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Trina had time to pop back at Chinese Kitty for starting a rumor that she smashed Meek Mill. Watch the Diamond Princess check the aspiring rapper/reality star, plus see what Teyana Taylor and Angela Simmons were up to at Art Basel 2018 inside...
Trina is NOT the one. Okurrrt?
"Love & Hip Hop: Miami" star/aspiring rapper Chinese Kitty made accusations that the Diamond Princess once slept with Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Meek Mill while explaining how her beef with the QUEEN rapper stared during a recent radio interview.
In the interview, she said Nicki hit her up in her DMs asking her if she had ever slept with Meek after people started hitting her up saying she looked dumb posting pics with Chinese Kitty since she smashed Meek. She hinted that Nicki was worried about Meek cheating on her during a time when she allegedly had trouble with her butt injections and was unable to have sex.
While Chinese Kitty denied ever having relations with the Philly rapper, she revealed that Nicki told her (oh lawd) that Trina said she smashed Meek, and they were still cool with each other, so she just wanted Kitty to be real with her. Kitty denied sleeping with Meek, but she did say she knows someone else who did.
Dry snitchin' like a mug.
Check it at the 3:05 minute mark below:
Well, the Baddest B*tch, who also stars on "LAHH: Miami," caught wind of her comments and checked ol' girl without even mentioning her name during an interview.
“She spoke about me but doesn’t know me,” Trina said in a clip she posted to her Instagram account. “First of all, I’m not a gossiper. I do not play with these girls out here at all. Period. Don’t not call my name. Do not mention my name. Do not say my name. If you’re drunk and over 21, handle your alcohol or do not drink. I do not play that sh*t.”
Chinese Kitty then hopped on Instagram Stories to clear up - or at least try to - what she meant when she dragged Trina's name into her Nicki Minaj drama:
“And for everyone saying I threw Trina under the bus,” she wrote. “I was in the heart of the moment on top of not realizing this was new people ain’t know about. Sincerely wasn’t involving her something that was told to me and I was only explaining a situation how it was told to me. No harm intended.”
We're sure she won't do that again. Also, repeating reckless second hand rumors about somebody in YOUR industry aint ok girl.
After gathering Chinese Kitty, Trina hit the stage to perform a few of her hits during Art Basel 2018 in Miami:
As for a few other YBFers living it up in Miami during Art Basel...
Today is Teyana Taylor's 28th birthday. Happy Birthday to the sexiest MILF in the game.
— Jupiter June (@JupiterJuneArt) December 8, 2018
Before the birthday festivities, Teyana was tapped to perform at the Revolt House event during Art Basel and she killed it, like she always does. Peep a few clips from her performance below:
Teyana also linked up with Cardi B over the weekend:
The "Look Back At It" rapper also hit the stage at Revolt House:
Thirst trap queen Angela Simmons was in Miami cutting all the way up serving bawdy and hitting the party scene:
After showing off her banging bod, the bikini-clad "Growing Up Hop Hop" star posted about what she calls "body issues":
Folks have been coming for her over her behavior in Miami following the death of her son's father, Sutton Tennyson last month. People must have forgotten she and Sutton had broken up way before his death. In case you missed, get the latest in the murder trial HERE.
Also at Art Basel...
DJ Khaled is living it up with his rap friends Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Jeezy, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Norega, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Roc Nation exe Lenny Santiago, and more. Peep their pics below:
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Now we on our way to @livmiami ! @flippdinero Swizz bless up this year we said f it we doing 2 party’s in one day why not the pre to @livmiami ————————————————————- Pre party vibes before we go to @livmiami FATHER OF ASAHD x MAMA ASAHD B DAY CELEBRATIONS TOP SECRET ALERT VIBES
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Ciara put on a show during halftime of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings game on "Monday Night Football" after her husband Russell Wilson threw a horrible interception. But he still go tthe W! CiCi's performance, plus soak in the brotherly love between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after their final matchup inside...
Stan for your man then, Ciara!
Last night, CiCi was tapped to perform for the halftime show of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings game on "Monday Night Football" where her husband Russell Wilson was the starting quarterback. This is likely the first time in NFL history a QB's wife performed at his primetime game.
The mom-of-two paid tribute to her husband wearing a white No. 3 jersey - her man's # - for her performance during halftime at CenturyLink Field. CiCi and her dancers served up an energetic rendition of her hit single "Level Up."
— Ciara (@ciara) December 11, 2018
Before the 33-year-old singer hit the stage, Russ had social media on fire after throwing one of the worst interceptions in NFL history. With 16 seconds left in the first half, he was forced to throw the ball on the 1-yard line and it resulted in a tragic interception. Check it:
Russell Wilson, what just happened?!
— ESPN (@espn) December 11, 2018
Yes, it was a bad throw, BUT the Seahawks still came out to be victorious. They beat the Vikings, 21-7.
During the 4th quarter, Russ ran for a long first down setting up a touchdown for the Seahawks and Ciara was spotted going wild, handing out air high fives:
Ciara's air high fives pic.twitter.com/weI36K84th
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 11, 2018
In other sports news...
It was ALL love between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who both entered the draft at the same time, following the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat game last night.
Retirement bound D. Wade and his bestie King James balled out against each other for their last matchup at the Staples Center last night, and the Lakers gave Wade a proper send off. After the Lakers narrowly beat the Heat (108-105), LeBron and D. Wade hugged it out and then exchanged jerseys.
Peep the clip above.
During the post-game interview, LeBron called the game "bittersweet" going up against his homie for the last time. D. Wade praised LeBron as one of "the greatest players ever" and said they've always "brought the best out of each other."
"The friendship we have, as you guys know, is beyond basketball. I'm going to miss this," D. Wade said. "Not only is he the greatest players, he's one of the greatest people. You know, what he has done on and off the court, it's second to none. I have no doubt that this time will be in the finals at some point."
"This is one of the greatest players to ever play this game. We're going to miss Flash, man. We're going to miss him in this league that's for sure," LeBron said.
Peep their final post-game interview together below:
Photos: Ciara's IG
Guard your ovaries! We've rounded up a load of baby cuteness that we can hardly stand! More inside...
2018 was the year of the baby! Celebs have been welcoming their new baby bundles of joy just in time for the holidays.
Former NBA baller Matt Barnes and his girlfriend Anansa Sims - daughter of legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson - welcomed their first child together over the weekend. Just in time for the holidays, the couple became the parents of Ashton Joseph Barnes, aka "AJ," who weighed in at 8lbs 13oz and was 22.5 inches long.
On Instagram, Anansa shared a few cute family shots with a caption detailing how Matt was right by her side during Ashton's birth:
The baby blessing came right after a financial blessing for Matt Barnes. A judge sided with the former NBA baller on his request to have his $20,000/month child support payment lowered. And it was drastically reduced to $7,500 for his twin boys with Gloria Govan.
After welcoming their baby girl in October, Tyrese and his wife Samantha Gibson's daughter Soraya Lee Gibson is ready for her first flight! She's headed to LA to show out.
"LA......... The big debut here we come!!! Soraya is competitive she told me this morning she’s coming to LA to show these other babies how to dress haha!," Tyrese captioned on Instagram with a picture of baby Soraya in her stroller.
Her mom also shared a pic of her sleeping on the plane:
Sounds like Baby Soraya may be making her TV debut soon.
Ty also shared a cute video to declare who the QUEEN of R&B is. Check it:
Adorbs. Congrats again to the couple.
Rick Ross just introduced the world to his youngest son.
The Bawse shared the first picture of his son, Billion Leonard Roberts, whom he shares with his girlfriend Briana Camille, a month after his arrival. He was born on November 6th.
"Say wut up to my amazing son @billion.heir," Rick Ross captioned on Instagram.
Billion is the MMG honcho's fourth child and his second with Briana. Rozay and Briana share a daughter named Berkeley Hermes Roberts. He is also the father of a daughter named Toie and a son named William Roberts III from previous relationships.
"STAR" actress Jude Demorest is relishing every moment with her baby boy Judah Coleman, whom she shares with her husband Joshua Coleman. It's their first child and he made his grand entrance into the world on November 11th.
If you didn't know, the 26-year-old actress was pregnant at the same time as her "STAR" character, so no fake baby bumps were needed to film her scenes.
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Shamea Morton and her husband Gerald Mwangi are the proud parents of a baby girl named Shya Nyambura Mwangi. Baby Shya was welcomed by her parents on November 25th. Now, Shamea is all wrapped up in love, bonding with her baby girl.
Shamea shared a shot of herself and her baby girl with the caption, "Mondays with my mini."
Baby Shya has also met Shamea's pregnant friend/"RHOA" co-star Porsha Williams:
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I can’t tell you all how excited I am that @shameamorton safely brought this little angel Shya into the world ! Shamea I know you will be the best mom ever and you’ll love on her and shower her with support in everything she does! Love you congratulations again to you and your husband Gerald @PrincessShya Is absolutely perfect #PostedWithMommyPermission #Sisters #ShyaMwangi
Congrats to all the YBF parents!
Photos: Tyrese's IG/Rick Ross' IG/Shamea's IG
Ashanti covers PAPER magazine's "Break The Internet" issue where she oozing self confidence and glam. Meanwhile, Cardi B and Normani hit the stage at Jingle Ball, Bardi disses Offset, and Lil Duval offers up relationship advice to the NYC raptress. Everything inside...
With almost two decades in the game under her belt, Ashanti is more confident than ever.
Hip Hop's Princess graces the cover of PAPER magazine's "Break The Internet" issue, rocking pieces from her Miss Circle X Ashanti collection, where she talks about how confidence is the essence of feeling sexy and just being an overall bad b****.
"There's nothing better than a woman that's confident," she dishes to the publication. "When you know you look good, it's a different kind of swag, you know when you walk in the room. Your whole aura changes when you know you look good. I feel like nowadays, especially with everything going on, it's really important for women to feel uplifted and empowered."
Where is the lie? Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can "wear," and Shanti def oozes it whenever she's in front of a camera, or even when she playing around on Snapchat with her family and friends.
The 37-year-old isn't taking ish from ANYONE and she encourages other women to do the same...in a classy way, of course.
"I've been taught to act very strongly by my family, and I've always been taught to make sure you speak up for yourself — it doesn't matter if it's a guy, a man, whatever," she says. "Make sure you're heard."
Then, she clarifies, "You don't have to be disrespectful, but get your point across, don't let anybody 'shush' you. I got a big mouth, anyways."
YAS! We totally agree. Don't let anyone dim your light.
You can read her full interview here.
On the stage over the weekend...
Cardi B is keeping busy since announcing her divorce from her alleged cheating husband Offset. And she made sure to throw some shots at the Migos rapper during a recent performance.
While performing at Chicago's B96 Bash inside the Allstate Arena on Saturday, the Bronx native changed up her bars on "Motorsport." She rapped, "I get up set off/I turn Offset on/I told him the other day/Yeah, we gon' get a divorce."
And, of course, she was shaking "dat a**":
According to reports, Offset has been trying his damnedest to win Cardi over, but she's not feeling it.
Before she hit the stage in Chicago...
The "I Like It" rapper let loose on stage at Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 inside Madison Square Garden in NYC.
And chick cut up while performing her new single "Money":
By the way, Cardi's "Money" video will be dropping soon. Here's a sneak peek at her costume:
Also hitting the stage...
Our new fave Normani hit the stage with R&B crooner Khalid to perform their hit, "Love Lies."
The former Fifth Harmony singer totally slayed this winter white lewk.
Backstage, baddies Normani and Bardi linked up for a cute photo-op.
And here's how the "Be Careful" rapper showed up to the Jingle Ball concert following her court appearance.
Meanwhile, comedian Lil Duval hopped on social media to give some relationship advice to Cardi....
If he wasn't in Offset's comments telling him to stop cheating and EARN his wife back, he can keep this lil "advice."
In unfornuate news, Duval lost his longtime friend/comedian Coolaide recently after battling cancer, so he has been on a "tomorrow isn't promised" streak as of late.
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I cried the whole time while performing in Detroit Yesterday. I went to hospital to see Coolaide right before and I played smile bitch for him while he was laying unconscious in ICU soon as the hook came in he grabbed my hand and squeezed it. He was my inspiration for the song and my way of thinking
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I use to ask him all the time “why the fuck u still live in Detroit” and he would say “I can’t move. I built an empire here” and then I’d say “nigga what empire? u live in an apartment” when we found out he had cancer I understood why he never left. The city really did need his spirit. He was an very important part of the Detroit ecosystem. Nigga was really too good for this world
He seems to be handling it well though.
Duval's dropping a new track next week. We send our condelences to Coolaide's family, friends and fans.
Nicki Minaj's "New Boy" has her Barbz in a frenzy, mainly because he served several years in prison, has over a dozen mugshots, and rape is on his wrap sheet. He planned Nicki's birthday baecay, and she's doubling down on why she doesn't care about y'alls opinion.
Nicki's got a new boo to console her after getting shut out at the Grammys. She celebrated her birthday with an island ting of her own - a new man who is actually her old ting.
Nicki and Kenneth Petty - who she first posted on her IG weeks ago - dated back when she was 16 and he was 20. Now, they've reconnected after Nicki was back in Queens shooting a video. And he's made his way into her bed.
The raptress has been posting for the last several days pics and videos of the twosome, along with her girlfriends, chillin' on an island somwhere. She's been kissing all over him, posting him on her timeline, and extra boo'd up.
But when his wrap sheet came to light, Nicki has been busy popping back at folks, defending him despite his past.
Kenneth's been arrested 12 times over 3 years, with the most recent arrest driving with a suspended license happening this past September.
She loves a hood dude, doesn't she? He has a few other charges that he served at least 7 years for that def make you pause for the cause. One in particular, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, happened in September of '94 when the New York City Police Department Sex Offender Unit arrested Kenneth for “sexual intercourse” with a 16-year-old female.
Radar Online reports:
Kenneth was allegedly charged with two infractions and one misdemeanor for “operating an unlicensed vehicle,” “failure to stop at a stop sign,” and “operating a vehicle while license is suspended or revoked.” He appeared in the Nassau County First District Court on Oct. 25 for an arraignment hearing, and his next court date on the case is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2019. This offense pales in comparison to his arrest in 1995. When Kenneth was just 16-years-old, he was busted for attempted first-degree rape of a 16-year-old-girl. Kenneth, according to official records, used a “knife/cutting instrument” during the attempted rape, and was sentenced to spend 18-54 months in prison. In addition to that prison term, Kenneth is now a registered sex offender.
Doesn't sound like a statutory situation.
Nick commented back at an IG commenter who questioned why she's even dealing with this man. She said:
“He was 15, she was 16…in a relationship. But go awf, Internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life,” she blasted.
So 15-year-olds are absolved of rape after a certain time? Oh, ok.
The site also says he caught a murder charge that was reduced to manslaughter:
He also served time for his involvement in the shooting death of a man named Lamont Robinson, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Blast. On April 27, 2002, Kenneth – according to The Blast’s documents – shot Lamont “with a loaded handgin (sic) multiple times thereby causing his death.” Officials reportedly charged Kenneth with murder in the second degree, but he was able to get it reduced to manslaughter after cutting a deal. He pled guilty in March 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for which he served 7.
She doesn't seem bothered because this is what she's been posting:
Somebody from her camp is defending the relationship to TMZ saying:
"...she's confident he's matured since his time in NY state prison in the late 1990s. Nicki believes in second chances and has faith he'll be good to her ...
Sources close to Nicki say the full context of the crime is Kenneth was dating the victim -- and her mother filed the charges because she didn't approve of him....
Our sources say Nicki and Kenneth still have great chemistry, despite all the years between their relationships. We're told she was very stressed out before they got back together, but she's much happier since rekindling their romance."
We don't know girl. We're all about getting what you need from a man. But this one aint it.
1. Charges have been dropped against the Brooklyn mother, Jazmine Headley, who was arrested and baby ripped from her arms by NYPD after she refused to get up from sitting on the floor at the local Human Resources office. The video of the scuffle went viral. She's still in Rikers as she also had a warrant out for her arrest for alleged credit fraud in New Jersey. STORY
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Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson took CREED II to Brazil and fans went into frenzy. Go inside to see flicks of the Hollywood stars hitting up events, plus flicks of YBFers slaying at GQ's Men of the Year party and the Children's Defense Fund event inside...
CREED II stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and Florian Munteanu made their way to Brazil to chop it up with fans about the film during the Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The trio sat on a panel for a screening of the film before it hits theaters there on January 24, 2019.
We can't lie, Florian is HOT.
While on the CREED II promo trail, we noticed Tessa has worn the color green at several events.TheYBF.com reached out to her stylists, Wayman + Micah, who explained the significance behind the hue. They told us, "Green is the color of the heart chakra. That was Tessa's feeling towards her character in the film, so she really wanted to play that up."
Sweet! She wears it well too.
Pandemonium ensued when MBJ and Florian got up close and personal with fans as they signed autographs and snapped pics.
Tessa, who plays MBJ's on-screen girlfriend, also sat down for the Sony presentation during Comic Con Sao Paulo to chop it up about the boxing film.
At another event...
Michael B. Jordan landed on GQ's Men of the Year list, where he was dubbed this year's Leader of the Year. So, he was front and center - rocking Dior - at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year party held at Benedict Estate in Beverly Hills recently.
Floss then, sis. Cassie rolled up on the carpet serving thigh action in a shimmery Zhivago gown.
Before he was indicted on felony drug charges, singer Ty Dolla Sign hit up the carpet in all black everything.
While he's still recovering from a foot injury, Ne-Yo made sure he didn't miss out on the fun.
Come through fashion prince! Diggy Simmons, who recently released his sophomore album Lighten Up, kept it dapper on the carpet. Love the coat.
Rapper Tyga made an appearance, also rocking all black.
He gets it from his daddy!
Actor John David Washington - son of Denzel Washington - looked GOODT in his suit and tie. He was recently awarded the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award for his role in Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman, and rightfully so. He bodied the role.
"Grown-ish" star Trevor Jackson jumped outside the box with this printed ensemble. We feelin' it?
RACE star Stephan James rolled up on the carpet in a purple blazer and checkered trousers. He'll be hitting the big screen when If Beale Street Could Talk hits theaters on Christmas.
Evan Ross has been heavy on the promo trail with his wife Ashlee Simpson Ross for their reality show. They just released a joint EP, titled ASHLEE + EVAN, and they'll be heading out on tour starting January 9th.
"White Famous" star Jay Pharoah was also in the mix.
The couples came out to party...
Rapper Juicy J and his wife Regina Perera, and actor Terry Crews (with his signature jump pose) and his wife Rebecca King-Crews were all loved up.
"Pose" transgender star MJ Rodriguez struck a pose in a feathered LBD on the carpet.
Celebs, including EMMY winner Lena Waithe and rapper Swae Lee, mixed and mingleed, while toasting with Moet to honor the men of the year.
Crystal Smith was on her man's arm for the festivities.
Fashion and fun.
At an event with a cause...
YBF stars - Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Bassett, Miss Jay and Alfre Woodard - came together to celebrate five high school students who have excelled academically despite facing extreme adversity both at home and in the classroom at the Children's Defense Fund's 29th annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony held at the Skirball Cultural Center.
The 60-year-old actress snapped it up with Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, after praising her on stage:
The Oscar nominated actress slayed this one-shouldered LBD. Simple, yet elegant. She will be lending her voice for the new film Bumblebee, which hits theaters December 21st.
Spider-Man: Homecoming star Garcelle Beauvais, "Underground" actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and "Queen Sugar" star Rutina Wesley hit the stage to speak.
Garcelle had her twins, Jax and Jaid, by her side. They're getting so big.
Jurnee's husband Josiah Bell wasn't far behind.
Jurnee's brother/"Empire" star/singer Jussie Smollett was also in the mix. He hit the stage to honor the students for their accomplishments.
Partying for a cause. Gotta love it.
Model chicks Winnie Harlow and Jourdan Dunn shut down the red carpet at the 2018 British Fashion Awards. Go inside to see their lewks, plus find out how Meghan Markle was able to surprise her wedding dress designer at the event inside...
It was a night to celebrate fashion and our YBF models did NOT disappoint. The 2018 British Fashion Awards went down at Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate the biggest names in fashion.
Model Winnie Harlow made her way on the scene serving up featherly fierceness. The Victoria's Secret model stunned in an embroidered Atelier Versace gown with feather accents on the hemline.
Model Jourdan Dunn was all about that thigh action in a sparkly strapless 16Arlington gown that featured a feathered hem and waist.
British songbird Rochelle Humes rocked a black off-shoulder Toni Matičevski jumpsuit with a dramatic train.
Meghan Markle glowing at the British Fashion Awards tonight.
She did a surprise pop up to present Clare Waight Keller with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. pic.twitter.com/3PbbZldkJJ
— Miss Suber (@misssuber) December 10, 2018
The highlight of the night was when the Duchess of Sussex popped up on the scene, surprising everyone.
Meghan Markle was tapped to present her wedding dress designer, Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller, with the Womenswear Designer of the Year award. The mom-to-be rocked a black velvet one-shouldered evening gown from the French fashion house paired with metallic Tamara Mellon shoes. Her appearance was TOP secret, so much so, the Givenchy artistic director didn't even know about it and she fitted her for the event.
“I’m not joking, it was a complete and genuine surprise," she said backstage. "I really did not know she was coming tonight at all! I was actually fitting her for the dress last week and she said, ‘Oh I’m going to this thing next week, I think it’s Monday or Tuesday night, I have to check my calendar.’ I just did not think anything of it. Then she walked in!”
Watch Meghan below:
As always, folks won't let Meghan live. There are reports that Meghan broke Royal protocol with her dark colored nails. It's not official protocol, but it's said Queen Elizabeth II does not approve of colorful nail polish on members of the Royal family, according to U.K.'s OK! magazine.
Apparently, fake or colored nails are reportedly seen as “vulgar” in the royal family. Oh? Wearing a more neutral shade is part of the royal etiquette.
We're sure if the Queen was really up in arms over this, she would put her foot down.
Folks have also been coming for Meghan for "holding her baby bump too much." BYE haters! By the way, the Royal baby is expected to make his/her arrival this Spring.
After the show...
Brtish hottied Idris Elba, his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre and Winnie Harlow were spotted leaving a house party in Hampstead after the Fashion Awards
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Issa Rae is continuing to champion diversity in Hollywood with a new production deal to bring new screenwriters to the forefront. Get the deets on her new deal, plus why Angela Bassett feels like Black Panther will take home the Oscar's biggests award inside...
We STAN a queen who's working hard to create opportunities for emerging talent.
Before 2018 wraps up, Issa Rae is making some big moves for the culture.
The "Insecure" creator/star just inked a multi-production deal with Columbia Pictures. Under the agreement, Issa's ColorCreative production company will be backing projects from emerging, diverse screenwriters, according to Variety. And it's a BIG deal.
The deal is a unique opportunity to help shift Hollywood's diversity needle that will allow more films and shows to be created that feature underrepresented talent both in front of and behind the camera. Variety notes Black Panther and shows like "Insecure" have moved the needle when it comes to diversity, but there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Selected participants - to be announced in Spring 2019 - will work with Issa's production company and the studio to develop and write features based on THEIR original ideas. Nice!
According to a recent USC study, only 29.3% of characters in the 100 top grossing movies of 2017 were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
“Working with Bryan Smiley and Columbia Pictures to further the mission ColorCreative set out to achieve four years ago in creating access for underrepresented writers, has been a dream come true,” the two-time Golden Globe nominated actress said in a statement. “All of the projects we are working on are fresh and promising and we can’t wait to continue the work. We hope to set a precedent and inspire the industry at large to invest in undiscovered talent, original IP, and fresh stories and perspectives.”
“Sara’s commitment to discovering and elevating budding voices along with her out-of-the-box thinking has made her a perfect and insightful addition to our team,” she said.
This news come after Issa signed a first-look development deal to create two more shows for HBO.
Speaking of Black Panther....
Angela Bassett - above at the Bumblebee global premiere in Hollywood slaying in a fringe Alberta Ferretti dress, Casadei shoes and a Emm Kuo NY clutch - is speaking Oscar wins into existence.
While chopping it up with TooFab on the Bumblebee promo trail, the 60-year-old actress told the site she already feels like Black Panther, which she stars in, is a sure win for Best Picture at the Oscars.
"In my mind, it has the Oscar," the Oscar-nominated actress said. "I think it deserves it."
Where is the lie? It was the highest-grossing movie at the box office this year. And it's the third highest grossing movie in the history of the United States box office.
"I think the movie works so brilliantly on so many levels," she continued. "It's superhero, Marvel Universe and all of that, but it connected with historians, it connected with culture, it connected globally, it just reached in and grabbed folks' hearts and their minds and shattered so many expectations and preconceived notions."
Fingers crossed that Ryan Coogler's Black Panther does a huge sweep at the Oscars, set to go down February 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST inside the Dolby Theatre in LA. The 2019 Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22, 2019. Get ready!
Nothing like family during the holidays. Go inside to peep pics of Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker getting into the Christmas spirit with their kids, plus clips of Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris' sons flexing their vocals inside...
It's the holiday season and what better way to celebrate than giving back with the family.
It was a total family affair as Boris Kodjoe and his wife Nicole Ari Parker rounded up their kids, Sophie and Nicolas, to attend the Brooks Brothers annual holiday celebration - to benefit St. Jude's Hospital - at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in LA.
Looking good mama! The hot mom just wrapped up filming a comedy titled, HeadShop. Meanwhile, Boris is currently filming a new crime thriller titled, Nicole & O.J. where he's set to star as O.J. Simpson. It's set to hit theaters in 2019.
The "Empire" star linked up with Vivica Fox's publicist B.J. Coleman and his client/model/actor Lamon Archey.
YBF baddie Elise Neal was also in the mix.
Speaking of family...
Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris is passing the torch to the next generation. And guess what? He's mentoring four little boys with incredible voices who just so happen to be his sons!
The quartet goes by WanMor and they have VOCALS. Don't let their ages fool you. These youngins can BLOW.
Peep some clips below:
Singing circles around most new folks out now. Come thru.
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In very unfortunate news, a 9-year-old girl has taken her life after she was bullied for months at school. Details inside...
This story breaks our hearts.
McKenzie Adams, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from Alabama, took her own life last week after she was reportedly the target of constant racial taunts and name calling that went on for months.
McKenzie's mother, Jasmine Adams, told CBS News she blames the school because she reported the bullying to school officials and they assured her they would keep a close eye out on her. However, the school claims they had NO knowledge of ANY bullying towards McKenzie. Ms. Adams said she put her daughter in that school - U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis - after she was being bullied at her previous school.
McKenzie use to ride to school with one of her classmates, who is a white boy, and she said the kids teased her about it. Her mother said one time a boy wrote her a letter where he called her the n-word and the b-word.
McKenzie's aunt, Eddwina Harris, spoke to PEOPLE and gave the chilling details about how the little girl took her life:
“Something happened that day from one of these bullies that pushed my niece over to the edge,” Adams aunt, Eddwina Harris, 33, tells PEOPLE. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. We’re heartbroken.”
Harris says that Adams, who attended U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, returned home that day and did her homework like always. Adams then excused herself to go to the bathroom, and her grandmother noticed that the little girl had been gone longer than usual.
“She went to the bathroom and the door was locked. [Her grandmother] said, ‘Unlock the door. What are you doing?’ ” Harris recalls of Adams’ grandmother, whom the little girl lived with. “She ran and got a butter knife and she unlocked the door. She found McKenzie.”
The results of a police investigation is still pending, but so far, police claim they haven't found any evidence the school knew of the bullying. The Demopolis City Schools System offered it's condolences to the family and "there have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or family."
Absolutely heartbreaking. We hope ALL parents learn from this tragedy and check in with their children and condemn any bullying ways. R.I.P. McKenzie.
Photos: Courtesy of McKenzie Adams' aunt Eddwina Harris
Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae and Malcolm D. Lee have some interesting projects coming down the pipeline. Deets inside...
Naomie Harris is about to hit the big screen in a new cop thriller that sounds like it'll have us on the edge of our seats.
The Oscar nominee has been tapped to lead director Deon Taylor's new cop thriller, Black and Blue, for Sony Screen Gems.
Based on a screenplay from Peter A. Dowling, Naomie will play a rookie cop in New Orleans who witnesses corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer, an event that is captured by her body cam, according to Deadline. When they then fail to execute her she escapes and is hunted throughout the night by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.
Chick will be on the run for her life.
Deon Taylor's Hidden Empire Film Group will produce the film with Sean Sorensen where Hidden Empire partner Roxanne Avent will serve as executive producer. Eric Paquette, senior vice president of production at Screen Gems, will oversee the project.
Naomie recently starred in Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (which debuted last week)and she's also about to start filming Bond 25 to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny.
Get them coins, boo!
Janelle Monae is gearing up to play another powerful black woman on the big screen.
Following her role as Mary Jackson in the biographical drama Hidden Figures, the Dirty Computer singer has signed on to star in The Glorias: A Life On The Road, a biopic about the life of iconic feminist Gloria Steinem.
The "PYNK" singer will portray civil rights activist/co-founder of Ms. magazine with Steinem Dorothy Pitman Hughes (below, right), joining actresses Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander.
Moore and Alicia Vikander will star as Steinem at various points in her career as a journalist and activist crusading for women's rights. Monae will be playing Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the women's and civil rights activist that co-founded Ms. Magazine with Steinem.
Julie Taymor is directing from a script based on Steinem’s memoir. Alex Saks is producing via her Fifty-Four Pictures, along with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are executive producing.
The Moonlight actress is PERFECT for this role as she often speaks out against injustices. By the way, Janelle will be in the running for two Grammy Awards this year.
Another movie coming down the pipeline...
Break out the jump ropes and every song from the neighborhood. Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee is about to take us back to our childhood with his newest project.
The Night School director is set to produce The Untitled Double Dutch Project at Universal, based off an original idea by producer/writer Thembi Banks which she will write, according to Deadline. The site reports:
The story we hear will revolve around the journey of a coach and his double-dutch jump rope team.
Banks is currently the co-producer on the Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple, and she’s a 2018 HBO Directing Fellow, and was a 2017 Directing Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve.
Lee will produce Double Dutch under his banner Blackmaled Productions. Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
We're HERE for it all.
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Janet Jackson was just officially named as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 inductee, and rightfully so! Celebrate with the queen inside...
It's long overdue, but now it's her time to shine.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) December 13, 2018
Ms. Jackson has had an epic comeback - getting her flowers from Black Girls Rock, BMI Hip Hop/R&B Honors and more - all while dropping new hit music and doing a bomb State of the World tour. She's 50-something and still just as groundbreaking as she was when she went from little Penny to the Queen of our Rhythm Nation to Damita Jo to the sexiest velvet-rope-working-chick in the game.
She has brought us hits like ''That's the Way Love Goes," ''Nasty," ''Together Again" and "What Have You Done For Me Lately," just to name a few. And on top of all her accomplishments, she's also mama bear to her baby boy, Eissa Al Mana.
The "Made For Now" singer will be joining her brother Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so she's in great company.
The Rock Hall will soon unveil its official 2019 inductee exhibit that will feature exclusive memorabilia from Janet's groundbreaking career.
The 2019 class also includes The Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies. The 34th annual ceremony is set to go down inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 29, 2019.
Photo: Janet's IG
So it seems O.T. Genasis may have been what started a whole brawl outside of a club involving Nipsey Hussle. Go inside to see new video footage from that night, plus watch Meek Mill open up about getting out of prison and topping the music charts inside...
Last weekend, Nipsey Hussle got into a huge brawl outside of a LA club after celebrating his girlfriend Lauren London's birthday. It was reported some men accused the west coast rapper of starting a fight earlier in the night inside the club, but, Nispey had nothing to do with it. The men approached Nipsey about the fight and that's when all hell broke loose.
Now, new footage from inside the club has surfaced that shows the fight the guys were mad about. O.T. Genasis punched a guy inside of Nightingale in WeHo after a scuffle started.
The same man he punched is the same man who approached Nipsey outside of the club. He reportedly confused the two. They both were wearing plaid shirts, but they clearly look like two different people. Maybe they were sippin' heavy on that drank.
Here's a clip of both O.T. and Nipsey before the fights broke out:
Everything is all good now though. O.T. Genasis was spotted with his girlfriend Malika Haqq (atop) to celebrate Lauren London's birthday again at Marono West Hollywood this week.
Thankfully, no fights this time.
On the television front...
Meek Mill is still on the promo trial for criminal justice reform. The Philly rapper stopped by "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" to chop it up about the roller-coaster year he has had. The 31-year-old was released from prison earlier this year and now, he has the No. album on the Billboard 200. He's also No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. He can thank his new album,Championships, for that.
During the interview, the criminal justice reform advocate talked about his background, several run ins with the law, why changes need to be made to the criminal justice system, how he has grown from his prison experience and more. Peep his interview above.
As "GUHH" turns, we're seeing the real reasons Bow Wow and Kiyomi may have broken up. An exclusive sneak peek into their fight over Bow's drinking inside...
Bow Wow & Kiyomi Leslie have already broken up, but their odd relationship is still playing out on "Growing up Hip Hop: Atlanta."
Apparently, Bow, excuse us - Shad, and his drinking weren't just irking TF out of everybody who was following his outbursts on Twitter. But it was pissing off Kiyomi too.
On tonight's episode, they hit up a So So Def play-prison event. And Bow was on his drinking tip. Kiyomi wasn't having it, and ish went left. Check it:
This explains so much.
The new episode airs tonight on WEtv.
"The Real" co-host Loni Love has found love and she's not afraid to show it off. Go inside to see her love fest with her man, plus a message from Tamera Mowry and Adrienne Bailon about pregnancy inside...
Loni Love just made her new relationship even more official.
"The Real" co-host has posted pictures of her new boo/actor James Welsh before. But, she took things up a few notches recently. The comedienne posted an intimate picture of her beau giving her a kiss to her IG account and it's super sweet. Aww!
If you watch the daytime talk show, Loni's co-hosts have pretty much been spilling tea about her relationship with James. In a cute way though, no shady business. On the show, Loni said after 10 dates a man is more likely to seek a serious relationship with a woman.
“I’ll tell you why 10 dates are important,” Loni said. “You really get to know a person… we’ve been to a gala, two movies, a play, dinner with friends, we’ve been to one party, one concert, one trip to Vegas (no, they didn’t get married!), and we went to two movie premieres.
“And in that time you really get to understand somebody’s personality and how they act. You’ve got to remember, we both work, and he’s got his own business, so we don’t get to see each other every week.”
Needless to say, they've already enjoyed their 10th date, so it's official for these two.
Last month, Loni got all choked up while talking about finding love AFTER loving herself first. Check it:
Whew. A message.
Speaking of The Real...
Co-hosts Tamera Mowry Housely and Adrienne Bailon wants y'all to STOP saying they're PREGNANT! The ladies are reading you alls comments and wanted to let everyone know -- no babies -- just FOOD babies. Ha!
Photos: Loni's iG/James' IG