Casting Complete for Brandy’s New BET Series ‘Zoe Ever After’

Singer Brandy attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

“Zoe Ever After” features Brandy as Zoe Moon, a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

“Southland” alum Dorian Missick has been cast as Gemini, Jaylon Gordon plays her 8-year-old son Xavier; Tory Devon Smith is Valenté, her fashion-forward and fun assistant; Haneefah Wood plays Pearl, her publicist and best friend; and Ignacio Serricchio is sexy contractor Miguel.

Production is underway in Atlanta for a premiere in January.

“Zoe Ever After” comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Norwood and Elaine Aronson, reports Deadline.com.

 

Cynthia Bailey Kicked Porsha Williams in the Stomach (Report)

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TMZ is reporting that a major fight broke out between Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey during filming of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

According to the website, the cast mates began arguing with each other during a boat ride. Things escalated, and Porsha allegedly started calling Cynthia a b****.

Cynthia tried to walk away, but Porsha followed her to the other side of the boat, eventually getting in the former model’s face.

That’s when Cynthia’s foot reportedly found Porsha’s stomach.

According to TMZ, producers swooped in before Porsha could react and restrained her.

Porsha was taken to the hospital, where she was given pain medication, TMZ reported.

The entire mess was captured on camera, according to the site.

 

Janet Jackson Drops Missy Elliott Collabo at ‘Unbreakable’ Tour Launch (Clips)

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According to reports, she received a huge ovation at the start of the show, which went on to open with a new Missy Elliott collaboration called “Burn It Up.” (Missy was not there, but appeared on-screen during the song.) Watch below:

Janet reportedly broke down during an emotional tribute to her late brother Michael, and TMZ reports that she’s “still pulling off her signature dance moves.”

Watch clips from the concert below:

 

Is New Will Smith Movie ‘Concussion’ Making the NFL Nervous? (WATCH TRAILER)

will-smith-concussion-The Christmas Day release of Will Smith’s new movie “Concussion” is months away, but it looks to make the NFL nervous with shining a bright light on its history related to football and brain damage.

The drama centers on Smith, who will play real-life Pittsburgh forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu. Omalu is noted for being the guy who first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease found in the brains of football players in 2002.  According to Vox.com, CTE results after repeated brain trauma over time. The disease ultimately causes depression, dementia, and other behavioral changes.

Omalu’s examination of the brains of former Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Webster and Terry Long confirmed that football players were just as susceptible to severe brain damage symptoms as boxers after being punched in the head repeatedly. Webster ultimately died at the age of 50 from a heart attacked after suffering from severe depression and dementia. Long’s death came at age 45 from drinking antifreeze.

Omalu’s finding was backed up by doctors at Boston University’s CTE Center, who examined 79 deceased NFL players’ brains and found CTE in 76 of them. Although doctors found that many of the players died by suicide or had dramatic changes in personality after retirement. It’s still unknown whether the overall rate of CTE in all players is an epidemic or a relatively rare problem.

The findings from the work of Omalu and the Boston University doctors were hard for the NFL to ignore as it tried to cover up anything connecting football and brain trauma. Vox notes that deeply inconsistent [information] released from a committee set up by the league to examine long term effects of concussions on the health of players conflicted with findings from other neurologists.

The site pointed out how the “Concussion” trailer touched on the NFL’s cover up with trying to discredit Omalu by accusing him of fraud and barring him and other doctors who later worked on CTE from league meetings on football and the brain.

“They went to the press. They insinuated I was not practicing medicine; I was practicing voodoo,” Omalu later told Frontline.

The pathologist’s work would eventually give way to the NFL abruptly making changes in 2009 after league Commissioner Roger Goodell was grilled by Congress. Those rule changes include reducing the number of players’ concussions, putting new protocols in place to make sure concussed players are properly diagnosed, and donating money for concussion and CTE research.

Despite it taking measures to address the problem, the safety concerns about football have caused famous critics such as President Barack Obama and former NFL quarterback Brett Favre to admit to not letting their kids play the sport in light of health risks.

“If enough parents keep their kids away from football, it could pose a threat to the long-term popularity (and profitability) of the sport. The last thing the NFL wants, as its season is about to start, is a Will Smith blockbuster about how football is dangerous,” Vox reports before concluding its report with a memo found by BuzzFeed’s Lindsey Adler among the hacked Sony emails.

Also interesting is the fact that BuzzFeed’s Lindsey Adler found a memo in the Sony hacks that encapsulates the threat perfectly. As a staffer at a public relations firm that represents Will Smith wrote to the makers of the film:

“CONCUSSION is going to piss off the NFL. We should not try to pretend otherwise. Moreover, there is no concession we could make short of agreeing to cancel the project entirely that could possibly satisfy them. Our strategy should thus be based on the assumption that we are going to be facing a powerful adversary that may try to prevent the movie from being made—and, failing that, to ensure that as few people as possible see it or take it seriously.”

For more about “Concussion” and the NFL, click over to Vox. To see the the trailer for the film, check out the video below:

 

Kim Fields Joins Fellow ‘RHOA’ Stars with $212,000 Tax Lien

kim-fieldsKim Fields is making herself right at home as the newest cast member of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” with owing more than $212,000 in federal taxes.

A federal tax lien issued on October 2, 2014 reveals that Fields, 46, a married mother of two, did not pay the IRS in 2011, 2012, and 2013, RadarOnline.com reports. In terms of the money, that amounts to skipped payments of $33,28.98, $42,318.40 and $136,873.64 for a total of $212,421.02.

Despite starring in two classic sitcoms (“The Facts of Life” and “Living Single”), work has been scarce for Fields. IMDB notes that in the last three years, the Marietta, Georgia, resident only acted in one project, the 2014 TV movie “For Better or for Worse.”

Although it looks bad for Fields, she’s not alone.

According to Radar, the entertainer’s tax woes are up there with Sheree Whitfield, who returns to “RHOA” after three years offscreen with a tax lien for more than $100,000 in December 2013. Last year, Cynthia Bailey’s husband Peter Thomas got caught up with tax drama as he allegedly fell $100,000 behind in rent payments for his lounge, Bar One.

Radar goes on to reference sources who told the site last year that Kenya Moore’s “broke” status resulted in her collecting some much-needed income from appearing on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

While 2013 was a year of financial struggle for Porsha Williams after divorcing Kordell Stewart, the sources state that she “has her life together” and is clearing up old debts.

 

Chris Brown’s Baby Mama Nia Guzman Responds to Criminal Allegations

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We heard from Domenick Nati, spokesperson Nia Guzman, otherwise known to the world as the mother of Chris Brown‘s baby daughter, Royalty.

It seems Guzman has been in the news a lot lately because of accusations hurled at her by Brown and others. She’s been under ongoing scrutiny and has even been forced to relocate out of Texas due to fans and paparazzi constantly waiting outside her apartment.

Here’s what TMZ is reporting about the situation:

Chris Brown is blasting his baby mama for being a hypocrite — while she claims it’s not safe for Royalty to be around Chris … her BF, and Royalty’s wannabe stepdad, is wanted for forgery.

Chris started ripping Nia Guzman after a Houston TV station reported cops are searching for King Ba. He’s accused of forging more than $5,000 worth of U.S. Treasury checks, and police released bank surveillance footage of him.

In response, below is the official statement regarding  Guzman and the accusations against her.

“The allegations that have been made against Nia Guzman are completely false. Nia has not been in a dating relationship with Ba for several months and she has no criminal record and has never took park in any criminal activity with Ba. Also, Nia is not trying to obtain any fame or additional money from Chris Brown other than the child support that is expected for the raising of their child and she asks that the press and general public would stop hurling false accusations at her and her daughter.”  ~Domenick Nati (Nati Celebrity Services)

 

T.I. – Flicka Da Wrist (Remix)

T.I. releases his remix of “Flicka Da Wrist.” This is off of DJ MLK’s forthcoming mixtape titled Goodnight Don’t Exist In ATL 8. Give it a listen up top and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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