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Kerry Washington Rocks A Fro On The Cover Of Town & Country Magazine

Kerry Washington Rocks A Fro On The Cover Of Town & Country Magazine

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Kerry Washington is the latest star to cover Town & Country Magazine and for the September issue, she’s ditching her straightened tresses look to show off her natural side–and we are loving it!

Dressed in a slinky one-shoulder lavender gown, a natural afro and possessing the face of a goddess, Kerry’s mere appearance on the T&C cover is a testament to her grace, work and passion for justice through telling stories that matter.

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Though the Little Fires Everywhere actress and producer is dressed in wealthy staples like Chanel, Ralph Lauren and the Black-owned brand Mateo throughout the magazine spread, it’s social justice and her new documentary, The Fight, that Kerry chooses to talk about in the T&C interview, rather than the usual topics of movies or fashion that the magazine is known for featuring.

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The new documentary film, which the 43 year old actress calls, “one of the things I’m most proud of in my career,” gives audiences rare access to the work and lives of a group of lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The film will follow four of the main legal battles surrounding recent administration policies such as immigration and border patrol, transgender military policies, census cases and reproductive rights.

“These lawyers are real life superheroes,” Kerry told T&C. “So it’s just such an honor to bring this film to the world because what they each do so beautifully and vulnerably in the film—they’re much more courageous than I am, I would never let cameras in my bedroom and kitchen—is show us that while they are truly taking on the greatest challenges to our civil rights in our lives, they are also just people.”

Kerry’s inspiration to join the fight began in January 2017 after the ACLU’s request for an injunction against deportations under Trump’s Muslim ban was granted by a federal judge. She hopes that by creating this documentary film, she’ll inspire other young people to also “join the fight’, just as she was inspired by the lawyers who were already deeply involved.

Kerry continued, “One of my favorite prayers is, ‘use me God that I may know the joy of being used by you,’ because the thing that makes us feel most full and alive, I think, is when we’re contributing our efforts toward something that’s bigger than us and better than us.”

Read Kerry Washington’s full interview with Town & Country here.

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La La Anthony Dishes On Her Career Transformation And Motherhood In ‘Essence’

La La Anthony Dishes On Her Career Transformation And Motherhood In ‘Essence’

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La La Anthony shows us why she’s a star in the September and October issue of Essence Magazine. From MTV VJ to recurring roles in top series like Power and The Chi, La La has established herself as a successful actress. Beyond acting, she has taken on the position of a producer, fashion designer, philanthropist, and best-selling author.

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In her interview with Essence Magazine, La La dives into her career transition. “To this day, with my acting career, you’ll still have people who are like, ‘Oh, that’s LaLa from MTV.’ And it’s like, well, that was a huge part of my life, but I’ve evolved since then. I’ve moved on since then. I’ve worked really hard, but sometimes I feel like because I was known for something else, I have to prove myself in these new spaces even more than the next person.”

 

 

La La knew that transitioning from a MTV VJ to an actress would be a challenge. Hollywood hasn’t been too receptive to the range of Blackness and what it means to be an Afro-Latina. During her auditions, she’d find herself spending too much time explaining who she is. “‘Well, I’m Afro-Latina: I’m Black, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m all of it. I’m proud of it.’ But no one really understood that. They were like, ‘You’re one or the other, and that’s it,’” she’d explain.

 

 

La La has used her platform to speak out against the injustices that happen to Black men, women, and children. Raising a Black son in America will put things into perspective for you. As Black parents, lessons you have to teach your children differ from the lessons White parents teach their kids. “I always talk to him about how he needs to deal with police. It’s sad that these are the conversations we have to have with our children, but this is the world we live in. I make sure he knows that and understands the seriousness of it. I’m not trying to scare him in any way, but I want him to live in reality.”

Juggling motherhood, and a booming career can be challenging, but La La makes it look like a day in the park. “It’s definitely not easy,” she says. “Especially when you throw in a child. My son, Kiyan, is 13, and I want to be present for his life and all of his needs and his milestones.”

If you’ve ever wanted to get deeper insight into who La La Anthony is, this interview will give it to you. Be sure to check out the rest on the Essence website.

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Republicans Push Kanye 2020. But Will It Really Hurt Biden?

Republicans Push Kanye 2020. But Will It Really Hurt Biden?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kanye West‘s unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he’s being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden.

The rapper qualified for Colorado’s presidential ballot on Thursday, after the Secretary of State’s office verified that nine electors he submitted are all registered to vote in that state. One of those was Matthew Zielinski, is a former Republican congressional candidate who served as an officer with a county Republican Party in suburban Denver.

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Zielinski tweeted that he believed in “fair ballot access” but declined further comment.

A similar pattern has played out in in Wisconsin, Ohio, Vermont and Arkansas, where lawyers or activists with GOP ties have been involved in securing the star’s place on the ballot. The successful effort in battleground states Wisconsin and Ohio in particular raised red flags for Democrats, who are braced for a close race and anxious about any third-party candidate drawing voters.

Trump’s reelection campaign has denied involvement, with spokesman Tim Murtaugh saying, “We have no knowledge of what Kanye West is doing or who is doing it for him.”

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said, “I like Kanye very much” but added: “I have nothing to do with him being on the ballot. I’m not involved.”

The Biden campaign did not respond to messages seeking comment Thursday. Still, the former vice president enjoyed strong support among African American voters during the Democratic primary and is counting on topping Trump by wide margins with them, as well as young voters, in November. Having West, who is Black and a hip-hop icon, on the ballot could be a ploy to hurt Biden with both sets of voters.

A third-party candidate with name recognition as high as West could undoubtedly influence a close election. In Wisconsin in 2016, there were 36,460 write-in votes for president — exceeding Trump’s statewide vote total of 22,748, said David Jackson, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University whose research focuses on the links between young people’s entertainment and political preferences.

But African Americans tend not to vote for candidates solely because they are Black, while West’s status with Americans age 18 to 29 is actually more unfavorable than favorable, Jackson said. That means Republicans working to ensure he competes with Biden may not be able to peel many of their target voters away from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

“It proves that people from the opposite party really know nothing about the appeal of the other party,” Jackson said.

It’s also possible West could actually draw support away from Trump, since he’s been an outspoken supporter of the president in the past.

The Republicans involved include Lane Ruhland, a lawyer with longstanding ties to the Wisconsin Republican Party, who was captured on video dropping off signatures on West’s behalf to the election board there. The Ohio attorney who filed a ballot access form on West’s behalf in that state, Matthew Aumann, is an associate at a Columbus law firm that has been paid thousands of dollars in legal consulting fees by the state House and Senate Republican campaign committees, campaign finance records show.

West’s ballot paperwork in Arkansas lists as a point of contact Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the American Conservative Union. In Vermont, Charles H. Wilton is a West elector despite previously being chosen as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

West, meanwhile, missed qualifying for New Jersey’s ballot and also failed to file in South Carolina — despite holding a recent rally there where he railed against Harriet Tubman and sounded far from someone seriously preparing to seek the presidency.

West has yet to make enough ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning the 270 Electoral College votes needed to clinch the White House. That makes him ineligible for the part of the race where he might have the most visible effect, participating in debates, according to rules set by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

West has nonetheless insisted that his bid is serious. But his wife, Kim Kardashian, has noted that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and asked the public show him compassion.

“Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions,” Kardashian posted on her Instagram Live feed.

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Keke Palmer To Voice Activist Character For Revival of ‘The Proud Family’

Keke Palmer To Voice Activist Character For Revival of ‘The Proud Family’

Disney+ has announced that Keke Palmer will be joining the cast of the reboot of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder voicing a new character named Maya.

The streaming platform announced on Twitter that the actress will be taking on the new character Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, who’s a 14-year-old activist.

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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ DREAMS COME TRUE! https://t.co/vgwmibrurS

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

The original series creator/executive producer Bruce W. Smith, executive producer Ralph Farquhar, and co-EP and story editor Calvin Brownare continuing to tell the stories that the cartoon shared in the early 2000s.

“In our minds, the show never really went away, as we still had tons of stories left to tell,” Smith and Farquhar said in a statement reported by Deadline. “It’s the perfect time to bring back this show, and we can’t wait to take fans, old and new alike, on this journey with us.”

The revival Louder and Prouder will pick up the story of the original African-American family centered around the main character Penny Proud and her family and friends.  All of the original cast will be returning to voice their characters including, Kyla Pratt as Penny, Tommy Davidson as Oscar, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy, Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez. Cedric the Entertainer is returning as Uncle Bobby.”

We can assume that the animated favorite will remain on-brand with discussing topics of inclusion, diversity, and the growing up black experience with its title and the introduction of an activist character.

There is no release date set for the show but all previous seasons are available on Disney Plus.

Congratulations Keke on the new role!

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Viola Davis, LeBron James Among Honorees at AAFCA TV Honors

Viola Davis, LeBron James Among Honorees at AAFCA TV Honors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown and LeBron James are among several honorees at the AAFCA TV Honors later this month.

The African American Film Critics Association announced the recipients of the second annual event on Wednesday. The virtual ceremony is scheduled to air on Aug. 22.

Comedian-actress Aida Rodriguez will host the invitation-only streamed event.

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“In a time of such uncertainty, we have witnessed how powerful the medium of television and streaming is,” said Gil Robertson, co-founder and president of AAFCA. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor shows and performances that uplift and inspire at a time when we all need entertainment the most.”

Davis will be honored for best actress for her role on ABC’s “How To Get Away with Murder.” Brown will receive best actor recognition for his character on NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Kenya Barris will be presented the TV Icon award for his contributions to television with his creating of ABC’s “black-ish” and “#blackAF” on Netflix. Rashida Jones will present him the award.

“I Promise” will receive the AAFCA’s inaugural award for best short film. The documentary series on Quibi chronicled the first year of James launching the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

HBO’s “Insecure” will take home the comedy award, while Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s “For Life” was given best drama.

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Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Taking On The Role of Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Taking On The Role of Nina Simone

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Over the years Zoe Saldana has taken some unprovoked missteps in her career including making some suspect statements regarding race and even defending Donald Trump, but it all seemed to begin crashing down for the Dominican actress when she took on the role of Nina Simone in 2016’s biopic, Nina.

The backlash was immediate and unforgiving and though she tried to defend her decision to take a role that should’ve gone to a Black woman, that too fell flat on its face.

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Now four years later the La Colombiana actress regrets not only taking on the role, but also not doing enough to ensure it went to the right actress.

During an IG Live interview with Pose co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals, the two were speaking about how far Afro-Latinos have come in the entertainment industry before touching on the subject of Nina, and it was there that Saldana tearfully expressed regret about taking on that gig.

“I should have never played Nina,” Saldana finally admitted. “I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had ten years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”

Yeah, that was basically what many people felt should’ve happened. Still the family of Nina Simone did campaign for Zoe Saldana to take on the role so we can’t be too hard on Saldana for making the decision. Once you get a family’s blessing to do something you might feel a ways if you turn them down. But ultimately the woman commonly known as “Gamora” continued to tearfully apologize saying, “She deserved better. With that said I’m sorry. I’m so sorry because I love her music” and actually hopes that “somebody else steps up” and tells the story of Nina Simone in the righteous way.

For everyone sake we hope someone else does.

Check out the interview below and let us know your thoughts on Zoe Saldana’s apology.

 

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UK Judge: Meghan Friends Can Stay Anonymous in Privacy Case

UK Judge: Meghan Friends Can Stay Anonymous in Privacy Case

LONDON (AP) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that the Duchess of Sussex can keep the names of five close friends secret while she brings a privacy invasion lawsuit against a British newspaper — but he chided both sides in the case for playing out their battle in the media as well as the courtroom.

High Court judge Mark Warby agreed, “for the time being at least,” to grant Meghan’s request to protect the anonymity of friends who defended her in the pages of a U.S. magazine in order to spare them a “frenzy of publicity” before the case comes to a full trial.

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The former Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline website over five articles that published portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

Meghan, 39, is seeking damages from publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd. for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection breaches.

The duchess asked the judge to prohibit publishing details of female friends who spoke anonymously to People magazine to condemn the alleged bullying she had received from the media. She argued that the friends were not parties to the case and had a “basic right to privacy.”

The women’s names are included in a confidential court document, but they have been identified in public only as A to E.

Associated Newspapers’ attorney Antony White said during a court hearing last week that the friends were potential witnesses, and keeping their names secret “would be a heavy curtailment of the media’s and the defendant’s entitlement to report this case, and the public’s right to know about it.”

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The judge acknowledged he had to balance “the competing demands of confidentiality and open justice.”

Warby ruled in favor of anonymity, saying it would serve justice by shielding Meghan’s friends from the “glare of publicity.”

“Generally, it does not help the interests of justice if those involved in litigation are subjected to, or surrounded by, a frenzy of publicity,” he said.

But he added that when it comes to a full trial, “that is a price that may have to be paid in the interests of transparency.”

No date has been set for the full trial, which is expected to start next year and will likely be one of the United Kingdom’s highest-profile civil cases in some time.

The judge said that during the pretrial wrangling, each side had “overstated its case” and made “hyperbolic assertions” about the other.

“Both sides have demonstrated an eagerness to play out the merits of their dispute in public, outside the courtroom, primarily in media reports,” Warby said. “That approach to litigation has little to do with enabling public scrutiny of the legal process, or enhancing the due administration of justice.”

Associated Newspapers, which is contesting the duchess’s privacy-infringement claim, says it was Meghan’s friends who brought the letter into the public domain by describing it in the People article. One told the magazine that the duchess had written: “Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”

The publisher’s lawyers argue that the information about the letter must have come “directly or indirectly” from Meghan.

They say Thomas Markle then revealed the letter to the Mail to correct the false impression Meghan’s friends had given about him to People.

Meghan’s attorneys say the duchess was unaware her friends were speaking to the magazine. They say the anonymous interviews were arranged by one of the five friends, who was concerned about the toll media criticism was taking on the duchess, pregnant at the time with her first child.

Mark Stephens, a media lawyer at London legal firm Howard Kennedy, said Wednesday’s ruling was important because the case hinged on “whether or not Meghan, through her friends, curated an attack on Thomas Markle.”

“If they did, he was entitled to respond by giving the letter or extracts of the letter to the Mail on Sunday,” Stephens said.

American actress Meghan Markle, star of TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son, Archie, was born the following year.

In January, the couple announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said was unbearable intrusion and racist attitudes from the British media. They are currently based in the Los Angeles area.

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‘Who’s The Boss?’ Gets Reboot with Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano

‘Who’s The Boss?’ Gets Reboot with Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” and its devoted fans.

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their father-daughter roles for a sequel that’s in the works at Sony Pictures Television, the studio said Tuesday.

The original series created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter ran from 1984 to 1992 and was a hit for ABC, if not a critical darling. A total of 196 episodes aired over its eight seasons.

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The modern-day reboot revolves around Danza’s Tony Micelli, a former ballplayer and now retired housekeeper, and Milano’s Samantha. The daughter lives in the home where the original series was set and is a single mother, Sony said.

Veteran producer Norman Lear, part of the remake of his original series “One Day at a Time,” is among the “Who’s the Boss?” producers, as are Danza and Milano.

The new comedy “will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020,” in line with Lear’s shows, Sony said in a statement.

Sony left the door open for the involvement of Judith Light, whose character Angela sparred with Tony as his employer and later romantic interest, and Danny Pintauro, who played her son, Jonathan.

They are “supportive of the new series,” the studio said. “The cast remains very close to this day and the hope is to find creative ways to work them and their characters into the show.”

Katherine Helmond, who was Emmy-nominated and won a Golden Globe for her role as Angela’s mother, Mona, died in February 2019 at age 89.

Whether the original show’s theme song, “Brand New Life,” will be heard again wasn’t announced.

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Rihanna Covers ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, Talks Fenty Skin Launch

Rihanna Covers ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, Talks Fenty Skin Launch

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Rihanna is back snatching our edges.

The superstar has been tapped for the cover the iconic fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar for the September issue.

 

Making home life look sexy, the Gray Sorrenti photographed shoot which was directed creatively by Jen Brill features Rhi Rhi posing in designer pieces from Chanel, Dior and Miu Miu along with looks from her own Fenty and Savage x Fenty brands.

From taking out the trash pantless to changing a light bulb and rummaging thru the fridge, Rihanna is serving several looks in lacy undies, hot pink Amina Muaddi heels, and several sparkling diamond necklaces along with a vintage Nemesis Records T-shirt that reads: “End racism by any means necessary.”

During the interview besides the aphrodisiacal photo shoot,the style icon discusses the launch of her latest project, Fenty Skin, her goals for her Fenty empire and how her mother shaped her views on beauty.

 

In regards to the direction she intends to take Fenty Skin, Rihanna revealed that her plan is to bring the same sensibility she brought to Fenty cosmetics to skin care. After spending more than two years developing the line, Rihanna ultimately curated a collection of three multitasking two-in-one products: makeup remover/cleanser, serum/toner, and an SPF moisturizer.

“I’ve always seen the Fenty brand as more than just makeup, and I knew I wanted to make skin care from the very beginning,” Rihanna says. “It was just about getting it right. You have to live with the formulas for awhile and test them in different ways. It’s very different from makeup in that sense. It takes a long time.”

In addition to discussing her newly launched skin care line, Rihanna talked about how instrumental her mother was in her youth, which eventually inspired her to jump into the realm of skin care.

“She knew everything about perfume, skin care, and makeup,” Rihanna said. “She never let me wear makeup, but I was secretly fascinated. So when she’d leave home, I would play around with hers.”

To read the full interview, click here.

 

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Winfrey Picks Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ For Her Book Club

Winfrey Picks Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ For Her Book Club

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters.

She has instead found other ways to add her voice.

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She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times’ “1619 Project” on the legacy of slavery. She interviewed Stacey Abrams and Ava DuVernay among others during a two-night special on her OWN network about racism and how to address it . The current issue of O: The Oprah Magazine features a cover photo of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician killed by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s the first time in the publication’s 20-year history that Winfrey herself has not appeared on the front.

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And on Tuesday, Winfrey announced she had chosen Isabel Wilkerson’s exploration of race and hierarchy in the U.S., “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” as her latest book club pick.

Wilkerson’s book, Winfrey said in a telephone interview, “could change the way we see each other, how we see our humanity and the structure of our world.”

The 59-year-old Wilkerson is an author and journalist who won the National Book Critics Circle award in 2011 for her previous book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” about the Black migration from the South in the early 20th century. In “Caste,” she looks at American history and the treatment of Blacks and finds what she calls an enduring, unseen and unmentioned caste system — not unlike those in India or Nazi Germany — that has yet to be fully confronted.

“You cannot solve a problem unless you identify it and define it,” Wilkerson told The Associated Press, adding that Winfrey’s endorsement means “many more people who have not learned about this will have the chance to read about something that deeply affects us all.”

“Caste” was published Tuesday and already has won praise, with the Times calling it an “extraordinary document” and “almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century this far.” Winfrey cited the book in June, listing it along with Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Antiracist” as essential reads on racism.

“Caste” continues Winfrey’s book club partnership with Apple that began last fall and includes such previous picks as Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” and the nonfiction “Hidden Valley Road,” by Robert Kolker. Winfrey, who has self-quarantined at home in Santa Barbara, California, since March, says she hopes to create a series of video conversations and podcasts with Wilkerson. An interview with Wilkerson will air this fall on Apple TV Plus.

Winfrey said many details in “Caste” were revelatory for her, such as the Nazis’ admiration for the Jim Crow system.

“That was shocking to me,” Winfrey said. “Hitler was using the racist South as a template for race purification in Germany.”

Winfrey has been a literary tastemaker for decades, in part because of her commitment to a given book. She read “Caste” a few months ago, before bound, printed copies were available. Struggling with the digital edition Random House sent her, she asked for a physical version, however possible, and received from the publisher loose pages that she stapled together and placed in a three-ring binder. She then bought 500 copies, which she plans to send to leaders in business, sports and politics, including all 50 state governors.

“I am sending it to people I think will benefit from it and are open-minded enough to receive (what it says),” Winfrey explained.

Asked if she would mail a copy to the White House, Winfrey sounded surprised and said she hadn’t planned on it.

“Who’s going to read it there?” she wondered.

Winfrey has had an eventful 2020 from the start. Her book club choice in January, Jeanine Cummins’ novel “American Dirt,” set off a debate about the representation of Latinos in the literary world that also touched upon the relatively few Latino authors Winfrey has selected for the club. Last week, she announced that O would become primarily a digital publication in 2021, though she says the magazine remains profitable.

“Like with all magazines, the ad sales numbers have gone down, but it was still making money,” said Winfrey, who called the focus on digital a natural evolution and one that allows O to present work in a more timely way.

She still hopes to feature more works by Latinos in her club, but for now she wants to “focus on social justice and see where that carries” her. Winfrey said she was in tears when she called Wilkerson to tell her she had chosen “Caste,” and she became emotional during her interview as she discussed putting Taylor’s picture on the cover of O.

“If I could, I would be in the streets, holding up her picture,” she said.

 

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Kanye West Withdraws Petition to Get on NJ’s 2020 Ballot

Kanye West Withdraws Petition to Get on NJ’s 2020 Ballot

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Kanye West withdrew his petition to appear as a presidential candidate on New Jersey’s ballot, according to an email chain between a judge and what appears to be the rapper’s campaign email address.

In email correspondence obtained by The Associated Press, an unidentified person writing from a Kanye 2020 address tells Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson that West is dropping his effort to appear on New Jersey’s ballot.

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“At this time, Kanye 2020 has no further option than to regrettably withdraw from New Jersey and cease further efforts to place Mr. West’s name on the New Jersey ballot,” the Kanye 2020 email said late Monday.

Cookson replied Tuesday, accepting the withdrawal.

“I will consider this email as a request for a withdrawal of your petition to be placed in nomination for the President of the United States in the State of New Jersey,” Cookson wrote.

Election law attorney Scott Salmon objected to West’s petition last month, arguing that it failed to pass legal muster because signatures were incomplete and in some cases appeared written in very similar handwriting.

Salmon, who is a registered Democrat but brought the complaint on his own behalf, reacted positively to the news that West had withdrawn.

“I am glad that the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was so deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending,” Salmon said in a phone interview. “It sort of highlights the fact that it shouldn’t have been submitted in the first place.”

The New Jersey petition showed a number of signatures looked nearly identical, including lower-case i’s dotted with a small circle. Some signatures lacked complete addresses.

Questions about why West withdrew and whether the campaign disputed Salmon’s objection were sent to the Kanye 2020 email address.

New Jersey is a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections, siding with the Democrat since 1988.

The status of West’s presidential campaign and whether he is truly seeking the White House remains unclear.

Kim Kardashian West last month asked for empathy for her husband and said he is bipolar.

Last month in South Carolina, Kanye West delivered an unconventional campaign introduction speech during which he proposed a $1 million payout to mothers and decried Harriet Tubman for her work on the Underground Railroad.

The Kanye 2020 website invites visitors to sign a petition so he can appear on the South Carolina ballot and uses a shorthand name that West uses as his Twitter handle as a slogan: “Ye for President.”

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Roc Nation Partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to Launch New School

Roc Nation Partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to Launch New School

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment.

The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. Hope Scholars will graduate without any debt

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Jay-Z, a 22-time Grammy winner and entertainment mogul, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He launched Roc Nation in 2008 and the company has worked with some of the top players in music, including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Shakira, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

Roc Nation Sports was founded in 2013 and has worked with many athletes as well as the NBA, MLB and NFL, even co-producing this year’s Emmy-nominated halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez called the new partnership with LIU “a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond.”

“We’re excited that The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will provide unique insight, knowledge and experiences for students and introduce the world to the next generation of unmatched talent,” Perez continued in her statement Tuesday.

The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management. The school will begin accepting applications this fall for the fall 2021 semester and Roc Nation Hope Scholarship recipients will be selected from a group of academically competitive, need-based first-time freshmen from New York.

“Our proximity in and around New York City’s epicenter of music and sports clearly positions us to offer unparalleled experiential learning and access to professional opportunities that will launch students to success,” LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline said in a statement. “We look forward to joining with Roc Nation to offer an unprecedented educational resource that opens up the entertainment and sports world to a new and eager generation.”

In addition to learning from professors, students will also engage with guest artists and lecturers and will gain hands-on experience through internships.

The school will also offer resources to high school students and those younger: Starting in spring 2021, the school will launch summer residential camps for high schoolers and Saturday programs for students ages 10-18 that focus on music and sports management. Those programs will begin in spring 2021 and scholarships will be available for need-based students.

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R&B Legend K-Ci Hailey Debuts New Inspirational Song [VIDEO]

R&B Legend K-Ci Hailey Debuts New Inspirational Song [VIDEO]

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K-Ci Hailey is widely known as part of one of the greatest R&B groups ever, Jodeci, and half of the 90s duo K-Ci & JoJo. Now, he’s stepping out on faith with a new single about God’s saving power. 

In his new song called “Jesus Saves,” K-Ci reflects on how his faith carried him through an unexpected health issue that threatened his livelihood. 

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The song comes two years after he suffered a stroke in 2018. Doctors thought it would at least six months before he could walk or speak again, and they didn’t believe he would be able to return to his career as a singer. But God!

According to a statement, he beat the odds and was able to sing before he could even talk. The first thing he sang was “Jesus Saves.” 

Check out his new music video for it below.

 

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Nicki Minaj’s Husband Kenneth Petty Asks Judge To Allow Travel In Preparation For Their Child’s Birth

Nicki Minaj’s Husband Kenneth Petty Asks Judge To Allow Travel In Preparation For Their Child’s Birth

Nicki Minaj’s husband doesn’t want his upcoming federal sex offender case to interfere with his work as his pregnant wife’s manager.

Kenneth Petty has asked a judge to ease his bail restrictions and allow him to travel with his pop star spouse as she continues to work up as they prepare to welcome their first child. He said his role as a manager sometimes takes him on short trips and outside his court-ordered curfew, and he’s concerned that if Minaj goes it alone, he’ll miss her giving birth, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP. 

It was unclear Wednesday what, if any, managerial experience Petty had prior to working for Minaj.

Under Petty’s bail terms, the New York native is required to remain in Southern California as he awaits trial on one count of failure to register as a sex offender. But the father to be’s motion states that he’s consulted with federal government prosecutors, and they don’t have a problem with letting him accompany his wife on trips.

A judge has yet to rule on Petty’s motion.

In February 2020, a Grand Jury indicted Petty on a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender. The feds said Petty had been living in L.A. with Minaj for about six months without registering his status, which is a requirement under the terms of his attempted rape conviction from the 1990s. Petty has pleaded not guilty and is out on a $100,000 bond. If he’s convicted, he faces up to a decade behind bars.

Petty’s trial is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

This article was originally posted on Bossip.com.

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DeGeneres Apologizes to Show’s Staff Amid Workplace Inquiry

DeGeneres Apologizes to Show’s Staff Amid Workplace Inquiry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

In a separate statement, the Warner Bros. studio said the investigation’s “primary findings” revealed what it called some flaws in the show’s daily management.

 

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DeGeneres’ memo and the probe by the studio’s parent company followed a BuzzFeed News report in which one current and 10 former show employees complained about issues including being fired after taking medical or bereavement leave. One worker said she left because of comments about her race.

Most of the complaints were tied to executive producers and senior managers, BuzzFeed News said, but one ex-employee said DeGeneres need to take more responsibility for the work environment. The people making the allegations were not identified.

The complaints contrast sharply with the show’s upbeat tenor and DeGeneres’ own public demeanor and exhortations for people to be kind and caring.

In its statement, Warner Bros. said it and DeGeneres take the allegations about the show’s “workplace culture very seriously” and that its parent company is seeking to determine the validity of the publicly reported allegations and understand the show’s daily workings.

“As a result, WarnerMedia interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment at ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ … . And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”

Steps are being taken to make several staffing changes and implement other steps, the studio said, without citing specifics. The internal investigation was first reported by Variety.

DeGeneres wrote that she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded. That comes from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who has detailed the price she paid for being openly gay.

“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she said in the memo.

“It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice,” DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to “learn and grow.”

She said the COVID-19 pandemic kept her from delivering her comments in person to staffers. She signed the message, “Stay safe and healthy” and “Love, Ellen.”

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Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence On Alleged Suicide Attempt: “Mental Illness Is Real”

Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence On Alleged Suicide Attempt: “Mental Illness Is Real”

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Two weeks after she attempted to take her own life, Tamar Braxton is speaking out, thanking fans, God and more for the support as she walks through this difficult journey with mental illness and healing.

“Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support,” the statement began. “In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago.”

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She continued, “Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world.

Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me.”

The lengthy post contained a gripping word from Tamar that highlights a fact, mental illness is indeed “real” and normalization of it has to take place. Braxton was hospitalized on July 17 following a 911 call made by her boyfriend who said the singer attempted to take her own life in Los Angeles. She reportedly sent her network a suicide note, alleging that she was a slave and no longer in control of her life.

“The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental,” she added. “I will do everything in my power to aid those who from mental illness, including those of us who’s mental illness was only a result from the toxic, systematic bondage that dwells television. It was only God’s grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice.”

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First and foremost, Thank you. Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support. In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago.  Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world. Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me. Mental illness is real. We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental. (Swipe to finish )

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Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence On Alleged Suicide Attempt: “Mental Illness Is real”

Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence On Alleged Suicide Attempt: “Mental Illness Is real”

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Two weeks after she attempted to take her own life, Tamar Braxton is speaking out, thanking fans, God and more for the support as she walks through this difficult journey with mental illness and healing.

“Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support,” the statement began. “In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago.”

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She continued, “Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world.

Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me.”

The lengthy post contained a gripping word from Tamar that highlights a fact, mental illness is indeed “real” and normalization of it has to take place. Braxton was hospitalized on July 17 following a 911 call made by her boyfriend who said the singer attempted to take her own life in Los Angeles. She reportedly sent her network a suicide note, alleging that she was a slave and no longer in control of her life.

“The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental,” she added. “I will do everything in my power to aid those who from mental illness, including those of us who’s mental illness was only a result from the toxic, systematic bondage that dwells television. It was only God’s grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice.”

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First and foremost, Thank you. Thank you to each and every individual who has prayed for me, thought of me, sent me their love and has showered me with their support. In this present moment, it is my only responsibility to be real with myself and to be real with the ones who truly love me and care for my healing. I have without fail, shared with you my brightest days, and I know that sharing with you what has been my darkest will be the light for any man or woman who is feeling the same defeat I felt just only a week ago.  Every one of us has a desire, whether small or big, to make it out of where we come from to an ideal future place that includes, freedom to be who we choose, security for our children and families, and fortune to share with the ones we love. We believe these things can co-exist with just being happy. I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed to be my partners, they could help me share my world. Over the past 11 years there were promises made to protect and portray my story, with the authenticity and honesty I gave. I was betrayed, taken advantage of, overworked, and underpaid. I wrote a letter over 2 months ago asking to be freed from what I believed was excessive and unfair. I explained in personal detail the demise I was experiencing. My cry for help went totally ignored. However the demands persisted. It was my spirit, and my soul that was tainted the most. There are a few things I count on most to be, a good mother, a good daughter, a good partner, a good sister, and a good person. Who I was, begun to mean little to nothing, because it would only be how I was portrayed on television that would matter. It was witnessing the slow death of the woman I became, that discouraged my will to fight. I felt like I was no longer living, I was existing for the purpose of a corporations gain and ratings, and that killed me. Mental illness is real. We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental. (Swipe to finish )

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Former Bad Boy Rapper Loon Released From Prison After 9-Year Stretch

Former Bad Boy Rapper Loon Released From Prison After 9-Year Stretch

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Loon is a free man. The former Bad Boy rapper has been released from prison after 9-years served on a drug trafficking conviction.

The New York Post reports that Loon, born Chauncey Hawkins (and now Amir Junaid Muhadith after converting to Islam), was released from federal lock up on Wednesday (July 30), and while celebs had lobbied on his behalf, it was mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

US District Judge Terrence Boyle changed Loon’s sentence to time served, citing that he was not a danger to society and that COVID-19 was an “extraordinary and compelling” reason that he be released. Loon was scheduled to be released next year in August 2021.

While a number of celebs petitioned for Loon’s release, one homie was particularly helpful. Reports the NY Post:

Friend Weldon Angelos, a music producer and former associate of Snoop Dogg, personally wrote Hawkins’ 34-page request for freedom.

“He’s just another young black male who got a long time because of the war on drugs,” Angelos said.

The successful request invoked health issues and the Trump-signed First Step Act’s expansion of compassionate release.

Weldon also led the efforts to persuade Trump to grant clemency, which at one point included plans to bring a delegation of rap stars to the White House. Those plans were scuttled first by Trump’s impeachment and then by the pandemic.

But Weldon believes the presidential lobbying drive may have impressed the judge.

“We showed that this man had a ton of support and is going to do a lot of positive things,” he said.

After he’s released, the former rapper plans to work on prisoner rehabilitation programming, Angelos said. The men also have plans to form a production company, which may release a movie or TV series on Loon’s life.

Back in 2011, Loon was convicted on conspiracy to sell one kilogram of heroin in Belgium, and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Nevertheless, he has always maintained that he was a victim of circumstance.

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Beyonce’ Celebrates Black Is King By Releasing ‘Already’ Video [WATCH]

Beyonce’ Celebrates Black Is King By Releasing ‘Already’ Video [WATCH]

In the spirit of Black Is King, Beyonce dropped a visual for the song ‘Already’ featuring Major Lazer and Shatta Wale.

The visual album is based on songs from The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack from the 2019 Disney remake.

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The African themed film premiered on Disney+ on July 31 and is set to celebrate blackness. Disney said in a statement, “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.” 

Beyonce’ shared with Good Morning America that she worked with a number of directors, actors, and creatives to fulfill her vision.

“The narrative unfolds through music videos, fashion, dance, beautiful natural settings, and raw new talent, but it all started in my backyard,” she said. “So from my house to Johannesburg to Ghana to London to Belgium to the Grand Canyon…it was truly a journey to bring this film to life.” 

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“And my hope for this film is that it shifts the global perception of the word ‘Black,’ which has always meant inspiration and love and strength and beauty to me,” she added. “But ‘Black Is King’ means Black is regal and rich in history in purpose and in lineage. I hope y’all love it, I hope you enjoy it and I hope y’all see it tonight.”

Black Is King will feature some familiar faces like Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, and other artists that were on The Gift album.

 

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Tracy Morgan, Wife Megan Wollover To Divorce After 5 Year Marriage

Tracy Morgan, Wife Megan Wollover To Divorce After 5 Year Marriage

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Looks like love in this day and age just doesn’t seem to hold up as well as in decades past (damn social media!).

After only five years of wedded bliss, Tracy Morgan and his wife, Megan Wollover, have filed for divorce according to PEOPLE.

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The surprise split comes 8 years after The Last O.G. star announced he was happily engaged to Wollover while on the red carpet of the Emmy’s in 2012. It took a few years but the couple finally walked down the aisle in 2015, 14 months months after the 51-year-old comedian survived a horrific highway crash that led to Morgan getting a whopping $90 million settlement from Walmart after one of it’s trucks slammed into his tour bus.

Though with that paper you’d think it would’ve been an extravagant wedding, but it turned out to be an intimate and private affair.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to last.

“Sadly, after nearly five years of marriage, Megan and I are filing for divorce. This is a challenging time for all involved, so I ask that you please respect our privacy,” Morgan tells PEOPLE in a statement released through his spokesperson on Wednesday.

The couple share a 7-year-old daughter, Maven Sonae, and while Wollover’s reps have also confirmed the separation, they too ask for people to respect the couple’s privacy while they deal with the situation.

“This is a private matter for the family. Megan’s primary focus remains the best interest of the parties’ daughter. She asks that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

This is especially said since the announcement comes just two months after Morgan told PEOPLE that he was using his time during the Coronavirus quarantine to “get closer” to his wife. But reports have revealed that divorce filings have jumped a notch during the pandemic as couples who’ve been forced to spend time with their significant other have realized that they’re not as happy as they might’ve thought.

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Breonna Taylor Graces Oprah’s ‘O Magazine’ Cover

Breonna Taylor Graces Oprah’s ‘O Magazine’ Cover

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Even though a large percentage of media outlets have pivoted away from America’s glaring racism problem the fight for equity continues. One of the culture’s biggest names is keeping the much needed narrative on everyone’s radar.

As spotted on Page Six, Oprah Winfrey has bowed out of her regular duties for her O Magazine. Since it’s launch in April 2000 she has graced the cover of the women’s publication. For the September issue the media mogul has chosen to feature Breonna Taylor.

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The creative features a portrait of the late emergency medical technician done by Janelle Washington. On the cover is a quote by Oprah saying “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it”. Winfrey also wrote a column detailing the historic move to not be the face of the issue. “What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover” she wrote. Additionally each page includes ways the general public can take a stance against racism.

The issue will be on newsstands on 8/11.

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Breonna Taylor. She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.

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R. Kelly Claims He Isn’t Getting A Fair Trial Due To Anonymous Jury

R. Kelly Claims He Isn’t Getting A Fair Trial Due To Anonymous Jury

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R. Kelly is still trying to work his way out of a possible prison sentence anyway he can. He says the court’s game of hide and go seek isn’t giving him a proper shot to build his defense.

As exclusively reported by Bossip, the “Step In The Name Of Love” singer is calling foul in his child pornography case. His legal defense team claims that the feds aren’t playing fair by keeping the identities of the juror panel anonymous. To hear the court tell it Robert has a long history of harassing individuals who have influence on his court decisions. Additionally it has long been rumored he paid off the family of the minor he was seen on tape having sexual relations with.

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In response the Chicago native says that the court has failed to show any proof that he or his team has pestered any witnesses in his past trials. As per a letter submitted to the presiding judge by his attorney if the identities are not revealed he at least wants them disclosed to his defense team so they may be able to identify jurors who may have any bias against the crooner. The judge has yet to make a decision on the motion.

R. Kelly and his co-defendants Derrell McDavid and Milton Brown face child pornography , kidnapping, forced labor and suppression evidence charges.

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‘Girlfriends’ & These Other Classic Black Sitcoms Are Headed To Netflix

‘Girlfriends’ & These Other Classic Black Sitcoms Are Headed To Netflix

People are finally hearing our cries! The quarantine will be getting a little better now that Netflix will be adding our favorite nostalgic shows to the streaming platform.

After Black Twitter fans have continuously made threads, comments, and complaints about missing certain throwback shows, it’s finally here.

Strong Black Lead tweeted out the list along with the dates that the shows will be premiering. Moesha, The Game, Sister Sister, Girlfriends, The Parkers, One on One, and Half & Half will be added to the platform at various times.

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Actresses from the shows like Tracee Ellis Ross, Jackée Harry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Tia Mowry made an appearance in the collaborative video to express their excitement on bringing these programs back inside our homes. It was also a surprise to see familiar faces that we may have not seen over the years.

“We’ve seen every comment and request about getting these classics on Netflix, and we want to thank the fans for riding so hard. We’re excited to relive these moments with you,” Strong Black Lead shared.

See which shows made the cut and watch the message from our favs about the exciting news!

Time to pop bottles🍾🍾
The following classic shows are coming to @Netflix (US)

Moesha – Aug 1
The Game S1-3 – Aug 15
Sister Sister – Sept 1
Girlfriends – Sept 11
The Parkers – Oct 1
Half & Half – Oct 15
One on One – Oct 15

To celebrate, here's a message from your faves: pic.twitter.com/zohNPEo0rz

— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) July 29, 2020

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Regina King Led Series ‘Watchmen’ Leads All Emmy Nominees with 26

Regina King Led Series ‘Watchmen’ Leads All Emmy Nominees with 26

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Watchmen,” cloaked in superhero mythology and grounded in real-world racism, received a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards.

The HBO series, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political clashes amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received bids for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons.

King was part of a vanguard of actors of color who showed that TV academy voters took heed of the social climate.

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“Zendaya!” exclaimed Emmy announcement host Leslie Jones, her gleeful reaction to the “Euphoria” star’s nomination as best actress in a drama. “This is a great day,” Jones added.

She was part of a socially distanced, virtual release of nominees that was online, not on television as is usual. But nothing is usual during a coronavirus era that has brought Hollywood production to a virtual standstill and is making the Emmys and other awards grasp for alternatives.

The strong showing by Netflix’s “Ozark” helped the streaming service achieve a record-setting 160 nominations that bested onetime perennial leader HBO, which earned 107 nods.

Streaming newcomer Apple TV+ earned attention in its first season with Jennifer Aniston’s best drama actress bid for “The Morning Show.” Another streaming newbie, Disney+, saw its Star Wars franchise spinoff, “The Mandalorian,” claim a best drama nomination among its hefty 15 total nods.

The Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix’s “Ozark” with 18.

“This year, we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history. And it is our duty to use this medium for change,” Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy said at the outset of the presentation.

Diversity was especially notable in the comedy categories after being nearly absent last year.

“Ramy,” which finds nuanced humor in a young Muslim American’s crisis of identity and faith, earned a best actor bid for its star and co-creator, Ramy Youssef. Issa Rae returned to the best comedy actress category for her series “Insecure,” which earned a best comedy bid.

“Schitt’s Creek,” the quirky little show that went without Emmy recognition until last year, received 15 nominations for its final season, including for best comedy series and lead acting nods for Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.

“The Good Place,” also at an end, earned a best comedy bid and, for Ted Danson, a best comedy actor nomination.

The farewell was less fond for other shows that wrapped last season, with no major bids for “Modern Family,” “Homeland” or “Silicon Valley.”

But the late Fred Willard received a nod for his “Modern Family” guest appearance. A posthumous nomination also went to director Lynn Shelton, for the limited series “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Joining Jones on Tuesday were presenters Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Josh Gad (“Frozen”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”). Cox, Gad and Maslany appeared on by video feeds.

Among the honorees whose nomination collided with current events: Brad Pitt earned a nod for a guest appearance playing Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Saturday Night Live.”

The nominees for best comedy series are: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; Dead to Me”; “The Good Place”; “Insecure”; “The Kominsky Method”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Schitt’s Creek”; “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The nominees for best drama series are: “Better Call Saul”; “The Crown”; “Killing Eve”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “The Mandalorian”; “Ozark”; “Stranger Things”; “Succession.”

In addition to “Watchmen,” the nominees for best limited series are: “Little Fires Everywhere”; “Mrs. America”; “Unbelievable”; ”Unorthodox.”

The nominees for drama series actress are: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Zendaya “Euphoria.”

The nominees for drama series actor are: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”; Brian Cox, “Succession”; Steve Carell, “The Morning Show.”

The nominees for lead actor in a comedy series are: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”; Ted Danson, “The Good Place”; Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”; Ramy Youssef, “Ramy.

The nominees for lead actress in a comedy series are: Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”; Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish.”

The nominees for best TV movie are: “American Son”; “Bad Education”; “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”; “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend.”

A high energy Jones kicked off Tuesday’s announcement by appearing on a virtual set and joking that she was told there would be many others on set to announce the nominees, but instead she was locked in a studio with only a cameraman.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented Sept. 20 on ABC.

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HBO’s Latest Sneak Peek Of ‘Lovecraft Country’ Has Us Excited

HBO’s Latest Sneak Peek Of ‘Lovecraft Country’ Has Us Excited

When HBO announced its new thriller Lovecraft Country in May, fans were excited because J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele were associated with the project. However, this latest Comic-Con sneak peek allows us to see what the sci-fi juggernauts have in store for us this summer.

The 10-episode series is based on Matt Ruff’s horror novel of the same name. To summarize, the story follows three Black characters as they embark on a road trip across then-segregated America in the 1950s in search of a missing family member. The trio eventually discovers themselves battling supernatural monsters and rampant racism which, in itself, is a horrific theme to explore.

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The latest sneak peek sets us up for what’s to come.     

Via Rolling Stone:

“In the tense three-minute scene, the series’ lead characters — Jonathan Majors’ Atticus, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Letitia and Michael K. Williams’ Montrose — use moonlight find a secret passageway that leads from an empty museum to an underground catacomb.”

“Beware all ye who tread the path,” an inscription warns, “Ever the tide shall rise.”

First of all, the series stars Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground), and Jonathan Majors (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco) who all stand out in a stellar casting ensemble full of familiar faces.

Secondly, Black people exploring anything premised in the Jim Crow era already has us shooketh. Throw in some Peele-crafted sci-fi magic and the series has the makings to be a summertime smash. Be prepared to sprinkle Florida water and smudge a little sage before watching, though. 

Lovecraft Country, created and written by Misha Green, premieres August 16th on HBO.  

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Bobby Brown Mourns Daughter Bobbi Kristina On The Fifth Anniversary Of Her Passing

Bobby Brown Mourns Daughter Bobbi Kristina On The Fifth Anniversary Of Her Passing

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Bobby Brown is still missing his baby girl.

The “King of R&B” paused for a moment on Sunday (July 26) to reflect on the life of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who tragically passed away five years ago to the day. 

“There’s no way to explain how I feel I miss you so much little girl you stay in my heart on my mind every day daddy loves you,” Brown wrote on Instagram.

 

 

He shared a follow-up post remarking on how he believed the spirit of Bobbi Kristina returned to visit him.

“My daughter came to see me today in the form of a dove,” he wrote.

 

 

Bobbi Kristina passed away on July 26, 2015 after spending six months in a coma. She was 22. The daughter of Brown and singer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the Georgia home she shared with then-boyfriend Nick Gordon. Her cause of death was determined to be lobar pneumonia.

Gordon was deemed responsible for her death and a judge ordered that he pay $36 million to her family after he failed to appear in court. He died of a drug overdose on New Year’s Day.

In a 2018 interview, Bobby said that he deals with the grief of losing Bobbi Kristina often.

“You never really get over it. I go through it every day,” he said. “Just the thought of her and looking at my youngest daughter and my other kids, knowing they’ll never get to know their oldest sister is a struggle. It gets rough sometimes. Of course, I have to go through it because I can’t change it.”

He established the Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House in her honor that year, a non-for-profit organization that assists women who have been victims of domestic violence. “We’re trying to build houses for battered women and men to have a safe haven, so they have a safe place to go,” he said. “We are serious about this. I just don’t want to see any father or mother go through losing a child.”

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Octavia Spencer: Cast More Actors with Disabilities

Octavia Spencer: Cast More Actors with Disabilities

BOSTON (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer says Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities.

The star of “The Help” and “Hidden Figures” is part of a new video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month.

“Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities,” she says in the nearly three-minute clip.

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Spencer argues that the industry needs to recognize that “nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation.” She also notes how the entertainment industry has been notoriously slow at embracing diversity.

“It’s only been a few decades since white actors would portray Black, Asian and even Native American characters on screen,” Spencer says. ”There is no reason that we should continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past. Together, we should and can do better.”

The campaign was launched by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based organization that advocates for people with disabilities.

The foundation earlier this year issued an open letter to the entertainment industry making a similar plea that was signed by George Clooney, Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Norton, Bryan Cranston, Mark Ruffalo, Glenn Close, Eva Longoria and other prominent names in Hollywood.

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Biz Markie Has Been In Maryland Hospital For Weeks: Report

Biz Markie Has Been In Maryland Hospital For Weeks: Report

Rapper Biz Markie performing live at the Soul School Fest

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Prayers up to a Hip-Hop legend. Juice Crew rapper Biz Markie has been in a Maryland hospital battling an undisclosed illness for weeks.

Fortunately, it’s not COVID-19. However, it seems that the Biz is fighting for his life.

Reports TMZ:

Biz’s rep tells TMZ the illness is not coronavirus. The rep went on to say the trigger for the hospitalization is that he suffers from Type II Diabetes.

He’s currently in a Maryland-area hospital and the status of his condition is unclear, but it appears serious.

The rep told us, “He is receiving the best care from an amazing team of medical professionals and we remain positive about the outcome.”

Back in 2014 Biz talked about his diabetes diagnosis and how he lost 140 pounds to get it under control — he went from 385 lbs to 244 lbs. He made a point of saying he did not do a quick fix with a lap band … he did it the old-fashioned way.

Just last year, we got a kick out of the “Make The Musc With Your Mouth Biz” rapper paying the debt he owed 50 Cent with food stamps. As you can see, Fofty [sic] didn’t look too pleased.

For goodness sake 2020, let the Biz get better.

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Irving Commits $1.5 Million for WNBA Players Skipping Season

Irving Commits $1.5 Million for WNBA Players Skipping Season

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving is making sure WNBA players can sit out the season and not stress about a paycheck.

The Brooklyn Nets star is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of players who choose not to play this season, whether it be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.

The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.

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Irving said that with the help of WNBA players Natasha Cloud — who chose to sit out — and Jewell Loyd, he connected with several WNBA players who discussed with him the challenges they faced in deciding whether to play. The season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

He decided to help with the financial burden in a league where the top annual salary is a little more than $200,000.

“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said in a statement.

Players such as Cloud and Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery opted against playing for social reform reasons, though it’s unclear how many will qualify for Irving’s program.

To be eligible, players must provide insight into the circumstances surrounding their decision and not be receiving salary support from any other entity. An opt-out for medical reasons must be connected to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players can get information at www.kaiempowermentinitiative.com. They need to apply by Aug. 11 and recipients will be notified on Aug. 24.

Irving is not with the Nets for the restart of the NBA season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He has been outspoken about social justice issues and recently produced a TV special calling for action in the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was shot eight times in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13 by plainclothes officers serving a narcotics search warrant without knocking at her apartment. No drugs were found.

WNBA players wore Taylor’s name on their jerseys during opening weekend.

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Barack Obama to Appear on Michelle Obama’s Podcast Debut

Barack Obama to Appear on Michelle Obama’s Podcast Debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first guest of Michelle Obama’s new podcast will have a familiar presidential voice: Barack Obama.

The former United States president is expected to appear on “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Spotify, the Obama’s Higher Ground and streaming service announced Friday. The podcast will debut Wednesday.

In the premiere episode, the former first lady and her husband will hold an intimate conversation about community, the love that powers relationships and life after living eight years in the White House.

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“For eight years my life was full of crazy schedules, juggling big initiatives, speeches, state dinners,” Michelle Obama says in the first episode’s intro. “Not to mention trying to raise two daughters and keeping my head above water. But once Barack’s second term ended, the presidency was over and finally had some time to breathe.”

Michelle Obama’s new podcast expects to hold candid and personal conversations focusing on a variety of topics concerning women’s health, marriage and the benefits of mentorship. The nine-episode series will include several guests such as talk-show host Conan O’Brien and Valerie Jarrett, business woman and former senior advisor to Barack Obama.

“I don’t want this podcast to be prescriptive… or present anyone’s ideas as truth,” she says in the episode. “I just want it to feel like we’re sitting together on a park bench or in the booth of a restaurant with the jukebox playing. And most importantly, I hope this podcast sparks ideas and topics that all you listeners can open up with in your own circles.”

Her podcast is the first title in the ongoing collaboration between Spotify and Higher Ground, a production company founded by Barack and Michelle Obama. Last year, the duo partnered with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.

Obama released her Netflix documentary “Becoming” in May. The project was an extension of her 2018 best-selling memoir of the same name and a kind of authorized filmic portrait of Obama.

Last year, she embarked on a rock-star-style tour of more than 30 cities to promote her book.

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