Azealia Banks called Cardi B an “illiterate, untalented rat” and a “caricature of a black woman” in a radio interview. Cardi B defended her persona and musical style with a series of Instagram posts before deleting her account. “I did not choose to be famous people choose me!”
On the heels of ‘The Shape of Water,’ which won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars, Guillermo del Toro has signed an overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures. The deal ensures funding and distribution for all of the live-action feature films he writes, produces or directs.
Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. The longtime wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, she was also known for her political involvement and efforts to combat apartheid, as well as controversial actions that led to convictions for kidnapping and fraud.
Chrissy Metz has released a new memoir, ‘This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today.’ The book offers an intimate, inspirational look at the actress’s struggles, including an abusive stepfather, who “shoved me, slapped me, punched my arm and yanked my wrist,” and divorce.
Jimmy Carter said President Trump made “one of the worst mistakes” of his term in hiring John Bolton as national security adviser, adding Bolton is “a warlike figure” with catastrophic policies. The former president is among few U.S. leaders who has met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea
HBO has released a documentary on writer and filmmaker Arthur Miller. Narrated by his daughter Rebecca, ‘Arthur Miller: Writer,’ covers his full life chronologically, from struggles with the House Un-American Activities Committee to his five-year marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
Theresa May is heading two key meetings with her cabinet ministers to discuss the future of the UK and EU relations following Brexit, including Northern Ireland, immigration and trade. The EU will suspend "certain benefits” to the single market after the UK’s planned exit in March 2019.
Vladimir Putin won his fourth election to a six-year presidential term with more than three-quarters of the vote and 67% turnout. While there were some reports of election irregularities, extensive rigging was unlikely because of Putin’s real popularity among Russians.
The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the new director of the C.I.A, making her the first female director in history. In March 2018, Haspel was tapped by President Trump as the deputy director, and on Thursday, the Senate voted 54-45 in her favor to head the agency.
Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was jailed in 1996 for taking part in a cocaine distribution ring, was just granted clemency by President Trump. Kim Kardashian West lobbied for Johnson’s release from prison through a campaign by the clemency foundation CAN-DO.
Heather Locklear was arrested for kicking police officers who were investigating her for a possible felony domestic violence offence against an injured boyfriend. In 2008, the TV actress was arrested for a DUI for prescription drugs; she pled guilty to reckless driving.
Silvio Berlusconi appeared at a political rally a week before parliamentary elections to support his party. Pundits say the former Italian president, who is still popular among fans despite a series of sex scandals and legal cases, may be trying to make a political comeback.
Lindsey Vonn won the third and what may be the last Olympic medal of her career: a bronze in downhill skiing. The athlete has battled major knee constructions, multiple broken bones, nerve damage and shredded cartilage since her last 2010 Olympic appearance in Vancouver.