The Daily Buzz For March 5 ☕📰☕

Solange for Billboard: Speaks on Music, Fashion and More!
She is the younger sister of music icon Beyonce. And Solange Knowles recently revealed she's 'not interested in entertainment' while posing on the cover of the March issue of Billboard.
The 31-year-old singer said: 'I’m clear within myself that I’m not interested in entertainment at this moment,' when asked about her professional focus.

Solange continued her statement: 'That might change. There might be a moment where I decide, "Hey, I love the game." For right now, I’m not [there].'
The mother-of-one changed up her look by swapping her black gown for a turtleneck bodysuit, which highlighted her toned legs.
In 2016, Solange went straight to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with A Seat at the Table.
The album was hailed by fans for it's politically-charged lyrics and nod to black womanhood, much like sister Beyonce's chart-topping Lemonade album.
The duo made history when they became the first sisters to have number one albums on the Billboard 200 during the same year.
Earlier this month, the talented artist was named Harvard Foundation artist of the year.

#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Calls Kim Zolciak ''A Big Fat Lie'' over her Racially Charged Lawsuit!
NeNe Leakes isn't holding back when it comes to Kim Zolciak-Biermann. During an interview with E!'s Daily Pop today, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed that she has yet to hear from Zolciak-Biermann's lawyer regarding a supposed lawsuit.

In case you missed it, back in October Leakes called Zolciak-Biermann and her daughter Brielle Biermann "racist trash" after the 21-year-old shot a video allegedly taken inside Leakes' house of a bug crawling on the floor.
In which back then Zolciak-Biermann revealed, "I've hired a legal counsel at this point. I don't take this lightly. It's one thing like I said to kind of banter back and forth and have an opinion. This is far beyond just having an opinion."

"Listen. Every time Kim opens her mouth, it's most of the time, at least eighty percent of the time, a big fat lie," Leakes revealed today. "No lawyer has ever contacted me about a lawsuit dealing with Kim. She's gone out everywhere saying she has a lawsuit. Well, they need to contact me at some point, don't you think?"
When the show's co-host Morgan Stewart asked if Leakes has a place in her heart for Zolciak-Biermann despite their feud, she made her answer loud and clear.

"No, let me explain," she said. "I do have a golden heart, which is why I have agreed to be in situations with Kim so many times. This season when I came back to the show, my heart was very open to Kim. I wanted us to have a good time. Every time I was around her, I made sure to compliment her to make her comfortable. She never brought good energy, she was always very mean."

She continued, "I need everyone to understand, Kim does not want to be friends with me. She wants to be the bigger person and see, the two of us together, I get attention and you're never going to be bigger than me, child. Just go on somewhere."

"I harbor no bad feelings towards Kim," Leakes said. "I just have nothing to do with her. She's not going to be in my life, I don't even want to speak to her."

#EMPIRE: Gabby Sidibe slammed Hollywood for paying her male co-stars more than her
"The only difference is genitals."

Gabourey Sidibe has never backed down from a fight, and she's not going to start now. The actress is living proof that it's possible to initiate change in Hollywood, which is why she's speaking out about a major issue female stars are STILL dealing with.
Sidibe attended the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event where she discussed pay inequality in Hollywood.
"Oscar nominated or not, I'm paid less than my male co-stars, in the same way a lot of women are," she said.
According to a recent study, women have the "potential" to make just as much as their male counterparts on one condition.
The study explained women need an additional degree in order to earn as much as their male counterparts, even if the men only have a single degree. Sounds fair, right?

We can only hope that Hollywood will start listening to people like Sidibe and lasting change will come for all women.

#NEWMUSICVIDEO from Chris Brown – ‘Tempo’
Chris Brown takes us on a grungy yet futuristic dance voyage in his latest music video for “Tempo,” a song from his platinum-certified album, ‘Heartbreak On A Full Moon.’

In the clip, Brown and his crew of dancers deliver an apocalyptic vibe to what looks to be a peaceful neighborhood, specifically Temp St. The ragamuffin cliche don face paint like something out of a Zombie film, go on a dancing crime spree on top of a truck and in a bunch of houses before robbing the joints bats and nunchucks. They even got the local Paperboy to join the crew.


The “tempo” visual follow brown’s recent collaborations: Blac Youngsta’s “Booty (Remix)” With Jeezy & Trey Songz and “Stranger Things” with Joyner Lucas.

#HIPHOPREWIND: De La Soul ‘Three Feeet and Rising’
1989: Three friends from New York decide to join up and form a rap group, then made a tremendous impact with their first album.

Dave, Posdnuos and Maceo originally formed the rap trio De La Soul in 1987. The group stuck out from the crowd, through their Afrocentric, yet off-kilter, style of dress and positive subject matter. They all met up in a Long Island high school, and after releasing some early music, caught the attention of legendary producer Prince Paul. This union would prove vital, as he would have a hand in every beat on De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, which dropped on this day in 1989.

De La Soul's first full-length album was a runaway success. 3 Feet High and Rising peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, and led the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The singles before the album's release were "Plug Tunin,'" which is the song that won Prince Paul over, and "Potholes in My Lawn," which hit No. 22 on the 1988 Hot Rap Singles chart. After the album dropped, the timeless "Me, Myself and I" was the biggest single. The song hit No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and the Hot Rap Singles charts. It also peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Outside of the accolades, 3 Feet High and Rising was the polar opposite of street rap, which was heating up at the time. De La Soul never aimed to be the antithesis to what was going on in rap, even though the media used them as such. They were three guys who loved rap, being themselves the best way they knew how.

The Independent Spirit Awards winners 2018: SEE THE FULL LIST!
No Sunken Place here – Get Out was crowned Best Feature at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.
Jordan Peele’s social thriller picked up the top prize at the awards ceremony celebrating independent films, traditionally held on the eve of the Oscars. Peele also received the Best Director award earlier in the ceremony.

“I think it’s clear to everybody in this room and across the country and across the world that we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room — the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years — are being honored and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said, accepting the Best Feature prize. “I’m so proud to be here with this group of people receiving this.”

Frances McDormand also continued her streak of landing leading actress prizes for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — but this time, she noted, she could curse during the IFC-aired telecast without having to worry about being bleeped. “Do you know how hard it’s been not to swear these past few months?” she asked. “Because this awards convention goes on for-f—ing-ever.”

I, Tonya’s Allison Janney and Three Billboards’ Sam Rockwell also shored up their status as supporting actress and actor frontrunners with wins in their respective Spirit Awards categories. Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet won the award for Best Male Lead, while Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards have correctly predicted the Oscars’ Best Picture winner the last four years running, including last year with Moonlight. Whether that streak holds will be revealed at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, where Get Out competes against presumed frontrunners The Shape of Water and Three Billboards — both of which were not nominated in the Spirits’ Best Feature category — as well as Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, and The Post.

Check out the full list of Film Independent Spirit Awards winners below.


(Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

(Award given to the director and producer.)

WINNER: Ingrid Goes West
Director: Matt Spicer
Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.
(Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
WINNER: Life and nothing more
Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos


WINNER: Jordan Peele
Get Out


WINNER: Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird


WINNER: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick  


WINNER: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Call Me by Your Name


WINNER: Tatiana S. Riegel
I, Tonya         


WINNER: Frances McDormand
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

WINNER: Timothée Chalamet
Call Me by Your Name


WINNER: Allison Janney
I, Tonya


WINNER: Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

(Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.)

Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

(Award given to the director and producer.)

WINNER: Faces Places
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda

(Award given to the director.)

WINNER: A Fantastic Woman
Director: Sebastián Lelio

BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

WINNER: Chloé Zhao

JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by the Jeep brand.
WINNER: Jonathan Olshefski
Director of Quest

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

WINNER: Justin Chon
Director of Gook

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 21st annual Producers Award, funded by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim
Ben LeClair
Summer Shelton

Congrats to All!

Tiffany Haddish Responds To Beyoncé’s Non-Disclosure Agreement Lyrics In ‘Top Off’
A few folks accused me of reaching when I said Beyoncé put Tiffany Haddish on notice in her verse on DJ Khaled‘s “Top Off,” but apparently that isn’t the case.
The actress and comedian knows she innocently spilled the Carter’s tea.
After Tiffany heard the song, she took to social media to let everyone know she loves Beyoncé’s verse and she’d gladly sign a NDA to party with the Queen Bey.

Will Packer & Universal Pictures = A New Comedy ‘Fight Night’
Award winning film producer Will “Power” Packer is teaming up with Universal Pictures for a new comedy titled Fight Night.

According to Packer’s Instagram page, Fight Night is the story of Atlanta-based hustler Gordon “Chicken Man” Williams and Atlanta’s first black detective, JD Hudson. Set in 1970 on the eve of Muhammad Ali’s comeback fight in Atlanta, the film centers on a post-fight party thrown by Williams that was attended by the most dangerous gangsters in the country. They were all robbed at gunpoint of more than $1 million, making it to this day the largest heist in Georgia history.

S&A is reporting that the film will be written by Lars Jacobson along with Packer co-producing and lifestyle guru Kenny Burns serving as executive producer. He is credited with bringing the story to Packer’s attention.

We will will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

Is Tiny's New Manager Causing Trouble in Xscap3?
Insiders claim Tiny's Harris' new manager is causing friction in Xscap3...

Snitch over at Rhymes with Snitch claims they recieved a tip this week claiming Tiny Harris' new manager is bumping heads with LaTocha Scott's husband/manager Rocky Bivens because he caught Tiny's manager trying to cut side deals behind the group's back and because of rumors she stole money from her former business partner Atlanta celebrity hair stylist Derek J.

The source claims Tiny has NO IDEA what her new manager is up to.

#DOGOODERS: Disney Donates $1 Million To Boys & Girls Club For STEM Programs!
Black Panther came out and set Black History Month on FIRE. And with all its success, Disney has decided to celebrate the incredible film in a MAJOR way.

The company imitates the ending of the film by donating $1 million to create STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Woot!

It's the perfect gift as it correlates with the technology theme in the film and how it empowered a group of people. Without giving TOO much of the movie away, Wakanda was the most technologically advanced country ran by a fictional metal called vibranium. Black Panther's sister Shuri, a 16-year-old female, was the one who invented and controlled much of the technology her brother used to fight evil. How cool is that?
Now, young students enrolled in STEM programs will be able to do the same.

“It’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” Robert A. Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, said in a statement.

The money will create 12 new STEM centers in several cities across the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Washington and Oakland, Calif. -- where Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was born and where some of the film takes place.

"The organization’s STEM curriculum gives young people the chance at an early age to have hands-on experiences, like building bridges and light bulbs and creating rock candy," Chrissy Booth, senior director of youth development programs for the Boys & Girls Club.

This is great! #WAKANDAFOREVER

Columbus Short Sentenced To A Year In Jail After Hitting His NEW Wife
Columbus Short is headed to the concrete motel for a year.
The actor appeared in a Los Angeles court on Friday to face charges from a November incident where he hit his new wife, Aida Abramyan, during an argument.
Columbus pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 36 months probation and domestic violence education.

Unfortunately, the new charges violated Columbus’ probation from 2014 when he mollywopped a man in a bar fight.

So, he was sentenced to a year in jail.

Philando Castile Charity Covers Entire School District’s Lunch Debt
Even in death He has done well!

(Via HuffPo) The cafeteria supervisor’s memory will live on in this charity by ensuring no student goes hungry.
Two years after he was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota, Philando Castile is still helping students afford lunch.

A charity created in Castile’s honor has paid off the lunch debt for every student in the 56 schools in the St. Paul Public School District, including the school where Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor.
“That means no parent of the 37,000 kids who eat meals at school need worry about how to pay that overdue debt,” a charity organizer wrote on the “Philando Feeds the Children” fundraising page.

Castile had worked as a cafeteria supervisor at the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul for two years at the time he was killed.
Families said students at the school took his death especially hard.
In 2017, around the anniversary of Castile’s death, families of children at J.J. Hill told the Pioneer Press that Castile often high-fived students and helped them with their lunches.

“It’s one thing to say he was a good guy, and it’s another thing to know he was a good guy,” Eisen Ramgren, a student’s parent, told the St. Paul newspaper.
Pam Fergus, an educator who launched the charity, told CNN she delivered a $35,000 check to the St. Paul Public School District this week. The charity, which had an original goal of raising $5,000, now has more than $117,000 in donations, according to the YouCaring page. The funds will continue to pay for student lunches “for years to come,” Fergus wrote in a fundraising update.

Fergus told Fox 9 News that Castile was known at his school for paying for students’ lunches when they couldn’t afford it.
“Philando was famous for that,” she said. “His mother told me that every day he would call her after leaving his job at J.J. Hill and talk about the kids. Another kid didn’t have the money in his account, so Philando would take $3 out of his pocket and buy that kid’s lunch for the day.”
In July 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Castile after pulling him over for a broken taillight in a St. Paul suburb.
Yanez maintained that he thought Castile was reaching for the weapon, while Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend who filmed the traffic stop from the passenger seat, said he was reaching for his wallet.
Footage of the incident from a police dash cam and Reynolds’ camera shows Castile calmly telling Yanez he had a firearm. After the shooting, Reynolds said Yanez had just asked Castile for his license and registration, adding that Castile was licensed to carry.

Castile’s death sparked nationwide protests against police violence after the shooting and again after Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.
Now that the charity has reached well over its fundraising goal, Fergus hopes it can continue to raise money for more schools in Minnesota.

“I don’t know how much it would take to help the whole state of Minnesota,” Fergus told CNN. “There is no end goal. Basically, I want a million bucks in there.”

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