Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap

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Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Iggy Azalea gets six American Music Awards nominations, including one in the rap/hip-hop category. Um, haters are going to hate because she’s white.

Australian-born Iggy Azalea is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist – pop/rock, and favorite artist and album in the rap/hip-hop categories, Billboard reports.

Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food”

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Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood heavyweights that she “sacrificed a childhood for food.” The actress said her drive to end childhood hunger is motivated by memories of growing up in “abject poverty.” Davis said, “I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food.”

Davis said she “grew up in immense shame.” She shared her personal story as she accepted an award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday. Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for their humanitarian efforts. She was honored for her work with the Hunger Is charity.

Viola Davis, who “grew up in immense shame” in Central Falls, Rhode Island, said she befriended kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day. She revealed that she is “only now” beginning the healing process.

Davis is the second youngest of six children. She was born in South Carolina before moving to Rhode Island. She was the daughter of a horse trainer and a maid. She attended Central Falls High School, where she said many children had to struggle to “navigate their way through the darkness” of poverty.

She majored in drama at Rhode Island College. She won two Tony Awards and was nominated twice for an Oscar award.

Mariah Carey Ripped by Fans After Voice Cracks During “Vision of Love” (VIDEO)

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Mariah Carey Ripped by Fans After Voice Cracks During “Vision of Love” (VIDEO) (Photo Credit: Instagram)


Singer Mariah Carey was ripped by fans after her voice cracked as she tried to hit the high notes in her “Vision of Love” hit song during her Elusive Chanteuse World Tour in Tokyo.

Fans ripped Carey’s performance as she struggled to get through some of her hit songs, with several people posting videos and scathing comments from  the concert.

According to Mariah Carey’s official website official website, the concert took place Friday night at the Makuhari Messe venue in front of a “sold out” crowd with “thousands of adoring fans.” Um, adoring, really?

The comments are just as scathing on Twitter as they are on Instagram:

Here’s a video of Mariah Carey failing to hit notes via Istagram:

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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.”

“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.

 

 

 

“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed by Cops After Kissing White Boyfriend

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Django Unchained Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed for Kissing White Boyfriend (Photo credit: Facebook)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was left in tears after she was handcuffed by cops because they mistook her for a prostitute because she kissed her white boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.

Watts, who played slave CoCo in the Oscar Award-winning film, posted the news of the incident on her Facebook page on Sept. 2. She said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed.

Watts claims she was ‘handcuffed and detained’ by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her Lucas. The couple say they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their identification card but she refused.

Daniele Watts wrote on her Facebook page:  “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.”

UPDATE: It seems that Daniele Watts and her boyfriend were making out. Witnesses said the two were having sex with the car door wide open. They beg to differ. It seems that we are getting closer to the truth. Here’s the transcript of Watts’ encounter with police:

Watts: (sobbing) I don’t understand how we live in a free country where I’m at a parking lot making out with my boyfriend and I get arrested just because somebody called the cops. I don’t understand how we live in a free country where cops can put you in handcuffs… for nothing.
Sgt. Parker: (speaking to someone in background) Stay here, I’d be careful… A little emotional.
Sgt. Parker (to Watts): What’s your first name? Why do you think you’re in handcuffs? Do you think we put you in handcuffs or you did?
Watts: I put myself in handcuffs?
Sgt. Parker: Who do you think put yourself in handcuffs? Who do you think put you in handcuffs?
Watts: I think that this officer right here put me handcuffs because…
Sgt. Parker No, I think you did the minute you left the scene.
Watts: Yes, because I was being treated as a criminal before I even did anything.
Sgt. Parker: I’m sorry, do you… do you see the gentleman here in handcuffs? Is the gentleman here in handcuffs before you? No, he’s not.
Watts: Do you think that I’m stupid?
Sgt. Parker: I don’t think you’re stupid at all
Watts: What’s your first name Officer Parker?
Sgt. Parker: My name is Sergeant Parker and that’s all you need to know.
Watts: Why do you need to know my first name but I don’t need to know your first name?
Sgt. Parker Because I need to identify you as a source of a radio call
Watts: So I think I’d like to identify you to my publicist, what’s your first name?
Sgt. Parker: Now you see why you’re in handcuffs?
Watts: Why because you’re afraid of the news getting out about you arresting someone who’s innocent, who was making out with her boyfriend?
Sgt. Parker: I’ve been on the news many times.
Watts: Awesome.
Second officer: Ma’am, I explained to you over there why you’re in handcuffs
Watrts: Because you asked me to turn around and face the wall and I did.
Second officer: When you left my supervisor when he told you stay…
Watts: Did he tell me to stay or did I say I am walking away and I was talking to my dad? Did you hear him tell me to stay here?
Sgt. Parker: You can’t walk away ma’am
Second officer: He didn’t say anything to you as you walked away…
Watts: You didn’t say anything to me as I was walking away.

Daniele Watts’ Facebook post:

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.

 

 

Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien

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Ex-Miss America Vanessa Williams Slapped with $369K IRS Tax Lien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vanessa Williams is the latest black celebrity to face IRS woes. The former Miss America was slapped with a tax lien from the Internal Revenue Service for nearly $370,000 in back taxes. Um, Vanessa, pay your taxes girl — look at Lauryn Hill and Wesley Snipes?

Here’s more from The Smoking Gun:

The 51-year-old performer is being dunned in connection with her 2011 personal tax return. The IRS is demanding $369,249.89 from Williams,according to a federal tax lien filed earlier this month.

The lien includes the address of a Manhattan-based accounting firm known for its representation of entertainers, including Williams, the former star of “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Williams, who lives in Chappaqua, a tony New York City suburb, was hit with the lien after failing to pay an IRS assessment that was issued in November 2012.