Usher, Kevin Hart, John Legend, John Mayer, Nicki Minaj, Jesse Jackson Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Yvonne Orji, Sloane Stephens, NY Fashion Week, and more! | What’s The 411 Podcast 5
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WHAT’S THE 411 PODCAST Episode Synopsis
This episode of What’s The 411’s podcast consists of QUICK TAKES of topical news about John Legend and Chrissy Teigen; Jesse Jackson Jr.’s messy divorce; Megyn Kelly; Kevin Hart’s new product; Sloane Stephens winning the US OPEN; and of course, lively discussions about Usher’s legal team clapping back on allegations that Usher knowingly exposed people to the herpes virus; and singer-songwriter John Mayer trying to hit on hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. In the spirit of New York Fashion Week, we feature the Elegance of Africa Fashion Show, along with a shout out to fashion stylist, June Ambrose in our photo of the week, which you can see on our website at www.whatsthe411.com. In the 411onBooks section, Troy Johnson, president and webmaster of AALBC.com; and Ruth Morrison, What’s The 411TV’s CEO and Executive Producer, give a shout out to Marcus Book Store in Oakland, California.
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WHAT’S THE 411 PODCAST SHOW NOTES
Regret is Growing at NBC For Pushing Tamron Hall Out The Door to make room for former FOX News host, Megyn Kelly. Prior to Kelly’s debut, NBC was reportedly in a "panic" fearing that Megyn Kelly could not attract non-White and younger audiences for her daytime show. And, fear grew into reality because Kelly’s new show debuted … And, Tamron Hall has moved on to the Weinstein Company to create a new daytime talk show.
Well, as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. And for Tamron Hall, another door is opening that I’m sure that she would rather it stay shut! According to reports, the former Today show anchor is being dragged into the ugly divorce of Jesse Jackson Jr. — and the former U.S. congressman is not happy about it.
Jackson’s estranged wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, has filed court papers requesting subpoenas be issued for Hall, as well as 11 other people, including Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who “have been identified as persons having knowledge of the circumstances that led to the estrangement of the parties, financial issues raised, and allegations made in this matter,” according to the court filing.
Can we just say that Black Girl Magic was on display at the US OPEN! While tennis star, Serena Williams was out on maternity leave, her sister Venus, Madison Keys, and Sloane Stephens were holding it down. All three made it to the US OPEN semi-finals and this was the first US OPEN women’s final with two Black women at center court and their names were not Williams. Congratulations to Sloane Stephens for winning it all!
The Kevin Hart comedy Night School just added another name to its roster. Insecure actress Yvonne Orji is set to join Hart and Tiffany Haddish in the movie directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man Holiday, Barbershop: The Next Cut). Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance that they’ll pass the GED exam.
John Legend revealed in an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper, he tried to break up with Chrissy Teigen years ago and she was not having it. Legend was on tour and feeling stressed. The breakup lasted 90 minutes.
WHAT’S POPPIN – LEGAL
R&B singer, Usher Raymond IV, better known as Usher, is back in the news. As you know, two women and a man represented by attorney Lisa Bloom sued the R&B singer, saying he allegedly had sexual relations with them in the past without telling them he has the STD. Bloom is now saying, one tested positive for the herpes virus.
However, Usher’s legal team is having none of it, recently filing a response saying that the singer "general and specifically denies each and every allegation contained in the complaint and the entirety thereof, including each purported cause of action contained therein."
Now, get this, the documents also state, that any "alleged conduct" by the singer, "which is expressly denied," was "unintentional" and that each of the accusers "assumed the risk of any alleged harm" that they may have suffered related to the allegations. Lisa Bloom says, see you in court!
Now, many people are asking why is Usher having unprotected sex if he knows he has herpes. However, his attorneys are saying, he doesn’t have herpes, but even if he does, it is your responsibility to protect you!
WHAT’S POPPIN – POP CULTURE
John Mayer tried to shoot his shot on Twitter, with Nicki Minaj! Meyer posted on Twitter,
"I spend an inordinate amount of time per day wondering if Nicki Minaj would like me or not."
It didn’t take long for Nikki Minaj to respond: Would my body be your wonderland? Referring to Meyer’s 2001 classic, "Your Body Is a Wonderland."
But while waiting for Nicki’s response, plenty of people on Twitter responded for Nicki ranging from go for it to people reminding Mayer of his infamous comment in a Playboy when he was asked Black women throw themselves at him. Mayer responded in part,
“I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock.”
Now, should Nicki Minaj really take him seriously, or do you think with the passage of time, Nicki, or any other Black woman should give him a chance?
It’s NY Fashion Week, coming up next our correspondent, Crystal Lynn, has an interview with designers and others at the Elegance of Africa Fashion Show.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Our Photo of the week is a photo of fashion stylist June Ambrose on the red carpet at the Children’s Defense Fund annual gala.
THE 411onBOOKS INTRO
Coming up next, Troy Johnson, CEO, and webmaster of AALBC.com is talking to Ruth Morrison about his trip to Marcus Books, the legendary independent Black bookstore in Oakland, California.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Our Motivational Quote of the Week is:
“Sometimes he blesses us not in what He gives us, but in what he takes away”
This is a motivational quote provided to us by Denise Hurley.
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