Friends Alum Lisa Kudrow Joins the Cast of Scandal

Lisa Kudrow has landed a recurring gig on the upcoming third season of ScandalTVGuide.com has confirmed.

As first reported by Deadline.com, Kudrow will play a politician. Further details on her role are being kept under wraps.

Kudrow, best known for playing Phoebe Buffay on Friends, could potentially appear alongside her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, who plays Cyrus' (Jeff Perry) husband James.

Can Kudrow pull off the Scandal-Swag? We'll see. 

In the meantime, take a look at the upcoming season opening trailer. 

Lamar Odom....Man You Are Drunk and Under Arrest


Damzelindistress has learned from TMZ that the bust occurred in the San Fernando Valley at 3:54 AM.

Lamar was popped by the California Highway Patrol and taken to a nearby station, where he was booked and is being held on $15,000 bail. He was pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow — 50 MPH. 

Lamar did not respond to cops, and drove 3 exits before finally coming to a stop. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ he showed obvious signs of intoxication. He also failed numerous field sobriety tests. When Lamar was booked, we’re told he refused all chemical tests. 

Coney Island Plays Host to Beyonce and the Fans Love It

Beyonce and Fan on Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island
Beyonce' is truly enjoying a very successful summer. She's touring. Being a mommy and hanging out...all over the world!

She hit up Coney Island yesterday afternoon rocking her ever-changing blonde hair and was reportedly there to shoot a new music video for an unknown song. She was photographed (above) riding the historic Cyclone roller coaster and freaking out her fans who are always awe-struck. Famed photographer Terry Richardson was also spotted snapping pics of Blue Ivy's mommy as she walked along the boardwalk.



Bey hits Philadelphia next, where she will close out Day 1 of this year’s Made In America Festival on Saturday night. 

Intel courtesy of Vibe.com

Atlanta's Enchanted Closet Presents: Artists and Entrepreneurs Series

Atlanta's Enchanted Closet will be hosting their Artists and Entrepreneurs Series on September 21st at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA at 1600 Pryor Street in Atlanta (30315). The series is designed to introduce girls, ages 12 to 19 to local artists that have leveraged the love of their craft into business ventures.

Girls will have a chance to hear artists share stories about their passions, view their work, and encouraged to unleash their own talents by engaging in the craft of the artists. Artists and Entrepreneurs Series is one of many of the charity's GIRL$ Service-Learning Program events that Enchanted Closet sponsors monthly to provide teenage girls with the tools for greater self discovery, self esteem, and self sufficiency.
Artists and Entrepreneurs Series will be featuring Charlton Palmer also known as 'CP the Artist'. Charlton once put his paint brush for a nine to five job in accounting. After longing for his passion and taunts of family members who reveled on how good he used to be, he picked his brush up and has moved forward full speed in self expression. 
When asked why he feels it is important to share his artistry with teens, Charlton responded  "I believe that using my talent and being a positive example can help the youth stay or go in the right direction. I want the youth to believe in themselves, dream big, fight for their goals, and to care about others."
"Being a self taught artist all my life, art is in me. I want my art to portray the essence of life, love, tragedy, spirituality, self expression, hope and purpose. My appreciation and motivation for this artistry is part of my goal of having a long lasting relationship with the viewers", said Charlton.

Another featured artist is Kimanni Thompson aka Kimanni Kouture. Kimmani is a model and fashion designer who started her design business in 2013 at the age of 12. Kimanni Kouture is a reflection of who Kimanni is: creative, happy, full of personality, focused, and strong. Kimanni Kouture is created for the everyday girl as well as the girl who dares to be different.
"We hope that the girls attending this program will feel inspired to grow their ideas into businesses that will benefit them, their families, and the community. The Enchanted Closet will help by offering financial literacy and business development courses, and will allow girls to sell their goods in our boutique, located in the Sandy Springs Plaza", stated Bonita Johnson, Executive Director of Enchanted Closet

Participation in the Artists and Entrepreneurs Series is free, however, registration is required. Click on this link to Register Now
For more information on the Artists and Entrepreneurs Series and other programs, contact the Enchanted Closet (www.enchantedcloset.org) at info@enchantedcloset.org or  404-221-3498 .

2 Chainz Presents: B.O.A.T.S. II

It was a mob scene as fans, music artists, producers, DJ’s and Atlanta’s elite came out to support 2 Chainz at the “B.O.A.T.S. II Album Listening Party” presented by Def Jam Recordings at Midtown Atlanta’s newest hotspot, Prive’ Nightclub.  
The rappers' sophomore album has notable feature singles like "Feds Watching", "Where U Been" and "Netflix (Ft. Fergie)". B.O.A.T.S. II has an all-star lineup making guest appearance. 2 Chainz collaborated with the likes of Drake, Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Pusha T, Iamsu! and more. Production is taken care of by Mike WiLL Made It, Mannie Fresh, DJ Toomp, Pharrell, Drumma Boy and more.
B.O.A.T.S. II is beats and feature heavy and is set to release on September 10th. The album is also available on pre-order with select retailers. 

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Rich Homie Quan (Recording Artist)


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Justice League (Music Producers)

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Lil Scrappy (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta)

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Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez( Love and Hip Hop Atlanta)


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DJ Baby Drew and Traci Steele ( Love and Hip Hop Atlanta)

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Sean Garrett (Recording Artist)

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(L-R) Verse Simmons (Recording Artist) and Cap One (2 Chainz Recording Artist)

Matthew Knowles' Mistress Pens Letter: She Wants Support Upheld and Says Sorry to Knowles Women

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Alexsandra Wright (Baby Boy, Scrubs), the woman who famously became Matthew Knowles mistress rather than the body of work she'd been struggling to build as an actress decided to release a lengthy tell-all letter to Sandra Rose. In it she blasts Beyonce's dad for his alleged refusal to play his part in raising their son. She also details how she ultimately became Knowles' side piece and offered an apology to ex-wife Tina and daughters Solange and BeyoncĂ© for the role she played in tearing apart their family.

“It is with a heavy heart we must head back to Superior Court to continue the fight for the rights of my son Nixon Knowles, who has proven to be Mathew Knowles’ biological son,” she begins in the letter.

“My family and I have exhausted every non-legal avenue to urge Mathew to be a responsible father and to follow the stipulated judgment we reached together, which was approved by California’s Superior Court. The official judgment was filed and dated September 10, 2010. Every detail was covered and agreed to by Mr Knowles after a year of private negotiation,” the letter continues.

“We have attempted to appeal to him and his team to adhere to that agreement and the court’s stipulated judgment in regard to our son’s education, outstanding medical expenses and other issues, with the hopes of keeping this situation private, considering all parties involved. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful with any sort of private negotiation.”

The former Scrubs actress went on to express how bothered she is by how public their familial dispute has become.

“I am deeply saddened that our personal business is being aired in such a public forum. As a result of false statements made by sources very close to our situation, rumors and innuendos are openly being spread about my son and me. Naturally the negative words affect both of our families, children and careers. Therefore, I find it unavoidable to remain silent. Those close to me know that my primary concern is my son Nixon’s welfare and well-being; both now and in the future. I feel that it is important for him to know, when he comes of age, that he wasn't a mistake and that he was a product of love!”

Alexsandra then offered somewhat of an apology for the pain that her affair with Mathew caused his daughters and ex-wife, Tina.

“I never wanted or intended to hurt anyone in the process. I regret the pain that I have contributed to his family and to my own family. I have the utmost respect and admiration for both of his daughters – they are both lovely women. I also regret the pain that this situation has caused his ex-wife, Tina, and very much wish one day I will get the opportunity to tell her personally."

Ironically, she ended the detailed letter by requesting privacy. 

“My son, my family, and I thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for whatever little privacy we have left during this period. We are extremely appreciative of the family and friends that are standing by us; we are overwhelmed by their generous outpouring of love, concern and support. 

“I’m fighting for every single parent and child as I fight for my own.”

Readers, your thoughts....

OPENING FRIDAY: The Grandmaster



  




NOW PLAYING IN NEW YORK, L.A. & TORONTO  
OPENS NATIONWIDE AUGUST 30 



THE GRANDMASTER is the highly-anticipated new film by acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai. Six years in the planning and three years in the making, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTERfeatures virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary cinema.

With THE GRANDMASTER, Wong Kar Wai has made a kung fu film like no other. Years of research
before production and a virtual battalion of martial arts trainers on set ensured that THE GRANDMASTER portrays both the Chinese martial arts and the world of the martial artists with unprecedented authenticity, with fight scenes choreographed by renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (THE MATRIX, KILL BILL, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.) The trio of international superstars at the film's heart - Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang and Chang Chen - all underwent several years of rigorous and extremely challenging kung fu training for their roles.

Samuel L. Jackson - a huge fan of Kar Wai - has lent his support of the film by signing on as a presenter with Martin Scorsese. "THE GRANDMASTER is a wild ride and an expertly crafted martial arts film. I was blown away by Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang's performances, and needless to say by Wong Kar Wai's direction; he's a living legend who I've admired for ages, and it's a true honor to lend my support alongside Martin Scorsese." 

At the NY Premiere on August 13: Ziyi Zhang, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Leung and Wong Kar Wai


Ziyi Zhang and Michael B. Jordan at an LA screening of THE GRANDMASTER




Apollo in the Hamptons: A Night of Legends

Here’s something you don't see everyday and will likely never again! Actress Katie Holmes joins rocker Lenny Kravitz, talk show host Ellen Degeneres, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and more onstage for a grand finale at a fundraiser for the Apollo Theater.
Katie Holmes was just one of a host of guests at the event hosted by businessman Ron Perelman. The event was hosted at Perelman's home in the Hamptons and also attended by Billy Joel, Anjelica Huston, Howard Stern, and John McEnroe.
Stars including Jon Bon JoviDarlene Love, and Mary J. Blige performed during the evening, which was dubbed Apollo in the Hamptons: A Night of Legends, but it was during Kravitz’s headline set that the night took an odd turn, according to The New York Post.
Several guests including Holmes, DeGeneres, Jamie FoxxCiaraPharrell Williams, and the Roots joined the rocker for a unique performance, which included a snippet of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke.
Holmes later told friends, “I haven’t had such a good time in so long.”
The event reportedly raised more than $3 million for education and culture programs at New York’s Apollo Theater.

COMING SOON TO ATLANTA: CHOIR BOY


Atlanta's Alliance Theatr presents the premiere of CHOIR BOY

CHOIR BOY tells the story of Pharus, a young gay man struggling through his final year of high school at a prestigious boarding school for African American men.  He is the target of bullying and teasing from his peers, but also earns the admiration and respect of fellow members of the school’s celebrated choir.  Pharus’s confidence, charisma, clarity of purpose, and talent hide the struggle he endures at school.  The choir is where Pharus can stand out and be different without fear – because he’s the best.  CHOIR BOY is a stunning new play with moving gospel music. 

CHOIR BOY opened in New York's Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this month to outstanding reviews and was hailed by  The New York Times as “vivid, magnetic, and moving,” and New York Magazine described it as “gorgeously sung and staged.”  The New York production was extended twice due to popular demand and closed August 11.  

CHOIR BOY will run on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre September 20 – October 13, 2013.  Opening night is Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

TONI BRAXTON & BABYFACE RELEASE NEW DUET “HURT YOU”

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Toni Braxton and famed music producer/singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds commiserate over their broken hearts on their debut single “Hurt You.”

The emotional tune begins with a soft piano and Babyface singing, “Loving you has caused me so much pain/but you don’t see it/you never see it” before Braxton launches into the drum-heavy chorus “God knows I never meant to hurt you/I never meant to break your heart.”

The single, which was written by Babyface, Braxton, Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon,  is featured on the award-winning duo’s upcoming album titled 'Love, Marriage & Divorce'due out December 3. 
The duo, which previously collaborated on Braxton’s hits “Breathe Again” and “Another Sad Love Song,” recently reunited in the studio to produce a duets album about love and heartbreak. A topic they’ve both experienced. 

“I think because Babyface and I have both gone through divorces, we can relate and we can collaborate together on this topic and make it so others who have gone through this situation can relate,” Braxton said in an interview with Los Angeles radio station, 94.7 The WAVE. 

Listen to “Hurt You” below.


Article produced by Atlanta radio station V-103 Fm

Oprah Never Called Anyone a Bitch? Really?

Oprah Winfrey 
Oprah Winfrey has worked decades in the media. Before she became the household name that we all know her to be, she worked the broadcast news circuit and its a very cut throat and competitive business. She's been befriended, betrayed, back-stabbed and disrespected because of her color. Do you think after all this time she's never, ever hauled off and called someone a bitch? I don't! But she claims 'The Butler' is the first time she has ever called someone the 'B' word. Let's just say it. Bitch! And Oprah, I don't believe you! But that's what she told HipHollywood.com.
 

Hallmark Channel Presents: The Watsons go to Birmingham


Screenwriter/producer Tonya Lewis Lee, in conjunction with Walden Media, hosted a special screening on Tuesday in Martha's Vineyard for the upcoming Hallmark Channel film "The Watsons Go to Birmingham." Lee's family, including husband Spike Lee and children Satchel and Jackson along with writer Dream Hampton and Jeanine Liburd (EVP of PR, BET Networks), were on hand for the affair which drew over 600 guests. 

Directed by Kenny Leon, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" stars Anika Noni Rose, David Alan Grier, Skai Jackson, LaTanya Richardson, Wood Harris, Pauletta Washington, Bryce Jenkins and Harrison Knight. The film premieres September 20 at 8pm ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.





Tonya Lewis Lee with Spike and her parents.     Tonya Lee with Jeanine Liburd and Liburd's family.                                                               
 
  
Spike Lee with guests.                                            Tonya Lee greets attendees.    

  
                    Tonya Lee introduces the film.                 A few guests scored a great front row seat!                     
Photos: So Focused Photography

ATLANTA'S THE ALLIANCE THEATRE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE HARMONY – A NEW MUSICAL



Rehearsals are underway in Atlanta, GA, for the Alliance Theatre’s production of HARMONY – A NEW MUSICAL with music by Barry Manilow and book & lyrics by Bruce Sussman.  HARMONY tells the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, a close harmony ensemble of six young men in 1930s Germany, who took the world by storm until their religious composition – a mixture of Jews and Gentiles – put them on a collision course with history.  HARMONY is a co-production with Center Theatre Group. 


The character of Rabbi, who acts as narrator for the story, will be played by Wayne Alan Wilcox.  Wilcox’s Broadway credits include Chaplinand The Normal Heart.  Wilcox also played Gordon in the film version of Rent and had a recurring role on the popular TV series The Gilmore Girls.  Also joining the cast in principal roles – Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Gypsy) as Harry; Douglas Williams as Bobby; Chris Dwan (Off-Broadway: The Old Boy, Peter & I) as Erich; Will Taylor (A Chorus Line) as Chopin; Will Blum (The Book of Mormon) as Lesh; Leigh Ann Larkin (A Little Night Music, Gypsy) as Mary; and Hannah Corneau as Ruth.

The ensemble for HARMONY consists of eleven actors who must play over thirty roles including historical figures like Marlene Dietrich, Albert Einstein, and Richard Strauss – all of whom the Comedian Harmonists really knew.  Members of the ensemble include Shayne Kennon, Patrick O’Neill, Greg Kamp, Charles Osborne, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Chad Lindsey, Brandon O’Dell, Lauren Elaine Taylor, Kim Sava, Lindsay Moore, and Liberty Cogen.



“We are tremendously excited that this is the team who will join us in our effort to serve the memory of these six extraordinary young men and the women they loved, whose story this is, and who sought to find harmony in what turned out to be the most discordant chapter in human history,” said Manilow and Sussman.

Performances for HARMONY are September 6 – October 6, 2013. Opening Night is September 15, 2013. Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, There will be no 2:30pm performance on September 7.  There will be no performance at 7:30pm on October 6.

Tickets start at $30 and are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404-733-5000.  Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/harmony.  Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discounted rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street.

Make It Rain Films Presents Laughing to the Bank

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Make It Rain Films, Bernard Bronner intimate midnight screening of “ Laughing to the Bank” featuring Brian Hooks took place this past Sunday on August 18, 2013 at Atlantic Station Regal Cinemas. “ Laughing to the Bank” is the story of an almost famous actor striving to get to the next level of stardom. After being rejected by Hollywood, Brian Hooks sets out to raise the funds to create his own project.With its humorous characters, twisted plots, and funny punch lines to remember it provided nonstop comedy. Laughing to the Bank will be release in theaters, September 6, 2013. 


 Notable Attendees: Bernard Bronner (Founder of 'Make It Rain Films'), Brian Hooks (Star of Laughing to the Bank), Tabitha Brown (Co-Star), Cynthia Bailey (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), D Woods (Recording Artist).

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Brian Hooks and Tabitha Brown, 
( Star and Co- Star of Make it Rain Films, "Laughing to the Bank") 

Photo Credit by Marcus Ingram
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A Fly on the Wall of Conversations With Young Sisters


Its not very often I post my personal feeling about anything, but its my blog and so I have executive rights to do as I please. That being said, I'd like to share my feelings on what I experienced over the weekend with Enchanted Closet's Conversations With Young Sisters

As a volunteer, we offered over fifty girls an opportunity to have intimate conversations with men who are fathers, grandfathers, teachers, athletes and just plain old caring individuals who give a damn. I came prepared as I always do to be on hand while these men offer a bit of awakening, truth, understanding and comfort to girls who came have been dealt a shitty hand in the parent category. 

I reflect on much of what was said by these men and I'll start with this, the first man I fell in love with was my dad. He was the love of my life and only man who knew me best and treated me better than any man I've met thus far. Since I haven't yet met my husband, my father remains the standard. He loved and respected us (mother and my other three sisters) and showed us often how a father loves, respects, disciplines and teaches and protects his family. 

Without a shadow of a doubt, my dad would have laid down his life for any of us and taken one for anyone who threatened ours. My father was strict and sometimes had a heavy hand. He said what he meant and please believe he followed through on every promise (good or bad). 

I remember the fishing trips, camping trips, the first time he made me face my fear of riding roller coaster (he rode too) and all of the fun he created at home. He allowed us to dream and play make believe and he put the most animated remix on any bedtime story. So to hear a little girl say she doesn't have that and to see her stand up and cry because she knows it exists but she can't have it broke my heart. 

Enchanted Closet has been blessed beyond measure to have garnered the support of a number of enchanting angels this weekend. I call them angels because only God could send these men to do what they did. You know good men can be great dads, but it takes AMAZING men to be a dad for a day and for someone other than their own children. How unselfish! There were no major TV networks covering this event. This wan't a PR opportunity. They walked in as good men, but walked out with angel wings. The panel consisted of actor/barber-Tony Parker, artist-Charlton "CP the Artist" Palmer, radio show host-Derrick Boazman, educator/ therapist/writer-Michael Frazier, entertainment executives-Torrance Hill and Paris "PK" Kirk, NFL veteran Takeo Spikes and two-time NBA Champion Josh Powell. 


One by one, these men stood before a room of captive young girls and offered their wisdom. Some even had their own testimonies but they all wanted to know was, "What can I do to help you?" 

What would make a man walk away and not want to move heaven and earth to be there for his children? A little girl?

We had girls who came with their mothers, group home representatives and foster care parents...all women. There wasn't a dad in the room except for the panelist. These girls were gifted an awesome opportunity to ask a dad good 'why' questions and that's when it got real. We had everything on hand except tissues. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. There was no way you couldn't have gone home and not be affected. 

I'll say this, Conversations With Young Sisters has been an annual event. I think the conversation should continue and more often. 

My father died in 2009, but he gave it all before he died. I'm so grateful he cared enough to love me, support me and discipline me. He still remains the standard.