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Nicki Minaj is back on her grind! After hitting the stage and partying with Future in Miami, the Head Barb announced she's starring in a new movie with Tina Fey. We've got it all inside...
The Young Money rapper jetted to Miami for a surprise performance during rapper Future's set during the 2018 Rolling Loud Festival. The forecast wasn't working in their favor. It was raining, but that wasn't going to stop the show.
Dressed in a black and white Dior top and bottom with Chanel boots, hat and poncho, the self-proclaimed Harajuku Barbie surfaced on stage as the intro to her new single "Chun Li" blasted through the speakers. It was her first time performing the track live.
See Nicki The Ninja in action below:
— Nicki Minaj Archives (@nmarchives) May 15, 2018
After the show, Nicki linked up with Future and Young Thug (atop) to party it up at LIV nightclub in Miami.
While chilling in their VIP section, photogs captured pictures of Nicki and Future whispering in each other's ears. Caption the flick below:
HQ: Nicki Minaj with Future at LIV nightclub in Miami (5/13) pic.twitter.com/vHCXgoawKH
— Nicki Minaj Data (@NickiData) May 14, 2018
It's not all fun and games for Nicki tho. She's putting in work...
Nicki Minaj has been tapped as the musical performer for "SNL's" season finale, hosted by actress Tina Fey, that will air this Saturday, May 19th. As expected, the NYC raptress will perform her new musical offerings.
On social media, the "Barbie Tingz" rapper announced she will be working with Tina Fey on a new movie titled, Get Ya Life Ugly.
Not only that, Nicki's long awaited fourth-studio album, QUEEN, is slated to hit the streets on June 15th. She's also set to return on the "Ellen DeGeneres" show for an interview and to perform.
Looks like Nicki is working overtime since making her comeback.
Photos: Nicki's IG/Getty
The Internet wins again! The white woman who called the police on a group of black men barbecuing in Oakland has been turned into several memes and they will have you cracking up! Get the deets on the story and see the hilarious memes inside....
The Internet remains undefeated when it comes to finding the humor in situations that aren't exactly comical on the surface.
Recently, a white woman decided to flex her privledge by calling the cops on a group of black men peacefully barbecuing on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. She was upset that the men were using a charcoal grill, claiming the park didn't allow them. One man made claims that the white woman said the park was HER park. Hmph.
So, since "white is always right," the woman called the police on them.
Soon after, another white woman came up on the scene to question the woman who called the police on the black men. And she filmed the entire encounter up until the police made their way on the scene. The kicker? Before the police came, people in the video said she was really aggressive when she approached them about the grill. However, she shed her white tears as soon as the police arrived. It was quite a show.
Peep the clip below:
Nope. We can't even BBQ while black anymore.
Not long after, tons of people gathered at the park and threw a big a** cookout in response to the racist white woman's antics. Folks were dancing to the "Electric Slide," there was food, kids running around and more. Peep the clips below:
The other day in Oakland, a white supremacist female called the police on a group of Black ppl BBQing in the park. So in response, the whole town of Oakland came to the park and said “F you” in the form of the Electric Slide #townbusiness#lolpic.twitter.com/c4azBJwDrp
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 12, 2018
Here’s what happened yesterday at that park in Oakland...a mixed (mainly black) crowd of people went in protest to party and bbq. They played music, the kids played & jumped rope and everyone had a great time. Best revenge ever. pic.twitter.com/Ulkvp4actz
— The Black Politico (@TheBlkPolitico) May 11, 2018
After doing some digging, the Internet identified the racist white woman as Jennifer Schulte, Ph.D. Allegedly.
A Twitter user grabbed a screenshot from Google of a LinkedIn account of a woman with the same name (which was deleted) that says she is a Senior Project Manager Air Quality. Another user claims works at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Walnut Creek. Peep the thread below:
The woman who called the police on black folks enjoying a BBQ is allegedly Dr. Jennifer Schulte of @Stanford - a now deleted LinkedIn page (google screenshots are amazing) says she's a doctor of PHILOSOPHY & her title as 'Senior Project Manager Air Quality.' LOL! pic.twitter.com/oKQr2xdYTI
— Clay (@claycane) May 15, 2018
There are also rumors that she's a professor at Stanford University, however the institution said they don't have any staff on their roster by that name, but someone by that name did take course at the university over 10 years ago:
According to our records, a person by this name earned graduate degrees at Stanford more than a decade ago. She is not currently employed as staff or as a faculty member.
— Stanford University (@Stanford) May 15, 2018
So yeah, the verdict is still out on the woman's identity, but that doesn't take away from the hilarious memes that have been flooding our timelines since the video of her and her white tears went viral.
We've rounded up the top 20 funniest #OaklandBBQ memes making their rounds on social media. Swipe through and get your laugh on below!
Jay Z finally sits down wit the SEC to answer questions they have in a fraud case against a company he sold Rocawear to. See the video of Hov making his way inside the offices, plus deets on TIDAL being accused of inflating stream numbers and a new Prince album set to drop on the platform inside...
Jay Z (and his lawyers) finally gave in to the requests of the Securities and Exchange Commission as they investigate a fraud case on another company.
After several months of ducking the SEC's request to testify in a federal probe against Iconix, Hov (real name Shawn Carter) made his way to the SEC offices in NYC yesterday (above) to answer questions about his dealings with New York licensing firm Iconix Brand Group - the company who bought Jay's Rocawear brand in 2007 for $204 million.
See his arrival below:
Hov isn't in any trouble. The SEC is investigating "potential violations" of federal financial disclosure laws by Iconix when the company reported financial results, including about its Rocawear-related assets.
Since the Hip Hop mogul felt he didn't have anything to do with the company, he felt he shouldn't have to testify. After reportedly dodging the SEC’s requests to testify since last year, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe stepped in and demanded Jay explain himself.
The "99 Problems" rapper tried his damnedest to get out of it by responding to the judge's orders with an 18-page opposition brief drafted by his attorneys. Days later, Mr. Carter agreed to sit down with the SEC for a deposition.
It's unclear how long the questioning will last. Let's hope not too long since Hov said anything over a day would affect everyone working on his upcoming joint tour with his wife Beyonce, On The Run II.
Don't mess this up for us SEC!
This isn't the only legal issues Hov is dealing with this week.
Tono - a Norwegian collection society representing around 30,000 songwriters, lyricists and composers, as well as more 2.5 million songwriters worldwide - has filed a criminal complaint against Jay Z's streaming music service, TIDAL. In fact, several Scandinavian artist organizations and other entities are on a witch hunt after a Norwegian business newspaper made some serious accusations against TIDAL.
So why are they mad? Well, Tono claims the streaming platform manipulated its data and inflated hundreds of millions of plays for Beyonce's LEMONADE and Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. TIDAL denies these accusations, calling them "a smear campaign" made up of "lies and falsehoods," and went on record to say they will fight against it vigorously. They sent out an official statement when reports about faking streams first started making their rounds.
The report, which was produced in conjunction with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) -- based on data passed to the newspaper by an anonymous source -- claimed that Tidal used genuine user accounts to significantly beef up the number of streams of both albums with more than 320 million false plays, alleging that the false data had "generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists."
The investigation prompted Tono to report Tidal to the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime. The police body has confirmed it has received a complaint but is yet to announce if it will investigate the claims.
Danish collection society Koda also announced today that it will be conducting an independent audit of Tidal data "so that we can come to terms with the matter and ensure that our members have received the money from Tidal that belongs to them."
Other music organizations are considering filing complaints against Tidal based on the Norwegian newspaper story as well, Billboard has learned.
What's that saying? When it rains, it pours.
Speaking of rain..."Purple Rain" that is...
In the midst of all of this legal drama, Jay Z is working on a new Prince album to stream exclusively on TIDAL, of course. Yes, they've squashed their "beef."
In 2016, Prince's estate filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation over TIDAL's claims of exclusive streaming rights of Prince's catalog. Now, the legal issue has been resolved and fans are about to get a special treat.
The full-length album will reportedly feature unreleased music from Prince's vault (and we all know there are TONS of songs in it). It's expected to be released to the TIDAL masses in 2019, streaming exclusively on TIDAL for two weeks.
Who's here for it?
1. Rap legend Slick Rick will be honored with an induction into the Bronx Walk of Fame. STORY
Baby Boy Legend is here! Deets inside...
Chrissy Teigen announced the birth of her and John Legend's second bundle of joy, and he's already one of the luckiest babies alive.
The hilarious chef & musical genius are officially parents of two, and the baby's going to have access to the most bomb food and music from now own.
The couple hasn't yet released his name, but we're sure he's ridiculously adorable, just like 2-year-old big sis Luna Stephens.
Congrats to John & Chrissy!
Spoilers about the forthcoming WHITNEY film are trickling in and we're already learning things about the late Whitney Houston that we didn't already know. There are SPOILERS inside, so enter with caution...
The forthcoming WHITNEY movie hasn't hit theaters yet, but details about the film are being leaked.
Director Kevin Macdonald presented WHITNEY - the documentary that digs deep into the life of Whitney Houston - at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. And its apparent, the project will uncover details about the late singer's life we didn't know about.
According to Whitney's brother Gary Houston, the "I Will Always Love You" singer endured sexual abuse during her childhood (between the ages of 7-9) by a female family member.
Gary and his wife Pat Houston (who's an executive producer of the film) confirmed the molester was their cousin Dee Dee Warwick, sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick. He disclosed his greatest trauma was being abused "by a female relative."
Kevin said while working on the film, he could feel something had happened to Whitney in her past because she never looked comfortable in her own skin in the interviews he studied of her and said her body language reminded him of "people I’d seen who had suffered from abuse."
"I didn’t know whether that was true," Kevin told Deadline. "And then I interviewed Pat Houston and Gary Houston, who’s Whitney’s brother. He told me that he was abused by a woman in the family, and Pat Houston told me that, yes, Whitney had said to her, 'This is what happened.'"
During his next interview with Gary, he revealed who the person was. Kevin said he went back and forth about if he should reveal the identity of the abuser and explained how he came to the conclusion to let the world know:
In the end, we felt that we had three different people saying this. One of them, Gary, was also abused by [the same woman]. So, we felt that having direct testimony of somebody saying, “This happened to me” meant that even if by some incredible stretch of the imagination, Whitney had been lying to everybody else about it, that there was no reason not to go public about it. All the experts I spoke to about this area and this issue told me that it’s best to talk about these things and best for them to be out. That is the current thinking: it may prevent other people being abused in the future, it may give people the courage to come forward and say, “This happened to me, and this was the person who did it.” So there was some nervousness about it to begin with because I didn’t expect to be making a film about somebody who was an entertainer to lead to such a dark place. But once we got there, I felt like we had an obligation to use this.
By the way, Dee Dee Warwick passed away in 2008.
Kevin said he also spoke with Whitney's longtime assistant, Mary Jones, who shared Whitney's point of view about the childhood abuse. She felt it was something important to share so that fans could try to understand Whitney. Everyone was scared to talk about it though. And Whitney never told her mother, Cissy Houston, because she was afraid.
Speaking of Mary, she also shared some eerie details leading up to the moment she found the singer dead, face down in a bathtub inside the Beverly Hilton in 2012. LA Times writer Amy Kaufman shared some spoilers from the screening about what fans can expect from the film.
On the day Houston died, she made spiritual references to her bodyguard and told her assistant she needed to get right with Jesus. She sent the assistant to get cupcakes and when she returned 30 minutes later, Houston was face down in an overflowing bathtub.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) May 17, 2018
The film also confirmed Whitney's alleged lesbian relationship with her longtime friend /assistant Robyn Crawford. In the film, friends and family alleged the sexual abuse she endured from Dee Dee Warwick is what ended up driving her to drugs and to also question her sexuality.
The film also confirms rumors that Houston had a lesbian relationship with her best friend Robyn, prior to her marrying Bobby Brown.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) May 17, 2018
Robyn was supposed to sit down with Kevin Macdonald to do an interview, but it never happened. However, Whitney's ex-husband Bobby Brown does appear in the film.
The film also confirms rumors that Houston had a lesbian relationship with her best friend Robyn, prior to her marrying Bobby Brown.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) May 17, 2018
The documentary also revealed Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's late daughter Bobbi Kristina tried to commit suicide when her mother was alive by cutting her arms:
The doc reveals that Bobbi Kristina once attempted suicide while Houston was alive, cutting her arms. She apparently said she wished she could find a way to kill her mother without anyone finding out.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) May 17, 2018
In the newest documentary trailer, there's a scene where Whitney shades the hell out of Paula Abdul.
"One thing, Paula Abdul ain't sh*t," Whitney said in the clip. "That girl is singing off-key on the record."
Peep the new trailer below:
WHITNEY hits theaters July 6th. Will you be going to see it? We are.
Spike Lee and Jordan Peele's Blackkklansman movie was all the rave at the Cannes Film Festival. Get the deets and see the trailer, plus the extended "Queen Sugar" season 3 trailer and the trailer for the brand new series "Love Is _" inside...
Hollywood titans Spike Lee and Jordan Peele have joined forces on a new project that is already being dubbed as one hell of a film. Blackkklansman appears to be the breakout movie at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival during its world premiere as it received an exceptional reaction.
During the movie, the audience broke into applause at least a half-dozen times, followed by 4-minutes of applause during the closing credits and then a 6-minute standing ovation!
Safe to say it was good one!
The movie, based on a true story, follows an African American detective (John David Washington, "Ballers") and his Jewish partner (Adam Driver) who team up for an undercover mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. While the movie is set in the 70s, it's reported to be quite timely as a result of what's currently going on in America.
John and David are both fine so, yeah, we're even more here for it.
Varietyreports the film takes a lot of digs at No. 45 throughout the film. In one scene, a KKK member talks about embracing an “America first” policy. The film draws comparisons to Trump and and former Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace, "That 70s Show"). The ending scene also features real footage from the Alt-Right (deadly) protest that went down in Charlottesville in August 2017.
Blackklansman is also getting rave reviews online:
BLACKKKLANSMAN: draws on the past to talk about today, using laughter, action sequences, drama, shock, calls to action. Entertaining, with an ending that truly punches you in the gut. Holds up a mirror to the America that is tough (but important) to see #Cannes2018pic.twitter.com/vOlYRv6yJl
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) May 14, 2018
BLACKKKLANSMAN is electric, and its final moments are inspiring, painful and invigorating in that order. It is also, frequently, fucking hilarious, in a way that hurts. #Cannes2018
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) May 14, 2018
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) May 14, 2018
Take a look at the trailer below:
Blackkklansman, also starring Corey Hawkins and Laura Harrier, hits theaters August 10th.
In TV news...
Jordan Peele is coming after everybody!
Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, in collaboration with Sonar Entertainment, will reportedly produce "The Hunt," a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series. Peele is named as an executive producer of the 10-episode straight-to-series order.
Here's a synopsis:
The Hunt follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
As for a few TV trailers...
"Queen Sugar" fans better get excited. We sure are.
We can't wait for the season 3 premiere of the hit series. And before the critically acclaimed drama series from Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey returns and have us all up in our feels, a new extended trailer has been released to give fans a more in-depth look at what's to come for the Bordelon Family.
Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah's (Nicholas Ashe) safety and future. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is still reeling from learning from Darla (Bianca Lawson) that he might not be the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and attempts to push forward as the new cane season begins. A new and unexpected love in the form of an old friend comes into Nova's (Rutina Wesley) life and challenges her long-held notions of relationships while also offering her something she didn't think she could ever have.
Peep the extended trailer above.
"Queen Sugar" will return with a two-night premiere on Tuesday May 29th and Wednesday May 30th at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Also coming to OWN...
We told you all Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil were working on a new romantic drama, "Loe Is _." And now, we've got the first look.
From award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil ("Girlfriends," Being Mary Jane," "The Game") and Salim Akil ("Black Lightning"), the producing couple brings some of their real life relationship lows and highs on the silver screen.
Set primarily in 1990's Los Angeles against the backdrop of Black Hollywood, "Love Is__" follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Told from the perspective of the couple's present-day selves, the romantic drama also revisits the social issues and vibrant black culture of that time reflecting on how it all aligned to shape the couple they have become nearly 20 years later -- a power couple navigating a complex set of social codes while also balancing successful careers and a beautiful family. The series explores the highs, the lows, and the magic of falling (and staying) in love.
And it looks damn good.
Idara Victor, Tyrone Brown, Kadeem Hardison, Lana Young and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing round out the cast. Peep the trailer above.
"Love Is _" debuts on Tuesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Oh no! Offset completely wrecked his car, and he was just hospitalized after the crash. We've got the update on his health and fiance Cardi B. rushing to be by his side...
News is breaking the Migos rapper Offset was just in a horrible car crash in Atlanta that saw his green Dodge Challenger get wrecked to pieces. Offset was a little banged up too, but we hear he's doing OK.
The rapper was taken to a hospital afterwards for minor injuries, and he's already been released.
TMZ reports that now law enforcement officials were called and no report was taken, but a tow truck as called to take the wrecked vehicle away. It's also reported that pregnant Cardi B. rushed to be by her fiancé's side as soon as she heard the news.
It's unclear if another car was involved, but it seems unlikely at this time.
We're so glad he's OK! And we hope Cardi and the baby are doing OK as well after this scary news.
Stay safe out there, y'all!
It's that time of year again! The TV Upfronts are in full swing and we've rounded up everything you need to know from the Turner and Fox Upfronts. Flicks inside...
"Claws" is gearing up to return and now we know when'll get to see another "nail biting" season.
Nail techs Niecy Nash, Karrueche, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes and Jenn Lyon are bringing all the drama this season, all while rocking some bomb nails. At the center of this diverse group is salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash), who works alongside her salon staff to launder money from Suncoast Rejuvenation, a barely legal pain clinic operated by the Dixie Mafia.
While it has always been Desna's mission to break free of the redneck Uncle Daddy and become her own boss, last season saw Desna trade one crime boss for another as the Russian mob took control of both the pain clinic and the salon. With new management comes new problems for the women to navigate.
Peep the trailer below:
Will Desna be able to cut ties with the Dixie Mafia? We're about to be GLUED to this ish. It premieres June 10th at 9/8c on TNT.
To say Niecy Nash looked amazing is an understatement. That black Prada one-shouldered jumpsuit hugged her curves to perfection and chick was SLAYING!
Budding actress Karrueche was also on the scene. She celebrated her birthday (which is actually today) with her beau Victor Cruz yesterday and the birthday festivities were super cute. Check it:
Happy Birthday Kae!
"Claws" star Harold Perrineau posted up on the blue carpet before heading inside.
O.G. status! Tracy Morgan, serving straight 90s vibes, was all smiles with his wife Meagan Wollover on the carpet before hitting a panel to chat about his new show, "The Last O.G."
If you haven't checked it out yet, you're missing out. It's funny hell. Not only that, it's real too.
Peep a clip from this week's episode below:
Tracy's co-star/on-screen wife Tiffany Haddish was also in the mix and chick was serving all type os poses and angles:
Gotta love her.
We see "The Last O.G." star Cedric The Entertainer took a few blue carpet notes from his co-star Tiffany. Ha!
You can catch new episodes of "The Last O.G." on Tuesdays at 10:30pm EST on TNT.
"Inside The NBA" co-host Shaq returned to be interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper for the third straight year. And of course he was the life of the party:
Rapper Method Man stepped out to rep his show "Drop the Mic," which is currently in the middle of its 2nd season.
Peep a few flicks from inside, that include a performance by Snoop Dogg, below:
"Trying to slide up for a pedicure Nah bruh! @shaq," Niecy captioned. We can't blame her. Shaq's feet are many things and he's not afraid to show them off.
At the FOX Upfronts...
Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne Foxx have been heavy on the promo trail for their show "Beat Shazam," which will return on May 29th at 8/7c on FOX. The actor/comedian/singer --and now -- TV host tried his hardest to liven up the Beacon Theatre, but to no avail.
Here's what went down when he hit the stage:
Fox advertising chief Joe Marchese gets things underway, fashionably Fox-late. Unveiling JAZ pods as in Just the A and Z position in ad breaks.
Jamie Foxx walks out and insists advertisers “Give it up for Joe!!” Joe just wants to get off stage gracefully. “You all crazy right now. Settle down!” Foxx tells advertisers as they sit unmoved in their seats. “I think I read the crowd wrong. I don’t think they know the song. Give them something appropriate” he tells his DJ.
Rolling Stones produces similar crowd reax. “No for The Stones?! ” Fox’s Beat Shazam star marvels. “You don’t like The Stones!?” He tries “Play That Funky Music White Boy” and prances around stage.
“Boy you all are tight! Play something else – we’re gonna get them!”
Bon Jovi’s “Hold On” does not do it either.
“Give it up for almost having a good time!” Foxx raves. “Play some Garth Brooks!”
LOL! He tried.
The "Empire" crew, including Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray and Taraji P. Henson, came out to represent. In case you missed, see all of the shots of Taraji flossing her engagement rock HERE.
"The Four: Battle for Stardom," hosted by Fergie, will return for season two on Thursday, June 7th at 8pm EST on FOX. Diddy and DJ Khaled were on the scene to chat about the upcoming season, sans former judge Charlie Walk.
Get Out star Lil Rel Howery is gearing up to debut his brand new series, "Rel," a series he created based on his own life.
REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair. And not just any affair. An affair with Rel’s own barber. Quite easily the worst person for your wife to sleep with, because as hard it is to find a good spouse, it’s even harder to find a reliable barber. Plus, with the barbershop being one of the epicenters of neighborhood gossip, Rel finds his embarrassing business is known by everyone, including the Pastor (also played by Howery), before Rel can even process the emotions himself. Offering Rel support – that is, when they themselves aren’t butting heads – are Rel’s tough-talking, no-B.S. best friend, BRITTANY (Jess “Hilarious” Moore, “Wild ’N Out”), and his recently out-of-jail younger brother, NAT (Jordan L. Jones, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Wisdom of the Crowd”), as well as Rel’s prideful DAD (Sinbad, “A Different World,” “The Sinbad Show,” “Jingle All The Way”), who perhaps has taken the barber news even harder than Rel. After his beloved kids move to Cleveland with their mom, Rel must begin the difficult task of rebuilding his life as a long-distance dad. He also jumps back into the dating pool – and often finds himself the victim of his own well-intentioned hubris. But, ever the optimist, he continues his search for love, respect…and a new barber.
Peep ther trailer below:
"Rel" is set to drop next season on FOX.
Ryan Destiny kept it flirty and fun on the blue carpet while reppin' for "STAR." Season 2 is currently airing, which you can check out new episodes on Wednesday at 9/8c on FOX.
Angela Bassett was stunning as usual before chopping it up about the upcoming 2nd season of her hit new show "9-1-1."
Angela's "9-1-1" co-star Rockmond Dunbar was also in attendance with his wife Maya Gilbert (Eddie Murphy's ex).
There's audio and video footage from the night T.I. was thrown in jail for "acting a fool." See and hear it for yourself, plus deets on Jacquees' most recent arrest and his debut album inside...
There are new updates surrounding "drunk" T.I.'s recent arrest.
You'll recall,Tip was thrown in jail after the security guard at his gated community in Henry County, GA would not let him and his friend in. He pulled up at the gate around 4AM and was trying to get it, but he didn't have his key. He eventually had his wife Tiny Harris call security to let him in and he was eventually let in. The Atlanta rapper claims the security guard cursed at his wife and that really set him off.
However, after he was allowed to go to his house, he came back and was popping off on the security guard, who he claims was sleep when he first arrived. That's when the security guard called the police because he feared the rapper would harm him.
In the recently released 911 phone call, you can hear the "Us or Else" rapper ranting and raving about getting the security guard's name and his supervisor's name. He then said, "You're making it worse for yourself, man. You're gonna have to deal with me."
Take a listen below:
Surveillance footage of the Grand Hustle honcho was also released as he went through the booking process at the Henry County Jail. The rapper was demanding an explanation as to why he was arrested from the arresting officer, in which the officer responded that he was "acting a fool."
The Kang of the South said he's lawyered up, so we expect to see this situation making headlines once he has to appear in court.
In another recent arrest...
Cash Money singer Jacquees was arrested again!
Following his arrest for repeatedly failing to obey instructions from a police officer in Miami back in March, the R&B singer was thrown in jail yet again. Except this time, he was in an airport in Milwaukee.
According to The Blast, Jacquees allegedly called one of the deputies a "white boy with a badge" and ish went left after that.
Peep the arrest below:
I only fear God
— Jacquees (@Jacquees) May 14, 2018
The site reports:
According to the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office, a deputy observed Jacquees involved in a verbal argument Sunday evening at General Mitchell Airport. The deputy says when he commanded the two people to stop arguing and go their separate ways, Jacquees continued to engage in arguing and began to “scream and sing using foul language in front of other citizens.”
The deputy says he warned Jacquees to chill out or he’d be cited for being disorderly, to which the “At The Club” rapper allegedly replied, “Your just a white boy with a badge, I don’t have to listen to you.” He then repeated, “Your [sic] just a white boy with a badge,” and added, “Fuck you.” The deputy noted that children were present during the rapper’s tirade.
According to the report, Jacquees then flipped the deputy the bird and jumped into a truck outside of baggage claim and refused to get out of the vehicle when the deputy asked. The Cash Money star allegedly said he did not have to listen to the deputy, but acquiesced when the deputy threatened to break the truck’s window.
When Jacquees was taken into custody he “began to pull away” and scream. The deputy noted that he had a “strong order of alcohol,” but said that he only had “one shot.”
According to the report, Jacquees was yelling at bystanders to film the event. His demands were met, because video of the rapper being escorted by cops went viral Monday morning.
The 24-year-old rapper was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Cash Money honcho Birdman spoke out about his artist's first arrest. He hasn't said anything about the latest one yet.
After being released, he tweeted:
I only fear God
— Jacquees (@Jacquees) May 14, 2018
To whom much is given much is required
— Jacquees (@Jacquees) May 14, 2018
As the entertainment business goes, Jacquees just announced his debut album.
Now, he's dropping details about his debut album titled, 4275, set to drop this summer.
"Being that its my debut album, I just wanted to be honest in my music," Jacquees told Billboard. "I’ve grown and learned a lot and you’ll hear it all in my music. I’ve been in love, fell out of love and been in some really hard positions in life I’ve had to overcome. Overall, I just want people to know I put my heart and soul into this album. I've been working on it for four years, so shout out to everybody who put in time with me on making this album a classic."
He collaborated with fellow R&B crooner Trey Songz for the first single, "Inside," which is set to drop on Friday, May 18th.
And here's the cover of his album:
Guess that saying about bad press can't get any truer in this case.
Photos: TI's IG/Jacquees' IG
Teairra Mari isn't playing any games! She has lawyered up with everyone's favorite lawyer Lisa Bloom to announce she's suing 50 Cent and her ex-boyfriend Akbar Abdul-Ahad for leaking and sharing XXX-rated material of her. See the press conference inside...
Don't come for Teairra Mari because she's ready to battle it out in court.
Today, the "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star did a press conference to announce she's pulling the trigger on TWO lawsuits.
Standing alongside famed attorney Lisa Bloom (who has represented Blac Chyna and several women who have accused high-profile celebrities of sexual misconduct) and Walter Mosely at The Bloom Firm in Woodland Hills, the singer said she's taking legal action against her ex-boyfriend Akbar Abdul-Ahad for allegedly posting "revenge porn" that featured her during intimate moments and 50 Cent who shared the content on his Instagram account.
Fighting back tears, T. Mari claims her ex-Akbar had her password and after she broke up with him for cheating, he logged into her account and posted a sex tape and an obscene photo of her as payback. And, of course, to humiliate her.
"He had my Instagram password, so he posted them on my Instagram to make me look terrible. Of course I was horrified."
The former Rocafella singer said she deleted the material, but 50 grabbed the picture, posted it on his account with 18 million followers with the caption, "Get the strap." She said IG took the images down and that's when the "Power" star/producer posted another photo and "complained that IG was censoring him."
She continued, "I have to stand up for myself or it looks like I did it. That's why I'm going full pursuit." Later, Lisa confirmed they would file the police report later today along with the lawsuit.
After the conference, Fif turned up the petty levels, per usual.
In one post, he alludes that Teairra Mari was filming for a new season of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood."
He captioned, "I have a(n) unscripted show idea Thats gonna blow you away, now that I'm being pulled into a reality show's story line. LOL get the strap."
Fif also posted a picture of himself with Lisa Bloom's mother/famed attorney Gloria Allred:
Word on the curb is that Teairra went postal and smashed the windows out of her ex's G-Wagon after the revenge porn hit the Internet. If she did do it, we'll likely see that play out on television soon.
This will def be a major storyline for Teairra Mari next season. And if Fif isn't careful, he may have to cough up some dough.
Janet Jackson covers Billboard magazine before she rocks the stage at the 2018 Billboard Awards on Sunday. Go inside to celebrate her queendom, plus get your laugh on at Issa Rae and GQ shading Variety's Photoshop fail inside...
Before she's set to receive the Billboard ICON Award and perform on television for the first time in 9 years, Janet Jackson is making waves on the magazine circuit.
The 52-year-old entertainer, who celebrated a birthday a few days ago, covers the newest issue of Billboard magazine to talk about what it was like breaking into the music industry as a kid, new music she's writing now, motherhood, and what keeps her going.
There's no doubt that she's a musical ICON. The youngest Jackson became the first woman to debut a song directly in the Hot 100's top 10 when her duet with brother Michael Jackson, "Scream," started at No. 5 on June 17, 1995. Her fourth album, Rythm Nation 1814, featured seven singles that hit the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989-91.
She's the only artist to boast three albums that each contain at least five top 10 Hot 100 hits. And she's been able to have reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart in four consecutive decades, a mark matched only by Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Okkkuurrr!
Peep a few highlights from her interview below:
On when she first launched her solo career:
Excitement was in the air. Music was always my heart, and now I was getting to sing my heart out. The songs were good, but they weren’t me. [She only began co-writing most of her songs on Control.] That was a little confusing. I knew I had something to say, I knew I had to assert myself. I also knew I had to go through the painful process of what my brothers had gone through. I had to thank my father for his help and then move on. I had to assert myself.
On working with her brother Michael Jackson in the studio:
That brings up a precious memory. It happened in the early ’80s. I was 16 and in between my first two records. Michael was recording [1982’s] Thriller. He invited me to the studio where he was about to sing “P.Y.T.” and asked me to help out on background vocals. Since we had been singing together forever, I knew it’d be easy. I jumped at the chance. I loved being one of the P.Y.T.’s and was especially proud -- I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging -- that when the record was mixed, my single background voice was the one featured. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel.
On working on new music:
I wish I could. I’m not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don’t try to analyze the creative process while it’s still ongoing. I’m very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me. This morning, I saw this lovely elderly Japanese woman walking down the streets of Hollywood wearing an adorable bonnet with bright red flowers. She might be a song. I remembered an especially painful chapter in my early life last night before going to bed. That might be a song. I woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart. Maybe that will turn into a new groove. Like everyone else, my feelings are fluid. My ideas are fleeting. I like to keep it that way. I can’t decide in advance what a song or an album concept will be. I have to let those songs and concepts come to me rather than chase them down.
On what keeps her going:
The drive is in my DNA. I couldn’t lose it if I wanted to, and I don’t. Motivation is something I treasure. Besides, for all its difficulties, this is the life I love. I’m surrounded with a team of dancers, singers and musicians I love. I’m supported by fans that have stuck by me through thick and thin. They mean the world to me. Now more than ever, performing, whether in the studio or onstage, brings me a satisfaction I find nowhere else. Like millions of other women, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem my whole life. I’m doing better in that regard. My inclination toward harsh self-criticism and even self-negation has dramatically eased up. I believe in all the different methods of help -- smart psychology, vigorous exercise and sincere spirituality.
On her son showing her what real love is:
And while we’re talking about positivity, let me also say that my son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless. And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace. I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world.
We're so glad she has found a space where she can be happy.
Peep a behind-the-scenes clip of Janet during her photoshoot:
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8pm EST on NBC.
On another magazine front....
Remember that epic Photoshop fail Variety magazine did with Oprah and 11-other A-listers where they gave Lady O an extra hand?
Well, GQ is taking advantage of the moment with their brand new cover that features Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon and Sarah Silverman. And it's the perfect issue to do it since it's the comedy issue. As you can see, the cover features extra body parts that are oddly placed in several spots.
The site jokingly writes:
In an effort to ensure that an error of this magnitude never happens again, and because this sounds like the right thing to say, GQ will be conducting a thorough internal audit of our cover-development process. To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.
And to you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we'll be ignoring our mentions.
Come back to GQ.com next week to read the profiles of our three wildly talented, extremely two-handed cover stars. In the meantime, we'll be praying that Donald Trump tweets something about Chrissy Teigen in the next hour so everybody forgets all about this.
Ha! Good one.
Meek Mill canceled a scheduled meeting at the White House and it's reported Jay-Z talked him out it. Deets inside....
Meek Mill...at the White House?!
Yep. The MMG rapper, who was released from prison last month, was set to attend a Prison Reform Summit hosted by Trump at the White House today, but he bailed at the last minute. Why? Well, it's reported his mentor/biggest supporter Jay-Z urged him not to. Good call.
According to TMZ, Hov called up Meek last night and told him not to go to the White House because it would b attende problematic for his image and for his cause of truly fixing the criminal justice system.
Later, Meek issued a statement explaining why he would not attend the summit:
"I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions," he said.
"As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system," he concluded.
Not sure how he, of all people, hasn't yet realized EVERYTHING this administration does is for them to make themselves the center of attention. It's a PR grab, at best where you will be the prop. And no real change will be made. Ask the presidents of all the HBCUs, the Cogresisonal Black Caucus, the preachers who all banded together to go chat with Trump, Steve Harvey, and even Caitlyn Jenner.
Glad he listened because meeting with Trump right now would not be a good look. And we can bet Meek's homie/Patriots owner Robert Kraft - who is also besties with Trump -had something to do with this.
Friday Foolywang Material! Apparently, folks are so desperate for a second chance at high school, they're out here posing as teens. Now, this 25-year-old man has a flag on his record and he's being investigated over a possible inapporpriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. More inside...
Texas police have arrested a 25-year-old Texas man for posing as a 17-year-old high school student. Not only did he pretend to be a student, he joined the basketball team and may have had an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley enrolled himself at Skyline High School in Dallas before transferring to Hillcrest High as Rashun Richardson. He won sympathy from faculty after telling them he was a refugee of Hurricane Harvey and homeless. It's not uncommon for the district to waive ID requirements for students who have fallen victim to natural disasters, according to Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa.
The new guard was a star player on the team, who would sometimes drop 30 points or more in a game. Rashuan helped his team to the playoffs and even earned the district offensive player of the year award. Go figure. He had everyone fooled.
Everything was good for a solid nine months, before one of his old coaches recognized him when his team went up against Rashuan's team.
"He fooled us. He did," said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. "It's painful to even say that because it hurts in both ways."
Rashun aka Sidney, who reportedly has 1 child, was arrested last month anad charged with felony tampering with government records. He's currently out on bond.
Now, investigators are looking into reports that he had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The mother of the 14-year-old girl said the 25-year-old inappropriately touched her daughter. The girl told her parents that they kissed and he touched her, but they never had sex.
“I’m upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time,” she told the newspaper. "If it’s happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else. People need to know. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her.”
Bruh. We can't.
1. In sad news, at least 8 deaths have been confirmed in today's school shooting at Sante Fe High School outside of Houston. Our prayers and support go out to all those affected in yet another senseless tragedy. STORY
Photos: Dallas County Sheriff
A docuseries about Michael Jordan is about to give basketball fans a treat of a lifetime. See the trailer, plus deets on Lee Daniels' new overall deal with FOX and his shows "Empire" and "Star" being renewed inside...
Basketball fans, specifically Michael Jordan fans, get excited!
Netflix and ESPN have teamed up for "The Last Dance," a 10-part docuseries that"will chronicle one of the greatest icons and most successful dynasties in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls."
Fans will relive all of the highlights in Jordan's rise to fame in the NBA through contributions from Jordan himself and other players from the Bulls' title winning teams. Not only that, we'll get to soak in "never-before-seen footage from the team's last championship run in the 1997-98 season."
Peep the official trailer below:
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) May 15, 2018
"The Last Dance" is set to premiere on Netflix in 2019. We'll keep you posted on the actual premiere date.
In cable TV news...
Lee Daniels' reign at FOX continues!
The director/producer/writer has reportedly inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and is ready to bring more content that his fans love.
“I’ve loved the creative freedom Fox has afforded me over the last several years and proud of the work that we’ve collectively achieved as a result of it,” Daniels said. “I’m excited to continue my time at the studio and produce television that isn’t only personal to my own stories, but also find undiscovered, diverse, new voices to bring to the small screen.”
The news about the new deal come at the same time his shows "Empire" and "Star" received renewals. "Empire" will return for a fifth season and "STAR" has been given the greenlight for a third season.
1. Celebs are pissed "Brooklyn Nine Nine" got canceled. STORY
2. "black-ish" got the greenlight for Season 5. STORY
3. Get ready for Season 5 of "How To Get Away With Murder." STORY
4. "Quantico" gets canceled after three seasons. STORY
Beyonce Mass was a real thing. But, it's likely not exactly what you're thinking it is. Go inside the service, plus deets on BeyGood teaming up with Google to raise even more money for HBCU scholarships...
Not too long ago, there was chatter about this "Beyonce Mass" service set to go down where folks would seemingly conduct a church service to "praise" Beyonce.
However, that wasn't the case.
Beyonce Mass did go down at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral last month. However, it wasn't about praising Bey as a person. VICE's Nyasha Shani attended the service and chopped it up with Reverend Yolanda Norton about why she organized the service and what it's really about.
The service isn't about praising the Grammy Award winner, it uses her body of work to empower women, particular minority women, by bringing pop music and religious messaging together.
Bey's lyrics drive the sermon and the choir brings the service to life with performances of her hits, including "Freedom" and Destiny's Child "Survivor." Service goers sang Beyonce lyrics, following along with the service in their pamphlets that resembled her 2013 self titled album.
Reverend Jude Harmon said the church brings in a large LGBTQ and PoC crowd and it is no stranger to bringing controversial topics into the church.
“I am unapologetically a minister of the Gospel, I am unapologetically a biblical scholar, and I am unapologetically a Beyoncé fan—and I don’t feel like I need to apologize for any of that," Reverend Yolanda Norton said.
Peep the clip below:
Speaking of religion, we were all waiting for Bey's look for the Met Gala's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme, but she was a no show. However, her sister Solange killed it.
In other news...
Beyonce doesn't do any half stepping.
After her first Coachella performance, she announced she would be establishing $25,000 scholarships through her initiative, renamed the Homecoming Scholars Award program, at four different institutions, including Xavier University, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, all Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
After her 2nd performance, she did it again!
In case you haven't heard, Mrs. Carter and her BeyGood initiative partnered up with Google to award scholarships to even more HBCUs. Google will match the "Irreplaceable" singer's original $100,000 grant to benefit four more HBCUs, including Texas Southern University, Fisk University, Morehouse College and Grambling State University.
That's $200,000 in scholarship money for 8 HBCU students this upcoming 2018-19 school year. Nice!
Meanwhile, her bestie Kelly Rowland has been drippin' in sauce all over IG lately:
30 is looking GOODT on Karrueche! And so is her boyfriend Victor Cruz. Peep flicks of the "Claws" star celebraing her B'Day with her BAE, plus coupledom shots of Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade inside...
Karrueche Tran is living her best life right now. She's the star of a hit television series and her love life is blossoming like never before.
The TV starlet celebrated entering the Dirty 30 Club with her fine a** beau Victor Cruz right by her side. And what's a birthday without a cute birthday kiss:
After going public with their relationship back in December, the couple is letting fans in on their personal lives more and more everyday.
See the couple all wrapped up in love below:
She also celebrated her milestone B'Day with a cake in the shape of that booty she has been building in the gym:
A new season of "Claws" premieres June 10th at 9/8c on TNT.
She's killing it on TV, she's madly in love and she's heating up the magazine circuit, gracing the cover of BELLO magazine:
@karrueche x @artgphoto For 29-year-old actress and model Karrueche Tran, love and growth are one in the same. Perhaps best known these days for her portrayal of Virginia Loc in the smash hit TNT crime drama series, CLAWS, Karrueche is currently filming the series' second season in New Orleans. She can also be seen in the upcoming Lionsgate film The Honor List about a group of high school friends who fulfill the items of a bucket list they sealed in a time capsule years before. We recently spoke with Karrueche about everything from the sisterhood of beauty salons, to spreading more love in the world, to the zen and art of chilling by the beach.Photography @artgphoto Art Direction @alekandsteph Styling @stylelvr Hair @hair4kicks MakeUp @makeupari_ Interview @feelguide Production @maisonprivee_la @bellomediagroup #karrueche #claws #fashion #Bellomag
Werk! Happy Birthday Kae!
Another YBF couple out on the scene...
A couple that slays together, stays together.
All black ensembles were an entire mood for Shumperts for the 25th amfAR Gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes as part of the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
The "FADE" dancer served up sophisticated sex appeal in a black pantsuit that showed off hella cleavage paired with a Balenciaga bag. Meanwhile, her man kept it dapper in a Philipp Plein look.
Ugh. Love these two.
Be on the look out for Teyana's new album, produced by Kanye West, on June 22nd.
Another couple rocking matching 'fits....
It was a denim down date night for the Wades!
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade decided they would have some fun with their outfits for date night at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood
In case you missed, check out the Breaking In star dish exclusively to TheYBF.com about getting into Mama Bear zone to save her on-screen children and her real life stepsons. Check it out HERE.
Photos: Getty/Splash/Backgrid/Pacific Coast News/ Gabby's IG/ J Ryan's IG
While her daddy and 'em are still cutting up back in the States, Meghan Markle and her mom were busy getting the Royal treatment just one day before the biggest wedding of the year. And securing someone else to walk her down the aisle. Deets inside...
In yet another break from tradition, Meghan Markle asked her future father-in-law Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle at tomorrow's Royal Wedding. He happily obliged, and that move is just one more way the Royal Family is showing they're all the way here for this wedding. And they're proving they have Meghan's back through this turbulent time with her own family.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
Her mother, Doria Ragland, has been on Mother of the Bride duty and has been beaming from ear to ear ever since arriving in London. The proud mom met the Royals earlier this week, and today, she met Her Royal Highness, the Queen.
It was her first time meeting Meghan's new in-laws, and reportedly she had tea with the Queen before the mother & daughter duo arrived at Cliveden House hotel in Windsor today (pictured here). They will leave from this hotel, which is a different place than where Prince Harry and Prince William are staying, for the wedding via carriage.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
He will meet her halfway into St George's Chapel, as Meghan planned to walk in by herself.
Meghan was in full on pre-Duchess mode rocking a navy Roland Mouret ruffle detailed pencil dress and her favorite grey suede pumps. Her mom kept it chic in a white dress and black tweed blazer. Roland is a good friend of Meghan's so he's also rumored to be in the running as the designer who will create her epic Royal Wedding gown.
The Queen was spotted arriving to Windsor before the meeting - possibly with Meghan's Beagle in tow!
While the former "Suits" star should have been basking in a Royal glow all week as she prepares for arguably the biggest day of her life, she was dealing with thirsty family members who are trying to ruin this for us! (Yes, us.)
Her father, "Thomas Markle, underwent heart surgery this week after a recent heart attack and is unable to travel for the wedding. It's interesting, since at the beginning of the week, he made folks think he was indeed coming. Then he quickly, in the same day, said he is not. It was widely believed that was just an excuse to not be in attendance after his embarrassing publicity stunt where he staged "I'm getting ready for Meghan's wedding" photos....after it was reoprted he wasn't even invited. Apparently, his other daughter, Meghan's (hating) half-sister, got paid by a paparazzi agency to stage the photos, and she pocketed most of the money.
In an unusual move, Kensington Palace issued a statement on Monday night, describing the situation as a "deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before the wedding."A Kensington Palace spokesman added that "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."
It's been a roller coaster of drama with Meghan's father's side ever since the enagagment was announced. He hasn't been in good health for years, and he and Meghan are rumored to be estranged. It's also rumored he has asked her for money since he is on the down and out these days. And it's unclear if anything he tells the tablods is true.
His other children, who seem to have issues of their own, have spoken out about Meghan saying she doesn't speak to them and have not been invited to the wedding. Many uninvited family members were spotted arriving into London this week though with luggage. Also, one of her half brothers was sent to jail back in January afte fighting with his girlfriend and threatening her with a gun.
After news dropped this morning that Prince Charles is his replacement, Thomas is reportedly"honored and grateful" that Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle in his absence at the royal wedding on Saturday. Thomas also claimed Meghan and Harry "cleared it with him" before announcing.
Thankfully, her mom made a beeline across the pond to be the supportive parent she needed. It was also rumored she may walk her down the aisle, but that's obviously not the case.
SZA's third video off her CTRL album just may prove 4 times is really the charm. Check out the magic with "Garden (Say It Like That)" inside....
After dropping videos for "The Weekend," "Doves In The Wind," and "Supermodel", she nailed yet another creative visual. ThWe swear every video makes us love her and her freshness even more.
SZA grabbed Karena Evans, the 22-year-old filmmaker behind Drake's "Nice For What" and "God's Plan" videos, to serve up some magical visuals for her track "Garden".
Donald Glover/Childish Gambino returned the favor of making a cameo, after she made one in his "This Is America" video. He plays the Adam to her Eve as the two frolick on beaches, in trees and other greenery as they chase each other in some ethereal faraway place. And when her real life mom, Audrew Rowe, shows up, things get even more beautiful.
Crown, secured! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are walking down the aisle in a matter of hours, and it's going to be epic. We've got everything you need to know - including their new titles - about the Royal Wedding inside...
The Royal titles have been announced! They're just as predicted, but it's officially official. Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry & Meghan Markle have officially received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The statement from the Palace reads:
The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
From Cali to the crown!
Who WON'T be getting a title or the traditional Code of Arms, is Thomas Markle. Reportedly, The Queen has decided not to award Meghan's father said Code of Arms, which carry a pseudo-title of sorts, despite awarding them to Kate Middleton's father and other commoners' families.
Apparently, it would have been too "difficult" to do so due to Meghan's estranged relationship with the rest of her family, whom the Code of Arms would technically extend to.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
This first sneak peek at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle though, GORGE! This ish is about to be re-created on everybody's Wedding Venue Pinterest board.
Meghan & Harry will be the sixteenth Royal Couple to celebrate their Marriage at Windsor Castle since 1863.
While we know the former "Suits" star isn't having a Maid of Honor because she couldn't choose among her friends, bridesmaids, mini-bridesmaids, paigeboys and flowergirls will be a-plenty. They're all the children of the couple's closest friends.
As for when everybody's walking down the aisle today, including Prince Charleswho is now escorting Meghan, here's the official Order of Service. I includes full details about the processions, music, hymns, prayers and readings. It's 22 pages, so nothing was left to chance.
The Official Order of Service for the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle is now available to download.https://t.co/dRHckWM0j8
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
Friday's rehearsals gave us a peek at what to expect at 7am ET when Meghan Markle makes her final walk to #securethecrown.
Staff at The Royal Mews apply their final touches, ahead of tomorrow’s #RoyalWedding.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 18, 2018
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 17, 2018
Staff at The Royal Mews apply their final touches, ahead of tomorrow’s #RoyalWedding.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 18, 2018
The Royal Wedding cake is FULL of lemons, and is the perfect mix of American and British yumminess.
200 Amalfi lemons
500 organic eggs from Suffolk
20kgs of butter
20kgs of flour
As for Meghan's dress, the Palace is still keeping the designer under wraps. But, her good friend Roland Mouret (who is actually french) and British designer Cynthia Rowley are in the running. The latter is rumored to be creating her reception dress. Ralph & Russo and Erdem are also possibilities.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 16, 2018
Meghan's mom Doria Ragland was spotted making her way to London earlier this week with a Burberry garment bag. So it led folks to believe it may be part of her mother-of-the-bride weddign day look, which could give a hint that Meghan's dress designer COULD be the brand's chief designer, Christopher Bailey.
You can get into the official wedding invites and wedding china HERE.
We hear the super intimate and exclusive reception is full of Hollywood bigwigs, and some of Harry's close friends aren't even invited. And they're salty about it. Reportedly, Oprah and George and Amal Clooney will be in attendance at the post-reception. Pryianka Chopra, Meghan's good friend and "Quantico" star, will be at the wedding, but not as a bridesmaid.
You ready for this Royal Wedding?!
The Royal Wedding is here! Watch Meghan Markle& Prince Harry wed inside...
Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex! Now let's watch this epic Royal Wedding as a family!
5am ET: Oprah, Idris Elba and his fiancé Sabrina Rhowe arrived to Windsor Castle.
6:30a: Groom Prince Harry walked in looking like a WHOLE snack.
6:48a: We just got a sneak peek at Meghan Markle in her wedding gown that looks nothing short of breathtaking! She arrived at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel via a burgundy Rolls Royce with her mother, Doria Raglan, riding with her.
6:53a: Meghan's mother switched cars into her own separate car and walked into the Chapel.
6:54a:Camila Parker Bowles has arrived in a Philip Treacy hat and an Anna Valentine dress, along with Prince Charles in a dapper grey suit.
6:55a: The Queen has arrived! And she's wearing lime green head to toe, a dress by Stewart Parvin, and a hat by Angela Kelly, her dress maker. Prince Philip also arrived with her, 6 weeks after his hip surgery. He looks well.
6:58a: The paigeboys and bridesmaids, incuding Duchess Kate and her children, just walked into the church looking adorbs. A colorful wedding theme it is!
7a: Meghan pulled up to the chapel in her Rolls Royce with two paigeboys in the car with her.
7:01a: She's arrived! Her simple, yet beautiful gown was created by Claire Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of Givenchy! She was walked down the aisle, starting halfway, by her father-in-law Prince Charles. Keller also designed the veil, and it was held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen.
7:10a: Those looks Groom Prince Harry just gave her tho, totally worth it!
7:12am: So you're just gonna lie to us Serena Williams, and say you're not going to the Royal Wedding?! She's definitely there, along with husband Alexis Ohanian.
7:14a: Harry removing her veil was super sweet! Her makeup is very simple, and typical of her usual. Understatedly and refreshingly gorgeous.
7:15a: As Harry & Meghan said their "I Dos", they giggled at the crowd outside who cheered. Ha!
7:20a: Meghan's tiara is utter perfection, and almost upstages the gown. In the best way.
7:27a: Bishop Michael Curry is taking these Royals to church!
7:29a: This wedding gown train swept around this chair though. Fab.
7:34a: We're here for this extra black choir singing "Stand By Me."
7:58a: The gothic vibe of the church, softened by all the florals, and all this blackness up and through the musical selections. We can't even. Perfect ceremony for the new Duke & Duchess.
8:10a: The newly married couple walked out to the courtyard of the Castle, and did a super sweet kiss for the crowd right before "This Little Light of Mine" played.
8:20a: The Duke & Duchess are on their parade procession in Windsor! And these two look head over heels in love. #WhereCanWeFindOne?