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Jadakiss And Styles P Discuss Organic Health Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Rappers Jadakiss and Styles P are using their influence to raise health awareness in their communities. 

The MCs, who are a part of the hip hop group The Lox, created a chain of juice bars called Juices For Life in 2011 after noticing a lack of healthy resources growing up in Yonkers, New York. 

“You’re going to get out what you put into your body,” Jadakiss says in a video interview with Elite Daily. “We didn’t know. All we knew was run to the fast food spots or run to get big bags of candy. It’s a bunch of garbage.”

Each juice bar offers a vast selection of drinks to help alleviate certain body aliments including allergies, arthritis, acne and bronchitis to name a few. The stores are now located in three separate locations in New York. The duo's involvement in the juice bars has caught the attention of Jeffrey Brown, the CEO of Brown’s SuperStores, a chain of nutritional grocery stores.

“They’re deciding to use their success to make a difference for people," Brown says in the clip above. "I think if we all did that, we’d fix a lot of our country’s problems.”

Check out more of Jadakiss and Styles P discussing their health initiative in the clip above.

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'James Bond' Author Anthony Horowitz Apologizes For Idris Elba 'Too Street' Comment

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 12:45 PM

James Bond author Anthony Horowitz recently spoke with The Daily Mail to promote his latest novel for the...

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Sanaa Lathan On The Marginalization Of Black Actors: 'Hollywood Has A Ways To Go'

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:40 PM

Sanaa Lathan recently shared her candid thoughts on relationships and Hollywood in a discussion with The Huffington Post.

On September 11, the 43-year-old actress will undoubtedly wow audiences when "The Perfect Guy," in which she stars in alongside Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, debuts in theaters....

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Lil Wayne On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: 'It’s No Change'

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 1:36 PM


New Orleans native Lil Wayne is adding his name to the growing list of public figures sharing their thoughts and memories on the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

On Tuesday, the rapper chatted with sports reporter Michael Smith on his ESPN Radio podcast “His & Hers” to reflect on the storm’s devastating impact.

The Grammy Award-winner -- who will return to New Orleans on Friday for the first annual Lil Weezyana Fest -- said he has "mixed emotions" about the progress of recovery efforts over the past 10 years. 

“It’s no change, it’s just what they -- and when I say ‘they’ that’s a quote, unquote. Meaning I don’t know who ‘they ’ are -- but, it’s what they wanted,” he explained. “That’s what I see. ‘Move who we don’t want out, and bring what we want in.’”

Weezy recalled an earlier interview where he expressed the same thoughts on the city becoming more gentrified since the hurricane took place. “The [interviewer] was like ‘who did they want in?’ I said, ‘Oh no, it wasn’t a who, it’s what they want in -- money.’ And we -- as in quote, unquote ‘me and my people’ -- we scare that money away, that’s what they figure. ‘So wash them out.’”

The rapper’s latest comments also reflect lyrics from his 2006 mixtape, “Dedication 2”, which included a track titled, “Georgia... Bush.” The song blasted the Bush Administration’s delayed response to the storm, which killed more than 1,800 people and displaced over 1 million. 

Reflecting back to the devastating day, Wayne recalled that he was in Houston working during the storm. He admitted that the aftermath of the hurricane affected him personally through the years.

"Obviously I’ve been gone. I’ve been living in Miami. I’ve been out of New Orleans. But with that said, for the way it touched me is to thank God that I am the bread winner of my family,” he said.

“That’s when you start seeing how you have to provide, and how much you have to provide, and who you have to provide for. Like, ‘wow, they lost stuff too?’ And that’s when you start realizing, wait everybody lost something."

Check out more of Lil Wayne’s conversation with Michael Smith in the clip above.


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Jazmine Sullivan Recalls Past Abusive Relationship In Instagram Post

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 2:12 PM


Earlier this year, singer Jazmine Sullivan experienced the joys of chart-topping success as her latest album,“Reality Show” soared to the number one spot on Billboard’s R&B charts.

In a recent Instagram post, the R&B songstress described less joyful moments.

The Philadelphia native...

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15 Times Black Artists Used Their Voices To Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Sometimes, recording artists are more than just hit songs and fashion trends. 

Recently, Janelle Monae leveraged her public platform by leading a rally against police violence. Drake performed an act of kindness prior to his rap battle with Philly'€™s own Meek Mill when he donated...

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Tracee Ellis Ross Recreated Her Mom's Music Video To Empower Other Women

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 12:45 PM

Tracee Ellis Ross' resemblance to her mother Diana Ross goes beyond just looks -- she's got the dance moves, too. 

 On Saturday, the “black-ish” star released a clip recreating the legendary singer’s 1981 “Work That Body” video to inspire women to celebrate their bodies. As the 42-year-old recalled on her website, she became “obsessed” with her mom’s international hit at a young age and felt empowered to pay homage. She wrote: 

I was watching and thinking: why does watching this woman dancing around in barely any clothes with her tush to the camera make me feel joyful and empowered when the same kind of image in most music videos today doesn’t give me that feeling? I know this is my mom… so obviously I’m projecting a connection and I know it was a different time, it was the 80’s. But still, it didn’t feel like she was dancing as a presentation of herself or like she was offering up her bits, which I feel like most videos are these days. Often in today’s images (moving and still), we are being objectified or we objectifying ourselves. I think it is meant to be an empowered act, a reclaiming of our bodies. But that is not always what it feels like to me. I am not intending to judge, just exploring with curiosity.

And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video. I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, “this is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME”! 

Check out Tracee Ellis Ross' “#WORKTHATBODY2015” in the clip above, and Diana Ross’ original version below.

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Mike Epps Talks 'Soaking' Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:05 PM

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast -- which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and...

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Columbus Short Adds To His Rap Sheet With Bounty Hunter Arrest

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:21 PM

As Columbus Short attempts to launch a music career, it appears the actor is also busy building a criminal record.

The former “Scandal” star found himself in police custody on Tuesday night prior to taking the stage during his album release event in Los Angeles. Short’s...

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The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Patti LaBelle’s guest appearance on the season one finale of “Empire” wasn't a one-time hit. Fans will be happy to know that the music icon is returning to the show and will be featured in its upcoming season!

During a recent interview with The Huffington...

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Patti LaBelle Raises Health Awareness During 'Vote 2 End HIV' Concert

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:18 PM

On Thursday night Patti LaBelle, award-winning rapper and actor Common and Reverend Al Sharpton partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to headline the “Vote 2 End HIV: #BlackVotesMatter” concert.

The free event -- which took place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta --...

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Denzel Washington Gives Excellent Advice During Boys & Girls Club Visit

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:46 PM

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Mike Epps Has Some Advice For Dealing With The Police

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Comedian Mike Epps is the latest name to join the growing list of celebrities who have come forward with their personal experiences with law enforcement. 

“It’s rough out here. It’s tough for us brothers out here in the streets with the police situation,” he...

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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Growing Up In Baltimore

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Long before Jada Pinkett Smith gained stardom, met Will and started a family, she was a young girl who roamed the streets of Baltimore, Maryland and battled the harsh reality that came with it.

In a recent interview with "American Way," the “Magic Mike XXL” actress detailed her...

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Usher Lays Out His Plan To Combat High School Drop Out Rates

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Usher wants to improve high school dropout rates across the globe.

The singer launched “Usher’s New Look” program with his mother, Jonetta Patton, in 1999 to increase high school graduation rates and provide students with strategies for success. Since its launch, “Usher’s New Look” has worked with more than...

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Jill Scott On Body Image: 'People Are Drawn To Confidence'

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 1:24 PM

July marked 15 years since the release of Jill Scott's debut album, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.” The longevity of her career is, in today's music industry, a true testament to her talent. During a recent interview with The Huffington Post,...

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TV One's 'Lexus Verses And Flow' Enters Fifth Season Amid Limited Music Programming

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:18 PM


On Thursday TV One will mark the season five premiere of its NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show, “Lexus Verses And Flow.”

This season, show producers expanded their programming -- which usually centers around R&B and spoken word performances by various talent -- and will now...

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Queen Latifah And Mary J. Blige To Join NBC's 'The Wiz Live!'

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:19 PM

NBC just added two big names to the cast of their forthcoming live musical event “The Wiz Live!”

On Tuesday, the network announced megastars Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will join Stephanie Mills – who is set to play “Auntie Em” – and the rest of...

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Jill Scott On Bill Cosby: He's In One Of The ‘Most Dangerous Positions'

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:53 AM


Jill Scott says she hasn't always enjoyed the freedom of speaking her mind -- but she's doing it now and owning it: "Finally I can say 'I'm a grown ass woman.'"  

Last week, the Grammy Award-winning R&B diva commemorated her 15-year anniversary in...

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Jesse Williams Shares 24 Powerful Tweets On Sandra Bland's Death

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Actor Jesse Williams is never one to shy away from discussions on politics and racial justice. 

On Wednesday, Williams joined the chorus of users online who have spoken out about the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was arrested for improper signaling and found dead...

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