Nicole Ari Parker has boarded the cast of TNT's 'Murder in the First' starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.

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Nicole Ari Parker

Revolution and Soul Food alum Nicole Ari Parker has lined up her next gig.
The Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues) drama revolves around two seemingly unrelated high-profile murder cases and the subsequent police investigation, arrest and trial, offering viewers a window into the inner workings of modern justice in an increasingly complex world. Taye Diggs(Private Practice) andKathleen Robertson (Boss) star as two homicide detectives who partner on the case.The actress, who was killed off on Revolution last season, has boarded the cast of TNT's legal drama Murder in the First.
Parker will play the series regular role of Sonia Perez, a brilliant and tough district attorney whose career hedges on a high-profile murder case. She joins a cast that includes Tom Felton, Mimi Kirkland,Raphael SbargeIan Anthony DaleBess Rousand Steven Weber.

Patti LaBelle Slams Today's Divas as "Little Heifers Who Can't Sing"

Patti LaBelle Slams Today's Divas as "Little Heifers Who Can't Sing"Don't use the D-word around Patti LaBelle. The two-time Grammy winner and 2003 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee had some interesting things to say about what it means to be a diva these days -- and why she doesn't want to associate herself with that label anymore.
"That word is used so loosely that I don't even consider myself a diva," the 69-year-old singer said in an interview with PrideSource. "I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. 'Diva' is a word that I wouldn't wanna call myself because it's so loosely used. It's not cute anymore." 
Asked whether there's negative connotation to it now, she replied, "Yeah, because all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas! It doesn't mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys KnightAretha FranklinDionne Warwick. You know, I'm speaking for me -- I don't know if they like to be called divas -- but I know I wouldn't call them divas, because it's not in good company."
LaBelle went on to note that being called a "diva" used to mean something -- but no longer. It was respectable "for opera singers and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when," she told PrideSource. "Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people onstage with them to hide their pitifulness -- that's not a word, but you know what I mean."
The "Lady Marmalade" singer is currently working on a new jazz CD to be released later this year. She's also doing a dance album and an album of ballads, she revealed.
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Who Could Get a Grammy? Here are the Nominees

One night each year, all of music elite and music's hopefuls gather fingers crossed for the most coveted award. The Grammy!
This year, there are newbies and old favs all vying for a Grammy....and the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees  are: 

Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Lorde, Pharrell & Imagine Dragons, Nominees for Reford of the Year

Record of the Year
• "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
• "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
• "Royals" — Lorde
• "Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
• "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Sara Bareilles (Nominee for Album of the Year)


Album of the Year
• "The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles
• "Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
• "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" — Kendrick Lamar
• "The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• "Red" — Taylor Swift

Mary Lambert, Grammy Nominee

Song of the Year

• "Just Give Me a Reason" - Pink, Jeff Bhasker and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
• "Locked Out of Heaven" — Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
• "Roar" — Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
• "Royals" — Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little, songwriters (Lorde)
• "Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Curtis Mayfield, songwriters (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Nominees

Best New Artist
• Kendrick Lamar
• Ed Sheeran
• James Blake
• Kacey Musgraves
• Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis

Justin Timberlake, Nominee for Best Pop Solo Performance


Best Pop Solo Performance:
• "Brave" — Sara Bareilles
• "Royals" — Lorde
• "When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars
• "Roar" — Katy Perry
• "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake

Pink & Nate Reuss, Nominees

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
• "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
• "Just Give Me a Reason" — Pink featuring Nate Ruess
• "Stay" — Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
• "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
• "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

Daft Punk, Nominee

Best Dance/Electronica Album
• Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
• Settle — Disclosure
• 18 Months — Calvin Harris
• Atmosphere — Kaskade
• A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

Queens of the Stone Age, Nominees for Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Performance
• "Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes
• "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie
• "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
• "Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin
• "My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age
• "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White

David Bowie, Nominee fo Best Rock Album

Best Rock Album
• 13 — Black Sabbath
• The Next Day — David Bowie
• Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
• Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
• …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
• Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Neko Case, Nominee for Best Alternative Music Album

Best Alternative Music Album
• The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love — Neko Case
• Trouble Will Find Me — The National
• Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
• Lonerism — Tame Impala
• Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Miguel & Kendrick Lamar, Nominees for Best R&B Performance

Best R&B Performance
• "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton
• "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton
• "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
• "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
• "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Tamar Braxton, Nominee for Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best Urban Contemporary Album
• Love And War — Tamar Braxton
• Side Effects Of You — Fantasia
• One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi
• Unapologetic — Rihanna
• New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds
Tank, Ginuine, Tyrese of TGT, Nominees for Best R&B Album

Best R&B Album
• R&B Divas — Faith Evans
• Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
• Love In The Future — John Legend
• Better — Chrisette Michele
• Three Kings — TGT

Jay Z, Nominee for Best Rap Performance

Best Rap Performance
• "Started From The Bottom" — Drake
• "Berzerk" — Eminem
• "Tom Ford" — Jay Z
• "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar
• "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, Nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
• "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
• "Part II” (On The Run) — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
• "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
• "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
• "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Kanye West, Best Rap Album

Best Rap Album
• Nothing Was The Same — Drake
• Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
• Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
• The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Yeezus — Kanye West

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Hunter Hayes, Nominee for Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Solo Performance
• "I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice
• "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes
• "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert
• "Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
• "Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton

Singer Jason Aldean poses at the Grammy
Jason Aldean, Nominee for Best Country Album

Best Country Album
• "Night Train" — Jason Aldean
• "Two Lanes of Freedom" — Tim McGraw
• "Same Trailer Different Park" — Kacey Musgraves
• "Based on a True Story" — Blake Shelton
• "Red" — Taylor Swift


 
Jay Z's Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, Nominee for Best Music Video

Best Music Video
• "Safe and Sound" — Capital Cities
• "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" — Jay Z
• "Can't Hold Us" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton
• "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
• "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White

Gabrielle Union's Odd Diet Plan



On "Conan" Monday, Gabrielle Union shared the details on her foolproof weight-loss plan – she calls it "The Porn Diet." Step 1: Work out at a gym with a lot of adult film actresses (trust her, you'll know them when you see them). Step 2: Work out on the machines next to them and use them for inspiration to keep going longer. Step 3: Follow them to the juice bar, watch what they eat, and copy it. You'll have porn star curves in no time, and you'll be well on your way to getting a huge engagement ring from a pro basketball star!

Beyoncé Shines Bright at Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash


Bey & Obama's pooch
The stars came out Saturday night to celebrate with Michelle Obama at her 50th birthday bash!
While cameras weren't allowed inside the soiree, according to CNN, President Obama got down on the dance floor and did the "Dougie," but even his moves couldn't take away from all eyes being on Beyoncé!
The singer looked stunning in a gorgeous gold Randi Rahm mini dress, with nude patent-leather heels and wrist full of Lorraine Schwartz bangles, and she knew it! The 32-year-old posted a flurry of sexy shots on her Tumblrpage, showing off her long legs, along with a close-up of her amazing eye makeup.
Jay Z and baby Blue Ivy came along to the swanky party and went on a special tour of the White House before the festivities started, one that was all documented by proud the mama! While she posted many family pics, the songstress made sure to also share her moment in the sun with Sunny the dog, the newest addition to the Obama family.
Beyoncé reportedly performed six of her greatest hits, including "Single Ladies" and "Irreplaceable," for more than 500 guests, including Paul McCartney, Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Al Roker, and Mary J. Blige. Sources say Stevie Wonder also gave an impromptu performance that included "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and "Do I Do," and John Legend sang "Happy Birthday" to the first lady.
But Beyoncé wasn't the only Carter who stole the attention Saturday night. Blue Ivy in her adorable tutu was also the little belle of the ball! And it seems 2014 is shaping up to be baby Blue's year! She began by ringing in 2014 at the Versace mansion in Miami, celebrated her second birthday with a soiree fit for a princess, where she got not one but two new rides — a personalized pink Cadillac and a blue Ferrari — and now she gets to party with the president at the White House. Lucky girl!
Check out this video to see Beyoncé's sexy snap shots from the birthday bash and Blue Ivy's celebrity lifestyle. Tune in to "The Insider" on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news!
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Oh 'Happy' day: Pharrell speechless over Oscar nod



Pharrell Williams
A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination.
The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song.
"Uh, speechless," Pharrell said in an interview Thursday after the nominations were announced. "Man, I am over the moon."
He was then speechless, trying to recall what he was doing when he got the news.
"Man, I'm sorry, I don't know," he said.
Pharrell was writing a "thank you" speech to radio stations for playing the upbeat song, which jumped 42 spots to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. The song is a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany and Switzerland.
The Oscar nomination is another highlight in his massively successful year: He was the producer of two of 2013's biggest anthems — Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Both songs are nominated for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance at the Grammy Awards.
The 40-year-old has seven nominations, tied in second place with Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar. Jay Z, the Grammy leader, has nine nominations.
He's also up for producer of the year and has two nominations for album of the year for producing on Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar's albums.
He said the success of "Happy" nicely ties in all of his achievements, adding that he was meticulous about getting the song right — recording it nine times before nailing it.
His competition for the Oscar includes U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which won a Golden Globe, and the Top 40 hit "Let It Go" from the "Frozen" soundtrack. Other nominees are "The Moon Song" by Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for Spike Jonze's "Her" and "Alone Not Yet Alone" by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiege.
"I used to stare at the TV as a child watching your actors and favorite actresses take it home," he said of attending the Oscars. "That's where Jack Nicholson stands or the guy that I look up to majorly, Wes Anderson. That's where his work is considered. I cannot believe we get to go."
Pharrell has produced hits for Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. He's in the studio working with Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Kendrick Lamar and Jennifer Nettles, and scoring the upcoming "Spider-Man" film with Hans Zimmer. He recently signed with Columbia Records — home to Beyonce, Adele and One Direction — and will release an album this year.
"It's some of my best work and that's because in the process I made it with my eyes closed," he said. "That's not a reflection of any sort of superiority in any way, shape or form. I didn't do a lot of looking around to try and figure it out. I just closed my eyes and made it by feeling it and I think that's why I am most proud of it."
Pharrell will open for Bruno Mars' tour, which will kick off April 18 in Honolulu.
"Can't wait to go out and make a cool moment with the ladies on the road," he said.
The Grammys will be presented Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards will air March 2 from the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood.

Associated Press By MESFIN FEKADU

Recap: Keke Wyatt Hosts 'Fan Appreciation' in Atlanta for Season 3 of TV ONE'S R&B DIVAS!

Cast of R&B Divas
R&B Diva star Keke Wyatt hosted a "Fan Appreciation" Party last night in support of her new music. The free mixer and performance was held at the 200 Peachtree event space in downtown Atlanta and was attended by new a number of Wyatt's celebrity friends including Da Brat, Bobby Valentino, Carl Payne, Derek J, Mimi Faust, Demetria McKinney and Rickey Smiley Morning Show co-hosts Juicy and Gary with the T.

Wyatt's family and TV show cast mates were also on the scene including Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone, Monifah and newly installed diva Meelah Williams, former lead singer of the 90's group 702. All of the ladies appeared to be in full support of Wyatt's new music as she performed the songs for the very first time.
"I hope I remember my words," said Wyatt as she smiled from ear to ear.
After the first selection, Wyatt thanked all of her fans for their continued support of her career over the years and encouraged them to pick up the new project when it debuts this spring (April 14). The event was taped for a future Season 3 episode of R&B Divas.

OWN NETWORK PREMIERES "MOM'S GOT GAME" SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014




You've been under a rock if you haven't heard about "Mom's Got Game"! 

'Mom's Got Game' is a new show on OWN that premieres this Saturday, Jan 18 at 10/9c. and is about the life of former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Pam McGee and her son Denver Nuggets center Javale McGee.

"Mom's Got Game" explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pam is not only JaVale's mom, she's also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. Meanwhile, Pam is managing her own life, which consists of her equally fabulous single girlfriends who also have sons coming up in the league. Like Pam, they are single mothers raising their sons while dating and chasing their own ambitions, and when she needs someone to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her girls. With her hectic schedule, Pam relies on her "manny", Jay, to get things done. She trusts him to oversee her home and her life, but while her friends think there could be a love connection, Pam and Jay deny it - even if they fight like a married couple. Like any good mother, Pam is a force to be reckoned with. After all, she is basketball royalty herself. They may be crazy, loud and a little wild, but family's what it's all about for the McGees and their friends. They make each other laugh and they make each other cry, but they have mad love for each other.
Tune in this Saturday at 10/9c on OWN to see 'Mom's Got Game'

IYANLA OPENS 'HELP DESK' IN WASHINGTON DC'S UNION STATION THIS SUNDAY


SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH IYANLA VANZANT TO APPEAR LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C. TO OFFER FREE ONE-ON-ONE ADVICE FOR NEW SHOW ON OWN CALLED 'HELP DESK'

What happens when you invite one of today's most celebrated spiritual teachers to offer free advice in a busy public place?  Find out in "Help Desk," a new show hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra's son, as he sets up an outdoor desk with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant this Sunday, January 12 in Washington D.C.'s Union Station for two sessions from 9:30am ET - 12:30pm ET and 2:15pm ET - 5:15pm ET.

Come down to Union Station, East Hall for a once in a lifetime chance to get advice from Vanzant who will sit down with a few select passersby, on a first come, first serve basis only.'  In "Help Desk," Vanzant brings her spiritual wisdom to the streets, offering life-changing answers to hard-hitting questions about relationships, health, and personal transformation. 


WHEN:
Sunday, January 12

WHERE:
Union Station, East Hall
50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

GA TALENT TO BE CELEBRATED AT 2nd ANNUAL GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT GALA ON JAN. 11


Hosted by Abigail Spencer and Tyler Lepley


Tickets on sale now! 


The 2014 Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala has created as a night of immaculate elegance and is slated to once again celebrate the immense talent that Georgia has to offer. 

The awards ceremony will honor the excellence of Georgia's Entertainment industry professionals across multiple platforms.  With categories including Community Leadership, Rising Star and Best Actor - the gala will commend the creative works and achievements of Georgia's brightest stars.  

This year the theme is Roaring 1920's Black Tie affair hosted by Actress Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens) and actor Tyler Lepley ("The Haves and the Have Nots"). Guests will find themselves emerged in an evening of live entertainment, mixing and mingling, while being treated to an assortment of tantalizing cocktails and hors d' oeuvres. 

Presented by Autumn Bailey Entertainment and SEMAJ Consulting on Saturday January 11, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center, the gala has been collectively designed to pique all of the senses while advancing an excellent cause. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art program of Bethune Elementary School and Corporate Code. With support from numerous sponsors, partners and a host committee of esteemed influencers, the Georgia Entertainment Awards & Gala is poised to be one of Atlanta's most memorable occasions.  

Tickets are on sale now at www.GAEntertainmentGala.com.  



2014 GALA ENTERTAINMENT

2014 NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Deatra Harris, Producer/Writer/Director
George Pierre, Casting Director
James Ponsoldt, Director 
Jeffrey Umberger, Talent Agent at Umberger Agency 

BEST ACTOR  (INDIE & SMALL SCREEN)
Anna Colwell, Actress
E. Roger Mitchell, Actor
Sharon Conley, Actress
Zach Sale, Actor 

COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD
Craig & Parker Beck (Savannah)
Danielle Robarge Rusk (Athens)
Susan Ross (Atlanta)

GEORGIA INTERACTIVE AWARD Sponsored by Georgia Game Developers Association 
Winston Jonson
Dov Jacobson
Deborah Thomas
MUSIC AWARD
Algebra Blassett
Brian Michael Cox
Mothers Finest

PEOPLE TO WATCH IN GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AWARD
Eroll Sadler & Brandon Thaxton,  Supremacy Films
Jason MacDonald, Actor/Acting Coach
Matthew & Jared Young, Brothers Young Productions
Michael McClendon, Screenwriter/Director
Rebecca Etheridge, Actress 

RISING STAR AWARD
Ajiona Alexus, Actress 
Hajji Golightly, Director 
Rico Bell, Actor 
Thalia Conteras, Host & Actress 
Zoe Myers, Actress 

SHORT FILM & WEB SERIES
Byron Conrad Erwin (Signals)
Debbie & Ricky Hess (Horror Hotel)
Dianne Ashford & Crystal Clear Robinson (Echoes)
Patricia Roberts & Nick DeMao (Second Wind)

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD
Blake Cooper, Actor
Gabriel Burgess, Actor 
Maggie Jones, Actress 
Nadej Bailey, Actress 
Royce Mann, Actor

GA HIGHLIGHT AWARD (WINNERS)
Carrie Preston, Actress 
Glenn Lurie, President of Emerging Devices AT&T
Kandi Burruss, Singer/Songwriter 
Will Packer & Rob Hardy, Producer & Director Rainforest Films
Xenona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards Founder /Civil Rights activist
Rebecca Shrager, President of People Store