Our Photo of the Week is a photo of author and poet, Gillian Alex, at the Harlem Book Fair on July 15, 2017.
On the left, Gillian is standing beside her signage for her latest spoken word project, Put Some Respect on Our Name.
In the photo on the right, Gillian is holding a copy of her book, Tuesday at Three.
"Heavy T Bumper!"
Soca artist Destra is very popular in the Caribbean, her concerts are known for its pumping music that gets your body moving.
Destra invited Fernando Oliva, a man from Belize, onto the stage during one of her concerts and had him lay down on the floor, according to reports. A move that undoubtedly made the Oliva the envy of other men in the audience.
Against the backdrop of pumping soca music, Destra dropped herself butt first onto Oliva's groin area.
That did not go well. She burst the Oliva's bladder and he sued Destra for medical fees, 2 months of missed work as well as pain and suffering.
A Belizean judge ordered Destra to pay the Oliva just over $55,000 TT dollars amounting to less than 10,000 USD.
In a series of extremely graphic and expletive-ridden posts, which have since been taken down, Rob Kardashian blasted his ex-girlfriend, Blac Chyna, who is the mother of his only child, Dream Kardashian.
Blac Chyna didn't take Rob's behavior lightly and swiftly moved to make him pay the consequences.
Lawyered up with the famed attorney, Lisa Bloom, Chyna filed for and received from a court in Los Angeles, California, a temporary restraining order to keep Kardashian away from her and to shut down his offensive and illegal behavior.
The New York Post reported about a new disturbing trend in Japan.
It seems that some Japanese men are turning to life-sized anatomically-correct dolls for companionship because they feel that their wives are neglecting them.
A letter that rapper/actor Tupac Shakur wrote to pop star Madonna breaking off their relationship shocked the world.
The now famous letter is going up for auction July 19th through the 28th on the Gotta Have Rock and Roll website, with bids starting at $100,000.
What's The 411's Quick Takes recorded on July 11, 2017, are:
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay will explore the subject of social and criminal injustice through Central Park Five, a five-part miniseries that will debut on Netflix in 2019.
Chrissy Teigen is sick of people sending her baby pictures that look like John Legend
Be on the lookout for RYSE TV. What started out as a magazine is growing into a VOD streaming entertainment platform and mobile app.
When the world heard Jay-Z and Beyonce's five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy's Boom Shakalaka freestyle, let’s just say that the little rumble you heard was the Internet breaking yet again with people signing up for #IvyLeague!
Pictures of Khloe Kardashian, North West, and Tristan Thompson surfaced online and the Tristan Thompson haters did not hold back.
The lawsuits keep piling up for Kylie and Kendall Jenner over their T-shirts infused with pictures of themselves and iconic rappers Tupac and Biggie.
In Girls Trip, the decades have passed and four college friends Ryan (Regina Hall), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), Dina (Tiffany Haddish), and Sasha (Queen Latifah) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. They are determined to have a GOOOD time and unleash all inhibitions.
Girls Trip is a Trip. It’s vulgar, crass and disappointing. This barrage of crudeness is ultimately the film’s undoing. There is a constant referencing to women as the “B word”. And, the “N word” and MFs are flying everywhere. There’s nothing funny about someone suspended in air urinating on the people below. This happened twice! Dina is sexually tempted by a filthy, old, homeless man who exposes himself to the group.
The characters are stereotypes fitting comfortably into pigeon holes. Tiffany Haddish, who I have to admit I had never heard of before, as Dina, is loud, crude, damn near a nympho. On the other hand, Lisa is matronly, prim and proper, and blindly devoted to motherhood. Sasha is the struggling one who’s trying to keep up a façade of financial and career success while things are crumbling. And then there’s the highly successful Ryan whose fairy tale marriage to former football star, Stewart (Mike Colter), is marketed as an example a woman who’s having it all.
The storyline involving Ryan and her husband is substantive and interesting. His ability to smoothly rationalize his misgivings is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, his talent and the film’s attention to worthy scenes are lost in a bombardment of B.S.
I am embarrassed for Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith because they are all talented actresses. And I understand that there’s a paucity of quality roles for black women in Hollywood. But, Girls Trip?
Further, I don’t know where they got the “guy” who’s hairless, lotioned, lady legs are featured in the film’s poster. Real men don’t shave their legs – unless they’re swimmers.
Girls Trip also trips up when it comes to casting diversity, earning a C-. We have to be fair in discussing diversity. Other than Kate Walsh who plays Ryan’s agent, Lara Grice, a TV exec, and a few minor roles, this cast is all black including individuals in the background.
Directed by Malcolm Lee and produced by Will Packer, Girls Trip has a modest budget for films today, $28 million. It’s rated R for crude (you can say that again), sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material. Girls Trip is 122 minutes too long.
Sorry girls but your trip is Dead on Arrival!
It seems that David Griffin will not be taking the New York Knicks general manager position, after all, a source told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
There appear to be at least two sticking points according to those close to the source.
Contract talks between David Griffin and the NY Knicks broke down because Griffin wants to bring in his own people.
Griffin also wants to be president just like Phil Jackson, who the Knicks fired on June 28, 2017.
Griffin, who was general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, believes being a leader on the management team that brought the Cavs its first NBA championship should count for something.
Not directly reporting to Jim Dolan and having to report to Steve Mills, who is rumored to be named New York Knicks President, was not an option.
While preparing for the production of the next episode of What’s The 411Sports, I wanted to do more research on the Cleveland Cavaliers former general manager, David Griffin, who recently had a meeting with the New York Knicks. I discovered an entry on the Wikipedia summary box under David Griffin’s name, New York Knicks general manager.
I reached out to the New York Knicks, but I have not received a confirmation as of this writing.