10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

From Janet Hubert‘s epic Will Smith diss to the first Democratic debate and Mos Def’s troubles in South Africa, here are the top moments in entertainment news this week!

Janet Hubert slammed Jada Pinkett Smith over her call for a boycott of the Oscars. E! News

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off during the first Democratic debate. — CNN

Love & Hip Hop: New York‘s Tara Wallace confirmed that she is indeed pregnant with her third child with Peter Gunz. — OKMagazine.com

Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump‘s bid for president. The Washington Post

Beyoncé fueled more pregnancy rumors during a surprise appearance at USC. — USA Today

Khloe Kardashian‘s Kocktails with Khloe talk show made its debut to mixed reviews. — Refinery 29

Mos Def was charged for using a fake passport as well as helping his family stay in South Africa illegally. — TMZ

Mariah Carey is engaged to her billionaire boyfriend James Packer. — Huffington Post

Several celebrities have organized drives for and helped send bottled water to Flint, Michigan. — Detroit Free Press

Stacey Dash caused quite the buzz with the comments she made about BET! Us Weekly 

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

Rob Loud

Rob Loud

This week has been filled with some unexpected splits and over-the-top surprises. Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose called it quits while Kim Kardashian was almost knocked down during another successful prank by Vitalii Sediuk. Catch up on some of this week’s hottest entertainment and culture headlines below. 

1. André 3000 has officially crushed our dreams of a new OutKast album. [Billboard]

2. Love birds Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo are reportedly preparing to pull the plug on their relationship. [E!]

3. Amber Rose filed for divorce from her husband Wiz Khalifa on September 23. [CNN]

4. ABC had its best Thursday night ratings in 5 years following Shonda Rhimes takeover with the the season premieres of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” [The Wrap]

5. Mary-Kate Olsen, 28, and her fiancé Olivier Sarkozy, 44, reportedly wed in a secret ceremony, says a source speaking to Lucky magazine. [Lucky]

6. Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor was arrested in Michigan on Thursday morning on a charge of domestic assault. [WCNC]

7. Clemson University has suspended all fraternities after a pledge was found dead in a lake after what may have been a hazing run. [NBC]

8. Career prankster Vitalii Sediuk tackled reality star Kim Kardashian-West on Thursday as she was walking into the Balmain fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. [TMZ]

9. Tyler Perry is reportedly expecting his first child with his girlfriend Gelila Bekele. [People]

10. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin will wed in Venice on Saturday. [New York Daily News]

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

Lifetime

Lifetime

From the release date being set for Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic to Sheryl Underwood sharing the details of an awkward moment that involved her and several well-known comedians, read below for a few of this week’s top pop culture moments.

1. Yung Berg knocked Tamar Braxton’s claims that he had never produced a song for her by posting an interview in which the singer says Berg produced her song “The One.” [Bossip]

2. Sheryl Underwood says she turned down a spot on the “Queens of Comedy” cast after she unexpectedly caught Adele Givens, Laura Hayes and Sommore talking negatively about her on a conference call. [The Talk]

3. A woman is suing a New York City matchmaker after she claims she paid the matchmaker $100,000 to set her up on numerous dates that failed to lead to a successful relationship. [New York Daily News]

4. A photo posted on Beyoncé’s Instagram has sparked another photoshop controversy for the star after many of Bey’s followers claimed the picture had been doctored. [TMZ]

5. Now that Khloe Kardashian has pulled the plug on her romance with French Montana, rumors are growing that she called it quits with the rapper after finding out he was secretly texting her best friend Malika Haqq. [Hollywood Life]

6. As the iPhone 6 launch kicked off on Friday, retailers were expecting crowds that rivaled the size of those experienced during the launch of the first iPhone in 2007. [Mashable]

7. Lifetime has revealed the release date and first movie stills from “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” its biopic on the life of the late singer  Aaliyah. [YBF]

8. A New York physician has been accused of taking a selfie in the operating room with Joan Rivers while the late comedian was under anesthesia for a biopsy on her vocal cords, a procedure that is believed to have led to the Rivers’ death. [WPIX-TV]

9. A fight at a wedding in Buffalo, New York, required police officers from seven different departments to bring it under control.  [The Grio]

10. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea dropped the steamy visuals for J.Lo’s new track “Booty.” [YouTube]

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

GQ

GQ

This week in pop culture, Tia Mowry sounded off on Charlize Theron’s mean girl tendencies this week, Lil Wayne made a major move with his sports management company’s first client and Kanye West and his self-proclaimed “greatness” graced the cover of GQ’s August issue.

Raed below for more of the top moments you may have missed.

1. An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday in Mali as it traveled from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers. A rainstorm is suspected as the cause of the crash that is beleived to have killed all 116 people aboard the plane.  [USA Today]

2. Tia Mowry called out Charlize Theron for being rude toward her at a SoulCycle class. [International Business Times]

3. French Montana and his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian  made an appearance on Angie Martinez’s radio show Thursday. They talked about all the publicity their relationship has received as well and just how the odd pair first met. [Power 105.1]

4. Kanye west landed the cover of GQ’s August Issue, where he talks about his upcoming new album, his fashion designer aspirations and also opens up about his marriage to reality TV queen Kim Kardashian. [GQ]

5.  The NYPD officer who placed a Staten Island man in a deadly chokehold has been stripped of his bags and gun and placed on desk duty. [Huffington Post]

6. President Barack Obama’s motorcade kept a pregnant woman in Los Angeles from crossing the street to get to the hospital. [The Blaze]

7. Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the first client singed to Lil Wayne’s sports management company. [New York Daily News]

8. The first visuals have been released from Lifetime’s biopic the life of Whitney Houston, starring Yaya DeCosta at the late singer.  [Entertainment Tonight]

9. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims’ identies are being stolen for Facebook and credit card scams. [Mashable]

10. “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis called out his former cast member Luke Grimes for quitting the show because Grimes didn’t want to play a gay character. [Vulture]

Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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I’ve had several tracks on replay for the past few days, ranging from Elle Varner’s playful “Don’t Wanna Dance” to basically every song of Adrian Marcel’s impressive mixtape “Weak After Next.” Jill Scott and SZA’s “Divinity,” Molia’s “Too Late” and Majid Jordan’s “A Place Like This” were also on heavy rotation this week.

Adrian Marcel – Weak After Next

Adrian Marcel dropped “Weak After Next,” his first mixtape since releasing “7 Days Of Weak” last year. The project is slickly produced and packed with several R&B bangers that are sure to build even more buzz around Marcel. “Honey,” his duet with Kelly Rowland, “Fly” and “Be Mine” are three standout songs on the mixtape. But his stirring cover of James Browns’ “It’s A Man’s World” offers true glimpse into Marcel’s strengths as a vocalist.

Elle Varner – Don’t Wanna Dance 

Featuring a sample of Jimmy Castor’s “I Just Wanna Stop” — the same track used for the intro of Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care” — Elle Varner’s “Don’t Wanna Dance” is a light-hearted take on wasting her night at a party she didn’t really want to attend.  Her mind is on her man and her aching feet, a story she recounts over an infectious, instrument-packed production. The stacked harmonies on the second verse are an added bonus.

Molia – Too Late

Molia checks out of a toxic relationship in her bass-heavy “Too Late.” The production, with it’s synths, dreamy chords and thumping intro makes for a pretty aggressive breakup anthem.

Majid Jordan – A Place Like This

Majid Jordan, who are signed to Drake’s Toronto-based OVO Sound Label, teased the release of their upcoming EP with the projects title track “A Place Like This.” Featuring Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the duo’s moody track is anchored by a strong bass-line and Maskati’s haunting vocals.

Sza and Jill Scott – Divinity

A collaboration between SZA and Jill Scott is expected to be nothing but great, and the two ladies of soul didn’t let us down. The track finds SZA and Scott singing over each other’s verses and sporadically tossing-in ad-libs as throughout the 8-minute-long vocal marathon. There is no harmonizing between the two, but the lush, futuristic production and free-flowing verses make for a magical song.

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

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From the elevator brawl you couldn’t get away from to the 34-year-old Texas woman arrested for posing as a high school student, here are some of this week’s top stories.

1. Solange Knowles attacked her brother-in-law Jay-Z in a hotel elevator. And then to our surprise, Beyonce, Jay and Solo released a statement on the incident. [CNN]

2. A New York school board president resigned after being caught on a open mic calling a parent “chubby wubby.” [NYDN]

3. The wreckage of a Confederate ship used in a historical slave escape was found in South Carolina harbor. [The Grio]

4. New York Times Editor Jill Abramson was fired from her position. And reportedly it was possibly due to her complaints about pay discrimination. [Huffington Post]

5. Nylon Magazine’s has reportedly been sold without the knowledge of its co-founders Marvin and Jaclynn Jarrett and will merge with FashionIndie.com. [International Business Times]

6. A pair of New York City roommates found $40,000 dollars in a thrifted couch and returned the money to the couch’s former owner. [NYDN]

7. The Standard Hotel security guard that leaked footage to TMZ of Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in an elevator was fired. [Washington Post]

8. Danity Kane’s Aundrea Fimbres announced she will be leaving the group after the completion of the girls’ national No Filter Tour. [Us Magazine]

9. A 34-year-old Texas woman was arrested after successfully posing for months as a high school student. [CBS News]

10. Donald Sterling failed miserably during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. [YouTube]