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CNN’s Don Lemon Caught Half-Dressed on Periscope Live Stream (Watch)

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Don Lemon in his closet at CNN

*CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield was in the midst of her Periscope – live streaming her walk around the network’s New York offices – when she stumbled upon Don Lemon in the closet of his office, changing his clothes.

“I am getting dressed to do the Quiz Show,” Lemon said while putting on his belt.

The “CNN Tonight” host eventually reveals that he steams his own shirts and that the next “Quiz Show” episode will be a 1970s version – perhaps because CNN’s new docu-series “The Seventies” premieres on June 11. (The first episode of The CNN Quiz Show had a presidential theme.)

Watch Banfield’s Periscope below:

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Five B.B. King Kids Visit Body Before Public; Banned from Taking his Picture

From left: Willie King, Tanya Deckard, Patty King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Rita Washington stand outside of a funeral home after a private family viewing of blues musician B.B. King on Thursday

From left: Willie King, Tanya Deckard, Patty King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Rita Washington stand outside of a funeral home after a private family viewing of blues musician B.B. King in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 21, 2015

*Five of B.B. King’s adult children visited their father in private at a Las Vegas funeral home that will host a public viewing today ahead of a Saturday memorial service…but it wasn’t without drama.

Daughters Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara King Winfree, and son Willie King told the Associated Press Thursday that they didn’t think their father looked like himself.

Williams and Patty King accused King’s longtime business agent, LaVerne Toney, of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died May 14 at home at age 89 — and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his casket.

“A picture paints 1,000 words,” Patty King said as she showed the New York Post cellphone images of the same family group with their father at his birthday in September. “He loved his children.”

Rita Washington, from left, Willie King and Barbara King Winfree stand outside of a funeral home after a private family viewing of their father B.B. King on Thursday.

Rita Washington, from left, Willie King and Barbara King Winfree stand outside of a funeral home after a private family viewing of their father B.B. King on Thursday.

B.B. King is survived by 11 of his 15 children. The five family members in attendance, who refer to themselves as a family board, said the blues icon was dressed in a signature purple and gold brocade jacket with black lapels.

As previously reported, Toney, who worked for King for 39 years, has retained power of attorney over his affairs and estate despite several court challenges by Williams and Patty King Toney told AP she’s doing what B.B. King said he wanted.

“They want to do what they want to do, which is take over, I guess,” Toney said of the family group. “But that wasn’t Mr. King’s wishes. Mr. King would be appalled.”

B.B. King’s will – dated Jan. 18, 2007, and filed Wednesday under his birth name, Riley B. King – appoints Toney as sole executor of his affairs. Another daughter, Riletta Williams, was second in line, but she died last September.

Toney is banning the media and photographs of any kind during the public viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palm Mortuary on South Jones Boulevard. Funeral director Matt Phillips said viewers will be able to file past the open casket and security officials will prevent photos. The media won’t be allowed inside.

King’s eldest daughter, Shirley King, who isn’t part of the group, has booked a Las Vegas Strip venue for what she said will be a free musical tribute event starting an hour after the public viewing ends. “I don’t want to be part of the argument over his life,” said Shirley King, who lives in Chicago and performs as Daughter of the Blues.

She booked a room at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq promenade to open at 8 p.m. Friday for what she said will be live music and remembrances.

“I don’t want to fight with family. I don’t want to fight with management,” she said. “When everybody gets through being sad about him leaving, I want them to come out and let the good times roll and be happy about his life.”

Saturday’s 11 a.m. memorial service at a Palm Mortuary chapel near downtown Las Vegas was announced as a gathering for family and friends only, but Toney said she doesn’t know who will attend.

Plans then call for a Wednesday procession with his body down Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Handy Park tribute.

After that, King’s body will be driven to Mississippi for another ceremony and burial May 30 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

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Michael Sam Signs 2-Year Deal With CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

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Michael Sam participates in the veteran NFL combine

*Michael Sam has taken his talents north of the border.

The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Friday.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a release. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

The Alouettes have held the exclusive CFL rights to Sam since his senior year at Missouri, when he was the SEC co-defensive player of the year.

“I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes,” Sam said in a statement. “… I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”

Sam was taken by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft but didn’t make the team. He has been a free agent since the Dallas Cowboys released him from their practice squad Oct. 21.

He had said during the NFL veterans combine on March 22 — where he clocked 4.99 seconds in the 40-yard dash — that Montreal was still an option.

Sam will be introduced by the Alouettes at a news conference on Tuesday.

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‘Livin’ Lozada’ and ‘Flex & Shanice’ Set for July Premiere on OWN

Evelyn Lozada and baby Leo "Livin' Lozada" (OWN)

Evelyn Lozada and baby Leo “Livin’ Lozada” (OWN)

*OWN has announced that its new Evelyn Lozada docu-series “Livin’ Lozada” will premiere on July 11 at 9 p.m., followed by the return of “Flex & Shanice” at 10.

As previously reported, “Livin’ Lozada” follows Evelyn of “Basketball Wives” fame, and her 21-year-old daughter Shaniece. The reality star has moved on from the heartache of her highly publicized divorce from Chad Ochocinco and is engaged to Major League Baseball player Carl Crawford. The couple has a one-year-old son, Leo.

Between learning to be a mom all over again, setting up a new home in Los Angeles for her and her family, working on getting the sequel to her first book published, as well as dealing with issues surrounding her family back East…Evelyn has a lot going on.

Not to be outdone, her daughter Shaniece has a blossoming modeling career and is working on starting her own bikini line, while looking to her mom for advice which she (sometimes) takes.

OWN says, “Each episode is filled with close friends and relatives in the ladies’ lives who help round out a world filled with laughter, support and encouragement as we follow Shaniece carving out the new life before her and Evelyn moving on from her past and embracing the new life she has found.”

Flex and Shanice Knox of "Flex & Shanice" (OWN)

Flex and Shanice Knox of “Flex & Shanice” (OWN)

“Flex & Shanice” continues to follow the lives of husband and wife duo, actor Flex Alexander (“One on One”), Grammy-nominated singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”) and their extended family all living together under one roof.

From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream — they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia. But what this fairytale couple has been hiding from the world is that they have been struggling financially for the past five years, so they moved their hilarious extended family in to help make ends meet.

As the couple often says, “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not where we used to be,” and viewers will see just that in the second season. But nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves. And while Flex builds on his acting and stand-up careers with the release of his graphic novel, Shanice hustles to convince a Grammy-nominated producer to EP her new album while raising two precocious kids. This family is just trying to hold it together for long enough to capture that one big break that could turn their luck around.

Singer Johnny Gill is 47

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Singer Johnny Gill is 49 today

*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE

“Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.” — Anonymous

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

May 22: Singer Johnny Gill is 49. Model Naomi Campbell is 45. Singer Donell Jones is 42.

BLACK HISTORY

May 22, 1966: Bill Cosby becomes the first African American to receive an Emmy for best actor in a dramatic series, for his role in I Spy.

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Halle Berry on Filming ‘Extant’: ‘I’ve Never Worked So Hard in My Life’

Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in season 2 of "Extant" (CBS)

Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in season 2 of “Extant” (CBS)

*During her 25-year film career, Oscar winner Halle Berry has played a plethora of characters from junkies to villains, ingénues to schizophrenics. It’s not easy playing such complex roles—particularly when you’re in just about every frame. So, who could blame an actress who wanted to lighten it up just a tad and spend more time at home with her expanding family?

When Berry was pregnant with her second child by new husband Olivier Martinez, she knew that logistically, her working options would be limited. TV seemed like the perfect solution. She could work at home and spend more time with her son Maceo, 1, and daughter Nahla, 7.

In theory, that was a reasonable expectation. But shooting a 48-minute drama series like Berry’s futuristic CBS drama Extant takes time—a lot of it. Welcome to 15-hour days and 4 a.m. call times.

“It is a whole lot of work,” Berry said during the network’s press conference to promote its summer slate. “I mean I’ve never worked so hard in my life as I did last year. And, I was nursing. My baby was three months old so I was doing drive-by nursings every two hours and I was over my head—the amount of scenes we shoot in a day and the things I had to memorize. I thought I would see my family more and I barely saw them!”

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Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in season 2 of “Extant” (CBS)

It didn’t help matters that Berry, who plays Molly, an astronaut with a robotic son and another child she somehow conceived during a solo space mission, is not only the star of the show but one of the executive producers as well. And that’s not just a courtesy title. She’s a very hands-on EP who has created what her new co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan says is a very “collaborative” environment.

Translation: Actors spending a lot of time discussing the direction of their characters.

When the show returns July 2 with so much change afloat, Berry will likely be as busy, but at least she won’t be nursing a newborn. Craig Shapiro and Liz Kruger have been hired to “reboot” the show; we’ll see a lot less of Goren Visnjic, who played Molly’s husband John; but we’ll see a lot more action and sex. Translation: Berry and Morgan, who plays a futuristic cop, will likely be wrinkling some sheets.
Molly will also be more accepting of robo-boy Ethan, the son that her husband apparently built with spare parts.

“I think Molly did struggle last year,” Berry said of her relationship with Ethan. “She wanted a child of her own. So accepting a robot as that didn’t seem like something Molly could do.”

Apparently Molly now realizes that robots need love, too, and will pursue a more “human” relationship with Ethan. The bond between mother and son is a role that Berry has experience playing in films like Monster’s Ball, Losing Isaiah and in Kidnapped, a movie she recently wrapped. Now it’s something she’s experiencing in her personal life as well.

“Now that I have a son, I really do see the difference in the relationship than I have with my little girl,” Berry said. “There’s a special relationship that mothers and sons have.”

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Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in season 2 of “Extant” (CBS)

It’s one thing to engage a fellow actor, but it’s quite another challenge to embrace some of the other characters on set. Some we see, some we don’t.

“Do I believe in aliens? Well, before this show I was a little girl and looked up at the sky and thought, my gosh, there has to be something else out there,” Berry said. “I do believe there’s something else out there. I’m not so egotistical to think that we’re the only ones in this vast universe and this show makes you think about it on a daily basis.

“I hope one day—I live long enough to find that answer. I don’t know if I will but maybe my kids will.”

 

“Extant” premieres its second season on Wednesday, July 1 10/9c. Watch a promo below:

Miki-Turner-professional-headshotMiki Turner is an award-winning photojournalist, author and professor at the University of Southern California.