Aretha Franklin and Tamron Hall

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is calling on the Motown family to help Flint, Michigan residents during the manmade water crisis.

Flint’s water supply became contaminated with lead and other pollutants when the city switched its drinking water source from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint River.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Actor Will Smith is one of the few black stars on the official (read: white) Hollywood A-list. But his membership into that exclusive club may be in jeopardy.

In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Smith confirmed he will not attend the Oscar Awards on Feb. 28.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith and Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert, aka the original mom on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, put Jada Pinkett-Smith on blast for joining Spike Lee in calling for a boycott of the Oscars Awards.

It seems Mrs. Smith’s agenda is a self-serving one. She is reportedly upset that her husband Will Smith was not nominated for an Oscar for his role in the flop movie Concussion.

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TI Special education

The King of the South, rap mogul T.I., joined Tiffany “Special” Lintner for this episode of “Special Education.”

They discussed that time when T.I. was released from prison, and he brought Magic City’s finest dancers to his mansion to shoot the “Freak Through” music video with producer Pharrell Williams.

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Adam 'Pacman' Jones

The Cincinnati Bengals nearly won a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a NFC wild card game on Sunday. The Bengals who were down 15-0 in the 3rd quarter scored 16 straight points to take a 16-15 lead with a minute and a half left on the clock.

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Prince Moulay Hassan

In America, a random stranger kissing a boy’s hand would be placed on the sex offender registry. But hand kissing is a tradition amongst royalty in Morocco and elsewhere around the world.

12-year-old Moroccan Crown Prince Moulay Hassan can do without the royal tradition of hand kissing. A hilarious video, originally published in 2013, shows the then 10-year-old prince snatching his hand away when men attempted to kiss it.

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R. Kelly

Life for R&B singer R. Kelly hasn’t been easy since the 48-year-old Chicago native was repeatedly accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls. Kelly settled a lawsuit filed against him in 1998 by a woman who claims he had sex with her when she was 15 and he was 24.

Then there was his illegal marriage to 15-year-old singer Aallyah, whom he met when she was only 12.

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2015 Miss Universe Pageant - Show

This is the celebration we missed when the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant ended abruptly due to a colossal mixup between host Steve Harvey, the teleprompter guy, and the cue card.

The cue card that Steve Harvey should have read from correctly named Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. But Steve read from the teleprompter which named Miss Colombia the winner. The correct winner was eventually crowned but the show ended abruptly because it ran over its allotted time slot due to the mixup. The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant was taped live at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Kelly Rowland and Adrienne Bailon

Kelly Rowland is one of the celebrity guests On The Real on Thursday, December 10th. Singer and actress Kelly Rowland, 34, of Destiny’s Child fame chats with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon about their long friendship, and how Kelly’s 1-year-old son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, has a crush on Adrienne.

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Ronald Johnson

Chicago police have released dashcam video showing the police shooting death of Ronald Johnson, 25, in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood in 2014.

The video released by the Clark County prosecutor’s office shows Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez shooting Johnson in the back 2 seconds after arriving on the scene in his squad car.

Police maintain Johnson had a gun in his hand. No weapon is seen in Johnson’s hand on the video.

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Skye and Jamal Lyon

Fox TV’s soap opera musical “Empire” hit rock bottom in the ratings last night. According to TVbytheNumbers, only 9.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the midseason break on Wednesday night. That’s a drop of over 2 million viewers in one week!

Empire saw its biggest drop in the all-important adult 18-49 ratings point per household (3.2). Last week’s ratings point was 4.4!

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