‘Empire’ producer Lee Daniels receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star!
Filmmaker and television producer Lee Daniels received the 2,595th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career that has included a best director Oscar nomination and co-creating Fox’s hit hip-hop drama “Empire.”
Gabourey Sidibe, who Daniels directed to a best supporting actress Oscar in the 2009 film drama “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” joined Daniels in speaking at the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hudson Apartments.
Actress Queen Latifah also spoke at the ceremony, which comes 12 days before the premiere of the latest series Daniels co-created, “Star,” about three young women in a musical group in Atlanta.
Daniels was born in Philadelphia in 1959 and began his career in the entertainment industry as a casting director and talent manager after running a nursing agency.
Daniels later founded a production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, which made its feature film debut with the 2001 release “Monster’s Ball,” which brought Halle Berry a best actress Oscar.
Daniels made his directing debut with the 2005 crime thriller “Shadowboxer,” which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Miren as contract killers and lovers.
Daniels recived a best director Oscar nomination in 2010 for “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” He also wrote, directed and produced the 2012 film drama “The Paperboy.”
Daniels’ most recent film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” about a black butler (Forest Whitaker) who served at the White House from 1957 to 1986, held the No. 1 box office spot for three consecutive weeks.
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#RHoA: Matt Jordan Reacts To Sunday’s Real Housewives Of Atlanta And The “Lies” We Were Told
Bravo needs to start giving all of the players on their show a chance to blog their thoughts on the episodes, not just the full time cast members. Case in point: Matt Jordan. Since Matt doesn’t have a place to vent his frustrations about Real Housewives of Atlanta and the way he’s being portrayed on the show, he often is forced to take to Instagram to set things straight and share his feelings on all things Kenya Moore.
After Sunday’s episode Matt shared the photo above and wrote, “Hope you all enjoyed the show and the lies you were just fed.”
Matt continued, “Meanwhile….. Tall supermodels always fall in my possession, Atlanta housewives taking pictures in my section. But I only got a thing for young chicks with aggression. -Rick Ross #staywinning #imgood #badone.”
He also added, “I would like all of you to understand yes I’m a gentleman however I would never let anybody disrespect me!!!”
Over the weekend he also accused Kenya of being manipulative regarding his birthday party. He took to the comments on Instagram to blast that he never laid hands on her. Referring to last week’s episode he shared, “I don’t watch the show so I have no idea what’s going on.lol where do you see me ever putting my hands on anyone.???”
He’s not happy about the way RHOA is making him look so unstable, “unfortunately I don’t think that that is funny at all kenya manipulated on my birthday for no reason. And now it’s going to look like I’m some kind of crazy person.”
Do you think Matt is being edited poorly? Or is he embarrassed that his actions were caught on camera?
New Music Video: Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do
Sevyn Streeter has premiered the anticipated music video for her sultry new ballad “Before I Do,” the latest release off her long-awaited debut album Girl Disrupted.
Throughout a sun soaked bedroom the sexy singer seduces the camera, while singing out to her new love interest: “I heard about you and your other situation through word of mouth / They made it seem so complicated / Is it over now? / Or did you just say it cause you’re anxious to get closer now? / Cause I want you to be all over me, truthfully.”
Later, she hits up the pool in a sexy white bathing suit while fantasizing about her potential new relationship.
Girl Disrupted is due out early 2017. In the meantime, let Sevyn sweep you away with the “Before I Do” visuals HERE
New Hip Hop New Music Videos from J. Cole – ‘False Prophets’ + ‘Everybody Dies’
After making waves with his 40-minute Eyez documentary, J. Cole has released two of the controversial tracks that won’t appear on his upcoming album 4 Your Eyez Only—”Everybody Dies” and “False Prophets.”
The latter finds Cole making thinly-veiled references to some of his peers including Kanye West, who “caught our hearts” but is now “fallin’ apart.” “When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately,” raps Cole. “It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately / There was a time when this ni**a was my hero, maybe / That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take.”
He also takes shots at Drake and his ghostwriting allegations. “When come to find out these ni**as don’t even write their shit,” he spits. “Hear some new style bubbling up, then they bite that shit.”
Additionally, Wale comes up in the second verse about a rapper who “wants to win bad” but claims “ni**as don’t fuck with him” despite his fans and major platform. “You too anxious livin’ life,” says Cole. “Always worried about the critics.”
Wale quickly issued a response with his “Groundhog Day” record, and has since been spotted courtside with Cole at a basketball game.
“Everybody Dies” also contains its share of subliminal disses, possibly aimed at Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. “I hate these rappers,” raps Cole. “Especially the amateur-eight-week rappers / Lil Whatever, just another short-bus rapper / Fake drug dealers turned tour-bus trappers.”
When asked about the potential diss, Yachty brushed it off. “It was cool,” he told Power 106. “I don’t listen to J. Cole. I definitely listened to it. It flooded my shit. It was everywhere. People said he was talking about me. I listened to it. He said Lil. I’m not little. My name has Lil in it but there’s a lot of Lil rappers. [It’s] either me or Uzi. Honestly, I don’t give a fuck.”
Both “Everybody Dies” and “False Prophets” are now available on iTunes and TIDAL, and the videos can be viewed separately outside of the Eyez documentary.
WATCH “Everybody Dies”
WATCH ‘False Prophets’
Cole’s fourth album 4 Your Eyez Only arrives Friday featuring 10 tracks including “Immortal,” “Neighbors,” and “Foldin Clothes.”
Grammy nominations 2017: It will be a BEYONCE VS ADELE Evening!
The Recording Academy announced the 59th annual Grammy nominees Tuesday, honoring artists such as Adele and Beyoncé for their work in the past year.
Meghan Trainor announced the first round of nominees — in categories for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — on CBS This Morning and the rest of the categories appeared online soon after.
Beyoncé came out with the most nominations, earning nine nods for tracks off her visual album Lemonade. Drake and Rihanna each nabbed eight nominations for their recent albums Views and ANTI, respectively, and their hit collaborative single, “Work.” Chance the Rapper was nominated for six awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for his mixtape Coloring Book. Adele also walked away with five nominations, most notably for the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year categories.
For the 2017 ceremony, eligible albums must have been released between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, which explains why albums like Adele’s 25 were eligible for nomination this time around, instead of for the 2016 ceremony.
The 59th annual Grammys will air Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS. For the full list of Noms go HERE
SADNESS: Heartbreaking last messages revealed from dying Oakland inferno victims!
Dying victims trapped in the deadly warehouse inferno had desperately texted their love ones messages saying 'I'm going to die' as fire ripped through the Oakland 'death trap'.
Devastating aerial photos show the tragic aftermath of the blaze that claimed 36 lives during the warehouse party on Friday night, as prosecutors launch an investigation that could lead to murder charges.
Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt Ray Kelly says rescue crews have found bodies of people 'protecting each other, holding each other'.
Survivors have previously told how they had to fight for a way out of the burning warehouse down a narrow staircase and how many people were trapped upstairs by the flames and smoke.
Sheriff's officials told how some of the victims died after sending goodbye messages to their loved ones that said, 'I'm going to die' and 'I love you'.
Enclave organizer Derick Ion Almena, 46, has come under fire for the dangerous living conditions inside and lack of permits.
Now, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, says charges ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter could be brought those responsible for the deaths.
However, Almena and his wife, Micah Allison, 40, said they have done everything that they could afford to do to make the warehouse safe.
Investigators have said that they have told the fire and sheriff's departments to treat the area as 'a potential crime scene'.
O'Malley said Monday her office has just started its probe and has not yet determined whether a crime even occurred.
'It's too early to speculate on anything,' O'Malley said at a press conference.
'We owe it to the community, to those who perished, to those who survived to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to look at every piece of potential evidence.'
O'Malley said the investigations team would work to determine whether there could be any criminal liability for the blaze and if so, against whom.
Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also helping with the probe of the blaze.
Authorities said they believe they have located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown.
Allison, who along with her husband, Almena, managed the artist collective housed inside a warehouse known as Ghost Ship, says ATF investigators interviewed her husband 'extensively'.
On the Today show, an emotional Almena apologized for the tragedy but became increasingly agitated until he refused to answer any further questions.
'I don't want to talk about me. I don't want to talk about "profits"', he told Matt Lauer, when confronted with allegations from former tenants that Almena had not heeded concerns about safety.
'I am only here to say one thing; I am here to say I'm sorry.
'I am not going to answer these questions.'
Almena and his wife also spoke about the aftermath of the warehouse fire in an interview with NBC Nightly News.
But the couple are not the owners of the building. Chor Ng, is the property owner of the Oakland Ghost Ship and Almena and Allison ran the place.
Almena, who spoke through tears, posed a rhetorical question: 'Do I take blame or responsibility for this?' as he dropped his head and didn't answer.
He said that he and his wife are fully cooperating with investigators and neither of them have been charged.
Allison told NBC: 'We've done everything that we possibly could afford to do.'
As she wiped away tears, Allison said that 'a lot of people have turned their backs on us, most expressly the landlord'. Allison was referring to Ng, the property owner.
Ng's family said that they are 'also trying to figure out what's going on like everybody else'.
They wrote in a statement to NBC Bay Area: 'We're so sorry to hear about the tragedy.
'Our condolences go out to the families and friends of those injured and those who lost their lives.
Just sad all the way around!
Torrei Hart Dating “Notorious” Actor Jamal Woolard
Torrei Hart is finding love in B.I.G places. The comedienne is now dating 41 year old Jamal Woolard, the actor best known for playing Biggie Smalls in “Notorious” and the upcoming Tupac biopic, “All Eyez on Me.”
Reports say the two have been dating for a couple of months, after meeting on the set of the film “Turnt,” in which Torrei co-produced and co-starred in. Jamal also stars in the film and serves as an executive producer.
Torrei and Jamal seem to be enjoying each others company. They were recently spotted, all smiles, arm and arm on a date.
Lloyd on Being ‘Tru’ to Himself: ‘I’m Simply Picking Up Where I Left Off’
Lloyd‘s anticipated new EP Tru is due out this Friday (Dec. 9), lead by the title track, which has been climbing the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, currently at No. 16.
But, don’t call Lloyd’s five-year absence a comeback. “I’m simply picking up where I left off,” Lloyd told Billboard. “It’s not a comeback. I’m just making up for some lost time.”
And he’s doing so with the most introspective and honest material he’s ever presented, as fans will learn on the forthcoming EP. Beyond the single and its remix featuring 2 Chainz, the EP is comprised of the tracks “Heavenly Body” featuring Rick Ross, “Holding” and “Excited.”
“I’ve never attacked the content of my life like this,” says Lloyd. “The EP and album were inspired by all kinds of biographical storylines of the past few years. And the bottom line message is that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are. I really enjoy the fact that no one is perfect or imperfect. That’s the message I’m sharing.”
Career success aside, Lloyd says his five-year recording hiatus was more about simply living life than anything else. During that period, he helped his sister graduate from medical school (“a big moment,” says Lloyd), watched his niece being born, earned his GED (“which I wouldn’t have considered before”) and also learned to play the guitar. Out of that came something else he hadn’t initially anticipated: a renewed openness to experiment musically and lyrically.
“The only thing that can get in the way is yourself,” says Lloyd. “And now here was the chance to work on more intimate and experimental material. I didn’t expect to put ‘Tru’ out. I wasn’t even shopping it so I didn’t imagine it would mean any kind of a resurgence. But a friend through a friend through a friend heard it and found me.”
As for his provocative photo on the Tru EP cover taken in north Georgia, Lloyd says its another offshoot of his “way more fearless” outlook. “The same kid fans met before is still deep in me,” he explains. “But this Lloyd is more comfortable in his skin, having eliminated so many fears like how you might look to someone or what someone else may think of you. That’s what I’ve tried to tackle with this photo—and my new music.”
The Tru EP is available for pre-order on iTunes now. Coming next year is Lloyd’s first album since 2011, Out My Window, via the singer’s Empire-distributed label Young Goldie Music.
Mariah Carey Admits Creeping on James Packer?
Last month Mariah Carey confirmed rumors of her broken engagement to billionaire businessman James Packer
Was Mariah already dating backup dancer Bryan Tanaka at the time...? Sure sounds like it.
Star Magazine caught Mariah Carey on the way out of the premier party for her new doc-u-series 'Mariah's World' and asked her point blank, "Are you and Bryan [Tanaka] official now?" to which she replies, "We have been for months."
Michelle Obama to Sit Down for ‘Farewell’ Interview with Oprah Winfrey
First Lady Michelle Obama’s final White House interview will be conducted by none other than Oprah Winfrey.
via The Hill: The sit-down between the former talk show queen and Obama will be part of an upcoming television special, “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House.” The interview is scheduled to air Dec. 19 on CBS, the network announced Monday, with a second run on Winfrey’s OWN on Dec. 21.
“During this exclusive interview in the first family’s private residence, topics will include details about life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and [Michelle Obama’s] eight years as first lady of the United States, the legacy she’ll leave behind, and her plans for the future,” CBS said in a news release.
Winfrey and Obama have maintained a close relationship over the years. Obama reportedly celebrated her 50th birthday in 2014 with a stay at Winfrey’s Hawaii abode. The two also paired up for a conversation about women’s empowerment at the United State of Women summit in Washington earlier this year.
This is something we can’t wait to watch.
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