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Jussie Smollett: I’m gay, but could fall in love with a woman

(The Grio) Empire‘s Jussie Smollett has remained incredibly secretive about his sexuality, despite coming out to his parents when he was just 19. But recently, the star opened up entirely to discuss his sexuality and his beliefs about love. “I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as ...

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Patti LaBelle Opens Up About Divorcing Her Husband After 32 Years Together

Los Angeles - For any couple, marriage can be an interesting road to travel. For some, the road lasts a short distance, while the path for others can continue on 'til death does them part. In Patti LaBelle’s case, her marriage to Armstead Edwards lasted more than three decades before they ultimately split. In an interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” LaBelle opened up about her relationship with Edwards as sh ...

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“Chi-raq” Snubbed as Blacks Left Out of Oscar Nominations

“Chi-raq,” Spike Lee’s riveting and comic spin on Chicago’s dangerous neighborhoods, was among several Black films that were passed up for Oscar nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, which will be televised live on ABC on February 28. The Academy made the announcement this morning in Los Angeles. The Oscar nominations were similar to last year’s, where no Blacks were nominated to compete for the entertai ...

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Whoopi Goldberg Resurrects ‘African-American’ vs. ‘American’ Debate

By Adam Howard (MSNBC) Actress Whoopi Goldberg continued the apparent tradition of polarizing racial rhetoric on “The View” this Tuesday, proclaiming she is “American” not “African-American,” while criticizing Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency. “This is my country,” she said. “My mother, my grandmother, my great-grand folks, we busted ass to be here. I’m sorry. I’m an American. I’m not an Afri ...

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Fox Fights Record Label to Keep ‘Empire’ TV Series Title

By Eriq Gardner, billboard.com Empire is the television equivalent of Genghis Khan, but Twentieth Century Fox Television has a little legal problem by way of a record label, Empire Distribution, asserting trademark rights. This record label, which has worked with such hip-hop stars as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Sage the Gemini, has demanded millions of dollars for trademark infringement and tarnishment, ...

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Off The Record: Charlamagne Tha God

by Zon' D' Amour LA Sentinel Contributing Writer On Being A Husband, Father & Executive Producer Charlamagne Tha God has never been one to be politically correct. As one third of the popular morning show,“The Breakfast Club,” the radio personality doesn’t hesitate to ask any and everything that’s on his mind, which has admittedly gotten him into some trouble over the years. But despite having made more ...

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Oprah Winfrey Signs Largest Memorial Deal in Recent History

by Desire Thompson Prepare to be inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s latest endeavor — a memoir. Deadline reports the media mogul has signed a deal with Flatiron Books publishing, a division of Macmillan, to release The Life You Want. The memoir will include key moments in Winfrey’s life, as well as lessons readers can hold dear. The eight-figure deal also includes her own publishing imprint that will release a han ...

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Pillar Sanders Will have To Pay Deion $2.2 Million-And Go Back To Jail

Los Angeles - In the never-ending war between Deion Sanders and his ex, Pilar Sanders, Deion has just scored a key victory. Specifically, he won more than a million dollars in his defamation case against Pilar. In addition to the multi-million judgment, the judge ordered Pilar back to jail for a week on January 8th, according to Sandra Rose. Rose also says Deion told her that Pilar couldn’t answer the judge ...

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Have Hip-Hop and Wall Street Destroyed Soul Music?

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist Black people have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Mother Land.” During a visit to Kenya, I went to a music event. One of our hosts told us that the entertainment was from the Congo. I started to hear some similarity with Af ...

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‘Unforgettable’ Singer Natalie Cole Dies At 65

Natalie Cole: her voice was unforgettable, her lineage is incredible and her legacy is undeniable. Cole, who had struggled with a variety of health issues in recent years, died Thursday, December 31, 2015 night, according to publicist Maureen O’Connor. The cause of death was reportedly congestive heart failure. A physically weakened Cole, winner of nine Grammy Awards, was forced to cancel a string of concer ...

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