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Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful Cover Of Prince's 'Purple Rain'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 1:50 PM

Prince’s purple reign lives on!

Nearly two weeks since the music icon’s untimely passing, on Friday evening Aretha Franklin and renowned pianist and composer Herbie Hancock celebrated his legacy during this year’s annual “

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Mathew Knowles Isn't Here To Entertain 'Lemonade' Critics

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 1:37 PM

Despite the massive social media reaction to Beyoncé's visual album, "Lemonade," her father Mathew Knowles is reluctant to entertain any comments directed at him -- specifically as it pertains to the intro of the singer's song "Daddy Lessons."

The track, in...

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W. Kamau Bell Shares His Experience Meeting The Ku Klux Klan

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:38 PM

W. Kamau Bell has decided to venture off into uncharted territory for his new CNN docu-series, "United Shades of America."

Last Thursday, the socio-political comedian...

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Tyler James Williams Is Bringing Excitement To Media With New Innovative Series

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:36 PM

Actor Tyler James Williams has decided to ditch conventional television roles for his latest undertaking in the new series “RePlay,” which will stream on mobile devices. 

The scripted series which stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Cyrina Fiallo and Williams premiered on April 20 via Verizon’s media streaming

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Erykah Badu Shares Touching Tribute To Prince On Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 12:38 PM

As the world mourns the loss of Prince, celebrities are sharing memories about the music icon.

On Thursday evening, Erykah Badu posted a touching tribute on her Facebook page, reflecting on some of her interactions with the music pioneer, including a special performance in her...

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11 Artists Who Perfectly Capture Prince's Timeless Influence

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 4:15 PM

The sudden passing of music legend Prince has left the world in a purple haze of shock and confusion.

Throughout the course of his illustrious career, the multi-faceted trailblazer not only netted massive success for pushing the envelope in music, but he also inspired a...

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Erykah Badu Gets Candid About Trump And Black Lives Matter

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Erykah Badu has never been one to bite her tongue when it comes to sharing her opinion on social issues. And when it comes to politics, the singer made one thing clear: "I don’t believe in any of that shit."

Badu explained why she’s been a bit...

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Tupac Touches On Donald Trump's 'Greed' In Rare 1992 Interview

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:11 PM

Tupac Shakur was a lyrical genius and ahead of his time. Over two decades ago, the rap legend called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his "greed" in an interview. 

MTV released an unaired 1992 interview on Tuesday which featured the late rapper offering his thoughts on inequality in America. Shakur briefly mentioned Trump and his wealth as an example of how some people can be driven by greed with very little desire to give back to others.

"This world is such a -- and when I say this world, I don’t mean in an ideal sense. I mean it in the everyday, every little thing you do," Shakur said. "It's such a 'Gimme, gimme, gimme, everybody back off,' Everyone's taught that in school, everywhere. Big business, if you want to be successful, you want to be like [Donald] Trump, 'gimme, gimme, gimme. Push, Push, Push. Step, Step, Step. Crush, Crush, Crush.' That's how it all is."

Shakur went on to suggest that people with wealth should be more mindful to assist Americans who are less fortunate, particularly African-Americans, to attain the necessary tools to acquire some sort financial freedom.

"Everybody’s smart enough to know, we've been slighted and we want ours. And I don’t mean by 40 acres and a mule, 'cause we're past that. But we need help," he said. "For us to be on our own two feet -- us meaning youth, us meaning black people, whatever you want to take it for -- for us to be on our own two feet we do need help… it's like, you got a friend that you don't never look out for. Now America got jewels, they're paid and everything. Lending money to everyone except us. And it's like, everybody needs a little help on their way to being self-reliant."

"I Ain't Mad at Cha," on those powerfully thought-provoking words of wisdom,  Pac.

Check out more of Tupac’s rare MTV interview in the clip...

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'니나'의 감독이 조 샐다나를 캐스팅한 이유를 밝혔다

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:24 AM

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지난 달 니나 시몬 전기 영화 ‘니나’의 예고편이 공개되었다. 신시아 모트 감독이 조 샐다나가 전설적인 뮤지션 니나 시몬을 연기하기엔 피부색이 너무 밝다는 평론가들과 팬들에게 응답했다.

모트는 샐다나를 캐스팅하게 된 이유를 일부 밝혔다.

이 영화의 역사에 대한 긴 버즈피드 인터뷰에서 모트는 조가...

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'Nina' Director Breaks Down Reasons For Casting Zoe Saldana

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:02 PM

Last month following the release of the trailer for Nina Simone's biopic,"Nina," director Cynthia Mort responded to critics and fans who deemed Zoe Saldana too light-skinned to portray the legendary musician.

Now Mort is shedding light on some of the factors that went into casting Saldana.

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Aretha Franklin On Biopic: 'This Is Gonna Be 'Straight Outta Detroit''

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 1:11 PM

Turning 74 is “absolutely fabulous!” Just ask the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. 

On Thursday evening, Franklin held her annual birthday soiree surrounded by a room full of her celebrity friends at New York City’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, and announced that she’s at the “signing” stage of...

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Wendell Pierce Invests In $20 Million Plan To Help Restore Baltimore

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Wendell Pierce has a solution to help Baltimore’s local economy recover from the violent protests against police over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

During a Newsweek interview published on Monday, the former "The Wire" star discussed his plans to invest in...

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Queen Latifah Urges More Americans To ‘Rise Above Heart Failure’

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:09 PM

Addressing health issues in America is something that is near and dear to Queen Latifah’s heart.

For the second consecutive year, Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens, are teaming up with the American Heart Association’s “Rise Above Heart Failure” initiative to raise awareness...

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Ice Cube And Eve Speak To The Importance Of Self-Belief

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 1:50 PM

Ice Cube and Eve recently said that they hope their careers have evoked change and possibly influenced the potential opportunities for the next generation of musicians and actors.    

The pair will reunite on the silver screen...

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Halle Berry Calls Will Smith A 'Champion For Diversity In Hollywood'

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Will Smith's perseverance and dedication to change in Hollywood was acknowledged during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. 

Smith was recognized at the annual event for his outstanding achievements in film as a recipient of the MTV Generation Award. Prior to presenting Smith with the prestigious honor, Halle Berry and Queen Latifah both applauded the Philadelphia native for being a "champion for diversity in Hollywood." 

"[He is] blazing a path for actors by showing that someone of any color can play any role, and can open any movie, and can win every award, and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world," Berry said. 

Smith followed Berry's powerful sentiments with an insightful reflection on his 30 years in the entertainment industry.

"I just want all of you to know I’m dedicated to being a light in this world. There’s a lot of suffering -- a lot of people are suffering in this world," Smith said during his acceptance speech. "When you see my material, and when I present myself in public, and what I’m trying to build with my family and friends, I just want all of you to know I’m dedicated until I die to light and to love. So thank you all."

Earlier this year, Smith made headlines with his wife, Jada, following their decision to boycott the 88th annual Academy Awards in light of the lack of diversity among the acting nominee categories. His announcement prompted a string of reactions, including some questioning if the actor's decision was a result of him being shortlisted for his role in "Concussion."

The 47-year-old dismissed those claims during an interview with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," in January.

"This is so deeply not about me," Smith said on the daytime television show. "This is about children that are gonna sit down, and they're gonna watch this show, and they're not going to see themselves represented."

Check out Will Smith’s MTV Movie Awards acceptance speech in the clip...

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Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson And Latoya London Reunite For 'American Idol' Finale

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 11:11 AM

It’s officially a wrap!

Thursday night’s grand finale of “American Idol” left fans with a special parting gift courtesy of Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson and Latoya London.

The “Three Divas” reunited on the ‘Idol’ stage for the first time since season three to perform Simon & Garfunkel's classic hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Hudson’s "Remember the Music."

After the captivating performance, which culminated the competition series after 15 seasons on air, J. Hud and Fantasia expressed their thoughts on the show's finale via Instagram.

I'm going to miss American idol !

A video posted by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on

Performing with these two ladies will go down in history.. @latoyalondon @iamjhud

A video posted by Fantasia💕 (@tasiasword) on

Historical, indeed!

Check out the trio’s “American Idol” finale performance in the clip...

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Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Says Black Church Can Help With Depression

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 3:09 PM

Tasha Cobbs’ journey to award-winning and chart-topping success as a gospel singer has come with both praise and self-discovery.

The 34-year-old has publicly shared her personal testimonial battling depression through the years, and is dedicated to inspiring others dealing with the same issue.


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Kelly Rowland Wants To Make Sure Girls See 'Every Type Of Woman' On TV

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 1:43 PM

Kelly Rowland is determined to provide more representation of dark skin women for young girls of color to look up to with her new show "Chasing Destiny."

The 10-part BET docu-series, which premiered on Tuesday,...

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Beyoncé Has The Perfect Response To 'Formation' Critics

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Two months after the video release and Super Bowl halftime performance of "Formation," Beyoncé is finally responding to the critics who deemed the singer’s message in the song as "divisive" and an attack on police officers.

In a new...

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James Earl Jones Breaks His Silence On Diabetes Journey

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:32 PM

James Earl Jones is moving to the front lines of America's ongoing diabetes epidemic.

The award-winning actor has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, to help Americans manage their type 2 diabetes via Through the site, visitors can...

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