Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater Win Dancing With The Stars

According to ABC, NFL running back Rashad Jennings won the coveted mirror ball trophy Tuesday night in the season 24 finale of Dancing With the Stars.  In the 2 1/2 hour star-studded show, three finalists squared off: Jennings and his partner, Emma Slater; two-time World Series champion David Ross and his partner, Lindsay Arnold; and Fifth Harmony star Normani Kordei with her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy.  In the end, it was down to Ross and Jennings, and Jennings won the season. It was announced that Jennings will be joining the "Dancing With the Stars" summer tour.

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I had no idea when I interviewed Rashad Jennings a few weeks ago that he would be the winner! Watch my red carpet chat below. 

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix

According to Huffington Post, It all started with a tweet. The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o movie dreamt up by Twitter users and propelled to viral fame is set to become a reality. Netflix nabbed the rights in “a very aggressive bid” at the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Back in April, @blaquepink shared an iconic 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o seated together at Paris Fashion Week.  Ava DuVernay will direct and Issa Rae is set to write, according to EW. DuVernay and Raewere also recruited by determined Twitter users. 

The tweet that went viral

The tweet that went viral

 “I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color,” DuVernay told TIME last month. “I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasn’t about who’s the male lead or who’s the sidekick, it was about who’s going to write it? Who’s going to direct it?”

“I think that is really interesting about people’s interest in who’s creating and who’s telling the story and especially on Twitter where everyone is telling their own story,” she continued. “We’ll see what happens.”  Needless to say, everyone is pretty excited.  

According to Vanity Fair, "the original twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form."

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Vanessa Williams Leads New VH1 Original Scripted Series Inspired by Star Jones

According to Shadow and Act, VH1's new scripted series "Daytime Divas" premieres on the network on June 5, 2017 at 9/8c. 

Inspired by the book "Satan’s Sisters... A Novel of Fiction" by Star Jones, the synopsis for "Daytime Divas" reads: Every weekday at noon, Maxine (Vanessa Williams), Mo (Tichina Arnold), Heather (Fiona Gubelmann), Kibby (Chloe Bridges), and Nina (Camille Guaty)—hosts of “The Lunch Hour,” the long-running women’s talk show—gather around the table to discuss life, love, politics, and juicy gossip. But behind the scenes, it’s even juicier — a backstage world filled with power struggles, diva fits, and steamy affairs. 

VH1 has premiered a first full trailer for the upcoming series  which you can watch below. 

'Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' Trailer [VIDEO]

According to Shadow and Act, Live Nation Productions will release the feature documentary "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" exclusively on Apple Music on June 25, 2017, following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. A first trailer for the upcoming documentary premiered during the Billboard Music Awards show on ABC and is now online. Check it out below: 

Sasheer Zamata Exits 'Saturday Night Live'

Sasheer Zamata (Picture by: Johns PKI / Splash News)   

Sasheer Zamata (Picture by: Johns PKI / Splash News) 
 

According to Deadline, Sasheer Zamata has exited 'Saturday Night Live.'  Zamata, who was with the show for four seasons, follows Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan, both of whom have confirmed that last Saturday night’s season finale would be their last.

Though she hadn’t scored any real breakthrough original characters, Zamata did a strong Michelle Obama, and included Rihanna and Solange Knowles among her roster. She played the clueless vlogger Janelle in a recurring bit, including once with Chris Rock as her dad.

She was a regular on the show’s “Black Jeopardy” skits, including this excellent one with Tom Hanks last October.  Zamata also has appeared on TBS’s People of Earth, Amazon’s Transparent, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, and her comedy special Sasheer Zamata: Pizza Mind debuted in March on SeeSo. Features include Sleight, Yoga Hosers and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, among others. Upcoming is The Outdoorsman.

Like Bayer and Moynihan, Zamata wasn’t given an onscreen send-off last night, though the three did get a hero’s hoist once the cameras were off. Zamata shared the moment on her Instagram page.

'Black-Ish' Spin-off Officially Ordered to Series at Freeform Under the title 'College-ish'

According to Shadow and Act, Freeform has officially ordered the "Black-ish" spin-off starring Yara Shahidi to series. It'll be titled "College-ish," and will unfold over a 13-episode first season. 

"College-ish" will follow Zoey Johnson (Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) 17-year-old daughter - the popular, entitled, stylish, and socially active member of the Johnson family. She is typically apathetic to any dealings with her family and is treated as the most perfect teenager, despite her generally shallow personality. She leaves home for college and arrives at University where she quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. She is joined by Charlie (Deon Cole), who moonlights as an adjunct professor as well as new characters both in administration and student body, who all reflect the complex and hilarious points currently populating college campuses, the press release states. 

Talks of a potential spin-off were in very early stages when the idea first became public 3+ months ago, but the series is now officially becoming a reality at the millennial-skewing Freeform network (the retooled ABC Familiy channel). 

The backdoor pilot which aired earlier this month tested well with ABC's audience, but was "deemed too young" and so it was decided that it would be a better fit for Freeform's demographic.  In addition to star Shahidi, the spinoff series cast includes Trevor Jackson (ABC’s "American Crime"), Chris Parnell ("Saturday Night Live") and Matt Walsh ("Veep"), playing a college freshman (and classmate to Zoey/Shahidi), and a pair of college administrators, respectively. 

Check out my Studio Q interview with Yara Shahidi on the red carpet of the NAACP Image Awards luncheon below. 
 

WATCH: Whitney 'Can I Be Me' Trailer [VIDEO]

Nick Broomfield’s documentary on the late-great Whitney Houston follows the pop icon's meteoric rise, fame, attention, money and addictions.  “Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me’”  takes us back to 1999, behind the scenes of Houston’s last successful world tour.  The documentary will reveal tons of never before seen footage shot by German filmmaker Rudi Dolezal.

“Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me’" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film will air on Showtime later this year.  You can watch the first trailer for the film  below: 

WATCH: Celine Dion Performs 'My Heart Will Go On' at The 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion brought the house down at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.  She sang her 1997 Academy Award-winning hit in celebration of the Titanic film’s 20th anniversary.  “This song means a lot to me, and it has played such a huge role in my career,” Celine said in a statement when it was announced earlier this month that she would perform the song at the ceremony.  “I’m so grateful to the late James Horner, and to Will Jennings, for writing it and creating the opportunity for me to be part of ‘Titanic,’ an amazing film whose legacy will continue for generations to come.”

Watch the epic performance below! 

WATCH: Bruno Mars Perform 'Versace on The Floor' at The 2017 Billboard Music Awards [VIDEO]

According to Just Jared, Bruno Mars was not in Las Vegas today, but that didn’t stop him from performing on the 2017 Billboard Music Awards!  The 31-year-old performed his song “Versace on the Floor” at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday (May 21) in Las Vegas. The performance was actually pre-recorded on May 10 from his show in Amsterdam. Watch below: 

Tom Joyner to End Long Morning Show Run in Chicago

According to Ebony, Tom Joyner, a.k.a. the “Fly Jock” will end his morning radio show run in Chicago.  Joyner, who has had a decades-long run in the city, will move to the afternoon slot. The news outlet reports that WSRB-FM (106.3) is dropping his syndicated morning show for more local programming.

Starting June 5, afternoon host Mike Love will move to the morning slot that is currently being occupied by Joyner and his crew.  Back in his formative years during the 1980s, Joyner spent eight years commuting from Dallas and Chicago to be on the airwaves. At the time, he held down the top-rated afternoon-drive slot on WGCI-FM (107.5). During that time, Joyner really lived up to the title, “The Hardest Working Man in Radio.”

Crawford Broadcasting, the urban adult-contemporary radio company that carried Joyner’s show, did so for eight years. Its decision to focus on local programming in the morning ends Joyner’s amazing run in Chicago, which goes back as far as the 1970s. The new morning drive show will be called “Mix Mornings with Mike Love.” It will feature “rush hour mini-mixes by Chicago DJs, according to the station.
 

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Quencie Talks to Rashad Jennings About Dancing With The Stars #DWTS

I interviewed NFL star Rashad Jennings on the red carpet of the Celebrity Connected luxury gifting suite event at the W hotel.  I of course asked him about all things Dancing with the Stars. Check out our conversation below. 

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First Look at Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta [VIDEO]

Take a first look into the brand new #WEtv series Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta. Listen as Bow Wow, Reginae Carter, Zonnique Pullins, Brandon Barnes, Shaniah Mauldin, and Ayana Fite share their stories, hopes and dreams. Don't miss the season premiere of #GUHHATL Thursday, May 25 at 10/9C! Watch a first look below. 

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Kevin Hart's Wife Eniko Parrish Is Pregnant, Expecting Baby Boy

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According to US Weekly, Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko Parrish, are expecting their first child together, a baby boy. The comedian announced the news in an Instagram post on Mother's Day.  "Celebrating Mother's Day with my beautiful wife. We are laughing at the fact that this time next year we will be celebrating her 1st actual Mother's Day. #Harts #Blessed," Hart, 37, captioned a selfie of the couple.  

Hart also shared pics of the model's growing baby bump and an ultrasound. "It's a boy," he wrote. "Miracle in the making." 

Hart is also dad of daughter Heaven, 12, and son Hendrix, 9, whom he shares with ex-wife Torrei Hart. The exes were married from 2003 to 2011. 

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Angela Basset Cast As Lead In Ryan Murphy’s New Fox Series, “911”

According to Blackfilm.com, actress Angela Bassett has been cast as the lead of Ryan Murphy‘s next series, “911.”  Created by Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the 13-episode, straight-to-series order is expected to be announced as part of Fox’s upfront presentation on Monday (May 15). Bassett will also serve as an executive producer.  According to Deadline911 revolves around the lives of 911 operators. Bassett played Dr. Cate Banfield as a regular during ER’s last season. She recently had a cameo appearance as a midwife in WGN America’s Underground.

Her performances on “AHS: Coven” and “AHS: Freak Show” led to two Emmy nominations, to go along with her Oscar nomination for Best Actress in “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” 

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Layoffs at ‘Extra,’ Tracey Edmonds Exiting + Remaining Staff Taking Substantial Pay Cuts

According to LoveBScott, Extra’ is undergoing some significant changes.  Sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that there have been ‘massive layoffs’ of staff in both NYC and L.A.

Among those exiting is host Tracey Edmonds — who we hear is currently developing multiple series for major cable networks through her production company and is launching a digital lifestyle brand.  The remaining staff — including AJ Calloway — are being forced to take ‘substantial’ pay cuts.

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L.A. Reid Leaves Epic Records (Sony Music)

According to Variety, the music industry was rocked on Thursday with the news that Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid is leaving Sony Music. The executive was six years into his tenure at the label he relaunched as a hub for urban acts (Future, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled) with a proven track record in pop (Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony). In fact, Reid was riding a winning streak that culminated in a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit for Khaled the same week his exit was revealed.

Sony has not commented or confirmed that Reid has already left the building, but an insider tells Variety that the search is on for a new CEO. Meanwhile, the label continues to operate with a full slate of releases on deck, including new music by Fifth Harmony (expected in June), the first solo effort from Camila Cabello (coming very soon), and a new album by Mariah Carey. Also on the horizon is a scheduled appearance by Reid at the Midem conference in Cannes on June 6, where he is due to give a keynote address. It is unclear as of now whether that commitment will be honored.

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Hollywood Medium Connects Bobby Brown to Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina

According to E!  Tyler Henry connects Bobby Brown to his ex-wife, the late Whitney Houston, on Wednesday's episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. In this clip from the episode, Tyler tells Bobby that a woman is coming through who is having him talk about her heart.

"I have a woman coming through, having me talk about her heart.  And this is very clear in the way that this comes through, she's very insistent to acknowledge, no matter how I died I need them to know the heart, I need them to know the heart," Tyler says. "And there's a feeling of having a susceptibility to a heart arrhythmia and also having a susceptibility just to a heart issue."

Tyler continues, "But I can distinctly tell there are other aspects to this passing. People talking about this or discussing this heart thing, but it's something else. It's like, or I die of something else or people think I die of something else."  He then tells Bobby, "And there's just an emphasis on basically saying like, people don't know the full picture of to what extent this really affected me."  When asked if there have been "recent discussions" about someone having a "heart condition," Bobby tells Tyler, "Yeah, my ex-wife."

Watch the entire Booby Brown segment below. 

Jay Z Signed A $200 Million 10-Year Touring Deal With Live Nation

According to Jet, Sean Carter just signed a 10-year worldwide touring deal with Live Nation. Additionally in January, Sprint invested some major coins in his TIDAL platform.  Financial records have not been released but according to Billboard, the Live Nation deal is worth $200 Million. Sprint evenly-matched that number earlier this year, setting HOV up with a clean 400 mill and it’s only May. 

The music mogul signed a 360-deal with Live Nation a couple of years back in 2008 that aided him in the launch of Roc Nation. Worth $150 million, the deal included albums, publishing and more. However, 2017’s agreement focuses primarily on touring.

Live Nation and I entered unchartered territory in 2008,” shared Jay Z. “Over nine years, we have traveled the world producing historic music experiences. [Live Nation CEO] Michael Rapino is an industry visionary, and this renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation. For the next 10 years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape.
— Jay Z

True to form, this news comes as a hopeful gesture of a Jay Z comeback. Jay is also set to headline Made in America, Meadows, and Austin City Limits this year.  

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