Empire star Terrence Howard shares about his dark past and how he has moved past it

Terrence Howard knows he isn’t perfect.

“I’ve made terrible mistakes throughout my life,” the Empire star, 48, says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “I was dragging baggage with me that was crippling me mentally and physically. But I finally feel I can put that to rest. I can breathe again.”

From childhood, Howard had been exposed to the violent side of human nature. At the age of 2, he saw his father, Tyrone, fatally stab a man while their families waited in line to see Santa Claus at a mall in Cleveland.

Tyrone, a carpenter, served 11 months in prison. Howard’s mother, Anita, filed for divorce after his release, but he remained a force in their lives.

“My dad whooped me every day until I was 14,” says the actor, who grew up poor with three brothers. “Then he said, ‘The street will whoop you from now on.’ ”

He was right. A sensitive child with “a big mouth,” living in the projects, “the kids would do horrible things to animals in the neighborhood,” Howard recalls. “I’d try and save them and take the beating instead.”

But in his adult life, Howard became the one that was physically violent.

In 2001 he admitted to hitting his first wife, Lori, and in 2013 his second wife Michelle Ghent was granted a restraining order against him on the grounds that he hit and kicked her during a family vacation and threatened to kill her. (Howard has claimed self-defense in regards to the Ghent altercation and in a 2015 divorce hearing his lawyer argued that he signed their spousal support agreement “under duress.” The judge called Howard a “bully” but ruled in the actor’s favor. The decision is currently under appeal.)

But, instigated by the death of his mother in 2008, Howard has spent the last few years on a path of self-reflection.

“I was raised believing the man is in charge, but I’ve realized marriage should be an equal partnership,” says the actor.

By the time he met his third wife, Mira, in 2013, Howard — who was once a Muslim and contemplated becoming a Jehovah’s Witness like his first wife and their three children — had given up organized religion and found “truth” in nature and science.

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“Two weeks after meeting Mira, I gathered up things associated with my past and found a nice hill and buried them all there,” he says.

A week later, he proposed. “Mira settled me,” Howard says of his wife, 39, a former model and restaurateur.

“Our marriage is effortless,” she adds. “Relationships are hard work, but we really don’t fight.”

Stress is still a factor in Howard’s life, but he’s found a unique way of managing it.

“I’ll just watch a tree’s limbs sway back and forth or take my shoes off and put my hands on a tree,” he says. “It makes me feel part of the whole.”

By keeping his stress in check, his Southern California home with Mira — which is now complete with their sons Qirin, 22 months, and Hero, 7 months — is a peaceful one.
“He refuses to kill a fly,” Mira says of Howard. “And we’re trying to teach our kids not to pick flowers.”

“I know in those two weeks or month of a fly’s life, that’s 80 years for them. And we smash them so quickly. I hope if someone saw me trapped, some bigger creature would help me,” explains Howard.

And Howard admits he’s not above needing help. “I still have growing to do,” Howard says. “I just hope the mistakes I make now are smarter mistakes.”

Empire returns to Fox Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

 

-Essence

J.C Muyonjo: “No Love” audio is out.

By Tukundane Yonna

J.C Muyonjo a finalist at Kyambogo University has released a new audio entitled NO LOVE. The song examines whether love is very commercial or a sacred priceless feeling we get to share with someone else.

NO LOVE was written as an observation Muyonjo made on several occasions after becoming consciously aware of the what people claim love is.

According to Muyonjo, majority of people have a price tag to love whether they admitted it or not. The industrial fine art student derives this theory from actions from making a strong impression with a special gift on Valentine’s Day to paying bride price.

This song was written from the perspective of the guy. The production of this song was not simple because Muyonjo and his producer Abaasa were separated by continents.

The guitarist and song writer recorded several guitar notes and vocal takes on his phone and sent them to Abaasa who is in California studying a degree in sound engineering by email and Facebook. After a couple of email, a final product was reached hence NO LOVE.

The final editing was done at C19 studios where it was mixed and mastered by the sound engineer Nel Muhire.

Kanyama new Audio is out.

By Tukundane Yonna

The Rnb kyabazinga has a new song to the Atwooki album. The title “kanyama” is a common expression of a strong muscular person or bouncer.

Maro says the song tackles a situation when you are really sure of your life companion and with all you have been through make her/him the strongest person. Its with this background that the  title “kanyama” came to be.

He adds that Kanyama is a slower song, not done in the usual question and answer sing along format although the words in the song are not so new.

This song is a nicely sang song by Maro and produced by producer Nessim. The voicing was done at ed at Volume up records.

 

Kanye makes new version of his song, Bed

Yeezy bounces back with a whooping 17 minutes new version of his song Bed.

Kanye West dropped an extended, 17-minute version of his 2007 song, “Bed” on his SoundCloud account Tuesday.

The track features fellow rapper, The-Dream, and made its debut at West’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
The rappers have a long musical history together — most recently, on West’s “Ultralight Beam” and “Highlights.”
Although West has been featured on several songs from other artists over the past year, this is the first track he’s put out since being hospitalized in November.
https://soundcloud.com/kanyewest
-CNN

The Oscars didn’t pass by without a few anti Trump moments

Just because White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last week that Donald Trump wasn’t planning to watch the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night doesn’t mean the night’s presenters and winners didn’t directly address the president.

And no one spoke Trump’s name more than host Jimmy Kimmel, who made him and his controversial policies the focal point of his opening monologue, while also dropping the occasional joke about the commander in chief throughout the show.

Below, we’ve gathered the night’s many anti-Trump moments:

Jimmy Kimmel
In his opening monologue:
“This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us.”

“I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him.”

“In Hollywood, we don’t discriminate against people based on what countries they come from. We discriminate against them based on their age and weight.”

“Some of you get to come on this stage and make a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement.”

While introducing Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs:
“Now it’s time for something that is very rare today: a president that believes in both arts and sciences.”

 

After Sweden’s Linus Sandgren accepts best cinematography for La La Land:
“Linus, on behalf of all of us, we’re so sorry about what happened in Sweden last week. We hope your friends are OK.”

Gael Garcia Bernal
While presenting the award for best animated feature:
“Flesh-and-blood actors are migrant workers. We travel all over the world. We construct families, we build life, but we cannot be divided. As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”

The Salesman director Asghar Farhadi
In a statement read by Anousheh Ansari after Farhadi’s win for best foreign-language film:
“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and from the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law which bans immigrants’ entry into the U.S. Dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear — a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others — an empathy we need today more than ever.”

Zootopia director Rich Moore
While accepting the award for best animated feature:
“We are so grateful to audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other.”

 

 

-Billboard

Adele breaks her Grammy, gives the other half to Beyonce

In scenes reminiscent of Mean Girls, Adele broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night so she could give the crowning part to Beyoncé.

Adele, who also won the Song of the Year award, explained how she felt Lemonade was a more deserving winner than her own 25.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”

Adele may have gotten the idea from Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist Cady Heron breaks her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces and hands them to the other contestants (though the speaker part of the Grammy actually unscrews).

It is essentially de rigueur to extol Beyoncé at award shows by this point, Kanye West having famously intervened during one of Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speeches to point out that B is the more deserving winner.

Adele won the night’s biggest awards, though there were also multiple wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.

 

 

-Independent

Lady Gaga slums back at haters who criticise her body

Nope. Lady Gaga wasn’t having it when she caught wind of some haters trying to body shame her for how she looked during her spectacular Super Bowl LI halftime performance. Reacting to a string of tweets on Sunday night (Feb. 5) claiming she had a “muffin top” or “beer gut,” the singer shut it down.

“I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Feb. 7). Gaga, 30 — who has spent years fighting against bullying and encouraging her Little Monsters to love themselves just the way they are through her Born This Way Foundation — said she caught wind of the fact that her body has become a topic of conversation and sought to encourage her fans to tune out the noise.

Little Monsters weren’t having it either, with a number backing up the singer on Twitter.

Either way, Gaga is getting the last laugh, as her U.K. and U.S. sales have exploded since Sunday’s gig, which FOX reported pulled in an astounding 117.5 million viewers, making it the second-most-viewed halftime show in Super Bowl history, behind Katy Perry’s set at Super XLIX, which drew 120.7 million viewers.

 

 

-Billboard

Nick Cannon’s TBT reminds us of Kim West’s less glam days

Nick Cannon must have been having some major Kim nostalgia this throwback Thursday. The 36 year-old entertainer posted a group shot of himself, Kim Kardashian, Lil Kim and Paris Hilton from an epic night out back in the day. If you find yourself asking how this mosh posh of star power came about, let us refresh your memory. Remember, Nick use to date reality TV star Kim back when she and Paris Hilton were besties? And who wouldn’t want to hang out with rapper Kim in the 2000s?

Anywho, we couldn’t help but notice the how completely different the Kims look. Two things we notice off the bat—Kim K’s lack of contour and Lil Kim’s (much) darker skin. Nick simply captioned the pic, “#tbt Whoa!!!” and we concur. Mrs. West has made no secret of getting botox, while Lil Kim has shyed away from skin bleaching rumors and other work she’s had done, but whether they deny it or not the proof is in the pic.

Check out the photo yourself for your own dose of nostalgia.

 

 

-BET

In his new track, Olamide says he sold his soul to the devil

Multi-award winning rapper, Olamide Adedeji a.k.a Baddo recently released his 6th studio album titled “The Glory” on the 26th of December 2016.
Reports reveal that all songs on the album were awesome as the YBNL boss dazzles his fans with incredibility and uniqueness of style.
Olamide spat fire on the intro of the track titled ‘Letter To Milli’ where he talked about selling his soul to dine with the devil.
In the track, Letter to Milli, Olamide said:
“In every level, there is a different devil.
“I sold my soul to the game just to dine with the devil…”
The first verse of the song read;
“Hey, son! What’s up?
“This is your dad. I’m writing this to motivate you whenever you’re down
“Just remember my story and the things that people told me
“9-million-miter to my head couldn’t hold me
“Part from the fact and all the things that I believed in
“And how I treat the special woman with the womb I lived in
 
“How I used to go- go; how I used to go- get
“How I used to go to shows with no cash in my pocket
“I’m talking 08, 09, O10, O11
“For every level, there’s a different devil
“I sold my soul to the game just to dine with the devil
“I hope I make heaven; ahn
“And sometimes, I don’t even think about the fact that my daddy is a driver and my hood is Lady-Lak
“I just grind like am crazy like a maniac
“To make my daddy proud and get all the things my lady lacks.”
-Tori

2016’s most expensive drama series productions, did your favorites make the cut?

It isn’t easy or cheap to successfully pull off a hit show. In fact, some of the most popular TV shows ever produced also happen to be some of the most expensive. Networks continue to pull out all the stops, spending millions on popular cast members, elaborate sets, and stunning locations. Ready to see which of your beloved shows made the cut? Here are 11 of the most expensive TV shows ever produced.

1. ER — $13 million/episode

George Clooney in ER | NBC

George Clooney in ER | NBC

Though ER may not have started out pricey, the medical drama quickly became a huge hit for NBC and a launching pad for star George Clooney. After the show earned record-breaking ratings in 1996 and 1997, the network was eager to keep Clooney on board and to maintain viewership high. To that end, it agreed to pay Warner Bros. a huge budget of $13 million per episode. The decision — which TV insiders refer to as ” the half-a-billion-dollar blunder” — cost the network a whopping $440 million in just two years and failed to result in higher ratings. Meanwhile, Clooney still ended up leaving the show in 1999.

Luckily for NBC, the series was able to rebound with a lower budget and went on to air for several more seasons, with the 15th and final one concluding in 2009.

2. Friends – $10 million/episode

Friends

Friends | NBC

Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross helped Friends achieve 10 years of TV success. Running from 1994 to 2004, many of the scenes were set in a coffee shop and the characters’ apartments. So what exactly made this popular TV show so expensive? The cast.

As viewers tuned in year after year, many grew fond of the six friends and the amazing chemistry they had together. FinancesOnline.com writes that as the cast became increasingly popular, the actors started to ask for more money. During the third season, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer rallied together to ensure they received fair pay. By the time the final season rolled around, the cast members were each making $1 million per episode, causing the show’s budget to skyrocket to $10 million per episode.

3. Rome — $9 million/episode

Source: HBO

Rome | HBO

HBO really outdid itself with Rome. The historical drama, which ran from 2005 to 2007, told the story of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans. To depict an accurate and engaging picture of what it took for one to survive in Roman times, HBO used elaborate costumes and very detailed set designs, resulting in a $9 million per episode budget, according to The Richest. While the outrageous budget allowed HBO to add in exquisite scenery and details, it was also the show’s downfall.

Entertainment Weekly writes that HBO executives decided to ax the well-received show in order to save money on maintaining production resources in Italy. “Just like many of the other shows in the same class, it’s a show that ended early rather than got strung out and had the juice squeezed out of it,” show creator Bruno Heller tells Entertainment Weekly. “It ended for reasons other than running out of things to say. I loved it. I thought it was a great show. There’s a sense that there’s unfinished business.”

4. Marco Polo ­— $9 million/episode

Marco Polo | Netflix

Marco Polo | Netflix

As this list highlights, period dramas can be extremely costly to make and Netflix’s Marco Polo is no exception. Between the intricate sets, extravagant costumes, and other expensive materials, the streaming service ended up shelling out $90 million for the series’ 10-episode freshman season. At $9 million an episode, that makes it one of Netflix’s most expensive titles to date.

5. Camelot — $7 million/episode

Camelot | Starz

Camelot | Starz

The Starz series featured a star-studded ensemble cast, including Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Eva Green, and earned heavy promotion in the lead-up to its premiere. But despite earning solid reviews ahead of its launch, the show didn’t earn quite as great ratings as expected. It was likely just a matter of bad timing: HBO’s Game of Thrones premiered shortly after, drawing the attention of most battle-seeking viewers. Ultimately, the lackluster ratings weren’t enough to justify the show’s high production value and costly, elaborate sets and costumes. Starz eventually decided to ax the series after just one season.

6. Game of Thrones — $6 million/episode

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones | HBO

HBO’s Game of Thrones costs about $6 million per episode, E reports, with the network spending between $5 million and $10 million on the pilot episode alone. As with the majority of HBO hits, the staggering budget isn’t focused on its cast, but rather the beautiful and massive sets used, in addition to the elaborate shooting locations, according to Liberty Voice.

The unbelievably popular show is based on George R.R. Martin’s best selling series, A Song of Ice and Fire. According to the HBO description, “Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts, and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men … all will play the Game of Thrones.”

7. Frasier — $5.2 million/episode

Frasier | NBC

Frasier | NBC

Having previously starred on NBC’s Cheers, Kelsey Grammer entered his Frasier years with a solid fanbase and a well-established relationship with the network. So it’s no surprise that his salary started off high and only continued to skyrocket as the show garnered more success. By the 11th and final season of Frasier, Grammer was raking in a whopping $1.6 million dollars per episode.

Meanwhile, his co-stars were also bringing in hefty paychecks by the final season, with David Hyde Pierce earning $750,000; John Mahoney, $700,000; and Jane Leeves, around $367,000. With about 60% of the budget going to the stars salaries alone, it’s no wonder the total production value for Frasier was around $5.2 million an episode by its last season.

8. Boardwalk Empire – $5 million/episode

Boardwalk Empire Season 4

Boardwalk Empire | HBO

HBO has spared no expense on Boardwalk Empire. Each episode costs more than $5 million to make, thanks to the lavish production details, and takes about 15 days to film. USA Today reports that the show’s elaborate boardwalk set, which was built in a Brooklyn parking lot, cost an unbelievable $2 million. Additionally, the Boardwalk Empire pilot reportedly cost $18 million to produce. The hit show takes place during the Prohibition era and chronicles the life of Nucky Thompson, a bootlegger who is part politician, part gangster, and sole ruler of Atlantic City.

9. Deadwood — $4.5 million/episode

Deadwood

Deadwood | HBO

Have you noticed how many times HBO has made this list? Similar to many of its other shows, HBO spared no expense with Deadwood, coughing up $4.5 million per episode, per What Culture. The western series, which ran from 2004 to 2006, combined true events with fictional elements to create an engaging storyline for its viewers.

It was based on the real events that surrounded a gold rush in Deadwood, S.D. The show had a large and unique cast and well-done western sets to match its intriguing storyline. In addition, there were horses, wagons, and livestock coordinators, which all added to the show’s overall cost, according to The New York Times. In 2005, Deadwood took home five Emmys for its design and cinematography, proving the lavish expenses were paying off. However, in the end, its high budget was its downfall.

“I wouldn’t say it was a burden on HBO,” Chris Albrecht, chair of HBO at the time, explained to The New York Times. “But if you look at a year, say 2007, and there’s a set production fund and there’s a set amount of scheduling time. And there’s only so much you can fit in.”

10. Lost $4 million/episode

Lost | ABC

Lost | ABC

Lost also cost $4 million an episode, mainly due to its large cast, which started out with 70 adults and one dog, in addition to shooting on location in Oahu, Hawaii, according to The Richest.

The ABC series, which ran from 2004 to 2010, told the story of a group of people who survived a violent and mysterious plane crash, leaving them stranded on an island. They soon realize there is more to the island than meets the eye, and it eventually becomes apparent that everyone is in some way connected to each other.

11. Fringe — $4 million/episode

Fringe

Fringe | Fox

Fringe’s pilot cost a whopping $10 million, and its per episode budget was around $4 million, according to E. The sci-fi thriller, which ran on Fox from 2008 to 2013, tells the story of a formerly institutionalized scientist and his son, who team up with the FBI to investigate weird crimes that seem as though they could be part of a larger pattern.

The show started out strong but eventually struggled to hang on to viewers. It had a fairly complicated storyline, which was at times hard to follow and even worse if you happened to miss an episode. In a 2012 interview with TVLine, Kevin Reilly, who was the Fox president at the time, said Fringe is “an expensive show” that is not yielding a profit, “and we’re not in the business of losing money.”

 

 

 

-Cheatsheet