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.

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.”

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:

‘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.

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick “Confirmation”

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick "Confirmation"

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Flick “Confirmation” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Scandal” star Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in the upcoming HBO movie, “Confirmation.”

Called Confirmation, the telepic — which is in development from HBO Films — will detail the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas-Hill Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations.

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Confirmation comes as Washington was poised to film Warner Bros.’ feature drama Unforgettable in the summer for director Amma Assante but the HBO project may take over the Scandal star’s hiatus from her ABC Shonda Rhimes series. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Aunt Claims Nick Gordon Under Investigation for Attempted Murder

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Claims Nick Gordon Under Investigation for Attempted Murder

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Aunt Claims Nick Gordon Under Investigation for Attempted Murder (Photo Credit: Facebook via Leolah PrayerWorks)

Leolah Brown, the aunt of Bobbi Kristina Brown, dropped a bombshell of sorts on Facebook, saying Nick Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder. This revelation, thought to be a personal theory, comes as Dr. Phil staged an intervention after Gordon’s social media posts became more erratic. He has since entered rehab for alcohol and drug addiction.

Leolah Brown posted on her Facebook page:

Dr. Phil,

With all due respect,

Nick Gordon is under investigation for the attempted murder of my niece Bobby Kristina Brown.

We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that you or anyone else not provide this individual a platform to spin this situation to his benefit.

If Nick Gordon does not have the courage to speak with my brother Bobby Brown and/or law enforcement about what happened the day my niece’s body was found in a bathtub, he does not deserve to have a platform to speak to anyone of your caliber until this investigation is concluded.

Respectfully,

Leolah Brown

It should be noted that law enforcement has NOT confirmed her allegations and Nick Gordon has not been accused of a crime or arrested. This is one more sad turn in the life of Bobbi Kristina Brown who was found unresponsive and facedown in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31.

Leolah Brown also railed in another Facebook post about the treatment of her family:

…and let me say this because right now it needs to be said. I am so sick & tired of so called civilized and so called educated people making ugly comments about my family, The Brown’s! Now lets talk. Anyone in their rightful mind if you have been following my brother Bobby Brown’s career. You have to bear witness that, my brother Bobby Brown has been in the entertainment business for well over 30 years. How many times have you seen a BROWN trying to do a story to make money? So ya see, will the REAL money hungry people please stand up.

Another thing. Who took that picture of Whitney in her Casket? I went to the funeral of course, but did not want to view her body that day. I just could not see her like that. Yet, I was so glad that my spirit did not allow me to go. When I learned that picture was taken; I was also so glad A BROWN was not present at the body viewing on that day. Lets talk now! They couldn’t blame the Brown’s for taking that picture…could they? But who REALLY took that picture AND RECEIVED MONEY?

I want you all to know that from this day on; I am going to defend my family and come after the culprits that love reporting crap like this. Because evidently there are those who LOVE to make The Brown’s look bad. But I know THE TRUTH. And let me tell you this also to keep under your hats~and please don’t ever forget this. My sister Whitney Houston’s tragedy was NOT done on the Brown’s watch! Remember that. Furthermore, my niece Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragedy was also NOT done on the Brown’s watch. Remember that as well. Yet, there are those who have always tried and continue to try to divide & conquer my family. But who’s watch did these things happen under!? You all think about this good!

Don’t try to make my family look so bad so that others who are fake and malicious can continue to shine in a dark world! Kick Rocks! The devil has always been a dam liar, a dam thief and a dam murderer! Now let the dam games begin and I promise you I will finish it properly. I am no longer standing down while allowing my family name to go in the mud while doing nothing about it. I have every right in the world to defend my family. We have children too! Children that see & hear all of the crap they pull. Therefore, I will continue to be a fighter that MY CHILDREN may be as well when I leave here. It is better for one to simply try to correct the differences in YOUR family and leave mine alone. Peace.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Boyfriend Nick Gordon’s Tweets Getting Crazy

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Boyfriend Nick Gordon Tweets Getting Crazy

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Boyfriend Nick Gordon Tweets Getting Crazy (Photo Credit: WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

Nick Gordon, the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, is sending some crazy tweets, including one in which he appears to threaten suicide. Dr. Phil is reportedly set to meet with Gordon within the next few days. Yeah, Nick is going to spill the beans. Bobbi Kristina Brown turned 22 today.

Nick Gordon’s isn’t guilt. It’s being silent. No-one can blame Bobby Brown for being angry. He has a right to know what happened to his daughter.

Charmayne ‘Maxee’ Maxwell, Member of 90s R&B Group Blackstone, Dies at 46

Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell, Member of 90s R&B Group Blackstone, Dies at 46

Charmayne ‘Maxee’ Maxwell, Member of 90s R&B Group Blackstone, Dies at 46 (Photo Credit: Twitter)

There are reports that Charmayne ‘Maxee’ Maxwell of the 90s R&B group Brownstone died after suffering a fall in Friday night.

TMZ, quoting a Danish media outlet, says Maxwell fell while she was attending a soccer game. Her death has been described as an “accident,” though family members are looking into whether she committed suicide. Maxee’s brother, Brandon Maxwell, has denied she hinted at committing suicide on Twitter before her death.

TMZ:  A family member tells us Charmayne had come home from her son’s soccer game, and was home alone with him. Later in the evening … around 9 PM her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, came home and found her unconscious and bleeding.

We’re told it looked like Charmayne had fallen and cut her neck on glass … she was bleeding profusely, but still had a pulse. Carsten called 911, and paramedics transported her to Cedars Sinai Hospital … but she had lost too much blood. We’re told she died on the way to the hospital. LAPD went to the home … and tell us it was a broken wine glass that cut Charmayne’s neck. Detectives do not suspect foul play.

Brownstone will best be remembered for their biggest hit, Billboard Music award-winning, “If You Love Me” in 1995. Charmayne ‘Maxee’ Maxwell is survived by her husband Carsten Schack and a son, Nicolaj.

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!