Photo may have been deleted

Instagram.com

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer showed her love and support for embattled daytime talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.

Spencer, 50, posted a B&W throwback high school photo of DeGeneres on her Instagram account. In the lengthy caption, she wrote:

"Sending love and support to Ellen and all of the employees of her show. All of my interactions with everyone from the show including ELLEN were supportive and fun! In that spirit I am praying all involved get the love and support they need."

Spencer updated her post after the comments went left, as her followers objected to the actress and other Black stars rushing to 62-year-old DeGeneres' defense.

"UPDATE: lively debate happening in the comments. I welcome that. I also believe that all of the voices of her employees need to be heard. Past and present. Speaking truth to power is the only way change happens. My truth is everyone was kind to me. From the PAs to the producers. So yeah! I want all of those people to feel valued and heard. And no, people are NOT always kind to talent! #AllVoicesNeedToBeHeard #beyekindonetoanother".

Spencer is one of the most decorated Hollywood actresses. Her list of accolades includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is one of two Black women to receive three Oscar nominations and two consecutive nominations.

Spencer is the latest Black star to defend DeGeneres publicly. Comedian Kevin Hart, who was nearly canceled for old homophobic statements, was among the first to show his support.

DeGeneres' set DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, broke his silence to show love to his boss.

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Boss is pictured with his wife, dancer Allison Holker, daughter Weslie Fowler and son Maddox Laurel Boss.

"We can't speak too much legally about it, but I'll say this, there's been love," the 37-year-old dancer, told Us Weekly.

"Obviously there's some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there's been love. I'll just leave it at that until there's a time where we can address more publicly. There's been love and there will continue to be love."

There are unconfirmed reports that DeGeneres's daytime talk show is canceled amid reports that she ignored harassment and racism on her show.
 

Photo may have been deleted

Marcus Ingram/Getty Images

Rapper Boosie Badazz sent a desperate message to Mark Zuckerberg after his Instagram page was banned this week.

Instagram bloggers who followed his account claim his IG was banned for constantly promoting suggestive photos from his OnlyFans account.

"They just took my Instagram," the 37-year-old said, addressing Instagram owner Zuckerberg in a video on Thursday. "Mark Zuckinburger, I need to talk to you. Bosses need to talk to bosses [sic]. I don't know what I did but I need my Instagram back. I don't even know what I did! But this is how I feed my family. Mark, do not do this to 2020. Do not take Boosie off Instagram! We need to talk, Mark."

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

In February, Boosie was banned from a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia after he and his son disparaged Dwyane Wade's transgender child, Zaya Wade.

In May 2020, Boosie was heavily criticized for another deleted video in which he described hiring adult sex workers to service his teenage son and nephew. At the time he said p0rnography was more appropriate for children to watch than "cartoons with two men kissing.

Watch Boosie's desperate plea to Zuckerberg below.
 

Rick Diamond/WireImage

Hip-hop star CeeLo Green walked back his harsh criticism of hot female rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, insisting his comments were taken out of context.

The 45-year-old Gemini made headlines this week after telling Far Out magazine he's not impressed by the ladies' immoral behavior and sexed-up lyrics in their "WAP" music video.

Photo may have been deleted

YouTube.com

"A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," he said. "There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."

But fans dragged the pop singer, with many reminding him of his own raunchy lyrics in hit songs such as "F**k You."

Many on social media considered his remarks sexist and hypocritical toward women. On Wednesday, CeeLo took to Instagram to address the backlash, claiming it was all one big "misunderstanding".

Drew Altizer/WENN.com

In a lengthy note, he wrote, "Firstly, I am an advocate of artistic freedom and expression, as well as a fan of Nicki, Cardi & Meagan [sic]. I know most of them personally and consider Cardi & Offset family. Therefore, I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women...and professionals."

CeeLo went on to accuse bloggers and tabloid reporters of stirring up controversy by twisting his words.

"I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans. Know that I support everyone who is part of our community & (Black) culture. Always have and always will!"

He added: "Much love to all of the female artists who are running the game and handling their business. With Love, Lo."
 

FayesVision/WENN.com

Singer Akon is encouraging Black Americans to "let go of the past" and move on from the brutal history of slavery.

The 47-year-old Senegalese star insists his fellow Africans have "overcome" their past and the cruelty their ancestors faced as slave traders ripped families apart.

"We've kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don't even think about it," Akon said during a new interview with VladTV.

"The only time we think about it, honestly, is when we're doing tours at Goree Island. Outside of that, people have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept."

Goree is a tiny island off the main harbor of Dakar, Senegal, a pivotal destination for slave trading from the 15th to 19th centuries.

Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic

Akon believes American Blacks could benefit by "letting go" of slavery, because it's such a large weight to carry. He said Black people will never make progress until they let go of the past.

"I think it's the art of just letting the past go and moving towards the future. I think, in the U.S., they have this stigma of just not letting go of the past and blaming the past on every mishap or, you know, disappointment. I think as long as you hold onto that past, there's a lot of weight that you carry with you everywhere you go. It's hard to move forward and move fast when you've got a weight on your back. You just gotta let it go."

WENN.com

The "Smack That" singer urges "brainwashed" Black Americans to travel to Africa, where they'll be accepted.

"Do you want to stay here (in America) and continue to be treated this way or just go back home, where you're no longer the minority. You actually are the majority, and you control your destiny, your future, and your land... They just need to go... America did a good job at brainwashing (them). The moment you mention Africa, they start shaking. They don't even know why."

Watch Akon's interview below.
 

Photo may have been deleted

Instagram.com

Rapper Lil Baby claims he's not a deadbeat dad because he sets aside uncashed checks for his two minor sons.

The 25-year-old Atlanta rapper made the claims after his ex-girlfriend accused him of falling to make child support payments.

Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share how he's providing for his boys, who he co-parents with ex Ayesha Little, mother of his four-year-old Jason, and girlfriend Jayda Cheaves, mom of his younger son, 18-month-old Loyal.

He captioned an Instagram photo gallery that shows him with his 2 children: "I Got Some Checcs That I I Ain't Touch They For Loyal An Jason" [sic].

The post comes days after Ayesha took to her Instagram Story to accuse the rap star of not paying their son's $10,000 school tuition fees.

"@LILBABY_1 JASON'S SCHOOL TUITION HAD AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE BEFORE THE VIRUS EVEN CAME ABOUT I HAVE EVERY EMAIL. DUE TO YOU NEVER PAYING IT THEY TOOK MY BABY OFF THE PORTALS SO HE WON'T RECEIVE ANY VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMS FROM HIS SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY BASICALLY KICKED HIM OUT."

Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

Ayesha was reportedly upset after Jayda flashed IG images of her new Birkin handbag, an expensive gift to her from Lil Baby. The high-end Hermes bags cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Lil Baby insisted he chose not to pay for his son's school due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shaded Ayesha.

"I get the n****s you f**king ain't buying you Birkins or whatever but don't go to the Internet and act like I don't go above and beyond for my son."

In another Instagram Story, the rapper is seen braiding his son Jason's hair. The adorable video won him cool points with the ladies on Instagram.
 


 

WENN/Avalon

Dr. Dre is challenging his estranged wife Nicole Threatt Young's demand to see all of his financial records for the past decade.

In a new court filing obtained by The Blast, the hip-hop legend, real name Andre Romelle Young, suggested his financial affairs are none of his ex's business.

Judy Eddy/WENN.com

The Youngs are in the midst of a bitter divorce, as his ex claims the prenuptial agreement she signed before their 1996 wedding is invalid. Nicole alleges he ripped up the pre-nup in front of her, thus nullifying the document. But Dre claims he did no such thing.

Nicole's lawyers subpoenaed the mogul's longtime accountant to get her hands on his business and banking documents - paperwork Dre wants to keep confidential as it contains his "private information" and that of his associates.

Claytons/WENN.com

In his latest filing, Dre states: "Throughout our marriage, I have maintained separate books and records regarding my separate property and my separate property business entities."

He added: "I object to the production of such documents which contain my private information as well as my confidential business information that involves third parties as well. For example‚ there is no basis for the production of my confidential employee employment records."

Instead, Dre is offering to provide Nicole's attorneys with the former couple's joint tax returns over the past decade.

He also had his accountant make an official declaration to back up the super producer's side of the story regarding the pre-nup and the separate sets of financial records.

WENN.com

It reads in part: "We have maintained separate books and records for (Dre) and each of his separate property business entities for the past two decades. The documents requested span more than a decade and involve at least seven different sets of books and records."

Dre has already agreed to pay spousal support and cover Nicole's living expenses.

A judge has yet to rule on the validity of the pre-nup following their divorce filing in June.

AFP via Getty Images

Kanye West revealed he secretly met with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner (pictured left) amid allegations that West and Trump conspired to sabotage Joe Biden's campaign.

West, who recently returned from vacationing with his family, admits he secretly met with Jared Kushner last weekend.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, is a White House adviser and serves on Trump's re-election campaign.

West announced he was running for president which sparked accusations that he and Trump were conspiring to siphon Democratic votes from Biden.

West revealed the meeting with Kushner in a tweet after The New York Times learned about the clandestine meeting and called him for a comment.

"I'm willing to do a live interview with the New York Time about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson's book Powernomics," West tweeted Tuesday night.

Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images

In his interview with The Times, West gave scant details about the private meeting that took place in Colorado, where Kushner was traveling with his wife, Ivanka.

West had been camping in Colorado with his family, and afterward flew to Telluride to meet with Kushner, those close to West told The Times.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, West all but admitted he's acting as spoiler to damage Biden's campaign to clear the way for Trump to win re-election in November. West currently faces accusations of election fraud in at least 2 states.

Photo may have been deleted

Getty Images, YouTube

Megan Thee Stallion didn't waste any time responding to singer CeeLo Green who criticized her and Cardi B's raunchy music video "WAP."

The 25-year-old up-and-coming rapper took to Twitter.com to slam CeeLo and hypocritical men who criticize her morals.

She tweeted: "Lol dudes will scream 'slob on my k***' word for word and crying [about] WAP... bye lil boy."

"Slob On My K***" is a 1999 song by Oscar award-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia about oral sex.

Photo may have been deleted

YouTube.com

The "WAP" music video shows various strippers and media personalities portraying whores as Megan and Cardi rap over a Frank Ski sample, "There's some whores in this house."

CeeLo sparked controversy on social media when he called out Cardi B and Megan for their immoral, shameless behavior in the video.

Johnny Louis/WENN.com

"A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," CeeLo said in an interview with Far Out magazine.

CeeLo recalled the days when singers and hip-hop artists used metaphors and analogies to prevent youngsters from deciphering adult content in their music.

"There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."

He continued: "It's problematic, we suffer from it because there are those that have nothing to do with it, but it is assumed of everyone. You have the 'Heads of State,' like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there... Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate.”
 

Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

R&B singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris clapped back at internet trolls who criticized her daughter, Zonnique Pullins, for falling pregnant out of wedlock.

The 24-year-old Pisces surprised her parents with the announcement that she's expecting a baby girl with her rapper boyfriend, Bandhunta Izzy. But not everyone was happy about the news.

Critics jumped on social media to point out the mom-to-be isn't married to her child's father, real name Israel James.

Now her mom is fighting back, insisting she wasn't married when she fell pregnant with her first child, Zonnique, who "turned out fine".

Tameka reminded her critics that Zonnique was a good girl who never embarrassed her family.

"Zonnique is a very well-rounded woman," Tameka tells PageSix. "She's not fast. She's not doing nothing no different than most women or her peers out there.

Tameka, 45, fell pregnant with Zonnique when she was a member of the girl group Xscape.

"I did not struggle. I was out there getting my money. I mean, I had a baby father but we weren't married and I lived a great life. Zonnique lived a great life; she did not want for anything."

Photo may have been deleted

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris, 39, helped raise Zonnique, aka Nique Nique, since she was a toddler. Zonnique and her biological father, Zonnie "Zebo" Pullins, are very close. She honored both of her dads on Father's Day.

Photo may have been deleted

Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Lauryn Hill's daughter Selah Marley says her mother's form of discipline was slave like.

Selah, daughter of Lauryn, 45, and musician Rohan Marley, 48, claims her mother's form of discipline involved a belt and lots of threats.

In a 2-hour video on Instagram, Selah, 20, described the beatings she suffered as a minor child.

"And then the threats, the constant threats. That belt man. That's that slave sh*t. That was some slavery sh*t. All Black parents were on that sh*t."

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

Selah, pictured with Lauryn and her grandmother, Valerie Hill, praised her "amazing" mom, but she described the legendary singer as a single mother who wasn't always nurturing and often lashed out in anger at her children.

"My mom is an amazing woman, but she obviously didn't do everything right. She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn't live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It's crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you."

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

She said the threats Lauryn used were meant to instill fear in her. ("You want me to embarrass you? You want me to give you something to cry about?")

Selah added: "I'm not mad at a little discipline, but what can a five-year-old do? What can a seven-year-old do?"

The fashion model and social media influencer also opened up about her "daddy issues" due to her absentee father, Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae legend, Bob Marley.

"Honestly guys, I'm just hurting. I can't even front that I'm not. I've been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I'm really hurting just from the circumstances."

Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Selah revealed she has a split personality, in addition to her daddy issues, which affects her relationships with men.

"I have a form of split personality to some degree, I mean not to like you know diagnose myself, but just a form of split because it's like, a part of me stopped growing at the age that my dad left. Whenever that stopped, I feel like something just stopped or maybe it never grew, it never developed... especially when it comes to men, like males in my life. They bring out this dark, dark, dark thing inside of me because I feel like I need them... like I hurt them because I'm mad at them, because I'm mad at my father for not being around but I need them because I don’t have a father so I need someone..."

 

Photo may have been deleted

Screengrab: YouTube

Nick Cannon recently discovered his ancestors are Black and Jewish. "I come from a Jewish family," Cannon said on Monday, after he discovered his great-grandfather was a "Spanish rabbi."

On Monday, Cannon appeared on the American Jewish Committee's online program, AJC Advocacy Anywhere, where he apologized again for insulting the Jewish people.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Cannon, left, is pictured with his mother, Beth Gardner, and media personality Al B. Sure!, at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards in 2014.

"My mother has been calling me every single day since this happened with so much family history," Cannon shared. He said his mother told him his "great-grandfather was a Spanish rabbi. He's a Sephardic Jewish man."

"So, as much heat as I've been catching from the public and the outside, this hit home for my family in a real way because I come from a Black and Jewish family on my mother's side," he said.

Cannon is still upset that his friends and fans turned on him after he apologized to the Jewish people.

In social media posts, he wrote that things "couldn't get any worse" for him, and he hinted at taking his own life after none of his A-list friends rushed to defend him.

"A lot of people may have been upset that I apologized, but I feel like that's what someone of true character is actually supposed to do when they hurt someone."

'Now, let's get through this process of truth and reconciliation," he said.

The 39-year-old comedian was fired in July after he labeled white people "savages" who act "evil" and "rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive" on his podcast show, "Cannon's Class,".

The public fallout was swift and harsh as ViacomCBS severed longstanding ties with the comedian, taking millions of dollars in revenue with them.

Cannon's bank account took another hit as his daytime talk show, The Nick Cannon Show, was delayed until 2021 and his radio show on Power 106, Nick Cannon Mornings, is temporarily suspended.

Since making the controversial comments, Nick has met with rabbis and learned about Judaism during a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

Photo may have been deleted

Getty Images, YouTube.com

CeeLo Green sparked controversy on social media when he chastised hip-hop's leading female rappers for being immoral.

Green reacted after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the music video for their collaboration "WAP" on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The video, which takes place inside a CGI whore house, shows various strippers and media personalities portraying whores as Megan and Cardi rap over a Frank Ski sample, "There's some whores in this house."

Photo may have been deleted

YouTube.com

CeeLo targeted Cardi and Megan for focusing on attention-seeking and social media likes than making good music.

"A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," CeeLo said in an interview with Far Out magazine.

CeeLo recalled the days when singers and hip-hop artists used metaphors and analogies to prevent youngsters from deciphering adult content in their music.

"There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."

Johnny Louis/WENN.com

CeeLo continued: "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all." He added bold feminine sexual expression "comes at what cost?."

CeeLo also tapped OG rapper Nicki Minaj to step up and be the guiding light for female rappers who have lost their way.

"You have the 'Heads of State,' like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate," he said.
 

Photo may have been deleted

YouTube.com

Cardi B has defended Kylie Jenner's cameo appearance as a whore in her "WAP" video featuring Megan Thee Stallion. Cardi issued a statement after angry fans launched petition to have the reality star's cameo removed from the music video.

Photo may have been deleted

YouTube.com

Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the video for their collaboration on Thursday, Aug. 6, featuring a variety of dancers including Normani, Mulatto, and Suki.

Jenner's appearance riled Cardi's fans, who demanded her removal in a Change.org petition that was launched over the weekend, labeling Jenner a "culture vulture".

But the "Bodak Yellow" star hit back on Twitter, insisting, "Not everything is about race."

Fans were tight that Normani and the other dancers were depicted as strippers while Jenner strolls down a hallway opening a door.

"Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door. If that's not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most..." wrote one fan, prompting the hitmaker's response.

"Normani is one of the best female artist that dances like she dances her f**kin ass off!" Cardi wrote. "Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat and hook, it what makes you want to shake your ass."

She continued: "Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that is about race and I preach all the time about. This is not about f**kin race."

"Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid's bday party," Cardi insisted in a final tweet. "Travis (Scott, Kylie's ex) and Set (Offset, Cardi's husband) are real close and Kris Jenner have given me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine."

Sandrarose.com gave the music video 2.5 roses, but my readers gave it 0.5 roses -- usually reserved for music videos that belong in a dumpster.
 

Photo may have been deleted

Instagram.com

It takes a very special mom to go that extra mile for their children. Serena Williams is that mom who spends quality time playing dress up with her daughter Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Yes, it helps that Serena is a multimillionaire tennis superstar with plenty of time on her hands.

On Thursday, the 38-year-old tennis superstar shared an Instagram photo that showed her twinning with Olympia wearing matching princess dresses.

In the photo, Olympia gives her mommy a hand zipping up her dress.

"She's got my back already. And I'll always have hers," Serena captioned the post.

Serena has previously shared photos of Olympia twinning while playing tennis and channeling Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."

Olympia doesn't need a babysitter, as she goes everywhere with her parents.

Olympia's dad, Reddit.com co-founder, Alexis Ohanian retired at age 37 to be a stay-at-home dad.

Olympia is a very fortunate little girl.
 

Matthew Simmons/WireImage

John Legend took aim at his former boss, rapper Kanye West for allegedly conspiring with President Donald Trump to divert votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Legend, who is best known for his song "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)", took to Twitter to denounce Kanye and Trump.

Legend retweeted this post to his 13.5 million followers, writing, "Just in case anyone needs some clarity around what's happening here:"

"A little update — The GOP lawyer who helped @kanyewest get on the ballot in Wisconsin is actively working for @realDonaldTrump's campaign. She's the lawyer of record in their lawsuit to try to get a @prioritiesUSA anti-Trump ad pulled..."

He followed up by tweeting: "Anyway.... Anyone reckless and/or misinformed enough to fall for the okey doke probably wasn't voting for Biden (or voting at all)."

His followers reacted by asking Legend to speak to Kanye rather than drag him on social media.

User @dweebs193 tweeted: "I was under the impression that you were friends with Kanye. Why you telling us? Shouldn't you talk to him? Also I think it's pretty racist for them to assume that black ppl are going to vote for Kanye bc he's on the ballot."