[Street News] Rihanna goes Dior, Empire’s Season Finale drops jaws + Walmart has a meth lab!

Let’s get right too it darlings…

5. WHAT CELEBRITIES ARE DOING

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO…

Last week there was the announcement that KELLY OSBOURNE would be leaving FASHION POLICE on E! due to a disagreement about a topic, and now comes word that KATHY GRIFFIN is also out after just one award season. She states that she wasn’t really a good fit and that she wishes them all the best of luck. I swear no one is going to watch that show with just GUILIANA and that other boy. I guess I’ll be watching FASHION QUEENS on BRAVO for weekly fashion opines.

IT’S ALL IN THE FOOTAGE…

TAM’S BURGER in COMPTON has released drive thru footage of SUGE KNIGHT’S Janaury 29th hit and run. Apparently one of the guys approaches the vehicle, he is clipped by Suge’s mirror and then three other men approach and one man is run over and left with a crushed scull, which he eventually died from his injuries. SUGE KNIGHT is clearly guilty, but this fool is trying his best to come off innocent by saying that is/was partially blind and came into court with a cane and shades to prove such. THIS IS BECOMING TOO MUCH. Good luck to the former music mogul and prayers are with the family of victim.

SPARE THE ROD…CORRECTION USE THE ROD…

R&B diva ANGIE STONE has been arrested for beating the piss out of her daughter DIAMOND with a metal rod for not cleaning up after herself and her kids. The scuffle happened last week and it left Stone’s daughter without her front teeth. A MESS!!! First of all, why is your 30 year old daughter staying with you and her kid(s) and secondly, why should you have to tell a GROWN AS WOMAN to clean up after herself. And thirdly, who knew Angie Stone was old enough to have a 30 year old child? These and many questions will be answered on the next episode of AS THE R&B DIVA’S WORLD TURNS…DUN, DUN, DUN…

UP DOWN, UP DOWN, UP DOWN…

EMPIRE star and fan favorite JUSSIE SMOLLETT, who plays lynchpin JAMAL LYONS, has come out the closet, well not really, but he said, “There has never been a closet,” to ELLEN last week. But quiet as it’s kept MALIK YOBA, his co-star, mistakenly outed him a few weeks ago. But honestly there was no question about the performer’s sexuality because of the equal rights tattoo on his right arm (not saying that’s a thing); but it shouldn’t EVEN matter as he is burning up the charts with his music and bringing killer performances weekly to EMPIRE. Thanks for being you Mr. Jussie Smollett and continue to bring your A-GAME weekly on our favorite new show… If you haven’t watched the finale you need to do just so! It’s full of plot twits and turns that will turn your expressions and emotions all around!

PAY UP!!!

PHARRELL AND ROBIN THICKE are going to be forced to pony up nearly 7 million dollars to the MARVIN GAYE estate for what was clearly a stolen song in BLURRED LINES. The jury made their decision after listening to bars of both songs and concluding that they were just alike. Well it looks like the GAYE children will have something to celebrate and continue to live well off for years to come.

4. ODD NEWS ISH…

RED HIGHWAY…

Pennsylvania got a sweet surprise this week when a truck carrying TWIZZLERS were spilled all over highway 170 near WESTMORELAND COUNTY last week. The highway was shut down for a few hours while crews cleaned up the mess, no doubt taking the loot with them, because I sure would have. Foggy conditions may have led to the incident.

NOT LOST IN TRANSLATION…

RODNER FIGUEROA, a UNIVISION fashion expert was fired last week when he said that FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA looked like something from THE PLANET OF THE APES. Though he tried to backtrack during the live segment, and though it was edited for the WEST COAST playback, Figueroa was fired immediately for his insensitive and also racial remarks. WOW!!! Spanish or English, respect should be given regardless.

SWEET DARE…

Florida is just a weird ass state as a woman was arrested last week for being completely naked in front of a DUNKIN’ DOUGHNUTS near WEST PALM BEACH. She was beginning to scare the customers so the employees called the cops. When they arrived, she said that it was a dare from her sorority she was pledging and she profusely apologized. But she was charged with indecent exposure.  SISTERHOOD means this much to you boo?

EVERYTHING IS AT WAL-MART…

…Including METH. An INDIANA Walmart is still trying to figure out who left a backpack in a bathroom that contained a fully functioning METHLAB in it. It was discovered by an employee at the store, and police removed it immediately. The store said that the restrooms were thoroughly cleaned before the store was reopened. LUCKY THEM!!!

1 + 1 = 6…

What happens when the bride is lied to about the groom’s educational background? Well in INDIA a bride promptly walked out on her groom to be in her arranged marriage because he couldn’t answer a simple math question. First of all, who doesn’t know simple math and second of all, there are still arranged marriages? Things that make you go hmmm…

3. GONE TO SEE JESUS…

Actor WINDELL MIDDLEBROOKS died at the age of 36 last week from unknown reasons foul play is not suspected. He was famous for his witty commercials as the MILLER HIGH LIFE GUY. He was also a regular actor on many comedies and dramas on television.

FACTS OF LIFE co-creator JENNA MCMAHON died last week at the age of 89 years of age. She died of heart failure. She was a premier and prolific comedic writer of the 70s and 80s and made numerous appearances on television before creating the iconic series.

After a long battle with ALS, writer RICHARD GLATZER died at the age of 63. He was the OSCAR NOMINATED writer of STILL ALICE, which JULLIANE MOORE just won THE LEAD ACTRESS OSCAR for. He’s also known for THE LAST OF ROBINHOOD and THE FLUFFER.

2. THAT FACE…THAT BODY…THAT CONTRACT…

POP DIVA RIHNNA is becoming an iconic BRAND as she has signed on to be the first BLACK FACE of DIOR. JULIA ROBERTS and CHARLISE THERON have also been the face of DIOR. This isn’t the first brand the singer/actress has associated herself with. The UMBRELLA singer is also the brand ambassador for PUMA, BALMAIN, as well as NAKEDNESS.

1. YOUNG WEEZY, AWWW POOR YOUNG WEEZY…

First a bomb threat was called on his mansion in MIAMI that proved to be a false alarm and a waste of time. Second comes a huge mess up at a concert thrown for a group of students in Louisiana. LIL’ WAYNE has had a messed up week to say the least.  But WAYNE is coming around and making nice with his DJ who messed up and played the real version of “I’M IN LOVE THE CO-CO,” instead of his version that was to go in on his ex label and their shady ways. Hopefully this week is better for you WAYNE and keep your head up. You only have millions to keep you warm….

[RECIPE] Low-Carb Zesty Lobster and Shrimp Scampi over Spaghetti Squash

So summer is right around the corner and everyone is on their “fitness tip”. Although working out is always great for your mind, body, and spirit, eating right is honestly the most important element (80/20). In this recipe you can still get your fix for seafood and Italian without cheating your body. Spaghetti squash is an amazing option to any “pasta” needed dish, and it’s a vegetable, so it has to be good for you right!? Here’s my spin on a zesty limone lobster and shrimp scampi. Lets get it!

What you will need: 

  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 Medium/ large sauté pan
  • 1 Fork and large knife

Ingredients:

Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon and a half salt
2 whole spaghetti squash (each one serves 2 people)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
1-2 lobster tails
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 lemon, zest grated
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Directions:
Preheat the oven on broil at a high heat. While the oven is warming up, you will need to cut your squash in halves. cutting them in half the long way. Gut out all of the seeds and the stringy excess, think pumpkin carving on Halloween. Place them cut side up on the cookie sheet and glaze them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Don’t be shy you want to season them because they have no flavor like regular noodles, trust me. Your tastebuds will thank me later.
Let the halves broil face side up for 10-15 min. Remove the cookie sheet with squash. No you will flip your squash halves so that they’re now face down. and adding water to the base of the cookie sheet to steam them for the remainder of their cooking process. Another 10-15 minutes. DONT FORGET to switch your oven from broil to bake once you flip them over, you do not want to burn them.
Once the squash has baked for a total of 20-30 minutes in the oven you’ll know they’re ready because you can stick a fork in them all the way to the skin, plus you’ll start to see your spaghetti form, yumm!
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Now you can remove all of your “pasta” and put it in a separate container to cool, adding a little bit more olive oil and salt and pepper.
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On a cutting board you will chop you lemon, parsley and garlic, remember always vegetables before meat/ fish.
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Now for the seafood! You will need to devein and remove the shell on the shrimp leaving the tail and remove your lobster meat from it’s tail.
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Now this is when you’ll need your skillet. Place your shrimp, lobster meat, garlic, butter and lemon juice in the pan and turn it on to medium heat.

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As your meat starts to turn pink you’ll know its almost ready, at this point add your fresh parsley.

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Keep your sautee’ing active always turning making sure your flavors are mixing well together. Now you can add the chili flakes, were almost done! Just give this another 2-3 minutes.

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Turn the heat off and remove the pan from the heat. Now, while the food it still hot, plate your spaghetti and Enjoy!

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[Street News] Kelly calls it QUITS! Obama has a Veto spree + Ducktales 2017 is underway!

Here’s a look at the week’s highlights…

5. BEAM ME UP SCOTTIE…

VULCANS and STAR TREK fans alike are mourning the death of LEONARD NIMOY, who died in California this week at the age of 83. Best known for his turn as Captain Kirk’s right hand man MR. SPOCK, Nimoy had fans of varying ages. His work will live on in the pantheon of society through re-runs of Star Trek and his many other roles including the last one on FRINGE.

4. EVERYTHING IS NEW AGAIN…

NETFLIX is gearing up to do reboots of INSPECTOR GADGET and DANGER MOUSE. THE NEW INSPECTOR GADGET has already begun to air in Europe with its premier later this month on the subscription giant. DANGER MOUSE is coming to NETFLIX in early 2016. DISNEY is also doing its own reboot of the classic DUCKTAILS that will be coming to DISNEY CHANNEL IN early 2017. I for one cannot wait for these reboots. It’ll feel like I’m a child again!

3. SQUIRRELL…AKA #THEBLUEDRESS…

Just as the dog in Disney Pixar’s “UP” was easily distracted by a squirrel, millions on social media were intrigued by the emergence of THE BLUE DRESS.  Originally just a post by a user to show her purchase, which turns out to be one of the ugliest dresses I have seen in years, the dress garnered many people’s opinion about the color of the dress. Half the population saw it is BLUE & BLACK, as opposed to the other half of the population that saw it as WHITE & GOLD.  I turned to science to figure this stupid crap out, and basically it all has to do with the white balance of the screen that the viewer is looking at the picture on. It also has to do with the way that YOU interpret light and what colors you discount and what you gather. So if you are perceptive to darker colors, you saw it as blue and black, and if you are perceptive to light, then you saw it as Gold and White. Regardless, we all have an opinion but the dress’ color is in actuality…BLUE! Isn’t there something else we could be doing…

2. POT…KETTLE…REPEAT…

Kelly Osbourne is okay giving fashion critique to A-listers and anyone else who walks the red carpet, but when her friend was talked about/critiqued, she couldn’t handle it and now has QUIT E! NETWORK’S FASHION POLICE. Backstory, Guiliana Rancic, her co-star on the fashion forward and harsh show, made the asinine comment that ZENDAYA, the little girl who was supposed to play AALIYAH in that GOD-AWFUL LIFETIME MOVIE, who now is sporting dreds, “must smell like weed.” To this, ZENDAYA went on the defensive and demanded that one must, “think before they speak.” Well Guiliana went on social media and apologized and later apologized on E! NEWS for the comment. But Kelly still quit over this bull and decided to “STAND BY HER FRIEND.” Something smells fishy. I believe that she was ready to leave the network and just needed an excuse. I’ve seen Kelly looking at KATHY GRIFFITH side-eye ever since she stepped in for JOAN RIVERS.

1. FRONT PAGE NEWS…

AMERICAN TRAGEDY…

Former Marine EDDIE RAY ROUTH was found GUILTY for killing AMERICAN SNIPER author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. The defense tried to paint him as insane and suffering from posttraumatic stress, but that was shot down quickly as video of his arrest surfaced and showed that he was indeed aware of what he was doing at the time. Further proving his guilt was the testimony of key family members who stated that he had been seething and feeling left out and would do something drastic in the near future.  Chris’ widow Taya was not present during the verdict being read. As you will recall THE AMERICAN SNIPER film was based on this book and it starred BRADLEY COOPER AND SIENNA MILLER and was nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD this year, but did not win.

KNUCK IF YOU BUCK…

President Obama is using his veto power to its full potential now that he is a lame-duck president, meaning he cannot run again, which is famously rebutted to the heckling Republicans during the STATE OF THE UNION ADRESS back in January. And everything that he feels is not a good idea that the REPUBLICAN RUN LEGISLATURE is bringing him, is being vetoed as quickly as it’s presented to him. Case in point the KEYSTONE OIL PIPELINE that would run from ALASKA to the GULF OF MEXICO. Many environmentalist warned against its implication on the environment surrounded it, and President Obama has taken heed. Now the BILL goes back to the Republican run Senate where it doesn’t have 2/3rds vote to override the President’s veto and could possibly be dead in the water until a later date. #CIVICS101.

BANDWITH FOR ALL…

THE FCC voted 3 to 2 that would adopt a new policy when it comes to the internet and its practices. Still essentially the Wild West, the INTERNET, really doesn’t have any rules and this decision at least gives some guidelines for the future of this masterful invention. This particular ruling would not allow big time corporations to speed up their speed to get people on their sites, ala commercials being louder than the television to get the viewer’s attention easier; which this was deemed unethical just recently. So the internet is now a free space and everyone gets equal chances on their interface no matter the money or backing. This is definitely a win for the FIRST AMENDMENT rights and people who not only use the internet for fun, but for business and their discussion of politics, et all.

That’s it for this week. Have a good one and I can’t wait to give you the STREET NEWS next week.

V.A. Patrick Slade…

[RECIPE] An Island Getaway, for Dinner?! Jerk Chicken, Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Cabbage + Dessert!

Jerk Chicken, Coconut lime rice, Black beans, Sautéed brussels sprouts and cinnamon fried plantians.. YUM. Just what the doctor prescribed in my vacation package and I didn’t even have to leave the house. Well, only to go to Ralph’s but you catch my drift. Lets dive right in shall we?

First I wanted to make homemade marinade. Not buy something saucy and spicy out of a bottle, eh. Anyone can do that and they all end up just tasting like plastic. So lets get our marinade ready first.

What you will need:

  • Grill
  • Large mixing bowl for marinade and chicken
  • Large Sautee pan for brussels sprouts
  • medium pot for rice
  • small pot for beans
  • small frying pan for plantain’s

Ingredients:

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  • Chicken (I used filleted thighs and breasts)
  • Plain white rice
  • 1 medium can of black beans (no spices)
  • 2 whole plantain’s
  • 1.lb of fresh (stemmed and halved) brussels sprouts.
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • small bag of shredded coconut.

Marinade:

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 to 5 fresh habanero chile (stemmed and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange/ mango juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

After your marinade is done, drop in your rinsed chicken pieces and toss them around. Make sure they’re all saturated with the marinade and let it sit in the refrigerator.

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1. After the chicken is marinading you will begin with your rice: Fill a pot with 2 cups of coconut water and 1 cup of regular water. Also add in 3-4 tablespoons of lime juice to your water and set it to boil. Once the water is boiling drop in 1.5 cups of rice and let it boil uncovered. Once the rice has boiled and the water is almost flush with the rice, stir it, reduce the heat, and cover it until its tender.

2. While the rice is cooking, wash all of your brussels sprouts and cut off the stems of them while also cutting them in half. This aids in the cooking process and allows them to brown a little more. For this sauté I used: Salt, Pepper, Fresh garlic and lime juice 2 Tablespoons. Ready, set, sauté.

3. Now for the black beans. Empty your beans into a small pot. cutting a chunk of onion leaving it whole. This is to drop in and add flavor to the beans, leaving it whole allows your to scoop around it or take it out. Nobody wants stringy onions in their beans. Well I definitely don’t.

4. As far as the plantain goes you want to make sure when you pick them they’re not so green, green means that they’re not sweet enough because they haven’t ripened yet. So go for the brown-ish yellow, those are perfect. You’re going to slice them. you can make chips, spears, cut them up how ever you want. Drizzle some olive oil into a pan (lightly) and warm it up to medium temperature. Once it’s warm you can drop you plantain’s into the oil finishing them with a few shakes/ dusts of cinnamon to add some sweetness and spice to the fruit. yumm! Caramelized! Once golden yellow, remove and set on a dry napkin to remove excess oil.

5. Now that all your sides are done/ cooking on low (simmer) you can grill your chicken 10minutes each side. Using the marinade through out the cooking process add some to each chicken piece after flipping it over on the grill. Extra juicy.

6. To plate your food get your rice and beans fresh and hot, putting your beans on top of your rice helps to not have beans falling all around your plate. Now for the brussels sprouts, chicken, and finally, plantains.

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[DESSERT!!!]

For an extra kick! You can make dessert with the extra fried plantains.

Warm them up on the pan again at medium heat this time throwing in a shot (or two) of Jamison and let those bad boys sizzle for a bit.

Fry up 2 slices of bacon

Scoop your favorite amount of ice cream (or stay classy with vanilla) and enjoy this heaven on a plate dessert. I drizzled some chocolate because, hey, who doesn’t like that?! Enjoy!

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