The stars were out and shining bright Sunday night (May 20) in Las Vegas at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Ahead of the festivities at the T-Mobile arena, a number of musicians, entertainers and celebs walked down the red carpet to pose for photos and show off their outfits.
Check out over 40+ photos below of host Kelly Clarkson, Billboard Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson, Ciara, T.I., Normani Kordei, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Quavo, J.Lo, John Legend and many others on the Billboard Awards red carpet.
Production of MTV’s popular series Catfish: The TV Show was halted earlier this week following sexual misconduct allegations against the show’s main host and creator, Nev Schulman. The allegations were made by a former guest on the show.
Ayissha Morgan recently revealed through two YouTube videos that she experienced sexual harassment while filming a TV show three years ago. Though she didn’t explicitly call out Catfish or Schulman, it’s pretty clear that she’s referring to the MTV show given her appearance in 2015.
Here’s what you need to know about Ayissha Morgan and her allegations against Nev Schulman.
Ayissha Morgan claims Nev Schulman repeatedly sexually harassed her for several days while filming an episode of Catfish.
On May 12, Ayissha Morgan uploaded a video to her YouTube channel titled “The TRUTH about the show.” In the 13-minute video, she describes her experience being sexually harassed by the host of a TV show she appeared on three years ago.
Morgan chooses not to reveal the name of the show or the host. She uses the pseudonym “Jack” for the person she claims repeatedly harassed her and refers to his co-host as “John.” It’s assumed Nev Schulman and Max Joseph are “Jack” and “John” respectively as Morgan appeared on their show Catfish in 2015.
Morgan says her interactions with Schulman became awkward shortly after she met him. He began by flirting and complimenting her looks. It didn’t bother her initially because she thought he was just being “thirsty,” but then it became excessive.
“On every break from filming, every time they said cut, you’re [Jack] like, ‘Oh when can I take you on a date?’ Mind you, this is like 20 minutes into us meeting for the very first time… I have this guy over here making me three times as uncomfortable as I already am.”
Morgan, who is lesbian, says the host then began questioning her sexuality and even suggested they go on a date. It got to the point that Joseph had to intervene and told Schulman to “chill” and stop with the antics.
The harassment escalated when the Catfish crew flew to Houston. She claims Schulman again inquired about her sexual orientation, asked if she’d ever had a sexual experience with a man and, if not, that he should be her first.
“[Shulman would say]: ‘I don’t think you’re a lesbian…I just don’t think you’ve met the right guy yet. Do you think I’m attractive? Have you ever had sex with a guy…I think you should try it. I have a big dick, I would tear your ass up.’”
“He was just like pushing and pushing,” she added. “You’re just not gonna stop,” she recalled thinking at the time.
When the crew landed in Houston, Morgan agreed to “hang out” with Schulman thinking it would be a group outing at the bar in the hotel. However, Schulman allegedly manipulated the situation and ended up alone with Morgan in her hotel room. He asked her to cuddle. She said no and then asked him to leave.
She claims later that night Schulman repeatedly called her hotel room and left suggestive comments/emojis on her social media.
The following day, Morgan claims she overheard members of the Catfish crew discussing Schulman’s behavior and says they weren’t surprised when she described her uncomfortable encounters with him.
“The whole time I was filming [the crew] was talking shit about ‘Jack’ saying ‘nobody likes him, he’s an asshole.’ So I’m starting to think I’m not tripping. This guy is a pure f***ing asshole. He treats women like they’re f***ing toys…I tell them he’s been flirting with me and they’re like ‘yeah, we’re not surprised.’”
Morgan had another uncomfortable encounter with Schulman when she did not have her room key and went to Schulman’s room thinking Joseph would also be present. However, Joseph left, again leaving Morgan alone with the host.
She claims Schulman passed her a note that read: “Do you find me attractive?” She played it off with a joke and suggested she be the female co-host of Catfish. He responded by asking her, “What are you willing to do for it?”
She also claims that he set next to her on the bed, grabbed her arm, and suggested they do sexual acts. She pulled her arm away and sat outside his hotel door until she was able to get her own room key from a producer.
Ayissha also suggests that a female production assistant sexually assaulted her while she was in an extremely intoxicated state.
“Jack”/Nev Schulman was not the only person who Ayissha Morgan makes allegations against. She also suggests that a female production assistant sexually assaulted her while she was drunk. Morgan uploaded a second video on May 14 to describe this encounter.
Morgan refers to the PA as “Carol.” Carol was someone Morgan had become cordial with over the course of filming. She claims Carol came to her hotel room with two large bottles of beer. The two talked for hours, including about Carol’s own relationship issues. But soon into their interaction, Morgan became intensely affected by the alcohol.
“The way this beer hit me was so crazy… Maybe it was just strong beer… It hit me like something I’ve never experienced before.”
Morgan was reluctant to say that Carol drugged her because “that’s a serious allegation” that she can’t say for sure.
However, Morgan becomes most emotional while recalling her experience with Carol, to the point that she couldn’t share much detail fearing she would break down.
She says the two went back to Carol’s room because she said it had two beds. Morgan was surprised to find out there was only one. While in the PA’s room, she describes the alcohol hitting her like a “ton of rocks” and says she was “in and out of consciousness.” She continues:
“I woke up and she was on top of me.”
Getting emotional and crying, Morgan chooses not to go into further detail, but the intimation is that some sort of sexual interaction occurred while she was in a very inebriated state.
Morgan says she was “the laughing stock” amongst the crew the next morning due to whatever happened between her and Carol.
“People were like ‘Oh, Carol got some ass. She always gets lucky when we do things like this. Go Carol.’
“It’s crazy how I’m in your guys’ care and no one decided to come talk to me.”
She also says that, while alone in his room, Schulman asked Morgan to do what she allegedly did with Carol with him. She declined and walked out of his room.
MTV has abruptly halted production of Catfish while the sexually misconduct allegations are being investigated.
Amid Ayissha Morgan’s allegations, MTV temporarily halted production of Catfish on May 17. They have launched an investigation into the matter. The network’s statement reads:
“We’re working with Critical Content, our third-party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”
Catfish: The TV Show premiered in 2012 and wrapped its seventh season in March.
Schulman denies the allegations, while a former Catfish staffer says the host often “flirted” with guests, but would never sexually harass someone.
“The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false.”
A former Catfish crew member told Page Six that Schulman would flirt with guests on the show before he was married, but that Ayissha Morgan’s accusations of sexual misconduct just “isn’t his style.”
“I have a lot of doubts, probably because she over the years has remembered a lot of the basics wrong. A lot of that just couldn’t have happened the way that she said it.”
Schulman previously faced controversy in 2014 when it was publicly revealed that he punched a woman while attending Sarah Lawrence College in 2006. He was ultimately expelled from the school due to the incident.
Schulman described the incident in his 2014 memoir:
“I found myself in a very unpleasant situation, much like a dog with a choke collar. In an effort to free myself, I punched the person and ran off; when I returned minutes later, I discovered that the short, stocky, crew-cut-styled individual that I’d fought with was a woman—a fact I hadn’t been aware of in the heat of the moment.
“The next thing I knew, I’d been arrested. The case was dismissed almost immediately, but Sarah Lawrence took the opportunity to toss me out once and for all.”
The woman in question, however, disputes this account, claiming that she merely tapped Schulman on the shoulder and he hit her “out of nowhere.”
Ayissha publicly shared her experience in hopes that no other woman is a victim of sexual misconduct while filming Catfish.
The reason Ayissha Morgan is coming forward now—three years later—is because she has overcome the depression caused by the experience and doesn’t want another woman who appears on the show to find herself in a similar situation.
“My sole purpose for this video is to bring awareness,” she says.
“With the show still being on the air and so many girls still doing the show, I would feel like a jackass if something happened and I didn’t say anything. I think about it every day, if something has happened in the past three years…I don’t want to think like that. I want to hope that I was the only person that this experience happened to.”
She also assures viewers that she didn’t come forward as a scheme to receive money from MTV.
“I would never put a situation like this out there for money. This is a serious situation and I would never lie about anything that has to do with this topic…you just don’t lie about things like that.”
Though Morgan never explicitly states Catfish in her videos, she did mention the show in a January Facebook post that briefly discusses her depression and being sexually abused. She wrote in part:
“When y’all look at my ‘Catfish’ episode, y’all see the episode itself, when I look at it, I see the breakdown I had in my hotel an hour before I had to film, I locked myself in my room, the producers had to intervene. The sexual abuse I encountered during filming broke me down, & sent me into depression.”
At the time of the Facebook post, it was unclear if the sexual abuse she mentioned was related to her filming experience with Catfish.
Ayissha appeared on a season 4 episode of Catfish after being cyberstalked by a former online admirer.
The allegations Ayissha Morgan makes in her YouTube videos occurred while she filmed an episode of Catfish in 2015. She appeared in the Season 4 Episode 16 show entitled “Sydney and Ayissha.”
Morgan contacted the show to confront a woman she believed was named Sydney. She and “Sydney” had been in an online relationship for 10 years.
The two had never video chatted because Morgan didn’t want to and “Sydney” made excuses for not being able to meet in person even though they both lived in California.
Morgan and “Sydney” had a falling out and Morgan then began to suspect her online admirer was somehow stalking her when she started receiving creepy text messages.
During filming, it was revealed that “Sydney” was really named Whitney and she had been keeping tabs of Morgan by using 8-10 fake social media profiles, of which none used Whitney’s real photo or name.
Whitney apologized for putting Morgan through such an emotional rollercoaster for several years and the two were able to have a heart-to-heart. However, they broke all contact after filming Catfish.
Ayissha is now “living her best life” and married her wife, Ashley Morgan, in July 2017.
Ayissha Morgan has since moved on from her catfish and has found true love. She married her wife, Ashley Morgan, in July 2017.
Ashley owns Bad Ash Training, a business that specializes in personal training and nutrition. She often hosts events such as 5K runs and boot camp training. She studied nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona.
She also frequently writes motivational posts on her Facebook page and seems to have a genuinely kind heart. Ayissha recently shared in a post that, with a broken hand, Ashley pushed a stranger’s car to the gas station that had broken down on the road. Several men rode by without stopping to help.
As for Ayissha, she says she’s currently living her best life and is focused on growing her lash business. She wrote on Facebook in January:
“Today, I’m so blessed. In a healthy marriage, skin glowing, lash business booming, me and my wife’s gym is booming. My wife is happy, she’s motivated, I’m motivated. ALL GLORY TO GOD.”
Nicki Minaj was the musical guest this weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” where she performed two songs.
Following her first performance of her hit single “Chun Li,” the Queens-bred femcee hit the stage for a second time to perform “Poke It Out,” her new single with rap newcomer Playboi Carti. And the performance was much funnier than it should have been.
It started out pretty normal, aside from Playboi Carti bopping around the stage like he was a 5-year-old kid all jacked up on Mountain Dew. But things took an extremely hilarious turn at the end when Nicki casually told Carti “Wait, woah, don’t be all up on me like that” when he was dancing on her, only to instruct him moments later to “stand right there” behind her so that she could twerk in front of him. And she did all of this without missing a beat, of course.
Watch Nicki’s SNL performance with Playboi Carti below:
Nicki Minaj aka “The Bad Guy” brought her musical talents to Saturday Night Live this weekend.
As last night’s musical guest for the popular sketch comedy show’s 43rd season finale, which was hosted by actress/comedienne Tina Fey, the rapper hit the SNL stage to perform her latest single “Chun Li,” marking the song’s debut television performance.
Check it out below:
Nicki is currently preparing for the release of her fourth album Queen, which is due out June 15th. Last week on Twitter, she called the project her favorite “w/o a shadow of a fkng doubt,” noting that a “very important person said the same thing.”
Queen. W/o a shadow of a fkng doubt. A very important person said the same thing last night. Many ppl have said it. ??????????????? https://t.co/UtricLRcUc
Days after being hospitalized after a car crash that totaled his Dodge Challenger, Offset took to social media to express his gratitude for coming out of the crash alive and to share the photos of his injuries
The Migos rapper posted on Instagram a number of photos showing his bloody face, hands and arms, as well as the damage his Dodge Challenger sustained.
He captioned the post: “This is why I thank God Every day I could have been dead from this accident thank you all for [your] prayers all I can say is (G O D I S R E A L G E T W I T H H I M ) H E S A V E S L I V E S.”
Check out the pics below, but be warned, they’re pretty gruesome:
According to TMZ, the accident was reported by a passerby around 2:30 a.m. early Thursday morning (May 17) in Atlanta. When police arrived at the scene of the crash, the vehicle had been abandoned with no witnesses in sight, and they called a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the scene.
Authorities have now reportedly opened up an investigation to find out exactly what caused, why Offset left the scene without reporting it, and if anyone with with him when it happened.
Here’s what’s interesting—our sources say after the tow truck arrived, 2 people pulled up in another car. We’re told one of them took items out of the Challenger before it was towed … and was heard saying Offset crashed while swerving to avoid a pedestrian who had run out in front of him.
Law enforcement sources say there were no victims, witnesses or damage to other vehicles—but cops have not been able to confirm the Migos rapper was behind the wheel.
Offset was briefly hospitalized after the crash and was quickly discharged from the E.R. Cardi B was said to be by his side the whole time he was at the hospital, and she tweeted about the incident, confirming that Offset made it out A-OK.
Sooo grateful and happy today .God be giving messages in the weirdest way ?I love you @OffsetYRN ??????
Hours after he was released from the hospital, Offset posted a video of him smoking a blunt in a recording studio, where he showed off his bandages and E.R. wristband.
Offset’s rap group Migos are set to hit the road with Drake for a summer tour called “Aubrey and the Three Amigos.”
The quartet will perform dates in a number of North American cities, including Drake’s hometown Toronto and Migo’s hometown Atlanta, as well as Chicago, New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Miami, Houston, New Orleans, Denver and more. The trek kicks off on July 26th in Salt Lake City and will conclude November 17th following a two-day run in Atlanta.
Tickets are on sale now. Check out the dates for “Aubrey and the Three Amigos” tour here.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big Royal Wedding was held in London today, where they were officially “crowned” His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
You also may have heard about The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, 27th presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, who delivered a rousing sermon during the ceremony, in which he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, referenced slavery, and talked about how the power of love can bring so many people with different backgrounds together.
But what you may have not known (or heard) was that Bishop Curry stole the show with his speech, and Black Twitter was ALL. THE. WAY. HERE. FOR. IT!
Come through pastor with charisma, passion and a 10/10 preaching!!!
What power what courage what preaching with a global audience in witness. “When love is the way.. poverty will become History” The redemptive power of Love. Well done Bishop Curry. #RoyalWedddingpic.twitter.com/9EzO53EoKs
While the mothers to Tristan Thompson’s two kids were being celebrated on Mother’s Day, it’s looking highly unlikely that Thompson will be receiving a World’s Greatest Dad mug for Father’s Day next month. A source says Thompson is basically an absentee father to his first-born child.
Prince Thompson is just 17-months old and is Tristan’s son with his ex, Jordan Craig. A close friend to Craig tells HollywoodLife that she’s raising her son alone. “Tristan is pretty much an absent father,” the source said.
“[A]lthough he regularly pays his child support, that is something he can’t be faulted for. But when it comes to parenting of his son, it’s pretty much all on Jordan.
“Of course Jordan wishes Tristan was more present in Prince’s life, but it is what it is. Jordan accepts that it’s all about Tristan and that basically he’s like a big kid, so she really can’t expect too much more from him really.”
Amid a major cheating scandal, Tristan welcomed daughter True with Khloe Kardashian last month. Though Khloe also spent her first Mother’s Day alone (as far as we know), the two remain a couple and Tristan recently admitted that he already has a closer bond with True than Prince.
Tristan said during a May episode of Allie Clifton’s Road Trippin podcast:
“I think with a girl, you’re just so much more emotionally like… with a boy, it’s just like, ‘Hey man, you’ll be all right man. Stop crying.’ But [with True], it’s like, ‘True, it’s gonna be okay. You know, we’re right here. Daddy’s here to feed you. It’s me! Look, yeah!’ It’s way different, but it’s fun, though. It changes you.”
Craig recently dedicated a Mother’s Day post to Prince that was accompanied by a photo of the massive castle-themed playroom she designed for him. She wrote in part:
“There’s absolutely no feeling in the world greater than bringing a smile to your face! Forever in love with being your Mummy.”
There may be some friction between Craig and Tristan. Craig was already pregnant with Prince when the Cleveland Cavaliers player began dating Khloe Kardashian in August 2016. There are still questions regarding the timeline of the relationships and if Tristan cheated on Craig with the Khloe.
Hopefully, Tristan’s relationship with his son and both of his baby mamas improve in the near future
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially husband and wife!
The born British royal and U.S. actress—best known for her role in the popular American TV show “Suits”—tied the knot in a ceremony that will go down as the most culturally diverse Royal Wedding in history.
Held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s #RoyalWedding was attended by a number of notable names, including Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Serena Williams, George Clooney, Elton John and more. Meghan’s “Suits” co-stars were at the ceremony as well, including actresses Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty, and actors Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht.
And of course Prince Harry’s royal family were on hand for the ceremony, including his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, his brother and best man, Prince William, his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, his nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, his father, Prince Charles (who walked Meghan down the aisle in place of her own father) and stepmother Camilla Parker-Bowles, and more.
Given Meghan Markle’s biracial heritage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s union is a pretty big deal, not just for the British Royal family, but for Black folks all over the world. And the Royal Wedding ceremony was very culturally diverse and will be remembered for years to come.
Reverend Michael Curry, a Black American Bishop, stole the show as he delivered a passionate sermon—in which he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, referenced slavery and talked about how the power of love can bring so many people with different backgrounds together.
At the end of the ceremony, an all-Black gospel choir brought the house down with a rousing rendition of “Stand By Me” and a Black cellist, 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed while the new royal couple went to the back of the chapel to sign their registry.
For the most part, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding was beautiful, black as hell, and we were all the way here for it!
Check out more memorable moments and photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Black As Hell Royal Wedding below.
Amid all of the questions surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal wedding is one big one: Who is walking Meghan down the aisle?
Originally, it was believed Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, would walk her down the aisle after it was announced that her father, Thomas Markle, would not be able to attend as he is recovering from having heart surgery earlier this week.
But early Friday morning (May 18)—just 24 hours before the wedding was set to commence—it was announced by Kensington Palace and the British Royal Family that Meghan’s future father-in-law Prince Charles would accompany her as she walks down the aisle.
“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day,” a statement from the British Royal Family read. “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in his way.”
It’s very rare that we hear any disturbing news coming from Canada. But one woman just did something so disgusting that it will not only test your gag reflexes but may also turn your Canadian rose-colored glasses to a poopy shade of brown.
The woman, who has yet to be identified, apparently became upset after a Tim Hortons employee denied her access to a bathroom. She can be seen arguing with an employee for nearly 20 seconds, before ultimately deciding to poop in the middle of the floor.
She not only tossed the poop, but also threw the soiled napkins she used to grab her excrement and wipe herself with at the Tim Hortons cashier.
The unhinged woman was arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but was later released. Though no charges have been filed, she must appear in court at a later date and authorities are still investigating the matter.
Canada law states a person could face up to two years in prison if found guilty of committing an indecent act in a public place with the intent to insult or offend any person.
Bianca Pettinaro, a spokeswoman for the Canadian-based coffee chain, released a statement, in which she said:
“We strive to create a welcoming environment for all of our guests and the communities we serve. We are deeply concerned by this video as the safety of our team members and guests is always a top priority for us.”
Pettinaro says Tim Hortons does not require a person to buy something before using its restroom facilities, but added, “in limited cases across the country, restaurants have a restricted access policy for restrooms to ensure the well-being of our guests.”
And in this particular case, the woman was denied access “based on past behavior,” noted Pettinaro. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson also revealed the woman was known to police who have “dealt with her before.”
Here are a few social media reactions to the disgusting poop-throwing incident.