The Daily Buzz For Dec 27 ☕πŸ“°☕

Eminem Covers Interview Magazine, Explains Why He Avoids The Spotlight
Eminem has a “come as you are” moment as he covers Interview magazine. The American rapper promotes his ninth studio album, Revival. Stylist Alastair McKimm respects Eminem’s low-key style for his Interview shoot. Connecting with photographer Craig McDean, Eminem wears simple pieces from brands such as Armani Exchange and Reigning Champ. Ready for an informal conversation, Eminem chats with longtime friend Elton John.

Eminem talks to John about purposefully living his life outside of the spotlight.  I studied Dre a lot. I don’t know if you’d call it a mantra or what, but he believed that if you never go away, it’s hard for someone to miss you, says Eminem. And I realize that some people see going away as, Oh, he’s irrelevant now, but I feel like if I don’t go away, I get sick of myself. It’s never been my thing to be in the spotlight all the time. Read more on InterviewMagazine.com.

#RHoA: Eva Marcille is Engaged See the ROCK!
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Eva Marcille is engaged!

On Monday, Eva announced that boyfriend Michael Sterling popped the question. She posted a pic of her engagement ring, writing on Instagram, “I said yes!!!! πŸ’.”
Along with the engagement, Eva and Michael are also expecting a baby boy. Last month, she shared with People magazine, “I said, ‘Marley, would you like to have a little brother or sister?’ And she said, ‘Yes, Mom, but you know what? Maybe a baby brother. Make it a brother.”
Eva, who is also mom to daughter Marley Rae, 3½, added, “I thought that was adorable, but at the time, I had no idea what I was having, so my fear [about] this extremely expressive and outgoing young girl [was] if this baby came out to be a little girl, that might not be a great situation for Marley. However, I found out soon after that I was having a boy, and I felt like she willed it in her favor. I’m beyond elated to be having a boy.”

In Off season #EMPIRE News: Why Proud Mary Is Such An Important Movie For Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is in her moment right now, and it couldn't have happened to a harder working woman. With Empire skyrocketing her profile to new heights, alongside consistently impressive work in films, most recently in the award-nominated box office phenomenon Hidden Figures, she's in a brighter spotlight than ever before. And it's only going to get more intense with next year's Proud Mary, as Henson has gotten her most important project yet. Not only is she a producer on the film, but she also gets to be the film's above-the-title lead. This is a fact that is especially not lost on Taraji P. Henson.

During a set visit this past spring, we had an opportunity to see Proud Mary in action. On top of that, we were given a good amount of time with the film's star, as she was in-between takes and eager to speak with the press. In that conversation, Henson reflected on an experience she had with a prior film, the 2014 thriller No Good Deed, and in particular something that stuck out in her mind was the coverage that film's sleeper success had drawn in its opening weekend. What stuck out was the following:
It's interesting as a woman, because if I were a man, the headlines would have read 'Taraji P. Henson's No Good Deed is number one at the box office.' I was also executive producer on that movie, as a matter of fact, I put that movie together. But I'm not taking away from Idris Elba's executive credit, because he deserves that. But, why is the headline reading 'Idris Elba's'? That hurt my feelings.

Proud Mary is certainly a different beast altogether, as this project wanted, and got, Taraji P. Henson from the word go. On top of that, Henson is also one of the producers of the film, only this time she's undeniably the marketable lead that will be front and center throughout the film's release window. That fact has been reflected in the first trailer for the film, as well as the retro-active feel that the posters for the film have given off. But even when the marketable lead for a film is pretty obvious, that's not always the way the studio will choose to sell their film.

A good example that speaks towards this is when Taraji P. Henson talked about her experience with Hidden Figures. While the film was positioned around the trio of Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, she firmly believes that if this was a gender swapped story, the film would have been marketed around whomever the male equivalent of Katherine Johnson was. To be fair, the film is pretty firmly squared away on Johnson's story, despite including her equally important colleagues, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, into the story's structure.

So why would Taraji P. Henson take the role of Proud Mary, besides the shot at increasing her profile exponentially should the film be a hit? Well, quite simply, it's a change of pace for her during her hiatus from Empire, which saw her making two films around the same time. Henson explained her feelings about the role of Mary as follows:
It was just different from anything I've ever done before. I really love playing different characters. ... The challenge for me is how do you make a character that people could really hate likeable? She does kill a lot of people, but for good reason.

So not only is Proud Mary a good showcase for Taraji P. Henson's skills as a producer and film lead, but it's also a fantastic opportunity for her to show off her acting muscle as well. And as you'll see in the film's teaser trailer, it looks like it's going to be a hell of a ride.
We'll get to see Henson kicking all sorts of criminal underworld ass in Proud Mary on January 12, 2018.

NEWMUSIC: Jody Watley – ‘Like A Holiday’
 “Wouldn’t it be nice if every day was like a holiday?” incurs R&B/Soul veteran Jody Watley on her holiday-themed single, “Like A Holiday.”
On the inspirational mid-tempo song, co-produced by Watley and her longtime producer Rodney Lee, Watley aims to bring happiness to listeners, despite issues of the world, including political and social problems.

“Like A Holiday” boasts a traditional R&B vibe with Watley using her soothing vocals to issue a message of hope.

Listen to “Like A Holiday” HERE

#NEWHIPHOP: Lil Wayne Drops ‘Dedication 6’ [LISTEN]
Lil Tunechi gives fans a Christmas treat in the form of new music.

As he promised, Dec. 25 Lil Wayne dropped his latest project, Dedication 6.
You get 15 tracks with guest verses from Zoey Dollaz, Nicki Minaj and Cory Gunz, amongst others. However, word is this is only part one, with a second drop of music to follow in the near future.

Listen to Dedication 6 HERE

‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Alum Lizzie Rovsek Files for Divorce From Husband Christian Rovsek
The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Lizzie Rovsek has filed for divorce from her husband after eight years of marriage!
According to court records first obtained by Radar, the RHOC alum, 37, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage against Christian Rovsek on October 19. The outlet further reported that there are no future hearings scheduled for the case and Christian has not yet responded to the filing.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2009, share two children together. In 2014, Rovsek told Radar Online that she and her then-husband “definitely want more babies.” Christian has been noticeably absent from any photos on the swimwear designer’s social media in recent months, though she often posts pictures of their two sons, Kingston and Preston.

The news comes just weeks after Us Weekly confirmed that another Real Housewives of Orange County star, Shannon Beador, had filed for divorce from her husband of 17 years on December 1.

Beador, 53, filed in O.C. Superior Court on Friday, December 1, more than one month after announcing her split in a statement to BravoTv.com. “After much thought and careful consideration, David and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” she said at the time. “We remain partners in parenthood and are committed to raising our three daughters. This is not the future we envisioned, and we kindly ask for privacy, especially for our children, during this transitional time.”

The former couple share three daughters: Sophie, 15, and twins Stella and Adeline, 12.

Eminem Makes Chart History With Eighth Consecutive No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200
Eminem’s ‘Revival‘ debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, granting the artist a record eighth consecutive bow at No. 1. The set starts atop the list with 267,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 197,000 were in traditional album sales.

Blanket Jackson Makes Rare Appearance In Christmas Photo With His Siblings
It was truly a Christmas miracle when Blanket Jackson posed for a holiday photo with his siblings.
Michael Jackson‘s baby boy, who is now 15-years-old, appeared in a photo alongside his sister, Paris Jackson, brother, Prince Jackson and a family friend, Omar Bhatti.

Paris posted the photo on her Instagram page with the caption, “Happy christmas from ours to yours.”

Happy Holidays!

Azealia Banks Apologizes To Beyonce: I felt left out.
 ‘Tis the season to forgive and ask for forgiveness. Just ask Azealia Banks. This week, the controversial rapper apologized to Beyonce. Banks, who had blasted Bey over her latest “Lemonade” album, admitted that she came from a place of feeling ‘left out’. Banks says,

Beyonce, I apologize for throwing tantrums in the past. They totally came from a place of feeling left out.. you’ve inspired so much of the way I think about/value you myself as a performer and I ADORE you. Your presence in the art world and on earth is supernatural and and am so so so inspired by you. YOU DESERVE THE BEST. You deserve the finest things in life AND FINEST ART the art world has to offer. What’s mine is yours… anything you want of my art, etc YOU CAN HAVE. I would give you the clothes off of my back girl!! Thank you for always making the little black girl in me smile?. You’ve truly always been a beacon of light for me and I’m so so humbled by this.

Should Beyonce accept Banks’ apology?

Tidal is Offering Free Trial for Christmas
Tidal is offering a 12-day free trial starting on December 25th. In comparison to normal trials—in which the start and end dates are determined per subscriber—the Tidal trial starts and ends for everyone on December 25th and January 5th, respectively. No credit card is required for the trial, so you can partake without worrying about an unexpected bill. The trial includes access to the premium tier, as well as the lossless Hi-Fi tier.

The free trial comes as Tidal has been working to increase availability, as the service has added support to Sonos speakers and Android TV late this year. Earlier this month, The Verge cited a report in Norway’s Dagens NΓ¦ringsliv which claims new subscriptions have stalled, and the company has only six months of capital left. If you are curious about what Tidal has to offer, the free trial is a good opportunity to get the full experience before it drifts away.

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Start your holiday with #12DaysofTIDAL completely free on TIDAL!

Go ahead and try it out!

#INMEMORIAM: 'Scooby-Doo' Voice Actor Heather North Died of Cardiac Arrest
Heather North -- the longtime voice of Daphne on 'Scooby-Doo' -- died of a heart attack brought on by respiratory disease ...
North's official cause of death is listed as cardiopulmonary arrest with an underlying cause of constrictive bronchiolitis ... according to the death certificate. She also had a very low level of oxygen in her blood when she died on November 29.

The actress passed away at her home in Studio City following a long illness.

Heather starred on 'Scooby' for more than 30 years, and also had on-camera roles on "Days of Our Lives," "The Barefoot Executive," "Mr. Novak," and "The Fugitive."

She was 71.

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EGGPLANT NATION: Meet Mr Drandness
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