Billboard In LA
by Cheryl Lakes
Drake sure knows how to make a statement. Ahead of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, where Rihanna will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the Toronto rapper bought a large billboard in Los Angeles to congratulate the diva. “Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and Everyone at OVO,” the billboard read. The gesture didn’t go unnoticed by Rihanna. “When he extra !!!” she captioned an Instagram photo of the large sign, along with a heart and trophy emojis. Rumors have been swirling that the two music stars are secretly dating, which would explain why Drake would go to so much effort to congratulate the singer. Drake, meanwhile, has multiple VMAs nods for his “Hotline Bling” video. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards airs live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Talk About Taking A Belief Stand...NFL Quarterback refuses to stand for National Anthem. According to NFL.com, Forty Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly and knowingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the National Anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. His latest refusal to stand for the Anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Update: Nate Parker Opens Up On Rape Trial and Past Treatment of Women: “I Was a Dog”
Nate Parker opened up about the controversy surrounding the rape trail he faced in college during a panel in Los Angeles Friday night. Speaking for the first time about his 1999 rape allegation since it resurfaced – previously, he had only posted a statement on Facebook – the writer-director-star turned talk to his younger self and male culture during a screening for his film, Birth of a Nation, at the Merge Summit. After the culmination of the historical biopic, which tells the story of Nat Turner’s failed slave rebellion, Parker was asked why he chose to make, “yet another slave film” and said it was “difficult to talk about injustice and not deal with what’s happening right now,” referencing the current firestorm around him. In 1999, the filmmaker, and Jean Celestin, who shares a story-by credit on Birth with Parker, were accused of raping a female student while at Penn State University. Parker was acquitted of the charges. Celestin was originally found guilty, but the conviction was later overturned. While promoting Birth, Parker addressed the allegations in interviews and as reported previously, it was subsequently revealed that the woman who accused the two men committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 30. “When I was first met with the news that this part of my past had come up, my knee-jerk reaction was selfish,” said Parker during the Q&A, according to Ebony, who also spoke with the filmmaker after the panel. “I wasn’t thinking about even the potential hurt of others; I was thinking about myself.” Speaking about male privilege, Parker, now 36, admitted: “I never thought about it. I’m walking around daring someone to say something or do something that I define is racist or holding us back, but never really thinking about male culture and the destructive effect it’s having on our community.”
Is Wendy Firing Her Husband Via Divorce? Now the spotlight is on Wendy Williams’ life and times. According to B.Scott reports: “Show execs want her husband/manager fired from the show,” said our source. “Wendy is in FULL support of his exit amid their major marital problems. Things have gotten so bad that she is seriously considering filing for divorce.” According to previous reports, Kevin Hunter’s influence on the show is making the entire crew — including Wendy — ‘miserable’. “Kevin makes all the decisions and has become more and more controlling as the show has become a success,” one show insider tells Confidenti@l. “He insists that all show questions be run by him.” Hunter has had Williams change her cell phone number so she is not as accessible to the many staffers on the show. “He’s also hired her a new driver, who reports to him,” says our source. Things have gotten so intense at the show that producers have been warned that all scripts must go to Hunter before Williams can even read them. And Hunter must approve all the ideas for segments and celebrity guest bookings. “Wendy is smart. No one can understand why she does not tell him to buzz off,” adds our source. “He is making everyone’s lives miserable and is causing problems on an otherwise great show.” Stay tuned…
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