T.I., Alicia Keys, Snoop Pay Tribute At Tupac’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Black music’s elite was out and about during the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that kicked off Friday (April 7) night showing homage to late rapper Tupac.

According to Billboard, Alicia Keys sang a medley of snippets of ‘Pac songs including “I Ain’t …read more

Bow Wow, Reginae Carter & More Star In Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’

WE Tv has unleashed a 20-second teaser for its new series “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” ahead of its spring premiere. Bow Wow, Shaniah Mauldin, Ayana Fite, Reginae Carter, Brandon Barnes, and Zonnique Pullins are in the cast.

Mauldin is the daughter of Jermaine Dupri; Fite is the daughter of DJ …read more

MTV Dumps Gender-Specific Categories For Movie & TV Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV has scrapped gender specific categories for its upcoming Movie & TV Awards.

In place of the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, this year’s awards will honor a non-gendered Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show.

The move follows the Grammy Awards’ decision …read more

Judge Sets Date For Murder Trial Of Former Rap Mogul Knight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge on Thursday said the murder trial of former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight will begin in January without any further delays, a move that was welcomed by Knight.

The Death Row Records co-founder has changed attorneys several times since he was arrested in …read more

VH1 Renews ‘Hip Hop Squares’ For Second Season

VH1 has moved quickly to renew “Hip Hop Squares” for a second season following record ratings, including giving the network its highest-rated premiere in more than a year.

The series, produced by Ice Cube and hosted by DeRay Davis, revisits the classic game show format with celebrity players drawn …read more

BRAVO Releases Explosive ‘RHOA’ Reunion Trailer

The current season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is in the books which means the show’s post season, better known as the reunion season, is just about ready to kick-off.

Normally the reunion season of “RHOA” and other “Housewives” shows consist of 3 shows, but because this past season served up …read more

‘Empire’ Actor Morocco Omari Charged With Domestic Battery

CHICAGO (AP) — An actor on the television show “Empire” has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago.

Police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They say officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified …read more

From FV17: Bobby Brown Talks About Drug Abuse And Whitney

and Whitney Houston had a tumultuous relationship that included admitted drug abuse on both parts. Now happily married with three children to Alicia Etheredge Brown, Fantastic Voyage 2017 cruise performer Brown did a Question and Answer session with fans on board. During that session, he was asked about …read more

Comedian Don Rickles Dead At 90

NEW YORK (AP) — He was only kidding. Really. Don Rickles loved everybody: black or white, gay or straight, fat or thin.

But don’t get him started on his wife, or the time she dove into their swimming pool while wearing all her jewelry.

And drowned.

For more than half a century, …read more

Trevor Jackson Joining Yara Shahidi In ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff

American Crime and Burning Sands star Trevor Jackson, “Saturday Night Live” vet Chris Parnell and “Veep” actor Matt Walsh have joined Yara Shahidi in ABC’s proposed “Black-ish” spinoff, reports Deadline.

Their episode will serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff, which centers on Shahidi’s character Zoey Johnson …read more

California Woman Raises $70 Million In Bail Money After Allegedly Killing Children’s Father

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Chinese real estate scion charged with orchestrating the murder of her children’s father was released from a San Francisco Bay Area jail Thursday after posting $35 million bail, a highly unusual financial transaction that startled and angered the victim’s family and friends.

Tiffany Li will …read more

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, U.S. officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump’s most dramatic military …read more

French Montana Dragged For Calling Black Woman ‘Dusty Rusty A**’

French Montana couldn’t take the heat of the social media outrage following his degrading Instagram comment about a Black woman.

After trending for several hours, the rapper finally responded to criticism he received for calling an African-American woman a “nappy, dusty a** h**.” He took to Twitter to …read more

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Plan To Overhaul Baltimore’s Police Goes Before The Public

BALTIMORE (AP) — A proposed plan to overhaul Baltimore’s troubled police force faces public scrutiny Thursday despite the Department of Justice’s efforts to delay the hearing.

A judge on Wednesday denied an attempt to delay the public airing, calling the request by President Donald Trump’s administration a “burden and inconvenience.”

The Justice …read more

Jury Convicts 3 Denver Homeless Of Violating Camping Ban

DENVER (AP) — Three advocates for the homeless were convicted Wednesday of violating Denver’s camping ban, one of many that have been enacted in rapidly gentrifying cities across the country.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours before convicting Randy Russell, Jerry Burton and Terese Howard, who were sentenced to probation and …read more

TLC Wants You To Name Their Kickstarter Album Due This Summer

TLC took to Kickstarter again to announce a release date for its upcoming crowdsourced album, and to take suggestions on what they should call the release.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the R&B group will drop the highly anticipated comeback album on June 30, per the …read more

A Father Bids Farewell To Twin Babies After Syria Attack

BEIRUT (AP) — The father cradled his 9-month-old twins, Aya and Ahmed, each in an arm. He stroked their hair and choked back tears, mumbling, “Say goodbye, baby, say goodbye” to their lifeless bodies.

Abdel Hameed Alyousef lost his two children, his wife and other relatives in the suspected chemical attack …read more

US Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O’Reilly ‘Needs To Go To Jail’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters says Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “needs to go to jail” over sexual harassment allegations.

The Democratic congresswoman from California told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes during a Wednesday appearance that it’s “all catching up with O’Reilly” and described the situation at Fox News …read more

Terrence Howard To Play Jaden Smith’s Father In New Movie

“Empire” star Terrence Howard has been cast in the teen romantic drama “Life in a Year,” directed by Mitja Okorn for Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment, reports Deadline.

Smith’s son Jaden Smith stars as Daryn, who falls for a punkish girl Isabelle, who has been diagnosed with cancer and …read more

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Honored With Literary Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison is collecting another prestigious prize.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is scheduled to be presented with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Emerson-Thoreau Medal.

The prize was established in 1958 and is awarded to individuals to recognize a lifetime of literary achievements.

Previous …read more

Joe And Jill Biden Score Book Deals

NEW YORK (AP) — First the Obamas, now the Bidens. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have book deals.

Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will release two books by Joe Biden and one by Jill. Joe Biden’s first book …read more

[RECAP] Underground Season Two, Episode Five ‘Whiteface’

Each week things heat up and Wednesday’s episode was no different! Let’s jump in.

Cato hosts a prestigious party in Philadelphia attended by Frederick Douglass (played by the show’s Executive Producer, John Legend) and other prominent abolitionists to discuss the cause, but not before chaos ensues.

Back at the boarding house, …read more

Sheree Whitfield Previews Chateau Sheree On ‘RHOA’ Finale

Shereé Whitfield is giving fans a sneak peek inside of her long-suffering “Chateau Shereé” ahead of its TV debut on Sunday’s Real Housewives of Atlanta finale.

The reality star hosts a huge housewarming bash for the occasion, which has arrived after years and years of delayed construction over reported lack …read more

Brenda Jones Of The Jones Girls Dead At 62

Sadly, this week another sibling member of a well-known group has died. Brenda Jones, 62, of the Jones Girls was killed when she was struck by several cars while on the way to visit her daughter in Wilmington, Delaware.

Ebony.com reports:

According to her sister, Shirley Jones, the singer was …read more

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