The Daily Buzz For July 19 ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’จ

Aren’t we Loving This ‘Queen Sugar’ Issue Of Ebony Magazine!
The second season of “Queen Sugar” is underway, with the Bordelon family gracing the screen with their superb acting chops, storylines that move the soul and cinematic snapshots that are reminiscent of dreams.
Now is the perfect time to revel in the show that is black, and represents everything blackness is – complex, beautiful, strong, creative, spiritual, unique, powerful, limitless, evolving and divine.
“Queen Sugar” is the response to a lack of diversity in film and television, from the directors and cinematographers who bring the ideas to life, to the screenwriters who craft poetic scripts, and the characters that feel like people we know, maybe even ourselves.
No wonder more women tuned in to the premiere episode, making it the highest rated episode for the series so far.
Week after week, viewers mature, millennial and young adult alike dissect, enjoy and appreciate the brilliance that “Queen Sugar” is.
This month’s issue of Ebony magazine will do just that by dedicating its July/August cover issue to the Bordelon siblings – Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Nova (Rutina Wesley) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe).

According to Ebony.com, the issue features interviews with crew and cast members focused on diversity in Hollywood and authentic depictions of Black America.
In the interview, Siriboe, who plays Ralph Angel in the series, told Ebony, “I pull from my experiences as a Black man in America and all my brothers.”
Wesley, who plays Nova, said, “I love that she’s [Nova] really pretty unusual, and I think she’s flawed and very human. I love that I never quite know where she’s going. And I also love that anything is possible with Nova.”
Lyen-Gardner, who plays Charley on the show, said, “Charley’s strength is a little super heroic. “She is really one of the most resilient characters I [believe] I’ve ever played.”
Want to read more? Catch the rest of Ebony’s exclusive interview in its newest issue, which will be on newsstands this month.

#RHoA: Nene Leakes And Kenya Moore Take On The 1970s At Shereรฉ Whitfield’s Groovy Party
Kenya Moore and Nene Leakes reunited for a 1970s party and looked groovy while at it.
Over the weekend, many of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars including Leakes, Moore, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss took part in a lavish event thrown by Shereรฉ Whitfield.

The 70s themed soireรฉ took place at the fancy Chateau Shereรฉ – which is one of Whitfield’s favorite topic of conversation on the series.
Many of the commenters agreed that the ladies looked like beautiful Barbie dolls in the photos.
Whitfield opted for a shimmering top and black leather pants. Keeping true to the theme, she wore her hair in big curls.
Leakes looked like a glamorous hippie in a colorful dress, matching headpiece, and gold boots.
Her pigtails were ideal for the sassy outfit. Bailey looked like she just walked off the runway in a gold dress and ostrich feather boa.
However, hands down, Moore won the night with her bright outfit. The new bride wore purple wide leg pants and yellow shirt.
Moore’s yellow boots and cute hairdo stole the spotlight. Leakes captioned the photo: “70’s Party was sho nuff groovy!”

Moore said: “Come on 70s! Had a groovy time celebrating at Chateau Sheree with these smoking hot sistas @neneleakes @cynthiabailey10 thank you @shereewhitfield for an amazing time! #rhoa #kenyamoore #neneleakes #cynthiabailey #shereewhitfield.”

Fans loved the looks and the fact that the ladies are partying instead of fighting with each other.
One said: “Your afro puffs are everything!You look so youthful.OMG I thought you guys were a new set of Barbie’s at first glance…you ladies look so freaking amazing.”
Another stated: “Hellooo Mrs. Leakes Looking Foxy as always, especially in your 70s Style. I’m so happy that you’re back. I need to laugh again.”
A die-hard fan of Leakes wrote on social media: “Beautiful ladies and I love me a good 70’s party you can go wrong when you listening to some real music that make you want groove instead of fight glad your back, but the picture would be great if the mean as* Kenya wasn’t in it.”
Burruss recently sat down on “TODAY” and spilled the beans on why there is so much drama that takes place on the Bravo show.
She revealed: “When it comes to OUR show, it is not manufactured. The thing is, they put you in positions where in regular life you may have let things slide… but you are forced to deal with it when you have to be around this person over and over again.”

#EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson Joins ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel!
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson will join John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman in the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.”
It was announced at Disney’s D23 convention Friday in Anaheim, Calif., that Henson would be joining as a new character named Yesss (yes, that’s the proper spelling). Rough footage showed her character to be an expert on the internet.
The panel also included footage which showed Ralph and Vanellope heading into the internet. The minute they arrived, the two are bombarded with people holding signs saying things like “Sexy housewives want to meet you” and “my sister-in-law got rich.”

Yesss shows the two around the Internet, including showing them a Marvel-yourself booth and introducing them to all the Disney princesses, who are voiced by their original actresses, who it turns out are all very misunderstood (i.e., Jasmine is allergic to cats).
“Those perfect models of femininity are the princesses,” Yesss explains.

After the footage, the voice actresses for Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Moana, and Vanellope took the stage.
The original “Wreck-It Ralph” grossed more than $470 million in 2012 and received an Oscar nomination. The original followed Ralph, the villain of the arcade game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.,” on a journey to lose his bad guy reputation.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” is scheduled to hit theaters March 9, 2018.

#NewMusicVideo: Musiq Soulchild – Start Over
Soul star Musiq Soulchild has just released the video for his latest single “Start Over” today. The song released in April and is currently making a strong impact at Urban A/C radio.
“Start Over” feels especially close to home. The video features SoulStar Music Company / eOne Music recording artist Kameelah “Meelah” Williams – former lead singer of 702.

Musiq added about the song: “‘Start Over’ is something like a ‘what if” scenario. Everyone has their own ‘the one that got away’ story, maybe they or you found someone else, maybe too much time has passed, maybe for whatever reasons things just didn’t work out. Now imagine for a moment you had the chance to try again… how would you ‘Start Over?'”


In addition to the new video today, Musiq has also just announced the release of his upcoming album “Feel the Real”. The project will release as a double disc consisting of 24 songs, and is available for pre-order right now.

#HIPHOPNEWS: Mike Delorean Explains Why Prodigy Mural Can't Exist In Queensbridge
There was a collective feeling of disgust across the Hip Hop community after a mural of late rapper Prodigy by artists Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare was defaced earlier in July. Being damaged a second time, though — less than 24 hours after a 13-hour refacing — led to the mural being painted over permanently, leaving fans to wonder who would carry out such a disrespectful act.
A recent interview with Mike Delorean, who was half of Bars-N-Hooks — a group originally signed to P’s Infamous Records imprint — suggests that the defacement was personal, and a direct reflection of the strained relationships the 42-year-old rapper who assimilated into the Queensbridge fold as a young teen had within the notorious community.

Delorean had friction with the rapper in the past, due to fallout from the label situation, as well as statements Prodigy made in his book, “My Infamous Life.”
“He scarred some people personally,” said Delorean in an interview with Gully TV CEO Jamil Lindsey. “He talked badly about people … people in jail. People who embraced him.” When Lindsey then clarified, “[Prodigy] disrespected dead and incarcerated Queensbridge natives — is that why the mural can’t exist on the Queensbridge property?” Delorean bluntly responded, “Yes.”

Delorean did offer that the defacing wasn’t a show of disrespect for P’s “legacy” within the culture of Hip Hop — or his fans. “[The mural] just can’t exist in Queensbridge where the people he disrespected have kids that will see it every day.”
“I still have pictures up, because I respect him as a legend,” Delorean states at the end of the interview. “There are things he showed me that nobody could take from me.”

You can check out the full interview with Mike Delorean HERE

Mariah Carey Drama In The Works At Starz
A drama series based on Mariah Carey‘s life is in the works at Starz.
Deadline reports the R&B diva is teaming up with her buddy, Brett Ratner, to co-executive produce the scripted drama series based on real-life events in her life.

Written by Nina Colman (Mahogany), the drama is set in 1986 New York City and chronicles the rise of an ambitious bi-racial 16-year-old girl, an aspiring singer-songwriter who survived a difficult childhood to become the biggest selling female music artist of all time.

I know the Lambily is going to love this! Will you tune in to watch?

Mel B Ordered To Pay A LOT Of Money In Spousal Support To Estranged Husband Stephen Belafonte
ROUND 2 First Mary J now it’s Mel B!

A judge has ordered Mel B to pay her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte spousal support. And he’s getting a hefty payment.
The “America’s Got Talent” judge must pay her estranged husband $40,000 a month amid their messy divorce. Luckily, it’s temporary. It’s emergency support for food, housing and phone bills.

Stephen accused Mel B of preventing real estate agents from showing their $8.9 million Hollywood Hills home that’s on sale. However, the judge did not place any orders on her. You’ll recall, Mel got a restraining order against Stephen, so he’s not even allowed in the house.
And there’s more. Mel B also has to hand over $140,000 for Stephen’s legal fees. Chile…

In court documents, Mel made it clear she’s opposed to funding her estranged husband and offered up a warning that he needs to become self-supporting, rather than live off of her money.

Is Tamar Braxton Firing Shots?
Tamar Braxton fans are trying to figure out who she’s shading after Tamar makes a cryptic post on the GRAM  about thirsty women…
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Well we’ll find out soon. Stay tuned! LOL!

OOOPS! Conor McGregor Reportedly Knocked Out While Training for Mayweather Fight
On August 26, Conor McGregor will take on boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in the highly anticipated “Money” fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although both McGregor and Mayweather have been actively preparing for the match, it appears only one of the participants is having trouble in the ring. According to reports, former welterweight champion Jessie Vargas revealed that McGregor has already been laid out while sparring for the forthcoming fight.

“Conor’s gonna get knocked out,” Vargas said in an interview with Villanfy Media. “Mayweather always lives up to the hype. I have no doubt. I actually want to put down money on it, the odds aren’t that bad. [McGregor] got knocked out in sparring already, man.”
Though Vargas’ statement could not be confirmed, the former champion wasn’t the only person to discuss McGregor’s sparring. According to TMZ, McGregor’s former sparring partner Chris van Heerden revealed he had no problem landing on the MMA fighter-turned-boxer.

“I read all these posts where people say Mayweather’s gonna have his hands full landing on Conor because of Conor’s skill and footwork and movement,” van Heerden revealed. “I’m no Mayweather and-out of camp, out of shape – I landed [punches] on Conor McGregor at will.”

Pink Posts Cooking Photo With Kids, Gets Mom-Shamed
Celebrity moms can’t do anything without being attacked. Case and point: Pink shared a photo of herself cooking with her kids and within minutes, the parenting police were out in full-force.

In the picture, posted to Instagram on Monday, July 16, the singer wears 7-month-old son Jameson in a carrier as she heats some veggies in a pan while daughter Willow, 6, watches from the counter.

While many followers praised the pop star for her ability to multitask, others were quick to scold her. “Cute photo but please don’t cook wearing the baby. I’ve read some really horrific stories about terrible accidents that have occurred doing this,” wrote one person, while another chimed in: “I babywear all the time except when I’m cooking hot meals. The better alternative, I suppose if you really must, would be wearing the baby on your back. Not directly facing the hot stove.”
It’s not the first time Pink has been mom-shamed. When the Grammy winner announced she was pregnant with her second, she posted a photo of herself in her kitchen on Instagram. “When microwaving your decaf coffee becomes an excuse to sit on the floor and rest for a while . . .” she wrote in the caption in November 2016.

The unsolicited advice poured in. “Don’t use microwaves! Bad for u!” chided one person at the time. Added another: “Please don’t stand in front of microwave with baby belly.”

An amused Pink responded by tweeting a Scary Mommy article about mom-shaming and wrote, “Enjoy over a cup of coffee.” She followed up with another tweet calling herself a “mommy shamer shamer.”

Memphitz seeking to rebound on Iyanla Vanzant’s ‘Fix My Life’
Memphitz has hinted about becoming the latest troubled celebrity to appear on ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’ in an Instagram post that has since been deleted.
In that post, Memphitz also captioned the photo with this thought: “You got some real questions, well I got some real answers. Some Good some Bad. But it will Be the Absolute #Truth > I mean, that’s all I got for ya > #GodsKid”

Troubles have followed the man who was born Mickey Wright for quite some time now. From legal issues to relationship issues and money problems, the problems just keep coming.

Memphitz has plenty of damning and embarrassing personal material from which to draw to create a fascinating episode on “Fix My Life.” For example, Memphitz tried to file a lawsuit against former girlfriend K. Michelle, Mona Scott-Young and VH1 and Viacom, citing character assassination and slander after she kept insinuating that he used to beat her. But Memphitz later admitted in court that he did have a physical confrontation with the sultry singer at a hotel in 2009 (and if he beat her once, chances are very high that he beat her on other occasions). Besides, despite the fact she said she was beaten by her former record executive boyfriend, she never mentioned Memphitz by name. So he essentially told on himself when he took her to court. The judge subsequently threw Memphitz’s lawsuit out.  

He also has his promising love affair-turned-failed marriage to Toya Wright. They were married in 2011, but in 2014 she announced the two had separated. Toya filed for divorce in July of that year, citing an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” She asked that their prenup be enforced, they each keep their assets, and neither receive alimony. Toya agreed to pay $8K to her soon-to-be ex-husband, and Mickey will waive all rights to proceeds earned by her from the sale of her book, How to Lose a Husband, and from Before Bed Headz, a company she owns.
Most recently, Memphitz dodged a bullet after the aggravated assault case stemming from an incident at an Atlanta car wash was dismissed. Back in June 2015, Wright spent five days on the run before turning himself into the Fulton County Jail for armed robbery and assault after an altercation with a suburban Atlanta car wash attendant he accused of stealing weed from his car.

Memphitz had returned to the Johns Creek, Ga., car wash to demand that the man who washed his car return his bag of marijuana. When the man said he didn’t have it, Memphitz brandished a firearm and allegedly said, “Your life or my weed.” Someone called the police, but Memphitz had left the premises before police arrived. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Memphitz previously rejected a plea deal that included a 10-year prison sentence with 15 years probation in exchange for pleading guilty to armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The charges were eventually dismissed.

So, as you can see, Vanzant will have her work cut out for her with this project.

Somali-American Cop Shoots Minneapolis Woman After She Calls 911
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension offered few details about what precipitated the shooting.
A Minneapolis officer is accused of shooting an Australian bride-to-be who called for help. The shooting comes at a time when police around the nation are under fire for escalating random encounters into deadly shootings.

But the complaints against police use of deadly deadly force are usually are lodged by people of color, but on Saturday, the victim, Justine Damond, 40, was a White woman who had studied to be a veterinarian in Sydney before moving to Minneapolis to be with her fiancรฉ, writes The Washington Post.

Further, in the aftermath of the shooting death of Philando Castile, policy requires officers to wear a body camera. But the officers’ body cameras were not turn on before the shooting and the squad car camera did not capture the shooting, the report says.
“We all want to know more; I want to know more,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference Sunday afternoon, The Post writes. “I call on the BCA … to share as much information as they can as quickly as they possibly can.”

The incident began before 11:30 p.m. Saturday when Damond called 911 to report a possible assault behind her house. According to a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, two Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to the call and went to an alley near her home in the Fulton neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, writes The Post.

The Associated Press provides more details: Local media identified the officer who fired as Mohamed Noor, who is a Somali-American. A city newsletter said he joined the police department in March 2015.

His attorney, Tom Plunkett, released a statement saying Noor offered his condolences to the family “and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.”
The statement added: “He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves, and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.”

Noor was sued earlier this year after a May 25 incident in which he and other officers took a woman to the hospital on a mental health hold. The lawsuit claims Noor and the other officers violated the woman’s rights when they entered her home without her permission and Noor grabbed her wrist and upper arm. Noor relaxed his grip when the woman said she had a previous shoulder injury, the lawsuit says.
Television station KSTP reported that city records show Noor had three complaints on file. The station did not provide details on the nature of the complaints but said one was dismissed with no disciplinary action and the other two are pending.

The Star Tribune, citing three people with knowledge of the shooting it did not name, said the officers pulled into the alley in a squad car, and Damond talked to the driver. The newspaper’s sources said the officer in the passenger seat shot Damond through the driver’s-side door. A BCA spokeswoman did not return messages seeking to confirm that account.
Neighbor Joan Hargrave called the killing “an execution” and said there was no reason for a well-trained officer to see Damond as a threat.
“This is a tragedy — that someone who’s asking for help would call the police and get shot by the police,” Hargrave said.
Officials said the officers’ body cameras were not turned on and that a squad car camera did not capture the shooting. Investigators were still trying to determine whether other video exists.

It’s not clear why the officers’ body cameras were not turned on. The department has phased in body cameras for all of its officers over the last year. Department policy allows for a range of situations in which officers are supposed to turn cameras on, including “any contact involving criminal activity” and before use of force. If a body camera is not turned on before use of force, it’s supposed to be turned on as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Once the investigation is complete, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman would decide whether to charge the officer. Freeman would not comment on the broader case Monday, but said both officers likely should have turned on their body cameras as they were approached by Damond in an alley.
Police Chief Janee Harteau called the killing a “tragic death” and said she understands why the community has questions. “I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can,” she said.
The Fulton neighborhood where the shooting happened is a mix of middle- and upper-middle-class homes about a half-mile from city lakes that are a popular destination for residents and tourists.

Some Twitter users suggested that the shooting would prompt Whites to support police reforms:

Maybe this will motivate some reluctant white people to support police reform.https://t.co/MMpgvjJY7t
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 17, 2017
We're about to see what happens when police start killing unarmed white women in prestigious southwest Minneapolis.
— Me'Lea (@meleaofmpls) July 16, 2017

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, the report says.

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