Michelle Obama to Appear on ABC’s ‘Nashville’

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama will play herself in a visit to ABC‘s country music drama “Nashville” for a military-themed episode to air May 7.

The episode, titled “All Or Nothing With Me,” is set at the Fort Campbell Army base, reports Deadline.com. ABC says the storyline involves Reyna (Connie Britton) organizing of a charity concert on the Army base after finding out Luke (Will Chase) has been injured in Afghanistan, cutting short his tour.

News of Mrs. Obama’s appearance comes a couple months after her announced cameo on the April 24 season finale of “Parks And Recreation” to promote her “Let’s Move” program targeting child obesity.

Aside from numerous late-night appearances and docu-series, FLOTUS has appeared in only a couple scripted series including “Sesame Street” in 2009 and in a cameo on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” in 2012.

 

Pat Houston’s Restraining Order Extended Against Nick Gordon

(L-R) Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina and Pat Houston in happier times

Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law has been granted an extension to a restraining order she obtained against the husband of the late singer’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Pat Houston requested a protection order against Nick Gordon in March following an alleged altercation at a family party. A judge ordered Gordon to stay away from Pat – Whitney’s former manager and executor of her estate – through a temporary restraining order, which has now been extended for 12 months.

Bobbi’s hubby is banned from contacting Houston or anyone in her immediate family and faces jail if he comes within 200 yards of them.

Master P’s Wife Claims He Abducted Their Kids

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Master P’s estranged wife says she hasn’t seen three of their kids in two months because their father abducted them and refuses to bring them back.

According to TMZ, Sonya Miller went to court to request an emergency custody order, forcing Master P to return the kids to their mom ASAP. But the judge denied the request until a court hearing in July … allowing the kids to stay with their dad.

She claims Master P, real name Percy Miller, first nabbed 13-year-old son Hercy after picking him up from school in February, then did the same thing with their 9-year-old son Mercy in March. Around the same time, Sonya claims their 17-year-old daughter Tytyana ran off to live with her dad and won’t come back.

The ex-couple also has a 14-year-old daughter named Italy, but she’s still with her mom.

There’s currently no court order in place regarding custody or visitation, since Sonya only recently filed for divorce. The split has been acrimonious — Sonya claims Master P left her so destitute she needed welfare.

Update! Gai Scott Says His Uncle Benzino Threatened to Kill Him

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This is just some straight up mess we got right her.

News broke over the weekend about “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star  Benzino‘s nephew Gai Scott shooting him over a family feud at his mother’s funeral.

Well, now Scott finally spoke out about the attempted murder.

He said Benzino had been threatening his life (and basically Scott took matters into his own hands).

“I shot at him; I was in fear for my wife and a baby. He’s been threatening my life.”

Scott said his uncle was sending him threatening text messages the week prior to the shooting.

Scott said when he pulled up next to Benzino at the funeral, he started threatening him again.

Allegedly, the legal gun owner Scott saw his uncle flash his gun, so he pulled his out and fired first at his uncle.

But after his 9mm Walther pistol ran out of ammunition, he fired his .45-caliber gun.

This leaves the question is this really considered self defense? Only time will tell.

Scott’s response came after Benzino’s response to the shooting and family feud.

“In the past I felt like, yes, I felt like my sister and my nephew was taking advantage of my mother. Yes. I spoke up about it years ago. There had been loans taken out on her house.”

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Benzino is currently at home recovering from the bullet wounds — photos of which he posted.

“The one on the left went through the MadeMen shield and broke my bone, and still in there, the one on the right luckily just grazed my back #blessed,” Benzino noted.

Tami Roman’s Diabetic Health Scare; Released from Hospital

tami romanBeing a celebrity can be super stressful and sometimes the busy schedule catches up to them.

Basketball Wives” star Tami Roman is no exception to this!

The reality star fainted after becoming consumed with her work and traveling.

But she ensured everyone she was fine!

“You know I hate hospitals, but I’m here. Sneaking on this phone to let everyone know that I’m okay and thank you all for the well wishes. Be home soon,” Tami tweeted. “Thank you to all family & friends for the get well wishes, prayers and flowers. I’ll be home soon.”

A representative provided a clearer explanation as to what happened.

“Tami is rehabilitating at a private hospital in Houston and is expected to make a full recovery,” her rep said in a statement. “Tami is currently filming two TV shows, traveling back and forth between Houston & Los Angeles so her body became overwhelmed.”

Roman’s emergency was diabetic and  dehydration related. Her daughter found her passed out and phoned 911 on Wednesday.

But Roman recovered and home soon she went.

Roman was released from the hospital Thursday morning after doctors determined she was fine.

But although she’s the star of “Basketball Wives” don’t blame the show for her body becoming overwhelmed.

She is starring on her own spin off, “The Roman Empire” and has a featured role on Halle Berry‘s upcoming drama about an astronaut re-adjusting to life on Earth in “Extant.”

Yep, Roman is one busy bee!

White House Salutes Jay Leno; Obama Appoints Him Ambassador to Antarctica During Final Show

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Thursday afternoon, before Jay Leno taped his final episode as host of the “Tonight Show,” White House press secretary Jay Carney offered praise for the parting TV legend.

Carney’s boss was the first sitting president to appear on a late-night talk show. In totalPresident Obama visited Leno’s couch six times, the last in August that marked the show’s best ratings since his last appearance in October 2012, according to Deadline.com. That stint garnered the best Wednesday numbers for Leno since he returned to the show — until last night’s episode during this final week.

“[Obama] is a fan and he has enjoyed his times on the set with Jay Leno,” Carney said in response to a question during his daily press conference. “And it’s just the end of an era I think for a lot of folks who have watched him on the Tonight Show over all these years. So the President wishes him well. We all do. And like I said, we’ve enjoyed — I’ve enjoyed being with the President in the times he has been out there. And I know he has enjoyed the experience.”

Then it was Obama’s turn. The president taped a message for Jay that ran during the broadcast.

“Jay, you’ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years but do not worry: I’m not upset,” Obama deadpanned. “On a totally unrelated note, I’ve decided to make you my new ambassador to Antarctica. Hope you got a warm coat, funny man.”

Today, on Trayvon’s Birthday, Rev. Al. Sharpton Addresses Reports that Rapper DMX will Fight George Zimmerman

trayvon martin & george zimmermanReverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, on the day that would have been Trayvon Martin’s nineteenth birthday, addressed reports that there will be a boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX during his keynote speech in Los Angeles at the inaugural National Action Network (NAN) Black History Month Awards Luncheon:

“We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero. He has the right to pursue whatever he wants in life, yet we also have the obligation to be discerning about who we lift and to what level. It is perfectly legal for him to exploit his fame but we should never forget what he is famous for and not behave like he is a celebrity based on gifts or talent or contributions to society. I am concerned about the precedent that it sets.”

Rev. Sharpton’s Los Angeles NAN awards program at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills honored local leaders and corporations that have worked in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to promote Black culture and achievement. Former NBA player Magic Johnson is a co-chair on the event along with Rev. Al Sharpton and honorees include: Danny Bakewell Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel; Honorable Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA; Jon Platt, President North America, Warner/Chappell Music; Reverend Xavier L. Thompson, Pastor, Southern Missionary Baptist Church; and Univision Communications Inc.

Obama Tells O’Reilly He’s ‘Absolutely’ Unfair to Him (Fox News Airs Footage Taped After Live Super Bowl Interview)

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Fox News aired a second, extended interview Monday between Bill O’Reilly andPresident Barack Obama, taped after the prickly live interview that took place before the Super Bowl.

“Fox News, I can’t speak for Fox News, but I’m the table setter here at 8 o’clock. Do you think I’m being unfair to you, do you think I’ve been giving you,” O’Reilly asked.

“Absolutely, of course you are, Bill. But I like you anyway,” Obama said.

“Give me how I’m unfair,” O’Reilly responded.

“We just went through an interview in which you asked about health care not working, IRS, were we wholly corrupt, Benghazi,” Obama said. “So, the list of issues you talk about … they’re defined by you guys in a certain way.”

Obama was later asked by O’Reilly if he believes he’s the most liberal president in American history.

“You know, the truth of the matter is that when you look at some of my policies in a lot of ways, Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was,” Obama said. “He started the EPA. You know, a whole lot of the regulatory state that has helped make our air and water clean.”

Watch below.

Berry Gordy’s Statement on the Passing of His Sister Anna Gordy Gaye

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Anna Gordy Gaye and Berry Gordy

Earlier today (01-31-14), it was announced that Anna Gordy Gaye, former wife of Marvin Gaye and sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away at the age of 92.

The official statement on her death from Mr. Gordy was forwarded to us by Ron Brewington, VP/Motown Alumni Association (MAA):

[My sister Anna was the glamour girl of the family. She was beautiful, sexy, playful, lovely. Men loved her but she lived for her family, especially her younger brothers of which, I was lucky enough to be one.

She backed me up on everything I tried to do and gave me the confidence to be what I wanted to be.

She gave me all the love that a sister could give a brother.

When I first came to California as a teenage boxer, Anna lived there and I knew I would have a place to call home.

I will miss her so dearly. What I'm grateful for most was that she lived to see me reach my goals and shared them all with me in happiness and joy.]

Berry Gordy, Founder, Motown

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Anna and Marvin Gaye

ANNA GORDY GAYE OBITUARY

The family of ANNA GORDY GAYE has announced her passing. The sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, Ms. Gaye transitioned early this morning surrounded by her loving son Marvin Gaye III and other family members.

ANNA GORDY GAYE possessed style, beauty and grace and maintained the high-heeled elegance and panache of a world-class, stunningly- attired movie star. Few individuals on earth could make an entrance as eye-catching and attention-grabbing as Anna Gordy Gaye.

She was born Anna Ruby Gordy on January 28, 1922, in Oconee, GA, the third of eight children, to a no-nonsense, school teacher mother and hard-working, laborer father, Bertha Ida Fuller Gordy and Berry Gordy, Sr. Raised in the church, Anna learned to love Jesus Christ at an early age.

During her first year, Anna’s father moved the family up north to Detroit, Michigan. He settled them into a warm, modest, west side home, before purchasing an impressive apartment building on the east side, several years later, on Farnsworth and St. Antoine Streets. Always the hard-working entrepreneur, Mr. Gordy, Sr. instilled a strong work ethic in all of his children. Young Anna and her siblings shared duties in the family grocery store, while the boys also assisted their dad in his plastering and other businesses, before starting their own ventures. Anna credited both her parents, with having a very positive influence on her life. The atmosphere in the Gordy family was one of love and camaraderie, which closely bonded Anna and her siblings – a bond which followed them throughout their lives.

Anna attended Detroit Public Schools, and as a teenager exhibited her family’s strong work ethic, walking a mile each day from home to her first outside job, at a local five and dime store. She later worked for the U.S. government’s TACON plant.

Anna lived life fully and her audacious spirit, transported her to a variety of experiences including, horseback riding via sister, Loucye’s Ladies Riding Club and the Joe Louis Riding Club, in Idlewild, MI; learning to tap dance and model. She enjoyed it all and consistently brought a sense of humor, flair and fun to the mix.

In the mid fifties, Anna with her entrepreneur sister, Gwendolyn, opened and operated a photo concession business at Detroit’s Flame Show Bar. Brothers George and Robert assisted by working in the darkroom, developing the pictures of the club’s clientele. Anna and Gwen enjoyed a particularly strong bond, and when Gwen later formed a record label, she proudly named the company Anna Records.

It was there that Anna caught the eye of a young Marvin Gaye, who later, inspired by their romance, penned hit singles based on Anna, including “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Pride & Joy” and “You’re a Wonderful One.” Anna greatly influenced Gaye’s meteoric rise to success. They married in 1963 and two years later were blessed with the arrival of a baby boy, Marvin Gaye, III. The family moved from Detroit’s then prestigious West Outer Drive address to a home in Hollywood Hills.

Anna’s talent can be heard in the lyrics of the hit songs she wrote with her husband, “ Baby, I’m For Real” and “The Bells,” for Motown group, The Originals, as well as “God Is Love” and “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)” on his classic, What’s Going On album. A visionary and keen-eyed advocate for “making things work and look good,” Anna actively campaigned for the establishment of Motown’s Artist Development, encouraging sister Gwen to introduce and develop the innovative department with Harvey Fuqua and Maxine Powell.

A warm-hearted loving, champion of children, especially male youth, whom she felt were most at risk, Anna opened her home to them and at various times, helped raise several of her nieces and nephews, when it became necessary. In the tradition of her parents, Anna’s home was always a warm, open and welcoming place to be.

Marvin converted a section of their Hollywood Hills, pool house into a studio/rehearsal space, making it a haven for aspiring artists. Chatting with Anna for just a few moments would infuse those listening with heightened energy and a desire to accomplish more than they previously believed was possible.

Though she and Marvin divorced in 1977, they maintained a mutual admiration and loving friendship until his death in 1984.

When younger brother, Berry founded Motown Records, no one was prouder than Anna. After all it had been Anna and sister Gwen, who had spoken on his behalf and persuaded the family to say “Yes,” to his plea for the seed money, which helped him start Motown. She has stated that, the birth of Motown was her proudest Gordy family moment and throughout her life, Anna thoroughly enjoyed her role as proud big sister of the company’s founder. Although, Anna possessed a ‘protective’ nature, regarding her younger siblings and no threat against any of them went unchallenged by her, it was brother Berry and Robert whom she most fiercely protected … her “babies.” The feeling was mutual — When Anna moved to California for a short time, a teenage Berry followed her, actually hitch hiking most of the way, during his boxing days.

When asked what made her unique among her seven siblings, Anna Gaye replied … “Everyone of my brothers and sisters was unique. I am no different. I was just blessed to be one of them and I praise The Lord for that!”

Anna is survived by her loving son Marvin Gaye, III, daughter-in-law, Wendy, two grandsons, Marvin IV and Dillon Gaye, two brothers, Berry Gordy and Robert L. Gordy, Sr., a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in Testy CNN Interview Over City’s Storm Prep Fail (Watch)

kasim reed (screenshot cnn snowstorm)They say size matters.

Well these days in Atlanta you’ll probably get push back on that  old saw ’cause only 2 inches of snow created a humongous headache for the city … and its mayor, Kasim Reed.

The “tiny” storm that made a big impact caused massive headaches for commuters, snarled traffic on highways for nearly 20 hours, and spawned images of commuters sleeping in drugs stores and supermarkets.

Because of the city’s apparent lack of readiness, the criticism has been hard and heavy for the mayor.

On Wednesday, Reed sat with CNN anchor Carol Costello for an acrimonious interview in which the mayor repeatedly insisted that “independent” entities were responsible for the lack of preparedness and the outrage aimed at him was misdirected.

“You know how angry people are at you,” Costello asked.

“I don’t feel that people angry at me,” Reed replied.

“There are plenty of people who say the school children should never have been placed in that position,” Costello shot back, “that schools should have been closed before the weather hit.”

“Let me say this: if you’re being fair, you would point out that the Atlanta public school system makes the call on when the system is closed,” Reed replied.

“You ought to be fair with the interview,” he continued. “The Atlanta public school system calls and the school systems independently call when they close.”

Reed said he would have preferred to close the schools, but the city is deserving of praise for the lack of traffic-related deaths.

“I’ve heard this from public officials before,” Costello replied. “We didn’t have any fatalities, but that was just by the grace of God.”

“No, it’s not by the grace of God,” Reed countered.

“People got out of their cars in icy situations,” Costello insisted.

“That’s easy to say from your anchor seat,” Reed responded.

Anyway, check out the back and forth via CNN:

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