HBO’s latest drama “Here and Now” has us all shook with Raymond Lee’s raunchy sex scenes. We recently stumbled across “Here and Now” and were taken in by Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter -we figured it has to be good for actors who primarily do movies to jump into the TV pool. While it’s reminiscent of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” – with a backdrop of the lush green NorthWestern terrain, a flirtation with the supernatural, a gaggle of characters with their own storylines, it tries too hard to touch on a laundry list of social issues and comes off as an extended PSA. Getting back to Lee’s sex scenes, we just can’t remember ever seeing an Asian male getting that much action on an American screen. Sure, Lee’s character, Duc Bayer-Boatwright, has some major issues including sexual addiction issues stemming from a childhood in a brothel (geez, can’t we move past “Miss Saigon” already?), probably a dislike of Asian women (as seen by his rejection of the Asian women at the bar) but he was getting his groove ON…A LOT. Lee displayed a sexuality that is usually coveted by white leading men and stereotyped of black male characters, but not usually Asian men in America -basically, a welcome change to their emasculating portrayal and stereotypes.    

  HBO’s latest drama “Here and Now” has us all shook with Raymond Lee’s raunchy sex scenes. We recently stumbled across “Here and Now” and were taken in by Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter -we figured it has to be good for actors who primarily do movies to jump into the TV pool. While it’s reminiscent of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” – with a backdrop of the lush green NorthWestern terrain, a flirtation with the supernatural, a gaggle of characters with their own storylines, it tries too hard to touch on a laundry list of social issues and comes off as an extended PSA. Getting back to Lee’s sex scenes, we just can’t remember ever seeing an Asian male getting that much action on an American screen. Sure, Lee’s character, Duc Bayer-Boatwright, has some major issues including sexual addiction issues stemming from a childhood in a brothel (geez, can’t we move past “Miss Saigon” already?), probably a dislike of Asian women (as seen by his rejection of the Asian women at the bar) but he was getting his groove ON…A LOT. Lee displayed a sexuality that is usually coveted by white leading men and stereotyped of black male characters, but not usually Asian men in America -basically, a welcome change to their emasculating portrayal and stereotypes.    

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Wait What?: Stacey Dash Says “Get Rid” of BET and Black History Month

Stacey Dash tried desperately to dismiss the #OscarsSoWhite controversy by claiming: “We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black,” she continued. “If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard. There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period.” Dash then threw Morgan Freeman into the mix by dredging up a similar statement the actor made in 2005 on 60 Minutes. BET then dredged up a scene from one of their past hit shows that Dash maybe regrettably appeared and captioned it: “Soooooo @realstaceyldash, can we get our check back… or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper” But then Gabrielle Union, one of BET’s biggest stars, put it all into perspective when asked about Stacey Dash’s statements while attending Sundance, saying “Who’s that? Who’s Stacey Dash?” EXACTLY!

Bill Cosby (finally) Arrested! Bail Set at $1Million

The other shoe has finally dropped after a long laundry list of women have emerged over these last few years accusing Bill Cosby of sexual molestation spanning decades. The 78 year-old comedian was arrested on sexual allegation charges on Wednesday with bail set at $1 million. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a press conference that “Mr. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault.” The charges stem from his 2004 encounter with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. “Mr. Cosby made two sexual advances at her that were rejected,” Steele said. “Mr. Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine… He committed aggravated indecent assault against her.” She was “frozen, paralyzed, unable to move,” Steele said during the press conference. The statute of limitations on the allegations was due to run out in January.  

Saved by the Bell’s Lark Voorhies Reveals She Has Lupus & A Whack Ex-Husband

Lark Voorhies needs Zack Morris to step in and call a “time out,” because her life is getting hectic, or continues to get hectic. The former Saved by the Bell star has admitted to a bout of clinical depression in the past and her mother has claimed that the actress is bipolar -a diagnosis that Lark has denied. Last month Lark was facing threats of a sex-tape release by her ex-husband, and ex-gang member, Jimmy Green. Bossip reports there is no sex tape after Marky Hutt, a friend of the couple, admitted he came up with the plan to help Green get some money. Earlier this week, Lark slammed her ex-husband on Instagram with this message: “To whom this may concern. I am single! Jimmy couldn’t fork up a dime for our divorce. There’s an active restraining order that he continues to violate,” she began her lengthy caption. “No sex tape even physically exists. Do you really think he could afford a camera? I gave him money multiple times and put minutes on his Obama phone.” She continued, “You better take a U-Turn on that bus. Everyone in Pasadena knows you’re a joke. Gang Member? You lost your job at Taco Bell.” But then a few days later, Lark apologized on social media and claimed she didn’t write the rant saying, “It seems as though my Instagram has been compromised to the most fullest. Have a blessed day! LV.” And now, Lark is attributing her odd appearance, which has been the subject of many a joke, to the lupus disease.

Chris Rock Divorce Reveals Questionable African Adoption

Chris rock and his wife Malaak filed for divorce last year and this year it’s been revealed that their adopted child was never legally adopted. In 2008, the Rocks welcomed in to their home a 6-month-old girl from South Africa named Ntombi. The child has been living with them ever since, but after the divorce filing Chris Rock has not maintained visitation with the child. He has however kept in contact with his other 2 biological daughters. Apparently there was never a legal adoption filing for the child and now South African officials have begun investigating how Ntombi came to live with the Rocks in the U.S.  

Derek Jeter Said What About 50 Cent?

Rumors are swirling that Former Yankees player Derek Jeter pulled out of an underwear deal when he learned that 50 Cent was going to be part of the deal also, citing 50 as being too “urban,” which is code for BLACK. But isn’t Derek Jeter half black, you ask? That he is, and of course there is more to the story. Mathias Ingvarsson, a majority owner of Frigo, a men’s underwear company claims in a lawsuit that Jeter signed a 3-year publicity contract with the brand, but in 2013 when the underwear line approached rapper 50 Cent to come aboard, Jeter balked claiming 50 would make the brand too “urban.” In retaliation, 50 Cent took to Instagram to say, “Wow, guess I’m not a Yankees fan anymore. LETS GO METS?” Jeter handled things a bit more professionally and released a statement through Excel Sports Management: “The allegations made by Mr. Ingvarsson of RevolutionWear are categorically false. I facilitated the introductory meeting between 50 Cent and the Company, so it makes absolutely no sense that I would object to 50 Cent being a Frigo brand ambassador or think that 50 Cent is “too urban” for the brand. Mr. Ingvarsson’s statements are particularly malicious because he knew all along that I never agreed to be a spokesperson or ambassador for the brand, and that is confirmed in documents that Mr. Ingvarsson himself signed. Contrary to Mr. Ingvarsson’s allegations in the press, I am unaware of any action commenced by the Company against me. Instead, I have been forced to file a lawsuit against the Company for its failure to fulfill its obligations to me as a substantial investor and creditor. That lawsuit is pending in a Delaware court. It is unfortunate that Mr. Ingvarsson continues to make false claims and bad decisions with respect to RevolutionWear, Inc. As president of the Company, he was responsible for launching the Frigo brand, generating sales, and acting in the best interests of shareholders. When he failed in those responsibilities, and lost many millions of dollars of investors’ money and left many of the Company’s creditors unpaid, he came to me threatening litigation and a negative publicity campaign in an effort to get me to fund additional capital into the failed business. When I refused to do so, Mr. Ingvarsson and his affiliates made additional threats to commence litigation or arbitration against me in Sweden, but I am aware of no such actions or claims having been filed. At that point, I was forced to commence the current lawsuit in Delaware. As a major investor, current stockholder and lender to the Company, I am disgusted by Mr. Ingvarsson’s decision to make these false allegations against me in the press, instead of attempting to work out our business dispute in private. I will take all necessary steps to prove these allegations to be untrue.”

Here We Go Again: Taye Diggs Rejects Labeling Son As “Black,” Prefers “Mixed”

African American actor Taye Diggs has a 6 year-old son with ex-wife Idina Menzel who is of Eastern European and Jewish descent. Diggs recently said in an interview with theGrio that he does not like to label his son as black but prefers calling him “mixed.” “When you [describe biracial kids as black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear. I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself black and everyone thinks he has a black mom and a black dad, and then they see a white mother, they wonder, ‘Oh, what’s going on,’” said Diggs. Diggs has even written a children’s book titled “Mixed Me!” So, of course the black community lost their minds over Diggs racial stance. But who cares, they lost their minds when he married Idina Menzel and accused him of only dating white women and hating on black women. And hello, Taye Diggs’ son is not the first biracial kid or light-skinneded kid to go through the labeling process, so everyone needs to get over it. This debate about whether the offspring of an African American person and a person of European descent is not new. It was never a debate in the early 1900s thanks to the “one-drop rule” which deemed a person black if they had so much as one-drop of  black blood. Some people still subscribe to the one-drop rule – Halle Berry publicly declared that her daughter with French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry is black. ”I feel she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory,” she told Ebony magazine in 2011. And some don’t -remember when Tiger Woods declared he is “cablinasian” -Caucasian, Black, Indian and Asian on The Oprah Winfrey Show? Everybody lost their minds over that one! What everyone is forgetting is that it is 2015 and if Bruce Jenner can become Caitlyn Jenner then a person of color can call themselves whatever they damn well want to call themselves! Just beware -everyone else thinks you look black, are black, and will treat you black. The label “mixed race” or “biracial” is not going to change how American society perceives you -especially not the police. And here’s Diggs caring about what the haters think so much that he made a video to address them:

Happy Thanksgiving With a Free Turkey From Snoop Dogg!

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the hood without a rapper or actor, who made it out of the hood, returning to the hood to give out free turkeys. Because nothing alleviates financial struggles like a free turkey to gorge on during the holidays. And who better to give away free turkeys than Snoop Dogg – the rapper turned Reggae artist, turned wannabe Twitter CEO, turned cannabis peddler. Snoop Dogg showed up at The Forum in Inglewood California today and gave away over 1,500 frozen flightless birds with Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts to families in need. And we have the video to prove it!

Obama Gets Black (Again!) With the Pop Off!

Remember when Obama reminded everyone he’s not just a POTUS but a BLACK POTUS and shut down a heckler that interrupted his speech at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month in June, by declaring, “Listen you’re in my house … it’s not respectful,” and then requesting that the person be removed. And remember that same month when he eulogized the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, who was murdered in the racially motivated mass-shooting of a prayer group at a black church  in Charleston South Carolina, and broke out in spiritual song with “Amazing Grace.” Well, Obama dun did it again and reminded us that he’s black on Monday at the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit when he said, “If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan” in response to a CNN reporter asking why we [the U.S.] can’t just “take these bastards [ISIS] out,” in regards to the Paris terror attacks on Friday. And someone remixed Obama’s “pop off” soundbite!

Patti LaBelle Pies Go Viral & Fly Off Wal-Mart Shelves

Patti LaBelle has a brand of sweet potato pies that sell at Wal-Mart – who knew? Apparently this guy did, James Wright, a singer and pie enthusiast. He tasted her pies in a YouTube video and well, it must’ve been good because he’s racked up over a million views and the pies are flying off Wal-Mart’s shelves at a rate of one per second last week, according to Kerry Robinson, vice president for bakery and deli at Wal-Mart. Oh and did we mention Mr. James is a singer? Take a look and a listen to the reaction that eating a Patti LaBelle pie can elicit from him. The pies retail for about $3.48 a box but since they are sold out and now a hot item, they are going for up to $40 on eBay and $10 a slice on Craigslist.

Charlie Sheen Set to Announce He’s HIV positive On Today show.

Looks like Charlie Sheen is not winning anymore, since he is set to announce that he has contracted the AIDS virus and is HIV positive in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show this Wednesday. Actually, he is still winning because he’s surviving the once-deadly disease and according to TMZ he has a low viral load and the virus is currently undetectable in his blood thanks to medications he has been taking. Maybe Sheen does have tiger blood, or maybe medical science is winning also.

Halle Berry Dumps Eurotrash Husband Number 3 -Olivier Martinez!

Somewhere Gabriel Aubry has a smug look on his pretty face as he fondly recalls punching Olivier Martinez during their 2012 altercation. Aubry is also probably saying “I told you so” in a French Canadian accent as he reads the joint statement put out by his baby mama and her short-lived husband. Berry and Martinez released this statement on Tuesday: “It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce. We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus for what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life, and we hope that you respect our, and most importantly our children’s privacy, as we go through this difficult period.” Halle filed divorce papers on Monday under the name “Hal Maria” -using part of her birth name Maria Halle Berry, and requesting joint custody of their 2-year-old son Maceo. Olivier filed his own divorce papers on Tuesday, after lawyering up with one of L.A.’s biggest divorce lawyers, Laura Wasser. He is also requesting joint custody of their son. This is the third divorce for Halle Berry as she was previously married to baseball player David Justice for four years from 1993 to 1997, but separated after three years. Singer Eric Benet was Berry’s second husband  -they were married in 2001, separated after two years and divorced after four years. How much do you think Halle will have to pay Olivier in alimony AND child support? She already has Aubry on the payroll!

Ebony Magazine Breaks the Cosby Show!

Call it the straw that broke the camel’s back or the many sexual abuse allegations that broke the Cosby Show’s image. Ebony magazine published a seemingly shattered image of the once-highly esteemed show about a successful black family headed by a lawyer and a doctor. Malcolm-Jamal Warner expressed disapproval of the broken image of the show in which he once starred saying, “it’s contributing to the uh, you know, the stereotypical image that society has of the broken black family, the shattered black family.” Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux defended the magazine’s position telling HuffPost Live: “I disagree with his comment that we’re contributing to this image of the broken black family. The image of the Huxtables in the eyes of many people, has been shattered as a result of the allegations against Mr. Cosby and that’s been going on for quite sometime,” she told host Alex Miranda. “This isn’t a new conversation, but this is a conversation that we felt, as a magazine, should lead, that we should lead and contribute to in a meaningful way.” She also defended the image of the black family saying: “A good black family does not have to be upwardly mobile. It does not have to be comprised of a mother and a father that are married to each other and live in the same household,” she said. “You can have two moms. You can have a single grandparent raising three children. You can have a mother and a father that live in different parts of the country. There are so many different ways to be a beautiful black family.”