Today’s Celebrity Crush is the ultra talented and uber sexy actor, Lamman Rucker. Lamman is probably best known for his series regular roles as Garret Williams on the now defunct ABC soap opera “All My Children”, Will Brown from Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and as Mona’s boyfriend Chase on “Half & Half” but these fays, Lamman is gaining even more notoriety for his role as Jacob Greenleaf on the brand new OWN show “Greenleaf”.
After this year’s jam-packed event, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the BET Awards should officially be changed to the BET Turn Up because anytime all of our favorite artists pack a house, a turn up is definitely sure to ensue. From Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar opening up the show with “Freedom” to Sheila E,’s long-awaited tribute to Prince and Jesse Williams’ powerful “woke” message about how #BlackLivesMatter, the night was one to go down in the history books.
To kick off this memorable night, BET quickly got us all in formation with a surprise appearance by Beyoncé, who surprised the crowd with a live performance of “Freedom.” The singer was joined by rapper Kendrick Lamar and silently waited for her dancers as they marched into the theater to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and performed a water dance.
It has been quite a while since we have heard anything from or about Frank Ocean. His hit album Channel Orange had us all rethinking sexuality and how much more inclusive rap and hip-hop can stand to be. As you recall, ahead of the release of his aforementioned album he released a letter revealing he was once in love and in a relationship with another man. Now, Frank has not been one to label himself anything–in fact the only real label anyone can call him lately is that of a recluse.
Well today Frank returned with yet another powerful letter, this time aimed at the senseless shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where forty-nine people lost their loves for being gay. Read his powerful letter below:
via Frank Ocean & ThatGrapeJuice.net
“I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in. I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us.
I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a ****** as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.
Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?
I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak.
We are all God’s children, I heard. I left my siblings out of it and spoke with my maker directly and I think he sounds a lot like myself. If I being myself were more awesome at being detached from my own story in a way I being myself never could be. I wanna know what others hear, I’m scared to know but I wanna know what everyone hears when they talk to God.
Do the insane hear the voice distorted? Do the indoctrinated hear another voice entirely?
When this man pens a letter it is always something powerful! Homophobia and violence against people because of their sexuality is not solely isolated to Orlando, Florida. It is clearly a global issue. We have got to do a lot better people. Frank, if you’re reading this, we need you and your music back in action. Kudos Frank, Kudos!
Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means; schools out, warm days, cool nights and the TV shows are being changed out swiftly. Wondering how you can get your Summer ’16 Must See-TV shows in order, follow the jump below to see what shows are coming to a screen near you and set those DVRs.
HBO Series: Ballers
HBO is gearing up for Season 2 of the Mark Wahlberg produced show “Ballers”. In case you missed the first season, don’t fret because HBO will soon began playing repeats for you to play catch-up. ‘Ballers’ is a half-hour comedy series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and looks at the lives of former and current football players. The show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (the fine son of veteran actor Denzel Washington), and Jazmyn Simon.
A close source to the couple told US Weekly that the 46-year-old mogul is ready to share his own tea on the situation. “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things,” the source says.
Legend has it that the infamous elevator show-down between Hov and Solange, Beyoncé’s sister, back in 2014 at the Met Gala was due to him being extra flirty with designer and Dame Dash’s former fling Rachel Roy, conspiring what is now “Lemonade”.
Although Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, says the emotions of the album aren’t necessarily personal, but relatable, it looks like Jay and Bey aren’t going to miss out on this primetime-series drama money that has been building out of the speculations. What do you think Jay-Z will call the project? I’m sticking with D’USSÉ (you heard it here first). Stay tuned for more developments.
The annual Academy of Country Music Awards aired last night and was back in Las Vegas this year. Sunday’s show, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, aired live on CBS with phenomenal performances, great artists and a smoking hot red carpet filled with colorful fashion from head to toe. In fact, the red carpet was like a mini showcase for all the southern style inspired artists glimmering in their one of a kind gowns and quite dapper in there skinny tie suites, and well then there’s Katy Perry… lol take a look for yourself at some of the beautiful and handsome and some unique styling on Sunday both onstage and on the red carpet, where celebrities are strutting in some of their finest attire.
Carrie Underwood arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Dolly Parton arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Savannah Chrisley arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Anderson East, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Little Big Town, from left, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Kimberly Schlapman arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Tim McGraw arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Nominees for Entertainer of the Year were Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church.
Male Vocalist of the Year nominees was Aldean, Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton and Bentley.
Female Vocalist of the Year nominees was Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and lets not forget Carrie Underwood.
Scheduled performers included Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Old Dominion to name a few.
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Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong begins with Rusty furious with Randal’s statements about his new grandson. He demands the latter apologizes and take down his stork sign in the front yard. Randal informs him that his new grandson is his son and that he and Alex have been having sex! Rusty threatens Randal and then goes back into the house demanding to see the baby. His wife tries to calm him down, but he refuses. She confirms Randal’s allegations. Rusty believes she was raped by him, but Brad informs them that she and Randal were having an affair. Rusty blames him for everything that has happened and Brad demands they leave. Rusty refuses and Brad begins to beat him. Alex’s mother fires her gun at Brad, narrowly missing his ear! They leave the house, looking for Alex and her baby.
Esperanza returns home to find Eddie having sex with another woman. She demands he leave and admonishes him for not doing his job. When she finds Ben with him she warns him to stop working with Eddie. Joey finds Natalie’s home approval letter in the trash. He admonishes her for not giving Lushion a chance and informs her that he has not been stealing from drug dealers, unlike Eddie. Natalie tells him to stay out her business, and to feed his siblings while she steps out. Kelly arrives home and learns from Ramsey a gun was fired at Alex’s home. The two of them go to investigate and learn from Brad what has happened. He asks them to alert him if they find Alex. Randal goes to have a counseling session with Julius. There, he recounts a disturbing past where he mutilated animals, raped girls, and cut himself, only to reveal he was lying! He then shows Randal his penis and butt and asks him was he turned on. Julius ends their session and tells him to tell his father he is sane.
Kelly and Ramsey flirt in her house, with the former stating she is reluctant to get close to him since he is leaving. When he begins to cut her backyard they find Alex and the baby. He carries Alex inside just as Brad arrives to see if they have heard from Alex. Alex begs Kelly to cover for her, fearing he will deliver her to her parents. Kelly complies, but Brad hears the baby crying. Ramsey manages to immobilize him when he tries to force his way inside the house. Brad tearfully apologizes to Alex for what he has done and what her father did to her. He tells her he is leaving their home. At the precinct, Claudia tries to comfort Lushion and talks with him about Pete. She offers her phone number in case he ever needs to talk. Just as he is about to get her number Natalie arrives.