The Daily Buzz For July 25 ☕πŸ“°☕

Millie Bobby Brown And Letitia Wright Cover 'W' Magazine
W Magazine released its annual TV portfolio on Monday, covered by two of the screen's freshest faces — Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things" and Letitia Wright of "Black Panther." Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the covers were joined by a photo portfolio featuring other stars like Evan Peters, Rachel Brosnahan, Katherine Langford, Claire Danes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Daveed Diggs, Frankie Shaw, Aubrey Plaza, Dakota Fanning and more.

In their respective cover stories, Wright and Brown talk starting their careers (for Wright, it meant doggedly emailing every agent in town), changing their look to play characters (Brown says shaving her head to play Eleven was "a big deal") and how life has changed since they accepted their star-making roles. 
Both Brown and Wright — along with all the other actors photographed for the portfolio — were also dressed to a T for their pictures, wearing Calvin Klein (Wright) and Prada (Brown).

"One of my goals was to be on the cover of W, and you see? Dreams do come true," Brown said.

Read the full cover stories on Wright here and Brown here on W to hear more of their thoughts on Jesus, Drake and more, then check out the rest of the images from W's TV portfolio HERE

#RHoA: ShereΓ© Whitfield ‘I was not fired from RHoA, instead I QUIT!
After months of rumors pointing to her exit, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star ShereΓ© Whitfield confirmed she is no longer a part of the cast.
The She By ShereΓ© founder on Monday held a Q&A on her Instagram Story where she directly answered fans’ questions on the matter. According to her, she wasn’t fired but declined to accept a lesser role.

One of the first questions pointedly asked of Whitfield was if she’s returning to RHOA.
“Currently living my best life. Was not interested in entertaining the low ball offer that was sent. Know ur worth.”

Another person charged that she was fired and the former peach holder swiftly corrected them.
“Fired… no, hunni declined.”

Whitfield was also asked why she didn’t accept the “friend of the show” role, which comes after reports emerged in April that Whitfield was cut from the Bravo reality series.
“Bravo can’t film inside or even outside the jail. This is causing a problem with her storyline,” a source told Us Weekly of the former housewife’s federally imprisoned boyfriend Tyrone Gilliams.

At the time, Whitfield was said to be “very upset” about the development.

According to her now, she’s simply “worth more than a friend.”
Still, the author isn’t reflecting on just the bleak aspects of the series. While she admits some cons of being on the series include “drama, stress and negativity,” she also listed out several pros including “good opportunities, that mula and being able to help others thru sharing my truth.”
That truth was explored during RHOA’s ninth season, where Whitfield’s domestic violence issues with ex-husband Bob Whitfield were put out on the table. The next season, she sat down with her kids to discuss the matter openly for the first time.

“I just kind of kept you guys away from, didn’t let you guys know what was going on,” she told her adult children. “I just put on a happy face, but it was very toxic.”

#NewMusic: Tamia is Celebrating her Wedding Anniversary With a New Single titled “Today I Do”
Tamia and Grant Hill celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary. The power couple bring fans along for their special day with the debut of the singer’s brand new single “Today I Do,” off her anticipated new album Passion Like Fire.

The video features an intimate look into the couple’s nuptials with original footage from their special day. Tamia and Grant’s relationship has been an American fairytale, which unfolded in front of fans climaxing with them saying “I Do” at the altar in 1999. They both recently appeared on the second season of OWN’s “Black Love” highlighting moments of their life together.


Tamia has announced her 23-city “Passion Like Fire Tour,” which kicks off September 18 in Cleveland, OH and culminates October 26 in Brooklyn, NY. The tour will travel across the country making stops in Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Houston, and more. For more information visit www.tamiaworld.com.

#HipHopNews: DJ Khaled Announces "No Brainer" With Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Justin Bieber
DJ Khaled has been hinting at the release of his upcoming The Father of Ashad album for most of the year. Now, promo efforts for the project have been amped up with the announcement of the LP’s second single, “No Brainer” featuring Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber.

Khaled announced a Friday release date (July 27) for the single and and promised a video as well.
Last summer, Khaled’s star-studded record “I’m The One” featuring Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne took over the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s accompanying video has amassed over 1 billion views on YouTube since its debut.

Khaled originally teased The Father of Ashad with its lead single “Top Off” featuring Future, JAY-Z and BeyoncΓ© in March. No release date for the album has been announced as of July 23.

Demi Lovato Hospitalized Over Alleged Heroin Overdose!
Demi Lovato has been rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a medical emergency.
Sources tell us the singer was transported Tuesday morning via ambulance from her home in the Hollywood Hills.
L.A. Fire officials tell The Blast they responded, to Lovato’s home at 11:22 AM this morning and transported a 25-year-old female to the hospital.  LAPD responded shortly after, at 11:40 AM.

The exact nature of the emergency is still unclear, but sources extremely close to the star are adamant she was not abusing heroin.
Demi recently announced she had a slip in her sobriety in her new song, “Sober.” In the song, Lovato gives a detailed account of her struggle with alcohol addiction after being sober for six years.

In the past, she has been extremely open about her past addictions, including alcohol and cocaine.
Demi had just performed at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles over the weekend alongside Iggy Azalea.

Stevie J Gets Faith Evans-Inspired Face Tattoo
Stevie J has immortalized his love for his new bride with some fresh ink. On Tuesday (July 24), the noted producer shared a photo of Faith Evans’ initials tattooed just outside his ear.
Stevie wrote the following as his caption: “All I desire to hear in my world. #FaithReneeJordan”
To the surprise of many, Evans and Stevie were married on July 17 inside a Las Vegas hotel room. They filed for a marriage license in Clark County that same day.

Maxine Waters Got A Package Labeled "Anthrax" & Her Office Was Evacuated Immediately! 
On Tuesday, authorities in South Los Angeles evacuated Maxine Waters' office after an "anthrax" package was reportedly sent to the Californian representative. According to Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, the department is currently looking into the matter.

The department responded just before 3 p.m. local time. It reported no patients required evaluation. The fire department began leaving the scene about 4:38 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the department.

CBS News' Los Angeles affiliate reported that there had been no injuries at the representative's office.

The news comes only a week after right-wing group, Oath Keepers, had planned a protest outside Waters' Los Angeles office, though the group ultimately did not show up. The Democratic representative came under intense fire after she criticized Donald Trump for his "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in more than 2,000 children separated from their parents, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

In June, Waters called on her supporters to confront Trump administration figures over the presidency's position on immigration. "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up," Waters said. "And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."

While speaking of the undocumented children, Waters said, "They're in prisons. They're in jails. I don't care what they call it, that's where they are and Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this." Later on, Waters said that she had received death threats from her critics.

Charges filed against MacArthur BART station stabbing suspect
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- John Cowell now knows what charges he will face in connection with the stabbing death of Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART station Sunday night. The 27-year-old man was booked on assault with a deadly weapon, violating parole and first degree murder.
John Cowell is accused of killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson and injuring her sister Letifah Wilson at MacArthur BART. He was arrested Monday afternoon at a different BART station in Pleasant Hill.

His first court date has been set for Thursday morning.

Cowell was arrested last night at the Pleasant Hill BART station. Police say he was not armed when they arrested him, and that an anonymous tip led to the arrest.
They still don't know the motive behind the violent attack that killed 18-year-old Nia Wilson. Police say she and her sister were attacked from behind Sunday night at the MacArthur station in Oakland. They were both stabbed. Nia died from her injuries.
A motive remains unclear.

No bail has been set. Cowell will be arraigned Thursday morning.

Maxwell Announces his 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour
Singer/ Songwriter Maxwell has announced his 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour, which will have him visiting some of North America’s most legendary theaters.

The Grammy-winning artist recently released his first piece of new music since 2016, “We Never Saw it Coming.” The song is accompanied by the chilling short film, The Glass House, written and directed by JAY-Z collaborators Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz starring Maxwell and activist/actress/model Yomi Abiola.

Tickets will go on sale for the tour on July 27. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available beginning July 25.

Check out the full list of dates below.

50 Intimate Nights Live Tour Dates:
Sept. 27 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
Sept. 28 – Durham, NC @ The Art of Cool Festival
Sept. 29 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct. 2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Oct. 4 – National Harbor, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Oct. 5 – National Harbor, MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Oct. 6 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
Oct. 8 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
Oct. 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 10 – Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
Oct. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Oct. 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theatre at Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 14 – Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 16 – Orlando, FL @ Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 17 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at the Event Center
Oct. 18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
Oct. 20 — Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Oct. 21 – Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall
Oct. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 25 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 27 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Oct. 28 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
10/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
Nov. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Nov. 2 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Nov. 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
Nov. 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl @ Palms Casino Resort
Nov. 8 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov. 9 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov. 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Nov. 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
Nov. 18 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nov. 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Nov. 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
Nov. 23 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
Nov. 24 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live
Nov. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Nov. 27 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 29 – Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
Dec. 1 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec. 5 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 7 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Dec. 8 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
Dec. 9 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

Lena Waithe Inks First-Look Deal With Showtime
Lena Waithe made history as first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Netflix’s “Master of None” and her reign ain’t letting up no time soon!
I am super excited to tell you Lena, who blessed us with “The Chi,” has inked a first look deal with Showtime to write and produce more original content for the network including comedy and drama projects.

Via Deadline: “We fell in love with Lena’s voice when we ordered her pilot for The Chi three years ago, and we have watched in awe at her powerful impact on our industry and our culture,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks. “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.”

“I have been a fan of Showtime for as long as I can remember,” said Waithe. “They make shows that most networks wouldn’t touch and they’ve never been afraid of taking risks. I look forward to introducing my Showtime family to fresh and exciting new voices. I want to make content that will challenge audiences and take them places they never thought TV could go. It’s going to be a fun ride.”

Congratulations to Lena!

#FASHIONFILES: Danai Gurira at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash in San Diego
Danai stepped put at The EW Comic Con bash in San Diego in this Black sequin number looking chic and glam at the same time!

She looks breathtaking. I’m sure you agree!

Lindsay Lohan Threatens to Fire Her Nightclub Servers Over Their Shoes 
Lindsay Lohan took to Instagram to threaten to fire two of the servers at her nightclub, Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Greece – and it’s all because of footwear.
The official Lohan Beach House Instagram account posted a photo of the two female servers in matching dresses but they were both wearing different pairs of high heels.

In the comments, Lindsay wrote, “Wear the same shoes please,” and added, “Or you’re fired.”

Then, a fan questioned if she was actually serious.

“@lindsaylohan pls tell me you’re not joking need this to be real,” the fan wrote, to which Lindsay replied, “Totally serious!”

Sherri Shepherd Says Son Likes White Girls Because Black Girls Are ‘Mean With Him’
We don’t know what to think, here. Sherri Shepherd recently spoke with The Breakfast Club about her son Jeffrey’s interaction with African-American girls at school, and we’re not sure how to feel.

“I am going through this thing, he likes these girls,” Sherri told the show’s hosts. “He came in and he said, ‘Mommy, I like white girls.'” Sherri was sure to tell the radio show hosts that “the little Black girls get mean with him.”
According to Shepherd, Jeffrey has a hard time connecting with African-American girls because they refuse to speak to him and, when they do acknowledge him, cannot hold a conversation without the epic neck roll. “Sometimes they act crazy,” Shepherd revealed.

So what makes the White girls so nice? “The other girls see him and they go, ‘Hey, Jeffrey’ and they wanna feel his hair.”

Gabrielle Union had a similar experience with her stepsons who gravitated more towards light-skinned rather than dark-skinned girls at their school. The actress did not place blame on the overlooked girls but instead pointed to the reality of colorism in which individuals with features more closely aligned to the European way are often viewed as more valuable.

Sherri Shepherd, however, ignored the notion colorism and instead suggested that the problem is with the girls at young Jeffrey’s school. “I keep trying to tell the little girls to be nicer so he can come towards you,” she told The Breakfast Club.
What do you think? Is Jeffrey’s perception of Black girls at his school hinged on the notion of colorism? Or, do you think that all of the African-American girls genuinely mean to him?

Hillary Clinton To Play Herself On ‘Madam Secretary’
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is returning to politics — on-screen, at least.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee is set to play herself on the political drama “Madam Secretary,” CBS announced on Tuesday.

Joining her are fellow former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

Clinton, Albright and Powell will guest-star in the fifth season premiere, airing Oct. 7. In the episode, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by TΓ©a Leoni) asks the three former secretaries of state for their advice on how to handle a fragile situation.
“Having three powerhouses of diplomacy agree to come on our show is awe-inspiring and humbling,” Executive Producer Lori McCreary said in the press release. 
Clinton has graced the small screen before, playing herself on the Comedy Central sitcom “Broad City” in 2016. She’s also been a guest on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Clinton served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

In 1997, Albright became the first woman to hold the U.S. secretary of state title when she was in the role under President Bill Clinton. Powell served as President George W. Bush’s secretary of state from 2001 until 2005.

Mel B has been diagnosed with Dyslexia
Singer/actress Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, was recently diagnosed with dyslexic after struggling to read for decades.
Last year, the former Spice Girls star was diagnosed with the reading disorder, which is normally diagnosed in children. She told U.K. chat show ‘Loose Women’ that she initially thought her brain was “wired different”, and that she’s relieved to know it is only dyslexia.

“I sort of hid it but I didn’t know what I was hiding; I’d see words written backwards and I’d have to memorize lyrics over and over again, or it would take me five months to read one chapter of a book,” she said on Tuesday. “To get diagnosed with dyslexia made me feel really relieved.”

“Now I know why I struggled so much for all these years, especially at school where I was just considered the naughty one, when actually I didn’t understand what they were writing on the blackboard,” she added. “I felt very dumb, or thick, because everyone else could understand everything except for me. School was very tough for me because I didn’t understand very much at all.”

The 43-year-old and her large entourage were spotted leaving the London studio where the ‘Loose Women’ TV show is taped in the UK

Jay Ellis Will Not Return To ‘Insecure’ Season 3
Jay Ellis will not return as Lawrence for the third season of HBO’s Insecure. Let me repeat that for the loyal, card-carrying members of the #LawrenceHive.

Jay Ellis will not return as Lawrence for the third season of HBO’s Insecure. Rumors began to swirl about Ellis’ appearance in the show when the South Carolina native said he hadn’t filmed any scenes as filming was well underway. Once the trailer for the show was released, fans noticed there was no Lawrence in sight.

Show creator, actress, and writer Issa Rae confirmed the news over the weekend at the HBO Insecure Fest in Los Angeles and revealed she isn’t concerned with the opinions of fans.

“No, I don’t care!” Rae said “We want to stay as true to life as possible. They had a great conversation at the end of season two and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on to Daniel, sometimes we have those conversations. You never see the exes again, and it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.”

Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny echoed Rae’s sentiments.

“At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic. We were in the writers’ room and we were initially talking about, ‘Okay, well what is he doing? Well, he’s not in her life right now.’ It was hard to make stories around that. It seems closure is closure for these two … at least for now,” Penny said. “We just said, well, if he’s not around, he’s not around. Let’s just deal with the reality of what her life is now. Let’s be true to that when you break up and you have closure.”

And there you have it, folks. Insecure Season 3 returns to HBO on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Stormy Daniels says truth "will come out" after husband seeks divorce, alleges adultery
KAUFMAN, Texas -- The husband of adult film performer Stormy Daniels has filed for divorce in Texas. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said that she had sex with Donald Trump before he became president, something Mr. Trump has denied.

Glendon Crain filed the petition for divorce on July 18 in state district court in Kaufman County, located just southeast of Dallas. In his 13-page divorce petition, Crain alleged adultery as grounds for the divorce and seeks sole custody of the couple's 7-year-old daughter and child support from Clifford, as well as a financial award and disproportionate share of the couple's community property.

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti said in a tweet that Daniels and Crain decided mutually to end their marriage and that the "accuracy" of the divorce petition is "vehemently disputed."

My client Stormy Daniels and her husband Glen have decided to end their marriage. A petition for divorce was filed last week, the accuracy of which is vehemently disputed. Stormy’s daughter remains her number one priority. She kindly asks for privacy for the sake of her family.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 23, 2018
The adult film star tweeted late Monday that she doesn't "need or want privacy," but that she wants "truth. And it will come out. I'm not afraid." 

I don't need or want privacy. I want truth. And it will come out. I'm not afraid.
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) July 23, 2018

A woman answering the phone in the Terrell, Texas, office of Crain's attorney, Rothwell Pool, said he had no comment since the case is currently in litigation.

Crain and Daniels married in 2015 and were living together until about two weeks ago, according to the petition.

Easy to talk smack when using kids are human shields.

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