The Cast of FX’s Snowfall Host Screening at Regal South Beach on July 28, 2017

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Have you been watching this show?! Well, If you haven’t you need to start!

I attended the screening for FX’s Snowfall that was hosted by the cast a few weeks ago at the Regal Cinema theater on South Beach. Saw a few familiar faces of Miami’s taste maker’s, power players and obviously the cast of Snowfall. Shout out to my girl Elora Mason for the plug!

The heart of Snowfall, John Singleton’s new FX series about the origins of the crack epidemic, is Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a smart, kindhearted teenager who takes care of his mother, keeps the neighborhood kids in line, works nights in a bodega, and sells weed on the side for his uncle Jerome (Amin Joseph). One day, a white friend from his fancy high school in the Valley recruits Franklin to procure more cocaine for his pool party. “You afraid to go get it, so send a black guy, right?” Franklin says, quizzically. “I’ll be the black guy. Shit, I’m always the black guy.” Which is how he finds himself in the house of a comical Israeli cocaine dealer (Andrew Howard) who only sells in bulk. And senses an opportunity.

Snowfall is full of moments like this—scenes and interludes that attempt to put the complex racial and geopolitical dynamics of the 1980s drug trade in context. Franklin is just one of a revolving cast of characters who see the growing enthusiasm for cocaine in the U.S. as a way to further their own ambitions, while staying willfully blind to the consequences. There’s Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a disgraced CIA agent who gets involved in an off-the-books operation with Nicaraguan Contras to try and resurrect his career. And Lucia (Emily Rios), the niece of a drug lord who stages a robbery to fund her own business. In its sprawling consideration of the many different players who kickstarted an epidemic, Snowfall ticks all the boxes of a prestige drug drama. But its characters often feel like ciphers, generic stand-ins for the various factions implicated in cocaine’s rise. Singleton can’t quite get to the core of why these sympathetic and intelligent people would be so willing to risk everything for a business whose ugliest elements seem to horrify them.

I got a chance to interview a few of the cast members on the red carpet check it out!

 

– Empress ❤

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USHER ACCUSER BREAKS HER SILENCE

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First things first! I KNEW USHER LIKED BIG GIRLS!!! 

A woman that claims she slept with Usher reveals that she will be suing him even though she tested NEGATIVE for herpes.

Three fans sued Usher Monday, alleging that sexual encounters with the R&B star had exposed them to herpes.

One of the accusers, Quantasia Sharpton, spoke about her hotel room rendezvous two years ago with Usher while celebrating her 19th birthday. She said she’s negative for herpes.

The other two fans were identified only as Jane Doe and John Doe in court papers. Their attorney, Lisa Bloom, said one of them does have herpes.

Sharpton said she was sporting a crown at an Usher concert when she and her friends received word they were invited backstage.

She gave her number to security and back at the hotel she received a call from the performer. Bloom did not allow her client to share where or when the concert took place.

“We spoke for a while and then we engaged in sexual contact. He never warned me about any STDs, it was just after my 19th birthday,” Sharpton, 21, said during a press conference at the New York Hilton Midtown.

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“When I first heard he had herpes I couldn’t believe it…I would have never consented if I had known.”

“Usher, if you are negative, please say so. If you are positive, you need to warn your sex partners,” Sharpton said.

The suit will be filed in California, where Bloom says the law requires a person disclose he or she has herpes to a sex partner.

RadarOnline reported last month that in 2012 Usher settled a lawsuit with a celebrity stylist to the tune of $1.1 million.

The lawsuit said the eight-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with the virus in 2009 or 2010 — around the time he divorced his first wife.

All the encounters in the new lawsuit occurred after the settlement, Bloom said.

The celebrity attorney said she’d been contacted by other people claiming to have had sex with Usher who are concerned they’d been exposed to herpes.

Usher has not responded to the charges.

 

– Empress ❤

#MUSICMONDAY AMERIE’S “WHY DON’T WE FALL IN LOVE”

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It was late spring/summer 2002 (15 years ago WOW!) Amerie a 22 year old crooner asked us a simple question. Why don’t we fall in love??? With the side walk as her catwalk the 22 year old strutted as she told us that tomorrow ain’t really guaranteed, and to do anything less than fall in love was well…. Stupid! This holds true today, with so much negativity in this world it would be nice to have someone to come home to at night that is a guaranteed safe space, full of love, support and appreciation.

It’s 2017 and the question still holds true… “Why Don’t We Fall In Love?”

Enjoy the vibes below…

 

– Empress ❤

HOT TOPIC: RICK ROSS REVEALS HIS SEX PROOF BUSINESS STRATEGY

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On the heels of Lifetime’s “The Rap Game,” VH1 has created its own Atlanta-based reality competition music show called “Signed.”

The show, which airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m., features three mentors: rap impresario and part-time Atlantian Rick Ross, Atlanta rap star The-Dream and Lenny Santiago, senior vice president of Jay Z’s Roc Nation label.

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In the first episode, most of the action happens at Patchwerks Recording Studios in West Midtown Atlanta, which was originally created by former NFL player and “Real Housewives” participant Bob Whitfield 23 years ago and has recorded music with artists ranging from Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton to Britney Spears and 50 Cent.

During a promotional interview for the show Rick Ross, was asked why he had never signed a woman to his label.

His answer…

“You know,” he gave an explanation of the personnel make-up of Maybach Music Group, “I never did it because I always thought I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up.”

 “I’m so focused on my business,” Rick went on. “I just, I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good. I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta fuck a couple times.”

So there’s that…

So the team at Chunky Chickz Radio Show decided that we would delve a little bit into Rick Ross’ perspective and discuss this topic as only we can.

So, was Ross being sexist? A lot of women were offended by Ross speaking his truth… Do women really want to hear the truth from men? Does Ross have a right to conduct his business as he sees fit?

FYI Ross has since apologized and all is well, but we still felt the topic needed to be addressed. Please tune in to Chunky Chickz Radio show each and every Sunday at 8:30 pm on sndsradio.com to hear our perspectives!

– Empress ❤

WATCH: KENDRICK LAMAR’S “LOYALTY” VIDEO FEATURING RIHANNA

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The Kendrick Lamar “LOYALTY” ft. Rihanna is officially here. The video is directed by Dave Meyers. Check it out below…

 

– EMPRESS ❤