Film mogul Tyler Perry has made his mark in the movie industry and now hit a major milestone in the realm of real estate. According to reports, Perry’s Atlanta mansion has been sold for $17.5 million, becoming the most expensive residential sale in the city’s history. The 34,688-square-foot home features a home theater, infinity pool, a spa, and a tennis court. It also includes an underground ballroom and two-level parking garage. The residence, which was constructed in 2007, boasts seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and five half bathrooms. Prior to this sale, the record for the most expensive residential sale in Atlanta was held by a property located in Buckhead purchased for $10.5 million seven years ago. There is no word on where Perry will move next. Read more.
Beyoncé Performs in the Rain, Addresses LGBT Laws
During the Raleigh, North Carolina stop on her “Formation World Tour,” songstress Beyoncé captured the essence of true showmanship. Fans were forced to leave the Carter-Finley Stadium due to torrential downpours and lighting. Despite the weather, the “Formation” singer came back on stage an hour after the venue was evacuated and performed the remainder of her set in the rain. According to reports, it cost Beyoncé $60,000 to postpone the show, but she still managed to give her fans a memorable performance. “Beyoncé performing “Rocket” in the rain. Wow! #FormationWorldTour #Raleigh,” tweeted a fan. While in Raleigh, the songstress addressed North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws by posting a message to her website. “As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy,” read the letter. The post also encouraged fans to support equality by being becoming ambassadors for change. Read more.
Janet Jackson Releases New Music Video Following Pregnancy Reports
As pregnancy reports are swirling around Janet Jackson, the 49-year-old songstress released a new video titled “Dammn Baby.” The song is the third single from her Unbreakable album, which debuted in October of 2015. In the video, Jackson rocks a black latex outfit and is joined by backup dancers. In April, she said she would be postponing her world tour to focus on starting a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour,” she shared in a video posted to Twitter. “Please, if you can try and understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.” According to reports, Jackson, who turns 50 on May 16, is in the second trimester of her pregnancy.
Director Lee Daniels to Pay Sean Penn in Defamation Lawsuit
Director Lee Daniels has to put his money where his mouth is. After making remarks about actor Sean Penn being violent towards women, Penn sued Daniels in a $10 million defamation lawsuit and came out victorious. On Wednesday, Daniels issued an apology and he will soon write a check for Penn’s Haiti foundation. “I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you,” read a statement from Daniels. “How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian. I too have been the subject of false attacks by others, like those made here. My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation. I apologize again for the distress that this has caused you and your family.” Penn released a statement saying he accepts Daniels’ apology. Read more.
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