“Designing Women” Actor Meshach Taylor Dies at Age 67

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“Designing Women” Actor Meshach Taylor Dies at Age 67 (Attribution Unknown)

“Designing Women” actor, Meshach Taylor died Saturday night. He was 67 years old. The Emmy-nominated actor was in hospice care at his Altadena home, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He was surrounded by his wife, children and mother when he died at 10:47 p.m. Saturday, his agent, Dede Binder and his son, Tariq Taylor, confirmed.

Meshach Taylor will be be remembered for playing Anthony Bouvier, an assistant to the four main female characters on “Designing Women.” He also played a flamboyant winder dresser Hollywood Montrose in “Mannequin.”

Meshach Taylor battled terminal illness, CNN reports.

The actor’s family posted a heartfelt statement on Facebook:  “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition.”

Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dies at Age 70

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Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dies at Age 70 (Attribution Unknown)

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack dies at age 70, his record label XL Recordings confirms. His cause of death was not disclosed.

Bobby Womack, who had a string of hits in the 1960s, started his career as the lead singer of The Valentinos, his family’s musical group, and as Sam Cooke’s guitarist. He married Sam Cooke’s wife three months after his untimely death.

Womack wrote and recorded “It’s All Over Now,” which became the Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit. His hits also include “Looking for a Love,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Across 110th Street,” “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha,” and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”

Bobby Womack was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Womack struggled with drug addiction in the 1980s and eventually checked himself into a rehabilitation center treatment. He was beset by a series of health problems including diabetes, pneumonia, colon canceer and the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Patti Labelle Seeking Donations to Avert End of “After Midnight’s” Broadway Run

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Patti Labelle Seeking Donations to Avert End of “After Midnight’s” Broadway Run

R&B legend Patti Labelle, who returned to Broadway with rave reviews as a special guest in musical “After Midnight,” is seeking donations to keep the production alive. The musical is closing early ahead of guest runs by Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole.

Labelle’s run will end on June 29 and she’s fighting to make sure the show, which plays homage to Duke Ellington and the famous Cotton Club in Harlem during the 1920s, continues.

Patti Labelle tells ABC News Radio, “I have angels working, people that I hope will come to the play and put some money up to keep it alive.” She added, “My whole worry is to all of those wonderful talents, what will they do after this play?”

Labelle said, “This play is so wonderful, so my heart is broken for the cast. Totally. And that Gladys Knight won’t get a chance or Natalie Cole won’t get a chance to experience this wonderful play.”

She expressed optimism that the show will be saved in the final hour.

“I’m praying that somebody, a big angel, will come and say, here’s enough moeny to keep it going,” Labelle said. Adding, “We have to beg, I’m ready to take buckets after the show when the people are leaving the building and offer a kiss for $5,000 or one of  my old shoes or something. Just something to keep it alive.”

Despite opening to rave reviews and earning seven Tony nominations and winning for Best Choreography, the show is simply struggling due to low ticket sales. Patti Labelle will draw a crowd, and that has been evident since her guest appearance, but that’s not enough. She said, “It’s been selling out, you know, since I’ve been there, but from what I understand some of the weeks weren’t so busy…”

After Midnight opened last October and featured Fantasia, Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as special guests.

Zendaya Coleman Tells Critics of Her Aaliyah Movie Role “Color Doesn’t Matter”

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Zendaya Coleman Tells Critics of Her Aaliyah Movie Role “Color Doesn’t Matter”

Disney star Zendaya Coleman isn’t going down without a fight after backlash over being given the role to play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic. Critics have blasted Zendaya for getting the role because she’s not “black” enough and the late singer’s family is against the movie.

TMZ interviewed Zendaya this week at the airport where they asked her about the controversy. Her response:

A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough. ​It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.”

Zendaya Coleman’s father joked:

And one thing, they’re shooting this in the summer spending lots of time in the sun. She’ll get dark enough.

Aaliyah’s family is not happy with the movie as well. They issued a statement saying:

“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash.

Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.

Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!

Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.

We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”

The color of Zendaya’s skin isn’t the problem people should be having. The bigger question for me is what’s the real reason the family is against the film and should it be shelved because of their reservations?  Somehow when I think Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, Aaliyah doesn’t come close to their contributions to music and the arts.

Dr. Oz Put on Blast on Capitol Hill for Pushing Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements

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Dr. Oz Put on Blast on Capitol Hill for Pushing Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements

Dr. Mehmet Oz was put on blast during a Senate panel hearing about lying on his show to promote weight-loss drugs like green coffee beans extract, raspberry ketone and garcinia cambogia. Oz offered to “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to push these bogus drugs, but he is the one who lit the match that started the whole thing.

Dr. Oz, who attained celebrity status due to his relationship with Oprah Winfrey, was blasted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, about claims he made about weight-loss aids on his television show.

Oz acknowledged at the Senate’s consumer protection panel that his language about green coffee beans and other supplements had been “flowery” and he promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help overweight Americans shed the pounds and get healthy.

I watched Dr. Oz from time to time and he does whip up a frenzy whenever he backed a weight loss supplement as fat busters. There was a time when the green coffee bean pills were hard to find on the market due to the overwhelming demand.

It was interesting to see Dr. Oz trying to defend himself when the lawmakers called him a liar. McCaskill said, “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true.”

“The scientific community is almost monolithically against you in terms of the efficacy of the products you called ‘miracles,’” McCaskill said. Um, he got BLASTED!

 

Paula Deen’s Son Posts Picture Kissing Aunt Jemima Employee Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones

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Paula Deen’s Son Posts Picture Kissing Aunt Jemima Employee Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones (Credit: Twitter)

Hey y’all, Paula Deen and her fam are in the news again. As the celebrity Southern chef is trying to make a comeback after being accused of using the n-word, her son, Jamie Deen, posted a picture of himself kissing Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, the employee who Paula Deen reportedly asked to dress like Aunt Jemima and make hoecakes for the diners at her new restaurant.

Here’s more from RadarOnline:

Like mother, like son? Paula Deen has rebounded from her own racism scandal with a new network and business deals continuing to roll in. But as reports swirl that her son Jamie Deen’s own Food Network show has been cancelled, RadarOnline.com has learned that he’s been caught engaging in his own questionable behavior, which one fan calls “worse than the N-word!’

On june 13, Jamie posted a pic of himself smooching an older African-American woman, captioning the pic “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar”

The woman in the photo, Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, has been at the center of accusations of racism surrounding the family.

Gee, I wonder how Ineata Jones got the nickname “Jellyroll?” The bigger question for me is if this was a publicity stunt on the part of the Deen family to show they aren’t racists or it’s just a heartfelt gesture from Jamie Deen to show he really cares about Jellyroll Jones?

Malia Obama Worked as Production Assistant on Set of Halle Berry’s “Extant”

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Malia Obama Worked as Production Assistant on Set of Halle Berry’s “Extant” (Credit: AP PHOTO/MANUEL BALCE CENETA/EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP)

President Obama’s oldest daughter,Malia, worked on the set of Halle Berry’s television show, “Extant” for a day, The Wrap reports.

Malia Obama, who turns 16 on July 4, was spotted this past week working as a production assistant for a day in Los Angeles on the set of Halle Berry‘s upcoming sci-fi series “Extant,” an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

“She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” the insider said.

The insider also said Malia laughed with delight saying, “My first time. This is a big deal.”

CBS has not yet not responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment. A spokesperson for the First Lady also has not responded.

‘Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’ Producer Mona Scott-Young in Hot Water Over Stevie J Bail

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‘Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’ Producer Mona Scott-Young in Hot Water Over Stevie J Bail (Credit: VH1)

Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” executive producer Mona Scott-Young may be in hot water for getting involved in Stevie’s J’s child support issues. Scott-Young bailed him out almost immediately after his arrest for failing to pay one million dollars in child support payments he owed to one of his “baby mamas,” Carol Antoinette Bennett.

Mona Scott-Young has been accused of lying about Stevie J’s financial affairs so she could help him avoid meeting his child support obligations. Project Child Support subpoenaed Scott-Young in April, along with Raymond “Benzino” Scott, Sony Music Group, Viacom, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, The Kompany, Monami Entertainment and Joseline Hernandez, to find out the exact status of Stevie J’s finances.

Mona Scott-Young said she had never employed, subcontracted or contracted Stevie J’s services for anything. The founder of Project Child Support slammed her response saying, “I don’t understand how an Executive Producer of a hit television reality series does not enter into any agreements with the cast or any organizations contracted with the cast of a television production. This is a felony child support evasion case, and helping someone commit a felony crime is a felony crime. We are going to cooperate with the federal agencies investigating this case and provide them with copies of all documents we received that are related to this case, including Mona Scott’s court ordered subpoena response.”

 

 

Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at Age 91

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Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at Age 91

Legendary actress Ruby Dee dies at age 91. She was married to Ossie Davis. Ms. Dee was one of the greatest black actresses of our time. She shone when black women were given just a few roles in movies and in the theater. Ruby Dee died on Wednesday in New Rochelle, NY.

 

Kevin Roper Defends Himself in Crash That Left Tracy Morgan Injured, James McNair Dead

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Kevin Roper Defends Himself in Crash That Left Tracy Morgan Injured, James McNair Dead

We know a person is innocent until proven guilty, but Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper, who rear-ended the bus-limo “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan was traveling in, isn’t doing himself a favor by allegedly tweeting his anger at the press. His lawyer or Wal-Mart’s lawyers should tell him to STFU — plain and simple. The family of James McNair, Tracy Morgan and the other passengers who were injured don’t want to hear someone whining about how he’s being treated in the press. A man is dead because he ran in the back of the bus-limo.

Here are the tweets from a Twitter account linked to Kevin Roper:

 Kevin Roper Defends Himself in Crash That Left Tracy Morgan Injured, James McNair Dead