The Daily Buzz For Feb 1

Bruno Mars Tells 'Latina' Magazine That 'Black Music Means Everything'
Head to toe soul player! Bruno Mars is super duper fresh as he takes the cover of Latina‘s February 2017 issue!
The 31-year-old hit-maker, who is first male to grace the magazine’s cover since Romeo Santos in 2014, discusses his Puerto Rican pride, the important cultural impact of black music, the loss of his mother and more.

On his Puerto Rican pride and how he got his stage name: “Id love to clear that up in Latina magazine. I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I f**king say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that. My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that.”

On the loss of his mother: My life has changed. She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, ‘Keep going and keep doing it.’”

On the importance of black music: “When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag. I’m a child raised in the ‘90s. Pop music was heavily rooted in R&B from Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael, and so much more. As kids this is what was playing on MTV and the radio. This is what we were dancing to at school functions and BBQs. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these artists who inspired me. They have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget. Most importantly, they were the superstars that set the bar for me and showed me what it takes to sing a song that can get the whole world dancing, or give a performance that people will talk about forever. Watching them made me feel like I had to be as great as they were in order to even stand a chance in this music business. You gotta sing as if Jodeci is performing after you and dance as if Bobby Brown is coming up next.”

For more from Bruno, visit Latina.com!

#RHoA: Kenya Moore Flips Out After Cynthia Bailey Calls Her a 'Drama Queen'
Meow! It was catfight central on the Sunday, January 29, episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kenya got into a big argument with Cynthia Bailey. In an attempt to help Kenya find happiness, Cynthia paid a visit to Matt Jordan to try to get to the bottom of his violent outbursts. He said that their relationship was lacking "respect and communication," and this led to him "getting upset and breaking things." While Cynthia acknowledged that Kenya could be a "drama queen," she insisted that he was not dealing with their issues well. He then added that he still was in love with Kenya.

Cynthia then recounted her chat with Matt to Kenya — who only seemed to hear that Cynthia called her a drama queen. "I hate that I never know where Cynthia's loyalty lies," Kenya said to the camera. To Cynthia, Kenya argued that Matt was a "grown man" and his actions were "straight bulls--t." Calling their relationship a "cycle of abuse," she added that she was "sick and tired of people blaming their bad behavior" on her. She screamed at Cynthia that she had "evolved" and then stormed off. Cynthia sighed and commented that all Kenya was doing was confirming that she was, in fact, a drama queen.

Well is she??????

Taraji P. Henson Shows How to Fall with Grace at SAG Awards: 'I'm a Bit of a Klutz ... That's What Makes Me Human'
Taraji P. Henson just taught a masterclass on tripping with grace.

The actress nearly took a tumble while collecting her trophy for best performance by a cast in Hidden Figures at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, but was able to steady herself before crashing into the awards table. Henson, trailed by her Hidden Figures costars Octavia Spencer and Jim Parsons, then gathered her dress and confidently sashayed up to a row of photographers and journalists with a grin.

“I’m a bit of a klutz, too, and that’s what makes me human,” she told the crowd.

Earlier in the night, Henson dedicated her acceptance speech to the three “American heroes” who inspired the film. “This film is about unity,” she said. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars.

“This story is about what happens when we put our difference aside and we come together as a human race,” she concluded. “They are hidden figures no more!”
The Theodore Melfi-directed crowd-pleaser follows three female, African-American NASA mathematicians who successfully aided the U.S. space program amid racial tensions in the 1960s

New Music: Lalah Hathaway feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Angel (Remix)
Sometimes you just need a dose of that old-school sounding new school soul. Anita Baker’s “Angel” is an R&B classic and the classics are usually best left alone.
However, Lalah Hathaway isn’t afraid to take on the task of revisiting a legend – likely because she’s the daughter of a legend herself.  Just hours before New Music Friday, 3x Grammy nominated crooner BJ The Chicago Kid coupled up with Lalah for a remix to her modern day rendition of “Angel,” which she originally released on her 2015 album Lalah Hathaway Live!

Over the course of just under four minutes, Lalah’s buttery vocals, coupled with BJ’s smooth crooning, create a refreshing re-imagining of “Angel” for millennials.

Take a listen to Lalah Hathaway’s “Angel (Remix)” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid HERE

Rick Ross Celebrates 41st Birthday with Usher, Meek Mill, & Jeezy
Rick Ross knows how to party. The Maybach Music mogul celebrated his 41st birthday like a boss, with a lavish masquerade ball at his mansion in Fayetteville, Ga. over the weekend.

The star-studded bash was attended by Renzel’s MMG family, including Meek Mill, who showed up in a ski mask and Wale, who popped up in all black. Other rappers also stopped by, including YG, Jeezy, Outkast’s Big Boi, Big K.R.I.T., DeJ Loaf, Yung Dolph, and Curren$y.
The-Dream also showed love to Rozay, while debuting his new face tat. Usher dropped by the mansion, donning a mask to go along with Renzel’s theme. Even politicians attended the event. Such was the case with Congressman Hank Johnson, who also spent the weekend fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
“thank you for your continued support and positive words on my born date,” Rozay told Johnson. “I admire your work ethic and examples you’ve set for other young brothers like myself. A true Boss.”

The party was an extravagant affair, complete with a red carpet and a multi-layered black-and-gold cake fit for the Bawse. But that wasn’t Rozay’s only indulgence. He also received a company gift from his Belaire Rosรฉ brand in the form of a black Ferrari, which was parked outside of his home with a bright red bow on it.
At one point in the evening, a grateful Ross addressed his guests, which included his mother and daughter. “It’s about family, building something that’s gonna last,” he said. “It’s not about business tonight. It’s about us celebrating what we have accomplished. When you see somebody you know, show them love tonight. Let’s support everybody in this room tonight. That’s what this is about.”

Rozay is gearing up for a big year. Last week, he dropped his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted single “I Think She Like Me,” while his album Rather You Than Me, his first on Epic, is due early this year.

Meet Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Neil Gorsuch
To no one's surprise, Trump nominated a right-wing conservative who would be similar to the late Justice Scalia
Announced live in prime time – but, thankfully, without any elimination rounds, women in bikinis or red roses for the winner – President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat that the Republicans stole from Barack Obama. Gorsuch is currently a judge on the federal appeals court in Colorado and is widely viewed by Republicans as a solid conservative who will be, if confirmed, a suitable replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
Put differently, Gorsuch is a pick who should scare the bejesus out of anyone to the left of the radical right.
To quickly recap how we got here, Justice Scalia died almost a year ago, back in the halcyon days when a tyrannical megalomaniac wasn't the U.S. president. Obama, who as president was entitled to fill Supreme Court vacancies, nominated the widely respected moderate federal judge Merrick Garland to fill Scalia's seat. But Senate Republicans, who were at the tail end of spending eight years crushing all of Obama's hope and naivetรฉ, refused to hold hearings for Garland, so his nomination failed.

To this day, we have only eight justices on the Supreme Court. Contrary to some commentary out there, the Supreme Court can function perfectly well with only eight justices. It still hears and decides cases on a regular basis; there's just an increased risk that the justices will deadlock four-four. However, even a four-four decision decides the case – by affirming the lower court decision but making no binding precedent.
Currently, there are four somewhat reliable conservatives and four somewhat reliable liberals on the Supreme Court. Adding Gorsuch as a ninth justice would tilt the ideological balance of power on the Court back to a clear advantage for conservatives. In other words, based on what we know about Gorsuch, his addition to the Court would swing it back to the right – but it shouldn't be worse than when Scalia was on the bench, because a dyed-in-the-wool conservative vote would be replaced by a probably-dyed-in-the-wool conservative vote.

That's still concerning, however. With Justice Scalia, the Roberts Supreme Court was one of the most conservative in history – some say the most conservative. Gorsuch, in many ways, would be very similar to Scalia, but younger. At 49, he's the youngest nominee in decades, and could potentially be on the Court into the 2050s.
That means Gorsuch's view of judging will have long-term effects for the United States. And what we know is that Gorsuch is likely to be a far-right conservative. He has spoken strongly in favor of originalism – the view that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was understood at the time it was adopted, rather than in a way that changes with the times. This view is most prominently associated with conservative justices such as Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who have applied originalism inconsistently but always to produce conservative results. He has also spoken out against using courts to bring about social change, something that is conservative code for opposing overreaching liberal reform.

In terms of specific cases that Gorsuch has decided: He sided with Utah's governor in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood following misleadingly edited videos released in the summer of 2015, and with Hobby Lobby in the lower court case that led to the Supreme Court's decision against contraception coverage in 2014. (Gorsuch wrote a separate opinion to emphasize that not only Hobby Lobby, but also individual business owners, have religious liberty claims that trump their employees' statutory right to access preventive health care.)
One area where Gorsuch may differ from Scalia is in his view of administrative regulations. The Supreme Court has a long-standing precedent that generally defers to administrative interpretation of the law, which means that the Court will usually side with the expertise of agencies like the EPA and the Department of Labor when they interpret statutes in order to advance their mission. Justice Scalia had largely followed this precedent, but Gorsuch has long questioned it. If his views catch on among the other justices, this could have devastating consequences for environmental, workplace and other regulation. Unclear for now is whether Gorsuch's skepticism of administrative regulations would lead to skepticism of presidential power – sure to be a huge issue in the coming years under Trump.
For hot-button issues, we can look to the Court from before Justice Scalia's death to see what will happen. With Scalia on the Court, the key vote was Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a reliable conservative, though not nearly as conservative as others. Gorsuch might vote to overturn Roe v. Wade (though that's not certain), but Justice Kennedy's views will still decide abortion cases, and his vote this summer to strike down Texas' restrictive anti-abortion legislation will remain the law of the land. Affirmative action in limited form will still be safe, as will LGBT rights; however, labor and environmental protections will be in danger, immigrants and criminal defendants will have reason to be fearful, and claims of religious liberty as a way to escape anti-discrimination laws will likely be successful.

The bottom line here is that, to the surprise of almost no one, President Trump has nominated a right-wing conservative who, if confirmed, will be very similar to Justice Scalia. Which means that his confirmation is key. Republicans currently control the Senate with a 52-48 majority. If the Democrats don't filibuster, Gorsuch should sail through the confirmation process and join the Court soon.
Some Democrats have made noise about possibly filibustering whomever Trump picks. Sen. Jeff Merkely of Oregon, for instance, said he'll filibuster anyone who isn't Merrick Garland. Whether the Democrats remain united in support of the filibuster – they need to hold 41 votes to support it – is where the uncertainty lies. Although the Democratic base is urging the party to filibuster anyone, both because of the likely nominee's extremism and as payback for Garland, recent reports have indicated that many Democrats are not so keen on doing so. They may be waiting to use that weapon for any subsequent Trump nominee (if there is one) who could tip the balance on the Court further to the right and threaten Roe and same-sex marriage.
If the Democrats do remain united and successfully filibuster Gorsuch, the Republicans have threatened to end the filibuster – the so-called "nuclear option." Many Republicans don't want to do this because they know they'll need the filibuster in the future when they're the minority party. But with the stakes so high, it would be a distinct possibility.

For now, one of the biggest unanswered questions of the Trump presidency is resolved: He's followed through on his campaign promise and nominated a staunch conservative to the Supreme Court. From here, we wait to find out whether the Democrats will pull out all the stops to try to block him.

Rihanna Reveals First Photo From ‘Ocean’s Eight’
Rihanna is returning to the big screen in Ocean’s Eight.

While fans will have to wait until next summer for the release, the first official photo from the film has been unveiled, showing the all-female cast sitting on the subway. The superstar ensemble includes Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sarah Paulson.
The storyline centers around a group of women plotting a heist at the Met Gala, the annual fashion event thrown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Rihanna will star as Nine Ball, while Bullock, Hathaway, and Blanchett will take on the roles of Debbie Ocean, Daphne Kluger, and Lou, respectively.
Elsewhere, Mindy Kaling will star as Amita, Awkwafina as Constance, Bonham Carter as Rose, and Paulson as Tammy.
Ocean’s Eight is the latest installment in the Ocean’s franchise, which includes 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven, 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve, and 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen. The original Ocean’s 11 was released in 1960.

Directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), Ocean’s Eight hits theaters on June 8, 2018.

Is Joy Reid Out at MSNBC?
Last week news leaked that former Fox News pundit Megyn Kelly would be replacing Al Roker and Tamron Hall at NBC on the Today Show
Is Joy Reid the next to go..? From Page Six, http://pagesix.com/2017/01/29/nbc-wants-to-be-the-next-fox-news-insiders-say/

We hear MSNBC anchor Joy Reid may be on the chopping block.
“They haven’t renewed her contract. She’s been working without a contract for at least a month,” an insider told us. An MSNBC spokesperson, however, insisted that Reid “is working under contract. And the network wants her to stay.”
The source claims NBC is moving in a more conservative direction to compete with Fox News. Then again I’ll wait to hear more the New York Post is a conservative rag too!

No, Mary J. Blige Isn’t Dating Jason Mitchell – But Their New 'Mudbound' Movie Was Bought By Netflix
A few days ago, Mary J. Blige Twitter timeline was looking REAL suspect when she retweeted several stories about her dating Straight Outta Compton actor Jason Mitchell:
Well, MLB and Jason aren’t dating. But, they are starring in a new film together titled Mudbound. And Netflix just picked up the film for a cool $12.5 million, the biggest sale at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, according to Deadline.

The Grammy Award winning singer and the SOC (along with “Stranger Things” star Rob Morgan) will star in the Dee Rees-directed film about two families, a black and a white family, living in Mississippi in the 1940s that will explore the racial divide during that time.

According to NBC News, Jason is set to star as Ronsel Johnson, the son of a sharecropper who goes off to fight in WWII. He comes back as a man who realizes the war at home is an ever harder fight to win. Mary will play Ronsel’s mother, Florence Jackson, the matriarch of the family who works in the fields. She has to leave her own children to care for a white woman’s children.
“I was able to relive what all my ancestors lived and understand what they lived,” Mary said. “I saw basically every woman that raised me and basically every woman in my ancestry. So it was beautiful for me to have them possess me the way they did at times that’s what the script did for me. I was able to understand what they lived.”

Jason also dished on playing his character saying,
“As a black man, I feel like it’s important to stand for something, especially when you have a character that never puts his head down, that never walks away from a fight that’s all about the American dream as a black man.”

Dee Rees, who also co-wrote the script, had this to say about her new film, “We can either choose to continue to suppress our own history as a country and not acknowledge it and not look at it or we can witness it.”

With Mudbound nabbing the biggest sale at Sundance, we can expect this film to be nothing short of amazing.

New Birth Replaces Bishop Eddie Long
A week after laying Bishop Eddie Long to rest New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announces his successor...
On Sunday New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announced to the congregation that Bishop Stephen A. Davis, seen here with his wife Darlene, from the New Birth extension in Birmingham, AL would take over the pulpit at the Lithonia mega-church effective immediately.

Bishop Eddie Long was installed at New Birth in 1987 and grew its congregation from 300 members over 25,0000.
At its height New Birth had churches in Charlotte NC, Memphis and Knoxville TN, and Oakland CA.
The Charlotte and Memphis churches have since closed.

Paula Patton Spends Time With Son Julian Amid Bitter Custody Battle With Robin Thicke
She's holding it together despite all the drama! Paula Patton stepped out with son Julian over the weekend, and the actress seems to be doing everything she can to make her little boy's life as normal as possible as she dukes it out with ex-husband Robin Thicke over custody.
 Patton recently won temprorary sole custody of the 6-year-old after accusing the "Blurred Lines" crooner of drinking, drug use, and physical abuse. The singer's camp is brushing off her accusations as a bunch of lies intended to paint him as a bad father, and they say the timing of her big revelations is strategic.

 Not so, says Patton's inner circle.
 "Paula very much wanted to keep this within the family, as she believes that was in Julian’s best interest. However, she has to fight back to protect her son. As a mother, it’s one thing to stay quiet if you’re the victim of abuse, but once that extends to your child, you have to speak up," a source dished to People.

 Divorce with kids is a difficult dance, that's for sure!

Lindsay Lohan Hangs Up in Middle of Radio Interview
Lindsay Lohan cut her radio interview short – and we’re not sure if it was supposed to be a joke or not!
The 30-year-old actress hung up during a radio interview once before, back in 2015 with KIIS FM hosts Kyle and Jackie O.
On Monday (January 30), Lindsay  reportedly did the same thing… with the same hosts!
When they started asking her questions about her personal life, such as if she owned properties in London, New York, and Dubai, Lindsay  snapped back.

“What kind of question is that?” she replied. “I don’t own houses in [these locations].”
They proceeded to ask her questions about converting to Islam, deleting photos on her Instagram account, and President Donald Trump, causing her to hang up.
 “She’s not offended by that, is she?” the hosts wondered aloud before Lindsay  jumped back on the line.

“You guys set it up! We’re great together,” Lindsay claimed. “We should have our own show in Dubai.”

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Kiss & Cuddle During Romantic Getaway!
The Weeknd and Selena Gomez could not look happier!
On Sunday night (January 29), the 24-year-old actress/singer and the 26-year-old entertainer couldn’t keep their hands off of each other as they kissed and cuddled while exploring Florence, Italy on their romantic getaway. They look smitten!

Sel wore a Rodarte sweater, Miaouxx denim, Givenchy heels, and Jennifer Fisher earrings.
The next day, the pair were seen stepping out linking arms in Venice, Italy. Sel looked chic in a The Row coat, Stuart Weitzman boots, Areyouami top, and Miaouxx denim.
If you missed it, earlier in the day, the new couple made things Instagram official!

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