The Daily Buzz For Jan 12 ☕📰☕

Ricky Martin & Edgar Ramirez Covers ‘OUT’ Mag Talks American Crime Story!
Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez, stars of the upcoming show The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, are featured on separate covers for Out magazine’s February 2018 issue!

Here’s what the stars of the show had to share with the mag:
Ricky, on the impact playing the role of Antonio D’Amico had: “For many months in this series, I kind of went back into the closet,” the 46-year-old says. “They were not completely out. The fear of being seen holding hands in the streets is not an issue for me anymore, but I relived all of that, and it kinda set me back and gave me a lot of discomfort. But I was playing a part, and I used it. I used that anger and I used that frustration.”
Edgar, on the two love stories in the show: “There are two love stories. One with Antonio, Ricky’s character, and the other with Penélope Cruz’s character, Donatella. Gianni was very devoted to both of them. Ricky and I wanted to be respectful of their relationship and open about how supportive they were of each other. According to everyone I talked to, Gianni was very protective of Antonio, and Antonio was very protective of Gianni.”
For more from the actors, GO HERE

#RHoA: Have you seen Queen Kenya’s Wedding Ring?
In between the news of The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore’s surprise wedding — plus trying to get the deets on her new hubby Marc Daly — one shining detail of recent nuptials has gone a bit underappreciated: her wedding bling.  

In fact, everything happened so fast that we didn’t even get the chance to admire the mega rock that is Kenya’s engagement ring. Now that the cat’s out the bag, the Georgia peach has no problem showing off her ring. We first caught a good glimpse at the ring on Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and we are mesmerized.
Look at the size of this thing! Kenya also got a diamond studded wedding band to match her engagement ring. But there is no denying that her cushion cut engagement ring is the true star of the show. Just imagine how blinding this baby is in person.

We may not know too much about Marc just yet, but one thing is for certain: He has exquisite taste in jewelry.

#MUSICNEWS: Jussie Smollett Adds Black Star Power with Tika Sumpter & Cynthia Erivo For his “Freedom” Video. WATCH IT HERE!
‘Empire’ actor/R&B artist Jussie Smollett unveils the music video for his brand new single “Freedom,” the first release from his upcoming album due out later this spring.
The self-directed clip highlights the relationship of a lesbian couple starred by Tika Sumpter (Southside With You, Ride Along) and Tony and Grammy award winner, Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple). The visual is a celebration of love and the freedom to do so.

Jussie explains, “This video is about love. I wanted to show two people doing the every day things that every single couple does. I see nothing but beauty through the eyes of these characters we’ve created. I hope everyone else does as well. Love is freedom. Freedom is love. Enjoy!”
On the horns-driven offering, the singer/songwriter renders emotionally-rich vocals and introspective lyrics about the freedom to love and be whatever you want.
“It’s a song about complete bliss, not the fantasy or some false sense of security, but love in its most honest and pure form. Whether it’s love for your partner, your family, your people or yourself, when Love is true, there’s a feeling that you can literally fly,” says Smollett. “That’s what I want for myself and every creature on this planet. To me that’s true Freedom.”


Freedom by Jussie Smollett on VEVO.

Jussie’s new album, Sum Of My Music, is slated for March 2nd.

#HIPHOPNEWS: Azealia Banks Preps "Fantasea Two: The Second Wave" Release
Although Harlem musician Azealia Banks often makes headlines for all the wrong reasons, this time around she’s landed in the public eye after announcing more details around her upcoming album.
Banks headed to social media to announce that Fantasea Two: The Second Wave, her follow-up to 2012’s Fantasea, will be released via Entertainment One in March.
“Okay guys!! so Fantasea Two the second wave is going to be released via @entertainmentone. In March of 2018,” Azealia Banks wrote in an Instagram post.
Banks’ Fantasea mixtape, which featured the single “Jumanji” and the Styles P-assisted “Nathan,” was released in July 2012. The rapper’s last mixtape release came with 2016’s Slay-Z, which earned a 3.7/5 in DX’s review.
In between music releases, Banks has flexed her acting chops, starring in the RZA-directed film, Love Beats Rhymes. The film hit theaters last December.

#SADNESS: Parents of Missing UPenn Student, 19, Tearfully Mourn Son: 'Our Family Is Devastated' as he has been Found Dead
Parents of Blaze Bernstein, the University of Pennsylvania sophomore found dead on Tuesday after reported missing on Jan. 3, have spoken out in an emotional statement after identifying their 19-year-old son’s body.
“Blaze was a brilliant, colorful, and charismatic man who shined light on all of the lives of the people and communities he touched. Needless to say, our family is devastated by the news,” Gideon Bernstein and Jeanne Pepper said on Wednesday during a press conference in Lake Forest, California.

“We – like so many of you around the world – love Blaze and wanted nothing more than his safe return,” Blaze’s grieving father said.
“We want to thank all of you who so generously gave of your hearts, time, and energy to help us in the search for Blaze over this past week. As this investigation moves from search and rescue to a homicide investigation, we ask for your continued support in providing tips and information to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department,” he continued.
Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, would not confirm how the pre-med student was killed or what the condition of his body was when it was discovered in Borrego Park in Lake Forest. An autopsy was to be performed on Wednesday.

Authorities are “absolutely killing themselves to bring justice to this family,” Braun said.

The Bernstein family had reported Blaze missing on Jan. 3 after he didn’t make a dental appointment. His parents told police they thought their son was just sleeping in. Blaze was home from college on winter break and was scheduled to return to school that coming Sunday.
Though officials extensively searched Borrego Park for days, Tuesday’s heavy rainfall in the Southern California area was ultimately made Blaze’s body more readily seen by investigators, according to Braun.
“Our family sends you all of our endless love and thanks for what you have done,” Gideon told reporters before tearfully saying, “We have had people do random acts of kindness and so many friends and family who have reached out to us. It’s unbelievable what you people have done for us and our son in his memory.”

“We ask that you, like my father would’ve done for me, do something that can perpetuate Blaze’s memory, this young, bright soul,” the father of three said.
With his arm wrapped around his wife Jeanne in embrace, he concluded: “This woman has been my rock this past week and our children are so strong and we just want to see resolution.
Braun said investigators learned that Blaze was either picked up or met a friend at Borrego Park around 11 p.m. on Jan. 2 and “they got separated somehow and the friend told our investigators that Blaze walked off and he didn’t return, and that was the last time the friend said he saw him.”

The friend told investigators Bernstein was heading in the direction of nearby Whiting Ranch Park when he was last seen, Braun says. The friend allegedly drove off at one point and came back to look for Bernstein but couldn’t find him.

It is still unclear if Bernstein had plans to meet someone else in the park

#GRAMMYS: Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Kesha, SZA, And More are Set To Perform At The Grammy Awards 2018
SZA, Cardi B, and Khalid have been added to the list of artists performing at this year’s Grammy Awards. SZA is the most-nominated female artist at the 2018 event with five nominations, and Cardi B is up for her first award for her record-breaking song “Bodak Yellow.”
Other additions to the confirmed list of performers include Kesha, Bruno Mars, Alessia Cara, Khalid, and Logic, plus Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, P!nk, and Little Big Town were previously announced as confirmed performers.

The 2018 Grammy Awards are set to go down January 28th.

#BLACKHISTORY: ‘Black Panther’ Sold More Advanced Tickets In One Day Than Any Marvel Movie In History
According to Fandango, Black Panther sold more advanced tickets in ONE day than any other Marvel movie in history!
The record was previously held by Captain America: Civil War, but it appears there’s a new captain in town.
Via IndieWire: That record was previously held by “Captain America: Civil War,” which opened in May of 2016 at $179 million. “Black Panther” is the first black lead in a Marvel superhero movie. (Anthony Mackie’s Falcon has appeared in three so far, and will be seen in the forthcoming “Avengers: Infinity War”). Fandango users also voted “Black Panther” he second-most anticipated movie if 2018, behind “Infinity War.”

Directed by “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” is the first standalone film about King T’Challa, the superhero known as Black Panther. Played by Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther first appeared in “Captain America: Civil War,” and excitement has been growing for the film ever since. The all-star cast includes Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger.

#SPORTSNEWS: LA Lakers Pull Offer To Jamil Wilson In Wake Of Herpes Lawsuit!
The L.A. Lakers are reportedly pulling their offer of a 10-day contract from Jamil Wilson in light of the recent lawsuit accusing him of knowingly giving a woman herpes.

Via TMZ: TMZ Sports broke the story … the woman claims she’s been diagnosed with herpes simplex 2 and believes Wilson gave it to her during unprotected sexual encounters. She believes he knew he was a carrier but concealed it from her in order to gain consent.
The Lakers had reportedly planned on signing Wilson on Wednesday … but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team is hitting the brakes. Woj says the team isn’t ruling out signing Wilson somewhere down the line.

Wilson’s agent, Steve McCaskill, told ESPN the player plans on taking legal action of his own.

“Jamil has been irreparably harmed by the recent accusation which has now resulted in damage to his NBA career. We will not tolerate these false accusations, but will pursue all legal remedies with the full force of the law.”

#OOOPS: President Trump Is Wrong On The Black Unemployment Rate Its Not Really An All-Time Low 6.8%
(via Antonio Moore) *Attorney Antonio Moore explains the flaw in the recent 6.8% black unemployment data released by President Donald Trump.
Moore uses research, and data to show that Trump counts Uber drivers, omits the incarcerated, and largely misses out on the vast majority of black unemployed in his 6.8 % calculation.

According to the video Uber and services like it was not counted in labor statistics until May of 2017, incarcerated blacks are left out of employment calculations, and the underemployed are severely underrepresented by President Trump’s administration when they report a all time low of black unemployment.

“What Trump isn’t saying about black unemployment”
“The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News!” Trump tweeted on Jan. 6. “The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history,” he added two days later…

What isn’t improving much is pay. Median weekly earnings for blacks, adjusted for inflation, have risen just 2.5% since 2000, and a scant 0.7% since 2010. So a typical worker earning $1,000 per week in 2010 would be earning $1,007 8 years later. Since that’s adjusted for inflation, it represents progress—but barely enough to measure.

Pay has generally been stagnant across the board, with real earnings for all racial groups inching up just 3.9% since 2000 and 0.9% since 2010. But gains have been smallest for blacks. The chart below shows median weekly earnings for 4 racial categories. For those who can’t make out the color codes, the line representing Asian is on top, followed by white, all groups combined, African-American and Hispanic.

#PROUDMARY: Taraji P. Henson, Bevy Smith + More Attend ‘Proud Mary’ NYC Dinner
Check out photos from the recent “Proud Mary” Dinner & Tastemakers Event that took place in New York City in celebration of the film’s debut this Friday.
The evening was held at Zuma and was hosted by on-air personality Bevy Smith followed by an Q&A session with the film’s star—Taraji P. Henson—discussing her first time as a lead in an action movie, female empowerment and much more.
Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails including: Proud Mary Sidecar (Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, Grand Marnier, Fresh Lemon juice), Hitwoman 75 (Hennessy V.S.O.PPrivilège, Simple syrup, Fresh Lemon juice, Top with Chandon), Taraji Passion (Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, Lemon juice, Spoonful of Passion fruit Puree) and Hennessy X.O (HennessyX.O, Hand cut Ice)

The evening also featured an exclusive gathering of media personalities and influencers such as Tamron Hall, Angie Martinez, Emil Wilbekin and many more!

“Proud Mary” follows a hit woman (Taraji P. Henson) working for an organized crime family in Boston, who life is turned around when she meets a young boy who path she crossed when a profession goes bad.

Check out more photos below
Proud Mary is out FRIDAY!

Jennifer Lopez Will Make A ‘Will & Grace’ Appearance In Twin Role
Jennifer Lopez will guest-star as herself and as her character from Shades of Blue, detective Harlee Santos, in an upcoming Will & Grace.
The air date and additional details will be announced. The episode is part of the Will & Grace extended return for a 16-episode first season and a 13-episode second season. The show was resurrected for NBC on Sept. 28 and became the network’s most-watched comedy in 12 years. For its premiere, the series registered 5.0 in the 18-49 demo and 15.8 million viewers (L+7).
Originally debuting in 1998, Will & Grace has been nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, winning 16 of them, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan write and executive produce. James Burrows directs and executive produces. Will & Grace is produced by Universal Television.

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