Comedian Leslie Jones’ resurgence on social media has led her to a ticket to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jones, who stars on SNL, took to Twitter this weekend to share her excitement for Team USA. She used two laptops to live tweet. “I’m not going to miss nothing!” she tweeted. “Yep I love the Olympics it’s the only time all countries come together to compete! I love it!!,” she posted along with a video of herself donning an American flag outfit and holding gold medal replicas. Jim Bell, NBC executive and Olympics producer, extended an invite to Jones after seeing her live tweets. “You’re officially invited to Rio. Want to come?,” he posted. “Hmmmm don’t play cause y’all need me..I would have the whole Olympics pumped!!,” she replied. “So the question is….should I go? Hmmm.” Last month, Jones took a social media hiatus after she was hit with a slew of racist comments by cyber bullies. Read more.
‘Suicide Squad’ Puts Warner Bros. Past the $1.5B Mark
Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto, has pushed Warner Bros. past the $1 billion domestic mark. This is the 16th consecutive year that Warner Bros. has hit this milestone. The film was the third highest grossing movie of the year after Captain America: Civil War — which earned $179.1 million — and Batman v Superman — which garnered $166 million. Suicide Squad, which was Will Smith’s largest domestic debut, is Warner Bros.’ fifth-highest domestic opening in its history. The movie is centered on a U.S. intelligence officer who compiles a team of supervillains for a mission. Director David Ayer took to Twitter to thank fans for the movie’s success. “Thank you thank you thank you! To the folks making @SuicideSquadWB a success this weekend,” he posted. “It’s just a fun Summer movie with a good heart.” Read more.
First Black Women to Own PR Firm in the U.S. Dies
Inez Y. Kaiser, the first African-American woman to own a nationally recognized public relations firm, has passed away. Kaiser, who was born in Overland Park, gave up her job as a home economics teacher to launch her own PR business called Inez Kaiser & Associates back in 1957. Aside from being the first Black woman to own a PR firm, Kaiser was recognized as the first African-American woman to start a business in Kansas City, Missouri. She also was the first Black woman to be a part of the Public Relations Society of America and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. While Nixon and Ford served as presidents, she counseled them on issues faced by minority women in business. She was a longtime advocate for the advancement of African-American women. Although she was a proud Republican – because she claimed all of the individuals who helped her start her business were affiliated with the Republican Party – she cast her vote for President Obama while he was running for president. “You didn’t mess with her,” her son Rick Kaiser said in a statement. “She would harass you, badger you, hound you until she got what she wanted.” She passed away on Sunday at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park. Kaiser was 98. Read more.
President Obama Has Star-Filled Birthday Party at the White House
President Obama hosted a celeb-studded event on Friday in celebration of his 55th birthday. The party, which took place at the White House, was organized by First Lady Michelle Obama. FLOTUS ensured that his last birthday celebration as president would be a night to remember. Amongst those in attendance were Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Jay Z, John Legend, and Jennifer Hudson. Other celebrities included Tyler Perry, Pusha T, Timberland, NBA star Chris Paul, Ledisi, and Yolanda Adams. DJ Jazzy Jeff was on the ones and twos for the evening and there was reportedly a performance by singer Usher. Some of the attendees took to social media to share their excitement about the birthday bash. “#AboutLastNight Our President knows how to throw a great party, we had so much fun, I can barely walk today, LOL! Happy Birthday Mr. President @barackobama!!!” posted Magic Johnson’s wife Cookie. “Happy Birthday Mr. President! 🎉🎉🎉 Danced the night away w/ @therealpjsparks at the Prez’ bday bash! EPIC. #timeofourlives,” posted songstress Jordin Sparks. Read more.
Prince’s Paisley Park Will Soon be Up for Sale
Bremer Bank, which is overseeing Prince’s estate, is putting Paisley Park and other pieces of his property up for sale. According to a statement from the bank, they want to “immediately begin to list and market” in efforts to “take advantage of the current market.” Paisley Park, at 60,000-square-feet, is worth about $7 million. His other properties are reportedly worth $21 million combined. Alison Hauck, a trust officer, said that the revenue generated from selling his properties can help tackle estate administration fees and income tax bills. She claims that keeping the properties is accumulating expensive bills. “Carrying these properties is not in the estate’s best interest,” said Hauck. Prince’s Turks and Caicos property was listed along with Paisley Park. Read more.
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