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Drake Gives Motivational Speech At The Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Even with his popular album "Views" currently dominating the charts, Drake was recently able to set aside some time to share a few words of wisdom and encouragement with a group of young fans in South Africa.

The multi-platinum chart-topper made a special visit to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday where he shared how his experiences growing up in Toronto, Canada, inspired him to follow his dreams. 

"I encourage you to do everything you can to make the future here as bright as you possibly can,” he said to those in attendance. “We're all young. We all have some end goal or some dream. And take it from me, I sat around for a lot of days thinking about my family, my loved ones, where I’m from and trying to make the place where I’m from proud of me."

The "One Dance" crooner went on to profess his admiration for the South African city by encouraging those in attendance to excel in life for their loved ones, too.

"If I can do it, anyone in this room can do it," he said. 

In addition to reports that the Grammy Award winner is currently in the country to film a music video, his appearance at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory was also part of National Youth Month celebrations, according to South African news outlet, Times Live.

Check out Drake’s inspirational speech in the clip...

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Damon Dash On The One Thing That Bothered Him About 'Lemonade' Rumors

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Damon Dash says he wasn’t initially fazed by the controversy surrounding his ex-wife, Rachel Roy, and the lyrics on Beyoncé’s visual album, “Lemonade,” until his...

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Jill Scott Secretly Ties The Knot With Longtime Boyfriend Mike Dobson

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 12:42 PM

It appears Jill Scott is back to living her life like it’s “Golden” as she married fiancé Mike Dobson during a private wedding ceremony on Saturday.

Though the blissful twosome have remained mum on details surrounding their nuptials, Dobson’s longtime friend and wedding DJ,

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Samuel L. Jackson Highlights His Journey To Fame In Inspring Speech

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 11:44 PM

Samuel L. Jackson’s success as a world-renowned actor and film producer was celebrated Sunday when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual BET Awards.

During his acceptance speech, Jackson reflected on his humble beginnings in Chattanooga, Tennessee and how his Aunt Etna inspired him to pursue a career in acting.

“It’s been a great ride getting here, and there’s a couple of people who are very instrumental in that. My Aunt Etna was the first person to put me in a costume of any sort,” Jackson told the audience. “She was the performing arts' fourth grade teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she was in charge of making sure the Negros performed for the white school board. She never had enough boys and I lived in the house with her, so she lit the fire that started all this. She was the spark. So thank you. Love you so much for that.”

Jackson went on to credit his wife and actress, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, as well as daughter, Zoe, for their help during some of his most challenging times.

Spike Lee, who presented Jackson with the prestigious honor, recalled his initial meeting with the award-winning actor decades ago and, during his presentation, Lee dubbed him the “hardest working man” in show business.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Samuel L. Jackson way, way back in 1975 on the mighty campus of Morehouse College. Sam had graduated from the house in 1972 and was still doing theater in Atlanta,” Lee said. “I knew then and there, God-willing, one day we would work together. And I’m here to say, let’s not get it twisted, he’s one of the greatest actors on this God’s planet."

"We’ve all witnessed his performances and his drive," Lee added. "Sam is the hardest working man in show business!”

Congrats to him! 

Check out Samuel L Jackson’s Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech in the clip...

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Slick Rick On His U.S. Citizenship, New Tour And If He'd Collab With Drake

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 1:21 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.

Hip-hop's “greatest storyteller,” Slick Rick has concluded the final chapter in his over two decade-long legal...

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Rev. Run's 'Spiritual' Experience Of Speaking About The Risk Of Diabetes

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 12:16 PM

Raising awareness around the risk of diabetes in the black community is very personal for Joseph Simmons aka Rev. Run and his wife, Justine Simmons.

After discovering that both of their families have a history of type 2 diabetes, the pair decided to take action. So...

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Big Sean Donates $25K Towards Student Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 12:40 PM

Big Sean wants to “Change the World” by helping to alleviate student homelessness.

On behalf of his Sean Anderson Foundation, the Detroit-native has committed $25,000 to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) program to provide “short-term support” to students who...

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Rev. Run On Being A TV Dad: 'It's Important To Me'

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 3:59 PM

The spiritual wisdom of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons has not only influenced music fans through the years, it has also led him to becoming an inspirational father on television.

In 2005, the Run–D.M.C. member-turned-reverend brought his family values and entertainment into the homes of millions...

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Beyoncé's Fans Raise More Than $80K For Flint Water Crisis Relief

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 12:53 PM

This week Beyoncé made GOOD on her promise to provide aid for those who were affected by Flint’s water crisis.

Prior to concluding the North American leg of her "Formation" world tour in Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday Bey’s management and entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment, in...

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Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar On Her Tribute To Charleston Church Victims

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will recognize the lives of the nine victims from last year's mass hate shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the parishioners who were killed during bible study, and 

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Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp On The Joys And Challenges Of Being A Single Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 8:59 AM

Marvin Sapp's 2007 record-breaking single "Never Would Have Made It" is a testament that can be applied to the Gospel singer’s transition into life as a single dad.

Since the death of his wife, MaLinda, in 2010 due to complications from colon...

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Common Wants To Bring ‘Peace’ And ‘Hope’ To Chicago Through New Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Common wants to help heal and enage the residents in his hometown of Chicago with his latest initiative. 

The Oscar winner partnered with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for the second installment of the organization’s Park Exchange event series, which took place in Chicago’s Washington...

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Inspiring Children's Book Encourages Black Boys To 'Be Brilliant'

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 1:38 PM

Following the success of her earlier books I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! and I'm a Lovely Little Latina author Betty K. Bynum wants to spark the minds of young black boys with her latest book, I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! 

Highlighting moral values and encouraging...

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Michael B. Jordan Recreates Iconic Muhammad Ali Boxing Photo

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 1:28 PM

It appears Michael B. Jordan has utilized some of the boxing techniques he learned from his role in “Creed” to pay homage to Muhammad Ali.

Jordan posted a photo on his Instagram account Monday of him channeling Ali’s iconic 1961 underwater photo, which was...

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New York City Mayor Names Street In Honor Of Muhammad Ali

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:26 AM

Muhammad Ali’s incomparable legacy will be temporarily immortalized beside New York City’s most famous arena.

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announced that the street adjacent to Madison Square Garden, West 33rd Street, will be temporary renamed as Muhammad Ali Way to honor...

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POTUS Praises Black Music As 'Innovative And Powerful Art'

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 12:31 PM

From jazz to blues to hip hop, black music has touched, inspired and shaped the culture of millions around the world. 

In celebration of Black Music Month, President Obama issued a Proclamation to commemorate the contributions of black musicians and their art. 


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Richard Pryor's Recap Of His Match With Muhammad Ali Will Make You LOL

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 1:21 PM

EDITOR's NOTE: The above clip contains explicit language

Richard Pryor’s past experience as an amateur boxer was useless when it came to facing Muhammad Ali.

During a December 1978 stand-up show, which was later released in 1979 as “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert,” the legendary comedian recalled his preparation for a benefit fight earlier that year at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles with the former heavyweight champ.

Despite Pryor expressing his enthusiasm for the fight, he was more concerned about Ali having a flashback to one of his legendary bouts with former rival Joe Frazier.

“Ali came out, he threw about eight punches, man. About a quarter inch from my nose. I said, ‘Shiiiiiiit.’ And I was happy to be in the in the ring with the champ, you know it was really nice. But my mind kept saying, ‘What happens if this ni**a has one of those Joe Frazier flashbacks?’ You know what I mean like, ‘Round 11, Joe Frazier. BOOM!’ It’ll give me brain damage for life.”

Judging from the below photo taken at the benefit event, which also included Marvin Gaye and Sammy Davis Jr., we can only imagine some of the other thoughts going through Pryor’s head.

Check out Richard Pryor’s memorable story in the clip...

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Laila Ali Opens Up: 'I Personally Have Been Sad For A Long Time'

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Laila Ali, says she doesn’t "feel alone" following the death of her father on June 3.

During an appearance on the "Today Show" on Monday morning the retired professional boxer shared her thoughts on the loss of her father and his 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

"I personally have been sad for a long time. My father has been struggling with Parkinson's disease for many years, and it wasn’t easy to watch him suffer through the years. So, knowing that he's not suffering anymore is what gives me comfort," she told "Today" host Matt Lauer. "I've prepared mentally for many years, that obviously one day I was going to lose my father and that time has come. And I think that the whole world is sad… I don't feel alone. It's not just our family, it's the whole world."

As for her thoughts on her father’s unwavering confidence, Ali said she’s unsure where the boxing legend picked it up, but feels it is something that she has acquired through the years, too.

"It was passed down to him from somewhere, but I think a lot of that comes from just having someone in your life that puts that idea in your head that you can do whatever it is that you wanna do," she said. "My parents both did it for me. There's also parents that tell their kids that they can't do something and they put that fear in their head. So I think once you go out and you’re willing to work hard and put in the work and you do what you thought you could do it gives you more confidence to keep going. And that's what holds a lot of people back in life."

The 38-year-old went on to add that she’s glad her father was able to touch and uplift so many lives around the world because people "need inspiration from others to make them strong in areas that they're not naturally strong."

Muslim funeral prayer service will be held at Freedom Hall on Thursday, in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, followed by a memorial service on Friday.

Check out more of Laila Ali’s thoughts on her father’s legacy in the clip...

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8 Iconic Black Men Reflect On Muhammad Ali's Incomparable Influence

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Muhammad Ali represented the epitome of black excellence. 

Ali, who died Friday, used his skill, strength and charisma to climb his way to the top and earn recognition as a world class boxing and civil rights champion. But part of what made Ali's unprecedented success so...

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Producer Will Packer Responds To Snoop Dogg's Criticism Of 'Roots' Remake

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 3:45 PM

Will Packer wasn’t too enthused by Snoop Dogg’s recent profanity-laced criticism of The History Channel’s remake of “Roots.”

On Wednesday, Packer, who produced the eight-hour miniseries, told local Florida news outlet Tallahassee Democrat that although he understands some people being uncomfortable...

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