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A celeb's worst nightmare is pulling up to a MAJOR awards show in the same damn look as someone else. And if it happens, you better had served for your life. Teyana Taylor faces off against Dreamdoll inside...
Teyana Taylor rocked a casually revealing black trouser-panty look by one of her fave designers Namilia. She hit the VMAs pink carpet in black & white sneakers and an almost see thru white tank top that flossed her best accessory - those killer abs.
While she looked like a whole snack, up-and-coming rapper Dreamdoll got her hands on the same panty-trousers and served up bawdy on the same pink carpet. Dream rocked a sparkly bra with even more sparkly tassels and combat boots for the tomboy chic look.
WHO ROCKED IT BEST?!
Several of your faves hit the 2018 MTV VMAs carpet in some a risqué looks. Soak in all the sexy looks from Nicki Minaj, Blac Chyna, Tiffany Haddish, Teyana Taylor, "Black Ink's" Sky and more inside...
It's the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards and several ladies hit the carpet to floss, flaunt and show the world what they're working with.
Fresh from a hectic,drama-filled week online, Nicki Minaj and her "ass"ets were front and center because, let's face it, chick still has something to prove...or at least, that's how she has been acting lately.
We're not sure, can we call this a dress? Here's what the "Barbie Dreamz" rapper pulled up in on the pink carpet at the 2018 MTV VMAs inside Radio City Music Hall.
The QUEEN had her cakes out for the masses, tapping into her raunchy side rocking in this sheer Off White ensemble from the brand's Fall 2018 collection.
By the way, Nicki won the first televised award of the night - Best Hip Hop video for "Chun-Li." Congrats.
Blac Chyna isn't making any music videos, but she knows how to create a moment. The Lash Boutique owner hit the pink carpet in in a pink see-through chain 'fit by Laurel DeWitt, barely covering the T&A.
You know, the usual.
She's all smiles after she was spotted with her ex/son's father Tyga last night. Mmhmm...
The "Black Ink" star served up vintage circa 1999 Lil Kim tease. We know y'all remember that iconic moment.
Hit or miss?
Come thru abs! We're getting Janet Jackson vibes from Teyana Taylor again.
The "3Way" singer, who's currently on her now solo-tour,worked this cropped top and harness pants by NAMILIA like only she can.
Yeah girl, you killed it. But was she the only one who killed this look?!
The Night School actress hit the pink carpet in this sheer black and white Naeem Khan dress. And it's just...not our fave.
Supermodel Winnie Harlow shimmered her way down the carpet in this Zuhair Murad number before hosting the pre-show with Nessa...
And before changing up her look for something a little more airy and light.
"Orange Is The New Black" star Dascha Polanco came though for the curvy queens. It got SERIOUSLY mixed reviews on our Timeline. You feelin' it?
Whose look is your fave?
What was said?! Nicki Minaj proclaims to be the new age Harriet Tubman, and gets a response from Spotify after she dragged them to the big mad heavens.
It's been a DAY for Onika Maraj chile. Her official numbers came in and she's number 2 on the Billboard charts. Y'all know the self proclaimed Queen wasn't having it so she aired out the industry's well known scammer & sexist ways to explain why her numbers were manipulated against her. Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner, and even baby Stormi got caught in her tornado-o-drama, and so did Spotify.
After blasting the music platform for allegedly blocking her album from being sold on Spotify for the first 12 hours, all because she played her album first on her Apple Music radio show, Spotify is chiming in. Nicki said:
“Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most.”
A representative for Spotify later put the following statement:
Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf,” the rep said. “Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.
They didn't say they didn't blackball her for a few hours.
Still, Nicki says she's airing out folks even more on Queen Radio come Tuesday.
Then, there's this. Chick believes by airing out the injustices of the music industry, she's doing the work of our ancestors, namely abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Folks weren't feeling the comparison, and she was trending because of it.
Photo: Nicki's IG
Jennifer Lopez was this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award receiptent and she tore the stage up! We're still shook. Peep her performance, her acceptance speech, her BAE Alex Rodriguez stanning out and more inside
Everybody ain't able!
Jennifer Lopez turned the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards into one of her Las Vegas shows as she was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The 49-year-old entertainer proved age ain't nothing but a number because chick was busting out choreography like a
30 40-something on the dance scene as she ran through her biggest hits throughout her music career.
Donning a custom Versace leotard and coat, the singer began belting out "Waiting for Tonight," "On the Floor," and then she turned up the heat with "Dance Again."
Then, she performed "Ain't Your Mama," Don't Cost a Thing" and "Get It Right." In between tracks, she threw in Drake's "Nice For What," and even a snippet of a Cardi B track.
As a surprise, she brought out rapper Ja Rule to perform their collaboration tracks "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny." Nice! Y'all know Black Twitter ate that ish up.
Peep her full performance below:
After rocking the stage, the hot mom served up her Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech, thanking everyone who has held her down throughout her long lasting career. Check it:
That's not all she won...
JLo won the Best Collaboration Award for her joint track with Cardi B and DJ Khaled, "Dinero." She was also nominated for Best Latin Video as well.
On the carpet...
JLo also rocked Versace on the carpet before making her way inside. You'll recall, her infamous green Versace dress from the VMAs in 2000 that people STILL talk about to this day. This dress wasn't one of those type of frocks, but she def slayed, per usual.
She put her man on picture duty too:
When BAE catches all of your good angles...and when it aint that hard to do because they're all hot af....Yesssss!
Nicki Minaj got on her Queen ish and finally drudged up some energy for a performance. Check out her VMAs performance and acceptance speech inside...
Typically Nicki gives us a few good walks back and forth, a slight slow twerk and some facial expressions and slaps a bow on it and calls it an "epic performance." But tonight at Radio City in NYC, she leveled up. At least a bit.
We're sure her latest feelings about everything and everyone are responsible for the pep in her step, but check out Nicki running through "Barbie Dreamz" and more Queen tracks below:
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018
Before that, she accepted the Award for Best Hip; Hop Video for "Chun Li":
WHen presenter Tiffany Haddish had some shady words for Fifth Harmony, Nicki popped back to defend her girl Normani Kordei.
She also shouted out her other pop bestie Ariana Grande too:
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018
Congrats to Nicki.
Travis Scott made sure the world knows HE has the #1 album in the county right now, despite Nicki Minaj saying otherwise. Meanwhile, 21 Savage joined Post Malone and rock band Aerosmith for a lively performance. Get it all inside...
Travis Scott has the No. 1 album in the country right now, despite Nicki Minaj trying her damnedest to make everyone believe otherwise.
The Astroworld rapper was tapped to perform during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards inside Radio City Music Hall. We noticed, he was the first performer to pay tribute to music icon Aretha Franklin during the show. Madonna called herself giving Aretha a tribute, but she literally white woman'd the F out if it and talked about HERSELF the entire time, so yeah. Thanks, Travis.
The "generous" Queen didn't even acknowledge the musical great. No shade though.
After running through a medley of his hits, including "Stargazing," Stop Trying to Be God" and "Sicko Mode" (all tracks from his latest album), he acknowledge The Queen of Soul's passing.
"Rest in Peach Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin," he said.
And in the same breath, he checked Nicki Minaj over who really has the No. 1 album on the Billboard charts.
"Astroworld number 1 right now! VMAs make some noise!," he continued.
Peep the short clip below:
— Yung Jules (@iHateYungJules) August 21, 2018
But, didn't Nicki say she talked to Travis and he KNOWS he doesn't have the No. 1 album? Girl...
DJ Khaled, who introduced Travis, also made sure to remind Nicki that Astroworld is the No. 1 album in country:
DJ Khaled was MORE than happy to announce Travis Scott and that he has the #1 album in the world after nikki called him out on queen for not eating women out...#VMAs
— Poppy Diamond (@PoppyDiamond2) August 21, 2018
Peep his full performance below:
By the way...
The Houston rapper is gearing up to head out on tour this fall.
Bringing the amusement park of his chart-dominating critically acclaimed blockbuster ASTROWORLD to life on stage, the artist has envisioned a show unlike anything done before and unlikely to be topped. He's calling it "ASTROWORLD: WISH YOU WERE HERE." Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off Thursday November 8th at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD, returns to Houston for the inaugural
ASTROWORLD FESTIVAL November 17th, and rolls through historic venues like Madison Square Garden November 27th before concluding just before Christmas at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
Also hitting the stage...
Post Malone, who won the VMA for Song of the Year - brought 21 Savage out to perform their VMA winning collaboration track "Rockstar."
The duo ran through the track before introducing iconic rock band Aerosmith. Post's performance went from 0 to 100 real quick as Aerosmith launched their performance of their classic hit "Dream On."
The band then went on to perform "Toys In The Attic" before performing a version of “Walk This Way” that features Run D.M.C.
The afterparty scene was POPPIN' last night as celebs hit the NYC streets to turn up after the 2018 MTV VMAs. See what Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and more inside...
Cardi B's official post-baby debut was majorly successful!
The new mom won not 1, not 2, but 3 MTV Video Music Awards last night. She won the "Song of Summer" award for "I Like It" before the show even started. Then, she hit the stage twice to accept the Best New Artist award and Best Collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled.
To celebrate, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper hit the party scene with her husband Offset, his Migos bandmate Quavo, and her sister Hennessy Carolina at Atlantic Records' afterparty at TAO Downtown. Cardi and Offset were also seen arriving at 1 Oak for another afterparty.
Watch baby Kulture's parents turn up below:
After opening the show and hitting the party scene, Bardi was HUNGRY! So, where does she go? Mickey D's please!
Bardi and her boo stopped at McDonald's for a burger and a drink:
Cardi B may have just won 3 VMAs but she's still a regular degular shmegular
all-beef patty lovin' girl pic.twitter.com/HJrEbIbapS
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 21, 2018
— Cole Delbyck (@coledelbyck) August 21, 2018
This is why we love her. A whole mood.
At another party...
Jennifer Lopez also had a big night being honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award, the highest honor of the night. Chick slayed the stage, won the Best Collaboration Award with Cardi and Khaled, and then she got ready to celebrate!
Not yo mama!
The 49-year-old entertainer kept her Versace theme going. She rocked a Versace dress on the carpet and a Versace ensemble during her performance.
Of course, she was showered with kisses from BAE. Alex Rodriguez was definitely her biggest fan last night.
Night School actress Tiffany Haddish was also in the mix, sparkling in a silver sheer bodysuit and cutting up:
Ha! Can you handle it Maxwell?
A-Rod can. Watch JLo back it up on her man below:
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 21, 2018
After winning the Best Hip Hop Video award, Nicki Minaj linked up with her girls for a Hennessy-filled night over dinner. Watch her act up with her girls above.
Before she made it to dinner...
She locked lips with Madonna. Ugh.
Red carpet host Terrence J was also in the mix after putting in work for the show:
Last night’s after @mtv #VMAs party with @atlanticrecords at @taodowntown was a movie! With my bro @iamterrencej rocking my new collection from @freemenbymickey #StyledByMickey #TerrenceJ #tao #mtv #fashion #style #nyc #fashionmodel #repost #vmas2018 #atlanticrecords #nycphotographers #Stylist #fashionphotographer #JessicaWhite #naomi #meninkilts #topmodel #kiltnation #fashionstylist #fashioneditorial #photographer #highfashion #streetstyle #vogue #voguemagazine #nycphotographer
Looks like rapper G-Eazy and Halsey are back together, two months after announcing they were broken up. The love birds were spotted holding hands as they were leaving 1Oak - where Travis Scott (seen below) held his afterparty - around 4AM. While they didn't arrive together, they hopped in the same car and left together.
Be sure to click through our FULL afterparty gallery below with ALL your faves on the VMAs afterparty scene below!
Drake just made one little girl's wish come true when he paid her a surprise visit at a Chicago hospital. She's currently waiting for a heart transplant. See the girl's face LIGHT up when he popped in inside...
Christmas came early for one little girl waiting on a heart transplant.
11-year-old Sofia Sanchez, a patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, got the surprise of a lifetime when Drake paid her a surprise visit unbeknownst to her. She went viral after posting a video of herself doing the #KiKiChallenge to his "In My Feelings" track and it caught the OVO honcho's attention.
Peep her version below:
Drizzy could have jetted to NYC to attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (like his tour partners Migos) since his show in Chicago was canceled. However, he decided to spread some cheer to one lucky young lady. To make it even more sweet, Sofia celebrated her 11th birthday this past Saturday. The look on her face when he pulled that curtain back is PRICELESS:
Drake visits 11 year old fan in Chicago who was having a heart transplant pic.twitter.com/x0e0oJuOTk
— Black Girl Podcast (@BlackGirlPod) August 21, 2018
The "Nice For What" rapper snapped pics and make videos with the little girl. We're sure THIS birthday tops them all so far. Drake will take his Aubrey & The Three Amigos tour to his hometown of Toronto tonight. It's going to be LIT.
Photos: Drake's IG
Regina Hall's newest role is basically a restaurant madame, without the sex. And with a heart. We've got an exclusive sneak peek at "Support The Girls" inside...
Regina Hall is about to take over the movie screens again this weekend in the dark comedy Support The Girls, this time as "Lisa Conroy," the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves."
Our fave YBF chick is playing a general manager at Double Whammies, her place of employment that she's surprisingly come to love. She's an incurable den mother who nurtures and protects her girls fiercely--but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction...
In our exclusive sneak peek, we see Regina telling the girls to flaunt what they've got in the most classy way they know how. They can be ambitious....but not too much. Gotta love a den mama with a heart.
Starring alongside Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle, Brooklyn Decker, AJ Michalka and more, we get to see how the Hooters-like Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, and what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it.
The flick hits theaters this Friday (8/24)!
Future wants everyone to know that he's no longer single. And the "lucky" woman who has stole his heart is his son's mother Brittni Mealy. See their love fest inside...
Future wants y'all to know he's BOO'd all the way up, following the rapper putting an Instagram "thot" on blast. Him, of all people, calling someone a thot is still laughable. In case you missed, catch up HERE.
Anyway, the ATL rapper hopped on social media today to profess his undying love for his son's mother Brittni Mealy. Y'all know her. She has been in his life for a good minute. Breakups to makeups to breakups, the whole nine. These two have a long history of being together one minute and breaking up the next.
The "Mask Off" rapper posted a video of himself and Brittni, the mother of his son Prince Wilburn, all loved up, referring to her as his "queen" and showering her with kisses. However, we noticed the first thing he said out of his mouth in the video was "I'm sorry." Sorry for what Future? Is this a "punishment" for acting up? Hmph. We're just wondering. Peep the clip above.
So what about Joie Chavis, who's rumored to be pregnant by Future? The woman that caused Britt and Future to break up this last time?
It hasn't been confirmed if Future is the actual father, however, Joie (who shares a daughter with Bow Wow) and Brittni have exchanged shady comments and captions about one another online in the past.
Either way, we know Ciara is happy she got out this madness. Now that he has a woman, maybe he'll keep CiCi's name out of his mouth.
By the way, Future will team up with Nicki Minaj for their NICKIHNDRXX Tour that will kick off September 21st in Baltimore.
Photos: Getty/Brittni's IG
Oh baby! Model Slick Woods and her man Adonis Bosso celebrated the upcoming arrival of their baby boy. Go inside their baby shower...
Slick Woods, who models for Rihanna's Fenty Beauty, is about to become a mother!
Last month, the 22-year-old, who celebrated her birthday last week, surprised her fans with news that she is expecting. The LA native, who has worked with artists like Kanye West and designer Marc Jacobs, then revealed fellow model Adonis Bosso is the father. Some fans had a hard time accepting she was pregnant since she identified as a lesbian in the past. But she recently opened up about her "grey" sexuality in ELLE.
Either way, she's a super exited mom-to-be and dad-to-be looks equally as excited to welcome baby Saphir into the world.
The LGBTQ advocate, rocking a yellow LaQuan Smith ensemble, had that pregnancy glow in every picture captured.
"What a time to be alive. What a time to give life. Being engulfed in so much love and beautiful energy I am grateful to all of my friends and family," she captioned on Instagram.
She thanked eyewear designers/sister Coco & Breezy for throwing her shower.
Family and friends joined Slick to snap it up with the bump:
Slick dished to the mag about her pregnancy and revealed Erykah Badu will be helping her during delivery:
"I hear sob stories about baby daddy drama. Being 21 and my baby’s father being excited is just step one. There are girls who don’t even have that," she said. She will be breastfeeding. And singer Erykah Badu, a practicing doula, will be her spiritual guide through childbirth. "She’s a mommy role model. A mother I look up to, who kills her shit and is a boss-ass bitch."
Slick hasn’t kept her pregnancy a secret – she told the world on Instagram in July – but she is weirded out that people would even care: "I wouldn’t walk down the street and scream, “I’m pregnant!”’ She wasn’t expecting to end up in a relationship with a man, either: before Bosso, she had been dating women.
"I never thought I’d be with anyone like him,’ she says, vague about how she defines their relationship, but pointing out that she likes that they both maintain independence, with him living in LA and her in Brooklyn. She is also keeping the option open of one day being with a woman again: ‘With sexuality, when you are a public figure you have to pick a side, black or white. But I’m grey."
There you have it.
What a time to be alive. What a time to give life. Being engulfed in so much love and beautiful energy I am grateful to all of my friends and family. Thank you @cocoandbreezy for making my dreams a reality and so much more it couldn't have turned out any better you guys poured your hearts into this and it really showed thank you for loving me the way you do. @septumpapi you are the father of every child's dreams thank you for creating this fairytale with me. @alikavoussi you have been there since day one and never left my side I love you so much for always dealing with my bullshit family forever. @laquan_smith thank you for putting your blood sweat and tears into this outfit even on short notice came out even better than I imagined I love you boo it was perfect and ms thang @chalyn.m thanks for being my rock boo all shot by jahm jahm @_jahmad
Photos: Slick's IG/Adonis' IG/Jamad's IG
It's Riley Burruss' 16th birthday and her mom Kandi Burruss copped her a luxury ride to celebrate. Also, Kandi and her hubby Todd Tucker are opening another Old Lady Gang restaurant in Phillips Arena. Deets inside...
Ayyye Riley, it's your birthday! And she's rolling into her Sweet 16 with a SWEET new whip. Anything for a YBF Teen who's been on her fitness and school grind.
Kandi Burruss decided to surprise her daughter Riley Burruss with a new Porsche the day BEFORE her birthday, so that it could be a total surprise. She pulled the car into the drive way of their home, laced with a red bow on top.
The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star customized the luxury ride with "Rilez" engraved in the floor of the car, the nickname Nicki Minaj gave her.
"I had to surprise my baby girl @rileyburruss today with her car," Kandi captioned. "Her #Sweet16 is tomorrow but I figured she would be super surprised & not expecting anything if it was the day before her bday. I put the nickname that @nickiminaj gave her on the floor when you open the car door."
Watch Rilez's reaction below:
Last month, Kandi made it seem like she wasn't going to get Riley the Porsche she asked for during an episode of "Sister Circle":
For her Sweet 16, Rilez posed it up in a new photoshoot:
She looks EXACTLY like Kandi in this flick! Twins!
Riley's big (step) sister Kaela Tucker (Todd Tucker's daughter) wished her a Happy Birthday:
Her step-dad Todd also sent her a birthday shoutout:
Slay then, Rilez! And Happy Birthday!
In other good news...
Kandi and her hubby Todd Tucker are bringing their Old Lady Gang restaurant to Atlanta's Phillips Arena.
"Hanging out with the #oldladygang today," Kandi captioned. "Had to show them how the @oldladygangcampcreek is coming along. Making boss moves for the whole family! @oldladygang 1,2, & 3!"
The arena location will be open right before the So So Def 25th Anniversary Tour when it hits Atlanta, so y'all know it's going to be litty! Kandi is all about her coins honey. She has her own sex toy company, a children's apparel brand, and she recently announced she's launching a beauty brand. Woot!
Peep their announcement below:
Photos: Kandi's IG/Riley's IG
Fabolous and Emily B are all loved up on a family vacay in Hawaii. Peep their family flicks inside...
Nobody wins when the family feuds! And since Fabolous and Emily B have reunited, they're living it up with their kiddies.
Fab, Em and their kids - Taina, Jonas and Johan - jetted off to Hawaii for a family vacay. And they were all about coordinating during the trip. The family snapped it up in matching outfits during their vacay. In the flick above, the fam was all decked out in Fendi swimsuits. "spend time in H-A-W-A-I-I," Fab captioned on Instagram.
Look at those faces! All smiles.
Earlier this month, Fab and Em were spotted at Beyonce and Jay Z's "On The Run II" Tour when it rolled through Brooklyn. In a few recent pics, Em was seen rocking a ring on THAT finger. Rumor has it, they're already married, but neither of them have confirmed this.
However, we've noticed Fab has been posting Em on his social media A LOT lately. Something he didn't do in the past.
As for their domestic violence case...
Fab appeared in court and copped a plea deal in his domestic violence case where he was accused of allegedly knocked Emily's front teeth out. He reportedly took the plea to avoid jail time and apparently the deal is for first-time offenders.
By the way, a category 5 hurricane is on the way to Honolulu. Hopefully they're getting ready to leave the island soon!
Photos: Fab's IG
On the heels of "saying it with her chest" for damn near 3 hours yesterday on Queen Radio, Nicki Minaj took a break from airing out the industry, Travis Scott and others to cancel her original North American tour dates. But, she's got a reason. Get it all inside...
We didn't really see it for this NickiHndrxx Tour to begin with, TBH, but we're always here for a woman making her coin whatever way she can.
Nicki Minaj & Future's world tour was set to kick off this fall in North America. Now, it's not going down in the Americas until May 2019, and, due to scheduling conflicts, Future won't be a part of it. Instead, the twosome will kick off their tour in Europe February 2019, the original European kickoff date.
According to the press release:
Following her unforgettable VMA performance, Nicki Minaj has decided to reevaluate elements of production on the NickiHndrxx Tour. The outing will now kick off in Europe this coming February as planned. Nicki has decided to contribute more time to rehearsal ahead of the tour’s launch to make certain her fans get the absolute best quality show that they deserve.
Due to scheduling conflicts Future will not be on the North American run. Nicki Minaj will be announcing new North American dates to kick off in May 2019. Refunds for the previously scheduled North American dates will be available at point of purchase, with new Nicki Minaj on-sale details announced soon.
Nope, it's not because she's "exhausted" or recouping from an insane last few weeks of drama. Nicki says it's because she didn't have enough time to rehearse. She spoke to fans today saying "it'll be worth the wait" and she hasn't decided if she'll get another co-headliner:
Interestingly, some sources are saying there's more to the story. Page Sixclaims the tour id a disaster behind the scens, and ticet sales are allegedly abysmal:
A Live Nation source told us prior to the tour cancellation news, “Nicki’s tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist. These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050.”
And yes, the "Barbie Dreamz" rapper hears everybody's criticisms and ish talking. And yes, she's still responding with her chart success and how many celeb friends she's got supporting her:
Catch up on Nicki's 2018 VMAs performance HERE.
A Girls Trip sequel is in the works, according to stars Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith. Speaking of movies, Chance The Rapper and Zazie Beetz are starring in a new monster movie together. In TV news, Niecy Nash will be gracing the late night talk show scene. Deets inside...
The Flossy Posse is coming back! And we know this because Regina Hall AND Jada Pinkett Smith said so.
Girls Trip ended up becoming Summer 2017's biggest movie to hit the box office. And they're looking for another box office takeover.
Regina Hall has confirmed she will reunite with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish for another round of shenanigans
While chatting with BuzzFeed News' AM to DM, Regina confirmed once all of the ladies can get their busy schedules synced, they'll be returning for a Girls Trip sequel.
“We’re trying to make that happen," she spilled. "We’re trying to get everything together with the schedule. I think they’re working on something. I don’t know where we’re going. I don’t know where the girls are going, but… we’re going somewhere. The girls are coming back!”
— AM to DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) August 17, 2018
Girls Trip secured the bag during its opening weekend with a $30M opening! Not only did the flick make back its budget plus some (it was $20M), but it came it at an impressive number 2 after the blockbuster flick Dunkirk, which raked in $50.5M with a $100M budget.
The appreciatively raunchy flick also nabbed an A+ CinemaScore, which is definitely a rare occurrence for any comedy.
The comedy also made history as the first film starring, directed, produced and written by African-Americans to reach the $100 million mark! Woot!
Following Regina's confirmation, Jada Pinkett Smith also hinted at a sequel, posting a composite of a potential Girls Trip 2 poster:
Looks like it's safe to say the Flossy Posse will be bringing more #BlackGirlJoy in our lives.
Speaking of new movies...
Rapper Chance the Rapper and "Atlanta" star Zazie Beetz are gearing up to go monster hunting in a brand new horror film titled Slice.
The Chi-town rapper will be making his acting debut in the film, starring opposite of Emmy-nominated actress Zazie Beetz. They'll star as two survivors who set out to catch the werewolves (or other supernatural beings) that are responsible for the town’s pizza delivery boys killing spree and devoiding them of delicious pie, according to Deadline.
Peep the trailer above. No release date has been announced just yet, but we'll keep you posted.
In TV news...
The Niecy Nash TV takeover is about to go down!
Chick has been killing it on TNT's hit series "Claws." And now, she's about to get her feet wet in the late night talk show realm. According to Variety, TNT has ordered a pilot for a late night series starring Niecy Nash as the host of her own talk show. She'll executive produce as well.
The working title is "Naked With Niecy Nash" where she'll cover topics such as love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people.
"Blessings on Blessings!," Niecy gushed on Instagram. "#StayTuned Love. Sex. Relationships. Matchmaking. Late night & Me #NakedwithNiecyNash"
If the series gets picked up, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Yep. A BLACK woman will have done that!
The "Claws" actress would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV. The other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on fellow Turner network TBS.
“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” the working wife and mom said. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and showrunner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.”
Yasssss! Y'all ready for this?
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Photos: Getty/Niecy's IG
It's being reported Aretha Franklin did NOT leave a will behind and now her partner, Willie Wilkerson, is looking to cash in on her multi-million forutune. Deets inside...
Well, this is a shocker!
It's being reported that at the time Aretha Franklin passed away, she did NOT have a will or trust to explain how to split up her fortune, despite her entertainment lawyer urging her to do so. According to the Detroit Free Press, her fours sons have filed a document listing themselves as interested parties in her estate.
As we all know, the music icon died last week in her Detroit home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Her son, Kecalf Franklin, and her estate attorney, David Bennett, filed paperwork with the Oakland County Probate Court in Michigan that acknowledged the absence of a will.
"The decedent died intestate and after exercising reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property located in this state as defined" under the law, the document said, via the Detroit Free Press.
With no will or trust, The Queen of Soul's finances will become public. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, has requested to become the personal representative of the estate.
TMZ reports Aretha's four sons will equally share in her estate under Michigan law. It's even more shocking that she did not have a will in place being that she has a son with special needs named Clarence who needs financial and other forms of support for his entire life.
"I was after her for a number of years to do a trust," Aretha's entertainment lawyer Don Wilson said. "It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private."
And we all know Aretha liked to keep her personal life private. This is déjà vu. Prince did the same thing.
Right now, it's unclear the dollar value of her song catalog, but it's reported she kept ownership of her original compositions.
As her family tries to square away her estate, her longtime partner Willie Wilkerson feels he's owed a piece of the pie.
According to RadarOnline, Aretha's 70-year-old partner, who lived with Aretha for the last 30 years, is gearing up to fight her sons in court for a portion of her supposed $80 million fortune. At one point in time, they were engaged to be married, but Aretha called it off. However, they remained in a relationship.
A source close to Aretha's partner, who is/was supposedly a local firefighter, told the site he feels "it's only fair he receive a portion of her estate."
This could get ugly. Not to mention, all of the vultures that'll likely come out the woodwork trying to cash in.
Victor Cruz started his first day at ESPN following his announcement that he has retired from the NFL. Get those deets, plus find out who knocked Michael Jackson's Thriller from the No. 1 spot inside....
Former NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will not hit the salsa in the end zone anymore.
The 31-year-old, who was one of the most impressive wide receivers in his prime, has officially retired. He made the announcement yesterday in a video for UNINTERRUPTED:
It's not a total surprise as Cruz has not played in an NFL game since 2016 after an injury. He suffered a torn patellar tendon in October 2014 that caused him to sit out the entire 2015 season. Then, NFL newbies like Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard came along, and the Giants let him go in February 2017.
In 2011, he helped the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Now, Cruz - who is the father of daughter Kennedy Cruz - is focusing on the next stage in his life. He has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst! And today was his first day on the job:
"As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN," Victor told ESPN. "I'm excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL."
So yeah, "Claws" actress Karrueche has herself a NFL analyst now - which means, more time they can spend together.
In music news...
Unfortunately, Michael Jackson's Thriller album is no longer the best-selling album of all time in the U.S. bummer. Whet?
The Eagles' greatest hits album titled, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, just zoomed past MJ on the charts, due to streaming numbers. The Recording Industry Association of America confirmed with the AP that the rock band's album is now 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.
MJ's Thriller is 33x platinum, which puts him in 2nd place.
RIAA changed their rules and began incorporating streaming numbers from several digital music services, like Spotify & YouTube, to determine certification for albums and songs. And when they did, a lot of albums got bumped to gold and platinum status.
Just so you know, the RIAA updated sales and streams for Thriller last year. The last time the RIAA tallied the Eagles' album was in 2006 up until now. Twitter's been on a mission to get MJ back in the top spot.
Let us go stream Thriller right now....
Beyonce and Jay Z brought their On The Run II tour into Columbia, SC and copped the key to the city afterwards. More inside...
Beyonce and Jay Z are still on the run.
The Carters brought their "On The Run II" tour to the States last month. This week, Mr. and Mrs. Carter rolled into Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina to go "apesh*t" in front of 40,000 screaming fans.
After tearing up the stage, Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin presented the key to the city to the superstar couple. In a tweet, the mayor called their performance incredible along with a picture of himself honoring Jay Z with the key to the city. He also announced that August 21st will now be recognized as Beyonce Knowles & Shawn Carter Day:
Late night but what an incredible show at #OTRII in @ColumbiaSC ! It was wonderful to have a chance to recognize the humanitarian & cultural contributions of Mr. & Mrs. Carter. August 21st was officially “Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Shawn Carter Day” in @ColumbiaSC@Beyonce@S_C_pic.twitter.com/EdNUNWwzty
— Steve Benjamin (@SteveBenjaminSC) August 22, 2018
Peep a clip below:
City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (@SteveBenjaminSC) presenting the key to the city to JAY-Z.
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) August 22, 2018
Bey wasn't there...likely on mom duty with the kiddies.
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) August 22, 2018
Also, check out a few flicks from their performance in Columbia:
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 23, 2018
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 23, 2018
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 23, 2018
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 23, 2018
Bey & Jay will bring their "On The Run II" tour to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN tonight.
If you've caught the Carters already this summer, did you love OTRII?!
Da Brat has reportedly filed bankruptcy because she's reportedly drowning in $7 million in debt. More inside...
Rapper/radio personality Da Brat has reportedly filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a form of bankruptcy that involves reorganizing finances to pay off debts.
According to The Blast, the "Rickey Smiley Morning Show" co-host owes $7 million in debt, and most of that stems from that $6.4 million judgement that was filed against her by the former NFL cheerleader, Shayla Stevens, the woman she bopped in the head with a bottle in a nightclub. She served a three-year jail sentence for it AND she has to cough up some major cash.
The "Funkdafied" rapper also repotedly owes Sony Music over $1 million, owes Ally Bank $12,000, owes the Georgia Department of Revenue over $2,000, she has over $2,000 in credit card debt and she owes an unknown amount to the IRS. The site claims her assets total $108,700.65, while her liabilities total $7,782,249.57. Yikes.
Here's her asset breakdown below:
Her assets include a 1999 Mercedes 238i ($5k), a 2014 BMW 328i ($15k), and a 2016 Jeep Wrangler ($23k). Da Brat also lists furniture and household goods worth $8,000, electronics in the amount of $3k, a treadmill and elliptical for $2k, $20k in clothing (which she notes is necessary for her job), three dogs (listed as $0), two necklaces worth $15k, and various royalty agreements with an unknown value.
Her monthly income as an entertainer/radio personality is $9,319 but her expenses total $10,506.55 a month, leaving her in the hole every month by $1,187.
The rapper has made $75k so far this year, $106k in 2017 and $92k in 2016.
Last December, the site reported Brat owed an extra $1 million+ for refusing to pay up, which then made the total owed $7.8 million. Sheesh.
No, she's not broke, but she has hella bills to pay.
By the way, Brat will join Jermaine Dupri and several other acts for the So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y tour, set to kick off October 14th in Washington, DC, and it will end in Los Angeles on November 2nd.
Photo: Da Brat's IG
Jay Z's longtime DJ Young Guru is gearing up to give back like never before. Get the deets on the $1 million he's giving away via tech scholarships, plus TIDAL's big move to Africa inside...
Beyonce and Jay Z aren't the only people in their camps who are paying it forward to potential college bound students.
Young Guru, Jay Z's longtime DJ and audio engineer, is also doing his part in a major way. He's on a mission to get 10,000 people of color coding. And he's doing so by giving out tech scholarships via the new OHUB (Opportunity Hub) X Flatiron School initiative. Nice!
We are giving away 1 million dollars in scholarship money. I’m partnering with @rodneysampson@theohubs@flatironschool to get 10K people of color coding! Meet us in Atlanta on FRI, AUG 24 @WeWork Colony Square for the first #TechToWealth Tour, https://t.co/a6kb4wqABtpic.twitter.com/EP1LaalblY
— Young Guru (@Young_Guru) August 22, 2018
He's launching a six-city #TECHTOWEALTH tour, co-headlining with Jamilah Lemiuex, that kicks off in at WeWork Colony Square in Atlanta, GA. tomorrow (August 24th). Guru will perform and also share his vision for education and innovation and how culture and entertainment play a role on a panel witl a diverse group of diverse innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs.
The #TechtoWealth Tour will gather students, professionals, and fans interested in a career in technology, current engineers, entrepreneurs, and others to learn about course offerings at Flatiron School and how to launch a career in tech.
Free #TechtoWealth Tour events will be held in the final six OTRII Tour cities. Events will be hosted at WeWork locations in each city, the day before the OTRII concert.
Their next stop is Houston, TX on September 14th.
Speaking of the Hov...
The Hip Hop mogul's music streaming service TIDAL is making its way into more counties in Africa.
TIDAL announced they nabbed a new partnership with MTN, which will bring the streaming service into Uganda. The partnership will give MTN’s 10.5 million Ugandan subscribers access to Tidal as part of their mobile plans, with streaming data included in the deal. It launched in Uganda just a few days ago.
Also, TIDAL will host local music on the platform in addition to everything we already enjoy on the app. Tidal will will host a Collaboration Conference on Sept. 27th to help bring in local artists to learn about the streaming service and how they can work on projects together moving forward.
The new TIDAL subscribers will enjoy a free 30-day trial, as well as options to sign up for one-, three-, seven- and 30-day subscriptions. The new deal makes Uganda the second African country in which Tidal is available, after South Africa. There are plans to expand to additional countries in which MTN operates in Africa in the future.
“At MTN we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life," MTN Uganda’s chief marketing officer Olivier Prentout said in a statement. "This partnership with TIDAL further demonstrates our strategic vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers by making music more available on their smartphones."
Photo: Guru's IG/Getty