Mom fury

Beyonce's mom defends singer against critics

The Beyhive's No. 1 fan has some stinging responses to fans criticizing Beyonce.

The singer's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, came out firing after several people on social media criticized Beyonce for her upcoming visual album "Black is King," claiming she's trying to capitalize on African culture.

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In a post, Tina noted that several of Beyonce's collaborators are from Africa.

"There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together. She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people," Tina wrote in a lengthy post.

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#Repost @hova_bey.carter with @get_repost ・・・ Joshua and Blitz are Ghanaian, KC is Nigerian, Hannah worked on Lemonade with B, Trevor is South African…There's way, way more involved in the making of Black Is King but my point in posting this is simply that those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it's unauthentic, upset that B doesn't actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She's actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn't just throw this together. She's worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it's a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people. 3. While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.) #Beyonce #Beyoncé #BeyonceKnowles #BeyonceKnowlesCarter #QueenB #MrsCarter #Jayz #jigga #jiggaman #Hov #Hova #KingHova #ShawnCarter #TheCarters #beyonceandjayz #Jayonce #MrCarter #JayZandBeyonce #beyhive🐝 #hovandb #JayandB #african #nigeria #blackexcellence #heritage #ghana #africa #director #

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Continues Tina, "While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they're getting it from one the world's greatest stars is strange to me. They'd rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them.)"

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In another post, Tina blasted critics who have essentially been telling Beyonce how to film the movie, calling on them to "stop being a social media terrorist to the wrong people."

"It is funny because it is so easy to criticize someone when they are doing something. You can always tell them how they could do it better especially if you're not paying for it," she wrote. "Some of you criticize under the thinly veiled guise of educating her. But you haven't seen anything but a 3 minute trailer and you judge so quickly. You can't tell her what to do in her movie! There is a storyline How do you know east or west works in this movie? She is working hard on getting it shown in Africa. But you really should not waste your time seeing it. You should be busy making your own."

"Black is King" premieres on Disney+ on July 31.

Wedding bells

Kelly Dodd, fiancé obtain marriage license, set for October wedding

Going to the chapel! Kelly Dodd will soon be a Mrs.

On Sept. 22, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star announced that she and fiancé Rick Leventhal have obtained their marriage license and are set to tie the knot next month. 

"We got our marriage license today!!! I'm so excited to marry my ride or die @rickleventhal ❤️❤️❤️❤️10/10/20," she captioned a selfie with Rick.

Rick expressed his excitement on Instagram, as well.

"License in hand! Thank you my love for making me so happy," he wrote along the snap. "Here we come 10/10/2020."

Kelly and Rick began dating last summer and got engaged just a few months later when the Fox News personality popped the question with a 4-carat ring.

Both Rick and Kelly posted videos to their Instagram Stories moments before getting the license. 

"It's happening," they both said in one video. Kelly later added, "I can't wait."

 It's still unclear if Bravo will be filming the wedding. 

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Kelly previously said former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Dorinda Medley will officiate the ceremony.

This will be the third marriage for Kelly and Rick. 

Engagement rumors

Tyra Banks addresses engagement rumors

Tyra Banks downplayed speculation that the ring she's been sporting is an engagement ring, but she avoided confirm or deny rumors that she's betrothed. 

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In an interview with Tamron Hall, the "Dancing With The Stars" host said her new bauble is "just a ring."

"They're talking about the ring … The ring is a crab. It's shaped like a crab … and it's an opal, not a diamond," Tyra said, while not wearing the ring in question. "It is not a crab opal engagement ring. It is just a ring."

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The legendary supermodel has been linked to Canadian businessman Louis Bélanger-Martin for well over a year. A source told Page Six earlier this year that the duo are "very, very much in love." Last month, the couple sparked engagement rumors when Tyra was spotted wearing what appeared to be a diamond ring while leaving her soon-to-open theme park, ModelLand, in Santa Monica, California.

Tyra, who didn't confirm or deny the speculation, called the rumors both "funny" and "annoying."

"The press gets it right sometimes but a lot of times they're bored," she said.

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Tyra and Louis were first photographed together in Los Angeles in August 2019. In the fall, they were spotted together several times and displayed some "low-key" PDA at a New York City restaurant.

The romance has moved quickly. In November 2019, Page Six reported that Tyra and Louis were living together, although he spends ample time across the pond to be with his teenage son, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Valérie Martin Scraire.

"Louis also spends some time with his own child in England and around the world for business," Page Six's source said at the time. "Tyra's child has his own room at Louis [and] Valerie's house in Magog [Quebec] and Tyra moved some of her stuff — clothes, jewelry — there too."

Unrecognizable

Macklemore debuts shocking new look in quarantine

Macklemore is quarantining a little differently these days. 

The rapper recently posted a shirtless selfie to Instagram that shows him looking nothing like the Macklemore we remember. 

"Oh you didn't think I was gonna hit the glow up during Covid?," he captioned the image that shows him with thick, curly hair and a handlebar mustache.

He added, "Tag someone that didn't know I had natural curls and enter in a chance to win my secret recipe for the perfect dangles."

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The rapper's followers were stunned at the new look, with many comparing him to other celebrities. Some followers didn't recognize him at all.

"Songland" judge and Grammy-winning songwriter Shane McAnally wrote, "I will never be the same."

The best comment, however, came from David Spade, who couldn't help but notice a resemblance to himself.

"When did I get that tattoo?," he quipped.

Space travel

Tom Cruise cleared to go to space next year

Tom Cruise is leaving Earth next year. 

Earlier this year, NASA and SpaceX announced that they're working with the movie star on a film that will shoot while in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

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TMZ, citing the 2020-2023 ISS official manifest, reports that Tom is set to head to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket and capsule in October 2021.

Little is known about the film, but it is reportedly an action-adventure movie that is not part of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. It will become the first movie ever filmed in space. 

After the otherworldly news was formally announced in the spring, several retired astronauts spoke about what Tom will experience in space. "The only thing on Earth that compares to space travel is going over Niagra Falls in a barrel while you're on fire," Scott Kelly told TMZ.

Both Scott and Roy Bridges Jr. added that usage of the space toilet will be a key part of Tom's intense space training. 

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Scott, who's spent more time in space than any human being, said Tom needs to move very slowly aboard the ISS, as it's not uncommon for first-time visitors to vomit because of zero gravity.

Tom's training will run the gamut of getting in and out of the space capsule and wearing a spacesuit. Plus, he'll have to learn many things that we take for granted, including how to make food and actually get it in his mouth. He'll also get training on how to sleep and clean himself while in the ISS.

The astronauts said the "Top Gun" star will have to learn to prepare for a space emergency, such as space debris flying into the ISS. He'll also be trained on surviving an ocean splashdown when he comes back to Earth.

Role play

Kit Harington is done with 'masculine' roles

Kit Harington is ready to change up his on-screen image. 

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During a chat with the Telegraph, Kit, who famously played Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones," said he wants to move on from heroic characters.

"I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son," he said. "We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don't want to play anymore," he said.

Kit, 33, adds, "It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of."

Thinking of himself as somewhat of a complex person, Kit noted that those are the roles he's now vying for.

While the days of playing heroic and stoic characters like Jon Snow are over, Kit does think he brought "a certain self-reflective, introverted broodiness" to Jon Snow's personality.

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Kit has spoken about trying to shed the Jon Snow character before. In 2018, following a makeover, he told Entertainment Weekly, "I like having the long hair and beard both, but it will be like ritualistic thing. I can't go into my next role looking the same. This role was brilliant, but I'll need to get rid of Jon Snow."

Ambush interview?

Tamron Hall denies she went 'rogue' during Stassi Schroeder interview

During a chat with Tamron Hall last week, Stassi Schroeder spoke out publicly for the first time about her firing from "Vanderpump Rules." Soon after, a report from Us Weekly claimed that the reality TV star felt ambushed by the journalist. 

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Tamron is now speaking out about that "fair and open conversation," while also expressing one regret.

"The other day I was told that there was a report that Stassi felt 'unprepared' and that it was 'awkward.' Even that I had gone rogue — whatever that means," Tamron said on her eponymous talk show on Sept. 22. "Let me just be open because I'm expecting everybody who's participating in this show today, I want them to be open, so I have to do the same. It's why I wanted this show to be honest with you."

"So I'm going to take you behind the scenes of TV," she continued. "Now, I don't tell people the specific questions I'm going to ask them. How they answer, that's up to them. But the topic and everything that we discussed, Stassi knew. She knew the subject matter. She knew what I was going to ask her. Not the questions."

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Tamron said that Stassi's team called on the eve of the interview and asked her not to bring up the former Bravo star's past comments about the #MeToo movement, which she called a "witch hunt." Stassi also criticized women for coming forward.

Tamron now regrets that she agreed to shy away from that line of questioning.

"It hit me to my gut that I didn't ask her," Tamron said. "But again, I want to be honest with you. Given that she was five months pregnant, the issue of race was hard enough for her and for me and it was a lot to unpack, including that Nazi comment, so I said we were not going to go down that road but we would have this difficult conversation that we all should have to provide a better platform for our children."

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Stassi was one of four "Vanderpump Rules" cast members notoriously fired in June for past racist actions. For months, she remained silent on the matter. Hence, her chat with Tamron was widely promoted.

"Stassi felt totally unprepared for the interview," a source told Us Weekly. "She wasn't in a good mood afterward and felt like she was put on the spot. She has built her brand on being candid and funny, and she feels afraid to make any wrong comments or jokes and having them come across negatively, which, in turn, made the interview awkward."

"She doesn't want to make a wrong move or say anything that can be taken out of context because she really has been taking time to work on herself," the source said. "She felt somewhat caught off guard in how the interview went down because she really has been doing her best to learn, educate herself and be the best version of herself that she can be."

A second source added, "Producers laid the segments out for Stassi and her team, and everything was all set. And then, to everyone's surprise, Tamron went rogue and took the interview in a completely different direction."

Cryptic quote

Teddi Mellencamp posts about 'uncertainty' after reported 'Housewives' firing

Teddi Mellencamp is getting cryptic as reports claim she's been fired from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

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She posted a quote reading, "If you're feeling frightened about what comes next, don't be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path toward happiness."

The quote continued, "Don't waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes, because you'll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart … where your hope lives. You'll find your way again."

Teddi posted the quote just one day after reports claimed that she is being axed from the Bravo reality TV show after three seasons as a "Housewife." 

"The network has not been impressed with her performance on the show," a source told the Daily Mail. "They considered cutting her last season but gave her one last chance."

Other reputable media outlets also reported that Teddi's "Housewives" tenure is over.

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The firing comes as Teddi faces backlash over her accountability coach company, All In By Teddi. Former clients have been speaking out, claiming that the company is nothing more than a starvation program that limits you to 500 calories a day. 

For weeks, Teddi has taken heat on Instagram — so much so that she's started disabling comments on her posts.

Amid the growing controversy, Teddi reposted a message from a fan.

"Haters are an indication that you are on the path to greatness! They'll call you crazy. They'll call you weird. They may even mock you for dreaming so big. Let THEM!" the message said. "And remember this…it's only those who are crazy enough to DREAM BIGGER who are the ones who change the world… Who change their own lives and the lives of others! If there aren't people doubting you, calling you crazy or thinking you're weird YOU AREN'T DREAMING BIG ENOUGH!"

In reposting the message, Teddi added, "Hater's gonna hate."

Pet attack

Lindsey Vonn's dogs attacked by porcupine

Lindsey Vonn's dogs are recovering after an incident involving a porcupine.

On Sept. 22, the Olympic skier posted several photos and videos of her pups. Several of the posts show the dogs with quills stuck in their faces. 

"So… my boys got into some trouble over the weekend," she captioned the post. "They ran out of the house and chased after a porcupine… as boys do. Incredibly thankful that they are ok."

In addition to the images showing the effects of the attack, Lindsey also shared adorable photos and videos of her dogs after the quills were removed.

"I greatly appreciate my family and friends for helping them make it home safe and the love and care that they got from White Pine Vet," she wrote. "You guys are the best!"

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Lindsey also posted about the ordeal on the Instagram account dedicated to her dogs.

"But it looked like it wanted to play…." the post read alongside the funny hashtag, "The Porcupine Is Not Our Friend."

Many of Lindsey's A-list pals commented with shock. Lindsey's fiancé, hockey player P.K. Subban, was confident that the pups will quickly bounce back.

"My boys will be right back in the mix," he wrote.

ICE issues

ICE preparing 'removal proceedings' for '90 Day Fiancé' star

"90 Day Fiancé" star Larissa Lima's stay in the United States could very well be coming to an end.

On Sept. 19, the reality TV star was taken into ICE custody in Las Vegas. Larissa was released several hours later, and she said she was "good to go" on social media. The purpose of the arrest was a mystery, but things are now becoming a little more clear.

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TMZ obtained documents on Sept. 22 that show Larissa, a native of Brazil, has been "placed in removal proceedings" in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act. A hearing will be set to determine if she'll have to leave the United States.

Larissa's arrest came moments before she and her boyfriend, Eric Nichols, were set to move from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

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Carmen Nys, who also appears on "90 Day Fiancé," wrote about the arrest on her Instagram Story in real time, saying she and Eric watched agents take Larissa away.

"[Larissa] just got arrested by ICE when she was about to leave their house and move to Colorado," Carmen wrote. "We have no clue why."

After several hours of detainment, Larissa was released. While en route to Colorado, she quickly posted a video to Instagram stating that ICE agents were nice and she's "good to go."

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On Sept. 22, Larissa spoke about the changes happening in her life.

"People are taking advantage of my situation posting false information and making speculations. Since day one, my name has been on the blast," she said. "Daily, I receive threats of all kinds, even rape and death, written in words that would make any sane person go insane. It appears to have become an obsession and even an occupation for some people to constantly post about me in the most degrading and abusive ways."

She added, "What was just a site for fans of the show to vent, has turned abusive. Yes, I could fight them, get a restraining order if they are residing in the same state as me, if not it becomes a matter of FBI."

"I know a handful of people that have overcome the obstacles that I am going through. That gives me strength. It is also true that I have endless support and love from my family, my friends, and so many fans. It is this support that keeps me moving forward," she continued. "I want to explain everything that has happened in the recent, and in my past, but I'm struggling to come up with the right words to type that give my feelings justice."

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Referencing her recent hugely-successful one-hour lingerie show on the webcam app CamSoda, she said, "It is my desire to empower all women, and stop the discrimination and stigma of those that work with agencies such as Onlyfans and camsoda. These platforms have helped millions of people going through the pandemic shutdown."

Larissa promised to speak more deeply about her life and her situation on YouTube.

"I will be able to tell my story and shed light for the immigration process I am experiencing," she said. "I've been gagged many times after telling my followers I am going to talk. Well, soon I'm removing that gag around me permanently."