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J. Lo Beats Puff Daddy In Bidding War For Fuse TV

April 4th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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jlo tweetWord on the street is Jennifer Lopez and her company NuvoTV beat Puffy (that’s what we’re calling him now) in a bidding war for Fuse TV. Reports say J. Lo and NuvoTV ultimately won with a bid of $226 million with a 15 percent equity stake, which could be worth $50 million depending on the popularity of the network. Fuse TV was previously a Madison Square Garden (MSG) property.

NuvoTV is an English-language channel geared towards Latinos. Lopez became chief creative officer of the company in May 2013 and set out to create more content for the growing Hispanic market. Nuvo is currently in 32 million homes; Fuse in 73 million. The move promises to bring the stations to more homes and it could guard against them being dropped by DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, which have been dropping low-performing networks from their roster. Fuse has been rebranded a couple of times over the years, but never took off for MSG.

People in the know say that Puffy, who has Revolt TV, offered $200 million. Rumors about his interest in the network began popping up a couple of weeks ago.

“Music is my first love so the acquisition of Fuse is near and dear to my heart,” said Lopez in a statement. “It’s exciting that between NuvoTV and Fuse we’ll have the ability to deliver a broad array of terrific content both from a Latino perspective and across multiple genres, including music, to a broader audience.”

[via Daily Mail and Bloomberg]

A-list Movie Stars Joining TV Shows

March 17th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There was a time when A-list movie stars wouldn’t have been caught dead doing television shows but times have surely changed. Instead of catching them on the silver screen, you can now find these actors on the small screen.

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey’s first words ever uttered on the big screen were “Alright, alright, alright” in 1993’s Dazed and Confused. Since that breakout performance he’s gone on to star in over 30 movies. This month the Texas native won the Academy award for Best Actor as ladies man turned AIDS activist Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. Starring in HBO’s acclaimed series True Detective, McConaughey is an early favorite to win an Emmy for his role. If he does, he will become the first to win an Oscar for Best Actor and an Emmy in the same year.

Are We Wrong Or Is J. Lo Better Than This “I Luh Ya Papi” Video?

March 14th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Jennifer Lopez is back, so to speak, but the visuals from her new music video make it look like she never left — and not in a good way. “I Luh Ya Papi” is the new newest single from Jenny from the Block and though the song has a dope beat, the juvenile chorus makes it hard to sing/listen to this song with any type of seriousness. That’s pretty much the same way we feel about the song’s accompanying music video, which just dropped yesterday. I’m no J. Lo fan — when it comes to her singing — but even I know that the 44-year-old could’ve done much better than these visuals which look more befitting of a 16-year-old. And seriously the Nae Nae? We all know Jenny’s a far better dancer than these lazy moves.

Rocking booty shorts and sneakers, crop vests and high-waisted shorts, and buns with baby hair, Jennifer looks exactly the way she did in her 2001 video for “I’m Real.” Kudos to her for maintaining that body, but we’re confused why she hasn’t evolved at all on the video front — especially when there’s an entire 1-minute intro poking fun at wack video concepts, and then she proceeds to release this…

But maybe we’re wrong. Check out the video up top and tell us what you think. Are you feeling “I Luh Ya Papi”?

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

March 11th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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No one could dispute that being a celebrity certainly comes with privileges, but there’s a downside to everything. Unfortunately, because these stars spend so much time in the limelight, they’ve been the target of negative criticism after being bullied because their weight.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

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Ke$ha

Ke$ha doesn’t fit the stereotype of how the average singer/rapper is supposed to look. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old marches to the beat of her own drum, so when it was revealed that the “Die Young” rapper checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this year, fans were shocked. Even worse, her mother revealed that Ke$ha was bullied to lose weight by people within her own inner circle. Soon after checking in, Ke$sha released a statement: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice.” She continued that she was aiming “to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”

Get Your Popcorn Ready: The 13 Best Biopics About Women

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.

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The Josephine Baker Story

Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.

Show Us What You Workin’ Wit! Actors Who Were Video Vixens

March 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.

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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.

“I Don’t Hate Jennifer Lopez” Rosie Perez Addresses The Supposed Feud

February 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Rosie Perez Addresses The Supposed Feud

A few weeks ago, we told you about the “beef” between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez. Turns out we may have gotten the story a bit twisted. While it’s true that Perez and Lopez did get into it two decades ago, Rosie told Piers Morgan that today, there’s no bad blood between she and J Lo.

“I don’t hate Jennifer Lopez. I have great respect for her. When I first saw her, I knew she was going to be a star. Yes, we had a tiff and it was 20 years ago. It’s unfortunate that the tabloids try to portray it as something that is current. I’ve moved on, and I’m sure she has also. We’re grown women. And it’s really disgusting to me that the media tried to pit two Latinas against each other. It’s just so difficult, and so hard, to make it in this industry, especially if you’re a person of color. And for them to do that was really shameful.”

Ok Rosie we hear you. Old stuff. So by now I’m sure you’re wondering why did she even bring her up  then? It was all a part of the greater message, of her learning to deal with her anger issues.

“I don’t only talk about her. I talk about how I was rude to Jamie Foxx, how I was rude to Spike Lee, how I was rude to Don Cornelius. I hit the poor man in the head–in his forehead– with a chicken wing. And it was all because I didn’t know how to articulate my anger.”

By the time she was 8 years old, Rosie was sent to live at a group home and came into contact with some characters. She learned to develop a tough exterior to cope with her new surroundings and the people there. Unfortunately, took that attitude with her even after she’d left that environment.

“One of the counselors in the group home, this wonderful man, his name is Nigel Johnson. One day he told me when I was leaving the group home, he said, ‘Life dealt you a shitty hand.’” I went ‘Gee thanks for the encouragement. And good life to you too’ Then he says, ‘But you can always ask for new cards.’ And I said, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘You’re going to figure it out when you get tired of holding that hand.”

Valuable lesson for Rosie and for us. It is a shame that the media focused on an old argument rather than the healing Rosie had to find in her own life. Though we received this information about this alleged feud from another source, and didn’t have access to the book ourselves, we share in some of the responsibility in reporting that the tension between the two was still present.

The other lesson here is that mainstream media really doesn’t care about a Latina woman disrespecting a black man. The story about Rosie Perez “beefing” with Jennifer Lopez, who is heavily recognizable in mainstream media, is far more juicy.

Now that you understand what Rosie is really trying to articulate in her book and her various interactions with other celebrities, are you more likely to pick it up? Why do you think the media was so quick to paint this story as though it was a current issue?

You can watch this clip from her Piers Morgan interview in the video below.

Make It Drizzle: American Idol Will Lose Money Due To Judges’ Salaries

February 25th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From TMZ 

It’s an enormous sea change … one of the most successful shows in the history of TV — a show that has made BILLIONS of dollars in profits — will actually LOSE money this year  … multiple sources connected with the show tell TMZ.

The reasons for “American Idol” going into the red for the first time all have to do with the bottom line.  The show pays a fortune to the stars — we’re told Jennifer Lopez gets north of $15 Mil and Ryan Seacrest gets around that amount as well.  They spent between $5 and $7 million on a new set this year.  They are also still paying the 2 executive producers they fired after last season.

In addition we’re told the show will spend at least $5 million on viewer phone calls.

And … the ratings are down 26% from last season — and that translates into advertising dollars.  Some of the ad losses can be deferred until next season … but they are losses nonetheless.

For years “Idol” scored hundreds of millions of dollars in raw profits in a single season.

That said … we’re told the show almost certainly will NOT be cancelled after this season.  Sources say it will be back next year, in no small part because FOX cancelled “X Factor” and there would be way too many holes in its primetime schedule if both shows went away.

Read more about American Idol at TMZ.com 

What’s The Beef? Rosie Perez Talks 20-Year Feud With Jennifer Lopez In New Memoir

February 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Though we always think of Rosie Perez as the bubbly woman with the funny voice, it seems that she’s had a problem with Jennifer Lopez for some time now. 20 years to be exact.

In her new memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Rosie explains why the two fell out during the “In Living Color” days.

We know that these two Puerto Rican entertainers met when Rosie was a choreographer and J Lo was auditioning to be a “Fly Girl” dancer.

According to the NY Post, Perez says she immediately noticed Jennifer, describing her as the beautiful girl with the “big a**.” And while Perez saw her potential, Keenan Ivory Wayans, the show’s creator wasn’t a believer. Instead, he called her “chubby and corny” and refused to hire her.

Perez came to Lopez’s defense eventually convincing Wayans that she would be good for the show. She suggested that J Lo cut her hair and lose 20 pounds.

But Perez would so regret going so hard for her. Shortly after she was hired, her divatude emerged.

Perez writes, “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage.”

At the time Jennifer shrugged off the complaints, calling the other women jealous. But, according to Perez, it wasn’t long before she saw J Lo’s true colors for herself. Soon, Perez says, Lopez was going off on her like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”

“You pick on me, me and only me, every f–king day! Every f–king day! I work my a** off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like sh-t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it!,” J. Lo reportedly said.

Lopez left the show after two seasons but didn’t leave the drama behind her. Perez says after she made it big in Hollywood, Jennifer made disparaging comments about her.

Perez was shocked.

“I was blindsided. I’d thought we were cool. I called her up. She wouldn’t pick up. Frustrated, I left her an irate message on her answering machine. Instead of calling me back and hashing it out like friends do, she went on a major talk show and reiterated my lashing.”

Months later the two ran into each other in the club.

“Jennifer came over to me, smiling, saying hello as if nothing had happened. I should’ve let it go, played it off, too. Instead, I killed her with my biting tongue,” Perez writes.

No word on what she actually said to her.

According to the National Enquirer, (Which is suspect to say the least.), the bad blood extends beyond what happened 20 years ago. Both Lopez and Perez have been fighting for the rights to bring the story of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court, to the big screen.

Perez agrees that this feud is not helpful for either one of them.

“We ladies of color all know how hard it is for us in the entertainment business. This kind of sh*t hurts us all and those that follow in our footsteps.”

Whoa. We had no idea! Did you know Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez had beef? Do you believe Rosie’s claims?

You can get the rest of the juicy details in Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life that will hit shelves on February 25.

“I’m One Of Those People Who Does Not Like To Be Alone”: Jennifer Lopez On Her Love Life

January 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While doing press for the new season of American Idol, Jennifer Lopez was asked about the possibility of getting married for the fourth time, to her pretty young thing, Casper Smart, who is 18 years her junior. Lopez kept it really real, and revealed something about herself that other people have been saying for years:

“I’m one of those people who does not like to be alone. I have no shame saying that at this point in my life. I think we have to own who we are.”

So what are her feelings on getting married for a fourth time? Unlike many other celebs who claim after divorce(s) that they will never get married again, Lopez, who divorced Marc Anthony in 2011, says she’s open to the idea. Can’t stop, won’t stop:

 “I don’t know, I don’t know, we’ll see. I always believed in that institution. My parents were married for a very long time, for 35 years. I believe in it. It’s difficult. I’ve had my challenges but at the same time I believe in love. That’s the main thing.”

As The Huffington Post pointed out, she also said back in May that she did want to marry again:

 “I like [marriage]. I like the idea of it; I always have. As a girl you never really give up on that fairytale completely.”

I get it. Very few people are okay with the idea of being alone forever, but the thing that I’ve always noticed for Lopez is that she doesn’t give herself time to just be alone for even a short period of time. Since she’s been in the spotlight, once one relationship ended, it was off to another right after. She split from Anthony in June 2011, and by October she was being seen with Smart. While I understand where she’s coming from, it would be in her best interest not to equate her happiness (considering all the other amazing things she has, including her twins Max and Emme) with having someone to claim and to claim her. But hey, whatever floats her boat, and if love is what she is looking for, go find it.

What do you make of her comments? 

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