Michael Phelps Taking Time Off to Attend ‘Program’ Following 2nd DUI Arrest

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Michael Phelps Taking Time Off to Attend ‘Program’ Following DUI Arrest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps tweeted he was taking time off from swimming to  attend a “program” in order to “better understand” himself following a DUI arrest on September 30.

This is Phelps second “lapse in judgment” and I have to ask, are we going to hold him to the same standards are we hold black athletes?

Phelps tweeted: “The past few days have been extremely difficult. I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”

He added, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”

Michael Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympican in history with 18 gold medals, was arrested on Sept. 30 for driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lines inside a Baltimore tunnel. Police say he was driving his 2014 Land Rover at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. He had also failed several field sobriety tests.

Phelps was also arrested for DUI in November 2004. He was given 18 months probation and a $250 fine, ESPN reports. He was also photographed smoking marijuana.

Here are Michael Phelps’ tweets announcing he’s taking time off:

SNL Mocks President Obama’s ISIS Missteps in Cold Opener

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SNL Mocks President Obama’s ISIS Missteps in Cold Opener (Photo Credit: SNL video screengrab via Twitter)

Saturday Night Live mocked President Obama’s ISIS (Islamic State) missteps in cold opener with comedian Jay Pharoah, playing POTUS. The group’s social media proficiency was also mentioned.

During an interview on a fictional “60 Minutes” episode, President Obama (Jay Pharoah) said the administration not only underestimated ISIS’s military proficiency but also its social media proficiency.

Pharoah: “These terrorists have nothing to do. They can be tweeting all day.”

Jay Pharoah said ISIS was seeking to get attention by using popular hashtags: “One day the Black Flag of ISIS will fly over the White House #TheVoiceIsBack.” He also said terrorists were raising money on Kickstarter to make up for the lost revenue from oil facilities that have been destroyed.

Pharoah said “Apparently every time we thought we were giving money to Zach Braff, it was really going straight to terrorists.”

R&B Legend Anita Baker Sued by Lawyer Over Unpaid Bills

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R&B Legend Anita Baker Sued by Lawyer Over Unpaid Bills (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

R&B legend Anita Baker has been sued yet again. Her lawyer, Jamal Hamood, filed a $150,000 lawsuit against her in Wayne County Court for failure to pay legal fees owed to him.

Hamood represented Baker in her legal battle against a contractor who she allegedly failed to pay after he did work in her home. That lawsuit was for $15,000.

Jamal Hamood told WXYZ-TV that he worked for Anita Baker for more than a year.  He said during the course of that year his expenses, including travel and salary, came to $69,000 for travel, salary and other expenses.

A hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled for January 2.

 

Tyler Perry Expecting First Child with Model Girlfriend Gelila Bekele

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Tyler Perry Expecting First Child with Model Girlfriend Gelila Bekele (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Congratulations are in order for filmmaker/director/actor Tyler Perry. He and his model/activist girlfriend Gelila Bekele are expecting their first child.

Here’s more from People Magazine:

The actor and director, 45, is expecting his first child with his longtime girlfriend, model and activist Gelila Bekele, in late fall, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.

“Tyler is thrilled. He and Gelila are so excited,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They’ve got the nursery ready and he’s ready to change diapers.”

“He will make a wonderful father,” a second source adds. “You will never find a more loving, patient, honorable or decent man than Tyler Perry. Any child would be blessed to have him as a father.”

R&B Legend Gladys Knight to Join Lee Daniels “Empire” Series

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R&B Legend Gladys Knight to Join Lee Daniels “Empire” Series

R&B legend Gladys Knight has signed on to “Empire,” a hip-hop industry drama series for Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer. The series centers around Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, a charismatic music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public, Deadline Hollywood reports. This is potentially a recurring role for Gladys Knight.

This comes as entertainment legend Patti LaBelle signed on for five episodes in the upcoming fourth season of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” The show premieres on Oct. 8. Seems like Dionne Warwick is the only one of the group of music icons who isn’t doing much of anything.

Empire” will premiere in early 2015. Congrats to Gladys Knight!

 

 

“Heaven Sent” Singer Keyshia Cole Arrested on Suspicion of Battery

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“Heaven Sent” Singer Keyshia Cole Arrested on Suspicion of Battery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KEYSHIA COLE ARRESTED:  Heaven Sent” singer Keyshia Cole was arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning. Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas sayd the Grammy-nominated singer was arrested at about 5 a.m. after someone attempted a private person’s arrest.

Keyshia Cole was arrested on a suspicion of battery charge and released Friday afternoon.

Here’s more from TMZ:

Keyshia showed up at a swanky condo complex in West L.A. at around 5 AM. We’re told she went there to see Birdman — the CEO of Cash Money — who she’s reportedly dating.

Our sources say … for some reason security let her go up to Birdman’s penthouse and when she got in she saw another woman and went nuts.

We’re told Keyshia attacked her … leaving scratches all over her face. Cops were called … and Keyshia was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant. She was just released on $46,000 bail.

 

 

 

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.