‘RHOA’ Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

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‘RHOA’ Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams turned herself into Atlanta police after being charged with simple battery for a fight with costar Kenya Moore.

Kenya Moore accused Porsha Williams of assaulting her while filming an episode of the show on March 27 at the Biltmore Hotel.

Porsha Williams turned herself into police on Thursday. She was released on $2,000 bond.

 

 RHOA Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

Woody Allen Under Fire for All-White Cast in Musical Based on The Cotton Club

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Woody Allen Under Fire for Not Casting Any Black Actors in Cotton Club Adaptation

Woody Allen is under fire for reportedly specifying that there be no black stars in his new show, “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is an adaptation of his 1994 screenplay of the same name based on Harlem’s Cotton Club, and stars Zach Braff. The musical opens tonight, as does ‘After Midnight,” which is also based on the Cotton Club.

Kelcy Griffin, is the only non-white person in the production is in a dance ensemble. A Broadway insider told the NY Daily News, “Everyone’s white at Woody’s Cotton Club and in the gangster numbers.” Um, really? How could that be an accurate portrayal of the Cotton Club?

Here we have yet another white person trying to revise black history. The same source also told the newspaper that a “big-name” black actor was being considered but Woody Allen changed his mind, deciding that a “black gangster wouldn’t be good.” That’s despite the play being set in Harlem.

 Woody Allen Under Fire for All White Cast in Musical Based on The Cotton Club

Jury Awards Comedian George Wallace $1.3 Million in Casino Lawsuit

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Jury Awards Comedian George Wallace $1.3 Million in Casino Lawsuit

Comedian George Wallace was awarded $1.3 million by a jury in a lawsuit against Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino. He was also awarded additional money for his medical expenses.

The lawsuit stems from the comedian’s claim that he suffered a serious leg injury while performing in December 2007 at the Bellagio.

He was seeking at least $7.1 million from the hotel-casino. The verdict came on Tuesday after two weeks of testimony and about 12 hours of deliberations.

George Wallace testified that he’s permanently hampered by the injured suffered when his leg became entangled in wiring on stage during the 2007 performance.

 

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

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

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….

Pastor Mase’s Congregation Threatens to Stop Funding Church Over Lifestyle

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Pastor Mase’s Congregation Threatens to Stop Funding Church Over Lifestyle

Rapper-turned-pastor Mase, whose real name is Mason Betha, is being put on blast by his congregation  at El Elyon Church, for his hypocritical lifestyle–professing undying love for wife, Twyla Betha, while quietly filing for divorce.

TMZ reports:  Pastor/rapper Mase is a fake who has committed blasphemy by using the holiness of the church to advance his very unholy rap agenda … so claim many of the worshipers at his house of worship.

Some of the worshipers tell TMZ … they believe Mase is living a double life, spending as much time in the studio with hardcore rappers as in the church. And they say his messages from the pulpit drip in hypocrisy, because what he raps about is exactly the opposite.

One of the things that set parishioners off … the TMZ story that Mase — who built both his church and his fortune on his marriage — secretly filed for divorce in January and then withdrew the legal docs a few weeks later.

Some of the parishioners tell us Mase has been going on and on about the virtues of marriage even after the TMZ post, never addressing his own failures … and they’re fed up.

There’s talk now about refusing to fund the church … that’s how bad things have become.

And something new to piss off worshipers … Mase is featured on a new song — “Tricky Situation” — about a man who brags about banging a woman who’s already engaged.

Glad to see that the members of El Elyon are standing up and saying enough is enough to this bullshiggedy.

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: