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Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles is livid that some people are comparing his superstar daughter to her protege, Chloe Bailey of Chloe and Halle.

During an interview on the "Leah's Lemonade" radio show, host Leah A. Henry asked Mathew what he thought about the comparisons between Chloe and a younger Beyonce.

"Do you see the comparison? Like the same thing that you saw in young Beyonce, do you see that in Chloe Bailey?" Leah asked.

Mathew seemed shocked that anyone would compare a superstar to an aspiring singer without one hit song under her belt:

"You've got to be kidding me, right? You're asking me that question? Are you actually serious that you are comparing that young lady to Beyonce?"

Leah then pointed out that many (young) fans have suggested Chloe would be a good fit to play Beyonce in a movie about the singer's life.

"Okay, you're talking about if somebody was doing a movie, not talent-wise", he responded.

When Leah said "they say she's literally like a young Beyonce in the making", Mathew replied: "I'm asking you a yes or no question. Are you telling me someone's an idiot enough to compare her to Beyonce, talent-wise? Are there people saying her talent is equal to Beyonce? They’re an idiot. Period."

He continued: "That's actually insulting to Beyonce. I mean, if you want to call out some like Barbra Streisand or you know, some people like that, like come on, man, really?... I want to get off this topic."

Neither Chloe, nor Beyonce, have responded to Mathew's remarks as WENN went to press.
 

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Eddie Murphy is considering a return to music -- but never with raunchy rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

In the March 11 episode of Tamron Hall, Eddie -- who appears with his daughter Bella -- talked about the much-anticipated sequel Coming 2 America, which premieres on March 5 on Amazon Prime.

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Tamron asked him if he would ever consider recording new music. The comedian peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Rick James-produced club hit "Party All the Time" in 1985.

According to Eddie, if he ever did go back into the studio, it wouldn't be with rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

"Megan Thee Stallion?! I'm 59, I can't be doing nothing with no Megan Thee Stallion," he laughs. "You know how crazy I would look doing something with Megan Thee Stallion? I'm gonna be 60 in April. I can't be having Megan Thee Stallion doing her stuff and I'm standing next to her with my old ass playing my guitar.

"I have my first grandchild," he adds of his son Miles' baby girl. "Once you're a grandpa, you can't do no tracks with Megan Thee Stallion."
 

 

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Bobby Shmurda teased the ladies with a shirtless photo on his first day after being released from a NY prison after serving six years on gang charges.

In the photo shared on Instagram, Shmurda stripped down to a pair of black Ralph Lauren boxer briefs while admiring himself in a mirror.

The one-hit wonder has been on a whirlwind tour since Migos rapper Quavo sent a private jet to pick him up and bring him to Atlanta.

The New York rapper spent time with his goddaughters, hung out with Rowdy Rebel and Quavo, and dropped $100,000 on a diamond chain and bracelet at Icebox jewelry store in Buckhead.

In an interview with GQ's Frazier Tharpe, Shmurda said he is still getting acclimated to life outside prison walls.

"How long I got in the shower?" he asked his friends -- apparently unaware that his showers are no longer timed.

"My spirit's always gon' be up. I used to sleep next to people who had 40 to life," he told Tharpe. "People who've been in there for 30 years and haven't laughed -- I'd have them crying all day. When you got good energy, no matter where you at, you can bring a smile to someone's face."

Shmurda said he Was treated well in jail thanks to his celebrity status. But he still had to get a job to earn perks.

"Even though I'm locked up all the time, I still live good in jail," he said. "Since [age] 12. You get the best treatment in jail when you get a job. Wanna shower five times a week instead of three? Get a job. Eat better? Get a job. More phone time? Get a job. But they kept firing my ass when they realized I was just doing it to stay on the phone."
 

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Stevie Wonder says he's moving to Ghana permanently to protect his grandsons and great grandsons from racial injustice.

The 25-time Grammy-winner revealed his upcoming move to West Africa during a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to PEOPLE.

"I wanna see this nation smile again. And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana, because I'm going to do that," he said.

When asked if he plans to relocate to Ghana permanently, the 70-year-old musician replied, "I am, because I don't want to see my children's children's children have to say, 'Oh, please like me. Please respect me. Please know that I am important. Please value me.' What kinda [life is that]?"

Wonder has been considering a permanent move to Ghana since 1994, per the Orlando Sentinel. He told a Washington gathering of the International Association of African American Music that he had fallen in love with the country and "there's more of a sense of community there."

He didn't say when he will depart America for good.

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Kirk Franklin says anti-LGBT+ bullying has no place in the church. Particularly since 80% of male church choir members are same-sex oriented.

Franklin spoke up about homophobia in the church during a recent interview on a Sirius XM radio show.

The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, best known for his crossover hit song "Stomp," told host Clay Cane, "What is very important to understand is that the pulpit is not a bullying place, and we have to also understand that no group of people are monolithic. No Black person, all Black people do not think the same, do not process the same. Not all LGBTQIA+ people all think and process the same."

The 51-year-old married father of 4 battled le ghey rumors for most of his career. He encouraged church members not to "weaponize" the Holy Bible against LGBT+ people.

"I have some close gay friends who make decisions based on their interpretation of the Bible, and they live out their lives based on whether celibacy, or whatever they choose to do, and they should have the right to do that."

He continued:

"We have to not weaponize the Bible to cover up, a lot of times, our homophobic views that have nothing to do with the Bible. A lot of people that maybe profess Christianity, they have views that are not even bibliocentric. It's their personal views that they do not understand, sometimes maybe the biology of homosexuality, and so they want to find a scripture to try to justify their own homophobic views... you can't abuse people from a platform, because that ain’t love, that's not the gospel, to take a microphone and weaponize it to hurt people and to condemn people."

 

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Denzel Washington expressed his support for soldiers and police officers who put their lives on the line so Americans have the freedom to complain about what they do.

The Oscar-winning actor declared his support for the military and law enforcement in an interview in which he called out people who "put down" the men and women for whom Washington says he has "the utmost respect."

"I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, that sacrifice their lives. I just don't care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do," he told Yahoo Entertainment.

Washington was promoting his latest film, The Little Things in which he stars as a Los Angeles County Sheriff who hunts down a serial killer (played by Jared Leto).

Watch the movie's trailer below.
 

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Like many women of her generation Drew Sidora grew up watching Kenya Moore on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The young actress dreamed of one day meeting her idol, but those dreams were shattered when the two women finally met in person.

The two personalities clashed right away, as Kenya, 50, was clearly intimidated by the fresh-faced 35-year-old, whom she rudely referred to as a "stray" in a recent confessional.

Drew was introduced to the cast by Kenya's BFF Cynthia Bailey, but Kenya became fast friends with another newbie, LaToya Ali, who was quick to throw shade at Drew.

LaToya, who isn't a full cast member on the show, made fun of Drew's wig one day. She told Kenya she could see glue under Drew's wig.

According to Hollywood Life, Kenya referred to Drew as "sneaky" after she confided in her about taking a private jet with LaToya, while the other woman rode in a Sprinter van.

Kenya had asked Drew to keep her luxurious extravagance a secret from the other women. But Drew innocently shared Kenya's secret with the other ladies.

When asked if she knew Kenya called her "sneaky," Drew said, "No, she never told me. She was smiling in my face."

"As you see she laughs in my face, she seems to treat me really nice, and then she runs back, you know, and she talks behind my back and I don't think that's right," Drew said.

Drew explained that she once admired the former beauty queen and dreamed of meeting her one day. The mom-of-three said she didn't expect Kenya to feel threatened by her and talk about her behind her back.

"When I met her I didn't have any problems with Kenya," Drew said.

"I looked up to her since I was a little girl... and meeting her she was just a different person and I didn't expect that behavior from her, and I was disappointed."

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On Monday, January 18, Americans celebrate the birth of the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was born Michael King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Among the luminaries remembering Dr. King today is Star Trek veteran Nichelle Nichols who played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original TV series.

In an interview with Emmy Legends, the iconic actress said Dr. King was a fan of Star Trek and he convinced her to stay on when she considered quitting the series.

Nichols said she'd already turned in her resignation when she had a chance meeting with King at an event.

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"I was to be a celebrity guest at some fundraiser in Beverly Hills," she said. "I believe that it was a NAACP fundraiser, but it might not have been but I think it was. And so, I went to do this on that Saturday night and I had just been taken to the desk and sat down when the organizer came over and said, 'Ms. Nichols, How are you? Listen, there's someone here who says that he's your biggest fan and he's desperate to meet you. He REALLY wants to meet you!' And I said, 'Well thank you!'

"...I turn and instead of a fan, there's this face that the WHOLE world knows with this beautiful smile on and I remember thinking, 'Whoever that fan is, is going to have to wait because Dr. King; Dr. Martin Luther King my leader is walking toward me about 10 feet away with a beautiful smile on his face!' and then this man says, 'Yes Ms. Nichols. I am THAT fan! I am your best fan, your greatest fan. And my family are your greatest fans. As a matter of fact, this is the ONLY show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to watch; to stay up and watch because it's on past their bedtime.' And I said – which is all I was able to say because my mouth was open and closed. He said, 'We admire you greatly you know. The manner in which you create this role has dignity...' and before he said anything else I said, 'Dr. King, thank you so much.'"

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Nichols told King she was leaving the show because her true love was Broadway and the theater.

"And he said, 'What do you mean?' Dead serious. 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'I'm going to leave Star Trek because I have an offer to star in a Broadway.' I never got that far [laughs]... he said, "You cannot!" and I felt like that little boy Arnold like – Whatchu talkin’ about Dr. King? But you know I didn’t say that! I was taken aback and I didn’t say anything. I just looked at him. He said, 'If you leave Nichelle, Gene Roddenberry has opened a door for the world to see us. If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a Black role and it's NOT a female role. He can fill it with anything including an alien.'"

Nichols took the weekend to think it over. On Monday, she went to Gene Roddenberry's office to retract her resignation.

"I told him what happened and I said, 'If you still want me to stay, I'll stay. I have to.' And he opened his drawer and her looked up at me and said, 'God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King. Somebody knows where I am coming from!' and I said, 'That's what he said! [in my brain], and he took out my resignation which was torn into a hundred pieces and handed me the pile, and we just stood there looking at each other and I finally said, 'Thank you Gene.' And he said to me, 'Thank you Nichelle.' And my life has never been the same since and I've never looked back..."
 

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Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is recovering from Covid-19 at home after he checked himself out of a Georgia hospital because people around him were dying.

Gossett, 84, spoke by phone to Ryan Cameron, host of WAMJ-Majic 1075/975 in Atlanta, about the reason he left the hospital against medical advice (AMA).

Gossett told Cameron on Monday that he contracted the virus from a nurse who visited his home. He arrived at an emergency room on Dec. 27, but left shortly after seeing the chaos inside the hospital.

The Grammy-winning actor said he left the hospital because the staff was "extremely tired" and they were "losing the battle," he said he called his son and other family members, and they got him out of there.

Gossett said he wanted to thank his fans in Atlanta and around the world for the love, prayers and well wishes over the last few days.

"When there was a threat of me leaving the planet -- I didn't know I had that done that positive for so many people and I am grateful to the bottom of my heart. I want to say thank you so much for y'all. The love bounces back to you in a million fold. God is good all the time and I am so grateful that you've been there. It's just what the doctor ordered."

He said four or 5 doctors around the country sent him some medications, including eucalyptus tea and vitamins, to help his recovery.

When asked if he was for or against the vaccine, Gossett said, "I don't know what the vaccines is but I want it. It gives us a head start to go in the direction of taking better care of ourselves and one another. That's all it is. There's no Democrats, there's nothing but making saving mankind."

Gossett also discussed the lack of "purity" in young "girls of 6, 7, 8-years-old with that innocence that I've forgotten to see, I don't see it anymore. I see the young men, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-years old with deep voices and getting ready to shoot one another. We need to take a chill pill. We all need to be saved."

Gossett had a message for so-called anti-maskers:

"Covid is real. Even it's not real -- just for the hell of it, wear a mask anyway. Cooperate with us. There's no such thing as impossible. Take the word 'impossible' out of your dictionary. We need to be together to take better care of ourselves, our children and one another."

Gossett is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and for portraying the character of Fiddler in the ABC miniseries Roots in 1977, among hundreds of film and TV roles.

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King Von's ex-girlfriend Asian Doll is still working through the five stages of grief after the gangbanger was fatally shot during an argument outside an Atlanta nightclub in November.

The Doll and the 26-year-old Chicago rapper had already parted ways by the time of his death. But you wouldn't know that by the grief the Doll has displayed in frequent social media posts and videos.

She even tatted his face on her hand as an example of her undying love for the rapper who probably wasn't thinking about her during his final days above ground.

In an interview with Taraji P. Henson on an upcoming "Peace of Mind with Taraji" Facebook Watch episode, Asian Doll explained how she is coping with the grief of losing an ex.

She claims King Von was her first love and she was "real hard" on her "soulmate" when they broke up "six days" before he died.

"My whole world just crashed," she said. "I never felt a feeling like that. It's like I was just broken.... This is my first love. My first real boyfriend."

She said she learned of his death on social media. She also discussed the relentless mocking and taunting from followers who insist she is just a clout chasing sociopath, since no one ever heard of her before King Von's tragic demise.

Taraji, who is not a therapist, ramps up the emotional factor by handing the Doll some tissue -- and even dabbing her own fake tears.

Your skepticism is justified. This is the same Asian Doll who -- a whole month before King Von died -- tweeted, "Please have at least 3 body's [sic] before you talk to me Boy I like killers."