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'Time Is Illmatic' Explores Nas' Classic Debut Album At Tribeca Film Festival

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:26 PM

At age 17, Nasir "Nas" Jones stepped onto the rap scene by declaring he "went to hell for snuffing Jesus" on Main Source’s 1991 posse track "Live at the Barbeque."

The classic verse not only gained the attention of industry insiders and hip-hop enthusiasts, it also solidified...

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Aretha Franklin Reveals The Truth Behind Alleged Fight With Patti Labelle

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:49 PM

--Aretha Franklin responds to rumors regarding her alleged fist fight with Patti Labelle. (USA Today)

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29 Must-See Movies At The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:32 AM

From April 16 through April 27, some of Hollywood's biggest stars will make their way to New York for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. This year's lineup includes new movies from directors Jon Favreau, Chris Messina, Courteney Cox and John Carney, screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Joss Whedon, and...

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Arsenio Hall 'Proves' David Letterman Wanted Him As A Replacement (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Thursday, a week after David Letterman announced his plans for a 2015 retirement, CBS formally announced that the "Late Night" host's successor will be Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert.

As expected, the news has been met with mixed reactions. One especially intriguing response came...

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This One Chart Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Inequality In Hollywood

(77) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Last year was a pivotal one for Black Hollywood, with the release of several films highlighting black history and the black experience. And though the feat led to a major increase in African-American movie attendance and “12 Years A Slave” even netting top honors...

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Will NYPD's New Training Program Decrease Their Abuse Of Power Against Mentally Ill? (CARTOON)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Through the years the New York Police Department has faced a wide range of scrutiny in handling situations as it pertains to mentally ill residents. Such ill-advised confrontations has led the country’s largest police department to combat their traditional procedures with the state’s new budget for a new...

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Beyonce's Half Brother, Nixon Alexander Knowles, Allegedly Headed To Homeless Shelter (REPORT)

(214) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:10 PM

In February, Alexsandra Wright, the mother of Mathew Knowles' 4-year-old son, Nixon Alexander Knowles, revealed that she'd been forced to go on food stamps due to the music mogul’s then-outstanding debt of $32,000 in child support. Wright said she planned to pursue legal action in hopes of public...

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Porsha Williams Dodges Kenya Moore Brawl Questions During 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' (VIDEO)

(15) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Details have emerged about a reported brawl that broke out last Thursday during a taping of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion special involving stars Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams.

According to Moore's 911 call, obtained by TMZ, Williams attacked Moore, a former Miss USA, on...

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Nas Celebrates 'Illmatic' 20th Anniversary With Special Kennedy Center Performance

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Two decades in the making, Nasir “Nas” Jones kicked off the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album, “Illmatic,” this past weekend with a special performance featuring the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C.

And as expected, the veteran New York...

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Omari Banks, Reggae Musician, Talks 24th Annual Moonsplash Caribbean Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Awards season is over, which means music festival season is finally upon us. And what better way to kick it off than with the Caribbean's esteemed Moonsplash festival?

Founded in 1991 and curated by legendary reggae musician Bankie Banx, the three-day music extravaganza, which...

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Porsha Williams Walks Away Empty-Handed From Kordell Stewart Divorce Settlement

(96) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:28 PM

Three months after the divorce of Kordell Stewart and Porsha Williams, details about the former couple's settlement have surfaced.

TMZ reports that Williams, star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," walked away from her annulment empty-handed, with zero assets and zero alimony. Stewart, meanwhile, retained his...

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DJ Cassidy Shares Details On New Album, 'Paradise Royale,' And The Resurgence Of Disco

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:40 PM

In recent years, the sounds of house and EDM have come to dominate popular music, seeping into nightclubs, festivals and all over the airwaves. But celebrity DJ-producer DJ Cassidy believes the classic soul music of the late '70s and early '80s remains the "most...

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Nia Long Graces The April Issue Of ESSENCE Magazine, Talks 'The Single Moms Club'

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Later this month, Nia Long is set to star in her latest role in Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club." And to help celebrate its release, the gorgeous actress is gracing the cover of ESSENCE magazine's April issue.

For the glossy's feature, entitled "Nia In...

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Ashanti Talks New Album 'BraveHeart,' Breakup With Nelly And Reality Television

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Heartache and personal growth are two things everyone can relate to. And you can find plenty of both on "BraveHeart," the new album from the hip-hop and R&B songstress Ashanti.

"BraveHeart" is the 33-year-old Grammy winner’s first album in nearly six years. And as expected, the long-awaited 13-track...

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Pharrell Williams Responds To 'Black Girl' Album Cover Backlash

(226) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:11 PM

As Pharrell Williams gears up for the March 3 release of his second-solo studio opus, “G I R L,” the “Happy” crooner has faced a bit of controversy from unhappy fans and their reaction as it pertains to the album’s cover.

Since revealing the project’s artwork in recent...

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Steve Stoute Talks VH1 Docu-Series 'The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop'

(35) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Ever since his childhood in Queens, New York, where he became immersed in hip-hop culture just as it was starting to form, entrepreneur and advertising executive Steve Stoute has been well aware of the genre's potential to transcend not only racial boundaries, but also socioeconomic lines. After establishing...

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Brian Williams Apologizes To Arsenio Hall For Late-Night Omission

(122) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Late-night television underwent a major shift this week as "The Tonight Show" resurrected its original New York City studio, where Johnny Carson once held court, with newly appointed host Jimmy Fallon. The change marked the end of the show's 42-year run in Los Angeles.

With former host...

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LeBron James Opens Up On How His Absent Father Fueled His Career

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 7:52 AM

--NBA superstar LeBron James opens up on how his absent-father fueled his successful career. (GQ Magazine)

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Filmmaker Thembisa S. Mshaka Shares Details On Directing 'First Kiss' (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:31 PM

What goes into a perfect kiss? You need skill and technique, and a lot of communication with your significant other. Everybody's personal preferences are different, but the moment of the first kiss is often one of the most romantic memories of a couple's entire relationship.

Although there’s no...

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DJ D-Nice Reveals 10 Songs For The Ultimate Super Bowl Party Playlist (LISTEN)

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Hosting a Super Bowl party requires attention to detail. And in addition to providing food and beverages to entertain guests for football’s global event, you may also want to consider selecting a masterful playlist to keep the party grooving.

No need to fret, DJ D-Nice...

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