Eddie Griffin crossed the line when describing his right to fight back against an unhappy audience member at one of his concerts.
TMZ reported and posted a video showing how the comedian was involved in the altercation at his Pleasanton, California, show this past weekend. A female audience member threw a drink at him in response to a joke she found offensive. The Undercover Brother star retaliated not only by pouring his water on the woman, but he also threw his water bottle at her.
Griffin misunderstood TMZ’s reporting of the incident and took to his Facebook page, threatened to sue the entertainment outlet and let off a homophobic rant in the process.
“These TMZ bitches said I assaulted a ‘WOMAN’ at my show in cali,” Griffin said in a statement. “I don’t know what kind of eyes these m************ got but that dyke b**** threw a glass of whatever she was drinking in my face. All over a joke about dyke b******!”
He continued, “Now TMZ be careful with your choice of words, I didn’t ASSAULT a goddamn thing! If I had a n****** would be locked the f*** up. As usual, media doing sensationalism instead of journalism.”
And Griffin concluded with this sentiment to TMZ, “Y’all better retract your story before I sue y’all b**** a**** for defirmation(sic) of character!...or…rather what you really do… character assassination!!! You parasitic m************!!..TMZ these nuts b****!!!”
Day26 Announces Break Up
Five years after it was formed in the crucible of Diddy's MTV competition series Making the Band, Day26 has announced that it is disbanding.
In a statement released Monday, the group said its members will instead focus on their respective solo careers.
"It is with great sadness and deep pain that we regret to inform you that effective immediately, Atlantic Records Platinum recording group, DAY26 have decided to take a break from the group and focus on their own individual projects," the statement reads. "On behalf of all the members: Willie, Mike, Rob, Brian and even Que, we would like to thank all of the “fams” aka fans, dj’s across the world, promoters, radio programmers, Bad Boy Entertainment, Starstruck Management, BET, VH1 and FUSE and all DAY26 supporters in general, for your unending support throughout these years."
Day26 began its post-Making the Band career in 2008 with the release of an eponymous debut album for Bad Boy. The album bested expectations by debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with 190,000 copies sold in the first week.
A second album, Forever in a Day, was released in 2009, followed by the departure of original member Qwanell "Que" Mosley.
Vanessa Simmons to Debut Swim Line at Miami Fashion Week
Vanessa Simmons is branching out from her and sister Angela's Pastry line and tackling swimwear next. "Rose by Vanessa Jean" will be a colorful collection with Brazilian prints, bright hues and will accentuate curvy women. The line will debut during Miami Fashion Week July 19–23.
In an article on the Black Enterprise website, Vanessa said about her new collection:
"I named the line Rose because when you look at a rose it’s very pretty to look at and smells great. But if you look closely, there are thorns all up and down the stem and to me those thorns represent our flaws [as women] and our story, all which makes us imperfectly perfect!"
As for first-time Fashion Week jitters, Vanessa keeps her cool. "I'm just excited to debut with such an amazing event as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!" Simmons says. "I'm looking forward to not only the debut but having women wearing and enjoying the trendsetting and unique designs I've created with them in mind."
Are you excited to see what her collection has in store?
Beyoncé Records Special Tribute for Michelle Obama
In April, mega pop star Beyoncé published a hand-written note to Michelle Obama on her new website. Calling the first lady the "ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African-American woman," the role model performer, wife and mom made headlines for having a role model of her own. Now, Bey has teamed up with the President’s 2012 campaign to read her letter on video. She states:
"I wrote a letter to the First Lady because I wanted her to know that I’m very grateful for everything she’s doing for our country, and also for women around the world. Michelle is the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman. She is a caring mother, she’s a loving wife, while at the same time, she is the first lady. No matter the pressure and the stress of being under the microscope, she’s humble, loving and sensitive. Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that you do for us. I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to."
The singer has lent her star power to the Obama administration previously by recording a remix of her single, "Get Me Bodied," for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity.