Lupita Nyong’o Featured On ELLE’s 2016 Women In Hollywood Covers
In ELLE’s 23rd annual celebration of women who light up the screen, Lupita Nyong’o are among the eight supertalents that grace their own covers.
Lupita dazzles in a black, jeweled jumpsuit by Dolce & Gabbana and opens up about her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television” – while Naomi glows in a silver and white polka dot Calvin Klein dress as she talks looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist.
Get a closer look at her stunning cover below, along with an excerpt from the interview.
On her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television”:
I grew up with a very limited mirror of myself. I watched a lot of TV, but the people on it were always light skinned. And now I have a platform that takes me into people’s houses and onto the pages of their magazines.
On looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist:
I want to write, I want to direct, I want to produce—I want to inhabit what I think it means to fully be an artist. I always wanted to do that, but I didn’t think I had the tools. Now I look at Viola [Davis] and I look at Nate [Parker] and I look at Shonda [Rhimes] and it’s like, You just do it. You just begin, you know?
Head to ELLE for the full list, which also includes Kristen Stewart, Helen Mirren and more
#RhoA: Season 9 Update: Sheree Whitfield Sends Her Love To Don’t Be Tardy Star
Sheree Whitfield of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 recently had a sweet exchange with the daughter of Don’t Be Tardy star Kim Zolciak. Find out what they were talking about!
The feels started when Brielle Biermann wrote a tweet about listening to The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 star’s song, The Daily Dish reported. The single entitled Who Gon’ Check Me Boo was obviously Biermann’s jam or in her own words, “mood.”
Then, Whitfield’s adorable acknowledgment of Biermann’s tweet appeared.
Whitfield’s lovable shout out to Biermann came at the right timing. Biermann recently had a bad week because of Instagram trolls. Her mother Zolciak managed to defend her on Snapchat.
It was a special moment between The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 star and her former rival’s daughter. Whitfield and Zolciak were known to have feuds in the show when the latter was still in the cast.
Nowadays, there is nothing but positive vibes between Whitfield and Zolciak. Whitfield even supported Zolciak during the Don’t Be Tardy star’s skincare product launch and birthday party. Recently on Watch What Happens Live, the two clearly had a good time with each other.
Just recently, Zolciak addressed comments about her daughter being compared to Kylie Jenner because of surgically-enhanced lips. She made it clear that Jenner was just Biermann’s inspiration, not a person to imitate.
Zolciak even praised Jenner for being hardworking. She believed that Jenner independently worked hard for her career.
'Empire' season 3 spoilers: Lucious gets in the way of Cookie and Angelo's blossoming relationship
As things heat up between Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and new love interest Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs), Lucious (Terrence Howard) will see the potential threat the latter brings in the upcoming, brand-new installment of FOX's hip-hop drama "Empire" season 3.
Titled "Cupid Kills," episode 4 will see many relationships blossoming with Cookie and Angelo as the focus. The synopsis reveals that Lucious finally recognizes that Angelo is a formidable rival and prepares to take him on.
In the promotional video, Angelo says, "I truly believe and commit to this work," to which Cookie quips, "You're in my world now so sit back and enjoy the ride," as they enjoy their time during a fancy event. However, Lucious can be heard warning Angelo that Cookie always comes back to him afterwards but the former seems confident about their new connection as he replies, "We'll see about that."
In an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Sanaa Hamri confirmed that Angelo is really one of the good guys in the current run, "He's going to be mayor of New York. He's a good guy. We do have characters that are who they are. He just wants to do good. He's our Obama."
Moreover, Hakeem (Bryshere "Yazz" Gray) starts falling for Nessa (Sierra A. McClain) even though she might be into a different Lyon sibling, predicted to be Andre (Trai Byers). In the clip, the two are talking as they ask each other if they are willing to take what is theirs.
Meanwhile, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is finally able to face Freda Gatz (Bre-Z) as he tries to recover from having post-traumatic stress disorder. It can be recalled that she was the one who accidentally shot him when she attempted to kill Lucious. Also, Anika (Grace Gealey) goes back to work at Empire but she instantly causes turmoil.
Season 3 episode 4 of "Empire" is slated to air on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
Music News: Solange Take a Seat at The TOP!
"A Seat at the Table," in which Solange examines both the role of African American women and her own despair, debuted at number one on the US Billboard album chart for the week through Thursday, tracking service Nielsen Music said.
"A Seat at the Table" is Solange's first full-length album since 2008, and she said she spent years working on it, starting with extended sessions in which she would experiment to bases of sound effects.
The 30-year-old singer is believed to have a warm relationship with her older sister but has resented the constant comparisons, saying she is pursuing her own path.
Solange has infused her music with electronica, psychedelica and dark New Wave and has been a frequent performer at alternative rock-dominated festivals.
"A Seat at the Table" is interspersed with spoken word, including a snippet in which her father Matthew Knowles recalls his anger at being roughed up by police and the Ku Klux Klan as a child.
Solange segues into "Mad," a track featuring rapper Lil Wayne that reflects on African Americans' struggles when faced with accusations that they are too angry.
Solange explores her self-doubts on "Cranes in the Sky," in which she explains how she turned to drinking, shopping and other vices in her quest to heal inner wounds.
The singer found a unique way to announce "A Seat at the Table" -- she mailed a hardcover book with the lyrics to 86 fans picked off her website, releasing the album four days later on September 30.
Beyonce is also a master of surprise releases, with her latest blockbuster album "Lemonade" paired with a made-for-television movie.
"A Seat at the Table" sold 72,000 copies or the equivalent in downloads and streaming during the week, Nielsen Music said.
It edged out by just 1,000 copies a more anticipated release -- Bon Iver's "22, A Million."
New Hip Hop Video: Rick Ross – ‘No U-Turns’
Rick Ross turns into Renzel Washington as the star of his cinematic new visual for “No U-Turns.”
Donning a giant gold medallion around his neck, Rozay explains the importance of loyalty on “No U-Turns” and the Ryan Snider-directed clip brings his words to life.
While Ross gets followed around the city in a classic Cadillac convertible, it seems he’s under attack. By the end of the video, however, after guns are drawn, it’s clear that the MMG boss was never in any trouble.
The street-themed video for “No U-Turns” follows the pool party vibes of “Same Hoes.” Both new clips are a sign of Rozay’s busy year.
MMG is currently working on its Self Made 4 compilation and Renzel is also prepping his forthcoming solo effort on Epic Records.
Uh Oh? Dr. Dre Warns Sony NOT To Air Michel’le's Biopic…OR ELSE!
With less than five days before the premiere of Michel’le’s LIFETIME biopic, her ex Dr. Dre is issuing threats to keep the movie from seeing the light of day.
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is the TV film that will take viewers inside the life of R&B singer/former reality star Michel’le. She has always been vocal about her ex/son’s father Dr. Dre being abusive towards her in the past. And the movie will share all the grimy details. In the movie, Dre is a monster, punching Michel’le in the face and even pulling a gun out on her.
But, Dre isn’t having it. Dre’s legal team fired off a cease and desist letter to Sony demanding they pull the film. And if they decide to show it anyway, Dre is taking them to court. And we all know he will follow through on that ish.
In the letter, Dre reportedly DENIES ever abusing Michel’le when they dated 30 years ago. He said she never hinted at abuse or violent behavior from him, she never sought medical attention from the abuse and she never filed a police report. So basically, he’s saying it her word against his.
Last year, after much backlash for how Straight Outta Compton left out Dre's reported abusive behavior, he issued an apology to "all the women he hurt."
Dre’s legal team also issued a warning to Michel’le as well. But we doubt the singer is scared. She did an interview on "Wendy Williams" not too long ago and she said if Dre were to try to sue her, she would welcome it. She said depositions would have to be made (by her, him and friends) and that’s when the truth would come out.
This could get ugly. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le will premiere Saturday, October 15th at 8pm EST on LIFETIME.
Billy Bush has been suspended from ‘Today’ following vile Trump Tape scandal
If you listen to the full Access Hollywood tape, you come away with the fact that Billy Bush is pretty disgusting. Donald Trump’s comments on the tape rightly got the most attention, but after repeated viewings of that deplorable tape, it’s completely clear that Billy Bush is just as much a part of the vile conversation as Trump. This is rape culture in a nutshell: Billy Bush laughing as Donald Trump details the way he sexually assaults women by “grabbing them by the p-ssy.” In the immediate wake of the tape’s release, Billy Bush issued an apology:
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
Bush was 33 years old at the time of the tape. Trump was 59 years old. So youthful. Boys will be boys, right? Initially, the story was that Billy would likely keep his job with NBC and the Today Show, and that he would make an appearance on today’s show to apologize to camera. That’s not going to happen now. Bush hasn’t been fired – he’s been suspended.
Billy Bush has been suspended from Today, PEOPLE has learned. In an email to the Today show staff, show executive Noah Oppenheim confirmed that the co-anchor had been suspended from the show pending a review into lewd comments he made about women while taping a segment with Donald Trump for Access Hollywood in 2005.
“Let me be clear — there is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” Oppenheim said in an email to Today staff that was obtained by PEOPLE. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.”
A show source previously told PEOPLE that the morning show could have a “mutiny” on its hands from its female staffers if Bush wasn’t disciplined in some way.
“I don’t want to see him again,” the source said. “And I think there are a lot of women who feel the same way … I know this will have to be addressed by the producers and NBC. It has to be, or else they’ll have a mutiny on their hands.”
Deadline reports that Matt Lauer also wanted Bush to be suspended or outright fired. Of course, NBC doesn’t really have clean hands here: NBC and Access Hollywood uncovered this tape in their archives one week ago, and they were sitting on it because – they claim – they wanted lawyers to review it. Deadline is basically calling bulls—t on all of NBC now, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if NBC had to do yet another internal investigation about how they conducted themselves.
Meanwhile, The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett has apparently been warning staffers about leaking any information about Trump. Burnett is a Trump supporter, and there’s a lot of reporting around Trump’s still-alleged behavior while on-camera for The Apprentice. Like, he sexually harassed contestants for years on-camera. Rachel Maddow has been floating the idea that there’s some kind of supercut of Trump harassing contestants, and Burnett must be worried that one of the staffers will leak something.
Adrienne Bailon & Israel Houghton Host Wedding Shower [Photos]
Over the weekend, Adrienne Bailon and her fiance Israel Houghton celebrated their upcoming nuptials with a wedding shower at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. Adrienne’s The Real co-host, Jeannie Mai, was in attendance, along with her BFF Julissa Bermudez. Check out the pix!
Israel proposed to Adrienne in August, while they were vacationed in Paris. This will be the second marriage to Israel and Adrienne’s first. Congrats to them!
Jennifer Hudson and Nas Cast in New Film
R&B singer Jennifer Hudson and rapper Nas cast a new film called Monster...
According reports Jennifer Hudson, Nas, A$AP Rocky and Jeffery Write star in the new film Monster, about a Harlem honors student and aspiring filmmaker accused of a murder he claims he did not commit.
Denzel Washington's son John David Washington has also been cast.
Nanny Sues Omar Epps and Wife Keisha
Actor Omar Epps and his wife, Keisha from the 90s R&B group Total, are being sued by their nanny...
According to reports Omar Epps and wife Keisha are being sued by their former nanny over unpaid overtime.
Alba Hernandez, who worked as a nanny for 8 years for the Epps claims her 65k-a-year salary did not include overtime, despite her working more than 40 hours a week acting as housekeeper, personal assistant and caring for pets as well as the Epps' two children.
Hernandez is seeking an unspecified amount.
All Def Digital & Fusion Re-Team For Comedy Roasts, Starting With Election Night
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital has pacted with Fusion in a multi-year deal that will see the network become home to ADD’s comedy roast franchise. The first broadcast is set as a roast of America on Election Night, November 8 at 9 PM. Like Comedy Central’s roast franchise, the plan is to assemble guests, commentators and comedians from popular culture, comedy, music, sports and politics.
RelatedRussell Simmons' All Def Digital Raises $10M Series B Financing
The latest tie-up comes after Fusion aired urban- and millennial-centric ADD’s first annual All Def Movie Awards in February which Simmons launched amid the #OscarsSoWhite fallout; the awards show will return this season too as part of a multi-year deal. The companies also partnered on the documentary Prison Kids about the nation’s juvenile justice system.
The All Def Roast series will be produced by ADD head of programming Chris Conti and VP Programming Jeru Tillman.
ADD also has a first-look deal with HBO for TV and this month shot an All Def Comedy special based on ADD’s weekly live comedy event in Hollywood, to air on HBO on November 12. It also recently partnered with NBC’s Seeso to distribute its first digital series, Blackie Sack, along with several standup specials.
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