Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tory Lanez addresses colorism after director swaps in light-skinned video model

Tory Lanez posted a behind-the-scenes clip on his Instagram page of him being filmed for Nafe Smallz's "Good Love" video

In the video, you can see a black woman dancing next to him. At some point, she is replaced with a lighter-skinned black woman. Tory then calls for a timeout and brings back the darker-skinned woman. He still showed love to the other model.

The Canadian rapper addressed the issue on his Instagram page and said colorism is "an ongoing problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop."

He wrote, "As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do. BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN ... countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC."

He continued, "IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful."

Watch it all go down below:

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Ludacris & Shawnna from Disturbing tha Peace reunite, hint at upcoming new music

Chicago-based rapper Shawnna is back!

Remember Shawnna?! The first female artist signed to Def Jam South through LudacrisDisturbing tha Peace Records and known for her feature on Luda's 1999 hit song "What's Your Fantasy" as well as her single "Gettin' Some."

Shawnna split with Ludacris and DTP years ago, and it seemed to be a civil separation. But, according to Shawnna, that was just a facade done out of the belief in loyalty.


Behind the scenes, issues over lost million dollar deals, allegations of owed money, and contract disputes actually forced a not-so-friendly divide between DTP and Shawnna, but both sides still kept the drama in-house, as AllHipHop reported. 


Shawnna was even removed from Luda's 2010 "Battle of the Sexes" album which was originally supposed to be a collab album. She had already left DTP the year before. 


The dark side of the industry became so hard to deal with that Shawnna says it killed her passion to make music. She decided to step away from hip hop and returned to Chicago to work at a club owned by her father, Blues legend Buddy Guy. 


Shawnna was hoping to make a comeback to the music industry back in 2014 with a possible cypher appearance and red carpet mingling at the BET Hip Hop Awards festivities in Atlanta, but she was reportedly blocked by her former label head Chaka Zulu of DTP. 


Now, five years later, all seems well between Shawnna and her former label-mate Ludacris. Both of the rappers recently posted on their Instagram accounts hinting at a possible upcoming collab or new project of some sort!



Luda wrote as his Instagram caption, "What’s Understood Don’t Need to Be explained. Family is Family. Love is Love. The Break is Over @shawnnaworldwide. BE AFRAID OF WHAT COMES NEXT...."

Shawnna replied in Luda's comments, "The. Break. Is. OVER!"

Verified

She also wrote on her IG page, "I’m too emotional for a long caption right now... I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time and it couldn’t have happened any better way! Family will always be family no matter what.. @ludacris I don’t think they’re ready... #BE #VERY#AFRAID #VERY"

The Chi-Town MC is currently promoting her "RENEGADE" freestyle on social media as well as her new video for "Round Here." Plus, she's back to performing onstage and spittin' hot bars every chance she gets. 


I'm so happy Shawnna returned to the music industry!


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sanaa Lathan reveals she was 'miserable' while filming 'Love & Basketball'

Sanaa Lathan recently revealed that she was “miserable” during filming the classic 2000 film Love & Basketball.

The 47-year-old actress told CBS Los Angeles earlier this week, “I was miserable. I can laugh about it now." 

Sanaa explained, “I got the job and I think Gina [Prince-Bythewood] finally got to the point where she had to hire somebody. It’s almost like she hired me because she couldn’t find somebody else. There wasn’t a lot of joy and there wasn’t a lot of trust in me. It was her baby and it was her first time directing. It was a big deal for her and nobody knows me then really. She gets to the point where she makes this decision with me, but I felt like the default.” 

Sanaa also added that one challenge while filming was the fact that she never played basketball before ... never even picked up a basketball before acting in this movie. 

Who would have known! Sanaa definitely bodied that role!


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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sephora will close its stores on June 5 for diversity training after SZA says she was profiled


Sephora will close more than 400 stores in the United States on the morning of June 5 to host inclusion workshops for its employees, according to a statement posted on the company's website. 

The announcement follows a claim recently made by R&B singer SZA who said she was racially profiled while shopping at a Sephora store in California. 

The training will also include employees in Sephora’s distribution centers and corporate offices, the company said. 

On April 30, SZA said that she was shopping for Fenty Beauty products at a Calabasas store outside of Los Angeles when an employee, who she nicknamed "Sandy Sephora," called security to make sure she wasn't stealing. "We had a long talk," SZA wrote in a tweet. "U have a blessed day Sandy."

Sephora apologized to the Grammy-nominated singer on Twitter a day after she made the complaint. 

"You are a part of the Sephora family, and we are committed to ensuring every member of our community feels welcome and included at our stores," Sephora said. "We want to let you know we take complaints like this very seriously and are actively working with our teams to address the situation immediately." 

 Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, recently sent a gift card and a handwritten note to SZA that read, "Go buy yo’ Fenty Beauty in peace sis! One love, Rihanna," which SZA shared on her Instagram Story. 


Other retailers including Nike, Papa John’s and Starbucks instituted diversity training programs in the last year after similar allegations of racial profiling.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

India Arie and David Banner show how beautiful black love is in new video

India.Arie reminds us just how beautiful real love is and how there’s nothing like the feeling of consistency in her new sentimental music video for “Steady Love." 

The new single is from her Worthy album, and the video stars David Banner as India's love interest. 

Watch the video for "Steady Love" below:


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WATCH: 'Life After Lockup' first look!
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My favorite reality show is back and it's better than ever! Love After Lockup returns as a spinoff Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup!

Five Love After Lockup couples face parole, restrictions and temptations in Life After Lockup — will they break the rules or break old habits? From new jobs, new children and family drama, the stakes have never been higher in the fight to stay free.

RELATED: 17 shows to start binge watching right now

According to a release from the network, the new series follows five returning couples who fans have grown to know and love – or love to hate – as they face parole restrictions, temptation, and turbulence in their lives outside of prison walls. 

Will these troubled lovebirds break old habits with the support of their loved ones? Or will they break the rules and land back in the clink? 

Throughout the eight episodes of Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup, fan-favorites Clint and Tracie; Marcelino and Brittany; Megan, Michael, and Sarah; Scott and Lizzie; and Andrea and Lamar will face new challenges and tackle many firsts in their new lives.

Now that these former inmates have left prison, will they be able to survive the real world and stay out of prison for good? 

Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup will premiere on June 14! 

Check out this crazy trailer and a sneak peek of the upcoming season below!




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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wendy Williams' son arrested after punching his father


Kevin Hunter Jr., the son of talk show host Wendy Williams and her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, has reportedly been arrested after punching his father at a store in New Jersey. 

Entertainment Tonight reported that officials with the West Orange Police Department confirmed Hunter Jr. was arrested.

According to police, the 18-year-old college student was charged with simple assault Wednesday. 

“Kevin Jr. was a bit aggressive towards his father and his father tried to control the situation,” an unnamed source said of the incident, according to Entertainment Tonight. 

“Kevin Jr. then punched his father in the face and the cops were called sometime later. Kevin Sr. and Kevin Jr. have always had a great relationship. Not everything is as it appears and Kevin Sr. looks forward to moving past this.” 

“(Kevin Hunter Jr.) was arrested and charged with assault yesterday by the West Orange police. He was given a summons,” a spokesperson for Essex County Family Court told Us Weekly in a statement. “Basically this is a matter that will be handled in family court. … He was processed in West Orange and then released to appear on a summons at a later date.” 

In a statement to TMZ, Hunter Sr. said, “I love my son very much and I will not be pursuing this matter legally. Things are not always how they appear.” 

TMZ provided more details on the alleged incident, claiming that unnamed sources said Hunter Sr. and Hunter Jr. were arguing over Hunter Jr.’s demand for spousal support. 

According to the website, Hunter Sr. put his son in a chokehold and Hunter Jr. punched him in the nose to break away. 

Wendy filed for divorce from Hunter Sr. in April, citing “irreconcilable differences between the parties which have caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six months” and “no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” according to “ET.” 

The divorce came after months of speculation that Hunter Sr. had an affair and rumors that he has a child with his mistress.

Well, damn! Wendy's personal life could be the whole Hot Topics segment!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dr. Oz says you don't have to wash your chicken before cooking it, but many disagree

There seems to be a debate on whether or not you should wash your chicken.


Some health experts are telling people not to wash raw chicken. Washing raw chicken before cooking it reportedly can increase your risk of food poisoning from different bacteria which could spread.
Television personality Dr. Oz dropped by The Breakfast Club this morning to explain why there's no health benefit to washing your chicken before you cook it. 

“No matter what you do, there’s no incremental benefit to washing the chicken,” Dr. Oz said. “If you wash it, you’re not killing your salmonella with water, believe it or not. Make that our anthem for the summer: No more washing chicken! Put it in the oven, let the oven do the work for you.”

Charlamagne called it “white people sh*t.”

Even the CDC warned people earlier this month to not wash their chicken: 

And, a lot of people (including myself) aren't having it!










Do you wash your chicken? And, if so, are you still going to continue to wash it?? 
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ciara reveals the prayer that helped her find real love with Russell Wilson

Ciara got exactly what she wished for in a man all thanks to her secret prayer. 

CiCi told the world that she prayed for a man like Russell and got serious results. She recently opened up about her prayer during a live stream event hosted by Angie Martinez, and she revealed how she came to ask God for what she wanted in a man. 

RELATED: Ciara faces backlash online after encouraging single women to 'level up' and 'don't settle'

The singer says we have to be really specific with what we're attracting to our lives. 

Check out the clip below:

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Watch Leslie Jones tackle Alabama's abortion law on SNL's season finale

Leslie Jones tackled Alabama's abortion law on Saturday Night Live's season 44 finale last night. 

The comedian/actress showed a photo of the male legislators in Alabama who recently voted for the near-total ban on the procedure in an effort to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the US Supreme Court ruling that allowed abortion nationwide in 1973.

"This look like the mugshots of everyone arrested at a massage parlor," Leslie said. "And if any of them had lips, I would tell them to kiss my entire ass."

"When women have a choice, women have freedom," Leslie said about the wave of states passing measures to severely restrict abortion rights. "This really is a war on women."


Grab your 'I'm pro-leave people alone' shirt here!


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