Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marlon Wayans Sued for Racial Discrimination over Cleveland Brown Photo

According to BET Centric, an out-of-work actor is finding nothing funny about Marlon Wayans' photo comparison (see below) of him and animated character Cleveland Brown from "The Cleveland Show." He's now suing the star for racial discrimination and harassment.
Pierre Daniel was hired for a role in the comedy horror film A Haunted House 2 when his looks caught the attention of Wayans, the film's writer and star. Last September, Wayans posted a side-by-side image to social media of Daniel and Cleveland with the caption: "Tell me this n-gga don't look like ... THIS N-GGA!!! Ol Cleveland Brown ass lookin."
But for Daniel, it was no laughing matter. He believes the photo was a form of cyber-bullying and was racially motivated. In court documents obtained by TMZ, he mentioned the mocking of his afro and accused Wayans of leering at him and rolling his eyes.
As a result, Daniel said the comparison caused him "shock, pain, discomfort and/or anxiety" and he can no longer work as an actor. He is suing Wayans and the film's production company for unspecified damages.  Wayans has yet to comment on the matter.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Studio Q Covers The Merge Summit 2014 [VIDEO]


 

Studio Q attended the opening night red carpet for the Merge Summit that was held on August 21, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.  The Merge Summit, which was founded by Dr. Holly Carter (President/CEO, Relevé Entertainment) and Co-founded by Robi Reed (VP, Talent and Casting, Original Programming, BET Networks), is where Faith and Entertainment come together.  Many stars were in attendance, and we got a chance to chat with quite a few on the red carpet.

Check out some of our footage from Mali Music (recording artist), Dondre Whitfield (actor), Charles Michael David (actor), and Jonathan Butler (recording artist).








   









Niecy Nash Joins ‘The Mindy Project’

According to Variety,  it looks like Mindy will also have a “work nemesis” to worry about in the upcoming season of “The Mindy Project.”  Niecy Nash of “Reno 911!” fame has joined season three of the Fox sitcom in a recurring role, our sister site TVLine first reported.  Nash will play Dr. Jean Fishman, the new chief of Shulman & Associates’ admitting hospital and rival to Mindy Kaling’s character. Nash’s character also happens to be lesbian.  The Mindy Project” returns on September 16. Kaling tweeted the news on Friday.


Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

According to The Hollywood Reporter Prince is back.  The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled ART OFFICIAL AGE, out Sept. 30.
The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl, who also noted that the funk 'n' roll band will release a full-length album, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on Sept. 30 as well. Both albums are currently available for presale online.
The all-female ensemble — American drummerHannah Ford, Canadian guitarist Donna Grantisand Danish bassist Ida Nielsen — made the announcement when they stopped by Good Morning America on Monday, also previewing Prince's new song "Clouds."
While Prince has not released a full-length album since 2010, the singer did record a duet with Zooey Deschanel in March and premiered the track on the post-Super Bowl episode of New Girl. He has been touring with 3rd Eye Girl in Europe.  Watch the video above.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beyonce Performs at The MTV VMA's [VIDEO]

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang [Official Video]

Suge Knight Shot 6 Times at Chris Brown's Pre-VMA Party [VIDEO]


According to TMZSuge Knight attended Chris Brown's VMA party at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood, CA, and was shot 6 times. He's currently in ICU, but is expected to recover.

Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday, and Suge Knight was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery, eyewitnesses and Suge's family say.

A source close to Suge says that he was shot in the stomach and arm and apparently in other places as well.

Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri'chard and Apple de Ap were inside the pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown when they heard 4 shots ring out inside the club. 

Suge walked out of the club on his own, a cop spotted him and walked the rap mogul to the police car where Suge sat.  Suge was then put in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.


Cops are focusing on beef between gang members that triggered the nightclub shooting that landed Suge Knight in an ICU with multiple bullet wounds.

We're told cops are interested in a common denominator with Chris Brown, Suge and Game's Bloods affiliation.

Eyewitnesses tell us Brown was throwing up gang signs before the shooting inside 1OAK early Sunday and he was performing with a red bandana - the Bloods' moniker.

Game, who got in a fight outside 1OAK before the shooting because they wouldn't let him in, is a known and proud member of the Bloods.  His album is called Blood Money.

As for Suge, one of the most notorious things about him is his Bloods affiliation.  Check out the video below after Suge was shot.




  Suge Knight -- Moments After Bullets Tore Through His Body (VIDEO)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Iggy Azalea Interviews Jennifer Lopez For MTV’s ‘House of Style’

Iggy Azalea Falls off Stage [VIDEO]

 
According to TMZ, Iggy Azalea took a massive tumble off the stage she was performing on Friday night and the video is intense.  Azalea was rapping her hit song "Fancy" during a pre-VMA party at the Avalon when she lost sight of the stage and went down like the Titanic. 

It's been rough going for pre-VMA stuff.  A dancer was bit Friday by an Anaconda during a Nicki Minaj rehearsal.  As for Iggy, security helped the 24-year old back onto the stage and of course, she played the whole thing off like a champ.




Nick Cannon Says, 'I'm the One Who Left the Relationship' NOT MARIAH

According to TMZ, Nick Cannon is the one who decided to bail on his marriage and not Mariah.  
Nick has made it clear to all involved that he's deeply concerned about Mariah's emotional state and is ending the marriage for the well being of their kids. He believes the environment around Mariah is toxic and fears for his kids.  TMZ is told that Nick believes his kids have already shown signs of emotional upset living with Mariah.

Nick's MO is simple, he wants to create an environment separate from Mariah, that gives the kids a safe haven from the "chaos" at her home. Nick is also telling his people he's deeply concerned about Mariah's mental health and believes her people don't care about anything but her ability to make money and pay their salaries.  And finally Nick is taking a "passive" role in the divorce telling his lawyers to take the path of least resistance to end things as peacefully as possible.

Sidebar: Wow. Sounds like some real deep issues going on. 

Stevie J Close To Landing Plea Deal In Child Support Case

According to Centric, Stevie J is inching closer and closer to settling his $1 million child support case, as the federal government has filed court documents asking for more time before heading to trial. It’s suspected the "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star is in plea talks in hopes to lessen his penalties.

Back in June, Stevie J— whose real name is Steven Jordan— was arrested for owing $1,107,412 in back child support for the kids he had with an ex-girlfriend. He was initially tasked with paying $6,600 a month in child support, but that total was eventually raised to $8,600 a month. Unfortunately, Jordan never paid up.
Court documents state the government is now close to settling with Jordan without going to trial, reports The Jasmine Brand. They’re said to be in negotiations and need a little more time to continue talking with the star. A request has been put in place to reschedule a hearing for Sept. 11. 

Jordan reportedly makes $27,000 a month for his role on "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" and made $193,499 from January 2013 to August 2013. He also made more than $105,000 in music royalties over the past decade. 

The federal government is working out a plan for Jordan to pay back the mother of his children, given the surplus of his recent income, and avoid jail time.
Sidebar: Your kids should be your first priority. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Reportedly Separated For 2 Months

According to TMZ Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey have been separated for months and their divorce is "a done deal" after six years of marriage.  Sources tell the site the celebrity pair have divorce lawyers negotiating a property settlement and custody agreement for their 2 children, Moroccan and Monroe. The couple reportedly have been living apart in New York City since May and only come in contact when dealing with the kids.  As the story goes, the trouble began back in March when Cannon did an interview with Power 106's Big Boy in which he participated in a game of naming five celebrities he slept with. From there, it seems the marriage continued to fall to pieces.
Per TMZ:
"Our sources say  ... Nick's appearance on Big Boy's radio show in March was the beginning of the end. Nick played Big Boy's game -- name the 5 celebs you've slept with.  Nick named 5, but our sources say the one that made Mariah insane was Kim Kardashian.  
We're told Mariah tore into Nick for weeks ... feeling humiliated and the relationship never recovered.

We're told it went from bad to worse when Nick went on Howard Stern and talked about Mariah not giving it up before they got hitched.  She went nuclear.

Our sources say Mariah feels Nick has abandoned her by taking every gig that's on the table ... when they don't need the money.  She's especially angry because it keeps him away from their kids.

For Nick's part ... we're told he feels Mariah has become impossible because she surrounds herself with "yes men."  He says she can't handle it when he dares to disagree with her.
We're also told Nick is incredulous Mariah is bitching about his work ethic ... he says he's generated $75 million since 2011 for the family."
Rumors of a divorce between the couple have been swirling for months, prompting Cannon to address the matter in an interview with Parade.
"You kind of have to ignore it because every week it’s something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you…There’s no merit or truth to it," he told the magazine in May. "It’s kind of humorous, really. It couldn’t be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers."
Earlier this week, Carey announced her world tour, "The Elusive Chanteuse Show," which she's slated to play 12 dates. With the singer out on the road, Cannon booked solid with multiple gigs and the kids at home, there's no telling how things will play out.  Carey and Cannon have yet to speak on the reports.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ray Allen UPSET With The Way Florida Police Are Handling Home Invasion

According to the YBF, last week, eight teenagers (ages 18-19) broke into former Miami Heat star Ray Allen's Coral Gables home while his wife and children were home alone sleeping. The teens had the audacity to roam their entire house, which resulted in his wife, Shannon, being frighteningly awakened to a group of men standing in her bedroom with flashlights!
The free agent and his wife were furious with the way the police were handling the investigation. At first, the Coral Gables Police Department decided NOT to press charges against the teens and simply characterized the incident as a silly prank. Was it because these were rich white kids? Cause we all know what would have happened had it been kids from another race…but that’s for another post.
According to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham, the authorities decided not to press burglary charges because there was no forced entry, no intent (nont sure how they came to that conclusion other than them assuming because they "live in the wealthy neighborhood" they couldn't possibly steal things) and nothing was taken. I n Florida, long as you don’t force yourself in someone’s house and don’t take anything…you won’t be punished if you still enter without permission? Ok.
Allen’s family released a statement detailing the events of that night saying,
“We want to correct the erroneous information being reported about the crime committed in our home this week. On Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m., my wife Shannon was awakened by loud voices in our bedroom where she had been sleeping with our four young children.
“She heard male voices loudly discussing our personal property and sat up in a state of alarm to find at least five people inside our bedroom with large flashlights. She was immediately fearful for the safety of her own life, but more importantly the lives of our young children. When she screamed at them, the intruders quickly fled the scene and laughter was heard as they made their way out of our bedroom, down the stairs and out of our house.
“As these individuals were fleeing our house, Shannon immediately called security and the police for help. Shannon and I believe that a number of the public statements made through media outlets have mischaracterized certain important facts and what we believe to be the seriousness of this potentially devastating invasion upon our lives, home and family,” Allen said.
It wasn't until Ray and his wife spoke out about the lack of the police department doing anything were charges decided to be brought up. Now the eight teens are facing misdemeanor trespassing charges. The Allens also have decided to press criminal charges. They made a visit to the state attorney’s office yesterday and have provided statements regarding the incident.

Iyanla Vanzant Takes Her Show to the Streets of Ferguson, MO for Special Episode of 'Fix My Life'

According to Shadow & Act, following the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, ordained minister and nationally recognized spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant has traveled to the area to listen to the people who have been adversely affected and to join the community in finding a path from violence into healing.
Breaking from the traditional "Iyanla: Fix My Life" series format, Iyanla is taking her show to the streets of Ferguson for an upcoming special episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” to air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The air date will be announced in the coming week.
“My heart hurts for the family of Michael Brown and the citizens of Ferguson. In the wake of this tragic death, it is my responsibility as a mother, grandmother and teacher to show my support and to offer the community a chance to share its story with the nation. In addition, I hope to provide a set of tools to begin the healing process while also promoting peaceful change,” said Iyanla Vanzant.
Sidebar: Good job Iyanla, They need you. 

New Music : Jennifer Hudson - Dangerous [VIDEO]



According to BET Centric, when it comes to love, Jennifer Hudson isn't afraid to walk on the wild side---or so she claims on "Dangerous", the latest cut off her upcoming album JHUD
“I do it for the thrill, even if it kills. Dangerous. You make me feel dagerous...Dangerous like no hands on a motorbike,” she sings on over the pulsating midtempo track.  

"Dangerous" follows the release of "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" ft. T.I."Walk It Out", and the disco-tinged tune "It's Your World" featuring R. Kelly
JHUD will be available on September 23.

MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

According to MSN, The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang."  Ariana GrandeNicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit.  Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Nicki Minaj Drops "Anaconda" Video

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Real Husbands of Hollywood Returns for Season 3

Mo'ne Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated

According to Sports Illustrated, thirteen-year-old sensation Mo'ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention.
"Last week, this week, maybe next week, she's owned the sports conversation," Sports Illustrated manager editor Chris Stone said. "How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It's the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story."
"The writer, Albert Chen, said it perfectly in the story, 'She's a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew,' " Stone said. "Most of all, she's a laid-back kid just having a really good time."
And Davis says that she doesn’t even know if she will continue playing baseball. ​The nation first took notice after Davis used her 70 mph fastball to throw a shutout in the Mid-Atlantic Final that sent her team to the World Series. She followed that up by becoming the first girl to throw a shutout in World Series history, throwing a two-hitter and striking out eight in a 4-0 win over Nashville last Friday. 
For good measure, Davis had an RBI single in Philadelphia’s victory over Pearland, Texas, this week, becoming the sixth girl to collect a hit in Little League World Series history.  For all her baseball accolades, Davis says her dream is to play basketball for the University of Connecticut. 
“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball,” she says. “I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball -- but I really want to play basketball.”  She also says that she is learning to deal with the media spotlight. “People were like, 'Oh, there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy," she said. Should Davis and Philadelphia take home the trophy from South Williamsport, more interviews and more attention will certainly come her way. 
Sidebar: Go girl!!!!

Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rapper and TV personality Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on CBS' CSI spinoff, the network announced Tuesday.  Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber-intrusion savant, he's been ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) "on loan" to assist with a cyber case. Growing up without any parental guidance, Nelson joined "hacktivist" groups to give himself an extended family. His dilemma will be working for the feds while trying to keep his fingers out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.
He joins an ensemble that also includes James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol andCharley KoontzCarol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Zuiker, Pam Veasey, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce the CBS Television Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television production.  “Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what's right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,' ” said Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise. “
It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off-the-charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.”  Moss currently hosts BET's interview talk show 106 & Park and last appeared in HBO's Entourage for three seasons. Past TV credits include Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, Brothers Garcia, Smallville and Ugly Betty. He made his feature acting debut in 2002'sLike Mike and has starred in films such as Johnson Family Vacation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Sidebar: Okay Bow Wow, I mean Shad.

Watch Lynn Whitfield & Vivica Fox in Trailer for Nigerian-Produced '30 Days in Atlanta' [VIDEO]

According to Shadow & Act movie "30 Days in Atlanta" speaks to the terrible lack of work available to black actresses (especially those of a certain age) in Hollywood - global cinema's most dominant force; and also home to these actresses.

Torrei Hart RESPONDS To Kevin Hart’s ENGAGEMENT

According to the YBF, last night VH1’s newest reality show “Atlanta Exes” premiered and while we were watching to see what tea would be spilled, comedian Kevin Hart pulled a fast one and revealed on Instagram that he and girlfriend Eniko Parrish had just gotten engaged!  Some could see his move as calculated, but apparently he proposed to Eniko on her 30th birthday, which just so happened to be the same day as the “ATL Exes” premiere.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Serena Poses with Tennis Trophy

According to Essence, Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy during the trophy ceremony after a final match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sidebar: Go Serena! 

Nicki Minaj Gives Drake Lap Dance in "Anaconda" [Photos]




According to Singers Room, Nicki Minaj continues to drop teasers around her highly-anticipated 

upcoming music video for her latest single “Anaconda.” Her latest treats are stills from the video, 

which shows her giving her Young Money label-mate Drake a sensual lap dance. In the images, Drake 

is seen seated on a chair, while the voluptuous hit-maker lays her booty and boobs on him. Check out 

the video stills below. 


Sidebar: He looks Happy. Lol! 





Scream! Chris Brown and Trey Songz Plotting Joint Tour

According to The SingersRoom, it looks like Chris Brown and Trey Songz will go on tour together. Brown took to Twitter today to deliver the revelation to his fans, writing, "THIS FALL is gonna be legendary! Get ready for me and @TreySongz Tour!!!!!!"  In addition, both crooners also uploaded videos to Instagram with Brown voicing, "Real R&B, real singing, real performances, a ton of ladies ... damn," while Trey adds, "It would be a good tour though, are they ready?"  Trey released his chart topping sixth studio album, Trigga, back in July (2014), while Chris Brown is readying his next studio effort, X, for September 16th.  With Beyonce teaming with hubby Jay Z for "On The Run," Rihanna partnering with Eminem for "The Monster," and now Chris and Trey Songz.

Sidebar: This seems like a great match. 



Fashion Rocks: Jennifer Hudson, MAGIC! Added to Line up

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Hudson and Magic! have been added to the Fashion Rocks lineup, it was announced Monday. The two acts will join Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry and Usher at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 9.
The two-hour special celebrating fashion and music will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and is executive produced by Richard Beckman of Three Lions Entertainment, Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions, and Seacrest. It will air live on CBS.

Ray J, Omarion & Soulja Boy in "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood"

According to The The YBF, the full cast and premiere date for "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" has been released by VH1.  Mona Scott Young is heading to the West Coast to bring us "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" on Monday, September 15 at 8pm ET on VH1. Below is the confirmed cast list according to a PR release from VH1.
Ray J- Recording artist who has been romantically linked to several well-known names in recent years. Currently, he seems inseparable from his best friend and executive assistant Morgan Hardman.

Soulja Boy -YouTube sensation with his hit "Crank Dat," romantically linked to R&B Royalty, Nia Riley, daughter of Grammy-award winning music producer/singer/songwriter Teddy Riley.
Omarion- Former lead singer of hit R&B band B2K, now pursuing a solo career while dating Apryl Jones, a backupvocalist. The two are currently expecting their first child.
Lil Fizz- Former bandmember of R&B band B2K who, although he shares a child with ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter, is thinking about settling down with his present love Amanda Secor.
Young Berg -Grammy-nominated producer and musician. He has worked with artists such as Lil Wayne, T Pain, Ray J, Tamar Braxton and Meek Mill.
Teairra Marie-Actress and R&B songstress and ex-girlfriend to Ray J. Popular for her hit song "Make Her Feel Good."
Hazel E –Former celebrity publicist, currently pursuing her own music career as a rapper.
Yesi Ortiz- "Voice of LA," DJ/ Music Director for hip hop radio station Power 106.
Sincere- A premier club promoter in the Los Angeles area.
Nikki Mudarris- A born and bred LA girl, Nikki is an heir to her family's real estate fortune.


Sidebar: The ratched-ness done gone Hollywood!