The Daily Buzz For Aug 9 ☕๐Ÿ“ฐ☕

Zendaya's 'Marie Claire' September Cover is giving you Retro '60s
While we're waist-deep in floral summer dresses and short shorts right now, some of us are already looking toward to fall and wondering what the dominating trends will be once sweater weather comes around. And if Marie Claire's September 2018 Zendaya cover is any hint, we might be going towards a new take on the '60s. Rather than taking cues from the hippie-dippie aesthetic of the decade, things might get a little more Mod.

Featuring a textured, undone beehive, cat eye eyeliner, and a fuzzy leopard sweater, Zendaya is giving off a Mod Girl meets Beatnik kind of aesthetic, like she's channeling the style right as the decades changed. That could very well be the inspiration, especially considering that the cover story headline is "Zendaya Rebel With A Cause," which is a riff off of the 1955 James Dean movie, Rebel Without a Cause.
There are some major mid-century vibes on the cover and throughout the photo shoot, where the actress is sporting retro outfits, fur coats in a variety of prints, and playful outfit pairings, mixing several decades in a modern and fresh way.

In one photo, Zendaya stands in a knee length fuzzy zebra-striped turtleneck, which was paired with a midi pencil skirt, and red Mary Jane shoes matched with slouched socks.
In another photo she is sitting sprawled out on a couch, with a burnt orange teddy bear coat on, paired with a mustard pussybow blouse. From the textures and details, to the color pairing, everything about the photo says "Dolly Bird."

Print mixing looks like it will also be in, especially if you're clashing two different kinds of animal prints. In this particular outfit, the actress is wearing a small cheetah print skirt that matches her cheetah print socks, and then contrasts that with a mohair sweater that comes in a bigger cheetah print motif. All of this is tied together with block heel loafers that are topped off with a bow. It's unexpected, retro, and definitely a little wild.
Then there was the cardigan set outfit, where Zendaya wore a mock neck sweater paired with a matching cardigan, which hung over a plaid pencil skirt that was cinched at the waist with a plaid and chain bum bag. This look was more of a mix of Beatnik and punk style, playing with turtleneck silhouettes and contrasting them with buckled straps and chains.

But the September issue isn't only all about fall fashion and how amazing Zendaya looks in a beehive — though a lot of it does have to do with her hair. As Janet Mock, the cover article's writer pointed out, Zendaya became a household name after Giuliana Rancic poked fun of her waist-length faux locks at the 2015 Oscars, saying they made her look like she would smell of weed. To that, Zendaya answered on social media, "There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair.”
The issue hits newsstands Aug. 16, where you can read the full cover story and become inspired of the upcoming fall fashions and Zendaya's fierce advocating.

Joe Biden Launches LGBTQ+ Family Acceptance Campaign๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ
Former Vice President Joe Biden is still advocating for free love, as per the Tuesday (August 7) announcement for his "As You Are" campaign, which will focus on the importance of family and community acceptance among LGBTQ youth.

Back by the Biden Foundation, the campaign hopes to collect testimonial from LGBTQ+ youth, family members, educators and more in hopes "that they will serve to inspire, to create communities, to heal families, and to change the broader culture to ensure a bright future for all LGBTQ young people."
In an announcement video featuring Biden, as well as Cyndi Lauper, former NFL player Wade Davis, and a number of LGBTQ advocates, viewers learn of the advances that have been made for the community, but we still have a long way to go. While activist Shรฉรกr Avory reveals that "40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ," the Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley dropped an even bigger bombshell. "Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are five times more likely than their straight peers to have attempted suicide," he shared.

"I'm so proud to announce the Biden Foundation has launched this campaign," Biden said in a press release. "We'll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection -- and lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to powerfully show the significant value of family acceptance."

#RHoA: Kandi Burruss Talks Sex and Rumored Sex Dungeon with Gizelle Bryant!
In a new Bravo segment called “Housewife to Housewife,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss shared a peek into her sex life with husband Todd Tucker and even dished on whether or not that rumored sex dungeon could be a reality.

Burruss disclosed to “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Gizelle Bryant that there is no sex dungeon in her home. This despite what the singer’s former RHOA cast member, Phaedra Parks, relayed to current ‘wife Porsha Williams during the show’s season 9 reunion.
“No, there is not a sex dungeon… at this time,” Burruss said after noting that not much is off limits in the bedroom between her and Tucker. “Obviously, in the beginning, because it was a lie and everything, I was kind of upset about the whole situation. But now that I’ve had time to think about it, I was like, you know what? That sex dungeon isn’t such a bad idea. I might need to work on that.”

It’s a complete 180 from how Burruss reacted to the dungeon claims last year. When things came to a head during the reunion special, Burruss was reasonably irate that Parks had spread the rumor she wanted to drug and rape Williams in the supposed den.

“Do y’all know people would was under my comments saying #KandiAKABillCosby?” Burruss said at the time through tears. “Do you think that s— is f—ing cool?…. Y’all accused me of being a f—ing rapist. That is crazy.”
But now that the dungeon might become a reality, Bryant is all up for it.

There are no inhibitions … and when you go into the dungeon, you never know who’s gonna be in there,” the RHOP star said.
“Ever since that whole travesty, people walk up to us on the street or seek us out, saying they want to come into the sex dungeon,” Burruss tells Bryant, who whispers she’d like to come too.

“And you would be so welcome,” Burruss says welcoming the idea. “We’ll talk about that another time.”

Empire NEW SEASON ALERT! Jussie Smollett Reveals Two-Year Time Jump In Season 5: The Tone Has ‘Shifted’
Back to basics? Empire season 5 will pick up two years after season 4 ended, Jussie Smollett said while at Us Weekly’s suite at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. Although it’s jumping ahead, some things have gone back to the way they were in the beginning.

 “It’s so exciting because in a way, it’s a restart. It’s also is a chance to show such growth in these characters we’ve been playing for four seasons,” Smollett, 35, said. “The Lyons have lost everything. And Lyons don’t do well when they can’t eat. They come back swinging, but they come back swinging together. There’s no Lyon family member that’s against a Lyon family member. This is unified.”

The actor, who portrays Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama, also detailed his character’s journey over the two years. The death of Tori (guest star Rumer Willis) “woke him up” and caused him to make a change, traveling to London to find himself.

 “He’s always had a backbone, always been loyal, which is wonderful, but this time, he’s come back and he’s grown. There are certain boundaries that you have to set as an adult, just a respect thing you don’t have always have. He’s learning that,” Smollett explained. “I’m trying not to give anything away because this story line, it’s stuff that I want to say, it’s stuff that I want to talk about, it’s stuff that I want to act. It’s really exciting. Jamal’s dealing with very real-life stuff. Gone are the frivolous things of our youth and here are the real things of life.”

Smollett, who came out as gay in 2016, didn’t want to reveal much about Jamal’s love life, but did say that he’s thrilled about where Jamal is.

“Jamal has been a serial monogamous – a legal ho, if you will. He’s been taken through the ringer. This, he’s found someone,” he noted. “It’s just a story line that I really feel proud of. And that’s all I’m gonna say. It’s good.”
As for the tone of season 5, the singer and actor also added that it’s a “bit more rooted.”
 “Because we’ve lost everything, there’s a certain shine that had to be stripped away in order to truly tell the story of people who were starting from nothing,” he said. “I won’t say [there’s] a darkness to it … the tone has not changed but shifted.”

Empire season 5 premieres on Fox Wednesday, September 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

#NewMusicVideo: Estelle – Better
Veteran singer Estelle has just unveiled the visual for her latest single “Better”. The Harmoney Samuels produced tropical tinged song is her inclusion on the upcoming Reggae Gold 2018: 25th Anniversary compilation, a series which her music has been featured on before.

The song is also the first offering from her upcoming fifth studio album called “Lover’s Rock” which will release this September via VP Records and Established 1980 Inc.

In comparison to those of her formative years, Lover’s Rock is Estelle’s most personal album to date, as she centers in on her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album. She has collaborated with esteemed Jamaican producer Supa Dups, Reefa, Jerry Wonda, Harmony Samuels, and more.


On the upcoming album, Estelle fuses her signature R&B and hip-hop sound while paying homage to her Grenadian roots as she not only concentrates in reggae, but also embraces Afro-beats and Soca music.

#HipHopNews: Fat Joe & Chris Brown Shoot ‘Attention’ Video
Fresh off wrapping his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour,” Chris Brown linked up with Fat Joe to shoot a video for their new collaboration “Attention” this week in Los Angeles.

With Eif Rivera in the director’s chair, the fellas took over a downtown rooftop on Monday night (Aug. 6). During one group scene, Chris, Joe, and Dre of Cool & Dre overlooked the city at night while Ashanti made a cameo, sitting atop a white piano. Super-producer Scott Storch was also spotted on set.
Fat Joe teased the cinematic clip on Instagram, calling it the “Biggest Movieeeeee On Earth.”


Lupita Nyong’o Says Natural Hair Still Gets Shunned: ‘It’s Been Painted As Uncivilized’
Lupita Nyong’o sat down with Porter, and one of the topics she discussed was how natural hair has been received, both in and out of Hollywood.

“My hair is something that historically has been shunned,” she said. “I mean, how often do you hear ‘You can’t get a job with hair like that?’ Natural, African, kinky hair — it’s often been painted as uncivilized or wild.”

Nyong’o is on the cover of Porter, where her natural locks were untampered with, which didn’t happen when she posed for Grazia.

As we previously reported, the editors of the UK publication gave the actress a ponytail, smoothed out her hair and removed its natural kinks. Nyong’o then blasted Grazia in an Instagram post that received a lot of attention.
So to make sure young girls are proud of their natural features, the 35-year-old wrote a book titled “Sulwe” that’ll hit shelves next year. The story is about a young girl who learns to be proud of her skin tone, and the actress said it’s somewhat autobiographical. 

Nyong’o also explained that she was inspired to write the book in 2014, right after her speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood awards.“It was about having dark skin in a world that favors traditional Western standards of beauty, light complexions and silky hair and my own journey from insecurity to a place of self-acceptance,” she said about the speech.
“I was touched by how it had resonated with so many people of color and not just Black Africans. I started to realize that there was a demographic that really needed to hear this message but wouldn’t hear my speech. I wanted to get to kids before they reach an age where the world is telling them they are not as valuable,” added Nyong’o

Later in the interview, the Nairobi raised-actress spoke about the success of “Black Panther,” and how she knew it was something special during filming.
But at the same time, she had no idea of the cultural phenomenon it would be and was thrilled to see moviegoers dressed in African clothing all around the world.

On top of that, Nyong’o said the film has improved communication between Africans and African-Americans, which she’s thrilled about.

“I was in Nigeria not long after the film came out,” she explained. “And one man said to me ‘How are my cousins [Chadwick] Boseman and [Michael B.] Jordan?’ I had never heard that sentiment come out of an African’s mouth. It started a long overdue conversation about our shared identities.”

Kim Kardashian Slams Kourtney Kardashian’s Ex Younes Bendjima After Photos With Another Woman Surface
First comes Khloรฉ, then comes Kim! Kim Kardashian implied that sister Kourtney Kardashian’s ex Younes Bendjima is a liar after he denied that he did anything wrong during his recent Mexican getaway.
Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima: The Way They Were
“once again you guys failed. I’m not attached to this ‘life’ so you can’t touch me,” Bendjima, 26, wrote on his Instagram Story on Tuesday, August 7, just hours after the model claimed he was simply having “fun with [his] friends” in Mexico. “I know who i am where i’m from and where i’m going and that bothers you. only one opinion matter The one of my Lord. Have a wonderful day.”

Kim, 37, wasted no time calling out her sister’s former beau after The Shade Room posted a screenshot of Bendjima’s latest story. “Nice pics from your ‘boys trip,’” the KKW beauty creator wrote, adding a Pinocchio-inspired emoji that features a long nose.

The Selfish author’s remark comes shortly after Khloรฉ Kardashian shaded Bendjima on a different Shade Room Instagram post.
“They really want me to be the bad guy,” Bendjima wrote on his first Instagram Story, alongside crying laughing emojis. “F—k your Hollywood bullshit (can’t have fun with your friends no more) Where are my 12 others friendssss Nice catch tho.”

After the account shared a screenshot of Bendjima’s first Story, the 34-year-old clapped back, “Alexa play ‘heard it all before’ by Sunshine Anderson.”

OWN Renews ‘Love Is___’ For A 2nd Season #Yay
Congrats to the cast of OWN’s new hit series Love Is___. The romantic dramedy has been picked up for a second season and comes from award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

The Akils created and executive produced the series through their company Akil Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Brock Akil serves as the series’ showrunner, as well as director for the pilot and upcoming season finale episode (Tuesday, August 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT).

Love Is___ premiered June 19 with 1.2 million viewers and a 1.2 W25-54 rating (L+3) and was the night’s #2 telecast on all of television among African American women. The July 17 telecast achieved a series high across all key demos and total viewers with 1.4 million viewers and a 1.51 W25-54 rating. On average over its series run, Love Is___ ranks as the #1 show on cable in its time period with W25-54.

“Mara and Salim have brought their heart and soul to this passion project working with our friends at Warner Horizon Scripted Television and we couldn’t be more thrilled to renew the show for a second season,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “This series is an important part of OWN’s scripted programming lineup and to see the ratings grow as the Akils’ love story unfolds each week is truly exciting.”
Love Is___ features Michelle Weaver and Will Catlett in the lead roles along with Tyrone Marshall Brown, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Tosin Morohunfola and Idara Victor. Veteran actors Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Reid, Kadeem Hardison, Lana Young, Clark Peters and Loretta Devine round out the cast.

Dasha Polanco goes completely naked for Women's Health magazine
Actress Dasha Polance stripped down completely for a photoshoot with Women's Health magazine.
The 35-year-old mum, who played the character of Daya in Orange Is The New Black, referred to her naked photos as, "My Naked Truth" and said she feels "empowered in every way".

See more photos below.

#WINNING: CBS Orders LeBron James-Produced Competition Series, “Million Dollar Mile”
Amid LeBron James’ long list of basketball accomplishments, the  living NBA legend is making big moves in his transition from player to powerhouse producer.

With several projects already in the works, such as HBO’s “The Shop,” and “Student Athlete,” Starz’s “Warriors of Liberty City,” ABC’s “White Dave,” NBC’s “The Wall,” and Showtime’s recently announced, “Shut Up and Dribble,” James is looking to add, yet, another project to his producer resume.

According to Variety, James is set to executive produce a competition series, titled, “Million Dollar Mile,” which has just scored a series order at CBS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The game show gives contestants the chance to win $1 million every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. But, the catch is, there is a challenging course ahead, with a group of elite athletes on a mission to stop them at all costs.
According to the publication, CBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, and praised James in the wake of their new partnership.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination – all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kid course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000,” senior VP of alternative at CBS Entertainment, Sharon Vuong said. “Couple that with Allison [Grodner] and Rich’s [Meehan, of ‘Big Brother’] unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.”

Nine-Year-Old North Carolina Boy Robbed at Gunpoint at His Lemonade Stand
Over the weekend, a nine-year-old entrepreneur was robbed at gunpoint, while working his organic lemonade stand in his North Carolina neighborhood.

The incident occurred on Saturday in Monroe when a suspect, who officials described as a “teenage black male wearing a camouflage hat and black shirt,” approached Mark David with a gun.
Officials say, “the suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy’s stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot,” as David escaped with his life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The thief made off with $17 dollars. Though officials were able to locate a trail in the woods near the scene of the crime, where “a camouflage hat, a black colored BB handgun, and the stolen metal tin were recovered,” a suspect has not been identified.

Despite the traumatic event, David returned to his lemonade stand the following day, as his father explained to his son that “bad things do happen to good people and you never know when it’s going to happen to you.”
David had been working his lemonade stand to save money for a riding lawnmower for his “other” business. But after hearing of the unfortunate incident, a local Lowe’s donated the boy a lawnmower.

Rihanna To Receive Honorary Degree From The University Of The West Indies
Rihanna will receive an honorary degree from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill (UW).
According to reports, UWI Open Campus’ website the Barbadian international chart-topper, fashion icon and businesswoman will be honoured with an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Rihanna will be awarded alongside Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and Professor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.
The awards are given to individuals of eminence in the arts, sciences and other fields. They are also as given to those who have made outstanding regional or international contributions.

Carrie Underwood Announces She’s Pregnant With Baby No. 2!
Carrie Underwood is expecting her second child with her hubby, Mike Fisher! The singer took to social media on Wednesday to share the exciting news with her fans.

While talking about her forthcoming Cry Pretty Tour she informed her fans the tour would be starting in May because she’s pregnant!
Carrie gushed about expanding her family saying: You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?

Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond.

This has been a dream come true with the album and with baby news and all that stuff. We’re just so excited and glad you guys and can share in this and be a part of this with us.


Lindsay Lohan Thinks #MeToo Movement Makes Women Look 'Weak'
Lindsay Lohan's got some things to say about the #MeToo movement.
During a recent interview with The Times, the actress and reality television star gave her opinion on the women who've been stepping up and calling out their abusers.
“I don’t really have anything to say," Lohan admitted. "I can’t speak on something I didn’t live, right? Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways."

“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment," she added. "You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”

The movement arose after multiple women accused Harvey Weinstein of committing sex crimes against them, causing others to work up the courage and bravely tell their own stories. Lohan stood up for the movie mogul amidst the allegations, saying she felt "very bad" for him.

#BLUEWAVE: Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell Upsets 27-Year Veteran Bob McCulloch In St. Louis County Prosecutor Race: “We Shocked The World”
On Tuesday, Ferguson City Councilman Wesley Bell pulled off a monumental upset in the St. Louis County primary election, unseating the 27-year tenure of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

“People keep saying ‘you shocked the world,’” Bell said after his victory. “No, we shocked the world. People showed up and showed out.”

According to reports, Bell ran his campaign on criminal-justice reform, promising resources for treating addiction and mental health issues and ending mass incarceration with a new focus on serious crimes.
The new change in the prosecutor position is a huge step for the county, especially in the wake of the fatal 2014 shooting of Michael Brown.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In fact, that same year, McCulloch ran unopposed to secure his seat for another four years and faced criticisms for the decision to not indict Brown’s shooter, Darren Wilson.
Now, with Bell in the seat, the county will be able to focus on new plans for the future. He will run unopposed in November, as Republicans did not field a candidate in the primary.

I think I’m gonna skip my back to school shopping this year.

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