Jason Weaver & Lil Boosie
*Now this is some real country-fied, ratchet mess here.
We’re talking about the so-called “celebrations” via social media of the release of rapper Lil Boosie from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this past Wednesday, which has drawn the ire of Jason Weaver. Via Instagram, the actor/singer took exception to the over the top “reaction” by Lil Boosie’s fans and family, calling it “coon sh*t.” Yes, he did.
Weaver, rightfully so in a lot of folks’ opinion, is concerned because the rapper – who was already serving a four-year sentence for drugs and gun possession when he was found guilty of conspiring to smuggle codeine, marijuana and ecstasy into prison – is being glorified like he’s a hero. Here’s what he wrote:
*A University of Maryland East Shore beauty queen has been forced to relinquish her crown. Porsha Simone Harvey was an honor student who studied dance, acrobatics, piano and violin when she first gained recognition in 2012 as a contestant in the Miss Delaware USA pageant, a precursor to the Miss USA contest.
Now, she has been charged with disruptive behavior in an exchange with a campus police officer, and, in a separate incident, cited for possessing marijuana in a Somerset County courthouse.
But as Harvey resigned Wednesday as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and tells university officials that recent events devalued her role as a student leader, it appears that the choice to step down may not necessarily have been all hers.
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson
*Earlier we told you about the reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” hosted by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Well, we just found out that President Obama will help with the launch of the show with a video message at the beginning of the broadcast which is happening tonight, Sunday at 9/8c on Fox and other Fox Networks Group channels including National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Mundo.
The president, according to a release, will be inviting “a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.”
*If it’s Friday, it must be skit-day on MSNBC‘s “The Cycle.”
Ok, so what to do? What to do? Well, it looks like they decided to recycle a skit from a decade-old “Dave Chappelle Show.”
Yep, we’re talking about the classic “racial draft” that Chappelle and company came up with back in the day. On Friday, it came back to life with Toure’ as the host along with MSNBC personalities Krystal Ball and Joy Reid who drafted various celebrities into their respective races.
*With Oxygen committing to a second season of the controversial reality series, “Preachers of L.A.,” one of the show’s stars, Bishop Noel Jones, spoke to EURweb associate TheJasmineBrand.com about his participation in the show.
The show centers around the lives of pastors Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Jay Haizlip and former pastor Deitrick Haddon.
In the interview, Jones – the brother of pop icon Grace Jones - also revealed to the entertainment blog that he’s contemplating retiring from the pulpit. Continue reading
*Earlier this week budding comedienne, Khloe Kardashian was on “Chelsea Lately” and went in on some recent tabloid stories.
If you missed it, here’s what she said during a monologue:
“In case you’ve never been to the checkout line in a grocery store, my family and I tend to appear in a lot of magazines. I know this might be shocking, but all the stories are 100% false,” the ex-wife of Lamar Odom, who guest hosted for Chelsea Handler, explained.
“If you do the tabloid math, I am currently carrying three different mens babies, but I can confirm that I am not pregnant. If I was, my boobies would actually exist,” she joked.
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*She’s left the drama behind her!
And now K. Michelle is happier than ever with own spinoff to the drama-filled “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”
But don’t expect her to act a fool on her new reality series VH1 has confirmed.
She’s focusing on her brand.
*This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked “12 Years a Slave” as their choice for best picture of the year. It subsequently got the award.
The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words why. It was just too painful and disturbing to watch this kind of film. But this really shouldn’t be much of a shock.
Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life. This starts with the truth of why and how slavery became a respected and legitimate part of American life in the first place. Continue reading
*She’s known for her unique fashion, visual and musical styles.
Kelis‘ signature and evolving styles were apparent on everything she did from debut female empowered hit, “Caught Out There“ and to talking about how good is her “Milkshake.”
And she’s back with a new conceptual album, “Food.”
And she dished to the Guardian about the album, cooking and the juiciness of not only food, but her relationship with ex-husband Nas.
*OK, here’s a little Saturday afternoon/evening sumthin’ sumthin’ for ya.
It’s actor/singer Darius McCrary performing Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder music along with Corney Mims & TheKnowItAllz.
It was for a special tribute to legendary songwriters Holland, Dozier, Holland at Motown Monday in Beverly Hills, CA at H.O.M.E (House of Music and Entertainment) last Monday, March 3rd. Continue reading
*Yeah, because dating black men means that a white woman CANNOT be racially insensitive specifically towards a black woman or an entire race for that matter.
That’s what Chelsea Handler believes because she’s dated black men including 50 Cent. However, she made what some think were racially insensitive comments about “12 Years A Slave” and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
“Congratulations #12yearsaslave Go to Africa or buy #ugandabekiddingme To pre order go to http://amzn.to/1pS4qpG #Oscars @chelseahandler pic.twitter.com/BurqtrFgEn.”
*She may have an Oscar and plenty of love and support, but Lupita Nyong’o is not immune to the occasional hater or two.
The entertainer, who won the best supporting actress award for her work on “12 Years a Slave,” has been at the center of scrutiny and debate since the Oscar aired on Sunday. As a result, Nyong’o jokingly decided to create her own race. Continue reading
*As a roving writer, I’ve found myself in many intriguing spaces and places, from the east to the west coast and various international destinations to boot. And as par for the course during my travels, given my hard-to-pin-down accent and sensibilities, I’m usually asked the question, “where are you from?”
I used to hesitate a touch before answering because in my mind I had previously never felt like I exactly hailed from the pride of our great country … Louisville, Kentucky. It was no New York, LA or Miami, etc. So, once I would manage to get it out, without fail, I’d receive the polite yet sympathetic, “oh … OK…” Continue reading
*Mo’Nique’s 82-pound weight loss owes more to the Oscar winner’s husband and children rather than her own energy to hit the gym.
The entertainer, who worked over the past year to shed more than 80 pounds, revealed her motivation to taking the weight off while chatting at the 22nd Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival.
“It truly let’s you know what you’re made of,” said Mo’Nique, who labeled her journey to get rid of her weight as “amazing.” Continue reading
Bernard Hopkin & Beubut Shumenov
*Washington, D.C. is known as a city where history is made.
On Saturday, April 19, another historic event will take place in the nation’s capital when IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins faces WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles.
The DC Armory, the site of several championship boxing matches in the last year, will host the return of the future Hall of Famer to the capital for the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the West Coast). Continue reading