Stephen Hill is out — and this will be his last week as the president of programming for BET . EVP Head of Original Programming and head of original programming Zola Mashariki is also stepping down. Continue reading “Stephen Hill Fired from Viacom BET Network”
In a city like Atlanta, where the rate of new HIV infections is being likened to a third-world country, the #ATLOrgy has set Black Twitter on fire. Continue reading “#ATLOrgy Atlanta Swinger Party Goes Viral- Would You Attend?”
For decades when you thought about Mr. Clean, an image of a shiny bald-headed white guy with the one earring comes to mind. Mr. Clean has been helping us keep our homes fresh for over 60 years. Continue reading “Mr. Clean is a Black Male Now? (Pics)”
Wendy Williams was missing in action at the 25th annual Trumpet Awards. The annual awards honor African-American professionals that have excelled in their given industry. Continue reading “Wendy Williams Ditches Trumpet Awards-Her Diva Demands Not Met”
Details are scant at this point, but TMZ reports that Q passed away in his sleep at the age of 43. Q founded the premiere hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mixtapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage. Continue reading “World Star Hip-Hop Founder Q Dead at 43 (Video)”
Actress Terri Vaughn moved from in front the camera, to direct her new project #DigitalLivesMatter. In this day and age, where your followers can lead to big endorsements and financial gain, this movie hits the nail on the head, about the importance of friendship, and treating people like kindly. Continue reading “#DigitalLivesMatter Movie Directed by Terri Vaughn”
Donald Trump never fails with his campaign comments and decisions. at the NRC he announced that ‘standout’ ‘The Apprentice’ star Omarosa Manigault to be his new director of African-American outreach.
Not sure when Omarosa has been Black but…It’s unclear exactly which African Americans she’s supposed to be reaching out to…and when she does, we’re not even sure how it’s going to go. Continue reading “Really? Donald Trump Names Omarosa as his Director of African American Outreach”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s former friend and employee Jami Zeigler has filed a warrant application for Porsha’s arrest after that infamous holiday party brawl last year. Jami wants to see Porsha, 35, behind bars for the December 2015 fight, which cameras caught the aftermath of for the RHOA season finale.
During a #BlackLivesMatter protest in downtown Rochester, New York, police arrested Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter, two black news reporters from the local ABC affiliate. At the time of their arrests, they were actively working as journalists while capturing footage for their station’s Facebook Live feed. Continue reading “Two Reporters Arrested While Covering New York Protest”
Nearly a thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian. Whereas U.K. police have only shot and killed 51 people over the 95 years. In 2013, only six bullets were fired in total by police in Finland and in Iceland, and only one fatal police shooting has to be recorded in the 71 years of the country’s existence.
Wendy Williams went fully “Wendy” during her Wednesday show. And this time she may have stepped on the wrong toes. Continue reading “Wendy Williams Is NOT Here for HBCUs or the NAACP”
On April 6, 2015, Kheia Mitchell was the driver of a vehicle purchased by her fiancé. Unbeknownst to her or her fiancé, a Ginn Motors’ employee took out a warrant for the theft of their vehicle in an effort to repossess the car. Ms. Mitchell had her two young daughters in the car with her when she was stopped and was ultimately surrounded by several East Point patrol cars.
It seems that Prince also enjoyed visiting the Caribbean, especially Turks and Caicos. Prince purchased a spot on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos in 2010, but never got the chance to fully enjoy it before passing away last month.
It was sparsely furnished, Greenwood told TMZ, with a few items in the house from the “Purple Rain” movie, including a mirror and a few chairs.
Prince did have enough time to pain the driveway purple – his first task upon moving in, according to Greenwood. It’s current asking price is $12 million.
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Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell it’s remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.
The catalog included publishing for major names such as Beyonce, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and others.
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The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift.
The deal is another posthumous blockbuster deal for Jackson, whose estate has erased the singer’s massive debts through a mixture of new music and movie ventures and re-releases of the singer’s most popular music. Jackson’s estate benefits his mother and three children, known as Prince, Paris and Blanket.
“This agreement further demonstrates Sony’s commitment to the entertainment businesses and our firm belief that these businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come,” Sony Corp. president and CEO Kazuo Hirai wrote in a statement.
The sale does not include rights to Jackson’s master recordings or songs that he wrote, and the singer’s estate will continue to have a stake in EMI Publishing, Inc.
“This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children,” the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, wrote in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.”
Jackson purchased the ATV portion of the catalog in 1985 for $41.5 million, and he later merged it with Sony. It remained his most lucrative asset at the time of his death in June 2009 at age 50, though by that point Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
The deal for Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV catalog is expected to close by the end of March.
We are not sure why the Estate ran by Michael’s mother sold the lucrative catalog, however that was a smart move by Michael to invest in publishing.
A black student who says he was profiled by Barneys NY for purchasing an expensive designer belt won a $45,000 settlement from the retail giant.
Trayon Christian said he used his debit card to purchase a $349 Ferragano belt at the Barneys’ flagship store on Fifth Avenue on April 27, 2013.
Christian said he was followed out of the department store and “hassled” by two undercover NYPD detectives.
The former engineering student at the New York City College of Technology said the police didn’t believe he could afford the expensive designer belt.
“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” Christian told The NY Daily News in October 2013.
The detectives demanded to look in his bag, and they asked him if he was employed and where he worked.
“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” Christian told the News.
Not satisfied with his truthful answers, the detectives cuffed Christian and took him to the 19th Precinct stationhouse.
Two hours later police released Christian and offered a weak apology. They returned his belt and his debit card, he said.
In October 2014 Barneys paid $525,000 to settle other racial profiling claims.
Barneys’ business partnership with rap mogul Jay Z in 2013 tarnished the 47-year-old’s image in the black community.
You can’t make this up… It’s 2016 and already the foolishness has began. Two naked prostitutes were robbed of nearly $4,000 by 2 gunmen at a Buckhead hotel.
The incident happened on Saturday at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center across the street from Atlanta’s upscale Lenox Square Mall.
The man entered the room and the women discussed prices with him before another man burst into the room 10 minutes later with gun drawn.
One woman said she was naked and the second was forced to take off her clothes, police said. The two men took $3,000 from one woman and $640 from the other before leaving the room. The women ran after the suspects, but stopped when the men ran down the stairs, Jones said.
A hotel guest in another room called 911 after seeing the naked women running down the hall after the men, according to police. Officers were called to the hotel shortly before 10 a.m.
Surveillance video from Lenox Square Mall showed the two men running into a parking garage, but the quality was not good enough for officers to identify the men, police said. Hotel employees were also reviewing surveillance footage.
The women gave officers possible phone numbers for the suspects, but only a minimal description of the two was provided. One man was wearing all black, including a black scarf, with glasses, and the other was wearing a red shirt with grey pants, according to police.
Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477. You can remain anonymous.
The lawsuit couldn’t have come at a worse time for the companies as they were, at the time, awaiting government approval for an unprecedented merger.
Allen’s suit, filed last December by his Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African American Owned Media, alleged that the companies discriminated against and carried too few minority-owned networks, specifically networks with 100 percent Black ownership.
DirecTV began carriage of Entertainment Studios’ Comedy.TV and Justice Central.TV on Monday. U-verse has added Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, ES.TV, MyDestination.TV, Cars TV and Pets TV; U-verse already carried Justice Central.TV.
Of the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, reps for Entertainment Studios and AT&T would only say: “The matter has been resolved.”
The AT&T deal greatly enhances the distribution base and value of the lifestyle and entertainment channels, which are wholly owned by Allen, a comedian turned entrepreneur. DirecTV and U-verse together reach nearly 26 million domestic subscribers, with U-verse accounting for about 6 million subscribers..
Allen’s complaint blasted AT&T for having no carriage agreements with “100% African-American-owned media companies.” It made a provocative reference to what it called the practice of African-American celebrities posing as “fronts” for channels owned by “white-owned media,” without naming names.
The complaint also took a swipe at the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the NAACP and National Urban League, claiming AT&T was “paying off” civil rights orgs to secure their endorsement of the AT&T-DirecTV merger.