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Michael B. Jordan Is Alicia Keys’ Eye Candy In New Video ‘Show Me Love’ [WATCH]

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Michael B Jordan in water. Boom, that’s the headline. Michael B Jordan is Alicia Keys’ man candy in the latest artsy visuals for her song “Show Me Love” featuring Miguel.

The 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer partnered with director Cara Stricker (Kacy Hill, A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent) for a triptych of one-shot scenes featuring Miguel, Jordan and Zoe Saldana and her husband Marco Perego Saldana.

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 “I have been on this journey to be more vulnerable; in my life, in my music; and this new visual experience reflects this time. Show me loves displays different expressions of love, the journey of it, the push and pull, the struggle and the eventual joy and peace,” said Keys in an official press release.

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Which Reality TV Show Does Your State Watch Most? 

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Reality TV is a nationwide epidemic and by the looks of recent surveys, it seems some states sway in different directions when it comes to the type. 

Research, as seen on HowToWatch.com, discovered that the top categories of reality TV were as follows: 

  • Survival and outdoors
  • Home Improvement and clutter
  • Eats and art
  • Competing for love and money
  • Celebrities

Among all states, Alone, Fixer Upper and Master Chef are noted as the top three reality shows, but you can find a list of the most popular reality show in each state below.

 

Alabama The Bachelorette
Alaska Deadliest Catch
Arizona MasterChef
Arkansas Fixer Upper
California Mexican Dynasties
Colorado The Hills: New Beginnings
Connecticut Worst Cooks in America
Delaware The Real World
District of Columbia Project Runway
Florida MasterChef
Georgia Black Ink Crew
Hawaii Naked and Afraid XL
Idaho Alone
Illinois Alone
Indiana Nailed It!
Iowa American Pickers
Kansas Fixer Upper
Kentucky Alone
Louisiana American Idol
Maine Survivor
Maryland Black Ink Crew
Massachusetts Bachelor in Paradise
Michigan Alone
Minnesota The Bachelorette
Mississippi Hoarders
Missouri Alone
Montana The Amazing Race
Nebraska Fixer Upper
Nevada Shark Tank
New Hampshire Dancing with the Stars
New Jersey Shark Tank
New Mexico Shark Tank
New York Keeping Up with the Kardashians
North Carolina Alone
North Dakota Storage Wars
Ohio American Ninja Warrior
Oklahoma Big Brother
Oregon Little People, Big World
Pennsylvania Alone
Rhode Island Say Yes to the Dress
South Carolina Chrisley Knows Best
South Dakota The Real World
Tennessee Catfish: The TV Show
Texas Fixer Upper
Utah The Bachelor
Vermont So You Think You Can Dance
Washington MasterChef
West Virginia Naked and Afraid
Wisconsin Holey Moley
Wyoming Nailed It!

 


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Kendrick Lamar Drops $9 Million On Manhattan Beach Mansion

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Kendrick Lamar has reportedly dropped over $9.7 million for a brand-new Manhattan home in an off-market deal.

According to Variety, “the new mansion was built by veteran local luxury homebuilder Powers Development, so one can safely assume it sports a kitchen with designer appliances, a resort-style master retreat and at least one or two convenient wet bars on the premises,” the publication writes.

Lamar’s new digs has “four bedrooms and seven full bathrooms in a comfortably large 5,350 square feet.” According to the report, the “three-story structure takes up almost all of the lot” and has “sunset water views from the uppermost level, where there’s also a spacious open-air balcony.”

“The glassy residence” also “contains a three-car garage” a “front yard with a patio, and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.”

There is not, however, an in-ground swimming pool — or space to install one. But the property is just a jog away from a sandy.

In related news, Billie Joe Armstrong of the legendary rock group Green Day says that Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper was one of the inspirations behind the band’s forthcoming album, “Father Of All Motherf**kers.”

“We wanted to create a dance groove with space between the drums and vocals [inspired by] the way Kendrick Lamar does things or old-school Motown music,” Armstrong explained in an interview with Billboard, “where it’s leading with the rhythm.”

Meanwhile, Lamar’s second studio effort, “Good Kid, M.a.a.d City,” is now the longest charting hip-hop album in history.

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Whoopi Goldberg Reveals Her New Faux Silver Locs On ‘The View’ [Watch]

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Whoopi Goldberg unveiled her platinum white faux locs in front of the live audience on “The View” Wednesday.

Viewers and her fellow co-hosts were surprised by Goldberg’s silvery-haired transformation. The EGOT winner changed her iconic do as part of her role in the CBS All Access limited-series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

We previously reported… the story centers on a group of survivors of a superflu, who are led by the 108-year-old Mother Abigail (Goldberg), and she receives visions from God. Whoopi joins a cast that includes Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, and Daniel Sunjata as the soldier Cobb. Alexander Skarsgard will reportedly play Randall Flagg, the leader of the evil survivors.

During King’s guest appearance on “The View” on Sept. 10, Goldberg announced her role in the new limited series — peep the Twitter video embed below.

After revealing her new locs, Goldberg spoke about why she’s excited to portray a wise, old black woman on the show.

“People need to know that 100 is no longer what you think 100 used to be. When [Stephen King] first wrote this book, Mother Abigail was probably this tall, and she looked like Miss Jane Pittman on steroids,” Goldberg said, referring to the 1974 film “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”

She believes actress Cicely Tyson was made to look “so wrinkly” to play Pittman “because people had no idea what older black women looked like, because no one looked at old black women.”

“Now we look at an older black woman…[and] you’re looking at amazing faces,” she said.

Goldberg’s locs originally nearly touched her hips but she said they needed a trim.

“I’ve lost weight, and so my face got lost in the hair,” said Goldberg, who had a health scare earlier this year battling pneumonia for months.

“I came very, very close to leaving the Earth,” she said in March in a videotaped message that played on “The View.”

“Good news: I didn’to.”

“I’m so proud to be doing this,” she said on Wednesday. “Kudos to ABC who is allowing me to go and do what my first love is.”

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Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Generates Fan Backlash

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Since Whitney Houston’s untimely death at the age of 48 in  2012 fans have been clamoring for new music and content from her estate ever since. Though two documentaries “Can I Be Me” in 2017 and “Whitney” in 2018 revealed more salacious details about her life and death, new music projects have been scarce.

But fans weren’t ready for the latest announcement for the estate. Pat Houston, Whitney’s manager for the last 20 years of her life, confirmed a hologram tour for Mexico and Europe this week.

 

 

While some fans are looking forward to the seeing Whitney by any means necessary, others were appalled.

 

Houston told the New York Times that the tour was meant to reintroduce Houston’s music, instead of the documented turmoil in her personal life.

 

“Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Pat Houston told the New York Times in May. “People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”

The hologram version of Whitney was previously announced when Pat Houston entered into a deal with music marketing company Primary Wave, which markets musicians – dead or alive. It’s part of a greater plan to develop other projects around Whitney’s music and brand. Their partnership allows Primary Wave a 50% sake in the estate for which they paid $14 million, according to the New York Times.

Pat Houston, along with her husband Gary, Whitney’s brother, who will lead the backing band that will play with the hologram, and Whitney’s mother, Cissy and brother, Michael, are the beneficiaries of Whitney’s estate, after the death of her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died in 2015.

The hologram tour is not scheduled to come to the U.S. until 2020.

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HBO Max Confirms 2 Season Reboot of ‘The Boondocks’

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HBO Max has given “The Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder, and Sony Pictures Animation, a two-season, 24-episode order of the series.

We previously reported… the studio announced a “complete re-imagining” of the show “for the modern era” during the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in July.

Based on his 1996 comic strip of the same name, McGruder’s “The Boondocks” premiered in November 2005 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The reboot is being described as “a satire for the modern era,” and according to Entertainment Weekly, it will chronicle the adventures of the Freeman family and Uncle Ruckus, who is now an evil tyrant running the Woodcrest County government.

The new series will premiere in the fall of 2020 on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max, with a 50-minute special episode, per Complex. Fans will also be thrilled to know that all 55 episodes of the original series will be available to stream on HBO Max when the new series airs.

“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of ‘The Boondocks’ and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun,” McGruder said in a statement. 

 

 

“The Boondocks” was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said HBO Max’s president Kevin in a statement.

During a March interview with” The Joe Rogan Experience,” comedian John Witherspoon, who voiced Granddad on the series, teased his involvement. “I’m on the cartoon. What is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks. And they coming back,” he said. “The Boondocks is coming back. It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”

In related news, McGruder reworked “The Boondocks” comic as well.

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Tamar Shades ‘The Real’ Cast, They Clap Back!

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The ladies of The Real had a few things to get off of their chest during Wednesday’s live taping of the show. It was all about Tamar Braxton‘s firing from the talk show and the aftermath of it. The women sounded off for the first time on their show about it after Tamar appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” earlier this morning. While visiting Wendy, Tamar, decked out in Spanx by the way, talked about why it was in her best interest to have been removed from the show.

Wendy asked Tamar if she would ever go back to join her former co-hosts, saying, “Cute show but they need you, and you were done dirty.”

Tamar said if she hadn’t been fired from The Realshe wouldn’t be the woman she is now.

“Here’s the thing. I don’t want to be anybody’s marketing tool this season. No shade, but I just wish everybody well,” she said. “I just feel like sometimes God has to move you out of situations before you become more toxic to yourself. What if I was in a situation where I was doing the Braxtons and it’s very stressful and then I’m doing this other show where people are being catty behind my back. What kind of person would I be right now sitting on this couch? I wouldn’t be focused. I wouldn’t be ready for my transformation. I wouldn’t be ready for my elevation, and that’s why I got to go, I got to be on the up and up and up.”

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Well, the ladies found out about what Tamar said and decided to clear their name of having anything to do with her axing or being “catty” behind her back during her time on the show. Loni Love led the ladies in speaking out, attempting to call Wendy out for her comments.

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“First of all, thank you for calling us a ‘cute show.’ We’re also an Emmy winning show,” she said as the audience applauded. “Tamar Braxton was your guest and we appreciate the fact that you brought us up. I just want to be full disclosure. It’s been three years, I don’t know why you guys keep talking about this whole situation.”

Loni went onto say that in the past she reached out to Tamar on her own, calling and texting her to no response, so she put the invitation out there for the singer to come back to share her story.

“The show has reached out to her. Tamar, nobody’s trying to use you as a marketing tool, sweetie,” she continued. “You apologized to us over the summer and we just thought, to close the circle, like what Wendy did yesterday with NeNe, to mend fences, that was the intention. That is it. You are still welcome, my dear.”

“We as Black women have to stick together,” she added. “We as women have to stick together. Okay? It’s no cattiness, it’s just we need to have you come here so we can close the circle. You apologized, we opened it up to you, and it’s still there and it will always be there.”

Adrienne Houghton also said that she didn’t understand the flack people gave them for not leaving the show behind when Tamar was fired, saying if she were the one let go, she wouldn’t expect that from any of the co-hosts, family or anyone she might work with.

“If I got fired, I know that I know that I know that my sister would probably want to be like, ‘Well do we get up, do we leave, do I leave, too?’ You know what I would tell my sister? You work too hard. Sit your butt down and I’ll tell you what not to do later on and you keep it pushing, and you guys kill it,” she said. “We had nothing to do with that.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley also called the stories people have run with about them being involved in Tamar’s firing “unfair.”

“The fact is, we had no idea. There was no ill intention. There was no meeting. There was none of that,” she said. “Anybody that doesn’t want to believe that, that’s on you.”

Tamar was initially cut from the co-hosting table in 2016. And while Loni wondered why people were still talking about Tamar and The Real, just in August, she did indeed tag Tamar in a tweet as someone she wanted to see on Season 6 of the talk show.

Loni has always maintained that they all had nothing to do with The Real’s decision to fire Tamar.

“It wasn’t like they had a meeting, we tip-toed to the office. We don’t have that type of power,” she told The Breakfast Club in 2018. “We got no power.”

However, Tamar says Loni was behind her exit and she provided the “proof” on Instagram.

Sigh. It seems like everyone’s making money these days, so where’s the beef?

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Issa Rae Developing Remake Of ‘Set It Off’ And Fans Are Not Having It

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Sometimes it’s best not to mess with the cinematic classics, which is why we’re giving Issa Rae the side-eye for taking on a remake of “Set It Off” as her next project.

And we’re not alone… while some fans across social media are thrilled by the news, others are noting feeling her reported “re-imagining” of the 1996 crime drama, which Variety reports Issa will produce and possibly star in the film.

One Twitter user wrote: “We love you #IssaRae, but leave Set it Off alone please.”

Another said: @IssaRae please don’t remake set it off. Just let it be. It’s okay to leave some things be; untouched—mint condition. Please.”

Directed by F. Gary Gray, “Set It Off” centers on four female friends who turn to robbing banks to offset their low-income jobs. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise—and became a critical and box office success, grossing over $41 million against a budget of $9 million.

Rae will produce the new project with Montrel McKay, her partner at Issa Rae Productions. Syreeta Singleton (“Black Monday”) and Nina Gloster (“Star”) have been hired to pen the script, per THR.

Twitter user Diddy Saint said of the news, “I don’t want Issa Rae nowhere near a set it off nothing.

Rae co-created HBO’s “Insecure,” on which she serves as writer, executive producer and actress, and she recently kicked off production of season 4.

She posted a series of photos on Instagram with her co-stars: Amanda Seales, Yvonne Orji and Natasha Rothwell, and she captioned the pic: “BeTtEr MaKe It A hOuR” Day One. Season Four. #InsecureHBO”.

Rothwell wrote, “INSECURE SEASON FOUR DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR EDGES. #insecurehbo #buckleup #whatitdobaby #letsgo @insecurehbo @hbo.”

The critically acclaimed show follows Issa as Issa Dee as she tries to balance work, love and life in Los Angeles.

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Larenz Tate Reveals He And Wife Sleep In Separate Rooms: ‘She’s Very Fertile’ [Watch]

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Larenz Tate hit up The Breakfast Club on Monday (Sept 16) and dished on his dynamic bond with wife Tomasina Parrott.

The two married in November 2006 and have four sons. During the interview, the “Power” actor revealed that he and his wife sleep in separate bedrooms because she’s super fertile.

“There’s a lot of stress in the world. I go home, I gotta stay away from my wife. I can’t look at her too long. The loins are tender, she’s very fertile, and I just try to stay away from her man,” he explained. I sleep in a different room. When it’s time for me to get a little somethin-somethin, she turns up pregnant, all the time.”

Tate also explained that he knew Parrot was the one the moment they met, even though they dated for six years before they tied the knot.

“When I met my wife, I felt like this was a good thing. We dated for a while. We dated for six years before we actually got married. She needed to know if she really wanted to rock with me [and] all my craziness. I was like ‘You still want to rock me? You know what I like, I like the ladies.’ And she was like ‘Look man, get your mind right,” he said. 

“The great thing about us is the compatibility, which is really, really important. And the honesty, and just being upfront. In our relationship, it’s important for us to create what we want to create, as opposed to what everybody else is creating in their households and their relationship.

“We take the best parts of relationships that we’ve seen and we try to incorporate it into our own. But our walk is not going to be anyone else’s walk. This is our thing. It’s not always easy obviously, being in the entertainment industry. There are a lot of pitfalls that are always around, and you have to have a sense of self and understanding the value of who you are and what you have.”

Check out the full interview via the clip above.

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‘SNL’ Rescinds Cast Invitation To Gillis Over ‘Offensive’ Youtube Video

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,” and the show was not aware of the past remarks that have drawn criticism.

“Saturday Night Live” apologized, saying it’s vetting process “was not up to our standard.”

In a tweet, Gillis said he respected the show’s decision and is “honestly grateful for the opportunity.” He said he had hoped to have the opportunity to prove himself, but “I understand it would be too much of a distraction.” He ended with a slight swipe at the show, mentioning that he was always a “Mad TV” guy anyway.

In the clip of video apparently posted in 2018, Gillis refers to an unidentified city’s Chinatown as being “nuts” and used a derogatory word for Chinese people. He also complained about “hearing an Asian trying to learn English.”

The “Saturday Night Live” representative said the show hired Gillis “on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.”

The clip of Gillis re-emerged last week just hours after NBC said that he and two others, including the show’s only Asian American performer, were joining the cast as featured players.

“Saturday Night Live” has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.

Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. Among hosts, the long history of “SNL” includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari and Jackie Chan among them.

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