Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Michael Phelps Busted for DUI Again

According to TMZ Sports, Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning.  The USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Land Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit.  Officials just issued a statement saying Phelps was initially pulled over for going 84 in a 45 and during the stop, the officer noticed he was hammered.  Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI and was eventually released.  Cops say Phelps was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.  
It's Michael's 2nd DUI arrest -- he was popped in Maryland in 2004 when he was 19 years old. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors and pled guilty in exchange for 18 months probation. 

Sidebar: Where is your driver?

Ciara Assaulted by Kim K Attacker

According to TMZ, The guy who attacked Kim Kardashian in Paris last week has struck again and this time Ciara was his victim and Paris cops still think it's a stupid, nothing offense and they aren't taking action.  Vitalii Sediuk was standing outside the Valentino fashion show wearing a trench coat, and as Ciara passed him he lost the coat and hugged her hard, wearing a thong.  Sediuk had something written on his leg referencing a USA ban he's been barred from red carpets in the States following his attack on Brad Pitt.  We reached out to Paris cops to see if they'd now take action against Sediuk, but they said they have no plans.  They say it's not important enough to warrant their attention.

Sidebar: This guy is annoying.

Tyler Perry Talks New Movie Role In ‘Gone Girl’ On “TODAY”

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According to The YBF, Tyler Perry appeared on NBC News’ “TODAY” show with Tamron Hall to dish on his role in the film adaptation of the novelGone Girl. He chatted about taking the role as defense attorney Tanner Booker, continuing acting even after success as a director and anxiety about being in the delivery room.
Here are the highlights:

Tyler Perry on if he took on the role of Tanner Booker based on the popularity of the book, “Gone Girl”:
“No, not at all, and had I been I probably would have passed on it. I didn’t want to step into this huge expectation of, ‘You’ve got to do it this way and the book says to do it this way’…I think everybody who read the book is going to be very, very happy.”
Perry on what tempts him to keep acting even though he is hugely successful as a director:
“It’s a part of me expressing all sides of the artist of myself. Every part of me has a bit that wants to work and do some of those things.”
Perry, an expectant father, on if he’ll be going to Lamaze classes:
“Lamaze is okay but delivery room, I don’t know. Pray for me on that.”

Kevin Hart & Josh Gad Dance on DWTS [VIDEO]

According to The YBF, Kevin Hart appeared on “Dancing With The Stars” as a guest judge last night. It was Movie Night on “DWTS” and the contestants got down to some tunes from their favorite movies.  Kevin sat in for judge Len Goodman. And before he got on his judging duties, the Wedding Ringer star, alongside his co-star Josh Gad, cut a rug to “Born To Hand Jive”,  which was made famous from the musical romantic comedy film Grease

Sidebar: Why did Kevin really dance great. Lol! 

Regina Hall, Keegan-Michael Key Added To New Line’s ‘Vacation’

Regina Hall and “Key and Peele’s” Keegan-Michael Key have been added to the cast of New Line’s “Vacation” reboot, states Variety.  The pair joins Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, andSteele Stebbins. “Horrible Bosses” screenwritersJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will also make their directorial debut from their screenplay.  The new version of the Griswold’s “Vacation” adventures will follow grown-up son (Helms) who has the perfect surprise for his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and two sons: the cross-country trip of a lifetime, reminiscent of the fun-filled excursion he took as a kid. They’re going to Walley World, America’s greatest amusement park.
Hall and Key will play family friends of the Griswolds that are described as “the perfect family.”

TBS Greenlights Reality Series Starring Former NBA Pro Kenny Smith and His Family

According to The Hollywood Reporter, TBS has greenlighted a reality series starring former NBA player-turned-analyst Kenny Smith and his family.The Smiths, set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta, will follow Smith and his wife, The Price Is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, and their blended family of five kids, who range in age from 2 to 20.  Smith is an NBA studio analyst for Turner Sports alongside Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson and also a main studio analyst for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on TNT, TBS, truTV and CBS. He played nine seasons in the NBA, winning two NBA World Championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.
Osborne-Smith also is an actress, having played Jade Dominguez for two seasons on Ocean Ave. and also appearing in Charmed, Huff, Jack and Jill, Snow Dogs and Any Given Sunday. She also has an album in the works.  Meanwhile, their older kids – Kayla, Monique and KJ – have careers in music, sports and entertainment, and younger Malloy and London also are described as talented children.  The series will show how their parenting styles conflict as they deal with their jobs, whirlwind schedules and their kids' burgeoning careers, all of which turns their home into "an absolute mad house — albeit a loving one." It has been given a six-episode order and is targeted for a spring premiere.

Aretha Franklin Performs "Rolling in the Deep/Ain't No Mountain" on David Letterman [VIDEO]

According to The YBF, Aretha Franklin performed on “Late Show with Dave Letterman” to premiere her new single “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Verson)”.  The Queen of Soul has a new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics dropping October 21st. And it’s a compilation of covers from hit diva classics.  When Aretha took the stage to perform her track look who she had in the background singing back up, none other than Whitney Houston's mom,  Cissy Houston! Back in the day her group, The Sweet Inspirations would sing back up for Aretha Franklin. Check out her performance above and her interview with Letterman below. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for not Wearing Seatbelt

According to TMZ, Walmart claims Tracy Morgan has only himself to blame for the horrific injuries he suffered in the accident with a Walmart truck because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.  According to new legal docs Walmart is laying blame on Tracy for NOT strapping in while riding home in a limo van in NJ back in June. The company says that's what caused most, if not all, of Tracy's injuries.  As for any responsibility falling on the driver of the Walmart tractor trailer -- the company says it can't comment because of the "ongoing investigation." Walmart won't even confirm the driver, Kevin Roper, was an employee. Tracy sued Walmart for that accident that left him seriously injured, and killed his friend Jimmy Mack.

Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Tops at Box Office

Denzel Washington has done it again reports Essence. This weekend, his new thriller The Equalizer debuted, making a big splash with $35 million at the box office. The film follows the former commando (Washington) as he leaves his quiet Boston life to go to war with the Russian mafia, after a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) goes missing. The Equalizer's high opening numbers marks Washington's third-best debut, in his career, trailing behind 2012's Safe House, and 2007's American Gangster. 

Sidebar: So happy his movie came in #1. 

Jason Derulo Talks Jordin Sparks Relationship Post-Split

According to People, Newly single Jason Derulo addressed his split from girlfriend of three years Jordin Sparks during a radio chat for On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday, Sept. 29.  "I'm not one to throw my business out on the street, but I thought it was important because things are getting a little out of hand," Derulo, 25, said of the rumors surrounding his breakup.

Beyonce Subject of New Harvard Study

According to Billboard, Beyonce is the subject of a new Harvard Study.  The singer -- and the marketing behind last year's surprise drop of Beyonce -- are the subject of a new Harvard Business School study, out next week.  A press release touting the research says the study "examines what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyoncé and her management team confronted along the way. With insights from top executives at Parkwood Entertainment, Columbia Records, Facebook and Apple, the HBS case asks M.B.A. students to decide what they would have done if they were working for Beyoncé."
Sidebar: Next there will be a class called, Beyonce'.

[LISTEN] Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due Oct. 21

According to Billboard, Aretha Franklin will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.  Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia," Barbra Streisand's "People" and Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman."  The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele's colossal hit "Rolling In the Deep," which is the first single off the album. It will be available digitally Monday, when the 72-year-old will also perform the song on Late Night with David Letterman.  "Great Diva Classics" reunites Franklin with longtime collaborator Clive Davis.  "I mean, it is great," he said in an interview. "For her to do all these songs, it's very exciting."  Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Andre 3000 are among the album's producers. Other songs covered by Franklin include the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," Alicia Keys' "No One" and Dinah Washington's "Teach Me Tonight." The icon's version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" will incorporate some of Destiny's Child's "Survivor."  The opening track is Etta James' signature song, "At Last," and Franklin closes the 10-track set with Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Below is a track listing of the new album:
01. At Last
02. Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)
03. Midnight Train To Georgia
04. I Will Survive (The Aretha Version)
05. People
06. No One
07. I'm Every Woman/Respect
08. Teach Me Tonight
09. You Keep Me Hangin' On
10. Nothing Compares 2 U
Take a listen to Aretha’s “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)” below: 

Sidebar: Aretha still showing us how it's done! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tyler Perry Confirms New Baby Is On The Way: "She's Excited, I'm Excited..."

According to the YBF, Tyler Perry has finally confirmed that he indeed has baby on the way. While rumors have been swirling for several weeks that Tyler Perry announced at a recent party of his that he'sexpecting baby with his on again-off again Gelila Bekele, Tyler nor his camp confirmed if there was any truth to him becoming a dad.  That is, until now.
Friday night at the New York Film Festival, Tyler walked the red carpet to promote the new movie he's starring in, Gone Girl, the surefire big screen adaptation of the hit novel.  The Associated Press caught up with the actor/director and flat out asked about the baby rumor.  And Tyler confirmed, it's true.  When asked how they're dealing with the baby news, Tyler said:
"Good, good. We're good. Very happy. She's excited, I'm excited so we're very happy."

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gina and Pat Neely (The Neely's) File For Divorce After 20 Years of Marriage

According to WMC (Action News 5), Gina Neely filed for divorce from her husband, Pat Neely, after 20 years of marriage. The complaint cites "irreconcilable differences."  The celebrity chefs from Memphis gained national fame on Food Network’s “Down Home with the Neelys” cooking show.  The best-selling authors recently released a new book, “Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from our Southern Kitchen to Yours.”

Last year, the couple closed their Memphis barbecue restaurant chain to pursue projects on the national level, including Gina Neely’s George Foreman Weight Loss Challenge, her new line of Green Giant foods and Pat Neely’s partnership with Family Dollar to show people how to food shop on a budget.

The Neely's still own a barbecue restaurant in New York City.

The couple released a joint statement:

“Today we announce that we are ending our marriage of 20 years for irreconcilable differences. This was a tough decision, but we believe it is the best decision for us. As parents of two beautiful adult daughters that we love dearly, we will continue to be involved in each other’s lives as parents and friends. Together we have built a strong brand as The Neely’s . Moving forward our focus will be on our individual brands and we are optimistic about our respective futures. We ask for your prayers as we go through this transition and honor our request for privacy at this time.”

Sources close to the couple say they love one another, but drifted apart.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

'Everybody Hates Chris' Actor Tyler James Williams Joins 'Walking Dead'

Tyler James is joining the cast of AMC's popular zombie series, The Walking Dead. In Season 5, he will play a new character named Noah. According to Variety, the details of his character's role  and longevity have yet to be revealed.  Additionally, the series welcomes Andrew J. West, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson and Christian Serratos to the cast. You probably remember Williams from Everybody Hates Chris. He'll also have a starring role in Dear White People this October.  Season 5 of The Walking Dead premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. Check out the trailer below. 

Patti Labelle’s Team Wins Cadet-Beating Lawsuit

According to Billboard, a former West Point cadet has lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against staff members for R&B singer Patti LaBelle over a beating received while waiting outside a Houston airport terminal for a ride home.  The federal jury in Houston returned its verdict Tuesday night after 10 hours of deliberation. LaBelle had been dropped from the suit early in the trial.  In his lawsuit, Richard King alleges he was attacked without provocation by LaBelle's bodyguard and two others while waiting outside Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011. His attorney had said King suffered a brain injury that him King to withdraw from the U.S. Military Academy.  LaBelle's attorneys argued that King threw the first punch.

Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jesse Williams and Queen Latifah Discuss Shonda Rhimes and That NY Times Article

According to SandraRose.com, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and Queen Latifah lend their voices to the chorus of Shonda Rhimes supporters who object to a recent NY Times article that labeled Rhimes an “angry black woman.”
From a press release:
Jesse Williams returns to The Queen Latifah Show Thursday and in talking about the upcoming new season of Grey’s Anatomy, he and Queen took a moment to discuss the recent NY Times article which referred to the show’s producer and creator Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman”… both had a LOT to say on the matter…
Jesse Williams: “This person knows zero about Shonda Rhimes… and what’s interesting and why I hesitate to even give this person any time or energy, is that its boring… it’s the same stuff over and over again.”
Queen Latifah: “I got bored by being offended…”
Jesse Williams: “As if a woman having a spine or passion or being able to speak back to male figures is somehow a drag? What’s the problem there…it’s silly. Do you know how many characters Shonda Rhimes has created?…iconic, iconic characters, and how diverse they are? Grey’s Anatomy is the most incredible example of how its perfectably doable to have a diverse cast of people who are representing themselves and are whole human beings, and are not demonstratively Black or Asian, or female or Latino…just people being people”
Queen Latifah: “…Reset the image of African-American women? Reset the image?… Live our life and you will see that this is the image of an African-American women that we haven’t had a chance to see enough of on television.”

Nick Cannon DENIES Breaking Up Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose

According to TMZ, Nick Cannon's name is being tossed around as a trigger for Amber Rose's divorce from Wiz Khalifa but Nick is telling people that just isn't the case.  Sources close to Nick tell TMZ Nick and Amber who just recently got into business together have kept things strictly professional. Nick insists NOTHING happened in the cheating department.

Nick claims he only learned about Amber's domestic problems through her lawyers last week when he signed her on as a client. That's when Nick says he found out her marriage was on the rocks and only then did the two share break-up stories.  Multiple sources tell TMZ Wiz and Amber are each accusing the other of cheating.

R&B Divas LA Reunion Part 1 Premieres Tonight [VIDEO]

According to The YBF, “R&B Divas: LA will be returning for a third season on TV One. The third season is expected to premiere in early 2015 and Newcomer Chrisette Michele will be back for another round of diva antics.  In the behind-the-scenes clip of tonight’s Part 1 reunion show, hosted by Wendy Williams, Chrisette "accidentally" confirms she will be returning to the show at the very end of the clip.  And from the looks of the rest of the clip, Lil’ Mo, Chanté Moore, Michel’le, Claudette Ortiz and Leela James will bring plenty of drama on the set once they have final say about the season. Take a look below:

Jennifer Hudson On The Breakfast Club Talks Beyonce, Engagement, Chicago Gun Violence, And More [Video]

Kayliyah Weems Performs Kicking With Her Dad on The Real

Yvette Nicole Brown Talks Community and The Odd Couple

T.D. Jakes Takes Legal Action Against Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

According to BET Centric, Bishop T.D. Jakes has plans to take legal action against the unauthorized sample of his sermon “Don’t Let The Chatter Stop You,” featured on Young Jeezy's latest album Seen It All: The Autobiography.  The snippet is used in the rapper's "Holy Ghost" remix featuring Kendrick Lamar, yet the famed spiritual leader says he never cleared the soundbite for use.
On Monday, Jakes posted to his official Facebook page:
"SPECIAL NOTICE: The 'Holy Ghost' remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar was produced without the knowledge or consent of T.D. Jakes, TDJ Enterprises, Dexterity Music or its associated companies. We are taking the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of T.D. Jakes' intellectual property."
In the sample, Jakes says: "To tell myself, I’m still on fire. I’m under attack, but I’m still on fire. I got some chatter, but I’m still on fire. I got some threat, but I’m still on fire. I got some liabilities, but I’m still on fire. If it’s not amazing that I’m on fire. I’ve been to hell and back, but I’m still on fire."
It remains unclear what these "legal actions" will mean for the rappers.Young Jeezy and Lamar have yet to respond to Jakes.   
Sidebar: How you going to steal from a Bishop?! They got they right one. T.D. Jakes will indeed take care of this.  When I heard the track I was shocked that T.D. Jakes agreed to them using his voice. I guess he is saying yeah I was too. Lol!  Check out our Studio Q interview with T.D. Jakes from awhile ago below.

Amber Rose Files for Divorce From Wiz Khalifa

According to TMZ, Amber Rose has filed for divorce from husband, Wiz Khalifa.  The two have been married for a year.  Amber is asking for full legal and physical custody of their 1-year-old son Sebastian "Bash".  She's willing to give Wiz visitation. 

In the divorce docs, Amber says they split on Monday and cites irreconcilable differences.
Amber acknowledges there's a prenup, which you would think would work in Wiz's favor, but she says it's valid. The docs say the prenup provides spousal support.

As for why they split, there's been a buzz over the last few days of infidelity, but there's no mention of it in the papers.

Sources connected with the couple say the split is bitter.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beyonce and Jay Z Share Previously Unseen Wedding And Baby Bump Footage [VIDEO]

J. California Cooper, Author and Playwright, Dies at 82

Author J. California Cooper died on Saturday at the age of 82, reports Ebony.  Cooper, who was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978, wrote numerous short stories and 17 plays, including Strangers, Loners and Everytime It Rains. One of her best-known works is the short story “Funny Valentines,” which was turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine in 1999. She also published six short-story collections: A Piece of Mine; Homemade Love, which won the 1986 American Book Award; Some Soul to Keep; The Matter Is Life; Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime; and Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns.  A Berkeley, Calif., native, the prolific author passed away in Seattle. The family has not yet released funeral information.

Sidebar: I remember my mom reading her books. May she now rest in peace. 

Lelah Rochon Talks About Upcoming Projects

Tyler Perry Reportedly Expecting His First Child

According to Madamenoire.com, Tyler Perry is expecting a child. Tyler reportedly made the happy announcement during his 45th birthday party last week.an exclusive source who attended the party told Bossip.com that Tyler shared the news with his guests.
Tyler used to show up on red carpets with a 28-year-old Ethiopian named Gelila Bekele. But there are virtually no photos of them together anywhere.   As far as Tyler having a child with her Madamenoire.com was more direct by saying:
I think more likely is that he’s probably going to adopt or have a child through some type of surrogacy situation.
Sidebar:  If this turns out to be true I think Tyler Perry will make a great dad.

Nicki Minaj Visits August Alsina in Hospital

According to SandraRose, Rapper Nicki Minaj visited singer August Alsina in a New York area hospital, where he is recovering from a brain injury after a fall during a recent concert.  Alsina was moved from the intensive care to a regular hospital room where he can accept visitors who aren’t related to him.  A source close to Alsina’s camp told Sandrarose.com the 22-year-old singer suffered a closed head injury (a severe brain injury) when he fell off the stage in a drug haze at Irving Plaza a few weeks ago. Doctors reportedly placed Alsina in a medically-induced coma for 3 days to allow his brain to rest after he experienced multiple seizures.  A lack of oxygen supply to the brain (such as when the brain swells) can trigger seizures. So can marijuana, which was found in his system.  TMZ originally reported Alsina was being treated in ICU for  “exhaustion and dehydration.”  Another source said, prior to his performance, Alsina smoked “too much Knockout” — a reference to the high grade medical marijuana that is favored by urban artists.  The source said it will be months — if not a year — before Alsina is able to perform on stage again.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kenan Thompson Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' After This Season

According to TMZ,  Kenan Thompson will be leaving Saturday Night Live after this season.  Sources connected to SNL say Thompson -- the most tenured African-American cast member in the show's history -- planned to leave last season, but decided to stay after head honcho Lorne Michaels asked him to stay on citing the show's massive turnover this season. Kenan has no hard feelings and is leaving on great terms. Sources say he's in talks for a new show and plans on moving to L.A. (with his wife and brand new baby) when the season ends.

Magic Johnson, Laila Ali, LL Cool J and more at Holly Robinson Peete's "Gratefully 50" Birthday Party [VIDEO]

Over the weekend, Studio Q attended Holly Robinson Peete's star-studded "Gratefully 50" Birthday celebration.  The birthday bash was held at a beautiful residence in Malibu, CA with amazing decor and the ocean as a picturesque backdrop.  Holly even treated her guests to a surprise performance from EnVogue - and she sang with them too!  Studio Q got a chance to chat with some of Hollywood's biggest names as they walked the Pink Carpet to help Holly celebrate a milestone birthday.  Some of those celebrities include, Earvin "Magic" JohnsonLL Cool JBoris Kodjoe, Leah Remini, Yvette Nicole Brown, Lela Rochon plus many more.  Check out our exclusive Studio Q coverage.
 Earvin "Magic" Johnson and wife, Cookie Johnson

Leah Remini and husband, Angelo Pagan 

Regina King 

Vanessa Bell Calloway and Star Jones

Rodney and Holly with Jackee' Harry and Elgin Charles

 Sheryl Lee Ralph

Boris Kodjoe

LL Cool J and wife, Simone Smith 

Yvette Nicole Brown

Kym Whitley, LisaRaye McCoy and Laila Ali

 Lela Rochon