Kelly Rowland: ‘Destiny’s Child Will Not Reunite’

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For Destiny’s Child fans holding their breath for a reunion tour, please let the air out, cause’ it ain’t gonna happen!

Huffingtonpost reports that Kelly Rowland, in an interview with Us Weekly,  said that she and fellow Independent Women Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams haven’t even discussed getting back together.

“It hasn’t been something that we’ve talked about at all,” Rowland said. “We’ve just been enjoying each other, whether it’s been about our music, whether it’s been about motherhood or our personal lives. That’s what it’s really been about. That’s been the most beautiful part.”

The 34-year-old new mom added, “We love each other.”

Williams told E! News in 2013 that it would take “something epic and worthwhile and amazing” to get the Destiny’s Child together.

“I’m never going to say never, but it’ll be a long time,” said Williams.

Williams, Rowland and Knowles last performed together in March at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, and everyone remembers their last reunion during Beyoncé’s halftime performance for the 2013 Super Bowl.

But even though we see less and less of Destiny’s Child together, all of the group members are staying busy. Beyoncé is raising daughter Blue Ivy and recently performed at Jay Z’s TIDAL X concert in Brooklyn. Rowland gave birth to son Titan Witherspoon in November 2014 and is busy with a role on Season 2 of “Empire.” And Michelle Williams landed a guest appearance on Bounce TV’s “Family Time” and has appeared on Broadway over the years.

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Boy George Claims He Slept with Prince

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80’s singer Boy George dropped a bombshell during a taping of NBC’s The Voice when he revealed that he had ‘relations’ with the Royal Rocker in the past.

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The DailyMail reports that the Voice’s newcomer made the shocking claim during the show’s live audition stage in front of a studio audience

A source told The Sun that it ‘sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming.’

Sitting on the judging panel alongside Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith, the foursome boasted about who they’d collaborated with.

London-born singer/songwriter Boy George enthused: ‘I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.’

Paloma hit back: ‘Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.’

To which George reportedly replied: ‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.’

A production source told the newspaper that the crew couldn’t believe what they had heard and the crowd went ‘absolutely wild.’

They added that the other judges, especially Will.i.am, thought it was brilliant and kept on high-fiving him.

The source said: ‘Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.

‘After that, Boy George started backtracking saying he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that in reality, he just had his poster on his wall.

The eccentric hit-maker was confirmed as the replacement coach for Tom Jones – who’d been on the show since its first series in 2012 – in August.

Speaking about his new role when the 2016 line-up was announced, Boy George said: ‘I’m thrilled and excited to be a coach on The Voice UK.

‘I’m a huge fan of the show and have watched and engaged with it from series one.’

But it wasn’t all plain-sailing as Tom, 72, hit out at BBC bosses at the time for the way in which he was ditched ‘without consultation’.

The fifth series of The Voice starts in Jan 2016 BBC One.

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Hip Hop Vets Team Up for BET Reality Show

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Well, you knew it would have to happen sooner or later. But where’s Diddy in all of this though?

Rhymeswithsnitch reports that Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri, and Damon Dash are set to star in a new reality show on BET…

BET announced yesterday that a new reality show centered around Snoop, Birdman, JD and Dame Dash would begin shooting in November for a 2016 air date.

The as yet unnamed show will focus on the four as they juggle family life and business.

Scarface Arrested at 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Unpaid Child Support Charges

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Damn. Sometimes if you know you got to pay, you have to figure the best thing to do is not show up at a high profile event if you owe.

Boombox.com reports that Scarface’s honorary tribute at the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards ended on a sour note after the rap legend was reportedly arrested backstage after receiving his prestigious I Am Hip-Hop Award on Friday (Oct. 9).

According to photographer/blogger Freddy-O, the Houston rhymer was leaving the stage when reportedly 10 sheriffs approached ‘Face and subsequently arrested him. Insiders informed the blogger that Scarface was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant in the State of Texas for unpaid child support. Freddy-O writes:

Scarface was so concerned about accepting his award and not disappointing his fans he risked being arrested. Snoop was back stage when Scarface was arrested and was upset that; the great moment ended on a sour note. The incident resulted in the show being delayed.”

As we previously reported, Scarface received the coveted I Am Hip-Hop Award for his venerable career in rap music. Fellow rapper Ludacris presented the honor to the former Geto Boys rhymer who delivered a very short acceptance speech. “I’m not (expletive) without y’all,” he said while raising the award in the air before walking off.

Reps for Scarface had no comment on the matter. According to AllHipHop.com, the veteran rapper was in great spirits before he accepted his award and there was no indication that something was awry.

Hopefully, Scarface has rectify his situation and is out of police custody. This is not how a rap legend should go out at a hip-hop awards show.

In the meantime, the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on BET on Oct. 13 at 8PM ET. To check out photos from the event, head over to BET.com.

Selena Gomez Reveals to Public She has Lupus

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CNN reports that  pop singer Selena Gomez has revealed in Billboard that her diagnosis with the autoimmune disease lupus was behind a recent hiatus from the spotlight.

“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Gomez told the magazine in a cover story coming out Thursday.

Rumors swirled around the 23-year-old singer when she canceled part of her tour back in 2013.

About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and it strikes mostly women between the ages of 15 and 44.

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic disease that can affect any part of the body — typically the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The immune systems of lupus sufferers essentially go haywire, and instead of fighting off viruses and bacteria with antibodies, their bodies create autoantibodies that attack healthy tissue. Symptoms can include fatigue, fever, weight loss, painful joints, rash, hearing loss, anemia, abnormal bloating and mouth ulcers.

“I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again,” Gomez told Billboard.

Gomez’s concern about having a stroke is legitimate.

“There can be an increased risk of … strokes, blood clotting in the legs or even heart attacks,” said Dr. Joan Merrill, medical director of the Lupus Foundation of America.

Koopsta Knicca, Three 6 Mafia Member, Passes at 40

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Another member of Three 6 Mafia has passed away —

Koopsta Knicca died on Thursday after suffering a stroke … according to DJ Paul.

TMZ reports that Paul announced Koopsta’s death on social media Thursday evening, but then did a quick about-face … saying Koopsta was still fighting, and on life support. He eventually died overnight, and Paul released a statement saying, “Everyone who knew Koop knew hew was very funny and the coolest guy ever! He will be missed!!!”

KK had been hospitalized since last weekend when he suffered the stroke. He was 40, the same age as Lord Infamous … the other Three 6 Mafia member who passed away in 2013.

Empire Season 2 Ep. 3 ‘Fires in Heaven’ Review: The Battle Royale

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE Season 2 premiering Wednesday, September 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

As viewers watch as Luscious makes his grand entrance into the Lyon’s family dining room, one can only feel some of the surly glee in his eyes as he courts ideas of exacting punishment on those who betrayed him. The ensuing war between Luscious’ Empire and Cookie’s Dynasty is upon us know, and God help those in their way.

 

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After being freed from prison, Luscious doesn’t miss a beat, starting with a huge rally in his name and acquiring his position as head of Empire as if he hadn’t even left. ‘I’m giving ya’ll one last chance because ya’ll are my family. I know ya’ll can’t eat without me because all ya’ll got is pride. And it’s chewy and it’s hard to swallow. Let it go.’ bellows Luscious to those present at the table. Cookie snaps back coyly saying, ‘I don’t know what happened to you when you were locked up, but you got me twisted, O.G. I’m always gonna’ eat. Just not with you.’, as she slowly walks away, pulling the tablecloth with her, wasting the family meal on the floor. Wow.

 

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I see that the writers are sticking to what fans like the most, and that’s the fireworks in the dynamics between the inner circles of the Lyons. Andre finally confesses to his mother concerning Rhonda’s pregnancy, and Cookie couldn’t have been happier. Yet Andre’s desperation to get back into the Empire fold is what was most disheartening for Cookie to watch. Luscious’ fears regarding Andre taking reins of the company further came to the surface when it came to a possible hereditary passing down of Andre’s Bi-polar issues to his grandchild. ‘Aren’t you worried?’ Luscious asks. ‘About what?’ Andre responds. ‘The child’s mental health’ the beleaguered CEO says to his son, knowing his own mother’s battles with being Bi-polar (as played by Kelly Rowland last week see here) via the flashbacks we saw. Bi-polar doesn’t run in our family, Dad. There’s nothing to worry about’ says Andre, even though one might suspect that even Andre himself doesn’t believe what he’s saying.

Cookie pulls no punches in getting Hakeem’s music promoted, and what better way than having your son on Sway in The Morning’s radio show? Hakeem however, against his mother’s wishes, lets Sway know about his talented, but inexperienced, all girl group Mirage-á-Trois. What better way to fix this snafu than to have Hakeem and crew crash Luscious’ release event for Jamal?

 

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Even though Jamal and special guest Hip Hop start Pitbull put a fairly good performance, I would have to say Jamal’s song ‘Run It’ with super producer Timbaland, hands down is probably going to be the hit of this season. Of course, the ultimate slap in the face came from daddy Lyons, in the form of stealing Jamal’s prized girl group from beneath him. Being dirty isn’t easy folks.

Overall, this was a well-balanced episode, without too many over-arching storylines to contend with.

Nikki Mudarris Accuses Mally Mall of Blackmailing Her

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If you already didn’t know, last month a sex tape leaked starring Love and Hip Hop Hollywood’s Nikki Mudarris and her ex boyfriend producer Mally Mall (see here)

Nikki is now claiming that there are more tapes and Mally is using them to blackmail her.

TMZ Nikki requested a restraining order against Mally accusing him of threatening to harm her and himself and claims he told her he would ‘expose her dirty P’ a week before the tape leaked.

Nikki claims Mally has also been demanding money and she thinks there are more tapes that were made without her permission.

Fat Joe Honors his Special Needs Son

Rapper Fat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, recently wrote a loving tribute to his special needs son Joey, on social media.

 

The 45-year-old New York native has three children. Back in 2010, he opened up about the journey of becoming a father for the first time at a young age during an interview with UrbLife.

“My oldest son is Joey, he’s 18,” he said. “When I had him I was very young. I love my son dearly, but I didn’t feel like I was ready to have kids at the time. From time to time I told my mom and dad they should have educated me on the responsibilities of having a kid. He was a special needs child, I raised him with my parents. His mom couldn’t handle him, and instead of him going to a center we raised him all of his life. I had to learn the responsibilities of being a parent the hard way.”

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Delayed DVR Totals Gives Last Week’s Empire Ratings a Boost

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Sorry 50 Cent. His tirade on what may caused FOX’s Empire ratings last week (see here) to drop may have been a little premature.

Last week initial viewing totals for Fox hit series Empire showed a 19% decline in ratings

That was before the DVR totals were tallied up. According to initial reports 13.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Empire live last week but delayed viewing totals boosted the number to 18 million!