In a somewhat of a Kris Jenner move, Toni waited for season 6 of Braxton Family Values to come around to share the big news. “I have an announcement to make — I’m engaged!” she tells her family as she shows off her yellow diamond in the BVF trailer released on Saturday (Feb. 17).
Toni and Birdman have been romantically linked since 2016, but have remained relatively silent about their relationship. They have also repeatedly denied rumors they are engaged. Toni’s rep had to shut down rumors she was married in October.
The singer most recently denied Birdman was her husband during an interview with Power 105’s Angie Martinez (while wearing a diamond ring, which she claimed was just a birthday gift).
“Tamar told the world we’re married and we eloped. We are not married. I promise you. Maybe I wouldn’t be so explosive about it, but I wouldn’t deny it. I wouldn’t say ‘I’m not married,’ if someone asked me. I’m not married.”
Toni was referring to her sister Tamar Braxton’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show last year when she shared her suspicions. “I think that’s my brother-in-law, I do,” Tamar told the host. “I think they eloped. I’m telling you, they is married.”
Tamar, Toni’s sisters, and the Braxton matriarch, Evelyn Braxton, have given their stamp of approval to the unlikely couple. Evelyn had nothing but nothing but kind things to say about Birdman during a 2016 interview on The Rickey Smiley Show:
“I don’t care what other people say about him he is a nice man. He’s full of ‘respek.’ Put some respek on it! I met him years ago, Toni’s known him for about 15 years… Ever since I’ve been knowing that young man, I think he’s just phenomenal.”
Season 6 of Braxton Family Values premieres in March on WE TV, the season will also continue to document the breakdown of Tamar and Vincent Herbert’s marriage.
Blac Chyna is getting the Kardashian treatment in a way she probably never intended. A short sex tape of the TV personality has leaked online without her permission and she’s hoping for legal repercussions.
Chyna became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter today (Tues, Feb. 19) after a clip of her performing oral sex on an unknown man went viral. The 1 minute, 23 second video was uploaded by an anonymous source and she says she had no involvement in its release.
Walter Mosely, Chyna’s lawyer, couldn’t comment on the video to TMZ because “It’s a criminal matter.” However, Chyna and her legal team have contacted police in hopes of finding out who uploaded the video and to possibly sue the culprit.
Twitter has suspended the original account that posted the video as well as accounts that have shared it.
Attorney Lisa Bloom represents Chyna in her “revenge porn” case against ex-fiancé and father of her daughter Rob Kardashian, who posted (then deleted) several nude photos of her on social media last year after believing she was cheating on him. In response to her client’s latest nude scandal, Bloom tweeted:
Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse. It's also a way to try to slut shame women for being sexual. Girls have killed themselves over revenge porn. It's not a joke.
While it’s clearly Chyna in video, her male companion’s face is never seen. However, his voice is very much audible. Chyna’s ex, Meechie, believes its him in the video and also says he had nothing to do with its release. He wrote on Instagram:
“I can’t believe any body would stoop this low. I stay in my lane. I don’t do the drama… Now I gotta deal with my dick plastered all over the world. You gotta be fckn kidding me.”
Here a few Twitter reactions to the leaked sex tape, with many making fun of Chyna’s “skills”:
Conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham is rightfully being dragged on Twitter after telling LeBron James and Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” after they criticized Donald Trump.
We’ve come to expect dog whistles and subtle racist rhetoric from Fox News, but Ingraham’s intentions were crystal clear on the Thursday (Feb. 15) broadcast of The Ingraham Angle.
The host suggested James and Durant should “shut up” about politics because all they do is “bounce a ball.” She went on to describe their Trump comments as “barely intelligible” and “ungrammatical” and “ignorant.”
“Must they run their mouths like that? Unfortunately, a lot of kids—and some adults—take these ignorant comments seriously.
“Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids: This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball.
“Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So, keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, ‘shut up and dribble.’”
Ingraham and Fox News’ latest attempt to silence black athletes on political matters is a response to comments James and Durant made on the web series, Rolling with the Champion.
James said about Trump:
“The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f*ck about the people.”
James—whose home was vandalized with “n*gger” spray painted on his gate last year—went on to say that fame and money doesn’t shield him from racism and racially-charged remarks such as Ingraham’s.
“No matter how far—money or access or how you become in life as an African-American man—they will always try to figure out a way to let you know that you’re still beneath them.”
For his part, Durant opined that “our team, as a country, is not ran by a great coach.” And the show’s host, Cari Champion, added: “It’s also scary because I shouldn’t be numb to your racist comments. I shouldn’t be numb to your behavior.”
The clip of Laura Ingraham slamming LeBron James and Kevin Durant for simply speaking went viral causing her to become a top 10 trending topic on Twitter for most of the day. And many weren’t here for her racist dog whistle/megaphone, including Dwyane Wade.
They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths. https://t.co/OwLSMHIG0m
Your friendly reminder that while LeBron James might be an athlete, he's still an American. He has a Congressman, two Senators, and a President. He's eligible to vote, and he has just as much of a right to talk about politics as Laura Ingraham does. https://t.co/4dk5uPzSnb
“Must they run their mouths like that?” @IngrahamAngle asked in her segment centered around calling @KingJames an uppity idiot. Yes, to answer her question—and also, thanks for making his point about being subject to racism despite being wealthy. https://t.co/QLJ5lVIQH7
Thought, Laura Ingraham’s LeBron hate stems from her website spreading that picture of Cavaliers victory parade and labeling it “5 miles of Trump supporters” waiting for his rally. She is lashing out to regain control. pic.twitter.com/9TxBVVMiCS
Laura Ingraham hates @KingJames because he represents excellence in everything he does. He’s enormously talented, intelligent, humble and uses his unmatched influence to inspire future generations to be great. And she despises that he’s all of those things, and Black. Simple.
I’m sure the network she works for has interviewed a bunch of athletes, just couldn’t find the screenshots quickly. The point is, what’s the prerequisite for who can talk politics? So, Fox News folks who agree with Laura… you okay with these segments?
And if you reply “stick to sports,” you should probably tune of out Fox News because they’ve got karate guys talking climate change on there. (Which I’m cool with… it’s his right.) Unless it’s just about you needing to feel like you’ve got control of athletes like Lebron.
Following the backlash, Laura Ingraham issued a statement claiming there was “no racial intent” in her remarks and that she’s used the “shut up and…” against celebs since 2003.
“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics.
“I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians.
“There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism.
“Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.”
Ingraham also intends to address the controversy on tonight’s show (Feb. 16), and she doesn’t seem to be backing down on her stance.
Oprah may not be running for president, but there is one black Hollywood “starlet” who’s interested in becoming an elected politician: Stacey Dash.
Even though I know you wanna laugh, the problematic black Republican is actually serious.
A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/L71fF0NnXR
Claiming a “number of people” have suggested she run for political office, Dash took to Twitter last week (Feb. 9) to announce she’s mulling the idea of running for Congress in her home state of California. She asked her 564K followers their thoughts and even included a mock political button to seem legit—“Dash to D.C.” or D2DC.
In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress. Would love to know what my fans and friends think. pic.twitter.com/e9z8MuFu5m
Another user reminded Dash of her 2006 nude Playboy photo shoot. Dash wrote that her kids encouraged her to do Playboy after discussing the opportunity: “If they didn’t have an issue with it, neither should anyone else. #NoShame.”
My response: I conferred with my children when offered. They told me “go for it mom.” If they didn’t have an issue with it, neither should anyone else. #NoShame
Dash, a Donald Trump supporter, has faced heavy backlash with her problematic and controversial political stances in recent years. She said the Democratic Party has as “plantation mentality,” suggested transgender people use the bathroom “in the bushes,” and believes we should get rid of Black History Month and BET.
Dash is not backing down. Her latest political comments are in regards to the Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. Dash shared her thoughts on how to address and fix the mass shooting issue in the country in a lengthy Twitter thread on Thursday (Feb. 15).
There is no one answer for what happened in Florida or what’s happened over the last 45 days or what is happening & sadly will happen again. Gun accountability is needed. https://t.co/7KRMI3JXT1
This is a multilayered, complicated issue interconnected with a number of problems. Thoughts and prayers won’t stop it. One size fits all legislation won’t stop it and it transcends politics. This is a societal issue and like a disease needs in depth diagnosis and treatment.
This is not to be solved online in tweets, posts or the like. This needs federal examination and yet it need some type of national, cultural discourse outside of the federal government that can’t even address its own issues and get simple reforms passed.
We, as people of all colors, faiths and economic backgrounds need to put aside politics, examine our lives, our culture, our media, our entertainment and our environment as a whole thing to see where the cancer is. It’s there. It’s growing. I wish I could lay hands and cure it.
If your ratchet antennas have not been tuned to “The Queens Court,” the online talk show and podcast hosted by Khia of “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” fame and transwoman TS Madison, then you need to pull head out of Mona Scott-Young’s messy wig and get with the best thing to hit the hoodverse since WorldStarHipHop.
But just as The Queens Court was gaining serious steam it all fell apart in a spectacularly messy fashion. It all started with the new year when TS Madison decided to give The Queens Court a little bit of a makeover.
The show in its original inception consisted of nothing more than TS Madison and Khia sitting in front of an iPad in her living room talking shit, laughing and roasting callers who dialed in for the fun. But Maddie decided the talk show needed a real set, so she and Khia got a backdrop, some props and judges’ robes. Which might’ve been tolerable, but along with the new props, Maddie decided to hire a “professional” production crew to enhance the lighting and camera equipment.
Unfortunately, that didn’t go so well when they tried to go live with for their weekly episode on Monday (Feb. 5) with special guest Monique. The audio, the lighting, and the stream were all jacked up, and after several delays, Madison couldn’t get it to work and she broke down. This might’ve been behind the scenes drama that none of us would’ve known about if Monique hadn’t been live streaming the entire debacle on her Periscope. (THE SHADE!!!)
Khia, who has a world famous motor mouth and an equally hot temper, was OVER the production crew’s failures and decided she was better off not participating in the shitshow, so off she went, leaving Madison a heaping, sobbing mess all by her lonesome.
After the aborted interview and the behind-the-scenes meltdown began to make the rounds on the internet, chatter about the death of The Queens Court began to trend on Black Twitter and YouTube. Funky Dineva (real name Quentin Latham), a distressed and evicted blogger who’s had more than his own share of public failures and flops, took to his YouTube channel to offer his take and his advice to the pair. Given that he’s supposedly “friends” with TS Madison and once appeared on one of Khia’s “roast and gag” live streams that preceded The Queens Court, Quentin’s perspective carried more weight than others.
In the video, Funky Dineva gives props to the duo for building a viral brand, but he reveals his disdain and disgust for Khia, who he brands a liar.
Things got quiet for a while and people expected the duo to return to the air the following week on Feb. 12, but alas, the dynamic duo were no-shows. Madison did emerge to confirm that The Queens Court was on hiatus and would return in March, but the two were still committed to their live appearances.
Well, Khia finally broke her silence after being quiet for a week and let loose on a live stream of her own on Tuesday morning. It’s 59 minutes, so if you feel like listening to an angry badger scream and sputter, have fun:
If you don’t have the stomach for Khia’s bile, here are the highlights:
She warned Madison not to trust the production crew she hired as she didn’t trust their energy and felt they were lying about their production capabilities.
She’s annoyed that Madison tried to overcomplicate the show by adding all of the new elements and props.
She felt like Monique was fake and troublesome and shouldn’t have been live-streaming the behind-the-scenes chaos to her fans.
She loves The Queens Court and still likes TS Madison, and will be continuing on with the live shows, but Madison pulled some moves that she didn’t appreciate as a business partner.
Funky Dineva is a “punk” and a cocaine-snorting loser who has been whispering in Maddie’s ear and feeding her lies.
She’s pretty much going back to doing her own thing and will be doing her own live streams at her house from now on.
It was a lot to digest and once Khia’s rant made the rounds, TS Madison had to respond with her own response:
Unlike Khia’s video, Madison’s live stream was only 20 minutes but again, in case you want the highlights:
She never did or implemented any changes on the show without consulting with Khia, which includes the backdrop, the judges’ robes and more.
She admits the production people she hired let her down and they should’ve tested the equipment well in advance of the actual show.
She claims Khia hasn’t been as involved or helpful with the back-end side of things so she’s had to pick up the slack pretty much on her own as the business lead.
The love between the two remains, and like Khia, she will do the live appearances, but she doesn’t understand why Khia has blocked her on social media if they’re supposed to be cool.
She remains hopeful that The Queens Court will return in proper form on March 19th.
On top of Khia and Madison’s responses, Funky Dineva had yet ANOTHER response, taking aim at Khia for claiming that he snorted coke in front of her.
Again, the highlights:
He admits to using a variety of drugs including cocaine, but denies doing it in front of Khia.
He calls her a liar and a gossip who makes up stories about people.
He asks why her kids don’t want to associate with her.
He’s making money off of talking about Khia and Madison and made nearly $2,000 off of one video.
Are you exhausted yet? Cause I am.
I hope that Khia can get over herself and return to the fold so that The Queens Court can live on. TS Madison was certainly trying to do too much too soon, but her heart was in the right place and it’s still salvageable. Madison just needs to listen to Khia, fire the crew, and get back to basics on what the fans want. And Khia needs to put Funky Dineva on the docket, roast him once and for all, and stop feeding his YouTube piggy bank.
TS Madison is certainly holding out hope. Come on, Khia. Don’t let her, or the fans, down.
Wendy Williams must be cursed by themed episodes. The talk show host was forced to cancel her Valentine’s Day show as well as tapings for the rest of the week due to her exhibiting “flu-like symptoms.”
Today’s Valentine’s Day episode, which featured Taye Diggs as the guest, was abruptly canceled Tuesday (Feb. 14) because Williams was ill. A spokesperson then announced all remaining shows for this week were canceled.
“Wendy is still experiencing flu-like symptoms, and so she can rest up and get better, we have decided to cancel tapings the rest of the week.”
Williams gave a health update to her fans earlier today via an Instagram video. Though she hadn’t been officially diagnosed with the flu, she said she was feeling “flu-ish.”
“It’s not the flu yet, but I feel flu-ish. It’s not a five on a scale of one to five, it’s not even a four… I feel awful, I had to be talked [out of going] into work today, and taking off a few days to get myself together.”
This is the first time in the show’s 9-season run that Williams has missed a taping. Referring herself to a “thoroughbred,” she says she has always been hesitant to take days off work, even in her radio days.
“I took the proper vacation time, but take off sick? What? No, never,” she said.
Williams last had a health scare during her Halloween show in 2017. Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, the host fainted live on-air, explaining later that she simply overheated in her costume (though the incident looked more serious).
The CDC expects the 2017-18 flu season to be one of the worst and could break records. “This is a difficult season,” said Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC. “Everything we are looking at is bad news.”
The flu is currently widespread in 49 states with 7.7 percent of all hospital visits being related to flu-like symptoms, a rate that is on track to meet or exceed the “swine flu” pandemic in 2009-10.
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Tommie Lee might be adding another mugshot to her collection. Police are investigating a matter after Tommie allegedly attacked a mall employee in Atlanta.
On February 1, Tommie and an unknown male walked into the Henry Bendel jewelry store in Lenox Square mall. According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Tommie got into an argument with an employee named Daniella. The argument escalated and Tommie went behind the employee counter and allegedly slapped and punched Daniela repeatedly.
The store’s manager broke up the fight between the two women. Tommie and her male companion fled the scene before cops arrived. However, the incident was captured on camera and police have launched an investigation.
Daniella told cops she had bruising on the left side of her face and eye and wants to press charges. TMZ also reports Daniella has obtained a lawyer and may seek to sue Tommie.
The Henry Bendel store manager says Tommie and her friend come to the store often and have tried to steal items in the past. During her Feb. 1 visit, Tommie was reportedly rude while shopping and Daniella confronted her about her attitude, which sparked the physical altercation.
Tommie has an extensive arrest record, racking up over 30 mugshots since 2003. Her most recent mugshot came in 2016 when she turned herself into authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest for making “terrorist threats” against fellow LHHATL castmate, Joseline Hernandez.
She stated last year that she would not be returning for season 7 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, which will air later this year.
Despite Cardi B recently shutting down the rumor, its still being reported the rapper may currently be pregnant, and members of her entourage accidentally shared the private news.
TMZ reports one of Cardi’s reps told staff at the Maxim Super Bowl party in Minneapolis last weekend that the rapper was “3 to 4” months pregnant.
Cardi performed at the event where there was a VIP section reserved for football players and talent and a second VIP section for Cardi and her crew. TMZ reports a rep for the rapper declined an offer for Cardi to be escorted back to her VIP section explaining she wanted to avoid the “party atmosphere” because she is currently with child.
Cardi chose to stay near the stage and drink Fiji water instead of mingling with the other VIP guests who were consuming alcohol.
Earlier this month, a fan asked if Cardi was secretly pregnant and the “Bodak Yellow” MC denied the suggestion like only she could. “No b*tch, I’m just getting fat,” she wrote. “Let me fat in peace.”
Cardi is currently engaged to Migos member Offset. The status of the couple’s relationship has been questioned since videos leaked in December of Offset with other women. Cardi addressed the cheating rumors and said she would follow her heart and mind when making a decision on how to move forward in her relationship.
Again, we should note, TMZ is not reporting that Cardi B is, in fact, pregnant, but that a member of her team allegedly claimed she was.
Fantasia Barrino and her family have suffered an unexpected loss. The singer’s teenage nephew has died after being shot.
18-year-old Tyquan Vonricco Washington was found suffering a gunshot wound in Greensboro, NC around 11 am Tuesday morning (Feb. 13). Paramedics performed life-saving measures on the teen, but he was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
David Lee White Jr, 21, has been arrested for the shooting and was charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Guilford County Jail without bond.
Greensboro police released Washington’s identity in a news release.
Earlier today, Ricco Barrino, Washington’s father and Fantasia’s brother, wrote a love letter to his son. Ricco recalls fond memories of his son and writes that he always knew he was special.
“A love letter to my son. Dear son I needed to write this sooner but it’s funny how life make you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations. I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has…
“Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there.
Fantasia shared two photos of her nephew on Instagram. “Ty, Auntie is So Sorry Baby,” she wrote. “RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad.”
Ricco’s manager tells FOX8 News that Ricco and Washington’s mother are both “heartbroken.”
The manager added that Ricco knew his son had been in “some trouble but was turning his life around.” The 18-year had aspirations of becoming a musician like his father and Grammy-winning aunt, and was currently working on a mixtape.
Our thoughts are with the Barrino family as they mourn this tragic and unexpected loss.
Yesterday (Mon, Feb. 12) marked another historic moment in Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s legacy. The former President and First Lady of the United States helped unveil their official portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The Obamas each handpicked the artist they wanted to paint their portraits. The former president chose Kehinde Wiley and Mrs. Obama picked Amy Sherald. Both artists are known for painting portraits of African-Americans.
Wiley also now becomes the first black artist to paint a presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, which displays the portrait of each president.
“I look pretty sharp,” Barack said after seeing himself in art form. Wiley depicted the former president sitting in a chair with a wall of greenery behind him. Wiley is known for painting portraits of prominent black figures in heroic and royal poses. The Grio likened Obama’s post to a king.
“From the greenery sprout flowers that have symbolic meaning for the sitter. African blue lilies represent Kenya, his father’s birthplace; jasmine stands for Hawaii, where Mr. Obama himself was born; chrysanthemums, the official flower of Chicago, reference the city where his political career began, and where he met his wife.”
Sherald’s portrait shows Michelle Obama posing in a gown designed by Michelle Smith featuring geometric shapes reminiscent of African textiles.
“Sherald’s interpretation of Ms. Obama used a stylized gray hue to portray Black skin tones. The use of gray is a political statement of sorts for Sherald, in which she discards the assigned “color” of African-American subjects. Sherald’s approach is more about artistic expression and composition than about realism.”
“Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love,” Barack said, praising Sherald.
Michelle also noted in her speech what it means for little black girls to see her portrait hanging in the gallery.
“I’m also thinking about all the…girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place…will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution.”
Twitter had mixed reactions to the portraits. Many were excited for the Obamas return to the spotlight and praised the two black artists. The two images also sparked a few memes.
I LOVE that Barack and Michelle Obama chose Black artists to paint their portraits. The Obamas were America's first Black first family, so it's fitting they bestowed this "first" on two Black artists as well. pic.twitter.com/nQfofwJVTy
I really like both of the portraits and I love that the Obamas chose to showcase the immense talents of two black artists. It's was a new chapter in our country's history and I love a new style of art to commemorate it.