Monday, February 8
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BIG STORY:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it...cancel 7500 flights
Let me start off by saying I love snow...when I'm inside and looking out a window. Heck, I'll even stand outside for a few minutes. The fact that there's even 7500 flights in a 2 day period is mind boggling..and they all got canceled because of this blizzard...shows just what a big deal this storm is...allegedly. We'll see. I've been watching CNN on and off and they have like 8 people covering this storm all over the country...I really want one of their red and black CNN winter jackets..one day...one storm..I will be there. In all seriousness, if you're anywhere on the east coast, especially Virginia and Washington D.C. (and a lot of other places), please stay inside and try not to drive in the next 48 hours. The worst of the storm is expected to impact over 85 MILLION people starting tonight throughout Saturday. 133,000 people have already lost power. Please stay safe and warm...watch those candles..drink lots of water...and wait until Sunday afternoon (the earliest) to play in the snow. My flight got canceled so I have to stay in Las Vegas another night...I bought Jennifer Lopez tickets...the storm has been kind to me. Read more about power outages and other effects of the storm at the following link. Read more at CNN
ENTERTAINMENT:
Mariah Carey is engaged to James Packer
Mariah Carey got engaged to her boyfriend James Packer yesterday. A close friend of Mariah Carey's designed the 35 carat diamond and platinum ring. The designer, Wilfredo Rosado, said this of the ring: "I took the standards super-high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to." Well, first of all, congratulations Mariah Carey and James Packer, wishing you lots of happiness and joy. And at 35 carats...I believe a congratulations is in order for the ring finger as well. See the ring on Mariah's hand when she is roaming about in NYC at the link below. Mariah Carey has not publicly acknowledged the engagement herself yet. See more at USA Today
The Oscars are addressing diversity with changes to voting, membership after black-lash
Well...that was quick. After people like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of this year's Oscars ceremony because not a single black actor was nominated, the Academy has decided to make changes to increase diversity. The changes include: doubling the membership of the Academy by 2020, only letting members vote if they have worked in last 10 years or if they've been nominated for an Oscar. According to a 2012 report by the LA Times, the Academy membership break down was 94% white and 77% male...personally I think there are much bigger problems facing black people...but good for future award ceremonies. Let's hope black teenagers also stop getting shot and killed. Read more at Oscars.org
Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele making comedy pilot together
Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele) are working to together on a comedy pilot to air on FX. The show will feature Tracy Morgan as an entertainer who spent 15 years behind bars, trying to break back into the business. Jodan Peele will serve as a writer for the show...but if people are smart..Jordan will do some acting too. The pilot will film this summer and FX will decide later whether to order a full season. Read more at Oxygen
Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is now a dad
It is being reported that Louis Tomlinson of One Direction has had his baby with stylist Briana Jungwirth. She gave birth in Los Angeles and the friendly exes are together with baby. Allegedly. Congratulations to the new parents! Read more at Daily Mail

J. Cole is married, Creed director let's news slip
J. Cole was being interviewed for #MLKNow in honor of Martin Luther King by the director Ryan Coogler when the director asked him, "how has married life changed you?" ...the moment got funny and basically the director didn't know he wasn't supposed to say anything about it, saying this is his first time interviewing someone. J. Cole responded with: "That was like one thing to not do. But it's all good...They know now." Congratulations to J. Cole and his wife Melissa Heholt! They have been dating for 10 years since meeting in college at St. John's University in Queens, New York. See more at E! Online
Miss Colombia to Steve Harvey: "Learn how to read"
Well, I can't blame her. After the biggest entertainment gaffe in recent memory, Steve Harvey sat down with runner up Miss Universe on his show and she had this to say, jokingly: "You need to learn how to read cards." LOL. Can I keep it real? Can everyone stop pretending this wasn't the BEST WAY TO LOSE the competition? Had she just not been announced at all, her name would have been forgotten almost instantly. Now she's that person who got her crown taken away in seconds, in front of the world. Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia, you have nothing to worry about. Let the endorsement deals roll in. See more at CNN
Coco Austin and husband Ice T welcomed their first baby in November and well...if you haven't kept up with baby Chanel, check out adorable pictures of the tot...even during an awkward breastfeeding while secured in a car seat. See more at Daily Mail

Celine Dion and her 3 children attended the funeral of her husband Rene Angelil today in Montreal. Their 14 year old son Rene Charles delivered a eulogy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Same goes to the entire Dion family, who are also mourning the loss of Celine's brother Daniel. Read more at US Weekly
EVERYTHING:
5 dead, 2 injured in Canada school shooting
A gunman opened fire at a K-12 school in Saskatchewan, Canada today. Reports are saying 5 people have died and 2 injured. The gunman is in custody and no further details are known about him/her and the victims. My thoughts and prayers go out to the familes and loved ones affected by this tragic event. Read more at CNN
Hillary Clinton held a Demi Lovato concert in Iowa, naturally
Time to bring out the big guns. A Hillary Clinton rally in Iowa...turned out to be a Demi Lovato concert. People are saying Hillary barely spoke and let Demi Lovato do her thing. The singer said this of the former Secretary of State: "I am voting for her because I truly believe that there is nobody more qualified to run this country – our country – than our secretary of state." I think it is funny/brilliant for Hillary Clinton to use the power of Demi to woo younger voters. Those Demi Lovato fans are not a joke...being one of them, I can speak from experience at concerts and free mall shows (shout out to Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY for having the best free concert ever when the Microsoft Store opened). Only time will tell if Demi was enough to help Hillary in Iowa and New Hamsphire. Good luck ladies...I totally see some Republican moms being like, "nope, no Demi concert for you!" That's what happens when you get involved in issues...it affects your business and skin care line. Still no word from Taylor Swift on who she's supporting..she might as well pick someone now that she's going on a little break. Read more at People
A listeria outbreak that started last summer has turned out to be from salad packaged by the company Dole in Ohio. One person has died in Michigan and several others have fallen ill in other states. A recall has been issued. Read more at CNN
Donald Trump has retweeted a username on Twitter called "WhiteGenocideTM"...that was making fun of a homeless person that looked like Jeb Bush...I personally don't want to have a president who is a serial retweeter and a bully. Can you imagine? ...Read more at CNN
BIG STORY:

Researchers gave mice the same amount of sugar in Western diets and discovered cancer
The University of Texas Cancer Center has found that increased sweets (the same level in Western diets) led to increased tumor growth and metastasis in mice...as compared to those mice on a non-sugar starch diet. While it should be noted that the mice in question were specifically bred because they had higher risk of cancer...if you replace mice with human, that could mean anyone. I chose this as a big story because I think it's important for all of us to control the sugar in our diets..because sugar is hiding in everything..even the savory salty foods have sugar in them. I have always been told this...but I still drank my 45-grams-of-sugar sweet drink anyway. After today, however, I am singing a different tune and I think we all should look at our relationship with sugar differently because of these mice. While we should take the study with a grain of..salt..I think there's an important take away here. Can I also just say, don't we all feel better and less dough-like when we eat less sugar anyway? I know I do..it's so hard to not drink the mango juice right out of the tiny bottle it comes in...Anyone else want to limit their sugar intake with me starting tomorrow? Read more at NewsMax
ENTERTAINMENT:
Bill Cosby's sexual assault case might not make it because of legal technicalities
While Bill Cosby has been charged with aggrevated sexual assault, there is a technical problem that might get his entire case thrown out. Apparently when Bill Cosby made his civil deposition a decade ago, he agreed with the district attorney that the deposition could not be used in any criminal matters. In that deposition, Cosby stated his detailed interest in the woman, his interest in pursuing younger women, and his use of quaaludes to help him sleep with women... Bill Cosby's lawyers are asking for the case to be thrown out because there was a deal with the district attorney at the time, and that provides their client with immunity. The case goes back to court on February 2nd, where this previous district attorney might be present..and it will be decided whether the charges against Cosby will be dropped...so what about all those other women though? Too little too late most likely...it's kind of disturbing that we live in a place where one can basically admit to something, but because of deals in place with important people and lawyers...we must act like nothing was ever said. It's like this clip I once saw on this wonderful-now-cancelled-show called Raising Hope...it was a child custody case...and the mother was a murderer...but because she had a deal with the court...that information was not allowed to be used...and she got custody of her child..Absurd... Read more at BBC
Beyonce is practicing her Super Bowl performance with Coldplay at USC
Spotted: Beyonce was using the gym at University of Southern California for dance rehearsal and exiting through a back door yesterday January 18. In typical Beyonce fashion, she had everything hidden and closed out so no one could see a damn thing. And she exited at the speed of light. Just look at the grainy photo above, I mean any of you students have cameras not on your phone? Where was the student paper and their photographer? Pepsi had already confirmed that Bey will be joining Coldplay during their Super Bowl 50 halftime show on February 7th at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Personally, I was already excited about just Coldplay, but throwing Beyonce into the mix is exactly what 2016 needs. Also, people think Beyonce is pregnant again because she wore a big coat. Can the woman breathe, in her oversized coat? Read more at E! Online
Amy Schumer calls out 17 year old for stupid, sexist joke
Amy Schumer stopped to take a photo with a fan and then that fan wrote a sexist joke in the caption of the photo: "Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that. #CriticsChoiceAwards." Funny right? Nope. Amy Schumer saw the post on Twitter and responded: "I get it. Cause I'm a whore? Glad I took a photo with you. Hi to your dad." It was a kind response with just enough snark...because all she did was take a photo with him...she wasn't hanging out..lol..It's unfortunate this person took such a cheap shot. Here's the lesson: let the woman make her own jokes. We can say things about ourselves, doesn't mean others should. Read more at HuffPost
Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince just called out Jada Pinkett Smith over her Oscars boycott
Remember Aunt Vivienne from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? She was Will Smith's aunt on the show before some other woman who looked nothing like her replaced her. Well, the actress named Janet Hubert did not take Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott of the Oscars over lack of black nominations lightly. Janet Hubert said in a video response (and I have to partially agree with the points): "First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? The second thing, girlfriend, there's a lot of sh** going on in the world that you all don't seem to recognize. People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you're talking about some motherf**king actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep." ...Well damn! She had a lot more to say as well...I think it's outrageous that black actors weren't nominated, but it's not like the whole country votes...it's a bunch of paying members...eventually those members of the Academy will reflect the actors in this country...and I'm sure then we will see a change. Not to mention, isn't it possible that it's an acting or a role thing and not a black or white thing? Maybe? Isn't is possible? Maybe the roles weren't that great compared to the other ones? If anything, give black actors quality roles. Janet Hubert also makes an excellent point about how it's not right of Jada Pinkett Smith to ask other actors to boycott, when she knows how detrimental such a move could be to many careers, especially for up and comers.. Read more at ET Online
EVERYTHING:
Supreme Court to decide on Obama's immigration executive actions during summer
Obama's excutive actions on immigration, aimed at helping 4.3 million undocumented immigrants stay in America through lawful means, will now be reviewed by the Supreme Court. The program, introduced a year ago, was blocked by federal courts after opposition from Texas and 25 other states. Opponents of this program argue the President cannot make such sweeping changes to immigration policies without Congress; they also argue that it will cost too much to make new driver's licenses...If the Supreme Court upholds Obama's actions, the program will go into effect before he leaves office in 2017. Read more at CNN
Trader Joe's recalls Cashews over salmonella concerns
Trader Joe's has just announced a recall of its Cashews after a supplier notified them about a possible Salmonella fear. Anyone who bought cashews with the expiration date/lot number BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4 should not eat them and throw them out. Honestly don't even take a chance, just throw any cashews from Trader Joe's out or of course return them to Trader Joe's for a full refund as well. They have been removed from store shelves. The cashews were distributed nationwide to the following states..basically everywhere: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Stay safe and healthy everyone. Read more at CNN
Tennis match-fixing scandal
I wish I cared more about this, but since a lot of people like tennis I feel obligated to share this nugget of news. Apparently BuzzFeed has been investigating for over a year claims by tennis stars that they were offered money to throw away a match (to lose it on purpose..I know that much). It is being reported that 16 tennis players have thrown matches so gamblers can profit. All these players are currently competing in the Australian Open, happening now. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he was indirectly offered $200,000 to throw a match in 2007. I'm guessing he didn't...well that's as much as I'm going to care about this. I hope everyone wins..unless you've been cheating..then I hope you don't win. I should really find my tennis racket. Just kidding, it been broken since 2003. Read more at BuzzFeed
95 year old Auschwitz crimes suspect to face trial in Germany
A man named Hubert Z., who was a medical attendant at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland in 1944, is facing trial for being an accesorry to 3,681 deaths over the course of one month that year. Just thinking about how anyone could idly stand by and watch such tragedy take place, is a reminder of why we must never forget the sad history that once was. We must make sure every generation knows about the Holocaust (and other unspeakable crimes against humanity) so that anything like it can never happen again. While one can sympathize with someone who is almost 100, one can't overlook his role and leave him unaccountable for his actions. More about this case will be known in February. Read more at CNN

Listen...there's not a lot of people I would wait all day out in the scorching heat for. Let me explain...there were people sweating, passing out, leaving early, all while waiting for Beyonce to come on stage at 10:30 pm. It was one of those crazy situations where...the sooner you get there...the closer you are to the stage...and the longer you have to wait. I got to the concert around 1 pm...I waited at the wrong stage for about 4 hours...then I went to the right stage and squeezed to where I needed to be. I just want to also say...there was a "stampede" moment...and I was definitely protecting the little people around me. The words "I don't want to die" definitely came out of my mouth. Hey everyone, new music festival rule: STOP PUSHING DAMNIT! Enjoy the wonderful videos below. I almost left because I was so thirsty for water...but I stayed. As soon as the concert was over, I bought 6 bottles of water and drank them within 15 minutes. Shout out to all the people who cleaned up the park after the show was over. And a negative shout out to all the people who litter..rude. The trees judge you every time you throw trash on the ground..just so you know. Also, when the bass drops, I can't really do anything about the audio. Just go deaf for a second like the rest of us did. It's like you're there.

Crazy In Love, I Care, 7/11, Diva, Ring The Alarm, Run The World (Girls),


Bow Down, Flawless, Say My Name, Jumpin Jumpin, Feeling Myself, Partition,
BIG STORY:

Hillary vs. Bernie just got more interesting/feisty.
While this website doesn't dig too deep into politics (because I want you to come back), I can't help but choose Hernie and Billary as this week's biggest story. You know those weekly/daily/hourly polls? Well, some of the latest polls are saying Bernie is ahead in New Hampshire polls and neck and neck in Iowa. I also read somewhere that a majority of people under the age of 24 are with Bernie. Can I just say...if Hillary Clinton doesn't win the Democratic nomination...after all she's been through...lol...that will be shocking. I hope she still becomes Vice President or something..I take it back, Hillary is not going down without a fight. You go get yours, Hillary. I'm honestly still torn between the two. Those secret Democratic debates during weekends and football games probably wasn't the best idea.. There is a debate tomorrow Sunday January 17th at 9 pm on NBC. If you click here at 9pm, you can watch it on NBC's YouTube channel. Go Hillary! Go Bernie! Go...the other guy (Martin O'Malley..who is under investigation for furniture purchases...what..). And if you read this article by the Huffington Post, it's basically saying that Bernie Sanders is our next President. So much drama. I can't wait to see all the ads, just like the Super Bowl...except the best commercials get to live in the White House after. I expect a battle for the ages. What a magical time. Read more at Huffington Post
ENTERTAINMENT:
Rene Angelil passes away at 73 after battle with throat cancer. RIP.
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband of 21 years, passed away on January 14 after a long battle with throat cancer. The two married in 1994 and he has been managing her career ever since she was 12 years old. They have 3 children together. It is now also being reported that Celine Dion's brother, Daniel Dion, passed away today Saturday January 16. My condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to the entire family and loved ones during this difficult time. Read more at BBC
Happy 37th Birthday to the late Aaliyah Dana Haughton. RIP.
Today marks Aaliyah's 37th birthday. She is an music and fashion (and film) icon. Missy Elliott paid tribute to her on Twitter by writing: HappyBDAY #Aaliyah u are loved & missed but will never be forgotten! U are inspiring a new generation of kids. Your heart was so huge and you loved your fans and always wanted them to know that! HappyBirthday we miss u R.I.P Babygirl". Read more at Vibe
Adele rapped Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse and I/You/Nicki loved it
During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Adele added like 40 reasons to love her to the already lengthy list. You must watch the whole thing, but the standout was clearly the SLAYING of Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse, hands and screaming and everything. It was spot on and I never would have thought that Adele would know every word of that rap. Nicki Minaj tweeted and Instagram'd in response saying, "Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!! #Adele #Monster the attitude & fingers to match. #Oh #Ok #IcoNIC ?? I cried when she waved bye to the careers #Hello #BuhBye"...in her Twitter response Nicki said: "Adele is mad ratchet. I can't take her #UK #WutsGood". Seriously just go watch the whole thing and you'll understand. The whole clip is 15 minutes long but I promise it's worth it. See more at CNN
Alan Rickman passes away at 69 after battle with cancer. RIP.
The actor many know from Die Hard and Harry Potter movies passed away on Thursday. J.K. Rowling tweeted this about the actor: "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man." Daniel Radcliffe said: "Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny." My thoughts and prayers go out to Alan Rickman and his loved ones. Read more at CNN
David Bowie releases final album Blackstar, passes away at 69. RIP.
The legendary singer and rock star passed away after a battle with cancer on January 10. In the last months of his life he worked on his latest album Blackstar. His wife, Iman, posted this message on social media: "The struggle is real, but so is God." My thoughts and prayers go out to David Bowie, Iman, their daughter, and loved ones. The following article discusses the last months of David Bowie's life and a behind the scenes look at creating this latest album while being ill. Read more at The Guardian
Emma Watson tweeted Alan Rickman quotes to honor the actor's death and one of them got some people upset
The quote in question: "There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage." It was one of several quotes, but some Twitter users thought she was using his death to support her own causes. I think it's just a quote to honor someone's memory. Carry on. I really enjoyed the other quotes too. Read more at SheKnows
EVERYTHING:
Iran sanctions lifted, 5 Americans released.
The United Nations' Nuclear Watchdog (International Atomic Energy Agency) has announced that Iran has complied with the requirements of restricting its nuclear program. As a result, several economic sanctions against the country have been lifted. 4 Americans were released as part of a prisoner swap, and 1 American was released separately. Read more at CNN
Flint, Michigan toxic water crisis
The city of Flint, Michigan (100, 000 people and 70 miles from Detroit) is currently suffering a water crisis because of a decision to change the water supply for the city 2 years ago. The new water source provided very corrosive water and now it's eroding iron water mains and turning the water brown. The Department of Environmental Quality was required to treat the water with an anti-corrosive agent, but it did not. Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating to see whether any Michigan laws were broken (likely). There are lead poisoning fears as a result of this crisis. President Obama has now declared an emergency in Flint, which should help provide urgent help faster to Flint. Singer Cher and Icelandic Glacial together are donating 181,440 bottles to a food bank.
Read more at CNN
Unarmed 17 year old Cedrick Chatman was killed by Chicago Police 3 years ago, the video was just released NOW?
There are so many murders and/or situations of police brutality, that we may never hear about all of them. But, I am determined to share every single case as I hear about them. This issue is not something to tread lightly in. Interestingly...only after the videos of police brutality are released, do people who read the news hear about them. Today, 3 years after unarmed teen Cedrick Chatman was shot and killed by Chicago police, we are seeing partial video of his killing. Why today? Because a federal judge ordered its release...only after the city of Chicago FINALLY withdrew its objection to it being made public. That makes you ask, why all this effort to not release the videos, if the police were "justified"? Who DID see this video? And did those chosen viewers not think in any way that this family and the public has a right to the video? As we know, the city of Chicago is still recovering from the release of Laquan McDonald's video (unarmed teenager shot 16 times last year)...Many protesters believe there is institutionalized racism in Chicago's Police Department...well...these killings of unarmed black teenagers and efforts to hide them from the public, don't help Chicago PD prove otherwise. Cedrick Chatman's family is now going to file a wrongful death lawsuit. I would prefer if all police officers had body cameras as well, to hold them accountable for their actions. I don't think that is such a crazy thing to ask. Body cameras. Police officers should have to follow the law too. Until then, use your right to record police. Communities can police the police. Just don't get too close to any crime scenes or situations, and you are 100% allowed to record them in their line of duty. With this said, I want to acknowledge all the WONDERFUL NON-MURDERING police officers across this country, those who deescalate situations without killing people, those officers that make me feel they're here to protect me. Train officers to keep everyone safe and alive...lots of officers do it the right way, so I acknowledge those while also acknowledging the crooked potentially racist ones who don't deserve the authority or privilege or respect that comes with being a police officer. God bless. Read more at GMA

Rihanna's Anti World Tour kicks off in February (next month) and there's still no album in sight. I bet she's just waiting on one more song to finish the whole thing off. It's safe to say that this will be a digital release first? Right? No? It's fun that Rihanna doesn't have any rules or deadlines. While we all wait patiently for the drop of the season, why not re-watch some great moments from Rihanna's last tour? Below is video from Rihanna's final Diamonds World Tour stop from November 15, 2013. I remember I was in Nashville for a different show...and there were no reasonable plane tickets..so I flew to Mississippi and then I drove to New Orleans. The answers. Obviously worth it.

Pour It Up, Cockiness, Numb, What's My Name, Jump, Umbrella, Rockstar 101, What Now


Loveee Song, Cold Case Love, We Found Love, S&M, Where Have You Been


Stay, Rihanna talking about the last show of the tour, Diamonds