Friday, December 19, 2014

Queen Latifah to Pay Laid-Off Talk Show Staff With Her Own Money

According to E!, Queen Latifah is making sure that the laid-off staff of her cancelled talk show is being taken care of for Christmas.  Latifah is using her own money to pay the show's crew through the holidays even though production has officially shut down. (While original episodes of the show will run through March, the production crew is no longer necessary.)
It was announced about a month ago that The Queen Latifah Show had been cancelled after two seasons. Produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, the show included a roster of high-profile guests, including Bill Clinton and Nicole Kidman.
"Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit'!" Latifah wrote in a message posted on her Facebook page. "Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.
"Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same," the message continued. "You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show. We truly changed people's lives for the better. So…stay positive, stay strong, and most important, stay open...There is so much more God has in store!"
Latifah ended the post with words of inspiration. "This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey," she wrote. "The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly."
Although her talk show is no more, Latifah's acting career continues to soar. She's already getting much buzz for her work as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO's upcoming Bessie.
Sidebar: This is why I love Queen Latifah for this. #Dopeness

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Queen Latifah As Bessie Smith in HBO Biopic

According to Essence, Queen Latifah is making her way back to the cinematic small screen to star in Bessie, an HBO biopic recounting the life of singer Bessie Smith, who was also known as "The Empress of the Blues."
The film, which is directed by Dee Rees (Pariah), will tell the story of the legendary Smith's turbulent personal life and her transformation into one of the most iconic singers of the 20th century. Latifah is also an executive producer of the project, which has an all-star cast that includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Charles S. Dutton and Mo'Nique.
Latifah is no stranger to HBO. In 2008, she won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in HBO's Life Support, where she played a crack-addicted mother.
The official premiere date of Bessie has not yet been released.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watch Oprah and Jimmy Fallon's Auto-Tuned 80s Soap Opera

Sony Scraps Movie 'The Interview'

According to TMZ, Sony has pulled the plug on the XMAS release of "The Interview," after a number of theater chains bailed.
TMZ broke the story Thursday morning. Sony execs felt their out was if distributors yanked the film because of safety concerns. That would give Sony an out without directly bending to the hackers.
Sony just released a statement, saying, "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release."
The statement goes on, saying, "We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public."
The execs are underscoring the distinction between pulling the film because of the distributors rather than out of fear, saying, "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."  

K. Michelle Gets Emotional Discussing Idris Elba

According to Essence, K. Michelle did a fantastic job of keeping a relationship with Idris Elba under wraps. But on the tail of her new album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, emotions are coming out, dirty laundry is being aired and the singer is opening up about Elba, with no holds barred.
Yesterday, the former Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta star broke down in tears when asked about Elba during a radio interview on the Russ Parr Morning Show.
"My thing is I feel like I protected you [Elba] for so long," Michelle told the hosts. "There are my emotions that I deserve. I have to protect myself, and I have to deal with my emotions. I love him and always will."
Michelle repeatedly said that he was a normal man and a good guy. However, she admitted that he had emailed her saying that he understood that her songs are her art, but he's sad that it had to come to this.
"It's not a hate thing," she said shortly before breaking down in tears, forcing the hosts to cut to a commercial break. "We don't hate each other. It's the timing. It's a timing thing, you know?"
She added that the revealing lyrics aren't her attempt at telling it all, they're simply a portrayal of her life.
"We keep certain things with us. It's still private" she said. "But he knows with my music, I'm like a Black Taylor Swift. I'm going to write about you, and I'm going to talk about you. He really has no choice."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beverly Johnson: 'Bill Cosby Drugged Me'

Beverly Johnson, best known as the first black woman to cover Vogue, has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her in the mid '80s in his New York brownstone.  In a tell-all essay for Vanity Fair, Johnson discusses the trust she put in Cosby as she attempted to get her acting career off the ground. After disclosing the very personal details of her divorce, Johnson said she felt a sense of comfort with the star and thought nothing of coming to his home one late afternoon to read for a part on "The Cosby Show."
Johnson wrote:
"Looking back, that first invite from Cosby to his home seems like part of a perfectly laid out plan, a way to make me feel secure with him at all times. It worked like a charm. Cosby suggested I come back to his house a few days later to read for the part. I agreed, and one late afternoon the following week I returned. His staff served a light dinner and Bill and I talked more about my plans for the future.
After the meal, we walked upstairs to a huge living area of his home that featured a massive bar. A huge brass espresso contraption took up half the counter. At the time, it seemed rare for someone to have such a machine in his home for personal use.
Cosby said he wanted to see how I handled various scenes, so he suggested that I pretend to be drunk. (When did a pregnant woman ever appear drunk on The Cosby Show? Probably never, but I went with it.)
As I readied myself to be the best drunk I could be, he offered me a cappuccino from the espresso machine. I told him I didn’t drink coffee that late in the afternoon because it made getting to sleep at night more difficult. He wouldn’t let it go. He insisted that his espresso machine was the best model on the market and promised I’d never tasted a cappuccino quite like this one.
It’s nuts, I know, but it felt oddly inappropriate arguing with Bill Cosby so I took a few sips of the coffee just to appease him.
Now let me explain this: I was a top model during the 70s, a period when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a health spa. I’d had my fun and experimented with my fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and drugged good."
Johnson said her head became woozy and her speech became slurred as the room began to spin. She then walked over to Cosby at his insistence and he put his hands around her waist. She continued: 
"As I felt my body go completely limp, my brain switched into automatic-survival mode. That meant making sure Cosby understood that I knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.

'You are a motherfucker aren’t you?'

That’s the exact question I yelled at him as he stood there holding me, expecting me to bend to his will. I rapidly called him several more “motherfuckers.” By the fifth, I could tell that I was really pissing him off. At one point he dropped his hands from my waist and just stood there looking at me like I’d lost my mind.

What happened next is somewhat cloudy for me because the drug was in fuller play by that time. I recall his seething anger at my tirade and then him grabbing me by my left arm hard and yanking all 110 pounds of me down a bunch of stairs as my high heels clicked and clacked on every step. I feared my neck was going to break with the force he was using to pull me down those stairs. It was still late afternoon and the sun hadn’t completely gone down yet. When we reached the front door, he pulled me outside of the brownstone and then, with his hand still tightly clenched around my arm, stood in the middle of the street waving down taxis.

When one stopped, Cosby opened the door, shoved me into it and slammed the door behind me without ever saying a word. I somehow managed to tell the driver my address and before blacking out, I looked at the cabbie and asked, as if he knew: “Did I really just call Bill Cosby ‘a motherfucker’?"
Johnson's account goes on to describe the next morning and the days that followed when she tried to reach out to Cosby to discuss the incident. She was met with no answers.
Johnson is just one of nearly two dozen women who have stepped forward to accuse Cosby of drugging, sexually assaulting or raping them. She joins model/TV personality Janice Dickinson on the short list of famous women who have revealed their startling claims to the world.  Cosby has yet to speak on these most recent allegations from Johnson. 
Sidebar: WOW. 

Ava Duvernay Makes History With Golden Globe Nomination

According to the YBF, The 2015 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. The announcements were made at The Beverly Hilton Hotel by Paula Patton.  Among the nominees are "House of Lies" star Don Cheadle, "How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis and SELMA star David Oyelowo and John Legend and Common ("Best Original Song").  Unfortunatey, "Scandal" was shut out.  SELMA director Ava DuVernay landed in the BEST MOTION PICTURE - Drama category and the BEST DIRECTOR field, making her the FIRST Black Female Director to land the latter honor.  Check out the list below.

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"
• BEST ACTOR, Motion Picture, Drama 
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
David Oyelowo, "Selma" 
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
• BEST ACTRESS, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Julianne Moore, "Maps to the Stars"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"
• BEST DIRECTOR - Motion Picture
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Alejandro Iñárritu (Birdman)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Music by: Lana Del Rey
Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey

Music by: John Legend, Common
Lyrics by: John Legend, Common
Music by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye
Lyrics by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye
Music by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
Lyrics by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
Music by: LordeMOCKINGJAY – PART 1
Lyrics by: Lorde

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stacy Francis and Brave Added to Cast of R&B Divas LA

TheJasmineBrand, reports that the former X-Factor finalist and the former member of the R&B quartet RichGirl have joined the hit reality series, just as news of Claudette Ortiz being ousted from the show has been confirmed. 
Francis, who started her career as a member of the 90s New Jack Swing group Ex-Girlfriend and later landed a lead role in the Broadway production of Footloose, most recently grabbed headlines for getting into an altercation with the late Whitney Houston just a day before Houston's death in 2012. 
Brave, born Christina Williams, was a member of the short lived girl group put together by producer Rich Harrison. Williams alongside former members Audra SimmonsKristal Lyndriette SmithAmber "Seven" Streeter (who has gone one to lead a very successful solo career), failed to make a major splash, and only released two moderately successful hits "He Ain't wit Me Now (Tho)" and "Swagger Right" featuring Rick Ross and Fabolous. The group officially disbanded in 2011. 

The two ladies have began filming and their personalities are already welcomed additions to the show's line-up. Brave has been characterized as more quiet and reserved, while Francis is allegedly out-spoken and very opinionated. 

Chrisette MicheleLeela JamesLil' Mo, and Chante Moore will be returning to the show, and have also began tapping with the two new cast members. 

Ray J's Girlfriend Threatens Suicide After Break-Up

According to TMZ, Ray J frantically called 911 Wednesday and told the dispatcher his girlfriend said she was going to kill herself.  According to our sources, Ray J broke things off with Princess Tuesday night. She was incessantly texting him after he left for work today, and when she didn't hear what she wanted from him she threatened suicide.  Ray J knew there was a gun in the house, so he took the threat seriously. Ray J noted to the dispatcher, their good friend Earl Hayes just committed a murder-suicide and that put him on high alert.
Cops went to their home for a welfare check, but she wasn't home. They haven't spoken with her but Ray J now says he just spoke with her and she insists she won't go through with the threat.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Earl Hayes and Stephanie Moseley Murder Suicide 'He Accused Her Of Affair With Trey Songz'

According to TMZ, Earl Hayes, the man who cops say shot his famous wife to death Monday and then killed himself, was haunted by her infidelity in particular what he said was a fling she had with singer Trey Songz.  As TMZ reported, Stephanie Moseley, the star of VH1's "Hit the Floor," was gunned down in their L.A. apartment as neighbors heard her screaming. Shots rang out, the SWAT team came, busted through the door and discovered the 2 bodies.  Sources connected with Hayes tell us around 2 years ago he separated from Stephanie because of what he says was her affair with Songz. They got back together but, as one friend put it, "He was crushed and never got over it." We're told he frequently brought up Songz.  Hayes accused Moseley of having multiple affairs with various other entertainers. She was a backup dancer who worked with numerous famous singers, including Chris Brown and Usher, but we're told Hayes never mentioned them as a source of conflict.  Hayes and Moseley married in 2008 and his friends say he loved her and tried rationalizing staying together.  TMZ broke the story Floyd Mayweather was on FaceTime with Hayes when he flew into a rage over Moseley's alleged infidelity and the boxer was witness to the murder/suicide.  We reached out to Songz and got no word back, but Monday night he tweeted this.

Debbie Allen On Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: 'It's Just Hard To Believe'

According to BET Centric, Debbie Allen has added her name to the small list of celebrities who are publicly defending Bill Cosby.  The comedian is in the midst of a firestorm after more than a dozen women have come forward claiming he either drugged, sexually assaulted or raped them. On a recent appearance on the “Today Show” to promote her BET holiday musical “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” Allen said the allegations were hard to believe.  “I don’t think we can have this conversation honestly in two minutes. It begs to ask a bigger question. Where’s the moral spine in America and in the world today? Because how are we raising our daughters, our sons? Where are we looking for the guidance of how we’re supposed to live," the Golden Globe winner asked before adding, “Cosby gave us one of the greatest shows in history, and redefined the perception of black people all over the world.”  Allen starred on “A Different World,” which was a spin-off of “The Cosby Show.” Her sister, Phylicia Rashad, played the indelible character Clair Huxtable. Allen has over a 20-year rapport with Cosby.  "At the same time, I'm a part of One Billion Rising," she continued. "This is a movement for women to stand up against violence and denigration of women. This is a tough situation, and it's just hard to believe. I don’t know. I think that so much time has passed before they all have kind of have come together…there’s a big question that my mother ask me every day, ‘Why now? Why are these people trying to destroy his legacy?’”  The Navy recently stripped Cosby of his honorary title and he resigned from Temple University’s board of trustees following the rape allegations.
Sidebar: How do you preserve the legacy of an alleged serial rapist? I know it's hard to believe, but I believe the women, However, I also love the Cosby show. I think we can love Cliff Huxtable and not Bill respectively. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Muhammad Ali & Snoop Dogg at High School Football Game

According to TMZ, Muhammad Ali and Snoop Dogg SAT TOGETHER at the freezing cold high school state championship game in Reno, Nevada this weekend as their superstar kin DOMINATED on the field.  As TMZ first reported, Ali's grandson Biaggio Walsh and Snoop's son Cordell Broadus are teammates at Bishop Gorman High School and both scored TWO touchdowns each in their 70-28 victory over Reed. One of Walsh's TDs was a 91-YARD run!  He's only a sophomore and is expected to be one of top running backs in the state next year. As for Snoop's son, he's a senior and this weekend's game was his last as a high school player.  He's been offered scholarships by some of the biggest college programs in the country but has yet to announce where he's going to go. With the victory this weekend, Bishop Gorman finished the season as the #1 high school football team in the country. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Beyonce Passes Dolly Parton to Become Most Grammy-Nominated Woman

According to The Hollywood Reporter, With just one Grammy nomination, Beyonce has slipped past Dolly Parton to become the most nominated woman in Grammy history.Prior to Friday morning, Bey and Dolly were tied at 46 Grammy noms apiece — but thanks to Beyonce's Beyonce getting nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Queen Bey now reigns as the most Grammy-nominated woman ever with 47 nods.  In terms of most Grammy-nominated artist overall, she's currently tied with producer David Foster for seventh place. But the 2015 Grammy nominees haven't been revealed in full yet — with one more nom, she'll move past him, too. As for wins, Beyonce has won 17 so far. But given the quality of Beyonce, don't be surprised if that total changes at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8.

Beanie Sigel SHOT In New Jersey

According to The YBF, Rapper Beanie Sigel has been shot in New Jersey and he's already taking pics from the hospital. Beans was released from prison this past August after serving 2 years for tax evasion, he's back in trouble.  And this time, it ended with a gun shot to the stomach outside his home in New Jersey.  NBC Philadelphia reports about this morning's shooting:
Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has been shot after an apparent fight outside a Jersey Shore home, police tell NBC10.  The shooting happened around 9:45 a.m. along the 800 block of Spruce Avenue in Pleasantville, New Jersey, police said.  Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was hit in the stomach, police said. He was taken to a hospital and is currently in surgery.
Sigh.  Pleasantville Police Chief Jose Ruiz explained why it's believed there was an altercation that went down prior:
"The crime scene looks like there was some sort of physical altercation.  From what we see there are items turned over, some scuff marks in the grass and stuff, but at this point we're just speculating because we haven't had the opportunity to speak to the victims yet."
Interestingly, Beanie was supposedly moved to a halfway house in Philadelphia after his release.  But the 40-year-old ended up at a home in New Jersey this morning. The rapper was wearing a monitoring bracelet on his ankle at the time of the shooting.  Hopefully this is the last of the foolery for the 40-year-old rapper.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mariah Carey Isolated Vocal Track Surfaces of "All I Want For Christmas" Performance [VIDEO]

Tyler Perry and Girlfriend Welcome Son

According to BCK, congratulations or in order for Tyler Perry and girlfriend Gelila who reportedly welcomed their first child into the world over Thanksgiving weekend. Gelila’s sister apparently shared the delightful news a few days ago.
“Auntie is the best title I’ve ever been given,” tweeted Gelila’s sister. “The love of my life has finally arrived,” added the excited family member.
Tyler and Gelila have kept details surrounding their expectancy private. In fact, the ‘House of Payne’ creator didn’t even tell media that his girlfriend was expecting until after a family friend shared a picture of Gelila while pregnant. “[We're] Very happy,” said Perry shortly after the friend spilled the beans. “She’s excited, I’m excited so we’re very happy.”
Tyler is now the proud father of a son, if Gelila did indeed give birth last week. The producer has not yet confirmed or denied his little one’s arrival.
Sidebar: Congrats!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mama Joyce Regrets Toxic Relationship with Miss Sharon

According to TMZ, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Mama Joyce regrets her toxic relationship with her in-law Miss Sharon, but still she has no plans to go to the funeral.

Mama Joyce famously belittled her son-in-law Todd Tucker and his mom Sharon Tucker on the show claiming he was money hungry and Sharon was a prostitute.

But now Joyce tells TMZ she is sorry for attacking Sharon by repeating gossip (which turned out to be false) and wishes they'd patched things up before Miss Sharon died on Tuesday.  Kandi Burruss' mom says she wants to have a better relationship with Todd. MJ added she won't attend the funeral out of respect for Miss Sharon's friends and family. She knows a lot of people would be pissed if she showed her face so instead she's going to send flowers. 

Todd Tucker’s Mother Dies from a Stroke

Yesterday it was reported that reality TV producer Todd Tucker‘s mother, Miss Sharon, died from complications related to a stroke. Miss Sharon collapsed on Monday afternoon in New York City. She was rushed to a hospital where she died on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Tucker is married to former Xscape singer and reality TV star/entrepreneur Kandi Burruss. Miss Sharon appeared in episodes of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Sidebar: Our deepest condolences to Todd and Kandi

Kelly Rowland’s Mother Passes Away

Kelly Rowland's mother, Doris Rowland Garrison, has reportedly passed away.  No specific cause of death has been reported. The news unfortunately comes after the birth of Rowland’s son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon, last month. Last night, thousands of fans took to twitter to offer the singer their condolences.  The Grammy-winning songstress confirmed the news Wednesday in the following statement:
"It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Doris Rowland Garrison. She was an incredible soul who made countless sacrifices so that I could become the woman—and now mother—I am today. We humbly appreciate all the love and support and only ask for privacy during this difficult time."
Garrison, who also played mother to Rowland's older brother Orlando, would have celebrated her 67th birthday on Saturday.

Mariah Carey to Perform Live Tonight at Rockefeller Center

According to TMZ, NBC have now booked Mariah Carey to perform live tonight after pulling the plug on her Tuesday night. TMZ broke the story that Mariah showed up more than 3 hours late for a taped performance that was supposed to air during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Wednesday night in Rockefeller Center. She was delayed because she was talking with her lawyer about the divorce settlement with husband Nick. When she finally showed up, frustrated NBC execs sent her packing.  But, NBC had a change of heart and they are now rolling the dice that she will show up tonight. The decision comes after LeAnn Rimes tweeted that she would have more air time, insinuating it was because of 'the Mariah problem.

Toni Braxton Files Child Support Lawsuit Against Ex-Husband

Toni Braxton has filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband demanding the court find him in contempt for failing to pay child support. According to The Jasmine Brand, the Braxton Family Values star and Grammy-winning entertainer filed a lawsuit on October 31 in a Georgia-state court against Keri Lewis (pictured above left) for his failure to fulfill his $2,000 a month child support payment for the couple's two children Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis. The lawsuit is seeking an order to get the back child support paid immediately.  Braxton and Lewis married in 1998. The couple divorced in early 2013.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mary J. Blige on Wendy Williams [VIDEO]

Suicide Squad Cast Revealed - Includes Jared Leto, Will Smith & More

According to, Warner Bros. Pictures has officially announced the cast for the new action adventure Suicide Squad. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith as Deadshot; Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto as the Joker; Jai Courtney as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.  In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.  Many of these cast members have been rumored to be a part of the David Ayers directed film for weeks. Other rumors suggest that Jessie Eisenberg is in talks to reprise his role as Lex Luthor, from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well, but those reports were not confirmed.
Variety reported that Warner Bros. is still working on casting Amanda Waller, and is said to currently be eyeing Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey for the role.  Suicide Squad will open in theaters August 5, 2016.

Watch Antonique Smith's New Video, 'Hold Up Wait a Minute,' Directed By Larenz Tate

According to Essence, actress and singer Antonique Smith has finally released a video for her retro-inspired first single, "Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)."

The Notorious star enlisted the help of actor-director Larenz Tate for the video, shot in Los Angeles. Watch as Smith and her dancers bring tons of sass and sexiness to the set. Plus, there's a cameo by Lance Gross.
Smith describes "Hold Up" as a "liberation song" and points to its universal appeal. "It's time to take the power back for all the injustices in our lives - from Mike Brown to the kidnapping of innocent Nigerian girls and all the demoralizing issues in between," she says. "This is an anthem for people worldwide that demand respect. Hold Up Wait A Minute!"

The single is the first single from Smith's forthcoming debut album,Love is Everything (slated for a 2015 release).
Sidebar: We spoke to Antonique recently about this video. Check out the interview below.

Whitney Houston Biopic Gets Premiere Date [PHOTOS]

According to Necolebitchie, this week, Lifetime announced that the release of new biopic, Whitney will premiere on January 17, 2015. The Whitney biopic was directed by Angela Bassett, and stars America’s Next Top Model alumni Yaya DaCosta as the icon, with singer Deborah Cox on vocals. Whitney will focus on Whitney Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown, including the very moment they met while at the height of their careers and their very intense union. Check out the few photos Lifetime released below.
Sidebar: I hope this movie looks nothing like the Aaliyah biopic on Lifetime.

Gabrielle Union Videobombs Dwyane Wade’s Postgame Interview [VIDEO]

Kerry Washington to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’

According to Variety, “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington is in talks to star in the Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable,” sources confirm.  The deal is still in the early stages but sources say both sides are determined to get a deal worked out.  “Belle” director Amma Asante is set to direct the film, which centers on a man whose new wife is menaced by his ex-wife.  Warner-based Denise DiNovi is producing with partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson is writing the script for “Unforgettable.”  Andy Fischel and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing the project for WB.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bill Cosby Resigns from Temple University Board of Trustees

According to MyFoxPhilly, a spokesperson for Temple University announced on Monday that Bill Cosby resigned from Temple University's Board of Trustees.  The comedian tendered his resignation as he continues to come under fire for sexual assault accusations.  Bill Cosby released the following statement:  "I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees."

Temple University accepted Bill Cosby's resignation from the board and thanked him for his service to the university.  Cosby, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, is Temple's most famous alum. Cosby often speaks at Temple University's commencement.  
The news that Cosby is leaving is being met with mixed reaction on Temple's campus. Some students thought this is best for the university while others wanted to hear from Cosby himself about the accusations. Nearly 20 women have come forward claiming Cosby assaulted them years ago.

Janay Rice Talks To Matt Lauer About 'The Elevator Incident' [VIDEO]

Sherri Shepherd CO-HOSTS “The Talk”

According toy the YBF, former “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd returned to daytime television today as a guest co-host on “The Talk”, trekking the promo trail for her new film, Top Five.  Since leaving “The View”, Sherri has had many opportunities come her way. On top of starring in a new comedy flick alongside Chris Rock and Gabrielle Union, she nabbed a role on Broadway as the evil stepmother for Rodger + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA (currently starring by Nene Leakes) and booked a 10-episode arc on TV Land's "Soul Man" with Cedric the Entertainer.  Now she's busy getting the word out about her new film. Sherri joined the ladies at the “talk” table to dish their opinions on trending topics of today. During their chat, the ladies touched on Sherri’s departure from the ABC talk show in which she confirmed, she's very happy to move on from that chapter in her life and is embracing the many, new opportunities. 

"Y&R" Star Kristoff St John's Son Julian St John TAKES His Own Life, MENTAL ILLNESS Blamed

According to the YBF, the son of "Y&R" soap star Kristoff St John and his ex-wife and WBC champ, Mia St John Boxer took his own life. The tragic death of 24-year-old artist Julian St John lived with mental illness, and was memorialized on Facebook via a post from Mia.  "On November 23rd Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle--he simply chose to set himself free.  My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul.  Funeral services will be December 5th, his birthday, in Westlake, California. Following services will be a reception and art exhibit from his final collection"

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