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Byron Allen expanded his media holdings by purchasing 11 more television stations for $290 million, according to Variety.com.

The deal with Atlanta-based USA Television brings the 58-year-old's investments this year in small- and mid-sized market TV stations to $455 million, according to Variety.

Byron Allen's rags-to-riches story is inspiring. He started out as a comedian when he was 14, and made his debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was 18.

Unlike most comedians who retire broke or burned out on drugs, the former stand-up comic became a television producer, philanthropist, and the founder of his own production company, Entertainment Studios.

Allen rustled feathers in Hollywood when he filed a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable in 2015.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in June 2019.

The billionaire, who was born under the Taurus zodiac sign, acquired the television assets of The Weather Channel for approximately $300 million in March 2018.

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In 2019, Allen announced the launch of THE WEATHER CHANNEL ESPANOL. Also in 2019, he partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Fox Sports Networks, which The Walt Disney Company was forced to sell as a condition of its purchasing 21st Century Fox.

Allen and his wife, TV producer Jennifer Lucas share three children.

Bruce Jenner

The rumors that Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner was coming out with his own line of makeup are true. The 66-year-old father-of-6 announced his new line of M.A.C. lipstick called Finally Free, which launches on April 7.

According to M.A.C.'s website, Jenner's new M·A·C Lipstick, "Finally Free, champions All Ages, All Races and All Sexes. 100% of the selling price goes to the M·A·C AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative, to further its work in support of transgender communities."

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TI Tidal

Rap mogul Jay Z isn't giving up on his flop Tidal music app. Atlanta's own rap tycoon T.I. has joined the long list of artist owners of the failing Tidal music app.

T.I. signed a distribution deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation for his upcoming album, Dime Trap, on his independent Grand Hustle Recordings label.

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Soulja Boy

Rapper-turned-reality TV star Soulja Boy might end up owing credit card companies $175,000 after he was scammed in a hoverboard chargeback scheme.

Soulja Boy hopped on the Hoverboard craze hoping to make a quick profit this Christmas season. The Atlanta rapper sold hoverboards for $1,500 each on his online store Souljaboard.com (the store now redirects to his blog).

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Beyonce

Beyonce's husband, aging rapper Jay Z, is feeling the pressure to save his struggling music streaming app Tidal.

Adding to the rapper's increasing anxiety was the mounting pressure to cut a deal with Sony Records to continue streaming the music giant's catalogue of artists, including his wife. But strapped for cash, Jay Z didn't have the millions of dollars Sony required.

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restaurant opening

Rap mogul and entrepreneur Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr. will hold a grand opening for his new restaurant, Scales 925, in April, the AJC reports.

T.I. purchased Vibe Restaurant & Lounge late last year. After renovating the space, the father of 6 children has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday.

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TI buys restaurant

Atlanta's movers and shakers will have a new after-hours destination soon.

Earlier I posted photos from Omar "Slim" White's star-studded New Year's Eve bash at Vibe Restaurant & Lounge in Atlanta. Well it seems that rap mogul and businessman T.I. "Tip" Harris has added to his healthy real estate portfolio by purchasing Vibe restaurant!

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Play-Doh

Toy maker Hasbro, the maker of Play-Doh, has a PR nightmare on its hands. Moms who purchased Play-Doh's Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset as Christmas gifts for their children are furious that the toy's "icing extruder" looks too much like a veiny penis.

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Beyonce sipping a Slurpee

Are you thirsty?

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is taking advantage of the free promotional bonanza from pop singer Beyonce. The 34-year-old mother-of-one posted a social media photo of herself sipping a giant Slurpee to promote her music video "7/11" off her upcoming Beyonce Platinum box set.

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RIhanna Launches Rogue Man Cologne in Atlanta

Mega pop star Rihanna launched her first ever men's fragrance called Rogue Man cologne at the Lenox Mall Macy's in the tony Buckhead area of Atlanta on Saturday.

Over 3,000 screaming fans assembled to see the Bajan singer but only 500 of them got the chance to meet her up close and personal. Rihanna posed with many of the fans who purchased bottles of her cologne. The singer paused to speak with Dennis Byron of HipHopEnquier.com about her decision to launch her newest brand.

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Colin Kaepernick

It's become a routine sight to see NFL football players listening to their favorite tunes through Beats by Dre™ headphones on game day. But Bose electronics -- the go-to choice for serious audiophiles -- just put the smack down on players rocking the bass heavy headphones on the NFL sidelines this season.

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Wiz Khalifa shoe launch at Foot Locker

Rap artist Wiz Khalifa launched his new sneaker line, the Chuck Taylor All-Star Wiz Khalifa Collection, at The Foot Action store in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday. The shoe release came on the heels of his #1 Album, Blacc Hollywood, which you can download on iTunes.

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Chase Reed opens pawn shop for sneakers

Why barter with other sneaker heads on eBay.com for bootleg Jordans when you can get the real thing for $15,000 at a pawn shop that deals in throwback kicks? The president's teenage daughter collects a paycheck fetching coffee and dry cleaning for the staff over at CBS, but one enterprising 16-year-old has found the perfect niche: a sneaker pawn shop.

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Buckhead Atlanta rendering

Atlanta shoppers who prefer a more upscale experience will have a new shopping destination this Fall.

Buckhead Atlanta will begin opening stores in September through 2015. The collection of luxury retail shops, apartments and restaurants will span six city blocks at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads.

Standalone stores that are new to the Atlanta area include Spanx (flagship), Scoop NYC, L'Occitane skin care, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Shake Shack, among others.

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