Trey Songz Goes on Twitter Rant About Grammy Awards Nominations

Trey Songz Goes on Twitter Rant About Grammy Awards Nominations

Trey Songz Goes on Twitter Rant About Grammy Awards Nominations (Photo Credit: Twitter via @TreySongz)

Trey Songz let his feelings about not being nominated for a Grammy Award be known by going on a Twitter rant, saying the Grammys “shortchange culture for popularity every year.” Um, sounds like sour grapes. Why not put out some good music?

Here are Trey Songz’s tweets:

Report: Bruce Jenner Involved in Horrific Car Crash, 1 Person Killed

Report: Bruce Jenner Involved in Horrible Car Crash, 1 Person Killed

Report: Bruce Jenner Involved in Horrific Car Crash, 1 Person Killed (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

TMZ is reporting that Bruce Jenner was involved in a horrific car crash that left one person dead. The crash occurred on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu around noon on Saturday.

Law enforcement sources tell us … there were 3 vehicles involved in the crash.  We’re told there were 8 people involved and all sustained some sort of injury … but one person died at the scene.

Several eyewitnesses say the accident was caused when Bruce rear ended the white car and that car then went into oncoming traffic and was struck by the Hummer.  Eyewitnesses say the driver of the white car — a female — died.

“Dreamgirls” Star Jennifer Holliday Outraged Over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Plight

"Dreamgirls" Star Jennifer Holliday Outraged Over Bobbi Kristina Brown's Plight

“Dreamgirls” Star Jennifer Holliday Outraged Over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Plight (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday is angry at Bobbi Kristina Brown’s plight, asking “Where are the grown people?” She says Bobbi Kristina has been “let down by people who should have been looking out for her,” the AJC reports.

“From the time her mother died she should have been in constant therapy, under constant watch,” Jennifer Holliday said. “She should have been allowed to grieve. She’s been surrounded by some of the worst people only looking out for their own interests.”

“This did not have to happen. Whitney’s didn’t have to happen either,” she said. Houston died at 48 just about three years ago, after being found face-down in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room. Holliday noted the grim parallel.

“Whitney’s only baby,” she said. “It’s a very heartbreaking day. What an unnecessary tragedy.” Source:  AJC

Mariah Carey Lip-Syncing Disaster at Jamaica 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival (VIDEO)

Mariah Carey Lip-Syncing Disaster at Jamaica 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival

Mariah Carey Lip-Syncing Disaster at Jamaica 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival (Photo Credit: TMZ Video Screengrab)

Mariah Carey continues to fail miserably on the stage with her latest lip-synching disaster at the 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica.

TMZ reports, “It starts off bad and then…well as Reese says, it’s just beyond. She mixes lines, forgets words and almost just gives up.”

Um, hey Patti Labelle, help your girl handle her business. We know you don’t lip sync.

Watch Mariah Carey’s lip-syncing disaster in Jamaica:

HBO Picks Up “Thug Music” Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting

HBO Picks Up "Thug Music" Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting Trial

HBO Picks Up “Thug Music” Documentary About Jordan Davis Shooting Trial

HBO picks up the “Thug Music” documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes about the trial for the murder of black teen Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, in Jacksonville, Fla., in November 2012.

3 1/2 Minutes, which was directed by Marc Silver, made its premiere at the Sundance Music Festival last week. HBO bought the U.S. television rights to the movie and will air it later this year after its theatrical release.

Shiela Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films said, “I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away. By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

The jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge while returning a guilty verdict on three counts of attempted murder during the trial last February. Michael Dunn was retried and found guilty of first-degree murder for Jordan Davis’ murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Last year, Jordan Davis’ family attorney John Phillips released a damning video of a neighbor, Charles Hendrix, slamming Michael Dunn as a bully and someone who was hard to get a long with.

Watch the trailer for “3 1/2 Minutes” via Participant Media:

ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller “The Catch”

ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller "The Catch"

ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller “The Catch” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

ABC has picked up a new drama from Shonda Rhimes, who rules Thursday night television viewing with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The Catch” from Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She’s about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiancé — little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons. The pilot will be exec produced by Shonda Rhimes, Beers and Julie Anne Robinson, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct and Jennifer Schuur will pen the pilot. Source: Variety

Shonda Rhimes has changed the face of Thursday night television viewing. She also publicly dissed Katherine Heigl, a former castmember of “Grey’s Anatomy,” saying “I don’t put up with bullsh*t.”

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Cindra Ladd, the wife of “Blade Runner” producer Alan Ladd Jr., accused actor/comedian Bill Cosby (@Bill Cosby) of drugging and raping her in 1969. Ladd wrote in a Huffington Post blog post, “It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.”

Cindra Ladd is the 30th woman to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and drugging.

Ladd said she met Cosby while he was married and she was single. She said they hung out a lot. She claimed one night Cosby gave her a pill after she complained of having a “terrible headache.”

She wrote, “I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.”

Cindra Ladd said she didn’t go to the police because “it was a different time.”

No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn’t Terrible

No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn't Terrible

No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn’t Terrible (Photo Credit: Lifetime)


No Pat Houston, the Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston biopic wasn’t one of Lifetime’s bad movies. My expectations were pretty low, since Lifetime has a history of movie bombs. In fact “Whitney” was quite tastefully done, but glossed over a lot about Whitney. We learned nothing new about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s toxic marriage. It mostly focused on four years of her life, from 1989-1993.
Still, the response on social media was a far cry from the firestorm that erupted over Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie. Still, I would have liked to see more about Whitney Houston, played by Yaya DaCosta, and not so much about Bobby Brown, played by Arlen Escarpeta.

Pat Houston wrote, “If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst.””But misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends. You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor. I question the morality of the making of this because of the lack of experience knowing Whitney’s life. Never would Whitney allow her story to be told by an inexperienced team and how naive of anyone to think otherwise, unless you’re caught up in illusions of grandeur that you can just do anything and people will accept it. This made for TV movie is certainly not a trailer to Whitney’s life story.”

I am not sure what the Houston family was trying to cover up when Pat Houston told fans to brace themselves. It was documented that Whitney Houston was introduced to cocaine by her brother and not by Bobby Brown. Maybe that’s the image of Whitney Houston they didn’t want to relive. Angela Bassett stayed away from the “crack is whack” drama, and the last days of her life. The family may have wanted Bassett to gloss over the singer’s flaws and paint her as an angel, as we saw with the “Selena” biopic.

It is clear that Whitney Houston had many demons, but she seemed to have been a person who was full of life and loved hard. I wish Angela Bassett had focused a little more about Whitney’s strong points. Not mostly her weaknesses. I don’t think she corrupted Bobby Brown. He was already corrupted in so many ways. The end result was “Whitney” was really Bobby Brown’s redemption. Some folks may want to judge Whitney Houston for falling in love with a “bad boy,” but I think many, many women love as hard as Whitney Houston did and also had Bobby Browns in their lives.

All in all, Angela Bassett did a good job and I hope more film directing is in the future for her. Next time around, I hope she aims higher.

Here are some of the tweets about Whitney movie:

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, denied there is a racial bias in Hollywood as a firestrom erupted over the all-white nominees in the major categories for this year’s Oscar Awards.

Boone Isaacs was asked by Vulture if the Academy has a diversity issue. She responded, “Not at all.” She said, “The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent, whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

Boone Isaacs said “Selma” was a great movie and acknowledged that the awards can get “very competitive.” Um, I doubt that will assauge Rev. Al Sharpton, who called an emergency meeting to address the mostly all-white nominees. The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition also weighed in on the lack of diversity saying, “the nominations balloting “obviously reflects a lack of diversity in Oscar voters as well as in films generally,”” the Daily Mail reports.

“What is important not to lose sight of is that ‘Selma,’ which is a fantastic motion picture, was nominated for best picture this year, and the best picture category is voted on by the entire membership of around 7,000 people,” Boone Isaacs said.

Besides best picture, the film received just one additional nod — for original song — in what was widely viewed as a significant snub. But fans shouldn’t feel that way, she said: “It’s nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s an award that showcases the talent of everyone involved in the production of the movie ‘Selma.'”

Boone Isaacs says the five best actor nominees — Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) — “are all at the top of their game.”

“There are quite a few actors this year at the top of their game,” she said. “There are five nominees and this year, these were the five.”

Diversity outreach is spread among the academy’s 17 branches, she said, since existing members recruit new ones.

“This is a membership organization, so we are all involved in this discussion and moving the subject of diversity forward,” she said. “It’s very important for us to continue to make strides to increase our membership and the recognition of talent.” Source: Daily Mail

It’s ridiculous for Boone Isaacs to suggest that David Oyelowo wasn’t on his game to the level of Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell and the others. It is also very disingenuous for Rev. Al Sharpton to pounce on this latest incident solely in the context of the Selma movie snub, but it should be viewed in the broader context of why the Academy is made up of 93 percent whites and mostly males?

‘Selma’ Oscar Snub for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director is Shameful

"Selma" Snubbed in Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Categories

‘Selma’ Oscar snub for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director is shameful (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures)

‘SELMA’ OSCAR SNUB:  Civil rights film “Selma” was snubbed by the Oscars. The film got a nomination for Best Film, but nothing for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. How can that be? Did the squabble over President Lyndon B. Johnson portrayal play a role in the snub? Um, we have had many that have won Oscar awards despite historical inaccuracies — Gone with the Wind, JFK, Titanic and Lawrence of Arabia, to name a few.

It’s shameful to me that Selma director Ava DuVernay was snubbed and that her good work will also be marred by an Oscar controversy. It is worth noting that the mostly white Oscar voters dissed DuVernay, the LA Times reports.

A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

Forbes film critic Scott Mendelson blasted the ‘Selma’ Oscar snub:

I am angry both because she deserved a nomination. I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.

One person who happy about the ‘Selma’ Oscar snub was carnival barker Rush Limbaugh. He took the air on Thursday and celebrated Selma not getting nominated in the major categories. He was HAPPY this all went down on MLK’s birthday.

It is not a good day for the left out there, folks. The Drive-By Media and several elements of the pop culture left are not happy out there today. The movie Selma took it on the chin in the Oscar nominations, and they’re livid. How dare this happen so close to Martin Luther King’s birthday. Oprah got snubbed, totally snubbed.

Um, whatever…

By the way, rapper Common and John Legend’s song “Glory,” for ‘Selma’ was nominated. They won a Golden Globe award on Sunday.