Selena Gomez Urges Facebook to Stop the Spread of “Hate, Misinformation, Racism and Bigotry”

Selena Gomez is going straight to the source in the fight against online misinformation and hate speech…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress shared on Instagram Stories a direct message to Facebook leaders Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, calling them out for their lack of accountability.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, who has 193 million followers on Instagram (owned by Facebook) and tops 77 million on Facebook itself, asked Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder and CEO, and Sandberg, its chief operating officer, to start talking about misinformation and hate speech.

Gomez didn’t specify what information she classified as belonging to those categories, but called on Zuckerberg and Sandberg to shut down individuals and groups promoting it.

“Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,” she wrote, days after a significant push by stars like Rosario Dawson, Kim Kardashian, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Ruffalo, Dwyane Wade and Katy Perry promoted #StopHateforProfit by blacking out their social media activities.

“I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it.”

Gomez also pointed to the national election in her message. She’s a co-chair of “When We All Vote,” a claimed nonpartisan organization that encourages voter participation. Michelle Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Shonda Rhimes are among its leaders.

“We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting,” Gomez said in her message. “There has to be fact-checking and accountability. Hope to hear back from you ASAP.”

Facebook has not yet publicly responded to Gomez.

STXtv Developing Chicano-Themed Series “Once Upon a Time in Aztlan” to Star George Lopez

George Lopez has a little Timeon his hands for an ode to California’s Chicano culture…

STXtv is developing Once Upon a Time in Aztlan, a new television series anchored by the 59-year-old Mexican American actor/stand up comedian.

George Lopez

The project includes the participation of  famed photographer Estevan Oriol and iconic Los Angeles-based artist Mister Cartoon aka Mark Machado.

Michael Connolly, under his Mad Hatter Entertainment banner, brought the elements together. 

Lopez is in final talks to star and executive produce the project through his Travieso Productions, with Javier Rodriguez writing the pilot. Oriol and Cartoon will executive-produce.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Cartoon, Estevan, Jada and Michael for this series and developing a show with STXtv,” Lopez said. “Cartoon and Estevan are the DaVincis of our community; they have been the street chroniclers of our uniquely Chicano story … our American story. I’m looking forward to working with them and the rest of the team to expand their canvas to capture the diverse stories and people that make our culture and community so amazing, colorful and vibrant.”

This authentic L.A.-based series examines a family coming to terms with the falsehoods of the American Dream and their ability to defy expectations.

“I want to create a vision of Los Angeles inspired by my tattoos and murals that enriches and showcases the culture, opening it up to new audiences,” Cartoon said. “Putting together the dream team of Latino street culture and a collection of creative minds headed up by George Lopez, who is born and raised in L.A. and is an icon of our community. George’s experience and sense of humor acts as a foundation for this team.”

The pilot will be directed by Ricardo de Montreuil, who helmed Eva Longoria and Demián Bichir in the Blumhouse/Imagine East L.A.-set drama, Lowriders.During that production, he worked closely with Oriol and Cartoon, who were also involved in the production. 

Oriol and Cartoon’s longtime collaborators Mark Suroff and Marco Valadez, who produced LA Originals, also will serve as executive producers with Connolly.

“I’m looking forward to developing this with Cartoon, George, Jada and Michael,” said Oriol. “STXtv truly gets what it takes to develop a real show that can only be made in LA. This is the dream team. Period. It doesn’t get more authentic than this and I’m proud and privileged to be invited on this ride.”

Lopez recently released his first Netflix comedy special

He previously starred in Lopez for TV Land and Saint George for FX. And he had a talk show that ran from 2009-11. While his hit comedy George Lopez, whichended in 2007, ran on ABC, STXtv will zero in on buyers in the cable and streaming markets.

Cartoon is L.A.’s legendary tattoo artist, designer and cultural icon whose stylish and influential global work has been featured on countless celebrities including Kobe BryantEminemDr. Dre50 CentBeyoncéLewis HamiltonSnoop Dogg and many others. Cartoon also designed the logos for Cypress Hill and Eminem’s Shady Records, and his résumé includes cutting-edge designs for Nike, the LA Clippers and T-Mobile and others.

Oriol is an internationally celebrated photographer, director and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning as a tour manager for Cypress Hill and House of Pain, he developed a passion for photography as he documented life on the road to become hip-hop’s best-known chronicler; his work has been showcased in bestselling books, select galleries, and institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives,Mesa Contemporary Art CenterPetersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ and New York’s Art in the Streets exhibit. He has photographed Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Cypress Hill, Dennis HopperBlink-182Forest Whitaker, Robert De NiroAl PacinoKendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Danny Trejo, among many others. He most recently executive produced the film Lowridersand directed the hit Netflix documentary L.A. Originals.

L.A. Originalswas critically acclaimed and extremely successful, introducing new fans to the world to Oriol and Cartoon.

Gomez Breaks the 100-Million Follower Mark on Instagram

Selena Gomez is the Instagram Queen…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress, who is currently taking a break from social media and the spotlight, is the first person to see their Instagram account break the 100-million follower mark.

Selena Gomez

Gomez’s fans, the Selenators, launched a campaign to push her over the top.

Even though Gomez hasn’t posted any new images since a pic from her now-canceled Revival Tour, the high tally puts her above such fellow Instagram queens as Taylor Swift (91.4 million), Beyonce (85.3 million), Ariana Grande (85 million) and Kim Kardashian (83.6 million).

Gomez canceled the remainder of her tour to deal with what she said was Lupus-related depression, which also spurred her current social media holiday. She was already the top Instagram celeb, but when Selenators saw she was near the 100 million mark they started the #SelenaBreakTheInternet hash to get her over the mark.

A spokesperson for Instagram confirmed that Gomez is the most-followed person on the social network.

Bündchen Retains World’s Highest-Paid Supermodel Status

Gisele Bündchen is still the queen…

The 36-year-old Brazilian bombshell maintains her status as the world’s highest-paid supermodel, according to Forbes magazine.

Gisele Bündchen

Bündchen, who announced her retirement from the runway in 2014, continued to reign over Forbes’s annual earnings list, banking $30.5 million in the year from June 2015 to May 2016, due in large part to lucrative fashion deals with brands like Chanel and Carolina Herrera, as well as sales from her own lingerie and skincare line.

Bündchen easily trumped her nearest competitor, Adriana Lima, her fellow countrywoman.

The 35-year-old Brazilian supermodel came in a distant second with $10.5 million in earnings.

Kim Kardashian‘s half-sister Kendall Jenner is tied with Karlie Kloss for third place with $10 million, while another social media favorite, Gigi Hadid, made her debut on the countdown, at No. 5, sharing the spot with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with $9 million.

Others featured in the top 20 include Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Lily Aldridge, and together they boast 200 million followers on Instagram.

The 20 models earned a combined $150 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. The results included income from cosmetics, fragrance and other contracts and were based on interviews with managers, agents and brand executives.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 (in descending order):

10. Lara Stone (Dutch supermodel, net worth 5.5 million dollars)
9, Miranda Kerr (Australian supermodel, net worth 6 million dollars)
8. Liu Wen (China’s first supermodel, net worth 7 million)
7. Cara Delevingne (American model-turned-actor, net wort 8.5 million)
6. Gigi Hadid (Net worth, 9 million dollars)
5. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (net worth 9 million dollars)
4. Kendall Jenner (American model & reality TV star, net worth 10 million)
3. Karlie Kloss (Net worth, 10 million dollars)
2. Adriana Lima (Brazilian model, net worth 10.5 million dollars)
1. Gisele Bundchen (Brazilian supermodel, net worth 30.5 million dollars)

Hernandez to Serve as a Presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards

Laurie Hernandez is ready to make music… or at least a music-related announcement.

The 16-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast, a member of the gold-winning Final Five and a silver medalist on the balance beam at the 2016 Rio Games, is heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez and her teammates, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian, will present awards at Sunday’s show in New York City.

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Puff Daddy will also present awards, while attendees at Madison Square Garden will include Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, DNCE, Desiigner and Troye Sivan.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Future, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and the Chainsmokers will perform during the live show.

Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele with eight nominations.

Beyonce, Adele, West, Justin Bieber and Drake will compete for video of the year.

Fergie Releases Official Video for New Single “M.I.L.F. $”

Fergie is MILFing it with her famous mom friends…

Hours after the release of her new single “M.I.L.F. $” on Friday, the 41-year-old part-Mexican American singer dropped the official music video.

Fergie MILF Video

The clip, uploaded to YouTube, continues with the raunchy theme of her lyrics, portraying Fergie and her famous mom friends — including Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Ciara, among others — as scantily-clad housewives who, at moments, pour milk over their bodies.

“Heard you in the mood for a little milkshake/Welcome to the Dairy Dutchess Love Factory/I could whip it up, fix you up straight away/Come on in the front door, leaving at the back door,” Fergie raps in the video.

“M.I.L.F. $” also features cameos from Teigen’s newborn daughter Luna, who the new mom nurses in the video; Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and her daughter Anja Louise Mazur are also seen posing together with milk glasses in hand.

“M.I.L.F.$.” can be downloaded at iTunes and streamed on gave fans the visual experience with the Spotify, among other digital music services.

Lovato to Perform at This Year’s Teen Choice Awards

Demi Lovato will storm this year’s Teen Choice Awards

The 21-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and former The X Factor judge will take the stage at this year’s Teen Choice Awards alongside Cher Lloyd.

Demi Lovato

The two will perform their dancetastic duet “Really Don’t Care,” the latest single off Lovato’s self-titled 2013 album, according to Fox.

Lovato has several nominations. She is up for Choice Summer Song and Choice Break-Up Song with Lloyd for “Really Don’t Care.” She’s also nominated for Choice Summer Music Star: Female as well as Choice Love Song for her duet with The Vamps, “Somebody to You.”

In addition to Lovato, the network also confirmed that Rita Ora will perform her latest single “I Will Never Let You Down.”

Additionally, Hilary Duff, Megan Fox, Fifth Harmony, Kevin Hart, Colton Haynes, Josh Hutcherson, Sarah Hyland, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele, The Band Perry and Nat Wolff will all make appearances.

The Teen Choice Awards will air on August 10 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.

Pope Francis Named to Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of the Year List

Since being proclaimed the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has captivated the world with his charm and humility… And, now the first Pope of the Americas has been named one of this year’s most fascinating people.

The 76-year-old Argentinean church leader, whose birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been named to Barbara Walters list of the Most Fascinating People of the Year, the broadcast journalist’s annual batch of the people who’ve enthralled the masses during the past year.

Pope Francis

In March, Pope Francis was chosen to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics as the first pontiff from Latin America.

Bergoglio, the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, is the first pontiff to pick the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, revered among Catholics for his work with the poor.

One month later, Time magazine named him to its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Walters’ other picks include Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, the cast of A&E‘s Duck Dynasty, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and Duchess Kate and Prince William’s baby George.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year will air on December 18 at 9:30 pm ET on ABC.

Walters will unveil her pick for most fascinating person during the 90-minute special.

Lochte Wants to Become the Next Kim Kardashian…

Ryan Lochte is ready to become the next Kim Kardashian

The 28-year-old competitive swimmer, an eleven-time Olympic medalist, is preparing to launch his new reality television show What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, which premiere on E! later this month.

Ryan Lochte

Last week, Lochte told the Hollywood Reporter that he decided to go the reality TV route to become the next Kim Kardashian.

“I have the most respect for her with her business and what she’s done. She started from nothing and now look at her. You can ask anyone and they’re going to know who she is. She’s handled herself really well throughout the years of doing her own show. She’s a star,” said Ryan. “That’s what I want to do.”

Lochte hopes his new reality show will bring him a new status.

“I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers. Today, she’s huge,” he said, adding that his current profession has its benefits.

“Not to have a big head about it, but people love me. When I walk down the street, people recognize me, and that never happened before. Now’s my chance. Anything I do, I do 110 percent. I don’t half-ass it,” said Ryan.

To prepare himself for his new show, Lochte watched Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. “The whole Kardashian family, they have a bunch of energy. Wow, this was awesome. That’s how my family is. We all have a bunch of energy and we are all different,” he commented on the family.

Now that filming of his new show has finished, Lochte is now back in Gainesville, Florida to get ready for the world championships in Barcelona this July.

“I’m back in my normal routine, getting my butt whipped all the time,” he said.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? premieres on E! on April 21.

Lopez: The Most Searched Latina on Yahoo!

Jennifer Lopez is having a Yahoo!rific year…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress – who received worldwide attention this year for Q’Viva! The Chosen talent search, as well as her role as a judge on American Idol – ranks as the top Latina on the 2012 Yahoo! Searches list.

Jennifer Lopez

La Lopez comes in tenth place on the just-released list, which spotlights the most-searched keywords and key terms of the year.

In addition to her television projects, Lopez has made headlines for her first world tour, which she plans to bring to movie theaters as a 3D concert film.

Other celebrities on the list include Kim Kardashian, Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Middleton.

Here’s a look at the list of 2012 Yahoo! Overall Searches:

  1. Election
  2. iPhone 5
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Kate Upton
  5. Kate Middleton
  6. Whitney Houston
  7. Olympics
  8. Political polls
  9. Lindsay Lohan
  10. Jennifer Lopez