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    Amandla Stenberg and John David Washington are set to receive some huge honors during the Hollywood Film Awards. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union and Nia Long have new projects coming down the pipeline. More inside...

    Young, black Hollywood will be getting honored during this year's Hollywood Film Awards, and rightfully so. Amandla Stenberg and John David Washington KILLED it in their respective projects this year and they'll be awarded for all of the hard work and dedication they put into their roles.

    Amandla Stenberg, who coves TIME magazine's latest issue, will be recognized with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award” for 20th Century Fox’s The Hate U Give, while John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award” for his role in Focus Features’ BlacKKKlansman at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards.

    The ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 4th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Congrats Amandla and John! Hella deserved.

    By the way, The Hate U Give Hits theaters October 19th & it's SO good.

    In new movie news...

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    Gabrielle Union is gearing up to bring the teens a new film. And we all know Gabby isn't a stranger to the young adult film world. Her breakout role was on cult classic Bring It On. She also starred in pop culture hits, She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You.

    Now, she's working behind-the-scenes with her production company, I'll Have Another Productions, on a new movie catered to the young crowd. The "Being Mary Jane" star just nabbed the rights to Juleah Del Rosario’s debut novel, "500 Words Or Less," a young adult fiction which will be adapted into a feature.

    Deadline serves up the deets:

    Written entirely in verse, the book, which was released last week via Simon Pulse, centers on Nic Chen, a Chinese-American high school senior who attempts to salvage her reputation among her Ivy League-obsessed classmates by writing their college admission essays and in the process learns big truths about herself.

    “I am such a fan of young adult stories in general but this novel really got me. It is beautifully written entirely in verse and the exploration of identity and what that means to you and those around you is something that my production company is focused on exploring with all the stories we choose to tell. This one really hit home and I’m excited to be part of bringing it to life as accurately as we possibly can,” stated Union.

    All parties are out to writers in an effort to bring this story to the screen in an authentic fashion.

    Let's keep our fingers crossed Gabby can create pop culture magic!

    Another YBF chick with a new project...

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    After wrapping up Life in a Year, Nia Long is gearing up for another role that'll hit the big screen. The YBF actress - who looks AMAZING at 47 - will be joining Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in The Banker, a fact based drama that Nolfi wrote with Niceole Levy.

    Deadline reports Romulus Entertainment is financing the film, with Brad Feinstein of Romulus (Fences, Beatriz at Dinner) producing.

    Here are the roles everyone will be playing:

    The drama is based on the true story of two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who during the 1950’s tried to circumvent the racial limitations of the era and take on the establishment by recruiting a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult) and training him to pose as the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Bernard’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), plays a key role in setting up the enterprise. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their front man, but their success brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.

    Nolfi last directed the Bruce Lee pic Birth of The Dragon and before that The Adjustment Bureau after scripting such dramas as The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve. The film is just underway in Atlanta. Also producing are Joel Viertel, Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker and Mackie. As financier, Romulus just wrapped the Max Winkler-directed Jungleland, with Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, and Jessica Barden starring.

    Two black entrepreneurs on the big screen? Yep. We're going to see it when it hits theaters.

    EXTRAS:

    1. Below is a sneak peek at prima ballerina Misty Copeland in Disney's The Nutcracker (also starring Morgan Freeman), set to hit theaters November 2nd:

    2. "Black Lightning" has new superheros and a few surprises. STORY

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    Usher brought everyone out to celebrate his 40th birthday in LA and Atlanta. Go inside the shindig and peep pics of Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, Kelly Rowland and more partying it up...

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    "When I'm with my clique, we know how to party..."

    You only turn 40 once and Usher made sure he bought out all the stars to help celebrate his milestone birthday.  Even IF he's been M.I.A. from the scene ever since that alleged herpes-filled divorce drama....

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    Over the weekend, the "Yeah!" singer threw on every sparkle in his closet and gathered up his celeb friends at Delilah in LA for a night full of fun. Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, Diddy, Tyga, Tyler Perry, Eric Bellinger& La'Miya Good all came out to turn up and toast it up for his milestone birthday.

    “Kevin and Diddy both separately did a birthday speech with a toast wishing Usher happy birthday and for ‘blessing this Earth’ with his talent,” a source told Page Six. “[Diddy] said he was very proud to have known him since he was a teenager. It was such a beautiful celebration.”

     

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    Come through queen! Kelly has been in the studio cooking up some new bops too.

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    Kevin Hart's Night School is killing it at the box office. Check out our exclusive with Kevin and his co-star Tiffany Haddish where they talk about detention and more HERE.

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    The source also said Usher gave out party favors, baseball caps with the letter "A" on them, a reference to his hometown of Atlanta.

    Speaking of the "A"...

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    The R&B crooner had to bring the party to his hometown! He and his friends turned all the way up in Gold Room:

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    Poppin' bottles!

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    Oh?

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    Werk! Keri Hilson made her way to the party and killed it in this denim jumpsuit.

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    Fun times.

    Photos: Backgrid/Wire/Avalon/ATLpics.net


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    Jada Pinkett Smith jumped out a plane thanks to her husband Will Smith. In other news, Will is going to be opening up like never before about failing at his marriage and Meek Mill has signed on to star in Jada's new coming-of-age movie 12 O’Clock Boys. Everything inside...

    The 47-year-old actress jumped out of a plane and it was all for her hubby Will Smith.

    Apparently, Will asked Jada to jump out a plan in Dubai as a gift for his 50th birthday and she accepted. She jumped on the daredevil opportunity following Will bungee jumping out of a plane over the Grand Canyon.

    “He said this is my birthday gift to him. He was like, ‘I want you to come to Dubai and I want to see the two of you skydive That is what I want for my birthday,’” Jada told PEOPLE. “I was like, ‘Really bro?’ I haven’t done a damn thing Will has wanted me to do in seven years!” she continued.

    Well, that all changed recently:

     

     

    “I’m probably going to be really pissed off at him going up in the airplane and seconds before I’m thrown out of the plane, I’m going to be so freaking mad at him and then I’m going to be so happy when I hit the ground,” she said.

    Ha!

    “I’m not really adventurous in that way and he has been having his adventures and I told him, ‘These are the years — you’re turning 50, so this is the year of yes for me to you because I’m always telling you know,’ so this one year is a yes,” she said.

    In case you missed, here's a clip of Will bungee jumping out a plane over the Grand Canyon last month to celebrate his 50th birthday:

    The Hollywood veteran live-streamed the jump on his YouTube channel and it was hosted by his friend/"Fresh Prince" co-star Alfonso Ribeiro. The live-stream was used to help raise awareness and donations for Global Citizen's education campaigns.

     

    The next episode of Jada's "Red Table Talk" show is going to be extra good. Will is joining as the special guest and he's going to get real candid about the struggles he has endured during his 20+ year marriage to Jada. Peep the sneak peek above.

    Will spills the tea October 22nd. You be tuning in?

     

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    Rapper Meek Mill is gearing up to hit the big screen! And it's his first studio feature.

    He'll be joining Teyonah Parris (Chi-raq), Jahi Winston ("New Edition Story") and Will Catlett ("Love Is_") in a feature adaptation of 12 O'Clock Boys, a 2013 documentary by Lotfy Nathan. Jada will be producing the film under her Overbrook Entertainment banner along with Sony.

    Deadline reports:

    Barry Jenkins penned the initial draft for the script, with rewrites from Sherman Payne. The pic centers on Mouse (Winston), a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world, he learns the hard way that the choices you make early on can change your life forever.

    Mill plays the leader of the Midnight Clique and a legend in the eyes of Mouse.

    In addition, Meek, who has his own battles with the justice system, has teamed with Amazon Prime Video and Jay Z’s Roc Nation for a six-part documentary series that will follow his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system.

     

     

     

    The film is currently in production. We've seen the documentary and it was pretty good. Does it sound like something you'd watch?

    Photos: Jada's IG/@alansilfen/Meek's IG


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    Cassie is officially single, and her longtime boyfriend Diddy has allegedly hopscotched over to an IG model.  You either think this is the best case scenario or worst case scenario for Cassandra.  We're going with both.

    We haven't seen Diddy and Cassie together in a while, and now we know why. They're dunzo. Cassie's rep now tells B. Scott:

    “They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months.”

    Months? Interesting, since the last time we spotted them together was just 3 weeks ago (below) on their date night at Catch LA.

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    Chile, umpteen years later, singer/actress/model Cassie is ringless...and babyless.  And we don't even see this as a complete loss, TBH.

    News broke last night that Diddy has already started smashing IG model Jocelyn Crawford who, in typical Diddy fashion, looks vaguely similar to his new ex.

    She calls herself an "Icelandic/Chinese Canadian Model" on her verified IG page.

     

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    MK girl.

     

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    Folks move on SO quick. The internet is split on the spit, naturally. Diddy has said multiple times that he does not want to get married.  He has no qualms about making beautiful babies though.  Some say Cassie wasted her time - like folks told her she would do - and some say she won.

    For all we know, Cassie was right on par with Diddy in not wanting marriage. What we do know is, she lived a more privileged life than 99% of 20-somethings for the last 10 or so years. Whether or not she flipped that ish - including the career support he gave her - into something more was completely on her.

     

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    We've got a new teaser and sneak peek into some bomb projects featuring Keke Palmer and Taraji P. Henson. Also, we've got deets about a Twitter saga that's being turned into a movie, starring Taylour Paige, and Nick Cannon's brand new late night series. Everything inside...

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    Keke Palmer has been talking about the PIMP indie film for a while now and it's finally coming into fruition.

    The 25-year-old actress just released a teaser for her upcoming film PIMP, executive produced by Lee Daniels.

    In the film (set to hit theaters Nov. 9th), Keke plays a struggling lesbian pimp named Wednesday whose fortune changes after her girlfriend Nikki (Haley Ramm) hits the streets. But when Wednesday comes face to face with another pimp (Edi Gathegi), who plays a much more dangerous game, her dreams of ever escaping the life are put at risk.

    The Brotherly Love actress said she wanted to do this role because these are characters in a society that are often marginalized in real life and in film as well. Although, we are starting to see characters like Wednesday occasionally in film, these roles are never the lead or supporting.

    “The movie takes place in the Bronx, N.Y., and my character, Wednesday, it kind of paints the picture of her life,” Keke explained to EW. “Her mother was a prostitute, her father was a pimp, and that’s the only world she knows. The movie is really a coming-of-age love story with a backdrop of the pimp industry.”

    So how did she come across this role in the first place?

    “I heard about this project when I was coming out of doing a lot of kid work,” she said. “I’d just turned 18, I’d been working a lot with Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, and I really was looking for some cool, interesting projects that could give me the opportunity to show different female characters. I wanted to do something different and give a voice to a character that really doesn’t often get a voice. So, I came across this script Pimp and I loved it, and I thought it was going to be challenging, so I immediately wanted to try and get an audition. I couldn’t get one because they said they weren’t really sure it was something that would be a good fit for me. So, I went to my old neighborhood and a created a documentary-style acting tape, and I sent it in, and that’s why I got the role. And that tape was used to help us get the money to make the film.”

    The film will feature DMX, Aunjanue Ellis, Vanessa Morgan, Mike E. Winfield, and Edi Gathegi.

    PIMP will hit theaters and will be released on demand (via Vertical Entertainment) on November 9th. Peep the trailer below:

     

    In another movie...

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    Taraji P. Henson is about to snatch our wig and edges with this role.

    She's stripping the makeup, the long bundles and flashy outfits for a raw role in The Best Of Enemies, a film about desegregating North Carolina schools in the early 1970s.

    The Huffington Post shares details about the film:

    Based on a true story, the film focuses on Ann Atwater (Henson), a mother and civil rights activist, who is trying to desegregate schools in Durham, North Carolina, in 1971 after her daughter’s all-black elementary school burns down. Atwater is forced to team up with C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader, to unite the feuding city.

    “Same God made you made me,” Henson says to Rockwell in the trailer.

    C.P. Ellis’ character seems to be well suited for Rockwell, who recently won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a racist cop in 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

    The Best Of Enemies is directed by Hunger Games producer Robin Bissell, and co-stars Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche and Wes Bentley.

    Taraji gave us CHILLS as Ann Atwater in the sneak peek. Check it out below:

     

    Mark your calendars! The Best of Enemies hits theaters April 5, 2019.

    Another movie starring a black actress coming down the pipeline...

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    A story shared by a stripper named Zola went viral on Twitter in 2015 and now it's about to become a movie! Well damn.

    Former "Hit The Floor" actress Taylour Paige has a new job!  She's set to play the lead in the a24 indie studio film titled, ZOLA.

    The Hollywood Reporter has all the details:

    Then-20-year-old Aziah Wells, aka Zola, rose to internet infamy when she chronicled, 140 characters at a time, a wild 48-hour odyssey with an exotic dancer, the dancer’s boyfriend and a pimp. The funny and suspenseful story was co-signed on Twitter by the likes of Ava DuVernay and Missy Elliott.

     

     

    Janicza Bravo, who has directed episodes of Atlanta, Love and Dear White People and made her feature debut in 2017 with Sundance feature Lemon, will direct. (Early in the development process, James Franco was attached to direct and produce).

    Bravo wrote the screenplay with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts based on Wells' life and the Rolling Stone magazine piece "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted."

    Production on Zola is set to begin this fall.

     

    From telling stripper tales on Twitter to a whole movie. Cray.

    In case ou missed it:

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    Nick Cannon and his longtime manager, Michael Goldman, have partnered up with FOX and they're currently developing a late night talk show series.

    According to THR, the untitled project would be hosted by Nick where he will cover pop culture and serve up high-profile celebrity interviews, musical performances and even stand-up comics. It'll be a weekly show since Nick is finishing up his master's degree at Howard University.

    The "Wild 'N Out" host and his manager will also executive produce the project alongside Davies' Embassy Row banner. And YES, he will reportedly rock his turban on the show, unlike when he hosted "America's Got Talent."

    TMZ reports:

    Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Nick will rock his signature headgear without concern or pushback from the network. That wasn't the case in the latter part of his nearly 10-year run as host of "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

    Sources said the Peacock Network wasn't jibing with his look on 'AGT,' and unleashed its wrath on him over a "black card" joke he made during a Showtime comedy special.

    The untitled project is slated to debut in early 2019. You watching?

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    K. Michelle won Miss FAMU, but pregnancy got in the way of her enjoying it. Get into her "UNCENSORED" episode, plus the joggers Sheree Whitfield has coming down the pipeline inside...

    Since K. Michelle popped up on the music scene, she has never really been one to sugarcoat ish and keep things a secret.

    She's pretty much an open book and the longer she stays in the game, the more transparent she gets. We know about her dating history with British hottie Idris Elba, her battle with lupus, getting an abortion in 2016, and removing her butt injections. Now, she's sharing candids tidbits about her past.

    K. Michelle (real name Kimberly Pate) appeared on TV One's "UNCENSORED" where she disclosed she got pregnant after winning the Miss Famu title.

    The "Love & Hip Hop" star won the Miss Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University election during the spring semester of 2003. However, she was unable to serve in the position and ended up having to take time off from school. The reason? She got pregnant.

    K said it was a HUGE scandal and everyone was all up in her business.

    Peep the clip below:

    K eventually welcomed a son, named Chase, and copped her degree in psychology.

    In another segment, K opened up again about how her former boyfriend/former SONY executive MempHitzphysically abused her, leaving her outside naked once.

    Check it:

    K's episode premiered October 14th. You can catch it out via On Demand if you missed.

    Y'all asked for these joggers!

     

     

    Former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield is no longer on the show, so chick has to keep those coins coming in to pay for Chateau Sheree. 

    The former reality star's She by Shereé joggers are almost here. Sheree hopped on social media to give fans a sneak peek at her long-awaited fashion line that she has been talking about forever.

    "SHE’s arrived. Visit shebysheree.com to see the full video and sign up for the official launch of the SHE by Shereé website," she captioned alongside a promo video.

    Sheree is featured in the promo clip, alongside her model son Kairo Whitfield and daughter Tierra Fuller. Peep the clip above.

    No word on the official launch just yet. You'll have to sign up to her email list for the release date.

    Well good for her. Are y'all copping some She by Shereé pieces or nah?

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    You're going to need to sit down for this story. Former Atlanta Falcons player Justin Crawford has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old, who is in some form related to him. His wife caught him with his pants down in front of the child. The disturbing details are inside...

    This is likely the most disturbing and disgusting story we've come across this year.

    Former Atlanta Falcons player Justin Crawford was arrested over the weekend on several charges that involve him allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, who is related to him in some capacity.

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    The 23-year-old former Hardaway High School football star was arrested in Columbus, GA and hit with a slew of felony charges after his wife, Chakeya Crawford, caught him in a compromising position with 12-year-old in the living room of their home. He has been charged with aggravated child molestation, incest, sodomy, and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

    The former West Virginia University football player is being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail. Thankfully.

    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported the disturbing details below:

    During Crawford’s preliminary hearing Monday, police said his wife awoke at 5 a.m. Saturday and walked into her living room, where she saw her husband had an erection as he stood over a 12-year-old girl.

    The wife went back to sleep in their home off Wynnton Road, but she did not rest easy, worrying about what she had seen, Detective Mark Scruggs testified in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

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    Crawford’s wife Chakeya Crawford called the Ledger-Enquirer later Monday to object to that account. She said that when she came downstairs and saw her husband in the living room, he had no erection that she noticed, but his penis was exposed, and he immediately ran from the living room into the kitchen to cover up.

    “I did not see anyone having sex, or I would have called police right away,” she said.

    She said she questioned her husband, who told her, “You scared me. That’s why I ran.” He denied any wrongdoing, and she initially gave him the benefit of the doubt, she said. Because it was 5 a.m., she decided to go back to bed and revisit the matter later, she said.

    Later she took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother, who asked what had happened. That’s when the girl reported she had been asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse, Scruggs said.

    The girl was taken for a medical exam that included compiling a “sex assault kit” to collect any DNA evidence, Scruggs said.

    Detectives grilled Justin Crawford about his encounter with the child and, at first, he said he never had sexual contact with the girl. After further questioning he came clean, admitting he DID, in fact, have sex with the 12-year-old child, , but claimed the sex was her idea.

    Just DISGUSTING!!! By the way, Justin and Chakeya have two young sons together. They tied the knot in 2015.

    Crawford was signed to the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in May and was released in September after playing in several pre-season games. He was then picked up by the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football league. According to Atlanta's WXIA-TV, the team has since dropped him from the team following his arrest.

    We have no words.

    Photos: Getty/Muscogee County Jail/Chakeya Crawford's FB


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    All of the FAB Women In Hollywood linked up in Hollywood for ELLE's annual luncheon that praises all of the hard work the ladies have put in. Go inside for Shonda Rhimes' inspirational speech, red carpet pics and more...

     

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    Shonda Rhimes is the baddest in the TV game and she wants everyone to know it. Not because she wants to gloat, but she wants to inspire women to speak out and celebrate their worth and accomplishments. When women get recognized for their greatness, they tend to keep it to themselves, as if they aren't worthy enough. But, Shonda wants to change that. She wants women to know that they should share and give props to themselves when something good happens, just like men do when they get awarded for their hard work.

    The YBF showrunner was honored at Elle magazine's 25th annual Women In Hollywood celebration inside the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom in Beverly Hills. The event was filled with fabulous women in Hollywood, including fellow honorees Angela Bassett, Yara Shahidi, Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley, Sarah Paulson and Mia Farrow.

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    The "Scandal" creator (pictured above with her daughter on the carpet) dropped a bomb on everyone during her acceptance speech. She announced she's the highest paid showrunner in television after inking a lucrative overall deal with Netflix, although she didn't reveal exactly how much she's earning.

    “I am the highest-paid showrunner in television,” the 48-year-old network hitmaker told the audience.

    It was previously announced Ryan Murphy, who was in the audience, signed a five-year Netflix deal worth as much as $300 million. Also, Greg Berlanti signed a $400 million overall deal extensions with Warner Bros. Television. So yeah, Shonda is making BANK. The TV queen didn't drop the bomb for arrogant reasons. She did it to point out the differences between men and women.

    “Over the course of the seasons, Ellen and I went from believing that we were employees of a network to understand that we were the network. In a world in which women of all colors are constantly forced to battle with men for equity and inclusion, we have the good fortune to work in an environment that we had nurtured and built with enough of our sweat and tears over enough years that we no longer needed to battle men to get to the top of a mountain,” Shonda said. “We just built our own mountains, and then we realized that all we had to do was equalize and include one another.”

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    The "Grey's Anatomy" creator continued:

    “The other day I came to this conclusion that men brag and women hide. Even when they don’t deserve to brag, men brag — [Donald] Trump, [Brett] Kavanaugh — and when men do deserve to brag, they are good at it. They do it so well. Men brag about everything, even things that aren’t things. A little while ago in an inspiring article, Ellen told the world she was the highest-paid women in dramatic television. She did not hide. She bragged. She said she was powerful and she said deserved it, and there was some blowback. There should not have been. I have seen a thousand articles like that from men, but she’s a woman and she shouldn’t say things like that.”

    “When I made a deal with Netflix, I let them report my salary wrong in the press, and then I did as few interviews as possible and I put my head down and worked. In other words, I hid. I’m getting this award for inspiring other women — how can I inspire anyone if I’m hiding?”

    “My point is that we need to set an example because I am awesome and we are awesome, which is another way of saying we have power. We are powerful women and when we say we have power, what we are really saying is that we deserve to have power. We deserve whatever good thing it is that we are getting. Demanding what you deserve can feel like a radical act."

    SAY THAT SHONDA!

     

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    Hollywood vet Angela Bassett and Hollywood starlet Yara Shahidi also took center stage to accept their honor.

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    The "Grown-ish" star shined in a yellow Calvin Klein look for the festivities.

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    "The Chi" creator/EMMY winner Lena Waithe landed a spot on ELLE's Women In Hollywood Power List along with 11 other women, including Ava DuVernay.

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    "The Have & The Have Nots" actress Tika Sumpter was a vision when she hit the carpet in a coral jumpsuit.

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    Jennifer Lopez was with all the dramatics in a Maticevski look paired with an Hermes Birkin bag. Kill it.

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    Kenya Barris, who recently inked an overall deal with Netflix, hit the stage to speak during the luncheon. His wife, Rainbow Edwards-Barris, was his date.

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    Twirl!

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    "Orange Is The New Black" actress Laverne Cox never misses a moment to stunt at an event. She strutted her stuff in a black strapless Maticevski gown.

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    Werk.

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    "How To Get Away With Murder" star Aja Naomi King kept it simple and sophisticated in an A.L.C. ensemble.

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    BlacKKKlansman actress Laura Harrier snatched up a look straight from Louis Vuitton's Resort 2019 runway.

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    Congrats ladies!

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    Musical icon Quincy Jones and Debra Lee, who stepped down as BET's CEO and chairwoman, were in the mix.

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    Law professor Anita Hall was tapped to speak during the event and she was also shown mad love from Lady Gaga on the carpet:

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    Gorge.

     

    On the magazine circuit...

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    Black Panther beauties Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, and Angela Bassett cover ELLE magazine's Women in Hollywood issue. It's a no-brainer why these fabulous women were chosen to cover the issue. They all ooze power, femininity and #BLACKGIRLMAGIC. Get into the Wakanda Warriors' cover story here.

     

    EXTRAS:

    1. Lena Waithe is producing a new sneaker culture show titled, "You Ain't Got These." STORY

    2. The upcoming season of "Orange Is The New Black" is the last and final season of the award winning Netflix series:

     

     

     

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    "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Tommie Lee is currently behind bars after being arrested TWICE within 48 hours. She has racked up a slew of felony charges after allegedly slamming her daughter's head into a locker inside of her middle school. Details inside...

    If you watch "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" then you know Tommie Lee is no stranger to getting in trouble. Chick stays getting arrested and some type of way, stays getting out on bail.  But not this time.

    Tommie Lee (real name Atasha Chizaah Jefferson) landed BACK in jail yesterday for stalking her daughter, 24 hours after she was arrested for allegedly slamming her daughter's head into a locker inside her middle school. Wow. This is sad.

    The 34-year-old reality star, who has been vocal about her alcohol abuse on the show, was first arrested after an altercation at her daughter's school, Griffin Middle School in Smyrna. According to the arrest warrant, Tommie "shoved her [daughter's] headfirst forcefully into a medal school locker."

    She then allegedly hit the child with a strap from her purse and then "grabbed her hair then forced her to walk down the hallway."

    What in the world?!

    According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Tommie was charged with felony charges that include cruelty to children and aggravated assault. She was also hit with three counts of simple battery and disruption of a public school.

    Tommie posted a $27,000 bond and got out of jail Wednesday (October 17th) morning around 4AM (mug shot above). She was issued a court order to stay away from her daughter.

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    By Wednesday night, she was BACK in jail after she was charged with aggravated stalking and obstruction of an officer (mug shot above). According to TMZ, she violated the order by making contact with her daughter hours after getting out of jail the first time.

     

     

    WSBTV reporter Matt Johnson says when cops arrived to her home to arrest her she refused to come to the front door. Police found her hiding in the attic.  Whew chile.  The horror.

    Her bond was revoked and she will remain in Cobb County Jail indefinitely.

     

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    Tamar Braxton opens up about the drama that unfolded when she and her family sat down with life coach Iyanla Vanzant. Find out what she said about how a family member stole her voice about being abused as a child inside...

    Over the last few months or so, Tamar Braxton and her sisters had been going at it. So, they called up Iyanla Vanzant to try and help fix the mess they had going on in their sisterhood.

    Before the therapy session with Iyanla aired on the "Braxton Family Values" episode, there were rumors that the sisters were going to touch on a family secret about Tamar. After rumors started getting around, Tamar went on the "Wendy Williams Show" to reveal she had been molested by family members on both sides.

    She also went on social media expressing how she felt about someone discussing the trauma she experienced as a child without first speaking to her about it.

     
     
     
     
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    Today Wendy asked me what happened at my sisters meeting and why did I walk out. Since someone there decided that they would ask me about something so private, so embarrassing, so secretive in front of EVERYONE that was there, I felt like my life was flashing before my eyes and IMMEDIATELY started to cry. Not because someone decided to allow someone else to tell MY SECRET, not because I was asked if it were True in front of a hundred strangers, but because once again my right to choose was taken from me all over again. I decided to Tell Wendy and the world MY secret, MYSELF that I have been a victim of abuse not once, twice, ten, but multiple times by multiple “family members” I’ve never told ANYONE other than Two people in my life and they both have held this close to them. One Being the man that I am with now and EVERY, SINGLE DAY he says I’m so beautiful and my scars makes me even more attractive. I felt that because this has happened to me recently, that something HAD to be done about people who DID know and tried to make People embarrassed and ashamed about something that has happened to them!!! I never EVER again want anyone to feel so little and so small or even ashamed about something they had no control over. I wanted to create a space where you can tell your OWN story with out anyone commenting or making you feel ashamed EVER again!! Go to and tell your story and empower yourself starting today! I wanted you to know that no matter how many scars you have... you are the PRETTIEST I love you all so much noneedTBshame.com

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    In a new interview with 97.9 The Box, the singer, who's currently starring in Snoop Dogg's stage play "Redemption of a Dog," opened up (as much as she could) about how the situation with the life coach was handled and how she was blindsided by someone in her family revealing secrets about her life without EVER talking to her about it.

    Tamar told the radio hosts she NEVER told any of her immediate family members about being sexually abused as a child, however, one of them spoke with someone from Iyanla's show about the abuse off camera. She revealed she didn't even know that particular family member knew about the abuse and that the person NEVER even spoke to her about it. Ever. She didn't know that any of them knew.

    The Calling All The Lovers singer said she was 6-7 years old when she was being abused and that she didn't even know she was being abused when it was happening. She thought it was "just a part of life."

    Tamar said she isn't upset with her family member since they didn't bring it up on national television. However, she isn't feeling Iyanla (whose name she couldn't/wouldn't say) for bringing it up during taping. She said Iyanla handled the conversation in an insensitive way.

    By the way, the molestation conversation during the therapy session was never aired. Also, it was reported that Iyanla may take legal action over the controversy following the taping of the show.

    The Love & War singer was asked if the family members who molested her are still alive, she never got the chance to answer when one of the hosts interrupted her.

    Tamar said she made it through by the grace of God and now she wants to help others who may have gone through the same thing. She created a space, dubbed No Need TB Shame, to give people a place to get it off their chest and free themselves.

    Peep the interview below, starting at the 7:45 mark:

     

    Tamar also appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" when she was asked if she would ever return to "The Real." In some many "laughs," NO. Peep the clip below:

     

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    Now we get a glimpse into possibly why Bow Wow and Kiyomi called it quits.  At least in part.  Chick wanted all the smoke with Lil Mama, all over Shad.  Deets inside...

    On tonight's episode of  “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” Bow Wow hits up longtime homie JD's Songwriter Hall of Fame event where he was being awarded a huge honor. Lil Mama hits the scene as well, because she's in the process of establishing a working relationship with the So So Def vets.  But who knew Bow's (then) girlfriend Kiyomi’s jealousy would go on 100?!

    Bow invited Lil Mama over to his table for a drink before she left, they hugged, and Kiyomi pulled the "tell your friend to watch her hands or I'ma beat her a**" type foolery.

    Check the exclusive sneak peek below:

    Meanwhile,  Bow Wow’s old flame, Masika, also returns to Atlanta with a vengeance! Looks like this was all the beginning of the end. Kiyomi revealed a few weeks ago that she dumped Bow Wow, and she started flirting with rapper Young M.A. on IG.

    "GUHH ATL" airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on WETV.

     


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    Chance The Rapper and Remy Ma are talking politics ahead of the midterm elections next month. Everything inside..

    Chance The Rapper is talking politics. Not only is he talking about it, but he's also participating as well, proving he's all about his mayoral candidate for his hometown of Chicago.

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    The Coloring Book rapper is endorsing Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia. And he has several reasons to.

    During a news conference at City Hall, the Grammy Award winning rapper explained exactly why he's voting for Enyia. And it has everything to do with creating change to make Chi-town better for everyone.

     

     

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    “I want to work with somebody that’s about change, somebody that’s about our community, somebody that’s about equity, somebody that’s about fairness,” he said during the press conference, standing alongside Enyia.

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    The 25-year-old said the love he has for his hometown is why he decided to speak out on issues that affect his community and why he's such an advocate for education and policing. He said Eniya shares the same vision he has of “what Chicago could be.” And we all know Chance LOVES his city and shows it with the way he gives back and speaks up at community meetings.

    “Obviously love this city, I love it enough to call it out, on its shortcomings,” he said. “I’m proud to announce that I will not be running for mayor, but I’d like to say very narcissistically that if I back you, you have a chance, absolutely.”

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    Amara Eniya, who is the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, has a law degree and Ph.D. in education policy under her belt. According to her campaign website, she's seeking a “visionary leadership that is powered by the people."

    A black man supporting a black woman to create positive change! We love it!

    Another rapper talking politics before the midterm elections...

     

     

    Remy Ma had some strong words about voting during a recent episode of REVOLT's State of the Culture with Joe Budden, Jinx, and Scottie Beam.

    The mom-to-be again dropped some gems on the masses, saying it's EVERYONE's responsibility to educate others about the importance of voting. She said we need to educate our children about voting in midterm elections, not just presidential elections.

    "F*ck Kanye! F*ck Trump! Fuck all that! Educate yourself and then educate your children. The same way you'll push your kid to stand in line for a pair of f*cking sneakers that are coming out, push them to the polls," she said.

    Peep the clip above.

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    The "All The Way Up" rapper also touched on the topic about whether or not people who are not black should be able to use the N-word. She personally doesn't have a problem with it if the person isn't using it as a "racial slur." Peep the clip above and let us know your thoughts!

    You can check out the full interview below: 

     

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    Former POTUS Barack Obama wants you to get your butts out there on November 6th and vote!

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    Rihanna declined performing for the Super Bowl Halftime Show because, Colin Kaepernick. Get the deets, plus see Mary J. Blige turn up during a performance for charity inside...

    The NFL tried to get one of the world's BIGGEST entertainers to grace the biggest stage of the year, but she reportedly said NOPE! A source told US Weekly the NFL reached out to Rihanna to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, but she declined. The reason? She STANDS with Colin Kaepernick!

    “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the source told the publication. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

    We stan.

    Last month, the NFL announced Maroon 5 will be performing during the Super Bowl in Atlanta, with a special set by Cardi B.

    After kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality in 2016, Colin has seemingly been blackballed from the league. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback filed a collusion grievance against the NFL and its owners in November 2017 and it will advance to trial.

     

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    Mary J. Blige hit the stage to perform at The T.J. Martell Foundation, Music’s Promise for Curing Cancer event during the 43rd New York Honors Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

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    Hosted by Bill Bellamy, the event honored Jeffrey Harleston, Universal Music Group’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs with the Lifetime Music Award. Drew Nieporent, Founder of Myriad Restaurant Group, was honored with the Lifetime Business Leadership Award. The sold-out event helped raise fund for cancer research and patient treatments.

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    Peep Mary's explosive performance below:

     

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    Malcolm D. Lee almost declined directing Night School. Why? Find out what he and producer Will Packer tell TheYBF.com inside...

    A funny script. An A-list cast. What more could a director want in a film?

    Night School director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer sit down with YBF correspondent James Terrell to dish on all of the magic (and antics) that went on behind-the-scenes of the hit comedy.

    With lead actors Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish it's no surprise folks were cutting up on set. Kev and Tiff were on their comedy ish causing everyone to have to stop and reshoot several scenes before nabbing the perfect run through.

    However, all of that magic almost didn't happen as Malcolm D. Lee had originally decided he simply wasn't interested. Say what?! Yep, he wasn't feeling it. And he had one VERY good reason. Check it above.

    In case you missed it, we chopped it up about high school suspensions with Kev & Tiffany HERE!

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    We've got an extended look at “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” and it's teasing all of the a tea. Peep the clip inside and get the latest on T.I.'s assault charges....

     

    With T.I. and Tiny Harris back together a new season of their hit reality TV series is on the horizon, but this time they're adding a few of their celeb friends in the mix.

    Their new series “T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle” features Tip “T.I.” Harris and Tameka "Tiny" Harris along with their children Zonnique, Messiah, Domani, Deyjah, King, Major and Heiress. PLUS, they are bringing their ATL celebrity friends with them including Monica Brown, Antonia “Toya” Wright with her daughter Reginae Carter, and LeToya Luckett, and new husband Tommicus Walker).

    In the extended clip, fans will get to see what was going on behind-the-scenes as Tip continually made headlines for cheating and Tiny filing for divorce. The Harrises will address the cheating drama and share sweet moments with their family.

    Monica is looking to get back in the studio and she'll be sharing her journey on how she's going to balance work life, being a mom, and wife. We didn't see her hubby Shannon Brown in the teaser, and he's not in the promo press release, so it's unclear if he'll be appearing on the show.

    New mom-again Toya Wright is dealing with her mother, who is a recovered addict, and her teenage daughter Reginae Carter dating an older rapper named YFN Lucci.

    LeToya Luckett and her hubby Tommicus Walker are gearing up to welcome their new bundle of joy and letting us along the ride with them.

    Get into the family & friends vibes below:

    We're here for it! Tune in for the premiere of “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle" on Monday, October 22nd at 9PM ET/PT.

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    Tip just caught a semi-break in that assault case he caught back in May after he got into it with a security guard. Prosecutors have reportedly dropped the assault charge he caught after they claim he made criminal threats towards the security guard who was watching the gated community Tiny lives in. The guard was reportedly sleeping when the rapper got there. He asked T.I. for some ID and when he didn't produce it, all hell broke loose.

    "You're making it worse for yourself, man ... You're gonna have to deal with me," allegedly told the security guard. Police saw that as a threat and arrested him for assault, but it didn't hold water.

    The Dime Trap rapper still reportedly faces three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor public drunkenness.

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    A new poll claims Beyonce is the most politically divisive celebrity in the U.S., despite the fact she rarely speaks politics. But you still know exactly where she stands.  Let's discuss inside...

    Folks are trying it and reaching for straws at every length at this point.

    A new poll by Morning Consult found that the LEMONADE singer has been found to be "the MOST politically divisive celebrity" in the United States. This was the result despite the fact Bey hardly ever talks politics.

    The poll found that Beyoncé has a 63% favorable rating with Democrats and a -3% favorable rating among Republicans, which results in a 66-point gap.  Ha.  They hate the fact her pure existence screams unapologetically black feminism. 

    They will deal.

    The Hill reports:

    That 66-point gap was the biggest between the two political parties of any entertainer on the list.

    Fox News’ Sean Hannity took the runner-up spot on the list, with a 28 percent net favorability rating for the GOP and -37 among Democrats.

    LeBron James, Rush Limbaugh, and Ellen DeGeneres rounded out the top 5 spots on the most divisive celebrity poll. Rihanna made it in the top 10. How is it that Beyonce, of all celebrities, was named as the most politically divisive when she rarely speaks out on political issues? We know: Racism. It's showing, and we peep it. We're not the only ones either:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sure, she incorporates black American culture into Coachella sets.  Sure, she blasted the word FEMINISM across her big ass stage at both the Formation Tour & the On The Run II tour.  And sure, she has campaigned for Hillary Clinton and is besties with the Obamas.  We guess the fact she is so powerful in her own right before she did these things is what people have a problem with. 

    Folks like LeBron are MUCH more often direct and vocal, yet he ranks lower in the divisiveness scale?  Likely because he's a man at the end of the day, and his voice is welcomed and accepted.  Intersectionality is a b***. 

    If their voices are "divisive", then oh damn well.  We applaud BOTH for continuing to do what they do and keeping those on the wrong side of history mad uncomfortable.

    Thoughts?

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    Amerie is back.  She's looking gorgeous and has plenty of new music to serve up.  Deets inside...

    It's been over 2 years since she released any new music (she dropped the EP Drive back in 2016), and almost 10 years since she released a full album.  The "1 Thing" singer is now a mom, a wife and looks exactly the same as she did back when she had us on our Go-Go club tip.

    Today, Amerie dropped a double EP called 4AM MULHOLLAND and AFTER 4AM (and that extra 'i' she added to her name years ago), a follow up to her 2009 album In Love and War.  And it's a nice little Friday bop for the weekend.

     

    The 38-year-old fab chick dished to Billboard about being jaded with the industry and leaving Def Jam saying:

    “I experienced pushback because I’m a female who knows herself and doesn’t have problems speaking up.”

    As for what she's been up to in the last several years:

    I was thinking about my next project in 2012 and still making music, but I was writing [books] and wanted to put all my time into writing. I kept thinking I would get to music, but for the most part it was writing and learning story craft. I was living, breathing writing -- I wrote six novels in the past [six] years. One is done, two are almost finished, some I’m revising, others are in various states. But I was really missing actively recording, because it gives you a different creative outlet. I’m passionate about writing and story, but it creates a different kind of fatigue.

    On her new music being darker and moodier:

    The funny thing to me, I've always felt like my music is dark -- even when no one else thinks that. Like with “Why Don’t We Fall in Love,” I got on the video with the director and he’s like, “OK, I’m thinking summertime, you on a beach," and I go, “OK, this is cool, but actually my initial thought was black, red and a highway.” No one else seems to feel that.

    You can get the rest of the interview HERE.

    By the way, she wrote this EP while pregnant with her adorable now 5-month-old little nugget River Rowe.

     

     

    The double EP is available now on iTunes, Soundcloud and everywhere.  You copping it?!

     


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    Michael B. Jordan is the gift that keeps on giving. The actor heard about US Open winner Naomi Osaka's obsession with him, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, so he invited her to the CREED 2 premiere with a sexy pic. Everything inside...

    Last month, Naomi Osaka appeared on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" after beating Serena Williams and nabbing the US Open championship.

    During their chat, Ellen was able to get Naomi to reveal her celebrity crush. It wasn't easy, but after some probing, Naomi revealed she's crushing on none other than Michael B. Jordan. Can you blame her?

    Peep her appearance at the 3:45 mark below:

    Well, Naomi's 21st birthday rolled around a few days ago and Ellen hopped on Twitter to give her a birthday present. She posted a shirtless picture of MBJ attached with a Happy Birthday message and tagged the CREED actor.

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    Naomi responded,"pls block me" with the crying emoji. Ha!

    That's when MBJ jumped in, posted a FRESH shirtless picture and invited her to come to the CREED 2 premiere:

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    Lordt! That CREED training has done his body MORE than good.

    Of course, she accepted...if he's serious. And Ellen dropped in to say "You're welcome."

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    Cute.

    After reprising his role as Adonis Creed, the YBF hottie will transform into a hitman in The Silver Beat. It's a film adaptation of Derek Haas' book series that Michael will both star in and produce for Lionsgate. In the thriller, MBJ will play Columbus, a man who becomes a feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.

    Shoot your shot, Naomi!

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    Lupita Nyong'o! We are not worthy! Get into her melanin magic in the November 2018 issue of VOGUE Spain inside...

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    Lupita Nyong'o was tapped to cover the November 2018 issue of VOGUE Spain, dubbed "The Space Odyssey, Finger Comb issue," and chick is giving us editorial chills!

    The Oscar winning actress is flawlessly gorgeous in a captivating cover and beautifully shot spread for the magazine. And she's taking the cover girl crown.

    Donning her natural hair, the Black Panther actress gets up close and personal with her editorials that show off her stunning features. Not only are we (and every other black girl) fawning over her knock out spread, Lupita herself is extra excited about it. She hopped on Instagram to share the cover and a few flicks from the spread with her fans, captioning, "I am so proud of this cover story! ¡Que orgullo me da este número! Thank you @voguespain for celebrating me and my work by making me your cover girl this #voguenoviembre!"

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    Sheesh! This whole production is FIRE!

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    While thanking everyone on the VOGUE Spain team, it seems the 12 Years A Slave actress threw subtle shade at Grazia Magazine - at least, that kinky hair comment makes it seem that way.

    "And thank you for celebrating my kinky hair for real!," she captioned.

    The 34-year-old actress called out Grazia magazine last month after they airbrushed her hair off the cover. The photoshop job was apparently to make her "fit a more Eurocentric notion" of beauty.

    Here's what she said:

     
     
     
     
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    As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

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    We've got some new tunes to get you through this YBF Weekend. Go inside for new muisc from Nicki Minaj and Future, Khalid, Trina and a new video from Travis Scott and Drake...

    Future and Nicki Minaj will be hitting the road together in 2019 on their “NickiHndrxx" Tour. But before they do, they're releasing new music together.

    Future teams up with Nicki on his track "Transformer," a cut from his new joint project with Juice WRLD titled WRLD ON DRUGS.

    Fans are convinced the Young Money rapper fired shots at her nemesis Cardi B with a few punchlines on the track. First she rapped:

    “Four albums in, pull a milli for a show / While these bitches is servin’ Milli Vanilli on the low"

    Fans believe she's throwing a jab at Cardi since she has beena ccused of using a ghostwriter. And those of us old enough to know Milli Vanilli know they were known for lip-syncing during performances and also not even actually singing on their songs. They had their Grammy taken away after the scandal broke.

    Then Nicki said:

    "Some call me Nicki, but some call me Megatron / I’m stopping bags and I don’t need a red octagon"

    If you've been keeping up with the Nicki vs. Cardi B feud, then you remember when Bardi fired a subliminal shot at Nicki on Instagram, accusing her of "stopping her bag" following their now infamous altercation during NYFW. Remy Ma previously said the same thing. The "Chun-Li" rapper then started the #NickiStoppedMyBag hashtag, which resulted in memes being posted all over social media. She then took the phrase and released new merch for the Barbz.

    On the track, Nicki also rapped:"Master bathroom, two jacuzzis, and a sauna/They ain't warn her/Now she out here facin' Karma"

    Oop!

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    What do you all think?

    In other new music...

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    R&B crooner Khalid serves up a new EP titled Suncity, a follow up musical offering to his debut album, American Teen.

    "More than anything in life right now I want growth. I want my music to grow and represent how I am growing up," Khalid shared about the new project. "Suncity is the start of a new era for me, this music poured out of me and I didn’t want to wait to share it. I wanted to be able to live in this moment with my fans and my friends and speak from the heart." 

    Stream the new R&B bops we've been needing below:

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    Aye! The Baddest B*tch is back with new music!

    Trina just dropped a new EP, Blue Magic, that'll have you twerkin' through the weekend. The Diamond Princess enlisted some Hip Hop heavy hitters and newbies, including Da Brat, Boosie BadAzz, Kash Doll, and Chief Pound.

    According to XXL, the Miami raptress is also working on a new album titled, The One. No word just yet when it will be released.

    Catch some Trina vibes below:

     

     

    Travis Scott just released the visuals to track "Sicko World," featuring Drake. It's a cut from his chart-topping ASTROWORLD album. Take a look at the new video, co-directed by Dave Meyers and Travis himself, above.

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