Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union said her new role in BET’s “Being Mary Jane” is “better than ‘Scandal'” — the role she lost to actress Kerry Washington. In a recent interview to promote ‘Mary Jane,’ Union suggested that the ‘Scandal’ role was not up to her usual standards.

“I didn’t get ‘Scandal,’ but I got something better — which is my own show,” Union said. “It’s all about building a legacy. This new opportunity is something I feel that can grow.”

While her words may sound like sour grapes, Union is grateful for Washington’s success in ‘Scandal’ because it means more work for black actresses like her.

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Amare Stoudemire married Alexis Welch

NY Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis tied the knot again this past weekend. The couple first jumped the broom back in December. “Great weekend with friends and family. Alexis and I are so blessed and grateful,” Stoudemire tweeted on Monday.

Normally I would say congratulations to the happy couple, but multiple weddings typically means the bride is not completely satisfied with her married life and she needs more outside stimulation. The type of outside stimulation that wedding showers and grand weddings provide.

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Barack Obama Edward Snowden

President Obama is not playing; he revoked NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s passport, leaving him a man in limbo with no country to turn to. It is nearly impossible to travel anywhere in the world without a passport. Snowden is currently a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yesterday, Snowden withdrew his request for asylum in Russia because he didn’t agree with Putin’s rules. Putin had offered to grant Snowden asylum in Russia only if he stopped leaking Obama’s secrets.

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Nelly Jay Z Diddy

It pays to have friends in high places with deep pockets: money changes everything.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has changed its rules to allow albums given away for free to be counted in Jay Z’s total sales. Electronics giant Samsung recently announced a $20 million sponsorship deal with the aging rapper. The deal immediately began paying dividends for the father-of-two when Samsung bought 1 million advance copies of his soon-to-be released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops on July 4.

SAmsung will give away the albums for free to users who download a radio app to their Samsung smartphones. The 1 million in advanced sales put a quick $5 million in Jay Z’s back pocket. The RIAA originally said the adavance sales would not count toward Jigga’s total sales. Then he took to Twitter to pitch a fit and the RIAA gave in to his demands. In defending its decision to count Jay Z’s giveaways as sales, the RIAA released a long, wordy explanation which basically says that digital sales are a new frontier that allows for “new rules.”

Read an excerpt of the RIAA’s statement after the break.

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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Fruness

‘Wolverine’ actor Hugh Jackman is frustrated over the constant rumors that he’s gay. The Les Miserables actor has been battling gay rumors since he played flamboyant singer Peter Allen in the Broadway play Boy From Oz. Since then Jackman has defended himself against gay rumors in hundreds of interviews.

Jackman said he’s bothered by the effect the gay rumors have had on his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.

“If I was, I would be,” he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” in Australia. “It’s, to me, not the most interesting thing about a person, anyway… I do get frustrated for Deb, cause I see Deb go, ‘”Ah, this is crazy!'”

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La La Anthony

Socialite and reality TV entrepreneur La la Anthony has been off the grid recently. Now we see why. La La looked a little top heavy at her birthday celebration at The Bank Nightclub inside Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday. La La turned 34 on June 25th. She’s had some cosmetic work done in the past to please her restless man, NY Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, whose been the subject of cheating rumors since before they married. Their marriage has been rocky due to the fact that she’s bisexual and he — well, he’s a man.
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Serena Williams Loses in Wimbledon

#1 seed Serena Williams, 31, lost to the 23rd seeded player at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in London, England earlier today. Sabine Lisicki, 23, ended Williams’ win streak in 3 sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Lisicki screamed and threw herself on the manicured grass at center court after hitting a forehand winner past Williams.

“I’m still shaking,” said an emotional Lisicki, covering her face with her hands and wiping away tears. “I’m just so happy.”

Williams had won 34 straight matches before meeting Lisicki.

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