Songs, Movies & Moments: December 2017


A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Ciara is set to host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve this year, along with Jenny McCarthy and Ryan Seacrest.

The R&B artist will ring in the New Year for the West Coast in Hollywood, while Seacrest will do the same in New York. McCarthy will commentate, as she’s done in previous years.

This also marks 12 years since Ciara first appeared on the show. In 2005 she performed her hits “Goodies” and “1-2 step.”

“When I performed on this show back in 2005, I was so young and it was so special and exciting to be a part of such an iconic show,” Ciara said in a statement. “Over ten years later, it’s really a great feeling to say I’ve had the opportunity to host and perform on the show and I can’t wait to ring in the New Year with the world.”

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will air on Sunday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

D.B. Wiess and David Benioff.

HBO came under fire a few months ago over a controversial project created by Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Wiess, called Confederate.

The show, according to the official description, will chronicle the events leading up to the Third American Civil War. The series will take place in an alternate timeline where the southern states seceded from the union and slavery was still legal.

According to Shadow and Act, the project is not actively being worked on.

The backlash included a #NoConfederate campaign on Twitter, led by April Reign, ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, Shanelle Little, and Jamie Broadneaux. It’s certain that this campaign played a big part in the project being placed on hold.

Russell Simmons

In the aftermath of stepping down from his companies, Russell Simmons will not appear on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam reboot, All Def Comedy. This is being interpreted as the first step in the network severing all ties with Simmons.

“HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned. However, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the series moving forward.” According to a network statement released by, “The series is a platform for promising and up-and-coming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.”

Simmons recently stepped down from his companies after being hit with a sexual assault claim from award-winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet.

Lumet penned an open letter to The Hollywood Reporter detailing the alleged assault. In it, Lumet clamed that Simmons assaulted her after she assumed she was getting a ride home from him, but the car went to his apartment instead. The open letter reads in part: “You moved me into a bedroom. I said ‘wait.’ You said nothing. I made the trade in my mind. I thought ‘just keep him calm and you will get home.’ Maybe another person would have thought differently, or not made the trade. It was dark, but not pitch dark. You closed the door. At that point, I simply did what I was told.”

In response to Lumet’s allegations, Simmons said:

“I know Jenny and her family, and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that event is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades, and I sincerely apologize. As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don’t want to be a distraction, so I am removing myself from the business that I founded.”


Rapper/Actor DMX faces five years in prison after reportedly pleading guilty to tax evasion charges in court recently. He has been avoiding paying $1.7 million in taxes since 2005. The rapper allegedly paid bills from other people’s accounts and received payment from performances in cash. His royalties were also alleged to be deposited in his managers accounts.

DMX will be sentenced in Manhattan’s Federal Court in March.


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