Pharrell Williams

Mega-producer Pharrell Williams is feeling the heat for neglecting to feature a black woman on the cover of his new album, titled simply “G I R L”.

The cover features Williams, 40. posing with three women — 1 Caucasian, 1 Hispanic and 1 LSLH. All four are clad in bathrobes and dark sunglasses.

Williams, who recently married a mixed race woman, said, “The woman I’m standing closest to, she is black and she’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”

I beg to differ. It is ignorant and racist to assume that people of mixed parentage are black. This is the type of backwards thinking that is reinforced by people who still believe in the archaic one drop rule.

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Paula Deen Apology

In case you haven’t heard, disgraced TV chef Paula Deen is back.

Deen, 67, is being given a second chance by corporate sponsors after she was unceremoniously dumped by the Food Network for being racially naive in these changing times.

“I’ve learned a lot,” said Deen in a cover story of this week’s People magazine.

“I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she said, referring to gay NFL draft prospect Michael Sam.

Deen continued: “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

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Shannon Brown signs with the NY Knicks

The NY Knicks officially signed former Antonio Spurs guard Shannon Brown to one of two open roster sports today, Sports Illustrated reports.

There is speculation that Brown, 28, was brought in to fill the spot soon-to-be vacated by departing point guard Raymond Felton, whose legal troubles are mounting. Felton plans to be in the starting lineup for the Knicks in tonight’s game against the defending NBA champs Miami Heat.

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Pastor James David Manning

A Harlem pastor is under attack from gay rights groups for his controversial claims about the president of the United States.

Pastor James David Manning used the signage in front of his ATLAH World Missionary Church to blast President Obama for releasing “The Homo Demons On The Black Man.”

The signage continues: “Look Out Black Woman. A White Homo May Take Your Man.”

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Kelly Rowland Out And About In Beverly Hills

Former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were spotted shopping together in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Kelly and Michelle joined other fitness buffs at the Nike Women Essence event yesterday. Celebs attending the event included Oprah, WNBA Tulsa Shock star Skylar Diggins, actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Jurnee Smollet Bell and Tichina Arnold, Olympians Allyson Felix, Zendaya Marie, trainer to the stars Jeannette Jenkins, and more.

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Dwyane Wade feeds his fiance Gabrielle Union pizza during a romantic lunch, Miami.

Whipped Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade fed his fiancée Gabrielle Union pizza during a romantic lunch at The Setai hotel in Miami Beach today. The couple spent Tuesday night with girlfriends watching the finale of Gabby’s hit scripted TV show, Being Mary Jane on BET. They left the restaurant in Wade’s white Aston Martin Vanquish sports car.

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