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- 10/20/18--08:48: Ashanti Concert CANCELLED After Only Selling 24 Tickets!
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Ashanti was set to hit the stage at Stony Brook University, but the school canceled the concert after only selling 24 tickets. All the deets inside...
Ashanti was scheduled to hit the stage for Stony Brook University's "Back to the Brook" concert for students, but the show was canceled due to low tickets sales. According to the university, they only sold 24 tickets total out of a total population of 25,000+ students and were forced to axe the event.
The Braveheart singer was tapped to headline, while Justine Skye and Stony Brook University's "The Voice" contestant Kelsea Johnson were set to open.
Now, it's not totally Ashanti's fault. Come to find out, Teyana Taylor was originally booked to perform and had to pull out due to "unforseen circumstances" two weeks prior to the show. The production team scrambled to get a new headliner, and eventually nabbed Ashanti to perform. However, the college kids weren't grabbing tickets to see her perform.
The school issued a statement revealing the exact number of tickets sold (shade!) and explained why they decided to pull the plug on the show. In a nut shell, they said it would be cheaper to cancel than to keep promoting the show and actually executing.
Peep their statement below:
In Ashanti's defense, these college kids were babies when Ashanti was hot in these streets, so it doesn't come as a big surprise that they weren't flocking to the ticket office to drop coins they barely have.
Meanwhile on social media...
Ashanti has been sharing a recap of her birthday festivities after turning 38 earlier this month. Yep, she's celebrating all month long. When it comes to the saying "black don't crack," Shanti is clearly the blueprint. She's only getting better with age.
Happy Belated Birthday Ashanti!
Photo: Ashanti's Instagram
Jada Pinkett Smith and Leah Remini had "the talk" and have since squashed their Scientology beef. Find out how the ladies put their ongoing feud behind them inside...
Since launching her "Red Table Talk" show, Jada Pinkett Smith has been on a mission to squash old feuds and make amends with folks, i.e. Will Smith's ex-wife Sheree Zampino Fletcherand Gabrielle Union. Now, she's squashing a religious beef with Leah Remini.
Following a public feud last year, Jada and Leah have reportedly hashed out their difference and made amends on an upcoming episode of "Red Table Talk" Facebook Watch series when it returns on October 22nd.
“What was really emotional about it was realizing that there were two broken little girls in us that were abandoned by their fathers and turned into fighters who clashed,” Jada told PEOPLE about her ongoing beef with Leah.
Jada revealed Leah reached out to settle their differences and how good it felt to let go of the feud.
“It was really beautiful and she reached out to me,” Jada said. “She was much more bigger than me in that way. It was nice to reconnect and release ourselves from all that nonsense that doesn’t matter.”
You'll recall, the "King of Queens" actress made claims that Jada was a longtime member of Scientology during an interview with The Daily Beast. She said then:
"I know Jada's in. I know Jada's in. She's been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time."
In her book, Leah talked about a time when she was at actor Tom Cruise’s house and he wanted to play "Hide And Seek" with a group of adults…literally. The “King of Queens” star said there were three Scientologists there that night which included her, Tom Cruise and Jada Pinkett Smith.
As for Jada's husband Will Smith, Leah said he doesn’t seem to be apart of the religion.
The tea she spilled caused friction between Jada and Leah. After the interview, Jada hopped on Twitter to clarify where she stood when it comes to religion.
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech,” she tweeted, referring to practices developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. “But I am not a Scientologist. I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”
"I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish," she tweeted. "I have prayed in mosques all over the world… but I am not a Muslim; I have read the Bhagavad Gita… but I am not a Hindu; I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist; and I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.”
Good for them for getting to the bottom of this face-to-face.
Jada is enjoying some time with her hubby Will in Dubai following both of them skydiving and bungee jumping to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Jasmine Sanders was spotted out for the first time since news broke about her boyfriend Terrence J wrecking his McLaren with a mystery woman. See her unbothered flicks inside...
Nothing like a night out with your girls to keep your mind off all of the drama.
Model Jasmine Sanders was spotted out in public for the first time since all of that drama involving her boyfriend Terrence J wrecking his $300K McLaren with a mystery woman.
Jasmine popped up at Bella Hadid's True Religion Event Campaign Party held at Poppy nightclub in LA. And chick was seemingly unbothered as she put her best model foot forward on the red carpet, serving up sassy flicks in her True Religion denim look and more:
Show out, then.
As previously reported, Terrence J found himself in a world of trouble after his luxury, almost $300K McLaren was found balled up on the sidewalk after hitting a tree around midnight. We told y'all the actor/host's car was found abandoned and wrecked in the Studio City section of L.A., but he was nowhere to be found. Witnesses say they indeed saw him and another woman leaving the scene in an Uber.
It was originally reported Jasmine was in the car with him and the driver of the car before it was wrecked. The model issued a statement to confirm she was NOT in the car with TJ when his car got wrecked.
The former "E! News" co-host reportedly refused to cooperate with police after his lawyers tried to retrieve the vehicle. Police won't release it to him until they speak to him to find out all the details as they investigate. It's still unclear who the woman who was seen leaving the scene with TJ is, and dude has been 100% mum on social media ever since.
Live your life, girl.
Also at the party...
Diddy's son/rapper Christian "King Combs" Combs stepped out to party.
Rapper Saweetie, who recently confirmed her relationship with Migos rapper Quavo, was all smiles on the carpet at the True Religion event.
Fellow model Jasmine Tookes came out to show her model friend support.
Model Jordyn Woods was also in the mix.
Marvel's Netflix series "Luke Cage" has been cancelled after two seasons. Get those deets, plus see the disresptful Halloween billboard that features congressman Maxine Waters inside...
Turns out, Luke Cage isn't bulletproof afterall.
Netflix has pulled the plug on Marvel's "Luke Cage" series after two seasons, just one week after "Iron Fist" was canceled. One of our fave series is gone!
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and Netflix said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
So why did the Harlem hero get the axe? Deadline explains:
The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age old Hollywood “creative differences” and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal on how to move forward, according to sources. With a season springing from the conclusion of the June 22-launched Season 2 plotted out months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week.
We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though the scripts strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.
Add to that, the writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative regime. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly intractable and on different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.
Lead star Mike Colter has yet to react to the news (at the time of this post), however, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (Creed 2 writer) thanked everyone who worked on the series:
A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always...
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) October 20, 2018
“A lot memories,” Cocker tweeted. “A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always…”
Several Marvel series have been axed from Netflix. Only "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," and "The Punisher" remain.
Ugh, the disrespect!
New thriller Halloween opened in theaters Friday and there are tons of billboards up to promote the film. However, one billboard was altered, replacing serial killer Michael Myers with congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The billboard, on Pico Boulevard in West Hollywood, depicts a picture of congresswoman Waters holding a knife in her hand with the phrase "#Uncivil Democratas" written on it. So classless.
Peep a video of the billboard, shared by "Empire" & "STAR" creator Lee Daniels:
SABO, the street artist who altered the billboard, told The Hollywood Reporter "that the text he added to the advertisement is a reference to Waters telling a crowd in June to make things uncomfortable for President Donald Trump and his Cabinet members."
During a rally over the summer, Auntie Waters said:
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” Waters said at the time. “You push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
They must have forgotten how gutta Maxine Waters can be. She's never scared and she let everyone know that during a speech at the Families Belong Together rally in Los Angeles:
"We have some members of Congress who are intimidated. I have no fear. I’m in this fight," she said.
"There are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me. All I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal…They dare me to say impeach him. Today I say Impeach 45."
This street artist TRIED it. November 6th is coming. VOTE.
Photos: Marvel/Street Artist SABO
IG model Brittany Renner wrote a tell-all book that details her alleged sexual relationship with Colin Kaepernick. And she claims he made her pay for her own flights to visit him. Get the deets, plus find out what she said about Lil Uzi Vert cheating on her and Amy Schumer having Colin's back inside...
Everyone looking for their 15-minutes of fame huh?
IG model Brittany Renner just released a tell-all book, Judge This Cover, where she details her sexcapades with seven celebrities. She used code names in the book, however, Twitter has seemingly decoded the code names and connected a few celebrity men with whom she's referring to in the book.
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For the past year I have been dedicated to bringing this vision to life. It feels like I’m finally giving birth to my baby From late nights writing at my Aunt @cowboy88cin’s kitchen table to my first book now available to purchase exclusively on AMAZON, this process has been absolutely magical and transformative. For a long time I could only see the disappointments, overlooking the lessons. Therapy changed my life and quite frankly is the only reason I was able to reflect and write this. You will find more answers turning the mirror on yourself than you will pointing a finger. To everyone who has continuously supported me every step of the way on this fine journey, I THANK YOU. I don’t come from a rich family and never liked men enough to be reliant on one...I simply invested my own money I saved up to fund a dream so you damn right I did this MY way!!!!!!! I believe you can be whatever you want to be in this life and that includes being beautiful and smart. Lastly, don’t you ever in your life underestimate me because THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER!!! Link in my bio Photographer: @jessyjphoto MUA: @kimjluv Hair: @curt_cobain #JudgeThisCover
Here's the breakdown of the possible potentials she mentions in the book:
Evan: Flag on the play (Colin Kaepernick)
Leon: Soul tie with a songbird (Trey Songz)
Frank: One and Done (Drake)
Ivan: Use your head (Tyga)
Solomon: Malpractice (Chris Brown)
Hector: Dancing with the Devil (Lil Uzi Vert)
Seth: Finding Oz (Casey Therriault)
Total Pro Sports released a summary of Colin's alleged chapter from the book that details her alleged interaction with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. She claims Colin told her to save her own money to pay her own flights to go visit him as a test to see if she was really there for him or if she was simply after his money.
The site reports:
“Colin was the rebound dude after Casey. According to her, she broke up with Casey because he was treating her wrong, but if I remember correctly, she broke up with Casey to be with Colin.
“They first met in person while he was staying with white CiCi & her family (if you read any of the old threads, you’ll know who I’m talking about)
“She took an expensive Uber ride to their house to meet him. He told her that he had only slept with 25 gals in his lifetime & she said that was a lie.
“In true Colin form, he told her she had to pay for her own flights to see him. Convinced her that this was a test to gauge her true intentions and interest. Told her that if she was in it for the right reasons, she would save her money for flights.
“She was his best kept secret, he hid her away like a community whore, while she actually stayed with him for days & made his bed. Gave her forehead kisses before he left for practice.
“When it was time for her to catch her flight home, she asked when was she going to see him again. He said and she quoted “what I want to do and what I’m going to do are two different things. That’s all I’m going to say”. It went downhill from there.”
Whew, chile. The thirst.
It's unclear if these hoe-tales went down BEFORE or after Colin started dating HOT 97's Nessa. Let's hope before.
As you can imagine, the Twitterverse clowned her for her THOTivities. But, she's taking it in stride. She made a joke about paying for flights recently on her Instagram:
It's rumored that Brittany once dated rapper Lil Uzi Vert. She apparently thought they were monogomous, but she was sadly mistaken
In the clip she posted to her Instagram below, she says in the recording, "You know what’s really crazy… is that when I originally got invited, I was not even going to go but it was so crazy like we were in the same city and you really weren’t that pressed to see me. He didn’t really care to spend time with me, and he didn’t even respond to my text the day that I had text you."
Brittany's book is available for purchase on Amazon, but we're not sure it's worth it. There are several bad reviews, including one review that stated you can save your coins since the book her social media written out in words.
"This book is her social media in word form, to say the least. I finished it in about two hours because it was less than 150 pages, at a 4th grade reading level, and lacked any mental stimulation. She preached and preached about the content of the book for a year and all that was found was a very insecure attention seeking girl that released her diary, and to find validation from the rest of the world to prove she’s not a ‘whore’. Yikes. I’m sure some people out there found it relatable as they were/are as naive and unneducated, but it was definitely not a book worth purchasing."
In other Kaepernick news...
Comedian/actress Amy Schumer is speaking out about the NFL and boycotting the 2019 Super Bowl. She hopped on Instagram to call out her fellow white people on their privilege and revealed she wasn't doing any Super Bowl commercials. Because, She's with Kap.
"Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren't kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers. Otherhow are you not complicit," she wrote.
"I personally told my reps I wouldn't do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all i got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them," the actress continued.
Photos: Getty/Brittany's IG
Sheree Whitfield is being accused of stiffing a videographer for the work he put in for her She By Shereé promo video. See his receipts, plus the rant Katt Williams went on about his ex-girlfriend Hazel-E being an atheist and more inside...
A few days ago, former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield hopped on social media to announce her She By Shereé joggers were about to be released. Y'all know you've been waiting. In a Twitter posts, she told her fans the joggers were about to be released along with a video promo clip. Peep the clip below:
— Shereé Whitfield (@IamSheree) October 15, 2018
You'll notice, she credited a man named Jamil "Aries" Purnell for the video. However, a videographer named John Carter claims the video should have never seen the light of day since he NEVER was paid for it.
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WHEN THEM HOUSWIFE CHECKS RUN OUT!!!! @bravotv What was supposed to be a 2-3 hour shoot turned into like 7 hours. despite that @iamaries myself and the models carried on with no complaints..This was one of the worst shoots that I have ever done!!! Haven't paid hair makeup, camera, but have the nerve to post a part of a draft video. @shereewhitfield .. @realhousewivesofatlanta @therealhousewivesofatlanta @theshaderoom @theclosetratchet #thirstyassreailtystars #BANDITFASHION #FASHIONKILLA #creativeassassin #itsjohncarter #atlantahair #atlanta #tbt #fbf #atlhappyhour #setlife #shebysheree #producerlife #selfie #follow4follow #like4like #atlantanightlife #lax #nyc #fashion #producer #director #trendsetter #fitness #mensfashion #cannabis #lax #nyc #blackexcellence #BLESSED
After he came across a clip of Wendy Williams addressing the issue, he hopped on social media to expose Sheree for not coughing up the cash:
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A T T E N T I O N !!! TAG WENDY AND NORMAN #HOTTOPICS @wendyshow @normmaker I just got a call from my Dad, saying that you all were looking for me. Well look no more. Please hit me up! I'll be looking to hear back from you. #SHEBYSHEREE #RHOA #FASHIONKILLA #creativeassassin #itsjohncarter #atlantahair #atlanta #tbt #fbf #atlhappyhour #setlife #mensfashion #atlantanightlife #producerlife #selfie #follow4follow #like4like #atlantanightlife #lax #nyc #fashion #producer #director #trendsetter #fitness #mensfashion #cannabis #lax #nyc #blackexcellence #BLESSED
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So @wendyshow did a story on her show today during hot topics about a situation I've been very vocal about. The only thing is, they couldn't find my name... #itsjohncarter @normmaker @wendywatchers If you get a chance check out today's HOT TOPICS #SHEBYSHEREE #RHOA #FASHIONKILLA #creativeassassin #itsjohncarter #atlantahair #atlanta #tbt #fbf #atlhappyhour #setlife #mensfashion #atlantanightlife #producerlife #selfie #follow4follow #like4like #atlantanightlife #lax #nyc #fashion #producer #director #trendsetter #fitness #mensfashion #cannabis #lax #nyc #blackexcellence #BLESSED
You can peep the full promo clip below:
Sheree has yet to respond.
Over the weekend, the former reality star posted a few items from her collection and folks have been bashing her over the price points:
Hmm...$85 for a t-shirt with an iron on? We gues...
Sheree has since taken the items down because now when you go on her website and look under collection, here's what's posted:
Maybe Sheree should hit up her former "RHOA" co-star Kandi Burruss so she figure this thing out because right now, it's not looking good.
In other news...
After popping off on Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, comedian Katt Williams has turned his attention to his ex-girlfriend Hazel-E. These two had a rollercoaster relationship that resulted in police raiding Hazel's home with guns looking for the troubled comedian in 2016. They ended up getting back together after that drama and broke up again. Now, the funnyman is spilling tea on why he broke up with her, while slanding her name..
The Jasmine Brand reported a trscript of what he said about Hazel during an Intagram Live session. Check it below:
Truthfully, that’s why I left her – the b*tch is a got damn atheist. I told her, ‘Before God, I was the king of the n*ggas.’ Th*s bitch said, ‘I don’t believe in God or n*ggas.’ I said, ‘B***h, if you don’t get your satanic, demonic, I-wanna-be-a-cracker in the face *ss up out here b*tch. I will call down the ghost of Sojourner Truth to walk up yo motherf***in’ street.’ What in the Harriet Tubman is this light skinned ugly b***ch talking about? How the f**k is you light skin and ugly?
Hazel-E was ugly while I was f*cking the bitch. Soon as I leave, the b*tch nose is crooked. She got a under and over bite. The b*tch is in Dubai getting shit on. I love it. I love it, b*tch. Fellas, if your woman, goes to Dubai – you know how cleanliness is next to Godliness? Well say Du-bye to that b***ch! Du-bye! They giving them bitches 10 racks to shit on em.
He also made claims that her boyfriend who came after him was a killer:
“Remember she showed up with that lil’ boy that was like 19? That n*gga was a full-fledged killer and she had that n*gga out here on motherf***in red carpets and sh*t with a bow tie on. If you don’t get 17 felonies the f*ck up out of the Littlefoot premiere, you crossed the line, don’t believe in Jesus a** b*tch. Truthfully, that’s why I left her – the b*tch is a got damn atheist.”
Hazel hopped on Twitter to respond, tweeting:
Due to the blessings that are happening in my life, & the status of people that I have supporting me I will not dignify this low life w/ a response. To live peacefully in the UAE w/the Muslims who uplift me, I will not disgrace these people in any form or fashion. #Inshallah
— Hazel-E (@hazelebaby) October 19, 2018
"Due to the blessings that are happening in my life, & the status of people that I have supporting me I will not dignify this low life w/ a response," she tweeted. "To live peacefully in the UAE w/the Muslims who uplift me, I will not disgrace these people in any form or fashion. #Inshallah"
She said she wasn't going to respond, however, she responded. Peep the tweets below:
Since I’m only getting 10k a defection can we make it 25? I’m with the valiant_vador
The lies they tell when they can’t figure out what you doing #UK Tingz the pound is worth a… https://t.co/4qDDABAgnw
— Hazel-E (@hazelebaby) October 20, 2018
Ohhhh child only 10k to get on? I don’t see it for that hunni pic.twitter.com/wWUcsTJrDb
— Hazel-E (@hazelebaby) October 20, 2018
Back 2 Business pic.twitter.com/a3T7BlcP0X
— Hazel-E (@hazelebaby) October 20, 2018
And she confirmed she's not an atheist:
And I God no Atheist here pic.twitter.com/KXfr73al8d
— Hazel-E (@hazelebaby) October 20, 2018
Not sure exactly what was said here but, yeah.
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Kenya Moore celebrated her upcoming bundle of joy with a fabulous baby shower fit for royalty and all of her reality TV friends came out to show support.. Go inside her baby shower festivities inside...
Baby Daly is almost here!
On Saturday, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore was showered with love from friends and family as they all gathered to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her little bundle of joy in a Met Gala-themed baby shower held at The Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech.
The reality star and her hubby Marc Daly are awaiting on the arrival of their first child together. Kenya and Marc are still remaining mum about whether they're having a boy or a girl.
In true Kenya fashion, she had all of her guests get dressed up for the Met Gala/royalty themed bash and everyone looked the part! Her guest list included a slew of reality show stars, including her former "RHOA" co-stars Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, a pregnant Porsha Williams, and a pregnant Shamea Morton. Other guests included "Real Housewives of Potomac" star Gizelle Bryant and "Married To Medicine" stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Toya Bush-Harris.
Before the shower, Kenya posted etiquette tips on her social media, specifically to those who didn't RSVP to her event.
"If you cannot attend a monumental life changing event, it's nice to send a gift anyway," she wrote. Let's hope everyone who did attend brought a gift with them.
Peep the baby shower flicks below:
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#mythrone words cannot express the joy and happiness I feel in my heart. So overwhelming to have a room of people who came to celebrate the impending life of #babydaly These are my riders and I love you all so much More photos to come. #fairytale #happyending #royalbabyshower #heirtothethrone #family #love #kenyamoore
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We went all out for @thekenyamoore’s baby shower! I don’t want to post all my pics until @thekenyamoore post but here’s just a couple. I was suppose to be an Ice Queen but @thefauxpro thought I was @oprah in #AWrinkleInTime... I’ll take that since I love Oprah. Thank you @sewjodie @taetv @hauseofglam & @Everythingelle_ of glam for getting me together! I loved my look! Gown: @Macduggal
"RHOA" star NeNe Leakes couldn't make the event, but she sent her love:
Fans likely will not get to see all of the baby shower festivities since it has been reported Kenya isn't returning for the 11th season of "RHOA" that set to premiere in November. Oh wells.
A few days ago....
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First look!! #babydaly 3D image! This is a 3D image from an ultrasound. It looks like play-doh or Clamation LOL but you can make out a face! The black is not hair it's just part of the image No you can't tell if it's a boy or girl But OMG the baby has daddy's lips and nose! #miraclebaby #firstlook #3Dultrasound #love #family #ThatsMrsDalyToYou #kenyamoore #IVF #marcdaly
Kenya also shared a 3D ultrasound picture of Baby Daly. Cute.
NeNe Leakes seems to still be up to her petty ways. Peep the receipts inside...
When pictures from Kenya Moore's Met Gala themed baby showerstarting popping up on social media, NeNe Leakes posted up a sweet message on her Instagram page, congratulating Kenya and her hubby Marc Daly:
But apparently, she's salty AF. While she posted a nice message on her own Instagram page, she was extra salty and passive aggressive in the comments. She hopped in her "RHOA" co-star Cynthia Bailey and "Married To Medicine" star Dr. Heavenly Kimes' IG comments to throw shade. Check it:
Why is NeNe doing the most? She could have just kept her comments to herself.
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CANCER! I know many of you can relate and understand! This word will never be easy to hear for me! It changed my life in so many ways. You change as a person — from the way you think to the way you eat! My marriage changed tremendously! The way i look at people around me and my approach for my family future. With all this change happening, I’ve felt lost and alone not to mention the roller coaster of feelings my hubby Gregg has had! He’s Definitely felt isolated from the rest of the world, mad, sad, depressed and left with asking why me! BUT GOD....
The "RHOA" star is keeping her thoughts positive as her husband Gregg Leakes battles cancer.
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My hubby text me what i think are powerful words tonight! Gregg like me see right thru a lot of things where it may take others a while to catch on! He speaks encouragement in me all the time. Theres a couple typos in here but you get the point i receive these words so i wanted to share
The 11st season of "RHOA" premieres next month.
The couples are taking over LA and packing on the PDA. Go inside to see flicks of Amber Rose, her boo Alexander Edwards, and Wiz Khalifa and Winnie Harlow inside...
Amber Rose and her new boo Alexander "AW" Edwards are all wrapped up in love and packing on the PDA all over Hollywood.
The Slut Walk founder and the Def Jam Records exec were spotted leaving a Halloween party at Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood and they were all over each other.
On Saturday night, Amber was brought to tears after a huge surprise thanks to her new beau. He threw her a surprise party with all of her family and friends, including her son Sebastian (whom she shares with Wiz Khalifa), to celebrate her 35th birthday.
After the initial surprise, Amber stood up before her guests and thanked everyone with tears in her eyes for the surprise. She also dropped the "love" word, so it must be getting serious between her and AE.
According to TMZ, AE ran through a few racks and he also partnered with a party planning company. He was serious serious.
Peep clips from the surprise birthday party below:
As for Amber's ex-husband...
He too has seemingly have found love.
Wiz Khalifa and Winnie Harlow are still a thing. The twosome hit up the Lakers game at the Staples Center together and entered the arena holding hands. Cute!
ME: U GRAB THEM TWO JOINTS I ROLLED HER: YEA YUP," Wiz captioned on his Instagram with a picture of them holding hands.
We're here for this!
When they're not partying...
They're hitting up the gym together.
Well aren't they cute.
Photos: MEGA/Splash/Backgrid/Winnie's IG
Former NFL baller Rae Carruth was just released from prison after serving an almost 20-year sentence for plotting the death of his pregnant girlfriend. Deets inside...
Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth was released from prison this morning (Oct. 22nd) after serving a 18+ year prison sentence for orchestrating a plot to kill his pregnant girlfriend.
Carruth, who was the Panthers' 1997 first-round draft pick, was released from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, NC today after serving his sentence.
Watch him leave the prison below:
In November 1999, the former NFL star, 44, hired a man to kill his girlfriend, Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with his child. The man, Van Brett Watkins, shot Rae's eight-month pregnant girlfriend four times, with Rae's help and set-up. Cherica was able to call 911 and emergency personnel performed an emergency C-section. They were able to save the baby, Chancellor Lee Adams. But Cherica died 4 weeks later.
Chancellor, who is now 18-years-old, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and suffered brain damage, because of a lack oxygen caused by the shooting that killed his mother.
The reason he had her killed? Child support. He didn't want to pay the mother of his child money to help provide for the baby they both created, all while on a $3.7 million contract with the Panthers.
He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and attempting to destroy an unborn child. He went to jail to begin his sentence in 2001.
The Daily Mail breaks down the chain of events that led up to Cherica's death:
The court heard at the time how Carruth had wanted to avoid paying child support to Adams for the baby.
Despite being shot multiple times while driving her car, Adams still managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth.
Adams, who was 24-years-old at the time, died less than a month after the shooting.
As she was driving home after seeing a movie with Carruth - who had taken a different car, Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy then pulled up beside Adams' car and Watkins opened fire.
Jury deliberations began on January 16, 2001 after 11 weeks and 70 witnesses.
On Friday, January 19, the jury found Carruth not guilty of first-degree murder, but guilty on the other three charges.
He was sentenced to not less than 18 years, 11 months, and not more than 24 years, four months in prison.
In separate trials, Van Brett Watkins received a minimum of 40 years and five months and Michael Kennedy received a minimum of 11 years and eight months.
Carruth spoke with WSOC-TV on Sunday ahead of his release, saying, "I'm excited about just being out of here. I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me. I'm actually somewhat frightened."
Well, he should be.
Carruth's son lives with Cherica's mother, Saundra Adams (above), who raised him since birth. Carruth said he wants to eventually have a relationship with his son, and Saundra says she wants them to have a relationship. She's a better one than us...
Rae also recently wrote a letter apologizing, finally, and Saundra says it's the first time she's gotten an apology from him. He also says in the letter he blames Saundra for telling "lies' about him.
Do you think his sentence was long enough? Should he have access to the son he tried to murder?
DJ Khaled went all out to celebrate his son Asahd's 2nd birthday. Also, Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian threw Baby True a "half" birthday bash. Get into the kiddie turn up inside...
Of course, DJ Khaled rented out a whole stadium to celebrate his son Asahd's 2nd birthday. He had to do it bigger than he did for his 1st birthday, which was jungle themed party at LIV nightclub in Miami.
The Miami producer rented out Marlins Park, which is home of the Miami Marlins, to throw a carnival-themed birthday bash for his baby boy. Yeah, stadium status for this 2-year-old.
The tot rolled up inside the stadium in a Ferrari 488GTB with his pops DJ Khaled and his mom Nicole. The royal treatment didn't stop there.
Tot Living and Cybex gifted Asahd with a LaFerrari toy car, matching Ferrari stroller, and $10k for his charity that recently launched. The Marlins and Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, also gifted $100,000 to Khaled's We The Best Foundation for the Asahd Initiative as well as a Marlins jersey.
While Khaled always does it BIG for his son, he also simultaneously gave back.
Khaled reportedly invited about 150 inner-city kids and members of the community to attend the part. Party guests were treated to carnival rides, games a petting zoo, and an Asahd Khaled Brand Jordan Collection fashion show. Nice!
Check out the pics from inside the party below:
"Growing Up Hip Hop" star Angela Simmons and her son Sutton Tennyson were also in the mix for the birthday fun.
Speaking of kiddy birthdays...
Cleveland Cavaliers baller Tristan Thompson and reality star Khloe Kardashian reportedly gathered their family and friends to celebrate their daughter True Thompson's 6-month "birthday." Apparently, throwing parties for babies at the 6-month mark is a thing.
As expected, it was super posh as family and friends gathered for a garden party to celebrate baby True. Khloe shared a cute shot of True and her cousins, Stormi, Chicago, Dream and Saint feasting on pink cakes sitting in front of them. Adorbs.
It was previously reported Khloe was moving BACK to Cleveland to be with Tristan, but there are NEW rumors that claim he has been "flirting" with other women in clubs, so Khloe has delayed the move. Sighs...
Khloe's fans are letting him have it in his comments section:
Swipe through the gallery below to see more celeb kids living their best lives while kicking off fall.
Photos: TAMZ Photography/Khloe's IG
Cassie has broken her silence since news broke that she and Diddy broke up. Find out what she said inside...
Last week, folks were shocked to learn that Diddy and his girlfriend of over a decade Cassie had broken up. Not only that, it's rumored the 48-year-old Hip Hop mogul is already smashing 26-year-old model Jocelyn Crawford, who resembles Cassie a bit.
Now, the 32-year-old/Ciroc model is speaking out.
She posted a cryptic message on her Instagram Stories in response to the rumors.
The message simply said "Fuck These H*es" Oop!
Sheesh. Who sis? Spill ALL the tea.
Just a few hours before she posted that, Diddy went on his Instagram and posted this:
“The decision was amicable and they remain friends,” a source told PEOPLE. “Cassie is going to focus on her music and acting career.”
Hope this doesn't get ugly. But if it does...
Photos: Roshan Perera/FameFlynet
Alex Rodriguez is involved in a nasty child support battle with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Get the deets on the former MLB player trying to lower his $115,000/month child support payment, plus the latest in Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert's divorce..
Alex Rodriguez has been shelling out HELLA cash a month for child support and now, he's over it. Especially since his income has made a drastic change.
Sources tell TMZ the former Yankees player, who's currently dating Jennifer Lopez, has been going back and forth with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis for months trying to get his spousal/child support payments lowered. As of now, A-Rod reportedly pays $115,000 a month TAX FREE (Must.Be.Nice.) in combined spousal and child support to help support their two daughters - 13-year-old Natasha and 10-year-old Ella. He has been paying that amount since they divorced in 2008.
Once A-Rod retired from the Yankees, the agreement was supposed to be adjusted, but that never happened. He went from raking in $30 million a year when he was with the Yankees, to now making around $3 million a year, which is a 90% drop in income. We're sure his bank accounts are still fat though.
In the paperwork, A-Rod said expenses for his two children would average between $7,000 - $12,000/month, however, he is willing to pay up to $20,000, including tuition. That's not good enough for Cynthia though. She wants at least $50,000/month. Girl...
TMZ reports A-Rod is saying he's paying for her, her new husband and their new baby too. And she doesn't use her Master's Degree.
Our sources say Alex is especially vexed because he claims Cynthia is now a rich woman with millions in the bank, 3 homes and multiple cars. He grouses she has a master's degree in psychology yet chooses not to work. He also says she has a new child and a fiance, and he feels he's now bankrolling all of them.
$115K/month IS a lot of cash to cough up a month.
In other splitsville news...
Tamar Braxton wanst to get this divorce from Vince Herbert over and DONE with after filing in October 2017, one month shy of their 9-year wedding anniversary.
Apparently, Vince is MIA when it comes to the divorce proceeding, so Tamar reportedly wants the judge to step in and sign off on the paperwork as soon as possible. Likely, so she and her new boo can live and love in peace.
The Blast has the latest saying:
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Tamar is asking a judge to grant her a default judgment in the case because Vince has been blowing off responding to her petition for divorce. The divorce had been in limbo for several months and Tamar was warned earlier this year to get it moving and to serve Vince with the legal docs, which she had failed to do for some time.
Tamar finally served him on September 6 and Vince was given 30 days to respond in court.
Vince failed to show up or file court docs within the 30-day deadline and Tamar Braxton wasted no time to file a motion seeking for the judge to wrap it up without Vince … so the divorce can become final once and for all.
The judge could determine the amount of child and spousal support without Vince appearing and split their community property down the middle.
Tamar, who's currently touring with Snoop Dogg in the nationwide tour of a stage play, “Redemption of a Dogg," has been posting subliminals on her Instagram account as of late:
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See THIS is what i Be talmbout!!! It’s THIS man @snoopdogg birthday but his love for his woman @bosslady_ent mean more to him than HIMSELF!!! If I don’t mean this to the man I love then #bye You can HAVE IT!!!! Some of y’all is worried about the wrong thing @otgenasis said... “ but who gone FCK wit u tho?? In the end???” Happy birthday unc!! You two have inspired me THIS morning!!!
She also has been pretty open about her new love, a Nigerian man she's posted a few times to her IG story. She told Wendy Williams:
Sign those docs Vince...
Letoya Luckett and her husband Tommicus Walker celebrated their upcoming arrival with family and friends during a butterfly themed baby shower. Get into the baby bump cuteness, plus Mike Colter's baby announcement inside...
LeToya Luckett and her fine hubby Tommicus Walker are over the moon that they're about to welcome their first child together. They're having a baby girl and they're super excited about it.
Family and friends, including Tommicus' 6-year-old daughter Madison Walker (from a previous relationship), gathered in Atlanta recently to celebrate their baby girl's upcoming arrival in a butterfly-themed baby shower, which was a tribute to LeToya's grandmother who passed away. Aww!
"ATL Walker Baby shower. My heart was overjoyed from all of the love in the room," the "Friends & Family Hustle" star captioned a picture of herself and her hubby all smiles posted up in front of their butterfly backdrop.
It has been a whirlwind love fest for LeToya and Tommicus. The couple tied the knot in a lavish wedding in Texas back in December 2017 after getting engaged in August 2017.
Then in June 2018, LeToya got help from her step-daughter Madison to let the masses know that they were expecting a baby in a super cute video posted to Instagram. Ludacris' wife, Eudoxie Bridges, will be the baby's godmother.
Peep pics from the all pink butterfly shower, including shots of Monica, Toya Wright, Tiny Harris, Keri Hilson, Baby Walker's grandmothers, her uncle and her big sister Madison below:
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At my first consultation with @letoyaluckett to plan her baby shower, we started discussing her ideas and I couldn’t believe it when she mentioned butterflies. Because you see, I had already pulled butterfly design inspiration to show her before we ever met. And when she told me that her grandmother, with whom she shared a special bond, had passed away and that butterflies were her grandmother’s favorite - I knew it was meant to be! I hope LeToya felt her grandmother’s love in every single butterfly we incorporated into the shower design! #lemigaevents #letoyaluckett #yougivemebutterflies @meccagamble
Congrats again to LeToya & Tommicus! Be sure to watch their pregnancy journey on "T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle," every Monday on VH1.
Speaking of babies...
While Mike Colter got bad news over the weekend about his show "Luke Cage" getting cancelled by Netflix, he still has more than a million reasons to be happy.
The "Luke Cage" actor and his wife/Netflix exec Iva Colter welcomed a baby girl! Aww.
"As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my second daughter. Born this week. A lot of great memories," he wrote on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself laying next to his baby girl. "Time to make more. Always forward, forward always."
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Luke Cage represented something more than just entertainment. @MarvelsLukeCage added to our social commentary and made viewers think by challenging the norm and putting out a character that reflected the everyday hero, one with flaws, strengths and everything in between. I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and thank the amazing fans. As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my 2nd daughter. Born this week. A lot of great memories. Time to make more. Always forward, forward always
Baby Colter will join her big sister, 3-year-old Naiella Colter. No word on the new baby's name or any baby deets, but she's healthy and that's all that matters.
Photos: LeToya's IG/@sterlingphotos/Mike's IG
The "Surviving R. Kelly" trailer is HERE and it's many things. Peep the trailer, plus catch up on what's going on in Tyrese's life inside...
You've heard the stories, but now, you're REALLY about to get the stories straight from the source(s).
LIFETIME is giving a voice to all of the women who have come forth accusing R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse. And the trailer for the upcoming documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly," has just been released.
The network will be airing a three-night documentary series that will focus on the women who claim they have been abused by the "Step In The Name Of Love" singer. The series is executive produced by Dream Hampton and will include interviews with survivors, their families and also a few celebrities, including John Legend, Sparkle, Wendy Williams, and the #METOO movement founder Tarana Burke.
This program falls under Lifetime’s commitment to provide a platform to give women a voice where they have previously been unheard to bring awareness to the abuses and harassment of women.
Here's what viewers can expect from the series (via press release):
In the ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.
With over 50 interviews including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly’s controversial past will be revealed beginning in 1970 through present day, shedding light on the R&B star whose history of alleged abuse of underage African American girls has, until recently, been largely ignored by mainstream media.
Check out the new trailer below:
Mark your calendars! "Surviving R. Kelly" premieres Thursday, January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT. Two additional hours will premiere on Friday, January 4th, at 9pm ET/PT and the final installment of the six-part documentary series will debut on Saturday, January 5th, at 9pm ET/PT.
In Tyrese's world...
After having a a few huge meltdowns on social media, Tyrese is seemingly getting his life back in order. He recently welcomes a new child with his wife Samantha Lee Gibson and he's ready to get back to work!
You'll recall, Ty threatened to leave the Fast & Furious franchise last year after a public feud with his co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He said he wasn't going to star in the film if The Rock is in it. He later came back and said he regrets his public feud with his co-star, calling it "unprofessional" to make it public. They reconciled shorty after.
Here's what Ty had to say about the next Fast & Furious installment:
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I just have to say....... I am really really really excited about April.... @JustinLin the director of Fast...3...4....5.... and 6 is back in the driver seat and ONLY great things have come of Vin and Justin putting their ideas together.... People say Roman is funny what they will never is that I stole of lot of one liners from Justin Lin..... #FastFamily #Unstoppable #2020 RIP to our brother who we hope to make proud everyday P.Dubber.... One things for sure Paul loved Justin!
It's unclear if The Rock will be shooting any scenes for Fast & Furious 9. As far as we know, his Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, is still in the works.
Not only is Ty ready to get back to work work, he's also ready to put in some "work" for baby #2...or #3:
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What’s going on????? I leave the house for 45 mins and you upload this??? You can’t do this...... Jeez.... You said we’re supposed to wait another year to start working on our son...... Then you do this..?? You drop 30 pounds in 2 weeks and you feeling it huh?? I get it.... I’m headed home now... #MarriedButStillDating #QueenGibson #PrincessSorayaGibson #StrongResilient #LoveMeThroughItAll #MyGreatestInspiration #LoveOfMyLife
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Photos: Getty/Tyrese's IG
Cardi B. is looking like golden "Money" for her new single. And she's got smoke for the Barbz. Tea inside...
Rocking nothing but $5,000 diamond watch-covered gloves by Christian Cowan, Cardi's visuals for her new single "Money" are just that.
The track was set to drop this Thursday at noon. But just a day after she made the announcement, we get an early present.
Thanks to a leak earlier today - that Cardi hints is thanks to her enemies that Barbz - Cardi went ahead and dropped the track for real. Everywhere.
The ish-taliing, money boasting track is on all platforms.
When she said:
“I like boardin’ jets, I like mornin’ sex, but nothing in this world that I like more than checks.”
We felt that ish.
Cardi was feeling some type of way too today. After promoting the single all over her socials, she posted up an IG Live going in on The Barbz, Nicki Minaj's fan base:
"We tried to retract it, but you know the Barbz. They always posting me, they always post everything I do," she said. "They claim they hate me, but they really love me, because they be on my page before my fans."
Oop. Guess she's fed up.
We're sure her #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart will make her feel better.
Y'all! ABC Nightline praised David Guetta for "bringing" house music to the U.S. and folks are reading them for columbusing. Get into the drag, plus Megyn Kelly being a basic white woman inside...
Columbusing, much? Sure looks and like it. ABC Nightline is receiving backlash after they dubbed David Guetta as the ‘Grandfather of Electronic Dance Music,’ while giving him credit for "bringing house music to the U.S." And he basically agrees. Wait...whet?!
Peep the clip below:
— Nightline (@Nightline) October 19, 2018
So, they're just going to act as if house music didn't begin in Chicago back in the 80's or...
It's clear no one on the team did any REAL research about the origins of house music and it's popularity in the U.S. before crowning a white French DJ as the pioneer.
Well, folks aren't happy about ABC's ignorance and schooled the network via social media:
ABC News: David Guetta helped bring House music to the US.
Me: House music started in Chicago, created by Gay Black Americans and Frankie Knuckles is the Godfather of House music. Stop trying to steal our shit!
— Queen (@KStall93) October 21, 2018
“Yes, David Guetta. They called him the ‘grandfather of electronic dance music,’ officer. Yes, I found that concerning as well. Thank you.” pic.twitter.com/mLO0rH1zqf
— @lorenacupcake on IG (@lorenacupcake) October 20, 2018
No one wants to pay journalists real money therefore you wind up being told that David Guetta brought us House music .
— JUBILEE (@JubileeDJ) October 21, 2018
Fuck David Guetta...... House Music originated in the Midwest !!!! my home town to be exact !! "Chicago stand the fuck up"
— DJ TRE TEKLIFE (@DJTRE1981) October 20, 2018
This doing the rounds but the problematic layers (from ABC) that David Guetta brought #housemusic to the US is beyond the pale. The race-washing and gay-washing of queer black and latinx US house here, its legacy and ongoing brilliance, erased by celebrity EDM monoculture pic.twitter.com/m64731941W
— Gary Needham (@gary_needham) October 20, 2018
Well said @djrogersanchez. For someone to even say David Guetta helped bring House Music to America is clueless. That headline is total nonsense. I'm not even sure he should be branded the Grandfather of Dance Music too. pic.twitter.com/pe2ocCTn62
— Gary Keelor (@GaryKeelor) October 21, 2018
Wow @abcnews really got this story wrong. #housemusic is from #Chicago! @davidguetta didn’t bring or help bring it to the U.S. and he isn’t the “grandfather” of house or electronic music. David should set the story straight. #correcttherecordhttps://t.co/wBkmond81s
— Jeremiah Seraphine (@jeremiahIMC) October 20, 2018
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) October 21, 2018
David responded, but he still doesn't GET IT:
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Some people love a controversy, but I am all about positivity. I fell in love with house music as a teenager in the 80s when I first heard Chicago house on the radio in Paris. It was Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk’s record “Love Can’t Turn Around”. I became obsessed with the sound of it. The music had a message of love, being open, and bringing people together that inspired me to start my first house music night in Paris in 1988. Later when I was running a club called Queen, I would invite Djs like Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Dj Pierre , masters at work , Danny tenaglia etc. I was trying to learn from those pioneers and I also wanted to share this amazing feeling with the my people . House music was born from people like Frankie Knuckles and Larry levan. The legacy of the genre and those artists are so important to me. Those people followed by others paved the way for myself and other artists to have careers and be able to do what we are doing today. For me, it is all about love and bringing people together to celebrate life.
In other white people being white news...
UPDATE: Megyn brought Roland Martin on the show this morning. He schooled everyone on the history of blackface:
This show is still on?
So, Megyn Kelly did a segment on her "Today" show with panel of all -white people about inappropiate Halloween costumes and wearing blackface was brought up. Sighs...
The former FOX host said people SHOULD be allowed to wear blackface for Halloween and since she used to do it as a kid, it's totally OK.
"What is racist?," she asked in the clip above. "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” she complained. “Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
Peep the clip above.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien had to check her (along with a ton of other folks on Twitter):
With a panel of white people. And pretending to not understand the historical roots of the issue (nor bother to raise them). On the Today Show. Interesting. https://t.co/XOnLkfpNv5
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 23, 2018
Now, Megyn is backtracking and offering up an apology. Not to the public, just to the NBC colleagues she "may have offended."
Here is Kelly’s apology to her colleagues at NBC:
Dear friends & teammates –
One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.
When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?
I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.
I’ve never been a “pc” kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.
I’m honored to work with all of you every day.
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Black Hollywood came together to help raise funds for Georgia gubernational candidate Stacey Abrams. Peep pic from the fundraising event, plus see former president Barack Obama urge people to get out to vote in Las Vegas inside...
With the midterm elections right around the corner, black celebrities are putting their money where their votes are in an effort to get the RIGHT people in places of power.
Over the weekend, famed producer Will Packer and actor/rapper Ludacris hosted a fundraising event at Will's home in Sandy Springs, GA. A slew of celebrities attended and they didn't just snap pictures together. They whipped out their wallets, dug deep, and reportedly raised more than $300,000 for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (in red, below). Everybody's gotta do their part.
Several celebrities came out for the campaign fun, including Tiffany Haddish, Chris Tucker Kelly Rowland, Tyrese, his wife Samantha Lee Gibson, Ludacris' wife Eudoxie Bridges, Will's wife Heather Hayslett, "black-ish" cutie Marsai Martin, a pregnant LeToya Luckett and her hubby Tommicus Walker, Marlon Wayans, Megan Good's husband DeVon Franklin, Bresha Webb, Kenny Burns and more. Peep the flicks below:
Speaking of politics...
Former president Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail as he made his way to at Cox Pavilion at UNLV in Las Vegas to speak at a Democratic rally ahead of the midterm elections. POTUS told voters they can't afford to NOT vote if they want to see changes in the White House and in Congress.
“The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference,” he told the thousands of people gathered at the rally. “The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism that says we’re just going to stay home because my voice doesn’t matter. Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t count,” Obama said. “If you don’t like what’s going on right now — and you shouldn’t — don’t complain. Don’t get anxious. Don’t throw up your hands. Don’t boo. Vote.”
Ha! Peep his speech above.
Make your vote count on November 6th! If you want checks on the Head Cheeto In Charge, you gotta flip Congress blue and focus on your local government as well.
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Photos: Dion Standford for Stacey Abrams
Nicki Minaj, Migos and La Toya Jackson have some legal woes on their hands. Get the deets inside...
Looks like the QUEEN will be heading to court soon.
Famed singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Nicki Minaj for using a sample of her track "Baby Can I Hold You" for her song "Sorry," featuring her ex-rumored boo Nas.
According to reports, Nicki's team reached out to Chapman in June 2018, requesting the license to use "Baby Can I Hold You" on her QUEEN album. However, Chapman repeatedly denied Nicki's requests.
You'll recall, Nicki hopped on Twitter pondering if she should delay her QUEEN album (for the third time) due to the sample clearance.
Fast forward to August 2018 and the "Sorry" track gets leaked a day after the QUEEN album was released to the masses. So, how did it get out? "Someone" sent the track to HOT 97's Funkmaster Flex and he played it on the radio, which eventually made its way online. It was also played during Power 105's radio morning show, "The Breakfast Club."
While "Sorry" never appeared on the QUEEN album, Chapman claims the damage had already been done. In the lawsuit, Chapman alleges that the song swiped lyrics and vocal melody from her original classic. Chapman is SUING for an order that was violated that prohibited Nicki from releasing the song. An unspecified amount of money is being requested for damages.
Pitchfork explains how Tracy could possibly win her lawsuit against the Head Barb:
Due to the confusing way that copyright law works, Minaj could end up having to pay money even if she never made “Sorry” available for sale. “Calculating damages might be trickier without sales and streaming performance to reference,” says Mattias Eng, whose firm represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell in the infamous “Blurred Lines” copyright case. But infringement also carries the risk of what are known as statutory damages, where the amount is defined by law rather than based on any actual harm caused. If a court finds that Minaj infringed on Chapman’s copyright intentionally, she might have to pay statutory damages of up to $150,000.
Repeating identical lyrics puts Minaj on shakier ground, legally speaking, than simply borrowing a feeling or groove. “It’s a strong case for Tracy Chapman, because it’s a wholesale lift of the lyric as the centerpiece of Minaj’s track,” says Bill Hochberg, who works with the Bob Marley estate.
The lawsuit also quotes one of Minaj’s own representatives as allegedly admitting that she “used interpolations of” Chapman’s song in the track. “The paper trail eliminates any reasoned argument as to intent, subconscious copying, or perceived consent,” says James Sammataro, who sued Universal Music Group on behalf of Enrique Iglesias this year over streaming royalties. “The only open question,” he says, is whether “Sorry” copies so much of “Baby Can I Hold You” that Minaj can’t claim “fair use” as a deference—essentially that her use of the track serves a “transformative” purpose.
Nicki’s tweets also might be a problem for her, if the case ever goes to trial. In particular, Sammataro and Hochberg both point out that Minaj’s tweet that “Sis said no”—an apparent admission that Chapman rejected her request for permission—could go over poorly with a jury.
From a larger copyright perspective, Sammataro notes, the case “perfectly frames the debate” over whether the law is working as intended. On one hand, Chapman has the right to control who uses her work, and how, for the length of her copyright term. “However, in exercising her right to protect her work, Chapman can preclude other artists from building upon her original expression, thereby stifling creativity and slowing the evolution of music,” Sammataro says. “After all, almost all new music builds on the old.”
In other music news...
Kanye West recently revealed Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign will be making appearances on his upcoming YANDHI album. Ye shared that Nicki did a verse on a track where she'll address body shaming.
“The concept right here, it’s a ‘Ye concept but I’mma say it y’all right now. I’m taking to stigmas in one because I love stigmas and flipping them into positive,” he said.
Peep the clip above.
Back to the legal woes...
ATL rap group Migos has been hit with a lawsuit over one of their chart topping tracks.
Leander C. Pickett, who performs as M.O.S. or DJ Folk, says the Migos ripped "Walk It Like I Talk It" from him. He claims he released his version of the song on a mixtape over 10 years ago.
In docs obtained by TMZ ... Pickett says he realized, in January 2018, Migos had released a track on their "Culture II" album with an amazingly similar title -- "Walk It Talk It" -- which uses a "substantial portion" of his version.
It's true, when you listen to both songs ... it's hard NOT to hear the similarities, especially in the chorus to the songs. For what it's worth, Pickett says he filed for a copyright on his song in March 2018. Pickett is suing Migos and Capitol Records to get paid ... after all, it's his song, according to him. He also wants a judge to stop Migos from any future use of his composition.
After listening to the similarities in the clip above, do you think he has a case?
In other legal news...
La Toya Jackson ignored a lawsuit brought against her for unpaid rent. Now, she has to cough up $360,000. Sheesh!
The Blast has the details:
La Toya’s entertainment company, Ja-Tail Enterprises, was sued by the real estate firm Douglas Emmett.
They accused MJ’s sister of leasing an office space back in 2011, where she agreed to pay $11,618.10 per month with increases per year. But they claim she defaulted on the lease and owed them $324,000 in unpaid rent.
Douglas Emmet sued seeking the unpaid rent, plus interest and damages.
La Toya blew off the legal battle for months and Douglas Emmet pleaded for the judge to award them a default judgment.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the judge came back and sided with the real estate company and ordered La Toya’s Ja-Tail Enterprises to pay a total of $324,000 in unpaid rent, interest in the amount of $26,673.68, attorney fees in the amount of $8,902 and other costs for a total of $359,575.78.
According to their website, Ja-Tail — which lists La Toya as a founder — has several different entertainment divisions, including music, films, and television.
La Toya doesn't seem to bothered by it though. She's on a 'positive vibes' wave right now:
Oh, La Toya...
Photos: Nicki's IG/Getty/Splash
LeBron James isn't playing any games when it comes to building his Hollywood empire. Get the latest on the Lakers baller trying to do a reboot of Friday The 13th, plus deets on suspensions after that Lakers vs. Rockets fight inside...
LeBron James is putting in work ON and OFF the court.
As he emerges as one of the hottest producers in Hollywood, King James is setting up several new projects to add under his SpringHill Entertainment production company.
Insiders say Victor Miller, who penned the original, regained the rights, though it took both production banners to bring back the classic horror series. Given Vertigo and SpringHill’s first look deals, Warner Bros. is expected to land the film. The studio distributed the most recent “Friday the 13th” installment in 2009.
The project is still in early development – no writer or director is attached. It’s expected to feature the goalie-mask wearing mass murderer Jason Voorhees, who has been the center of the hit franchise since the 1980 original.
Are you here for a reboot or nah?
So, in case you've been under all the rocks, THIS happened a few days ago:
A whole brawl broke out when during the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets game inside the Staples Center on Saturday (Oct. 21st). Lakers guard Rajon Rondo punched Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul in the face after Chris poked a finger in his face. Once they started tussling, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram then jumped in, throwing punches. Players from both sides jumped in to break up the fight as mayhem ensued.
Now, Ingram has been suspended for four games, Rondo is out for three games and Paul is out for two games. And they've all been suspended WITHOUT pay. They also have super hefty fines to pay: Chris was fined a total of $491,782. Rondo will be docked a total of $186,207, while Ingram's total is $158,816.
The NBA issued a statement regarding the fight and why the players were punished the way they were:
"Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden," the league said in a statement. "Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."
According to NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe (who was at the game), Rondo received the harshest punishment for throwing the first punch. It's reported Rondo also SPIT on Chris.
"We try to judge each one of these [incidents] on the merits: who does what, who instigates, how dangerous the situation becomes and is," VanDeWeghe said. "And also the discipline is an act of deterrence. We want to make sure that we deter this further action and make a statement that this is not acceptable. Fighting's not acceptable in our league and never has been."
After the game, reporters asked LeBron about grabbing Chris Paul to help break up the fight. Here's what he had to say:
Below is a round up of reactions from the players on the court when the fight broke out:
And here's Chris Paul's reaction to his two-game suspension:
By the way, the Rockets defeated the Lakers that game, 124 - 115.
The Lakers will hit the court against the Phoenix Suns tonight. The Rockets will host the Utah Jazz tonight.