The Daily Buzz For June 12

ALL EYES ON HIM! Demetrius Shipp, Jr. Channels Tupac For Iconic VIBE Magazine Covers
In honor of the upcoming All Eyez On Me film, VIBE has recreated the three separate times in the ’90s that the late Tupac Shakur covered their magazine. To complete this task, they enlisted Hollywood’s new super talent and Shakur’s lead in the film, Demetrius Shipp, Jr. The uncanny resemblance made the idea a no-brainer to pull off with our production team and the photographer saddled with the hugely stressful project. Photographer Cam Kirk shot Shipp for the three covers.
All Eyez On Me hits theaters June 16th

#RHoA: Kim Zolciak-Biermann Has Epic Comeback After Look-alike Daughter Brielle Jokes About Her Mom’s Age
Kim Zolciak-Biermann knew just what to do when her 20-year-old daughter Brielle Biermann made a snarky remark about her age.
A fan praised a photo of Zolciak-Biermann donning a bikini on Twitter over the weekend, writing, “She’s a mother of 6 and she’s 40 WOW.”
The Don’t Be Tardy star jokingly corrected the fan about her age, responding, “Whoaaaa I just turned 39.”

That’s when Brielle chimed in, “u look 40.”
In case you didn’t know, Zolciak-Biermann has six children total. Married to professional football player Kroy Biermann since November 2011, she and her husband share twins Kaia Rose and Kane Ren, 3, as well as sons Kash Kade, 4½, and Kroy Jagger “KJ,” 6. Brielle and her sister Ariana, 15, are Zolciak-Biermann’s children from previous relationships.

#EMPIRE: Bryshere Y. Gray Reveals His Favorite 'Empire' Guest Star!
Empire star Bryshere Y. Gray fills us in on his favorite guest star. In a recent interview he was asked who has been your favorite so far? He said it was Mariah Carey, leaving the trailer and seeing Mariah Carey walking to hair and makeup almost gave me a heart attack. Oh my goodness. She’s Mariah Carey! I wanted to ask her for a selfie so bad, but I knew I would get in trouble.


#NEWMUSIC From Pharrell Just Dropped His New Single “Yellow Light”
Pharrell Williams is back on board for the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise following successful contributions to the film’s past two releases, as he debuts a new single “Yellow Light,” which will be on the official soundtrack for Despicable Me 3 — hitting theaters on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Listen to the uplifting, robotic-tinged tune produced and performed by Skateboard P HERE

and expect the soundtrack to drop Friday, June 23, 2017 — a week before the film’s release

#NEWHIPHOP: Remy Ma – ‘Mask Off (Remix)’
Blast off. Remy Ma has remained relatively quiet following her highly-publicized feud with Nicki Minaj. But she’s not done swinging. The Bronx rapper takes aim at some old (and new) foes on a remix to Future’s “Mask Off.”

Over the Metro Boomin beat, the “shETHER” MC rides through in a Range while pondering her next victim. “Murder next, who I’ma murder next? Maybe her / Nah, she ain’t worth it yet / I burned you, your new name is Bernadette.”

She continues unleashing more barbs. “It’s a shame, your whole clique lames,” she raps. “New York bitch, red bottom Timberlands / Blood on ’em, we ain’t never gon’ be friends again.”


IN MEMORIAM: Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia
Adam West, the actor known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

The actor is best remembered for his turn as Gotham’s Caped Crusader — though his career spanned six decades of film, stage and voice work.
Born William West Anderson on Sept. 19, 1928, to farmer Otto West Anderson and Audrey V. Speer, an opera singer and concert pianist, West grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, then relocated with his mother  to Seattle at age 15 following his parents’ divorce. After graduating from Whitman College, he joined the U.S. Army after being drafted and served as an announcer on American Forces Network television. During this time, he found love and his first marriage with Billie Lou Yeager (1950–56).

After living in Hawaii for several years and advancing to the lead of the children’s series El Kini Popo Show, West — along with second wife Frisbie Dawson and their two children — struck out to find fame in Hollywood. West found roles on some of the most memorable series of the era, including Perry Mason, Outer Limits and The Rifleman. He also worked alongside some of the era’s greats — Paul Newman, Robert Taylor, Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen and The Three Stooges.
West’s commercial work in the early part of his career, and one suave turn in a NestlΓ© Quik ad in particular, led to his biggest role: Bruce Wayne on the pow-crack-bang!-ing TV adaptation of the Batman comics. The series was on ABC from 1966–68, with a feature-length film version released in 1966.

Ben McKenzie, who would begin playing Gotham Police Commission-to-be Jim Gordon in 2014’s reboot Gotham, share how he, like many young boys had been influenced by the campy series. “I grew up watching the old Adam West version and playing with Batman figurines, ” he told PEOPLE in 2016. “I think everyone’s a Batman fan on some level.”
But the success of Batman was a double-edged sword. West revealed to PEOPLE in 1986 that, when the show ended, “It was impossible for me to get a role. If it got down to the wire for the part of the leading man, the powers that be would say, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing? You can’t put Batman in bed with Faye Dunaway.’ ”

Perhaps West’s biggest role that got away was the chance to play James Bond. He was offered the lead role in Diamonds Are Forever in 1970 but turned it down, staunchly insisting that the part of Bond must be played by a Brit.

West remained active in the industry, booking roles in films and guest spots on TV shows, for the next several decades, though he could not fully escape the bat cowl and was at times forced to earn his living by making personal appearances.

He returned to the role of Batman in the late ’70s, starring in both animated and live-action series including The New Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and Legends of the Superheroes. He also expanded his role in the Batman universe by playing other characters in Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman. And though he was in the mix to play Bruce Wayne’s father in Tim Burton’s 1989 reimagining of the comics, he ultimately never participated in any of the big-screen remakes of Batman that have proliferated in the last several decades of his life.

But perhaps the greatest character West ever played was himself. Years spent cultivating and maintaining his fan base at increasingly influential comic book conventions made the actor an iconic figure in fandom, and he riffed on himself on both the small and big screen, establishing a thriving career as a voiceover artist while landing cameos in productions including Drop Dead Gorgeous, the Goosebumps TV series, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, The Ben Stiller Show, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory and, most notably, as Mayor Adam West on Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy.

Rest In Peace Adam GOTHAM Thanks You!

Amber Rose Bares It All In Photo to Promote Third Annual SlutWalk
Amber Rose is baring it all for a good cause!
The 33-year-old model took to social media to share a sultry photo, to help spread awareness about her upcoming SlutWalk.

In the image, shot by photographer Orin Fleurimont, Amber can be seen in a black bikini top, fur coat and baring it all from the waist down.
“#amberroseslutwalk,” she simply captioned the image.
SlutWalk is an annual event that helps to raise awareness about sexual injustice and gender inequality. It provides a safe, inclusive space to entertain, educate, and empower.

Amber‘s third SlutWalk is set to take place from September 30th to October 1st in Los Angeles to see the full pic go HERE

Toya Wright’s Ex James Hardy Found Dead
New details have surfaced about the tragic death of Toya Wright’s ex-boyfriend, former NFL player James Hardy.

Hardy, 31, was found dead in the Maumee River in Indiana on Wednesday, days after his mother reported him missing on May 30. According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, Hardy’s body was lodged in a dam in the river, although the exact cause of his death has yet to be determined. Authority sources say Hardy’s body appears to have been in the water for several days.

Following news of his death, Wright posted a message on her Instagram account expressing her condolences to his family.
Toya and Hardy dated for a few months back in 2009, when their blind date was filmed for her reality show Toya & Tiny. During the date, the pair bonded about their life experiences, family and overcoming hardships.

Hardy played in the NFL from 2008-2011 but was sidelined by injuries. Post NFL, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting /modeling career, but things seemed to have taken a turn in 2014 when he was arrested after attacking police officers who responded to a disturbing the peace call at his home. He was later ordered to undergo treatment at a mental health facility.

Friends close to him are now wondering if mental health issues may have played a part in his death.

Scarlett Johansson & 'Rough Night' Cast Share a Toast at NYC Photo Call
Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, and Zoe Kravitz share a champagne toast while attending a photo call for Rough Night on Saturday morning (June 10) at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City.
The ladies were joined at the photo call by co-stars Ryan Cooper and Colton Haynes, as director Lucia Aniello and her co-writer Paul W. Downs.
All of the stars, sans Scarlett, attended a screening of the movie the night before and the ladies made an appearance at the Build Series on Friday afternoon.
Rough Night hits theaters on June 16!

Bill Maher Has Superficial Debate About ‘N***a’ After Controversy
One week after sparking controversy by using a racial slur on live TV, Bill Maher has made a return to his HBO series, “Real Time,” with a lukewarm discussion about race, white privilege and freedom of speech. On the live Friday night broadcast of his political talk show, to cheers of support, Maher greeted his studio audience by saying, “Thank you for letting a sinner in your midst.”

(Disclaimer: Because this episode contained a lengthy discussion of a racial slur, we’ve decided to leave the word in full below. If seeing it written out upsets you in any context, please stop reading now.)

The comic opened the show with a few jabs at President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, but the centerpiece of the night was his one-on-one discussion with African-American author and activist Michael Eric Dyson.

“I want you to school me,” Maher told Dyson at the top of the segment. “I did a bad thing.”

But there was very little “schooling” during the debate, in which Maher took the opportunity to re-apologize for referring to himself as a “house nigga” on June 2 during an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

Dyson questioned why Maher was apologizing at all, given the fact that he has railed against a so-called culture of apology in the past.

“There is a lot of bullshit apologizing in America, and I am against that,” Maher conceded, but he added that he thinks in certain cases (such as slavery or Native American genocide), apologies are “appropriate.”

“For black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, has caused pain. I’m not here to do that,” Maher went on to explain.
“Now, the guy who was here [Sasse], it’s not his fault ... it’s all on me. But he said a weird thing, the comic mind goes to a weird place sometimes. But it doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice ― it wasn’t ― if it brought back pain to people, that’s why I apologize, really, and I reiterate tonight.”

Dyson tried but ultimately failed to truly challenge Maher, who, after the author explained the history behind the slur, downplayed his guilt by reiterating that he simply made a bad joke.

In the past, Maher has argued that “nigger” (or “nigga”) is no longer offensive, given the fact that the word has been reclaimed as a term of endearment by black people, especially in hip-hop music. Which made Ice Cube, best known for being a member of the ’90s gangsta rap group N.W.A, a fitting guest in the second half of the show, when Maher exasperatedly apologized for the third time in the evening.
The rapper brilliantly called out the fact that an apology is not necessarily the only thing that black people need from Maher right now: Accountability and acknowledgment of what made him feel comfortable saying “nigger” in the first place would be nice, too.
“I accept your apology, but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche,” the rapper said, adding:

“I think there’s a lot of guys out there who cross the line because they’re a little too familiar. Or there’s guys that might have had a black girlfriend or two ... and they think they can cross the line. And they can’t. It’s a word that has been used against us. It’s like a knife. You can use it as a weapon, or you can use it as a tool. It’s been used as a weapon against us by white people, and we’re not going to let that happen again. I know it’s in the lexicon, you’ve heard people talking. But that’s our word now. And you can’t have it back.”


Maybe if you got rid of that mullet I could read your shirt. Just can’t get past that early 90’s dome of yours.

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