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T.I. Shares Why He Was Initially Hesitant To Join 'Roots' Remake

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:25 PM


EDITOR's NOTE: The following interview was conducted prior to Wednesday's shooting at T.I.'s New York City concert. T.I.'s representatives referred The Huffington Post to the rapper's Instagram account on Thursday where he shared his prayers and condolences to those injured at the event. 


Accepting...

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‘Eclipsed’ Production Duo On Breaking Through Broadway’s Glass Ceiling

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:54 PM


During a season where Broadway is grossing a record high of $1.37 billion, lead producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey of Front Row Productions are making history of their own with “Eclipsed.”


Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon...

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Steve Harvey Opens Up About When He Was Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:17 AM


In the upcoming cover story of People magazine, Steve Harvey recalled the “very painful” experience of becoming homeless following his first divorce while he was pursuing a career in comedy.


Harvey was living out of his car at the time and making $50 a week. "All...

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Anthony Mackie Discusses Being Truthful To MLK's Legacy For 'All The Way' Role

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:27 PM

Anthony Mackie decided to take a different route for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “All The Way.”

Starring Mackie, Bryan Cranston (as President...

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Comedian Quincy Jones Plans To 'Burn The Light' On Cancer With HBO Special

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 3:30 PM


Comedian Quincy Jones is living proof that dreams really do come true, no matter the circumstance.


The 32-year-old comic will premiere his HBO comedy special “Burning The Light,” on June 2. Initially launched as a Kickstarter initiative, Jones' campaign to launch the comedy show went...

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T.I. Wants To Raise Education Awareness Through New Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 3:31 PM


T.I. may be best known for his lyrics surrounding money bands and bank rolls but recently he's decided to use his stacks to support education. 


The self-proclaimed “King of the South” announced a partnership with music streaming service Tidal earlier this month to launch...

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Johnny Gill On His Return To The Top Of The Music Charts

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 2:55 PM


This is the latest installment in “Black In The Day,” an occasional HuffPost series about black entertainers taking an introspective look at their careers from back in the day.


Three decades since releasing his self-titled debut album, Johnny Gill has mastered the game-winning formula that has left...

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John Amos On 'Roots' Remake: 'I Don’t Think People Are Quite As Interested'

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 11:48 AM


The 40th anniversary of "Roots" is in January 2017, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has decided to give the award-winning miniseries a digital makeover with the Blu-ray and Digital HD release of "Roots: The Complete Original Series." 


Starring an all-star cast including John Amos, LeVar...

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Danielle Brooks Explains How She Overcame Her Insecurities As An Actress

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Danielle Brooks wants to encourage young women and aspiring actresses to never lower their standards or lose their integrity in the pursuit of a career.

During a visit to...

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Rihanna Puts In 'Work': The Star Launches A Global Scholarship Program For Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:58 AM


Rihanna is putting in “Work” to enrich the lives of young people around the world.


This week, the singer launched a global scholarship program through her non-profit organization, Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF),  to assist students looking to pursue college education in the United...

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Nia Long Explains Why She ‘Cannot Afford To Operate Out Of Fear' In Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 2:54 PM

The topic of racial and gender inequality is “an old conversation” that hasn’t changed in Hollywood, according to Nia Long.

The 45-year-old “Love Jones” actress recently chimed in on the industry’s hot button topic during an episode of Larry King’s talk show web series, “Larry King Now.” When asked by King if projects described as a “black movie” or a “black TV show” tend to bug her, Long said the descriptions are “self-described,” but also perpetuates the country’s history of dealing with separatism.

“I think, in this country, we always have to put labels on things and categorize things,” she said to King. “It’s a way to make fearful people more comfortable, and I think we’re living in a time where people are very afraid of a lot of things, and the entertainment business is not separate of that. And racism is real. We still live in a country where people like to create the lines of black and white. Sadly.”

Long went on to say it saddens her that the industry isn’t in a place where they can solely focus on making “good art,” and where she can be cast as “the leading woman and my description does not have to say ‘African American,’ or ‘black.”’

Aside from her thoughts on racial and gender inequality in Hollywood, the actress also expressed some of her experiences dealing with ageism in the industry. 

“Here’s the thing: I’m 45, I’m black, and I’m a woman. So those are three really hard things to deal with…except I’m always working, but I work really hard to get -- sometimes -- crumbs,” she said. “I feel blessed and lucky to have the career that I have, but there are times I’ve been beat up in this business. It hasn’t been just roses and fairytales. It’s been a tough road and you have to stick to what you believe in, you have to be strong, you have to be able to say no, and I cannot afford to operate out of fear.”

Check out more of Nia Long’s thoughts in the clip...

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Brian McKnight On The Lessons Artists Can Learn From Prince And Beyoncé

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 1:58 PM


Brian McKnight's musical influence extends far beyond the recording studio, and he hopes the next generation of musicians will be able to say the same. 


For the active ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) member and writer, sharing insights on the business of...

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Jada Pinkett Smith Remembers Afeni Shakur In A Heartfelt Post

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 12:08 PM


The sudden death of Afeni Shakur on Monday night took many by surprise, including family friend Jada Pinkett Smith.


After discovering the sad news, Pinkett Smith shared her condolences via a Facebook post on Tuesday. She was in New York on May 3,...

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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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