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.”

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to “Empire” Season 2

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to "Empire" Season 2

Patti Labelle Confirms Return to “Empire” Season 2 (Photo Credit: Entertainment Tonight Video Screengrab)

Patti Labelle returns to “Empire” season 2

Legendary entertainer Patti Labelle confirms she will return to “Empire” season 2.  We are definitely loving that!

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight during rehearsals for “Dancing with the Stars,” Labelle, told reporters, “Patti Labelle will return.”

“At first Lee [Daniels] had me playing an angel. I said, “An angel?” That means I’m over! You know? I’m gone,” she said. “He said, ‘OK, Lala. I’m gonna give you a part and you’re going to come back all the time,'” Labelle added.

Yaay! We are certainly looking forward to having Queen Patti on “Empire.” Now which team will she be on? #TeamCookie or #TeamLucious? It would be great if she played Cookie’s mother, with all the attitude and sass.

Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle’s Son Stanley Stocker-Edwards

First Lady Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle's Son

First Lady Michelle Obama Once Dated Patti Labelle’s Son (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Patti Labelle

First Lady Michelle Obama had a potty mouth during her younger years. What was a shock to us was to learn that she dated Patti Labelle’s adopted son, Stanley Stocker-Edwards. Um, I guess FLOTUS and Miss Patti go way back. This dirt was revealed in a biography set to drop on April 7.

From The Hill:

“I was going through my cursing stage,” she said in a forthcoming biography, Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin, excerpted by People magazine.

“I didn’t realize until my camp counselor at the end came up and said, ‘You know, you would have been best camper in your age group, but you curse so much.'”

The potty mouth part isn’t such big news, but the Patti Labelle connection certainly is. Wow. This revelation comes as Patti Labelle confirms she will be returning for season 2 of hit show Empire.

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:

Nellie Andreeva: White Actors Sidelined Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can't Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV

White Actors Can’t Find Work Due to Number of Ethnic Shows on TV (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Ethnic TV shows

White actors can’t find work in Hollywood because of the rising number of “ethnic shows” on television according to Nellie Andreeva. That includes “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Cristela,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Scandal,” “Black-ish.” “Empire,” and so on. Booohooo…..

Nellie Andreeva published an article at Deadline Hollywood, that laments about the changing television landscape that has shifted so much this season that white actors are finding it increasingly difficult to find roles.

Deadline:  The change is welcomed by talent agents who no longer have to call casting directors and ask them if they would possibly consider an ethnic actor for a part, knowing they would most likely be rejected. “I feel that the tide has turned,” one agent said. “I can pitch any actor for any role, and I think that’s good.”

But, as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. “Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.

Andreeva believes that the plight of white actors is reverse-racism because more qualified white candidates are being turned away as lesser talented actors who fit to bill to meet the “ethnic” quotas are being chosen.

“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors,” Andreeva wrote.  She described a pilot in which the top two choices for regular parts were both white, but only one could be offered a position.

She said an agent told her, “Basically 50 percent of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts.” Shonda Rhimes clapped back:

Bobbi Kristina’s Cousin, Jerod Brown-Carter, Arrested During Traffic Stop

Bobbi Kristina's Cousin, Jerod Brown-Carter, Arrested During Traffic Stop

Bobbi Kristina’s Cousin, Jerod Brown-Carter, Arrested During Traffic Stop (Photo Credit: Atlanta City Jail)

Jerod Brown-Carter

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s cousin, Jerod Brown-Carter, was arrested on Monday during a traffic stop in metro-Atlanta.

Brown was charged with False Representation to Police, Driving Without a License and for an outstanding warrant in Gwinnett County on similar charges.

According to the incident report, Jerod Brown-Carter was pulled over in the 1700 block of Howell Mill Road shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday. The officer stated in his report that he smelled “the distinct odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle.

Brown-Carter reportedly told the police officer his name was Jahraim Wallace Reid but his real identity was determined later. He also told the officer he had a license but had forgotten it.

Jerod Brown-Carter is currently being held in the Atlanta City Jail.

‘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.

Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash

james mcnair Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash

Wal-Mart to Pay $10M Estate of James McNair, Killed in Tracy Morgan Van Crash (Photo Credit: Twitter via Elaine Catloth)

James Mcnair

Wal-Mart has settled with the family of comedian James McNair for $10 million after he was killed when one of their trucks crashed into the luxury van he was riding in with Tracy Morgan.

Daryl Zaslow, the McNair family lawyer, said Wal-Mart made the hefty settlement in a bid to avoid potential losses from the lawsuit.

Under terms of the settlement, McNair’s two children, Denita, 19, and Jamel, 26, will split the settlement, with their attorney getting nearly $3 million, according to court records.

Wal-Mart was sued by James McNair’s kids after one of their trucks, driven by Kevin Roper, crashed into a limousine van carrying Tracy Morgan, McNair and others, on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7, 2014.

Kevin Roper was charged with death by automobile and four other vehicular assault charges. His case is still pending.

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments

Raven Symone Defends Rodner Figueroa Michelle Obama Ape Comments (Photo Credit: ABC Video Screengrab)

Raven Symone is defending former Univision host Rodner Figueroa, who was fired over his comments that Michelle Obama looked like a cast member of the “Planet of the Apes,” saying “some people look like animals.” Wow, she did it again…put her foot in her mouth.

Raven Symone was a guest host on “The View” when she made the comments. Co-host Rosie Perez said Figueroa’s comments were undeniably racist. She added, “He did say Michelle Obama looks like a cast member of the “Planet of the Apes.”

Symone begged to differ saying, “But was he saying it ‘racist-like?'” She added, “Because [Figueroa] did say he voted for Michelle later. I don’t think he was saying it racist.”

Rosie Perez smacked back, saying, “Oh please!” “That’s like saying, I’m not a racist because I have black friends.”

It gets more interesting….

Comedian Michelle Collins took the position that Figueroa should be fired for stupidity and not for making a racist comment. Perez said, “I am the Latin person here at this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist.”

Then Raven Symone hit a low point…

Symone: “Michelle don’t fire me for this, but some people look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird….”

Um, I have no words.

Watch Raven Symone put both feet in her mouth on The View:

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on “Empire,” Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on "Empire," Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree

Terrence Howard Wants to Use N-Word on “Empire,” Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson Disagree (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Terrence Howard wants the n-word to be used on Fox hit-show “Empire,” but Lee Daniels and Taraji P. Henson disagree.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Howard, who plays Lucious Lyon, makes the case for the word to be introduced in upcoming scripts:

If we start getting silly, if we start playing to people’s fancies, then we don’t deserve to be where we are. It’s a big pressure because I want to be a truth sayer. I want to raise the bar. I want to get rid of this f–ked-up word called PC. I think it’s a gate for bigotry because as long as you’re politically correct, you can say anything you want but feel some way different.

I’m mad that we don’t say ‘n–ger’ in the show. Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n–ger every day. It’s become part of a conversation — why aren’t we using it in the show?

Um, can you imagine the outrage that would spark? Al Sharpton would be calling for an emergency meeting to address the use of the word.

Taraji P. Henson had this to say about the n-word on “Empire:”