Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins “Dancing With the Stars”

Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins "Dancing With the Stars"

Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle Joins “Dancing With the Stars” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle will join the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. She is partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.

In addition to Labelle, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and LMFAO’s Redfoo are Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore; Willow Shields, who played Primrose Everdeen on The Hunger Games; Noah Galloway, an Iraq war veteran and model Charlotte McKinney.

The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on March 16. We will be rooting for Miss Patti!

Richard Pryor’s Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a “Piece of Sh*t”

Richard Pryor's Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a "Piece of Sh*t"

Richard Pryor’s Widow Jennifer Lee Pryor Blasts Bill Cosby as a “Piece of Sh*t” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

BILL COSBY SEX SCANDAL: Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, blasted embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby, describing him as “a piece of sh*t” who “had sex with everything that moved.”

Pryor also called Cosby a hypocrite on the podcast, “Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend.”

She said: ‘Bill hated Richard because he “worked dirty.”  Bill worked clean, so therefore, you know-Bill’s just a f*cking hypocrite and dirty on the inside.”

Jennifer Lee Pryor added, “It was a well-kept secret that Bill f*cked everything that moved.” “This kind of sh*t that we’re finding out about is beyond.”

Listen to Jennifer Lee Pryor blast Bill Cosby:

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon’s Claims He Isn’t Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon's Claims He Isn't Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina

Brown Family Disputes Nick Gordon’s Claims He Isn’t Allowed to Visit Bobbi Kristina (Photo Credit: Twitter)

The Brown family released a statement disputing Nick Gordon’s claims that he isn’t allowed to visit Bobbi Kristina Brown, who is hospitalized at Emory University Hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga.

Gordon tweeted:  “Let me in the hospital to see my girl and let her hear my voice SHE WILL WAKE UP!!!” He followed that up with a second tweet:  “If she hears MY voice let me massage her, play her favorite music I believe it will help. If you ask Bobby anything abt he cannot answer”

Bobby Brown’s legal counsel Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC, released a statement Saturday saying, “To address the continued and never ending media requests for comment about Mr. Gordon’s requests to visit Bobbi Kristina, let me be very clear, Mr. Gordon was offered an opportunity to potentially visit Bobbi Kristina and he declined to meet the terms of any possible visit. We are only concerned with individuals that can help Bobbi Kristina and bring resolution to this investigation. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe.”

Nick Gordon Takes to Twitter to Plead to See Bobbi Kristina Brown

Nick Gordon Takes to Twitter to Plead to See Bobbi Kristina Brown

Nick Gordon Takes to Twitter to Plead to See Bobbi Kristina Brown

The Bobbi Kristina Brown drama lives yet another day. Her boyfriend Nick Gordon took to Twitter to plead to be allowed to see her in the Emory University Hospital. Gordon tweeted, “let me in the hospital to see my girl and let her hear my voice, she will wake up.” Um, didn’t realize he had such extraordinary power.

Here’s the reaction to Nick Gordon tweet:

This comes as People magazine is reporting that Bobbi Kristina Brown had used heroin and other drugs before she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31.

BET’s “The Book of Negroes” Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity

BET's "The Book of Negroes" Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity

BET’s “The Book of Negroes” Offers a Strong Lesson in Overcoming Adversity (Photo Credit: Book of Negroes Video Screengrab)

BET’s The Book of Negroes is almost too hard to watch because it reopens the old wounds of one of the darkest periods in American history, but Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) weaves a strong lesson of conquering adversity.

Aminata reminds us, as she reminds herself repeatedly, that one must never give up. That’s the hope that makes the miniseries all the more compelling. It is refreshing to see the story told from a woman’s point of view.

The Book of Negroes, based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill’s best-selling historical novel, begins in 1761 in a village in West Africa, where a young Aminata is helping her mother, who is a midwife, “catch a baby.” Minutes later, she is taken from her family and put on a slave ship bound for South Carolina. Aminata never gave in to her circumstances. She learned to read, write and speak English. She became known for her midwifery skills. She married Chekura (Lyriq Bent). They would be separated for years at a time.

As the miniseries progresses, Aminata is sold to a Jewish man, Solomon Lindo (Allan Hawco), who unwittingly changed her life when he took her to New York. Before they leave for New York, Aminata confronts Lindo about facilitating the sale of her daughter to a slaveowner in Savannah, Ga., after learning the child’s whereabouts from her husband. The argument that ensued between Solomon and Aminata was fierce. He slapped her, she slapped him back.

Aminata crosses paths with Samuel Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a tavern owner who helps her in her journey to becoming free. Louis Gossett Jr., plays Moses, a blind preacher, who comforted and encouraged Aminata during one of her dark moments.

Aunjanue Ellis’ performance in the six-part miniseries is gripping and she displays a wide range of emotions — from the pain of losing children, being treated as property, exasperation at the stubborness of people to embrace change, to being excited that someone might find the name of an ancestor on The Book of Negroes. She is resilient in the face of some of the most brutal acts of inhumanity.

Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, who plays the young Aminata, gave an equally compelling performance. She exuded the same level of tenacity later displaced by Aunjaunue Ellis.

The Book of Negroes was the historical ledger that recorded the names of Black British loyalists who wanted to migrate to Nova Scotia. Only those named in the document, which is housed at the National Archives, were given safe passage from New York. It is a little told story in the black experience.

There are many teachable moments in the film. One that was very strong came when Aminata proclaimed in New York, “There’s nothing united about a nation that declares all men are created equal but keeps its people in chains.” She was determined to leave America. Sadly, there are still people in “chains” in modern-day America.

Overall, The Book of Negroes is a powerful miniseries, filled with raw emotion. There are some instances in which some parts seemed rushed, but that’s because there is so much to fit into six parts.

I would hope this miniseries will encourage many young people to delve deeper into history to learn more about the black experience in American history and how they stayed strong in the face of adversity, with many being triumphant. The black community should never be ashamed of slavery, the people who enslaved us should be. The Book of Negroes is a tough lesson we all need to learn.

The Book of Negroes airs Feb. 16-18 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon’s Baddest Woman on TV

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon Baddest Woman on TV

Move Over Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon Baddest Woman on TV (Photo Credit: Facebook via Empire)

Howard University graduate, Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on Fox hit show “Empire,” is the strongest black female character on television. She’s even more compelling than “How to Get Away With Murder” central character Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis) and “Scandal” Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) or even “Gotham” star Fish Mooney (played by Jada Pinkett-Smith). Why? When you cut through all the bluster and the attitude, most women can see a little bit of themselves in Cookie Lyon.

I get it. There are a lot of things wrong with “Empire” and the stereotypes that the characters exude, but Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of drug-dealer-turn-media-mogul Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), makes the show. She keeps me coming back, week after week. Cookie provided the seed money to help Lucious realize his dream of running a major record label by selling drugs. She took the fall and ended up behind bars. Cookie returned for what’s hers when she was released from prison and continued working in the music industry. You see, many women have walked in Cookie’s shoes. Maybe not selling drugs, but putting their dreams on hold to allow their significant others to realize theirs.

Kudos to Lee Daniels for casting Henson in the role of Cookie. I don’t think there’s another actress out there who could have just slid right into that character and played it to a tee as she has. Cookie is a tough character. She’s loud, rude, blunt, funny and savvy. She’s the most compelling character on television. That’s a testament to Henson and what she brings to the show. She managed to turn a walking disaster into a fascinating character.

In a recent interview, Henson told Buzzfeed’s Kelley L. Carter:  “I understand that mentality. I am from the hood. It wasn’t upper middle class; it was lower middle class. It was a garden apartment in the hood.” She said that she lived around people who were ensnared by the crack epidemic that swept through the black community during the 80s. Henson added, “I have compassion for it because I was around it, so I can’t judge it. I can’t say, ‘Ooh, you’re a dirty bird because you did this, you did that!’”

The Cosby Show set the standard for black characters during the 1980s, showing the world that we can be career-oriented, upper-middle-class and college-educated. Lee Daniels and Shonda Rhimes are reinventing black characters and bringing them in the social media age forcing them to confront tough issues such as homosexuality in the black community, as well as other social issues. Cookie Lyon, like Annalise Keating, come from a lower socioeconomic status and have made it in their own way and own rights. Neither are perfect but they aren’t pressured to be perfect in their respective shows.

Cookie Lyon weaves a far more compelling story than Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and Fish Mooney, all strong black women. I don’t know what decision making process Taraji P. Henson undertook to accept the role of Cookie Lyon, but I am glad she did. I am not ashamed to say, I can’t wait to see what Cookie Lyon will bring to the next episode of “Empire.” By the way, the show has been renewed for another season.

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:

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:

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.”

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad”

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in "Suicide Squad"

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” is near a multi-picture deal to play Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” The Wrap reports.

More from The Wrap:

Suicide Squad” stars Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

First reported by Latino Review, Davis’ casting has been rumored for weeks, and she recently addressed the speculation while doing press for her turn in Michael Mann

’s “Blackhat.”