Wendy Williams (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/ Getty Images)

Songs, Movies & Moments: October 2019

Wendy Williams (Photo by Teresa Kroeger)

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

The divorce between talk show host Wendy Williams and her soon-to-be ex-husband Kevin Hunter has yet to be finalized, but a preliminary financial judgment has been handed down.

According to Page Six, Williams has agreed to pay Hunter $250,000 to find a home. Documents that were obtained by Page Six state that the two reached an interim financial agreement. Williams will pay Hunter to secure new living arrangements. Hunter will leave the home that he and Williams shared together as a married couple in Livingston, New Jersey. The property went on the market over the summer. Williams has been living in a $15,000-per-month Manhattan apartment.

Williams filed for divorce from Hunter after 22 years of marriage when she learned that Hunter had fathered a child with his mistress Sharina Hudson.

A source told Page Six that the former couple is now in mediation to settle the divorce. Williams has begun to become more civil in proceedings in an attempt to convince Hunter to sign the papers.

Amanda Seales

Insecure actress Amanda Seales recently came forward to publicly address the drama that happened behind the scenes at a Black Emmys party that she was escorted out of. Seales said that after she had trouble being allowed into the party, she was escorted out by security. Shortly after she got in, her Insecure cast-mates witnessed what happened and didn’t intervene.

After Seales discussed the incident on her podcast, her costar Sarunas Jackson responded through twitter to defend the cast.

“You can’t be a disrespectful a— human being and expect people to want to hang out with you,” Jackson tweeted in response to Madame Noire’s post. “It’s quite simple. Sit it out.”

Seales said that she was surprised when she arrived at the party and wasn’t on the guest list. However, she did reveal that she doesn’t have a good relationship with the party organizer and Issa Rae’s publicist, Vanessa Anderson.

“She has never been nice to me, ever,” Seales said on her podcast. “She always had a curtness, and she’s always seemed to be bothered simply by my demeanor, my way of communicating with her.”

Penny Toler

Penny Toler, the Los Angeles Sparks General Manager, has been relieved of her duties recently for using a racial slur. Toler, a black woman, was fired for allegedly using the “n” word in a rant as the Connecticut Sun eliminated her Sparks from the WNBA playoffs.

“It was unfortunate that I used that word.” Toler said after the Sparks’ loss. “I shouldn’t. Nobody should, but you know, like I said, I’m not here to defend word by word what I said. I know some of the words I’ve been accused of are embellished.”

“Toler was relieved of her duties and will no longer be with the organization, effective immediately,” the Sparks said in a statement. “A national search will begin immediately to identify the next general manager of the Sparks. Managing Partner and Governor Eric Holoman will assume the duties in the interim,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “That type of language reportedly used has no place in our league.”

She continued, “The WNBA takes pride in being one of the most diverse leagues in professional sports that fosters an inclusive and respectful environment. We thank Penny for her contributions to the WNBA through her service to the Sparks organization and as a player over two decades.”

Penny Toler has been a part of the Sparks organization for 22 years. She spent two years as a player before moving to the front office in 1999.

Simone Biles (Photo by Francois Nel)

Gymnast Simone Biles received an unexpected accolade recently. She will have two gymnastic moves that will bear her name.

During her floor routine she did a triple-double that included a double backflip and three twists. She then went to the balance beam and wowed the crowd with a double-double dismount.

The triple double will be deemed “The Biles II,” CNN reports. No word on what the other move will be called.

The honor will become official once it receives the approval of the Federation of International Gymnastics.

 

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