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Janet Jackson penned an emotional tribute to her friend Ja'Net DuBois, after news of the star's death broke on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The famed character actress died of natural causes after passing away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California on Tuesday. She was either 74 or 82 (her exact date of birth is unknown).
Jackson, 53, posted a heartfelt tribute to her former "Good Times" co-star and personal friend after hearing the news.
"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away," Jackson wrote, alongside a slideshow of snapshots of the pair taken over the years.
"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."
She added: "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja'Net, I’ll miss you."
DuBois is best known for her portrayal as the projects gossip Willona Woods in the 1970s Norman Lear TV sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979.
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Jackson, then 11, joined the cast in the fifth season as Penny - a young girl adopted by Willona after she's abandoned by her abusive mother.
The pair reunited in 1987 when DuBois played the R&B icon's mother in the music video for her single "Control."
Lear also posted a tribute to the late actress and singer, sharing on Twitter, “Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin’ on Up'," referencing the theme song to The Jeffersons, which DuBois wrote and sang.
Karrine Steffans, aka Superhead, claims she was knocked up by "serial entrepreneur" Everett Taylor - and now he's threatening suicide.
Taylor, a 31-year-old tech wizard who founded the marketing software PopSocial, took to Instagram to threaten suicide after Steffans claimed she is pregnant with his baby.
Taylor described Steffans as an "evil" person who "has been a huge trigger for my depression, anxiety and just overall struggles with my mental health."
Taylor said Steffans threatened to destroy his career whenever he tried to leave her.
"For years I would do whatever she said, and give her anything she needed. If I did not, she would threaten to ruin my career."
He said her constant threats sent him to a "darker place," and when he reached out to another male friend of Steffans', the man advised Taylor to cut off all communications with her.
Some people say Taylor's lengthy suicide note is a cry for help. One friend assured Taylor's social media followers that he is fine.
Steffans made her mark in the literary world with the release of her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen (2005). In the sensational book, she described her brief oral fixations with bold name rappers and athletes, including Jay Z and Shaquille O'Neal.
Read Taylor's suicide note below.
Mo'Nique called out Oprah Winfrey in an open letter for staying quiet about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior with Hollywood starlets such as Lupita Nyong'o.
Oprah has repeatedly said she knew nothing about Weinstein's rapey behavior, but Mo'Nique isn't buying her denials.
Mo'Nique took to social media to call out the media mogul for staying quiet about the disgraced Hollywood producer who is accused of raping dozens of women who willingly visited his hotel rooms for sexual favors in return for starring roles in his films.
His casting couch style of auditions were an open secret in Tinseltown, and many believe Oprah should've known about him.
Mo'Nique took issue with Oprah producing a documentary about Russell Simmons' alleged rapey behavior with younger women. Oprah cancelled the documentary after a massive blowback on social media.
"I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations," Mo'Nique wrote. "You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O'Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you "always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the 'silver lining'. You also said 'if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment.'"
The comedienne questioned why Oprah planned to make documentaries about Michael Jackson and Simmons. "How is that not making it all about them?" she asked.
"Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not "support" the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver liming for both like you said you did for H.W.?"
Mo'Nique accused Oprah of playing it safe by producing documentaries about Black men who are accused of rapey behavior.
"My personal experience with you is you've watched me as a Black woman be accused of being difficult for not promoting 'Precious' internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment...
When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, 'you have to work really really hard'. My sixteen year old self didn't know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life 'harder'."
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Dear @oprah, I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment”. When you either are, or were going to be a part of documentary on Michael Jackson, and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them? Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not “support” the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.? The only difference between the two is there skin color and doesn’t H.W. have way more accusers? My personal experience with you is you’ve watched me as a black women be accused of being difficult for not promoting “Precious” internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment. And, how are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word? When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, “ you have to work really really hard”. My sixteen year old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life “harder”. Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the “right people”. Love you to life, Mo’Nique
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