Monday, May 21, 2018

Janet Jackson slays the Billboard Music Awards stage and accepts Icon Award

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The legendary Janet Jackson graced the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday night (May 20) in Las Vegas where she receive the prestigious Icon Award. This moment was her first television performance in nine years. And, Janet is the first woman of color to receive the award. 

Janet has a career spanning FOUR decades with many record-breaking accomplishments. While at the BBMA's, she performed a brief medley of some of her hit songs, including "Nasty," "Rhythm Nation" and "Throb" (my all-time favorite workout song).


Bruno Mars introduced Janet and ran down her resume onstage and I was like: Yassssss! Let them know!

Janet then accepted the award and gave a moving speech while her mom, Katherine Jackson and her older sister, Rebbie, sat front and center.


While giving her speech, Janet referenced the #MeToo movement and said, "It's a moment where at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."


Watch Janet's performance and her acceptance speech below:




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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend share first photo of baby boy

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend introduced their adorable little boy to the world

The couple welcomed their second child last week (May 16). The 32-year-old model announced the news on Twitter and wrote, “Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” 

Chrissy and John named their little bundle of joy: Miles Theodore Stephens. 

Such a normal name in this crazy celebrity world. Good for them!

The proud mom posted. “Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens – We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”

Baby Miles is the newest addition to the family, now joining big sister, Luna Simone, who is 2 years old. 


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Nicki Minaj performs 'Chun-Li' and 'Poke It Out' on 'SNL' + watch her unaired 'Friendship Song' sketch

Nicki Minaj served as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live's season 43 finale. 

The Barbz rapper opened with her hit song "Chun-Li," one of the first singles off her upcoming album QueenHowever, her performance has faced accusations of cultural appropriation on social media.

Nicki also brought out Playboi Carti for her second performance as they performed "Poke It Out," which is off his new album Die Lit.

Queen will be released on June 15th. Watch Nicki's SNL performances below:



Nicki also appeared in an unaired "Cut for Time" "Friendship Song" sketch that co-starred Tina Fey, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant. Check it out below:

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

6 highlights from Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's royal wedding

A modern fairytale...

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held Saturday (May 19) at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The groom, Prince Harry who is a member of the British royal family, married Meghan Markle, an American former actress. Meghan is now known as the Duchess of Sussex, and she will be the first to hold this title; Harry is now the Duke of Sussex. 

Meghan's dress 

Meghan walked down the isle wearing a minimalist gown with three-quarter sleeves and a boat neck. The pure white gown was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy. 

RELATED: Meghan Markle gave up her acting career, social media, selfies and more to marry Prince Harry

Meghan had a beautiful 5-meter long train which streamed down the aisle. The lace detailing on her veil, also designed by Waight Keller, is reportedly a nod to the 53 Commonwealth countries. In addition, Meghan also wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, on loan from the queen. 


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The way Harry looks at Meghan 

Thanks to fashion designer Misha Nonoo, Meghan and Harry met! Misha is a mutual friend of the couple and Meghan and Harry have been in a whirlwind romance ever since. 

You can just tell how much Harry and Meghan are in love! Throughout their Saturday wedding, the couple found little ways to touch each other's hands and they had so many lovey dovey moments at the wedding. At one point, Harry even told Meghan, "you look amazing!" Aww!

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The gospel choir who stole the show

The seasoning and flavor was definitely brought to this royal wedding! 

Meghan and Harry’s wedding was filled with music. There was the traditional choir of St. George’s Chapel, conducted by its music director James Vivian. And then here was a gospel choir, the Kingdom Choir, conducted by Karen Gibson, a sang a rendition of Ben E. King's “Stand by Me." 

Check out a clip of the choir performing below:

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This 19-year-old cellist



19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016. He was reportedly scheduled to be in Los Angeles on the day of the royal wedding but then Meghan called him! So, obviously, his plans changed. Sheku performed Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," Gabriel Fauré's "Après un rêve" and Maria Theresia von Paradis' "Sicilienne" at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.
Prince Harry's exes were in the house 

Prince Harry's exes, Chelsy Davy, 32, who had an on-off relationship with the Prince between 2004 and 2011, and Cressida Bonas, 28, were in attendance at the wedding. Awkward? Nope! Him and his two exes have remained friendly since their splits. 

But, check out Chelsy's face below at the ceremony ... priceless!

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The A-list guests

The A-list Hollywood stars were in the house for Meghan and Harry's big day. Her good friend Serena Williams was attendance along with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, plus Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, James Corden, David and Victoria Beckham, Idris Elba, and Elton John who performed at their lunchtime reception. 

Check out some of the pics of the stars below:


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I was definitely in my feelings watching this wedding! 


Congratulations to Meghan and Harry! 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

MTV suspends 'Catfish' amid sexual misconduct allegations against host Nev Schulman

Uh oh! It looks like the show Catfish will be on hiatus amid sexual misconduct allegations against host and executive producer of the show, Nev Schulman. 

According to the Los Angeles Times:
On Saturday, Ayissha Morgan published a video to her YouTube page titled “The TRUTH about the show Part 1,” which detailed purported misconduct by “the main guy on the show,” whom Morgan called “Jack.”
Morgan appeared on Season 4 of “Catfish” in 2015, and in the video alleged that “Jack” repeatedly questioned her about her sexuality and bragged about the size of his penis.
“The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth,” Schulman said in a statement given to The Times.
“I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false,” the host continued.

Part 2 of the video was posted Monday and included additional sexual misconduct allegations against an unnamed female production assistant.

“We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed,” a spokesperson for MTV said in a statement Thursday.
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Blac Chyna may face a lawsuit over her assistant's death

Blac Chyna's house manager died Thursday morning (May 17) after her family made the decision to take her off life support and Chyna may be getting sued!

According to TMZ, Lorena "Patty" Hernandez, who also helped run Chyna's clothing line, suffered a stroke in July 2017 but continued to work afterward. She fell into a coma in December due to bleeding on her brain. Patty then recently suffered a third brain bleed and was declared brain-dead. She was only 34. 

Blac Chyna may be facing a lawsuit from Patty's family. Sources close to Patty tell Page Six that Patty’s husband is planning to sue the reality star for alleged abuse and not providing workers' compensation.

“Remember when the news broke and she said she was helping [Hernandez] and she was helping the kids and everything? She never did,” the source said.

The unnamed source referred to Chyna’s January statement when Hernandez first fell ill. While the fathers of Chyna’s children cumulatively donated $15,000 to a Go Fund Me account, Chyna did not offer financial assistant but said she was watching Hernandez’s children “at her house just to help out.”

“I mean all she pretty much did was spread the word and reach out to her baby daddies, so she felt like, that’s how I helped.'"

Patty reportedly suffered a seizure at Chyna’s Los Angeles Lashed salon at the beginning of the year. 

According to the source, Chyna visited Patty in the hospital only to instruct hospital personnel to not divulge any information. Allegedly Hernandez’s own husband was left in the dark.

According to reports, Chyna did attempt to work something out, but her legal team advised her not to give up any cash and let them handle it.
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Whitney Houston was reportedly molested by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick

Yikes! Friends of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to Page Six, Whitney’s longtime assistant, Mary Jones, tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that the late singer told her that Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick, molested her at a young age. Houston’s brother Gary Garland-Houston also says he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9 by a female family member, and says his sister was abused too. Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18 years older than Whitney, died in 2008.

The allegations were made in the documentary Whitney, which was made with the cooperation of Houston’s family, Page Six reports. 

Mary Jones claims that the experience made Whitney question her own sexuality and contributed to her late-life drug problems. 

Whitney never spoke publicly about her own alleged abuse.

The legendary singer died at the age of 48 in 2012 from what was ruled an accidental drowning in a bathtub. A coroner’s report into her death cited heart disease and drug use as contributing factors. 

[Source: Page Six]
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Updated! T.I. arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness near his Georgia home

*UPDATE: T.I. was adamant he didn't deserve to be arrested for an incident with the security guard at his gated community (story below) because he was just trying to ask the guy some questions, according to security footage from the jail. 

T.I. claims it's his right as a homeowner in the community to question the security guard working the gate, TMZ reports.

Watch this video below of T.I. debating with a cop about his arrest:

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ORIGINAL REPORT: T.I. was arrested early Wednesday in Henry County, Georgia, outside Atlanta, according to authorities. 

The rapper, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested outside the gated community where he resides. 

T.I. was cited on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an alleged incident about 4 a.m. in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta, according to CNN.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, T.I. did not have his key and argued with a guard, who refused to let him in. 

T.I. told The Blast the guard on duty was sleeping when he returned home early Wednesday morning from the recording studio; the rapper said the guard “antagonized” him and there was a “very heated debate” but slammed reports that there was an assault, adding the guard “may have been hurt by my words” but that things did not get physical between them. 

T.I. has since posted bond.
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J. Cole reveals Drake jokingly texted him 'I Hate You' after he released 'K.O.D.' + more in interview with Angie Martinez

J. Cole recently chopped it up with Angie Martinez in a 94 minute interview where he talked about why an album with Kendrick Lamar probably may never happen, how he felt about Kanye West sharing a screenshot of their phone call, SoundCloud rappers, meditation, cutting back on drinking and social media, his next album, and so much more.

At one point during the interview, Cole also revealed that Drake got in touch with him shortly after a track off his newest album K.O.D. set a new record on Spotify. 

RELATED: Kevin Hart stars in J. Cole's newest music video about his cheating scandal

According to Cole, Drake was not too happy that K.O.D. broke the streaming platform’s record for biggest opening day. 

”Yeah he text me and said I hate you,” he told Angie. 

Listen to J. Cole's full interview below: 


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The internet debates over whether they hear: Yanny or Laurel

Is it Yanny or is it Laurel? 

A short audio clip is completely puzzling the internet in a popular online debate. 

"Yanny or Laurel?" took the internet by storm after a Reddit user posted the short clip of a robot reading the word. She asked fellow Reddit users a simple question: What do you hear? The clip was posted a few days ago, and now hundreds of thousands of people are engaged in a debate over what they hear.

Some peeps swear they hear the word "Laurel" while others are convinced they hear "Yanny." 
According to CBS News, everal researchers agreed that the audio recording is just too ambiguous. Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified, CNET reports. One Twitter user proved this by adjusting the bass levels of the original recording. As the bass is adjusted, the word seems to shift.

Remember the great dress debate back in 2015?  

[Source: CBS News]
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BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled & Cardi B lead the nominations, see the full list here

The BET Awards nominations have been released, and DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B are leading the pack! 

Both Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled have been nominated with six awards each, both are nominated in the 'Album of the Year' category.

And, Cardi B is nominated seven times! Her nominations include 'Best Female Hip Hop Award' and she's nominated twice in the 'Video of the Year' category for "Bodak Yellow" and for her feature with Bruno Mars on "Finesse (Remix)."

Other top nominees include Migos and SZA, both of whom were nominated for four awards. 

Bruno Mars, Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Chris Brown are also up for key awards.

The BET Awards will air live on BET on June 24 from Los Angeles.

Check out the complete list of nominees for the 2018 BET Awards below:

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Beyonce
SZA
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani
                        
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar
                        
Best Group Award
Migos
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D.
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe X Halle
         
Best Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce - Top Off 
Cardi B feat. 21 Savage - Bartier Cardi
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.
                        
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
DeJ Loaf
Rapsody
                        
Video of the Year Award
Drake - God's Plan
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It
         
Video Director of the Year Award
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava Duvernay
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers

Best New Artist Award
SZA
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
GOLDLINK
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly - I'll Find You
Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade - Words Are Few
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin - If You Don't Mind
Marvin Sapp - Close
Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj - I'm Getting Ready

The Best International Act Award
Booba (France)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (France)
Davido (Nigeria)​
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (Dr. Congo)
J Hus (UK)
Niska (France)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)
Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish
Lupita Nyong'o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson 

Best Actor Award           
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi
Ashton Tyler
Caleb McLaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown

Best Movie Award
Black Panther
Girls Trip
A Wrinkle in Time
Detroit
Mudboung

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor
Sportsman of the Year Award
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Dwayne Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
CTRL - SZA
4:44 - Jay-Z
Culture II - Migos
Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists
Grateful - DJ Khaled

BET Her Award
Janelle Monae - Django Jane
Lizzo - Water Me
Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman
Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown - Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown) 
Chloe X Halle - The Kids Are Alright
Leikeli47 - 2nd Fiddle

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Drake - God's Plan
Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj - Motor Sport
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
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