R.Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years
Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The sentencing came down after Kelly was convicted on racketeering and sex trafficking charges back in September. Federal Judge Ann Donnelly agreed with prosecutors that the once-upon-a-time hitmaker used his fame and power to coerce women and minors into sex. Kelly's legal woes are far from over, however. He is due back in a Chicago court later this summer to face child pornography and obstruction charges.
Cameron Diaz Out of Retirement
Cameron Diaz is back to reclaim her space in Hollywood. After fully calling it quits on her acting career back in 2018, Diaz is making a comeback in Netflix's Back in Action. Jamie Foxx first broke the news in a pretty cool Instagram post that features Tom Brady providing Diaz with tips on coming out of retirement. So far, no details about the film's plot have been revealed but it is a comedy slated for a 2023 release. Diaz will star alongside Foxx in the Seth Gordon-directed flick. Last year, Diaz told Kevin Hart that retiring from acting allowed her to live her life and make time for things that matter, like finding her husband and starting a family.
2022 BET Awards Bounceback
The 2022 BET Awards was a success across the board, particularly after its simulcast garnered 3.2 million viewers across 10 Paramount Global networks. It signaled a 34 percent jump in viewership from the previous year when just 2.4 million people tuned in. The star-studded event featured surprise appearances from Mariah Carey and Ye West, and incredible live performances, with Taraji P. Henson serving as the master of ceremonies. Topping it off, Sean 'Diddy' Combs was presented with the 2022 BET Lifetime Achievement Award. This year's show is also the best-performing cable awards show so far this year. Take that, take that.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Julia Roberts, Rom-Com Queen
Hollywood rom-com queen, Julia Roberts, is set to make her return to the big screen in yet another romantic comedy, Ticket to Paradise, alongside her Ocean's Eleven co-star George Clooney. The movie will follow the divorced duo to Bali as they try to stop their daughter from getting married on impulse — a mistake the pair believes they made in their younger years. The film will hit theaters in October.
Bye Bye Q-Force
Netflix has pulled the plug on the animated series Q-Force less than a year after it debuted on the platform. The series followed Steve Maryweather, who was revered as the It Boy of the American Intelligence Agency until he decided to come out as gay. The series faced criticism from the beginning for what was described as a stereotypical depiction of people in the LGBTQ community. Even before it was released on Netflix, there were petitions to get the show axed as many people were offended just from the series trailer alone.