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Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row


Colin Kaepernick

The quarterback is still unsigned but the protest he launched has grown, raising uncomfortable questions about race and activism for NFL owners – and fans

On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL will be forced again to confront a story it must wish to go away. At an hour when the league’s employees should be hustling home from their New York office they will walk into a rallyon the street outside, organized to ask the same inexplicable question that has perplexed many for months.

“Why is Colin Kaepernick  still unsigned?”

The NFL season begins in two weeks and the quarterback who took the San Francisco 49ers to within seven yards of winning the Super Bowl four years ago does not have a job. His absence isn’t difficult to explain. His refusal to stand for the national anthem last year as a way to draw attention to racial inequality in the US has apparently made him toxic to the league’s owners who fear a backlash from white fans and corporate sponsors offended by a perceived lack of patriotism.

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https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/23/colin-kaepernick-impact-nfl-blacklist-anthem-protests

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RHOA Afterdrama : Does Producer Carlos King play a role in Phaedra Parks Megawatt Lie?


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Its nearly two weeks since the airing of part four of the reunion and  people are still talking about what executive producer Andy Cohen called the Megawatt Lie.   While Bravo still haven’t officially announced her status, Cohen recently told “E” Parks, co-stars had no desire to film alongside her ever again.  Which basically says, No Gurl ,you wont be back!    Parks maintain she was set up by the producers.  Could she be telling the truth?

People are STILL SQUAKING about the ATL Ladies

Earlier Today, Tamra Judge from the Real Housewives of Orange County #RHOCO took to Facebook to  share her thoughts about The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 9 reunion drama involving her fellow Bravo star Phaedra Parks.   “When you make up a lie about a cast mate (or husband) and try to destroy their character & reputation, YOU SHOULD BE FIRED,”

Bethenny Frankel, from the Real Housewives of New York #RHONY  talked to US Magazine and said the reunion   “made her feel dirty” “It was disgusting,” ““I don’t think Phaedra can bounce back from that,” Frankel concluded of the drama.

Frankel disagrees with Parks

She tells “E” “I’ve been doing this for 10 years,”  “I actually, sadly, consider myself to be a veteran. The producers do not make you do these things at all.”  “The producers don’t know exactly what’s going on, so they might say, ‘Are you going to talk to Kandi about this?’ They don’t know,”   Bethenny insists producers would never plant a lie on the Housewives; saying the drama is real.

A Parks source said there was “a producer who told her the drug and rape story, which she repeated to another cast member. It snowballed. The editing was not kind to her.”

Sources close to the ex-Housewife told TMZ she’s mad as hell, because she claims a producer gave her the B.S. story she told to Porsha Williams about Kandi Burruss — the whole drugging and raping thing.

The producer didn’t necessarily tell her to repeat it with cameras rolling, but we’re told Phaedra explained the producer’s role during the reunion show. She’s also angry because that was edited out of the reunion to make it look like she acted alone.

We’re told the way Phaedra sees it, she was fired in retaliation for throwing producers under the bus. We’re told Phaedra insists the ‘Housewives’ crew knows she’s not the source of the lie.   Sources said , she said she outted the producers and it was cut from the show. They’re not allowed to break the ‘fourth wall’ and talk about production. It may not have been entirely Phaedra’s fault, but she has to take the fall,” the source said.

Is the producer Carlos King? If so,what was his motive? 

There are many rumors circling the Former Real Housewives of Atlanta producer Carlos King.  Yes, like Parks, King will not return for season 10.

Carlos King insist’s he wasn’t fired  He says his production company, Kingdom Reign, signed a production deal with ITV in November of last year and that he told the cast in January that he was leaving.

Edited: From Tamera Tattles (3/17/17)

I’m told it went down like this. Kandi came hard for Porsha. So Porsha rolled over on Phaedra admitting that everything she said was told to her by Phaedra. Phaedra blamed Carlos. She said Carlos told her all the stuff about the sex dungeon and “Marvin.”

If you are like me, at this point in the story you are thinking, “Wouldn’t Phaedra know more of Kandi’s personal information that Carlos King?”  I am only reporting what I am told. So Carlos was behind the entire storyline against Kandi.  I’m not surprised. But I am sure that Phaedra was more than willing to take that storyline and run with it.

Basically, Andy’s reaction about “stuff coming out” was about Phaedra basically admitting she set Porsha up with the lies to tell on Kandi. Again, THIS IS NOT NEWS TO US! HOW IS THIS NEWS TO ANDY? But apparently it was. Phaedra has always been Andy’s favorite RHOA.  This time he finally went hard on Phaedra and told her she knew exactly what she was doing when she feed dumb old Porsha the information. .

In the end, Phaedra got the really bad edit as a liar and a shit stirrer. It’s about time. But again, this is not shocking to anyone but Andy. I wondered if all the mentions of Carlos would be aired and a source said that it would probably be edited to say “a producer.”

Click the link below to see the full story

http://tamaratattles.com/2017/03/17/exclusive-rhoa-reunion-tea-what-the-hell-happened/

From Bossip: “Our sources also say that Phaedra tried to blame the lesbian & date rape lie she fed Porsha Williams on producer Carlos King,” wrote B. Scott.”Which might have something to do with why he won’t be back to work on the show next year.” (4/10/17)

Sheree Whitfield has had an issue with Mr King.  In 2015, Ms Whitfield told the press she was “duped” by Carlos King.  At the time she was a friend and thought she would receive her “Peach” following the departure of Nene Leakes in a backroom deal she brokered with shows former producer Carlos King.  She learned she would only appear in some of the episode in season 8.  She didn’t learn this until after production.    According to a source, Whitfield met with the reality show producer earlier this year (2015)and pitched him a concept – a show about African-American real estate agents in Atlanta.

When Whitfield departed from the show three years ago she went on to get her real estate license and had been selling properties since.She wanted to be featured in the new show along with several other women she knew were also having success in the world of real estate and believed King could help her sell the show to a network.

‘Without telling Sheree, Carlos started pitching the show to networks and WE TV became interested,’ claims the source. He sold them the concept without Sheree’s involvement and then had to go back to her with a make-good once he did.

Is Carlos King “The Streets” and is there Bad Blood With Todd Tucker?

  Is Phaedra telling the truth?  Is a producer?  Could it be Revenge?   When I think of it?  It was odd that Todd Tucker remained on stage through part 4.   Normally the husbands have a segment on the reunion show and then are dismissed however, Todd remained.  Perhaps Todd suspected King was involved.

 

(Edited) From Straight from the A (3/19/2017)  Todd and Carlos were once partners in TV One’s “Hollywood Divas”   Produced by Tuckers’ TTucker Productions and King’s Kingdom Reign Entertainment.

Todd and Carlos were partners in “Hollywood Divas “their business relationship soured because they couldn’t see eye to eye about how to handle production and the two lost a lot of money.   Tucker and King are reportedly aren’t on speaking terms.

Kandi unhappy with King 

Carlos King is working on an Xscape documentary with Jermaine Dupri.   Word on the curb is that Kandi had no clue about the project and was actually planning one of her own prior to finding out.

Apparently Kandi doesn’t own any rights to Xscape or their music but Jermaine does and Dupri has been working with King to produce it. Needless to say, Kandi was apparently livid about the news and felt that Carlos intentionally deceived her. The trio have been at odds ever since.

Kandi and her reunited girl group Xscape have been working with Mona Scott Young (Carlos King’s former boss who fired him from LHHATL). It seems that Carlos was trying to get the jump on Mona and he succeeded by going straight to Jermaine!

I was also told that Carlos interviewed Mama Joyce for information about Xscape but at the time he did, Kandi had no idea that it was for the project with Jermaine.

To see the full story(and more) click on the link below

http://straightfromthea.com/2017/03/19/rhoa-season-9-reunion-tea-fake-makeups-breakups-r-i-p-frick-frack/

As it stands of this writing, there will be two Xscape pics.  The Dupri project is not endorsed by any member of Xscape.

CityFella

 

The Real Housewives of New York S9 Ep4 “Dorinda da East Side Gangstah”


Okay people of a certain age, you might need your smartphones for this reference.  Can you imagine Ozzy and Harriet being a reality show, all sweetness and pies?

We watch reality for the Drama. !   And last night we got DRAMA!   Dorinda Medley, gave us a bit of East Side Gangstah last night. Unlike her former castmate , Heather Thompson who co-opted “Holla” from someone on P-Diddy’s staff.  Dorinda a genuine thuggish edge. A classy lady, who knows how to say Mutha Fucker without someone dropping the crystal.   She was pissed and not taking it anymore!

Sonja After the Reunion

Of all the cast members it difficult not to like Sonja Morgan.  She is fun, often delusional, but the life of the party.  Tonight we learned Ms Morgan worked as a brand consultant to Donald T.   After the reunion last year, Sonja has been talking to the press, about, Luann and Dorinda.     These are just a few of the headlines from various tabloids ._________________________________

“Get facts straight was upset because it was my late husbands birthday!” Dorinda Medley continued on Twitter, tagging Sonja in her tweets, adding later, “been quiet and a lady all summer! But enough is enough with her slander! #TruthWillPrevail #SorryNotSorry.”

#RHONY Star Sonja Morgan slams Dorinda Medley as ‘a total fake’ on #WWHLhttps://t.co/0ET2gukLpN pic.twitter.com/ndmoz6lYjL

— All About The Tea (@AllAboutTheTea_) October 11, 2016

I Hate A Liar!’ #RHONY Sonja Morgan Dishes On Dorinda Medley’s Alleged Cocaine Use???????? https://t.co/ZYkrbcsqln pic.twitter.com/KCLNq0bJD7

— All About The Tea (@AllAboutTheTea_) September 3, 2016

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There were quite a bit, and Dorinda was done!   The setting was Ramona home in the Hamptons.     Ramona is close to Sonja and Dorinda and know about the heat from Dorinda.      When Sonja arrives Carole tells her about Ramona going coo coo for cocoa puffs on Bethanny, over Bethanny’s being in soft porn.  Sonja who is always cool,didn’t think it was an issue.

Dorinda-Lady D doesn’t make it Nice!  

Sonja sits down at the table and says hi to both Luann and Dorinda like its a normal day.   Lady D wasn’t in the mood for phony pleasantries and goes full in on Sonja, in front of everyone at the party, including Sex in the City’s Candace Bushnell.   Lady D tells Sonja to  “shut your mouth” and says her “Holland Tunnel” vagina should have an Easy Pass.  It was like Bethenny attacking Luann last year at Lady D’s home in the Berkshires.

Zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds

Sonja tells  Lady D, the only reason she’s been talking to the press is that she’s been doing an off-Broadway show.        Tinsley steps in to help her drowning roommate, but Lady D, is unstoppable.  No one is eating, they are in suspended animation.   Lady, D goes off the rails telling Sonja to  “Fix the toilet in your townhouse!”

Meanwhile, Bethenny running late drives up and calls Carole and hears Lady D screaming on the phone.  Afraid to come in to the mess,  She says she’s like Joe Pesci in Home Alone, hiding outside in her SUV.

Lady D was completely sober, after a few martini’s  Sonja may have been cut (kidding KIDDING)

One of the male guest attempt  to bring an end to this embarrassing fight.  It works for a few seconds.  Carole is making her exit to Bethenny’s ride and tells Ramona, she doesn’t want her to come to her election party.   Ramona is clear that she’s coming even though its clear she doesn’t support Hillary.  Carole doesn’t understand, Ramona is not missing any party.  Carole doesn’t feel like she’s educated enough and doesn’t want her there if she’s voting for Trump.   Ramona is pissed!  She has been disinvited and would NEVER do that to anyone!

Lady D

Delivered the Tag line of the Season!

Brunch with Luann

The ladies visit Luann renovated Hampton digs.  Ramona is still pissed the Carole has uninvited her.   Some how lost in the mind of Ramona is she  just uninvited Sonja to her house, choosing Lady D.

When Tinsley and Sonja walk up to the house, they can hear the ladies talking about them.  But there wasn’t anything negative, Dorinda( Lady D)  said her piece and has move on and said she liked Tinsley.   Dorinda and Sonja hug it out and both act like last night was a distant memory.

 

It Ain’t Over Until The Queen say’s its over and M’s Franklin say’s it Ain’t ovah! right Dionne?


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The Queen of Soul is coming out swinging against the fellow legend, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston’s godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston’s funeral.

“She blatantly lied on me … fully well knowing what she was doing,” Aretha Franklin said in a phone interview.

Franklin called The Associated Press on Tuesday, after sending a lengthy fax the day before, to address what she claimed was a “libelous” statement against her made five years ago at Houston’s funeral. At the time, Warwick told funeral-goers that Franklin was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn’t in attendance.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/aretha-franklin-slams-dionne-warwick-for-her-comment-at-whitney-houstons-funeral/

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: S9 Finale “Kim kicks Kenya’s A**


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Its ovah, the #RHOA season 9 finale limped along until Kim Zolciak appears. But I”M gonna save that until last.

Kandi and her 14 year old daughter Riley are sitting in a restaurant waiting for Riley’s dad Block who she hasn’t seen in years.   The scene was uncomfortable, in fact every one was uncomfortable.  Block uncomfortably  tries to start a conversation to a daughter he has disappointed several times.  The parents dissolves into a never ending argument . When Block accuses Kandi of brainwashing Riley against him the real adult, Riley quiets the both of them when Riley tells her dad,  no one brainwashed her!

Phaedra cements her hate for Kandi by showing up at an Attorneys office with Kandi’s former employee Johnny.  The Attorneys plan to help Johnny recover unpaid hours.

Hell or high water, Cynthia is gonna be friend with Peter.  Phaedra unearths Dwight and takes him to the party of the century.  Porsha and Todd the new power couple ( Did he find a job?) went to the party.

This entire episode without the clips may have filled 30 minutes.

Chateau Sheree, is mostly unfinished, there aren’t any appliances.  But we finally get to go inside. What we do see is beautiful with staged furniture.  One has to admire her drive to complete her home on her own.  However, it is rumored she hasn’t moved in.

At the party we see Lisa Wu and Marlo Hampton but the real star was Kim Zolciak.  In ten minutes, she left us wanting more. KIM.

Kenya talks Kandi to go down stairs to the basement under the guise of finding a bathroom.   What they find is an unfinished basement which sends Kenya into a level of ecstasy that Matt has NEVER seen on her face.

Naturally, Sheree was upset.  However, she didn’t need to say a word. Despite all the fighting and wig tugs Kim and Sheree remained close friends.   Sheree was in Kim’s wedding.   Meanwhile, former friends Kandi and Kim hasn’t seen each other in five years.   Kim went after Kenya, her intensity surprised Kenya! Mind your business this isn’t even about you and me. I’m not talking about you,” she said   Kenya went lower than the basement she came up from.  “At least I don’t look like I’ve had five kids, okay.”  Kenya talked about Kim’s body, her employed husband, and  even talked about the woman’s lips.  (Kim does need to step away from the plastic surgeon)   Kim wasn’t fazed  “I got a man at home. A real one,” “Don’t even pull that mutha fucking card with me”  “You want to  BE me!”. Twirl your fucking unhappy ass out. You don’t come into somebody’s house while they’re celebrating moving-in and be an asshole”

Kim had her, but Sheree didn’t want the night to be about the fight.   She defused the fight. She removed the front of her gown to reveal a form fitting jump suit.   Kim was only there 10 minutes she brought life to this episode.    As she was leaving, she hugged her friends goodbye and ignored Kenya.  Kenya, not one to be ignored said “nice to see you Kim”    Kim, “I wasn’t talking to you”  Kenya, “ but I was being polite”  Kim, “I don’t know why you’ll still here”

 

Sheree, “I’m so glad that Kim showed up and that she checked Kenya because she needed to be checked,” she said. “The girl is miserable. Tonight is my night and there is no where some petty basement bitch is going to ruin my night.”

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Atlanta, the number one housewives franchise is in trouble.  They want Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak back.    Somehow they have stretched four hours  of the thinnest  season in ATL history.    But the REAL story is Phaedra.

For a while Kandi has said, off camera Phaedra is much different than on camera Phaedra.  This season they filmed Phaedra whispering. Not sure why, perhaps to raise a sinking storyline, but we see her.   Only Sheree, the bone carrier questioned it.   Rumor in the blogs an on talk radio , the producers and Andy Cohen was over Phaedra during the reunion.

Is she fired, Bravo hasn’t said.  But people I have spoken to says this week.

I still believe, others should follow Phaedra and the entire show should be retooled as New York was.    The results in New York is a more  cohesive show.

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CityFella

See you next week.

 

Leah Remini believes Tom Cruise could ‘end Scientology’


Leah Remini believes Tom Cruise could be the key to ending Scientology.

The outspoken ex-member of the church appeared on Bill Maher’s “Real Time” on Friday, where the two discussed the direction Scientology was headed and how its biggest name could “single-handedly” end the “cult.”

“We are required to study two and a half hours a day minimum,” the “King of Queens” star explained to Maher.

And she added Cruise is required to do that as well

Leah Remini says Tom Cruise thinks she’s ‘literally the devil’

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“Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that he’s not, that certain policies are not being bent for him because they are and that is the truth, and that is part of the hypocrisy,” she continued.

The Church of Scientology believes the “Top Gun” actor is also single-handedly “clearing the planet” and “changing the planet.”

Maher fired back, “Changing the planet? He couldn’t even make ‘Jack Reacher’ a hit.”

Remini, 46, laughed, but seriously said that Scientologists probably think people are out to get him and that’s why the movie wasn’t a hit.

Leah Remini says Scientology would let Travolta commit murder

The two ended the discussion saying they hope the religion falls apart in the coming years.

“We’re all still managing who we are from being in a cult, it’s not an easy thing,” Remini said.

Leah Remini Scientology And The Aftermath

Her series “Scientology and the Aftermath” ended on A&E in mid-January.

The church repeatedly denies Remini’s claims and has called the show a publicity stunt.

Leah Remini hopes the Church of Scientology sues her

Maher said winking to the actress, “You’re doing God’s work.”

Jackie Evancho Headlines Trumps Inauguration


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16 year old Jackie Evancho is one of the headliners at Trumps Inauguration next week. Evancho appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2010. She has released six albums.She has performed for  President Obama at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2010.

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By Jane C. Timm/NBC

Two weeks out from the president-elect’s swearing in ceremony and related festivities, Donald Trump’s inauguration is something of a mystery.

The headlining events — the swearing in, parade, and inaugural balls — will take place January 20 near the Lincoln Memorial. Trump has said that it will be a star-studded affair.

“We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” Trump told the New York Times on Monday morning. But to date, the public knows more about who won’t be performing at the Trump inauguration than who will.

Here’s who is confirmed to perform: the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” singer, Jackie Evancho.

Here’s who won’t be playing, according to various reports: Elton John, KISS, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, Chainsmokers, David Foster, and Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil. You can likely also count out the many celebrities who campaigned for rival Hillary Clinton, as well.

Even the confirmed acts came with controversy: One Tabernacle choir member quit in protest, and some Rockettes protested their inclusion in the event, as well. Company management later said members were not required to perform.

Trump’s boast to the Times comes after weeks of effort by his team to spin the inauguration as intentionally light on celebrities. Incoming White House Communications Director Sean Spicer said on Fox that the president-elect “doesn’t need celebrities … He is the celebrity.” In late December, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said the inauguration was “not a summer jam.”

The so-called “A” list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!

“The Rockettes represent the American people. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir represents the American people,” Epshteyn said in the same interview, noting that other celebrities would also represent the kind of everyday Americans Trump has said his campaign is about. “And that’s what we’re concentrating on.”

Meanwhile, It wasn’t just celebrity attendees Trump bragged about to the Times.

“All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration,” he said.

Putting aside the fact that many inauguration guests are out-of-towners, the Washington Post reports that the stores are not out of inventory.