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More News: Chicago Reparations; P. Diddy's New Fragrance; The Booties Rock the 2015 Met Gala Red Carpet and more!

 

Watch the video of What's The 411 Episode 51:
Featuring What's The 411 host Glenn Gilliam and special guest host, Courtney Rashon, President, Courtney Rashon Industries

Quick Takes:

THE UNITED NATIONS recently unveiled a memorial dedicated in memory to those who were killed and sacrificed in the transatlantic slave trade and its atrocities. The memorial is entitled The Ark Of Return.

At the recent unveiling ceremonies, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called slavery "a stain on human history." The U.N. has declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. The memorial, designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, is at U.N. Headquarters in Manhattan.

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Singer Bobby Brown has been awarded a small victory. A judge has appointed Brown, along with his former sister-in-law Pat Houston, co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Shonda Rhimes' shows: Grey's Anatomy; Scandal; and How to Get Away With Murder have been renewed by ABC.

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Everyone's still talking about the May-Pac fight that wasn't. But an equal number of people, on social media, are talking about how Jamie Foxx 'fizzled' doing the National Anthem, Foxx later told Ellen Degeneres, that his earpiece came out.

"My inner ears were out and I'm singing with an organ, so I can't hear what the organ is doing with the big crowd. So some of it was a little off."
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Walking Dead star, Seth Gilliam was arrested in Atlanta and charged with DUI, reckless driving, drug possession and speeding. He has since been released.
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A touching tribute took place at the recent Sports Emmys. TNT host Ernie Johnson won the Sports Emmy for Best Studio Host. But Johnson turned to the audience and said "there is only one place it belongs and that is on the mantle of Stuart Scott's house." Johnson then asked that Scott's daughters come up, where he presented them with the Emmy.
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The Gap Band has won songwriting credit and a share of the royalties for the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk. The group consists of Charlie, Robert, and Ronnie Wilson.

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BET.com is reporting that The Carters may be purchasing a new home....in New Orleans! And, to top things off, it used to be a Presbyterian church.

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Vibe and essence.com are reporting Beyoncé has offered 3 teenage girls a chance of a lifetime. Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, 17 and 19 years-old respectively, and Sophie Beem have been scouted by Queen Bey's Parkwood Entertainment and been offered multi-year contracts.

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In memoriam, we remember:
Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died at age 71 from liver cancer. The singer was best known for the hits You Sexy Thing and It Started with a Kiss.

Guy Carawan, a white folk singer who stood up before a group of black students in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1960, and sang a little known folk song. That song was We Shall Overcome. The song became the anthem of the civil rights movement. Carawan, whom the New York Times called the Marseillaise of the integration movement, has died at age 87.
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What's Poppin'!!!

Sean "Diddy" Combs and his singer/model girlfriend, Cassie, are heating up the internet due to the release of Diddy's new fragrance called 3. a.m.; the commercial features the couple engaging in simulated sexual acts and nudity. Diddy defended the ad by saying:

"The concept, for the video, represents one of the things that 3 a.m. is for me. It's a very one-on-one time. It's a time to have fun and push the envelope a little bit. It's definitely an hour where you would find yourself with a young lady. Anything can happen at 3 a.m., and in the video, you see a fantasy that's in my head of what happened that night."

According to hollywoodlife.com, Macy's has rejected the fragrance ad.
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The 2015 Met Gala brought out a who's who of A-Listers to the red carpet. Raven Symone led the pack on throwing shade when she said on The View that, Beyonce, J. Lo; and Kim Kardashian should "put some pants on." Additionally, a meme has been circulating on social media asking people to pick out the porn stars by comparing the celebs at the Met Gala to porn stars attending an Adult Video Awards.

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THE 2015 MET GALA was a night filled with everyone's favorite celebrities wearing couture. Celebrities such as JAY-Z, BEYONCÉ, KIM KARDASHIAN, KANYE WEST, RIHANNA, JUSTIN BIEBER, and JENNIFER LOPEZ all attended and were looking fabulous or not!.

• The showstopper of the evening was Rihanna wearing a canary yellow elaborate gown with major detailing created by Chinese designer Guo Pe. The dress took two years to make.

• It was the "Battle of the Booties" For Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé. All celebrities looked amazing in sheer, see-through and cut out gowns. Beyoncé wore a sheer flesh tone colored jeweled Givenchy gown, Kim was wearing a white sheer and lace ROBERTO CAVALLI gown with an elongated train and J-Lo wore a wine colored sheer cut out VERSACE gown.

TARAJI P. HENSON was also in attendance wearing a gorgeous black and white strapless gown by ALEXANDER WANG.

DWYANE WADE and GABRIELLE UNION looked fabulous. It was reported that WADE'S two VERSACE ensembles' for the night costs a whopping 900,000 dollars. His beautiful wife wore a wine colored draped ZAC POSEN gown.

The men who were flying solo that evening were also looking sharp.

JUSTIN BIEBER was wearing flashy Balmain jacket adorned with gold, LEE DANIELS was dressed in a BURBERRY tux and COMMON wore a tux by PRADA. All of these guys looked handsome.

• Not to mention Jay Z who wore a black Tom Ford tux

Kayne West wore Roberto Cavalli

Derek Jeter and girlfriend, Sports Illustrated cover model, Hannah Davis, were spotted at the gala. Hannah was dressed in a red sheer one shoulder fitted J. Mendel gown and Jeter wore a Rag and Bone tux.

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Under The Radar:

MARLENE PINNOCK, A 51 year-old great grandmother, recently spoke out about the horrors of her beating by a California Highway patrol officer. Pinnock received a one million dollar settlement.

QUESTION: Is a monetary settlement enough?

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History has been made in Chicago. The CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL has passed reparations legislation for the victims abused by former police commander Jon Burge. Burge gained notoriety for torturing over 100 prisoners (majority being black men) from 1971 to 1992, in order to gain confessions. The council approved a settlement of over $5.5 million dollars which will be divided up between them. The deal also requires that Chicago teens learn about police brutality in school.

QUESTION: What about the officers involved, what punishment do they receive?

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WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY (WWD) called out JAY Z on his appearance at 2015 MET GALA. WWD essentially said that JAY Z needs to lose weight, that his suit did not fit well and perhaps JAY Z needs to see his wife's dermatologist to get cosmetic surgery or some fillers because the lines on his face are getting too deep.

QUESTION: Why is WWD going in hard on Jay Z? What's behind this shade?

On The Carpet

The Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Frank Johnson, because he did not know that Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old boy who was shot by a Cleveland police officer was living in a homeless shelter. Ms. Rice gave up her apartment and moved into a homeless shelter because she could not bear to look at the park where her son was murdered.

Question: Should the Mayor of Cleveland have assigned someone in his office to oversee Ms. Rice's well-being?

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BROADCAST AND CABLE NETWORKS are being called on the carpet because of the monopoly of white men on SUNDAY NEWS SHOWS and EVENING NEWSCASTS.

Question: Should the broadcast and cable networks have more diversity on their Sunday public affairs shows and evening newscasts?

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In the Pipeline

Director Ava Duvernay's African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) recently launched its second annual membership drive. The drive, designed to financially assist Black women and Latinas filmmakers with distribution of their films, will run from May 4 through June 5.

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Parker Sawyer and Tika Sumpter are set to play Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in an upcoming romantic drama SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU. The film centers on the then future first couple's first date and is currently in production.

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CELEBRITIES TAKE FASHION TO ANOTHER LEVEL AT 2015 MET GALA

Rihanna Stuns the Met Gala Crowd; Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez Set off the Battle of the Booties on 2015 Met Gala Red Carpet

The MET GALA 2015 was a night filled with everyone's favorite celebrities wearing couture. Celeb such as Jay Z and Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Beiber and Jennifer Lopez all attended and were looking fabulous.

The look of the evening for women seemed to be, jeweled garments, sheer, cut out gowns showing lots of skin, while the guys kept it sleek and traditional by wearing tuxedos.

The showstopper of the evening was Rihanna wearing a canary yellow elaborate gown with major detailing created by Chinese designer Guo Pe. The dress took two years to make.

It was the "battle of the booties" for Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. All celebrities looked amazing in sheer, see-through and cut out gowns. Beyonce wore a sheer flesh tone colored jeweled Givenchy gown, Kim was wearing a white sheer and lace Roberto Cavalli and Jennifer Lopez aka J-Lo wore a wine colored sheer cut-out Versace gown.

Beyonce Kim-Kardashian Jennifer-Lopez on-the-red-carpet-at-Met-Gala-2015Beyonce; Kim Kardashian West; and Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet showing off lots of skin at the 2015 Met Gala

Actress Taraji P. Henson was also in attendance wearing a gorgeous gown by designer Alexander Wang.

taraji-p-henson-met-gala-2015 Triple-photo 600x337Actress Taraji P. Henson

Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union were also spotted looking fabulous. It was reported that Wade's two Versace ensembles' for the night costs a whopping 900,000 dollars. His beautiful wife was dressed in a wine colored draped Zac Posen gown.

dwyane-wade-gabrielle-union 395x524Miami Heat guard, Dwayne Wade and his wife actress Gabriel Union

The men who were flying solo that evening were also looking sharp.

Justin Beiber sported a flashy Balmain jacket adorned with gold, film and television director Lee Daniels was dressed in a Burberry tux, while rapper/actor Common wore a tux by Prada. All of these guys looked handsome.

Not to mention Jay Z and Kanye West who wore tuxes by Tom Ford and Roberto Cavalli respectively.

Derek Jeter and girlfriend, Sports Illustrated cover model Hannah Davis were also spotted at the gala. Hannah was wearing a red sheer one shoulder fitted J. Mendel gown and Jeter wore a Rag and Bone tux.

derek-jeter-rag-bone- girlfriend met-gala-2015Former New York Yankees short stop, Derek Jeter and girlfriend, Sports Illustrated model, Hannah Davis

What’s The 411 Episode 49: Kanye West; Instagram’s New Nudity Policy

Onika McLean, partner to Ericka Pittman in Bravo's reality TV series, The Singles Project, Guest Hosts

 

 

Kanye West, Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Instagram's new nudity policy are just some of the topics we're talking about on What's The 411 Episode 49.

What's Poppin Quick Takes

Call him King Kanye. Time Magazine has released its 100 Most Influential People and Kanye West topped this year's list. Also on the list is Kevin Hart, Laverne Cox, and Lee Daniels.

Netflix has renewed Orange Is The New Black for Season Four.

Rapper and actor Nelly was arrested recently on felony drug charges in Tennessee. He was released on $10,000 bail

Ten former Atlanta educators will receive prison time for their part in one of the biggest school cheating scandals in U.S. history. A total of 35 educators were indicted on charges stemming from racketeering to making false statements.

Univision TV's longest-running variety show Sabado Gigante bids adios after 53 years.

In memoriam, we remember:

• R&B great Percy Sledge has passed away at age 73. Sledge is known for his hit When A Man Loves A Woman.
Good Times actor Ben Powers, has passed away. He was 64. Powers played Thelma's husband Keith Anderson
Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr., a noted Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon and civil rights activist, has died at age 70. He was the first surgeon to put an automatic heart defibrillator into a human. He also fought for black students to be admitted into medical schools
• Singer Johnny Kemp has died at age 56. Kemp is known for his hit Just Got Paid.

What's Poppin'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not happy with Spike Lee. He recently met with the filmmaker and urged him to change the title of his upcoming film. The title, Chiraq, is a nickname for Chicago often employed by rappers to highlight the violence in parts of the city.

Fox News is reporting that a planned concert by R&B/Hip-Hop artist Akon was cancelled in Kuwait. Conservative members of the parliament pressed for the cancellation saying that children need protection from "negative people".

Shelly Sterling, the wife of disgraced former L.A. Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, has won her court case against her husband's ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Ms. Stiviano has been ordered to pay back 2.6 million dollars. The Washington Post reports that Stiviano also has to turn over the keys to a 1.8 million dollar duplex and $800,000 in cash to the Sterling Trust.

Under the Radar

Instagram had come under fire for allowing some nude photos to remain on its platform and removing others. The social media platform has revised its terms of service and now, no nude photos will be allowed except a breastfeeding mother or photos of woman post-mastectomy.

On The Carpet

On The Carpet is the UNCF and its CEO, Michael Lomax.

Last year, when the UNCF announced a gift of $25 million from the Koch Brothers as 'one of its largest gifts ever', several people took to twitter to express shock and anger. One person wrote:

"#UNCF literally 'sells their souls to the devil' accepting checks from the #koch brothers without knowing their evil history. Craziness".

Another tweet read:

#Koch donation to @UNCF tells children everywhere that money is first and integrity is unnecessary. Sends the wrong message. Period."

A little background on the Koch Brothers, according to the progressive Center For Media and Discovery, Charles Koch was once a member of the John Birch Society, a far-right group that so opposed the civil rights movement, that it declared the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a communist.

Additionally, Charles Murray, author of the bell curve that depicts black and Latino people as innately intellectually inferior to white people was a guest speaker at a Koch retreat.

A very telling reaction to the Koch Brothers involvement with the UNCF is that the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest predominately black labor union in the country, severed ties with UNCF because the UNCF accepted the Koch donation of $25 million.

What's in the Pipeline?

Rolling Stone is reporting that Snoop Dogg will produce an original family drama series with HBO. It is currently in production.

Blackfilm.com and WBLS is reporting that the cast is in place for the new Nat Turner biopic. The film will star Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away With Murder), Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Arnie Hammer. The film, entitled The Birth Of A Nation, is in response to the controversial 1915 film and it is currently in production.

Variety is reporting that actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of the new Disney live-action film Beauty And The Beast. She will play Plumette the Feather Duster.

Former Destiny's Child, Latoya Luckett, has joined the cast of the upcoming NBC pilot Love Is A Four Letter Word.

Shondra Rhimes, Ava Duvernay, Debbie Allen, and Issa Rae will grace the cover of the May issue of Essence magazine.

Empire sensation Taraji P. Henson is working on a memoir. The book will be released in 2016.

Erica Campbell, with special guests Brian Courtney Wilson and the Allen AME Choir will perform live in concert at B.B. King's on May 2nd.

TV One will begin its 2015-2016 season with 8 new original series and 16 original movies beginning on May 9th.

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MTV VMAs Fans Ready for the Show’s Brooklyn Arrival

VIDEO: Talking with MTV VMA Fans in Brooklyn

What's The 411TV correspondents Anisha Robertson and Bianca Peart took to the streets to scout out MTV VMA fans.

Standing in front of the Barclays Center, Anisha and Bianca talked to MTV VMA fans about which recording artists they were looking to see this year, who they wanted to win, and their favorite VMA moment.

MTV MOS Kiara Kiana Tori Brooklynites-and-MTV-VMA-Fans

Photo Credits: Jesse Whitehead/What's The 411 Networks

Videographer: Jesse Whitehead

Video Editor: Ruth J. Morrison

 

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