Chance The Rapper Covers BILLBOARD
Indie artist Chance the Rapper is starting to pick up mainstream success despite not being signed to a major label. Don’t get it twisted, there are several labels that want to sign him, but, for now, he’s staying independent.
The 23-year-old rapper, who we could probably call a singer as well, covers Billboard’s “2017 Grammys Preview” issue alongside fellow buzzworthy singers Alessia Cara and Maren Morris where they talked about a range of topics, including politics and racism.
As far as politics goes, Chance has already made up his mind who he’ll be punching the ballot for come November.
"Hillary Clinton, by far... I can’t really speak on her policies but I feel a certain connection to Hillary Clinton that’s just not there with Donald Trump,” he said.
It seems many are picking the lesser of two evils. But let's be clear, Hillary's imperfections are definitely not on the same low level as Donald's.
The Chi-town rapper then talked about how racism and colorism is still prevalent when it comes to winning a GRAMMY award and the music industry in general.
"Pretty much the same challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, underappreciated and held back from a lot of stuff." He continued, "Colorism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position."
Chance is currently touring the nation on his Magnificent Coloring World Tour and he explains the inspiration behind it. He said,
"My new tour is based off a few of my favorite Broadway productions: Hamilton, The Wiz, The Sound of Music and, more than anything, The Lion King."
You can read Chance’s full interview here
#RHoA: NeNe Leakes’ New Atlanta Home May Have Two Kitchens, but She Still Eats in Her Bedroom!
NeNe Leakes’ Atlanta home has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms and two kitchens — but she rarely leaves her master bedroom.
“I walk right in and walk straight into the bedroom,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 49, tells PEOPLE. “I am a bedroom girl. I lay on the bed and talk on the phone, I eat in my bedroom. I do everything in my bedroom.”
Leakes’ multi-functional bedroom features an oversized Marge Carson bed — “It was one of those things that you walk in and you just love. I had to have it!” — plush pillows and silver wallpaper.
“I am obsessed with wallpapers,” says the Fashion Police co-host.
Leakes — who moved into her Mediterranean-style house a year ago along with her husband Gregg, 62, and sons Bryson, 26, and Brent, 17 — did all of the decorating in her home herself.
“I do piece by piece,” she says. “It’s work to find the piece that you like. The table will sit empty until I find the right lamp. I would rather it sit empty than buy something that I don’t love. I am still looking for a few pieces for my master.”
#EMPIRE: Empire’s Bre-Z: Freda Doesn't Yet Understand Shooting's 'Detrimental' Impact on Jamal
She’s back. Empire viewers saw the return of Freda Gatz, played by Bre-Z, on the Fox drama's Wednesday, October 5, episode. The rapper had last appeared on the penultimate episode in season 2, where she accidentally shot Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) after he jumped in front of a bullet meant for his father, Lucious (Terrence Howard).
Freda returned to the show this week in cuffs and an orange jumpsuit while meeting up in the visiting room of a prison with her former friend Jamal.
“It was highly anticipated. People want to know what’s going on between Freda and Jamal,” Bre-Z exclusively tells Us Weekly of her return. “It was very emotional, it was very serious, it was very real.”
During the reunion, Jamal continued experiencing flashbacks to the shooting that occurred at the ASA Awards. “I don’t think she really has a clue about the pain he’s in. She can obviously understand that someone gets shot, and it hurts, but I don’t think she understands how detrimental that was to him as a human being, period,” Bre-Z says. “I think she’s looking at it just like, ‘I didn’t mean to do it.’”
“She wants to be able to say sorry and hopefully things will be OK, but she’s got a little bit of growing up to do before she can acknowledge certain things,” Bre-Z explains. “That’s that level of maturity. When people suffer from traumatic experiences like that, there’s a healing process. It takes time, but she doesn’t really understand that yet.”
While Bre-Z stayed mum on when she will be returning to the show, she did hint that we may hear some new music from the talented rapper.
“I think we will, because she’s got to give her side of things, she’s got to say something, and I think when she’s going through things we all know that she portrays it best through her music, so I think we should in the near future,” she says.
As for recording with Lucious, Bre-Z doesn’t think it'll happen anytime soon.
“I’m not going to go as far as the music just yet, but I do believe that they will speak,” she says. “Freda is angry, but life has to keep going.”
Empire airs on Fox Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
Listen: John Legend Releases New Single “Love Me Now”
As promised, John Legend returns with the brand new single “Love Me Now.”
After teasing fans for a few days, the R&B crooner officially debuted the song via a Facebook Live Q&A on Thursday evening, before officially dropping it on streaming services worldwide, as well as a heartfelt, family-driven lyric video.
“It’s all about lovin’ and livin’ to the fullest, don’t wait till tomorrow,” explained Legend on Facebook. “Hold the people you love close to you right now.”
Over the marching production, JL sings about the importance and power of love. “I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone / So I’m gonna love you now like it’s all I have / I know it’ll kill me when it’s over / I don’t want to think about it / I want you to love me now,” he sings.
“Love Me Now” is the first single off John’s upcoming fifth studio album Darkness and Light, which is due out before the end of the year. He also revealed the follow-up to 2013’s Love in the Future features Chance the Rapper, Miguel, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, and also includes a dedication to his new daughter Luna called “Right by You.”
“It’s my best work yet,” he promised.
Check out the “Love Me Now” lyric video HERE
Video: Jeezy feat. Bankroll Fresh – ‘All There’
Bankroll Fresh lives on through “All There,” his new collaboration with Jeezy.
The Georgia connection is strong over a thumping D. Rich beat and the visual is a celebration of life with children dancing in the rain with Hot Cheetos in their hands.
Bankroll’s memory is alive throughout the visual. At the end, the camera focuses on a rest in peace memorial dedicated to the slain rapper.
In March, Fresh was shot and killed in Atlanta. He was mourned by his peers including Future, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, and Fabolous.
“He was an authentic trap rapper from Atlanta, who touched many lives and lit up every room he went to,” said 2 Chainz. “It was super unfortunate, super unnecessary, super senseless. And it just made me want to step up and use my platform for more positivity.”
“All There” is a single off Jeezy’s forthcoming album, Trap or Die 3, due Oct. 28.
Box Office News: Birth of a Nation comes in a miserable 6th Place!
The Birth of a Nation, which brought in an estimated $7.1 million from 2,105 theaters. As discussed in our weekend preview, the Sundance darling and Oscar hopeful was mired with controversy heading into its opening weekend, and while we can't be entirely certain what kind of effect the headlines had on the film, it ultimately opened at the lower end of expectations.
Beyond headlines, however, the film was a hit with critics (79% on RottenTomatoes) and opening day audiences gave it an "A" CinemaScore. Searchlight picked the film up for a Sundance-record $17.5 million.
Oh? Is Mariah Carey's Kids Torpedoing her Marriage Plans?
Insiders are claiming Mariah Carey's romance with billionaire businessman James Packer is on the rocks because her kids can't stand him...
Sources tell Star that the relationship is in jeopardy because the singer’s twins with Nick Cannon, Moroccan and Monroe, have yet to bond with their future stepfather, 49. “Roe, in particular, is having a hard time because she’s a daddy’s girl. She throws temper tantrums and screams for her real father,” reveals an insider, who attributes the hostility to the different parenting styles of Mariah, 46, and James. “Roc is a feisty little guy, and he refuses to follow James’ rules.” “Mariah is worried the kids aren’t ready,” says the source, “and just wants to give them some more time.” [October 10th Print Edition.
Vivica A. Fox To Play First Black Female POTUS
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vivica A. Fox will play the first black female president on the silver screen in the sci-fi thriller “Crossbreed.” The film follows a group of retired military war heroes who are sent to retrieve an extraterrestrial being.
“When my producers brought up the idea of Vivica in the role, it was a lightning bolt,” the film’s director, Brandon Slagle told the Hollywood Reporter. “It was a fantastic idea. Someone who could light up a room but also has a commanding presence. Our president is positive and proactive, not the grim figure as is usually portrayed in these types of movies.”
Fox also shared her excitement for the historic role on Instagram, writing:
“WOWZERS! I’m so excited n HONORED to share with you all the news that I will be playing THE President Of The United States in the upcoming film #CrossBreed It’s the first time in a FILM an African American female has been selected to play POTUS! Thanks @Gaudyglitch n #Fox11LA 4 surprising me with this 2day! #LifeIsGood #GodisGood #Blessed #Respect #GurlPower #KeepItFoxy #TeamVivica #TeamFox #MyGrindDontStop #LegitimateCareer #LoveWins”
Halle Berry Gets Bold With Fan Questioning Why She Doesn’t Post Images Of Her “Gorgeous” Children
Halle Berry is not one to play with — especially when it comes to her children.
It’s no secret that the star is overly protective of her bundles of joy. We’ve seen the Academy Award-winner lash out at paparazzi for taking photos of her 8-year-old daughter, Nahla, and 3-year-old son, Maceo, and when it comes to social media, the beauty reveals cryptic images every blue moon.
Berry, however, is now giving fans a deeper understanding as to why she prefers to keep her children shielded from the world. When one social media user asked, “What’s up with the hiding of the face? They’re beautiful, why not show them off?” Berry gave a very candid answer.
“I’m not at all ashamed of children. I try to find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard token their identities as private as I can considering they are only children,” she wrote.
Berry added, “When they grow and they’re of age and they want to share their images on the Internet, that will be for them to decide, not me, Feel me? Have a beautiful day.”
Do you agree with Halle? Should more celebrity parents take this approach?
Wiz Khalifa Announces New Clothing Line Inspired By Son Sebastian
Wiz Khalifa is partnering with L.A.-based fashion retailer Junk Food Clothing on a father-son line inspired by his 3-year-old Sebastian, called BASH By Junk Food.
“All the designs are based around Sebastian — all of his hobbies and the things that he’s into. I just really wanted it to feel personal to him, so when he sees it, he gets excited,” Wiz tells PEOPLE. “He’s 3 years old, so he might not understand the concept of having his own clothing line. But the fact that all of his favorite things are all over his clothes, it makes him feel special; it makes him entertained by what he’s wearing.”
The duo is seen in pieces from the line, in cute photos shared by the publication, and Wiz also reveals that his favorite item from the collection is influenced by Sebastian.
“My favorite piece was probably the pumpkin sock because he loves pumpkins so much,” the rapper says. “He’s really into Halloween and spooky things, and the fact that we were able to pull off a pumpkin design was really cool.”
Wiz says that the clothing line came natural for him and Sebastian – whom he welcomed in 2013 with his ex, Amber Rose.
“I shop with him a lot, and we match often,” he shares. “He’s definitely got my sense of style. Everybody tells me how fresh he usually looks, from store-bought stuff, so we’re making his own stuff now.”
The BASH by Junk Food capsule collection – which includes shirts, sweatshirts, accessories and a bomber jacket – will launch October 15. Prices range from $35 to $50 for kids and $45 to $80 for men’s (aside from the bomber jackets, which will be available for $150 and $250, respectively). It will be available for purchase in the store’s Venice, California, flagship and online at JunkFoodClothing.com.
Your First Look: Natalie Portman Stuns In First ‘Jackie’ Teaser Trailer
Less than a month after Fox Searchlight secured domestic distribution rights following the movie’s Toronto Film Festival debut, the studio releases the first teaser. Based on the footage, the 35-year-old Black Swan actress absolutely mesmerizes as former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. Is Portman’s second Oscar statue in her near future? She’s definitely courting Oscar glory with this meaty role.
Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
The film also stars Greta Gerwig as Nancy Tuckerman, Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy, Max Casella as Jack Valenti, John Carroll Lynch as Lyndon B. Johnson, Billy Crudup as a journalist, and John Hurt as a priest. Jackie hits theaters on December 2. Check out the teaser trailer below.
Kim Kardashian submitted insurance claim for $5.6 million in stolen jewels
This is the first time Kim has been photographed in days. The paparazzi were waiting for her outside of her NYC apartment, and they only got the family walking out of the building and into the SUVs, where Kim and the kids traveled to the airport and took a private plane back to LA. They arrived back in LA last night. Yesterday’s travel agenda also highlighted the fact that Kim and Kanye have added much more security personnel to their details – Kim’s longtime guard Pascal Duvier was there, as were some new guards. Apparently, Kanye stayed behind in New York because he’s resuming his Pablo tour tonight.
Let’s see, what else? According to TMZ, Kim has already filed the insurance claims on her stolen jewelry. I imagine there will be some criticism of Kim for filing insurance claims – because she’s criticized for everything – but I also suspect that the insurance company was notified in the hours after the robbery, don’t you? It would have to be part of the police report, and the police would need to know which pieces were stolen and how much they were worth.
Kim Kardashian is no faker … we found out the stolen ring at the center of the Paris robbery really was as advertised … insanely expensive. Kim showed the ring off frequently, and seemed happy that media outlets were setting the value in the millions. After it was stolen, Paris authorities said it was worth $4.5 million. Sources familiar with the case tell us … Kim has already submitted an insurance claim, setting the value of the ring at an even $4 million.
The insurance docs describe the ring in detail … a 20 carat emerald cut stone. According to the docs, 13 items were taken, with a total value of $5.6 million … significantly less than the reported $10 million or $11 million.
So 13 items TOTAL were taken and the value was $5.6 million, including the $4 million diamond ring? That makes sense to me… in the fashion shows she attended before the assault and robbery, she was wearing simple yellow-gold jewelry without a lot of big jewels. The biggest piece she likely brought to Paris was absolutely the 20-carat ring. She may have even borrowed some pieces from Paris jewelers too. As for the ring, an interview Kim did with Andy Cohen pre-robbery was just made public, and she talked a lot about how much she loved her new ring and how Kanye had surprised her with it after his lucrative Adidas deal went through. Kanye even had “Adidas” inscribed on the ring. Reportedly, Kanye wants to replace the ring but Kim doesn’t want him to.
Anton Yelchin’s Car Dealership Is Blaming Him for His Own Death
Is Anton Yelchin responsible for his own death? According to the dealership that sold the late actor the faulty car that killed him: Yes.
In legal papers filed by Valencia CJD, a car dealership located in Valencia, Calif., they deny all liability in the Star Trek star’s accident in June, where Yelchin was killed after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled back and crushed him. The dealership places the blame solely on Yelchin for allegedly misusing the vehicle.
“Defendant alleges the injuries and damages, if any, or which the plaintiffs complain were caused and/or contributed to by the negligence of plaintiffs’ decedent which bars any recovery herein or the alleged damages of plaintiffs, in any, are reduced according to law,” the filing, obtained by The Wrap, reads.
The documents, which were filed with Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (Oct. 3, 2016), also respond to the wrongful death lawsuit launched by Yelchin’s parents this summer that held Valencia CJD, Fiat Chrysler and ZF North America responsible for the fatal incident.
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AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
Where are you going lady? Because I’ll follow you anywhere. Mainly because I know it’s gonna be an off the hook party wherever you show up with those heels and fanny pack.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AHEAD ALL!