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Friday, July 22, 2016

RHOA SEASON 9 MEET THE NEW HOUSEWIFE....AND IS NE NE OUT?

Streets are talking about the newest addition to The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s 9th season!!

It appears that after weeks of testing various ladies, producers have chosen singer R.L. (of the R&B music group ‘Next’) and his fiancée Lena Chenier for a full time spot.
The couple will be spending a lot of time in front of Bravo cameras this season as they are the newest cast members slated for the popular ATL reality show and we’ll also get to see them tie the knot on the show!


Lena and her fiancée RL have quite a bit of ties to the show and have often appeared during events hosted at Peter Thomas’ former Bar One restaurant in Atlanta.

For those of you who follow that whole Bar One debacle, RL invested a reported $10,000 Peter’s business venture and subsequently filed a lawsuit after he failed to see any type of return.
I’m sure since Peter is getting a check this season (a fact he confirmed with me during our one on one Facetime last month) he’s going to be way more ornary than usual… and by that I mean Thomas is sure to be battling R.L. over his failed investment during this season, as he (Peter) attempts to bring Bar One back to life at it’s new Auburn Avenue location.

Peter also has his hands full with his relationship problems, as he and Cynthia will be bumping heads about their marital strife.

Meanwhile, Lena is apparently good friends with Kandi Burruss (i.e. her entry way onto the fold) and has been filming with Burruss quite a bit this summer.  Lena and Kandi attended Porsha’s pool party this past weekend together.

Lena is also the proud owner of an instagram boutique that I hear does pretty well and while there were some women who tested that had more going for them career wise, Lena’s storyline beat out others gunning for the spot since she will be planning a wedding to longtime love R.L.
Now to Ne Ne, I did a bit of digging after I saw that and reached out to a few of my RHOA sources. It seems that Nene has actually been WAITING for Bravo to give her the word and they moved on with taping season 9 without her.

To further explain my source revealed that while it wasn’t about the moolah, Nene was promised full time pay for full time work when in actuality, producers circled back and asked her to appear as she did last year, but with fewer appearances and less pay.....to be continued,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

STARZ POWER RENEWED FOR A 4TH & 5TH SEASON...WATCH EPISODE 1 SEASON 3

Two days after Power‘s record-setting Season 3 premiere, Starz has renewed the hit drama for two more seasons, through Season 5. Ratings gold, Sunday’s Season 3 premiere pulled in 2.26 million viewers — the premium cabler’s best original series debut numbers yet and the most-watched episode of any Starz original ever. 


The Season 3 premiere was up more than 58% from the Season 2 and 389% from Season 1 premieres, respectively.
This is the first multi-season pickup for the New York-based series starring Omari Hardwick. Creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp will return alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon. Season 3 of “Power” is set for 10 episodes.


1975 COOLEY HIGH REMAKE ...DEVON FRANKLIN, COMMON & TONY KRANTZ

EXCLUSIVE: Cooley High has been set for a remake at MGM with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the seminal 1975 coming-of-age drama. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High fell in with a series of terrific coming-of-age films that included American Graffiti, The Lords Of Flatbush and The Wanderers.
Beyond that, the original became influential in African-American storytelling, in that it told a complex depiction of life as a black American and didn’t fit the blaxploitation mold of the time. The Michael Schultz-directed film cost $750,000 to make and grossed more than $13 million. 

Lighthearted at times, Cooley High also addressed serious topics such as gang violence, masculinity, sexism and the value of education in the black community. That made it fertile ground for Franklin, the former Sony exec who has focused on films with uplifting content; Chicago native Common, who with John Legend shared the Oscar for Best Song for Selma‘s “Glory”; and Krantz, whose father Steve Krantz produced the original film. They felt it a timely project in light of the racial unrest that has followed several high-profile shootings throughout the country.
Franklin will produce through his Franklin Entertainment, Common under Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road. Jonathan Glickman and Adam Rosenberg will oversee the project for MGM, which is coming off the success of Me Before You, which it produced. That pic, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin based on Jojo Moyes’ bestseller, has grossed $172.9M worldwide since Warner Bros released it last month.


Monday, July 18, 2016

NIA LONG TO PLAY ROXANNE SHANTE MOM IN NEW BIOPIC PRODUCED BY FOREST WHITAKER

Nia Long has already landed a new gig after her ABC comedy, Uncle Buck, was cancelled in early July.

The 46-year-old Queens native, whose birth name is Lolita Shanté Gooden, shared a photo of Nia earlier in the week. “ When your sister Nia Long is playing your Mama MissPeggy in the 80’s You can only feel so honored and so so blessed. #roxanneroxanne The Movie The Roxanne Shante story#plzbelieveit,” she wrote next to a selfie with Long.

The film is currently filming in her hometown borough and will chronicle Shanté’s journey from 14-year-old rapper to hip-hop legend.

Roxanne, Roxanne is slated for release in 2017.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ESPYS RED CARPET WHO WORE WHAT & WHY?

 The Wilson's!

The Curry's!
 Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
 The ESPY Awards heated up LA on Wednesday night and brought out a bunch of beautiful couples — like sexy newlyweds Ciara and Russell Wilson, for instance — and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade were no exception.

 Not only did the two make for a picture-perfect red carpet pair, but Gabrielle also shared a few fun moments on her Instagram account. In one snap, she's about to cop a feel of Dwyane's backside, writing, "Feelin on your boo-hoo-tee," and in an additional video, the couple struts down a hallway on their way to the event. Check out Espy biggest moments click here.  


 Lynzie Von outfit is everything!
Odell 
Eric Decker from 2016 ESPYS
 John Cena and Nikki Bella  

Usher and Sugar Ray Leonard

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NO SCRUBS...NICK CANNON AND CHILLI DATING?

media mogul Nick Cannon and  Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are an item.

According to The NY Daily Confidential Cannon and Thomas are seeing each other after dating half of Hollywood.

Chilli, 45, is most notably known for dating singer Usher Raymond, while Cannon, 35, was most notably married to singer Mariah Carey, 46.

Carey and Cannon have twins together. Rumor has it that Cannon refuses to sign off on their divorce so she can marry Australian billionaire James Packer in an extravagant made-for-TV wedding.
The NY Daily Confidential — Dapper “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon got a little tender loving care this weekend from Rozonda (Chilli) Thomas of the pop band TLC, according to sources upstate.
 The crowd at WDKX’s Summerfest Concert in Rochester got a second show on Saturday night as they watched Cannon get cozy with Thomas, whose band was headlining the show. One insider says Cannon joined Thomas before and after the performance and watched on adoringly as her band performed its ’90s hits, which include “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.”
“It looked serious,” we’re told. “They were hugged-up and kissing.”
The pair has been friends for some time. Thomas showed up to Cannon’s 30th birthday party in 2010 at Lavo — as a friend — looking like a million bucks.

OPEN CASTING CALL...FOR APPLES APP REALITY SERIES

Ready for your close up? An open casting call is underway for Planet of the Apps, Apple’s reality series about the world of apps and the developers who create them. The series, a co-production with Propagate, is looking for talented app creators and is accepting online applications now through Friday, August 26. Those interested in applying can go to the series website here.

Executive produced by Will.I,Am, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, the series is teaming up with Product Hunt on a four city tour in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York. The events will be an opportunity to meet other tech entrepreneurs and hear from the team behind the series. Dates will be released on the Planet of the Apps website shortly.
Over 2 million apps are available on the App Store, with new apps published every day,” said Silverman and Owens, Co-CEOs of Propagate. “Planet of the Apps will give app creators the chance to break through and share their ideas with the world. This is an exciting format that taps into what is driving culture today. We can’t wait to see the groundbreaking ideas accepted for the show grow into viable businesses.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BLACK GIRL MAGIC...GABBY DOUGLAS GETS HER OWN BARBIE!

Congrats are in order for Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas! Today Gabby debuted her very own Barbie Shero doll. The 2o-year-old announced the news today on her twitter page! She was also just selected to be on the USA Olympic Gymnastics team for a second time too!

She was quoted as saying, “Excited to debut my @Barbie Shero doll! Let’s continue to break barriers & dream big, girls!” I’m so excited for her and the doll is really cute and an inspiration for other girls out there that has dreams!


Monday, July 11, 2016

LOVE JONES THE MUSICAL COMING STARING CHRISETTE MICHELLE, MUSIQ SOUL CHILD AND MORE

A stage adaptation of the classic romantic drama ‘Love Jones’ is headed our way.

While Nia Long and Larenz Tate won’t be reprising their theatrical roles in this production, the cast IS comprised of  Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister and Raheem DeVaughn.
Theodore Witcher who wrote and directed the theatrical version is also responsible for writing this adaptation.

MC Lyte made the announcement via Instagram. Check out all the details below.

Friday, July 8, 2016

BEYONCÉ PENS OPEN LETTER ON POLICE SHOOTINGS: ‘STOP KILLING US’

Queen Bey delivers a call to action.

As Drake, Chris Brown, and other celebrities continue to speak out against police injustice in the wake of shootings caught on video, Beyoncé has penned a powerful open letter.

“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” she writes. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”
The letter asks all people to stand up and fight “against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.”

“These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless,” she adds. “But we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.”

Moreover, the “Formation” singer says that this should unite people from all walks of life. “This is a human fight,” she explains. “No matter your race, gender, or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.”

She also uses the letter to clarify her stance on law enforcement. “This is not a plea to all police officers,” she writes. “But toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over. Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.”

She includes a prayer for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, but also one “for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.”

The call to action urges fans to “contact the politicians and legislators” in their areas so that their voices “will be heard.” She also provides links to contact your congressperson, to protest for Sterling, and to protest for Castile.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

MEET THE WILSON'S....CIARA MARRIES RUSSELL WILSON!

Ciara and Russell Wilson secretly tied the knot in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, and now we're finally getting a first look at their gorgeous nuptials. Hours after exchanging "I dos," the happy couple took to Instagram and uploaded a beautiful photo of the pair walking down the aisle together. In the snap — which the duo captioned "We are The Wilsons!" 


The duo exchanged vows Wednesday in a beautiful ceremony in front of family and friends – including Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson and La La Anthony – at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. 

Ciara is pictured wearing her custom Roberto Cavalli gown while Russell looks dapper in a black and white tux. As we anxiously await more photos from their wedding, flip through Ciara and Russell's cutest moments together.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

OPRAH PRESENTS... "QUEEN SUGAR" PRIVATE RECEPTION IN NEW ORLEANS

Gayle King and Ava DuVernay
Oprah Winfrey held a private reception in New Orleans during Essence Festival and lots of supporters came out for her new project Queen Sugar. my handy dandy photographer was there Paras to capture the event check out who came out to support…

 Tina & Richard Lawson
 Kandi Burrus & Todd Tucker
 Tichina Arnold 
 Lynn Whitfield 
“Queen Sugar,” the new original one-hour weekly drama series from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, debuts as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.




VIDEO: CIARA HITS THE MAIN STAGE AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Singer and performer Ciara hit the stage in New Orleans at the Essence Festival! For her performance her and her dancers kept it cute wearing all white everything! She song a few her her top hits and kept the stage lit with her dance moves!  Check out video below as CiCi hits that 1,2 step!

VIDEO: FERGIE – ‘M.I.L.F. $’

Fergie’s got that “M.I.L.F. $.” After returning from her lengthy hiatus earlier today, the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman drops the star-studded video for her new single. Axl’s mother rounds up some of Hollywood’s hottest M.I.L.F.s (Moms I’d Like To Follow) including Ciara, Kim Kardashian West, and a breastfeeding Chrissy Teigen (and her daughter Luna).

But that’s not all. The colorful clip, directed by Colin Tilley, also features cameos from other M.I.L.F.s like Alessandra Ambrosio, Gemma Ward, Tara Lynn, Devon Aoki, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Amber Valletta, and Natasha Poly. Additionally, models Jon Kortajarena and Jordan Barrett star as M.I.L.F. men.

“Changing the acronym to Moms I’d Like To Follow is about empowering women who do it all,” said Fergie. “They have a career, a family, and still find the time to take care of themselves and feel sexy. With a wink of course :).”

Fergie is gearing up to release her first album in a decade, the follow-up to 2006’s The Dutchess, sometime this year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FUTURE ROLLING STONE COVER, OPENS UP ABOUT CIARA AND DESIIGNER

As he gears up to hit the road with Drake on their “Summer Sixteen Tour” next month, Future graces his first cover of Rolling Stone, addressing everything from Ciara to Desiigner in a rare interview.

“Future: Syrup, Strippers, and Heavy Angst with the Hip-Hop Hit Machine” features the “Wicked” rapper speaking candidly about his failed engagement to the mother of his two-year-old son and their lawsuit-filled relationship of late.

“I can’t deal with it,” he says. “I can’t even think about it. I never imagined my life would be like that: ‘I’m going to sue you and take away from you.’ I don’t know how to deal with something like that. All I know is record, record, record, record.”

When asked about “Panda” hitmaker Desiigner and the comparisons some have made between them, Future is less open, but honest nonetheless.
“I never worried about anyone else,” he says. “I don’t even want his name in the article.”

Read more highlights from the Q&A below and grab the issue when it hits newsstands July 14.
ON HIS FAILED ENGAGEMENT TO CIARA: “I was scared as shit. I was one step away from being married, and I feel like I failed publicly in relationships. Then you want to go back to doing music, to what you know. And if the people didn’t accept you again, the one thing you feel like you can fall back on, it walked away from you. You feel like it’s over.”
ON WISHING CIARA WELL: “Her being successful, her being happy, helps me. I’m attached to you. If you’re happy, I’m happy. You’re connected for life. I don’t want you to go through this shit and for it to come back on my son, my kid. I want you to be in the best situation.”

ON MUSIC POST CIARA: “I embraced what I thought they was gonna hate about me. I was gonna turn the hate into love.”

ON HIS GRIPE WITH RUSSELL WILSON: “It’s something that’ll take more time for me. It ain’t even about [him] playing daddy. I don’t even want to think about it. That’s my son forever. My son is going to be able to read this. He’s going to be able to look at those pictures. He’s going to be able to have a judgment for himself, and have a conversation with me man-to-man. That’s my blood. He is me. I am him. We is one.”
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