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Friday, July 4, 2014

FINISHED BEFORE IT STARTED: Zendaya is no longer doing the Aliyah film, satisfying both fans and the late star's family

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Zendaya Coleman (hot Credit: BET Networks)

Zendaya Coleman won't be playing her favorite female singer Aliyah in the movie about her life after all. 

Lifetime announced via their Twitter page on Sunday (June 29) that the Disney star won't move forward with the Debra Martin Chase (Princess Diaries, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Courage Under Fire) produced biopic. Production on the film has been completely halted. It appears that a combination of fan and family disgruntlement and other major factors, such as not being able to obtain the rights to the late star's music led to the actress's and the network's decision.

At the BET Awards which aired on the same night, Coleman rocked a street chic style that looked as if she was attempting to evoke Aliayah, but she did not mention the film.  Now we know why.

Since the mid-June announcement of Coleman's casting there had been chatter about whether she was a good fit for the role, from complaints that Coleman, 17 could not pull off the character to claims that sh was not "black enough." The young actress handled her critics with humility in and Associated Press article saying she simply wanted the role to pay tribute to one of her idols. 

 "I really want it to be perfect for her and show young people what she was able to do and what she accomplished. I can't please everybody ... what I can do is work really hard and you know, just continue to show her legacy. I feel like she grew up so young and she grew up in the industry ... and she just had to deal with so much. I connect with that." 

But she wanted to do it right.   

In an MTV interview following news of her departure from the project, Zendaya gives the impression that she declined the opportunity because the film would not have done justice to Aliyah's memory.  She said the project still a lot of loose ends and that she would still be open to taking on the role in the future.

Another hang up with the biopic was that the network did not confer with Aliyah's family about their casting decision in addition to the fact that they wanted their loved one represented on the big screen:

On behalf of the entire family, Aaliyah's uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson released a statement yesterday (June 20), urging fans to bombard Lifetime Network with calls and letters to stop the film's production.
The statement reads:

"Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash.

Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.

Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!

Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.

We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine."

Aliyah, an R&B star died at age 22 in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001 following the production of her final video, "Rock the Boat."  
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cedric the Entertainer resigns as 'Millionaire' host; Terry Crews steps in

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By Mona Austin

The Old Spice guy -- Terry Cruz will replace Cedric The Entertainer as the host of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire." Cedric is so busy he can no longer maintain the 'Millionaire'  gig, he said in a statement.

Ceddie (as his girlfriend on the "Steve Harvey Show" called him) served as host for a year following  a decade of hosting by Meredith Vierra.  The King of Comedy said in a statement that the moving parts of his acting schedule will no loner be able to accommodate the show's move to a new production facility in Connecticut.

"With the many television and film projects that I have going on which shoot and promote in various parts of the country, a production-base in Connecticut would make it quite difficult to maneuver the many moving parts on my plate," he said in a statement. "So, after much thought and some serious conversations with senior executives at the studio, I decided to let Disney-ABC know that, unfortunately, I'm not able to continue on as host. It has truly been a fantastic ride hosting Millionaire this year — a really great time! Thanks so much to all the fans, contestants, crew, and everyone involved for making it such a fun and gratifying experience." 

Never hesitant to show off the muscular remains of his athletic past, he recently shared  in a "peck duet" with Jimmy Fallon that went viral.  Cruz has done much more than flex his muscles in Old Spice ads including acting and playing professional football.

“In addition to my film projects including Blended, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and now being a first time author, hosting has always been a dream of mine, and I couldn’t have asked for a greater opportunity,” he said. Crews’ recent credits include a recurring stints on The Newsroom and Arrested Development and roles in Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club and Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. Next up is the comedy Blended with Adam Sandler and he’ll be reprising his role as “Hale Caesar” in the third installment of the Expendables franchise. Crews also penned his first book, memoir “Manhood,” which comes out May 20. 
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Michelle Howard is the first woman promoted to highest rank in the Navy

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WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) Adm. Michelle Howard lends a hand to Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus as he and Wayne Cowles, Howard's husband, put four-star shoulder boards on Howard's service white uniform during her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy and will assume the duties and responsibilities as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from Adm. Mark Ferguson. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Yesterday Michelle Howard became the first female 4-star Admiral in the history of the U.S. Navy. Read more. . .
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kendra Wilkinson explodes over husband's alleged affair with transvestite

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Kendra and Hank split over what?!! Find out why the reality TV couple broke up after the jump.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

BET Awards Highlights & Winners

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Los Angeles, CA (June 29, 2014) – It was a night full of electrifying performances, emotional speeches and unforgettable moments at the “BET Awards” '14 -- also known as the "Black World Cup," according to hilarious host Chris Rock -- which aired live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 29.

Pharrell Williams opened the show with an energetic rendition of "Come Get It Bae" surrounded by a bevy of cheerleaders, and was joined by surprise performer and fellow Virginia native, the amazing Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to their feet to "Pass That Dutch."  Williams became a familiar face on the stage after winning both "Best Male R&B/Pop Artist" and "Video of the Year," and again coming on to present music icon Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Young Money andBeyoncé took home the most trophies with three awards, as did acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave” which swept the film award categories.  Pharrell Williams and August Alsina each won two awards.

The tribute to Richie included a presentation of classics "Hello" and "Still" by John Legend and a pulsating rendition of "Brick House" by Ledisi.  Just before Richie came on stage to accept his award, Yolanda Adams delivered a soulful, inspired performance of "Jesus Is Love," bringing the crowd to its feet (and some to tears!) and prompting Richie to admit he was "glad [he] sang the song first."  Richie showed off his own skills when he sat at the piano and serenaded the audience with "Easy," then got the crowd dancing along to "All Night Long."

Chris Brown made a triumphant return to the “BET Awards” stage that drew a standing ovation. He proved he hasn't missed a beat delivering an incredible performance of "Loyal," which was amped up even more with appearances by Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker.

Always one to get the crowd going, Lil Wayne got the mosh pit popping with "Krazy" and "Believe Me."  Jennifer Hudson showed off her incredibly powerful pipes during a performance of "Walk It Out" and debut of her new single "It's Your World" as a disco roller derby swirled around her.  One of today's hottest rising stars, Jhené Aiko joined John Legend on stage for one of the most impressive performances of the evening.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first album, Usher performed an action-packed medley of his biggest hits, including "Yeah!" "Confessions," "Caught Up" and "Love In This Club," which drew a standing ovation. Nicki Minaj gave an dramatic Alice In Wonderland-inspired performance of "Chi-Raq" and "Pills N Potions," filling the stage with oversized mushrooms, a contemporary dancer and a white rabbit.

T.I. showed off his lyrical prowess with "No Mediocre," while Iggy Azalea wowed the crowd with her skills with her hit single "Fancy." Fan and crowd favorite August Alsina, whose earlier performance alongside Trey Songz and Chris Brown drew squeals from all of the ladies in the house, took home the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award. Robin Thicke gave a mesmerizing performance of "Forever Love," while surprise performers Troop, Color Me Badd and Silk scored huge cheers, as each group took the stage for their biggest hits for a '90s throwback medley of "All I Do Is Think of You," "I Wanna Sex You Up" and "Freak Me."

Presenter Kerry Washington, making her first television appearance since giving birth to daughter Isabelle in April, got in on the night's fun with co-presenter Kevin Hart, who tried to convince the crowd that he was, in fact, Oliver Pope, a reference to Kerry's alter-ego Olivia Pope on her hit show "Scandal."

Taking a cue from Ellen DeGeneres' pizza delivery at this year's Oscar® Awards, Rock provided the audience with a delivery of Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles, which they accepted with enthusiasm.  Rock had the crowd laughing throughout the night, thanks to his riffs on a range of hot topics, from Donald Sterling to Jay-Z and Solange to Dr. Dre and the Beats/Apple deal.

A taped performance of Beyoncé and Jay-Z of "Partition" capped the epic night, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town. The "BET Awards" '14 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Bow Wow, Keshia Chante, Eva Marcille, Terrence Jenkins, Keyshia Cole, Mike Tyson, Nick Cannon, Zendaya, DeSean Jackson, Boris Kodjoe, Gary Owen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chadwick Boseman, Tyrese and Nate Parker.

Tim King (Founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies) and Denzel Thompson (a 19-year-old founder and manager of a successful community urban farm and garden) were recognized as the 2014 Shine-A-Light recipients.

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company.  The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year.  It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories.

In addition to all of these incredible moments, the complete list of “BET Awards” ’14 winners is:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Pharrell Williams

Best Group
Young Money

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Pharrell Williams – Happy

Video Director of the Year
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
August Alsina

Best Gospel Artist
Tamela Mann

Best Actress
Lupita Nyong’o

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor

YoungStars Award
KeKe Palmer

Best Movie
12 Years a Slave

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Kevin Durant

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This

Centric Award
Jhené Aiko – The Worst

Best International Act: Africa
Davido (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
Krept & Konan

FANdemonium Award

For performance clips and photos of the “BET Awards” '14, please visit http://www.EPKLink.com/2014BETAwards

BET.com/BETAwards (http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards.html) is the official site for the “BET Awards” ’14 and features all the incredible content from this year’s show. Join the conversation on social media by following BET’s multiple social media platforms dedicated to the BET Awards:

·     On Twitter & Instagram: @BETAwards, Use hashtag: #BETAwards
·     On Facebook: facebook.com/TheBETAwards
·     On Tumblr: betawards.tumblr.com

The “BET Awards” ’14 took place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® in Los Angeles from June 27-29th. The show will premiere on BET's international network Tuesday, July 1 at 8:00 p.m. GMT.

Encore viewings of the show will air on BET on:
·     Monday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.* (immediately followed by the post-show)
·     Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.*
·     Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.*
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