Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lil Wayne's Daughter Gifted with Ferrari & BMW for 16th B-day [PHOTOS]

According to TMZ, Lil Wayne's 16-year-old daughter, Reginae Carter celebrated her Sweet 16 in Atlanta with a party featuring a mini-concert by Nicki Minaj, as Kandi BurrussTiny Harris and Fantasia Barrino looked on.  She also was also gifted with a new BMW and a Ferrari!

Sidebar: NICE! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Famed Restaurateur B. Smith Went MISSING In The Hamptons Now FOUND In New York City!

According to The YBF, Ex-model and restaurateur B. Smith, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, went missing in the Hamptons - but now, she's back with family. B. Smith, the first African-American model to grace the cover of women’s magazine Mademoiselle, went missing in the Hamptons.  The legendary model and restaurateur was reported missing by her husband/business partner Dan Gasby(above) after she did not return home from a trip to NYC.
The 65-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was last seen in Southhampton, Long Island around 8pm ET on Tuesday wearing a blue sweater, pink shirt, jeans and black sneakers.  Apparently, she took a jitney from NYC to Sag Harbor (where she lives with her husband), but ended up getting off in Southhampton.  ABC reports that B. Smith's daughter was told by the jitney driver that she got off at the Sag Harbor stop, BUT then, according to unnamed friends, she got back onto the jitney and returned to the city. Thankfully, she was spotted by someone at a diner who called it in.  B. Smith was located and is now in the safety of her loved ones. 

Prince Quits Facebook & Twitter

According to USA Today, Prince left the world scratching its head yesterday when he disappeared without a trace from all of his social media accounts. 
The reclusive singer's Facebook and Twitter are seemingly things of the past, and his VEVO channel on YouTube has been stripped of everything except for three videos: an interview, a video for "Breakfast Can Wait," and a behind-the-scenes peek of "Breakfast Can Wait."
The "Purple Rain" singer made headlines when he joined Twitter last year under the handle @3rdeyegirl. However, he raised eyebrows last month when, after announcing that he was hosting a Facebook Q&A, he proceeded & to answer only one of the 4,000 questions.
The disappearance of his social media accounts comes on the heels of his September double-album drop.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Regina King To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘Pariah';

According to Deadline, Regina King is set for a starring role opposite Bill Burr in FX comedy pilot Pariah. Co-created by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia writer-producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin and directed by Sunny creator Rob McElhenney, Pariahcenters on Joe Abbott (Burr), a volatile TV personality who is exiled from show business after an on-air meltdown and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. King, repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management, recently wrapped shooting a series-long arc on John Ridley’s upcoming ABC drama, American Crime. Earlier this year, King won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Direction in a Drama series for her critically acclaimed episode of TNT’s Southland as well as directed the BET feature Let the Church Say Amen slated to air on the network next year. She is also set to direct an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit show Scandal this season. 

Sidebar: Go Regina! Love her.  

Viola Davis PRODUCING New ABC Legal Drama Based on Prosecutor Kim Worthy

According to the YBF, ABC star Viola Davis has announced plans to bring another legal-based drama to the network. DEADLINE reports that Viola and her producing partner (and husband) Julius Tennon have linked with producer Debra Martin Chase to create "Conviction", a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the second African-American to serve as a county prosecutor in Michigan. Kym is also know as "the toughest woman in Detroit."   Some of Kym's high profile cases have included filing charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick  and  her campaign to clear a massive backlog of 11,000 unprocessed rape test kits in Detroit.

Tammy Townsend Talks Working with Zendaya in K.C. Undercover on Disney Channel [VIDEO]

Ella Joyce Talks NAACP Theater Awards & Upcoming Projects [VIDEO]

Vanessa Bell Calloway Talks NAACP Theater Nomination for Letters From Zora [VIDEO]


According to BCK, BET viewers everywhere are gearing up for season one of ‘Nellyville.’ The new reality show features rapper Nelly and his family of lively teenagers who challenge him while finding their own path in life.
Although many reality shows have rose to prominence within the past few years, few have showcased single fatherhood. “I feel like at this point what we don’t see is single fathers that are doing what they’re supposed to do,” said Nelly during an interview in which he was asked about his motivation behind doing the show. “I wanted to be the first one to get a chance to say, ‘Yo. It is fathers out here that… We handling our business.’ I think we get a bad wrap on that so hopefully we can change things around.”
The artist will certainly give viewers a different side of himself as the series will feature Nelly in full daddy mode. From stern moments to heart-to-hearts, BET fans will get a taste of  what it’s like to live in ‘Nellyville.’ Catch the first episode tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Queen Latifah CELEBRATES Her Mom, Mrs. Rita Owens, Who Is Fighting Scleroderma Disease

According to YBF, Queen Latifah who'll cease production of "The Queen Latifah Show" at the end of the season, dedicates today's show (about personal heroes) to her mom Rita Owens, a former high school teacher.  Earlier this year, Queen Latifah opened up to PEOPLE, revealing that Rita lives with scleroderma, an incurable autoimmune disease that has caused scar tissue build up (pulmonary fibrosis) in her lungs, pulmonary hypertension (blood pressure in the lungs) and she has difficulty breathing. Queen wrote the followingon Facebook:"My moms has been through so much and I wanted to do something REALLY special for her. Thank you to all of my staff and everyone in her life that helped me pull this HUGE event off. I couldn't have done it without you. This woman has always been by my side through and through. I want to share my tribute with you: http://bit.ly/qlrita.  Thank you all for your support, prayers, kind words and just simply for being you!"  The entire hour is a celebration of Rita and the many people who look to her as a role model, moral compass and mentor.  While thanking her mom for supporting her and her career, Queen Latifah was brought to tears. Former students discuss Rita Owens impact. Watch the clip below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sneak Peek: ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’ [E! Reality Show]

EXCLUSIVE: Watch an Extended Trailer from Chris Rock's New Film, 'Top Five'

Nicki Minaj With Jessie J & Ariana Grande Perform at The American Music Awards [VIDEO]

[HD] Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj... by IdolxMuzic

Halle Berry Takes Gabriel Aubry to Court Claiming He's Trying to Make Daughter White

According to TMZ, Halle Berry just took Gabriel Aubry to court claiming he's trying to make their 6-year-old daughter white.  Halle was furious Gabriel was straightening Nahla naturally-curly hair, lightening it with hightlights and she is convinced it's because he does not want the girl to appear to be African American.

Halle didn't show in court Monday morning, but her lawyer Steve Kolodny did, along with Gabriel and after a lot of arguing the judge ruled NEITHER Halle nor Gabriel could change Nahla's look from its natural state.  So the judge is allowing Nahla's hair to grow back naturally. 

Black ‘Annie’ Spoof On ‘SNL’ Stirs Its Own Hard Knocks

According to Deadline, the above clip is stirring more than a little angst among commenters on SNL’s site on YouTube, some of whom are saying it’s racist.   The riff on the upcoming Annie remake with Daddy Warbucks as Jamie Foxx, here including a pretty funny, carrot-topped Leslie Jones as a not-so-Little Orphan Annie. Wrote ‘Shadownumber206′: “Wow, this season of SNL has the most black people it’s ever had, yet it has managed to be the most racist season ever.”

Waka Flocka Flame Appears in a Commercial for Pine Brothers Cough Drops

According to Billboard, Waka Flocka is trying new things, like making commercials for cough drops. Selling pain relief for sore throats might initially seem like a strange fit for Waka Flocka -- and at times, he struggles to maintain a straight face during the commercial. But it all makes sense when you consider that the rapper's raw, high-energy performance style must take its toll on his vocal chords. "Nothing soothes your throat like soft, delicious Pine Brothers," he insists. It's half-statement, half-command. When I saw this commercial during the American Music Awards last night I thought it was fake. It looks like a spoof, but nope it's real. Check it out below. 

Beyonce's New 'Platinum Edition' Album Is Streaming on Spotify Now!

According to Billboard, less than 24 hours after Taylor Swift took a very public swipe at Spotify at the 2014 AMAs, the only pop artist who can hold a candle to Swift in 2014 just released her brand new album to Spotify on the same day of its official release.  Beyonce's new release, Beyonce: Platinum Edition, is an expanded verion of last year's surprise self-titled album (which, you know, was an instant classic). The new edition features an extra More disc boasting six new songs, two of which are brand new -- "7/11" and "Ring Off" -- while the rest are remixes.  One of the remixes is the infamous "***Flawless" Nicki Minaj remix featuring Bey's "of course sometimes shit goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator" line. There's also a Mr. Vegas remix of "Standing on the Sun," which marks the first time that song has seen release on an official Beyonce album.   Incidentally, all 17 videos from Bey's fifth album are on Vevo and YouTube now. So if you haven't seen them (17 times apiece) yet, watch them here.  Unlike albums that aren't on Spotify, you can listen to this bad boy right now

Faith Evans and Pooch Hall Star in 'Fragile' [VIDEO]

According to the YBF, in addition to releasing her INCOMPARABLE album today, Faith Evans teamed with actor Pooch Hall and director Derek Blanks for a "Scandal" themed video for "Fragile."  In the clip, Faith stars as The First Lady while Pooch plays her cheating husband.  Check out the video below. You can also cop her new album at one of the links below.

iTunes - smarturl.it/IncomparableItunes
Amazon - smarturl.it/IncomparableAmazon
Google Music - smarturl.it/IncomparableGoogle
FYE - smarturl.it/IncomparableFYE
Target - smarturl.it/IncomparableTarget

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peter Parros Talks Tyler Perry's The Haves & Have Nots [VIDEO]

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

According to TMZ, former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who became nationally famous after an epic cocaine bust that did not derail his career, died Sunday morning at 78.

Barry served 4 terms as Mayor, but his defining moment for most people is what he did in a hotel room during his tenure smoking crack with a young woman as FBI barged in the room and he screamed, "She set me up!"  After serving time for drug possession, he became mayor once again.  He served 4 times in all.  Barry became an paradigm of politicians would could do wrong yet still remain popular with the electorate.  Cause of death has not been disclosed. 

A recent Oprah interview with Marion Barry will appear tonight on Oprah's Where Are They Now.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Angell Conwell & Omar Gooding Talk Family Time [VIDEO]

Antonique Smith Talks New Single 'Hold Up, Wait a Minute' [Video]

According to the YBF, Antonique Smith, widely known for her portrayal of Faith Evans in the film Notorious, is ready to take over the R&B world with a new single and her debut album.  For her first musical offering, the actress/songstress gives us a sneak peek at her brand new Larenz Tate-directed video “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”. In the visuals, the blonde bombshell hits the streets of L.A. to dance it up to the uptempo, horn heavy track. And the sexiness that is Lance Gross, who recently bacame a father, serves as her love interest. 

Although the single centers around an explosive volatile relationship, Antonique explains the universal appeal of its message. She said, “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. This is an anthem for people worldwide that demand respect. Hold Up Wait A Minute!” 

Her upcoming album, Love is Everything is expected to drop in early 2015 with production from superproducer Dr. Dre,Toby Gad (BeyoncĂ©, Fergie), Danja (Justin Timberlake, Usher), Jukebox (Willow Smith, Eve). The budding singer dished on the making of her album spilling, “It’s a love and R&B album, and also very empowering. I’ve experienced quite a few things and gained a little bit of wisdom. I’m trying to drop some jewels for both women and men as we navigate our way through life.”

Stay on the look out for the official premiere of "Hold Up Wait Minute" coming soon. Until then, check out Antonique's official lyric video below and our Studio Q TV interview with her from earlier this week on the red carpet of The NAACP Theater Awards. Check out the interview below. 

Beyonce's New 7/11 Video

The Queen Latifah Show Gets Cancelled

According to TMZ, "The Queen Latifah Show" just got cancelled.

The show is in its 2nd season and we're told production will be coming to a halt. Our sources say the staff was brought into an office Friday AM and given the news. The honchos weren't specific but it's all about ratings and cost.

Queen Latifah just posted a note on her Facebook page:

Dear Dana,

Just a little note to say Thank You…

Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.

Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”!

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.

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 importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!

Lovingly, You!

P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. 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.

Faith Evans - Incomparable [Album Sampler]

Aretha Franklin Threatens To Sue Over “Trashy,” Unauthorized Biography

According to the New York Post’s Page SixAretha Franklin is reportedly threatening to sue famed biographer David Ritz for his tell-all book, “Respect” published by Little, Brown and Company.  Franklin is beyond peeved about the reportedly controversial book, which was 25 years in the making, stating that the author is making false claims about her, one of them being that she was promiscuous in her younger days. 
Ritz has authored more than 50 books using either his own name or as a ghost writer. His subjects range from such legends as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Etta James, to Smokey Robinson and Willie Nelson.  Franklin has always been an extremely guarded individual about her private life.  Besides discussing in the book the early separation of her parents, the challenge of becoming a teenage mother, a string of controlling relationships and multiple bouts with alcoholism, depression and insecurity, Ritz reportedly interviewed a chorus of friends, family, associates and peers about the 72-year-old singer.  He contends that during the 1950s, as Franklin and her father toured the gospel circuit, it was referred to as the “Sex Circus,” a sexual free-for-all that involved not only same-sex but hetero couplings as well.
Songstress Etta James, who also toured with Franklin as a youth, reportedly co-signed on Ritz’s allegations in the book about Franklin’s sex drive, stating, “I can understand Aretha not wanting to talk about that . . . Who wants to admit that you’re praising the Lord at the 8 p.m. service and servicing some drop-dead gorgeous hunk of a singer an hour later? Aretha and I started out before we were teenagers . . . we wanted to experience it all. I wouldn’t use the expression sexually active, I’d say sexually overactive.”
Ritz reportedly sees his book as a tribute to  Franklin’s dynamic career in a business that can be spiritually, emotionally and physically brutal.  Franklin, however, refers to the book as pure muck, telling the Detroit News, “There’s a very trashy, trashy book on the street . . . It’s lies, lies, lies and then more lies.” Franklin adds, “I’m talking to a criminal attorney. If this isn’t defamation, I don’t know what would be.”

Adrian Peterson Says 'I'll Never Use a Switch Again'

According to TMZ, Adrian Peterson is finally speaking out and saying he's a changed man and vows to never hit any of his children with a switch again.

The NFL star just gave an interview with USA Today, essentially saying he now understands why people are upset at the way he disciplined his 4-year-old son and that he feels terrible about it.

"There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
He added, "No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg. No one knows that dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was."
"I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine."  The timing of the interview is very curious considering NFL commish Roger Goodell just ripped Peterson in a letter for having shown "no meaningful remorse" since the incident.

In a letter, which Goodell made public, the NFL commish explained why he banned AP for the rest of the season without pay.  "You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.  When indicted, you acknowledged what you did, but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother."

Goodell continued, "You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”

Vegas Casino Pulls the Plug on Bill Cosby Concert

According to TMZ, Bill Cosby's comedy tour is starting to crumble.  Vegas and another venue just cancelled concerts.  Cosby was slated to perform at Treasure Island in Las Vegas a week from today and at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona February 15, but those shows have now been 86'd.

A rep for Treasure Island released a statement calling the decision "mutual." The casino will offer refunds. TMZ spoke with the casino just two days ago and there were no plans to cancel.

Cosby performed Thursday night in the Bahamas at a benefit for an African American women's service organization.  None of the other venues for his concert series have pulled the plug ... yet.

Watch Trailer To Lifetime’s Seasons Of Love, Starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, and LeToya Luckett

Nikki Giovanni on Bill Cosby Back in 2007 [VIDEO]

Back in 2007 at the Miami Book Fair, the legendary poet Nikki Giovanni took the equally iconic Bill Cosby to task for criticizing young Black men when his own character might be far from flawless.

Beyonce's Ring Off [Official Audio]

WEEN Awards Honor Sevyn Streeter, MC Lyte, Carol's Daughter's Lisa Price, and More

According to Singersroom, it was all about women last night during the 4th Annual WEEN Awards (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network), which celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of women in various areas of business and philanthropy. Hosted by WEEN co-founder Valeisha Butterfield-Jones & co-host Shannon Lanier, and sponsored by beauty brand Carol's Daughter, over 300 influencers gathered at New York's Helen Mills event space to honor seven powerful women: Carol's Daughter founder/CEO Lisa Price, hip-hop legend MC Lyte, financial expert Lynn Richardson, radio personality Angela Yee, R&B artist Sevyn Streeter, fitness mogul Jeanette Jenkins and filmmaker/artist Vashtie Kola.  The event was both empowering and inspirational to many. Other well-known attendees included R&B singers Justine Skye, Africa Miranda and Bridget Kelly; Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott-Young, and more.

Nicki Minaj Set For Second ‘Saturday Night Live’ Musical Guest Appearance

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicki Minaj is returning to Saturday Night Live!  The rapper will serve as SNL’s musical guest on Dec. 6 with actor James Franco taking on hosting duties.  Minaj’s SNL booking arrives ahead of her third album, The Pinkprint, which is scheduled for release on Dec. 15.  She last appeared on the show in 2011 to promote her Pink Friday singles "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life.” Minaj also participated in a sketch for The Lonely Island’s "The Creep,” where she rapped about creeping on boys in the locker room, and another called "Bride of Blackenstein" skit, in which she was created as a bride for Keenan Thompson's Black Frankenstein character. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Glynn Turman Talks Showtime's House of Lies and Gives Advice [VIDEO]

Christian Keyes Talks About Upcoming Projects [VIDEO]

Donis Leonard Jr. Talks Season 4 of Showtime's House of Lies [VIDEO]

Tichina Arnold Talks Lupus and We Win Foundation [VIDEO]

Aaron Spears Talks Being Mary Jane [VIDEO]

Stephen Bishop Talks Gabrielle Union and BET's Being Mary Jane [VIDEO]

Monica Brown Pursues Dream to be a Nurse

According to BET Centric, Monica Brown is branching out of music and pursuing a new career: nursing. The Grammy-winning singer took to Instagram to share a picture of herself donned in colorful scrubs, revealing she always had dreams of becoming a nurse.
“I have other dreams and aspirations so I Pursue them when my babies are asleep & my musics done!!,” Monica captioned. “Moral of the story #WeCanIfWeBelieve never give up on your dreams #YOUCAN #BeenAtWorkSince7yesterday #ScrubsAndAMandatoryThermal”
Sidebar: Go Monica! #LoveHer and #LoveThis 

Fantasia in The Studio with R. Kelly [VIDEO]

Fantasia is currently hard at work on the follow-up to her 2013 LP ‘Side Effects Of You’ and has enlisted R. Kelly to help her.  The Rock Soul singer took to Instagram today and showcased what she’s been working on with him.  She posted the clip below with the following caption:  "Still Going… Rock Soul LIVES…. This Man Is Teaching Me So Much About Music"

Mary J. Blige Releases New Ballad 'Not Loving You' [LISTEN]

TV Land Pulls 'The Cosby SHow' from Line Up

According to Jezebel, TV Land won't be airing any more episodes of The Cosby Show following a recent resurgence in discussing the numerous rape allegations against Bill Cosby. Netflix and NBC have already dropped or stalled their business with him.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, TV Land isn't the only station that ran reruns of the show. Centric, also a Viacom parent company property, syndicated the family sitcom that ended in 1992 and both channels had marathons planned between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It's unclear whether Centric will also cancel its syndication. Hulu and Amazon still have rights to The Cosby Show and haven't announced any plans to discontinue their availability.  Bill Cosby won't just affect him but also his co-stars, who have been earning syndication residuals for two decades.

RIP Mike Nichols

According to TMZ, Mike Nichols the legendary director who won the Oscar in 1968 for the classic film "The Graduate" died suddenly on Wednesday night. He was 83. 

Nichols, who was married to Diane Sawyer for the last 26 years, is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and an Oscar. His best known films include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Working Girl," "Silkwood" and "The Birdcage." 

Nichols was also a prolific stage director, having helmed Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" just two years ago. He also directed the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "Angels in America."  Nichols is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

Condolences to his wife, Diane Sawyer and family and friends.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kellita Smith Talks Z Nation and The First Family [VIDEO]

Lisa Vidal Talks Gabrielle Union and 2nd Season of Being Mary Jane [VIDEO]

Faith Evans Reveals Biggie Duet Album "The King and I" Plans

According to BET Centric, a Notorious B.I.G and Faith Evans duet album is hitting shelves very soon.  While promoting her upcoming studio album Incomparable, Faith confirmed that she just got the green-light to record The King and I, a duets album featuring the vocals of her late rapper-husband. 

Inspired by Natalie Cole and the late Nat King Cole's critically and commercially acclaimed 1991 duet albumUnforgettable…with Love, the "special project" will feature never before heard music and is slated for release next year.