The Daily Buzz For May 23 ☕πŸ“°☕

Danai Gurira Looks Beautiful For ‘Ebony’ Magazine [Photos]
Black Panther starlet Danai Gurira looks absolutely radiant for the new cover of EBONY magazine. The actress, playwright, producer and activist is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic in these beautiful images shot by renowned photographer Dennis Leupold.
“Growing up at a time when you didn’t often see yourself represented in popular media, #EbonyMagazine was always that source of edification celebrating Black voices, history, and achievements. Really enjoyed shooting this cover and sharing my story with them. Thanks so much @ebonymagazine,” said Gurira on social media.
According to EBONY, Gurira rocked to Diana Ross‘ classic 70s hit “The Boss” while doing her photo shoot.

#RHoA: Kim Zolciak Says NeNe Leakes Tried to ‘Kick’ Her at ‘RHOA’ Reunion
Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes just can’t kiss and makeup. After Andy Cohen admitted he felt the Don’t Be Tardy star was ganged up on by her castmates during last month’s explosive Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, the two women reignited the drama between them over social media on Monday, May 21.
 “Atlanta this season, I had a really rough time with the last chunk of that when Kim was on because it got very… I hate a five against one situation,” Cohen said during a recent appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show. “It is a gang up and the problem is that Kim was not …  It’s less problematic when the person is good at taking up for themselves and Kim was not having an easy time with her words …  No one was listening to me and I really did not have control of the room and I wish that I had walked off.”

Leakes was the first to respond to the Watch What Happens Live host’s comments on Monday, writing, “If Kim was gained up on, she deserved it! That’s what happens when u talk reckless abt EVERYBODY! Oh & no one cared abt me getting gained up on season 7. Think Dr Jeff situation, wearing all white at the reunion. Cynthia, peter, Claudia, Kenya & Kandi all had something 2 say 2 me. I don’t remember anybody caring🀷🏾‍♀️ just sayin.”
The former Glee actress added: “Just replying back to everybody blowing me up abt this video just saying! Just answering the people.”

Later on Monday, a fan tweeted about the interview to Zolciak, commenting that Cohen saying the reality TV star was “ganged up on blows [her] mind.”

“Sweetie you didn’t see an 1/4 of what happened this season or an 1/8 of reunion! I had positive moments Irregardless Im comfortable w/ who I am and what I stand for it’s television!” Zolciak tweeted. “The reunion was disgusting! Nene trying to kick me, girls making fun of my children, mocking my … Husband, I do not pick on people’s children, husbands! You are clueless human being! Sending love and light.”
 “Living MY dream!” added the “Google Me” singer, who is currently filming season 7 of her family’s spinoff after briefly halting production due to the drama.

The problems between Leakes and Zolciak started during season 10 of RHOA after the latter’s daughter Brielle Biermann took a video that she claimed showed roaches in Leakes’ home. As a result, the women on the series called Zolciak racist during the reunion. She was slammed for making a comment that racism isn’t “real” and apologized for her comments in a lengthy statement at the time.

“During the last RHOA reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize,” the statement read. “Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep — I am open to all and always have been.”

#Empire Co-Creator Danny Strong has a New lawyer series on Fox that will shoot in Chicago
Fox has ordered a new series about lawyers from one of the creators of “Empire,” and like that hip-hop-flavored hit, it is expected to be shot in Chicago.

“Proven Innocent” will star Rachelle Lefevre, who played reporter Julia Shumway on CBS’ “Under the Dome,” as the head of a law firm that investigates cases believed to be wrongful convictions.
It comes from producer Danny Strong, who created “Empire” with filmmaker Lee Daniels.

Also in the cast are Russell Hornsby (“Grimm”), Riley Smith (“Frequency”), Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) and Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”). The series pilot was shot in Chicago earlier in the spring, and a spokesman for producing company Twentieth Century Fox Television told the Sun-Times, “I know of no plans to move the show.”
That makes five broadcast network series filming here, along with “Empire” and NBC’s trio of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.” All were renewed for another season in recent days.

The series order comes a year after the cancellation of another locally made law show, the “Chicago P.D.” spinoff “Chicago Justice.”

#NewMusicVideo from Sza “Garden” Co-Starring Donald Glover
SZA invites us into a fantasy paradise in the anticipated video for “Garden (Say It Like Dat).”

Directed by Karena Evans (Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”), the dreamlike visual was shot around a forest and rocky beach in Maui. It opens at night with SZA lying in the sand. As the sun rises she explores the majestic landscape and cozies up to her man, played by Donald Glover.


 “Garden” is the latest release from SZA’s platinum debut Ctrl and follows videos for “Doves in the Wind,” “Broken Clocks,” “Supermodel,” “The Weekend,” “Drew Barrymore,” and “Love Galore.”

#HipHopNews: Meek Mill Shouts Out Drake In "What's Beef" Remix Snippet
It appears Meek Mill and Drake’s storied feud is truly a thing of the past. A snippet of Meek rapping over The Notorious B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef” emerged online featuring a shoutout to the OVO superstar.

“Is we beefing or rapping/I might just pop up with Drizzy like what’s –” Meek raps before the clip cuts off.
A post shared by Drake Official Fansite (@wordonrd) on
Meek and Drake were bitter enemies during one of the biggest beefs in recent Hip Hop history, instigated by the Dreamchasers boss calling out Drizzy for allegedly using ghostwriters in 2015. The two famously traded disses and insults before things finally settled down in 2017. Meek’s incarceration seemed to be the nail in the feud’s coffin, complete with Drake publicly lobbying for his rival’s release from prison.

In a recent interview with Hot 97, Meek entertained the idea of a collaboration with Drake. Prior to their feud, the two teamed up for 2015’s “R.I.C.O.” off the former’s Dreams Worth More Than Money album.

“It’s possible,” Meek told Hot 97’s Ebro Darden about working with Drizzy. “Everything is possible. I ain’t got no hate towards him and I don’t believe he got hate towards me. When I was in the situation, I seen in the media. He said ‘Free Meek Mill.’ That was when I’m at my down point, where I don’t really got anything going with music. A lot of people can say, ‘He wants to attach with what’s going on.’ I don’t really care about that. Before we had a little rap issue, I knew him as a person and he supported.”

The Pussycat Dolls is suing British Media Rag The Daily Mail for accusing them of being a part of a PROSTITUTION RING!
WOW! I know The Daily Mail can be vicious but…….. DAMN! On Twitter, a woman purported to tell the "truth" behind the girl group. Many media outlets picked up her comments and now one tabloid faces defamation claims for publishing her "unreliable" story without verifying.
Seen any of the news stories how the Pussycat Dolls was really just a prostitution ring with members of the girl group forced into sex with entertainment executives?

According to a new defamation lawsuit filed against the parent company of the Daily Mail, the wild tale was false. Now, The Pussycat Dolls Inc. and the band's manager Robin Antin are out to restore their reputations and punish one tabloid for what's being characterized as an "intentional, reckless and malicious publication."

The Pussycat Dolls were founded in 1995 by Antin as a modern dance troupe performing weekly shows at The Viper Room in Los Angeles. Christina Aguilera, Christina Applegate and Carmen Electra were among the revolving cast of dancers and singers. Eventually, the group evolved into a recording act whose debut album PCD in 2005 included several songs that landed on the charts. The six primary members of the recording group were Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton and Kimberly Wyatt.

In October, another woman named Kaya Jones came forward to tweet about her own supposed experience with the group.

"My truth," wrote Jones. "I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $."
That was just part of a tweet storm from Jones that included allegations that as a member of the group, she was drugged, blacklisted and walked away from a $134 million record deal.

Perhaps due to the fervor surrounding Harvey Weinstein last fall, or maybe because it was just a story too incredible to ignore, reporters began picking it up. Among the outlets to do so were Fox News, CBS News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

Now, the band's corporate entitity and Antin are in court to fight one of those publications who allegedly should have known better.

According to the complaint, "This defamation action arises out of the intentional, reckless and malicious publication by the Daily Mail Corporation... of false and defamatory statements made by a disgruntled, unreliable and biased person looking for her fifteen minutes of fame, Kaya Jones, when the Defendants knew through their direct prior dealings with Plaintiffs, or should have known, with even the most basic check, that Ms. Jones was unreliable and her story obviously false. Instead, for pure sensationalism, and advertising money, and to grab salacious headlines to sell their product, and without caring what it meant for Plaintiffs, their business, or their reputation, the Defendants published and commented on these defamatory statements with a reckless disregard for the truth."

This lawsuit figures to cast a shadow on a practice becoming increasingly common: taking statements on social media at face value and fair game for reporting without enough skepticism.

Although many stories characterize Jones as a former member of the group, the group itself considers that to be a stretch.

The complaint continues, "The extent of Ms. Jones’ credits in The Pussycat Dolls is when she auditioned, and served as a backup vocalist on the song 'Sway' released in 2004 and the song 'We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going' also released in 2004. Had the Daily Mail performed any investigation into this matter, such as reviewing album credits available on the Internet, they would have also seen this information."

The plaintiffs object to Jones self-portrayal as a core member or "leader" of the Pussycat Dolls. The complaint characterizes her as an "unreliable source," whose bias should have been evident "due to her failure to be chosen to be a member of the group and reunion."

Given that the band is in the public eye, attorney Richard Busch, representing the plaintiffs, appears to be focused on meeting the actual malice standard for a defamation case of this nature. That means knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth. Alleging that a media outlet should have done a more thorough investigation, however, might not be quite sufficient to support a public figure's defamation claim. (That could explain why other news outlets with stories about Jones' tweets have escaped becoming co-defendants. Or maybe it's because the Daily Mail has settled in the past. See Melania Trump.) What Busch highlights in the complaint (read here) is the Daily Mail's past interaction — it "interviewed and ran stories on Ms. Antin and the members of The Pussycat Dolls" — and a "close relationship" with Antin that plaintiffs argue would have made verification easy.

Get more over at The Hollywood Reporter!

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Look So in Love at First Event Since Royal Wedding
They’re beaming! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended Prince Charles’ 70th birthday patronage celebration on Tuesday, May 22, for their first official event as a married couple.

The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who tied the knot just three days earlier, were all smiles as they arrived at the garden of Buckingham Palace in London.
Harry, 33, looked handsome in a classic black suit over a white button-down shirt and a blue necktie.
Meghan (nΓ©e Markle), 36, truly embraced her new role as a royal in a pale pink hat and a blush-colored Goat dress with sheer detailing. She styled her brunette locks in a chic side chignon.
Meghan shared a laugh with Charles and Duchess Camilla at one point in the afternoon.

Another Day, Another Accusation … R. Kelly Hit With Lawsuit Over Sexual Misconduct + STD
Here we Go Again!

R. Kelly is facing yet another allegation of sexual misconduct. They 52-year-old singer has come under-fire as of late for a series of questionable sexcapades — but this time the woman is seeking justice.

According to her lawsuit, Faith Rodgers claims that Kels sexually assaulted her, locked her in rooms to punish her for failing to please him and infected her with herpes. They 20-year-old woman says she was in a relationship with the R&B singer for about a year, but during that time she was subjected to awful treatment and abuse:

“Defendant, R. Kelly, locked Plaintiff in secluded areas including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, for extended periods of time in order to punish Plaintiff for failing to please Defendant sexually and/or for perceived offenses and violations of his prescribed code of conduct,” the suit alleges.

Rodgers says she met Kelly after a concert in San Antonio a year ago, and soon after he was flying her out to New York for visits. According to PageSix, Faith also alleges that during their first sexual encounter she told Kelly she was “not ready to have sex,” but that he disregarded her and engaged in “non-permissive, painful and abusive sex.”

Faith is suing the Pied Piper for sexual battery, fraud and false imprisonment.

In addition, the #MuteRKelly movement is still going strong…

Maddie Poppe Wins ‘American Idol’ After Runner-Up Reveals They’re Dating
“I win either way,” second-place finisher Caleb Lee Hutchinson said.

Maddie Poppe won “American Idol” Monday ― and also triumphed in romance.
Before she was named the champion in the rebooted singing competition, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson announced that he and Poppe were an item.

“Well, Maddie is my pal and I’ve known her since the beginning of Hollywood week,” Hutchinson said. “And she actually happens to be my girlfriend.”……Bombshell.
Judge Katy Perry spun a few revolutions in her chair at the news, People reported.
The evening got even more cozy when the two performed Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Over the Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World” together, and received a surprise trip to a resort in Hawaii.

Before the results were announced, Hutchinson said he couldn’t lose. “When I looked over at Maddie I was like, ‘I win either way,’” he said in the clip at the top.
Poppe, who’s from Iowa, consistently impressed during the reboot’s run by performing such classics as “Homeward Bound” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

She got a tad choked up as she sang her coronation song, “Going Going Gone.”

Nick Jonas Spotted on Date With Bebe Rexha After Sliding Into Newly-Single Jenna Dewan’s Instagram
Nick Jonas‘ dating life has the Internet buzzing!

The “Anywhere” singer was spotted out with Bebe Rexha at dinner on Monday night, just hours after they both performed for the “American Idol” finale. The two tried to throw off photographers by arriving and leaving the popular hotspot Craig’s separately.
Wearing a dazzling silver jumpsuit, Rexha showed off every single one of her curves and couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as she left the restaurant. When asked if the dinner date was for an upcoming music collaboration with Jonas, Rexha alluded that’s not exactly why the duo was together.

But she’s not the only Hollywood starlet that the 25-year-old heartthrob is currently linked to.

On the same night he was spotted out with Rexha, Nick Jonas was caught sliding into newly-single Jenna Dewan‘s Instagram comments. Dewan, who announced her separation from Channing Tatum in April, posted a sexy shot showcasing her outfit from the Billboard Awards.
 “‘twas such a fun night!!! Thank you for having me!,” the 37-year-old wrote, to which Jonas responded, “‘Twas. Twasn’t it.” [h/t @commentsbycelebs]
While it seems it’s too early for fans to start commenting about his date with Rexha, it’s safe to say they’re all for Dewan-Jonas 2018.

Paris Jackson explains why she didn’t show up to Auntie Janet Jackson’s Billboard Night
This week Michael Jackson's daughter Paris lashed out at fans after she was attacked for her underwhelming response to Janet Jackson's Billboard Icon Award.

Paris further explains she wasn't even invited to the event and had no idea about the award. 


‘LA To Vegas’ Comedy Series Canceled By Fox After One Season
Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series LA To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season.

As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get LA to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly guest starring in an episode next season but would not commit to doing the Season 2 opener. While not the crucial factor, that, along with the network’s reduced shelf space because of the addition of Thursday Night Football, contributed to Fox’s decision to cancel the comedy starring Dylan McDermott.

When discussing the then-pending renewal decision on the bubble freshman comedy on Fox’s upfront call last week, the network chairman Dana Walden noted that series creator/exec producer Lon Zimmet and executive producer Steve Levitan were working on Season 2 ideas and that “if we can’t find a way to make noise, we won’t do (a second season).”

LA To Vegas got off to a promising start with its premiere ranking as Fox’s highest-rated Tuesday comedy telecast in nearly a year and quickly earned an order for three additional episodes but its ratings have tapered off since.

The series follows an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take a no-frills roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to come back a winner. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, creator/showruner Lon Zimmet, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke, director Steve Levitan, Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener and Jeff Morton serve as executive producers.

With the decision on LA to Vegas, Fox has cancelled all of its existing live-action comedy series — all of them single-camera — with the exception of Ghosted, whose fate is still TBD. The network has on tap three multi-camera comedy series for next season, the Last Man Standing revival as well as The Cool Kids and Rel. Fox also has single-camera pilot Dan the Weatherman in consideration for possible reshoots and two off-cycle comedy pilots, Bless This Mess and untitled McElhenney and Rosell.

Jamie Foxx Will Host This Year’s BET Awards Making It His Second Time In Total
Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx, will host this year’s BET Awards according to news reports. Jamie, actor, singer, musician, and host of “Beat Shazam,” will be the MC of the show which kicks off on the 24th of June.

Foxx hosted the awards ceremony back in 2009, making it his second time doing so in the last ten years.

Aaron Hernandez’s Former FiancΓ©e Shayanna Jenkins Is Expecting A New Bundle Of Joy!
Last year, Shayanna Jenkins talked about the late Aaron Hernandez in an interview with Dr. Phil. Now… Shayanna Jenkins is pregnant.

Shayanna Jenkins shares the wonderful news and a photo of her baby bump on Instagram
Congrats to her and Wish her all the happiness in the World

Cannes 2018: Ava Duvernay in Stella McCartney at the Closing Ceremony
Ava Duvernay in Stella McCartney at the Closing Ceremony. Take a Look!

First reaction: What a gorgeous color. Second reaction: What a surprisingly understated design from Stella McCartney. Granted, the half-cape, half-train effect is pretty Stella-esque, but the overall look is pleasingly conservative allowing the simple drama of the shape and color work in tandem with a woman who knows exactly how to wear something like this. 
It’s a great look

I guess someone has to officiate the KY Jelly wrestling match.

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