“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:

NeNe Leakes to Play Wicked Stepmother in Broadway Version of “Cinderella”

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NeNe Leakes to Play Wicked Stepmother in Broadway Version of “Cinderella”

Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes to play the wicked stepmother Madame in the Broadway version of “Cinderella” for five weeks in November. She will take over for Sherri Shepherd on Nov. 25.

 Here’s more from Broadway.com:

Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. ThisCinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals.

I am sure NeNe Leakes will be thrilled to get away from the rachetness of “RHOA” for five weeks. Wonder what, if anything, gossip queen Wendy Williams has to say about this? LOL.

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.

 

 

Cee Lo Green Briefly Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment

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Cee Lo Green Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee Lo Green briefly deleted his Twitter account after tweeting a controversial rape comments. This comes days after Green pleaded no contest to felony rape for slipping a woman ecstasy without her consent.

Green tweeted:  “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and then, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.”

Cee Lo Green, a former coach on “The Voice,” admitted deleting the tweets after getting into a heated Twitter-spat with fans. He tweeted:  “yes I did. I will not allow that negative energy to loiter on my time line u still got it so keep it! I’m deleting this too.”

Well, those tweets are still around, having been captured.

CeeLo Green is back on Twitter as of Tuesday night, claiming the comments attributed to him were idiotic and untrue. Sounds like that cancelled show forced the half-ass apology, if you can even call it that.

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.

Music Producer Suge Knight Shot During Chris Brown Pre-VMA Party in LA

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Suge Knight Shot at During Chris Brown Pre-VMA Party in LA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music producer Suge Knight was shot at Chris Brown’s pre-VMAs party in at 10AK in West Hollywood. The party was co-hosted by singer Pia Mia. TMZ is reporting that the intended target of the shooting was said to be Chris Brown, but Suge Knight, whose real name is Marion Knight, was shot six times and is listed in critical condition.

The NY Daily News reports Suge Knight, the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records, is in ICU but is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing emergency surgery.

 

 

Police Launch Manhunt for Rapper Joe Budden for Assaulting, Robbing Ex-Girlfriend

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Police Launch Manhunt for Rapper Joe Budden for Assaulting, Robbing Ex-Girlfriend

Police have launched a manhunt for rapper Joe Budden for allegedly assaulting and robbing his ex-girlfriend in Washington Heights.

The “Pump It Up” rapper is wanted in connection with the attack that occurred earlier this week.

NYPD investigators say Budden allegedly drove up to a restaurant near Nagle Avenue and Dyckman Street early Sunday, where he grabbed his ex-girlfriend and forced her into his car. He allegedly took her to his New Jersey home, where he continued to attack her. She eventually escaped and called police.

There are unconfirmed reports Joe Budden flew into a rage after seeing Instagram pictures of his ex-girlfriend partying with other men.

 

Bad Move: OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant Meets with Michael Brown’s Uncle, Ferguson Police Chief

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Bad Move: OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant Meets with Michael Brown’s Uncle, Ferguson Police Chief (Photo Credit: IyanlaVanzant.com)


Some people say Oprah Winfrey had the Midas touch, but to capitalize on the Ferguson protests stemming from the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, is just really too soon. Iyanla Vanzant is set to sit with Michael Brown’s uncle and Police Chief Tom Jackson for an upcoming episode of her show, “Fix My Life.” I have watched Iyanla Vanzant’s show on OWN from time to time and I like her a lot, but this is in poor taste.

Here’s Iyanla Vanzant’s response to the backlash:

There was outrage on Twitter over the show:

Oscar-Award Winning Actor Robin Williams Commits Suicide at Age 63

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Actor Robin Williams Dies at Age 63 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oscar-Award winning actor Robin Williams dies at age 63. He was found dead at a home in Marin County. The coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia as the cause of his death. He was found hanging with belt around his neck and a pocket-knife near his body. It doesn’t seem this was planned, judging from the use of a belt and not rope. He starred in “Mork & Mindy” and several other movies throughout the years, including “Jumanji” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” He won an Oscar Award for “Good Will Hunting.” He battled depression for a long time.

Here’s a statement from the Marin County Sheriff:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

Robin Williams’ wife issued the following statement:”This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

President Obama on Robin Williams’ death: “He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”