WATCH: J. Cole’s “Middle Child” Music Video

J. Cole is back!

Fresh off a very eventful NBA All-Star weekend, where Cole not only performed during the Halftime Show, but also participated in the Dunk Contest, the rapper returns with the official music video for his latest single “Middle Child.”

Following the success of his fifth studio album, KOD, “Middle Child” was released last month and is killing it on the radio and on music streaming services. The song, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the first single off Cole’s upcoming currently untitled sixth studio album, which is due out sometime this year.

Watch J. Cole give you something you can feel in the video above.

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“Pose” Star Billy Porter Shuts Down Oscars Red Carpet in Velvet Tuxedo Gown (PHOTOS)

And the category is… SLAY!

All eyes were on Billy Porter Sunday (Feb. 24) as the actor arrived on the red carpet of the 2019 Oscars rocking what is being referred to as a velvet “tuxedo gown.”

Billy Porter is a gender-fluid award-winning actor and singer (hence the tuxedo/gown hybrid) most recently known for his starring role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy’s Pose. Porter also had a small role in American Horror Story: Apocalypse as warlock Behold Chablis.

Porter won a Tony Award in 2013 for his role in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots” and he also won a Grammy in 2014 for Best Musical Theater Album for “Kinky Boots” as well.

Porter’s tuxedo gown was designed by “Project Runway” album Christian Siriano, who shared the story behind the outfit with E! News.

“It was like, if we were gonna do a tuxedo, it couldn’t just be a tuxedo,” Siriano said. “It needed to be a moment. Billy wanted something different, wanted to push the boundaries. I don’t think any man has really worn a gown on the Oscars red carpet before, and Billy was the person to do it. He was really giving a moment.”

Even though it looks like the extravagant gown took weeks, possibly months to design, Siriana said he threw the entire look together in a week.

“Listen, we had no time. One week!” he said. “I fit his stylist’s assistant in this dress because [Billy] was here. He had no time! Fit perfectly, no alterations, you’re welcome!”

Billy Porter with his husband, Native Ken eyewear co-owner Adam Smith.

Of the actual garment, Siriano explained it was a “classic tuxedo shirt, jacket that’s cropped and a bow,” with a “strapless, corseted gown” layered underneath.

“The whole idea was that he felt like it was about androgyny,” Siriano explained. “There are no rules in fashion. You can be whoever you wanna be and wear what you wanna wear. I think fashion is for anyone. Put on whatever you want that makes you feel good, and that’s what it’s all about.”

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New R. Kelly “Sex Tape” Shows Singer Choking 14-Year-Old Girl While Having Anal Intercourse

Attorney Michael Avenatti is reportedly getting ready to show prosecutors a new “sex tape” showing R. Kelly molesting a 14-year-old girl, and sources say that it’s even more shocking than the first one.

Even worse, Avenatti is in the process of obtaining a THIRD tape with a different girl who was somewhere between 13 and 16 years old at the time it was recorded.

Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ … attorney Michael Avenatti will turn over a 55-minute VHS video Monday to Cook County prosecutors. We’re told the video shows R. Kelly having sex with the same 14-year-old girl depicted in the first video Avenatti obtained, which was shot in 1999. This second video was shot around 2000.

We’re told, just like the first video, there are multiple references to the girl being 14 years old. Our sources say R. Kelly is repeatedly “coaching” the girl through various sexual situations.

At one point, we’re told R. Kelly is seen choking the girl while having anal intercourse. Our sources also say there’s a part where he takes some sort of lotion and “sprays” it all over her face. We’re told he then chokes her, mounts her from behind and turns her face to camera for a reaction shot.

We’ve also learned Avenatti is in the process of procuring a third tape showing R. Kelly with a different girl — whom, at the time, was somewhere between 13 and 16 years old. Our sources say Avenatti’s team has identified the person in possession of the video and is attempting to get it.

The first videotape Avenatti gave to prosecutors earlier this month, which was first reported by CNN, is a little over 40 minutes long and reportedly features two scenes: one apparently in a living room and another in a bedroom.

A naked man who appears to be R. Kelly is seen performing multiple acts with a 14-year-old girl who calls him “daddy” multiple times.

Both Kelly and the girl reference her “14-year-old pu**y” multiple times in the clip, and at one point, the man believed to be R. Kelly asks the girl to urinate. After that, he urinates on her.

The new tapes mirror some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrested for child pornography in 2002 and then acquitted six years later.

As of Monday (Feb. 25), R. Kelly remained in jail on $1 million bond after he turned himself in to Chicago police Friday on 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

According to Kelly’s lawyer, the disgraced singer-songwriter is having trouble coming up with the bail, of which he only has to pay 10% (or $100K), because his finances are a mess right now.

Of the four cases related to Kelly’s 10-count indictment, three of them involve underage girls. The judge over the case called the allegations “disturbing.”

If convicted on all 10 counts, Kelly could face a minimum of 30-70 years behind bars (3-7 years for each count). His arraignment has been scheduled for February 28th.

Kelly’s lawyer says the singer denies all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sources close to Kelly told TMZ he could be in jail until at least Tuesday (Feb. 26), if not Wednesday because it’s going to take a couple days to process the paperwork regarding his back child support payments to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

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Terrence Howard Had a Meltdown on “Empire” Set & Confronted Jussie Smollett About Faking Attack (Report)

In public, Terrence Howard is the biggest supporter in Jussie Smollett’s corner. Behind the scenes, however, is a totally different story.

TMZ reports that Howard had a “complete meltdown” Thursday (Feb. 21) on the set of Empire after Smollett’s arrest for felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about being attacked by white Trump supporters. Sources told the gossip that the Empire set was a “complete disaster” due to the day’s events.

Terrence was reportedly so pissed at Jussie that he locked himself in his trailer for most of the day.

A source close to Howard told TMZ that he never believe Jussie’s story from the beginning because the sequence of events never added up to him. In the days and weeks leading up to his arrest, Terrence would periodically grill Jussie as holes in his story began to emerge.

Tensions reportedly “boiled over” after Abel and Ola Osundairo, the two Nigeran brothers who allegedly helped Jussie stage the attack, were detained by police on Friday, February 15th. After Jussie’s arrest the following week on the 21st, Terrence confronted Jussie again, this time screaming at him to tell the truth.

Further showing that he isn’t here for Jussie’s alleged shenanigans, Terrence was nowhere to be found Thursday night when Jussie addressed everyone on set and apologized for tying them up in this message.

“I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this,” Jussie said, according to TMZ. “I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”

Apparently, Terrence Howard isn’t alone in his feelings either. TMZ reported on Friday (Feb. 22) that several of Jussie’s castmates were “f**king furious” with him and want him either replaced or written out of the show.

The reason why they’re so pissed with him is that everyone on set (cast and crew alike) had Jussie’s back after the “attack.” But when Chicago police revealed new evidence suggesting that Jussie and the Nigerian brothers staged the whole thing, many of them felt hurt and embarrassed because they were really riding for him and he (allegedly) betrayed them.

There are, however, some cast and crew members who believe Jussie’s telling the truth because they refuse to believe he would pull off a hoax like this.

But, unfortunately for Jussie, the ones who don’t believe him far outweigh those who do, and producers ultimately decided to have him written out of the last two episodes of Season 5. There are also rumors that he could possibly be replaced next season.

It’s interesting … because just this past Saturday (Feb. 23), Terrence Howard posted a throwback video on Instagram of his TV son playing with his real-life son Hero. Jussie and Hero are on a private plane as Hero breaks into giggles after Jussie tickles him.

“All your lil homies got you…We love the hell outta you,” Howard wrote in the caption along with a heart emoji at the end.

Instagram Photo

Howard also fired back at a fan who criticized him for supporting Smollett.

“Sorry you feel that way but that’s the only Jussie I know,” he commented. “The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved.”

This is a stark contrast to what reportedly happened Thursday on set, but it has been a few days since then, so maybe Terrence and Jussie had a come to Jesus moment and are back on good terms (for now).

Meanwhile, the FBI is disputing the Chicago Police Department’s narrative of events.

Chicago PD said Jussie sent a threatening letter to himself before allegedly staging the attack. But the feds say they have no idea who wrote the letter because they’re still investigating.

Jussie also said the $3,500 check he wrote to Abel Osundairo Chicago police said was payment for the attack was actually for training.

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Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) is First Black Director to Win Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

The 91st Annual Academy Awards was a big night for black creators and performers.

Amid historic wins from actors Regina King and Mahershala Ali, director Spike Lee, and Black Panther’s production designer Hannah Beachler and costume designer Ruth E. Carter … “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey made history Sunday night (Feb. 24) as the first black director win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Sunday’s win marked one of the biggest awards to date for a title based on Marvel characters, along with “Big Hero 6,” which also won the animated feature trophy in 2015

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is about a 13-year-old Black Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn named Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), who becomes one of many Spider-Men, and the adventures that follow.

Ramsey said of the film’s storyline: “Anyone can wear the mask; everyone is powerful and everyone is necessary, and that is the spirit of the movie.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was an unexpected box office success for Sony and Marvel, grossing nearly $360 million worldwide on a $90 million budget.

The film—which, along with Peter Ramsey, was also co-directed by Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller—was only the second Sony Pictures Animation movie ever nominated for an Oscar after 2007’s “Surf’s Up.”

While accepting the award, Phil Lord celebrated what the representation in the film meant for many people, especially young Black and Spanish boys.

“When we hear that somebody’s kid was watching the movie and turned to them and said, ‘He looks like me,’ or ‘They speak Spanish like us,’ we feel like we already won,” he said.

Peter Ramsey spoke for a moment too, personally thanking the millions of people that went and bought tickets for the film, but by the time Bob Persichetti got to the mic, the team of directors and screenwriters had already run out of their time (the Oscars were running on a super tight schedule this year, apparently) so producers muted the mic and got to commercial.

Persichetti said it’s a shame because all he needed was a few quick seconds to thank legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and Lee’s “Spider-Man” co-creator Steve Ditko for being inspirations to him and the other “Spider-Verse” directors. Lee and Ditko both passed away in 2018 within months of each other.

Via the UK’s Independent:

Bob Persichetti was on stage alongside co-directors Rodney Rothman and Peter Ramsey when they ran out of time during the speech for Best Animated Film.

Speaking backstage, Persichetti said he was about to thank Lee and Steve Ditko, the co-creators of Spider-Man, for inspiring the filmmakers.

Lee, the founder of Marvel, died in November aged 95 while Ditko passed away in June at the age of 90.

Persichetti said: “We were just going to thank Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for inspiring this whole thing and for being a force of believing that all of us, human beings, have the potential, the capacity, to be heroes.”

He said from “day one” the filmmakers wanted the movie to “challenge the audience to believe in themselves and believe in their neighbor and really be positive and make a difference in the world.”

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” won ahead of nominees including Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Mirai.”

Spider-Verse’s Best Animated Feature Oscar win was a first for all three directors.

Click here for the full list of winners.

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“Green Book” Upsets Oscars, Overcomes Backlash to Win Best Picture

In a stunning upset, the segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, handing Hollywood’s top honor to a film seen as a feel-good throwback by some and ridiculed as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy” by others.

From the Associated Press:

In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best-picture on Netflix (“Roma”) or Marvel (“Black Panther”) for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive.

But Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” weathered criticism that it was retrograde and inauthentic to triumph over more acclaimed films and bigger box-office successes.

It was an unexpected finale to a brisk, hostless ceremony awash in historic wins for diversity, including Spike Lee’s first competitive Oscar. Lee, whose “Do the Right Thing” came out the same year that “Driving Miss Daisy” won best picture, was among those most visibly upset by the award handed to “Green Book.” After presenter Julia Roberts announced it, Lee stood up, waved his hands in disgust and started pacing up and down the aisles.

“Green Book” also won best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and best original screenplay.

“The whole story is about love,” said Farrelly, a comedy veteran of broad comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” “It’s about loving each other despite the differences and find out the truth about who we are. We’re the same people.”

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Lady Gaga Won Her First Oscar Award for “Shallow” in “A Star Is Born,”

She’s already a Grammy winner and a Golden Globe winner, but now when you mention Lady Gaga, make sure you put a little more “respeck” on her name, because she’s now officially an Academy Award winner after her song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st annual Academy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 23).

She performed the song for the first time with her on-screen lover Bradley Cooper earlier in the evening.

“I love you, Mom and Dad. Bradley. There’s not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you so much,” Gaga said on stage as she accepted her first Oscar Award.

“Shallow” is reportedly the most awarded song in history, and after Sunday night’s win, Lady Gaga is the only artist to ever win a Golden Globe, a Grammy, a BAFTA and an Oscar in a single award season.

The singer/actress follows in the footsteps of Barbra Streisand, who also won the same award for her version of “A Star Is Born.” Streisand’s “Evergreen” took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997.

Gaga was also nominated for Best Actress for her role as Ally in the film, which garnered a total of seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Mixing.

While this is Lady Gaga’s first Oscar win, she earned her first nomination in 2016 for “Til It Happens to You,” a song she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the “The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary film about campus rape in the United States. She performed the song at the 2016 Academy Awards, bringing 52 sexual assault survivors onstage with her.

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Spike Lee Leaps Into Samuel L. Jackson’s Arms As He Wins His First Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman”

Spike Lee has been nominated for several Academy Awards in his 30-year career, and Sunday night (Feb. 23), he finally took home a trophy.

The 61-year-old director’s film “BlacKkKlansman” won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, earning Lee his VERY first Oscar win after five nominations.

“BlacKkKlansman,” inspired by a true story, stars John David Washington as a black police officer who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Spike seemed pretty excited to accept his first Oscar too … because as soon as he hit the stage, he jumped right into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson, who presented the award to him.

In Lee’s spirited acceptance speech, he alluded to America’s tumultuous political climate and the 2020 presidential election, calling on the audience to “mobilize.”

“Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history,” Lee said. “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”

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Mahershala Ali Makes History As First Black Man to Win 2 Best Supporting Actor Oscars

#MelaninMagic is super strong tonight at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, as Mahershala Ali continues tonight’s trend of firsts for black actors.

Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar award tonight for her role as piano player Don Shirley in Green Book, the controversial film that tells the true story of the black musician’s trip through the Deep South in the 1960s with a white chauffeur played by Viggo Mortenson.

The movie is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th-century guidebook for African American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green to help them find black-friendly motels and restaurants.

Ali made history Sunday night (Feb. 23) as the first black actor to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars. His first win came two years ago for the 2016 film “Moonlight.” Ali is so far undefeated in the category as he’s won both times he’s been nominated.

He joins Denzel Washington as the only two black people to win multiple Oscars for acting.

“I want to thank Dr. Shirley for just trying to capture his essence,” Ali said in his acceptance speech. “Just trying to capture Dr. Shirley’s essence, pushed me to my ends, which is a reflection of the person he was and the life that he lived and I thank him.”

The actor dedicated the award to his grandmother “who has been in my ear my entire life telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again; that I can do anything I put my mind to; always, always pushing me to think positively.”

Mahershala Ali beat out performances from Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”), Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”) to take home the award.

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Regina King Wins Her First Oscar Award: Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk”

A huge congrats goes out to Regina King, who won her VERY FIRST Academy Award tonight (Sun, Feb. 23) during the 91st annual ceremony!

The 48-year-old actress took home the first trophy of the night—the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

This is not only King’s first Oscar, but also her first nomination.

She teared up while thanking her mother in her speech. “Mom, I love you so much,” she said, fighting back tears. “Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning and always has been leaning in my direction…. God is good all the time.”

Congrats again to Regina King!!

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