DJ Envy Snags Mary J. Blige’s Mansion In Bargain Sale (Exclusive)

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DJ Envy inked a major deal with Mary J. Blige to purchase her multimillion-dollar estate in New Jersey at a VERY deep discount, BOSSIP can reveal.

DJ Envy and his wife Gia closed on Blige’s former home on Jan. 22 in a deal that will see them pay less than half of what Blige bought it for and allow the veteran singer to shift a property that she’d struggled to keep out of foreclosure.

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Under the terms of their agreement, the couple bought the mansion for $5.5 million. Blige bought the estate in 2008 for $12.3 million, and at more than 13,000 square feet, it has all the trappings of the home of a diva: eight bedrooms, 13 baths, a movie theater, wine tasting room, a fitness center and indoor basketball court set on more than four acres.

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When an inspection of the estate later revealed that it needed serious repairs to its heating, water filtration and lighting systems, Envy asked Blige for a $300,000 credit on the sale price to fix them. Blige balked at Envy’s request, and even though Envy later agreed to purchase the estate as is, she abruptly backed out of the sale last month, his court papers said.

DJ Envy briefly sued Blige to force her to honor their contract, however, they were able to move forward with the sale and the case was withdrawn, court records obtained by BOSSIP show.

Lawyers for both Blige and DJ Envy did not return requests for comment.

“Basketball Wives” Evelyn Lozada’s Libel Case Against Co-Star OG Hits Roadblock (Exclusive)

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Veteran Reality Star Sued On Show Nemesis For Allegedly Spreading Lies About Her

“Basketball Wives” Evelyn Lozada’s defamation case against her on-screen nemesis Chijindu “OG” Ogom is at a standstill because the reality star hasn’t been able to serve her with the lawsuit, BOSSIP has learned.

Lozada got an emergency hearing just before Christmas where she pleaded with the judge to be allowed to serve OG by printing a notice in a newspaper. But the judge denied Lozada’s request, meaning that she has to go back to the drawing board to figure out a way to serve OG, court docs show.

The mom of two already got the court to grant her an extension on the 60-day time limit to serve OG, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP.

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But the sliver of good news is that the judge dismissed Lozada’s motion without prejudice, so she can file the same motion again down the road if needed.

Lozada sued OG in 2019 for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, alleging that OG made false posts about her online that implied that she was racist.

The reality show star said that OG’s social media tirade cost her in lost endorsement deals and said both her and her family have been harassed as a result. We’ve reached out to Lozada’s lawyer for comment.

OG has not responded to the case – likely because she still has yet to be served.

“Boxer Wives” Cast Reveal How They Deal With Groupie Attention (Exclusive)

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The ladies behind iOne’s new reality show “Boxer Wives” said life as a prizefighter’s other half was anything but conventional.

The cast – Meda Montana, Shanequa Barrett, Jylissa Quinones, Cindy O’Farrow and Linda “Lee Lee” Batson – said there’s one thing that they’ve all been through as a boxer’s partner – dealing with other women trying to come in between them and their partners.

“To be the girlfriend, and the youngest (cast member) I think I’m learning to be more mature now,” Jylissa, who was in a relationship with fighter Joel Castillo, said in an exclusive interview earlier this month in NYC.

“But if you ask me,” Jylissa added, “if it’s not liquor, it’s fighting. It’s reality. I wasn’t like, ‘Please can you not do that?’ It was like ‘No, you’re not gonna do that – we’re not gonna have that.”

“Boxer Wives” chronicles the lives of women who are in relationships with prizefighters. All of the ladies admitted that the path to love they’d chosen wasn’t easy and that there are always other women waiting in the wings.

“You have to have tough skin,” according to Shanequa, who went to marriage counseling on the show with her husband Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett after he admitted she was the only woman that he’d been consistently faithful to.

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Meda said during the early days of her relationship with her now ex-husband Zab Judah she had an unorthodox way of dealing with unwanted attention from females.

“I would say that the 20-year-old me, I was just ruthless,” Montana said. “That’s probably why me and Zab had so much chemistry – I was just beating everybody up!”

Nowadays Meda said she doesn’t jump to conclusions unless she had hard evidence, and became a detective of sorts when other women tried to contact her.

“I try not to accuse until I have actual facts,” Meda said. “So Im like CIA. Zab has gone out of the country and I’ve rung his hotel room…”He’ll be like, ‘How’d you find me?’ And I’m like, ‘this is what I do.’”

The Internet Sanctifies Janelle Monáe’s Dyed Armpit With Hilarious Reactions

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Need something really simple, very random, and slightly weird to entertain you during the holiday season? Well look no further than Janelle Monáe’s dyed armpit hairs.

That’s right, The Electric Lady took to Instagram to share her new look writing “What color did @nikkinelms dye my pits red, pynk , or orange ? The winner gets a treat. Also when you have extra dye left extra parts get dyed and I love it.”

For a regular shmegular person, this would definitely be filed under the category “TMI.”

However, because this is the extremely talented and stunningly beautiful Janelle Monáe, much of the Internet was willing to spend their whole afternoon guessing the color of the immaculate scruff underneath Monáe’s hot spot.

Some guessed pink (a.k.a. pynk as Janelle would call it) while others called it an off red.

But then there were those whose reactions ranged from hilarious to straight up odd and creepy. Even fellow singer Kehlani unabashedly confessed, “I wanna touch it.”

Hit the flip for more of the best comments that ended up on Janelle’s IG page.

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Rotten Tomatoes, To Trust Or Not To Trust: ‘Star Wars’ Rating Sparks Debate

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As we’ve mentioned before, the movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t always get it right when it comes to scoring films. A plethora of movies from the 90s alone deserve more than a “rotten” rating just because they were an integral part of people’s childhoods.

Now, RT — which creates scores based off aggregated critic reviews from other publications — has given the early verdict for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie, and the rating is less than satisfactory.

They gave the movie a 59% as of Wednesday afternoon, or in other words a “rotten” score.

This might come as a surprise to some Star Wars fans considering the previous two movies in the trilogy, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), received a 93% and a 91% respectively. In other words, they’re happily “Certified FRESH.”

The original Star Wars trilogy, which kicked off in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and ended with Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), also received passing ratings with The Empire Strikes Back (1980) receiving the highest rating at 94%.

The late 90s/early 2000s Star Wars trilogy didn’t fare as well on average. The 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace received a 53%. However, things got better over time with Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) receiving a 65%, which is considered “FRESH,” and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith receiving a “Certified FRESH” at 80%.

So why the low rating for The Rise of Skywalker, especially when it’s directed by acclaimed blockbuster filmmaker J.J. Abrams (who was also behind Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, and The Force Awakens). Without giving any spoilers, some critics described The Rise of Skywalker as “terribly wrong,” “cartoonish and absurd,” or a “complicated blend of contradictions.”

Eesh.

Despite the icy reviews, does that mean The Rise of Skywalker is a completely terrible movie at 59 percent. It’s only one percent away from 60% as of Wednesday afternoon and has the possibility to climb over the weekend. Then it’ll have a “FRESH” rating. Critics who enjoyed the movie said it “had just enough thrills to satisfy fans” and “was really, really good fun.”

It seems ultimately, your commitment to the franchise is going to determine whether you’ll see the movie or not. You can go by the critics if you’re not that invested and want to save money, or you can take the risk of seeing the movie and deciding for yourself.

May the force be with you.

Until then, you can peep Twitter’s thoughts on the Rotten Tomatoes rating below.

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In Case You Missed: Shaq Tried To Shoot His Shot At ‘Black Lightning’ Star Nafessa Williams

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Nafessa Williams is kicking butts and taking names as the fierce heroine Thunder on The CW show Black Lightning. It seems media personality and former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is taking notice because he was willing to risk it all by sliding into one of Williams’ Instagram stories.

According to SportsGossip.com, Williams was talking to her fans on IG when Shaq slid into the comments section with a few thoughts of his own. “What u want baby,” he started off with. Then he added, “I’ll give U the world.” You can peep the whole interaction here.

Clearly, we see how the 47-year-old former baller makes his moves. Williams has yet to respond to Shaq promising her the world, but it would definitely make for an interesting couple, considering Williams is 17 years younger than Shaq. Although Shaq is a business owner, sports commentator and celebrated ball player, the rising actress might want more than a typical pickup line.

But considering Williams’ ferocious beauty…

You can’t blame Shaq for trying.

You can check out Black Lighting on The CW streaming site to learn more about why Shaq is so thirsty.

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Merry Lit-Mas! 13 Hip Hop Holiday Songs That’ll Have Your Yuletide Jumping

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and regardless of the holiday, no one wants a boring, lifeless party. Sure, classic holiday hits like “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” gets the nostalgic spirit going, but ain’t no party like a hip hop Christmas party, cause a hip hop Christmas party don’t stop.

There’s nothing like the feeling of holiday joy topped off with rhythmic jingles from artist who rarely get jolly. Take Run DMC for example. When they hit the scene back in the early 80’s, they were the most street and “rough around the edges” artists the industry had ever seen. So imagine the energy shift when the legendary group dropped their holiday themed tracks, like “Christmas In Hollis”.

The group single handedly ushered in a genre that is now known as hip hop Christmas music.  In an interview with The WrapUp, Revered Run said of the 1987 classic song,

“Don’t put me up against Nat ‘King’ Cole. I may be the first to make a rap Christmas song, but I’m not ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. “I sat there with a pen. I remember bacon, eggs and jelly and I wrote the rhyme within one minute. I called him (Adler) back, and I think there was a Holy Ghost takeover because the rhyme was very much spiritual and beautiful. I thank God for that moment of giving me that rhyme.”

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Hip hop holiday tracks always have a relatable story of some sort, compared to the classic Christmas tracks that shares tales of a fantasy Winter wonderland world.  Hit the flip for more rhythm & blues and base knocking holiday songs that’ll guarantee a soulful Christmas.

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Press Play: Kerry Washington And Reese Witherspoon Co-Star In New Hulu Drama Teaser

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Hulu has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming limited series Little Fires Everywhere, and it already seems to stir up some drama with the two leading ladies Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon

According to Deadline, the show is based on Celeste Ng‘s bestselling book and if “follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” Rosemarie DeWitt, Joshua Jackson, Jade Pettyjohn, Jordan Elsass, Gavin Lewis, Megan Stott, Lexi Underwood and Huang Lu also star in the series.

It will be produced by Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine company, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, which is apart of Disney Television Studios. Writer and author Liz Tigelaar is the creator, showrunner and executive producer for the show. Witherspoon and Washington will also have executive producer credits.

You can check out the teaser trailer for the series below where Witherspoon’s character Elena Richardson confesses, “We all have parts that scare us, we can’t not look at who we are.” If this is anything like Witherspoon’s other drama-filled show Big Little Lies, we’re in for a bumpy ride. You can catch Little Fires Everywhere when it hits Hulu on Wednesday, March 18.

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Future Trying To Settle Child Support Lawsuit With Alleged Baby Mama Out Of Court (Exclusive)

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Rapper Sued By Two Women For Fathering Their Babies

Future is working behind the scenes to settle at least one paternity and child support case after two women say they bore his children earlier this year, BOSSIP can reveal.

The rapper’s legal team is trying to negotiate an out of court deal on his behalf instead of going to trial in order to avoid having details about his sex life and other personal revelations being made public, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told BOSSIP.

Future has offered at least one of his alleged baby mamas a lump sum and child support in exchange for signing a confidentiality agreement – but the woman does not want to be barred from speaking out about the case or her relationship with him, our source says. Future’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

The news comes as the two women suing him, Eliza Reign and Cindy Parker, have had their legal cases against him brought to a virtual standstill.

Reign sued Future in August 2019, alleging that he was the father of her baby girl, Reign, who was born in April. She said that Future has never met her daughter, but she wants the baby to have a relationship with him if he acts in the child’s best interest, her complaint states. Reign’s attorney declined to comment because the case was ongoing.

And in October, Parker sued Future for allegedly siring her son, Legend, before abandoning her. Parker’s lawyer didn’t return BOSSIP’s request for comment.

The rapper’s reticence to air his dirty laundry in public is evident in Reign’s case against him, where he’s asked for a gag order because he’s concerned that worried that “false and baseless allegations” will be leaked to the media and the public, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP. A judge was supposed to rule on the gag order last month, but the hearing was canceled at the last minute.

Future, who is now reportedly in a relationship with Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter, Lori, hasn’t commented on the controversy, other than to drop the song “Last Name,” where he berates a woman for “stealing” his last name after having his baby despite him barely knowing her.

Meg Thee Thespian: Megan Thee Stallion Previews Appearance On NBC Series

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Megan Thee Stallion is bringing her strong knees and acting chops to T.V.

The rapper is set to make an appearance on the NBC comedy-drama Good Girls, according to a post from the show’s Instagram. Meg touts in the video, “What’s up hotties, it’s me Megan Thee Stallion, the Hot Girls coach, and NBC done let me come on and be on Good Girls and yea, ya just need to tune in and get ready for me.”

It’s yet to be revealed the role Meg will play in the season three episode or how many episodes she will appear in.

According to Shadow and Act, Good Girls follows three suburban moms who when tired of trying to make ends meet, decide to advocate for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. However, when the manager catches a glimpse of one of the ladies and the loot is far more than anticipated, it doesn’t take too long before the three best friends realize the ideal getaway will be harder than they expected.

The show stars Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard.

You can check out a trailer from season two below.

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Seen On The Scene: The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, & Adam Sandler UNCUT GEMS At The Dome At ArcLight Hollywood

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So, Wednesday in LA was a VIBE at The UNCUT GEMS Premiere at The Dome At Arclight Hollywood.  A-listers from pretty much every industry joined in celebration of the latest film from the incredibility talented Josh and Benny Safdie.

Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, NBA Champion Kevin Garnett, The Weeknd, and Noa Fisher,  along with Travis Scott, Paul Pierce, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Haim, Cole Sprouse, King Princess, Metta World Peace and MORE!

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Adam Sandler poses with movie cast mates Kevin Garnett and the beloved Bohemian star boy The Weeknd for a quick photo Op. Check a gallery of the night’s most litt moments by hitting the flip!

Behind The Scenes: Mo’Nique Will Tackle Racists And Anger Issues In New Revenge Flick

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Mo’Nique might be cut out of a few jobs because of her controversial statements and moves against Netflix, but she will not be cut out of cinema! The comedian has booked a new lead role in an independent action-adventure called Mother Trucker, and it definitely seems like a role perfect for Mo’Nique.

According to Variety, the flick is set during the Congressional impeachment hearings to remove President Richard Nixon from office prior to his resignation in 1974. Mo’Nique will play a mother, struggling with anger management issues, who is pushed to steal her suddenly deceased husband’s trucking haul to provide for her daughter. On their cross-country voyage, she discovers the truth behind her husband’s death and unleashes her rage upon his racist killers.

If this is anything like Kill Bill but with Mo’Nique, we definitely need that movie stat!

The flick is written by J. Oyer Tomas a former HBO executive producer. He has also directed, written and produced commercial and short-form promotional content for HBO series Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, All The Way, and Bessie. Tomas will direct Mother Trucker as his feature directorial debut.

“I knew this was unique from the jump, because of the countless scripts we’ve read together, the only other time my husband said ‘this is special’ was for a little movie named ‘Precious,’” Mo’Nique said. “Never in my 30 years of being in entertainment have I seen a film with a badass black woman that has the balance of funny, drama, and action while addressing the challenges women of color face everyday, like ‘Mother Trucker.’”

Mo’Nique met Tomas in 2014 on the set of Bessie, which earned Mo’Nique a Primetime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Ma Rainey.

The last movie Mo’Nique starred in was Almost Christmas and she’s currently working on a comedy special for Showtime to air next year.

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