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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

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

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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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Yes Gawd: 'Empire' Picked Up For Second Season After Two Episodes

Queen Cookie is here to stay! During Fox's appearance at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter panel, the network announced just after airing two episodes, they have picked up Empire for a second season!

The freshman series starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson has come out of the gate strong by being Fox's highest-rated debut in three years and being one of the most-watched new shows of the season. The Lee Daniels hip-hop soap opera also stunned critics by rising the in the ratings from 9.9 million viewers from the first episode and climbing to 10.3 million after the second episode's airing. During Empire's press tour at TCA, journalists got a little tea on what viewers can expect to come as the season progresses. Big bad mama Cookie (Henson) will be get some romance and it may not be from Lucious (Howard)!

According to showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Cookie's going to be getting some lovin' more than once! Child, ya'll know Lucious won't be ready for that! While Cookie's getting her back cracked, she also will be figuring out if she still wants Lucious or ready to move on. According to Daniels:

"She's in love with him. What do you do when you go to jail… This is real. This has happened… What happens when you're in jail for 10, 15 years? What happens to that relationship?"

Cookie know she still love that no good Lucious!

Daniels also revealed homophobia in the black community will be explored more. Daniels stated:"I wanted to blow the lid off the door on homophobia in my community."

Meanwhile, what exactly is Cookie's motivation for returning to the family business, besides getting a slice of the company she did 17 years in prison for?

Last episode, viewers were stunned (as was I!) to find out the no-nonsense matriarch was working for the Feds! Henson stated love was the driving factor for her alter ego. Henson explained: "Everything she does is for her boys, is for her family."
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Kevin Hart Shared Who Will Be His Best Man When He Weds Eniko Parrish

Kevin Hart proposed to his girlfriend of five years, Eniko Parrish, last summer and as he's preparing for the upcoming nuptials, he revealed who will be his best man.

"My son. He's seven years old and his name is Hendrix," he told HipHollywood while smiling about his decision to make his son best man.

Hart had his son with ex-wife Torrei Hart who is the star of "Atlanta Exes." It seems as though he can't wait to have the little guy by his side on his wedding day.

Hart revealed the decision about his seven-year-old son while attending the premiere of his upcoming buddy comedy, "The Wedding Ringer," where he plays a best man for hire.

As for the marriage-themed red carpet premiere, Hart wasn't the only star to have some revealing wedding news. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting opened up about her surprise New Year's Eve wedding. "It was a little different that the wedding in this movie," she said. "We planned a New Years Eve party and surprised our guests at the end of the night and got married.

She added, "I was in a normal dress at the beginning and then went and changed into my hot pink gown. We tied the knot under a million chandeliers. It was incredible."
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Bang Bang: Chris Brown Show Is Shot Up During Club Fight [FULL VIDEO]

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Chris Brown was performing his hit song "Loyal" in a San Jose, California nightclub, when suddenly a gunman opened fire.


A fight had broken out on the left side of the stage that had nothing to do with Breezy. "Oh they getting it in over there," Brown says before three shots ring out. MTO, who released the video, reports five people were shot and four people were hurt in the mayhem. All five people were expected to survive, according to The Associated Press. Brown was not injured nor was on-again, off-again girlfriend Karruche Tran, who was present. An Instagram user captured the damage at the club after the shooting.



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'Sorority Sisters' Stars Responds To Backlash: 'It's Hypocrisy'

When the "Sorority Sisters" promo trailer first hit the Internet with a two-piece a petition to keep the show from airing followed. The reality show that exposed the lives of sorors post their college years sent sorority founders and members into an uproar. It seemed like "Sorority Sisters" had gone away then boom! It was in our living rooms on VH1. Severe backlash ensued and like before, another petition to end the show followed. Groups organized boycotts against the show and some people issued death threats against the cast. Tons of advertisers pulled their ads from the show.

But as they say (whoever "they" are) there's no such thing as bad publicity and Mona Scott-Young, the producers and executives over at VH1 are cashing in on the controversy. That isn't to say, the ladies who make up "Sorority Sisters" don't feel the heat from the fiery backlash. The cast of the controversial show sat down for an "impromptu" segment where they confronted what they call "hypocrisy."

"I represent me also not just Sigma Gamma Rho. Before I respect my organization I respect myself first. A lot of people can say, when they watch the show, even celebrities that have pledge a Greek organization can say 'I act a fool on TV but never with my letters on my back.' But that does me you respect your letters more than you respect yourself?" Cat said probably referring to K. Michelle, who called the show "inappropriate." (She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta.)

"I've seen woman who have been apart of different, who are actually members of sororities and fraternities and they act a fool, totally amped up, just out of control," April added. "All of this hate has been thrown my way and the rest of these ladies as well and I feel like it's hypocrisy."

Watch the ladies' dialogue, here.

What do you think about "Sorority Sisters?"
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Toni Braxton's Ex Sells Song Royalties To Pay Back Child Support [PHOTO]

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Things are becoming financially difficult for Toni Braxton's ex-husband Keri Lewis. So much so that theJasmineBRAND.com reports that he has auctioned off royalties to nearly 80 of the songs he wrote in hopes of using the money to get a lawsuit filed against him for back child support dismissed.

The site added that Lewis recently held an auction to sell off 100% of his future ASCAP royalties for 78 songs he wrote. An ad for the auction stated that Lewis' music had generated money from everything from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Braxton Family Values."

The suit, which Braxton reportedly filed in Georgia court, demands that Lewis be found in contempt for failing to pay his required child support for their two sons, Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis.


Bankruptcy documents from Braxton show that she is to receive $2,000 a month from Lewis for support for the two children they share together. The contempt lawsuit is seeking to have a court order find that Lewis has not been paying the ordered child support. As a result, the suit requests an order to get the back child support ASAP.

Although Lewis reportedly attempted to sell his royalties for $16,500, it sold off for less than the asking price at $16,400, despite the auction ending with more than 200 bidders.

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Usher Gets into Alleged NYE Fight Over Rumored Fiancée Grace Miguel

Recently, good news broke that Usher was rumored to be engaged to manager Grace Miguel. Now he's already fought for his fiancée's honor.

The holidays were off to a great start when the "Papers" singer allegedly popped the question and then spent Christmas with Miguel's family.

But the good times didn't last. As the couple brought in the new year, someone at E11even nightclub in Miami apparently insulted his lady.

Of course Usher wasn't having that! It went down in Miami as the world rung in the new year. Although details are unknown, a brawl broke out.

Usher didn't leave the club without proof of a fight. He posted to his Instagram a pic of his injured eye before deleting it.

But whatever the club-goer did to his woman, they didn't let that stop their happiness. They were spotted on the Left Coast in Beverly Hills shopping at H Lorenzo on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
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Terrence Howard & Wife Expecting!

Terrence Howard is starting the new year off on a high note. People magazine is reporting Howard and his wife, Miranda are expecting their first child together. According to the magazine, The Best Man Holiday star along with his wife, were kicking up their heels at AnQi, an Orange County restaurant where Howard dropped a few rhymes.






After his performance, Howard was joined on stage by the restaurant's owner, Elizabeth An who dished to the crowd Howard and his wife have a baby on the way. Onlookers marveled as Miranda "glowed with joy" while Howard kept rubbing her stomach once the news of their special delivery was made.
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'Real Housewives' Star Set to Make Prison Her New Home

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey's reality TV stars is about to exchange her designer threads for prison garb.

Teresa Giudice, a cast member of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey," is scheduled to report to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, on Monday morning to begin serving a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

She and husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice pleaded guilty last year and admitted hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling more than $200,000.

At the Giudices' sentencing in October, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas criticized the couple for not disclosing all their assets as required under their plea agreement, calling it "the same pattern of obstruction, concealment and manipulation as they showed in the bankruptcy case."

Still, Salas sentenced Teresa Giudice to a sentence below the range sought by the U.S. attorney's office and staggered her sentence with her husband's so they wouldn't be in prison at the same time and unable to care for their four daughters. Joe Giudice will serve his 41-month sentence after his wife's sentence is completed. Joe Giudice is not an American citizen, and he faces an immigration hearing when he completes his sentence and likely will be deported. His attorney has said Giudice came to the U.S. as an infant and didn't know he wasn't an American citizen until he was an adult.

Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty in state court in October to unlawful use of identification in a case involving a bogus driver's license. His 18-month sentence will run concurrent with his federal sentence.

Last month, Teresa Giudice sued former attorney James Kridel, whose firm handled the couple's bankruptcy case, alleging legal malpractice and negligence.

Reached by phone last week, Kridel called the lawsuit "ridiculous" and denied the claims.

"We did what we were supposed to do," he said. "We can only rely on the facts that were provided to us. I don't wish her any ill will, but I would have preferred a 'thank you' rather than a lawsuit."
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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR ESPN'S STUART SCOTT; PRESIDENT OBAMA: 'I WILL MISS HIM'

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As reported earlier, ESPN's Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at the age of 49 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The sports TV personality leaves behind two daughters, an ex-wife and a girlfriend. Scott also left behind a body of work that appealed to a lot of fans: the everyday man and plenty of boldface names like LeBron James and President Obama. Here are just some of the tributes paid to Scott by fans, colleagues and friends.

"I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day's best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues." — President Obama

"Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied(which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it's all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we'd chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn't a player but was close enough to them. #RIPStuartScott #FuqCancer #GoneButSurelyNotForgotten." — LeBron James

"#StuartScottSayings changed the game #BOOYAH #donthatetheplayerhatethegame. R.I.P to a sportscasting Legend." — Kobe Bryant

"Truly saddened to wake up and hear about the passing of Stuart Scott. Honored to have known him. Rest in peace my friend you will be missed." — Johnny Manziel

"He was as cool as the other side of the pillow & will be missed. Prayers up @StuartScott & family #RIPStuartScott #RIPStuartScott." — Robert Griffin III

"I got met Stuart Scott. For a boy who loved sports it was like meeting a hero. He will always be cooler than the other side of the pillow!" — Logan Morrison

The only interview that mattered was the Stuart Scott interview on the last day of the NBA season #RIPStuartScott." — Mark Cuban

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Stuart Scott. He was a great innovator and I was lucky to call him a friend." — Barry Sanders

"Bro text me to ask about Stuart Scott passing…turned on TV to see it's true. Son asked me what happened…words couldn't come out. RIP STU." — Desmond Howard

"Rip @StuartScott. You did it right, @SportsCenter will never be the same. #GoneButNeverForgotten." — Russell Wilson

"You will hear a common theme from the people closest to Stuart Scott…he was always full of life and cancer did not stop that." — Donte Stallworth

"Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. A genuinely good guy." — Bill Simmons

"Stuart wasn't covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters." — Tiger Woods

Scott, who as a "SportsCenter" anchor was one of the sports network's most visible personalities, had battled cancer since 2007.

"When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer," Scott said during a speech at the ESPY Awards last year. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell."
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