Traci Loses $50K, Momma Dee Falls Back (Sort of) and K. Michelle Vs. Mimi on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Things all fell apart for the ladies of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta last night. Following the huge scream fest last week between Mimi and K. Michelle, Ariane tries to play mediator and get the old friends back together. She tells Mimi that K. Michelle is easily excitable and invites her to come to NYC with her (where K just so happens to have a concert) so the ladies can talk and hopefully squash their issues.

Elsewhere, Scrappy finally stands up to Momma Dee following her "End of Engagement" party. He tells her to stop disrespecting him and packs his stuff up. Dee apologizes, which isn't easy for her, but she's secretly VERY happy that Erica is out of the picture. Erica may be out of the picture for good, as we find out during a fashion show, that Shay has still been seeing Scrappy. It's not totally clear what the extent of that is, but when Traci asks her, it's clear that Shay still harbors some feelings. Things gets weird when Erica walks down the aisle of the show and later totally snubs Shay. Traci vows to get Erica and Shay on good terms, but it ain't happening today.

Traci has her own issues, totaling to about $50k to worry about. She finally gives Drew the money for his sneaker store and then finds out he gave it to his business partner, without a contract, who stole the money. With a launch party near, Traci is embarrassed and shocked. She storms off, leaving Drew standing there, promising he'll fix things.

Rasheeda and Kirk's issues go from bad to worse. She feels that her longtime love is not the man she married. He accuses her of being spiteful and getting pregnant on purpose. Kirk asks Rasheeda to get an abortion but she responds, "Hell no. I'm going to have a baby." Kirk confides in Benzino (of all people) about his problems. Even Zino is shocked by his behavior and insensitivity. He tells Kirk to be supportive for his wife and then educates him on safe sex practice. What a guy.

Stevie J and his artist Che Mack try to talk to Joseline again about being cool with Stevie working with other women. It's so not happening. Joseline wants to know why her album isn't done, but her man has time for these other birds. She tells Che that she'll never work with her and storms off.

Finally, things come to a head in NYC, as Mimi finds out that K has been talking smack about her on the radio. Now, K is openly telling people that she thinks Mimi's man is on the Down Low. When Ariane, Mimi and K do meet up backstage at K's show, the tension is thick. K tells Mimi that she does believe that Nikko is gay and so is his friend/roommate Johnny. Mimi starts yelling to K that she has no man and the two get into it. At one point, K takes a congratulatory flower bouquet and smacks Mimi with it. She then walks off, singing into her dressing room.

Now it's Ariane's turn to get mad. She feels Mimi acted immaturely, which of course, is the last thing Mimi wants to hear. Ariane and Mimi get dangerously thisclose to each other, while screaming. It seriously looks like these two are donezos too. Mimi tells Ariane to watch her back: K. Michelle turned on her, so she's do the same to Ariane.

How will the fight end? Stay tuned to next week's episode!

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'Empire' Camp Says Jussie Smollett Never Complained About Salary

The accusations made towards Jussie Smollett in the alleged staged assault has those close to the actor-musician scratching their heads–including his Empire family.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday (Feb. 21), sources close Empire were surprised to hear a salary increase was the motive behind the actor's reported staged attack in January. The Illinois state prosecutor stated in a press conference Smollett paid two brothers to orchestrate a homophobic racist attack in an effort to get his star rising and his pockets heavier. But those close to the Empire set believe that can't be the case since as he was most recently paid $125,000 per episode.

"I don't think it's true that he was unhappy with what he was being paid," the source told THR. "His representatives never once called and there was no effort to renegotiate. He's never expressed any dissatisfaction."

Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Smollett's base pay was in the $40,000 to $50,000 region but after setting record-breaking ratings in the first season, the main characters received a big increase with Smollett receiving $125,000 per episode and esteemed actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard moving from $110,000-$120,000 per-episode to the  $225,000-$250,000 range. Aside from season one, there are 18 episodes from season two to season five.

The actor has officially been cut from the last two episodes of the fifth season to avoid "disruption on set."

"While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out, a statement from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer reads. "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of Jamal from the final two episodes of the season."

Smollett has also maintained his innocence throughout the entire case. Alternative motives have pointed to a boost to his music career but the actor also seemed to be pleased with that as well.

Speaking to VIBE just after the release of his debut album Sum of My Music, the actor was pleased with his journey outside of Empire.

"Here’s the thing, I’m not ashamed of Empire songs. I wrote a lot of them," he said. Empire's soundtrack was a hit with fans as it climbed to the top of the Billboard charts in 2015.  "I’m proud of the work I’ve done with Empire. I just can’t be only Empire, that’s not all I am."

His project moved 7,000 units and views on his YouTube channel views have been modest with "Catch Your Eye" feature Swizz Beatz reaching 620,000 views and audio of "F.U.W." reaching 1.1 million spins. His most popular song on Spotify isn't an Empire-related track, it's "Ha Ha (I Love You)" from Sum of My Music.

As the case might to go trial, one can only hope the full truth will be revealed.

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Big Boi To Play Motown Founder Berry Gordy In DeBarge Biopic

Big Boi has reportedly been cast as Motown's legendary founder Berry Gordy in the upcoming biopic about Bobby DeBarge. The rapper confirmed the news on Instagram on Thursday (Feb. 21).

"Just finished playing Berry Gordy in the Debarge movie. Coming Soon," Big Boi announced on Instagram. The photo showed an acting chair with his name and Gordy's printed on the backrest.

Bobby DeBarge was the lead singer of R&B group Switch, an act signed to Gordy’s Motown Records imprint Gordy Records. Known for his  impressive falsetto, DeBarge quickly shot up to stardom during the late 70s. He later co-produced for his siblings' band, also named DeBarge, before joining the group himself.

Amidst his success in music, he struggled with substance abuse and legal issues. He died in Aug. 1995 of AIDS complications at the age of 39.

The Bobby DeBarge Story is slated to premiere on TV One sometime this year.


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Welcome To The Jam: 'Space Jam 2' Gets 2021 Release Date

It looks like we've got a real jam going down, and it will all happen in a few short years. According to Springhill Entertainment's Twitter page, the official release date for Space Jam 2 will be on July 16, 2021.

The follow-up to the 1996 Looney Tunes-heavy film starring Michael Jordan will star LeBron James this time around. Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler will produce it, and Terence Nance is directing, which were revealed in summer 2018 with a pretty cute promotional photo.

Filming will reportedly begin this summer, and we're certain we'll find out more high-profile cast members within the next year. James' production partner discussed the possibility of Michael Jordan appearing in the second film, but only time will tell.

"Michael Jordan is Michael F**kin' Jordan," said Maverick Carter. "It doesn't matter [if James] calls him, he's gonna do whatever the hell he wants, which he has earned that right to do."

The first film features basketball stars Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Larry Bird and more, and features a pretty memorable cameo by Bill Murray. Danny DeVito voices Swackhammer, the owner of outer space theme park Moron Mountain. He and his tiny group of aliens steal the talent of NBA players to win a basketball game against the Looney Tunes, which could determine the cartoons' fate.

July 16, 2021 🎥🏀🥕 #SaveTheDate

— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) February 22, 2019

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