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Beloved actress Cicely Tyson has passed away at aged 96. Her cause of death is unknown.

Tyson's longtime manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed the sad news in a statement on Thursday, Jan. 28 - two days after the release of her memoir, Just As I Am.

The statement read: "I have managed Miss Tyson's career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing. Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree."

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The multi-Emmy winner's credits included the films The Help, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Sounder, in which she portrayed the matriarch of a Depression-era sharecropper family.

She also starred in TV drama How to Get Away with Murder, playing the mother of Viola Davis' character, Annalise Harkness. She portrayed abolitionist and slave escape leader Harriet Tubman in the 1978 TV series A Woman Called Moses, and she tackled the role of Martin Luther King, Jr's wife, Coretta Scott King, in TV mini-series King.

Tyson also showed off her comedy skills in Tyler Perry's films Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion.

Born in Harlem, New York City in 1924, Tyson began her career as a model and landed her first acting role on the U.S. TV series Frontiers of Faith in 1951. She landed her first movie credit as Dottie in 1957's Carib Gold.

She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and she received an Honorary Oscar in 2018.

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Natalie Desselle-Reid, who starred in films including B*A*P*S, and the UPN TV series, Eve, has died from colon cancer. She was 53.

Reid was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. She died in hospice care, surrounded by family, according to TMZ.

Her death was confirmed by actress Holly Robinson Peete, who announced that Reid died Monday morning from colon cancer. No further details were given.

"Just absolutely decimated by this news... Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning," Holly Robinson Peete wrote on Twitter. "I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed... sending out prayers to her children and husband. Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl."

Desselle-Reid was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. She starred in many films, including Madea's Big Happy Family, and guest starred in Family Matters. She is best known for her role as Mickey in B*A*P*S with Halle Berry.

She also had a bit role as Tanika in the all-female bank heist film Set It Off (1996).

Desselle-Reid is survived by her husband, Leonard, and three children.

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Actress Viola Davis says she expects to be treated like she was born with less melanin than her Hollywood counterparts.

Davis, 55, says her dark skin has resulted in a "lack of access to opportunities" in Hollywood. She demands to sit at the same table with her white counterparts.

In an interview with InStyle magazine, the Oscar winner compares the disparity to eating the finest steak instead of leftovers.

"I want and I expect to get the same filet mignon that white actresses get!"

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She added: "Cooked at the exact temperature. You cannot throw me a bone with a really nice little piece of meat still on it and expect that's good enough for me. I love my collard greens and all of that, and I know we were given the leftovers. I know how to cook that, but I want a filet mignon."

The Ma Rainey's Black Bottom star goes on to say she "fully expects changes" to occur in Hollywood. But the slow changes are driving her to drink.

"I'm trying to lift my hopes up. Even if it takes a little bit of vodka. If we don't move forward together, then we don’t move forward."

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Actress Nia Long turns 50 today (Oct. 30). The gorgeous actress rose to fame in the 1991 iconic film Boyz n the Hood. She is considered one of the most beautiful Black women in Hollywood.

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Nia's movie roles include Friday, Love Jones, Soul Food, The Best Man, Big Momma's House and Are We There Yet?.

The Brooklyn native was 2 years old when her parents divorced. She moved with her mother, Talita, to Iowa City, Iowa, to study fine arts. They moved to South Los Angeles when Nia was 7.

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Nia's earliest role was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T. Patrol. Later she starred in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch and Empire.

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Nia shares a son, Kez Sunday Udoka, with her longtime fiancé Ime Udoka. Her firstborn son, Massai Dorsey, 20, played her screen son in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014).

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Nia is pictured with her sons in 2012 and below in 2019. Take a trip down memory lane with Nia Long in the gallery!

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LisaRaye is the latest celebrity to join OnlyFans to pay her bills amid the weakening pandemic that threw many entertainers out of work.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch, LisaRaye made the announcement on her Instagram account. Her basic subscription price is $20 a month.

Other celebs, including Blac Chyna and Cardi B, have earned millions on the British content subscription service where p0rn stars earn enough cash to make ends meet.

In a video posted on her IG page, LisaRaye is seen fixing her lacefront wig while speaking to a friend who encourages her to join OnlyFans.

"I actually could get with that," she responds. She added that scrolling through all the negative opinions from haters on IG "makes me exhausted."

She promised to post "special stuff and all this behind-the-scenes stuff."

It isn't clear if LisaRaye will bare it all for the real cash. Some socialites earn $200 per view.

At 53, LisaRaye's body is still bringing the boys to the yard. Cougars like LisaRaye can do very well on OnlyFans if she takes it all off.
 

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Two and a Half Men Star Conchata Ferrell has died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The 77-year-old actress passed away on Monday, OCt. 12, at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California, her rep confirms.

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Ferrell graduated from Marshall University with a degree in history education. She later taught acting for television at UCLA.

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Ferrell portrayed feisty but lovable housekeeper Berta for 12 years on Two and a Half Men, earning two Emmy nominations. She also appeared on L.A. Law, Good Times, E/R, Grace and Frankie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Her shocked Two and a Half Men co-stars were quick paid tributes to the actress they called Chatty.

In a tweet, Charlie Sheen called Ferrell "an absolute sweetheart" and "a consummate pro", calling her death "a shocking and painful loss".

"Berta, your housekeeping was a tad suspect, your 'people' keeping was perfect," he added.

Jon Cryer added: "She was a beautiful human. Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths. I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many."

Ferrell enjoyed huge successes onstage too, appearing in The Sea Horse in 1974, for which she earned Drama Desk, Theater World and Obie awards for Best Actress, Hot L Baltimore, Battle of Angels, and Picnic.

Her film credits include Network, Mystic Pizza, True Romance, Erin Brockovich, and Edward Scissorhands.

Ferrell was admitted to a long-term care facility after suffering a heart attack over the summer. She battled a variety of health issues ever since she was hospitalized with a kidney infection in West Virginia in December.

She spent much of January recuperating at her home in Charleston, where she also underwent physical therapy, but she was hospitalized again in May as she struggled to overcome an illness linked to her prior infection.

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Conchata Ferrell, the actress who played Charlie Sheen's quick-witted housekeeper on "Two and a Half Men" -- is in a long-term care facility after suffering a heart attack.

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Conchata's husband, Arnie, tells TMZ, the actress -- best known for her role as Berta -- was recently transferred to a long-term care facility following more than 4 weeks in ICU.

The 77-year-old actress was admitted into the ICU in May after falling ill with an infection in December/January.

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The actress, who once tipped the scales at 300 pounds, was not diagnosed with coronavirus.

Conchata suffered a cardiac arrest and renal failure while in ICU, according to her husband. She was transferred to a treatment center Arnie describes as a respiratory unit where she is on a respirator and dialysis.

Her condition is stable and she is "somewhat aware of her surroundings, but can't talk or communicate," according to Arnie.

Arnie tells TMZ he speaks with Conchata's nurse daily but he can't visit her due to COVID-19.

"It's going to be a while before there's any recovery," Arnie said. "It's all neurological. There's nothing we can do to speed up the process. We are hoping for the best."

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"Black-ish" star Jenifer Lewis appeared on MSNBC's "The Beat" to discuss President Donald Trump's "madness" and "blatant cruelty."

Lewis said: "I speak to the Millennials, those kids grew up with me as the aunt on Fresh Prince, the mother in a lot of African-American movies and I have a special relationship with them, and I'm here to say to the protesters continue peacefully protesting. Get what you need in this great challenge before us. Don’t stop all the diversity, the millions upon millions, it's a sea of humanity that is out in the streets right now saying that's enough of the oppression on killing our children in the streets. They know it's wrong. There has to be reform. And it can’t be a modest bill, Mr. Trump. We have to get to the root of the racism, the deep hate. I have never seen so much hate. It’s so disturbing. We have to come together. we cannot be divided."

The 63-year-old comedienne and character actress plays the mother of lead actress Tracey Ellis Ross on Black-ish.

When asked who she plans to vote for in November, Lewis said, "Well, that choice should be Mr. Biden. We have had enough of this madness, the blatant cruelty, the lies upon lies. We could have been warned back in January. Look how many people have died. This is wrong. We need leadership. My friend, today, do you wear a mask? You don't wear a mask? Well, he doesn't wear a mask. Pence didn't wear a mask, and then you see him in a mask. Leadership, this is the greatest country in the world. Well, you know what? No. The world is great. And that's what has to be new."

Lewis, who was diagnosed with sex addiction and bipolar disorder in 1990, told PEOPLE in 2017, "I have peace of mind now; I'm in my skin. It took years to get to that place, but I did it -- and I have a smile on my face."

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This back in the day one shot actress who made her fame off that role as a singer, skyrocketed to fame. She enjoyed that for about a year or two and then was told the things she would need to do to stay at the top. She decided she wanted no part of it and walked away from it to do her own thing. Since then, the government has been constantly on her and they have done so because the people that wanted to control her career keep requesting investigations in hopes she will come back to the fold. She doesn’t. Now, do I wish she would show up on time and not cancel shows? Yes. But, more power to her for not being a sheep.

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Most celebrities hire personal stylists to make them camera ready before they face their adoring fans or the paparazzi.

But some celebrities look drastically different when their makeup is removed.

Stars have taken to social media to stay relevant amid the coronavirus lockdown in their cities. Reality TV personalities such as Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes spend their days sharing makeup-free images to humor their followers.

One actress's makeup-free photo has gone viral online because she is nearly unrecognizable without makeup on.

Can you guess who this actress is? Hint: the actress and pop singer Rihanna have something in common.
 

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