The character of Cookie Lyon may seem larger than life on Empire but she may actually be inspired by a real person. A Detroit woman named Sophia Eggleston has filed a lawsuit claiming that the show ripped off her life story.
Sophia is seeking $300 million from Lee Daniels and Fox for using her likeness. She claims that her life story was described in her book, The Hidden Hand, which she attempted to shop around Hollywood back in 2011 to screenwriter Rita Miller who said she would pitch it to Lee. According to the suit, "Cookie was a drug kingpin that went to jail. So did plaintiff Eggleston. Cookie is released from jail confinement and immediately places a hit on a certain individual. Plaintiff...actually was jailed for doing the actual hit on a man." Sophia says Cookie also acts and dresses like her and that they also both have a gay family member.
A 12-year-old fugitive is now in federal custody after a murder at a park in Omaha.
U.S. Marshals arrested the boy 600 miles away in Minneapolis.
Investigators say Jarrell Milton had been on the run since the shooting last week.
Investigators named the boy, his 17-year-old brother, Jamar, and 15-year-old Shawn-Tavious Primes-Willis as suspects in the killing.
Janet Jackson's new single, "No Sleeep," was released Monday (June 22nd) and immediately went to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140. It stayed their for four hours. Click the READ MORE button to check out the video.
Diddy was arrested June 22nd for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly attacked a UCLA football coach with a kettlebell. Diddy's son Justin Combs is a defensive back on the team. According to UCPD, the rap mogul was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. According to TMZ, sources say that the drama started during a workout session on Sunday (June 21st) where coach Sal Alosi was "riding Justin badly" and told him not to return until the end of the summer. Diddy went to campus to see if he could resolve the issue with Alosi.
Snoop Dogg wants to be the new CEO of Twitter after Dick Costolo stepped down from his post. The rapper tweeted, "Im ready to lead @twitter !!#SnoopforCEO. First order of Business! Get that Moolah! #SnoopforCEO @twitter." Snoop later came up with the hashtag #ifSnoopWasTwitterCEO and some of his followers got involved.
Keri Hilson got dragged on Twitter for defending Rachel Dolezal -- the leader of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP -- whose parents claimed that she pretended to be black for years in order to move up in the ranks at the organization. Keri tweeted this weekend, "Let's just all thank #RachelDolezal. Identity, pathological, & parental issues aside, she's doing more than most of us do for ourselves." She added, "I'm not sayin she doesn't have serious ISSUES, I'm just sayin don't knock her intentions or discredit her efforts. @NAACP stands by her work."
Ice-T's grandson Elyjah Marrow has been indicted on the shooting death of his 19-year-old Daryus Johnson. Marrow was arrested last June for accidently shooting Johnson in the chest with a stolen gun.
Rachel Dolezal, the leader of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, yesterday (June 14th) canceled a monthly membership meeting yesterday that had been planned for tonight at which she was to speak about the charge that she's been misrepresenting herself as black, saying it was, quote, "due to a need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders." The story made international headlines after the 37-year-old activist's estranged parents said last week that she's white, with no African-American background, and has been passing herself off as black. One member of the Spokane chapter, Kitara Johnson, has organized an online petition calling for Dolezal to take a leave of absence, and a demonstration had been planned for tonight calling for her to step down. Johnson said, "It's not about race, it's about integrity. . . . The other piece is credibility."
Bow Wow is taking credit for creating the new Erica Mena. He posted a pic of Erica, along with the caption, "All me! Top to bottom! Look at What i created!" When someone asked for clarification, he said,
Do you remember the Florida barber shop that encouraged young boys to read by having books in the shop for the clients? An attorney in Alabama was so inspired that he just launched Books for Boys. At first, the lawyer, Freddie Stokes, set out to establish small libraries of about 75 books each in two or three barbershops. But he got such a great response that he will be able to set up libraries in at least six barbershops, with the first opening in mid-June.
Former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt is sorry about how he conducted himself at a teenage pool party, says his attorney Jane Bishkin.
Casebolt came under fire this week after disturbing footage of him aggressively handling 15-year-old Dajerria Becton and pointing a gun two other teen partygoers began circulating.
A new book has spilled secrets about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's life. According to The New York Post, the new book is entitled Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame, by Ian Halperin. The book details a secret extortion plot to expose Whitney's alleged lesbian affair with best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford.
According to FBI files, Whitney received several letters filled with threats and harassment. A passage from an enclosed memorandum read, “[Redacted] said [Redacted] told him that [Redacted] has knowledge of intimate details regarding Whitney Houston’s romantic relationships, and will go public with the information unless [Redacted] is paid $250,000. [Redacted] told [Redacted] client will sign a confidentiality agreement if [Redacted] is paid the $250,000.” Also included in the file is an executed confidentiality agreement - which suggested that the extortion plot was successful.
Lil Wayne has denied spitting on a referee in charity basketball game in St. Louis last week. As previously reported, Wayne went off on the ref for repeatedly making bad calls against his Young Money team.
According to TMZ, sources close to the rapper admitted that Wayne did go after the ref to start a fight. Although in footage of the incident, it may have looked like the rapper spit on the ref -- and the ref wiped his face with a towel, sources say that Wayne did not.
'Akon's Solar Power Initiative Aims To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa'Africa'
Akon hopes to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa with his 'Akon Lighting Africa' Solar Academy initiative.
This isn't just another charitable celebrity contribution. This might be the most ambitious charitable endeavor ever.
R&B singer Akon has launched an initiative aiming to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa. The Akon Lighting Africa initiative has started the Solar Academy, which will help African engineers harness the sun's energy to produce electricity for the target of 600 million people. Considering that Africa gets an average of 320 sunny days in a given calendar year, this plan more than makes sense. But to say it's extensive and ambitious would be a giant understatement.
When their parents died, Chelle and Lank inherited their childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. To make ends meet, the siblings host 'basement parties' spinning the newest records to come out of Motown, which is a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods.