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Emmett Till HBO Miniseries from Jay Z, Will Smith & Aaron Kaplan in the Works

EXCLUSIVE: Emmett Till was only 14 when the black teen was brutally murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955. The tragic story that galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement is the subject of an HBO miniseries from a A-list producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan. The untitled mini, now in active development, is described as an immersive and in ...

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Empire Stars Reportedly Engaged

“Empire” is known for its dramatic twists – but the latest one has taken place off screen. Stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey are engaged after several months of dating, according to multiple outlets. The actors met on the set of their hit TV show, with Gealey playing Anika, the former stepmother of Byers’ character Andre Lyons, one of the three sons gunning for his father’s titular music empire. A rep for B ...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral Planned in Georgia

BY US WEEKLY STAFF Funeral arrangements have been made for the late Bobbi Kristina Brown. The young woman's loved ones will come together in Georgia this weekend to mourn and celebrate her too-short life. Sources tell Us Weekly that the funeral will be held on Saturday morning, Aug. 1. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, July 30, but an insider tells Us that certain family members couldn't make it tha ...

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Bobbi Kristina Dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has passed away, six months after she was found unconscious in a Georgia bathtub. She was 22. A rep for the The Houston family announced the news via a statementreports PEOPLE. "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family," says the family. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again ...

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‘Empire’ Snubbed by Emmy Awards, Several Black Actors Nominated

Fox’s smash hip-hop drama “Empire” may have scored with fans, but it didn’t hit any high notes with Emmy voters. The hit show scored only three Emmy nods, for series star Taraji P. Henson as best actress, and two in the costume categories. The show had been considered a contender in the best drama race, as well as for lead actor Terrence Howard. Fox had campaigned heavily for the series. “Empire” was the hi ...

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Cosby Said He Got Drugs to Give Women for Sex

The AP has revealed that  Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it ...

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Misty Copeland Becomes First African-American Principal Dancer American Ballet Theatre

Last week, Misty Copeland became American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American principal dancer in its 75-year history. Copeland was promoted from Soloist and has been with the company for 14 years. Copeland was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1982 and is the youngest of four children from her mother’s second marriage. Her family moved to San Pedro, California where her mother would marry her fourth hus ...

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Diddy Arrested After Fight with UCLA Football Coach, 50 Cent to the Rescue

By Chelsea Lenora White Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was released from a Los Angeles jail late Monday, hours after he was arrested following a fight with a football coach at UCLA, where his son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back. Jail records showed that Combs was released after posting bail. The records showed that Combs’ bail was $160,000, but sheriff’ ...

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Shawn Prez, Former Bad Boy Exec, Succeeding Solo

by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO. He also isn’t the average business owner. Prez got his start working to help legendary rap mogul P. Diddy build Bad Boy Entertainment Group. Prez is now the head of his own company, Power Moves Inc., a promotions-oriented enterprise whose clients include EA Sports, And 1, MGM Studios and others. “I’m an ent ...

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Film Review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Film Critic Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn’t shake. As you look back at her life, from a child prodigy, to a dinner theater piano crooner, to renown recording artist and a sufferer of mental illness, the mystique of Nina Simone wane ...

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