Kevin Hart Covers EBONY, Talks "Standing By His Race"
Kevin Hart has gotten his fair share of criticism from the black community about his stance on the current racial strife in America. But he's covering EBONY magazine for its October/November issue, and the highest paid comedian period is letting folks know he will always stand by his race. More inside...
He's a comedian, actor, writer, and philanthropist. Really just call him a mogul. But some folks were calling him out for not thinking race needs to be a part of his comedy acts.
Still, Kevin has made it clear he's black and he's proud. He's even made videos telling folks he believes the media is trying to incite a race war, and urging them to not allow it to happen. He also starred in a #BlackLivesMatter video with other celebs.
Now, in the new issue of EBONY mag, the dapper comic is letting folks know where he stands saying:
“I love representing my race all over the world at the highest level where people have to look and go, ‘Hey man, that strong Black man right there is a smart individual. He’s got it together; he’s trying to do some positive things.”
The Central Intelligence star also opens up on hot topics including why he isn’t more outwardly “political” during a time when many celebrities are taking sides in the #allivesmatter and #blacklivesmatter debate saying:
“I love my people. I have never not stood by my people and by my race.”
In the issue, Kev talks about the challenges he faced during his climb to the top, the importance he places on marriage and being a family man, and his upcoming stand-up comedy film, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?
The issue hits newsstands soon!
The Insane Trailer for ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Season 9 Is Here
When things ain’t so peachy. The explosive trailer for season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta dropped on Wednesday, September 28. In the jaw-dropping clip — which you can watch below — Bravo’s feistiest group of ‘wives don’t disappoint in the drama department.
The sneak peek starts out with Sheree Whitfield announcing her return as a full-time cast member after years of slipping in and out to play a supporting part on the hit reality show.
“The bitch is back!” she declares. “And the chateau is finally ready, unlike ‘Moore Work Needed Manor.’”
As fans are well aware, Whitfield, 46, and her costar Kenya Moore have continuously taken blows at one another as they’ve raced to see whose mansion would be finished first.
Cut to the “Gone With the Wind Fabulous” singer, 45, calling Whitfield a “ho” during a particularly heated argument about their incomplete estates. Without a beat, Whitfield retaliates by screaming back at Moore: “Ho?! Why you running away with your unfinished ass house?!"
Aside from her fraught friendship with Whitfield, Moore’s relationship with her boyfriend, Matt Jordan, seems to be suffering as well. “He kicked in my hotel room door,” she says through tears as Jordan is seen tearing through her house. "Just mad and hitting the walls."
Another couple on the rocks? Cynthia Bailey and her husband, Peter Thomas. As Us Weekly reported earlier this summer, the former model made the painful decision to separate from the businessman after nearly six years of marriage.
“I want a divorce,” she tells her lawyer in the preview. In another scene, besties Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams (a.k.a. “Frick” and “Frack”) wonder aloud if Bailey, 48, is calling it quits because she has been seen arriving alone at the apartment of a rumored new “love interest.”
However, Thomas isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. "I love my wife," he tells a friend. "I was in it till we died."
Meanwhile, Parks, 42, can’t believe that an old client of hers attempted to hurt her by throwing a grenade — literally! — at her office. “He was looking for you and he was going to blow you the f--k up," Kandi Burruss’ mother, Mama Joyce, tells the entertainment attorney.
For her part, Burruss, 40, is adjusting to second-time motherhood with her 9-month-old son, Ace — who she shares with husband Todd Tucker — and tries to mend the relationship between her 14-year-old daughter, Riley, and the teen's father, Russell Spencer.
While it’s unclear if NeNe Leakes will make any cameos this season, Kim Fields will not be returning after a brief stint on season 8.
Watch the insane video above. The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 9 premieres on Bravo Sunday, November 6, at 8 p.m. ET.
14-year-old from Milwaukee plays young Tariq on hit FOX show “Empire”
VIA FOX MILWAUKEE -- A 14-year-old boy from Milwaukee on Wednesday night, September 28th appeared on the hit FOX show "Empire!"
"I like acting, modeling, basketball and football," Banks said.
Banks and his family and friends gathered at the Kiss Ultra Lounge on N. 76th Street to witness the biggest opportunity of his young life.
It all began months ago, when his aunt saw an ad on social media. She immediately thought of her rapping nephew, and called her sister at midnight.
"They were asking for kids between the ages of 10-13 that could rap. So I think I called her and said 'rap now,'" Banks' aunt said.
"I sent in a video first and they told me to come up there," Banks said.
The very next day, Banks had an audition in Chicago. He didn't get the part -- which is why it was so unexpected that five months later, producers called back.
"I think I waited couple days to tell him about it," Banks' aunt said.
"I went crazy. I went crazy," Banks said.
Banks spent a day in Chicago filming an episode of TV's hottest show -- "Empire." He played young Tariq in a flashback scene.
"When I went down, it was like, a whole bunch of vans and stuff, and then we got dressed and did the part. It was fun though," Banks said.
"A kid from Milwaukee, to be a movie star? Who knew?" Banks' mom said.
On Wednesday, millions saw the young Milwaukee actor on the small screen -- a teenager who has long been a star to everyone in the room, watching the episode with him.
Banks said he plans to try out for more shows in the future.
Banks said he plans to try out for more shows in the future.
Congrats and Good Luck to him!
New Music: Mariah Carey Feat. Jussie Smollett – ‘Infamous’
Ahead of her long-awaited appearance on “Empire” next month, Mariah Carey teams with cast member Jussie Smollett on “Infamous,” a Jermaine Dupri-produced collaboration recorded for Fox’s hit show.
“I know it’s dangerous, but I believe / A greater love, there’ll never be,” belts Mariah on the powerhouse duet, while Smollett delivers Auto-Tuned vocals.
Mariah will guest as mega-superstar Kitty, who mentors Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon and helps him “overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough.”
“It was great,” Smollett told EW of working with MC. “She’s a sweetheart. She’s a professional and, you know, this is a long time coming.”
The two will reunite in Hawaii later this year when Smollett opens for Mariah during her three shows in Honolulu on Nov. 23, 25, and 26.
Listen to “Infamous” HERE
And catch Mariah on “Empire” next Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.
New Hip Hop: Lil Wayne & Gucci Mane – ‘Oh Lord’
Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane call on the man above in their new collaboration, “Oh Lord,” which will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming film, The Birth of a Nation.
Gucci calls for the shackles to be taken off of him and raps about riding with his brethren, while Wayne references his issues with Cash Money and Birdman, and feeding his family in his verse.
“Dear Lord, oh Lord. Please hear my prayer. You ain’t take me this far just to leave me here,” Gucci raps on the hook.
The “Birth of a Nation” soundtrack will be released on Friday (Sept. 30th), featuring contributions from artists like Nas, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and Pusha T.
Angela Simmons & Fiancé Welcome A Baby Boy
Angela Simmons has given birth to her first child, a baby, with her fiancé, Sutton Tennyson. The Growing Up Hip Hop star took to Instagram to announce the news, posting an adorable snap of her and her newborn son in bed.
She captioned the pic: “The best part of life has just begun.. #Motherhood #ImSoInLove.”
The entrepreneur, fashion maven and reality star announced her pregnancy back in May, saying that she and her fiancé were overjoyed and super excited. “Starting a family was something that I could have only dreamed of,” she added.
Days ago, she celebrated her little one’s impending arrival with a baby shower at The Sugar Factory.
Congrats to the couple!
Fellas LOOK, Laura Govan Poses Butt Naked!
She’s in her birthday suit! This week, Laura Govan is celebrating her birthday in Cabo and in honor of her special day, the reality star is showing off her goodies, sorta. Laura posted a flic of her posing nude, covering up her lady parts.
Fantasia Apologizes for Black Lives Matter Flap
Earlier this week Fantasia Barrino caused a firestorm after decided to put on an #AllLivesMatter concert in opposition to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Fantasia apologizes after realizing she offended a huge percentage of her fanbase...
Good for you Fanny. You owned it and apologized!
BLACK SUPERHEROES: “Luke Cage” Cast On Fire At Series’ NYC Premiere
The cast of Netflix’s new Marvel series “Luke Cage” made their way to the red carpet at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem Theater for the NYC premiere.
Making their way down the carpet, Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter, snapped it up with his co-stars Simone Missick and Rosario Dawson (who also stars in "Daredevil") front-and-center for all the action.
lIf you haven’t been keeping up with “Luke Cage,” he’s a black superhero with super human strength and bulletproof skin. How fitting for this day in age.
Luke Cage first popped up in Netflix’s recent “Jessica Jones” series. Mike dished to Variety about the show being labeled a “black” series, describing it as "inclusively black." He said,
“People want to describe it as a black show, but I would say it’s inclusively black, in a sense that yes the characters are black and yes you’re watching a show shot in Harlem, but these inclusively black characters have the same problems you have, and go through the same sort of issues that everyone goes through.”
The actor said his character is very relatable, but he has super cool powers.
“When I think about Luke Cage, the last thing I think about is a superhero. It’s more like, By the way, it’s a superhero story. The guy has special abilities, but he also goes through the same things we go through.”
Cute skirt! Rosario Dawson will bring her "Jessica Jones" and "Daredevil" character Claire Temple to the series for a few episodes.
Star Simone Rissick was pretty in pink. She plays Misty Knight in the Marvel series.
Simone’s actor husband Dorian Missick, who starred in Brandy’s “Zoe Ever After,” was right by her side to show support. #BlackLove
Work it out then! “Luke Cage” star Cassandra Wilson struck some poses in a gold embellished Laurel Dewitt jacket over a black mini dress, a Blackbird Dillinger for Laurel DeWitt handbag and Laruicci jewels. Looking fab.
Hollywood veteran Alfre Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets where she grew up. She was joined on the carpet by her husband Roderick Spencer.
Star Frankie Faison will play Pops, a reformed gangster who owners a barber shop that Luke Cage works at.
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younger were on the carpet. They composed the series soundtrack.
Adele on giving up cigarettes: ‘I’m convinced that’s made my voice weaker’
Adele used to be a smoker. She recorded both 19 and 21 while she was a smoker. She spoke often about how much she loved to smoke, and even know that she’s a non-smoker, she’s said she still misses it. I always thought that her smoking habit was one of the big reasons why she needed such aggressive vocal cord treatment years ago. She apparently kicked the ciggies around the same time, especially during her pregnancy and after she gave birth. It’s pretty classic for ex-smokers: they know they quit smoking for all the right reasons, but they still miss it and think about it every day. But here’s something I’ve never heard: smoking makes someone a better singer? Er…what? That’s what Adele said in a new interview:
Despite releasing some of the most powerful ballads of recent times, Adele believes that giving up smoking has left her with a ‘weaker’ singing voice. The 28-year-old chart-topping singer quit her habit five years ago in a bid to improve her health – but she fears she has damaged her voice in the process.
‘The people with the best voices, they always smoke. I’ve given up smoking and I’m convinced that’s made my voice weaker,’ the Hello hitmaker told Canada’s etalk. And while her commanding vocals have been praised around the world, the 10-time Grammy winner has confessed to not being able to hit all the high notes that she once could. And working with chain-smoker Bruno Mars on her hit track All I Ask last year made her realise how much she missed smoking.
‘Bruno smokes like an old woman,’ she said. ‘My make-up artist will stink after having a fag. I had never noticed it before. But my fingers ain’t orange any more,’ the Tottenham-born star revealed as the one positive aspects of her decision to quit smoking.
As a move to protect her voice, Adele – mother of three-year-old son Angelo – has also given up her favourite food: pizza.
She told her fans at a recent show: ‘I can’t eat pizza anymore! How bad is that? Because it’s got cooked tomatoes on it which are bad for your throat and give you acid reflux. How bad is that, I can’t eat pizza.’
[From The Daily Mail]
Smoking will give you a deeper voice, and presumably a deeper/thicker-sounding singing voice, but will it make you a better or stronger singer? I doubt it. Besides, even if smoking gives you a better voice temporarily – like, in your 20s – you’ll pay for it later. All of the singers who still smoked into their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond have the worst voices. Also, I did not know that Bruno Mars is a chain-smoker.
Lady Gaga Set For Super Bowl Halftime Show On Fox
Fox has the Super Bowl in February and is staying in the corporate family for the halftime show. Fox Sports and the NFL have confirmed rumors that Lady Gaga, who stars on 21st Century Fox sib FX’s American Horror Story, will headline the world’s highest-profile concert gigs.
“It’s not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!” the singer-actress tweeted today. Super Bowl LI airs February 5 from NRG Stadium in Houston. Fox will premiere its drama series 24: Legacy in the prime postgame slot.
Gaga is in her second season on AHS, the horror anthology series whose sixth go-round premiered September 14. She made her season debut in last night’s episode. She won a Golden Globe for last year’s AHS: Hotel and was nominated for an Best Song Oscar with Diane Warren for “Til It Happens to You” from documentary The Hunting Ground.
As was the case with last season’s Super Bowl 50 halftime headliner Coldplay, Gaga will have a new album to promote. Her fifth studio record, Joanne, is set for release October 21. But its lead single, “Perfect Illusion,” stiffed — falling out of the top 40 after two weeks and a No. 15 peak. It will be interesting to see whether see chooses to play that song during the show or opt for whatever the next single is.
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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!