Rihanna

As you know, Rihanna's eighth studio album, ANTI (pronounced "Auntie"), supposedly leaked "accidentally" on Jay Z's flop music streaming app, TIDAL.

After the 27-year-old Bajan singer feigned outrage on social media, she provided a link for her social media followers to download the entire album for free.

Well, just 24 hours later, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced Rihanna's album had gone platinum.

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Snoop Dogg Corde and Zion

Rap mogul Snoop Dogg shared this cute Instagram photo of his son Corde, 21, and his grandson, Zion.

Three generations of handsome men in one photo!

Snoop, 44, and his estranged wife, Shante Broadus, have 2 other children, son Cordell Broadus, 18, and daughter Cori Broadus, 16.

Snoop is also the proud father of a 17-year-old "break baby", Julian Corrie Broadus.

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Mariah Carey and James Packer

Newly engaged Power couple Mariah Carey, 45, and Australian billionaire James Packer, 48, attended the 2016 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala held at Vabiana in Los Angeles on Thursday. Mariah designed her own $11 million 35-carat engagement ring, which took a team of artisans 2 weeks to create. Their divorce is shaping up to be the most expensive in Hollywood history. Wait, did I say divorce? I meant their wedding.
Photos: Jen Lowery / Splash News

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Rick Ross 40th Birthday Bash

Rap mogul Rick Ross celebrated his 40th birthday with a private star-studded bash at his opulent mansion in Fayetteville last night.

Invited guests included his former flame Shateria Moragne-El, left; Shannon and Monica Brown, Ludacris, Polow Da Don, Young Thug, music executives Yo Gotti, Lyor Cohen, Jermaine Dupri, and Michael Kyser; former NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, radio personality Big Tigger, boxer Adrien Broner, singers Cee Lo Green, Keri Hilson, Anthony Hamilton, and Polow's protégée Veronica Vega; reality TV personalities Joseline Hernandez, Marlo Hampton, and more!
Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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Aretha Franklin and Tamron Hall

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is calling on the Motown family to help Flint, Michigan residents during the manmade water crisis.

Flint's water supply became contaminated with lead and other pollutants when the city switched its drinking water source from Detroit's water supply to the Flint River.

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Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin fractured his hand punching the team's equipment manager when a bullying incident escalated out of control.

Griffin, 26, and Matias Testi were dining with Griffin's teammate, center DeAndre Jordan, 27, and assistant athletic trainer Joe Resendez at Toronto's Sotto Sotto restaurant on Jan. 23.

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Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch, the "affluenza" teen who killed 4 people while driving drunk in 2013, is on his way back to the U.S. to face the music.

Couch, 18, dropped his extradition appeal on Monday, Mexican officials confirmed. Couch reportedly complained about the Mexican prison conditions following his arrest in Puerta Vallarta last month.

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Rihanna

In other publicity stunt news: Rihanna was supposedly outraged that her album ANTI (pronounced "Auntie") was "accidentally" leaked online yesterday. The 27-year-old Bajan singer supposedly went ballistic after her boss Jay Z "accidentally" leaked her entire album on his flop Tidal music streaming service Wednesday.

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Kanye West

Musician Kanye West was in an upbeat mood when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old father-of-2 had just pulled off a major publicity stunt for his new album, Waves, that's scheduled for release on Feb. 11.

West tricked rapper Wiz Khalifa into joining him in a Twitter beef on Wednesday.

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Zika virus vaccine

President Barack Obama is calling for urgent research into developing a vaccine, testing and treatment for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

"The president emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines..., and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection," the White House said in a statement.

But researchers say a Zika vaccine may take a decade to develop.

The Ebola vaccine was available sooner because years of research had already gone into developing an Ebola vaccine.

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Wiz Khalifa Kanye West

When most celebrities bicker back and forth on Twitter.com it hardly rates a mention.

But when Kanye West starts a Twitter war with any rapper, it's worth grabbing a tub of popcorn and stalking his Twitter timeline.

Kanye and Wiz Khalifa are warring on Twitter.com over a slight misunderstanding. It all started yesterday when Khalifa commented on Kanye changing the name of his hotly anticipated album from Swish to Waves.

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Zika virus

A mosquito-borne virus that causes horrific birth defects in babies has spread to New York from Latin America.

ABC affiliate WABC-TV reports four cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the New York area.

None of the cases involve pregnant women. At least 2 of the cases got the infection when they traveled outside of New York.

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The Game

Rap mogul The Game put his money where his mouth is and donated $500,000 out of his own pocket to provide bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan during the man-made water crisis.

The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, 36, said he donated the money because his younger sister and her children live there.

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Gabrielle Union and Stacey Dash

Republican conservative Stacey Dash is demanding apologies from her most vocal online critics, such as fellow actress Gabrielle Union who called her a "crazy lady."

Dash, 49, was dragged unmercifully on social media after she called for the end of Black History Month and the BET Network that practices racial segregation.

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Aretha Franklin and Evrod Cassimy

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is following closely on the heels of Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pies success.

In addition to donating food and overnight hotel stays for 25-50 people in Flint, Michigan, Franklin is launching her own line of food that will soon be available in grocery stores near you.

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Monica Brown

R&B singer Monica Brown sat down with Uptown magazine for an in-depth interview recently.

The 35-year-old mother-of-3 discussed her recently released eighth studio album, Code Red, and being labeled the underdog on today's music scene.

Monica was styled by Shun Melson in a Donna Karan gown. Photography by Drexina Nelson; hair by Ray Dodson and face by Marsha Saintil.

Thanks to Uptown EIC Isoul Harris for the cover and Talkingwithtami.com for the additional pics.

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Gabrielle Union and Stacey Dash

No one respects anyone else's opinion anymore. Republican conservative Stacey Dash, 49, was harassed unmercifully for offering her opinion on the Oscars black participation trophy debate.

Actress Gabrielle Union, 45, who is known to be opinionated herself, weighed in by calling Stacey "crazy" for having an opinion that she doesn't agree with.

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Jay Z

Rap mogul Jay Z refused to promote his fragrance, Gold Jay Z, so says a $18 million lawsuit filed against him.

Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, refused to make appearances to promote the Gold Jay Z toilet water after pocketing $2 million, says the licensing company that filed the lawsuit.

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Blake Griffin

Mild mannered L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin fractured his hand punching out a CLippers staffer.

According to published reports, Griffin broke his hand after punching a member of the team's equipment staff in the face during a fight in Toronto. Griffin immediately flew back to Los Angeles for treatment.

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Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suffered a prolonged coughing fit during her campaign stop in Iowa. The 68-year-old Democratic frontrunner was speaking in West Des Moines, Iowa, when she was suddenly seized with fits of coughing.

The coughing persisted even after Clinton took a sip of water and a cough lozenge. Afterwards, Mrs. Clinton struggled to speak with a raspy, weak voice as she gasped for breath.

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K. Michelle and Joseline Hernandez

K. Michelle and Joseline Hernandez made guest appearances on each other's reality TV shows last night. And since the ratings for urban reality shows in general are tanking, the ladies made out like p0rn stars for the fellas (and for the grateful lesbian viewers) on the debut of “Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood”.

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