more embarrassed that he misread McKellan’s quote, which was specifically discussing the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
 “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” McKellen told The Guardian in January.

But Sir John Gielgud, an openly gay male actor, did win Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1981 for his performance in “Arthur.” More recently, Dustin Lance Black won an Oscar in 2009 for writing “Milk.” And Pedro Almdóvar won for writing 2002’s “Talk to Her.”

And how could Smith have forgotten a fellow Brit Elton John, who won an Oscar for 1994’s Best Original Song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King”?
There have been many gay Oscar winners in the music categories, including composer John Corigliano (“The Red Violin”), Stephen Sondheim (for the “Dick Tracy” song “Sooner or Later”) and Howard Ashman, a gay lyricist who died from AIDS complications in 1991.

Ashman’s first win came for Best Original Song “Under the Sea” from 1989’s “The Little Mermaid.” Then, he was posthumously honored in the same category in 1991 for the song “Beauty and the Beast” from the film of the same name.

Bill Condon, an openly gay filmmaker, won an Oscar in 1999 for writing the screenplay to “Gods and Monsters,” which he also directed. Before him, John Schlesinger won an Oscar in 1970 for directing “Midnight Cowboy.” “True Blood” creator Alan Ball, who has said he came out as gay to his mother when he was 33, won an Oscar in 2000 for writing “American Beauty.” And Scott Rudin won for producing “No Country for Old Men.”

Smith did specify “openly gay man” in his acceptance speech, but for the sake of living up to the headline of this article, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge also won an Oscar for the Best Original Song in 2007.

Despite mistakenly identifying himself as the first openly gay man to win an Oscar (with the caveat that it might not have actually been “the case”), his tribute to the LGBT community has been garnering praise

But get your facts straight Sweets!

‘Cure For The Tuesday Blues’
When you don’t want the weekend to end so you just don’t give AF on Monday…


OOOPS! Dustin Lance Black tells Sam Smith to ‘Stop Texting My Fiancé’!

OOOPS! Dustin Lance Black tells Sam Smith to ‘Stop Texting My Fiancé’!
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black slammed Sam Smith on a professional and personal level after the Oscars on Sunday.
Smith, 23, won Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” for the “Spectre” soundtrack. In his acceptance speech, he made a glaring error Black couldn’t let go.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar,” Smith said in his acceptance speech. “If this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”
Black, 41, took to Twitter to inform Smith that he had won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009 for “Milk.” However, Black had more to say to Smith than just a history lesson.
Black is engaged to Olympic diver Tom Daley, 21. The couple announced their engagement in October 2015.


Tasha Cobbs talks depression & Says the CHURCH needs to address it!

Tasha Cobbs opens up about depression & Says the CHURCH needs to address it!
We grow up in church hearing and quoting Nehemiah 8:10, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
But many Christians like Grammy® Award-winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs struggle with depression and mental health challenges, and the singer says, the church needs to talk about it.

“Growing up, I had always had these deeply sad feelings. I assumed it was just me and there was something wrong with me. The moment I realized there was something deeper going on was in 2007 when I was the worship pastor at my church,” the “Put A Praise On It” songstress told ESSENCE.
After ministering and putting on a happy face in the sanctuary, Cobbs, 34, said, “I would go home and be under the covers, with the curtains closed, not eating, never coming out of my room for days at a time.”

She continued, “I would cry for hours. Sometimes I wouldn't even know why I was crying. It was just a heaviness that comes over you that you just cannot explain.”
Finally, Cobbs, whose latest release, One Place Live, won three Stellar Awards last week, sensed that something deeper was going on which required help. After researching depression, she said, “I immediately found a therapist so that I could begin talking about what was happening with me.”

That was a positive turning point in Cobbs’ life, who said, “Our culture and churches in general, should put more focus on depression and people who struggle with mental health. From what I've experienced in sharing my testimony with different people it's something way more prevalent than we acknowledge, and I am willing to stand on the frontline as a leader in our culture and address the mental health issues we have been ignoring.”
Though Cobbs has improved with help, family support and lots of prayer, she told ESSENCE’s Yolanda Sangweni she continues going to therapy, while, at the same time, relying on faith as her “pillar.”

“I still go to therapy. It's not as consistent as it was back then, but once a month or so, I'll meet with my therapist to make sure we're still on point,” she explained. “It's something I believe in and it's something I encourage. I believe that there are people in this earth that God has really graced to be able to help us through every situation in our lives, along with His strength, along with His power.”

The Power of admitting is the solution to healing! More power to Tasha for addressing such a serious issue!

The Daily Buzz For Feb 29

Justin Bieber Bares Birthday Suit On Clash Magazine Cover
He loves showing off his toned physique and Justin Bieber decided to go full-on naked on the front page of Clash magazine’s 100th issue.
The “All That Matters” crooner opens up about his battle to clean up his life and get his head on straight following a tumultuous year in 2015.

Bieber explains his belief in God has been the key to his sanity- "I feel like that's why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I'm by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but...It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human."

#EGGPLANTNATION! Meet Muscles Mcgillicuddy!
Ladies and the rest of you Eggplant voyeurs! Meet Muscles Mcgillicuddy! He’s tanned Caramel and all STACKED for you! I’m sure you want to see the goods. So GO HERE TO SEE THE PICS!  NSFW!

Thank me Later!

#RHOA: Kim Fields Reportedly Joining Dancing With the Stars?
From Facts of Life, becoming a producer, to joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim Fields likes to stay active in the entertainment world. As she has made a comeback returning to the TV screen with the Georgia peaches, rumor has it that she is joining another venture, Dancing With the Stars.  

US Weekly was the first to report the story claiming that “multiple sources confirm” that Fields will be joining season 22 of DWTS. The official cast reveal will be on Good Morning America March 8th with the season kicking off March 21st. Are you surprised? It could be true as fellow Housewives NeNe Leakes, Lisa Vanderpump, Kim Zolciak-Biermann Lisa Rinna and Joanna Krupa have showed their moves on the show

Following “Not A Little Bit,” “Ain’t You” and “Mindful,” K. Michelle returns with another surprise release off her anticipated third album More Issues Than Vogue.

The R&B vixen has now liberated the classic styled piano ballad “Time,” which finds K singing out to her ex about finding a better man and a better situation for herself.

“Here I go again, worrying about you, before me / This time I’m going to get everything that I need,” she sings with a harmonizing chorus behind her.

More Issues Than Vogue is due in stores March 25, you can pre-order the album on iTunes now. Take a listen to “Time” below! HERE:


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! Watch: ‘Empire’ Season Two – Mid-Season Trailer
Empire makes it return to FOX in a little over a month, and now the network is offering viewers a peek at what’s going on in the Lyon’s den. From the looks of things, it’s about to get a little more hectic for the family. Naomi Campbell (playing Camilla) resurfaced in the mid-season finale of the show, and she’s definitely shaking things up.

She asks Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) how would he like to be the CEO of Empire, he insists it’s his birthright, and it flashes to a scene of him holding a scepter of a lion’s paw. After Camilla shows up with the cops to kick Lucious (Terrence Howard) out of his office — so that she and Hakeem can run things – it leads to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) joining forces with her ex to “take back [his] kingdom.”
“You’re falling for him again,” Jamal (Jussie Smollett) tells his mother, as he sees how close she and his father are getting. “What me and your father got is very deep,” she explains to him. “You just don’t throw all that away because of a few misunderstandings.”
The show picks back up on March 30th. Get a sneak peek below.

EMPIRE | Way Down | Trailer
Without family...the music dies. Here's your exclusive first look at the spring premiere of Empire, coming March 30 to FOX!
Posted by Empire on Thursday, 25 February 2016
Get ready folks!

The 2016 Oscars winners list
Here's the list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. Winners are noted in red. And yes they were VERY WHITE…LOL!

Best picture
"The Big Short"

"Bridge of Spies"


"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best actor
Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant" (WINNER)

Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best actress
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

Brie Larson, "Room" (WINNER)

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best supporting actor
Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies" (WINNER)

Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

Rooney Mara, "Carol"

Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl" (WINNER)

Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best director
"The Big Short," Adam McKay

"Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller

"The Revenant," Alejandro G. Iñárritu (WINNER)

"Room," Lenny Abrahamson

"Spotlight," Tom McCarthy

Best original screenplay
"Bridge of Spies," by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

"Ex Machina," by Alex Garland

"Inside Out," by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen

"Spotlight," by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (WINNER)

"Straight Outta Compton," by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best adapted screenplay
"The Big Short," Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (WINNER)

"Brooklyn," Nick Hornby

"Carol," Phyllis Nagy

"The Martian," Drew Goddard

"Room," Emma Donoghue

Best costume design
"Carol," Sandy Powell

"Cinderella," Sandy Powell

"The Danish Girl," Paco Delgado

"Mad Max: Fury Road," Jenny Beavan (WINNER)

"The Revenant," Jacqueline West

Best production design
"Bridge of Spies," production design by Adam Stockhausen; set decoration by Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

"The Danish Girl," production design by Eve Stewart; set decoration by Michael Standish

"Mad Max: Fury Road," production design by Colin Gibson; set decoration by Lisa Thompson (WINNER)

"The Martian," production design by Arthur Max; set decoration by Celia Bobak

"The Revenant," production design by Jack Fisk; set decoration by Hamish Purdy

Best makeup and hairstyling
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (WINNER)

"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared," Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

"The Revenant," Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best cinematography
"Carol," Ed Lachman

"The Hateful Eight," Robert Richardson

"Mad Max: Fury Road," John Seale

"The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)

"Sicario," Roger Deakins

Best film editing
"The Big Short," Hank Corwin

"Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel (WINNER)

"The Revenant," Stephen Mirrione

"Spotlight," Tom McArdle

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best sound editing
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White (WINNER)

"The Martian," Oliver Tarney

"The Revenant," Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

"Sicario," Alan Robert Murray

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best sound mixing
"Bridge of Spies," Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

"Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (WINNER)

"The Martian," Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

"The Revenant," Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best visual effects
"Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (WINNER)

"Mad Max: Fury Road," Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

"The Martian," Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

"The Revenant," Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best animated short film
"Bear Story," Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala (WINNER)

"Prologue," Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

"Sanjay's Super Team," Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

"We Can't Live without Cosmos," Konstantin Bronzit

"World of Tomorrow," Don Hertzfeldt

Best animated feature film
"Anomalisa," Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

"Boy and the World," Alê Abreu

"Inside Out," Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (WINNER)

"Shaun the Sheep Movie," Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

"When Marnie Was There," Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best documentary, short subject
"Body Team 12," David Darg and Bryn Mooser

"Chau, Beyond the Lines," Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah," Adam Benzine

"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (WINNER)

"Last Day of Freedom," Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best documentary feature
"Amy," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees (WINNER)

"Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

"The Look of Silence," Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

"What Happened, Miss Simone?" Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom," Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best live-action short film
"Ave Maria," Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

"Day One," Henry Hughes

"Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)," Patrick Vollrath

"Shok," Jamie Donoughue

"Stutterer," Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage (WINNER)

Best foreign-language film

"Embrace of the Serpent," Colombia

"Mustang," France

"Son of Saul," Hungary (WINNER)

"Theeb," Jordan

"A War," Denmark

Best original song
"Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Music and lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

"Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction"

Music by J. Ralph and lyric by Antony Hegarty

"Simple Song #3" from "Youth"

Music and lyric by David Lang

"Til It Happens To You" from "The Hunting Ground"

Music and lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

"Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre" WINNER

Music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best original score
"Bridge of Spies," Thomas Newman

"Carol," Carter Burwell

"The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone WINNER

"Sicario," Jóhann Jóhannsson

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Williams

Congrats to All!

#BLACKSTARPOWER! Idris Elba & ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Co-Star Abraham Attah are BIG WINNERS at The 2016 Spirit Awards
While the Oscars decided to turn a blind eye, Idris Elba is still racking up awards for his role in the hit Netflix film Beasts Of No Nation.
Major congrats are in order after the 43-year-old actor won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel. He brought his Beasts co-star Abraham Attah on stage with him to accept the award, presented by actress Patricia Arquette.
And by the way Idris wasn't the only Beasts Of No Nation actor to win an award....
15-year-old Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah nabbed his own award! He won the Best Actor Award for his role in Beasts Of No Nation. And get this, this was his very first movie.

Congrats to both of them!

Beyoncé Goes Natural & Colorful For ‘Garage Magazine’
Clean and simple, Beyoncé is here with her first magazine feature of the year, in the new issue of Garage Magazine.
Showcasing her natural skin, sans make-up, Bey rocks tight blonde cornrows, like in the video for “Formation,” with just small hoop earrings in the first look shot from the magazine spread.
Her face is surrounded by red, orange and yellow brushstrokes, painted by renowned artist Urs Fischer, who according to the mag, delivered a sharp collection of portraits with the global superstar. The feature story also includes some exclusive words from Bey, who has refrained from doing interviews recently.

Check out two more preview shots below.

Have they come to the END OF THE ROAD? Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill Are Reportedly in Couples Trouble!
Uh Oh? There are reports that Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are at each other’s throats and fighting non-stop. Is this the beginning of the end? Find out inside….

Looks like there is trouble in paradise for Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill. TMZ reports the twosome has been fighting non-stop, but their latest argument took things to a whole new level.
Since Meek is stuck in Philly on house arrest (for a minimum of 90 days), the MMG rapper asked the Young Money raptress to move in with him while he serves his time. But, Nicki wasn’t keen on the idea.
The “Anaconda” raptress allegedly said she’s not putting her life on hold due to his legal woes and is reportedly in L.A. In fact, she has been in L.A. for the last week and it’s unclear when (or if) she’s going to return to Philly. Welp.

The last time we saw Nicki and Meek out in public together was last month at a Sixers game in Philly. We’ve noticed both of them have seemingly slowed down posting up coupledom shots on their social media accounts. Hmph.


Oh? Oprah Blamed For Weight Watchers Stock Crash?
Is Oprah Winfrey to blame for Weight Watchers recent stock results?
According to multiple reports, the brand was expecting impressive results after she endorsed the popular weight loss program.

Last year, Winfrey and Weight Watchers partnered selling the former daytime talk show queen with a 10% stake for $43.2 million. She also joined the company’s board of directors, became a spokesmodel for the brand, and went on its diet.
Winfrey enlisted her BFF CBS morning anchor Gayle King on the diet.
Initially, the strategy worked, with the company’s stock soaring from $6.79 per share in October to $26.61 a month later.
Reportedly, on Thursday, the company reported a suprise 21% drop in fourth-quarter revenue, which sent its shares tumbling more than 28%, down to $11.25 a share.
That cost Winfrey $27 million on paper, though the share price is still above what she bought them for originally.

Some argue that if Winfrey still had her talk show, which ended it’s run in 2011, her stamp on Weight Watchers may be much different.

Meryl Streep defends ‘we’re all African’ comments: Inclusion ‘is important to me’
Wait for it! As we all know by now, Meryl Streep, African, declared her allegiance to the mother continent in Berlin. Meryl was appointed as president of this year’s Berlinale jury, and during the press conference for the jury, Meryl was asked some questions about the all-white jury and whether she, personally, would understand the viewpoints of artists and directors from Africa and the Middle East. At first, Meryl’s answers to those questions came off as offensively dismissive, as we thought she just huffed, “We’re all Africans, really.” The AP issued a correction/clarification a week later – go here to read. There was some added context in Meryl’s answer, and while I still think she could have come up with a better answer, with the clarification Meryl did not sound AS bad and dismissive.

So, instead of dealing with this controversy in real time during the Berlinale, Meryl waited until the festival was over to write an essay about how she’s totally not a blithe, oblivious African woman dismissive of calls for increased diversity. And she’s totally not racist because she gave an award to a Tunisian!!! Here’s African Meryl Streep’s HuffPo essay:

Something wonderful happened at the Berlin Film Festival this past weekend, something about which American audiences may be unaware or indifferent. In Fire At Sea, which won the top prize, Gianfranco Rosi takes a hard look at the overloaded boats filled with despairing, half-dead immigrants from Africa who land on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa en route to Europe. Those who are not drowned at sea encounter the overwhelmed and dedicated people of the island, whose simple actions are evidence of the best in human nature, where one part of the human family helps another.

The Silver Bear for Best First Film went to a Tunisian, Mohamed Ben Attia, whose film Heditells the story of a diffident but dutiful second son, who runs away from a proscribed future into the complicated present. Set in this Islamic North African nation so recently tested by bombings of its museum and tourist sites, it brings the big issues of irreconcilable differences tenderly down to a human level. Another Silver Bear went to the 8.5 hour A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, Lav Diaz’s saga of the Philippine people’s journey to independence from their colonial past, and the Cinematography Award went to Crosscurrent, a brilliant, elegiac film from China, directed by Yang Chao.

The lede was buried in the story of the Berlin festival, the largest in the world. These stories of people from China, Somalia, Mali, Sudan, and Tunisia — testaments to the impact, importance and diversity of global cinema — have been smothered in the U.S. by the volume of attention given to five words of mine at an opening press conference, which is too bad.

The German director of the Berlin festival convened his jury, of which I was president, and this one consisted of Polish, Italian, French, British, German and American people. As with any artistic jury, even as president, I had no input into who would serve with me.

Contrary to distorted reporting, no one at that press conference addressed a question to me about the racial makeup of the jury. I did not “defend” the “all-white jury,” nor would I, if I had been asked to do so. Inclusion — of races, genders, ethnicities and religions — is important to me, as I stated at the outset of the press conference.

In a longwinded answer to a different question asked of me by an Egyptian reporter concerning the film from Tunisia, Arab/African culture, and my familiarity with Arab films specifically, I said I had seen and loved Theeb, and Timbuktu, but admitted, “I don’t know very much about, honestly, the Middle East, …and yet I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. And the thing I notice is that we’re all — I mean there is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we’re all from Africa originally, you know? We’re all Berliners, we’re all Africans, really.”

I was not minimizing difference, but emphasizing the invisible connection empathy enables, a thing so central to the fact of being human, and what art can do: convey another person’s experience. To be in Berlin is to see proof that walls don’t work.

I do defend all the choices the jury made. This is work we took very seriously. I hope the press will shower Yang Chao, Lav Diaz, Mohamed Ben Attia, Gianfranco Rosi and the other artists we honored with as much energetic attention as that directed at my misconstrued remarks. Their work is newsworthy, and deserves celebration. It reflects a diversity of place, race, viewpoint and humanity that should not be invisible in America.

[From HuffPo]

It sounds like the awards were given to racially, ethnically and religiously diverse filmmakers, so good for the (all-white) jury. But even with Meryl restating her original comment, there’s still something sticking in my craw. Like, I get that Meryl wasn’t asked specifically about the all-white jury – something she genuinely did not choose – but there was an implicit racial aspect in the journalist’s question, about whether a white American woman would be able to empathize with the stories being told in Arab and African films. And of course there was a simple answer: of course Meryl would be able to empathize and understand, because the human experience is universal. But Meryl heard the racial implication in the question, which is why she went to “we’re all Africans, really,” which will always be a boneheaded deflection away from a legitimate conversation about diversity. Which is why she’s still Meryl Streep, African.

ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood 2016 Photos: Oprah, Kelly Rowland, Tina Lawson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zendaya & More
ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Hollywood event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Thursday evening.
The star-studded event brought out some of the hottest celebs to celebrate, as the evening’s host, Oprah, says “the magic of our sisterhood.”
Guests in attendance included Kelly Rowland, Tina Lawson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zendaya, Tika Sumpter, La La Anthony, Chris Rock, Keke Palmer, Evelyn Lozada, and many more.

The show aired on OWN, on Saturday.
ESSENCE has host of photos, clips and moments from the event. Catch a few candids from the evening here, and head over to the Essence.com, for more. 
My Black is always BEAUTIFUL!

IN THE POLITICS FIX! Hillary Clinton wins South Carolina primary!
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came another step closer on Saturday to securing the Democratic nomination to run for the White House by winning the South Carolina Democratic primary.
Major media outlets declared Clinton the winner in the State over her rival Bernard Sanders apparently based on exit polling results shortly after polls closed in the state at 7 pm.
Clinton’s win in the state was expected. For weeks, Clinton enjoyed a significant lead in polls among Democrats in the state. According to Real Clear Politics, the average lead for Clinton over Sanders in South Carolina was greater than 28 points.
But the actual win was even bigger. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton won 73.5 percent of the vote in the South Carolina primary, followed by Sanders with 26 percent, making for a whopping 47.5 percent margin of victory.

In her victory speech in Columbia, S.C., Clinton said South Carolina voters sent a message that “in America when we stand together there is no barrier too big to break” and made an allusion to the upcoming contests in 12 states on Super Tuesday.
“I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for president these days and at this time to say we need more love and kindness in America,” Clinton said. “But I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, we do, we do. We have so much to look forward to. There’s no doubt in my mind that America’s best years can be ahead of us. We have got to believe that, we’ve got to work for that, we have to stand with each other, we have to hold each other up, lift each other up, move together into the future that we will make.”

According to exit polls, Clinton owes her victory in South Carolina to the support she enjoys in the black community. NBC News reported exit polls show Clinton lost among white voters, 42-58, but won among black voters by a tremendous, 84-16 margin.
Early exit polls, according to NBC, revealed about 61 percent of voters in the South Carolina primary identified as black, but only about 35 percent said they were white. That percentage of black voters is greater than it was in the South Carolina primary in 2008, when 55 percent of the voters were black and 43 percent were white.

Fifty-three delegates were up for grabs as a result of the South Carolina Democratic primary, which awards delegates in a combination winner-take-all and proportionate basis. The winner of the primary obtains 18 delegates; the remaining 35 are awarded proportionally based on voting in the state’s seven congressional districts.
South Carolina has additional six superdelegates for a total of 59 delegate. Of the six superdelegates, four are committed to Clinton and two are undecided.
The Republicans had their primary in South Carolina last week. Donald Trump had a strong finish, taking a plurality of 32.5 percent of the vote, the entire 50 delegates in the state and booting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from the Republican primary.
The next contest in the presidential primary for both Democrats and Republicans is Super Tuesday, when voters in 12 states will either caucus or go to the polls. The results of Super Tuesday should provide clarity on who’ll receive the nomination of the major political parties in a tumultuous race.

RACIAL ANIMUS! 3 People Stabbed After KKK Rally in Anaheim Turns Violent
Police said three people were stabbed, and 12 were arrested, in separate incidents at a Ku Klux Klan gathering that turned violent in Anaheim on Saturday.
Police were still searching for one man believed to be involved in the melee late Saturday.
The stabbings broke out about 11 a.m. near the site of an planned afternoon rally at Pearson Park located in the 400 block of North Harbor Boulevard, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt with the Anaheim Police Department.
Police had said Friday that the department was aware of a KKK "walking protest" planned at the park for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and that the group had held similar rallies before in Orange County. "APD will be monitoring the situation for any violations of law," the department said on its Facebook page.
The attacks began when a group of Klansman pulled up in a vehicle near the corner of Cypress Street and Harbor Boulevard where a group of counter protesters had gathered, Wyatt said.
A Klansman stabbed a counter-protester in the chest with an eagle figure at the end of the flag, according to Wyatt. The protester was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Counter-protesters stomped on Klan members, injuring them, Wyatt said.
Police said six Klan members and seven counter protesters were arrested following the brawl.
Ultimately, seven were booked, four were released and one detained was a juvenile.
Firefighters also treated another protester who suffered a minor stab wound.
Tyler Matias-Lopez, 16, was in the park with his family watching as the violence ensued.
"There was one guy that got kicked in the face. But there was around 10 people that just started hitting the guy," Matias-Lopez said.
According to the Anaheim police Facebook post, the KKK rallies typicaly involve literature being passed out – a process that is protected under the First Amendment.
"It is not uncommon for these groups to place their literature in yards and driveways in the surrounding area prior to or immediately following their gathering. This dissemination of literature is not illegal," the post says


You look like a rodeo calf tied up too tight. Just kinda there, all confused, fat popping out the sides. Not good.