Nick Gordon Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Roswell PD

Nick Gordon Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Roswell PD

Nick Gordon Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Roswell PD (Photo Credit: Instagram)

NICK GORDON LAWSUIT:  The AJC is reporting that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is seeking a temporary restraining order to bar Roswell police from carrying out a “search warrant involving a security camera.” Um, so if he wants to dispel any suspicion about his involvement in something untoward to Bobbi Kristina, wouldn’t he give the police everything they want?

The filing also seeks to stop the company Nest Labs from complying with the warrant, issued on or about Feb. 12, documents show.

“The Search Warrant violates the Fourth Amendment in that it is overly broad and seeks private data ‘without limitation,’ and fails to narrowly limit the scope of the data sought by date or other characteristics,” court documents say.

On February 12, 2015, Nest notified via email its customer, Nicholas Gordon …that it had received ‘legal process’ for data and documents related to the account and that it intended to comply.”

The issue is an unjust breach of privacy, the documents say:

“Privacy, in the context of stored information includes the right to control how stored information is communicated and prevent its abuse. lt is more than just confidentiality of data. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution implicitly governs in its very core that Americans have a reasonable expectation of privacy which inherently extends to the right to control their own data and access thereto.”

Documents go on to say “there is an insufficient link between the crime alleged in the Search Warrant, specifically ‘possession of a controlled substance.’” Source: AJC

UPDATE: Nick Gordon’s lawyers, Joe Habachy and Randall Kessler, issued a statement saying, “To protect his client’s interests, Mr Habachy filed the Temporary Restraining Order. “However, Mr Gordon has since elected to dismiss the claim in an effort to help Roswell PD speed up their investigation.”

Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins “Dancing With the Stars”

Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins "Dancing With the Stars"

Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins “Dancing With the Stars” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle will join the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. She is partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.

In addition to Labelle, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and LMFAO’s Redfoo are Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore; Willow Shields, who played Primrose Everdeen on The Hunger Games; Noah Galloway, an Iraq war veteran and model Charlotte McKinney.

The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on March 16. We will be rooting for Miss Patti!

Richard Pryor’s Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a “Piece of Sh*t”

Richard Pryor's Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a "Piece of Sh*t"

Richard Pryor’s Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a “Piece of Sh*t” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

BILL COSBY SEX SCANDAL: Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, blasted embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby, describing him as “a piece of sh*t” who “had sex with everything that moved.”

Pryor also called Cosby a hypocrite on the podcast, “Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend.”

She said: ‘Bill hated Richard because he “worked dirty.”  Bill worked clean, so therefore, you know-Bill’s just a f*cking hypocrite and dirty on the inside.”

Jennifer Lee Pryor added, “It was a well-kept secret that Bill f*cked everything that moved.” “This kind of sh*t that we’re finding out about is beyond.”

Listen to Jennifer Lee Pryor blast Bill Cosby:

Giuliana Rancic Blasted for Saying Zendaya “Smells Like Weed” Over Dreadlocks

Giuliana Rancic Blasted for Saying Zendaya "Smells Like Weed" Over Dreadlocks

Giuliana Rancic Blasted for Saying Zendaya “Smells Like Weed” Over Dreadlocks

Giuliana Rancic was blasted by Black Twitter after critiquing Zendaya’s look on the red carpet ahead of the Oscar Awards.

During Monday night’s Fashion Police Oscar recap on E!, Rancic commented on Zendaya’s dreadlocks saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or maybe weed.” Um, wrong choice of words.

Zendaya took to Instagram and Twitter to put Giuliana on blast:

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The response on Twitter was fierce:

Giuliana Rancic tweeted an apology for Zendaya weed diss:

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon’s Claims He Isn’t Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon's Claims He Isn't Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon’s Claims He Isn’t Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina (Photo Credit: Twitter)

The Brown family released a statement disputing Nick Gordon’s claims that he isn’t allowed to visit Bobbi Kristina Brown, who is hospitalized at Emory University Hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga.

Gordon tweeted:  “Let me in the hospital to see my girl and let her hear my voice SHE WILL WAKE UP!!!” He followed that up with a second tweet:  “If she hears MY voice let me massage her, play her favorite music I believe it will help. If you ask Bobby anything abt he cannot answer”

Bobby Brown’s legal counsel Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC, released a statement Saturday saying, “To address the continued and never ending media requests for comment about Mr. Gordon’s requests to visit Bobbi Kristina, let me be very clear, Mr. Gordon was offered an opportunity to potentially visit Bobbi Kristina and he declined to meet the terms of any possible visit. We are only concerned with individuals that can help Bobbi Kristina and bring resolution to this investigation. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe.”

Nicki Minaj Tour Manager De’Von Pickett Stabbed to Death After Philly Bar Fight

Nicki Minaj Tour Manager De'Von Pickett Stabbed to Death After Philly Bar Fight

Nicki Minaj Tour Manager De’Von Pickett Stabbed to Death After Philly Bar Fight (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Nicki Minaj’s tour manager De’Von Pickett was stabbed to death, another team member, Eric Parker in critical condition after fight at a Philadelphia bar following rehearsals.

Minaj shared the tragic news on Twitter: “Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.”

De'Von Pickett killed and Eric Parker in critical condition

De’Von Pickett (left) killed and Eric Parker (right) in critical condition (Photo Credit: Instagram)

NBC 10 reports that an argument began inside Che Bar & Grill, located on Stenton Avenue in the West Oak Lane neighborhood in Philadelphia. The suspect is still at large. He reportedly fled the scene in a gray Buick LeSabre.

Eyewitnesses say the stabbing was related to a recently fired employee, though police have yet to verify those claims.

De’Von Pickett was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Eric Parker is expected to make a full recovery.

PBS Documentary Celebrates the Life of Legendary Playwright August Wilson

PBS Documentary Celebrates the Life of Legendary Playwright August Wilson

PBS Documentary Celebrates the Life of Legendary Playwright August Wilson (Photo Credit: PBS Video Screengrab)

A new PBS documentary, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, will air on Feb, 20, giving an inside look at the extraordinary life of the Pulitzer and Tony award winning playwright. Wilson wrote 10 plays, nine of which were based on his hometown, over a 10-year period, exploring the cultural ideas and attitudes of a “specific type of people.”

Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad share their “stories of the career- and life-changing experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage,” according to PBS. “Wilson’s sister Freda Ellis, his widow and costume designer Constanza Romero, as well as friends, colleagues and scholars trace Wilson’s influences, creative evolution, triumphs, struggles and quest for cultural determinism before his untimely death from liver cancer.”

August Wilson, a biracial child who grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, was “influenced by the rising black consciousness of the 1960s and became a young, activist poet.” He grew up in poverty and dropped out of high school due to bullying and racial prejudice. He went on to a life of acclaim and left an indelible mark on the theater. Countless careers were started as a result of August Wilson.

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand premieres on Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. on PBS. It will commemorate the Wilson’s 70th birthday and the 10 year anniversary of his death.

Here’s the trailer to American Masters August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand:

BET’s “The Book of Negroes” Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity

BET's "The Book of Negroes" Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity

BET’s “The Book of Negroes” Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity (Photo Credit: Book of Negroes Video Screengrab)

BET’s The Book of Negroes is almost too hard to watch because it reopens the old wounds of one of the darkest periods in American history, but Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) weaves a strong lesson of conquering adversity.

Aminata reminds us, as she reminds herself repeatedly, that one must never give up. That’s the hope that makes the miniseries all the more compelling. It is refreshing to see the story told from a woman’s point of view.

The Book of Negroes, based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill’s best-selling historical novel, begins in 1761 in a village in West Africa, where a young Aminata is helping her mother, who is a midwife, “catch a baby.” Minutes later, she is taken from her family and put on a slave ship bound for South Carolina. Aminata never gave in to her circumstances. She learned to read, write and speak English. She became known for her midwifery skills. She married Chekura (Lyriq Bent). They would be separated for years at a time.

As the miniseries progresses, Aminata is sold to a Jewish man, Solomon Lindo (Allan Hawco), who unwittingly changed her life when he took her to New York. Before they leave for New York, Aminata confronts Lindo about facilitating the sale of her daughter to a slaveowner in Savannah, Ga., after learning the child’s whereabouts from her husband. The argument that ensued between Solomon and Aminata was fierce. He slapped her, she slapped him back.

Aminata crosses paths with Samuel Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a tavern owner who helps her in her journey to becoming free. Louis Gossett Jr., plays Moses, a blind preacher, who comforted and encouraged Aminata during one of her dark moments.

Aunjanue Ellis’ performance in the six-part miniseries is gripping and she displays a wide range of emotions — from the pain of losing children, being treated as property, exasperation at the stubborness of people to embrace change, to being excited that someone might find the name of an ancestor on The Book of Negroes. She is resilient in the face of some of the most brutal acts of inhumanity.

Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, who plays the young Aminata, gave an equally compelling performance. She exuded the same level of tenacity later displaced by Aunjaunue Ellis.

The Book of Negroes was the historical ledger that recorded the names of Black British loyalists who wanted to migrate to Nova Scotia. Only those named in the document, which is housed at the National Archives, were given safe passage from New York. It is a little told story in the black experience.

There are many teachable moments in the film. One that was very strong came when Aminata proclaimed in New York, “There’s nothing united about a nation that declares all men are created equal but keeps its people in chains.” She was determined to leave America. Sadly, there are still people in “chains” in modern-day America.

Overall, The Book of Negroes is a powerful miniseries, filled with raw emotion. There are some instances in which some parts seemed rushed, but that’s because there is so much to fit into six parts.

I would hope this miniseries will encourage many young people to delve deeper into history to learn more about the black experience in American history and how they stayed strong in the face of adversity, with many being triumphant. The black community should never be ashamed of slavery, the people who enslaved us should be. The Book of Negroes is a tough lesson we all need to learn.

The Book of Negroes airs Feb. 16-18 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon’s Baddest Woman on TV

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon Baddest Woman on TV

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon Baddest Woman on TV (Photo Credit: Facebook via Empire)

Howard University graduate, Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on Fox hit show “Empire,” is the strongest black female character on television. She’s even more compelling than “How to Get Away With Murder” central character Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis) and “Scandal” Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) or even “Gotham” star Fish Mooney (played by Jada Pinkett-Smith). Why? When you cut through all the bluster and the attitude, most women can see a little bit of themselves in Cookie Lyon.

I get it. There are a lot of things wrong with “Empire” and the stereotypes that the characters exude, but Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of drug-dealer-turn-media-mogul Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), makes the show. She keeps me coming back, week after week. Cookie provided the seed money to help Lucious realize his dream of running a major record label by selling drugs. She took the fall and ended up behind bars. Cookie returned for what’s hers when she was released from prison and continued working in the music industry. You see, many women have walked in Cookie’s shoes. Maybe not selling drugs, but putting their dreams on hold to allow their significant others to realize theirs.

Kudos to Lee Daniels for casting Henson in the role of Cookie. I don’t think there’s another actress out there who could have just slid right into that character and played it to a tee as she has. Cookie is a tough character. She’s loud, rude, blunt, funny and savvy. She’s the most compelling character on television. That’s a testament to Henson and what she brings to the show. She managed to turn a walking disaster into a fascinating character.

In a recent interview, Henson told Buzzfeed’s Kelley L. Carter:  “I understand that mentality. I am from the hood. It wasn’t upper middle class; it was lower middle class. It was a garden apartment in the hood.” She said that she lived around people who were ensnared by the crack epidemic that swept through the black community during the 80s. Henson added, “I have compassion for it because I was around it, so I can’t judge it. I can’t say, ‘Ooh, you’re a dirty bird because you did this, you did that!’”

The Cosby Show set the standard for black characters during the 1980s, showing the world that we can be career-oriented, upper-middle-class and college-educated. Lee Daniels and Shonda Rhimes are reinventing black characters and bringing them in the social media age forcing them to confront tough issues such as homosexuality in the black community, as well as other social issues. Cookie Lyon, like Annalise Keating, come from a lower socioeconomic status and have made it in their own way and own rights. Neither are perfect but they aren’t pressured to be perfect in their respective shows.

Cookie Lyon weaves a far more compelling story than Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and Fish Mooney, all strong black women. I don’t know what decision making process Taraji P. Henson undertook to accept the role of Cookie Lyon, but I am glad she did. I am not ashamed to say, I can’t wait to see what Cookie Lyon will bring to the next episode of “Empire.” By the way, the show has been renewed for another season.

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell's Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Actor Zach Braff apologized for a racist tweet comparing Pharrell’s Grammy outfit to the flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz.

Pharrell Williams wore a bellboy-type hat and jacket for his performance of “Happy” during the Grammy Awards last Sunday. The outfit went viral on social media, with some tweeting that the outfit resembled that of the bellhop from “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Some saw a parallel with black bellhops.

Zach Braff stepped in some mess when he shared a side-by-side picture of Pharrell and the flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz 2013 remake “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Not funny.

Braff tweeted this apology:

Here’s a screenshot of Zach Braff’s racist tweet:

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell's Grammy Outfit

Zach Braff Apologizes for Racist Tweet About Pharrell’s Grammy Outfit