Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe Slay In ‘Essence’
Werk! In addition, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monàe each have their own covers:
In the issue, the amazing actresses talked about their new film that is centered on the lives of real-life Black women Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson: Three African-American women who worked with NASA and were the brains behind the operation that sent the first astronaut to space, The Grio noted.
Each actress expressed to the magazine how inspirational and strong the women they portrayed were and what an honor it was to be part of this project.
“When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys. I was told that over and over. Like, no one showed me how to fall in love with numbers. If I had a teacher like Mrs. Johnson, who knows, I might be on the moon,” Henson told Essence.
Spencer stressed, “Dorothy Vaughan is the genesis of Black Girls Code,” and Monae said “I think they would not have achieved the level of success that they did had they not had one another.”
Cannot wait to see this film!
RHoA: What’s up with Kim Zolciak Feud With Sheree Whitfield?
What about Kim Zolciak’s feud with RHOA star Sheree Whitfield? Radar Online reports that Zolciak talked about returning during an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. The topic came up when a fan asked Zolciak if a RHOA cameo is in the works.
“I love doing Don’t Be Tardy,” Zolciak said. “I love Sheree, I really like Cynthia. I don’t know.”
Zolciak has a complicated history with Whitfield. Despite an epic fight prior to Zolciak’s exit, Radar Online reports the RHOA alum is confident they can patch things up.
“Sheree’s really awesome,” she shared. “Sheree and I had that one wig pulling situation, but Sheree and I have known each other for 14 years, and she’s a pretty good person. And she introduced me to my husband. So I might go back and get her a man. We’ll see. I’m not opposed to it.”
Zolciak was introduced to her current husband, Kroy Biermann, during a 2010 charity party in Atlanta. Their introduction was featured as part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The couple eventually landed their very own spinoff, though their marriage has undergone a rough patch over the past year.
According to Reality Tea, Zolciak also dished on how she loves to embarrass her kids.
“Every day, I honk my horn at their school,” she admitted. “I’m cranking Adele.”
Zolciak went on to reveal that she fell for her husband after checking out his backside. She also recently binge-watched Married at First Sight and just purchased a new Gucci bag. The answers were part of a rapid-fire question session.
Meanwhile, Kim Zolciak has yet to officially confirm her return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Despite the lack of confirmation, there is some evidence that Zolciak will make a cameo or two this season.
R. Kelly Performs On ‘The Tonight Show’
R. Kelly put fans in the holiday spirit this season with a heartwarming performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Sitting by a fireplace, backed by Christmas lights, the R&B veteran presented a medley of “Step in the Name of Love” and “Home for Christmas.”
With a cigar in his hand, Kellz started things off with his Chocolate Factory classic, perfect for a holiday evening with a loved one.
From there, he transitioned into “Home for Christmas” off his recently-released 12 Nights of Christmas LP, a fitting performance full of Christmas cheer.
Watch Kellz’ Rock HERE:
Hip Hop News: Troy Ave Released From Hospital, Speaks Out About Christmas Shooting
Rapper Troy Ave has been released from the hospital after being shot on Christmas Day. This is the 2nd time the rapper has been shot this year, following a shoot out at a T.I. concert earlier this year.
The shooting occurred in his hoetown of Brooklyn when Troy and his girlfriend pulled up in a red Maserati before dinner with family. According to reports, a man in a hoodie walked up to his vehicle and began shooting in the driver’s side window, shooting Troy in the arm and grazing his head.
Troy was released from the hospital yesterday (December 26th) and he’s speaking out for the first time about the scary situation. Talking to REVOLT, he gave an update on his injuries and thanked God for keeping him here.
"To be honest man I got a bullet still in my head and another one lodged in my back," he said.
"Words can't describe how blessed I feel to be here. To all the fans, just ride with ya boy. Keep me in prayers and play my music loud."
He even plugged his new mixtape saying, "Spread the word bout that #WhiteChristmas4 mixtape cause that's my gift to yall!," he added. "I was given the gift of life. Yours truly Dope Boy Troy."
The NYC rapper (government name Ronald Collins) was out on a $500,00 bond from the shooting earlier this year. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession after he was caught on surveillance video shooting a gun during the T.I. concert at Irving Plaza back in May.
He accidentally shot himself in the leg and his longtime friend Ronald McPhatter was shot in the stomach and pronounced dead at Beth Israel hospital. In August, Troy Ave filed a lawsuit against Live Nation and Irving Plaza for failing to search VIP attendants in the venue.
Carrie Fisher Dead - Legendary 'Star Wars' Actress Passes Away at Age 60
Carrie Fisher, well known for her work as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has passed away at the age of 60.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesperson Simon Halls confirmed. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
On Friday (December 23), it was reported that Carrie had a “massive heart attack” while flying to Los Angeles from London.
Her mother Debbie Reynolds gave an update over the weekend, saying she was in stable condition.
Carrie made her film debut in the classic comedy Shampoo in 1975 before going on to star as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She most recently reprised her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and she completed her work on the upcoming Episode VIII before her death. Some of her other notable roles were in The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, and When Harry Met Sally.
In addition to being an actress, Carrie was a prolific author who wrote semi-autobiographical novels including “Postcards from the Edge” and the autobiographical play Wishful Drinking.
Carrie is survived by her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, and her daughter, actress Billie Lourd. We send our thoughts and condolences to her loved ones during this difficult time.
Awwwww, Vanessa And Kobe Bryant Debut Photo Of Gorgeous Baby Girl,
Hearts around the world instantly melted on Wednesday evening after Kobe and Vanessa Bryant shared the first photo of their newborn baby girl. Bianka Bella Bryant.
Wrapped in a pink, knit blanket and head wrap, baby Bianka can be seen sleeping soundly with the most precious facial expression that even the world’s worst person couldn’t resist.
“@vanessabryant and I are beyond excited to welcome our newest baby girl, Bianka!!” Kobe wrote on Instagram. “#BabyBlessing #SweetBaby #AnotherAngel. Bianka Bella Bryant.”
Bianka was born on December 5, 2016 and weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches.
President Obama Signs ‘Emmett Till Act’ To Reopen Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Cases
With just a few weeks left in office, President Barack Obama has signed the “Emmett Till Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016,” which expands the responsibilities for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to investigate and prosecute civil rights crimes that occurred before 1980 and resulted in death.
Via The Grio: According to a White House summary, the bill calls on the DOJ and FBI to support the “full accounting of all victims whose deaths or disappearances were the result of racially motivated crimes” and “hold accountable under federal and state law individuals who were perpetrators of, or accomplices in, unsolved civil rights murders and disappearances.”
The bill also requires the federal agencies to meet regularly with civil rights organizations, institutions of higher education, and DOJ-designated entities to coordinate information sharing and discuss the status of DOJ’s Emmett Till Act work.
The agencies must also keep families regularly informed about the status of the investigations.
I’m totally here for this. I’m curious to see which, if any, cases will be reopened.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian barely spoke to each other over the holiday
Rumors are surfacing of a Kimye breakup after Kanye West was a no-show at the Kardashians’ 2016 Christmas bash on Saturday night. Photos of the star-studded party show a sultry Kim Kardashian sporting a lip ring — but not a wedding ring. That prompted London’s The Sun to report that she “ordered” Kanye to stay away from the star-studded party, which featured a performance from John Legend.
“She didn’t want Kanye at her mum’s Christmas bash this year, as she felt it was the first time she could really let her hair down,” an insider told The Sun. Kanye defied Kim’s orders and made a late-night appearance at the Christmas party, according to The Sun. But his remains notably absent from photos of the party, according to pics posted on Snapchat and Instagram by Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
On Friday, one night earlier, the celebrity couple was spotted together at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for a showing of the Nutcracker ballet with daughter North West. The rumored breakup comes after the rap mogul allegedly suffered a breakdown, prompting him to cancel his remaining 2016 tour dates and sparking anger from fans.
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As if on cue, People Magazine did a story about exactly what went down. Kim really did go to her mother’s party without Kanye and he turned up hours later, after he got back from the movies. As for Christmas Day….
On Christmas Day, the source confirms the couple celebrated at Kourtney Kardashian‘s house with their two kids, North, 3, and Saint, 1, and the rest of the family before returning to their Bel Air home together later Sunday night. According to the source, the two kept their distance and “barely spoke” during the Saturday bash. Several sources have previously confirmed to PEOPLE in recent weeks that the couple’s marriage has been under strain since West’s health crisis hit — less than two months after his wife’s terrifying robbery at gunpoint in Paris.
“They were focused on making it a fun Christmas for the kids,” says the source. “They hang out with the kids, but are not really getting along otherwise.”
Ouch. When you can’t even get along and speak to each other on Christmas Day, you know there are big problems. So… are we going to get the divorce announcement in the new year? Or do you think Yeezy and Kim will try to hold it together a bit longer?
"Being Mary Jane" Star Gabrielle Union Reaches Settlement With BET In Breach Of Contract Lawsuit
Gabrielle Union and BET have reached a settlement in the breach of contract lawsuit filed by the "Being Mary Jane" actress. Union filed the lawsuit in October, claiming the network attempted to combine Seasons 4 and 5 of the television show into one 20-episode season.
This would have extended the season beyond the terms of their agreement.
The complaint read, "It is outrageous that BET would treat one of its biggest stars in this manner after all she has done to support the network and contribute to its success."
Now, the "Being Mary Jane" actress and BET have come to an agreement.
Deadline reports: “BET Networks is pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable agreement with Gabrielle Union and look forward to sharing the new season of Being Mary Jane with its loyal fans beginning January 10, 2017.
"The future of BET’s signature drama appeared to be in doubt after Union filed the lawsuit in October. Union had alleged BET and the show’s producers had reneged on an agreement to have a significant break between the 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons of the drama. According to Union’s camp, BET and Being Mary Jane producers threw that deal aside so production could run back-to-back and costs cut. Union was seeking general damages of at least $3 million and a declaration that BET could not seek more than 13 episodes for any season of Being Mary Jane. Series producer Breakdown Productions also was a defendant in the suit.
"Being Mary Jane has seen a series of negotiations between star and network since the show launched in 2013. Union and BET made a deal for maximum 13-episode seasons so the actress could continue to pursue movie roles.
"‘Being Mary Jane’ season 4 premieres on January 10."
Trey Songz Pops Off On MGM Casino Security After Getting Kicked Out
Trey Songz hit up the new MGM Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland this Christmas, and he's pissed about how he was treated. He's been home in the DMV area partying it up all Christmas, and he decided to go check out the new casino. Everything was all good, till it wasn't. So he went in about mistreatment from security. He was also kicked out, according to him.
Check it: HERE:
Usher Might Be New Season Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’!
We all know Ursh has moves since he was singing about “Call Me The Mack” in the 90s. It is only right for him to join ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
Sources spilled the tea to TJB about the good news.
According to the site, The 38-year-old singer and actor will be on season 24 of ABC’s hit dancing competition show.
The producers and network are keeping it top secret, but this is major! They wanted an A-lister and he’s one of the biggest names in the industry. Not to mention, Usher is an amazing dancer.
Bruce Springsteen releases live album of Clarence Clemons' final performance
Bruce Springsteen is giving fans a present for the holidays by bringing it back to the days when the E Street Band was in full force.
The “Born to Run” singer dropped a new live album Saturday of material from 2009. The Nov. 22 show in Buffalo, New York at the HSBC Arena marked the final live performance of the E Street Band’s saxophonist Clarence Clemons prior to his death in June 2011.
With over three hours of content, the 34-track setlist covers hits from across Springsteen’s musical catalogue, including “Blinded by the Light,” “Lost in the Flood,” “Surprise, Surprise,” and “Dancing in the Dark.” Just in time for the holidays, the “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” covers are also included in the performance.
The 2009 Buffalo live show album is available now for digital purchase on Springsteen’s official website.
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