Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Swifties vs. Kanye: Battle for Billboard Supremacy Heats Up

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West and Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
In the ongoing feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift fans, tensions have reached new heights as West fires back at attempts to thwart his success on the music charts. Swifties, as Taylor Swift's devoted fan base is known, have launched a coordinated effort to boost Beyoncé's new country music in order to block West's latest album, "Vultures 1," from securing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

The discord surfaced following a declaration of a "Swiftie emergency" on social media, urging fellow fans to stream Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" to forestall West's album from chart supremacy. This development transpired subsequent to West's Instagram story containing critical remarks about Swift.

Reacting promptly, the 46-year-old West captured a screenshot of the fan's tweet, casting accusations at Swift's fan base for orchestrating chart manipulation tactics to undercut his artistic endeavors.

"When I said that I’m the new Jesus b—ch, I wasn’t even thinking about Taylor Swift," West clarified on Instagram, seeking to elucidate his prior remarks. "That was a whole line before, but I appreciate the free promo."

His message, tinged with defiance, conveyed a nuanced stance towards Swift's fans: "To all Taylor Swift fans, I am not your enemy uuum I'm not your friend either though lol," he remarked.

In a rare moment of candor, West acknowledged grappling with adversities over the past year, including being ostracized by hotels, corporate affiliations and even eateries. Despite these challenges, he underscored the uplifting and triumphant essence of "Vultures 1."

"This album is actually super positive and fun, it's all about triumphant," he emphasized, spotlighting the resilience embedded within the album's thematic framework.

Moreover, West invoked his previous solidarity with Swift during her public dispute with music manager Scooter Braun.

"Remember I was on Taylor's side when Scooter bought her masters behind her back," he reiterated. "She and Beyoncé are big inspirations to all musicians; we always say how both sell out tours and movies."

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Usher Ties the Knot: R&B Star Marries Longtime Girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea

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Usher capped off an epic weekend by marrying longtime partner Jennifer Goicoechea in Las Vegas just hours after his electrifying Super Bowl LVIII halftime show on Sunday.

News of their marriage emerged after the Super Bowl performance and was confirmed by a marriage certificate obtained by CNN.
"We can confirm that Usher and Jennifer Goicoechea took the next step in their relationship and did get married on Sunday night in Las Vegas surrounded by close friends and family," a spokesperson for Usher said in a statement. "The couple look forward to continuing to raise their children together and express their gratitude for the well-wishes received."

Usher and Goicoechea share two children: daughter Sovereign Bo, born in 2020, and son Sire Castrello, born in 2021. Usher also has two sons, Usher V and Naviyd Ely, from his previous marriage to Tameka Foster.

The intimate ceremony took place at Vegas Weddings' Terrace Gazebo following Usher's thirteen-minute-long Super Bowl performance, where he delivered a crowd-pleasing medley of his greatest hits.

Usher's mother, Jonetta Patton, served as their witness during the ceremony, with a select group of close friends and family members in attendance.

Later that night, the newlyweds celebrated at Usher's album release party for "Coming Home." Jennifer wore a chic all-white pantsuit, while Usher sported a white floor-length fur coat over a black tuxedo, with a gold band now adorning his left ring finger.

Friday, February 9, 2024

R&B Legend Henry Fambrough of The Spinners Dies at 85

Henry Fambrough (second from right) as part of The Spinners in 1954.
Henry Fambrough, the last surviving original member of the iconic R&B group The Spinners, died
peacefully at his home in northern Virginia on Wednesday. He was 85.

Fambrough's passing was confirmed by group spokesperson Tanisha Jackson, who stated he died of natural causes.

The Spinners, known for hits like "It's a Shame," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and "The Rubberband Man," were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November 2023. Fambrough, along with Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson, Bobby Smith, Philippé Wynne and John Edwards, were honored as inductees.
The group announced Fambrough's death on their Instagram account, calling him a "founding member of the legendary R&B/Soul vocal group" and praising his "euphonious baritone voice" and captivating stage presence.

Fambrough, an Army veteran known for his signature handlebar mustache, was a key member of The Spinners during their classic hitmaking era, contributing to songs like "Ghetto Child," "I Don't Want To Lose You" and "Just As Long As We Have Love." He was the last surviving member of the group's original lineup, which also included Bobbie Smith, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson and Philippe Wynne.

The Spinners achieved widespread success, earning numerous accolades throughout their career, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and their recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Fambrough is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma, daughter Heather Williams, son-in-law Ronald, sister Martha, and other extended family and friends.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Lee & Washington Reunite for Kurosawa Remake: 'High and Low' Gets American Treatment

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Acclaimed director Spike Lee and iconic actor Denzel Washington are once again joining forces, this time to remake Akira Kurosawa's classic 1963 crime thriller "High and Low," Apple Original Films announced on Thursday.

Apple will co-finance the project, which will be theatrically released by independent film studio A24 before streaming on Apple TV+. This marks Lee and Washington's fifth collaboration, following their critically acclaimed work on films such as "Mo' Better Blues," "Malcolm X," "He Got Game" and "Inside Man" (2006).
Kurosawa's "High and Low" is a suspenseful crime thriller with social commentary woven into its narrative. Based on Ed McBain's novel "King's Ransom," the film follows a wealthy industrialist whose life is thrown into chaos when his chauffeur's son is mistakenly kidnapped for ransom. As the tension mounts, Kurosawa explores themes of class disparity and human resilience.
Lee, known for his bold storytelling and unflinching social commentary, has directed numerous critically acclaimed films throughout his career. His diverse body of work includes groundbreaking titles like "Do the Right Thing" and the Denzel Washington-led biopic "Malcolm X."

Washington will once again take the lead in Lee's adaptation, which features a screenplay co-written by Lee and Alan Fox. Washington and producer Todd Black have previously collaborated on films like "Fences," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Equalizer" franchise. Production is set to begin in March.

A24, a film studio known for its independent and acclaimed productions, will handle the theatrical distribution of the film before its global debut on Apple TV+. "High and Low" is being developed and produced by A24, Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures. Black and Jason Michael Berman are producing, with Lee serving as executive producer through his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks. Peter Guber, along with others, will also serve as executive producer.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Drake at Center of Online Storm as Explicit Video Sparks Speculation

Speculation continues to swirl online as an explicit video featuring a well-endowed man, captured in a reflective moment before a mirror, sparks viral attention. Many are conjecturing that the figure in the clip could be rap superstar Drake.

On Tuesday, an account named @Campusnightchat on X (formerly known as Twitter) shared footage of a light-skinned man recording himself, sitting in a suggestive pose, holding his penis while his face remains obscured by a cellphone. The video has since been deleted.

The identity of the individual remains unconfirmed, partly due to the obscured face, but the possibility of Drake's involvement has ignited social media. Online personality Adin Ross recently addressed the viral footage during a livestream, playfully acknowledging its potential significance.

"God damn. You’re blessed with your voice. You’re blessed with performing. You’re blessed to be you, you’re blessed to be number one. But you’re also blessed to have a fucking missile!" exclaimed Ross, reflecting on the video's content.

Known for his past interactions with Drake, Ross shared snippets of a text exchange with the artist, revealing Drake's apparent nonchalant response to the commotion. "He just texted me, he put like eight laughing emojis," Ross disclosed, providing insight into Drake's reaction.

Adding to the intrigue, Ross suggested that Drake humorously hinted at incorporating the incident into his artistic endeavors. "He said, ‘This might be my next album intro,'" Ross read aloud, indicating Drake's playful disposition towards the situation.

While the video's authenticity remains in question, speculation mounts that the ambient sounds in the background hint at the scene unfolding aboard Drake's private jet, further fueling speculation.

The footage sparked widespread discussion on social media. Notably, plastic surgeon and internet personality Michael “Dr. Miami” Salzhauer received numerous inquiries about male-centered cosmetic procedures.

“Yes, penis enlargement surgery exists,” Dr. Miami posted on X. Later, he clarified, “It’s not called a DDL but everyone kept tagging me for some reason so I answered did not know what was going on [loudly crying face emoji].”

Dr. Miami emphasized that his response, as a medical professional, was not intended to be “shady” toward anyone. However, many commenters assumed Drake inspired his tweet.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Monét Crowned Best New Artist, Killer Mike Makes Grammy History

The 66th Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, resonated with the power and innovation of diverse artists across genres. Rising stars like Victoria Monét, crowned Best New Artist, and established icons like Killer Mike, who swept the Rap categories, made history alongside electrifying performances and poignant moments.

Monét's emotional acceptance speech, reflecting on her artistic journey, resonated deeply, embodying the vibrancy of a new generation. Mike's historic Rap sweep, surpassing Lauryn Hill's 1999 record and the first since 2003, cemented his legendary status. Collaboration thrived with J. Cole and Lil Durk's powerful "All My Life" winning Best Rap Collaboration.
Black artists shone across diverse categories, shattering boundaries. Rising star Coco Jones surprised with her Best R&B Performance win for "ICU," while Dave Chappelle triumphed in the Best Spoken Word Album category. History was made with the inaugural Best African Music Performance award presented to South African singer Tyla for her captivating "Water."
In a truly unforgettable moment transcending generations, legendary singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, rarely seen in public, graced the stage to perform her iconic "Fast Car" alongside country star Luke Combs. This first-time duet resonated deeply, reminding everyone of Chapman's enduring influence and the power of music to bridge divides.

Taylor Swift made Grammy history, clinching Album of the Year for Midnights—her unprecedented fourth win. Swift surprised fans with more than just history on Sunday night. While accepting her first award of the evening for the best pop vocal album, she dropped a bombshell: her 11th studio album, titled The Tortured Poets Department, is set to stream on April 19.

A selection of winners can be seen below, for the full list of winners click here.

Album of the Year
Boygenius - The Record
Janelle Monáe - The Age of Pleasure
Jon Batiste - World Music Radio
Lana Del Rey - Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Miley Cyrus - Endless Summer Vacation
Olivia Rodrigo - Guts
WINNER: Taylor Swift - Midnights

Record of the Year
Billie Eilish - What Was I Made For? (From the Motion Picture “Barbie”)
Boygenius - Not Strong Enough
Jon Batiste - Worship
WINNER: Miley Cyrus - Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo - Vampire
SZA - Kill Bill
Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero
Victoria Monét - On My Mama

Best New Artist
Coco Jones
Gracie Abrams
Fred Again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Noah Kahan
WINNER: Victoria Monét
The War and Treaty

Song of the Year
WINNER: Billie Eilish - What Was I Made For? (From the Motion Picture “Barbie”)
Dua Lipa - Dance the Night (From Barbie the Album)
Jon Batiste - Butterfly
Lana Del Rey - A&W
Miley Cyrus - Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo - Vampire
SZA - Kill Bill
Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ed Sheeran - - (Subtract)
Kelly Clarkson - Chemistry
Miley Cyrus - Endless Summer Vacation
Olivia Rodrigo - Guts
WINNER: Taylor Swift - Midnights

Best R&B 
SongCoco Jones - ICU
Halle - Angel
Robert Glasper Featuring Sir & Alex Isley - Back to Love
WINNER: SZA - Snooze
Victoria Monét - On My Mama

Best Country Album
Brothers Osborne - Brothers Osborne
Kelsea Ballerini - Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
WINNER: Lainey Wilson - Bell Bottom Country
Tyler Childers - Rustin’ in the Rain
Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan
Best Música Urbana AlbumWINNER: Karol G - Mañana Será Bonito
Rauw Alejandro - Saturno
Tainy - Data

Best Pop Solo 
PerformanceBillie Eilish - What Was I Made For? (From the Motion Picture “Barbie”)
Doja Cat - Paint the Town Red
WINNER: Miley Cyrus - Flowers
Olivia Rodrigo - Vampire
Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero

Best Progressive R&B Album
Diddy - The Love Album: Off the Grid
Terrace Martin and James Fauntleroy - Nova
Janelle Monáe - The Age of Pleasure

Friday, February 2, 2024

'Something Wrong is Going On': Family Members Raise Alarm in Wendy Williams Documentary

A bombshell trailer for Lifetime's "Where is Wendy Williams?" sent shockwaves through fans Friday, raising questions about the former talk show host's well-being. Executive-produced by Williams herself, the two-part documentary promises an unfiltered look at her life, career and recent struggles.

The trailer opens with Williams declaring, "From 6 years old, all I wanted was to be famous." It then charts her journey from aspiring radio personality to becoming the beloved "Queen of Daytime" talk TV, captivating audiences for 12 years with her unfiltered opinions and bold persona.

But the tone shifts abruptly as the trailer declares, "At the peak of her career, she was gone." This leaves viewers wondering about the circumstances surrounding her sudden departure from the spotlight.

Williams' deep desire to return to television is revealed. "All I know how to do is be famous," she says, "I really want to be back on television." However, her son casts doubt, stating, "I feel as though she's worked enough… she has people around who are yes people and allowing this to continue."

The trailer delves into the controversial 2022 court decision granting Wells Fargo financial guardianship over Williams amid concerns of exploitation. Williams herself vehemently opposes the arrangement, demanding, "Did you see a neurologist to find out if I'm crazy? Oh my God, no! I have no money, and I'm going to tell you something, if it happens to me, it could happen to you." This raises questions about the guardianship system and its potential consequences.

Worrying scenes depict Williams using a wheelchair and struggling to walk, fueling concerns about her physical health. The trailer also shows individuals confronting her with an empty bottle and expressing concerns about memory loss. These visuals, while lacking context, create a sense of unease and speculation.

However, the trailer also highlights Williams' enduring spirit and the support of her family. "I miss my family. I'll be here no matter how many times somebody may fall down," she states.

"Where is Wendy Williams?" premieres February 24th and 25th on Lifetime, aiming to spark conversations about guardianship, support systems and the challenges faced by public figures. The documentary promises to offer a glimpse into the complexities of fame, family dynamics, and navigating personal struggles in the public eye.

Watch the trailer above.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

From Watching Over to Witnessing Greatness: Usher Recalls Early Encounter with Beyoncé

In a revealing interview on Shannon Sharpe's popular YouTube show "Club Shay Shay" on Thursday, R&B superstar Usher offered a heartwarming anecdote about encountering a young Beyoncé, then part of the group Girls Tyme (later known as Destiny's Child), during their early days in Atlanta.

Setting the record straight on longstanding rumors, Usher clarified he was never Beyoncé's nanny but acknowledged his role as the older presence during their early days. "I guess I watched over them while they were doing something in the house," Usher shared during the interview.

Beyond mere supervision, Usher recognized something extraordinary in the budding superstar. "I think I knew there was something very special about all of them," he admitted, emphasizing Beyoncé's unparalleled talent, brilliance and brightness. He credited choreographer Frank Gatson for echoing his early sentiments, noting Gatson's endorsement of Beyoncé's unique qualities.

As the interview unfolded, Usher expressed pride in witnessing Beyoncé's rise to fame. "It's amazing to see what she's done," he marveled, highlighting her multifaceted success not just in music but across various creative endeavors.

Usher's revelations extended beyond personal anecdotes to encompass his experience dancing with the legendary Michael Jackson. He described the encounter as "nerve-wracking" and shared the praise he received for seamlessly combining singing and dancing.

The conversation also touched upon Atlanta's current dominance in the music industry, with Usher, a proud representative of the city's vibrant scene, underscoring the importance of celebrating the broader cultural movement fueling the music.

Shifting gears to the state of R&B, Usher offered a nuanced perspective, debunking the notion that R&B is dead. He challenged the conventional measure of success based solely on chart positions, asserting that R&B's influence permeates various genres, acknowledging its roots in gospel, blues and modern music.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Hollywood Boulevard Sings Wilson's Praise: R&B Legend Receives 2,770th Star in Star-Fueled Ceremony

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From cold nights spent huddled on the unforgiving streets of Hollywood to a radiant star gleaming on the prestigious Walk of Fame, Charlie Wilson's journey is a testament to resilience and the transformative power of music. On Monday, surrounded by music royalty like Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, Wilson received the 2,770th star, marking a triumphant return to the very boulevard where he once sought refuge in his darkest hour.
The star-studded celebration unfolded on Hollywood Boulevard, where the echoes of Wilson's iconic hits like "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" and "Early In The Morning" must have danced on the wind years ago, unknowingly serenading the future hitmaker who walked amongst them. Now, an ecstatic crowd adorned with birthday balloons pulsated to these familiar rhythms, celebrating not only Wilson's 71st birthday but also his induction into the hallowed halls of the Walk of Fame.

"The Lord has truly blessed me," Wilson declared, his voice brimming with emotion as he gazed upon his star. For him, this wasn't just a career milestone; it was a symbol of redemption. Years ago, this very stretch of asphalt served as his cold, unforgiving bed during a period of homelessness and addiction. But tonight, the deafening cheers of the crowd drowned out the ghosts of his past, replaced by heartfelt tributes and the warmth of a community that had witnessed his struggles and now reveled in his triumph.

"To my Snoop," Wilson proclaimed, his eyes glistening with gratitude as he addressed his fellow music icon, "when some people would say no, you would make them say yes. What did you do to them, man?" His playful quip drew laughter from the crowd, highlighting the deep bond he shared with Snoop Dogg, who not only celebrated his artistic legacy but also acknowledged his unwavering support for their families.

Snoop Dogg, in turn, reflected on Wilson's impact beyond the realm of music, declaring, "Charlie Wilson, this man right here means the world to me, especially in terms of me and my wife." The scene unfolded like a surreal movie, with Kanye West materializing in his signature mask and gloves to pay his respects, and Pharrell Williams sending a pre-recorded message praising Wilson's enduring influence.

Amidst the glitter and glamour, the undercurrent of resilience remained. Wilson's battle with prostate cancer in 2008 served as a stark reminder of life's fragility, but it also fueled his advocacy for early detection and treatment. Today, 16 years cancer-free, he continues to inspire through his music and his autobiography, "I Am Charlie Wilson," a testament to the human spirit's potential for overcoming adversity.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

From Comedy Gold to Classic Soul: 'Abbott Elementary' and 'The Color Purple' Lead Diverse NAACP Image Nominees

Hollywood's streaming giants are poised for a major clash at the 55th NAACP Image Awards, with Netflix leading the pack with 55 nominations. Rival Amazon trails closely behind with 27 nods, setting the stage for a thrilling battle for supremacy across film, television and music.

But beyond the streaming duel, a timeless classic reasserted its cultural relevance. "The Color Purple" garnered a commanding 16 nominations in the Outstanding Motion Picture category, earning acting recognition for powerhouses like Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo and Corey Hawkins.

This year's nominations, unveiled Thursday, showcase the dazzling spectrum of artistic talent within the Black community. On the television front, the critically acclaimed comedy "Abbott Elementary" landed multiple nominations for its star-studded cast, including Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Music saw Victoria Monét dominate with six nominations, including outstanding new artist, outstanding female artist, and outstanding album for "Jaguar II." Super Bowl LVIII performer Usher also grabbed five nominations, including outstanding male artist and outstanding music video/visual album for "Boyfriend."

"NAACP President Derrick Johnson called this year's nominees 'an inspiration to us all,'" stating, "The Image Awards stand as a tribute to their creativity, talent, and dedication to authentic storytelling, a testament to the richness and diversity of our community."

The public can have their say in select categories through voting, open until February 24 at The 55th NAACP Image Awards air live on March 16 at 8 PM Eastern Time on BET and CBS. A full list of nominees is available here.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Funkenstein's Forever Groovin': George Clinton Earns Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton, the 82-year-old funk pioneer, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. The ceremony featured speeches from notable figures such as Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, legendary Motown songwriter Janie Bradford and civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.

“This feels good as s***,” exclaimed Clinton during the ceremony. “I’m proud as hell.”

Serving as the creative force behind the iconic bands Parliament/Funkadelic, Clinton played a pivotal role in crafting timeless classics such as “(I Wanna) Testify,” “P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up),” “Star Child (Mothership Connection),” “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk),” “Flash Light,” “Aqua Boogie,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and “Atomic Dog.”

Parliament-Funkadelic's musical influence transcends the dance floor, weaving into the very fabric of contemporary genres. Their groundbreaking fusion of psychedelia, funk, rock, and soul ignited a sonic revolution resonating across generations.

Reflecting on his seven-decade music career, Clinton shared insights into the highs and lows, emphasizing the ever-changing nature of fame. “I learned early on in this journey that you are only as big as your latest hit,” he remarked. “So you had to keep things in perspective, to keep from getting a big head. I found out that there would be times when it seemed like everyone knew your name. Then were times when no one knew you. I learned to respect the balance.”

Recounting his early inspirations and challenges, Clinton revealed how rejection by Motown for not looking as cool as the Temptations led him to adopt a new, hippie-inspired look for his groundbreaking groups Funkadelic and Parliament. “About as anti-Motown as you could get!” he quipped.

Before Clinton’s speech, Kiedis took to the podium, sharing his memories of being inspired by the funk icon and living near him during the production of Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1985 album, "Freaky Styley." “We started writing, and George started teaching us,” said Kiedis. “For me personally, George became an instant friend, a teacher, a mentor, a father figure, a co-conspirator, an instigator, and, honestly, a conductor of alien enterprises, truth be told.”

Bradford, looking back at the '70s heyday of Funkadelic, congratulated Clinton on his continued work at 82. “My kids think I’m cool because I know George Clinton. I think I am blessed that he is my friend and I am his. Congratulations, George!”

Crump emphasized the unifying power of Clinton’s music, stating, “Now more than ever in the world, we need music that brings us all together. And nobody’s music brings us all together quite like this brother’s brings us together — one nation under a groove. This brother got brothers and sisters all across the globe coming together through the Mothership Connection.”

The star, located at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Musicians Institute, marks the 2769th addition to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition to the Walk of Fame induction, a documentary titled "Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?" is in the works, delving into Clinton’s life and influence. Written by Ishmael Reed and co-directed by Alan Elliott and Christopher Harris, the documentary promises an absurdist take on Parliament-Funkadelic’s history with unprecedented access to Clinton’s archive.

Watch the trailer below.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Snoop Dogg's Daughter Cori Broadus, 24, Reveals 'Severe Stroke' on Instagram

Snoop Dogg's daughter Cori (left) suffered a 'severe stroke'. Photo Credit: Instagram/@princessbroadus
Snoop Dogg's daughter, Cori Broadus, 24, suffered a severe stroke earlier on Thursday, she revealed in a series of emotional Instagram posts. Broadus, who has battled lupus since she was 6, shared her shock and confusion after learning of the diagnosis.

"I had a severe stroke this am," she wrote, accompanied by a photo of herself in a hospital bed. "I started breaking down crying when they told me."

The young singer, known by her stage name CHOC, further expressed her disbelief in a subsequent post. "Like I'm only 24," she wrote. "What did I do in my past to deserve all of this?"

Broadus' announcement resonated with her 657,000 followers, sparking an outpouring of support. This isn't the first time she's opened up about her health struggles. In 2021, she spoke candidly about battling mental and physical health issues, including a past suicide attempt.

"Just because my dad is who he is doesn't mean I don't get sad," she shared at the time. "I've been sick, I am sick. It's a lot."

Her father, Snoop Dogg, and his wife Shante have been unwavering in their support throughout her health journey. In fact, Cori's decision to switch to a holistic approach to managing her lupus last year stemmed from a desire to reduce her reliance on medication.

"I've had medication since I was 6 years old, depending on these drugs all my life," she explained to People magazine. "So I kind of just went cold turkey."

Her Instagram posts offered no updates on the type of stroke she experienced or her current medical status. However, the outpouring of love and concern online suggests a close-knit community anxiously awaiting further details.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Diddy Relinquishes Spirits Empire in Quiet Diageo Deal

Diddy helping launch CirocVodka Spritz in a 2022 campaign.
Sean "Diddy" Combs has reached a settlement with Diageo, the London-based spirits giant, concluding a legal battle that spanned seven months. The agreement, announced on Tuesday, results in Diageo taking sole ownership of Ciroc vodka and DeLeon tequila, brands previously endorsed by Combs.

In a joint statement, both parties declared that "Mr. Combs has withdrawn all of his allegations about Diageo and will voluntarily dismiss his lawsuits against Diageo with prejudice. Diageo and Mr. Combs have no ongoing business relationship, either with respect to Ciroc Vodka or DeLeón Tequila, which Diageo now solely owns."

While the specific financial terms of the settlement remain undisclosed, the resolution follows Combs' accusations against Diageo, including claims of racist tactics and negligence in promoting and investing in his spirits. The Supreme Court of New York had initially rejected Diageo's attempt to dismiss Combs' claims.

Combs, who entered a promotional deal for Ciroc in 2007 and later acquired DeLeon with Diageo in 2013, alleged that the company failed to fulfill promised investments and treated the brands as inferior "urban" products. The neglect reportedly intensified after Diageo acquired competing tequila brands, Don Julio in 2014 and Casamigos in 2017.

In addition to financial grievances, Combs accused Diageo of racism, claiming that the company restricted distribution to racially defined "urban" neighborhoods and harbored resentment for his financial success. Diageo vehemently denied these allegations, dismissing them as "false and reckless."

The legal dispute had broader implications beyond the spirits industry, impacting Combs' public image, which has faced multiple legal challenges in recent months. In November 2023, former girlfriend Cassie Ventura (R&B singer Cassie) filed a $30 million lawsuit accusing Combs of rape, sex trafficking, and abuse, which was settled for an undisclosed sum.

Another lawsuit was filed by Joi Dickerson-Neal, alleging that Combs drugged, sexually assaulted, and filmed her in 1991 when she was a college student. Bad Boy Records and Bad Boy Entertainment are also listed as defendants. Combs denies these allegations.

A third woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit accusing Combs of sexual assault and revenge porn in the early 1990s, which he also denies.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Brunson Blazes Trail as First Black Woman in Decades to Win Lead Actress in Comedy

Screengrab 75th Emmy Awards
In a groundbreaking moment at Monday night's Emmy Awards, Quinta Brunson made history by securing the award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her stellar performance in ABC's "Abbott Elementary." The accolade, presented by television legend Carol Burnett, marked a significant milestone in Brunson's career.

As Brunson took the stage to accept the Emmy, her emotions were palpable. The recognition not only honored her exceptional talent but also positioned her as the first Black woman to achieve this feat since Isabel Sanford in 1981 for "The Jeffersons."

Visibly overwhelmed in the moment, Brunson began her acceptance speech with a heartfelt "Wow," expressing gratitude and acknowledging the profound impact of receiving the award from Burnett. Fighting back tears, she said, "Thank you so much. I don't even know why I'm so emotional. I think, like, the Carol Burnett of it all. I love making 'Abbott Elementary' so much, and I am so happy to live my dream and act out comedy."

She closed her speech by extending her gratitude to her parents, sisters, brothers, husband, and the cast of "Abbott Elementary."

Other prominent Black winners included Ayo Edebiri, who took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Niecy Nash-Betts, who won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Glenda Cleveland in the Netflix series "Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story." She dedicated the win to overlooked Black and Brown women.

Brunson's groundbreaking win is not only a personal triumph but also a significant step toward increased representation and diversity in the entertainment industry. Her role as the creator, writer, and lead actress in "Abbott Elementary" reflects her multifaceted talent and dedication to her craft.

The two-time Emmy winner, previously awarded in 2022 for outstanding writing in a comedy series, continues to make waves with her nominations at the 75th Emmy Awards. Nominated for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her episode of "Saturday Night Live," and with "Abbott Elementary" in the running for outstanding comedy series, Brunson's impact on the television landscape is undeniable.

"Abbott Elementary," a workplace comedy set in a public school in Philadelphia, showcases Brunson's commitment to telling compelling stories that resonate with audiences despite resource constraints. As Brunson etches her name in the Emmy history books, her win marks a moment of celebration, inspiration, and a testament to the power of diverse voices in entertainment.

For the complete list of winners, please find it below.

Outstanding Drama Series:
"Better Call Saul"
"The Crown"
"House of the Dragon"
"The Last of Us"
"Succession" (WINNER)
"The White Lotus"

Outstanding Comedy Series:
"Abbott Elementary"
"The Bear" (WINNER)
"Jury Duty"
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
"Only Murders in the Building"
"Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Limited Series:
"Beef" (WINNER)
"Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
"Daisy Jones & the Six"
"Fleishman Is in Trouble"
"Obi-Wan Kenobi"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jeff Bridges, "The Old Man"
Brian Cox, "Succession"
Kieran Culkin, "Succession" (WINNER)
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Pedro Pascal, "The Last of Us"
Jeremy Strong, "Succession"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Sharon Horgan, "Bad Sisters"
Melanie Lynskey, "Yellowjackets"
Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid’s Tale"
Bella Ramsey, "The Last of Us"
Keri Russell, "The Diplomat"
Sarah Snook, "Succession" (WINNER)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
F. Murray Abraham, "The White Lotus"
Nicholas Braun, "Succession"
Michael Imperioli, "The White Lotus"
Theo James, "The White Lotus"
Matthew Macfadyen, "Succession" (WINNER)
Alan Ruck, "Succession"
Will Sharpe, "The White Lotus"
Alexander Skarsgård, "Succession"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Jennifer Coolidge, "The White Lotus" (WINNER)
Elizabeth Debicki, "The Crown"
Meghann Fahy, "The White Lotus"
Sabrina Impacciatore, "The White Lotus"
Aubrey Plaza, "The White Lotus"
Rhea Seehorn, "Better Call Saul"
J. Smith-Cameron, "Succession"
Simona Tabasco, "The White Lotus"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Bill Hader, "Barry"
Martin Short, "Only Murders in the Building"
Jason Segel, "Shrinking"
Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"
Jeremy Allen White, "The Bear" (WINNER)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Christina Applegate, "Dead to Me"
Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Quinta Brunson, "Abbott Elementary" (WINNER)
Natasha Lyonne, "Poker Face"
Jenna Ortega, "Wednesday"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Ayo Edebiri, "The Bear" (WINNER)
Janelle James, "Abbott Elementary"
Sheryl Lee Ralph, "Abbott Elementary"
Juno Temple, "Ted Lasso"
Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"
Jessica Williams, "Shrinking"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Carrigan, "Barry"
Phil Dunster, "Ted Lasso"
Brett Goldstein, "Ted Lasso"
James Marsden, "Jury Duty"
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, "The Bear" (WINNER)
Tyler James Williams, "Abbott Elementary"
Henry Winkler, "Barry"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:
Taron Egerton, "Black Bird"
Kumail Nanjiani, "Welcome to Chippendales"
Evan Peters, "Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
Daniel Radcliffe, "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story"
Michael Shannon, "George & Tammy"
Steven Yeun, "Beef" (WINNER)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:
Lizzy Caplan, "Fleishman Is in Trouble"
Jessica Chastain, "George & Tammy"
Dominique Fishback, "Swarm"
Kathryn Hahn, "Tiny Beautiful Things"
Riley Keough, "Daisy Jones & the Six"
Ali Wong, "Beef" (WINNER)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:
Murray Bartlett, "Welcome To Chippendales"
Paul Walter Hauser, "Black Bird" (WINNER)
Richard Jenkins, "Dahmer -Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story"
Joseph Lee, "Beef"
Ray Liotta, "Black Bird"
Young Mazino, "Beef"
Jesse Plemons, "Love & Death"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:
Annaleigh Ashford, "Welcome To Chippendales"
Maria Bello, "Beef"
Claire Danes, "Fleishman Is In Trouble"
Juliette Lewis, "Welcome To Chippendales"
Camila Morrone, "Daisy Jones & The Six"
Niecy Nash-Betts, "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" (WINNER)
Merritt Wever, "Tiny Beautiful Things"

Outstanding Reality/Competition Series:
"The Amazing Race"
"RuPaul’s Drag Race" (WINNER)
"Top Chef"
"The Voice"

Outstanding Talk Series:
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" (WINNER)
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"Late Night With Seth Meyers"
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
"The Problem with Jon Stewart"

Outstanding Scripted Variety Series:
"A Black Lady Sketch Show"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" (WINNER)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
Jesse Armstrong, "Succession" (WINNER)
Beau Willimon, "Andor"
Sharon Horgan, Dave Finkel and Brett Baer, "Bad Sisters"
Gordon Smith, "Better Call Saul"
Peter Gould, "Better Call Saul"
Craig Mazin, "The Last of Us"
Mike White, "The White Lotus"

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie:
Lee Sung Jin, "Beef" (WINNER)
Joel Kim Booster, "Fire Island"
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, "Fleishman is in Trouble"
Patrick Aison and Dan Trachtenberg, "Prey"
Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, "Swarm"
Al Yankovic and Eric Appel, "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story"

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:
Mark Mylod, "Succession" (WINNER)
Benjamon Caron, "Andor"
Dearbhla Walsh, "Bad Sisters"
Peter Hoar, "The Last of Us"
Andrij Parekh, "Succession"
Lorene Scafaria, "Succession"
Mike White, "The White Lotus"

Outstanding Variety Special (Live):
"Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium" (WINNER)
"The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna"
"Chris Rock: Selective Outrage"
"The Oscars"
"75th Annual Tony Awards"

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
Christopher Storer, "The Bear" (WINNER)
Bill Hader, "Barry"
Mekki Leeper, "Jury Duty"
John Hoffman, Matteo Borghese and Rob Turbovsky, "Only Murders in the Building"
Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, "The Other Two"
Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly and Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:
Christopher Storer, "The Bear" (WINNER)
Bill Hader, "Barry"
Amy Sherman-Palladino, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Mary Lou Belli, "The Ms. Pat Show"
Declan Lowney, "Ted Lasso"
Tim Burton, "Wednesday"

Wyclef Jean Flips the Script, Drops Financial Anthem 'Paper Right'

Rapper Wyclef Jean, 54, ventures into a new domain — financial literacy — with the release of "Paper Right." Collaborating with Pusha T, Lola Brooke, Capella Grey, and Flau'jae, Jean seeks to emphasize the importance of building generational wealth and financial acumen.

"Paper Right is about building a financial legacy for future generations and the reward and gratification this brings. The most important thing I hope people take away from the song and my partnership with TIAA is that saving earlier can set you and your family up for long-term success," said Jean, a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group the Fugees, in a statement about the release. "As a father, when I look at my financial legacy and impact, I want to make sure my daughter is taken care of and has the tools needed to understand why saving early and preparing for the future is crucial."

This musical endeavor transcends mere catchy beats; it represents a strategic partnership with TIAA, a financial services giant and advocate for its ongoing "#RetireInequality" campaign. TIAA's focus on cultural relevance aligns with Jean's mission, evident in its previous initiatives like "The Dre$$," a couture gown symbolizing the retirement gender gap.

However, partnering with Jean raises eyebrows for some, casting a shadow from his past financial controversies. His Yéle Haiti Foundation, co-founded in 2001, faced investigations by the New York Attorney General over concerns about financial mismanagement and potential misuse of funds exceeding $9 million.

While specific claims of misappropriation haven't been proven in court, reports detailed significant expenses on travel, salaries, consultants, and related costs, raising questions about how donations were allocated. Haitian lawsuits seeking to recover unpaid debts from Yéle vendors and contractors further add to the cloud of uncertainty.

TIAA, however, views Jean's past as an opportunity for a relatable narrative. By partnering with an artist who has navigated financial complexities, TIAA aims to offer a story of overcoming adversity and achieving financial security.

"We're doubling down on keeping culture at the core of creativity," Danny Robinson, Chief Creative Officer at The Martin Agency, told Fast Company. The collaboration, he states, tackles the pressing issue of retirement insecurity, particularly affecting 54% of Black Americans who cannot maintain their standard of living post-retirement.

Jean acknowledges the challenge of engaging listeners, especially younger generations. "I know the message has to start with the Gen Zs and then on to my generation," he says. To bridge the gap, the song features Flau'jae, a Gen Z artist and the first millionaire in her family, Lola Brooke, a young rapper addressing social housing realities, and Capella Grey, offering his unique perspective. OGs Pusha T and Jean add experience and credibility.

But "Paper Right" isn't just about lyrics; it's an action-oriented initiative. Every stream of the song benefits First Generation Investors, a non-profit empowering underserved high school students with financial literacy tools.

Wyclef Jean's "Paper Right" transcends the typical hip-hop narrative, aiming to be a powerful financial education tool. While Jean's past with Yéle casts a shadow, the initiative's potential to inspire financial awareness and empower underserved communities offers a glimmer of hope. Only time will tell if "Paper Right" strikes the right chord, both financially and ethically.

Watch the music video for the single above.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Hip-Hop's New Year Revolution: 50 Cent and GloRilla Embrace Celibacy

In a striking departure from the typical "dry January" resolutions, an increasing number of hip-hop heavyweights are opting for a more radical form of self-improvement: celibacy.

This unexpected wave of abstinence, emerging amidst a recent string of industry sex scandals involving everyone from billionaire Bad Boy Diddy to Atlanta power couple T. I. and Tiny and a spate of other examples to numerous to cite here, has sent shockwaves through the music world and sparked conversations about self-mastery, spiritual exploration, and redefining masculinity within the often hyper-sexualized genre.

Leading the charge is rap mogul 50 Cent, whose Instagram post declaring his newfound commitment went viral. "My new idea is so big, I don't have time to be distracted," he wrote, citing meditation and celibacy as tools for laser focus on his goals. "I hope this New Year helps you excel to the next level."

This pledge carries particular weight for 50 Cent, a figure whose own past is deeply intertwined with themes of hyper-masculinity and sexual exploits. Notably, his rise to fame came after surviving nine bullet wounds in a 2000 shooting, an experience that later inspired his hit album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."

His music and public persona often portrayed a toughened image, with lyrics celebrating materialism and sexual conquest. Yet, this recent embrace of celibacy suggests a potential shift in his priorities and a willingness to challenge the expectations traditionally associated with hip-hop masculinity.

Following suit is rising star GloRilla, who updated her followers with a relatable struggle: "Started my 90-day celibacy little thing for New Year's or whatever; I'm on the 9th day & my vision blurry af !!!!! Send help." In an exclusive interview with Billboard, GloRilla opened up about the challenges, stating, "It's not easy, but I'm committed to it. I think it's important to take a break from intimacy and focus on other aspects of life. It's a way to reset and refocus."

GloRilla's journey is particularly intriguing. Gearing up for her highly anticipated album release in early 2024, she's building on the success of a remarkable 2023. A Grammy nomination, a memorable Coachella performance, and a third Billboard Hot 100 entry with Moneybagg Yo's "On Wat U On" paint a picture of an artist on the rise. Now, she navigates the uncharted territory of celibacy, potentially redefining her narrative within the hip-hop landscape.

Beyond 50 Cent and GloRilla, whispers of similar commitments are spreading through the industry. Some artists cite the desire for spiritual growth, while others seek personal transformation or a refuge from the pressures of fame and tabloid scrutiny.

This trend's potential impact remains unclear. Could it be a temporary blip or a lasting shift in hip-hop culture's hypersexualized image? Will it inspire fans to follow suit or ignite debates about masculinity, relationships, and mental health within the industry? One thing is certain: hip-hop's New Year's resolutions are no longer limited to ditching the booze. As these stars trade the hustle for holiness, they raise intriguing questions about the future of sex, relationships, and self-discovery in the world of hip-hop.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Celebrating Excellence: Angela Bassett's Honorary Oscar a Highlight of Governors Awards

Angela Bassett, a trailblazing figure in Hollywood, took center stage as she received an honorary Oscar at the 14th Governors Awards on Tuesday night. The event, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center, celebrated Bassett's remarkable career, showcasing her impact on the industry.

Wearing a tuxedo, Bassett, known for her powerful performances, delivered an impassioned speech that delved into the history of Black actresses in Hollywood. She expressed gratitude for being recognized, acknowledging the significance of being only the second Black actress to receive an honorary Academy Award after Cicely Tyson.

Bassett reflected on the achievements of Black actresses who paved the way, from Hattie McDaniel's historic win in 1940 to the present day. In her acceptance speech, she emphasized the importance of creating a future where the recognition of Black talent is the norm, not the exception.

"I hope this moment means we are taking the necessary steps toward a future in which it is the norm, not the exception, to see and embrace one another’s full humanity, stories, and perspectives," Bassett declared. She urged fellow Black actresses to stand strong, emphasizing that their contributions matter.

The 65-year-old actress closed her speech with optimism, stating, "The best is yet to come."

Oscar winner Regina King, a close friend and colleague, presented the honorary award to Bassett, describing her as a "national treasure" and "a sister." King celebrated Bassett's ageless artistry and highlighted her significant roles in iconic films like "Boyz N the Hood" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was also presented at the ceremony, honoring Michelle Satter, the founding director of the Sundance Institute. Satter, the 45th recipient of the award and only the 10th woman to receive it, was recognized for her impactful work in supporting indie filmmakers.

The event, initially scheduled for November 18, had been delayed due to strikes in the industry. Despite being an untelevised ceremony, it drew attention as Hollywood's luminaries gathered to honor outstanding individuals in the film industry. The honorary Oscars were also awarded to legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks and film editor Carol Littleton.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

From Suge Knight to Siddiq Feud: Williams Unpacks Controversies with Hip-Hop Icon Willie D

In a revelatory exploration of Hollywood's shadows, Katt Williams unleashed verbal grenades during interviews on two high-profile podcasts – first on Shannon Sharpe's "Club Shay Shay" and, more recently, on Willie D Live.

The initial shockwave reverberated when Williams, famed for his unfiltered comedy, took the spotlight on Sharpe's podcast. In a scorched-earth diatribe, he labeled certain Hollywood celebrities as "deviants" and predicted a 2024 reckoning.
"Race is not where the line is drawn. It's God's side and the other side, and we don't care nothing about the other side," declared Williams, foreseeing an imminent exposure of all "deviants." His claim to fame? A 30-year collection of information, knowledge, and Hollywood's deepest secrets.

Williams aimed his verbal artillery at celebrities like Kevin Hart and Ludacris. He accused Ludacris of being a studio "plant" and claimed both were offered Illuminati deals involving haircuts and staggering sums of money. The three-hour podcast racked up nearly 40 million views, dominating the pop-culture landscape.
The saga continued Tuesday on Willie D Live, where Williams shed light on different facets of his life in an interview that crossed a million views less than six hours after being posted. Notably, he addressed a 2014 incident that led to his arrest alongside ex-Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Contrary to initial appearances, Williams clarified that the altercation with a female photographer arose from a protective instinct toward Suge Knight's 5-year-old son.

Explaining the incident, Williams stated, "We had a meeting with a hologram company going into a licensing deal on holograms in Beverly Hills. Suge brought his 5-year-old son, who, before the meeting, urinated behind a dumpster. A woman filmed the child, not realizing he was Suge's son."

Williams didn't delve into the aftermath but dismissed the paparazzi's theft accusation, which led to charges against both him and Knight. He emphasized the protective nature of the encounter and clarified that he eventually pleaded no contest to stealing the camera in 2017.

Williams also addressed allegations from Houston comedian Ali Siddiq regarding an incident at a Reliant Arena show. Siddiq claimed he was barred from entering the venue and received a check, fueling a narrative of a feud with Williams.

Responding with clarity and a touch of amusement, Williams debunked Siddiq's version of events. He highlighted the logistical impossibility of excluding a comedian from the show when the lineup was pre-determined and traveled together. Williams brushed off the allegations, expressing bewilderment at Siddiq's claim.

"I don't care where you're from, what the venue is, or how cool you are with the people that work there. Cat Williams' show means Cat Williams' show," he asserted, emphasizing the professionalism of his tour and the lack of space for additional performers.

Williams further dismantled Siddiq's narrative, revealing that the incident transpired before he even arrived at the venue. "I wasn't there. All of this happened before I got there," Williams clarified, pointing out the absurdity of a personal grudge when the two comedians had never met.

As the conversation unfolded, Williams showcased a willingness to resolve any misunderstanding, emphasizing that he held no animosity toward Siddiq. The comedian extended an olive branch, suggesting that if Siddiq were willing to engage in a conversation, a resolution could be reached.

Amidst these revelations, Torrei Hart, ex-wife of comedian Kevin Hart, announced she would join Williams' The Dark Matter tour for select dates in January and February. This announcement came less than a week after Williams mocked and criticized Kevin on Shannon Sharpe's "Club Shay Shay" podcast.

Watch the entire interview below: