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Effeminate musician Pharrell Williams is featured on the cover of GQ magazine's 'New Masculinity' issue.

In GQ's November issue Pharrell Williams apologizes for his masculinity and says he was "embarrassed" for perpetuating rape culture in his 2013 hit "Blurred Lines".

"Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff," the 46-year-old Aries said.

"It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place... I think 'Blurred Lines' opened me up. I didn't get it at first. Because there were older white women who, when that song came on, they would behave in some of the most surprising ways ever. And I would be like, wow. They would have me blushing. So when there started to be an issue with it, lyrically, I was like, What are you talking about? There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it - women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it's like, What's rapey about that?"

The father of four said he realized that men use the same sort of language when taking advantage of biological women.

"...and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, Got it. I get it. Cool. My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel."

 

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Rihanna isn't fazed by people speculating if she's pregnant because she "dreams" of becoming a mom one day. At 31, the Barbadian pop star still has time to become a mom in the foreseeable future.

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The "Work" singer has been at the center of pregnancy rumors over the past couple of months. The rumors intensified when she was spotted with what appeared to be a baby bump that turned out to be a FUPA (fat in upper pubic area).

The U.S. Vogue cover girl addressed the speculation with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Winter in the November 2019 issue of the magazine.

While Rihanna acknowledged that "a lot of woman get very defensive" about pregnancy talk, she insisted she's fine with it - because she secretly wishes the rumors were true.

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"It's personal, it's our bodies, and of course it's our time," she told TV show Extra. "It's not necessarily everyone's dream to be a mom... but it's mine, so I'm fine. Anna just wants to know what the people want to know," she said.

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The Vogue cover - Rihanna's sixth for the fashion publication - is also her favorite cover of them all, because she's showcasing her own Fenty fashion line.

"To see her (Anna) be so supportive — it's great to see us supporting each other, and it's always an honor," the star continued. "This is unlike any cover I have done with Vogue (because) I am wearing my own stuff."

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Rihanna wears a Fenty tulle coat. Forevermark x Jade Trau earrings. Hair, Yusef Williams; makeup, Kanako Takase. Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman. Photographed by Ethan James Green, Vogue, November 2019


 

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Georgetown University canceled a scheduled concert by rapper Fabolous, citing his history of domestic violence.

Colleges and universities have begun cracking down on rappers performing on campuses after the University of Kansas apologized for an offensive concert by rapper Snoop Dogg last week.

Washington, D.C. student activists protested the upcoming concert by the 41-year-old Brooklyn rapper at the school's Hoya Madness event.

On Oct. 6 Georgetown's athletic department announced that Fabolous was booked to perform at an upcoming concert. But students activists launched a petition in protest.

The students cited the rapper's history of domestic violence against his baby mama, Emily B. Fabolous, real name John David Jackson, was videotaped harassing Emily and shouting obscenities at her father last year.

"We strongly urge Georgetown to reconsider the message it sends students in booking an act who has a history of domestic violence. Georgetown Athletics, cancel Fabolous' performance to condemn his past behavior and maintain the Hoya family as a welcoming and safe space for all."

Fabolous pleaded guilty to harassment but the charge was eventually dropped on the condition that he enter a pretrial intervention program. He wasn't required to take an anger management course.

The school's athletic department formally disinvited Fabolous from performing on campus on Oct. 8.

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Fans of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don't know what to make of the news that the rapper-turned preacher didn't attend his children's Baptism in Armenia, Kim's birthplace.

Kim, 38, shared several beautiful photos on Thursday with her oldest daughter, North West, from inside Armenia's first cathedral, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, The Blast reports.

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"Thank you Armenia for such a memorable trip," Kim captioned the shots.

"So blessed to have been baptized along with my babies at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia's main cathedral which is sometimes referred to as the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church," Kim explained.

According to The Blast, it's unclear if 6-year-old North, who was already baptized in Jerusalem years ago, was a participant in this baptism.

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But one person who was noticeably missing from the baptism was the children's father, Kanye.

According to several news outlets, the baptism happened on Monday and included Kim's three youngest children: Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 5 months.

But Kanye didn't witness the baptisms in Armenia, as he is busy preaching to the unwashed masses during his popular "Sunday Service" rolling gospel revival in the United States.

Kanye, a 42-year-old Gemini, recently took a break from his revival tour to meet up with former NBA player Rick Fox, 50, in his native Bahamas.

The stars went to the Bahamas to help rebuild communities that were negatively impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

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Kevin Hart's publicist clarified reports that the fallen comedian returned to work after breaking his back in a car crash last month.

Hart reportedly returned to work after his near fatal car crash in which he sustained three back fractures and underwent surgery to fuse his spine on Sept. 2.

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The 40-year-old Cancer met with his Jumanji co-stars, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas, to shoot a promo for the Jumanji sequel.

The three actors revised their busy schedules to accommodate Hart.

According to Hart's official statement, he has "not been in full costume for these shoots and he's not walking much for them either - sitting through most of the day - even though he can walk on his own."

A source says Hart arrived for the shoot in a wheelchair.

The statement goes on to say he does not anticipate returning to work full-time until early next year if his health permits.

As for the other two people injured in the car wreck - Jared Black and his fiancee Rebecca Broxterman - they filed a lawsuit against the pint-sized actor for failure to provide safety equipment in his vintage 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

Hart expresses, "nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery," according to the statement.

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Were you wondering whatever happened to hitmaker NE-YO? Well, he's back and ready for the holiday season with 5 newly-penned Christmas songs. The 3-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter celebrates the joyous season by releasing his first Christmas album, titled Another Kind Of Christmas (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment).

The album song list includes "Just Ain't Christmas" which NE-YO says captures the pain of a Christmas Eve break-up, while the playful double entendres of "Open Mine Tonight" explains what goes down after the kids go to bed.

The festive album also includes Christmas standards by superstar Stevie Wonder and the late singers Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Nat King Cole. Other collaborators include Candice Boyd, Satori, Dre Island, And RaVaughn.

NE-YO, a 39-year-old Libra, reimagined versions of Christmas classics – including "Someday At Christmas," a plea for peace written for Stevie Wonder during the Vietnam War. The song was covered by The Jackson 5 on their Motown Christmas album.

NE-YO also covers Marvin Gaye's "I Want To Come Home For Christmas," that was inspired by the plight of prisoners of war.

NE-YO says, of the album "See you this Holiday season and every holiday season after! Think you're gonna love it that much!"

Another Kind Of Christmas Track Listing

1. This Christmas
2. Talk About It
3. Carol Of The Bells feat. Candice Boyd
4. Open Mine Tonight
5. Just Ain't Christmas
6. Christmas Vibez feat. Satori and Dre Island
7. Merry Christmas Baby
8. I Want To Come Home For Christmas
9. The Christmas Song
10. Someday At Christmas feat. RaVaughn
11. It's For Everybody
 

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Amber Rose became a new mom on Thursday, Oct. 10, and she chose a rock star name for her newborn baby boy.

The socialite, Instagram model, and ex-wife of rapper Wiz Khalifa welcomed son Slash Electric Alexander Edwards with her rapper beau Alexander 'A.E.' Edwards. She shared several videos from inside the delivery room to her Instagram Stories.

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In the video clips, A.E. was seen spending time with his other half's family while waiting for his baby to be born. As they waited they played the traditional game of "rock, paper, scissors" with Amber and Wiz's six-year-old son Sebastian.

Amber left it up to A.E. to announce his first-born's arrival, WENN.com reports. The up-and-coming rapper shared an image of himself kissing his son's head as he wrote:

"Slash Electric Alexander Edwards.. the world is urs now. Thank u @amberrose for loving me so much that u put ur body thru it 2 bring my sun in2 the world. I could never be as strong as u. Slash a rockstar."

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Amber and A.E. announced her pregnancy news on Instagram back in April, almost a year after they started dating.

The 35-year-old Libra shares a son named Sebastian with rapper Wiz Khalifa, whom she divorced in September 2014 after 1 year of marriage. Amber also dated rapper 21 Savage.

Congratulations to the new parents.
 

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Kevin Hart returned to work after his near fatal car crash in Calabasas, Calif. last month. Hart, 40, sustained three back fractures and underwent surgery to fuse his spine.

After spending a week in a rehab facility, Hart went home to continue his physical therapy last month. Now he has returned to work.

Hart met with his Jumanji co-stars, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas, to shoot a promo for the Jumanji sequel.

The three actors revised their busy schedules to shoot the promo with Hart.

But a source tells Us Weekly that the comedian has not fully recovered from his serious injuries.

"Kevin has a long way to go in his recovery," a source tells Us Weekly. "He had to be a part of the promotional shoot for Jumanji and he wasn't going to miss it. He was cleared to work for short periods of time. He has been at the studio for a few hours a day doing very small things. He will be working again this week and getting done what he needs to do."

Hart was seriously injured on September 1 after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda veered off Mulholland Highway and landed on its roof in a ditch.

The Barracuda was driven by Hart's friend Jared Black who also suffered back injuries. Black's fiancee, personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman, managed to escape without serious injuries.

Black and Broxterman are suing Hart and an auto body shop for failure to equip the vintage sports car with safety devices such as airbags and seat belts.

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Incarcerated rapper Tekashi69 is a rich jailbird. The 23-year-old reportedly signed a multi-million dollar record deal from behind bars.

Tekashi's problems may be over after he agreed to snitch on his former 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods associates in exchange for a significant decrease in his prison sentence.

Prior to snitching on his gang associates, Tekashi faced a minimum of 47 years in prison on charges of attempted murder, weapons possession, kidnapping and racketeering.

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Execs at Tekashi's former record label - 10K Projects - are so confident that he will be released soon, that they offered him a record deal worth more than $10 million!

According to TMZ, Tekashi is looking at a 2020 prison release with credit for time served.

In addition to shelling out $10 million to the "FEFE" rapper, the record label may be forced to foot the bill for the rapper's 24/7 security.

Tekashi declined to enter the government's witness protection program after snitching on his gangsta pals. His life is in danger the moment he walks out of prison.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is ashamed that he agreed to co-sign Iggy Azalea before she dropped her only rap hit "Fancy" in 2014.

Record labels are known to pair popular artists with newcomers to introduce them to a readymade fanbase.

T.I. caught a lot of heat from social media for co-signing the 29-year-old Australian rapper.

Harlem rapper Azealia Banks was among those who criticized T.I. after Iggy called herself a "runaway slave" in a rap song.

But now T.I. is apologizing for helping to legitimize Iggy.

In a promo for his new Netflix competition reality show Rhythm + Flow, the 39-year-old Libra apologized and called Iggy his "biggest blunder."

"I'm still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea," he said. "That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as a music executive is concerned. To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball," he said comparing himself to the NBA icon.

Iggy went awf in response to T.I.'s diss. She called him a "misogynistic a**hole" and threw jabs at T.I.'s current roster of rappers who have yet to see hits.

"Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaoooooooo," she wrote. "Tip, Sweetie. We have a whole list for you."
 

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Jeannie Mai believes she has found the love of her life in Atlanta rapper Jeezy, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins, 42.

The Real co-host gushed about Jeezy in Wednesday's episode.

"I am not blaming my ex for the things that he barely came through to do," Mai, 40, told her co-hosts, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon Houghton and Tamera Mowry as well as guest-host Tisha Campbell.

Mai, who broke into tears, said her standards were low for her marriage to Freddy Harteis, 42.

"We can go into a whole counseling session on why I only gave myself the bare minimum," she said before adding she doesn't place all of the blame on her ex.

She suggested that there was an element of jealousy in their marriage and that her TV success may have made Harteis feel inadequate.

"When [Harteis] said things like 'good for you' or 'that's cool,' I'm like, that's great, he supports me! That to me is my standard of support."

She said it wasn't until she met Jeezy that she realized she deserved more.

"I didn't even know until my new relationship that something as basic..." Mai said as she broke down crying.

"I'm not crying to feel bad. It was just so touchy. But even something as basic as like at his birthday party, he left his own birthday to drive me to the airport," Mai said of the "Put On" rapper. "He was like 'are you kidding?' I want to see you off.'"

"You can blame [your exes] but just be mindful of your standards," Mai cautioned the audience.

Mai said she upgraded herself when she met Jeezy, a Libra who has a history of failed relationships with women.

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A judge denied a restraining order filed by reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, right, who is in desperate need of a story line on Basketball Wives this season.

Lozada, a 43-year-old Sagittarius, filed a restraining order against co-star Ogom "OG" Chijindu after the two women had beef on social media.

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According to the judge, the restraining order was denied because the matter was already addressed in a lawsuit filed by Lozada against Chijindu earlier this month.

Law enforcement and the courts are wary of reality stars abusing the system for their manufactured TV drama.

According to TheJasmineBrand, the two women have argued on social media for months.

Lozada took legal action, filing a lawsuit against Chijundu for defamation.

Chijindu responded on social media.

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Chijindu, a professional soccer player, fits into the cast of Basketball Wives because she is (or was) dating Kwame Alexander, who plays overseas.
 

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Oprah Winfrey says she has "not had one regret" over her decision not to marry Stedman Graham or have children.

Oprah met the love of her life, Stedman Graham, at a charity event in 1986, after enduring years of failed relationships with emotionally unavailable and married men.

Oprah was so distraught over losing one boyfriend, that she got on her knees and begged him to stay.

"I thought I was worthless without him. The more he rejected me, the more I wanted him. I felt depleted, powerless. At the end, I was down on the floor on my knees groveling and pleading with him" she said.

The men Oprah has loved and lost included Roger Ebert and John Tesh, who broke up with her over the pressure of being in an interracial relationship.

In the latest issue of People Magazine, the 65-year-old media mogul insisted she's glad she and Stedman, 68, didn't tie the knot, because it would never last.

"No question about it - we would not stay married, because of what that would have meant to him, and I would have had my own ideas about it," The Color Purple star shared. "I have not had one regret about that."

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Of her decision to not have children, she said: "At one point in Chicago I had bought an additional apartment because I was thinking, 'Well, if we get married, I'm going to need room for children'.

Oprah admitted she didn't possess "the depth of responsibility and sacrifice that is actually required to be a mother."

She encountered many "messed up people" while working on The Oprah Winfrey Show. People who made her aware of her own inadequacies, which discouraged her from starting her own family.

"I realized, 'Whoa, I'm talking to a lot of messed up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware of how serious that job is,'" Oprah said. "I don't have the ability to compartmentalize the way I see other women do."

The TV mogul filled the void through her philanthropic efforts. She's donated tens of millions of dollars to HBCU schools, including a $13 million donation to Morehouse College earlier this week.

"I also believe that part of the reason why I don't have regrets is because I got to fulfill it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa," she said.

"Those girls fill that maternal role that I perhaps would have had. In fact, they overfill — I’m overflowed with maternal."

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ABC's new scripted series "mixed-ish" got off to a good start in its television premiere on September 24, 2019. The series, about mixed race children who strive to fit in with their Black counterparts, is a spin-off of ABC's black-ish.

mixed-ish topped black-ish in the TV ratings with a 0.8 rating and 4 million viewers. black-ish, which follows mixed-ish at 9:30 p.m., dipped slightly with a 0.8 and 3.52 million viewers.

mixed-ish is the brainchild of black-ish star and executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross, the 46-year-old biracial daughter of R&B icon Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Silberstein.

Ross plays Bow, short for Rainbow, on black-ish. Newcomer Arica Himmel plays 12-year-old Bow on mixed-ish.

In the third episode of mixed-ish, titled "Let Your Hair Down," young Bow struggles with her decision to keep her natural curls or straighten her hair with a relaxer to fit in easier with the Black girls at school.

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In a recent interview with TV Guide, Ross says she wanted to do an episode on her loosely curled hair.

"I always say I could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair," Ross told TV Guide via phone.

"There is a breadth of story, a narrative, in black women and our hair — and that specific part of that community that is mixed women and what that means as you navigate two different cultures, both in your household and out in the world. I knew that when mixed-ish got picked up and we knew what was happening, I was really strong about the fact that we needed to do [a hair episode] and do it early on in the season. It's one of those stories that is so specifically of the mixed experience."

Bow's younger brother, Johan (Ethan Childress), also has issues with his hair that isn't tightly coiled enough to have the same haircut as his favorite Black rappers, and too textured to style like the popular white kids in school.

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Jason Mitchell has successfully completed a mental health counseling course after he was fired from The Chi amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with several female co-stars, including his onscreen girlfriend, Tiffany Boone.

Mitchell was fired after Boone complained to Human Resources about his inappropriate behavior that made her feel unsafe on the set. The actor was also dropped by his agents.

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'The Chi' writer Lena Waithe, 35, (pictured above with Mitchell) caught flack for turning a deaf ear to all the complaints.

In a public statement last year, Waithe, who is a male-identified lesbian, said she was taking steps to handle the complaints against Mitchell, who she treated like one of her boys.

Since being terminated Mitchell has been unable to find work in the acting field, as news travels quickly and Hollywood is quick to blacklist undesirables.

Now Instagram blog TheShadeRoom reports a source saying that Mitchell has worked on his anger management issues, self-awareness, acceptance of responsibility, and purpose (whatever that means).

The source also confirmed Mitchell is a changed man at age 32, and he won't molest any more women if Hollywood gives him a second chance.

History tells us that lecherous men don't change their stripes at age 32. Once a dog, always a dog.

Question: Would you trust him around you or your adult daughter? Do you believe he's a changed man? Would you support him if he returned to The Chi?
 

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Lupita Nyong'o believes race is a "social construct" because, growing up in Kenya, she never thought of herself as "Black".

The 36-year-old Pisces was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, which gave her a different perspective on race and racism in Black America.

She tells BBC Newsnight that she still experienced "colorism" prejudice due to having darker skin. But it was only after she arrived in the U.S. that she saw how people were divided by race.

"Race is a very social construct, one that I didn't have to ascribe to on a daily basis growing up," she says. "As much as I was experiencing colorism in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I belonged to a race called Black."

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She said she only realized she was Black when she moved to America, "because suddenly the term Black was being ascribed to me and it meant certain things that I was not accustomed to."

Lupita says she was once told she was "too dark" to appear on TV, and that she was not as pretty as her sister, who had lighter skin.

"I definitely grew up feeling uncomfortable with my skin color because I felt like the world around me awarded lighter skin," the Black Panther star explains.

As a result, she believes Americans favor lighter skin even among those who are Black.

"We still ascribe to these notions of Eurocentric standards of beauty, that then effect how we see ourselves among ourselves," she adds.

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Quality Control Records is celebrating the release of City Girls member J.T. from a Florida prison with a new track titled "First Day Out". The label dropped new music by the ex-convict beauty, pictured left, who was arrested for credit card fraud.

The 28-year-old rapper, who was born Jatavia Shakara Johnson, rushed into a studio to record her new single. She calls out her haters, issues threats to b*tches, and brags about getting bags.

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City Girls member Yung Miami, right, doesn't make an appearance on the track. She is currently pregnant with her second child and reportedly considering quitting the music biz after an attempt on her life at a Miami recording studio.
 

City Girls - First Day Out

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Drake opened up about his unresolved daddy issues in a revealing post on his Instagram stories. The 32-year-old Canadian-born rapper was upset that his dad, retired musician Dennis Graham, exposed his lies in an interview with Nick Cannon.

Graham said Drake, who often raps about his absenteeism, tells lies about him to sell records.

"I had a conversation with Drake about that. I have always been with Drake. I talk to him if not every day, then every other day. We really got into a deep conversation about that. I said, 'Drake, why are you saying all of this different stuff about me? This is not cool.' He [said], 'Dad, it sells records.' Okay, well, cool."

Drake, an emotional Scorpio, was saddened and dismayed by his father's remarks.

"Woke up today so hurt man," Drake wrote in his IG Stories.

"My father will say anything to anyone that's willing to listen to him. It's sad when family gets like this but what can we really do that's the people we are stuck with… every bar I ever spit was the truth and the truth is hard for some people to accept."

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Drake's lyrics are inspired by his early life experiences. He was raised by his single mother, Sandi Graham, 59, in Toronto, and spent short summers with his father in Memphis, Tennessee.

In his rap lyrics, Drake claims his father wasn't around to instill manliness in him.

The lack of a male role model in his life is apparent in Drake's feminine tendencies and his inability to maintain stable relationships with women.

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Ladies man: Dennis Graham is pictured above with his girlfriend in Los Angeles earlier this year.

In 2017, Drake fathered a son with artist and former adult film star Sophie Brussaux, whom he had only met twice before she fell pregnant.

Drake rapped about his son on his album Scorpion:

    "Single father, I hate when I hear it
    I used to challenge my parents on every album
    Now I'm embarrassed to tell 'em I ended up as a co-parent
    Always promised the family unit
    I wanted it to be different because I been through it
    But this is the harsh truth now."

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Amanda Seales responded to the backlash after she complained about being thrown out of an Emmys afterparty. Seales is best known by the stage name Amanda Diva as a comedian, poet, rapper and member of the R&B duo Floetry alongside Marsha Ambrosius.

The Insecure actress was thrown out of the Black Hollywood Emmys afterparty when Issa Rae's publicist spotted her.

Seales took to Twitter.com to complain about her mistreatment. She was upset that no one in the room, including her fellow cast members, stepped up to defend her.

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Actor Sarunas Jackson, who plays Dro on Insecure, called Seales "a disrespectful-ass human being" who shouldn't "expect people to want to hang out with you. It's quite simple. Sit it out."

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But Seales wasn't ready to accept that she is responsible for her own misery.

"If I saw this happening to someone else, I would have been all up in that shit," she said.

"I guess what fascinates me is the excitement of people to be like, 'She must be a bitch! She's got to be a bitch! If everyone's saying she's a bitch then she must be a bitch!' I think that's fascinating to me because, because I don't know what value that has in their lives. I think that's what trips me out about it."

She concluded, "Some people like me. Some people don't. But I do not lie. Have a good day."
 

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Kanye West loved socialite Kim Kardashian before he even met her. The famed music producer says he had a "magnetic attraction" to Kim when the couple first met 10 years before they started dating.

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In a new episode of the docuseries E! True Hollywood Story, airing on Sunday, Oct. 13, Kanye recalled the early days of their romance. The 42-year-old rapper gushed about the strong chemical attraction he felt for his "loving" and "courageous" future wife.

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"Every time I was around her or I saw her, it was a magnetic attraction to this force of energy," West says in a clip from the segment. "She was good, pure, happy, loving, brave, courageous, strong."

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The animal attraction wasn't as strong for Kim. The 38-year-old Libra reveals that her path kept crossing the rapper's before she deemed him worthy of dating in 2012.

"We just always kept connecting and coming into each other's lives," she adds. "And, then he invited me to Paris to his fashion show and that's when it happened. That's when we started our relationship. "I was like, 'S--t! Why didn't this happen sooner?' It was just right."

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The couple tied the knot on May 24, 2014. They share four children - two by IVF and a surrogate. The brunette beauty recalls Kanye was initially discouraged from being associated with her.

"Everyone would tell him, 'You can't be with her. She's a reality star. She's gonna sink your career'," she recalls. "And, he was just like, 'But I love her. I don't care'."
 

 

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Tariq Nasheed is not pleased that Jemele Hill used her ESPN platform to trash Black men. He is also at odds with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke for saying Black men are predators.

So when the former ESPN anchor and #MeToo activist dissed Tariq in her podcast, Tariq went IN on Twitter and Instagram.

"Y'all wanna come at me saying there's a movement against Black men?" said Burke. "Let's talk about reality; you're repeating something that Tariq said."

In his response, Tariq pointed out that Burke confirmed her family is non-ADOS from the Caribbean.

"Tarana Burke was on Jemele Hill's podcast & finally admitted that she is non-Ados, and her parents are Caribbean. This explains all of her vitriol toward Foundational Black Americans. Tarana mentions me by name, & Jemele Hill takes a lil’ jab at me in this clip#IseeYou".

"Her Caribbean upbringing [a] has a lot to do with her view of men. Our cultural experiences are not the same," tweeted one user.

"And that's why Becky stole her movement," wrote another user.

Tariq didn't appreciate Burke dropping his name - and neither did his followers, who dug up an old tweet in which Burke disparaged Black men for their "predatory behavior."

"Why is it MY job to go after white men?" she tweeted.
 


 

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Friends are concerned about Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith, who went on a full vegan diet - which means no animal products that provides most of the body's protein.

Vegans subsist on a diet of vegetables, wholegrains, beans, legumes, and fresh fruit. They don't eat eggs, fish or dairy products.

Jaden recently took a food truck to Skid Row to feed the homeless. But insiders say he is unwittingly starving himself to death.

Fans noticed the 21-year-old, who was born under the Cancer zodiac sign, dropped about 40 pounds from his already small frame.

He looks thin and emaciated. But most worrisome is his teeth which are beginning to decay from the effects of his starvation diet. Jaden wears an expensive diamond grill over his teeth to conceal the damage.

When the body doesn't get enough nutrients, the teeth begin to decay, the bones soften from lack of calcium. The muscles atrophy (waste away) from the lack of energy which comes from consuming fast-digesting carbohydrates, like sugar. The patient stops urinating (kidney failure) and the skin turns yellow from jaundice (liver failure). Eventually the internal organs begin to shut down.

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Atlanta's glitterati are abuzz over the star-studded Tyler Perry Studio launch in Atlanta this weekend. Many of the VIPs who got dressed up thinking they would get all access were disappointed to learn they weren't that important.

Ryan Cameron, host of Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta, posed above with singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter at the event.

The star-studded party was also attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Will Smith and Maxine Waters.

Several people who I spoke to said they declined to attend the event once they learned of the different levels of VIP access, separate VIP rooms, secret side door access, red carpet-only access, etc.

In other words, everyone is not equal in Tyler Perry's world.

One star who got elite VIP status and didn't bother walking the red carpet with the commoners was Beyonce, who snuck in through a side door with her aging rapper husband, JAY-Z.

The inside joke was Beyonce ate like a bird at the gala dinner because she's embarrassed by her FUPA (acronym for fat upper crotch Area).

Sharp-eyed members of Beyonce's BeyHive noted her FUPA was Photoshopped out of her Instagram photos taken at the gala.

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Another middle aged celebrity who isn't self-conscious about her FUPA is actress Halle Berry, who dressed in all black.

Beyonce admitted she cried at the launch of Perry's new movie studio, as she was overwhelmed by its significance for black entertainers.

The day after the bash, Beyonce revealed she cried at the event.

"Happy Sunday. Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios," The 39-year-old Lion King star wrote on Instagram. "I could feel our ancestors' presence. Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel (Washington), Queen Oprah, Spike (Lee), Whoopi (Goldberg), Sir (Sidney) Poitier, Will, Halle , Dame Cicely (Tyson) and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored.

"The Armand de Brignac (champagne) crashed against each soundstage as fireworks lit up the sky. Generations of blood, sweat and tears, success, excellence and brilliance.

"It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying. Thank you my Virgo brother for so much love and passion put into every detail. My prayer today is that you will take it all in. You inspire me to dream even bigger."

Perry's studio has twelve soundstages, each named after an iconic Black actor, and is one of the biggest studios in the U.S.

Perry named one of the soundstages after pioneering actress Diahann Carroll, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.

None of the soundstages was named after Beyonce.

Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Ealy, Jill Scott, Ludacris, T.I., Usher, Sean Combs, and Ava DuVernay also attended the gala event.

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Rapper DaBaby may be a sweetheart to his mama, pictured with him at this weekend's BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, but his fans are afraid to approach him due to his bodyguards' reputation for extreme violence.

DaBaby ran into one of his voluptuous fans while out shopping and spending his hard earned cash at a mall in Atlanta. DaBaby was in town to perform at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, October 5.

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The single mom was so flustered when she saw her favorite rapper, that she hyperventilated and broke out in a cold sweat.

But she calmed down when DaBaby asked her for a hug and then complimented her vintage ride.

"I didn't want to get knocked out!" the woman said before hugging the rap star.

DaBaby's bodyguards have a reputation for violence and knocking out his overzealous fans, particularly the females.

DaBaby is a little thing, about 5-foot-6, so he needs all the protection he can get.

DaBaby made headlines this weekend when his new album Kirk kept the iconic Beatles album Abbey Road from returning to No. 1 for the classic album's 50th anniversary reissue.

The Beatles' Abbey Road debuted at No. 1 in the UK, but DaBaby's album Kirk kept Abbey Road from a historic chart double on the Billboard 200. Kirk dropped on Sept. 27 to rave reviews from music critics and 145,000 equivalent sales.

The North Carolina rapper is best known for his single "Suge" off his debut album, Baby On Baby (2019).

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DaBaby used a throwback photo that shows him as an infant sitting on his daddy's lap for the Kirk album cover.

The 27-year-old Capricorn, who was born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, named his second studio album after his and his dad's surname.

"Kirk, my last name, it holds big weight. It's all about confidence, being a leader. It's going to be the title of my new album, too, by the way," he said in an interview last year.
 

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Officials from the University of Kansas apologized for rapper Snoop Dogg's offensive show as part of their annual Late Night evenings of skits, music and entertainment.

The 47-year-old rapper, who also goes by the stage name Snoop Lion, delivered a 35-minute set to celebrate the start of basketball practices at the school.

He and his voluptuous crew of pole dancers performed unedited versions of his hits including "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot".

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As Snoop and the pole dancers performed, fake $100 bills featuring the rapper's face were fired over the heads of players and recruits, WENN.com reports.

It was all too much for some of the basketball team's fans and school alumni - some of who never heard of Snoop Dogg - and expected a clean, wholesome, family show.

The university's red-faced athletic director Jeff Long was forced to apologize profusely to the upset fans. Long insisted the institution of higher learning "expected a clean version of the show".

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"We made it clear to the entertainers' managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show," Long said in a statement.

He added: "I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening."

The Late Night event is a 35-year tradition, with rappers including Tech N9ne, Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz among the bold name rappers that have performed in recent years.

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Kelly Rowland and her husband/manager, Tim Weatherspoon have reportedly split after 5 years of marriage. The 38-year-old singer and original member of the Grammy award-winning group Destiny's Child is a single mother to her and Tim's 4-year-old son Titan Weatherspoon.

Kelly was in Atlanta on Saturday to attend Tyler Perry's star-studded gala for his new film studio.

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It was a reunion of sorts for Kelly, left, Beyonce (not pictured) and Michelle Williams, the current version of Destiny's Child. Beyonce sneaked into the party through a side door.

As usual, Kelly arrived to the party without Tim, who remained on the West Coast with his new girlfriend.

Which brings us to the reason behind the split.

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Friends say Tim grew tired of Kelly's jet-setting lifestyle. In 2011 she became a judge on the eighth season of The X Factor UK. The couple used up their frequent flyer miles jetting from the West Coast to the UK.

Then in 2017 she was named a coach on The Voice Australia. Which meant more time spent in the sky than on the ground.

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Friends say Tim cheated on Kelly "for years." They say she urged him to stay with her in Australia - but he always found an excuse to leave.

"It's like Wendy and Kevin all over again," whispered an insider. Wendy Williams, 55, filed for divorce from her cheating husband Kevin Hunter, 47, after he welcomed a baby girl with his longtime mistress in March.

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As you know, Sandrarose.com broke the story that Kelly was dating her manager, Tim, in 2011. They dated for years prior to making their relationship public.

Another insider told Sandrarose.com back then that Tim forced Kelly to fire her previous manager, choreographer DeVyne Stephens.

"Tim was co-managing Kelly with Devyne," my inside source said in 2011. "A lot of people may not know [Tim is her boyfriend] because he's more like an average Joe. He's not well-known. But she really loves him."

But Kelly soon grew wary of Tim's roving eye. She reportedly gave Tim an ultimatum in 2013: marry me or get to stepping!

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Then she fell pregnant with his baby, probably hoping he would settle down as a family man. The pregnancy was a well-guarded secret. My insider, who works at her record label, didn't even know she was pregnant.

Kelly previously dated NFL safety Roy Williams.
 

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Kanye West took his "Sunday Service" rolling gospel revival to Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday to preach to the unwashed masses ahead of the presidential election in 2020.

"Abraham Lincoln was the wig party, that's the Republican party that freed the slaves," he told the crowd of about 9,000 worshipers.

"People want to call me a coon because I chose my right - in America, we got the right, right? We got our own right to our opinions, right?

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"Somebody trying to tell me, because of my color, who I'm supposed to pick as the president. You Black so you can't like Trump," Kanye said, as the crowd booed.

Kanye continued, "I ain't never made a decision only based off my color! That's a form of slavery - mental slavery!"

West also slammed social media users, adding, "Do not read comments on the Internet. These people don't know you like that. Social media is designed to make you think slower... They want to slow you down and control you."

According to WENN.com, the controversial rap star also touched on American prison reform, adding, “There's one in three African-Americans in jail in this country."

But there was no mention of his long-awaited and oft-delayed Jesus Is King album, which was expected to drop on September 27.

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Actress and singer Diahann Carroll has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 84. Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 4.

Carroll is best known for being the first Black actress to star in a non-servant role in a television series as a nurse in "Julia".

Julia Baker was a single mom whose husband died in the Vietnam war. The groundbreaking series ran from 1968 to 1971.

Critics said the TV series was not a realistic portrayal of Black women's experience in America in the 1960s and ‘70s. But Carroll dismissed the criticism,

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"They said it was a fantasy. All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family," Carroll said in 1988.

Carroll earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a single mother who finds love in the 1974 film Claudine.

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Carroll is pictured with her Claudine co-star James Earl Jones in a promo still from the movie.

The critically acclaimed singer also earned a Tony Award for the musical "No Strings".

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She went on to play parts in films and TV - roles that were traditionally reserved for white actresses, such as ABC's hit drama "Dynasty".

"I like to think that I opened doors for [Black] women, although that wasn't my original intention," she said in 2002. She is pictured below with a young Angela Bassett at the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund 18th Anniversary Awards Gala in 2005.

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Born Carol Diann Johnson in New York City, she attended the High School for the Performing Arts. Her father was a subway conductor and her mother was a housewife and homemaker.

Carroll was romantically linked to Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Poitier and David Frost. She was married four times.

Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She was "stunned" by the diagnosis because there was no family history of cancer and she lived a healthy lifestyle.

She once said, "We all look forward to the day that mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation are considered barbaric."

Carroll leaves behind a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford (born 1960).

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Instagram model Celina Powell has accused R&B singer Trey Songz of rape. Her accusation was met with skepticism because Trey is rumored to bat for the other team, and Celina is rumored to be a male-to-female trans because of her masculine features.

In a podcast interview with NoJumper, Celina claims she was raped by the 34-year-old "Panty Droppa" singer who invited her to enjoy a sexual tryst with him. Celina said when she arrived, there were several other women in the room.

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She said she wasn't open to participating in an orgy so she tried to leave. But Trey allegedly held her down and forced himself on her.

Celina, 24, claims a rape kit administered at a local hospital recovered semen which can be linked to Trey through DNA.

Celina has a reputation as an industry mattress with the tags removed.

She has been linked to rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Offset, Fetty Wap, Waka Flocka Flame, Swae Lee and Fabulous, as well as NBA star Dwight Howard.

If you recall, Celina nearly destroyed Cardi B and Offset's marriage by claiming she had an affair with the promiscuous rapper and almost had his baby.

Cardi dumped Offset but later took him back after he begged and pleaded publicly for forgiveness.
 

 

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Wendy Williams and her ex Kevin Hunter have reached a financial agreement regarding his living arrangements. She must pay her cheating ex $250,000 to find another home, Page Six reports.

$250,000 won't buy much of a house in the wealthy enclaves of New York and New Jersey. But Hunter can use the cash as a down payment on a suitable place for himself and his baby mama Sharina Hudson.

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Page Six reports the former couple reached a financial agreement as part of their divorce proceedings, according to new court documents.

Williams must pay Hunter $250,000 so that he can "secure new living arrangements," in a city where a swanky apartment goes for $15,000 a month. Hunter was ordered to vacate their marital home in Livingston, New Jersey, which was put up for sale over the summer.

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Wendy, 55, filed for divorce from Hunter after she learned that he fathered a baby girl with Hudson.

It took years for Wendy to finally admit her husband was cheating on her. Even then she chose to stay with him as he maintained two separate households on her coin.

Wendy recently took a jab at Hudson, who she says is "miserable" now that Hunter's income has taken a hit.

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"Life is not what you think it is behind the scenes, trust me," Wendy said during Wednesday's Hot Topics segment. "Homegirl is miserable," said Wendy before imitating the woman rocking a crying baby. "That's what you get!"

Wendy wished Hunter well with his "new family" while insisting she couldn't get divorced from him quick enough.

"I want a divorce like yesterday, I want a divorce two months ago, three months ago. Whenever I found out, four months ago," she said.

Despite her newfound independence, Wendy apparently still has the hots for her ex and they remain friends.

"I want a divorce, and I want to be friends with Kevin. I mean, and not because we have a son but because that was real love. I still love him just not in that way."