South African-Born Trevor Noah Named New “Daily Show” Host

South African-Born Trevor Noah Named New "Daily Show" Host

South African-Born Trevor Noah Named New “Daily Show” Host (Photo Credit: Instagram via @TrevorNoah)

South African-born Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” Noah, who is biracial, is no stranger to the world of comedy. There will be haters…some have said he is inexperienced… Um, whatever.

New York Times:  The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to “The Daily Show.” It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

A little about Trevor Noah and his remarkable journey:

He grew up in Soweto, the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, whose union was illegal during the apartheid era. “My mother had to be very clandestine about who my father was,” Mr. Noah said. “He couldn’t be on my birth certificate.”

By the time he started performing stand-up in his 20s, Mr. Noah said he had long been taught that “speaking freely about anything, as a person of color, was considered treason.”

His globetrotting spirit (and ability to speak six languages) set him apart in comedy, and he performed widely in the United States between 2010 and 2012, eventually coming to Mr. Stewart’s attention about two years ago.

We have always found Trevor Noah to be very funny and wish him all the best in his new endeavor.

Roger Moore: Idris Elba, Not “English English” Enough for James Bond Role

Roger Moore: Idris Elba, Not "English English" Enough for James Bond Role

Roger Moore: Idris Elba, Not “English English” Enough for James Bond Role (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that former James Bond, Roger Moore, is involved in a race row because he reportedly said Idris Elba isn’t “English English” enough to play 007. Wow, really? I wonder how true all this is, considering Moore appeared in “Live and Let Die,” which has a mostly black cast.

Moore reportedly made the comments during an interview with French magazine Paris Match and claims his remarks were “lost in translation.” After being slammed on Twitter, he said, “An interview I gave to Paris Match implies that I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue.” Yeah, Moore has been shaken and stirred on social media.

Daily Mail:  Sir Roger told Paris Match: ‘A few years ago, I said that [black actor] Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!’ replies Sir Roger, 87, who starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985.

‘Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English”,’ he continues.’Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.’
Reaction on social media has been overwhelmingly negative with Twitter users accusing Sir Roger of ‘racism.’ Many commentators highlighted the fact that Elba was born and raised in the East End of London.

Here’s Roger Moore’s response to the “English English” comment:

Reaction on Twitter:

Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Glendale Police for Racial Profiling Claims

'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Glendale Police for Racial Profiling Claims

‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Glendale Police for Racial Profiling Claims

Taraji P. Henson racial profiling claims

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson apologized to Glendale police for alleging her son, Marcell Johnson, was racially profiled.

The actress alleged that her son was racially profiled during a traffic stop, but a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt on her claims. After the 40-minute video of the encounter went viral, the actress issued an apology.

“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” she said in an Instagram message with the hashtag #TurningANegativeIntoAPositive #LoveTarajiPHenson. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case, I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”  Source: LA Times

It should be noted that Marcell Johnson admitted to police that he had weed in the car. He also had the drug Ritalin, that was not prescribed to him. He was stopped because he did went right through a crosswalk with yellow lights flashing. It should be noted that he was allowed to leave without a ticket, despite having weed, a knife, hash oil, Ritalin and a grinder in his car.

The officer can be heard on the dash cam video saying, “I am not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that would actually put a moving violation on your driving license, and you are going to have to go to traffic school and all that stuff, so I am helping you by not giving you a violation on it. All I am going to do is take the weed from you.”

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to “Empire” Season 2

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to "Empire" Season 2

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to “Empire” Season 2 (Photo Credit: Entertainment Tonight Video Screengrab)

Patti Labelle returns to “Empire” season 2

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle confirms she will return to “Empire” season 2.  We are definitely loving that!

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight during rehearsals for “Dancing with the Stars,” Labelle, told reporters, “Patti Labelle will return.”

“At first Lee [Daniels] had me playing an angel. I said, “An angel?” That means I’m over! You know? I’m gone,” she said. “He said, ‘OK, Lala. I’m gonna give you a part and you’re going to come back all the time,'” Labelle added.

Yaay! We are certainly looking forward to having Queen Patti on “Empire.” Now which team will she be on? #TeamCookie or #TeamLucious? It would be great if she played Cookie’s mother, with all the attitude and sass.

Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle’s Son Stanley Stocker-Edwards

First Lady Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle's Son

First Lady Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle’s Son (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Patti Labelle

First Lady Michelle Obama had a potty mouth during her younger years. What was a shock to us was to learn that she dated Patti Labelle’s adopted son, Stanley Stocker-Edwards. Um, I guess FLOTUS and Miss Patti go way back. This dirt was revealed in a biography set to drop on April 7.

From The Hill:

“I was going through my cursing stage,” she said in a forthcoming biography, Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin, excerpted by People magazine.

“I didn’t realize until my camp counselor at the end came up and said, ‘You know, you would have been best camper in your age group, but you curse so much.'”

The potty mouth part isn’t such big news, but the Patti Labelle connection certainly is. Wow. This revelation comes as Patti Labelle confirms she will be returning for season 2 of hit show Empire.

Cissy Houston: “Not a Great Deal of Hope” for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Cissy Houston: Not a Great Deal of Hope for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Cissy Houston: Not a Great Deal of Hope for Bobbi Kristina Brown (Photo Credit: Instagram)

Bobbi Kristina update

Cissy Houston told WBLS on Wednesday that there was “not a great deal of hope” for Bobbi Kristina Brown to recover.

Houston said during the interview, “She’s the same. We’ve moved her now to a place for rehabilitation. There’s still not a great deal of hope. We’re praying.”

Cissy Houston also hinted that she may be ready to say goodbye to her granddaughter:  “If He works a miracle, thank God. If it happens the other way, I’m alright.” “I’m fine.”

Watch Cissy Houston’s interview with Shaila on WBLS:

Nellie Andreeva: White Actors Sidelined Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can't Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can’t Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Ethnic TV shows

White actors can’t find work in Hollywood because of the rising number of “ethnic shows” on television according to Nellie Andreeva. That includes “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Cristela,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Scandal,” “Black-ish.” “Empire,” and so on. Booohooo…..

Nellie Andreeva published an article at Deadline Hollywood, that laments about the changing television landscape that has shifted so much this season that white actors are finding it increasingly difficult to find roles.

Deadline:  The change is welcomed by talent agents who no longer have to call casting directors and ask them if they would possibly consider an ethnic actor for a part, knowing they would most likely be rejected. “I feel that the tide has turned,” one agent said. “I can pitch any actor for any role, and I think that’s good.”

But, as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. “Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.

Andreeva believes that the plight of white actors is reverse-racism because more qualified white candidates are being turned away as lesser talented actors who fit to bill to meet the “ethnic” quotas are being chosen.

“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors,” Andreeva wrote.  She described a pilot in which the top two choices for regular parts were both white, but only one could be offered a position.

She said an agent told her, “Basically 50 percent of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts.” Shonda Rhimes clapped back:

HAIL QUEEN P: Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” on DWTS

HAIL QUEEN P:  Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent's 'In Da Club" on DWTS

HAIL QUEEN P: Patti Labelle Rocked to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” on DWTS

Patti Labelle on “DWTS”

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle shows that she can get down in the club as she rocked Week 2 on “Dancing With the Stars” to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” Patti Labelle showed up and showed out despite being hampered by a sore knee.

The moment Patti got up from the couch and took off her fluffy white coat, I knew it was on. Patti shook her hips and did her thing. The audience went nuts for Miss Patti and so did the judges. Bruno said this salsa was “so Empire, so hot.” Carrie Ann and Julianne want to go clubbing with Queen P, while Len talked about her “soul.”

Labelle is still one of the baddest performers in the game and knows how to work a room. Watch and learn young people.

Support #TeamLabelleArtem…call 855-234-5606.

Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev rocking to “In Da Club:”

‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of ‘Wayward Pines’ Premiere

'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of 'Wayward Pines' Premiere

‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Joins Twitter Ahead of ‘Wayward Pines’ Premiere

Terrence Howard in Wayward Pines

:  “Empire” star Terrence Howard joins Twitter (@terrencehoward) ahead of the premiere of Fox TV’s new shot, “Wayward Pines,” on May 14. This time, Howard is on the right side of the law, as Sheriff Arnold Pope. This character is so different from Lucious Lyons on “Empire.”

Wayward Pines” also stars Juliette Lewis, Matt Dillon, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Reed Diamond.

Here’s Fox TV latest “Wayward Pines” trailer:

‘Instant Mom’ Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings

'Instant Mom' Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings

‘Instant Mom’ Star Tia Mowry Sues Agent for Stealing Twitter Earnings (Photo Credit: Instagram via tiadmowry)

Tia Mowry sues over Twitter earnings

Instant Mom” star Tia Mowry is suing her agent for stealilng the money she earned on Twitter. According to TMZ, she used her Twitter to account to send out personal messages to her two million followers, occasionally sending adverts for corporations.

Her agent seems to think he deserved a bigger cut than the 10 percent base fee agents usually get from earnings their clients bring in. The earnings in Tia Mowry’s case topped $108,000. She said she hired a social media specialist after signing deals with several companies but the said agent decided to take $60,000 from those earnings. Dang….

Mowry is seeking to the entire amount plus $120,000 in punitive damages.