The Daily Buzz For May 29 ☕πŸ“°☕

Rebel Wilson says Vogue Australia cover photo wasn’t slimmed down
Rebel Wilson is defending her Vogue Australia cover after a fan claimed it was Photoshopped to make the actress appear thinner.
“They altered the photo. Look at her face and hands. Slimmed down,” the fan tweeted. “Why can’t they just show her in her natural beauty.”

As it turns out, the only alterations were made by Wilson herself in real life.

“Nope, not slimmed down! I just ate healthy and exercised for the month before the shoot x but then immediately after ate brownies!” she tweeted in response.
The “Pitch Perfect 3” star also shared an additional image from the shoot, one that hadn’t been through photo editors’ hands yet.
“Oh and just so you can see the raw v’s the magazine shot, I took a monitor photo myself on the day of the shoot,” Wilson wrote. “So please don’t carry on that these shots are heavily photoshopped because they’re not!”

Despite Wilson’s love for Vogue Australia, she recently won a lengthy legal battle against Bauer Media, publisher of the Australian magazines Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, NW and OK. A judge awarded her damages of 4.56 million Australian dollars ($3.66 million) over magazine articles Wilson claimed cost her roles in Hollywood films.

#RHoA: What is it Andy? Andy Cohen Backtracks On Kim Zolciak ‘Gang Up’ Comment & Says She’s ‘Not a Victim
Now Andy Cohen is changing his tune after claiming Kim Zolciak was ganged up on during the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion earlier this year.

After appearing on The Jenny McCarthy Show days ago and suggesting that Kim’s co-stars rallied against her in what he described as a “five against one situation,” Andy admitted to the hosts of The Breakfast Club that he “misspoke.”

“I should not have said that she was ganged up on,” Andy explained. “I was frustrated by the tenor of the reunion and what I was most frustrated in was myself and that’s what I was trying to say. Kim was not a victim in this. They were trying to hold her accountable and she was piss poor at taking any accountability for anything. The conversation was going around in a circle. When I said I wanted to walk off, it was because I lost control of the room.”

“I lost control of the room and it was not a gang up,” he added.

According to Andy, it was really frustrating to hear Kim deny saying certain things, especially when many of those things were caught in camera and aired on the show.

Andy was then forced to weigh in on Kim’s statements about racism. As fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will recall, Kim suggested during the reunion taping that racism wasn’t “all that real” before later apologizing with a statement on her Instagram page.

“I think [Kim] has a hard time seeing the nuance in her words, which has happened by the way, for 10 years on the show,” Andy explained. “We showed clips of her referring to things in early seasons that the women were pissed about that had overtones. I know that she has a real friendship with Sheree. I know she had a real friendship with Kandi and I’m interested in what the two of them really feel about where she stands.”


#Empire:  Will The Lyons Get ‘Empire Records’ Back?
Well in the season finale Cookie push the panic button and sold Empire Records to Eddie. Now what? How they’re going to get it back? 

Then again they may not have just lost the empire, but also a certain amount of their wealth. So, what do they do when they don’t have those things? What does it mean that Cookie made a decision that they could sacrifice the empire for Lucious’ freedom? What does this mean for this family and this relationship?

So many questions that will have to wait until August!

#NewMusic from Meelah of 702 – Now You’re Mad 
Meelah returns with new tunes. The brand new solo single called “Now You’re Mad”, 

Earlier this year, Meelah released the single “Desert Love”, and announced that she’d signed with SoulStar Music Group / eOne to release her long awaited solo album. 


The lead singer of 702 will be joined by the group to perform at venues across the country which will take them through NY, DC, LA and more. She will also be in the Dominican Republic at the Hard Rock CafΓ© on June 16.
The singer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and mom of one is looking forward to officially launching her solo career after having had much success in 702.

#HipHopNews: Ariana Grande Previews Nicki Minaj Collaboration ‘The Light Is Coming’
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj have another collaboration on the way. In anticipation of her upcoming album Sweetener, the pop princess shared a snippet of her new single “The Light Is Coming” featuring Minaj. A short video clip finds her lip-syncing to the track, which features a verse from Minaj and Grande singing the lyrics: “The light is coming to get back everything the darkness stole.”

This is not Ari and Nicki’s first collaboration. The two previously teamed up on The Pinkprint‘s “Get On Your Knees,” Dangerous Woman‘s “Side to Side,” and the Jessie J-assisted “Bang Bang,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Light Is Coming” was also teased at the end of Ariana’s Billboard Music Awards performance, when the screen flashed the song title. It arrives ahead of her fourth album Sweetener, due July 20. The album, which features production from Pharrell and Max Martin, has already spawned the top 10 hit “No Tears Left to Cry.”

Rihanna Sets Date For her 2018 Diamond Ball
NEW YORK, NY – Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation have started sending out invitations for the fourth annual Diamond Ball. The star-studded event will be held at the Cipriani Wall Street restaurant on September 13 in New York City.

All proceeds will go to the Clara Lionel Foundation, which was established by the Barbadian pop queen in 2012. The non-profit organization aims to benefit impoverished communities across the globe by providing healthcare, education and other various program
Last year’s Diamond Ball brought out celebrities like Dave Chappelle, JAY-Z, BeyoncΓ©, Cardi B, Future, Lil Kim, Young Thug and Black Thought, among others.

Details surrounding this year’s black-tie affair are scarce but we will keep you inform as details become public!

WHAT? Mariah Carey Reportedly Sold Her Engagement Ring From James Packer
Two years ago, Australian billionaire James Packer proposed to Mariah Carey two years ago and gifted her an engagement ring worth $10 million. Well, Mariah Carey quietly sold it for $2.1 million.

According to Page six reports, “Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity,” her publicist told me. “That requires leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend.”

A source said Carey had one of her business managers quietly sell the ring for $2.1 million to a Los Angeles jeweler.
“A confidentiality agreement was signed, but the jeweler is currently selling it, and there’s only one such ring,” my source said. “Mariah Carey’s public relations people are desperately trying to keep the story from the press, and have threatened the jeweler with litigation if he discloses her name.”

An insider in Carey’s camp scoffed at the idea that she sold the bauble because she’s short on cash: “She owns multiple homes, her entire catalog of music, and she’s had numerous successful tours and residencies.”

'Spider-Man' Scales Building To Save Dangling Child; Macron Offers Him Citizenship
A four-year-old dangled from the fifth-floor balcony of an apartment building in Paris. As people below watched in terror, one man sprung to action.
Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old immigrant from Mali, began scaling the building, hoisting himself from balcony to balcony. A man on the neighboring balcony emerges and leans around a partition to grasp the child.

Gassama reaches the child and lifts him to safety — even as he is still astride the balcony.
The dramatic episode, captured on video, quickly went viral. And it turned Gassama into a national hero in France, where he was living illegally.


"Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted on Sunday. "He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here. I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France."

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron invited Gassama to the presidential palace for a meeting.
"I ran. I crossed the street to save him," he told Macron, the AP reports. "When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing." God "helped me," he said. "Thank God I saved him."

"Bravo," said Macron, nodding with awe. For his "heroic act," Macron said Gassama would be rewarded with papers to allow him to stay in France legally, French citizenship if he wants it — and that the Paris firefighters brigade would welcome him with a job.
"France is a will, and Mr. GASSAMA has demonstrated with commitment that he had it!" Macron tweeted after the meeting.

The AP reports that Gassama had arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, where he has the papers to stay legally. But his older brother has lived in France for decades, and wants to join him there.
French newspaper Le Monde reports that child's father is being charged by authorities for parental neglect.

‘Sesame Street’ Makers Sue Over New Melissa McCarthy Movie: You’re Defiling Big Bird’s Good Name with Ejaculating Puppets!
The Sesame Workshop is suing the production company behind the upcoming Melissa McCarthy film, “The Happytime Murders,” claiming they are doing irreparable harm to the storied brand with their R-rated movie.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the “Sesame Street” creators are taking issue with the film’s tagline, “NO SESAME, ALL STREET.”

They claim the trailer “deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.”
Sesame claims the producers have “diluted and defiled Sesame’s beloved Sesame Street children’s television show.” They describe the trailer for the film as being “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets.”

The film bills itself as “a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.” McCarthy plays a police detective who works with a puppet to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. Brian Henson directed the movie — he is the son of the legendary puppeteer, Jim Henson.

Sesame Workshop is suing STX Productions seeking to have all advertising for the film pulled ASAP. They are also seeking unspecified damages.

Lonzo Ball & Denise Garcia had a Baby Shower for their First Child due July!
Lonzo Ball and his girlfriend celebrated the forthcoming arrival of their daughter with a beautiful baby shower on Sunday.
The high school sweethearts revealed they were expecting their first child together in February.

Big Baller Baby Zoey is expected to arrive in July.
Congrats to the happy couple.

Yankee Stadium Greets Rudy Giuliani With ‘Thunderous Boos’
Rudy Giuliani takes in a New York Yankees game on May 28. The crowd loudly booed the former New York City mayor when the PA announcer announced his presence Monday.
On Memorial Day ― a national holiday known for backyard barbecue and maybe a bit of booze. Unless you’re Rudy Giuliani, in which case it’s mostly just boos.

The former New York City mayor-turned-lawyer for President Donald Trump spent the day ― his 74th birthday, no less ― at a Yankees game. But when the PA announcer noted his presence and wished him a happy birthday, the crowd at Yankee Stadium reportedly wasn’t feeling it.
Rather than cheer, they booed. Hard:
The Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 5-1.

‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris & Wife Donate $1 Million To Clark Atlanta University!
It is always nice to see celebrities reach back once they have “made it”.
This time around it is super producer and writer, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, and his wife Dr. Rainbow Barris, who have awarded Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $1 million dollars.

The gift, which has been named the Kenya and Rainbow Barris Annual Scholarship Award, will go towards supporting students with a biology major and $500k dedicated to supporting mass media arts majors.

In addition to awarding this amazing gift, Barris received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during CAU’s Commencement on May 21, 2018.

The Officers Involved In Tasing NBA Player Sterling Brown have been given their Disciplinary Actions!
And it's despicable.

On January 26, in Milwaukee, several police vehicles were called for backup before officers used a taser to violently arrest an unarmed NBA player over a parking violation in a Walgreens parking lot in the middle of the night. Aggressive force was used on Sterling Brown, then 22, all because the Milwaukee Bucks rookie parked his car across two handicapped spaces, police said at the time.

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales explained in a statement on Friday how the officers will be punished.

“One member with eleven and a half years of service and two years as a police sergeant received a (15) fifteen-day suspension and will have an employee improvement plan implemented for violation of Core Value 4.00 – Leadership, referencing Guiding Principle 4.04 for failing to be a role model for professional police service,” he said.

“One member with twelve years of service and one year as a police sergeant received a (10) ten-day suspension and will have an employee improvement plan implemented for violation of Core Value 4.00 – Leadership, referencing Guiding Principle 4.04 for failing to be a role model for professional police service.”

He continued: “One member with two and a half years of service as an officer received a (2) two-day suspension. That member will receive additional remedial training and will have an employee improvement plan implemented for violation of Core Value 5.00 – Respect, referencing Guiding Principle 5.01 for failing to treat a member of the public with courtesy and professionalism.”
A Black police officer was fired in New Jersey for a social media post about Black excellence and Assata Shakur, but officers with a license to kill who are employed by the city of Milwaukee can tase and assault a 22-year-old Black man over a parking spot violation only to face suspensions and trainings? In addition, not only was Brown assaulted, but the cops lied on the police report saying he was the “aggressor.”

Based on the above precedent alone, these cops should be fired. However, the  Milwaukee Police Department has a long history of racism.

“The video shows no justice at what really happened,” Brown, whose father is a former police officer, told Good Morning America on Friday. “Like, it’s a body-cam, it’s close, you can hear me screaming or what-not. But anybody who’s been in that position knows how … how dirty it can get. So it’s … it’s tough every time I watch it.”

South Carolina News Anchor And Photojournalist Die After Tree Falls On Their Vehicle
News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer from NBC Affiliate WYFF News 4 in South Carolina died on Monday when a tree fell on their vehicle while they were reporting on a storm in the Polk County Area.

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According to the WYFF News 4 website,  the accident happened on Highway 176 in Polk County. The two were reporting on Subtropical Storm Alberto, which made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Monday.

McCormick joined the WYFF News 4 team in April 2007 as a reporter and went on to become a news anchor in 2014. Smeltzer joined the WYFF News 4 team earlier this year in February.

The team at WYFF released a statement in regards to the incident saying: “All of us at WYFF News 4 are grieving. We are a family and we thank you, our extended family, for your comfort as we mourn and as we seek to comfort the families of Mike and Aaron.”


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