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Michael B. Jordan is over the rumors and innuendoes surrounding his contract relationship with professional beard Lori Harvey.

The 33-year-old 'Black Panther' star, who is normally private, has been seen everywhere with Lori, 24.

The plethora of vacation photos prompted speculation that the photos are staged to improve Michael's reputation as a heterosexual leading man.

The couple was seen jet skiing in St. Barts where they celebrated Lori's birthday. And they spent the New Year together in Aspen, Colorado.

A source exclusively tells HollywoodLife why Michael has been so open with his relationship with Lori all of a sudden.

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"Michael is definitely crushing hard on Lori and is loving all the time and special moments they’ve been sharing together," the source says, "but at the same time, he's always been private about his personal life and so it was a big deal for him to publicly share how he felt about Lori on social media."

But fans are not convinced. They say the chemistry between Michael and Lori is virtually non-existent.

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The source also said the actor won't share every moment of his and Lori's relationship anymore.

"Even though Michael seems to have opened up quite a bit by going public with their romance and allowing fans to get a glimpse inside their personal lives, that doesn't mean he wants to share every moment between them or that he's going to be posting about their relationship all the time now."

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"He's not a model or an influencer like Lori," explained the source. "He doesn't feel the need to share everything on social media. That's just not who he is, but at the same time he completely supports Lori and don’t be surprised to see him pop up with flirty comments whenever she posts."

Another source claims Michael extended his business contract with Lori, who has dated other effeminate celebrity males in the past, including media mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, 51, and bisexual rapper Future Hendrix, 37.

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Teyana Taylor says her retirement announcement was her last resort after she begged her record label owner, Kanye West, to drop her -- and he refused.

Teyana clarified that her retirement from music was a warning to her record label.

The R&B star took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to say she felt "super under appreciated as an artist." She added: "I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"

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Teyana returned to Instagram for a Live session in which she told fans:

"The majority of what that post was to warn my label who I’ve been signed to for almost 10 years. Everything that you guys see of me, everything that I put out, everything that I do is 100 per cent me. There's no gun to anybody's head to do anything that they don’t want to do. So yes, I am going to feel under appreciated if I'm putting in 110 per cent and my label is giving me - they’re reciprocating, what, 10 per cent of that."

She claimed she asked her label - G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam - to drop her on more than one occasion, adding:

"The crazy part about it is I asked Def Jam to drop me on almost 10 different occasions, straight to their face, up in the building, at the table. Like, 'Yo, just drop me, because at this point, I can't let this kill me.'"

Teyana's headline-hitting antics was all the buzz this weekend. Her "retirement" was prompted after she was left stunned when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single Grammy nomination for the 2021.

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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.

Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."

"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."

He added: "we will change the paradigm."

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Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.

Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.

@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

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Two prominent Black sports reporters lost their jobs at major sports networks this week. ESPN sports reporter Josina Anderson parted ways with the sports channel after nearly 10 years, and Jason Whitlock, 53, was shown the door at Fox Sports.

According to reports, Anderson's contract expired with ESPN and it was not renewed. The same goes for Jason Whitlock whose contract expired at Fox Sports.

Anderson, 41, is very active on Twitter.com but she did not acknowledge the news of her departure.

The NY Post reports the network's decision not to renew Anderson's contract was not Covid-19 related.

Whitlock, a controversial and outspoken host, was often criticized for his views about sports personalities such as LeBron James. And Anderson once reported that former NFL player Michael Sam's teammates refused to shower with him because he was in a same-sex relationship.

Whitlock, who hosted "Speak for Yourself" with Marcellus Wiley, slammed James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while running through a majority white neighborhood in south Georgia earlier this year.

Michelle and Barack Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama became ordinary civilians on Jan. 20, 2017, after Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. But he won't get rid of them that easily. Netflix just signed the power couple to a multi-year web programming deal.

Barack and Michelle formed a production company called Higher Ground Productions to produce online programming that will promote their political and social agendas.

Netflix said the Obamas would make “a diverse mix of content,” potentially including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries or features, according to the Associated Press.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the wider world,” Barack said in the Netflix statement.

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Michelle Obama added.

“We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.

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