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Fans of cult teen drama Gossip Girl were disappointed to learn the series will be removed from Netflix to make room for the new Gossip Girl reboot, starring Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind (left) and Jordan Alexander (right).

The original Gossip Girl series will no longer stream on Netflix as of Jan. 1, 2021.

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In the reboot, Emily Alyn Lind (right) plays a teenager who tires of her long-term relationship with a boy and decides to explore a same-sex relationship with Jordan Alexander's character. According to LGBT+ organizations, over 50% of all TV shows will feature LGBT+ characters in 2021.

Gossip Girl, set in New York City and Los Angeles, revolves around the antics and misadventures of a group of ultra rich privileged teenagers.
 

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Rapper Common volunteered to serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving day in Hollywood, California.

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Meanwhile, Common's on-again, off-again girlfriend Tiffany Haddish and Craig Robinson gave a street performance in Hollywood on Thanksgiving day.

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Last week it was announced that this season of CW's Black Lightning would be the last.

The show's star China McClain announced she found out she was already leaving the show.

In a long, rambling video on Instagram, she said, "There's something I want to tell you. For those of you who haven't heard... This season that we're filming of Black Lightning now is gonna be the last season."

McClain tearfully said she already found out she was leaving the show, but she declined to say why for personal reasons.

"I only agreed to do a certain number of episodes. I'm not in the whole season."

Her revelation came as news to fans of the show because she is a main character who appeared in every episode in the past 3 seasons.

"There's only one truth and I'm going to live in that truth until I die," she said in a cryptic message.

She said she wasn't built for the entertainment industry and her steps will be ordered by God.
 

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Isaiah Washington still remembers when his former Grey's Anatomy co-star Katherine Heigl tried to cancel his career and silence him back in the day.

Washington recalled the incident in a passionate defense of his free speech rights on Monday.

The 57-year-old actor took to Twitter to share a photo of Heigl, 41, and accused the actress of trampling on his freedom of speech rights.

"This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again. The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

Washington, who portrayed Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC TV series, responded to a follower advising him to move on "in a positive way," saying, "I've learned that all money ain't good money and no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity. Some call it living by your principles."

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Heigl, pictured with co-star Washington in 2005, previously accused him of uttering a homophobic slur towards their co-star T.R. Knight on the set.

Washington later addressed the allegation at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, prompting Heigl to say that Washington "needs to just not speak in public."

Within months, ABC announced the actor would not be returning to the show for its next season.

To save his career, he apologized in a written statement and also shot a PSA for LGBT+ rights support group, GLAAD.

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes appeared to take aim at Heigl while discussing her show Scandal in 2014.

"There are no Heigls in this situation," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don't have time for it."

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Netflix has ordered an animated musical kids series executive produced by actor-rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

The musical kids series, titled "Karma's World," was inspired by Bridges' eldest daughter, 19-year-old Karma, and her educational website.

The series follows a fictional character, 10-year-old Karma Grant, who is described as "an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart."

The series will feature original music that tackles issues that affect young Black girls, including "Self-esteem, body positivity, discrimination, creativity, expressing emotions, friendship, family, leadership, celebrating differences and more," according to Netflix.

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Bridges, pictured with Karma in 2007, said the project was a long time in the making, and he hopes to leave a legacy for his daughters.

"I've had a lot of accomplishments in my life, but everything that I've experienced seems to have led up to this point to where I can leave a legacy for all my daughters," Bridges said in a statement.

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"Karma's World is one of those legacies. I hope this series will show kids that there are many ways to overcome difficult situations. This show is going to move hip hop culture forward, and show young girls that they have the power to change the world. This project has been a long time in the making and I can't wait to bring Karma's World to the entire world."

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In addition to Karma, Bridges, 43, is dad to daughters Cai Bella Bridges, 6, and Cadence, 5. Bridges' wife, Eudoxie, is pictured in 2017 holding Cai, while posing with Karma (right) and a young relative (center).

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On today's "Tamron Hall", "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Jeannie Mai discusses her headline-making statement that she plans to "submit to my man" when she marries rapper Jeezy.

The Emmy Award-winning co-host of "The Real" also opens up to Tamron Hall about her experience with sexual assault and how it affected her relationship with her mother.

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On the Thursday, October 8th edition of "Tamron Hall," Jeannie discussed her public statement about her plans to "submit" to her fiancé Jeezy, born Jay Jenkins, after she gets married. Mai's revelation was met with mixed response on social media, but she had a ready explanation:

"Well for me, submit does not mean that you are lower or less important than your man," Jeannie said.

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"Of course, Jay and I respect each other very equally. What I mean is in my work life, in my actual life, I own my businesses, I run my team, I make all of the decisions and I lead entirely in the outside of my life. So in my home, I want my man to lead. I want him to take in what I would like and what my wishes are, what my dreams are, and then incorporate it, making the overall decision that’s best for our vision together."

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Jeannie dismissed social media's reaction to her statement:

"Girl, I am 41, I don't care what kind of pushback I get from other women out there. This is my life and you know coming out of divorce and also making a major decision to marry again after being blessed to fall in love and finding such a beautiful person, I want to be very clear and open about how our life can be so that we make sure that our vision is aligned and that we both are empathetic to each other and know that this is the structure we’re going into. I think the biggest mistake that you can make is not communicating what you want and not setting it up for a win."

"Tamron Hall" airs Thursday, Oct. 8 on OWN Network.

Watch clips from Tamron's interview with Jeannie Mai below.
 

 

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Activist Angela Davis (center) and actors Mahershala Ali (left) and Tip "T.I." Harris (right) have been added to the cast of HBO's special "Between the World and Me."

The special, being produced under strict COVID-19 guidelines, combines elements of documentary footage and readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates's New York Times best-selling book.

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Coates' novel, published in 2015, is written as a letter to his teenage son. The book recounts Coates's experiences growing up in Baltimore's inner city and his fear of daily violence against the Black community.

Other new cast members include Mimi Jones, Ledisi, Greg Alvarez Reid, Nate Smith and Olivia Washington, according to The Wrap.

The full cast includes Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Jharrel Jerome, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ledisi, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Nate Smith, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michelle Wilson and Oprah Winfrey.

The special event is set to premiere on HBO on November 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/PT.

Watch the HBO teaser below.
 

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Former singer-turned-reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris has relaunched her talk show, The Mix.

The talk show is described as a "high energy, live millennial/Gen Z, mixed gender
talk show, where no topic is off limits.

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The show will relaunch on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on Fox Soul and will air each subsequent Tuesday night.

Produced by industry powerhouse Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, and hosted by daughter Zonnique, Romeo Miller, Anton Peeples (Mr. Mom), newcomer Jamie DuBose, and Jazz Anderson (TV personality & rapper), with four-time Emmy-nominated producer, Jill King (Rachael Ray, The Real, Steve Harvey, Red Table Talk) as Executive Producer and Showrunner. It's must watch TV.

Topics on The Mix range from Black Lives Matter, current affairs, dating apps, viral trends, to breaking news for the culture, and husband T.I.'s latest brush with the law.

Featured A-list guests include Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lil' Yachty, Kandi Burruss and Sukihana, just to name a few.

Anyone can view The Mix on Fox Soul, which is available via iOS, Android, Apple TV, FireTV, YouTube/FoxSoul, Samsung Plus, Fox Now, Roku, Tubi, Xumo, CaffeineTV or on the web at foxsoul.tv.
 

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Many are at a loss for words after viewing Tamron Hall's exclusive interview with disgraced Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum that aired on Monday's season 2 premiere of Tamron Hall's show.

Gillum was joined by his wife, R. Jai Gillum, who explained why she accepted Gillum's marriage proposal even after he told her he was male-oriented.

Gillum was caught nude in a South Beach hotel room with a naked male escort in March.

Gillum said he and his wife were in Miami that weekend to attend a friend's wedding. After drinking at a Miami bar for 4 hours, Gillum said he texted "an associate" to hook up.

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He said he woke up several hours later on the bathroom floor in the hotel room where his friend had overdosed.

Sheriff's deputies gave Gillum a ride back to his hotel room, and he took an Uber to the rental home he shared with his wife. R. Jai was asleep when he arrived and he didn't want to wake her up.

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After Gillum explained to his wife what had happened, she said she was surprised because he was always so careful when he hooked up with other men.

Hall asked R. Jai to explain her decision to marry Gillum, knowing he was bisexual.

"So many people just don't understand bisexuality. Bisexuality is just something different," R. Jai said. "I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what's between us and what agreement we make. Those people who love us and care about us and wish us well — no matter what did happen — that is the energy we need and receive."

"You said that you would not have married him if you knew that...," said Hall. "That I wasn't sure," said R. Jai, cutting Hall off.

R. Jai continued: "That a decision to choose you and say yes on the basis of knowing that it's our decision together... I've told him before that saying yes was solely about me and you. It wasn't about me, you, and the world. So I don't know, you know, someone has asked me before would you have made a different decision, and I had to say I don't know. I think, perhaps, being as young as we were -- I wasn't even 30 yet. I may have said no, because at that age, I know I wouldn't have had the maturity to say, while I am privately okay with this, I don't know that I have the strength to continually defend our relationship or my marriage to anyone who doesn't understand."

Viewers took to social media to express their opinions about the riveting interview.

Watch Tamron Hall's Season Premiere After Show below.
 

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Jeremy Tardy, who appeared in the first 3 seasons of Netflix's hit series "Dear White People," has exited the show amid allegations of racial discrimination.

Tardy, 29, announced he was leaving the show on Twitter.com on Friday. "Unfortunately I will not be joining Netflix's Dear White People for its fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination," Tardy wrote in a series of several tweets.

Tardy claims Lionsgate negotiated raises with his white co-stars, but ignored his counter offer for a raise.

"After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the 'best and final.'"

Tardy said he and other actors "banded together" in late August to reject their offers from Lionsgate. He said Lionsgate negotiated higher offers with white actors which led to them taking the deals before everyone else had received a "fair and suitable negotiation."

"We were all aware of the notorious pay disparities between people of color and our white colleagues on Netflix and Lionsgate shows; so this made it blatantly obvious."

He continued: "These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am calling out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they have historically undervalued and lowballed people of color."

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Will Smith is in a forgiving mood. The A-list actor forgave actress Janet Hubert, who played the original Aunt Viv on NBC's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

Smith and Hubert famously clashed on the set of the series. She was fired for refusing to get along with Smith, and replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell-Reid.

Smith buried the hatchet and forgave Hubert, weeks after forgiving his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for cheating on him with singer August Alsina.

The entire cast of 'Fresh Prince' returned for the 30th anniversary reunion show except for the late James Avery, who played Uncle Phil.

The original cast includes Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, and Tatyana Ali.

Smith posted photos from the reunion show on his Instagram account. He captioned one image:

"Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we're doin' something for y'all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin' soon to @HBOmax! RIP James. #FreshPrince30th".