Houston Forward Times

16 December 2013 Written by  Chelsea Lenora White

Beyoncé Surprises Fans with iTunes Fastest Selling Album and more in This Week's Entertainment

beyonce new album redo

In case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t hear about Beyonce’s Friday the 13th surprise, I’m here to break the news! The diva released a brand new self-titled digital album which became the fastest ever-seller on iTunes with more than 800,000 downloads in its first three days. She did this with no single, promotion, release date or prior warning. Now THAT is power! Her visual album is compacted with 14 songs and 17 videos for $15.99. Congratulations to Bey! 

Saturday Night Live black comedians

After much criticism surfaced about “Saturday Night Live’s” lack of female black cast members, creator Lorne Michaels has announced that he has been holding auditions and plans to make at least one midseason hire. Although Michaels insists that he is hiring for skill and not race or gender, we’re just glad that black female comedians will finally be able to officially audition for “SNL.” There were many rumors surrounding who the lucky finalists would be, and among the names were Tanisha Long from MTV’s “Girl Code,” Bresha Webb, who stars on “Love That Girl,” as well as many others. However, on Monday, it was revealed that three women, all alumni of the Upright Citizens Brigade have been selected for the final auditions. The three women are NBC Universal Diversity Scholarship winners Natasha Rothwell, stand-up comic Sasheer Zamata, and sketch comic Kerry Coddett (who actually criticized the late night comedy show in November in a piece she wrote for the Huffington Post).

Khloe and Lamar divorce split

 After four years of marriage and ongoing tabloid saga, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have officially split. Khloe filed papers last week in which she cited “irreconcilable differences.” She also asked for ‘Odom’ to be dropped from her legal name. The couple has been said to have a pre-nup so they will leave with what they entered with. Khloe is not asking for spousal support and wants the judge to ban Lamar for asking for the same. If that’s not enough to suggest that Khloe is ready to move on, rumors have surfaced that she is now dating Matt Kemp and he has confirmed that they have been “taking it slow.” Lamar Odom’s 15-year old daughter from a previous relationship with Liza Morales candidly answered questions on her ask.fm account about Kardashian’s filing for divorce from her dad and she wrote: “No one thought they were going to last, so honestly, who cares.” 

Well, it looks like there was a bitter end to this fairy tale...

Chrisette Michele peace sign 

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Chrisette Michele will be joining TVOne’s “R&B Divas: LA.” The network announced that production on season two of its popular reality series will begin this month. Both Chrisette and Leela James will join Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le and Claudette Ortiz. I, for one, am not particularly interested in seeing the lovely and respected solo artist join a series which seems to be heavily driven by high-stakes drama, but to each its own. The series is scheduled to premiere around spring of 2014.

porsha stewart underground railroad

And for a little laughter for the week, Miss Porsha Williams (who has decided to drop Stewart from ex-husband Kordell Stewart’s name) sent “Real Housewives of Atlanta” viewers into a frenzy in a clip of next Sunday’s episode. It seems that Porsha, who claimed in a previous season to have “worked with [her] Civil Rights activist grandfather’s non-profit organization” could review a few pages in her history textbook regarding the Underground Railroad. In the clip, the ladies visit some historical places in Savannah, one of which is a church that was used as an establishment on the Underground Railroad. Porsha asked where the “opening” underground was because there had to be a place for the conductor of the railroad. She also asked questions like: “Who laid the tracks?” and “Was it created wide enough for people to fit on the trains underground?” Let’s just hope that Porsha has an incredible sense of humor and that she didn’t take the metaphorical and historical aspect of the Underground Railroad so literally!