*While doing press for “Baggage Claim,” now out on DVD, actor Djimon Hounsou expressed a few strong opinions towards marriage.
“The idea of marrying somebody can actually ruin the union”, Djimon told HipHollywood.
We wonder if this is what happened between Djimon and Kimora Lee Simmons.
*It’s going down on the next episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
OK, maybe it won’t be as dramatic as we’re trying to make it sound, but Kenya Moore is gonna confront Apollo Nida about basically saying things about her are untrue.
“I see they’re in protection mode; they’re trying to keep you out of trouble,” Kenya said about the other men on the cast with a laugh before getting right to the matter at hand. “It seemed as though when Phaedra [Parks] and I fell out, you and I were still cool. And then I feel like you were trying to attack me or make me look bad.”
*Uh-oh! The “Thinking About You” singer might be legally changing his name to Frank Ocean, but he’s also facing legal trouble with flaking out on a Chipotle ad.
And Chipotle isn’t have it! The Mexican Grill company is suing Ocean for accepting $212K, but not delivering any ad.
And it sounds like Ocean backed out over his own diva demand!
NBC UNIVERSAL EVENTS — 2013 NBC Upfront Presentation, Arrivals — Pictured: (l-r) Deroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Alfonso Cuaron “Believe”
*Interest in tonight’s series premiere of “Believe” was already high, based on the involvement of J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. But with one half of the executive producing team becoming an Oscar winner this month, expectations are now through the roof for the supernatural drama.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the actors recruited for the series signed on - script unseen. After all, Abrams won an Emmy for creating “Lost,” and Cuaron just nabbed a Best Director Academy Award for “Gravity.”
Delroy Lindo certainly felt in good hands when he was approached for his role in the series. “They called me up, and the things that Alfonso said creatively were very exciting to me,” Lindo told us during a TCA panel for the series. “So from my standpoint, it was not necessarily a no brainer, but it was certainly very exciting, the prospect of working with him on this project.”
Singer Jason Derulo visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 31, 2014 in New York City
*For the first time ever, “Dancing with the Stars” will open with a musical guest.
Jason Derulo will perform his hit song “Talk Dirty” as the pro dancers kick off Season 18 with a choreographed number. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote.
The two-hour season premiere begins Monday, March 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
NeNe Leakes and Billy Dee Williams are part of the cast this year.
*It was only a matter of time before Aretha Franklin was asked about President Obama’s recent misspelling of her most famous song.
At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E” when trying to spell out “respect” as the queen of soul does in her famous song. The flub made instant headlines.
“I’m sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,” the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday.
Celebrities arriving at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014
*The Fox drama pilot “Empire” seems to be adding cast members by the hour.
On the heels of Malik Yoba joining Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollet in the hip-hop themed project from Lee Daniels, Deadline.com is reporting that Gabourey Sidibe has now signed on for a recurring role.
The story centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson plays his ex-wife and Smollet will portray their middle son.
Sidibe, fresh from her role in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” will play Lucious’ hard-working assistant.
*A Minnesota legislator sees nothing racist about his tweet suggesting that the NBA, (in which three-fourths of the players are black), is full of criminals.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
His post has drawn hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and been retweeted more than 1,100 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.”
*Electricity powers not only business growth but also lights the minds of young people –helping them to learn when theyplug intheir computers and other essential technologicaltools.
R&B star Akon recognizes that in many parts of Africa business expansionis not possible and children’s education stifled because there is no ability to getelectricity.
“They’re using kerosene and candles after dark,” he said when talking about his effort to drastically change their plight.
The five-time Grammy nominated artist has launched “Akon Lighting Africa,”a partnership to bring electricity to one million households in Africa by the end of 2014.
Dr. Boyce Watkins poised to answer any questions
*Once you come out of defense mode, you may recognize the wisdom and truth in Dr. Boyce Watkins content. Here ya go…in his own words!
A lot of people are not going to like what I have to say, but let me start by saying this: I really don’t give a &*^%. These words come from a man who has seen too many black men grow up to become irresponsible, self-absorbed, excessively entitled, weak men, largely because they were coddled at home.
This does not always happen at the hands of a single mother, but it almost always occurs due to parents who do not understand their role in raising intelligent and responsible human beings.
Let’s be clear: If you raise your son to be a boy, he’s going to remain a boy. Typically, strong male role models make it easier to build manhood, mothers cannot usually do it alone.
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*(Via iDateDaily) – What happens when your best pal refuses to be in your wedding? Does that indicate that the friendship has been terminated?
Rapper Kanye West may be re-evaluating the extent of his relationship with long-time professional pal Jay-Z after the rap and business mogul turned down an invitation to be his best man.
Reports claim Jay-Z initially agreed to be in Kanye’s wedding, but under the condition that he, his superstar wife Beyoncé, and their daughter Blue Ivy Carter are not filmed during the memorable ceremony. Continue reading
*Fans finally got what they wanted!
Sasheer Zamata, a strong and hilarious black female comedienne, is holding her own on “Saturday Night Live.”
She stepped foot into the role of Olivia Pope (“Scandal“) — impersonating the iconic TV character.
And she garnered a very funny lead role as it’s her first MAJOR performance on the show since making an on-air debut in January.
*With years put in, Nia Long is very familiar with the ups and downs of being in the entertainment business. Some which involve auditioning for films.
So when her son Massai decided to audition for her latest film “The Single Moms Club,” Long was nervous about the callback but had encouraging words on hand if things fell through.
“By the way…I am NOT ‘Billie Jean!’”
*It’s the story everyone is talking about. Or should we say It’s the question everyone is asking: is singer Brandon Howard the son of Michael Jackson?
So far a DNA test, which came out positive, has been mostly debunked and some are saying the father is Joe Jackson or someone in the Jackson family. However, the Jackson brothers recently stated there was no truth to that rumor as well.
Finally, this past Friday, musician Augie Johnson, whose vocal group Side Effect featured Brandon’s mother, singer Miki Howard (pictured), said that he’s Brandon’s father. Interestingly, based on the response we’ve seen on our messageboards, most people don’t believe him. it’s as if they want to believe that Brandon Howard really is Michael’s son or at least a Jackson. Continue reading