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Jill Scott Shares Her Love For All Things Soul Train

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:58 PM

2015 has shaped up to be a celebratory year for Jill Scott, as the singer-actor marked her 15th anniversary in music, scored her second consecutive number one album and landed a role in the cast of FX's pilot “Snowfall.”

To cap off her...

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Why Patti LaBelle Says Her Pies Are Like Weaves For Black Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:33 AM

If Only You Knew how good Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie tastes, you would sing some of her greatest hits, too.

The legendary singer’s brand of sweet potato pies, which she sells in partnership with Wal-Mart, received an unexpected boost in sales earlier this month following...

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5 Ways Diddy Dazzles Guests During The Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs knows a thing or two about entertaining the masses -- so it’s no surprise that the mogul has launched his very own concierge service for the holiday season.

Combs’ latest venture, aptly titled Combs Concierge, will offer fans the exclusive experience...

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Don Lemon Says He Would Probably Be Like Malcolm X If He Wasn't A Journalist

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Don Lemon’s on-air reporting has often made the newsman a headline topic himself, but it appears the CNN anchor is unfazed by critics.

In the past, Lemon's coverage on news stories such as the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, where he questioned if the plan...

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Magic Johnson Reacts To Charlie Sheen's HIV Announcement

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV-positive on the "Today" show Tuesday.

Later that afternoon, Magic Johnson tweeted his support and encouragement for Sheen. “I wish @CharlieSheen and his family the best,” Johnson wrote. “With the advancement in treatments and medicine he can fight this disease...

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Missy On Her Music Comeback : It Was A Battle

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Last week Missy Elliot finally made her long-awaited return to music by releasing her new video, “WTF.” The track received praise from critics and fans, but Missy’s journey to back into the limelight was a bit challenging.

During a new interview with i-D magazine, the Grammy...

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David Banner Wants Black Women To Know He's Had A Change Of Heart

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:46 PM

It appears rapper-producer-actor David Banner wants to move on from his "Like A Pimp" days and now wants his music to foster better relationships between men and women.  

During a recent appearance on Essence Live, Banner explained that his conversations with black women led him to understand that black women didn't feel protected or wanted in their community. As a result, he wrote an open love letter to women through his latest single, “Marry Me.” 

Banner also took responsibility for past actions -- anyone remember "Play"? -- and explained what he learned the most from having "Get Like Me," a number one song in 2008.

“When I had the number one song -- as far as hip-hop was concerned ‘Get Like Me’ with Chris Brown -- I got a global peak at how America is portraying black men from America,” Banner explained. “And at that time, reality shows -- as we know it now-- first started to take off so for the most part, what people got from black men globally was rap videos and reality TV shows, and honestly, we looked like monkeys. But I wasn’t living what I was speaking for the most part – as far as the positive aspect of it.”

Check out more of David Banner’s Essence Live interview in the clip above.

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Larry Wilmore Talks Covering Racism On Late Night TV

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Since taking over hosting duties from Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central earlier this year, Larry Wilmore has assembled one of the most diverse writing teams on late night television.

On Saturday, Wilmore and “The Nightly Show” team appeared on the “Keepin’ it 100”...

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How Losing Her Sisters Fueled Patti LaBelle To Take Action

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Patti LaBelle is once again using her fame for a good cause, partnering with the American Lung Association to join the fight against lung cancer. 

The purpose of the joint initiative, Lung Force, is to educate and empower both men and women in the...

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Anthony Anderson Recalls The Time He Was Mistaken For Idris Elba

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Through the years Anthony Anderson said he has been mistaken by fans for quite a few famous names, including Ruben Studdard, Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer. However, there was one particular case of mistaken identity that left the actor a bit confused.

During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," on Tuesday night, the “Black-ish” star recounted a recent experience in South Africa where someone thought he was Idris Elba.

“While I was in Africa this summer, I was in the lounge flying back from Cape Town, I was taking pictures with the employees there and this lady walked up and was like, ‘Who is that, who is that,’” Anderson said to Kimmel. “And they were like, ‘Oh, it’s an American actor.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, yes! Mandela!'"

Anderson went on to say that it appeared that the star struck woman was referring to Elba’s role as Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” 

“I was like, ‘does this woman think I’m Idris Elba?’ Either I’ve had a stroke of luck and upgraded, or Idris Elba fell the hell off! But out of all places -- in Africa, I was confused as Idris Elba.” 

Check out Anthony Anderson’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" segment in the clip above.

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This Is How Diddy Really Feels About Obama's Presidency

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Lately, it seems, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is all about politics.

Last month, the music mogul shared his thoughts on how America’s voting process is flawed, and now, in an appearance on HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning show, he has offered his assessment on President Obama’s performance.

“We got people to vote. We planted the seed that got Obama in office. That’s something I’m very proud of,” he said in reference to his Citizen Change campaign encouraging voters to vote for Obama in 2008. “We got Obama into office for the give back. Where are the things in our community that have gotten drastically better?” 

The 46-year-old added that President Obama has done great things during his term, but feels that he could’ve provided more for the black community.

“It’s like direct aid. Unapologetically sending direct aid to black communities. Let's not try to hide it,” he said. “Unapologetically spending billions of dollars to uplift black communities, and say ‘black people.’ Yes, black people need help. Let’s stop skirting around what it is.”

Check out more of Puff Daddy’s political thoughts (beginning at the 22:30 mark) in the clip above.

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Spike Lee Addresses 'Chiraq' Trailer Criticism Head On

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 1:49 PM

UPDATE 11/13/15:

On Thursday’s episode of “Windy City LIVE,” Lee compared critics who blasted him for making a movie about Chicago to “rednecks” from the South during the Civil Rights era.

"That sounds like those redneck crackers in the South. When Civil Rights people come down to Mississippi or Alabama, ‘These rabble rousers come down here,'" Lee said. "'We know how to treat our Negroes good. We don't need nobody else come up there tell us how to work with our Negroes.' Same type of mentality."

“And then here’s another thing, people are saying, ‘You’ve never shown New York in a bad light,’” he added. “People are talking stuff that have never seen my films. Go back to ‘Clockers.’ ‘Clockers’ is 100% about black men killing black men. But a lot of people are judging the film on a two minute and thirty second trailer.”

Previously: Last week Spike Lee faced additional criticism surrounding the Dec. 4 release of his film, “Chi-Raq.” Since the trailer’s release Tuesday critics have slammed the film for taking a comedic approach to addressing Chicago’s gun violence problems, while others have stated that Lee “owes” the city an apology.

Now, the filmmaker has responded to critics by clarifying the film’s context and introducing a new clip.

“The trailer was released and there’s various humorous moments in the trailer. Some people are getting it twisted, and thinking this is a comedy. 'Chi-Raq' is not a comedy. 'Chi-Raq' is a satire,” he said in a clip posted on his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks Vimeo channel. “There’s a difference between humor and comedy. In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that’s happening in 'Chi-Raq'. In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered in this senseless violence. People, don’t get it twisted. This film is about serious business.”

Lee added that some other films, which he didn't name, have taken a satirical approach while highlighting serious topics.

“There are many films that we can look in the history of American cinema that treated very serious subject matter and had humor in them,” he said. “There’s an old statement; ‘I gotta laugh to keep from crying,’ well I think that’s apropos with 'Chi-Raq'. Don’t get it twisted.”

Check out more of Spike Lee’s thoughts in the clip above.

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Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Biopic: She 'Deserves Better'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 3:59 PM

"Nina," the long-delayed Nina Simone biopic, will finally be released next month. In the December/January 2016 issue of Latina magazine, the film's lead, Zoe Saldana, spoke about the “path” she took to become the legendary singer and the troubles behind the scenes.

“As a woman,...

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Why The 'Being Mary Jane' Creator Is About To Become A Household Name

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Mara Brock Akil may be ranked one of Hollywood’s most powerful TV showrunners, but her successful trajectory has just begun.

The Los Angeles native has worked in TV for 20-plus years, writing for such notable shows as “Moesha” and “The Jamie Foxx Show" and...

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Pat Houston Breaks Her Silence On Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Three months after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and former manager, has broken her silence about the late 22-year-old.

In an exclusive interview with ET, Houston said she initially planned to have an intervention with Bobbi Kristina before discovering that she was hospitalized after being found unresponsive.

"When we really found out that Krissy was in trouble, we were really making plans to do something about it," she said, before adding, “but it just came too late."

Last year, Houston filed a restraining order against Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, after he allegedly made threats towards her family and posted photos with guns on social media. In retrospect, Houston says the court order affected her relationship with Brown.

“We had a little hiccup with the restraining order. She didn’t understand it,” she said. "Where the world saw that she was angry and mad at me, and she was texting me all along. I really tried to show her [that] I'm going to do this to let you know that you don't have to be afraid of anything. I got you.'"

Houston then told ET the one thing she would tell Brown if she was still alive today: “You don’t have to be afraid to speak out. You have to have self-worth, you have to love yourself. You have to call on people, and not allow someone to divide you and then conquer you.”

Check out more of Pat Houston’s exclusive interview in the clip above.

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Ja Rule Says His 15-Year-Old Son Is Wary Of Police

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Ja Rule is leveraging his public persona to combat the black community’s concern over public safety with police.

In an interview with VIBE, the rapper recalled a recent conversation he had with his 15-year-old son, who expressed concern for his safety around police officers.

“He said to me, ‘Dad, I’m scared that the police might pull me over and do this, that, and the third.’ I said, ‘Yo, Rule. I worked too hard for you to feel that way.’ I said, ‘That’s why you’re living in this house and in this neighborhood, because I don’t want you to feel like that. You shouldn’t have to feel like how I felt growing up. Looking over your shoulder every five minutes for the police, when you driving cars looking in your rear-view to make sure they ain’t behind you…’ He shouldn’t have to feel like that,” the rapper said.

As for a possible solution for alleviating his son's concerns, Ja suggests that a bigger movement -- aside from the Black Lives Matter movement -- needs to take place addressing black on black crime.

“If Black Lives don’t matter to Black Lives, who the f**k else is it going to matter to?” he asked. “So I know it all starts with us. I want to see bigger movements. I don’t want to see Black on Black violence no more. I want to see us root for each other, and I want to see us be happy to see the next man win. And it starts with messages like this that I’m sending…The more positive, successful Black men we have, the more chance we have to break the cycle.”

Check out more of Ja Rule’s VIBE interview in the clip above. (WARNING: Explicit language).

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Alice Walker Dishes On Broadway Revival Of 'The Color Purple'

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 11:20 AM

This month, Alice Walker's classic 1982 novel, "The Color Purple," will once again make its way to the Broadway stage, this time directed by Tony winning director John Doyle and starring Jennifer Hudson. 

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Walker expressed...

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Jill Scott Offers A Solution To Prevent Police Assaults In Schools

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:42 PM

Singer and actress, Jill Scott -- who is currently preparing to headline the "Race in America" concert next month -- opened up about her feelings around the Spring Valley High School video clip which surfaced on Monday. The video shows a former school officer, Ben Fields,...

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아델 뮤직비디오의 주인공이 아델에 대해 말하다

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:32 AM

트리스탄 맥 와일즈는 아델의 '헬로우' 뮤직비디오에서 아델의 전 남자친구를 연기했다.

미드 '와이어'와 '90210'에 출연한 배우 트리스탄 와일즈는 엔터테인먼트 위클리에 이 뮤직비디오가 가져온 엄청난 반향에 대해서 말했다.

"놀랍죠. 내 생각에 가장 성공적인 역할이나 작품, 가장 성공적이거나 아이콘이 되는 것을 만들 때는...

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This Is What It Feels Like To Play Adele's Love Interest

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Tristan "Mack" Wilds had a grand time playing Adele's ex-boyfriend in her latest music video, as if you'd expect anything less. 

“The Wire” and “90210” actor dished to Entertainment Weekly about anticipating the video’s massive reception while filming in the Montreal countryside.  

“It’s crazy, I think the ones that are usually the most successful, the parts or the shows or anything that are the most successful or the most iconic, you don’t necessarily always feel it. It just feels good,” he said. “It just feels fun and I can honestly say that if that’s the feeling of what it means to be iconic and all of that stuff, then yeah we definitely had that feeling on set. It was just fun. There wasn’t pressure. It was legit us there just having a great time.”

The 26-year-old actor had nothing but praise for the singer, who, according to the video’s director, Xavier Dolan, doesn't consider herself to be an actress.

“I think as much as she says she’s not a good actress or anything, she killed it. She killed it,” Wilds added. “Her emotion was on point. Xavier made sure that both of us were at A game at all times, so she was amazing. She didn’t need any tips.”

It seems fans agree, as "Hello" broke records. According to ET Online, the October 22 debut of “Hello” netted 27.7 million views during its first 24 hours on Vevo, breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record for “Bad Blood,” at 20.1 million views.

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