Friday, January 29, 2016

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK In Theaters Now


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Idris Elba Speaks on Diversity in Media and Film [Video]


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Idris Elba recently addressed the need for diversity in media and film. While Idris was speaking about the issues in the UK, the topic is very much universal. The current Oscar storm in the States, over the lack of diversity with not only the folks whom are nominating the talent, but the obvious talent that was snubbed this year, based on color, as some believe.

New Music: BEGGIN & PLEADIN - Brandy






Single available on iTunes:

iTunes Link

New Music: NO TIME FOR IT - Fantasia






Single available on iTunes:


iTunes Link



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CONGRATS: Carolina PANTHERS Heading to Superbowl 50 + CAROLINA COLORS - Petey Pablo


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The Panthers will be in the SUPERBOWL!!!!

The Panthers proved game after game why they were contenders to head to the Superbowl. Of course folks wanted to pop off at the mouth about that fact, but the Panthers are laughing, celebrating and preparing for Superbowl 50, which will take place in California on 2.7.16.



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So, as always...the haters can continue to whine and cry. It is hilarious to witness.

Congrats to Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and the epic Panthers team.

Congratulations to Coach Ron Rivera and the entire Carolina Panthers organization.



North Carolina native, Petey Pablo released an anthem for fans and the team. Check out the 'Carolina Colors' video below:



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Congrats: Mariah Carey and Billionaire James Packer are Engaged!

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The bestselling female artist in history is getting married!

On Thursday, superstar diva, Mariah Carey and her billionaire boyfriend, James Packer announced their engagement. Packer popped the question to Mariah and presented her with a gorgeous 35 carat diamond and platinum engagement ring with a price tag estimated at $7.5M.


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Congrats to the happy couple!

Homemade Crispy Mozzarella Sticks [Video]







Video via Byron Talbott's Youtube Channel. He cooks his behind off.
Check out his channel and website.

Website: Byron Talbott's Official Website

Book to Film: THE 5TH WAVE [Sci-Fi] In Theaters Today [Trailer]


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Side Note: #Snowstorm2016 / #Blizzard2016 / #IcedIn2016 will dampen east coast box office ticket sales this weekend.


Want to read the first book in the series? Link below:

THE BOY [Horror] In Theaters Today [Trailer]


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Side Note: #Snowstorm2016 / #Blizzard2016 / #IcedIn2016 will dampen east coast box office ticket sales this weekend.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

[Video] - 1.19.16: Candace Cameron Bure Walks Off THE VIEW Set After Falling ILL

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On Tuesday's episode of The View, the panel had a spirited debate about the lack of diversity in this year's list of Academy Award nominations. Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg spoke her opinion and it appeared as though some weren't on the same page.

At one point, Candace Cameron Bure had interesting facial expressions throughout the discussion. Joy turned to Candace and they started playfully talking to one another to ease the heated debate. Whoopi jokingly stated if she had to talk about God, they were going to talk about movies. This didn't help Candace's facial expressions. Whoopi then asked Candace if she needed some orange juice. Immediately after the segment, Candace stood up and walked off the set...she didn't return.

Candace later tweeted she wasn't upset about the discussion, she was actually ill.

Social media lit up speculating that she walked off the set for another reason.

On Wednesday, Candace was absent due to the flu. [Cough]



Candace explains why she left abruptly via E! News:




Side Note: I'm not speculating on whether or not Candace was actually sick or not. The fact is anyone with eyes could SEE the tension at the table and the facial expressions Candace kept on her face, including smirks. I'm just saying. By the way, I have nothing against Candace, she seems like a nice person. I also look forward in seeing the Full House reboot, Fuller House when it premieres on Netflix. However, to be a permanent co-host on The View, you must have thick skin. It is called "The View" for a reason. Everyone has their own opinion, so there will be heated discussions. Deal.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Movie Trailer: SUICIDE SQUAD In Theaters 8.5.16

New Series Trailer: 11.22.63 [Based on the Stephen King Novel] Coming to HULU 2.15.16


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James Franco stars in the upcoming eight-part HULU series 11.22.63. The show is based on the bestselling Stephen King novel of the same name.







Want to read the book before the series starts?

Grab a copy soon.


Btw: 11/22/63: A Novel was the January 2012 Book of the Month pick.






Synopsis:

ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry's, like America's in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there's Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

OSCAR Nominations [Full List] + Oscar Awards Faces Backlash


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The link for the full listing of the Oscar nominations listed below:

2016 OSCAR Nominations - Full List


While many have called for a boycott of the Oscars due to the lack of people of color being nominated, the host this year will be Chris Rock, and he should not be penalized. While there definitely needs to be more diversity getting celebrated during Oscar season, the reality cannot be to just boycott the Oscars.

The President of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, issued a public statement stating that more will be done in the future to have more diversity reflected in all award categories. However, the fact that not one Black actor or actress was nominated for acting categories is shameful. From Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan to the director of Creed, Ryan Coogler not being recognized for their phenomenal work is reason to give a major side-eye to the academy. With that being said, I personally will be watching the Oscars this year, as I do every year and hope Chris Rock shades like hell.  In addition, I sincerely would love to see Leonardo DiCaprio finally win an Academy award. DiCaprio's performance in The Revenant will perhaps be his time.

The Academy Awards will air live 2.28.16 on ABC at 8PM.








Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both stated they would be boycotting the Oscars this year. Before Jada's video message could be posted for a full day..."Aunt Viv" popped out of the woodwork and unleashed a scathing attack against Jada and Will Smith.


Of course there remains bad blood between actress Janet Hubert, who played the original "Aunt Viv" on the hit 80s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Will Smith. While everyone has the right to speak about whatever they choose, it just seems as though Janet Hubert looks for the limelight whenever she can diss Will Smith. It's not a good look.

Hubert made interesting points, but she must also understand that insinuating that the Smiths don't care about the social injustices going on in the world, simply because Mrs. Smith is speaking up about an Oscar issue that needs to be addressed is ludicrous. If Hubert follows Jada and Will as closely as it appears, seemingly she would know this.

At some point, folks must take the high road and not be so vicious. God don't like ugly.

Just, let it go.

Woosah...Woosah

Movie Trailer: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE [Thriller] In Theaters 3.11.16




1.15.16: YouTube Interview with President Obama [Full Video]







Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day


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Dr. King's legacy lives on...even though many want to see it end. Let the ignorant continue to reveal their true colors through political propaganda, modern day lynching in the form of killing unarmed Black men and children; without justice for the victims and zero accountability by their killers.

It makes it that much easier to see the evil that continues to exist.

Remember his life, his fight, his legacy and kind spirit.


Stay Woke.




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Democratic Presidential Debate Tonight at 9PM on NBC or Livestream


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The next Democratic Presidential Debate is tonight at 9PM on NBC. Be sure to tune in and stay informed. Of course the candidates participating in tonight's debate have actual common sense. In addition, the next President will be standing on the stage.

You can also watch the debate via live stream:

#DEMDEBATE Live Stream


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happy Birthday, Aaliyah!


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Today marks what would have been R&B singer Aaliyah's 37th birthday. Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash in 2001, shortly after take off in the Bahamas.

Aaliyah was an accomplished recording artist, song-writer, dancer, actress and model.

Happy 37th Birthday to Aaliyah. May she continue to rest in peace.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

GOP Presidential Debate Tonight at 9PM on FBN


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The final Republican Presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses is tonight. The debate will be held in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Catch the debate at 9PM on the Fox Business Network.

As I've stated before, none of the folks standing on the stage during the debate tonight will ever be President of the United States.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bookvision Alert: SHADOWHUNTERS [The Mortal Instruments] Premieres Tonight at 9PM on Freeform

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The uber popular Mortal Instruments book series, which was also adapted into a film, is now about to debut as a new television show on Freeform. Formerly known as ABC Family.

Shadowhunters has been highly anticipated by fans of the Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare.

Well, the wait is almost over.

Tonight of course is also the State of the Union address, so be sure to set your DVRs for the premiere of Shadowhunters



Synopsis information for S1/E1: The Mortal Cup



In the series premiere, a woman discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt demons.




President Obama's 'State of the Union' Address - Live Tonight at 9PM - [Update w/ Full Video]


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President Obama's final State of the Union address is tonight. The President's SOTU will begin at 9PM.

Watch on television or via the live steam.

Live stream link below:



https://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu


Movie Trailer: FREE STATE OF JONES [Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw] In Theaters 5.13.16


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New Video: LAZARUS by David Bowie + Order Bowie's New Album


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David Bowie's video for the track Lazarus off his new album, BLACKSTAR released a few days before he passed.

David Bowie's legacy will continue to shine. Rest in peace, David.






Order Bowie's new album BLACKSTAR today. It is the ultimate gift he left for the world.

ORDER BLACKSTAR ON iTunes



Monday, January 11, 2016

[Video] - TARAJI P. HENSON Wins Big at the Golden Globe Awards + Leonardo DiCaprio Wins and More


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Taraji P. Henson definitely has something to celebrate. Henson won the Best Actress in a TV Drama during the Golden Globes award ceremony Sunday evening, for her role as Cookie Lyon on the mega hit show Empire.

Taraji P. Henson passed out cookies as she headed to the stage...and her acceptance speech was the highlight of the three hour event. At one point, Henson caught the signal to "wrap up" her speech...Henson wasn't having it. Her response:
Wrap up? I have waited twenty years for this...YOU wait.
The epic comment gave full life!

 Taraji wore a beautiful gown by Stella McCartney.

Congrats to Taraji P. Henson as well as to all the winners including Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga who both won their categories.




Ricky Gervais' Golden Globe Opening:

Side Note: Btw...I thought Ricky Gervais was hilarious as hell. He shaded the hell out of folks. Of course I have a warped sense of humor...so while others might have been offended...I was laughing my ass off. Oh wells.





Taraji P. Henson's Acceptance Speech:






Leonardo DiCaprio's Acceptance Speech






 Denzel Washington accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award






Lady Gaga's Acceptance Speech

Sad News: David Bowie Passes at Age 69


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Rock legend David Bowie passed on Sunday at age 69. An announcement made via the official Twitter account of David Bowie stated that Bowie courageously battled cancer for 18 months. 

Sending prayers and condolences to Iman, his wife of twenty years and their family during this difficult time.



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David Bowie's electrifying career solidified his place as a legendary music icon.

Rest in peace.

Photos by Bruce Weber - Shot in Cape Town, South Africa - Vogue

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The 73rd Annual GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS Air Tonight at 8PM on NBC


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The 2016 Golden Globe Awards air tonight at 8PM on NBC. The brilliant Denzel Washington will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award. Ricky Gervais will serve as host.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

DVR Alert: V.C. Andrews' MY SWEET AUDRINA Premieres Tonight at 8PM on Lifetime

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Lifetime has adapted yet another V.C. Andrews novel into a film for their network. After the success of Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday which told the shocking and twisted story of the Dollanganger family; Lifetime will premiere V.C. Andrews' My Sweet Audrina tonight on Lifetime at 8PM.

An encore presentation will air at midnight.


Want to read the book? Order it today.
For a copy of the original V.C. Andrews printing:




For a copy of the re-release:


A sequel to My Sweet Audrina will be released later this year. Whitefern will release on 7.26.16
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Synopsis:


The long-awaited sequel to My Sweet Audrina, one of V.C. Andrews’s strangest, most beloved books—and now a Lifetime movie! Whitefern swallowed Audrina’s childhood—and now the sprawling Victorian mansion threatens her adult life too...

Audrina remembers a better time, when her husband, Arden, was a young man with a heart filled with devotion for her. He didn’t used to be this ambitious, expansive...this cruel. But then, the death of Audrina’s father changed a great many things. When the reading of her father’s will reveals that Audrina herself will control fifty-one percent of the family brokerage—the halls of Whitefern again don’t feel safe.

Arden’s protestations become frantic, nearly violent. And while Audrina didn’t anticipate running the family business, she’s curious to do so. And she can’t help but wonder what had made her father change his will at the last minute? What did he know about Arden that she didn’t?

Trapped in the middle of it all: her fragile, simple sister—the beautiful, trusting Sylvia. Audrina promised her father she’d watch over the young woman. But after years of relative quiet, the dark days of Whitefern may have returned...



Note: After the passing of V.C. Andrews, most newer novels are written by ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman. In my opinion, the books written by the ghostwriter aren't as good as V.C. Andrews' work. Of course, this shouldn't be a surprise.


Pre-order Whitefern:


Friday, January 8, 2016

THE REVENANT [Leonardo DiCaprio] In Theaters Today


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Side Note: Leonardo DiCaprio deserves an Oscar nomination as well as an Oscar win for The Revenant. The body of work DiCaprio has created as an actor is stellar. Surprisingly, his profound performances have yet to yield him an Academy Award. Perhaps his luck is about to change.

Movie Trailer: THE CONJURING 2 [Horror] In Theaters 6.10.16


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The Conjuring 2 is based on the real-life Enfield Poltergeist incident that happened in Enfield, England in 1977. Famed paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, probe the mysterious paranormal case. A television mini-series of the Enfield haunting aired in 2015.

Watch the terror that awaits in the first trailer for The Conjuring 2




ICONS: Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford Rock BALMAIN


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Balmain Paris unleashed their Spring/Summer 2016 campaign with iconic supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford as the powerhouses rocking the uber popular brand.

The creative genius at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing continues to take the fashion world by storm.


For more details on the epic SS16 campaign, visit the official website.

BALMAIN.COM

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum Take on LIP SYNC BATTLE [Video]


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Thursday night's premiere episode of the mega hit show Lip Sync Battle hosted by LL Cool J along with Chrissy Teigen, churned out yet another epic lip sync battle with surprise guests taking to the stage as the celebrity contestants battled it out.

Watch a clip of Channing Tatum going up against his wife and of course co-star in the hit 2006 film, Step Up, Jenna Dewan Tatum.

Hilarity ensues!


1.7.16: Guns in America Town Hall with President Obama [Video]

1.7.16: Guns in America Town Hall







1.5.16: President Obama Announces New Gun Initiatives



Thursday, January 7, 2016

SHADES OF BLUE Premieres Tonight at 10PM on NBC


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The new legal crime drama, Shades of Blue premieres tonight at 10PM on NBC. The highly anticipated show stars Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo and Dayo Okeniyi.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Congrats: Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker Welcome a Baby Boy!


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Baby Tucker has arrived!

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss gave birth Wednesday morning. Kandi and her husband, Todd Tucker, are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Todd posted the above photo on Instagram as they awaited the arrival of their bundle of joy.

Baby Tucker arrived in the world weighing 7lbs., 6oz.

Congrats to the excited parents!



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS Returns Tonight at 9PM on OWN


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The hit drama The Haves and the Have Nots returns tonight with a new explosive episode. The must see show airs at 9PM on OWN.

Be sure to tune in to Brandy's new show, Zoe Ever After, at 10PM on BET.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Must See TV: ZOE EVER AFTER Premieres 1.5.16 at 10PM on BET


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Brandy's highly anticipated new show, Zoe Ever After premieres Tuesday at 10PM on BET.

Tune in!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Book of the Month: [January 2016] - LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE By Jessica Knoll


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The new year is here...another year has flown by.  The new year has been ushered in rather smoothly with an inner reset button pressed for all to begin a new year with a fresh start. As 2015 made its departure, the time for reflection and a moment to revisit the happenings of the passing year presented itself.

The one constant thought that should always be remembered and embraced are blessings. Be thankful for the blessings that continue to be bestowed.

Movie Trailer: THE BENEFACTOR [Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James] In Theaters 1.15.16


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Movie Trailer: HOW TO BE SINGLE [Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann] In Theaters 2.12.16


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Friday, January 1, 2016

Sad News: Natalie Cole Passes at 65


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Grammy award winning singer, Natalie Cole passed over the New Year. Cole was 65.
Sending prayers to her family during this difficult time.

Natalie Cole's incredible legacy lives on.