Meet The Gabby Douglas Barbie Doll!
Olympic star Gabby Douglas, the first woman of color to win the individual all-around competition for gymnastics, is being honored with her own doll—The Gabby Douglas Barbie doll ($24.95). Created to celebrate Gabby’s extraordinary accomplishments, the doll celebrates the inspiring athlete as a Barbie “Shero” honoree, a female hero who inspires girls as a role model. The doll, released today, is fully poseable in her signature stars and stripes leotard and coordinating team warm up suit.
#RHoA: Phaedra Parks And Apollo Nida Divorce Do-Over May Be Messy!
Phaedra Parks thought she was done with Apollo Nida when she revealed during Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta that her divorce was finalized. Soon after, Apollo learned that he was divorced and disputed the filing putting the estranged RHOA couple back at square one. TMZ reported that Phaedra still believes Apollo won’t get any more money from her since they had an iron-clad prenup.
Apollo learned of the divorce through his friends who are still on the show and quickly contested Phaedra’s filing. To the surprise of everyone, a judge sided with Nida and declared the divorce a dud due to several filing mistakes, including Phaedra’s intentional misspelling of Apollo’s last name and the fact that he claimed he was never served paperwork in prison.
At the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 reunion show, Phaedra Parks doubled down on her divorce claims and said that she did finalize the divorce. She also showed paperwork to prove it, but we all know that despite having the final decree in her hand, the judge still decided that her filing wasn’t correct and she still had to fix it. On top of that, Phaedra claimed to have already paid Apollo the $100,000 that she owed him after the divorce was final.
Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida both signed a prenup, but the kicker is that it was signed just nine days before the RHOA couple got married. In it, both Phaedra and Apollo waived their right to spousal support in the event that they were to divorce. Apparently, the prenup also dictates that both Phaedra and Apollo would leave the marriage with precisely what they brought into it.
Okay, so here’s where and why Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida’s actual divorce could get pretty messy and Apollo could actually end up with more money than Phaedra wanted to give up. For starters, when Phaedra and Apollo signed the prenup, they agreed to split their assets based on who had what at the time of their marriage. At that point, Phaedra was not an RHOA star yet. She joined the Bravo cast in 2010 and brought Apollo Nida along with her. While Phaedra was the peach holder, Apollo was still featured on the show and Phaedra wouldn’t have had a storyline without him.
In addition, Phaedra Parks could have a tough time enforcing the prenup because of the date that it was signed. It’s always advisable to get the prenup out of the way roughly 60 days ahead of the wedding. Due to the fact that it was signed just nine days before Phaedra and Apollo got married means that it could have been rushed. Apollo could actually claim that he was pressured to sign the paperwork and didn’t really understand what it said. If a judge sides with him on that, it could open Phaedra’s bank accounts up so that Apollo walks away with much more than $100,000.
Georgia, where Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida lived, is an “equitable distribution state.” That means if a judge throws out the prenup, everything that Phaedra and Apollo acquired during their marriage would be divided between them. Property that was brought into the marriage would be given back to the initial owner but anything they acquired together would be divided. Depending on the wording in the prenup, that still may be the case for Phaedra and Apollo.
#EMPIRE: Serayah Talks To Elle Magazine: Television Is So Much More Diverse Right Now
But that doesn't mean we can stop working on it.
In Empire, she's talented singer Tiana Brown—one of our favorites in the soapy record-label show. But, for Serayah, while the show is definitely a blast, it's about way more than just unpredictable family drama and her insane on-screen wardrobe. Empire—which also stars Bryshere Y. Gray as Tiana's on/off love Hakeem, Jussie Smollett as Hakeem's brother Jamal, and Taraji P. Henson as her manager Cookie—is relatable in important ways, despite its high-stakes glamour.
"It tells a lot of stories inside of the show that connect with people in regular everyday life," she told ELLE.com at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. "Whether you're married with kids, your son or daughter is gay, you live in the hood and there's drugs, or someone you know has been locked up for your whole life—things like that connect with people."
One of the factors that makes Empire so vital, Serayah thinks, is its African American cast and characters. And she's glad it's not alone on the small screen. "There's so much more diversity now," she said. "There are a lot more shows, like Black-ish, that are empowering African American casts as a whole. I feel like that's a great start. Honestly, I'm excited with where television and film is going." While that's not to say the industry can't do more, the actress said there's a lot to be hopeful about: "As much as we're in a world and an America that we do need to work on, there's a lot more people on the train of being good to each other, so that's what I'm excited about."
As Empire heads toward its third season finale, Serayah isn't giving away where it's going. "I don't know anything," she said, smiling. "Of course, there's drama." Meanwhile, she's putting out her own album this summer, title TBD. "Right now I'm thinking self-titled, but I don't know."
#MUSICNEWS: SHE'S BACK! Janet Jackson Announces 56 City Fall Tour, “State of the World”
The news that many fans were speculating on has officially been confirmed by Janet Jackson through a personal video message!
After teasing the announcement with a countdown that launched on her website over the weekend, the pop icon has posted a video update about her plans to return to the stage.
Jackson opens the video with a sweet message about her baby boy, Eissa, and then confirms her divorce from her husband of five years, Wissam Al Mana. Only touching on it briefly she says, “we are in court and the rest is in Gods hands.”
The news that everyone was waiting for though, Janet then reveals is true. She will be continuing the tour that she had to cut short when she became pregnant last year. Originally titled the “Unbreakable World Tour,” the new trek will be called, “State of the World Tour,” named after the single off her classic 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814. The 56 city tour kicks off September 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
“I’m continuing my tour, as promised,” she said. “I’m so excited. I decided to change the name of the tour — State of the World Tour. It’s not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships, and just love.”
Watch Janet’s message, and see the tour dates below!
Tickets for all dates on sale starting May 5 at Ticketmaster.com.
THE STATE OF THE WORLD TOUR DATES:
Sept. 07 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome**
Sept. 09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Sept. 10 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Sept. 13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Sept. 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 16 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Sept. 17 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Sept. 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena**
Sept. 23 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Sept. 24 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center**
Sept. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena**
Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Sept. 29 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Oct. 01 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino**
Oct. 03 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center**
Oct. 05 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Oct. 07 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center**
Oct. 08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center**
Oct. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Oct. 17 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Oct. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
Oct. 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Oct. 25 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Oct. 28 – Toledo, OH @ The Huntington Center
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena**
Nov. 01 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena**
Nov. 02 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre**
Nov. 04 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center**
Nov. 05 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Nov. 07 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
Nov. 08 – Manchester, NH @ SNHU Arena
Nov. 10 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
Nov. 11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Nov. 16 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Nov. 19 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Nov. 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 28 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Nov. 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Dec. 01 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Dec. 03 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 04 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena**
Dec. 06 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum**
Dec. 07 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena**
Dec. 09 – Birmingham, Al @ The BJCC
Dec. 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Dec. 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Dec. 14 – Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk Scope Arena
Dec. 16 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Dec. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
**Denotes a New Event
#NEWHIPHOP Video from Video: Migos – ‘11 Birds’
Migos keeps winning. Fresh off their collaborations with Katy Perry (“Bon Appétit”) and Sean Paul (“Body”), the Atlanta trio touches down with their championship anthem “11 Birds,” created in collaboration with Champs Sports and Under Armour.
Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset kick it in the studio for the song’s visual, while showing off UA sneakers. Meanwhile, Quavo displays the quarterback skills that made him a high school star next to the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones.
“Play like a champ,” raps Quavo. “Gotta win for the ring / We know game / I’ma teach you how to score / Touchdown, Julio!”
Whether rhyming in the booth or playing street football with local kids in the ATL, the guys show they know how to have fun in style too.
“11 Birds” is part of Champs Sports’ “We Know Game” initiative, which is meant to promote “perseverance, achievement, growth, community, and optimism,” as well as Under Armour’s “The Moment” franchise, which connects athletes to their backgrounds for inspirational messages.
OOOPS TEA SPILLS? Kelly Ripa Did NOT Want To Hire Ryan Seacrest As Cohost
Maybe Michael Strahan was in such a rush to get away from Kelly Ripa, he didn’t realize how much extra money he was running from. Now, Kelly is laughing all the way to the bank!
Kelly Ripa shocked fans with her ecstatic announcement on Monday that Ryan Seacrest was signing on as the long-awaited cohost of her hit morning show, Live!
But according to RadarOnline.com they’ve reveal that the 46-year-old’s big smile was all a front, as the A-list host and producer, 42, was NOT her first choice.
The decision to hire Seacrest was “ultimately [ABC president] Ben Sherwood’s call,” a well-connected network insider revealed. Meanwhile, the difficult Ripa “preferred someone less well-known.”
“She wanted someone that she could boss around, and that isn’t Ryan,” the source continued. “He’s as big of a star as she is!”
As fans know, Ripa has been hosting the popular ABC show solo for about a year — since her former cohost, Michael Strahan, infamously quit last April and left the mother of three in a rage.
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Newborn Son Underwent Heart Surgery in Emotional Monologue
Jimmy Kimmel revealed during his late-night monologue on Monday May 1, that his newborn son underwent open heart surgery shortly after he was born on April 21.
It was the first time Kimmel opened up about his baby boy, William "Billy" John Kimmel. Three hours after his birth, doctors noticed that he had a heart murmur and appeared purple in color. It was diagnosed as "tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia," which is when the pulmonary valve is blocked and there is a hole in the heart wall.
"On Monday morning, Dr. Vaughn Starnes opened his chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart. He went in there with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn't even begin to explain," Kimmel said. "He opened the valve, and the operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life."
This past weekend, Kimmel and his wife, writer Molly McNearney, were finally able to bring William home to his big sister, 2-year-old Jane.
"He's doing great. He's eating. He's sleeping. He peed on his mother today while she was changing his diaper," Kimmel added. "He's doing all the things that he's supposed to do. This is the best."
Angela Simmons Shares Photos From Baby Sutton’s Baptism Celebration
Angela Simmons‘ son, Sutton Joseph, got baptized on Sunday (April 30) followed by a huge celebration.
The 7-month-old looked absolutely adorable in all white and was joined by his cousins, Mia and Ava Marie, for the special occasion.
Angela also showed off her, Sutton, and baby Sutton’s matching Cartier bracelets.
Priceless Event Planning went all out with the gorgeous cake, treats, and decor.
There's a DeBarge Biopic In the Works, “All This Love: The DeBarge Family Story”
A biopic about the DeBarge family is in the works. TV One is prepping the project, titled All This Love: The DeBarge Family Story. Set to air Fall 2018, the film will focus on the story the DeBarge family, one of the most popular family groups in American music history, as told by the family matriarch, Etterline Abney.
[Robert Louis DeBarge, Sr. (1932–2009) was a soldier who served for the United States Armed forces and was of French descent. He met Etterlene Abney, who is African American, in Detroit, Michigan in the early 1950s. They married in 1953, with Robert being 21 and Etterlene going on 18. They stayed together for 21 years before divorcing in 1974. The children claimed that their father sexually abused several of them, which the father denied. Robert and Etterlene have 10 children: Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge (b. 1955), Robert Louis “Bobby” DeBarge, Jr. (1956–1995), Thomas Keith “Tommy” DeBarge (b. 1957), William Randall “Randy” DeBarge (b. 1958), Mark “Marty” DeBarge (b. 1959), Eldra Patrick “El” DeBarge (b. 1961), James DeBarge (b. 1963), Jonathan Arthur “Chico” DeBarge (b. 1966), Carol “Peaches” DeBarge (b. 1970), Darrell “Young” DeBarge (b. 1970)]
See the network’s description of the biopic below
"After her marriage with Robert DeBarge, a handsome white soldier, goes through a turbulent unraveling, Etterline Abney relocates her children to Illinois. The children begin singing in her brother’s church. Two of the brothers record a demo tape that, with the help of Jermaine Jackson, falls into the hands of Motown founder Berry Gordy – and the rest is history. All This Love is a story whose tale is woven with music, fame, success, romance, sibling rivalry, drugs and bonded by the glue of Abney’s love that strains to keep them all together."
No casting details have yet been revealed.
The Tony Nominations 2017 Revealed - Full List!
The nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards have been revealed!
The nods were announced live on Tuesday (May 2) and feature the best-of-the-best on Broadway.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 received the most nominations this year with a total of 12! Bette Midler‘s Hello, Dolly! received 10.
The 2017 Tony Awards will take place on Sunday (June 11) on CBS with host Kevin Spacey taking the stage. Just Jared will be live updating the whole night – so stay tuned! And if you’re in the New York City area, be sure to catch one of these shows live on Broadway.
Dear Evan Hansen
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Come From Away
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Six Degrees of Separation
The Little Foxes
Best Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Best Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Best Actress in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Best Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Best Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein – Come From Away
Steven Levenson – Dear Evan Hansen
Danny Rubin – Groundhog Day The Musical
Dave Malloy – Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Come From Away
Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen
Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Groundhog Day The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Direction of a Play
Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent
Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Tonys are on Sunday June 11 on CBS!
Tonys are on Sunday June 11 on CBS!
We Knew this was coming! The Trump Administration Is Ending Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ Education Program
Michelle Obama started the ‘Let Girls Learn’ education initiative to help facilitate educational opportunities for girls in developing countries in 2015.
Donald Trump and his administration is now ending it.
via Huffington Post: Michelle Obama launched “Let Girls Learn” in 2015 “to change the perception of the value of girls at the individual, community and institutional levels; foster an enabling environment for adolescent girls’ education; and engage and equip girls to make life decisions and important contributions to society,” the program website states.
Run primarily by the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), “Let Girls Learn” drew on funding from the private and public sector to promote girls’ education in developing countries around the world. In its two years of existence, the program raised over $1 billion to help girls in over 50 countries.
CNN reported on Monday that it obtained an email which Peace Corps acting director Sheila Crowley sent this week to inform employees that “Let Girls Learn” would be ending, though some elements of the program will continue.
“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read the email.
A Peace Corps spokesperson told CNN that the agency will continue to prioritize programming for girls. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years, and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners,” the spokesperson said. “We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”
Still, many Twitter users were outraged at the news that “Let Girls Learn” would be no more. Several directed their comments toward the first daughter and assistant to the president, Ivanka Trump, who has maintained throughout her father’s campaign and presidency that he supports women’s empowerment wholeheartedly.
Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, told CNN she believes “Let Girls Learn” generated the immense support and name-recognition needed to make a real difference.
“I think it’s unfortunate to not continue with the branded campaign,” she said. “We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue.”
Tchen also noted that President Barack Obama’s administration not only continued but expanded President George W. Bush’s global development program, The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Obama administration also expanded the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which President Bush launched in 2005 to combat malaria in some of the hardest hit parts of the world. First Lady Laura Bush was an active supporter of PMI and PEPFAR and even made several solo trips to promote the global health initiatives.
What an IDIOT!
Ex S.C. Cop to Plead Guilty of Civil Rights Violation in Walter Scott Shooting
Former Officer Michael Slager stands over the body of Walter Scott after shooting him.
*Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager is pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter Scott, the unarmed black motorist he fatally shot in the back as he ran from a 2015 traffic stop.
A copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday also shows state prosecutors are dropping a pending murder charge against Slager.
The former cop was scheduled to appear in federal court today (May 2) for motions ahead of his federal trial planned for later this month in the death of Scott.
Slager’s first trial on state murder charges ended in a hung jury.
A bystander captured Scott’s shooting on cellphone video, viewed millions of times.
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