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Janet Jackson Reveals Struggle With Depression

Janet Jackson Reveals Struggle With Depression

Despite her youthful and effervescent appearance, Janet Jackson struggled with depression in her 30s. The Essence Festival headliner opened up about her bout with the mental illness to Essence Magazine, revealing details she’s never before shared. “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression,” she said. “The struggle was intense. I could analyze the… ... Continue Reading
Anita Baker, Humanitarian Heroes To Be Honored At BET Awards

Anita Baker, Humanitarian Heroes To Be Honored At BET Awards

This Sunday’s BET Awards may bring back some of the classic performances the show has been missing in past year. It certainly can’t hurt that Anita Baker is among this year’s honorees. The Detroit native, who performed for the first time this year on the Fantastic Voyage (after years of Tom’s begging) will be given… ... Continue Reading
No More Drama: Mary J. Blige’s Divorce Is Final

No More Drama: Mary J. Blige’s Divorce Is Final

Mary J. Blige may have had a challenging relationship history but at least she can now say she’s free to love again. Her divorce, to one-time manager, Kendu Isaacs is now final. According to ETonline, a judge signed off on the finalization on Wednesday. ETonline.com reports: The news comes three months after the former couple settled… ... Continue Reading
Rapper/Reality TV Star Jim Jones Arrested After Car Chase In Georgia

Rapper/Reality TV Star Jim Jones Arrested After Car Chase In Georgia

Hothead NYC-based rapper Jim Jones is looking rather foolish today in the wake of news that he and some other people led Georgia cops on a chase that ended with him getting busted for possession of drugs and a handgun. Jones, 41, was in the backseat of a vehicle cops pulled over Thursday night in Cowetta County,… ... Continue Reading
Despite Oscar Win, Kobe Bryant Not Invited To Join Academy

Despite Oscar Win, Kobe Bryant Not Invited To Join Academy

Former NBA star  Kobe Bryant, a best animated short Oscar winner for his autobiographical film Dear Basketball, been denied an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which announces its new members next week. Bryant — who wrote, exec produced and lent his voice to Dear Basketball, which animator Glen Keane… ... Continue Reading
Suspect In XXXTentacion Murder Held Without Bail

Suspect In XXXTentacion Murder Held Without Bail

His name is Dedrick D. Williams and he’s accused of pulling the trigger of the gun that killed popular South Florida rapper XXXTentacion, 20, earlier this week. Williams appeared in court Thursday to hear the charges he’s facing. At the hearing, Williams appeared before a judge at the Broward County Courthouse. Here’s the deal: He’s being charged with… ... Continue Reading
Serena Williams: Conversation About Domestic Violence Should Include Men And Boys

Serena Williams: Conversation About Domestic Violence Should Include Men And Boys

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn’t just center around women, but men as well. The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys. “I think expanding the conversation to men and expanding the conversation to young boys, it’s so important,” she… ... Continue Reading
Jesse Williams Ordered To Pay 100K In Spousal, Child Support

Jesse Williams Ordered To Pay 100K In Spousal, Child Support

Lord have mercy! It really is cheaper to keep her. After a nasty custody battle, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been hit with huge child support payment. The actor and activist has been ordered to shell out $50,629 a month in child support to ex Aryn Drake-Lee for their three-year-old son Maceo and four-year-old daughter Sadie, according to court documents. He had previously been ordered to… ... Continue Reading
‘Queen Sugar’ Recap Season 3, Episodes 4 And 5: Family Business

‘Queen Sugar’ Recap Season 3, Episodes 4 And 5: Family Business

Due to yours truly traveling down to Miami for American Black Film Festival, we missed a recap week. So this week, we’ll recap Eps. 4 and 5.  In last week’s Episode Four, officially titled “No Haven In My Shadow” Darla (Bianca Lawson) returns. And we’ve finally found a way to age the 39-year-old beauty –… ... Continue Reading
Jerry Springer Show Comes To Abrupt End After 28 Years

Jerry Springer Show Comes To Abrupt End After 28 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — Somehow it doesn’t seem right for Jerry Springer to exit quietly. There should be one last thrown chair or a bleep-filled tirade, at the very least. Instead, it was announced with no fanfare this week that he will stop making new episodes of his memorably raucous talk show, and neither Springer… ... Continue Reading
5 Summer Concerts We’re Looking Forward To

5 Summer Concerts We’re Looking Forward To

It’s only June and it’s already shaping up to be a pretty dope summer! There’s so many incredible concerts happening over the next few months that you’d be crazy not to check out at least one of these artists when they hit your hometown. From the Carters to Bruno Mars, our summer nights will now… ... Continue Reading
BBD, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly and Erica Campbell To Headline Family-Infused Event

BBD, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly and Erica Campbell To Headline Family-Infused Event

Whether you’re looking to bring your family on a vacation, plan a girl’s trip or have a lover’s retreat – you’re covered at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. It is a Black family reunion remixed so that it can fit what your family looks like. Because sometimes you want to bring your grand kids,… ... Continue Reading
Suge Knight Not Permitted To Leave Jail For Mother’s Funeral

Suge Knight Not Permitted To Leave Jail For Mother’s Funeral

Suge Knight will not be leaving jail to attend his mother’s funeral, because his inmate categorization prevents him from such a privilege. According to TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said Suge’s status as a homicide suspect falls under a category that makes him ineligible to attend funerals. The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of… ... Continue Reading
Da Brat May Lose ‘Set It Off’ Money Due To Assault

Da Brat May Lose ‘Set It Off’ Money Due To Assault

  Dang, Da Brat‘s got some bad news coming her way. You see, she owes a one time cheerleader $6.4 million for a nightclub assault. And yes, you guessed it, the woman is trying to get her hands on every penny she get from Da Drat. The woman has set her sights on all money the… ... Continue Reading
6 TV Shows On Our Summer DVR List This Season

6 TV Shows On Our Summer DVR List This Season

Check out our Summer TV watch list below. ... Continue Reading
Nina Simone’s Birthplace To Be Preserved

Nina Simone’s Birthplace To Be Preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house in… ... Continue Reading
Troubled Rapper XXXTentacion’s Slaying Divides Social Media

Troubled Rapper XXXTentacion’s Slaying Divides Social Media

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe he was fatally shot in a random robbery while likely planning to buy a motorcycle at an upscale shop near a low-income neighborhood in South Florida. Attorney David Bogenschutz said investigators also told him the 20-year-old rapper, who pronounced… ... Continue Reading
Chadwick Boseman Honors Real-life Hero James Shaw Jr. At MTV Movie Awards

Chadwick Boseman Honors Real-life Hero James Shaw Jr. At MTV Movie Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a… ... Continue Reading
Detroit Honors Jackson Brothers With Ceremonial Keys To City

Detroit Honors Jackson Brothers With Ceremonial Keys To City

DETROIT (AP) — They didn’t get a street named after them, but they did get the keys to the city. The Detroit Free Press reports that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson got a warm reception Friday in the hometown of Motown Records and were given the ceremonial keys to the city by Detroit police… ... Continue Reading
#ThanksDad: How Celebs Celebrated Father’s Day

#ThanksDad: How Celebs Celebrated Father’s Day

From Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Viola Davis to John Legend, here are some of our favorite social media shout-outs. ... Continue Reading
American Black Film Festival 2018 Recap: ‘Shoot Your Shot’

American Black Film Festival 2018 Recap: ‘Shoot Your Shot’

The 22nd annual American Black Film Festival is a wrap. Aside from putting together the annual showcase of Black film and TV talent, founder Jeff Friday’s festival can now boast of jump-starting the career of the most successful Black movie director in history. Director Ryan Coogler – you may have heard of the little movie… ... Continue Reading
Apple Makes Moves With Oprah Winfrey

Apple Makes Moves With Oprah Winfrey

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service. Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix.… ... Continue Reading
Jermaine Dupri Appreciates Songwriters HOF Honor

Jermaine Dupri Appreciates Songwriters HOF Honor

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jermaine Dupri gets inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he will be only the second hip-hop creator honored after Jay-Z. It’s not something he takes lightly. “No matter what you want to say about my records that I created, no matter what you want to say about the artists… ... Continue Reading
Jay-Z And Beyonce Drop A Surprise Joint Album

Jay-Z And Beyonce Drop A Surprise Joint Album

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming. The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings. The… ... Continue Reading
Lil Rel Howery Stands Up For The Black Press At The MTV Movies And TV Awards

Lil Rel Howery Stands Up For The Black Press At The MTV Movies And TV Awards

“I want to start with the people who are actually supporting me, have supported me and will actually put the content out there.” ... Continue Reading