Before Saturday's (May 20) season finale of "Saturday Night Live," fans had already learned that two of the shows regulars were done after the show. Long time "SNL" fixtures Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer had announced they were leaving the show, but no we know of a third cast member who will not be returning, Sasheer Zamata.
Zamata join the show in 2014 after 'SNL' was under heavy criticism over not having any black female cast members. While Zamata was well deserving of the gig, it did put a lot of pressure on her since she became the first black woman to be a cast member since the 2007 departure of Maya Rudolph. She had a slow start on the show but by the 2015 season Zamata was dazzling the audience with her comedic timing, incredible impressions that included Rihanna and First Lady Michelle Obama, and her role on 'Black Jeopardy'. If there was any bad thing about Zamata's run on 'SNL' it would be that she was often under utilized, often only appearing as an extra in skits and sometimes not being used at all. Now that she is leaving, hopefully she can reach her full potential.
While she’s remained silent about her departure, Zamata gave it a mention on her Instagram Sunday (May 21).
The comedian recently dropped her stand up special “Pizza Mind” on streaming sites Seeso and Amazon Prime.
The Shawn Carter Foundation co-founder Gloria Carter, Jay-Z's mom, is coming together with eBay for Charity to help underprivileged youth fulfill there dreams of getting a college education.
The eBay for Charity auctions campaign launched on Monday (May 15) and runs through Wednesday, May 24, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund. During the 10-day campaign, fans will have the chance to donate and bid on unique experiences and celebrity memorabilia from Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, among others.
Among the unique experiences on auction are a VIP lounge party at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City, Made in America VIP passes and the chance to meet the New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia or the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano. Signed guitars from Nick Jonas and DNCE are also up for auction.
Fans can also donate directly to the Shawn Carter Foundation. They will be automatically entered to win a VIP Day at Roc Nation headquarters. The final VIP Day will include a meeting with Roc Nation executives, hosting a listening session with members of Roc Nation’s A&R and marketing teams, a photo shoot on Roc Nation’s famous gold couch and dinner for two at the 40/40 Club with accommodations and flights included.
Shoppers can make donations in the form of symbolic gifts ranging from $10 to $100 as well. These gifts will assist students who can’t afford public education ($10), are struggling to afford a college meal plan ($25) or need help to defray the cost of required academic materials not covered by tuition ($50). The $100 donations will help students participating in the foundation’s college tours.
The Shawn Carter Foundation/eBay for Charity campaign will run until May 24 at 4 p.m. PT at eBay.com/SCF.
Thursday nights on ABC has been must see TV for awhile thanks to show creator Shonda Rhimes. "Grey's Anatomy," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "The Catch" has drawn millions of people to the Disney owned channel, but no show has people buzzing like the Kerry Washington led political drama "Scandal." The show is set to come back for it's seventh season next year, but now TVLine is reporting that the next season may be the show's last.
Next week at ABC's upfront, it is expected that Rhimes will officially make the announcement. The show at it's peak averaged near 9 million viewers, but this season the show is averaging 5.7 million viewers, which may be the reason why the show will soon end.
The Season 6 finale of "Scandal," directed by Goldwyn, is set to air May 18 at 9 p.m. PDT.
Fresh off the success of his directorial debut "Get Out," Jordan Peele has inked a two year deal with Universal Pictures. The deal will give Universal the first look at any projects Peele does through his Monkeypaw Productions company. The deal also includes a follow up to his first film "Get Out" and it comes with a budget five times bigger than the original.
“I am thrilled to continue the work we started together on Get Out — pushing the boundaries of storytelling, not only on the next film but with all of Monkeypaw’s future projects,” the 38-year-old writer-director said in a statement.
"Get Out" is to date the most successful debut by a first-time black director with a global box office over $200 million so far.
After showing fans a teaser yesterday, Future has released the full video of his hit single "Mask Off." The track is from Future's self titled album released earlier this year and is currently in the No. 5 spot on the Billboard 100. The video, which Future described as a movie, also stars model Amber Rose.
You can check out the new video below.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond, The Associated Press has learned.
Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the July 2016 police shooting that killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling outside a convenience store where he was selling homemade CDs.
A person familiar with the decision disclosed it to the AP on Tuesday. The person was not authorized to talk publicly about the decision and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The department's decision doesn't preclude state authorities from conducting their own investigation and pursuing their own criminal charges.
Two cellphone videos of Sterling's deadly struggle with two white officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, quickly spread on social media after the July 5 shooting.
A police report says Sterling was initially jolted with a stun gun after he didn't comply with the officers' commands to put his hands on the hood of a car. The report also says the officers saw the butt of a gun in one of Sterling's pants pockets and saw him try to reach for it before he was shot.
Justin Bamberg, an attorney for some of Sterling's relatives, has said the family wanted an indictment.
Bamberg also represents relatives of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was running from a traffic stop in Charleston, South Carolina, when a white police officer shot and killed him in 2015. The former officer, 35-year-old Michael Slager, pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges on Tuesday, five months after a jury deadlocked on state murder charges against him.
In Baton Rouge last summer, police arrested nearly 200 protesters following Sterling's death, which occurred a day before another black man was killed by police in Minnesota.
Racial tensions in Baton Rouge were simmering when a black military veteran from Missouri ambushed and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three others before being shot dead on July 17. The city was still reeling from the shootings when August floodwaters damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes in the area.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards immediately asked for a federal investigation of Sterling's death. He called cellphone video of the incident "disturbing, to say the least."
The videos show Sterling scuffling with Salamoni and Lake after they responded to a caller's complaint that Sterling had threatened the caller with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart.
The two officers had Sterling pinned on his back when gunfire erupted, moments after someone yelled, "He's got a gun!"
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. has said Sterling was armed but didn't specify the type of weapon. The store's owner, Abdullah Muflahi, has said Sterling wasn't holding a gun during the shooting but he saw officers remove one from his pocket afterward.
As a convicted felon, Sterling couldn't legally carry a gun. Court records show Sterling had pleaded guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a weapon and was arrested in May 2009 after an officer confronted him outside another store where he was selling CDs.
In the shooting's aftermath, Dabadie called the encounter a "horrible tragedy."
Police have said they have dashcam and bodycam video and store surveillance footage of the shooting, though none of it has been released. A federal judge sealed a coroner's report on Sterling's autopsy.
Both officers were placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure. Salamoni has been a Baton Rouge police officer for four years; Lake had been on the force for three years. Each had two prior "use of force" complaints against them, and they were cleared in all four of those cases, internal affairs records indicate.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore recused himself from any state criminal investigation into Sterling's death, citing his professional relationship with Salamoni's parents. Salamoni's father, Noel Salamoni, is a Baton Rouge police captain. His mother, Melissa Salamoni, retired as a Baton Rouge police captain last June after 32 years on the force.
Moore's recusal left Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to decide whether to have his own office review evidence for possible state charges or to appoint another district attorney to take over the case.
Landry has said he wouldn't have access to the federal investigation on Sterling's shooting until it was completed.
Landry said in a July 11 statement that his office trusts the federal government to investigate the case and looks forward to "fulfilling our responsibilities" after getting the results of the federal investigation.
Bamberg, the attorney for some of Sterling's relatives, urged Landry in July to "fight for justice" in the case and expressed hope that the attorney general's office "one day" will get involved.
The mass arrests of people protesting Sterling's death led to federal lawsuits accusing police of using excessive force and violating protesters' civil rights. Gov. Edwards, who comes from a family of sheriffs, has said he was pleased with the police response to the protests and defended their deployment of riot gear and weaponry.
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Newly single and fresh off having her first child, Janet Jackson is ready to get back to work. The "No Sleep" singer took a year off from touring around the time she found out she was pregnant. She announced yesterday that she will be back starting September 7, although she didn't reveal where.
The name of her tour has also changed from The Unbreakable Tour to The State of the World Tour.
We will update you as we have get more info on where her tour will be.