Former Disney Star Lee Thompson Young Dies at 29

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Lee Thompson Young, star of The Famous Jett Jackson, passed away today in Los Angeles,. The actor died from a gunshot wound, which appeared to be self-inflicted, reports TMZ. Young’s colleagues on Rizzoli & Isles, of which he is a current cast member, became concerned when he didn’t show up for work on Monday morning and called his landlord. The landlord then discovered Young’s body in his apartment.

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Young was best known for his title role on The Famous Jett Jackson, which aired from 1998 to 2001. He acted in a number of other television shows including South BeachSmallville and The Guardian. His film work included roles in Akeelah and the Bee, the acclaimed 2004 film Friday Night Lights and a part opposite Jamie Foxx in Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.

Young is a graduate of University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts.

Our thoughts go out to his family.

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Rihanna is still on vacation in Barbados & posting a ton of bikini pics

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Rihanna has been firing up her Instagram app even more regularly than usual lately now that she has been spending some time in her native Barbados and basically living in a bikini. Because you know, RiRi can’t put on a bikini and simultaneously resist sharing it with the entire universe. Also, she’s still showing off her cute new hair (which probably won’t last long since she loves weaves on a Beyonce level) and that tacky AK-47 grillwhile generally having a grand old time on various beaches. Note: I have left out some of the more gratuitous photos of Rihanna showing off close-ups of her tush (including a strategically sand-jammed crack photo), but you can go to the source for those gems.

While Rihanna unwinds, a new story in this week’s issue of Star would have us believe that her employees are enjoying some time off as well because she’s reportedly a nightmare of a boss:

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Talentededgy, and stylish are all words associated with pop prince Rihanna. But so are ridiculousdemeaning, and nightmare, according to one long-suffering member or her entourage. “Rihanna hs never been easy to work for, but since she and Chris Brown broke up, she’s been beyond horrible,” admits the exhausted staffer. “She’s in a bad mood 24/7 and takes it out on everyone who works for her.”

Among her appalling antics? Sending an assistant on a fool’s errand for Mexican food — in Sweden! “Rihanna wouldn’t go onstage until she got carne asada, but by the time he returned — from an hour away — the food was cold. Rihanna threw a fit, like it was his fault!” fumes the source, adding that obscure meals are just the beginning. “We’re always sent on some errand to the middle of nowhere just to find something trivial, like the ‘right’ ice bucket or color notepad.”

Rihanna’s party habits aren’t helping matters either. “She’s so rude, always snapping at people, and she’s a nightmare to be around when she’s hung over,” the source coninues. “I can’t even remember the last time she said ‘please’ or thank you.’”

[From Star, print edition, August 19, 2013]

Honestly? This sounds like typical entitled-pop-star behavior. Not that it’s any excuse for that behavior, mind you, but I have no trouble believing that Rihanna would get a kick out of making her employees sweat. At the very least, she should be more careful with those who handle her food though, or else they’re liable to seek a little bit of revenge. Never mess with anyone who touches your food.

In related news, Rihanna is reportedly upset about her bum, which she has decided is far too “dainty.” As such, she has decided to load up on Bajan specialties including fried plantain and dumplings in an effort to gain a few pounds after her “grueling” world tour. I’m actually not terribly surprised at this news because Rihanna complained last year about her slimline, size-0 figure and said “I want my old butt back!” Of course, that booty is the same as it was then, and truth be told, it looks enviably fantastic no matter what RiRi has weighed over the years.

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Kris Jenner responds to Pres. Obama’s shade, claims he’s ‘picking on’ Kimye

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Ugh, let’s do this. Have you watched Kris Jenner’s talk show? I haven’t. I’ve only seen about three clips, and they were the same three stunt-queen clips that everybody saw because Kris Jenner is a stunt queen and she’ll do anything to get her ratings up and stay on the air, even if it’s hijacking a baby and pretending that it’s North Kardashian. So, Kris Jenner’s latest move is to try to publicly slam Pres. Obama for some rather innocuous statements he made about the American Dream, materialism and the middle class. Here’s what he said:

David Blum: Part of the American dream — even if you’re poor, or lower-middle class — involves yearning for tangible things you can’t afford. Were there things, when you were growing up, that you yearned for that you couldn’t afford?

Obama: “I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house.’ I think there has also been a shift in culture… There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous… Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”

[From The Business Insider]

Obama could have name-checked any conspicuous-consuming celebrity and it still would have had the same point: the American dream should not be confused with the aspirational wealth and materialism of celebrities. The American dream used to be“work hard, get an education, get a good job and raise your healthy children.” His argument is about the shrinking middle class, the fragmented safety net and yes, about the culture of celebrity and celebutainment. But that nuance was lost on Kris Jenner. She went on her talk show and said this:

“I wasn’t aware that you could only set the bar so high and that you could only dream so big. I was taught dream big, work hard and you could have whatever you wanted. I bet the President has some friends with 10,000 square foot houses and that he wouldn’t mind going over there… when [he was] asking them to have a party for [him] while [he was] campaigning for dollars to run for president. I find it so odd that he’s picking on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Well, Kanye West, first of all, doesn’t go on vacation ever… and Kim Kardashian is the hardest working young lady in the world. She never sleeps, she never stops, she never slows down and works so hard for what she’s got. Her job affords her to live in a 10,000 square foot house and I think, if I’m not mistaken, that Mr. President’s job affords him to live in a 55,000 square foot house.”

[Transcribed by Michael K at Dlisted]

If she had simply made the argument that all of us can dream big and that there are no bounds for what you can achieve… I might have been with her. Truly. But then she turns it into a shill for how Kim is the “hardest working young lady in the world.” Bitch, you lie. Most people DO aspire to great wealth and a nice home, but let’s not pretend that it’s somehow good for our country or our culture when little girls say “I want to make a p0rn and have my mom sell it so I can be famous and live in a big house.”

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Chris Brown’s seizure caused by ‘unfounded legal matters & nonstop negativity’

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Believe it or not, I’ve never really wanted Chris Brown to feel any real “eye for an eye” Old Testament justice. Even though he nearly killed Rihanna and he has significant issues with aggression, violence and a hair-trigger temper (not to mention a raging martyr complex), I really just wanted him to go to jail. I wanted him to lose his career and his fans. I wanted him to be punished by the legal system and by the court of public opinion, as opposed to facing some kind of physical harm. That being said, I’m finding it kind of difficult to work up much compassion for Chris regarding some recent health issues. On Friday, Chris had a non-epileptic seizure while he was at a recording studio in Hollywood. I might have been mildly sympathetic, but Chris’s dumb publicist ruined it by issuing one of the most God-awful statements ever.

 

Chris Brown is on the mend. After reports surfaced that the 24-year-old singer suffered a seizure on August 9 while at a Hollywood recording studio, his repconfirmed the health scare to Us Weekly.

“While in the studio working early this morning, Chris suffered a nonepileptic seizure (NES),” his rep told Us in a statement. “He was not hospitalized. His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”

Indeed, the “Home” crooner seemed to not be in the best spirits this week. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, a day after he spent 45 minutes in jail for a hit and run, he tweeted to his followers that he’s may be ending his musical career.

“Don’t worry, mainstream America,” he wrote in a tweet that was later deleted. “After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”

“Being famous is amazing when it’s for your music and talent,” he continued. “I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool and over it!”

Brown was presumably alluding to his 2009 assault of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The singer, who’s currently linked to model Karrueche Tran, did get some support earlier this week from fellow R&B artist Jason Derulo. “The Other Side” singer, appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Aug. 7, was asked about Brown’s tweet, which hinted that his end in music was near.

“I just think there’s a lot of pressure in the public eye and times can get really get rough for any performer,” Derulo, 23, offered. “So keep him in your prayers and hope for the best for him.”

On Saturday, Aug. 10, Brown wrote, “They won’t love u until u r a memory…”

Brown’s upcoming album, X, releases Aug. 26.

 

[From Us Weekly]

 

Every single one of you who called Chris out for being a whiny, sucky baby on last week’s post… all of you are to blame! Every time we call Chris a sucky baby, an angel loses his wings and Chris has a seizure! You’ll notice that the statement did not come from Chris’s doctors – this was not, like, an official medical statement in which some white-lab-coat-clad doctor stepped in front of the microphones and said, “The cause of the seizure has been attributed to anti-Breezy h8rs.” Back here in reality, I bet “stress” was one of the contributing factors. The smoking and the drinking probably didn’t help either – he could have simply been dehydrated. Or it could have been drugs too, which is why he didn’t want to go to the hospital. Just sayin’.

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