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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