Award-Winning Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

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Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81 (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

JOAN RIVERS DIES:  Comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81. She was hospitalized last week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her throat.

Rivers daughter, Melissa, said:  “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh … I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Melissa Rivers said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, The Wrap reports.

NBC New York reports NYC health officials have opened an investigation into Yorkville Endoscopy, the clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a throat procedure on Aug. 28.

NeNe Leakes to Play Wicked Stepmother in Broadway Version of “Cinderella”

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NeNe Leakes to Play Wicked Stepmother in Broadway Version of “Cinderella”

Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes to play the wicked stepmother Madame in the Broadway version of “Cinderella” for five weeks in November. She will take over for Sherri Shepherd on Nov. 25.

 Here’s more from Broadway.com:

Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. ThisCinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals.

I am sure NeNe Leakes will be thrilled to get away from the rachetness of “RHOA” for five weeks. Wonder what, if anything, gossip queen Wendy Williams has to say about this? LOL.

Jay-Z’s Foundation Teams Up with State Department for College Study Abroad Program

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Jay-Z’s Foundation Teams Up with State Department for College Study Abroad Program (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rapper Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter and his mother, Gloria Carter, are doing some great things for young people through their foundation — The Shawn Carter Foundation. According to a recent press release from the U.S. Department of State, the foundation has increased its support for study abroad scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with financial need through the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Here’s more from the State Department:

The collaboration between the Shawn Carter Foundation and the Gilman Program supports the State Department’s goal of expanding opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to study abroad and the foundation’s efforts to broaden the horizons of its scholars. Here are the recipients:

  • Merissa Anderson, a first-generation college student from Glenwood, Illinois, who is majoring in biology at Eastern Illinois University, studied in Beijing, China, this summer.
  • Jazmin Gonzalez, a first-generation college student from the Bronx, New York, studying history and Arabic languages and literature at Bard College, studied in Rabat, Morocco, this summer.
  • Clinton Langston Jr., a first-generation college student from the Bronx, New York, who is an arts student at City University of New York, Hostos Community College, studied in Paris, France, this summer.
  • Adrian Morris, a first-generation college student from Los Angeles, California, studying political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, studied in Madrid, Spain, this summer.
  • Elvia Ramirez-Vidal, a student from Washington, D.C., studying political science and Latin American/Caribbean studies at Temple University, studied in San Jose, Costa Rica, this summer.
  • Sydnee Leuellyn, a student from San Marcos, California, who studies sociology at California State University, San Marcos, will study in Johannesburg, South Africa, this fall.

I wish more celebrities were getting involved in causes such as helping students broaden their horizons. It will only help for a more competitive U.S. workforce. We are only as strong as our weakest link. Congrats to Jay-Z and Gloria Carter on this alliance!

Patti LaBelle’s Crab Cakes Coming to Your Grocery Store’s Frozen Section

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Patti LaBelle’s Crab Cakes Coming to Your Grocery Store’s Frozen Section

Entertainment legend Patti LaBelle is one busy woman. Not only is she signed to appear in five episodes of “American Horror Story,” she’s about to hit the frozen food section in a store near you. Patti is readying to launch her crab cakes, named, Patti Cakes, in grocery stores nationwide.

Patti’s line of sauces and marinades are currently being sold at Walmart, Kroger and several other supermarkets. Next on the agenda after the PattiCakes launch will be her foray into the restaurant business. Um, if Paula Deen can clog up the arteries of her fans, I am sure Patti LaBelle can find a market for her healthier-fare. She recently shared, “I’m opening some restaurants.”

Ms. LaBelle is also working on her first jazz album, slated to be released this fall.

 

 

Cee Lo Green Briefly Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment

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Cee Lo Green Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee Lo Green briefly deleted his Twitter account after tweeting a controversial rape comments. This comes days after Green pleaded no contest to felony rape for slipping a woman ecstasy without her consent.

Green tweeted:  “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and then, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.”

Cee Lo Green, a former coach on “The Voice,” admitted deleting the tweets after getting into a heated Twitter-spat with fans. He tweeted:  “yes I did. I will not allow that negative energy to loiter on my time line u still got it so keep it! I’m deleting this too.”

Well, those tweets are still around, having been captured.

CeeLo Green is back on Twitter as of Tuesday night, claiming the comments attributed to him were idiotic and untrue. Sounds like that cancelled show forced the half-ass apology, if you can even call it that.

Rapper Snoop Dogg in Whiteface, Funny or Racist?

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Rapper Snoop Dogg in Whiteface, Funny or Racist?

SNOOP DOGG IN WHITEFACE: Most blacks hate blackface, so should whites be upset over Snoop Dogg (Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, etc.) in whiteface? Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., has a new name — Todd.

Snoop Dogg posted a series of “Todd” photos and videos on his Instagram page, as part of a promotional stunt for a dating service, “White Guys Connect” (which isn’t real). He wrote, “Hi, I’m Todd. I like to paintball, crochet and a little spoken word in my free time.”

Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey’s estranged husband, tried a similar stunt recently and it backfired. His whiteface character was Connor Smallnut, which he used to promote his album, “White People Party Music.” Yeah, he got media backlash, Snoop Dogg doesn’t seem to be attracting any outrage.

Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien

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Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vanessa Williams is the latest black celebrity to face IRS woes. The former Miss America was slapped with a tax lien from the Internal Revenue Service for nearly $370,000 in back taxes. Um, Vanessa, pay your taxes girl — look at Lauryn Hill and Wesley Snipes?

Here’s more from The Smoking Gun:

The 51-year-old performer is being dunned in connection with her 2011 personal tax return. The IRS is demanding $369,249.89 from Williams,according to a federal tax lien filed earlier this month.

The lien includes the address of a Manhattan-based accounting firm known for its representation of entertainers, including Williams, the former star of “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Williams, who lives in Chappaqua, a tony New York City suburb, was hit with the lien after failing to pay an IRS assessment that was issued in November 2012.

Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Upcoming Biopic

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Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Upcoming Biopic (Photo credit: Twitter)


Media queen Oprah Winfrey may have outed who will play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ new biopic — Mike Epps. Daniels tweeted a picture of himself with Oprah Winfrey and Mike Epps, saying “Get ready y’all — #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor.

Winfrey posted a picture of the trio on Instagram giving a thumbs up! I believe Mike Epps has the personality to capture Richard Pryor in the biopic, more than Nick Cannon, whose name had been attached to the role.

Oprah Winfrey sent this tweet:

Music Producer Suge Knight Shot During Chris Brown Pre-VMA Party in LA

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Suge Knight Shot at During Chris Brown Pre-VMA Party in LA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music producer Suge Knight was shot at Chris Brown’s pre-VMAs party in at 10AK in West Hollywood. The party was co-hosted by singer Pia Mia. TMZ is reporting that the intended target of the shooting was said to be Chris Brown, but Suge Knight, whose real name is Marion Knight, was shot six times and is listed in critical condition.

The NY Daily News reports Suge Knight, the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records, is in ICU but is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing emergency surgery.

 

 

Bad Move: OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant Meets with Michael Brown’s Uncle, Ferguson Police Chief

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Bad Move: OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant Meets with Michael Brown’s Uncle, Ferguson Police Chief (Photo Credit: IyanlaVanzant.com)


Some people say Oprah Winfrey had the Midas touch, but to capitalize on the Ferguson protests stemming from the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, is just really too soon. Iyanla Vanzant is set to sit with Michael Brown’s uncle and Police Chief Tom Jackson for an upcoming episode of her show, “Fix My Life.” I have watched Iyanla Vanzant’s show on OWN from time to time and I like her a lot, but this is in poor taste.

Here’s Iyanla Vanzant’s response to the backlash:

There was outrage on Twitter over the show: