When I interviewed Kimberly Elise about her role in Apple Mortgage Cake for the UP network I could not resist asking her about her experience of working with Oprah Winfrey. Press play and find out what Kimberly says about working with Oprah on the film, Beloved. Watch below.
I attended the Celebrity Connected Luxury Gifting Event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles honoring The Academy Awards. I talked to celebrities about their upcoming projects, and The Oscars. They even gave me their Oscar predictions. Check out all the fun I had on the red carpet with some of the stars that attended below.
According to Vlad TV Remy Ma Flames Nicki Minaj in Diss record. During a recent appearance on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Remy Ma made it abundantly clear that she doesn't do subliminals. "If you look at the history of Remy Ma, whenever I’ve had a problem with any female in the entire game, I will say your name," she told hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne, and Angela Yee. The assertion came in response to question as to whether she's been taking shots at Nicki Minaj in her verses, which she adamantly denied. All of that was thrown out of the window on Saturday, February 25, with her dropping "SHEther," throughout which she toys with the Young Money queen's moniker, and pulls out all of the stops in what many will contend is one of the most devastating diss tracks, ever. The diss record is laid over the beat of Nas' classic "Ether" response to Jay-Z's "Takeover" in 2001. Listen and read the lyrics below.
The lyrics to "ShETHER" below:
I told you I wasn't talkin' about your dumb ass
It looks stupid, you literally got a dumb ass
Talking cray, and we all know that you dumb ass
You get the Donkey of the Day, yeah you dumb ass!
Let's be honest, you stole that line 'bout bitches being your sons
How you take my '09 jail tweet and run?
Talking 'bout bringing knives to a fight with guns
When the only shot you ever took was in your buns
And I saw Meek at All-Star; he told me your ass dropped
He couldn't fuck you for three months, because your ass dropped
Now I don't think y'all understand how bad her ass got
The implants that she had put in her ass popped!
I was like, "Damn, 90 days and you couldn't have box?
Did she at least compensate?, start giving you mad top?
Her name Minaj, right? She ain't throw you some bad thots?"
He said "Nah," that's when I knew you was really a trash bop
You was screaming "Free Remy" when I was upstate doomed
But now that they freed Remy, you don't sing the same tune!
Locked me up, threw away my keys, threw away my weaves
Snatched me from my son, braids to the back, state greens
Daily News, "Her Career's Over," "She Was Kinda Stupid,"
But you saw a opportunity 'cause you a opportunist!
Left your Day 1 'cause you heard he was on some cheat shit
Then got with the dude that told you on some creep shit
But what happened to Omeeka? Nah, on some G shit
Left him and took a pic with the dude he had beef with?
And we all know it was a beef that you started
Pillow-talking out of your ass, this bitch retarded
Now you gotta die, You dearly departed
Blood bath when I catch you, a real red carpet!
Now what I'mma do, I'mma just stick to the facts
Bitch so scared of my future, got this bitch going backwards
Been through mad crews, you disloyal hoochie
Now all of a sudden you back with Drake and Tunechi?
After he said you sucked his dick, you back with Gucci?
Who next, Puff, Deb or Fendi? You a A-list groupie!
And to be the Queen of Rap, you gotta actually rap
The whole industry know that your shit is a wrap
No, to be the Queen of Rap, you can't have a ghostwriter
And that's why this is My House, Flo Rida!
Niggas done seen Drake penning, Wayne penning
And since your first boyfriend left, bitch ain't winning
You a Internet troll, a Web browser, I'm sorry
You can't get her online with out Safaree!
Mentioning guns, you Pussy Galore, James Bond
Only time you touch a Trigga is when you fucked Trey Songz
Coke head, you cheated on your man with E-Bro
I might leak the footage of you sniffing them ski slopes!
They gassing you up, but you been on E, though
Pills and Potions, yep, you been on E, hoe
Got your ghostwriters back, so you think you're lit
Rem Belushi, I'm a Ghostbuster, bitch!
I'm supposed to be scared 'cause you bought your Barbie chain back?
I'll revert to "Ante Up," you'll get your Barbie chain yapped
Tried to front in February, catch you in that Maybach
Show you how to use your name, you be using your name wack!
I'm saying, how you mix Nicki with a Minaj?
I'mma park this bitch, put Nicki in the garage
I'm getting money like Nicky Barnes, I'm the big homie
I responded in less than 48 hours, Nick Nolte!
Getting close like Nick Jonas, gripping the gauge
Then blaze off, Face Off, bitch, Nicolas Cage!
You animated like Nickelodeon, you fake, bitch!
Only the kids believe in you, you St. Nick!
Now when I shoot Nick at Nite, they won't understand it
I'm Wild'n Out, bout to hit Nick with the Cannon
How are you on the VMAs acting like you hood?
Way across the stage, talking 'bout "Miley, what's good?"
That's Hannah Montana, she was always happy!
You only fronted on Mariah 'cause Mariah don't carry
Tried to disrespect Taylor 'cause Taylor wasn't Swift enough
Pillsbury Doughgirl, Remy pick the biscuit up
I'm jealous? Bitch, you was happy when they took me
Best thing that ever happened to you? was when they booked me
You said you never fucked Wayne, how stupid I look, B?
Get the picture, I'll expose you, I'm kind of a bully!
You named yourself Nicki Lewinsky, the mind of a rookie
'Cause you was sucking his dick and now he tired of your nookie
You claimed you never fucked Drake, now that's where you took me
You fucked the whole Empire, who you trying to be, Cookie?
Boogie Down Bronx, I come out of the Boogie
To let you know...real bitches never lie on their pussy!
And stop talking numbers, you signed a 360 deal
Through Young Money through Cash Money through Republic
Which means your money go through five niggas before you touch it
Any videos, promotions come out of your budget
Endorsements, tour and merchandise, they finger-fuck it
You make, like, 35 cents off of each ducket
I own my masters, bitch, independent!
So for every sale I do, you gotta do, like, ten
Stop comparing yourself to Jay, you not like him
You a motherfucking worker, not a boss like Rem!
You're done, them pop chicks ain't get the news yet
Bitch, I pop chicks, yeah, and I'm the new Vette!
I kill rappers, and you good as dead, bitch
Talking shit about me to a deaf bitch
And usually I have sympathy for the impaired
But not when you hard to hear me from untreated gonorrhea
But you point your fingers at me?
I’m the bad girl and she the one out here misleading the black girls
All these fake asses influenced by that girl
Dying from body surgeries, what a sad world
But before the butt job, you was a Spongebob
Sucking cock for records, captain of the cum squad
And I got a few words for the moms of the young Barbz
Guess who supports a child molester? Nicki Minaj
You paid for your brother’s wedding? That’s hella foul
How you spend money to support a pedophile?
He a walking dead man, sending threats to him
I guess that’s why they call you Barbie, you was next to Ken
Talkin’ ‘bout your money long and your foreign sick
Why you ain’t help your bro hide his come from [?]
You probably somewhere overseas, foreign sick
Thought you could fuck with me, by far Rem sick
Meek, Drake, Safaree, I see men in your pants
We call that Jelani, get it, semen in your pants!
Uh, I got trigger fingers, you got bitter fingers
Yeah, you must think you Drake and I'm Twitter fingers
VH1, watch this
You just got bodied by a "Love & Hip-Hop" bitch!
I interviewed Letoya Luckett on the red carpet about her role in the independent movie 'From The Rough,' which starred Taraji P. Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Even though we know Letoya from her singing days in Destiny's Child, I think she's a pretty good actress. Check out our conversation below.
According to The Associated Press, Beyoncé has officially pulled out of 2017’s Coachella festival. In a statement on Thursday, Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said she had to pull out of the famed festival “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.”
The statement also said that Beyoncé will headline the 2018 festival. A replacement performer hasn’t been announced, however Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will still headline as planned. Radiohead will perform on April 14 and 21, and Kendrick on April 16 and 23. Beyoncé was to perform on April 15 and 22.
Sidebar: Good move Beyonce. Take care of dem babies.
I love interviewing Kym Whitley because she is always unscripted and a bunch of fun. Even though I have never had a sit down with her I feel like I know her because of how many red carpet interviews with her. Make sure you check Kym out in the new movie 'Fist Fight' starring Ice Cube. Watch my interview with her at the Merge Summit below.
According to Deadline, Fox has renewed drama series, Star. The music drama comes with great pedigree, co-created by the co-creator of Fox’s biggest series in years, Empire‘s Lee Daniels, as well as Tom Donaghy. Launching behind the fall finale of Empire, Star has not been a breakout like the soapy hip-hop family drama. But it has been stable.
Star, whose cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady, Ryan Destiny, Amiyah Scott and Quincy Brown, averages 7.5 million multi-platform audience, according to Fox. It follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business. The Season 1 finale airs March 15 before Empire returns to the Wednesday 9 PM time period. Guest stars set to appear on Star over the next four weeks include Naomi Campbell, Big Boi, Rickey Smiley, Missy Elliott and Paris Jackson.
I recently released Nothin' But Love which is an eBook that recounts my moments with the late great Whitney Houston. If you are a hard core Whitney Houston fan like me this is a must read. I offer you a fan's perspective of meeting Whitney not once, but over and over again. But my book isn't just about Whitney, it is also about overcoming your fears and insecurities, building self-confidence and going after your dreams no matter what your current circumstances are. I have had a lot of great reviews sent to me via Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, it wasn't until today that someone actually emailed me a review of my book by each individual chapter. What?! I was completely blown away by Latwanna's review. It is a great account of her thoughts as she read my eBook. Thank you Latwanna! I loved every word. Check out her review below and then download your own copy of Nothin' But Love.
Book Review by Latwanna Afflick February 22, 2017
Book Title: Nothin’ But Love: My Moments With Whitney Houston by Quencie T. Thomas
Chapter 1: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg -After reading chapter 1 of Quencie’s book, Wow is an understatement. I was too poor to ever imagine attending a concert ever in my life. In fact, I still have never been to a real concert. I love the vivid memory of how it felt when you thought you really had front row seats. You kept a positive attitude throughout the experience and you were intensely persistent. I definitely took notes and I will labor to be just as courageous as you. I would want to share a memory like that with the world. How lucky! Your first concert was to see, Whitney, “The Voice.” Thank you for sharing with us.
Chapter 2 Nosebleed in Chicago -Again, I never attended any concert ever in my life. In your lifetime, you got a lot of wins with Whitney. #1 You got to see her in concert, #2 You got to meet her and become acquainted on a personal level, and #3 Whitney had pictures of you in her house! Total scored! J I would have been just as happy as you for that nosebleed section.
Chapter 3 Oh, I Need a Do-over -I love it! “Bottled up screams!” As I read this chapter, I could feel my own heart leap with excitement as you recalled your memory. What an amazing experience. You literally did exactly what you said you wanted to do. This is the sort of story that people need to read. People need to know that they can have and receive whatever they believe. I really enjoyed reading this chapter. It was like I was there with the three of you.
Chapter 4 You Brought Out the Old Pictures -What a great lesson found in this chapter. You were patient with yourself and you listened to your gut. I will remember this as I move forward in the industry. God was going to give you the gift that you wanted. I cannot wait to read the other chapters to see what happens!
Chapter 5 I’m So Verklempt -“God can dream a dream bigger than you.” I also want to thank Oprah for that quote. Now that one is special and a keeper. You were tested when your mom told you to let Ms. Whitney go...I am so glad that you hung in there to receive your reward for holding on to your dream. I feel like God is talking to me just reading your book. I’m on the edge of my seat...Wow! Are you kidding me? Yes, I believe that MTV FANatic show was the universe’s response to your persistence! I’m totally inspired. From now on I am raising my persistence level and my belief. It is 2 O’clock in the morning and I refuse to go to bed until I complete your book. I even watched the YouTube videos in the chapter and everything to really share that experience. Amazing! God is so faithful and He gives us power in the form of belief every single day if we will just activate it the way you did. Wow! What a thrilling story! Congrats for your dream coming true, Quencie!
Chapter 6 “Uhn, Uh Oprah!” -“Unh, Uh Quencie!” You were very bold to stop Oprah and that was so cool! And here I am saying that I want to be Oprah’s apprentice someday and for years asking God to be the one person who has a career that is comparable to Whitney. Yes, I have been saying it since I knew that she passed away. I looked up to heaven and I asked God to bless me with whatever mantel that she had the same way that Elisha asked for Elisha’s anointing before he went up to heaven. You think your dream was filled with grandeur? I would never share that with anyone except my husband and a few close friends (2 of them). I desire to love the way she did and to glorify God with my gift the way she did. I know I am here for a purpose and Whitney is the only person that I compare myself with. The only difference is that I have lived my life into adulthood without being in the public eye and of course without the fame. I have few friends, but I feel like God blessed me with a heart to love thousands of friends. One day that will come true and all of my fans will be those friends I always wished I had. I admire Whitney for her gift and you have given me so much more insight into the person she was through your documentary and reading your book. I do not have a desire to be her or be exactly as she was, but I know the magnitude of my calling is up there with hers. I have never even attended a concert before, but I believe that one day I will have many successful concerts. I also have this dream of doing a Whitney Houston Tribute Album because I do not feel that she has received the honor deserved either. I have gone on the internet looking for Whitney Houston Tribute bands and found NOTHING in the United States. Last year, I put an ad out to get a band together to do a tribute band, and I received ZERO interest and I was disappointed. However, there is one lady in Canada who does a great job with her Whitney Houston acts. I’m going to have gigs on cruise ships where all I do is sing her songs. My dream is to do a top notch tribute show for her. I know people miss her and I do very much. I had one casting director from NY compare me to her before with my “Whitney-isms,” but I have my own unique sound. I mostly want to have her spirit when I perform and to have people feel God's presence when I sing. I hope that her legacy will live on through people like you and me. Thank you, Quencie, for writing this book. It is so on time and so inspiring. This is not a coincidence that I am reading this right now. I just know it. I feel like God led me to your video on Youtube for a reason now. In fact, I am set to sing one of her songs at a special tour for industry VIPs in May. “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”...that song really speaks to me and I plan to record a cover someday. I love you for doing the documentary because I really needed to see my favorite singer in a good light.
Chapter 7 My Love Is Your Love -Quencie. You did it again in this chapter. Over and over again, God is blessing you and rewarding you for your faith and persistence. I am reminded of the chapter when you wrote about how you were speechless and without words. Even in that, you will had great hope for your opportunity to meet Whitney to be something more. Your story ended up being a blessing to others and that is neat how Monica remembered you. You never gave up so looks like God truly did exceedingly abundantly far above all that you asked or thought of. That is His love.
Chapter 8 Shut Yo Mouth -“Don’t Get Ready. Stay Ready.” Can I put this on a t-shirt? Seriously, those last few lines of this chapter I really needed. I cannot believe in 12 months you were able to meet Whitney on 3 occasions. “Shut Yo Mouth” is exactly right. This story of moments with you and Whitney keeps getting better and better.
Chapter 9 Quit Playing On the Phone - Quencie, this is a cute story and full of surprises. Your sister was so kind to humor you with your desire to have Whitney call you. That is great what she did. I would not have worn out Whitney’s number either. Good for you!
Chapter 10 - Chili and a Chicken Sandwich. How wonderful for you to share this connection you have with Whitney with your best friend Tam, who produced the documentary with you. Thank you both for doing the video.
Chapter 11Shades of Black - I think it is really humble of her to pause and take pictures. You definitely had some guardian angels or something. I love that even while trying to stay off the radar, she still took that photo op with you.
Chapter 12 FRIENDnatic, not FANatic - O. My. Gosh. Quencie! Your moments with Whitney Houston are like no other stories I have heard. I actually never heard of you until I randomly stumbled across your documentary 2 days before. How wonderful it was for you to have Whitney as your first red carpet interview. Talk about God dreaming bigger dreams...I watched this footage of when she ran up to embrace you and it was beautiful. Whitney truly loved you and you were more than just a fan.
Chapter 13 The Day The Music Stopped -I know it was not easy for you to write this final chapter, but it meant a lot to have a friend of Whitney tell the story. I am appalled also that Whitney was not acknowledged or honored by those at the party when she died. To this very day I do not feel that all the artists that she paved the way for have given her due honor. In fact, she should have received just as much love as Prince did when he died. And then there is the movie that I hear did not portray her fairly. You know what Quencie? I think more can be done. Some people can get together and do a new movie and take footage from your documentary to create a beautiful movie that honors her and one that fans around the world can have to remember her by. Somebody call Tyler Perry! Artists from all around should come together to participate. The movie could be entitled something like, “Whitney: The Voice of Triumph.” A movie that focuses on what made her great. I’d love to be a part of something like that.
In Closing - Quencie, I really enjoyed reading your book as I feel it has brought me closer to Whitney in a way where I can understand her better. I am serious as a heart attack about stepping up to claim that seat that she left vacant. I want to have a vocal music school in her honor because of how beautiful her gift was. Whitney has reminded me to give my all with my gift. I will have the confidence that she had and take her advice. She said she could never sit behind a desk with her voice. God gave me a voice too and she was so very right. I cannot sit down on God or gift. - Latwanna Afflick
Latwanna, this was the best thing I read all day. I appreciate you supporting and sharing your thoughts about my moments with Whitney. If Latwanna's review inspired you to read a FREE chapter of Nothin' But Love or better yet download your own copy please click the banner link below.
According to B Scott, The former ‘America’s Got Talent’ host announced he’s the father of a newborn baby boy, Golden “Sagon” Cannon, with his ex Brittany Bell.
He shared the first photo of the little one on Instagram, along with the caption:
“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son! Golden “Sagon” Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened”
Nick is also dad to five-year-old twins — Moroccan and Monroe — with his ex wife Mariah Carey.
Congrats Nick and Brittany!
According to The Source, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter definitely has one of the most impressive pedigrees in the rap game. Reasonable Doubt will turn 21 years in June, but his experience definitely reaches till the mid 1980s. Today, February 22, 2017, it’s been announced that Hov joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017. With a hundred awards won in his careers and decades of being an influencer in the game, there is no doubt Jay Z deserved to join the greatest such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Otis Redding (to which Jay Z paid homage with Kanye West on “Otis”). Jay Z is the first rapper to ever be inducted into SongHall. Congrats HOV!
According to The Source, P. Diddy took to YouTube to share the news we’ve all been waiting for: He’s finally a billionaire! The video kicks off with the mogul eating lunch and after a few bites, he walks into another office and drops the bomb: "A young boy from Harlem, I couldn’t even be a waiter. They didn’t want me to be a waiter, so you know what I did? I became a billionaire." Watch below!
I interviewed Ebony Steele on the red carpet of Tammi Mac's one woman show in Los Angeles. You may remember Ebony as one of the former hosts of Dish Nation with the Rickey Smiley crew. She was hilarious on there. Check out our conversation below.
According to USA Today, Magic Johnson has been named president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced on Tuesday, just two days before the NBA's trade deadline. In addition, longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately, and Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as executive vice president of basketball operations.
This news comes just three weeks after Johnson was brought back to the Lakers organization as an ownership adviser to assist team executive Jeanie Buss in "all areas of basketball" and just two weeks after Johnson told USA TODAY Sports' Josh Peter that he eventually wants to "call the shots" within the organization.
"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said in a statement Tuesday. "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new general manager to work with Earvin and coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new general manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new general manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness."
Johnson, who is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA's L.A. Sparks, won five championships and earned three MVP awards during his 13 NBA seasons — all of which he spent with the Lakers. He is widely considered the greatest point guard in NBA history.
"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as president of basketball operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," said Johnson. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions."
I interviewed comedian, Aida Rodriguez on the red carpet of Tammi Mac's one woman show, 'Bag Lady'. I talked with Aida about an NBC project, and her involvement in Bill Duke's Light Girls documentary which premiered on Oprah Winfrey's Network. Light Girls is a follow up to the successful Dark Girls documentary.
Check out our interview below.
I interviewed actress and KJLH radio personality, Tammi Mac's, about her one-woman play entitled, 'Bag Lady.' It is a must-see stage show that gives a revealing an in depth peek into her life. You will laugh, cry, gasp, and clutch your pearls throughout the entire play. Check out our conversation below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The star has been cast in Disney's remake of The Lion King as Simba, with director Jon Favreau announcing the news on Twitter. Favreau also revealed James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 animated original. In addition to Simba, Glover is taking on another iconic role, playing Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, which is currently filming.
Sidebar: The Lion King is one of my all time favorite animations!
According to BlackFilm, HBO has released a teaser trailer to the Oprah Winfrey vehical “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Based on Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, George C. Wolfe wrote the screenplay and directed the film. HBO picked up the rights to the film back in 2010.
Winfrey will also serve as an exec producer on the film, along with Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher. Skloot will serve as a co-exec producer. Co-starring with Winfrey will be Rose Byrne will play Skloot, a young journalist who, in her efforts to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cells, forms a close bond with Deborah, and Tony Award winner and “Hamilton” actress Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays the title character. Other cast members include Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, Rocky Carroll, Rose Byrne, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Kyanna Simone Simpson and Roger Robinson.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, played by Winfrey, the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
In speaking with EW, Wolfe states, “The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition. This woman’s cells helped heal the planet, yet her children were suffering. They didn’t know their mother’s story, even though they were living in the shadows of Johns Hopkins. I found that dichotomy incredibly moving.”
Henrietta Lacks’ sons Zakariyya Rahman and David Lacks, Jr. and granddaughter Jeri Lacksare serve as consultants on the HBO project.