Production on the program is slated to stop by the end of 2014 and new episodes will stop airing in March.
Queen Latifah wrote a letter to herself on her Facebook page, which is as follows in italics:
Just a little note to say Thank You…
Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The QueenLatifahShow off the ground and running.
Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed "True Grit"!
Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.
You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show.
We truly changed people's lives for the better.
So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!
P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly."
The program's producers also issued a statement regarding the ending of the show.
"We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of," producers SPT said in a statement published in The Hollywood Reporter article. "Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show."
NYPD reportedly shot and killed an unarmed man last night (Nov.20) in Brooklyn.
After 11:00 pm in Brooklyn's Louis Pink Houses, police officers were doing a vertical patrol, which consists of them checking the floor of each building and taking the stairwell down. While two officers were walking down a dimly-lit seventh floor stairwell, they encountered 28-year-old Akai Gurley. One officer shot Gurley once in the chest and he was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.
Gurley was with his girlfriend of almost four years, Melissa Butler, when he entered the stairwell. Butler says the officer shot Gurley without warning.
"They didn't identify themselves," Butler told the NY Daily News. "No nothing. They didn't give no explanation. They just pulled a gun and shot him in the chest."
Butler said Gurley later collapsed in a pool of blood on the fifth floor and had to seek help from residents because the two officers never checked to see if Gurley was okay.
A NYPD spokesperson said he was "not going to get into" why the officer shot the man. This incident is currently under investigation and NYPD Internal Affairs in involved as well.
The reality show battle between former best friends Stevie J and Benzino apparently got so bad that VH1 had to fire Zino from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. At least that is the story Stevie J told TMZ. The music producer claims the network had to let Benzino go because he threatened to harm Stevie, co-star Joseline Hernandez, producers, and staffers.
"He said flat out he was going to kill us," Stevie told the website.
It was announced that Benzino and his fiancee' Althea Eaton were issued pink slips last month. The co-founder of The Source stated at the time he felt the show's production team was merely taking the side of Stevie and Joseline. Benzino doubled down on that speculation with TMZ.
"Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired," Benzino stated. "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore."
Both couples were involved in huge a melee during the taping of the reunion show earlier this year. The fight was partially sparked because Benzino and Althea made references to Stevie and Joseline being on drugs. Their ongoing feud was a main storyline during season three of the series.
Since leaving the spotlight in 2005 at the peak of his Chappelle Show success, comedian Dave Chappelle has left many wondering how someone on top of the world could just walk away from it all.
After jumping back on the stand-up circuit, it seems as if the famed comic is finally back. After being placed on GQ Magazine's December "Man of the Year" cover, the comic sat down to discuss why he left, his thoughts on Donald Sterling, life in Ohio, the state of his friendship with Chappelle Show co-writer Neal Brennan and more.
Available nationally on November 25, read below for a few quotes from the interview:
"You know, for a while, I was kind of sequestered. Well, sequestered is not the right word. It was more like Superman's self-imposed exile. People are always like, 'I heard you moved to Africa.' And in reality I was only there for about two weeks."
"I have a show-business bucket list. There's just certain things that every entertainer always dreamed of doing. When I was 19, I used to walk up Sixth Avenue and look at the marquee of Radio City. I'd see the lines outside. I'd be like 'Man, I just want to…Radio City!'…It just so happened the venue was open during the same time frame I was willing to play." "For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can," he explains. "I'd be a zombie on The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I'd be the first black guy to fuck Olivia Pope on Scandal…"
"The fact that television ultimately made me famous was very gratifying for me. Chris Tucker did it in movies and Chris Rock did it from his stand-up, which was very impressive. But you know, the thing that people most will remember me for is Chappelle's Show. If I were to never do anything else, that show would be a culmination of what was a very long and tedious process of me learning how to be in the television business."
A law enforcement source told the website that several interviews have taken place and Cobb County investigators received information from the DCF. Howard supposedly has admitted he hit his son with a belt, but DCF ruled there was not enough evidence of child abuse. The belt whipping apparently took place in the state of Georgia, not Florida.
Howard's legal team suggests the entire ordeal is being orchestrated by the mother of his child Royce Reed. His attorney says the allegations are "baseless" and "have no merit."
Reed and Howard have been going through a very public custody battle over their son. Howard also won a defamation lawsuit over the former Basketball Wivesstar. Reed lost a judgement that concluded she violated a court order barring her from speaking about Howard in the media. She addressed the current investigation on Instagram earlier this week.
The Howard abuse allegations come on the heels of NFL running back Adrian Peterson pleading no contest in his highly publicized child abuse case.
NFL player Adrian Peterson has been suspended from the NFL for the rest of the 2014-2015 season without pay, NBC Sports reports. The Minnesota Vikings running back violated the league's personal conduct policy when he faced child abuse charges back in September.
In a letter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Peterson's reinstatement in the league depends on his progress in counseling.
"The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy."
Goodell also condemned Peterson for using a switch on his child and for his behavior during this situation.
First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old. The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child. While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse – to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement – none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child.
Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.
"Third, you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.' These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future."
Peterson has three days to appeal this decision. He will not be considered for reinstatement until after April 15th, 2015.
Ray J may have earned $50,000 last week from the sales of "Kim K Superstar."
Kim Kardashian's appearance in a Paper Magazine photo shoot in which she appeared naked has apparently led to a spike in sales of Kim K Superstar, the sex tape Kardashian had with former boyfriend Ray J, according to TMZ.
The tape is now the best-selling sex tape of all time, according to Steve Hirsch, president of Vivid Entertainment, which released the tape.
TMZ says that Ray J may have earned $50,000 last week from the sale of the tape and that the singer had been earning about $30,000 a month from the project.
Since the altercation took place on Novemeber 5, Yung Berg's victim/girlfriend Masika Turner has been closed mouth about the incident.
The Love and Hip-Hop Hollywood cast member is now brewing her silence on exactly what took place inside their NYC hotel room and if the whispers are try about Berg really doing a number over on her.
""My focus right now is him being better. The focus should not be on us being a couple right now," Masika told Sister 2 Sister. "It's best that we don't communicate as we were."
More than anything, Masika said she wants Berg to get help, and his issue isn't abusing women. "I feel like the only abuse issue that he has is alcohol abuse. I do feel like he has a drinking issue and that's the issue at this time," she said. "It was not an abusive situation."
According to Masika, she and Berg did "cause quite a disturbance," but the entire incident was blown out of proportion, in part, because it was a ritzy hotel, late at night and several guests in the hotel called the police.
"The stories were just erroneous," Masika said about all the rumors that circulated after the altercation, which took place after 17 hours of taping the season 1 reunion show. As a result of the melee, Berg was arrested and charged with obstruction of breathing.
"It was not an abuse situation. He did not attack me; he did not knock me out. He did not beat me up, none of that happened," said Masika who could not confirm reports that Berg has been fired from the show.
"He was very drunk. It was to the point where he didn't really know his bearings," she said. "He needs to be focused on getting these charges dropped and getting the drinking under control.""
Hmmm…so should Berg be cut from the LHHH cast? Joseline is clearly still apart of the LHHATL cast after clearly beating down just about everyone that was present onstage…#JustSaying.
Word is one of Lil Wayne's baby mommas will be joining the cast of Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta.
Never one to bite her tongue, Nivea will definitely make a interesting new cast mate.
MediaTakeout broke the news first:
"R&B singer NIVEA – best known for being Lil Wayne's BABYS MAMA and The Dream's EX-WIFE was just asked to join the cast of Love And Hip Hop ATLANTA. We're told that Niviea basically AGREED . . . and that they are working out the PAPERWORK as we speak."
If the rumor is true, wonder what type of ratchetry entertainment Nivea will bring to the table.
Apparently, a website forgot to redact the private information when a 2003 booking report for Minaj (born Onika Maraj) was published earlier this month.
A New York City Police Department's booking photo showed that the then 20-year-old Queens native was arrested for the misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Nicki's #SSN becoming public has apparently led to other people using the information.
"Nicki's credit score dropped almost 100 points soon after, because there were many inquiries into her financial records," a source told Radar. "The credit reporting agencies, detecting a lot of irregular activity, immediately notified Nicki's camp."
The source added that Nicki may have to get another social security number and the situation has been very stressful for the "Anaconda" performer.
While dealing with this financial problem, Nicki continues to move forward with the release of her third studio album. The Pinkprint is scheduled for release on December 15. She recently dropped the LPs's fourth single "Bed of Lies"
"Everybody keeps telling me stop blaming Lifetime but blame Wendy and I'm like well…" Timbaland says in a radio interview with Hot 97 host Ebro. "I didn't follow the story, so I have to believe the fans. It's just hard for me to believe."
During the interview, Timbaland says he needs more information before assigning blame.
"I don't want to diss this lady like that," Timbaland says. "I want to know the full details before going in. I always thought it was a rumor…I thought it was a joke. Evidently it wasn't."
"I'm very upset about it," Timbaland says. "Fans kept sending me great pictures and posts. I got like 100 every hour. My Instagram turned into all Baby Girl, but I said that she is all worth what it is. It brought me tears…how they supported her after her death."
Timbaland says he still owns much of the rights to Aaliyah's music. He said his bond to her started as art then grew into family.
"Out of all the people, Aaliyah had a special anointing in the air," Timbaland says. "When you talk about Aaliyah, everybody wakes up."
When asked about recent comparisons to The Beatles, Offset of Migos addressed the matter by calling Migos the "urban Beatles."
Migos have received a lot of press lately. The Atlanta trio recently dropped their latest project Rich Nigga Timeline and appeared on the cover of The Fader magazine.
Recently sitting down with HotNewHipHop, Offset, Takeoff and Quavo spoke on another reason why they've been in the news–recent comparisons they've fielded to The Beatles.
"I didn't even know that we was doing similar stuff that they was doing," Offset said. "If they was doing and we didn't know about it, history repeats itself. You might be looking at the new young Beatles in the flesh, the urban Beatles. It's just a blessing, we like it."
The group also talked about their most recent project release and its meaning.
"We ain't wanna do sequence, but we wanna stay rich and we wanna stay young, and we really ain't never just told y'all where we came from and showed y'all where we started," Offset said when asked about the mixtape. "We always just hit y'all with the swag and the trendsetting stuff, so this time, it's Rich Nigga Timeline, showing you where we came from."
Migos also said it was cool that people from other countries rocked with their music when describing their recent trip to The Bahamas. They also reacted to being on the cover of The Fader and meeting Jay Z for the first time.
Migos and Chief Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment (GBE) posse have been at war for almost a year now and last night (Nov. 15) their beef turned bloody.
While Migos was performing at the Washington D.C. club Stadium, GBE and the Atlanta trio were involved in a brawl and it ended in what a AHH source called a "bloodbath." In a now deleted Instagram post, Chief Keef posted a picture holding Migos member Quavo's chain, but it's unknown who exactly in the crew took it.
"Nobody really knows who did it," says our source. "It was like 40 people that beat on Migos, strippers and all. It's about to be some east coast vs. west coast s**t again."
From what our source says, it seems that Quavo was the main one involved in the brawl. Migos did not have security with them.
The two rap crews have been beefing more via Twitter lately and things heated up last week when GBE member Capo took to Twitter to detail an altercation he had with Migos while Fredo Santana chimed in with death threats.
Migos Soft as hell Y'all Jus Had 20 niggas And I was by myself Fuck niggas! Link
Lifetime receives heavy criticism for their portrayal of Aaliyah in biopic.
Fans and the family of Aaliyah were initially skeptical of the forthcoming Lifetime version of a biopic about her life and last night, both parties took to the Internet and let the producers have it. One could say they received the slander of a lifetime (pun intended).
Timbaland, a longtime collaborator with the deceased singer posted numerous memes and videos on Instagram about the movie both to poke fun at it and to urge people not to watch it. Late in the night Timbo declared that Lifetime had "felt Timbo's wrath."
Ty Dolla $ign's tour bus was the subject of a drug investigation on Wednesday morning (Nov. 12), KWWLreports. While on its way to Cedar Rapids, IA for his next performance on his "In Too Deep" tour, Ty's tour bus was slowing down due to equipment failure. Police officers pulled over to ensure that everything was okay but ended up having to investigate after they smelled marijuana. During the search, cops and a K-9 found 42 grams of marijuana, 18 grams of Butane Hash Oil and 28 drug paraphernalia items.
There were 12 people on the tour bus and seven of them received citations and December court dates. One of Ty's reps told TMZ that the "Paranoid" singer was in fact on a flight to Omaha and was not on the bus and did not receive a citation. He is expected to pay a $500 fine.
"106 & Park" will cease its daily broadcast format on December 19, 2014.
After 14 years on the air landmark BET Hip Hop and R&B program106 & Park will cease its daily broadcast format on the network next month.
According to BET's Twitter, the show will televise its last live episode on December 19. The network's flagship music countdown show will still broadcast episodes for special occasions, like the annual New Year's Eve 106 & PARTY. It will also continue exclusively online beginning next year. In a statement, Stephen Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials says the daily cancellation is merely a change in format.
"I'm not trying to minimize it; this is a very big change," he explained. "We thank all the people who have worked on the show over the years; the talented hosts, the hard-working staff, production crews, and all the incredible guests we've had. Most of all, we'd like to humbly thank the 'livest audience,' both in studio and at home, who fueled this landmark TV show from the very beginning. Meet you in the digital domain."
106 & Park was widely regarded as an alternative to MTV's TRL during its heyday. Its first ever broadcast was on September 11, 2000.
Kendrick spoke with DJ Whoo Kid for The Whoolywood Shuffle, and the California native dismissed the idea that "Pay For It" was directed at Drake. He even explains why a lyrical battle between the two superstars is not worth happening on his end.
"We come from two different worlds, two different backgrounds. I don't really see that playing out," said Kendrick. "It's entertaining maybe to the people listening, but not for myself."
After first stating that he had an issue with "Control" being released around the time he was promoting the Nothing Was the Same album, Drake later seemed to make it clear he was moving beyond whatever issues they may have had over the record. He spoke highly of his "Poetic Justice" collaborator at the OVO Fest this summer.
Instead of backing off his claim, Troy doubled down with further tweets and a posting on Instagram. He then began calling out "Internet n****z" that took issue with what he said. The New York City: The Album creator ended his Twitter exchange by highlighting that he managed to find success during an era when street rap was not the main trend in Hip Hop culture.
BEEN TALKIN THAT DOPE BOY $HiT out the Gate! My story been consistent …. Others touch on it and mix it up with street shit like, robberies, killings, clubs, struggle life …. But the only 1 talking bout whole birds, "Heavy" from NYC and I mean HEAVY detailed descriptions not 28grams or 62's or 8 balls the only 1 talkin whole joints was yours truly! Since day 1 my story been the same …. The Real Ones snow the difference the ones who can't relate will debate! MAN U KNOW WHAT like @scstunna said "Fuk what a fake n****a say, it's bout what a real n***a say"
Word has it that Usher has a sextape floating around.
In 2010, someone broke into Usher's car and stole a $1 million worth of jewelry, two video cameras and two laptops. It tuns out that one of the laptops had a sex tape featuring Ush and his then-wife Tameka Raymond.
Shortly after the theft, the thief tried to sell the tape to major adult film companies but none of them would negotiate knowing that Usher would never agree to it. In the past few days, it's being reported that someone has been trying to pitch the tape to blogs. Since the laptop is stolen property, the seller could face charges if the tape is posted online. The "Good Kisser" singer's lawyer Mark Geragos, who also represented Chris Brown, is currently trying to find the seller and take legal action.
Reality star Khloe Kardashian was slammed yesterday (Nov. 11) on social media after she posted a meme of her and her two sisters, Kim and Kourtney, on Instagram that proclaimed that they were the only KKK to let black men in, referencing the hateful and racist Ku Klux Klan organization. After receiving major backlash on Twitter and IG, she deleted the post but not before an editor at Ebony magazine saw it and spoke her mind. After the meme popped up on her Twitter timeline, senior digital editor Jamilah Lemieux retweeted it and deemed the French Montana's bae "a trash bag."
We all watched last night (ok maybe not all of us watched) when Soulja Boy decided to change up the plans and wait to move in with girlfriend Nia Riley because of his upcoming tour…sounded like a bunch of bs right?
Well the couple has decided to call it quits and yesterday Soulja Boy's former…flame Karrine 'Superhead' Steffans decided it was the perfect time to post a pic of she and her former friend, headed out for burgers…riiigggghhhhhtttt.
Of course people started to assume that Steffans is the reason behind Soulja and Riley's breakup, but adamantly denies those accusations and took to Instagram once again to clear her name of any wrongdoing.
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga to launch "Between The Sheets" tour at the top of next year.
At the top of next year, crooners Chris Brown and Trey Songz along with Compton, California rapper Tyga will embark on their "Between The Sheets" tour. The official tour announcement comes months after Trey Songz and Chris Brown confirmed, via social media, that they would take part in a joint tour.
"THIS FALL is gonna be legendary! Get ready for me and @TreySongz Tour," Brown said in a tweet sent on August 15.
Tyga will serve as special guest on the tour, which will kick off on January 28, 2015 in Hampton, Virginia and will make stops in close to two dozen, North American cities.
Nicki Minaj's "Only" lyric video asked to be taken down due to perceived Nazi imagery.
Fans of Young Money rapstress Nicki Minaj have taken to social media to express their anger over Minaj's lyric video for her record, "Only."
The cartoonesque lyric video for the song, which also features Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, includes "SS-style armbands, gas masks, tanks, and Maus-style armies at attention," reports Vulture.com.
At one point in the lyric video, what appears to be footage of a bomb launching and then exploding is shown.
While Minaj has remained quiet on the matter, the video's director, Jeff Osborne retweeted feedback for the video, both positive and negative.
The following is a handful of tweets Osborne retweeted about the video:
"Only" will be featured on Nicki Minaj's upcoming album, The Pinkprint. The Pinkprint is currently scheduled for release on December 15.
According to TMZ, Tyga was pulled over in a Rolls-Royce after they claim he was driving recklessly during a music video shoot. His bodyguard was also arrested.
At the time, the gossip site didn't know the exact reasons why he was being taken in and details are still scarce however they were told Tyga was arrested because the LAPD found a gun not registered in the state of California in the vehicle. It has been confirmed by the police department that reckless driving was the cause for the stop, which subsequently had six cop cars surrounding the rapper at the time of the incident.
This is not the first time the Los Angeles native has had a brush with the law. Back in 2012 he was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada after police acted on a warrant for his arrest due to prior traffic incidents. Tyga was incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center and was released the next day.
View pictures of Tyga and his bodyguard in handcuffs below (via TMZ):
The rumors are nothing but pure gossip nowadays. Back "when" it was exciting that Jay Z and dead prez were getting in the studio together. Now, that stuff doesn't move people. Pardon me. So, we move on to the gossip at hand. It seems like Chrissy Milli got pissy at Lil Wayne after seeing he went to a Green Bay Packersgame with his ex-fiancee, Dhea. Well, after that Christina Milian deleted recent pics that Lil Wayne was included in. He gave her flowers. Shortly thereafter, Chrissy called somebody "fake" and everybody assumed she was talking about Wayne.
A Tribe Called Quest is considered one of the greatest rap groups in
history. One of the ATCQ members has now publicly endorsed a group from this generation as one to watch. Q-Tip took to Twitter to offer praise to Atlanta's Migos. The Abstract even compared the trio to Southern rap icons Geto Boys and UGK.
As the grand jury debates on whether to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot 18-year-old Mike Brown back in August, Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden may be facing some criminal charges of her own.
On Oct. 18th, McSpadden brought a mob of people to attack a group of vendors selling "Justice for Mike Brown" t-shirts. A group of 20-30 people allegedly jumped out of vehicles and rushed towards the group and stole their merchandise and attacked them. One person was hospitalized and another was beaten with a pipe, NY Daily Newsreports.
Among those vendors was her son's paternal grandmother, Pearlie Gordon, who was knocked to the ground and struck in the head, according to the police report.
The attackers reportedly stole merchandise worth $1,500 and $400 in cash. McSpadden and the other attackers could be charged with felony armed robbery.
VH1 confirms that, Yung Berg, has been terminated from Love & Hip-Hop L.A. An alleged violent confrontation left his girlfriend, Masika Tucker, battered and bruised in a New York City hotel. This situation precipitated swift action from VH1.
The TDE lyricist explained that newfound fame and fortune can bring about a lot of depression and turmoil.
"The record feels great and feels good, but it comes from a place of depression," Kendrick said. "It comes from a place of insecurity. Not only from them, but from myself. It's a lot of things that I deal with personally that you deal with. That all of us in this room deal with. So, it touched on so many different things. As far as equality within us as human beings and accepting one another…It comes a lot of turmoil when you talk about money. When you talk about fame and fortune and success. A lot of things you gotta handle and balance and that brings a whole lot of depression. I've spoken with artists that's done it before me. They said they went through the same phases too."
Kendrick later touched on his good kid, m.A.A.d city cover art. He explained that the cover art consists of "so many dynamics" and is something that will stick with him forever.
"What's even more tripped out, somebody that's responsible for me being who I am today was the actual poster that was in the back," he said. "That's me and my father. If you look right in the back it's me and him. He light-skinned, super pale, light…So, it's so many dynamics in that cover, man. It's something that'll stick with me forever. Just the fact that I got my parents on there. It's something that I can carry with me forever. When I have grandkids and they never met they grandparents. They great-grandparents or whatnot. They can go back and trace that album and say 'Okay, I know what they was like in real life.'"
With his upcoming appearance on "Saturday Night Live" scheduled for November 15, Kendrick revealed that he hopes to also appear in a skit on the show. The rapper even offered his own idea for a skit, which would touch on matters of gentrification.
"I wanna do skits out of the norm," Kendrick said. "Something that contrasts. I always talked about—But recently we started talking about how it never was any white people in the city, in my schooling. From the Compton school district. I would like to do something where I can contrast that and bring it all the way back and put me in the class where it's different types of ethnicities other than the minority. I wonder how would I function in that type of environment. I think that'd be fun."
While a grand jury debates on the fate of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Mike Brown's parents are heading to the United Nations.
The Associated Press reports that Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden are going to Switzerland to speak at a human rights conference where they will address the 53rd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture. St. Louis University assistant law professor Justin Hansford is helping them organize the trip and soliciting donations.
Brown and McSpadden plan to leave on Nov. 10th and speak at the UN on Nov. 12th and 13th.
Hansford told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the late teen's parents are "taking their grievances to a world stage because they feel they have not gotten justice from state, local and federal governments in the death of their son."
Hansford was able to initiate this trip for Brown and McSpadden by submitting a 13-page statement to the committee that outlined the events where officers used excessive force during peaceful protests in Ferguson. MO.
the video for her single "Anaconda," the Internet was on fire over the sexually charged images presented in the clip. Some people took issue with the rapper "exploiting" her body. While others commended Nicki for what they saw as a Black woman reclaiming her sexuality.
The artist herself spoke about the backlash hurled at "Anaconda" in a new interview with V Magazine. The leader of the Barbz focused most of her own criticism on the media's reaction to her video.
If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You're talking about newspeople who don't even know anything about hip-hop culture. It's so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don't say anything when they're watching the Victoria's Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on "Anaconda" and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we're a part of.
This is the second time Minaj was selected to do a cover story for V. She was also featured in a 2010 article when the Young Money artist was on the cusp of breaking out as a music superstar with her debut album Pink Friday. Nicki's third LP The Pinkprint is scheduled for release on December 15.
First, Morgan accused Ray of beating her in front of her child. She then claimed Ray sent his present girlfriend Princess Love to attack her at the taping of the reunion show in New York City. Later in the discussion, Morgan claimed Ray has repeatedly put his hands on Princess and other woman as well.
"[Ray's] a b***h ass n***a who's not about that life," said Morgan. "His homeboys may be, he's not."
She goes on to explain that her issues with her former boss also stemmed from him involving her 11-year-old son in the situation. Morgan claimed that "Uncle Ray" had her son banned from the basketball league that the reality show star sponsors.
When asked why she chose not to report the alleged attack to the police, Morgan stated she was not a "snitch," but she still may consider speaking to the authorities. She also claims to have audio confirming the supposed attack by Ray J took place.
I can't even fathom that this is factual, but I will briefly entertain what the internet has to say. They are saying that 1) Cassie is pregnant. This is not really new. There was an assumption that Diddy was the dad. But… 2) The internet (for what that's worth) is claiming that Diddy may not be the father.
Diddy would not permit such insolence! I doubt this is true, but people are going to talk.
drama plays out for Christian "Young Berg" Ward on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, the Chicago native is now facing serious issues in real life. TMZ reports Berg was arrested in New York City early this morning (November 5) after allegedly attacking his girlfriend at the GershwinHotel.
The reality show star and creator of the Top 20 hit "Sexy Lady" is accused of grabbing the woman by the neck, throwing her to the floor, and hitting her in the face. Berg was charged with "obstruction of breathing" according to TMZ. At press time, Berg was still in police custody.
Berg's last addressed the public via social media around 10 pm Tuesday night. He posted an Instagram picture of himself with fellow LHHH star Masika Kalysha with the caption "Bae." There has been no confirmation that Kalysha was the woman involved in the alleged incident.
Beyoncé is regarded as one of the greatest performers of our time and now she is the highest paid woman in music. Last year, she earned a cool $53 million but according to Forbes' list of top-earning women in music, Mrs. Carter doubled what she made last year, raking in $115 million in earnings.
Bey's endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi, the Mrs. Carter World Tour (which brought in $2.4 milli per city) and her surprise self-titled album made her income skyrocket into the nine-figure range.
Taylor Swift came in behind Yoncé with $64 million. Pink took the third spot at $52 million and Rihanna placed at number four with $48 million. Katy Perry rounded out the top five with $40 million in earnings.
Trina recalls being engaged to Lil Wayne, says the rapper "is a great person."
After speaking on her friendship with fellow artist French Montana in a handful of interviews, Trina confirmed that the two were never in a relationship, during an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club.
She explained that the two, who met at Puff Daddy's birthday party exactly two years ago, were really good friends and added that French's lack of maturity was one reason why they never pursued anything beyond their friendship.
"We really was not in a relationship," Trina said. "Let's be clear about that. I never told him that I was your girl. There's a lot of reasons. I guess now we can see why. Because you just got a lot of growing up to do. I could come up here and expose you and bash you, but I'm so much better than that. I'm not gonna do that. But I will say this, we were friends. And as being friends today as we speak makes two years I would have known you…I think a relationship to me starts with friendship. I think that me and him kinda was on the same page, but different pages kinda. He had a situation. He was going through a divorce or whatever. That was one of the reasons why I never really got into a relationship with him. I wanted that to be clear. And it was a lot of back and forth, but I was there with you every single day and step of the way while you was dealing and going through that. Beyond supportive. I'm the one that told you to step up to the plate like a man and make the right choice."
Trina then detailed the type of relationship she had with French. She says the Bronx, New York rapper always stayed at her house whenever he was in Miami, Florida and revealed that if it wasn't for her, those outside of New York wouldn't know who French Montana is.
"The friend that when you came to Miami you never slept in a hotel cause you stayed at my house every single time," she said. "The friend that I have the keys to your house still right now today. That kind of friend. The friend that everything you post on your Instagram, your whole house, how it looks, I did that. The friend that sends and imports stuff, furniture, all kinds of stuff from Miami to New York. I did that. That kind of friend. So, let's be clear on the friend thing since you want to be so messy about it. Because we were friends…First and foremost, nobody besides New York even paid you attention until me."
The Miami rapper then spoke on her relationship with Lil Wayne, who she referred to as "a great person." The two were engaged at one point, but ultimately broke off their engagement.
"Wayne is a great person," Trina said. "He's really a good [guy]. He's a great guy as a man…When I was in a situation with Wayne so many years ago I think we were both just so young. I didn't even think that we was in nothing. It just was like—We were friends and we just hung out and we was good. But it was like there's a proposal. About to get married. It was just so much happening I was like 'This can't be real.'"
Looks like Joseline Hernandez may be getting ready to catch a case behind her hot tempered antics. Her cast mates are none too
enthused with the "Puerto Rican Princess", after chaos ensued during the reunion which Jos started after she went on a violent rampage where she opened a can of whoop a** on counter parts. Well looks like she may experience some legal reprucussions because of it!
I know better than to mess with Nicki Minaj now. According to TMZ, the chick went ballistic on her ex – Safaree man. Safaree been retweeting her and playing coy on social media. I'm sure he wasn't that way this summer when she took a bat to his Benz.
Now we know why Nicki Minaj and her longtime boyfriend broke up … one of them was on the verge of going to jail after she smashed the windows of his Mercedes with a baseball bat.
Here's what we know. During the summer Nicki and Safaree Samuels got into an argument. She started screaming, he got pissed, and she EXPLODED in anger, grabbing a bat and chasing him out of the house. She wisely chose property over person, and pulverized the 2012 Benz.
And for bad measure, she threw his clothes in the garbage — just like in the movies.
The former Roc-A-Fella Records executive posted a pic to IG with the following caption:
Lunch meeting at the crib with only living original diplomats in my eyes if @mr_camron had to introduce you to me or @darealdukedagod had to introduce you to me then you are affiliated with them… Not me@dipsetusa1997 #harlemstickstogether
Dame's obvious omission of Jones did not sit well with the Diplomat Records co-founder. Jim left a comment on the pic that included several insults directed at Dash. Jones wrote:
U fu**in clown bird c**k sucker. Matter of fact suck my d**k, my whole d**k f****t. How bout that & I am Dipset u culture vulture f**kin d**k sucker lol. Tell @mr_camron #duke I said what up lol
Dash then posted another picture with Cam'ron. The capture for the photo read:
Real Harlem n***as never fight each other and never disrespect each other…not under any circumstance…we have to much respect for each other we only wanna make money and get fresh…. We stay as far away from that insecure tough shit as possible…all the tough s**t is embarrassing… And doesn't reflect us…we only wanna promote positivity and sticking together as a culture…. #harlemstickstogether acting tough is for punks
After reaching an agreement with prosecutors, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will face no jail time in connection with charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, after admitting that he punished his 4-year-old with a small tree branch or "switch."
Entering a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, the agreement allows him to remain free and avoid the original charges of felony child abuse which could have sent him to prison for two years. Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case has also mandated that he complete 80 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine.
Said Peterson after the deal was announced, "I'm just glad this is over. I can put this behind me and me and my family can move forward."
Since the case initially broke in September, he has been "deactivated indefinitely" and placed upon the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which has made him ineligible to participate in team activities during the duration of this case. The NFL now has the option to reinstate Peterson and order additional fines or add more time to his suspension, though no decision has been made as of yet.
Beyoncé shocked the world last year when the global megastar released her self-titled album without any promotion or announcements. There are now reports that Bey could be doing it again this holiday season.
A photo rumored to be the tracklisting for Beyoncé Volume 2 has been circulating online. The image has not been verified to be accurate, but the mere picture sent Twitter into a frenzy about whether Bey will be dropping her 6th studio album later this month.
The entire ordeal could just be an elaborate hoax, but if it turns out to be true, the Bey Hive could expect Queen Bey to return in two weeks. If it turns out to be false, there is always the other rumored LP with her husband Jay Z that is reportedly in the works.
Back in August, the U.S. government agreed to a police request restricting 37 miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson for 12 days for the safety of the city during a turbulent time. It has now been revealed that the restriction was not for safety.
In audio tapes obtained by the Associated Press, St. Louis County police can be heard admitting that the no-fly area rule was imposed to keep news helicopters from covering the protests happening in the city.
The tapes contain recorded telephone conversations where the conditions of rule were discussed. One Federal Aviation Administrationmanager can be heard saying "They finally admitted it really was to keep the media out."
Keeping the media out of Ferguson violates their constitutional rights.
"Any evidence that a no-fly zone was put in place as a pretext to exclude the media from covering events in Ferguson is extraordinarily troubling and a blatant violation of the press's First Amendment rights," said Lee Rowland, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney.
The no-fly zone restriction, which began on AUg. 12th, was kept in place until Aug. 22th but a police captain wanted it extended because Mike Brown's funeral was approaching and Darren Wilson's identity was going to be revealed to the public, which he through would cause an emotional uproar in Ferguson.
"Last night we shot a lot of tear gas, we had a lot of shots fired into the air again," he said on the tape. "It did quiet down after midnight, but with that … we don't know when that's going to erupt."
The 2010 first round draft pick faces free agency at the end of this season and the move to Roc Nation Sports represents his fourth agent in his professional career according to Complex. The former Oklahoma State All-American player joins Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a recent signee and adds to the company's roster of NFL players that also includes Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Geno Smith.
Speaking after yesterday's game against the Cardinals, Bryant explained the move from agent Eugene Parker to Roc Nation Sports as motivated by marketing concerns.
"I feel like it fits me," he said according to ESPN. "It fits what I'm trying to do, what I'm trying to accomplish in life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be. It ain't about a contract. It's about me branding myself and being an icon for these kids. I love kids and they look up to me...I come from dirt—point blank, period—and every day I'm writing my story and it's getting better. I feel like they were the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be. That's what it is."
Bryant is currently in the final year of his five-year $11.8 million rookie contract and told ESPNearlier this year that he'll seek a significant pay bump moving forward.
"Yeah, I deserve it," Bryant said of being paid as one of the league's top receivers. "I deserve it. I feel like I do. I put the work in, but I let that kind of stuff take care of itself. It is what it is. I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback."
With quarterback Tony Romo sidelined by two transverse process fractures in his back, Bryant caught 2 of 10 passes for a total of 15 yards and a touchdown in a loss against the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. This season he's tallied a total of 50 receptions for 635 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.
You'd think that after releasing their anticipated projects Seen It All and Paperwork, ATL rappers TI and Jeezy would take a
break right? Nope, and that's thanks to announcement from both emcees about working on a collaborative LP with one another. TI and Jeezy spoke to MTV News about the project, with T.I. claiming that they've already had six-seven records already made. Let's hope to see some actual tracks with each other. Check out TI and Jeezy's interview with MTV News regarding the collaborative album.
Drake and Tyga take to Twitter and Instagram, continuing their beef over the weekend.
The YMCMB in-fighting continues and it doesn't look like it's stopping anytime soon. Coming off of insults Tygamade in recent interviews, the two decided to take it to social media and really ratchet up the beef in public.
It all started over the weekend when Tyga and Kylie Jenner posted Halloween photos of them dressed up. Subsequently, Blac Chyna, Tyga's former girlfriend, liked some of Drake's photos on Instagram. Tyga then jumped onto Twitter and responded by saying "That ain't my hoe" (which has since been deleted). The Toronto native then fought back, sticking to Instagram, with a picture of Jenner in the background of a Drake gathering. And then Chyna decided to fire again, posting an Instagram picture (which has since been deleted) of her with Drake tagged in it and a caption of "Miss Me .....#neverforget [lips emoji]." The subtweeting seemed to end there. But it wasn't over.
Early Sunday, Blac Chyna took to Twitter to explain some things. She said that her relationship with Tyga was only "about the money" and that she was a "gold digger" (which, again, have all been deleted). Chyna then claimed her Twitter was hacked by Tyga when she posted a picture note Instagram and said she's working to get back control of it.
Oh snap…this ain't gonna end well. Yung Berg is seemingly doing the damn thing. He's on Love and Hip-Hop Los Angeles. He's writing and whatnot and has a new lease on rap life. The crazy this is…the boy got a kid. It looks like Bergie is in arrears on his child support to the tune of $86,000+! You can't be walking about free world as you owe your child all that money! I know there's two sides to the story so many he's been putting a few bucks here and there and it hasn't been credited to his debt! I hope he saved those receipts!
Anyway, while this bubbles, the boy Berg is all on the internet looking crazy!
Damn, Berg…listed with all the other alleged losers.
Earlier this week, Katt Williams and former Death Row CEO Suge Knight were hauled off to jail together over allegedly trying to steal a female photographer's camera in Beverly Hills back in September.
Katt Williams has since been released and TMZ caught up with him to get to the bottom of what really happened. The Friday After Next star said he first approached the photog because he was concerned about a child nearby.
"I knew that she was engaged inappropriately with a child," said the 41-year-old. " Not with any adult. We're talking about a five-year-old… She was doing no photographs. She was recording. Her story is clearly she got in an altercation with me, but she didn't."
Williams also claims that Suge Knight did not have an altercation with her either.
Since Knight and Williams have lengthy rap sheets, this arrest could lead to both men doing some serious time in prison. Knight faces 30 years while Katt could do up to seven years.
"At that time, I was all about running up on" Drake, Chris Brown says of his Drake rivalry.
Chris Brown sat down with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Styles at New York radio station's Hot 97 for an "Ebro In The Morning" segment that was published today (October 31). Ebro detailed his initial encounter with the Virginia singer, who was a young teen showcasing his talent at a Planet Hollywood at the time. Ebro also added that he was the person who got Juelz Santana to do a feature on the R&B artist's first hit, "Run It!"
Brown also shed light on some dark moments in his career when he was using such drugs as like syrup and Xanax.
"I'm not ashamed to talk about it," Brown says during the interview. "A lot of our youth is doing it now, thinking it's the cool thing to do. And I don't knock anyone's hustle, but I just feel for me it wasn't conducive to me. I was falling asleep on video sets, cussing people out, crazy stuff."
Elsewhere in the interview, they discuss Brown's 2009 altercation with Rihanna. Brown says that he took a lot of bad PR advice during that time. "Honestly I kind of just listen to the wrong— 'OK, we need to do this PR strategy, and do this,' and I just wanted to be like, 'Fuck ya'll' and that's how I felt because its my personal life and I'm going through a troubled time," he says.