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Xernona Clayton, Larenz Tate, Erica Ash, Demetria Mckinney, Jermaine Dupree And More Hit The Red Carpet For The Trumpet Awards

(SL) – The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and Power series star and Erica Ash, who appears on Survivor’s Remorse and stars in the upcoming BET legal drama series In Contempt, will serve as this year’s hosts. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018.

 2018 Honorees announced today: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.

 Performers at the event will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke WyattAnthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the BaptistArrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. BozemanDonald Lawrence, Major, We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.

 Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.

 About this year’s honorees and awards:

·      GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, songwriter, hip-hop artist, Jermaine Dupri will receive The Music Innovation Award. Dupri has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Anthony Hamilton and Alicia Keys. He founded So So Def Recordings in 1993 which launched the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge and many others.

26815097_1800623833294668_4103590623472227616_n ·      Founder of Sundial Brands and Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis will be recognized with The Entrepreneur Award. Driven by his passion for entrepreneurship and sustained by a vision to fill unmet consumer needs, Dennis founded SheaMoisture in 1991 which has grown into one of the world’s most recognized beauty brands. Just this month, it was announced that Dennis’s Essence Ventures, LLC will acquire Essence Communications, Inc. which includes Essence Magazine.

 ·      Activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, will receive The Impact Award. In 2009, Mallory became the youngest Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN). She gained recognition as one of four co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, which saw participation from five million people worldwide. Her role in the March landed her on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers List and Fortune’s 2017 List of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

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Lawyer: “OJ Simpson Is Golfing A Lot, Staying In Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV) – O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.PAY-PROD-OJ-Simpson-is-seen-enjoying-his-life-as-a-free-man

The 70-year-old former football hero, acquitted murder defendant and armed robbery inmate has not filed paperwork with parole officials to move to a different state, attorney Malcolm LaVergne said.”Mr. Simpson has no immediate plans to return to Florida,”LaVergne told The Associated Press. ”He’s very much enjoying his time here in Vegas. It’s January, he gets to play golf every day.”A Nevada state parole and probation officer handling Simpson’s case did not immediately respond to messages, and Florida prisons spokeswoman Ashley Cook said her agency has not received documents from Simpson seeking interstate custody.
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Simpson has been spotted in public in and around Las Vegas several times during the more than three months he has been living in a friend’s five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles (kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip.He drew a crowd of selfie-seekers Jan. 7 at a Las Vegas bar and pizza shop during an NFL playoff game featuring one of his former teams, the Buffalo Bills.An outing in November to a steakhouse and a lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort is in dispute, after officials ordered Simpson off the Las Vegas Strip property and prohibited him from returning.
LaVergne denies claims that Simpson was intoxicated or disruptive,and alleges in a Dec. 29 letter to hotel officials that the incident was a malicious and racially prejudiced effort to embarrass Simpson and jeopardize his parole status.The Cosmopolitan has not responded, company spokeswoman Samantha Grimes said Thursday.Simpson has earned almost eight months of good time credit since his release from prison, bumping up his expected release from parole to Jan. 18, 2022, from the original Sept. 29, 2022.

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Telling It Like It Is: Ashleigh Banfield Calls Out Ansari Accuser For Throwing ‘Bad Date’ Into The #MeToo Movement

(SL) – Finally, someone with the courage to really acknowledge an accusation for what it is. Ladies, be clear. If you willingly participate in sexual activity with someone, it is irresponsible of you to turn around and play victim at the expense of his or her livelihood. It’s not right. Feeling guilty about or not enjoying what you chose to do sexually with someone does not constitute rape or assault.

Watch HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield tell Aziz Ansari’s 23-year old accuser what most of us were thinking:

I’ve seen blogs claiming that Ansari and other men to need to pay closer attention and realize that it’s not okay. What’s not okay? It’s not okay for a man to let a woman willing to perform oral sex on him do it? Let’s stop making the narrative one-sided. Ansari isn’t a mind reader. If your lips are saying yes, but your mind is thinking something else…how is he supposed to know that? He’s not a genie in a bottle or a psychic. Let’s be responsible for our own actions. If you are not being forced, take responsibility for what YOU chose to do in that moment.

 

 

Mary J. Blige Receives Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

(Hollywood, CA) –  Singer and actress Mary J. Blige is being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Blige was grateful to receive her star on her birthday on Thursday.

Her star is in the 62-hundred block of Hollywood Boulevard, which is in front of Eastown, and is the 2,626th star on the Walk of Fame.bpanews_cdfc32be-2fe1-4c4a-a069-27507394faa6_embedded169086

Sean “Diddy” Combs was on hand to help the singer unveil her star. Blige has won nine Grammys, had eight multi-platinum albums and sold over 50-million records.

She’s also ventured into acting, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “Mudbound.”

Tonya Harding Admits Knowing Ex-Husband Planned Kerrigan Attack, Mother Calls Her A Liar

(SL) – Former U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding now says she knew her ex-husband was involved in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. In an interview that aired last night on ABC, Harding said shortly after the 1994 U.S. figure skating championships, which she won, she figured out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and the others had likely been behind the attack.

She said she’d overhead Gillooly and a friend talking before the championships about taking someone out so Harding would be sure to make the Olympic team.

166288Gillooly and three other men were convicted and imprisoned for the attack that injured Kerrigan’s knee and kept her out of the championships. Kerrigan recovered and both she and Harding made the U.S. Winter Olympics team that year. Kerrigan won a Silver Medal at the Games.

A movie based on the attack is receiving decent reviews with Margot Robbie receiving a handful of awards for her portrayal of Harding.  ‘I Tonya is a darkly comic biopic that highlights her horrendous relationship with her mother. tonya-harding-mom-ap-810x610People Magazine reports, Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden did not mince her words when she spoke about Olympian daughter in new interview.

“She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore,” Golden told ABC’s Amy Robach during the two-hour special “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story” that aired Thursday night.

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James Franco Skips Critics Choice Awards Amid Allegations

(Santa Monica, CA) –  Actor James Franco is laying low amid several sexual misconduct allegations. He’s the latest star to have a number of women come forward accusing him of abusing his power.

08-james-franco-tweets.nocrop.w710.h2147483647Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday where he won Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” According to PEOPLE, “he’s in a really bad place” and is “only talking to a select group of people.” The accusations came to light during Franco’s win at the Golden Globes last week. “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, actress Violet Paley and several students of Franco’s came forward with their stories after he was seen at the Globes wearing a “Times Up” pin.

article-meyers-2-0110He has denied all allegations. But that didn’t stop him getting grilled again on late night television about the allegations.  Franco defended himself on “The Late Show” Tuesday, saying the accusations were “not accurate.” On Wednesday night, he repeated the claim on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” saying the tweets he read were not accurate but that it’s still a conversation that needs to be had. Franco said he has his own side of the story, but added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say.”

Serena Williams Says She Had Health Scare After Baby’s Birth

(Vogue) – Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine’s February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.07-serena-williams-vogue-cover-february-2018According to the article, the tennis superstar ”spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.” When Williams originally announced her baby’s arrival, via social media postings in September, she said in a video, ”We had a lot of complications, but look what we’ve got.”

Days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams cut both feet on broken glass while leaving a restaurant, leading to two operations on her right foot. Then she got clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another hospital procedure. In all, she was off the tour for about 10 months at the time, returning in 2011.05-serena-williams-vogue-cover-february-2018The 36-year-old Williams, who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January 2017. Williams is skipping this year’s Australian Open, which begins next week.

Williams said in the Vogue story that she has her sights on getting to 25 major titles, which would break the all-time record of 24 held by Margaret Court.

Times Up! Only Three People Didn’t Participate In Blackout At Golden Globes, But HFP President Meher Tetna Had A Good Reason

(Beverly Hills, CA) – It looked like everyone got the memo to wear black but literally a few people.  The men even participated, but when it came to the women all but three were in line with the dress code.

The Blackout, Time Up movement was strong at the Golden Globes but a few people went against the grain. Meher Tetna, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press decided against black for cultural reasons. Saying, “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”

But no word yet on why Blanca Blanco decided to wear a bright red dress with not only her leg out but her chest exposed as well. With everything that’s going on, it would’ve been nice to see her not only support the movement, but to go a little towards the demure side as well. Sex doesn’t have to be on display all the time.

The other fashion criminal was Barbara Meier who hasn’t revealed why she decided to shun the blackout idea as well. Beautiful dress…but again, if the men could stick with the dress code, they could too. This particular movement will require everyone with influence to be on the same page.

Sterling Brown Makes History As First Black Actor To Win Best Actor In A TV Drama

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Golden Globes were without a doubt Inclusive as the #Timeout movement took on several meanings during a night that saw Hollywood’s elite both men and women in black; and Sterling K. Brown become the first black man to win Best Actor in a TV Drama.rs_634x1024-180107144432-634.Sterling-K.-Brown-Ryan-Bathe-Golden-Globes.ms.010718

In the Golden Globes’ 75 history, Brown was the first. He was awarded for his work in ‘This Is us’ and his Counterpart Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role as Celeste Wright in the Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale was also honored with the Best TV Series-Drama.

Other winners include, Nicole Kidman for her work on the HBO series Big Little Lies.75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 75James Franco also had one of the highlight wins of the night and his career as he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his work in The Disaster Artist. He  was joined on stage by the man himself Tommy Wiseau.

Allison Janney was given a taste of gold when she was given Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.

47DFD8AE00000578-5244843-image-a-59_1515377200678And you had to love Jennifer Aniston and legendary actress Carol Burnett presenting the Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy to Rachel Brosnahan for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

kirk8f-1-webAnd what a joy to see Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas on stage at 101 years old with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones. he said he would’ve prepared a speech but it would’ve been hard to follow up behind her lol. Your presence was more than enough Mr. Douglas!

Jones, who is married to Michael Douglas said, “In 1991, my father-in-law, this living Hollywood legend Kirk, was recognized by the Writers Guild of America for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist. He not only hired black-listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the epic ‘Spartacus,’ he insisted that Trumbo receive proper screen credit for his work.”

“My trips around the world have taught me one thing: that movies speak a universal footage,” he said in old footage of him accepting the DeMille Award.

The tribute to Douglas included clips from some of his most famous roles, including “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life,” for which he won a Golden Globe in 1957, and “Detective Story,” which earned him a nomination in 1952. He was also nominated in 1986 for “Amos,”.