*Kandi Burruss has seen and been through a lot since hooking up her fiancé Todd Tucker. Even her mother, Mama Joyce, has weighed in for better or worse on the relationship between the pair.
In an interview with Jet magazine, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, who graces the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, opens up on her upcoming marriage to Tucker as well as her successful career and relationship with Mama Joyce.
Speaking of which, the matriarch revealed exactly what it would take for her to give the green light of approval for Kandi and Todd. “I pray that I am wrong. If they are married and it lasts I will be the first to apologize,” she told the publication.
*Think it’s easier for a light-skinned African-American to get better roles in Hollywood than a dark-skinned African-American? You better think again.
According to Vanessa Williams, the struggle is spread across all people, no matter the shade.
“Getting a good role is hard no matter what you look like, and Lupita did a phenomenal job,” said the actress, who singled out Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave” while discussing colorism with theGrio.com’s Chris Witherspoon. Continue reading
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* Lord Jamar may be generating news on his views of hip hop, but it appears the Brand Nubian MC has found a new target in Omar Epps.
So much so that the “Resurrection” star took it straight to Jamar regarding the rapper’s commentary on what he said was a “skirt” Epps wore during a recent visit to “The View.“ Epps went on Twitter to address his appearance on “The View” (wearing what could be construed as a skirt) and Jamar’s lack of knowledge about the garment and its significance.
“The uninformed couldn’t understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Maasai, Fante, etc. It’s tribal, study our history..,” the actor tweeted.
*Trai Byers (“All My Children”) and Grace Gealey have signed on as series regulars for Fox’s hip-hop themed drama pilot “Empire.”
The series stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public.
Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as a tall, brilliant and compelling individual with a dark side. Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire and Lucious’ current lady friend.
Sean Combs stops for lunch at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, California on February 21, 2014
*Bloomberg is reporting that Sean “Diddy” Combs has bid about $200 million for the music-themed cable channel Fuse, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
The plan would be to convert the channel into his own Revolt TV, which would give his fledgling network wider distribution and higher subscriber fees, according to one of the sources.
Fuse, owned by New York-based Madison Square Garden Co., is available in about 74 million homes through pay-TV systems including DirecTV, Dish Network Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp., compared with Revolt TV, which reaches about 22.8 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc.