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The shocking divorces are coming with a vengeance in 2018. Tisha Campbell-Martin is done with her 22-year marriage to Duane Martin as she just filed for divorce. Deets inside...
Well, we can't say we saw this one coming. But when we think about it, the twosome haven't been spotted together in years. 49-year-old actress Tisha Campbell-Martin has filed for divorce from her 52-year-old "The New Edition Story" husband Duane Martin, with no details as to why. She does, though, say it was a painful decision.
In a statement to media, Tisha reveals:
“After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I’ve filed for divorce. It’s an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family.”
The couple shares two sons - Ezekiel, 8, and Xen, 16. - and also own XEN Lounge in Los Angeles.
The picture below, from a 2015 Samsung event, is the last time the couple were seen together in an official capacity.
Tisha & Duane - who was just cast in Gabrielle Union's upcoming "Bad Boys" spinoff tv series - were one of those staple long-time couples in black Hollywood, so the split will definitely come as a shocker to most.
It seems Tisha is focused on the future though with the possibility of a "Martin" reboot, the 90's cult classic sitcom she starred in along with real life bestie Tichina Arnold.
Welp, at least the besties can now be single divorcés out in these streets together.
Photos: Getty/Pacific Coast News
Grab your tissues because Tiffany Haddish will have your eyes tearing up after you see her meet Oprah...again. Also, Tiff has a huge new hosting gig coming down the pipeline. In political news, Lady O has responded to Trump’s shade and she’s totally unbothered. Get it all inside…
It’s one thing to meet someone you’ve always admired. It’s another to meet OPRAH.
We’ve said this before, but 2018 is clearly going to be Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish’s year. Like seriously.
The comedienne appeared on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” today…the same day media mogul Oprah appeared as well. When Tiff sat down with Ellen, the daytime talk show host assured her Lady O had already left the building, but wanted to know everything about her “business plan” she came up with for a company with O.
If you didn’t know, Tiffany is really into vegetables and grows her own in her backyard. And as most of us know, Oprah is a veggie fanatic as well. During the interview, Tiffany shared it would be a dream to team up with Oprah to sell some of their vegetables at farmers’ markets across the nation.
Then, the Girls Trip breakout star shared her story about her first run-in with Lady O when she was an extra on Their Eyes Were Watching God, which Oprah produced. The media mogul noticed Tiffany and walked up, spoke to her and wished her luck on her career. After the meeting, Tiffany said she wrote Oprah 6 letters, but never got a response.
Well, Lady O explains just why she never responded, walking out on stage as a surprise to Tiffany. Let’s just say, our eyes were filled with tears of happiness to see the reunion.
Ugh. We can't even lie. We would be the exact same way.
Not only did Tiffany get to chit chat with Lady O, she also did a cooking segment where she made her special "Joyful Collard Greens." So appropriate since they're both veggie lovers.
Y'all, this segment will have you laughing your *** off. It's hilarious. Check it below:
By the way, Tiff reposted her picture with Oprah on her Instagram page THREE times."O JUST SO YALL KNOW I POSTED IT THREE TIMES BECAUSE I AM THAT DAMN HAPPY! YES! YES! YES I CRIED AND YES I ASKED HER TO BE MY AUNTIE! SO ALL THANKS BE TO GOD FOR ALWAYS COMING THRU YOU HEAR MY PRAYS AND ANSWER ACCORDINGLY AMEN!," she captioned.
Oprah finally offered up a response to No. 45's social media shade he posted earlier this week. In case you missed, he called Oprah insecure and bias. Peep the tweet:
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
He's so immature and annoying AF. However, Lady O isn't wasting her time on negative energy.
She responded, “I woke up and I just thought … I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?!’”
Find out everything she did (yes, she went back to see if what he said had any merit) when she found out about the tweet in the video above.
In other news...
Like we said, Tiffany's year has kicked off on an epic start. Outside of all the new movies and TV shows she has coming down the pipeline, she starred in a Groupon commercial during the Super Bowl (and she's the new spokesperson), she met her idol Oprah. And now she's about to host an awards show. Thankfully, because we're so over the same white men hosting awards shows.
"The Last O.G." actress will be hosting this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards! Woot! She'll be bringing the laughs during the show going down in LA, set to air Monday, June 18th on MTV.
By the way, "The Last O.G.," also starring Tracy Morgan, premieres April 3rd at 10:30p EST on TBS.
1. Word on the curb is that Yara Shahidi is in negotiations to star in The Sun Is Also a Star movie adaptation. STORY
2. Ginuwine will star in “Your Husband Is Cheating On Us,” a behind-the-scene look at creating the JD Lawrence play of the same name, set to premiere Sunday, April 1 at 9pm ET/PT. We see the former "Celebrity Big Brother" star is flexing those acting chops.
Photo: Ellen Show/Oprah's IG
Janelle Monae is making everybody catch feels with these two new videos she just dropped. Sexual feels, Prince feels, ALL the feels. Watch her drop bars and bisexual finesse inside....
Your Afro Futurist leader is gearing up to drop her new project, Dirty Computer, which she calls an emotion picture, on 4.27.18. And by "emotion picture," Janelle Monae means a narrative film and accompanying musical album.
Yessss drop that genius-ness Janelle!
So she surprised her fellow Androids with two new videos today, one where she's dropping hot 16 (give or take a few) ad one where she brings her bestie Tessa Thompson into a sexual/asexual mix.
On "Make Me Feel," Janelle brings Prince-esque vibes as she makes a statement that her sexuality is controlled by no one...and folks need to "let vaginas have the monologue."
The Hidden Figures star has been the subject of lesbian and.or bisexual rumors, with fellow actress Tessa Thompson rumored to be more than just her bestie. Still, neither of them are confirming or denying anything, despite some folks feeling like this was their coming out story/
We think it's just Janelle being the smart and talented artist that she is. Check out the vid below:
On "Django Jane" Janelle reminds y'all she can rap just as well as she can sing and act. Get into her androgynous fabulousness below:
Models Winnie Harlow, Jourdan Dunn& Naomi Campbell are taking over Milan Fashion Week OFF the runway. Meanwhile, Serayah, Justine Skye and Lupita Nyong’o are also keeping it fierce overseas. See the hot shots inside…
Did someone say Fashion Week? Say no more because the YBF model slayage is doing ALL the talking...off the runway.
1. Model chick Winnie Harlow knows a thing or two about posing and angles. And the 23-year-old, who’s rumored to be dating racecar driver Lewis Hamilton, put on a show during the Miu Miu Women's Tales Party London held inside Lou Lou Club during Milan Fash.
Winnie got into formation rocking an army green romper topped with a edgy raincoat dress and paired the look with some fire sandals. We need those shoes!
2. Jourdan Dunn was in a “shady” mood, so she whipped out her Alain Mikli sunnies to accessorize with her black Jean Paul Gaultier blazer type dress. She too, served up some model fab for the cameras.
Making their rounds, Winnie and Jourdan linked up with their model friends Adesuwa Aighewi and Achok for a photo-op.
3. Veteran model Naomi Campbell was giving the youngings a run for their money popping up on the scene in a bold look. This is what 47 looks like. While this isn't our favorite look from the runway slayer, she pulled it off.
Elsewhere on the fashion scene...
Singer Justine Skye loves a fashion event and is always on the scene to soak in the fabulousness. The ULTRAVIOLET songstress rolled up to the Moncler Genius show during Milan Fashion Week in a complete pink look by the designer paired with white Manolo Blahnik booties.
Before heading out, she posed it up for a mini shoot in the rub.
Naomi and Star Wars actor John Boyega stepped out to see the new designs.
Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong'o served up a bold look to party it up at MNKY HSE in London during London Fashion Week. She recently joined the #BlackPantherChallenge and sent 600 Kenyan kids to see the film. If you haven't seen it yet, you NEED to ASAP!
Back in the States...
Well, show off then! “Empire” star/singer Serayah had her toned abs on display in a white pantsuit paired with gold Le Silla ankle boots for the Variety CFDA event held at Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd.
And look who else was there.
Funnyman Dave Chappelle was also seen leaving the Variety CFDA event.
Photos: Getty/Backgrid/Splash/Justine's IG
Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert shockingly (or not) reunited on “The View” today to address rumors about Vince allegedly getting a side chick pregnant. Also, Tamar made it CLEAR her divorce is NOT a PR stunt. Get those deets, plus what she said about her former co-hosts on “The Real” inside…
Remember when Tamar Braxton had that huge meltdown on social media about her estranged husband Vince Herbert allegedly cheating and getting his side chick pregnant? Well, she’s clearing everything up. Matter of fact, she AND her estranged husband are setting the record straight.
The “Braxton Family Values” star was tapped to guest co-host “The View” today where her divorce drama became one of the hot topics to discuss. Vince joined Tamar on stage to dispel the pregnant side chick rumors, saying they're all lies. Everything being said about him is not true,according to him.
“Absolutely not. And all of the other allegations are just not true,” Vince said. “I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”
Hmm…we wonder if he was referring to what Mama Joyce said about him allegedly physically abusing Tamar. *sips tea*
You’ll recall, the Bluebird of Happiness singer filed for divorce from her husband/former manager (she supposedly fired him) in October 2017. Tamar made it crystal clear that her relationship drama is NOT a PR stunt to get ratings for their reality show “Tamar & Vince.”
"I wish mine wasn't real. I wish I could say that a lot of the times it's made up, just so I could hide behind the truth sometimes, but in this situation I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage and the things that's happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that's disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that."
Tay Tay said her "so called" FRIENDS told her that Vince got another woman pregnant and that it was her fault for allowing other people get in her ear.
"Keep people out your business," she said. "It was my fault for putting myself in the position where I opened up the floor for people to give opinions about my marriage. And I have to take responsibility for that."
When asked if there could possibly be a reconciliation, Vince was very hopeful, but Tamar is still undecided. Yikes. She also revealed she and Vince no longer live together, however, they do still work together with their businesses and they’re co-parenting for the sake of their son, Logan Herbert.
“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son and just to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can. That's why we don't live together. I definitely filed for divorce that's not a lie."
Peep the full clip below:
Switching gears, Tamar revealed she never got an explanation WHY she was FIRED from "The Real" and said she hasn't spoke to any of her former co-hosts since Logan's last birthday party.
Well, there's that.
Also on "The View" today...
Actor Jesse Williams, who's also going through a divorce from his wife Aryn Drake-Lee, popped up on daytime television to explain why he became an activist. Then, he played a fun round of his charades inspired app/game BLeBRiTY. Peep the clip above.
Mo’Nique stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to confront radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and the interview was many things. Get the highlights and the full interview inside…
When Mo’Nique went public with her Netflix boycott over, what she calls, racial and gender bias, that triggered Power 105’s Breakfast Club personality Charlamagne Tha God to give his infamous “Donkey of the Day.”
Apparently, that struck a nerve with Mo and she and her husband Sidney Hicks (who called in on the phone) wanted to confront him about it. And that’s exactly what she did. The Almost Christmas star sat down with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee to lay everything about the Netflix deal and more on the table.
First and foremost, Mo was a bit shady with how she addressed Charlamagne calling him by his government name, Lenard. And when she pronounced incorrectly, he corrected her. Ha!
Mo said she was caught off guard that Charlamagne would give her the title of “Donkey of the Day.” She said when she met him at Turner Station in an elevator years ago, she met a young man who was full of humility and respect. So, she wanted to know exactly why he would “spread that poison” about her on the radio.
Charlamagne argued the case that Netflix is looking at it from a number standpoint on whether or not she could bring in a big enough audience. He used Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as examples as they have gone on tours that sold out and even sold out arenas…recently. However, Mo feels like her resume should speak for itself and being a legend she should receive the same offer if not more than her counterparts.
They went back and forth about the Netflix deal and they both offered up valid points. We get what Charlamagne was saying about the numbers and we also understand where Mo is coming from as a black woman where we always have to work 10 times harder than everyone else and still get peanuts.
Mo bought up comedian George Kelly told her that Charlamagne told him he gave her the “Donkey of the Day” for “radio,” but Charlamagne denied it.
As for the rumors of her being difficult to work with, Angela Yee brought up what former editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine Amy Dubois Barnett wrote on social media about Mo being a “nightmare” to work with when she was shooting for the cover. Mo said the EBONY staff was being arrogant towards her and she’s wasn’t going to allow them to bully her around.
She also explained how she took up for Almost Christmas director David Talbert and producer Will Packer when a white man on the set were referring to David and Will as “boys.” Sidney said Mo isn’t a person to allow people to be disrespected, so she stood up for them and that’s another reason folks claim she’s “difficult” to work with.
She also talked about being blackballed from the industry, why she’s still relevant and more. Towards the end, Mo seems to get heated and ends the interview.
Below is the full interview. It's worth watching the entire clip:
By the way, the interview was pre-recorded and Mo filmed it all on her Periscope. Toward the end of her Periscope, Mo looks at her phone and quietly calls Charlamagne a “puppet.” The clip is no longer on her Periscope.
However, here's a clip of what went down after the interview:
Kendrick Lamar was heavily censored during his BRIT Awards performance and folks were feeling some type of way. Meanwhile, British actor Daniel Kaluuya says Americans have no idea what goes outside of America. Deets inside…
Kendrick Lamar had Twitter abuzz during his performance at the 2018 BRIT Awards. People watching the awards show via television were not pleased. Why? Apparently, the producers heavily muted his set while performing his track “FEEL” and his feature on Rich The Kid’s “New Freezer.”
What’s the point in having Kendrick Lamar perform on #BRITS if you’re going to mute him every other word?
— JP (@MrJP1990) February 21, 2018
According to reports, not only was bad language censored, they also bleeped out his references to “drugs” and “oral sex.” He ended up getting muted a total of 10 times. So, folks were up in arms about why the BRIT Awards even invited him to perform in the first place knowing the origin of his lyrics.
Below are a few more tweets:
Total waste of time , utter crap and nice one brit awards that's a great example to show kids , yeah let's go and smash a car up with a baseball bat!!!!????
— Denis Farrell (@denisf33) February 21, 2018
Kendrick Lamar is performing at the brit awards with half the song muted due to language and his mate smashing up an expensive car on stage. Wtf the point?
— Toneeeee (@Toni_Newland) February 21, 2018
What's the point in having an artist like Kendrick Lamar on and then muting everything he says? #britawards
— Matt Mack (@mattmack_7) February 21, 2018
By the way, that’s Rich The Kid smashing that luxury Lamborghini sports car during the performance and people weren’t happy about that as well:
People in the world dying of starvation & then you have Rapper Kendrick Lamar performing at Brit Awards & having a sports car smashed up...Just coz. Absolute pretentious bullshit...
— Andrew Service (@AndoServise) February 21, 2018
"His intention was to make a statement about the emptiness of status symbols and the trappings of fame," said BBC writer Mark Savage. "But, with most viewers unable to hear his lyrics, it came off as 'I'm so rich I can afford to smash up this very expensive car live on TV.'"
What fans didn't know was that the car being smashed was a replica of a Lamborghini Murcielago.
Peep some of his uncensored performance below:
The Compton rapper, who's currently making rounds on TDE's Championship Tour, also won his first ever BRIT Award, nabbing the International Male Solo Artist award. Peep his acceptance speech below:
Speaking of Brtis...
Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuya is ruffling some feathers.
During a panel with the BAFTA Awards Rising Star nominees (which he ended up winning), the 28-year-old actor said Americans have no idea what goes on outside of America when responding to Jordan Peele’s hesitation to cast him in Get Out since he wasn't American.
“Yeah it was a lot of that… I think in America they don’t really know stuff which happens outside of America,” he said. “They don’t know the black British experience, because a lot of people don’t. I think a lot of people in England don’t.”
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) February 17, 2018
He continued: “You just have to adopt different perspectives. You just have to see the world different. I was brought up to see the way I live my life isn’t the way everyone else lives their life. So when you see characters you’re able to take on other perspectives and empathize.”
Hmm…do you agree or disagree?
MempHitz is ready to face his demons and will have Iyanla Vanzant help him do so. And this all comes on the heels of Toya Wright giving birth to her daughter Reign, whom she shares with boyfriend Robert Rushing. See a clip of MempHitz on “Fix My Life,” plus adorable shots of baby Reign inside…
We haven’t heard much from MempHitz in a while, but he’s set to return to television soon. The former SONY exec has tapped life coach Iyanla Vanzant to help him overcome things that he experienced in his past in an upcoming episode of “Fix My Life.” And he has gone through some ish.
The producer lost his father after Ku Klux Klan members took his life and MempHitz has never gotten over it.
We've seen some of his hardships play out in the media following his divorce from Toya Wright. There were plenty of times he literally had meltdowns on social media and would post bizarre things. He also went postal during episodes of "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" while he and Toya were trying to save their marriage.
“I feel like I got robbed,” he told Iyanla in the teaser clip.
Check it below:
Maye this episode will give us more insight on why MempHitz may have been acting out they way he was.
A new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will also include kidnapping victim Kamiyah Mobley, former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”star Hazel E, Trina Braxton, Philando Castile’s fiancée Diamond Reynolds and more. See the explosive premiere on Saturday, March 3rd at 9/8c on OWN.
It seems doing his "homework" has been working. After posting the picture of his "homework" Iyanla assigned him, he congratulated his ex-wife Toya Wright after she and her boyfriend Robert Rushing welcomed their baby Reign:
Well good for him.
Speaking of the new bundle of joy...
Baby Reign Ryan Rushing made her grand entrance into the world on February 8th via c-section, weighing in at 7lb, 7oz. Excited new mom again Toya made the announcement on Instagram:
Aww! Daddy daughter time! Adorbs.
Congrats to Toya, Robert and big sister Reginae Carter!
Photos: MempHitz's IG/Toya's IG
Everyone on the Internet was wondering why Chris Paul and Floyd Mayweather were decked out in cowboy gear during NBA games last night. Find out why inside…
So, this is how Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul made his way inside the Toyota Center last night to battle it out against the Minnesota Timberwolves:
Yes, full on Cowboy outfit. So why was he dressed like this in the first place?
Apparently, it was Go Texan Day, which is a day where Houstonians put on their best western attire to celebrate the beginning of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Makes sense. He even let his kiddies play dress up as well:
"Runs in the family!!#GoTexanDay," he captioned on Instagram. Too cute!
By the way, the Rockets beat the Timberwolves, 120-102. We know everyone in Houston was SUPER hype after the win.
Celebs at other games even got in on the fun too...
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather also hit up an NBA game dressed for the holiday. He popped up courtside at Staples Center to watch the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks hit the court in cowboy gear.
"I heard Chris Paul had his cowboy swag on today and so did I. I guess great minds think alike, be outside the box," he captioned on Instagram.
Floyd had plenty to celebrate since the Lakers beat the Mavericks, 124-102, and an upcoming birthday.
After the game...
The retired boxer, rocking a black mask paired with a blue suit, hit up Serafina in West Hollywood to turn up for the pre-birthday festivities last night.
He turns 41 today. Happy Birthday Floyd!
Photos: Chris'IG/Floyd's IG/Backgrid/Splash
Roxane Gay is shooting her shot at DC Comics after their rival Marvel gave her the Black Panther snub. Get those deets, plus see Black Panther actress Letita Wright flex her rapping skills inside….
Never underestimate the power of the Twitterverse.
Writer Roxane Gay decided she would try her hand and offer her services to write DC Comics’ upcoming “Batgirl” movie after Joss Whedon stepped down as the film’s writer and director. And guess what? DC Comics appear to be interested.
Peep the tweets:
Work with Marvel's rival? Why not?! Get those coins!
This news comes on the heels of Marvel snubbing Roxane at the Black Panther premiere last month. You see, Roxane co-wrote “Black Panther: World of Wakanda” for Marvel Comics alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey in 2016. However, the series was cancelled in 2017 after releasing six issues.
Ta-Nehisi got an invite to the premiere, but Roxane and Yona did not. Roxane took to Twitter to express her feelings, saying her feelings were hurt, but she was still excited about the movie.
My feelings are real hurt that I didn’t get an invite to the Black Panther premiere. I mean goddamn Marvel. Goddamn.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 30, 2018
I’m still thrilled about the movie and can’t wait to see it.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 30, 2018
Let's see if this deal with DC Comics come intro fruition.
Speaking of Black Panther...
Looks like the Black Panther cast had plenty of fun behind-the-scenes while shooting the Marvel superhero film. Especially with Letitia Wright freestyling every chance she got.
Introducing: MC Baby Underbite!
Get into her bars above and below. Her co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke even got in on the action.
Photos: Getty/DC Comics
Black Panther star Winston Duke is heating up the pages of ESQUIRE magazine and he’s quenching our thirst while doing so. Oh, and he’s much more than a handsome face. He’s smart and woke AF as well. Get it all inside….
Black Panther star Winston Duke is sexy AF. And this ESQUIRE photoshoot only proves our point even more. While watching the film, we couldn’t stop fawning over him for more reasons than one. As hot, he was funny and he served up Alpha male realness that made us weak. He literally left us shook.
And get this…
Not only is the 31-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native fine as hell, he’s also very intelligent and woke AF in real life. Ugh. Can we marry him, not now, but RIGHT NOW?
Our Marvel BAE is currently heating the pages of ESQUIRE magazine with a spread the ladies (and some men) will certainly appreciate. We sure do.
Inside, the 6 foot 4inch actor, who played M'Baku - rebellious ruler of the Jabari tribe, opened up about how he became an actor and why he had very specific rules about the types of roles he would play.
Moving to Brooklyn from Trinidad and Tobago, he pursued his undergraduate degree in theater at University of Buffalo. He said growing up, he was used to seeing people of color in positions of power. However, when he moved to the United States, the media he consumed was very different.
“Any time I saw black people on TV or in film, they were victims,” Duke said. “Or they were purputrating some sort of crime and they were the villain, or they were only subservient [to the main characters].”
After undergrad, he enrolled at Yale for his MFA. That’s where he met his now co-star Lupita Nyong’o and they formed a friendship.
On his first day at Yale, he was given a tour of the university by another aspiring actor, Lupita Nyong’o (who later won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave and also appears alongside Duke in Black Panther). They became friends and soon joined a group at Yale called FOLKS (started by Black Panther co-star Angela Bassett during her time at the school), which gave black students an opportunity to meet and congregate.
“She and I became really close because we shared that immigrant experience,” he explained. “We shared the idea of having really big dreams knowing that we’d left our own country.”
While they were at Yale, the two went to see The Avengers together and dreamed of someday being a part of a film of that magnitude. Even then, however, Duke says the idea of a black Marvel superhero film felt distant. “We would always tell ourselves that they’re going to do it someday, but we could never tell who,” Duke said. “At that point there was already the Blade films, but we really didn’t know how Marvel would go about doing their first African superhero.”
What a full circle moment.
After Yale, Winston decided he would get serious about acting and would only accept roles with some sort of social justice footprint. We can't say we know of too many other male actors who feel this way.
“Whether it’s a deeply commercial vehicle it should still be connected in some way to social justice,” he said. “It should still have some sort of effect showing diversity, and heroes and anti-heroes re-defining heroism and what it means to be a strong person.”
“There would always be scripts that came along that I turned down, like Gang Member #5—roles that were just stereotypes,” he continued.
How can you not love this man?! Fine and WOKE.
You can read his full interview here.
Photos: Kat Wirsing via ESQUIRE
A Set It Off adaptation will be coming to the stage soon. In other news, Kanye West and the Kardashian-Jenners will compete on “Family Feud,” and Travis Scott is still going strong with Kylie Jenner. Everything inside…
In the era of reboots popping up left and right, another classic is about to get the treatment.
A stage play adaptation of the 90s film Set It Off is about to hit the stage sooner rather than later.
Rapper/”Rickey Smiley Morning Show” co-host Da Brat made the announcement on her Instagram page, revealing she will reprise Queen Latifah’s groundbreaking role of Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims. Singer Letoya Luckett, singer/actress Demetria McKinney, and actress Kyla Pratt will round out the cast to play Jada Pinkett, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise’s epic roles.
Playwright Je’Caryous Johnson, who has worked on Married But Single and Two Can Play That Game stage plays, is behind the stage play project. He even got the blessing from Set It Off writer Takashi Bufford. Peep the clip below:
A message from the writer of the movie #TakashiBufford#SetItOff#DaBrat#LetoyaLuckett#DemetriaMcKinney#KylaPratt visit https://t.co/hsRn6s08ua for all the info and I can't wait to see you soon #SetItOffpic.twitter.com/4xX2sEICRo
— Je'Caryous Johnson (@JeCaryous) February 24, 2018
The stage play is set to premiere March 9th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and it’ll wrap up April 7th at the Hobby Center in Houston, TX. The only other city they’re going to is Washington, DC. Check out the full list of dates and cop your tickets here, if you’re interested.
Y’all here for it?
In TV news...
Apparently, Kanye West always dreamed of being on “Family Feud.” Now, his wish has come true.
Yesterday, the PABLO rapper rounded up his wife Kim Kardashian West and a few of his family members to tape an episode of “Family Feud” where they will compete against the Kardashian-Jenner family. This should be a doozy. We’re already counting how many WTF moments will likely transpire.
According to reports, it was actually supposed to be the Kardashian-Jenners up against the Hiltons, but they backed out at the last minute. Apparently Rick Hilton thought the family appearing on the show would be “thirsty.” His daughter Nicky Hilton didn’t want anything to do with it either. However, his daughter Paris Hilton and his wife Kathy Hilton were on board. But without the whole family, it didn’t work.
Ye looked happy to be there though:
No word yet will the episode will be airing, but we'll keep you posted.
Speaking of the Karashian-Jenner family...
New parents Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner were spotted together for the first time since baby Stormi made her arrival into the world earlier this month. There had been rumors swirling that the first-time parents had broken up, but as you can see they are still very much together.
The new parents, along with Kylie's bestie Jordyn Woods, stepped out to lunch it up at Nobu Malibu yesterday before hopping in a LaFerrari to head back home.
It's reported the $1.4 million luxury whip was a push present for Kylie from Travis. Oh.
Photos: Da Brat's IG/Backgrid
Safaree Samuels has social media on fire this morning after his d*ck pic/video leaked yesterday. We're warning you now, this post is NOT safe to open at work or if you're around little ones. Proceed with caution...
It’s Monday and most of us are dreading it. But, Safaree Samuels just kicked off the week with some heat…if you’re into this kind of thing.
Last night, the “Love & Hip Hop” star was trending on Twitter. Why? Apparently, his nudes leaked online. We’re not sure how the nudes made their way online, but women are losing their ish online after seeing what Safaree is working with:
So, is it really Safaree's nudes? We did a little research and if you look closely at the stomach tattoos in the picture above and the video below, we believe it's really him:
So THIS is what Nicki Minaj was laid up with every night over the course of their 10+ year relationship. Hmph.
Here are some of the hilarious reactions to the leaked nudes below:
I’m sorry for roasting you Safaree I didn’t know, WE didn’t know pic.twitter.com/5zumka1scZ
— Arnell Armon (@arnellarmon) February 26, 2018
— Bre W. (@JillScottTwin) February 26, 2018
— breezy_.august (@Augustt_Wife) February 26, 2018
Me: but y'all said #safaree was corny..
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/Y6aQlGYjN2
— Alexis (@lexstacylamar) February 26, 2018
— Michelle (@TreshhaMichelle) February 26, 2018
— Jil (@JilianeF_) February 26, 2018
— RAVEN MCQUEEN (@TheFacebuster) February 26, 2018
Reality star/actress Tami Roman is impressed:
#bonnetchronicles PHOTO IN IG STORY Find video tho WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE #Safaree #YouMadeYoDaddyProud #HeSmokingASpliff #SayingDatsMyBwoy #DeezChicksComing #LosingTheirDamnMinds #TwatsInTrouble #HeadSizeBalls #TheyWasSmoothAF #IBelieve #TheDickHadAnElbow #CurvingBitches #FrFr #YouTooSmall #ForThatSizeDick #IUnderstandReggie #TMI #ButYouALilDude #ThatsWhyYouAlwaysInSweats #DickGottaBreathe #NewbornBabySizeDick #BitchesStealingGoats #AtTheCountyZoo #CatchingCases #GayMenEverywhereUniting #justjokes #youGottaSeeTheVideoTho
Some are calling it a third leg, while some aren't that impressed. What are your thoughts on Safaree's man parts?
Rapper NBA YoungBoy was allegedly caught on camera body slamming his girlfriend Jania hours before he was arrested on a kidnapping warrant. Now, Jania is speaking out about the video. This is a mess. See the video and get the deets inside…
Rapper NBA YoungBoy is in a world of trouble.
Video footage of the rapper allegedly body slamming his girlfriend Jania leaked online hours before he was arrested in Tallahassee, Florida over the weekend.
Surveillance footage of what’s believed to be NBA YoungBoy shows the rapper slam his girlfriend on the floor of a hotel hallway in Waycross, Georgia on Saturday. Allegedly.
Sources tell TMZ a hotel guest heard the two, called the front desk and then hotel employees called the police. By the time cops arrived, YoungBoy and Jania had already left. Apparently, cops found enough evidence in their room to issue a warrant.
It’s reported the incident happened right before he was arrested in Florida. He had an outstanding felony warrant for kidnapping and other alleged crimes.
See the video below:
Now, Jania is speaking out about the video, making claims that they were just PLAYING around:
Really, girl? You'll recall, this is the same girl who YoungBoy allegedly made sleep in a hotel lobby so he could be with another woman.
In 2016, YoungBoy was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder in Baton Rouge. He got off with a suspended 10-year jail sentence and three years of probation for aggravated assault with a firearm.
This is TEW much!
Photos: YoungBoy's IG/Leon County Sheriff's Office
In very unfortunate news, Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa has reportedly passed away. She was 44. More inside...
In very sad news, Bill Cosby’s daughter Ensa has reportedly died at the age of 44, according to TMZ.
It's reported, Bill’s daughter, who supported her father during his legal issues, passed away Friday night in Massachusetts. As of right now, the cause of her death is unknown. However, sources tell the site Ensa had “medical issues” in the past. She reportedly had issues with her kidneys and was possibly waiting for a transplant.
Peep a clip of Ensa, wearing orange pants and a black shirt, guest starring in Season 6 of "The Cosby Show" below:
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Bill and his wife Camille have had to bury a child. His only son Ennis Cosby was murdered in 1997 during a failed robbery attempt by an 18-year-old.
Not only is the comedian dealing with the death of his daughter, he’s also about to go back on trial. His criminal sex assault retrial is set for March 29th in the suburban Philadelphia county where he's accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. The last trial ended in a mistrial.
Prayers for the Cosby family and friends.
And here she is! Peep the first official photo of Kanye& Kim West’s baby girl Chicago West inside…
Get your “awws” ready!
Baby Chicago West is making her social media debut. And, of course, she’s the absolute cutest.
Chi’s mom Kim Kardashian West whipped out the pink bear filter and snapped a mother-daughter flick to share with the masses nearly a month after Baby West made her grand entrance into the world via surrogate.
"Baby Chicago," Kim captioned.
Aww! Look at that little face. She sort of reminds us of her cousin Dream Kardashian. We caught a glimpse of Chi in video with her aunt Kylie Jenner when she announced her daughter, Stormi Webster, being born.
With Chi’s social media debut, there was a marketing opportunity as well. The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star led fans to her app to show off Baby Chi’s luxe nursery. Y’all know they went all out, including a vintage crib estimated at $75,000 for Baby Chi. Its reported there are also a few things in Chi’s room passed down from her big sister North West and big brother Saint West when they were babies.
By the way, Yeezy and his fam will be going up against the Kardashian-Jenners for an episode of "Family Feud." Get those deets HERE.
Photo: Kim's IG
She teased that she would run and now it’s official. Stacey Dash is running for Congress in California. More inside…
With a reality star as president, hell anything seems to be possible in this country.
“Clueless” star Stacey Dash is putting her bid in to run for Congress in California. The outspoken conservative has filed the paperwork and she’s ready to try and take over California’s 44th, currently represented by Democrat Nanette Barragán.
And get this…
The district she’s aiming to represent includes some of the blackest cities on the west coast, including Compton, Watts, North Long Beach and San Pedro. The area has a history for voting Democrat. During the 2016 presidential election Hillary Clinton received 83% of the vote.
The 51-year-old claims she lives in the 44th district and she wants to represent “great people.”
Formal statements coming. For those mocking for the district I live in...open your minds. It’s time to for me to put up or shut up and I want to serve great people.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 26, 2018
I live in the 44th unlike some who don’t live in their districts. Thank you to those who offered their support.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 26, 2018
Hmm...we want to see the receipts.
Earlier this month, the former FOX commentator teased the idea of running for office, tweeting:
A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/L71fF0NnXR
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 9, 2018
This should be a doozy. We’re just hoping the people living in Compton, Watts and the rest of the cities do their civil duty to make sure she doesn’t get into office.
Don’t forget! This is the same woman who said there was NO need for Black History Month and said the #OscarsSoWhite movement was B.S.
Duane Martin was spotted for the first time since his estranged wife Tisha Campbell Martin filed for divorce. See the actor with his friend Jada Pinkett Smith and get the deets on the latest in his divroce inside…
Looks like Duane Martin is getting some much needed support from his inner circle.
The “New Edition Story” star stepped out for dinner at Mastro’s restaurant with his friend Jada Pinkett Smith. The two were seen leaving the venue when they were approached by a flower seller. Duane dropped a $100 bill to the seller before handing the bouquet of roses to Jada.
The “All Of Us” star made headlines last week when his estranged wife Tisha Campbell Martin announced she was filing for divorce after 22 years. Still no details why she decided to call it quits, but she has filed new paperwork.
According to reports, the 49-year-old actress wants her 52-year-old soon-to-be ex-husband to cough up some cash. She’s seeking spousal support and she also wants to split both physical and legal custody of their children. The couple shares two sons, Ezekiel, 8, and Xen, 16. Hmm..we woner how their bankruptcy filing will come into play since she's looking to receive money.
No word yet on how they’ll divide their XEN Lounge in Los Angeles, or if they’ll continue working together on it.
Best of luck to them both!
Jada looked youthful and happy as she made her way to a waiting vehicle.
Speaking of youthful...
Jada's mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones was also in the mix. Fun times.
Charlamagne Tha God took a passive aggressive approach to respond to Mo’Nique after their sitdown interview even though he claims he wasn’t being shady. Mmhmm...
See how he added Oprah in the mix and more inside…
Oprah is currently on the promo trail for Disney’s upcoming science fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle In Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.
Making her press rounds, the media mogul sat down with Global Grind's Xilla Valentine where she was asked why does she continue to take the high road instead of addressing the negative comments that have been made about her…specifically Mo’Nique and Donald Trump. Her response was epic, as usual.
“It’s impossible, it’s a law that if you meet negative with negative you will just have a combustive negative force of energy,” she explained. “You can’t meet negative energy where it is, you have to rise above it, you have to transcend it. You have to be the light. It only takes a little bit of light to banish the darkness, it takes a lot of darkness to overcome the light. It takes just a little bit of light and we are warriors of the light. I would never stoop to try to meet somebody where they are negatively. Don’t care who they are.”
Catch those gems.
Peep the clip below:
ATTN Global Grind Exclusive: @Oprah speaks out about the negative comments that she’s been receiving from @realDonaldTrump& @moworldwide. MUST SEE: https://t.co/ljEsZ1Ncs9#AWrinkleInTimepic.twitter.com/VDJlYatGUU
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) February 24, 2018
Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” radio personality Charlamagne caught a lot of heat after interviewing Mo’Nique. It got a little heated between Charlamagne and Mo resulting in tha Almost Christmas star wrapping up the interview and giving Charlamagne a piece of her mind as she exited the studio. Catch up HERE.
The outspoken radio host hasn’t directly responded to Mo (which seems odd), but he posted the clip of Oprah’s interview and folks are saying it’s an indirect response to Mo’Nique. Here’s what he posted:
Man the good brother @blogxilla is great at what he does and there is nobody better than him when it comes to these movie press junket interviews. (I think that’s what you call them) he gets gems out of everybody he interviews and you know you official when one of the greatest interviewers of all time Mama O tells you that you brought it and applauds you. Side note I’m so glad my 9 year old daughter wants to see #WrinkleInTime so I can have an excuse to have my old ass in there watching it too.
In the comments, people accused Charlamagne of throwing shade at the Oscar winner. However, he claims it wasn't shade and that he was simply bigging up his homie's interview skills:
Well, as the Oprah clip made it's rounds online, Mo decided to respond and throw REAL shade:
And then Charlamagne posted THIS on his Instagram page:
"The Light," he captioned. Is he trolling Mo or nah?
By the way, A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters March 9th.
The Hollywood premiere of A Wrinkle In Time was nothing short of magical with all the melanin beauties gracing the blue carpet. Go inside for flicks of Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Angela Bassett, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae and many more…
Bold, bright colors, sequin, crop tops and exotic prints are some of what shined on the blue carpet inside the El Capitan Theatre for the Hollywood premiere of A Wrinkle In Time.
It was a total fashion affair of YBF ladies slaying like only they can do to celebrate the Disney adaptation of the children's classic.
Oprah has been heavy on the promo trail before the movie opens in theaters on March 9th. The media mogul kept it simple, yet stylish in a royal blue Atelier Versace with sheer cutouts that showed off her curves.
And then Angela Bassett rolled through and shut ISH DOWN. Yes, chile. This is what 59 years young is looking like. The Hollywood titan flashed her toned abs in a blue sequin ensemble by Greta Constantine.
Aww! The "9-1-1" actress brought her twins, Slater Josiah and Bronwyn Golden, along for the Disney fun. They are growing up!
Lighting up the carpet in some bold colors, A Wrinkle In Time directress Ava DuVernay and “Insecure”star/creator Issa Rae stopped for a photo-op. The fab directress stunned in a fuchsia long sleeved dress custom made by Cushnie et Ochs.
This isn't one of our favorite looks of Issa's, but that gold hue against her skintone is everything.
Lead actress Storm Reid wowed in a custom blue multi-tiered dress designed by Coach.
"It was a hard process," the 14-year-old told Entertainment Weekly about choosing her dress. "But this is custom Coach, so this is made just for me, which is very exciting."
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars in the film, looked whimsical in Vionnet Paris one-shouldered gown.
"Grown-ish" starlet Yara Shahidi kept it cute and elegant in a Chanel frock from the Spring 2018 collection.
"black-ish" cutie Marsai Martin wowed us this multi-tiered dramatic Cinq à Sept gown.
"black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross played with floral prints on the carpet in a strapless Michael Kors number paired with Manolo Blahnik boots.
"How To Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis and "Scandal" starlet Kerry Washington (not pictured) also came out for the premiere.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who's killing it at the box office, stepped out to support and brought his wife Zinzi Evans as his date.
We see you Janelle Monae! The WONDALAND honcho, who just released two new tracks, served up pantsuit realness in a look by Wolk Morais.
We can't say we were feeling Tessa Thompson's Miu Miu look. In case you missed, she served up lesbian/bisexual vibes in Janelle's "Make Me Feel," video. Check it out HERE.
Hmm...it's a miss for Meagan Goode (all smiles alonsider her husband DeVon Franklin) as well.
Our Marvel Bae Winston Duke kept it dapper as ever.
"She's Gotta Have It" star DeWanda Wise and hus husband/"Underground" star Alano Miller served up coupledom vibes.
Singers/sisters Chloe x Halle, who star on "Grown-ish" did not disappoint these chocolate Zena Presley dresses.
"Underground" star and mom Jurnee Smollett Bell popped up on the scene.
Several "Queen Sugar" stars came out to support Ava, including Tina Lifford, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondre Whitfield, and Timon Kyle Durrett:
"black-ish" star Marcus Scribner made a cameo on the carpet.
Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant brought his wife Vanessa Bryant and their daughters for the movie fun.
NBA star Chris Bosh also did the family thing with his wife Adrienne Bosh and their kids.
Married couple and actors Don Cheadle and Bridgid Coulter stepped out for the premiere.
Singer Lalah Hathaway is so gorge.
"DC Super Hero Girls" star Yvette Nicole Brown, who hit the daytime TV circuit this week, was all smiles.
"The Chi" creator Lena Waithe came out to show support.
And here a few flicks from inside...
A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters March 9th. Take the kiddies!