Saturday, January 31, 2015

Whitney Houston's Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Found Unresponsive in Bathtub [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Bobby Brown arrived to the hospital with Tyler Perry and the two are at Bobbi Kristina's bedside.

UPDATE:  According to TMZ, Bobbi Kristina has been placed in a medically induced coma for swelling of the brain.  Bobbi Kristina was found face down in the bathtub this morning.  When Nick Gordon and a friend found Bobbi Kristina, she was on her stomach, and there was water in the tub.  It's unclear how full the tub was, but apparently it was enough for a bath.  The police executed a search warrant on the home this afternoon, and no drugs were found.  

According to TMZ, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home and taken to a hospital where she is now breathing.  Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband Nick Gordon and a friend found her in the tub according to police in Roswell, GA. Her husband and friend immediately started CPR on her until police and paramedics arrived.  Police took over life-saving measures on the scene and then she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.  Doctors have now stabilized her breathing, and we're told she is in ICU.  A friend made the call to 911 from Bobbi's house.

Sidebar: We're praying for Bobbi Kristina

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kanye West - Only One ft. Paul McCartney [VIDEO]

Eddie Murphy Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Anniversary Special

According to Variety, for the first time in more than 30 years Eddie Murphy is making his return to “Saturday Night Live.” In an interview with NewsOne Now, the comedian let it slip that he will appear on “SNL’s” 40th Anniversary Special, airing Feb. 15.  “Actually they’re having a 40th anniversary thing in two weeks, I’m going to that,” Murphy said in the interview. “That will be the first time I have been back since I left.”  After spending four seasons on the sketch show, Murphy departed “Saturday Night Live” in 1984 to launch his movie career and has not hosted or made a cameo on the show since.“It’s just timing, it just never worked out where the timing was never right for me to do it,” he said of his long absence. “It’s part of my life, ‘Saturday Night Live.'”

Suge Knight Charged With Murder in Fatal Hit-and-Run

According to THR, Suge Knight has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with Thursday's fatal hit-and-run near the set of a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton in Los Angeles.  Knight was arrested at approximately 3 a.m. local time Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced, and is being held on $2 million bail at the downtown Los Angeles station. (He was formerly being held at the West Hollywood station but had been moved downtown as of 9 a.m. local time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.) Knight turned himself in, the LASD confirmed to THR, and can be shown doing so in the video below.  night's attorney, James Blattconfirmed Thursday night that his client was the driver in a fatal traffic accident that left one man dead. His lawyer had said Knight was preparing to turn himself in. Detectives were investigating the incident as a homicide, and Knight was interviewed by homicide detectives earlier on Friday morning, the LASD said.  the incident occurred on or near the set of a photo shoot associated with the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The shoot had wrapped and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who were at the shoot, weren't present at the time of the hit-and-run. Universal declined to comment.

Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan to Star in Action Thriller 'Sleepless Nights'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are set to star in Sleepless Nights, an action thriller remake of French film Nuit Blanche, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, World Trade Center).  The film will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment, with worldwide rights acquired by Open Road Films. Nuit Blanche, directed by Frederic Jardin, was released in 2011. In September of that year Warner Bros. had acquired remake rights to the title after it premiered as a Toronto Midnight Madness title.  The remake of the title stars Foxx as "a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop" and Monaghan as an Internal Affairs agent, the released synopsis read. 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lil Wayne Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Birdman

According to TMZ, Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to end his contract with Birdman's label.  According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne says Birdman and company violated the deal by withholding tens of millions of dollars Cash Money owes him for his long-delayed album, "Tha Carter V." Wayne claims because Cash Money is refusing to pay, he's entitled to walk.  But Lil Wayne wants more than just a declaration of freedom. He's suing for $51 MILLION. And Wayne wants the judge to declare he's the joint copyright owner of all Young Money recordings which includes Drake, Nicki Minaj and several others.  Sources connected to Wayne tell TMZ if Birdman antes up then he can release "Tha Carter V," but only if Wayne gets paid. Wayne says he was supposed to get an $8 million advance when he began recording in December, 2013 and another 2M when he completed the album a year later, but so far he's gotten nothing.

Ludacris Wins Full Custody of Daughter

According to TMZ, Ludacris just got primary physical custody of his 1-year-old daughter.  The decision comes after baby mama Tamika Fuller bitterly testified Luda didn't want the baby when he found out she was pregnant, and even tried to negotiate an abortion by throwing 10K her way.  But sources connected with the rapper tell TMZ the judge reviewed the report from an independent expert as well as the testimony and concluded Luda was the more fit parent.  Luda tells TMZ, "I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter."

John Legend and Common performing at the Oscars

According to Pagesix, Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at the Academy Awards.  The song is from the civil rights drama “Selma” and is among the five nominees for best song. The other four are “Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie”; “Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me”; and “Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Tuesday that “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are writing an original number for host Neil Patrick Harris. The pair won the best-song Oscar last year for the ubiquitous “Frozen” song.  The 87th Oscars will be held Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.

Maya Rudolph & Jaden Smith To Appear In HBO Pilot

According to Deadline, HBO has given a formal go-ahead to Brothers In Atlanta, a new comedy pilot written by and starring former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive produced by Lorne Michaels.  Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph and actor-musician Jaden Smith are set as guest stars opposite Riddle and Salahuddin in the pilot, which will be directed by Tim Story. Brothers In Atlanta is a comedy about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta native, Langston is an aspiring DJ whose career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich schemes. New to Atlanta, Moose is a perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight, who keeps his foot in his mouth.
Rudolph will play Shirle, Moose’s demanding boss, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 90s. Smith will play Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager, who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income. Both are set to recur if the pilot goes to series.  Riddle and Salahuddin executive produce alongside Story and Broadway Video’s Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer, while Field Entertainment’s Jeff Field and Doug Griffin serve as producers. The pilot is set to film in Atlanta in the spring.

NEW MUSIC: Jodeci's "Every Moment" [LISTEN]

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gladys Knight To Headline 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

According to BET Centric, Gladys Knight has been announced as the headlining performer of the 16th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, with actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL star Rodney Peete serving as hosts. This year's celebration will feature special tributes to gospel music legend Andraé Crouch and revered sportscaster Stuart Scott.
Knight will be joined by entertainers such as Tichina Arnold, Natalie Grant, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, David and Tamela Mann, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin and DeWayne Woods. Athletes including Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), DeSean Jackson (Washington Redskins), Devon Still (Cincinnati Bengals), Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders and others will also be in attendance.
"We're so excited to be bringing the Gospel Celebration to the Super Bowl for a 16th year," creator and executive producerMelanie Few-Harrison said in a statement. "And it's an honor to be able to showcase an American treasure like Gladys Knight and all of the amazing talent that will be featured on this year's show. We're grateful to be a staple of Super Bowl weekend!"
The event, sponsored by American Family Insurance, is one of only five NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl weekend events and a portion of the proceeds are donated to local and national charities.
The 16th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will air Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) at 10 a.m. EST on BET and again at 2 p.m. EST on Centric.

Sly Stone Wins Millions in Family Stone Royalties

According to TMZ, Sly Stone
 just scored $5 million thanks to a L.A. jury, which ruled the psychedelic funk singer was done wrong by a former manager who pilfered his fortune.

When Sly was on the skids, his former manager allegedly convinced him to sign over all his royalties to a company the manager picked for tax reasons. Sly says the manager assured him he'd be protected.

But Sly says the manager fleeced him, and apparently the jury agreed. The company that got the royalties must pay the frontman of Sly & the Family Stone $2.5 MIL. The manager, Jerry Goldstein, must ante up $2.45 MIL. And the lawyer who worked with Goldstein has to kick in 50K.

Sly has been destitute with severe drug problems living in his van.

Sidebar: I am so glad he won.

Shaquille O’Neal Is Getting His Own Sitcom

According to Deadline, Shaq is back and he’s trying his hand at comedy (again). The NBA All-Star and TruTV are starting a new comedy series, Shaq Inq., based on Shaquille O’Neal’s business ventures. The workplace comedy will focus on O’Neil and how he and his team deal with the chaotic world of endorsements, closing deals and other workplace calamities.Shaq Inq. will feature 30-minute scripted episodes. 

New Music: Demetria McKinney - 'Trade It All'

ABC Orders Crime Thriller From Shonda Rhimes

According to Variety, ABC has picked up four more pilots for their 2015-16 season, including a new drama from “TGIT” queen Shonda Rhimes. All pilots hail from ABC Studios.  “The Catch” from Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She’s about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiancé — little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons.  The pilot will be exec produced by Rhimes, Beers, Julie Anne Robinson and Jennifer Schuur, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct, and Schuur will pen the pilot.  

New All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast Chosen

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the all-new, all-female Ghostsbusters are here.  Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and the studio is now negotiating with Kristen Wiig, as well as Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Negotiations are ongoing but the quartet are expected to sign on as the specter-seeking, poltergeist-punishing and phantom-following foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.  McCarthy and Wiig have worked with Feig before, both breaking out with the director’sBridesmaids comedy.  Jones, who is currently on screen in Chris Rock’s Top Five, joined SNL early last year and this fall was promoted to feature player status.  McKinnon has been on SNL since 2012 and last year was nominated for an Emmy for her work.  The Ghostbusters reboot has seen a long development process. Original director Ivan Reitman was on board to return, but while original castmembers Dan AykroydHarold Ramis and Ernie Hudson had agreed to reprise their characters, Bill Murray proved elusive. Then Reitman bowed out of the project when Ramis passed away last year. Feig was then approached to direct and reconceived the project as a reboot starring an all-female cast.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Viola Davis & Uzo Aduba Make SAG History: Both Lead Actress Titles Won By Black Women

According to Variety, Viola Davis won the outstanding lead drama actress prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis is just the third actress of color to nab the title.  Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the award in 2005, followed by Chandra Wilson in 2006, who won for the same show. Those two victories — along with Davis’ — were all for series produced by Shonda Rhimes.  The award for outstanding comedy actress also went to an African-American performer — Uzo Aduba won her first-ever SAG award for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Jan. 25 ceremony, marking the first year both winning lead actresses were African-American.  “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera won for lead actress in a comedy series in 2006, and was the first Latina to score the prize.  The SAG Awards suggest that Hollywood is moving in the right direction — especially after not one actor of color was nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards — but Davis tells Variety that there is still much progress to be made.  “It starts with the casting. It starts with the narratives. The narratives have got to be inclusive,” Davis said on the red carpet, moments before her big win. “We’re in the 21st century now. People are multicultural now. We know more now about the world and what the world looks like, and it’s got to be reflected in the scripts.”  As for being recognized by her peers, Davis added, “The acknowledgement of your work is great. You always want to feel like you’re affecting people and it’s great that you’re affecting just the masses, but to affect people who really know the process, too, it’s why we do what we do.”
Sidebar: Congrats! These are two amazing actresses.

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo Teaming Together for Hurricane Katrina Movie

According to Variety, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are teaming with Participant Media to develop a feature film chronicling a love story and murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina.  DuVernay will write, produce, and direct. Oyelowo is in negotiations to produce and star in the untitled project. A start date has not been set.  The project will mark the third collaboration between DuVernay and Oyelowo after “Selma” and Participant’s “Middle of Nowhere,” which won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award for DuVernay. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will serve as executive producers.  “Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time,” said King. “Ava DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events. We have been looking for the right way to get back in business with Ava, and with David Oyelowo, and are proud to re-team with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”  DuVernay said, “The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”
Sidebar: These two are so talented. Looking forward to this project.

Super Bowl: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Ariana Grande Headline ‘Tonight Show’s Post-Game Special

According to Deadline, Will FerrellKevin Hart and Ariana Grande will be guests on The Tonight ShowStarring Jimmy Fallon’s post-Super Bowl telecast this Sunday, from the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix.  Grande is set to perform with Tonight Show house band The Roots; Ferrell and Hart are scheduled to go up against Fallon in the ultimate Lip Sync Battle.  Depending on the game, Fallon’s special runs the chance of airing on February 2 in some time zones, given that it’s going to air live coast-to-coast following NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, an original episode of The Blacklist, and the NBC stations’ late local news.
Next week, Monday through Thursday, Tonight will broadcast from Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles.  This trip marks Tonight’s first visit to Los Angeles since pulling up roots and moving back east to 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s studio 6B in New York.  Guests for the Los Angeles shows include Michael Keaton and Gwen Stefani (February 2); Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Young and former “Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen sitting in with The Roots (February 3); Vin Diesel and Carl Reiner (February 4); Will Smith, Rosamund Pike and Jack White (February 5).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rihanna to Headline NBA All-Star Weekend Concert

According to BET, Rihanna's return to the stage may come sooner that expected.  The New York Post, reports the hush hush event is set to take place on Feb. 12 in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Though details of the concert remain meager, the scheduled closing of busy streets around Fifth Avenue and Broadway — specifically, from 23rd to 26th Streets — prove that something big is about to happen. The Post's source also confirmed that the concert will last 45 minutes with an "A-list" performer to hit the stage that is yet to be identified.  Rihanna continues to tease the upcoming release of her eighth studio album, which has tentatively been dubbed #R8.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner In "Megachurch Murder" on Lifetime

According to the YBF, Lifetime has tapped Tamala Jones, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Romeo Miller,to star in its upcoming original movie, Megachurch Murder, premiering Saturday, February 7, at 8pm ET/PT.  According to the film's press release, it was Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and set in a modern African American church. Below is the synopsis:
"Megachurch Murder tells the story of Hannah’s (Shanica Knowles) life going off the rails after her father Hamilton Spears (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) passes away in a cycling accident. The only thing keeping Hannah’s life together is her new boyfriend Oliver (Romeo Miller). Hannah soon finds evidence pointing to a church conspiracy and threats towards her father, determined to prove that Hamilton’s death was in fact murder. As she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her own mother Martha (Tamala Jones) and her boyfriend’s father Clay” – Michael Beach) may be involved in the death of her father."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lil Wayne Goes In on Birdman and Cash Money Records

According to TMZ, Lil Wayne just went in on Birdman by releasing a mixtape with tracks that take direct aim at his former mentor and Cash Money Records.  Wayne dropped "Sorry for the 4 The Wait 2" -- a clear reference to his long delayed "Carter V" album -- and goes right in on Birdman with a song called, "Coco."

Some of the lyrics include: 
"Who kept this s**t this together? N***a, me, that's who! 
Who was there when n***as left? N***a, me that's who!"
Cash Money is an army, I'm a one man army!"

He also raps about going out like Tony Montana in "Scarface."

Sidebar: Wow.

50 Cent partners with Intel for new headphones

According to the Grio, 50 Cent has been working with Intel to create “smart earbuds” called the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones.  These headphones collect fitness data such as heart rate and do not need to be regularly charged.  The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said that he was inspired to work with Intel after Apple bought out Beats headphones. “Beats helped me,” he said. “Whenever a company makes a deal, there’s a different house on the other side of the street, ya know? So I went over to that house.”  50 Cent announced the partnership at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  While SMS is using the “smart” headphones as an edge over the competition, they have also signed a marketing deal with Star Wars‘ Lucasfilms. Jackson said that the Star Wars deal hugely propelled sales forward. “What we projected for the first quarter of sales, the line outsold in two days,” he said. “That’s what opened my eyes to the passion for the Lucas brand. It’s not just kids. It’s people who encountered [Star Wars] as kids. That passion isn’t fading. It’s still strong.”  With the next Star Wars movie coming out at the end of this year, the headphones might just see another big burst in sales.

Katy Perry Gives 5K for TLC Album

According to TMZ, Katy Perry s such a big fan she dug into her own pockets and shelled out 5 grand   toward TLC's Kickstarter campaign to make a new album.  One of the perks for a $5k donation is a slumber party in L.A. with T-Boz.  As of this posting, the girls are still a little more than $44,000 shy of their $150,000 goal

Sidebar: They just started 2 days ago and they have almost made their goal. Way to go TLC.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

D'Angelo to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live'

According to Billboard, D'Angelo will grace the Saturday Night Live stage, for his first television performance in years.  D'Angelo has been confirmed as SNL's musical guest on the upcoming Jan. 31 episode. J.K. Simmons, currently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Whiplash, will serve as the episode's host.  The reclusive R&B star returned in December with Black Messiah, his first album in 14 years and one of the most acclaimed releases of 2014. Black Messiahdebuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart last month, and the follow-up to 2000's Voodoo has sold 176,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen Music.  Last week, D'Angelo and his backing band the Vanguard booked its first U.S. headlining show since the new album's release, at New York's Apollo Theater for Feb. 7. Four days later, the singer will kick off a European tour in Zurich, Switzerland.

Catchphrase with Jennifer Lopez and Anthony Mackie [VIDEO]

Lifetime's 'Whitney' Movie Delivers 4.5 Million Viewers

According to Shadow and Act, Lifetime’s primetime block Saturday evening surrounding the eagerly-awaited world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie "Whitney," directed by Angela Bassett, and hour-long specials "Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney" and "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances," drew 11.8 million total viewers across 3 telecasts, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings.  Breaking that figure down, "Whitney" drew 4.5 million total viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched telecast across all key demographics since "Flowers in the Attic" last January.  And during the 10pm Bobby Brown special, 91% of that 4.5 million (or 4.1 million), kept watching, tuning in for the network's exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Houston’s ex-husband, about the couple’s intense relationship.  And at 11pm, the special "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances" drew 3.2 million total viewers. Hosted by Clive Davis, the special featured on-air footage of the icon singing her most enduring songs.  "Whitney" also struck a chord on social media, where, Lifetime says, it was the most tweeted-about program for the day, and the network’s second most tweeted-about program ever. And in search, "Whitney Houston" ranked number one on Google Trends for the day.

Sidebar: Just because people watched didn't make it good. Clive Davis was the only one who was perfectly casted.  This movie being better than the Aaliyah movie does not make it great. Maybe if I wasn't a Whitney fan I could appreciate it more. But so many things were off including the lip synching. It was more like the Bobby & Whitney story where it was more about him than her. And although Deborah Cox can SANG she is no Whitney. Overall, I give this movie a D+.  The plus is because I like Angela Bassett and I know she loved Whitney like the rest of us.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

TLC Uses Kickstarter to Fund Final Album

T-Boz and Chilli have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund TLC's fifth and final studio album, Hello Beautiful reports. The group is depending on their fans to turn their loyalty into dollars and be an integral part to completing this album.  “This is about our fans getting involved.” Chilli said in a statement. Fans can give donations as low as $5, which will get them an exclusive track and a chance to communicate with TLC directly. The higher the  dollar amount, the bigger the reward. Depending on how much they give, funders can get VIP concert tickets, a fitness class with Chilli or some of T-Boz’s actual costumes.  “At this point, we’ve got the fans who have been with us since day one,” T-Boz said. “With this album on Kickstarter, we can bring them all together as our collaborators. I can’t think of a better way to create our last album.”  The campaign kicks off today.

Keke Palmer Lands TV Role In FOX's “Scream Queens" With Ariana Grande, Lea Michele & Jamie Lee Curtis

According to the YBF, Keke Palmer will star in a FOX anthology series titled “Scream Queens”, created by "American Horror Story" writer Ryan Murphy. She will be joining singer/Nickelodeon actress Ariana Grande, Joe Manganiello ("True Blood"), Lea Michele ("Glee") and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as series regulars on the comedy-horror. Previously announced cast mates include Jamie Lee Curtis and "American Horror Story"'s Emma Roberts.  The show is reportedly a lot like "American Horror Story" where each season will have a different storyline play out. For Keke’s season, the show will focus on a college campus "rocked by a series of murders”.

Sidebar: Congrats Keke! 

Kevin Hart Hosts “Saturday Night Live” [VIDEO]

According to The YBF, Kevin Hart took the stage again on “Saturday Night Live” last night for the first new episode of 2015, following his 2013 appearance.  The Wedding Ring star opened the show with a monologue about “thug raccoons” taking over outside of the home he shares with his "rib". He yelled, “Bottom line, we got a thug raccoon running around outside! My son goes outside, and the first thing he said was, 'Dad, I'm scared. Can you come with me?' I said, 'Absolutely not. This is your journey. This is about you becoming a man." Watch above.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Empire Has Been Renewed for a Second Season!

According to E!, Fox network has renewed its new hit series Empire for a second season, making the news official at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Saturday. The Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson hip-hop family drama, created by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, has proven to be a huge success for Fox: it was their highest-rated debut in three years and one of the most-watched debuts of the season.  And Empire did the impossible this week in its second episode: its ratings actually went up! The episode attracted 10.3 million viewers and a strong 4.0 demo rating, up from the premiere's impressive 9.9 million viewers and 3.8 rating.

Raven-Symoné Says She Tanned To Be Darker And 'Pretty'

According to Centric, Raven-Symoné helps hold a spotlight on this topic in OWN’s documentary “Light Girls,” where she reveals she once tanned numerous times a week during the glory days of her hit Disney show “That’s So Raven.” Raven, a light-skin actress, said she did so to appear darker.  "When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker," she said. "I did."  “The Cosby Show” star’s skin tone ended up changing enough that it actually began having an impact on the show's production.  "It's funny, one of the lighting guys came up--I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness--he goes, 'Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You're getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,'" she recalled. "I was like, 'Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.'"  Producer Ralph Farquhar pointed out that colorism greatly impacts actresses and their chances for roles in prime time television.  "A lot of times, we might be in situations where we want to make sure we cast a dark-skinned girl. So, we're passing up the light-skinned sisters because, you know, we don't want to be accused of doing that," Farquhar explains. "You might have a very talented actress who's being overlooked because of her complexion."
Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing this on OWN. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rosie Perez to Exit ‘The View’

According to Variety, after only four months on “The View,” Rosie Perez is leaving the ABC morning show, Variety has learned.  Perez had taken off the month of January to appear in the Broadway play “Fish in the Dark,” but it’s understood that she won’t be coming back to the Hot Topics table once she’s done. It’s unclear when ABC will announce her departure, but for now “View” producers have been trying other younger co-hosts in her seat.
“The View” has experienced a dramatic tumble in ratings in its 18th season with new co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. Perez was handpicked by the show’s new executive producer Bill Wolff as a last-minute choice after the show underwent a reinvention this past summer after the retirement of Barbara Walters.
The choice of Perez was a surprise, given the other contenders that were in the mix last year. But Perez never got a hang of the show’s mixture of hard and soft news, and she had trouble reading from a TelePrompTer, insiders say.  In October, “The View” moved from ABC Daytime to a special production unit of ABC News. But the shift in management hasn’t resulted in any improvement in “View” ratings. More changes in staffing — both behind and in front of the camera — are said to be in the works.

Lifetime to Air Special 'Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney' After Film 'Whitney' January 17th

According to BET Centric, Bobby Brown is going to give Whitney a chance.  The Lifetime biopic, airing this weekend, is based on the first five years of Whitney Houston and Brown’s relationship. Despite none of the family showing up for the early screening of the TV movie, Brown is reportedly set to do an interview immediately following the film.  According to reports, Brown will sit down with "Access Hollywood’s" Shaun Robinson for "Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,” which will air on Lifetime.  There’s no indication if that means Brown has seen or will see the movie. It’s also unclear if he supports it.  Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina have both spoke out against the movie to which director Angela Bassett has not taken personally.