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Frank Ocean Sued By His Father For $14.5 Million

Frank Ocean is facing a $14.5 million defamation lawsuit from his father Calvin Cooksey, TMZ has reported.

The allegations stem from a Tumblr post Ocean penned last year in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. “I was 6 years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” Ocean wrote. Cooksey alleges that this passage is untrue and “damaged his financial opportunities in film and music.” He’s asking for $14.5 million in damages.

This is the second multi-million dollar lawsuit Cooksey has served relating to Ocean: last year, he asked a court to award him $142 million after Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons called him “a deadbeat dad.”

Update: February 3, 2:15 p.m.: Cooksey accuses Tyler, The Creator of being “devil worshiper” in the full complaint.

Pitchfork has obtained a copy of Cooksey’s complaint against Ocean. In it, Cooksey accuses Ocean’s collaborator Tyler, the Creator of being a “devil worshiper,” and calls Ocean “a fraud and only cared about making millions of dollars through Defendant’s exclusive deal with Apple, Inc.”

The lawsuit reads: “It’s important to note that on June 21, 2016, the Defendant did NOT include a homophobic bigot named Tyler the Creator in the Defendant’s June 21, 2016 anti-homophobic Tumblr essay.” The complaint goes on to accuses Frank Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux, of hypocrisy for slamming gospel singer Kim Burrell’s homophobic rant while not calling out Tyler’s use of slurs.

“This is the reason Defendant did not include this homophobic Tyler the Creator on June 21, 2016, because it would expose Defendant as a hypocrite and fraud who dishonestly betrayed the LGBT fans base for Tyler the Creator, who has clearly demonstrated hate for the LGBT community,” the lawsuit says.

Cooksey’s complaint makes frequent mention of Tyler’s ongoing ban from the United Kingdom, instituted by in 2014 by then-Home Secretary (and current British Prime Minster) Theresa May.
According to another document viewed by Pitchfork, a judge has ordered Cooksey and Ocean into mediation in an attempt to reach a settlement.

 
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Beyonce Is A Mom Again…Pregnant With Twins

Of the roughly 9 million likes Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement has received on Instagram, there are few that like the picture more than those in the maternity photography business.

People around the country (and probably world) took a hiatus from the headline-dominating political arguments Wednesday when they heard the news, announced via Instagram: Beyonce and Jay Z are having twins, making daughter Blue Ivy Carter an older sister times two.

Then on Thursday, the “Formation” singer unleashed the mother load: A whole album of maternity photos, titled “I have three hearts.” She was underwater in some, nude in others, on top of a flower-covered car in one, and a few featured Blue Ivy.

With her worldwide trendsetting powers, Queen Bey has the ability to awaken a whole new crowd to the pregnancy photo industry with one post. But that power could quickly turn sour if it causes moms-to-be to set their expectations too high, and leave maternity photographers with the task of explaining artistic differences.

 
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Movie Training Workshop Featured On Freddy O

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Freddy O highlights the Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop.  For more information about the workshop and how you can be a part of it click here.

For more information on Chris Stokes go to All Music.

 
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Rolling Out Highlights The Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop

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Rolling Out Magazine highlights the start of the Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop.  For more information about the workshop and how you can be a part of it click here.

For more information on Chris Stokes go to All Music.

 
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Chris Stokes Starts His Hollywood Initiative

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Chris Stokes, director of the #1 box office hit “You Got Served” has joined the cause to see more minorities in Hollywood by creating the Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop Experience. Stokes hopes to give opportunities to minorities that desire to be in the film/tv industry but don’t have the resources to do so.

In a field that is predominantly non-minority driven, the Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop hopes to help change the face of Hollywood. There are so many talented actors, directors, producers, etc. in Hollywood that are minorities and looking for a chance to show their talent. The Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop will select applicants to be involved in the film and television shows that Chris Stokes’ production company ‘Footage Films’ will be producing. By creating these opportunities, the Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop hopes to bring more minorities to the forefront of the film and television making process. The Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop will give upcoming, talented individuals an opportunity of a lifetime, working on set as part of the workshop with Chris himself.

Chris Stokes looks to get more minorities into the film and television industry. Check out Chrisstokesent.com contact section to submit your resume.

Chris Stokes is now actively accepting and reviewing submissions for providing these opportunities. If you are interested go to http://chrisstokesent.com to send your submission on why you feel you should be part of The Chris Stokes Movie Training Workshop “Hollywood Initiative”. Learn more about Chris Stokes and his past work at –http://m.imdb.com

Also check out some trailers for Chris Stokes’ upcoming movies!

Only For One Night – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4jFiaA32oJU

Boy Bye – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJ_HNsxYts

 
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George Michael Dies at 53

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Pop superstar George Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

The 53-year-old, who was set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as a member of Wham!, known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas. He had a highly successful solo career which included the songs Careless Whisper, Faith, Outside and Freedom! ’90.

Michael – who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – had 11 UK number ones and sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. His most recent album, Symphonica, was released in 2014.

Thames Valley police told the BBC an ambulance attended the house in Goring, Oxfordshire, at 1.42pm.They said the death was being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious” and they would not comment further until after a postmortem.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Michael’s manager Michael Lippman said he died from heart failure and was found “in bed, lying peacefully.” His publicist Cindi Berger said he had not been ill.

On Twitter, Andrew Ridgeley, Michael’s partner in Wham!, said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”.

 
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Beyonce Releases New Video “All Night”

New video from Beyonce “All Night”. Beyonce loves to surprise us with new music and videos. Keep doing what you doing Beyonce!

 
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Kanye West “I Would Have Voted For Trump”

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Kanye West has always been something of a provocateur and a nihilist, and is staunchly anti-political correctness.

Last night he stirred a maybe unprecedented level of controversy, however, declaring at a Saint Pablo Tour show in San Jose: “I would have voted on Trump”.

“This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now,” he said at the top of a 40-minute political speech that came at the cost of several songs.

It’s hard to ascertain exactly the point he was trying to make as we only have tweets and videos from attendees, not a transcript, to go off, but it sounds as though he was mostly praising the disruptive nature of Trump’s campaign, which ‘inspired racists to reveal themselves’.

“Whether you voted for Hillary or Trump, this is a safe space for both of you,” he told the audience, asking any Trump voters to make themselves known. He also reiterated his desire to run for president in 2020, saying his focus would be on education and that his campaign would use a different political model.

“Stop focusing on racism,” he added, declaring sombrely: “We are in a racist country – period.” His stance stands in stark contrast to 2005 Kanye, who famously declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” in the wake of the devestating Hurricane Katrina.

The concert received an understandably mixed response.

Kanye was apparently happy when one woman screamed that she loved him in spite of his appreciation of Trump’s campaign, but there was also a lot of booing, stunned silence and even a few projectiles – one of which was a Yeezy shoe, which Kanye promptly signed and returned to the thrower.

 
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Chicago Cubs End 108-Year Wait for World Series Title

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If you are going to endure years — no, generations — of futility and heartbreak, when you do finally win a World Series championship, it may as well be a memorable one.

The Chicago Cubs did just that, shattering their 108-year championship drought in epic fashion: with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7, which began on Wednesday night, carried into Thursday morning and seemed to end all too soon.

When the Indians rallied with three runs in the eighth inning — including a two-out, two-strike, two-run thunderbolt of a home run by Rajai Davis off closer Aroldis Chapman — the Cubs found a way to beat back the ghosts of playoffs past.

After a brief rain delay following the ninth inning, they pushed two runs across in the 10th inning on a double by Ben Zobrist, the Series’s most valuable player, and a single by Miguel Montego.

The Cubs then had to hold their breath in the bottom of the inning when Davis hit a run-scoring single to pull the Indians to a run behind. But reliever Mike Montgomery replaced Carl Edwards and got Michael Martinez to hit a slow roller into the infield. Third baseman Kris Bryant scooped it up and threw across to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

As the ball made its flight across the diamond, the stadium went silent for one of only a few times all night — and only until it settled into Rizzo’s glove. Then the huge contingent of Cubs fans erupted, and the players raced to the middle of the infield to celebrate.

“We’re world champions,” Rizzo said in the alcohol-soaked visitors’ clubhouse after he had taken a break from embracing the actor Bill Murray. “The Chicago Cubs are world champions. Let that sink in.”

Thousands of fans lingered for nearly an hour after the game, moving into the field level of the stadium, waving the ubiquitous W flags, singing the victory anthem “Go Cubs Go” and roaring when Rizzo held up the ball he had caught for the final out.

 
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Thomas Mikal Ford Dies At 52 From A Ruptured Aneurysm

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Actor Thomas Mikal Ford has died after being placed on life support for a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen.

The TV star — who portrayed Tommy Strawn on the 1990s sitcom “Martin” — died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital, his rep confirmed.

“To all family and friends of Tommy Ford. We would like to inform everyone that our brother passed away today October 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family,” his family posted on Instagram. “Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this challenging time. He was so dearly loved by so many and for that lets all be grateful for a life well served.”

Ford, 52, was taken to the hospital on Sunday and his condition worsened after his arrival.

Ford earned a considerable following for his performance as the sensible best friend of the main character Martin, played by Martin Lawrence, on the beloved sitcom.

He also starred on other popular programs including “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “New York Undercover” and has written a series of children’s books endorsing the importance of avoiding drugs and violence.

“Empire” actor Malik Yoba, “227” starJackée Harry and other celebrities reached out to express their condolences.