Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Checks Herself Into a Mental Health Facility

Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Checks Herself Into a Mental Health Facility to Help Battle Depression

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Michelle Williams has been open about her battle with depression in the past, however the Destiny’s Child singer recognizes her struggle is ongoing and has checked herself into a mental health facility.

via TMZ:

Sources tell us Williams is getting treated in a facility just outside of Los Angeles and has been there for the past several days. Michelle has been open with her struggles in the past revealing her battle with depression in an interview last year. 

In a statement Tuesday, Michelle says, “For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being.”

She continues, “Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”

Read what she shared below.

Hopefully everything works out for her!

Black Panther’s Shuri Is Getting Her Own Comic Book Series

Marvel Comics is just months away from releasing a new standalone comic book series about Shuri and all her genius.

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via Bustle:

The brand new series will be available in October 2018 and will focus on Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event: Black Panther is lost in a mission in space, leaving Wakandans asking questions about who should lead in his absence. As his little sister, and the next in line for the throne, Shuri is pulled from her happy place (her lab full of impossibly genius, high-tech gadgets) and into a much heftier role. According to the official Marvel synopsis, “Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”

This compelling battle within the self and the impossible question of duty over passion will come to life in the new series thanks to Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero and Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor is an award-winning Nigerian-American writer, known for her work across the sci-fi genre, from young adult fiction to short stories and adult fiction. One of her most acclaimed works, a novel titled Who Fears Death, not only saw multiple award nominations and a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, but it’s also on its way to becoming an HBO series with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer. And, as if there was any doubt about her writing pedigree, Okorafor has already contributed to the Black Panther storyline with her issues of Black Panther: Long Live The King, which followed a storyline penned by acclaimed journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and her continuing work on the Wakanda Forever series, which follows the Dora Milaje (Wakanda’s badass warrior ladies, for those that need a refresher) as they team up with other heroes from the Marvel Universe. And as she sets to work on the Shuri series, Okorafor is, in a word, thrilled.

“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more,” Okorafor tells Bustle via email. “She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.

Maybe we can expect a film in the future from Marvel!

 

Tiffany Haddish’s Ex-Husband Sues Over Abuse Allegations

Tiffany Haddish’s Ex-Husband Sues Over Abuse Allegations, Claims He Only Choked Her During Sex

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William Stewart is suing Tiffany as well as Simon & Schuster, the publisher of her meimoir, over the chapter alleging that he abused and stalked her during their marriage.

Tiffany never mentioned William by name in the book, but the former couple married and divorced twice.

via Page Six:

Stewart claimed in his suit that he sent Haddish, 38, and Simon & Schuster multiple letters to resolve the “harmful and defamatory” assertions in the chapter, “The Ex-Husband,” before filing the suit. He claims that Haddish replied “be patient your blessings are coming” and “start to think positive so positive things can come your way. Because your blessings are waiting on you.”

He also claimed in his suit that the restraining order she received during their marriage was dropped after she “recanted the allegations” and “pled with law enforcement to dismiss the TRO because it was untrue. In fact, she confessed to attacking Mr. Stewart.”

He also said that she told Dom Irrera in a 2012 interview that Stewart never beat her, but he “just choked [her] a little bit.” Stewart claimed that he can prove that she “regularly requested Mr. Stewart to become more aggressive with her during sex, including, among other things, to choke her as a part of their sexual intercourse.”

Stewart is seeking over $1 million for defamation, libel, and slander.

‘Black Panther’ Actor Winston Duke Set To Play Kimbo Slice in Biopic

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‘Black Panther’ breakout star Winston Duke is set to take on the role of MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in ‘Backyard Legend.’ 

via Deadline:

White Boy Rick scribe Andy Weiss is writing the screenplay about the Bahamian-born backyard brawler who rose from homelessness to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard fights drew a huge YouTube audience. Kimbo Slice died suddenly in June 2016 at 42 from heart failure and a liver mass. Though he battled high blood pressure for years, Kimbo Slice insisted on boxing months before his death, winning a three-round heavyweight match against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris at Bellator 149 in Houston. Before dying Kimbo Slice was scheduled to fight James Thompson in the main event Bellator 158 despite his family’s mixed emotions. They knew his health was ailing given his lack of energy in the Dada 5000 fight.

Duke and Michael Imber, Kimbo’s longtime friend, manager and employer, who will be prominently depicted in the picture (the role has yet to be cast), will also serve as EPs.

Jones says, “It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo!”

Duke adds “I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero.”

Jones produced George Gallo’s latest movie Bigger, which Andy Weiss also co-penned, about fitness gurus the Weider brothers. Jones is also producing Gallo’s upcoming political thriller Covet. 

Winston truly fits the part for the role!

XXXTentacion Reportedly Signed a $10 Million Record Deal Weeks Before He Was Killed

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According to the New York Times, slain rapper XXXTentacion signed a $10 million contract with independent music company Empire Distribution.

via NYDN:

Empire founder Ghazi Shami wouldn’t confirm the financials to the Times, but said that “a significant amount of material” for XXXTentacion’s third album has already been recorded. That music, however, likely won’t be heard until at least October, due to a previous contract.

The controversial rapper released “17,” his debut album, in August 2017, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. His follow-up, “?,” debuted at No. 1 on the top 200 this past March.

In May, Spotify announced that it would stop promoting XXXTentacion’s music, citing its Hate Content and Hateful Conduct policy; the rapper’s lengthy rap sheet includes robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.

The music service eventually reinstated the problematic performer’s music on its playlists and XXXTentacion broke Taylor Swift’s single-day streaming record the day after he was shot and killed at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

In late June, 22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams pleaded not guilty to charges including the first-degree murder of the rapper. Two other suspects are reportedly still being eyed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Check out XXXtentacion’s video SAD below.

 

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Fox’s ‘REL’ Starring Lil Rel Howery Proves To Be One Of the Funniest Shows Coming To TV this Fall

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The latest new addition to Fox’s schedule coming up this Fall is “REL”, a comedy series starring Lil Rel Howery, from Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully and 20th Century Fox TV. Rel, also co-stars Sinbad as his dad. Written and executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett, Howery and directed by Gerry Cohen, Rel was inspired by Howery’s life. It centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come.” That mindset is soon put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago on a quest for love, respect, and of course, a new barber.

Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones also co-star in the series along with special appearances by comedian DC Young Fly.

 

 

On Saturday, July 7th in New Orleans, during the 2018 Essence Festival weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a private advanced screening of the Fox television series along with watching a discussion of the show which was moderated by The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr.

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After watching the first peek at an episode of the show, I must say that it was hard to hold back the laughs! This show was not just touching on serious matters that men or women may experience after going through a divorce, but it displayed a positive way of how you could make the most out of any situation with a few laughs.

The creativity behind the show was truly amazing and definitely one of those shows that you want to make sure you don’t leave the couch for the sake of missing something else hilariously happening. Seriously, you have to have all your snacks on deck and bathroom breaks out the way before sitting down to watch this show!

The room was packed all the way up to the balcony for the private screening of the new comedy sitcom. The room would only remain silent for a brief few seconds before you were surrounded by outbursts of laughter while watching the show.

I’m also super excited to see the legendary comedian Sinbad part of the cast and also to have seen comedians who have made their rise from social media platforms like “Jess Hilarious” and DC Young Fly on the show. There was never a dull moment while watching the show and I’m so excited to see a show with so much humor and creativity like this coming to television! I left the event ready to see more from the producers and cast behind this sitcom!

 

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In my opinion, this show definitely proves to be one of the funniest shows that viewers will tune into when it airs this Fall! Be sure to also catch a special preview of the show on September 9th after the NFL on the Fox network.

Check out some of the discussion from the screening below.

If you haven’t already seen the trailer, then take a look at it below!

 

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‘Family Matters’ Star Darius McCrary Ordered to Pay Just $29 in Child Support

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Former ‘Family Matters’ star Darius McCrary is going through a bit of a financial hardship — at least according to court documents.

According to documents filed in Los Angeles County, a proposed child support order for McCrary is requiring him to pay Tammy Brawner, the mother of his two-year-old daughter Zoey, just $29 per month in child support.

via The Blast:

The man who once played the lovable Eddie Winslow most recently appeared on seven episodes of Lee Daniels’ TV show, “Star,” but apparently has not worked since.

He previously told the court that he was having a hard time finding work and wasn’t even able to afford the required visitation monitor to see his child. Brawner and McCrary have previously filed restraining orders against each other in what has turned out to be a volatile breakup.

Darius McCrary’s required $29 per month payment is based off his reported income of $462 per month.  The county noted it applied a “low-income adjustment” to cut him a break.

However, the actor is also required to pay for 50% of Zoey’s health and medical costs. He has a chance to oppose the proposed order from the county which was scheduled to become active June 1.

According to his IMDB, McCrary has a role in a film called “Way Out of Bounds,” which is due out next year. It’s unclear if the payment from that film will affect his child support obligations.

 

20 Year Old Rapper XXXtentacion Shot and Killed in Florida

20 year old rapper known as ‘XXXTentacion’ has been pronounced dead. The Broward Co. Sheriff’s Dept. tweeted it’s offering a reward up to $3,000 for anyone who might have a tip that leads to an arrest in his shooting.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept, XXX was approached by two armed suspects as he left the dealership. They say at least one of the suspects fired their gun, striking him. According to TMZ, a gunman ran up on his car as he was leaving the dealership and shot him.

Our condolences to his family.

Watch: Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg Star in Tyler Perry’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ [Video]

Tiffany Haddish’s career has been non-stop since last year’s ‘Girl’s Trip,’ and now the actress is back with yet another film.

She’s starring alongside Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg in Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool.

via Complex:

In the trailer for the Tyler Perry written/directed film, Haddish plays the wild, reckless sister of Southside with You breakout star Tika Sumpter. Sumpter’s character Danica helps Haddish’s Tanya get back on her feet after a stint in jail. “Out of jail, free at last, free at last, I’mma go out there and shake my ass,” Haddish sings in the trailer.

On the outside, Danica’s successful and bougie lifestyle seems like the perfect opposite of Tanya’s. But when Tanya finds out her sister is being catfished by a potential love interest, she attempts to help Danica out at any cost. We see Tanya threatening to put a hit on the scammer, crashing a wedding, and agitating her new boss played by Omari Hardwick. Oh, and Whoopi Goldberg plays their mom.

Nobody’s Fool hits theaters Nov. 2. Check out the trailer below.