Oprah Winfrey Gives Ex-Stepmom 60-Day Reprieve in Eviction Battle

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Oprah Winfrey Gives Ex-Stepmom 60-Day Reprieve in Eviction Battle

A Tennessee judge has granted Oprah Winfrey’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, a 60-day reprieve before she must vacate a Williamson County mansion owned by the former talk-show diva.

The Tennessean reports Oprah Winfrey will follow the recommendation of General Sessions Court Judge Ernie Williams’ that Barbara Winfrey be given more time.

The court showdown came after Barbara Winfrey, who is divorced from Oprah’s father, Vernon, refused to move out of the $1.4 million home located in the Laurelbrooke subdivision. That’s despite Oprah Winfrey offering her another home “free and clear.” She claimed the deal included signing a confidentiality agreement about Oprah Winfrey.

Barbara Winfrey was thrown a lifeline by the judge because she had faced eviction within the next 10 days.

 Oprah Winfrey Gives Ex Stepmom 60 Day Reprieve in Eviction Battle

‘Godfather of House Music’ Frankie Knuckles Dead at Age 59

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‘Godfather of House Music’ Frankie Knuckles Dead at Age 59 (Attribution Unknown)

Frankie Knuckles, “Godfather of House Music,” died from complications to Type II diabetes. He was 59. Grammy-award winning house music DJ and producer David Morales tweeted: “I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today.”

Knuckles, whose real name is Francis Nicholls, is best known for dance classics such as “Your Love” (1986) a collaboration with Jamie Principle; “Baby Wants to Ride” (1987); “Tears” 1989 with Satoshi Tomiiee and Robert Owens; his remixes of Chaka Khan’sAin’t Nobody” (1989), Sounds of Blackness’ “The Pressure” (1992); and Hercules and Love Affair’s “Blind” (2008).

Frankie Knuckles was born in the Bronx in 1955 and became a disco DJ during the early 1970s, with garage pioneer Larry Levan, a childhood friend. It is widely believed that House Music started in 1977, when Knuckles began spinning at The Warehouse night club in Chicago. His style became so popular that record stores was slammed with requests for the ‘house music’ played at The Warehouse.

Knuckles was diagnosed with diabetes in the mid-200s. He had already been diagnosed with the bone disease osteomyelitis after breaking several metatarsals in his right foot while snowboarding in Switzerland in 2003. His foot was amputated in July 2008. Frankie Knuckles told the UK Guardian in 2011, “When I saw it was gone I had a good cry, but when I woke up the next morning, I felt 1000% better. I didn’t realize how much pain I’d been in until it was gone. It was like all of a sudden the sun came out.”

 Godfather of House Music Frankie Knuckles Dead at Age 59

Fox News Jeanine Pirro: Vladimir Putin ‘Bitch-Slapping’ Obama Since Edward Snowden Mess

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Fox News Jeanine Pirro: Vladimir Putin ‘Bitch-Slapping’ Obama Since Edward Snowden Mess

Fox News continues it’s love-affair with President Vladimir Putin with Judge Jeanine Pirro claiming he is ‘bitch-slappingPresident Obama since the “Edward Snowden mess.” You know, the Republicans have been kissing up to Putin while calling President Obama all manner of names — Socialist, Marxist, Kenyan and so on. I just love how Fox News continues to revise history as they go only with their fawning over a shirtless Putin.

Given Jeanine Pirro’s ex-husband, Albert Pirro’s,  ‘colorful’ history during their tumultuous marriage, the last person who should use the term ‘bitch-slap‘ with a straight face is Judge Pirro. I’m just saying…..

Here’s an excerpt from Pirro’s screed delivered on her show Saturday night: “You Draw Lines, Putin Crosses Them.’

Sometimes the perception of power is more important than power itself.

As our president continues to fumble on the world stage, he single-handedly is bringing about the decline of the U.S. as a world power, something that impacts you in every way from your pocketbook to your safety.

This decline in power has been ongoing since Barack Obama took office.

Starting with the red lines…

The finger wagging…

Removing economic sanctions against Iran, allowing it to continue its nuclear buildup…

Relying on Russian President Putin to broker a deal for Syria’s removal of its chemical weapons just to save face after announcing plans to attack Syria…

Not even sending reinforcements to protect our men in Benghazi…

Unilaterally removing the missile defense system that protects eastern Europe from Russia…

All the while trumpeting the reduction of our military on the world stage with pride.

Not only are we now perceived as weak…

Our enemies emboldened…

mpacting your safety and mine.

With this loss of power – or the perception of that loss – goes manufacturing jobs, trade alliances, allies standing with us.

Weakness encourages aggression.

Putin’s perception of power is so strong that he took Crimea with virtually no one hurt or killed.

Our president threatens costs, claiming to speak for the international community. Except the international community wasn’t with the president. The UN, NATO, the EU – no one with initials – nobody was with him.

Our president revokes a few Russian businessmen’s visas to Disney World and withdraws Putin’s invitation to tea with the G7 – formerly the G8 – Putin being the odd man out.

Mr. President, while you’re moving tea cups, Putin is moving soldiers and tanks. Today 80,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukraine border.

Now you come out and say there will be more costs should Putin take more than Crimea.

Since Putin already took Crimea, you really didn’t mean what you said, and didn’t say what you meant, so why should he listen?

While you’ve got a pen and phone running around wagging your finger, Putin is running around with tanks and soldiers.

You brag about reducing the U.S. Military. He increases Russia’s military by 79 percent.

Putin’s influence in Europe and the Middle East increases. Russia is on its way to becoming the dominant world power. And you say this??

“Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors – not out of strength, but out of weakness.”

A regional power? Weak? Really?

You engaged him to broker a deal with Syria after you didn’t have the fortitude to follow through on your threat, relying on this KGB agent’s “truth telling” that Syria would eliminate its chemical weapons – all the while he’s selling weapons to Syria.

And don’t we rely on Russia to get us into space now that we’ve shut down our own program.

And take a listen to this…

“And I think the strong condemnation that its received from countries around the world indicates the degree to which Russia is on the wrong side of history on this.”

I’ll tell you who’s looking like they’re on the wrong side of history.

You are not listening to history. And he who doesn’t learn from history is destined to repeat it.

Ronald Reagan was a strong president. He trusted, but he verified. He ended the Cold War.

You come in taking down the missile defense system in eastern Europe with nothing in return. Why are you doing this? Do you even know who our enemies are? Do you know that your obligation is to protect us and our economy?

And you say Russia is a regional power? With all due respect Mr. President, Putin is a pig, but he’s been bitch-slapping you since the Edward Snowden mess.

And speaking of perception, your Secret Service bozos, passing out drunk in hotel hallways traveling with you in Europe makes you look weak yet again. Do you think Putin’s KGB guys would dare do something like that?

I suspect they can handle their Stoli better.

You draw lines… Putin crosses them.

You play make believe war games… He sends the troops.

You sit around moving tea cups… He moves armored tanks.

And you want to poke this tiger in the eye?

The perception of power – as strong as power itself.

I am guessing Jeanine Pirro was either out of the country and not reading any newspapers or any online news outlets during the George W. Bush administration or living under a rock. I can’t recall hearing peep out of her when Putin invaded Georgia or when a number of US embassies were attacked overseas or even when we invaded Iraq on a lie. I’m just saying…

Business Manager Says Ex-Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

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Business Manager Says Ex-Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

Fugees” singer and former Haitian presidential candidate Wyclef Jean is reportedly flat broke. The Smoking Gun reports the law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman filed a judgment against Jean after he failed to make agreed-upon payments to reduce his debt. His business manager claims the entertainer is flat broke and “there ain’t no money.”

Jean agreed to pay the law firm $100,000 to settle an outstanding bill of $133,000.

Other records show that federal and state authorities have, since mid-2012, hit the performer with nearly $2.9 million in tax liens (which remain outstanding).

According to New York State Supreme Court filings, Jean last year agreed to pay the law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman $100,000 to settle an outstanding bill topping $133,000.

As part of a confidential settlement agreement, Jean was required to pay the firm $10,000 by August 1, 2013, and $50,000 by year’s end. The agreement stipulated that if Jean made those two payments, the firm would waive the remaining $40,000 it was owed by the musician. However, the agreement notes, if Jean failed to make the payments, he would be on the hook for the entire $100,000, plus 10 percent annual interest.

Jean, records show, made neither payment.

In response to Jean’s default, Shukat–a well-known entertainment industry law firm–this week filed a $102,027.40 judgment against the 44-year-old entertainer. Source: The Smoking Gun

All I can say is that Haiti may have dodged a bullet when they opted for the current president instead of Wyclef Jean. The fact is, his charity, Yele Haiti, was poorly ran and is an indication of how he handled his financial affairs. Too many black entertainers live far beyond their means and end up broke. They surround themselves with large entourages, buy flashy cars and spend, spend, spend as though the spigot will always run freely with a sh*tload of money, only to find out it was all temporary.

 Business Manager Says Ex Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Star Benzino Shot While Driving in Mother’s Funeral Procession

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“Love & Hip Hop” Star Benzino Shot While Driving in Mother’s Funeral Procession (Credit: Instagram)

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, was shot Saturday afternoon while driving in his mother,Mary Scott’s funeral procession in Duxbury, Mass. He was allegedly shot by nephew Gai Scott during an argument.

TMZ reports:  We’re told Benzino — former owner of The Source magazine — was shot after an argument erupted between family members in the funeral procession.

Benzino was hit and he was rushed to the hospital.

Remarkably … the rest of the family went on with the funeral and the preacher says when they arrived both the limo and the hearse were blood stained — according to reports. Benzino is currently in the hospital.

Gai Scott, 36, was arrested and charged with assault and intent to murder. Sources say the suspect pulled up in his Bentley next to Benzino’s red Dodge SUV and opened fire, hitting him three times. Scott’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Plymouth District Court. Mary Scott died March 20.

Is Oscar Award-Winning Lupita Nyong’o a One-Hit Wonder Because Of Her Dark-Skin?

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Is Oscar Award-Winning Lupita Nyong’o a One-Hit Wonder Because Of Her Dark-Skin?

Is Oscar Award-winning “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o a one-hit wonder because of her dark skin color? The media went all out celebrating Nyong’o intelligence, beauty and talent, but she has yet to announce a follow-up project, though there were rumors of a possible role in J.J. Abrams new Star Wars film. Nothing is concrete and, at this juncture, Nyong’o’s next move is unclear.

A recent Hollywood Reporter article, written by Greg Tilday, talks about the “challenging lack of roles for darker-skinned actresses” in Hollywood, and how this may play a role in Lupita Nyong’o finding more work:

“While the stage would appear to be set for her to ascend to the A-list – just as Jennifer Lawrence did after her best actress win for Silver Linings Playbook last year – it’s not that simple,” he writes. “[There's] never been a black actress who has become the equivalent of a Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie.”

The article goes on to cite quotes from Hollywood insiders and experts. Judging from the comments, Lupita Nyong’o’s future in Hollywood isn’t looking too bright:

Anonymous studio executive:  “I don’t think she has an audience – not yet. And there are so few roles for women of color; those roles are just not being written.”

Tracy Christian, talent agent for TCA Jed Root: “Would Beyonce be who she is if she didn’t look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at her image and see themselves in her. In Lupita’s case, I think she has two-and-half, three years. If she can find a franchise – a Star Wars or a Bourne Identity – a big crossover film, or if she’s cast by a significant filmmaker, then she’s golden, she’ll have carved out a unique path for herself … [But] it may require some forward-looking director to push for her.”

Dr. Todd Boyd, School of Cinematic Arts professor at the University of Southern California:  “If [an Oscar win] didn’t benefit Halle Berry, who would seem to have, appearance-wise, the kind of package Hollywood likes, it’s hard to imagine things are going to materialize for Lupita.”

It’s a sad commentary that a potentially great actress could be sidelined and hampered by biases in Hollywood. Lupita Nyong’o is just as good an actress as Sandra Bullock and certainly better than Jennifer Lawrence, for example. Octavia Spencer, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar award for “The Help” hasn’t had another successful movie role. Viola Davis, who is a dark-skinned sister hasn’t had one that comes close to her success in “The Help” either.  Mo’Nique Imes-Jackson, who won an Oscar for her role in “Precious,” hasn’t seen many acting roles since then. Alfre Woodard hasn’t had much success in winning awards either, though she one of the best actresses on the scene today.

The fact is, the entertainment industry hasn’t been kind to black actress, especially the darker-skinned sisters. The amount of role and awards they get prove this point. R&B legend Patti Labelle always said racism still exists in the entertainment business. It’s a shame that we still haven’t overcome…at least the dark skin actresses.

Oprah Winfrey and Ex-Stepmother Head for Court Showdown Over $1.4 Million House

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Oprah Winfrey and Ex-Stepmother Head for Court Showdown Over $1.4 Million House

Oprah Family Drama: Barbara Winfrey is facing eviction from the $1.4 million home talk show diva Oprah Winfrey bought for her to live in. A court hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, could bring to an end the legal wrangling that has hung over Winfrey’s family since her father, Vernon Winfrey, filed for divorce from Barbara in 2012.

Barbara Winfrey, who was married to Vernon for more than 20 years, is appealing to Oprah to call her so they can talk “woman to woman.”

According to the Tennessean, 66-year-old Barbara Winfrey said she will have nowhere to go if she’s evicted and that she will be left with bad credit, which will prevent her from renting a new home.

A judge ruled in Barbara Winfrey’s favor in the divorce, in which her husband claimed inappropriate marital conduct, but the house she lives in is registered in the name of Overground Railroad, a company started by Oprah Winfrey.

As part of the divorce settlement, Barbara Winfrey was offered a different property in Chateau Valley, Nashville, for free but she didn’t accept the offer. The deal also included having to sign a confidentiality agreement about Oprah Winfrey but Barbara said, “I’m not going to sign anything.”

Oprah Winfrey’s spokeswoman told the Tennessean that an offer was also made to Barbara Winfrey to sell the house in question and split the proceeds equally. Again, she turned that offer down too but she seems to be walking that back now. She claims she was never offered any money from the sale of the house and that she wasn’t trying to take anything from Oprah. Um, you be the judge….

#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet

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#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet (Credit: NPR)

Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report” is under fire for a ‘racist tweet’ that spawned the #CancelColbert hashtag. He trended on Twitter last night when the official account linked to his Comedy Central show tweeted this:

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#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet

The outrage on Twitter was merciless:

The offensive tweet has since been deleted. Stephen Colbert is distancing himself from the tweet, claiming he did not post it and has nothing to do with managing the @ColbertReport account. Comedy Central also confirmed he has nothing to do with managing the account:

For the record, Stephen Colbert personally tweets here:

Backstory to initial Colbert Report tweet:

The ‘offensive’ quote is from a segment where Colbert joked about Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins franchise, who came under fire earlier this week when he tried appease critics of his team name by starting an initiative to address struggles facing indigenous tribes across the nation. The initiative is titled the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation (Oh the irony). Critics have dismissed the initiative as “a stunt” and “an insult.”

Colbert has played an Asian character named Ching-Chong Ding-Dong in past episodes of the Colbert Report. Some have labeled the character as “an offensive caricature.” Colbert’s joke about Dan Synder inspiring him to start the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever, showing “the Asian community that [he cares]” – was an attempt to satirize Synder’s weak attempt to silence his detractors.

What I find strange in this dustup is that Stephen Colbert is running like Usain Bolt from a character he created. Um, the tweet came from that character, that is very offensive.

Only Copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s New Album to Be Held in Yahya-Designed Silver Box

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Only Copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album Being Held in Silver Box (Credit:  Forbes)

 

The only copy of legendary rap group the Wu-Tang Clan’s new album, ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,’ will be kept in Yahya’s box and sent around the world. You will only be able to hear the album at designated  “listening events” in museums, galleries and festivals, with nominal admission fees being charged.

Wu-Tang Clan hired British-Moroccan artist Yahya to build the ornate silver box, Forbes reports. Only one copy of the album will be made. At the end of the world tour, the album is expected to be purchased for millions of dollars.

Robert Diggs, known as RZA, Wu-Tang Clan’s producer, said the idea for the single copy album came from the group’s relationship with Cilvaringz, a music manager they met in 1997 during a European tour. RZA also said the single-copy album was also influenced by Jay-Z’s Samsung album released last summer.

But is this a sell-out to the group’s true fans? In a statement on the album’s website, Wu-Tang Clan sought to explain the strategy behind the one-copy album, bemoaning the “mass replication” that erodes the value and quality of modern-day music. The group also compares itself to music greats such as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach, concerned about an industry that’s supposedly “in crisis.”

RZA told Forbes that the group is “about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before…We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Talk about grandeur!

The fact is, a big chunk of the group’s fans may view this as a sell-out. You see, the whole idea of it ending up on the hands of one person is prohibitive to the majority. The bidding process alone will guarantee that “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” will fall into the hands of the person with an enormously fat bank account that rivals the megarich. Um, in other words, the average person will have to pass on this one. So, yes, Wu-Tang Clan’s novel idea can be viewed as a sell-out of its fans.

 Only Copy of Wu Tang Clans New Album to Be Held in Yahya Designed Silver Box

Evelyn Lozada Rips Wendy Williams for Calling Newborn Son a “Cash Register”

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Evelyn Lozada Rips Wendy Williams for Calling Newborn Son a “Cash Register”

Gossip diva Wendy Williams may have thrown some shade the wrong way when she called Evelyn Lozada’s newborn son a “cash register.” Lozada ripped Williams in a Facebook post, even throwing some shade on her husband’s alleged infidelity. Oh my!

A little background — Wendy Williams went in on Evelyn Lozada during Monday’s #HotTopics segment of her show, saying “Evelyn gave birth to a cash register – I mean a baby boy. I didn’t mean to make that cash register joke, but you see why it’s easy to be said.” Williams joked in reference to the baby’s father being worth almost $150 million. She also referred to Carl as Evelyn’s ”cash register” a few times.

Watch Wendy Williams go after Evelyn Lozada: