(SL)– The parent company of Fox News is admitting they knew Bill O’Reilly
settled a sexual harassment case shortly before signing the commentator to a new contract. “The New York Times” reports O’Reilly agreed to a 32-million-dollar settlement with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl in January.
A month later, 21st Century Fox signed the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” to a contract extension. An email statement from a company spokesman said O’Reilly informed Fox of the settlement.
O’Reilly was forced to resign in April after reports of multiple sexual harassment settlements made by O’Reilly or Fox caused advertisers to flee his program.
(SL)– A major Hollywood heavyweight is taking a leave of absence after a report about sexual harassment accusations. Harvey Weinstein is at the center of a “New York Times” story that cites dozens of current and former employees and associates who accuse the studio exec of inappropriate sexual behavior, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.
In a statement to the “Times,” Weinstein said he is planning to take the leave from the Weinstein Company and is working with a therapist to address his past behavior. He said he sincerely apologizes for the pain caused by his past behavior with colleagues. The “Times” says Weinstein has reached confidential settlements with at least eight women.
The Weinstein Company’s films include many critically acclaimed titles including “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
(SL) – The Atlanta Falcons set off a new era in a new stadium Saturday and Sytonnia was on the field for all of the action! Get ready for an explosive season as we bring you all of the highlights up close!
(SL) – John Singleton hit the ATL to preview his new TV show Snowfall based in Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.
The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.
Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is executive produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. The show premieres July 5th 10p/9pc on FX!
(SL) – Warner Bros. announced that it will resume filming the 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise after complaints of sexual misconduct on set.
The entertainment giant issued a release concluding its inside investigation of a drunken sex act that went left while taping the popular show that portrays individuals attempting to find love.
A producer complained about the incident that saw Corrine Olympios, who has decried crew members, engaged in a sexual act that has been described at soft porn with cast member Demario Jackson. On the same day, reportedly, she straddled and kissed Chris Harrison (left), Alex Woytkiw (center) and Nick Benvenutti (right).
Even after Warner Bros. claims that it has viewed the tape and saw no wrongdoing, Corrine Olympios is still saying she is a victim and doesn’t remember what happened. Her attorney says, ‘It’s not over.’
Reportedly, Corrine and Demario were drinking on set when she invited herself to sit on his lap. After making out for a bit, she allegedly led him to the pool where they removed clothing items and continued their make-out session which including kissing, fondling, rubbing and a tipsy Corrine putting her genitals in Demario’s face.
Jackson has admitted to performing an oral sex act on Corrine at this point. To which, she says she was too drunk to consent.
Demario Jackson and his attorney are calling for the tape to be released after his family name and character were defamed. Jackson says he even lost his job behind the scandal.
No word yet on if Corrine and Demario will resume filming with the cast. Warner Bros. says it won’t release the video but maybe they should to kill any doubt.
(SL) – Filming for Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise was brought to an abrupt halt and now more of the reason why is being disclosed. It appears that there was a reported scripted scene that would see two villains Bachelor (Corrine) and Bachelorette (DeMario) contestants hookup. After a long day of drinking in Mexico, the crew headed to the location for the shoot where a source told Entertainment Tonight “DeMario was in the pool.
Corinne found DeMario sitting at a bar and jumped in his lap. The two then started flirting and engaging in ‘intense rubbing.
At some point, Corinne allegedly beckoned DeMario to the pool where the two stripped down and ‘started making out and “rubbing, touching and fingering.”‘
Reportedly, DeMario says the shocking part for producers came when after that heavy kissing, rubbing and touching, Corrine put her genitals in his face to which he quote “started licking”. Some described it as a soft porn scene as their were other people around including one Producer who left as the raunchy behavior ensued.
However, other reports tell a different story. Corinne herself says she was too drunk to consent to any sex act.
Sources close to the reality star say she was blackout drunk and doesn’t remember her hook-up with DeMario at all.
It was only until the next day, when cast members started walking her through what happened, that she learned about what happened. Some say cast members complained that she was too drunk to film a ‘sex scene’.
While some producers say there were no complaints until an executive producer pulled the two aside and explained that one of the show’s producers had filed a formal complaint after watching the reel from the previous night, saying he or she was ‘uncomfortable’ with what happened.
Olympios has retained an attorney. claiming she was too drunk to consent, has a boyfriend and would never do that if she was sober. Olympios was known for her very sexual and flirty behavior on the Bachelor.
DeMario was booted off of the current season of the Bachelorette for having a girlfriend.
Bachelor in Paradise features previous contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette who are isolated at an exotic resort in hopes of finding love.
It was scheduled to premiere August 8 on ABC. But Warner Bros. has shut all of that down.
(SL) – Back to Back by Drake should’ve rang out following the 2017 Miss USA Pageant. It was a good show with a very diverse group of ladies. But as they were informed by Pageant officials early in the week. They only needed one of the.
What’s more than their dresses, how fit they are those swimsuits and even their occupation or education status is where these young women come from. What they have overcome. Kara McCullough definitely has a story to tell. Some of it was share through FB Mother’s Day dedication to her mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to the strongest woman on earth. You never allowed your circumstances to define or control you. I often think about how you raised and loved three children that aren’t biologically yours. And when people asked you how many kids you have you proudly respond, “Five.”ve.” That’s a true testament of a mother’s love. Thank you for taking me and my siblings around the world to experience worldwide culture. Thank you for having my back even when I was wrong. Thank you for teaching me to never limit myself. Thank you for calling me every morning to talk before class and work. Thank you for instilling qualities of a leader, team player, and lover. I love you forever and always. Just know everyday is YOURS. I LOVE YOU.
Kara McCullough works as a physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a recent interview with Refinery 29, McCullough was asked why she decided to go against the smooth blowout pageant trend. She said, “You answered it right there! With the paradigm shift of the competition, formerly a pageant, now a competition, we are highlighting aspects of a modern woman.”
The Top 3 Also Included:
Miss Minnesota and Miss New Jersey. NJ was a strong contender, but in the end it would be D.C. McCullough also funds a program called Science Exploration for Kids on her own. She tells the outlet, “I go to the schools to do science projects, tutoring, and presentations… I hope and pray these moments fuel them for their entire lives.”
Deshauna Barber, the reigning Miss USA 2016, was originally Miss District of Columbia USA. She recently spoke to Fox about what it feels like to hand over the crown.
“Excited, but sad and anxious. Combination of feelings when you’re passing over your reign.
You feel accomplished and humble and thankful for the experience. I feel lucky to be able to crown the next winner of 2017.”
While there was plenty to celebrate in the final moments, the final three ladies went through several big tasks before a winner was crowned, but Kara was the one who walked away with the crown.
Miss Minnesota was the second runner-up and Miss New Jersey was runner-up for the title.
In the Final Question round, the final three woman were each asked, “What do you consider feminism to be?” One comment about Health Care had fans nervous for a moment. McCullough believes that Health Care is a privilege not a right. was asked whether affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a privilege or a right, and she said it’s a privilege.
Kara said, “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide.”
Girlllllll! With #MissUSA being a top trending item on Twitter, plenty of those tweets featured complaints about Miss D.C. losing the social media crowd by stating her beliefs that viewed affordable healthcare as a privilege.
“#MissUSA Miss District of Columbia was amazing throughout the competition tonight…she definitely gets my vote!”
“I’m conflicted. I’ve been pulling for Miss DC from the beginning but her answers were… questionable. But Miss NJ killed that part… #MissUSA”
“Even though D.C. just lost my vote, her dress is beautiful though #MissUSA.”
“Miss #DC!! Brains&beauty. Nothing in life is free, healthcare = #privilege while we do strive to help as many Americans as we can! #MissUSA”
“Let’s go #districtofcolumbia! You are fighting for your beliefs! It’s time to stop having politically correct beauty pageants! #MissUSA”
“Miss District of Colombia would have my vote! #MissUSA”
“I voted for Miss D.C. 55 times and then she said that healthcare was a privilege and not a right…bye #MissUSA.”
“Wasn’t a huge Miss D.C. Fan until I heard her answers. Now I’d be perfectly okay if she won. Loved her answers #MissUSA”
“What!? D.C. STILL WON WITH ALL THOSE HORRIBLE ANSWERS!? Well I guessed right I guess #MissUSA”
“Well that’s America today. A POS who says health care is a PRIVILEGE wins #MissUSA. I’m done.”
The Judges on the other hand weren’t swayed. Your Miss USA 2017 is Miss District Columbia, Kara McCullough
(SL) – The Arts and Icons Master Class opened the doors of the city hall atrium to working and aspiring actors to get some side by side instruction with Emmy award winning actor Keith David. David plays Bishop James Greenleaf on the OWN network hit Greenleaf and his castmates made sure to support his effort. Lamman Rucker, Merle Dandridge and Deborah Joy Winans all showed up and participated in the 4 hour workshop. Ashley Love-Mills from Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home also participated. I was there hosting and had a chance to interview some of them and flick it up a bit. Check out the images below.
(SL) – Atlanta is turning into the Hollywood of the south partly in part because of people like Oprah Winfrey filming their projects in the city; and actors like Keith David taking up residency while working. Greenleaf has become one of the most popular shows on television and Keith David stars as Bishop Greenleaf in the church drama.
Greenleaf is just one of over 150 credits David has under his name. So, it was no surprise when District 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall wanted to honor the Emmy award winning actor with a proclamation and award from the Mayor’s Office for Film and TV.
He also declared April 30th Keith David Day. The presentation took place during that Arts and Icons Master Event for working and and aspiring actors. Led by Keith David and hosted by Sytonnia Moore, So You Wanna Be An Actor was a 4 hour workshop designed to give actors the foundation of basics and tips to hone their craft and work side by side with a legend.
After the workshop, David surprised the audience with a performance with his Jazz band! I know right…who knew? The man is synonymous with talent. And as expected, it was good…really good! He hopes to take up residency in Las Vegas and once the word gets out about just how good he is..I’m sure he’ll be booked in no time. In the meantime, you can catch him Wednesday nights on OWN playing James Greenleaf. The mid-season finale airs this week!
(SL) – David Mann, Tamela Mann and company bring a new assortment of hysterical family situations and laughs in the third season of their hit Bounce comedy series Mann & Wife. Bounce will double the fun by kicking off season three with two new original episodes back-to-back 9:00-10:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, March 28. All-new Mann & Wife episodes will continue to premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm (ET) through the spring on Bounce.
Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.
In addition to the show’s popular stars, Tony Rock is back as Daniel’s partner on the police force with Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.), Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha) playing the Mann children. Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast as Daniel’s new Lieutenant and also directs an episode this season.
This season sees hilarious takes on visiting family, mistaken identity, school pressure, phony health scares, an embarrassing email leak and even a 1970’s cop show spoof. Guest stars include George Wallace, Antonio Fargas,Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.
Mann & Wife co-creator Roger Bobb (House of Payne The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.
Mann & Wife has been a smash success, setting network records for viewership in both seasons. Bounce is the only emerging broadcast network producing original scripted series, which in addition to Mann & Wife includes the current mega-hit drama Saints & Sinners and the popular comedies In The Cut and Family Time.
Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III.