Cissy Houston: “Not a Great Deal of Hope” for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Cissy Houston: Not a Great Deal of Hope for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Cissy Houston: Not a Great Deal of Hope for Bobbi Kristina Brown (Photo Credit: Instagram)

Bobbi Kristina update

Cissy Houston told WBLS on Wednesday that there was “not a great deal of hope” for Bobbi Kristina Brown to recover.

Houston said during the interview, “She’s the same. We’ve moved her now to a place for rehabilitation. There’s still not a great deal of hope. We’re praying.”

Cissy Houston also hinted that she may be ready to say goodbye to her granddaughter:  “If He works a miracle, thank God. If it happens the other way, I’m alright.” “I’m fine.”

Watch Cissy Houston’s interview with Shaila on WBLS:

Nellie Andreeva: White Actors Sidelined Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can't Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can’t Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Ethnic TV shows

White actors can’t find work in Hollywood because of the rising number of “ethnic shows” on television according to Nellie Andreeva. That includes “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Cristela,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Scandal,” “Black-ish.” “Empire,” and so on. Booohooo…..

Nellie Andreeva published an article at Deadline Hollywood, that laments about the changing television landscape that has shifted so much this season that white actors are finding it increasingly difficult to find roles.

Deadline:  The change is welcomed by talent agents who no longer have to call casting directors and ask them if they would possibly consider an ethnic actor for a part, knowing they would most likely be rejected. “I feel that the tide has turned,” one agent said. “I can pitch any actor for any role, and I think that’s good.”

But, as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. “Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.

Andreeva believes that the plight of white actors is reverse-racism because more qualified white candidates are being turned away as lesser talented actors who fit to bill to meet the “ethnic” quotas are being chosen.

“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors,” Andreeva wrote.  She described a pilot in which the top two choices for regular parts were both white, but only one could be offered a position.

She said an agent told her, “Basically 50 percent of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts.” Shonda Rhimes clapped back:

HAIL QUEEN P: Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” on DWTS

HAIL QUEEN P:  Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent's 'In Da Club" on DWTS

HAIL QUEEN P: Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” on DWTS

Patti Labelle on “DWTS”

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle shows that she can get down in the club as she rocked Week 2 on “Dancing With the Stars” to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” Patti Labelle showed up and showed out despite being hampered by a sore knee.

The moment Patti got up from the couch and took off her fluffy white coat, I knew it was on. Patti shook her hips and did her thing. The audience went nuts for Miss Patti and so did the judges. Bruno said this salsa was “so Empire, so hot.” Carrie Ann and Julianne want to go clubbing with Queen P, while Len talked about her “soul.”

Labelle is still one of the baddest performers in the game and knows how to work a room. Watch and learn young people.

Support #TeamLabelleArtem…call 855-234-5606.

Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev rocking to “In Da Club:”

‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of ‘Wayward Pines’ Premiere

'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of 'Wayward Pines' Premiere

‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of ‘Wayward Pines’ Premiere

Terrence Howard in Wayward Pines

:  “Empire” star Terrence Howard joins Twitter (@terrencehoward) ahead of the premiere of Fox TV’s new shot, “Wayward Pines,” on May 14. This time, Howard is on the right side of the law, as Sheriff Arnold Pope. This character is so different from Lucious Lyons on “Empire.”

Wayward Pines” also stars Juliette Lewis, Matt Dillon, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Reed Diamond.

Here’s Fox TV latest “Wayward Pines” trailer:

‘Instant Mom’ Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings

'Instant Mom' Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings

‘Instant Mom’ Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings (Photo Credit: Instagram via tiadmowry)

Tia Mowry sues over Twitter earnings

Instant Mom” star Tia Mowry is suing her agent for stealilng the money she earned on Twitter. According to TMZ, she used her Twitter to account to send out personal messages to her two million followers, occasionally sending adverts for corporations.

Her agent seems to think he deserved a bigger cut than the 10 percent base fee agents usually get from earnings their clients bring in. The earnings in Tia Mowry’s case topped $108,000. She said she hired a social media specialist after signing deals with several companies but the said agent decided to take $60,000 from those earnings. Dang….

Mowry is seeking to the entire amount plus $120,000 in punitive damages.

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC (Photo Credit: Empire via Facebook)

Taraji P. Henson’s son racially profiled

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson’s 20-year-old son was racially profiled on the campus of the University of Southern California. Her solution was to enroll him in a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

In the February/March issue of Uptown magazine, Henson said, “My child has been racially profiled.” “He was in Glendale, California, and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.”

Taraji P. Henson added, “Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”

Read more at Uptown Magazine.

Marvin Gaye’s Family Wants to Bar Sales, Performance of ‘Blurred Lines’

marvin gaye's family Marvin Gaye's Family Wants to Block "Blurred Lines" Sales, Distribution & Performance

Marvin Gaye’s Family Wants to Block “Blurred Lines” Sales, Distribution & Performance

marvin gaye’s family

More trouble for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Attorneys for family of Marvin Gaye has asked a federal judge to block sale, distribution and performance of “Blurred Lines.”

In a request for a permanent injunction filed late Tuesday, Gaye family attorneys contended that the copyright infringement of the soul singer’s work was continuing with each sale of the song. Thicke and Williams “are being unjustly enriched (and the Gayes irreparably harmed) each day that ‘Blurred Lines’ is being sold,” attorneys wrote.

Attorneys said they weren’t seeking to make the song entirely unavailable, but said they needed the court order to start negotiations regarding the sharing of future profits from “Blurred Lines.” Source: LA Times

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments (Photo Credit: ABC Video Screengrab)

Raven Symone is defending former Univision host Rodner Figueroa, who was fired over his comments that Michelle Obama looked like a cast member of the “Planet of the Apes,” saying “some people look like animals.” Wow, she did it again…put her foot in her mouth.

Raven Symone was a guest host on “The View” when she made the comments. Co-host Rosie Perez said Figueroa’s comments were undeniably racist. She added, “He did say Michelle Obama looks like a cast member of the “Planet of the Apes.”

Symone begged to differ saying, “But was he saying it ‘racist-like?'” She added, “Because [Figueroa] did say he voted for Michelle later. I don’t think he was saying it racist.”

Rosie Perez smacked back, saying, “Oh please!” “That’s like saying, I’m not a racist because I have black friends.”

It gets more interesting….

Comedian Michelle Collins took the position that Figueroa should be fired for stupidity and not for making a racist comment. Perez said, “I am the Latin person here at this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist.”

Then Raven Symone hit a low point…

Symone: “Michelle don’t fire me for this, but some people look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird….”

Um, I have no words.

Watch Raven Symone put both feet in her mouth on The View:

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on “Empire,” Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on "Empire," Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on “Empire,” Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Terrence Howard wants the n-word to be used on Fox hit-show “Empire,” but Lee Daniels and Taraji P. Henson disagree.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Howard, who plays Lucious Lyon, makes the case for the word to be introduced in upcoming scripts:

If we start getting silly, if we start playing to people’s fancies, then we don’t deserve to be where we are. It’s a big pressure because I want to be a truth sayer. I want to raise the bar. I want to get rid of this f–ked-up word called PC. I think it’s a gate for bigotry because as long as you’re politically correct, you can say anything you want but feel some way different.

I’m mad that we don’t say ‘n–ger’ in the show. Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n–ger every day. It’s become part of a conversation — why aren’t we using it in the show?

Um, can you imagine the outrage that would spark? Al Sharpton would be calling for an emergency meeting to address the use of the word.

Taraji P. Henson had this to say about the n-word on “Empire:”

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick “Confirmation”

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick "Confirmation"

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick “Confirmation” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Scandal” star Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in the upcoming HBO movie, “Confirmation.”

Called Confirmation, the telepic — which is in development from HBO Films — will detail the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas-Hill Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations.

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Confirmation comes as Washington was poised to film Warner Bros.’ feature drama Unforgettable in the summer for director Amma Assante but the HBO project may take over the Scandal star’s hiatus from her ABC Shonda Rhimes series. Source: The Hollywood Reporter