Grapevine: Taryn Manning accused of attacking, again

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Taryn Manning says that she’s innocent.

Taryn Manning accused of attacking her friend, again

On the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” Taryn Manning plays loose-cannon inmate Tiffany Doggett, but in real life we’re to assume she’s not such an impulsive aggressor. Her makeup artist would have us think differently, however. TMZ reported Thursday that Holly Hartman filed a restraining order against Manning, accusing her of head-butting her in the face, spraying Windex in her eyes and putting her in a headlock. Us Weekly obtained a statement from Manning’s lawyers explaining that the court denied the request for the restraining order and that Manning, who also appeared in the films “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” hasn’t had contact with Hartman in months. This isn’t Manning and Hartman’s first tangle. In 2012 Manning was arrested for allegedly attacking Hartman, but the charges were later dropped.

Tapper Jon Connor in his mother's basement  in Flint, Michigan, in 2013 after signing with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

Flint rapper Connor addresses water crisis

Flint rapper Jon Connor addresses his city’s water crisis on his fiery new track, “Fresh Water for Flint.” On it, Connor’s hard-hitting lyrics give a first-person perspective on the situation that has dominated the news in recent weeks. “For you it’s a topic on Twitter, for me this is where my momma is,” he raps. Connor, who signed to Dr.Dre’s Aftermath Records label and moved to Los Angeles two years ago, told XXL that as the “voice of Flint, I’m just trying to verbalize how all the natives feel.” The song can be heard at

‘Hurt Locker’ director plans film about Detroit riots

Oscar-winning director KathrynBigelow’s next project will be about the the 1967 race riots in Detroit, the Associated Press reports. Bigelow directed “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” which won best picture at the Academy Awards in 2010. Written by Mark Boal, the film set in Detroit has no name yet, but will be financed by Annapurna Pictures. It’s scheduled for a 2017 release, to coincide the riots’ 50th anniversary.

Vibe magazine gives Detroit’s Mexicantown a nod

Some writers of Vibe magazine were in Detroit this month for the North American International Auto Show, and dug the food in Southwest Detroit, calling it “a little neighborhood minutes from the hustle and bustle where you can find the best Latin American eats the city has to offer.” The piece name dropped Mexicantown Bakery and Armando’s Mexican restaurant.

Saturday’s birthdays

Gene Hackman, 86

Phil Collins, 65

Christian Bale, 42

Kid Cudi, 32