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Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at Producing for Hollywood

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Stephen Curry, 30, is stepping into a new playing field which consists of producing films!

Via Variety:

His focus is no longer divided now that his wife, Ayesha, is weeks away from delivering their third child and first son, Canon W. Jack Curry. “I actually thought the baby was going to be here yesterday,” he says, nervously patting the mobile phone inside the pocket of his UnderArmour sweatpants. “It was kind of a false alarm. But I’m on alert right now.”

Fatherhood isn’t the only matter far from the basketball court that’s getting more of Curry’s attention today. The afternoon will take him to offices he keeps in Oakland for another new feature of his postseason: development meetings. He announced in April that he was getting into the entertainment business by way of a wide-ranging dealbetween the production company he had formed, Unanimous Media, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The All-Star guard sat down with Variety to talk at length about the details of his new venture, including several films already in development — just one part of an ambitious partnership that aims to extend as far as video games, virtual reality and consumer products. But films and TV are the focus of the deal, with concentrations in three core areas: faith, family and sports.

When Curry saw a few years ago what Lebron James and other athletes were starting to do in the entertainment space, he was intrigued. He turned to Jeron Smith, a former Nike brand manager and White House deputy director of digital strategy during the Obama administration, for guidance.

“As we talked about what he wanted to do with his brand and where he wanted to go, he landed on this North Star: Stephen wants to inspire as many people as possible,” says Smith. “There’s no more effective way to touch broad audiences and inspire as many people than with the sharing and dissemination of content globally.”

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Michelle Obama Launches Voter Registration Campaign with Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Janelle Monae

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Michelle Obama
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama and some other famous friends will launch a new voter registration nonprofit called When We All Vote.

In addition to the Hamilton creator and the first lady, the co-chairs of the national nonpartisan organization include actor Tom Hanks, country music stars (and spouses) Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, basketball player Chris Paul and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe.

Through extensive social media and digital outreach, the national organization aims to increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote and who actually show up to the polls on election day.

The launch video shows Obama and Miranda personally making voter registration calls, reminding the other co-chairs to vote in every election, “school board, state house, all of them,” Obama instructs.

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama says in a statement in When We All Vote’s press release. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.”

When We All Vote aims to increase voter registration rates in all 50 states hoping to make waves in a political landscape where registration rates are low. In 2014, more than 1/5th of eligible American citizens were not registered to vote, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts research cited in the press release.

When We All Vote is embracing a three-pronged strategy to achieve its registration and participation oriented goals: volunteer recruitment; improved voter registration processes; and increased conversation across the United States. This approach will involve recruiting on-the-ground people and organizations in all 50 states, and extensive social media and digital outreach. When We All Vote is also partnering with corporate, education and civic institutions to reach voters nationwide, according to the press release.

“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy a government of the people and by the people. It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some not just the most powerful but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union,” Hanks says in a statement.

Monáe adds in a statement, “It’s gonna be our generation that corrects the mistakes of our past and creates a more inclusive future that works for us all. As voters, we are the ones that hold the power to make this dream a reality.”

Mom Holds Dying 10-Year-Old Girl Shot on Way to Ice Cream Truck: ‘Please Don’t Let My Baby Die’

Makiyah Wilson
Makiyah Wilson

On Monday evening, Makiyah Wilson left the courtyard of the Clay Terrace Apartments in Washington D.C., heading to an ice cream truck for a summertime treat.

But the 10-year-old never got her ice cream. As she headed towards the truck, a black Infiniti drove up. Four masked men emerged from the vehicle and began shooting seemingly indiscriminately, sending onlookers scrambling to safety. Police say at least 60 shots were fired, according to multiple reports.

One of the bullets hit Makiyah in the chest. As she lay on the ground, her mother held her daughter and screamed “Please don’t let my baby die,” the Washington Post reports.

Makiyah was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Three other victims — Makiyah’s 18-year-old sister and three other men — were wounded but are expected to survive.

Police are searching for the shooters, and have not yet determined a motive.

On Wednesday morning, police found the black Infiniti they believe is connected to the killing abandoned in Prince George’s County.

D.C. Metropolitan Police have offered a $25,000 reward for information on the shooting.

While authorities try to figure out who shot the girl, her family is left mourning the 4th grader who was known for her smile, her love of sports and her intelligence.

“Makiyah, she was special,” her grandmother, Pandora Wilson told NBC Washington. “She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports. It’s so hard to put it in words because it don’t feel real, you know? It’s so senseless.”

Her mother, Donnetta Wilson, cried as she told the Washington Post about her daughter. “She was an amazing little girl, an outstanding, bright 10-year-old,” she said. “I just miss my daughter. She wanted to conquer the world.”

South Dakota Mom Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Beating Son to Death For Wetting His Bed

Kylen Shangreaux
Kylen Shangreaux

A South Dakota mother, who beat her 2-year-old son to death after he wet the bed, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday.

Katrina Shangreaux pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating her son, Kylen Shangreaux, to death two years ago, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Shangreaux, 30, told investigators she had hit Kylen with a studded belt, threw him on the ground, kicked him in the stomach and head and bit him several times, the newspaper reported.

Kylen had 111 external injuries with about 70 percent of his body covered in bruises, according to the outlet. He had broken ribs and had bleeding on the brain and also in his abdomen and had severe injuries to his groin. She did not call 911 until three hours after his death.

Shangreaux’s mother, Sonya Dubray, allegedly helped her cover up the crime scene and clean up Kylen’s body, according to the Associated Press.

CBS News reports Dubray allegedly also cleaned Kylen’s clothes and misled investigators about the alleged abuse he received at the hands of his mother.

Dubray pleaded guilty to being an accessory and hindering the investigation, the outlet reported.

Kylen’s paternal relatives, including his aunt Angie Shangreaux, had taken care of him for a year until Katrina regained custody of him, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Angie addressed the court on Tuesday, asking the judge to give her a life sentence.

“You’re the last person who can give Kylen the justice he deserves,” Angie said. “I’m begging for what would be a lifelong sentence for her.”

The outlet reported she turned toward Kylen’s mother and said, “I hate you. I will never forgive you. You deserve hell.”

Kylen’s father is serving time in prison for abuse and neglect of another son with a different woman, according to the AP.

This is just sad and some people just are down right evil!

‘Rugrats’ Set for Series Reboot on Nickelodeon & Live-Action Movie

 

 

OMG! One of our favorite 90s cartoon shows ‘Rugrats’ is returning to Nickelodeon!

The 26-episode series has been ordered by the network as well as a live-action movie with CGI characters.

Both the TV reboot and the movie will include all-new adventures with characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

via Variety:

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” said Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals.”

The “Rugrats” movie will be written by David Goodman and is set to be released on Nov. 13, 2020 by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom’s leading media networks.

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the “Rugrats” crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”

“Rugrats” joins the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” as the latest classic original series Nickelodeon is bringing back for today’s generation of kids and families. Nickelodeon produced and aired an all-new “Hey Arnold!” special in 2017, and has announced the return of two more beloved titles as forthcoming specials: “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim.”

Are you excited to see ‘Rugrats’ return for a new generation?

Check out Comedian HaHa Davis’s reaction to the return of the Rugrats below!

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Celebrity Blogger Starr Davis Speaks on Her Visit To The Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama

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As many of you know, I have traveled to many venues and covered many events. As a Celebrity Blogger, I have been blessed to interview some of your favorite stars as well as worked with some very prestigious platforms and magazines. I have been behind the film production of exclusive interviews as far as the west coast and more.

 

So of course I was excited to finally be able to visit and cover media at an event in my home town for R&B Artist Sammie.

Those who keep up with me, are aware that I am always traveling or connected with clients between Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Birmingham, Tennessee, New Orleans, Florida,  and more to support events and so much more. What can I say, I’m a busy young woman.

When word spread that the #SavageTour which consists of Tank & Sammie was making it’s way through my home town, I was happy to reach out to the manager of Sammie to ask to cover his performance exclusively.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sammie earlier this year on my Starrdom100 radio show and I felt it was only right to show my love by covering his performance in my birth city.

Check out the interview I had with Sammie earlier this year by hitting the link below.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/starrdom100/2017/04/01/interview-with-rb-artist-sammie-aka-sammieleighbush

This was a productive year and earlier this year I was blessed to receive a “Women’s Empowerment Award”  in Atlanta, GA from one of the top seven Celebrity PR’s in the city. So having gained so much love and respect from other cities, why not bring some attention and love to a city that I was raised in?

Of all the venues I have been to and been welcomed into, sadly my very first experience at Mobile’s popular spot known as The Soul Kitchen was not what I would call friendly.

Let’s start with getting into the venue.

So of course in previous attempts to cover the T.I event at the Soul Kitchen, I learned ahead that the talent’s management team has to put you on their guest list to cover media for the talent.

So Sammie’s management team had placed me on the guest list and as he stated, listed me as “Press” for Sammie.

After they gave me what appeared to be a regular entry wristband, I was told to go enjoy the event. So I informed them who I was and what I was there to do. I was told by one guy that he could not give me access and that it was up to another guy.

Remember, the management team had added me to the guest list and listed me as “Press.”

So the guy who supposedly makes decisions, walks over and says, “Well we don’t have proof that you are here to cover media for him and we can’t just take your word for it”.

So again I state, “I am on the guest list by his management team to cover press for him so I need full access and I’m suppose to be in the back with the artist”.

He gives me this half shoulder shrug and says, “Look I can’t give you access, you will just have to call his manager if you can…to get back there”. Then he walks off.

So by this point I’m in shock because it was the manager who put me on the guest list so obviously I am someone of importance and that is the evidence that I’m not just some random groupie coming in trying to get back to an artist.

So by this point I’m messaging the manager for Sammie and telling him what is going on. He is shocked that this is happening and states that he will personally come to the front to escort me and my photographer to the back. He couldn’t understand why they were giving me problems because he stated, “I told them you were Press”.

So yes, Sammie’s manager had to leave his artist in the back and walk all the way through the crowds to come escort me and my photographer to the back.

Let me also add that I was not alone in the confusion, because another young woman was there serving as press for Tank and she also had to stand to the side with me to wait for his management team to come escort her as well.

So basically in their eyes, I guess we both just put our names on the guest list and decided to pretend to be important that night.

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So finally after looking at the guy who was part of the hold up while walking on to the back as I should have been from the start, we make our way back to where the artist Sammie and some people from his team are seated. By the way the manager went and got me and my photographer our rightful wristbands for All Access.

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Now the name of my blog is Starrdom100 and I wouldn’t be keeping it 100 with any of you if I did not tell the truth.

When I walked in the room that the artist was in, it was extremely hot! I mean it felt as if someone had left the oven door open at 400 degrees in the room. So the artist states, “I would offer you a seat but it’s extremely hot in here”.

So I’m confused as to why an artist performing at your venue is seated in a hot box. Like how is he suppose to prepare to comfortably perform to a building full of people, when his room is extremely heated? The front of the venue was cool and there was a breeze in the hallway so I suggested to him that he should come out of there and catch a breeze in the hallway. There was not even a fan back there or any air conditioning in that room. So I was not able to comfortably join him and ask some questions prior to his performance because of the humidity in the room.

To me that’s just no professional way to accommodate an artist who is here to perform at your venue. I’m sure someone must have known no air conditioning was in that room prior and could have done something about the heat. How bad is that for business to have an artist complaining about how hot it is where you have him seated?

I ended up getting a couple of questions in the hallway after his stage performance and those questions I cut short because he was sweating and the room was not making it easy for him.

So I would advise that if you are planning to bring your artist to perform at the Soul Kitchen here in Mobile, Alabama, then you might want to make sure the air is working in the back room near their kitchen so they don’t get overheated before going on stage. I don’t know if this was the norm or not but it was not cool for my first experience there.

I also would recommend that you prepare to escort any personal media there for your artist because just putting their name on the guest list and listing them as “press” doesn’t seem to be enough evidence for the security there.

I’ve been to a lot of venues and who would have thought that the first time I decide to cover something major for an artist in my birth city that I would have an unfriendly experience.

Hmmm….not a good feeling for an individual in the line of work that I do.

Will I be back? Only if they improve the way they handle Media/Press for an artist, especially if the manager of the artist has clearly placed them on the “Guest List” for the artist and listed them as “Press”.

Also let’s add that you should be very careful about how you treat an individual especially when you do not know the professional status of the person that you are speaking to. Through it all, I’m glad my disappointment was followed by an amazing performance from Sammie and Tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYLER PERRY DONATING $1 MIL FOR HARVEY RELIEF $250K to Osteen’s Church

Tyler Perry is joining in with the donations by so many other major artist and celebrities. In the wake up the Hurricane Harvey devastation, he is donating his own cash to relief efforts and spreading it around to charities that have boots on the ground.

Tyler commended the massive relief efforts in Houston  … committing to a $1 million gift. He went to bat for Pastor Joel Osteen too, who’s taken heat for not immediately opening the doors to evacuees.

Tyler says he knows Joel well and that’s simply not the case … and he’s giving him $250k to show he’s still got his back.

Perry’s also giving $250k to Beyonce‘s pastor’s church, and will decide who to donate the other $500k to soon … but says he’s making sure it gets directly to the people who need it.

We are sure there will be some backlash behind his donation to Joel Osteen with the media heated recently when a video went viral stating that the pastor was refusing to open his church doors to victims of the storm.