*Chris Brown has been paying the mother of his 1-year-old daughter $2,500 a month in support, but it’s not enough for the former model, according to TMZ.
The website reports that Nia Guzman is now demanding $15,000 a month from the singer, which has prompted Breezy to filed legal docs in Houston to establish paternity. Proven paternity will give him the legal right to fight Nia over support and custody, as Brown also claims Guzman has been denying him visitation.
According to TMZ, Brown wants a judge to set the child support amount, which he’s confident will be closer to his $2,500 number than her request of $15,000.
*Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Rihanna debuted her NSFW video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” by taking nearly 100 hostages – a.k.a. fans who were blindfolded, placed in luxury buses and driven to an exclusive, Tidal-sponsored launch of the video.
According to Rolling Stone, invitations were emailed Monday to local Tidal subscribers. The quickest to respond were given just enough details to attend the “Tidal X” event – promoting the service launched by Jay Z and now co-owned by a number of major artists, including Rihanna.
After fans took their seats, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video began to play from a big screen, preceded by a parental advisory warning that promised grown-up “language,” “nudity” and “violence.” It delivered on all three, according to Rolling Stone, with feature-film production values and its star taking bloody revenge for debts unpaid.
“Hello! Hello! Hello! Hello!” Rihanna shouted when she finally appeared to loud cheers, her long red hair draped over one shoulder. She thanked fans for “allowing me to kidnap you.” The singer introduced the filmmaking duo from French collective Megaforce who co-directed the music video with her. “It took four days and nights to shoot this,” Rihanna said. “They held me down and helped me execute my vision. . . . Did you like it?”
Almost as soon as she asked, there was a loud bang in the room, and a shower of dollar bills fell from the ceiling as fans scrambled. Rihanna was suddenly gone.
She returned later as guests mingled over food and drink and she personally handed out more wads of cash, something like the stylish crime boss she portrays in the video. One guest, Penny Davis, 50, opened her purse to show two neat stacks of bills, still snug within bank straps. “She handed this to me,” she said, eyes wide with disbelief. “She kissed my hand. Very warm. Had me shaking afterwards.”
Rihanna held nearly 100 fans hostage for the unique premiere of her new video “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Jason Kempin/Getty/Tidal
Before her exit to a waiting Cadillac SUV, Rihanna posed for group photos with her guests. “If you can see the camera, the camera can see you,” she instructed, speaking from experience. “You guys are the best fans ever. Thank you so much.”
Watch Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video below (WARNING: Explicit/NSFW):
*Donald Trump appeared on “CNN Tonight” Wednesday and defended his recent comments about Mexican immigration that sparked the current backlash.
Host Don Lemon suggested that Trump had misunderstood some of the articles he read on Fusion or the Huffington Post about Mexican immigrants when he said the country sent over rapists, drug-runners and criminals.
Referring to a 2014 Fusion article reporting that 80 percent of Central American migrants passing through Mexico are raped, Lemon told the presidential candidate: “That is about women being raped, it is not about criminals coming across the border and entering the country.”
“Somebody is doing the raping, Don. Are you saying its women being raped. Who is doing the raping?” Trump asked. “You have to stop illegal immigration coming through the border. If you don’t, you don’t have a country.”
Lemon asked: “Why did you have to say they were rapists?”
“If you look at the statistics — I didn’t say that about Mexico — the illegal immigrants — on rape, on crime, on everything, coming into this country, they are mind boggling,” Trump responded. “If you look on Fusion — and you know who owns Fusion, Univision (the network that pulled out of the Miss Universe pageant earlier this week) — about 80 percent of the women, I’ve heard some horrible things.”
Earlier in the interview, the TV mogul declared his love for the Mexican people.
“I’ve had a great relationship with Mexico,” Trump told Lemon. “I am talking about illegal immigration, because it has to be stopped. It is killing our country. People are pouring over the borders. I guess some come from Mexico but they come from all over the world. They come from the Middle East, we don’t even know where they come from.”
Trump also addressed the issue of Macy’s cutting ties with him Wednesday, claiming they “folded under pressure, it’s not a big business for me, it’s very small,” he told Lemon. “[CEO] Terry Lundgren folded under pressure, he called me and said ‘Gee whiz, we’re under a lot of pressure.’
“That is the problem with our country. They all fold under pressure,” he added.
Watch below (The topic of Mexican immigration begins at 6:14.):
Queen Latifah performs onstage during the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California
*Queen Latifah and Jennifer Garner will star in Sony’s faith-based drama “Miracles From Heaven,” produced by T.D. Jakes, DeVon Franklin and Joe Roth – the team behind last year’s hit “Heaven Is for Real,” which earned more than $100 million worldwide to become one of the highest-grossing faith-based moves of all time.
The film is based on Christy Beam’s book of the same name, which recounts how her young daughter miraculously overcame an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder.
Garner stars as Beam, and Latifah as a Boston waitress, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will play “something of an earthly angel who befriends the sick girl and Beam during their visits to Boston Children’s Hospital,” and who, in addition, “steps up to provide comfort and a helping hand when they need it most, as her life ends up transformed by her interaction with the family.”
Sony Pictures will release the film March 18, 2016, one week before the Easter holiday.
John Schneider in “Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots”
“‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was and is no more a show seated in racism than ‘Breaking Bad’ was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter.
Schneider, who also stars in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN, said people shouldn’t discount the show just because the car – nickname the General Lee – has a Confederate flag on the roof.
“I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light,” Schneider said. “Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi…My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.'”
Warner Bros. has also said they will stop licensing models of the General Lee unless the flag was stripped from the cars roof, a decision Schneider said was “overly PC.”
Schneider also defended the show’s use of the flag. “I take exception to those who say that the flag on the General Lee should always be considered a symbol of racism,” Schneider said. “Is the flag used as such in other applications? Yes, but certainly not on the Dukes. If the flag was a symbol of racism, then Bo and Luke and Daisy and Uncle Jesse were a pack of wild racists and that could not be further from the truth.”
In a video posted on his Twitter account, Schneider said the public needs to remember this is about lives lost and not a TV show or a flag.
“Do I think taking Dukes off TV Land is silly? Yeah, of course I do. Silly maybe is not the right word. Do I think it’s an error? Yes, I think it’s an error because ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was maybe one of the most beloved shows ever…and now it’s being cast in a terrible light that does not deserve. K? Alright, I’m not talking about the flag, I’m talking about the Dukes of Hazzard…” he said.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979 to 1985 on CBS.
*New York City officials are taking a second look at the city’s contracts with Donald Trump after statements the GOP presidential hopeful made about Mexican immigrants.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the review is currently ongoing.
The Trump Organization currently operates several city concessions, including a golf course, ice skating rink and carousel. The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park opened in April in the Bronx and the Trump Organization has a 20-year concession agreement to operate the facility.
During Trump’s presidential kickoff event last week, he said immigrants from Mexico are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
The comments drew condemnation from the Mexican government and companies have been cutting ties to the real estate mogul since he made the comments.
“Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city,” de Blasio said in a statement Wednesday. “Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers. Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city’s vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background.”
De Blasio’s spokeswoman did not provide any further details about the review.
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