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.

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue “Good Lie” Producers Over Non-Payment

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue "Good Lie" Producers Over Non-Payment

Sudanese Child Refugees Sue “Good Lie” Producers Over Non-Payment (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Foundation for Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan filed a lawsuit accusing the producers behind The Good Lie, which stars Reese Witherspoon, of using their “life stories but reneged on an agreement to pay them,” Variety reports.

The Foundation for Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and 54 refugees in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, contend that they gave interviews as the project was being developed and were promised that that the foundation would be the sole beneficiary of any fundraising efforts associated with the movie.

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The suit says that during a videotaped meeting on April 15, 2013 with Molly Smith of Black Label Media, one of the production companies behind the movie, she said, “The most important thing that was said here today was you asked a question, ‘Do you feel you should be compensated for your story?’ And the answer I can say, because it’s my company and my studio, is absolutely.”

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:

Did Don Lemon Insult Kevin Hart on Red Carpet Over His Fiancee?

Did Don Lemon Insult Kevin Hart on Red Carpet Over His Fiance?

Did Don Lemon Insult Kevin Hart on Red Carpet Over His Fiance? (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

Did CNN’s Don Lemon insult Kevin Hart on the red carpet ahead of the Oscar Awards, saying he’s “got a lot of money, that’s why he has her,” meaning his fiancee Eniko Parrish?

Watch Don Lemon “diss” Kevin Hart:

Janet Hubert Slams “RHOA” Kenya Moore for Owing Her Money for Sitcom Pilot

Janet Hubert Slams "RHOA" Kenya Moore for Owing Her Money for Sitcom Pilot

Janet Hubert Slams “RHOA” Kenya Moore for Owing Her Money for Sitcom Pilot (Photo Credit: Instagram via @TheKenyaMoore)

Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” called out “RHOA” star Kenya Moore, claiming she owes her money for appearing in the pilot for her sitcom “Life Twirls On.”

Janet Hubert posted a video to Facebook with the caption:

Many thanks for all the likes. For Blacktors and Blacktresses everywhere…beware the new Reality TV Scam. Obtaining SAG contracts to promote their own story lines. I was used…beware Reality TV personalities! And all extras, when they want to pay you 10.00 an hour as they tried to do with me. Lost time sheets…Please share and beware!

She wrote in a second Facebook post:

For all the actors that appeared on the Kenya Moore so called Pilot, don’t feel bad she fooled us all, and used the wonderful Winsome Sinclair to cast this mess. My advice to you all next time never sign the release that Bravo tried to get me to sign. Only sign what you are supposed to and that is what is related to the union contract. These reality shows are not governed by unions. That is why they can get away with the stuff they get away with. It is like a freak show, do not be fooled by it. They will ask you to sign your life away…don’t do it.

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.

Report: Bobby Brown Wants to Keep Bobbi Kristina on Life Support, Even Though Organs Failing

Report: Bobby Brown Wants to Keep Bobbi Kristina on Life Support, Even Though Organs Failing

Report: Bobby Brown Wants to Keep Bobbi Kristina on Life Support, Even Though Organs Failing (Photo Credit: Instagram)

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition is deteriorating and her father, Bobby Brown, wants to keep her on life suport, the New York Daily News reports.

Bobbi Kristina hasn’t regained consciousness since she was found unresponsive and facedown in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31.

According to TMZ.com andRadarOnline.com, Bobbi Kristina’s organs were starting to shut down. Her father is reportedly opting to keep her on life support.

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.