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The Ton Is Abuzz Over The ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 First Look + ‘King Richard’ Star Saniyya Sidney To Portray Civil Rights Icon In Anthony Mackie’s Directorial Debut

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The second season of “Bridgerton” - one of Netflix’s biggest series ever - is coming in a few weeks and we’ve got the first look! And it looks like the ton will STILL be abuzz for Season 2.

Also, King Richard star Saniyya Sidney is set to play civil rights icon Claudette Colvin in Anthony Mackie’s directorial debut, Spark. All the details inside…

Before “Squid Game” premiered, “Bridgerton” was Netflix’s biggest series ever with a record 82 million households that viewed the series in the first 28 days online. And the ton is still abuzz!

The "Bridgerton" cast and crew struggled through a hard season of filming as season 2 was shut down multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cast and crew members were popping up with positive tests. However, they were able to wrap everything up by the end of 2021.

Now, the second season is ready to premiere. The Shondaland series is set to debut Friday, March 25th - so MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

“Bridgerton” will feature returning cast members and it will also welcome new cast members for the second installment of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novel, “The Viscount Who Loved Me.” And the network just released a few teaser flicks to get fans excited about the new season.

In keeping with the tradition of the novels, the 19th-century period drama tells the romance story of Lord Anthony Bridgerton's quest for love. In the newly released flicks, we see Lord Anthony Bridgerton (JonathanBailey) and boo’d up on the dance floor with Katharine “Kate” Sharma (SimoneAshley), which will be the main focus of season 2. The scene sort of reminds us of how Daphne and Simon’s first dance went down in Season 1.

In the flicks, we also see Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will make a return sans her husband Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). In April 2021, Regé confirmed he would not return to reprise his role as the Duke of Hastings in Season 2. Bummer.

”Bridgerton” is based on Julia Quinn’s novels, so fans who have read the book series may not have been surprised to learn about Page’s departure. Fans who haven’t read the novels were blindsided when news about his departure was made public, especially since he got married and had a baby with Daphne at the end of Season 1.

It’s all good though. Simone Ashley looks like she’ll be the show’s newest breakout star this season.

By the way, Netflix has already given the greenlight for Seasons 3 & 4. 

Check out the new pics in our gallery below! "Bridgerton" returns March 25th on the streaming giant. 

On the movie front…

A YBF veteran actor is going behind-the-scenes to tell the true story about an unsung civil rights icon that will come to life via a new YBF actress.

Captain America star Anthony Mackie is set to make his feature directorial debut in a new drama titled, Spark. The film will feature King Richard star Saniyya Sidney as an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era - Claudette Colvin.

Fresh from portraying tennis superstar Venus Williams in the award winning biopic, Saniyya will play 15-year-old Claudette when she bravely took a stand against racism.

Before Rosa Parks courageously declined to give her her seat on a bus for a white person in 1955, Claudette was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This happened nine months before Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights era.

“67 years ago, when history glued me to the seat of that bus in Montgomery, I could never have imagined that standing up for my rights could spark a movement that would change the course of history," said Claudette. "It is really an honor to have my story retold, by Mr. Mackie, for future generations to learn about our past so they can move forward knowing that progress is possible, and things do get better. I hope my story will inspire youth to continue to fight for civil rights and human dignity.”

Deadline reports:

Initially embraced by Civil Rights leaders for her courage, Colvin was brushed out of history when those same civic leaders decided a poor, dark-skinned teenage girl would not be the ideal face for their public campaign.

Mackie said that he came across the story of Claudette Colvin during a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Much the way that the story of entrepreneur Bernard Garrett sparked him to star in the George Nolfi-directed The Banker, he felt Colvin’s story needed to be told after all these years.

“Not only was I moved, I was inspired,” he said. “It’s great to be a superhero in movies but she’s a real live one living amongst us and I’m honored to tell her story.”

And we can't wait to see it! 

By the way, Saniyya is booked & busy! She will next be seen playing Sasha Obama in Showtime’s "The First Lady," which stars Oscar winner Viola Davis. The anthology drama series is set to premiere this year.

 

Photos: Netflix/Denis Makarenko/DFree/Shutterstock/AP Photo/Vasha Hunt


OH? Porsha Williams Was Gifted $300K Rolls Royce From Fiancé Simon Guobadia + ‘Porsha’s Family Matters’ AXED? Fans REACT

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Let’s file this in the must be nice files! Reality star Porsha Williams shows off her uber expensive luxury car gifted to her from her fiancé Simon Guobadia. After that explosive fight episode on Porsha’s spin-off show, there are rumors she could get the axe and folks are reacting. Everything inside…

It appears Porsha Williams' fiancé, Simon Guobadia, makes BANK! And the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is loving every bit of it.

A “just because” gift is always nice, but it’s better when it comes in luxury form. The 40-year-old realty star took to Instagram to show off her new Rolls Royce Ghost - which starts at $300,000 - gifted to her by her future husband.

On IG, Porsha shared pictures of herself all smiles while posing it up inside, outside, and on top of her new luxury whip that was topped with a red bow. Simon even joins her in a few of the pictures. Swipe above to see.

”The only way you win is if I quit," she wrote. "#ThankYouHubby #PhotoDump #LivingLife #ThePursuitOfPorsha #RRGhost."

It didn’t take long before fans compared Porsha’s new whip to the whip Simon gifted his ex-wife Falynn Pina. In 2020, Simon gifted Falynn a Rolls Royce with orange interior, much like Porsha’s.

OOP!

Episode 7 of “Porsha’s Family Matters” aired this past Sunday, leaving folks wondering if it’ll get canceled. The last episode was uber dramatic following the family fight scene from the week before. In a nutshell, folks are TIREDT of Porsha and her shenanigans.

After the episode, one viewer tweeted Porsha ruined her career with her erratic behavior on her spin-off.

“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to say goodbye to Porsha's career,” the person tweeted. “She will be remembered as the #RHOA Housewife who made a fool of her self when given an opportunity that could've went to another deserving housewife! She will not be missed. #PorshasFamilyMatters”

The leading lady retweeted the post on Twitter and responded, “damn a grave.”

When it was first announced Porsha was getting a spin-off, it was initially presented as a spin-off to show Porsha blending her family with her future husband Simon and her co-parenting relationship with her ex-fiance Dennis McKinney. Porsha and Dennis share 2-year-old, Pilar Jhena McKinley.

After the huge family FIGHT in Mexico between Porsha & Dennis' family, Porsha got into another heated argument on the newest episode. This time, she went up against her cousin, Lonnie. Turns out, Porsha was the reason Lonnie was fired from Dennis' restaurant, but she tried to lie about it. 

Yahoo Entertainment has the deets:

It stemmed from Londie, who previously worked as Williams’ assistant, finding out that Williams had her fired from her gig at McKinley’s restaurant. During the dispute, Williams blamed Londie for things that didn’t pertain to her job, such as not supporting her when she was in an abusive relationship.

Despite not confessing to the firing claims when approached by Londie, Williams later admitted in a confessional that she did have a part in her cousin losing her job.

Social media had plenty to say about Porsha's shady ways: 

Will “Porsha’s Family Matters” get a season 2 renewal? It’s unclear. BRAVO loves drama for ratings and Porsha’s spin-off is beating "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" in overall ratings. We shall see….

Photo: Porsha's IG 

Jeannie Mai Reveals Baby J’s Name & Meaning After Welcoming First Child With Jeezy

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Baby J is here! Jeannie Mai and Jeezy welcomed their child last week and now the daytime TV host is dishing deets about the baby’s real name and the meaning behind it. Get it all inside…

 

Last week, rapper Jeezy and his wife Jeannie Mai Jenkinswelcomed their first child together.

“The Real” co-host announced Baby Jenkins was here in an Instagram post, sharing a picture of....the baby’s hospital blanket:

 

 

”I asked God for a life of love and happiness,” Jeannie wrote on January 11th. “He sent me my family. Baby Jenkins is here!”

Before Baby J made his/her arrival, Jeannie said she didn’t want to know the baby’s gender. While she knows the baby’s gender now, neither she nor Jeezy have shared if they welcomed a boy or a girl.

However, we DO know the baby’s name!

 

 

The new mom revealed Baby J’s real name, the meaning behind the name and Baby J’s nursery in a new YouTube episode of her series “Hello Hunnay with Jeannie Mai." If you thought it started with a J, guess again. 

The happy couple named their new bundle of joy Monaco Mai Jenkins!

“I thought Baby J’s name should be a J name, because obviously Jeannie and Jeezy makes sense, but that wasn’t the name that came to us,” the 43-year-old first-time mom explained. “What really came to us was how baby J came to fruition for us when we were dating.”

After having an intimate conversation on a bridge in Monaco, France, they felt they should name their baby after where they lives changed forever.

“Three years ago, Jeezy and Jeannie were talking on a bridge in France, talking about what it meant to do life together. Here they decided to grow and raise a family together. Hence, they named their child after the city that changed their lives forever: Monaco Mai Jenkins.”

Baby J is Jeannie’s first child and Jeezy’s third.

Peep the clip above.

Jeezy & Jeannie tied the knot in March 2021 and then announced they were pregnant with their rainbow baby a few months later. Jeannie later revealed she had a miscarriage before she got pregnant with Monaco. Previously, Jeannie said she didn’t want to have children, but revealed she had a change of heart after falling madly in love with the Snowman.

Congrats again to the couple!

Photo: Jeannie's IG 

Odell Beckham Jr. Trolls NFL After ‘Random’ Drug Test Following Wild Card Game Win Against The Cardinals

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. trolls the NFL after they hit him up with a surprise drug test after Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Arizona Cardinals. More inside..

Odell Beckham Jr. is trolling the NFL after they hit him up about a surprise drug test.

After balling out during the Los Angles Rams’ Wild Card win against the Arizona Cardinals, the 29-year-old wide receiver received a text from an NFL employee letting him know they wanted him to come in for a drug test. The former Giants star thought it was funny, so he shared a screenshot of the message on social media, scratching out the employee’s name.

 

 

“I got you scheduled for a PES test at the facility today. I’ll be set up next to cafeteria, thanks,” the text read, which he posted on IG Stories.

Over the text message screenshot, OBJ included a picture of himself and his teammate celebrating a touchdown with the caption, “How it started vs. How it’s going.”

 

 

The Rams defeated the Cardinals, 34-11. OBJ scored a touchdown and caught four passes for 54 yards. He also completed a trick play after catching a 40-yard pass.

In a Twitter post, he said the league has seemingly been testing him more after he was released by the Cleveland Browns and joined the Rams mid-season. Since joining the team in November, OBJ has scored six touchdowns in the last eight games.

When he’s home….

 

 

Last week, OBJ and his model girlfriend Lolo Woodcelebrated their baby’s upcoming arrival with family and friends. Peep the pics above. Baby Beckham will be here soon! 

Photo: Jamie Lamor Thompson/Shutterstock

Muni Long Hits The Studio With Diddy While Everybody Hops On The ‘Hrs & Hrs’ Challenge

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Muni Long’s “Hrs & Hrs” track has blown up on social media. Now, she’s in the studio with Diddy. Peep the flicks, plus see which celebs flexed their vocals for the challenge when you go inside...

”Yours, mine, ours. I could do this for hours…” It’s the TikTok song that we can’t get out of our head!

Muni Long’s sensual R&B track “Hrs and Hrs” has taken over social media as fans have been creating tons of TikTok videos to the track released in November 2021. But she's not as new to this as you may think - she's been writing songs for some of your faves (Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Madonna and more) for a while now under the name Priscilla Renea.

Now, she's got her own.

"Hrs and Hrs" is the perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day this year, so it’ll likely gain even more traction as the holiday rolls around. The “Hrs and Hrs” challenge has been taking over social media - even celebs have joined in on the challenge.

Most recently, Halle Bailey flexed her soprano vocals for the challenge, putting her own little twist on the popular track:

 

 

Folks were coming for Halle for singing in a different key, so she later explained why:

 

 

Rapper Renni Rucci was us all day:

Brand ambassador Jordyn Woods hopped on IG Stories to join in on the challenge:

Rapper Latto used the track to show off her seafood lasagna rolls.

 

@latto777 Sometimes I cook sometimes I rap #foodtiktok Hrs and Hrs - Muni Long

 

”The Chi” actor Jacob Lattimore shared an adorable video compilation of himself and his girlfriend/“Empire” alum Serayah:

Singer August Alsina shared a musical vibe out session to the track:

Everyone is loving it…including Hip Hop mogul Diddy:

This week, Muni Long linked up with Diddy in the studio. What are they cooking up? She didn’t say.

”LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!,” she captioned the series of photos with Diddy in the studio.

We guess fans can assume there’s more music on the way. How do you feel about her collaborating with Diddy? Sound off in the comments!

Photo: Muni's IG

ICYMI: Mary Cosby Claims She Didn’t Attend ‘RHOSLC’ Reunion Because She Didn’t Want To Get ‘Beat Up’ - ‘I’m Not Doing It!’

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Victim much? “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Mary Cosby claims she skipped out on the reunion show because she didn’t want to get “beat up” while sitting through a one-sided show after her controversial foolishness throughout the season. More inside…

Folks love throwing stones and then playing victim, don’t they?

”Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Mary Cosby refused to attend taping of the show’s season 2 reunion. And she went on social media to explain why.

The controversial “RHOSLC” star hopped on Twitter Spaces with @Tea_witdre to explain why she decided to skip out on the reunion.

 

"The only thing I have to say about the reunion is -  I didn't go because it was one-sided," she said. "Everyone heard one side of what they felt...I mean, they told lies, one side of my story."

She continued: “And I was not going to get on the reunion for a four-part reunion and talk about this guy who has passed," Mary added, seemingly referring to Cameron Williams, her co-star Lisa Barlow's late friend who played a big role in the ladies' suspicions of Mary and her church.  Cameron sadly passed away soon after his episodes aired.

According to Lisa, Cameron gave Mary and her husband around $300,000, which reportedly required him to mortgage his house. Later, it’s said Cameron left Mary’s church due to “extreme religious trauma."

Many fans believe Mary simply didn’t want to be questioned about the accusations that she runs a “cult,” which she has previously denied.

“I did not go to the reunion, because I was not about to sit there and be beat up from one side of the story and of the narrative,” she shared. “They said that I shine during reunions, so they held it back from me and they wanted me to go off at the reunion and answer all these one-sided questions that I didn’t even see coming, and I said, ‘I’m not doing it.'”

Throughout the season, her co-stars accused her of running a “cult” and that churchgoers who attends her Faith Temple Pentecostal Church were giving her money to fund her luxurious lifestyle.

"I'm not God," Mary told Lisa in one episode. "I worship the God in me."

Throughout the season, the “RHOSLC” ladies often questioned her religious ties that she inherited from her grandmother Rosemary. You’ll recall, Mary Cosby married her grandmother’s husband/her step-grandfather, Robert Cosby Sr. 

During the online chat, Mary went on to answer questions from fans, but she didn’t dish any other details about her not attending the reunion.

Obviously, “RHOSLC” reunion host/executive producer Andy Cohen wanted Mary to show up for the reunion taping. He called her absence “very disappointing.”

It sounds like Mary is playing victim after getting called out for racist foolishness she's said all season - the Mexican criminal statement and calling her Viatnamese-born co-star Jennie's eyes "slanty". and for leading a cult. She seemingly doesn't want to face the music.

And to be fair to Mary, Jennie's got her own racist past that's coming to light as we type, and she definitely had beef with Mary most of the season.

A premiere date for the reunion hasn’t been announced just yet. But whenever it airs, it’ll surely bring the drama. Are you here for it?!

Photo: Mary's IG 

Ari Lennox Grossly Disrespected By Podcaster, Vows To Never Do Another Interview

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Why do people keep coming for Ari Lennox? She’s so unproblematic, yet, here we are. A Podcaster thought it was cool to ask her if she’s being “f**** good right now,” creating an awkward and grossly disrespectful moment. Now she’s DONE with doing interviews.

Watch the clip, find out what she said about it and sound off inside…

Folks love to try it with unproblematic people.

All Ari Lennox does is mind her business and drink her water, yet, someone is always coming for her neck.

The “Pressure” singer is trending on social media after a viral clip of her being disrespected in an interview started circulating. She hopped on a virtual call to chop it up with Macgyver "MacG" Mukwevho for his “Podcast and Chill” where the South African interviewer caught her off guard with a disrespectful and inappropriate question.

During their chat, MacG brought up one of her early singles “Pop,” where he asked her if “someone was f***** her good right now.” Yes, he actually said that.

On the track he was referring to, she sings, "If you really love me / I'll f*ck you good / F*ck you good, f*ck you good / Treat you how you should."

Taken aback by his question, she responded, “Oh my God! Whoa there!" she responded.“That's a wild question. Why ask it that way? Whoa!”

MacG - who is apparently known for stirring the pot with his interview question - pointed out she sings those lyrics in the song and then asked her if she had forgotten her own lyrics. The Shea Butter Baby singer then admitted she did sing those words, but it was clear she was uber uncomfortable that he asked her that.

 

 

Audacity is really on sale! Just because she’s spitting sexual LYRICS on a song doesn’t mean she automatically wants to be sexual (or discuss her real-life sex life) with YOU!  You know, the same way folks are applauding Jay-Z & Mek Mill for trying to get legislation to outlaw rappers' lyrics about urder and other crimes from being used in their court cases....about murder and other crimes?  Song lyrics don't give you the automatic right to question an artist about their personal life invasively.

After the interview was over, the 30-year-old singer took to Twitter (in a now deleted tweet) to vow that she’s never doing another interview again.

Later, she came back on Twitter to explain how she felt about the crass questioning during the interview.

 

 

”I’m just like… why was I alone on a call full of people? Why didn’t anyone intervene? And why wasn’t parts of the interview destroyed like the team promised? Why did it happen to begin with? I just feel slow and ambushed and blindsighted,” she tweeted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Just because I happily and freely sing/write about sex don’t make any kind of creepy disrespect warranted. I clearly was in immense shock and hate that I didn’t react differently,” she said. “But fuck it! I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me. I’m tired of the narrative. Exhausted. I’m good I promise. But as for interviews I’m not doing them anymore. There’s enough lives and interviews out there already. I’ve been my most happiest creating music and exploring life sober. I’m not allowing anything to tamper with my peace anymore."

Folks even started coming for her, so she has been popping BACK!

Peep her responses below:

 

 

 

 

”Really got grown men justifying rape and predatory culture. Disgusting," she wrote.

 

 

”A woman gave your vile and worthless self LIFE”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheesh! Sis let them HAVE IT and rightfully so!

Photo: Ari's IG 

SENDING PRAYERS: Regina King’s Only Child, Ian Alexander Jr., Dies By Suicide At 26

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In horribly tragic news, Regina Kings only child, Ian Alexander Jr., has died by suicide. He was 26. More inside…

Just days after his birthday, Ian Alexander Jr. - son of Oscar winning actress Regina King and music producer Ian Alexander Sr. - died by suicide, multiple reports confirm. He turned 26 this past Wednesday (Jan. 19th).

Ian was Regina’s only child.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others,” the Golden Globe winner said in a statement provided by her representative. “Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

Taking a page from his father’s blueprint, Ian was DJ, singer and producer who performed as Desduné. It seems his singing career was at the cusp of taking off as he had just released a new track titled “Green Eyes” on January 7th.

His mom promoted the track on her Instagram a few weeks ago:

The day before “Green Eyes” was released, he asked his 7,000+ followers to help his new track reach 1 million streams and if it did, he had planned to stop smoking.

”'Green Eyes' out Friday. A million streams and I’ll quit smoking. My health is in your hands,” he wrote. 

Days before his death, he invited his followers to an upcoming gig he had booked for January 28th:

”Its been a minute but now we back at the jump off. Don’t you want to say you supported desduné before the blowup??,” he asked in the caption. “So pullup this month!! performing live at Bardot on the 28th for @breakingsoundla Save a buck and buy tickets in advance at the link in my bio.”

In the comments, Regina wrote, “Swag.”

A few days earlier, Ian Jr. took to his Twitter account where he suggested Instagram wasn’t a “healthy” place for him, but he didn’t explain further.

 

In another Twitter post, he shared how a scene from SpongeBob was parallel to what he was going through in life at that moment. 

”You know that episode of SpongeBob where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini spongebobs just losing their sh*t…..yea that one really hits home,” he tweeted.

So sad.

The “Seven Seconds” actress celebrated her 51st birthday January 15th.

Last year, he posted a birthday tribute to her in honor of her 50th birthday, thanking her for her unconditional love and support:

”Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for,” he wrote in the caption. “But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable. The whole marvel universe ain’t got sh*t on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”

The mother-son duo also have matching tattoos, which read "unconditional love" in Aramaic — his on his shoulder and hers on her arm. She talked about the tats during an interview on “The View” in 2017.

In 2019 at the Golden Globes, Ian joined his mother on the red carpet where he sung her praises, dubbing her “super mom.” Watch the clip below:

”The Real” co-host/comedienne Loni Love shared a tribute to Ian on her Instagram and she also shared a post asking her fans to keep Regina in prayer:

The bond Regina had with her son was incredibly strong, so this will be a very difficult time for the actress and her family.

 

 

We send our prayers and condolences to Regina, Ian Se. and their families during this unbearable time. May he rest in power!

Photo:  Ian's IG/Getty


Ex-Bucs Baller Antonio Brown Believes ‘There’s Nothing Wrong’ With His Mental Health, Says He's Working With Ye On DONDA Sports Brand

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After his headlining fallout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Antonio Brown wants everyone to know there’s nothing wrong with his mental health. He believes he had a good reason to exit the game in the manner that he did.

Find out why, plus the DONDA sports brand he’s creating with his homie Kanye West inside…

 

When Antonio Brown stripped off his football equipment and galloped off the field during the third quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game at the New York Jets, folks instantly thought he was suffering through mental health issues.

However, the 33-year-old NFL star says that’s not the case.

The seven-time Pro Bowler sat down with former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to discuss his dramatic exit from a few weeks ago on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, which is set to debut Monday.

Days after his exit from the game, the Bucs officially released from the team. Brandon Marshall tried to give AB advice, telling him it would have been better for AB to simply just stay on the sideline and address his issue with Bucs head coach Bruce Ariansafter the game.

AB feels he handled the situation in the right way considering multiple variables.

"Everyone in the world got a different form of reactions of what happened to me,” AB said. “And it's all based upon where you from, how you feel, and no one really gonna know that regardless of who you is," he continued.

”If we all players and we all saying we care about mental health, why every time something happens bad or someone reacts, 'Aw, he's crazy, there's something wrong with his mental health,'" Brown asked. "There's nothing wrong with my mental health. Someone told me, 'Get the f*** out of here.' I'm not passive-aggressive."

After AB’s dramatic exit, the Bucs seemingly labeled his outburst as a mental health issue. Meanwhile, AB made claims that his ankle was too injured to perform and that Coach Arians told him to leave…so he did.

"An NFL Super Bowl team coach told a guy on the team who's playing hurt 'get the f*** out of here,'" he said.

Peep the clip below:

Obviously, his 2021 season is over. However, he’s keeping busy.

 

 

In a recent interview with Complex magazine, the professional athlete revealed he’s working with his rapper homieKanye “Ye” West on the DONDA sports brand. Apparently, they “randomly” ran into each other at a restaurant in Los Angeles and hit it off.

 

 

“It was just by the grace of God,” he responded when asked how he and Ye originally linked. “I was at Craig’s [restaurant], having dinner in LA with Rich, my guy at Fashion Nova. And I ran into Kanye randomly at Craig’s. We got haircuts at Craig’s. It was totally out of the blue, and we just started hanging out in LA. We’ve got a lot of positive things coming. It’s just been an amazing week for me. I’m sitting here with Mr. Tim at Amazon Music right now, having a meeting, so I’ve been grateful for the last 21 days.”

 

 

“We’re just excited about the Donda sports brand, and making this thing a competitive sports brand to the athletes,” he continued. “I don’t think there’s a lot of fashion lines for athletes, wearing fashionable and comfortable clothes, so with a guy like Kanye West, being able to partner with him and work with him to provide more creative, genius ideas for fashion looks for athletes in general… I’m just grateful for the opportunity here soon, to share what we’ve got with the world. And you guys are hearing it first, we got some exciting things to look forward to this year.”

It appears AB will be busy this off-season. You can read the full interview here

Photo: Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP

Virginia Mom CHARGED After Threatening To Bring ‘Loaded Gun’ To Kids’ School If They Have To Wear Masks

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One mom took the mask mandate controversy to the extreme and caught a charge!

Amelia King vowed to bring a “loaded gun” to her kids school on Monday, which is the day Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order goes into effect. The order states parents can decide whether their children will wear masks in school. Deets on her charges, plus the video of her making the threat inside…

Folks are really out here doing the most over wearing a mask during the pandemic.

A white Virginia woman has been charged for making terroristic threats on school property over the mask mandate because she doesn’t want her children being forced to wear a mask in school.

Amelia King, 42, was charged by the Luray Police Department with making an oral threat while on school property Friday, January 21st. She was released her on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

During a school board meeting with Page County Public Schools last Thursday, Amelia took the podium to let everyone know her children will NOT be wearing masks when they return to school Monday (January 24th).

Last week, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office and his first order of business was to sign an executive order stating parents could decide whether their children had to wear face masks in school as the Omicron wave continues. The order goes into effect Monday, January 24th.

Page County Public Schools held a school board meeting to decide if they would continue to enforce the mask mandate despite Youngkin’s executive order.

“Alright. No mask mandates,” said Amelia. “My children will not come to school on Monday with a mask on. That’s not happening, and I will bring every single gun loaded and ready. I will call every…”

Amelia - who is a dental hygienist at Ruffner Family Dentistry - was then cut off by one of the school board members.

"I'll see y'all on Monday,” she responded.

Watch the clip below:

You can watch the full meeting here

In response to her threats, the school board said they would increase police presence at schools on Friday and Monday.

”Luray Police Chief Bo Cook is investigating the incident and is in communication with the Commonwealth's Attorney, as well as state and federal officials," the statement said.

"I'll see y'all on Monday" sure sounds like a threat of domestic terrorism to us. Just another example of white privilege because we all know if a black parent made these same statments that person would have been arrested immediately. 

However, she claims she was only speaking figuratively.

In an emailed letter, Amelia apologized to the school board and insister she didn’t mean she would bring an actual gun to her kids’ school.

"I in no way meant to imply all guns loaded as in actual firearms, but rather all resources I can muster to make sure that my children get to attend school without masks," she said in the email. "I would never do such a thing; I was speaking figuratively.”"I like to sound educated and when I go off the cuff, I get really passionate," she said. "I'm not always able to say exactly what I want to say in the appropriate way."

Chile….

The school board voted 4-2 vote to support making “masking the choice of the parent.” Mask will still be required for all staff in Page County, and anyone on school buses.

We’ll just leave this here…

Thoughts?

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Ye & Girlfriend Julia Fox Get Decked Out In Denim For Paris Fashion Week Debut + Gunna, Pusha T, Pharrell & More In The Mix

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Kanye "Ye" West and his new girlfriend Julia Fox jet overseas to make their Paris Fashion Week debut. Check out their matching denim ‘fits, plus flicks and videos of several celebs, including Gunna, Pusha T, Pharrell Williams and more inside…

All the fashion lovers are in the City of Light for Paris Fashion Week, including Kanye West (who legally changed his name to Ye) and his girlfriend Julia Fox.

After hanging out in the studio with DJ Khaled in Miami, Ye and his girlfriend Julia hopped on a flight to Paris. Photogs caught the rapper and his girl greeting one another with a hug when the linked up at the airport.

While walking through the Miami airport, Ye - who is being investigated by the LAPD for allegedly assaulting a fan - decided to give the paps advice on how NOT to get their car towed and how they should work together to get the footage:

After touching down in Paris, the 44-year-old rapper and the 31-year-old actress (who began "dating" on New Year’s Eve) got decked out in matching denim ‘fits to attend the Kenzo Men’s Fall/Winter 2022/2023 fashion show held at Galerie Vivienne for their Paris Fashion Week debut.

For their first official red carpet event together, the couple stepped out in Canadian tuxedos with their own twist.

While folks weren’t checking for Julia’s fashions before, they are now that she’s Ye’s “girl.” The denim coned bra - courtesy of Daniel Roseberry’s Schiaparelli - channeledMadonna (of course), which she paired with ruched jeans and pointed toe denim heels. She accessorized her look with a pair of bold gold earrings, also by Schiaparelli.

Meanwhile, the DONDA rapper rocked a padded denim jacket by Balenciaga (his favorite brand) and matching jeans. Staying true to his aesthetic, he also had on those tall, black Red Wing boots.

It was total mayhem as Ye and Julia made their way inside to see the Kenzo show. Watch the clips below:

Dating Ye has brought extra attention, however, Julia claims she doesn’t really care.

“It’s funny cause I’m getting all of this attention, but I really couldn’t care,” she said on Friday’s episode of her “Forbidden Fruits” podcast, adding that she’s about creating art and “putting things into the world.”

“Watch my movie, read my book,” she continued. “That is more thrilling to me now than eyes on me. I couldn’t care less.”

The Uncut Gems actress said she’s not with Ye for “clout” or “fame” because she has been dating billionaires since she been grown.

“People are like ‘Oh, you’re only in it for the fame, you’re in it for the clout, you’re in it for the money.’ Honey, I’ve dated billionaires my entire adult life, let’s keep it real.”

Oh. That’s not really helping the argument, but OK girl.

A week before, she mentioned their relationship (or situationship since they aren’t using labels) isn’t a PR stunt.

"There's always people that think that every celebrity scandal is a setup. I personally don’t,” she said.

”Right now, I'm just living in the moment and I don't have any expectations. There's no labels, there's none of that. It's just people that make each other feel better," she said. "It's really like such a Gemini–Aquarius connection. It's very inspirational, our minds, we both work very fast, we keep up with each other, which is cool."

Back on the Paris Fashion Week scene… 

Rappers Gunna, Pusha T, and Tyler the Creator, along with super producer Pharrell Williams were also in the fashion mix. Peep the clips above and below:

 

 

Get ready for a week’s worth of Ye & Julia coupledom spottings...

By the way, Ye & The Game's new "EAZY" track is now available on Apple Music and all other streaming platforms. Have you listened?

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

SHEESH! Bills Baller Stefon Diggs Tackles Chiefs Fan Who Ran Out Onto The Field, A Wild 2 Minutes Ensues

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Buffalo Bills baller Stefon Diggs let it be known not to run up on him or the field when he's on it unless you're supposed to be there.  His wild take down of a rogue fan inside.

Run up on Stefon, he might murk ya.

As if a SUPER contentious playoff game wasn't stressful enough for both sides of last night's AFC playoff game, a Chiefs fan stormed the field during the wild 4th quarter.  And Stefon clearly took out some frustration on the dude.  Check it:

Arrowhead Stadium was already on 100 when the Bills & the Chiefs were lining up for the next play after the 2-minute warning, and suddenly, you see wide receiver Diggs tackle someone near the line of scrimmage.  The broadcast quickly cut away to commercial, but other video surfaced showing the wild ish that went down.

Right as Stefon tackled the dude - who was seemingly under the influence - the guy popped up and was taken down again by field security.  Then, you see another Bills player chuck his shoe in frustration.  And the Chiefs players looked on in disbelief as they prepped to line back up.

The fan was escorted off the field (and likely out the stadium or in custody somewhere in the stadium) while the game continued. 

After that, it was basically a touchdown shootout - both teams scoring back to back to back to back, and then a Chiefs field goal in the last seconds brought them to overtime.  The Chiefs ended up winning by scoring a TD in their first OT possession.  And we're sure it was extra hard for the Bills to experience seeing that they lost to the Chiefs in the Conference championship last year.

 

Pat Mahomes and co. are headed to the AFC championship for the 4th year in a row, this time facing the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

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Lauren Smith-Fields’ Family SUES Over Neglectful Death Investigation, 23-Year-Old Found Dead After Bumble Date With White Man

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The family of Lauren Smith-Fields want answers after the 23-year-old was found DEAD in her apartment following a date with a white man she met via online dating site, Bumble. The family is suing the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut for the mishandling of the crime scene investigation and said police have been “racially insensitive” towards them.

 

Shocking details inside…

 

A family in Bridgeport, Connecticut is heartbroken and wants answer after the death of their loved one, 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields. They are now suing police and demanding an independent investigation into her death.

According to reports, the young, black woman - a student at Norwalk Community College - was found dead inside her apartment on December 12th after a date with a white man. Her cause of death is still unknown.

While some reports have described her date as an “older white man,” he’s actually a 37-year-old man who works as a design engineer at Connecticut-based Times Microwave System, which is a company which manufactures cables for the military, aerospace and telecommunications companies. As of now, he has not been charged, so we are not naming him. According to the family’s attorney, Darnell Crosland, Lauren met the man on the dating app, Bumble.

 

 

According to the police report (obtained by Daily Mail), Lauren and the man were hanging out drinking the night before she died. She asked him for $40 to get her nails done and then to meet up at her apartment where they took “shots of tequila.”

The man told police Lauren became ill and threw up in the bathroom before she came back and they continued to drink tequila and mixed drinks. He claims they drank, played games and ate before she received a text, went outside to get something from her brother and returned. He said she went into the bathroom for 10-15 minutes.

Upon returning from the bathroom, he claims they continued to watch a movie and finished the bottle of tequila before she fell asleep on the couch. He said he carried her to the bedroom and they went to bed. Around 3am he said he woke up to use the restroom and Lauren was snoring. When 6:30am rolled around, he said he woke up again and found her lying on her right side with blood coming out of her right nostril, and she was not breathing. He then called 911.

Sadly, it took days for Lauren’s family to be notified about her death as the landlord didn’t have family contact information. It wasn’t until her mother, Shantell Fields, went to Lauren’s apartment that she found out her daughter had passed away.

”The pain is so unbearable," said Lauren's mother. "When I got there, there was a note on the door saying, 'If you're looking for Lauren, call this number.'"

"When I asked the officer about the guy, he said he was a very nice guy and they weren't looking into him anymore. It was almost like he was sticking up for him and it seemed weird to hear that from a detective,” Lauren’s brother, Lakeem Jetter,told NBC Connecticut.

“He told me directly on the phone to stop calling him and hung up in my face, it was just like total disrespect, like that's what you tell a family that's going through grief and trying to find answers?”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lauren’s brother detailed how neglectful the investigators were when it came to collecting evidence from the scene. There was a large blood stain in the middle of her bed, as well as a used condom, lubricant and an unidentified pill.

”The first night we saw cups there, flipped plates and the lube. The cops didn't take any of the cups to test the liquor,” Lauren’s brother said. “There was a big stain of blood in the middle of her bed, with streaks going to the right side.”

The family’s attorney said the lead detective told the family to stop contacting him, alleging the investigator seems uninterested in pursuing Lauren’s date as a suspect.

”The way they talked to me, the way they have talked to the family, how they treated my daughter, they treated her like she was nobody, like she was not important,” Lauren’s mom said.

The family’s attorney said the investigators are waiting for an autopsy before questioning anyone.

”But there are parts of the investigation that can be done without the autopsy. They can obtain the messages from Bumble. But that's not being done,” he said.

Lauren’s family wants police to investigate her death with the same energy police investigated the death of Gabby Petito - the white woman who disappeared after a road trip with her boyfriend, who was eventually found dead. The family is frustrated with the mishandling of the investigation, and rightfully so.

”We have seen the amount of resources that have gone to other cases involving missing white women like Gabby Petito and we know so many black woman are missing so much in this country,” attorney Darnell Crosland said. “Everyone is speaking out, everyone is insulted with the way the Bridgeport police and the Bridgeport city has dealt with us.”

In a statement to CBS News, Bridgeport Police Acting Chief Rebecca Garcia said there are elements of misinformation being reposted, adding they will release a final comprehensive report at the end of their investigation. 

On what would have been her 24th birthday, family and friends marched in her memory on Sunday, Jan.23rd.

“We want answers,” “Protect Black women,” “Save our daughters,” “Bridgeport, step up,” they chanted on the third-of-a-mile journey from Congress Street to the Morton government center.

”A part of my soul died,” said Lauren’s mom. "I will never be the same again. I don't even know how to even move from the next day to the next minute. I am really dead inside."

TRAGIC.

Rapper Cardi B is helping to bring awareness about the case, posting about it to her 21.4 million followers on Twitter:

 

 

We pray this family receives the attention to this case that it deserves, as well as justice!  

Photo: Lauren's IG

 

 

Lil Mama Has A Problem With 'Black Women' Being 'Bent Over' On Social Media, 'Is It A Mass Mandate?'

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Lil Mama had something to get off her chest recently, and she's coming for black women in particular over what they post online.  Deets inside.

Rapper and actress Lil Mama decided to post up her opinion about why "so many black women" are "bent over" on social media, seemingly questioning the sexuality shown on social media these days.  She also asked why they aren't also showing family life or being "classy" as well.

The "Lip Gloss" rapper posted this message to her IG stories:

 

 

While everybody is entitled to their own opinion, opinions also can be met with rebuttals and other opinions. 

It's interesting that this post was geared solely toward black women, as if all women - of every race - aren't embracing their sexuality on social media and posting themselves in that way, whether folks like it or not.  We'd even arguably say it's more non-black women doing so than anyone else.  The TikToks and Snap posts and IG posts of women posting themselves in sexy clothing, twerking, dancing, or anything else deemed to be "sexualization" are happening all over social media.  And folks have every right to post what they want.  But if one truly has an issue with constant sexualization itself, why not keep it 100 and take issue with the sexualization itself across the board, instead of singling out black women?  Black women are unnecessarily singled out enough, let's not contribute to the matter ourselves over something that is so clearly no a "black woman" issue.

It's even more interesting that the very people taking issue with women posting themselves "bent over" on social media would be the same ones HIGHLY upset with folks judging them for the new levels of wigs, weaves and makeup they wear as part of their new image.  One has every right to wear all of those things in their own social media photos and deserve not to be asked "What day are you natural?". Let's not single out others for what they do with THEIR social media if you don't want that done to you.

We don't recall all this clutching of pearls and concern about women's sexualization when it was mainly male rappers, male content creators, male directors, male show runners and men in general sexualizing women on social media.  It seems people have more issue with women being the ones sharing the content than they do with "women being bent over" on social media. All we're saying is, keep that same energy at all times.  If you have only spoken up about your alleged issue when women themselves are owning and posting their OWN sexuality, and not a peep when the male delegation does so ad nauseum, it's giving patriarchy and internalized misogony. Folks might want to check that.

Everyone has a right to express their opinion on the things they don't like seeing on social media.  It also may be a good idea to first ask yourself why you do.

With all that said:

 

Stay safe out there folks....

 

Photo: Instagram

FOR FREE?! NFL Wants Hundreds Of Super Bowl Halftime Dancers To VOLUNTEER To Perform, Will Not Even Pay For Transportation!

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Professional dancers are calling out the NFL because they want the league to put some RESPECK on their craft! A casting call was sent out to dancers asking them to perform for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show…FOR FREE.99! More inside…

 

”They don’t work for freeeeeee” *in our Jacquees voice.

Yeah, the NFL clearly has it TWISTED.

Controversy is brewing as industry professionals are speaking out about how the NFL wants them to perform for FREE during Super Bowl LVI, set to go down Sunday, February 13th.

Millions will tune in to watch Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem perform for one of the biggest events of the year during the Pepsi Halftime Show.

A few days ago, Halftime Show choreographer Fatima Robinson revealed she hired 115 dancers to perform at the Super Bowl this year, marking it as “the most ever hired” for the event. Peep her announcement below:

 

 

”I’m so happy to be hiring 115 paid dancers for the Super Bowl this year…..the most ever hired,” she wrote. “I started out dancing for free, then as a extra on the movie 'Boys In The Hood' and have worked with these incredible artist individually throughout my career. This Super Bowl Halftime Show is about to be Amazing!!!!!”

While that’s great, it seems that number doesn’t nearly account for the HUNDREDS of dancers who will hit the field with the paid dancers...FOR FREE.

Dancer/activist Taja Riley - who has danced alongside Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and NickiMinaj - is ringing the alarm on how dancers are being short changed when it comes to this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. A request was sent out to the dance community asking for “predominantly African American movers” to “volunteer” to perform for halftime.

Page Six has the deets:

The alleged screenshots from various recruiters and LA’s Bloc Talent Agency reveal that those volunteering are expected to attend mandatory rehearsals for up to nine hours a day, with no transportation provided. “Glee” star Heather Morris, Carmit Bachar of the Pussycat Dolls and Alyson Stoner (who appeared in Eminem’s “Just Lose It” music video) have since spoken out on the matter via social media.

“It’s not uncommon that the Super Bowl brings forth field local volunteers to be concertgoers for the Super Bowl experience just to deepen the production quality and value and the attention,” Taja Riley — who performed at halftime with Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay in 2016 and with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020 — told Page Six.”

“These are things that are pretty common in the industry, but what is not common is a coordinator or production or producer reaching out to professional talent to hire them as volunteers and working them for the amount of time that they are requesting.”

You can watch her interview here.

On Instagram Taja - who is the daughter of singer Teddy Riley - shared the messages she and others have received, asking for Super Bowl Halftime Show "volunteers":

 

 

Yep. 72 hours of rehearsals and the NFL will not even provide transportation! An entity that literally brings in billions of dollars wants professional dancers to commit to a show without compensation? Apparently, they feel the performers should be grateful for the “exposure” the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can provide. Yeah, no.

Taja isn’t having that. And she’s even calling out Fatima after she allegedly BLOCKED her when she reached out to her to discuss this year’s Super Bowl:

 

 

@fatima_noir can Block, but she can’t cover TRUTH,” Taja wrote in the caption of a video of herself addressing the controversy.

This is a call to action for all of us.

I am super shocked to discover that I have been blocked by an African American Leader in our Dance Industry, who Carries so much power, and responsibility to elevate our community, and refuses to raise awareness, seek answers, and has blatantly posted messages that attempt to hide or ignore what is REALLY happening here. this really does break my heart.

For this Union Job, NO ONE Should be working for free. “African American Movers” should not be asked to participate in an event as volunteers to exploit our community. Our Dance Community. our black community. Our cultural community. For the amount of profit you are making, they are making, their ancillary marketing partners are making truly makes this an obvious fix. I am imploring you to do something about this, because I am well aware that you are deeply connected with industry relationships. You are a great businesswoman and you have had several chances + opportunities to elevate our industry by sharing your industry wisdom. Im sure whatever reason you have not done so in the past, was just business, but I know you represent something more than that (at least for me you did).I’m hoping that you can take advantage of THIS opportunity, in the space of where we are as black creatives, pandemic survivors, and help us to break the generational curse on our industry.

I was told in previous years, other choreographers did not know about this “volunteer” situation until it was way too late. WE HAVE TIME NOW. YOU KNOW NOW. This needs to change, and you can help change it.

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation - who is producing the Halftime Show with Jesse Collins - released a statement to Page Six:

“As Executive Producers of the Halftime Show, we know firsthand the level of passion, talent, creativity, and long days of preparation it takes to pull off a performance of this caliber and so it’s important that we address the current narrative. We completely agree that all dancers should be compensated for their craft and that is why we are employing the 115 professional dancers performing alongside the headliners. The professional dancers are completely separate from the volunteer-based, non-choreographed field cast.

As in years past, it is completely up to the volunteer candidates to participate. No one working with this show contacted an agency to request professional dancers to volunteer. Lastly, we strictly follow and adhere to all SAG-AFTRA guidelines.”

Hmm…sounds like Hov and his team need to investigate this…STAT!

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