The Daily Buzz For Jan 9 ☕πŸ“°☕

Solange Stuns on the Cover of 'Surface' Magazine!
After modelling in the latest Helmut Lang campaign, Solange now graces the cover of Surface Magazine‘s January/February issue. The singer sports bright blonde braids paired with striking read beads, as well as a pair of George Keburia‘s iconic “Scarlet Red” shades. Titled “Spaces and Places,” the singer talks her critically acclaimed album A Seat at The Table, as well as how her career has transformed during the past year.

Head over to Surfacemag.com to purchase the issue, and see the gorgeous cover lensed by Andrew Zuckerman above.

AND THE ROLL TIDES ON! Alabama stuns Georgia in overtime 26-23 to win national title!
ATLANTA — Nick Saban has his fifth national championship at Alabama. And it came in overtime.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime to complete a crazy second-half comeback to win the College Football Playoff 26-23 over Georgia.

Much like he did two years ago with an onside kick in the second half against Clemson in the National Championship Game, Saban made an aggressive decision in the final half Monday night. He benched quarterback Jalen Hurts after a porous first half and gave the offensive reins to freshman Tagovailoa
The decision worked out. Tagovailoa threw his second touchdown of the evening with 3:49 left in the game when he bought time and found Calvin Ridley in the end zone for a seven-yard score. The throw came on a 4th and 4 and tied the game at 20-20.

After forcing a Georgia punt, Alabama drove down the field to set up a potential game-winning field goal by Andy Pappanastos as time expired. But Pappanastos missed his second field goal of the game badly to the left, sending it to overtime.
Georgia took a 13-0 lead into halftime thanks to a great drive to end the half. After starting the scoring with two field goals, wide receiver Mecole Hardman scored a rushing touchdown with seven seconds left to cap a nine-play drive.

The good vibes continued for Georgia fans shortly after halftime, even after Tagovailoa threw a touchdown pass on the Tide’s second possession of the game. After Alabama cut the Georgia lead to 20-7, Georgia QB Jake Fromm found Hardman for an 80-yard touchdown.
But the game turned two possessions later. Tagovailoa was picked off and Georgia had a chance to go up three scores and salt the game away. It didn’t happen. Fromm was intercepted by Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis. The interception only turned into a field goal, but the comeback was on from there.
Two years ago, Alabama tied Clemson 24-24 in the fourth quarter and called for an onside kick with just over 10 minutes to go in the game. That aggressive decision worked out crazily well too, as the Tide took the lead two plays later and held on for a 45-40 win.
That was Saban’s fourth championship at Alabama and his fifth overall. With six overall (he won one at LSU), Saban ties Alabama legend Bear Bryant for the most national championships in college football history.
Hurts entered Monday’s game 25-2 in his career as Alabama’s starter and officially moves to 26-2 with the win. But he struggled mightily in the first half, completing three of eight passes for 21 yards. After Tagovailoa entered, Alabama’s offense became more dynamic as the Tagovailoa went downfield early and often.

The starter was smiling as he was interviewed on the field about Tagovailoa’s performance. Hurts was a constant supportive presence to Tagovailoa in the second half, offering encouragement to the freshman dropped into a seemingly untenable task.

“He stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. “Did his thing for the team.”
Hurts took over as Alabama’s starter officially in the second game of the 2016 season and never relinquished the job, even after Tagovailoa’s presence on campus made many Alabama fans wonder if there was a quarterback controversy at hand.
Tagovailoa was the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017 and saw some playing time over the course of the season, though it was clear that Hurts was the starting quarterback. Now, it’s probably not so clear going forward. But that’s to worry about later.

Congrats BAMA!

#RHoA: Cynthia Bailey, Who? Peter Thomas Seems Crazy in Love With a New Woman!
On to the next one! Nearly a year after finalizing his divorce from Cynthia Bailey, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas has seemingly found someone else. The club and restaurant owner — who relocated from Atlanta to Charlotte, NC, to oversee his Sports One and Club One locations — recently posted a photo of himself and a mystery lady giving each other a kiss on New Year’s Eve.

“NYE KISS,” he captioned the pic. In the photo, Peter’s apparent girlfriend (who is untagged in the post) leans in for a smooch as her man gives a smug expression to the camera. This isn’t the first time Peter’s unidentified significant other has appeared on his social media. On Dec. 10, he shared a selfie of the same woman, writing, “BEAUTIFUL.”
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Peter confirms the relationship himself. (Hopefully, we’ll get a name soon!) The Bravolebrity’s PDA with his new love interest comes months after his rumored romance with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast member Sina Bina. However, the mom-of-two — who shares twin daughters Eden and Allon with rapper Joc — insisted to Radar Online last May that she and Peter were never an item.
During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Peter’s former spouse Cynthia, 50, revealed that she and her ex don't keep tabs on each other's dating lives post-split. “We’re not together anymore so I’m not there when he watches [me date on RHOA]. He told me actually — I spoke to him a couple of days ago — he said that he hasn’t really watched it,” the model explained. “Um, I don’t imagine that it’s easy. I mean I don’t want to watch his dating life on TV so I kind of get it. Um, I guess it’s as well as to be expected. But we are officially divorced and we have both moved on so…”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Bravo Sundays at 8 p.m. EST.

#EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett explores 'Freedom' outside 'Empire' on debut single
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett released his debut single "Freedom" on Jan. 4. He goes it alone on the new ballad.
"Freedom" is the lead single from Smollett's upcoming debut album, Sum of My Music. Jussie rose to prominence playing Jamal Lyon on FOX's show "Empire," where he has racked up a number of hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his castmates. Smollett teased his own music with last year's politically-charged "F.U.W." and he's continuing to aim for solo success with "Freedom."
Smollett's "Freedom" is not to be confused with the "Empire" song of the same name. Backed by a gospel organ and glints of synths, Jussie goes all in surrendering himself completely to love. "You see my scars and you know all my flaws / It's like freedom when you're with me," he sings. Smollett's voice is center stage as he takes the powerful lyrics to church. "Freedom" is a thing of beauty with Jussie preaching his heart out.

"Freedom" is now available on iTunes and Apple Music. Smollett's Sum of My Music album will be released on March 2.

#MUSICNEWS: Justin Timberlake Announces “The Man Of The Woods Tour”
Pop/soul superstar Justin Timberlake announces the 27-city “The Man Of The Woods Tour” set to kick off on March 13 in Toronto. The trek will make stops in major cities like Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, and Houston, before wrapping in his hometown of Memphis on May 30.

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, January 16 at Ticketmaster.com. Members of The Tennessee Kids Fan Club and American Express members are eligible for pre-sale ticket purchases starting Wednesday, January 10th. For complete The Man Of The Woods Tour VIP packages information or to purchase, visit www.VIP.justintimberlake.com.

Timberlake’s last tour was the critically acclaimed The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which sold out arenas and stadiums around the globe in 2013 and 2014.

The “Man Of The Woods Tour” is named after Timberlake’s forthcoming album, Man Of The Woods, set for release on February 2. Headed by the Timbaland and Danja-produced single, “Filthy,” the LP provides a self-reflective look at Timberlake’s journey into fatherhood, and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences.

Prior to the tour, Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 4. This will be his third time performing at the most-watched musical event of the year, making it the highest number of appearances by an individual entertainer.

3/13/2018 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
3/18/2018 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
3/21/2018 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
3/25/2018 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
3/27/2018 – Chicago, IL – United Center
3/31/2018 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
4/2/2018 –  Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
4/4/2018 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
4/8/2018 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
4/12/2018 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
4/14/2018 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
4/24/2018 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
4/28/2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
5/2/2018 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
5/5/2018 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
5/7/2018 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
5/9/2018 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/11/2018 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
5/14/2018 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
5/15/2018 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
5/18/2018 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
5/19/2018 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
5/23/2018 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
5/27/2018 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
5/30/2018 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum

#HIPHOPNEWS: Remy Ma Previews Scathing ‘Roll In Peace’ Remix
Remy Ma is reloaded for 2018. After feuding with Nicki Minaj, the battle-tested MC delivers another scathing rhyme, this time at an unnamed target over Kodak Black’s “Roll in Peace” instrumental.

Reminisce previewed the fiery track on Instagram, while mouthing the words to her blistering disses. “You can’t fuck with me, baby, you don’t understand, bitch / This for Remy Mafia, I do this for my fans, bitch,” she raps. “I get 100 bands, bitch / You ain’t even got no man, bitch / Why would I give you a chance, shorty, when I can give you these hands, bitch? / You don’t want smoke with me / You really a joke to me.”

Later, she continues her slights. “She envy me / She wanna be Remy / And she ain’t even Hennessy / You ain’t gonna come for me / Bitch, you ain’t gonna send for me / I got all these friend requests from back-up pages of my enemies.”

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The snippet prompted speculations over who the rhymes could be about. Some wondered if these were shots at Azealia Banks, since the two engaged in a recent back-and-forth on social media. Others pondered whether Remy’s relationship with Cardi had soured, particularly due to the Henny reference, since Bacardi’s sister’s name is Hennessy.

In any case, Remy is working on her sophomore album, 7 Winters & 6 Summers, which is slated to arrive at some point this year. She and Papoose are also rumored to be expecting their first child together.

OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020? Oprah Winfrey 'actively thinking' about running for president
Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday.
The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey's extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.

Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.
One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.

A representative for Winfrey has not responded to requests for comment.
The Democratic race for president won't officially begin until after the 2018 midterms, but many potential candidates are already jostling for position and making trips to Iowa.
"President Winfrey" was the talk of the entertainment world after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. And the "Oprah for president?" possibility was a top story on morning TV.

The touchstone of her speech was the #MeToo movement. But her hopeful message -- "A new day is on the horizon" -- could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry.
Many liberal-leaning celebrities and viewers certainly heard it that way. And that may have been exactly what Winfrey wanted.

As some political strategists have pointed out in the past year, her fame and wealth could make her a formidable Democratic Party candidate. But insiders have their doubts too: Would Americans really choose a TV star as president twice in a row?
For now, it's all just talk. But her fans demonstrated a lot of wishful thinking on Twitter and Facebook after her speech.
Winfrey has deflected questions about a presidential run in the past, but she has also acknowledged that President Trump's election upended assumptions about how to pursue political office.
After the speech, Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham was quoted saying a run is a possibility.

"It's up to the people," Graham told a Los Angeles Times reporter. "She would absolutely do it."

H&M Apologizes For Using Black Child To Sell ‘Coolest Monkey’ Top
H&M was forced to apologize Monday for using a black child to model a sweatshirt with a “coolest monkey in the jungle” slogan.
The company removed the offending ad from its website after hundreds of social media users accused it of being racist. It continues to sell the hooded top online.
“This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologize to anyone this may have offended,” said H&M (HNNMY) spokeswoman Anna Eriksson.
The image of the child in the hoodie appeared on the British version of the Swedish retailer’s online store.

Social media users pointed out that two other tops from the same line, one that said “survival expert” and one with images of animals, were modeled by white children.

“In the year 2018 there’s no way brands/art directors can be this negligent and lack awareness…. We have to do better,” designer Alex Medina said on Twitter, one of many who voiced their outrage over the advert.

Whatever you still lost a customer!

Oh? Tamar Braxton Falls Apart on Stage and Toni comes to the RESCUE!
Toni Braxton was the special guest of Tamar Braxton for the final show of The Great Xscape Tour and Toni had to save the day after Tamar's costume fell apart onstage...

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Tamar learn to keep moving wardrobe malfunction and all!

Jennifer Williams plans on suing OWN TV!
The messiness that is the relationship … or should we say the ex-relationship between Tim Norman and former “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams, has taken a turn.
Apparently when Jennifer weighed in on an episode of Tim’s show, “Welcome To Sweetie Pies,” which airs on OWN, we’re told the network was live-tweeting about the episode and the reality star suggested that they refrain from tweeting about her, unless they wanted to deal with a lawsuit a lawsuit.
Hmm, this could get real interesting. One way or another. Stay tuned!

ABC Boss Blames The Mayor's Likely Cancellation on 'Political Fatigue'
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Monday, ABC president Channing Dungey speculated that the current political climate contributed to the comedy’s quasi-cancellation. (The network pulled the well-reviewed series off the schedule last week with four episodes left to air.)

“I feel like the show arrived on the scene at a time when people were feeling a little bit fatigued about anything that had to do with politics,” Dungey told reporters. “And I think even our title, The Mayor, maybe didn’t help us because when you watch the show it was so much about that workplace family, as well as his relationship with his mom, and [not] so much about politics.”

Dungey conceded that The Mayor’s failure “was a little bit of a heartbreak for all of us,” adding, “We really went full-blazes with marketing. It was a top priority for us in terms of the campaign… It did not connect with the audience in the way that we were hoping that it would. I still stand by with the creative. I think we had an incredible cast.

“The issue did not seem to be one of the audience not knowing that the show was there, which is sometimes the case,” she continued. “People knew — they just didn’t come. And what was more disappointing for me, personally, was the delayed viewing numbers also continued to drop. And that’s the biggest signal that, ultimately, for whatever reason, it was not a show that’s connecting.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spin-Off Brings Gender Equality To Firefighting
Shonda Rimes has always spearheaded inclusivity and equality in her shows, and the as-yet unnamed Grey’s Anatomy spin-off will continue that theme, bringing gender diversity to the male-dominated field of firefighting.

The show will depict a team of Seattle firefighters based a few blocks away from the Grey’s Anatomy hospital, following Grey’s Anatomy character Ben Warren (Jason George)’s transition from the field of surgery to firefighting. The fire team will feature three women, which  interestingly genuinely reflects Seattle’s gender diversity in the field.

“Traditionally, there are far more men than women in the world of firefighting,”exec producer Stacy McKee said on a panel at TCA on Monday. “What’s amazing about our station and fantastic about Seattle in general is we have three awesome women who are very strong within our station itself, and some of them are in positions of power. But if you look at Seattle, it has one of the highest percentages in the nation of women in firefighting, so that was a really important aspect to me in thinking about setting the spin-off.”

Speaking on selecting a Latina lead in Jaine Lee Ortiz, Rimes firmly pointed out that diversity and equality is never shoehorned into her shows and is always an organic reflection of real world. “I understand that for other shows maybe, and for other people it’s a difficult thing for them to do, maybe because they don’t experience the world as a person of color,” she said. “But it’s not that difficult to do, to me, and it’s not a thing that I set out to do. I look around the world and I see lots of different people, I look around the acting world and I see lots of different people. We cast the world as I see it. I don’t think that’s a special thing to do, I think that’s a normal thing to do. I think what other people are doing is a little bit abnormal.”

For George, moving down the street to the firehouse was a helpful transition because he had already played the role for some years, plus he didn’t have to bid a final farewell to his Grey’s co-stars, since there will be some crossover. “There’s this emotional moment of saying good bye to people and giving hugs, then also I realized I’ll be back in about two months, so I’m not leaving home entirely.”

Tonally, the show will have some factors that set it apart from Grey’s, for example a signature pre-cap. “We ended each act with a little bit of a pre-cap of the next act that’s coming up,” exec producer Paris Barclay said. But the show will definitely still feel like part of the Grey’s family. “It’s like having dinner at your uncle’s but your mother’s still cooking.”

Sterling K. Brown makes history with best actor in a drama win at Golden Globes
Sterling K. Brown officially made Golden Globes history Sunday night. The This Is Us starred nabbed his first Golden Globe — for Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama — and became the first black actor to ever win in the category.

And he thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for the opportunity.

“Now, Dan Fogelman, throughout the majority of my career, I’ve benefited from colorblind casting, which means, hey, let’s throw a brother in there. That’s always really cool,” Brown said as he accepted his award. “But Dan Fogelman, you wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man. So what I appreciate so much about this is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”

Backstage after his big win, Brown spoke about making history with his win. “I was thinking I’ve never been the first brother to do anything,” he said. “I was the fourth black student council at my high school, I was the second black JV captain of my basketball team. To finally be the first of something is interesting because I never consider myself a trailblazer… I try to stand in my truth all the time. If I come from a place of truth all the time, then I can’t worry about trying to be Jackie Robinson or anybody else. I’m honored that they chose to honor a little network show and a character that gets 45 minutes to tell their story when other shows have 60. I feel a tremendous amount of pride and I look forward to seeing someone else stand up here and hold this trophy not 75 years from now.”

In the family drama and perpetual tearjerker, Brown stars as Randall Pearson, the adopted black son of a white family. He reconnects with his biological father (played by Ron Cephas Jones) in the first season and explores being a foster parent in the second. “We’re able to take the mundane, the routine, the ordinary, and are able to create something that is epic, and larger than just life itself,” he told EW in November. “Life is big, and it has all these different twists and turns.”

Brown previously won an Emmy for his performance — a historic win, as it made him the first black actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series since 1998 — along with an Emmy the year before for his turn as Chris Darden in the first season of American Crime Story.

The actor beat out Jason Bateman of Ozark, Freddie Highmore of The Good Doctor, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, and Liev Schreiber of Ray Donovan for the win.

At first I thought that outfit was cut custom, but now I’m starting to think it’s just kinda being slowly dissolved and eaten away like it’s coming into contact with acid.

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