Saweetie has been on a roll this past month with several endorsements, and now the "Icy Girl" is starring in a sexy new show on Netflix.
The "Icy Girl" will host Sex: Unzipped, a new comedy special focused on sex positivity, premiering October 26.
Saweetie will be joined by sex experts, and a crew of puppets who will humorously teach the A-B-Cs of S-E-X in what Netflix describes as their "funniest, filthiest, and furriest new comedy special."
Saweetie's got a lot of good things happening for her right now. Earlier this month, the MTV VMA winner was named the new MAC Cosmetics Global Ambassador during Fashion Week in New York City. She also gained a reputation as a food influencer on social media, and last week, she partnered with Hidden Valley Ranch and Crocs to create what they call the "ranchiest collab ever." She designed an off-white clog adorned with miniature, non-edible, fries, chicken nuggets, veggies and more.
Then in August, Saweetie launched the McDonald's "Saweetie Meal," consisting of a Big Mac, 4-piece Chicken McNuggets, fries, a medium Sprite, BBQ Sauce, and "Saweetie' N Sour" sauce.
The Weeknd is being accusing of stealing music for one of his biggest hits.
The three-time Grammy winner is being sued for allegedly plagiarizing another song for his 2018 triple-platinum single, "Call Out My Name."
Songwriters Suniel Fox and Henry Strange filed a copyright lawsuit claiming that the hit lifted elements from their 2015 track "Vibeking," according to Law 360. They also say they have records of correspondence with Eric White, the Weeknd's DJ and playback engineer, who told them that the singer described their track as "fire."
Fox and Strange are seeking all profits from "Call Out My Name" as well as legal fees, and they want to prevent The Weeknd from performing or distributing the song until a verdict is reached.
While the Canadian artist copes with the legal action, his career is being recognized by an academic institution, along with another star from Toronto.
The Weeknd and his longtime friend Drake are the subjects of a new course at Ryerson University in their hometown.
"Deconstructing Drake and The Weeknd" will begin in 2022, taught by Professor Dalton Higgins.
"Why Drake & The Weeknd one might ask?," Higgins wrote on Instagram while mentioning courses taught in the United States examining the music of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Prince and Outkast.
"It's time to get our Canadian rap & R&B icons recognized & canonized academically or otherwise," the professor maintained. "And it is CRITICAL for scholars, historians, to examine the Toronto music scene that birthed Drake/Weeknd and helped create the conditions for them to become mega successful."
The latest episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, is definitely a star-studded one.
In celebration of Jada's 50th birthday on September 18, the actress-turned talk show host had an impressive list of celebrity friends make an appearance on her show to wish her a happy birthday, including George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Ciara, Angela Bassett and others. Some of the celebs even posed a fun question for Jada to answer during the celebration. Before the episode ended, Pinkett-Smith received a happy birthday serenade by seven-time Grammy-winning superstar Toni Braxton. Watch the full episode of Jada's Red Table Talk birthday celebration now available on Facebook Watch.
In other news, Deadline has learned that ABC is currently developing Baratunde Thurston's memoir, How to Be Black, as an animated series. Like Thurston's book, the series -- written and co-executive produced by black-ish showrunner Courtney Lilly -- is expected to center on the "community and family that raised a young Baratunde in 1980s Washington, D.C." Voice casting details have yet to be announced. If greenlit, How to Be Black would be ABC's first animated comedy series since The Goode Family in 2009.
Finally, Hulu has given a series order to Black Cake, a new drama from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, with Oprah Winfrey and Aaron Kaplan, Deadline reports. Based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake is described as a "murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting." It follows various narratives including the story of a runaway bride, who "is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder." A release date for Black Cake has yet to be announced.
Ray J's former manager claims he has a second sex tape of him with Kim Kardashian, and Ray isn't happy about it.
During a podcast, Wack 100 stated that he had a tape that "was more graphic and better than the first one," which was titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar.
That tape was recorded in 2002 while Ray and Kim were celebrating her 23rd birthday in Mexico. It was released in 2007 by Vivid Entertainment.
“This ain’t cool," Ray J commented on Instagram about Wack's 100's claim. "I been staying off the Raydar -- Just staying focused and being humble and thankful for all the blessings I’m receiving.”
“How can I show growth and maturity if this kinda of stuff keeps happening?" he added. "I’m a father now and my job is to be a great parent and put them first. This is not the message I want to send out.”
Ray J has two kids with Princess Love: Melody, 3, and Epik, 1.
After the sex tape was released, Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, then later dropped the suit and settled for a reported $5 million.
Kim's attorney, Marty Singer, says a second sex tape doesn't exist.
“The claim that there is an unreleased sex tape is unequivocally false,” Singer told Page Six. “It is unfortunate that people make these statements to try and get their 15 minutes of fame.”
Following enormous publicity spurred by the original tape, the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted in October 2007, launching the multi-million dollar Kardashian brand franchise. Last year, Kim's celebrity took a different direction when she starred in the Oxygen channel documentary The Justice Project.
If Billy Porter ever had the chance to speak to the late Elizabeth Taylor, he knows exactly what he'd say to her: "Thank you."
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Porter reacted to being honored by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation with their prestigious Commitment to End AIDS Award. Saying he was "humbled" by the honor, the Cinderella star couldn't hold back the overwhelming appreciation he has for the late actress.
"You know, I have been gay a long time. I've been out since the '80s, when it wasn't so popular. HIV was around, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first people in the public eye with celebrity to show the world how to love, to show the world what unconditional love looks like," Porter said. "And all these years later to be honored in her name is... takes my breath away."
And, although Taylor passed before the two could meet, Porter says that he would tell the actress, "Thank you," if ever given the chance.
Porter, who revealed in May that he's been HIV positive for 14 years, reflected on his advocacy work and what this award signifies in his journey.
"To be seen, inside of a space where I was not for a long time and not only not seen, but dismissed from the conversation... it is breathtaking to me that in the choosing of myself, in the choosing of my truth and my authenticity, my life has transformed and it's magical," he explained, noting that it also reflects a positive shift in public opinion.
Said Porter, "There is an evolution that's going on. We've come a long way. And I know sometimes that's hard to see because there's so much negativity, but we also have to remember how far we've come."
50 Cent and Snoop Dogg are blasting the Emmy Awards after no Black actors won in the major categories.
Following Sunday night's show, Variety's headline read: "#EmmysSoWhite: No Actors of Color Win Despite Record Nominee Lineup."
Fiddy posted a screenshot of the Variety article and commented on Instagram, "Listen the Emmys still has a separate bathroom for colored folks. I’m gonna put the NAACP awards on the air at the same time and f**k up their numbers. No they really should be afraid of me I’m different.”
Snoop posted a collage of photos of 38 Black nominees, including Kevin Hart, Issa Rae, Don Cheadle and the late Michael K. Williams, and commented on Instagram, "Then U wonder why I say f**kall these bulls**t a** award shows. They not for us Emmy these nuts in ya mouth."
In 2015, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became prominent after African-American stars were ignored at the Academy Awards. This year, Blacks were shut out as winners in all twelve of the lead and supporting actor and actress Emmy categories.
RuPaul did win for Outstanding Competition Program for RuPaul's Drag Race, and became the most awarded person of color in the history of the Emmys, with 11 wins total.
A Los Angeles judge has ordered Dr. Dre to fork over an additional $1.5 million in legal fees to his ex-wife, Nicole Young, in their ongoing divorce battle.
The judge estimated that Nicole’s reasonable legal fees in the case through July 2 should total $3 million, plus costs, according to documents obtained by the New York Post. Those additional charges include $1 million toward the balance of her fees, and another $550,000 in costs associated with the case.
Young and her lawyers had previously claimed fees in the case were close to $4 million. The court papers reflect that Young is being represented by celebrity attorney Samantha Spector, whose legal tab can cost up to $1,100 per hour.
Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, had been previously ordered to pay Nicole $293,306 in monthly temporary spousal support, as well as household security, insurance, gardening, taxes, repairs and maintenance costs, retroactive to September 1, 2020. That comes to a grand total of $3,812,987 over the past year, the judge estimated in the ruling.
The seven-time Grammy winner and Beats mogul was ordered to pay Young roughly $300,000 a month in spousal support in July.
Dre, 56, and Young, 51, wed in 1996. They share two children: Truice, 24, and 20-year-old Truly.
Rihanna is prepping for her Savage X Fenty Vol. 3 show, which will stream on Amazon this Friday. And the superstar, who recently reached billionaire status thanks to her Fenty brand, says no matter what she does, she likes to stay humble.
She tells Extra that it's "scary" to think about how big her empire has grown, and adds, "I do think about it all the time. I make it a point to think about it, because I… get scared when, you know, the pedestal comes into play and...they keep wanting to put you up there. I’m like, ‘No, I want to be on the ground.’ I want to feel my feet on the ground...I don't want to be this icon…I want to remember who I am.”
But even though Rihanna says she doesn't want to be put on a pedestal, she's totally fine with young girls being inspired by all her success.
“I think that is what makes it worth it. That's what I want. That's what I worked for," she tells Extra. "I want to be able to be an inspiration, and I want to be inspired by even my fans, people who look up to me -- I look up to them. And it's mutual respect that I have, because I wouldn't be here without them.”
As for her Savage X Fenty lingerie line, Rihanna notes, "We want women to feel sexy no matter what society has told them before -- like, 'Here's where you have a space, here's where you feel represented, and here's where you're going to find something that you love to wear and feel sexy.'"
Rihanna also told Extra that new music is coming, but we'll believe it when we see it.
Gabrielle Union says more needs to be done to ensure all actors are paid fairly in Hollywood -- especially those of color.
Speaking to 9 to 5ish with theSkimm, Union explained why she's a big believer in being transparent about salary, saying the pay disparity is worse among Black actresses and calling upon her own pay negotiating experiences to illustrate the matter.
"As Black actresses, there's almost shame involved because we get paid so much less," Union began, noting that Black actors take note of who tops the Forbes' highest paid celebrity list year after year. "You're like, 'Oh, I'm a failure. I'm a failure! That's what they're making? And I'm nowhere close.' But that's because Black actors don't talk to each other."
She says the best way to obtain better pay is by knowing what your colleagues are making. Union says studios are counting on talent to not know what to ask for because it allows them to offer a much lower salary.
"They assume, justifiably [and] rightly so, that none of us are talking and that's how [we] screw each other," the Bring It On star explained, noting that some studios have even been deceitful about what other actors are earning in order to trick someone into thinking they signed a great contract.
Union says that's more than enough reason to make actors of color want to talk money with each other, because it can save them from accepting a potentially bad deal. She says actors of color can then negotiate a better deal by asking studios, "Okay, now please tell me again why you're low-balling me based off of nothing, hoping that I'm an idiot?"
Union closed by referencing a meme she recently saw, which read, "They know your worth. They just hope you don't."
Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. is literally following in his father's footsteps in the new Starz series Black Mafia Family.
In the new crime drama, Flenory Jr. plays his father Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, the eldest brother behind the Black Mafia Family, one of the most influential crime families during the 1980s. Flenory Jr. tells ABC Audio that having his mother watch him on set during production was an emotional experience.
"I swear she couldn't hold her tears in. She started crying from the moment they said, 'Action' and I started doing my lines," he says. "She said that I reminded her so much of my dad that [she] couldn't even fathom it... it was just so surreal for her because my dad was taken away from me at 6 years old... [but] I grew his mannerisms and... it was blowing her mind."
Flenory Jr.'s relatives also had the same reaction, including his grandma who says he and actor Da'Vinchi, who plays Flenory's younger brother Terry, "really look like [her] sons."
"And you know once she says that we know that it's true," Flenory Jr. says. "She couldn't stop crying... Everybody's... just blown away... It's so authentic and natural that people [are] blown away."
While Flenory Jr.'s father may not get the immediate opportunity to see his son on set like the rest of his family -- since he's currently serving out a 30-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering -- Flenory Jr. says he knows his father definitely approves of his portrayal.
"He was just proud of what he's seen from the... trailer. So I'm just happy... he's proud," he shares. "He loves it. He's happy. So that's all that matters."
BMF premieres this Sunday, September 26, at 9 p.m. ET.
Lil Nas X's hit song "Industry Baby" as we know it features Jack Harlow, but in an alternate universe, it could have sounded a lot different.
The rapper, who released his debut studio album Montero last week, hosted a Q&A session on Twitter on Tuesday and revealed that he attempted to get his idol on the track.
When a fan on Twitter asked, "Which song did u send Nicki Minaj," the 22-year-old responded, "industry baby." No further explanation was given on why a Lil Nas X and Nicki collaboration failed to come to fruition.
Although the song with Nicki didn't happen, Montero is full of collaborations with other talented artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat and Elton John.
During the Q&A, the "Old Town Road" artist also dished that he wanted to team up with Lady Gaga on a record for his album but he "never finished writing to it & sending it to her."
While Lil Nas X clearly has no problem getting an assist from other artists on his songs, he surprisingly hasn't done any features himself. He offered a simple explanation when a fan inquired about that.
"[I] haven't found the right song yet," he replied. "i want it to feel like a moment."
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on July 31, and in spite of the pandemic, their lives are flourishing.
Swizz and iconic producer Timbaland created the Verzuz battles which have become a global success, earning them the title of "Titans" on TIME magazine's 100 most influential people list. Keys is celebrating her 20th anniversary in music with a YouTube Original docuseries, Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories, which debuts September 30.
Her Grammy winning husband, whose legal name is Kasseem Daoud Dean, met her when they were teenagers. He admits he struck out at first when he wanted to date her.
"I've known her since I was about 15," says Swizz, now 43, in the trailer for his TV One Uncensored episode. "I asked for her number. I didn't get it at the time."
However, Dean's persistence paid off. "I think I came back strong," he say proudly. The couple have two sons together, and he has produced several of her songs.
Swizz, who is an art collector as well as a musician, has a long list of writing and production credits with other stars, including tracks with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Ronald Isley, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, and DMX.
Swizz Beatz' Uncensored episode airs Sunday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET, on TV One.
Hood narrates her own story, which will debut on the BET+ streaming service on October 6. Remy, who previously appeared in Empire, will be joined in the cast by singer Tank and veteran actress Debbi Morgan, whose long list of credits includes Roots: The Next Generations, All My Children, and Power.
The "All The Way" rapper recorded the song "The Godmother" for the film.
Like Hood, Remy also served time in prison. She was convicted of assault for shooting a member of her entourage over a financial dispute in 2007 and served six years of an eight-year sentence. She was released in 2014.
Jay-Z is continuing his fight for social justice by taking legal action against the Kansas City Kansas Police Department
Team Roc, the philanthropic arm of his Roc Nation, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the KCKPD for alleged police misconduct. Team Roc attorney Alex Spirotold ABC News that the police department is covering up documents which could be used as evidence.
"Because of the [Kansas] Public Records Act that allows interested parties to look at various states and government documents, we're allowed to see certain files and how the government handled certain issues," Spiro said. "The government has attempted to block our access to those files, and so we're suing to see what they don't want us to see."
The lawsuit alleges that the KCKPD has agreed to provide documents "pertaining to the complaints made against members of the Investigative Division," but has "refused to produce documents pertaining to any steps that the City has taken in response to those complaints, including any investigations or disciplinary proceedings initiated as a result of the complaints."
The suit references several reported incidents, including an officer who is charged with committing sex crimes involving a minor, two officers charged with a felony and misdemeanor assault over the mistreatment of an inmate, officers indicted on charges of stealing from homes where they were serving search warrants, and a federal lawsuit in which a Black female KCKPD officer sued the department for alleged race and gender discrimination.
Last year, Yo Gotti joined Team Roc in filing a federal lawsuit against the Mississippi prison system on behalf of 152 inmates, accusing the Parchman prison of subjecting inmates to alleged "barbaric" conditions
Rihanna continues to build the excitement for her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 fashion event, which promotes her Savage X Fenty line of lingerie.
RiRi dropped a trailer on Tuesday for Friday's show, which will features performances by Nas, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, Normani, and Jade Novah. Normani also took part in last year's show, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which featured appearances by Roddy Ricch, Miguel, Ella Mai and Mustard.
Over the weekend, the "Umbrella" singer posted on Instagram, "Waiting for Vol. 3 to drop knowing y'all ain't ready."
Erykah Badu will also appear on the show, along with renowned models Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk and many more.
Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 will stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday, September 24.