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Member of 90's R&B Group Jagged Edge Arrested For Aggravated Assault

Kyle Norman, a member of the R&B group “Jagged Edge” was arrested early Thursday morning on aggravated assault charges. Police were called to a home on Peters Street in Atlanta about a domestic dispute between a couple.

The officers were met by the victim who said she had gotten into an argument with her fiance, Kyle Norman, about his drinking.

The victim reportedly had a golf ball sized knot on her forehead, had a cut to her nose and it looked as if her right eye had a busted blood clot.

CBS46 reports:

The victim told police Norman punched and choked her with a scarf and shoved her engagement ring down her throat choking her more. According to police, Norman took away the victim’s car keys and broke her cell phone, refusing to let her leave. The victim told police she began to agree with things that he was saying in an attempt to calm him down. Once he walked away, she ran and grabbed his cell phone and was able to run outside and wake up a neighbor who let her inside. The unidentified woman was taken to Atlantic Medical Center and Norman was arrested and taken to jail.
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Ne-Yo performing live in the Red Velvet Cake Studio

What a way to start your Thursday morning. #NeYo performs songs from his new album "Non-Fiction

He also performed one of his classic songs "Sexy Love"

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Is Denzel Washington About To Join 'Empire'?

Is Hollywood titan Denzel Washington about to join Fox’s Empire? If Lee Daniels has his way, it just may be a reality. Daniels snapped a picture of the Academy-Award winning actor and himself at dinner together last night and made the announcement to his followers on Instagram. The showrunner posted in the caption:

Trying to talk this one into doing a guest star on #empire #nextweekdinneronme


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We could definitely see D playing a character that can check Lucious (Terrence Howard) and dazzle Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Earlier this week, Daniels spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer where he revealed he and Washington are currently discussing the potential joining the series. Daniels stated:

Denzel hasn’t done television in 30 years. But he saw the pilot and said, ‘I’ve got to be a part of this.’

If Washington did however appeared on Empire, he would be a part of a long line of A-listers guesting on the show, such as fellow Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Naomi Campbell, Raven Symone, Macy Gray, Courtney Love and Foxy Brown. Daniels also confirmed his fellow Philly native and legendary singer Patti LaBelle will board the show, after he posted a picture of the two on Instagram teasing: We fixin to turn up to watch #empire #fox #pattitakedownyourtree ❤️

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Angela Bassett Opens Up About Whitney Houston's Lesbian Rumor'

The highly-rated Lifetime biopic “Whitney” chronicled Whitney Houston‘s relationships, and not just Bobby Brown. It featured her long-term friendship with Robyn Crawford.

According to ET, Angela Bassett is leaving it up to the audience to determine if the Houston and Crawford lesbian rumors are true!

“There always have been rumors and they still persist. There was always speculation so my thing was, let it remain,” Bassett said.

She added, “It’d be how the audience sees it. If they read into it, that’s what they read into—two women who are close and love each other and support one another.”

Their relationship in film is very affectionate. In one scene where Houston was distraught Crawford prevents and fights off Brown from seeing her. This fuels those rumors.

“I think what they had between them is a real, honest and fierce affection and caring for one another,” Bassett said. “May we all have a friend who will fight for us.”
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Oprah, 'Selma' Actors March In The City Ahead Of MLK Day

Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo,  Ava DuVernay, Common
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie “Selma” and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The remembrance comes after several incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months, spurring protests and heightening tensions around the country. In Ferguson, Mo., where one fatal shooting caused weeks of violent protests, leading black members of Congress pressed for further reforms of the criminal justice system in the name of equality.

Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson as they took up King’s legacy in light of the recent deaths.

“We need to be outraged when local law enforcement and the justice system repeatedly allow young, unarmed black men to encounter police and then wind up dead with no consequences,” said Clay, a St. Louis Democrat. “Not just in Ferguson, but over and over again across this country.”

In Selma, Winfrey marched with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed King in the movie, and the rapper Common. Winfrey was a producer on the film and had an acting role like Common. They marched to Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed in 1965.

“Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero,” Winfrey told the marchers before they walked up the bridge as the sun went down over the Alabama River. Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the film as marchers crested the top of the bridge amid the setting sun.

Winfrey said the marchers remember “Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea and what can happen with strategy, with discipline and with love.” Winfrey played the civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper in the movie, which was nominated for two Oscars, in categories of best picture and best original song.

“The idea is that hope and possibility is real,” Winfrey said afterward of the civil rights movement in Selma. “Look at what they were able to do with so little, and look at we now how with so much. If they could do that, imagine what now can be accomplished with the opportunity through social media and connection, the opportunity through understanding that absolutely we are more alike than we are different.”

“Selma” chronicled the campaign leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the subsequent passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Law enforcement officers used clubs and tear gas on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday” — to rout marchers intent on walking some 50 miles to Montgomery, the Alabama capital, to seek the right for blacks to register to vote. A new march, led by King, started March 21 of that year and reached Montgomery days later with the crowd swelling to 25,000.

Today, the Selma bridge and adjoining downtown business district look much as they did in 1965, though many storefronts are empty and government buildings are occupied largely by African-American officials who are beneficiaries of the Voting Rights Act.

“Fifty years ago Selma made history and changed the nation,” Selma Mayor George Evans said.

Onlookers in the crowd waved signs reading: “March On” and “VOTE.”

Lisa Stevens brought her two children, ages 6 and 10, so they could walk the bridge that King walked. “I wanted to bring my children here so they can know their history and for them to participate in this walk,” said Stevens, who moved recently from New York to Greensboro, Alabama.

“It’s a part of their history and I think that they should know. Being that we’re in the South now I want them to understand everything that is going on around them,” she said.

McLinda Gilchrist, 63, said the movie should help a younger generation understand life for those in the 1960s who opposed racial discrimination. “They treated us worse than animals,” Gilchrist said.

“It was terrifying,” recalled Lynda Blackmon Lowery, who still lives in Selma and was the youngest person to march there in 1965 as a teenager. Now a 64-year-old mother and grandmother, she spoke Sunday in New York of a harrowing experience of unarmed marchers going up against rifles, billy clubs and fierce dogs of white officers. She has since written a memoir, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.”

Other King events planned for Monday’s federal holiday include a wreath-laying in Maryland, a tribute breakfast in Boston and volunteer service activities by churches and community groups in Illinois. In South Carolina, civil rights leaders readied for their biggest rally of the year.

And in Georgia, King’s legacy also was being celebrated at the church he pastored in Atlanta. The current pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, said the annual King holiday is a time when “all of God’s children are busy spreading the message of freedom and justice.”

In the Sunday sermon, Professor James Cone of New York’s Union Theological Seminary urged Ebenezer’s congregation to celebrate the slain civil rights leader “by making a political and a religious commitment to complete his work of justice.” He closed the service by leading singing of the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.”
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