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Actress, jazz singer and composer Suzzanne Douglas has passed away. The 64-year-old actress died on Tuesday, July 6, according to her cousin Angie Tee's post on Facebook.

A cause of death has not been revealed.

"Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin," the post read.

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Angie Tee continued:

"I can remember growing up, there weren't very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in Tap starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Inkwell, Jason's Lyric and so much more the list goes on. The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane [sic] you will be missed RIP."

As well as starring in When They See Us, Suzzanne had starring roles in WB series The Parent 'Hood and Whitney, in which she played Cissy Houston.

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Justin Timberlake was among the celebrities showing support for singer Britney Spears after she spoke against her conservatorship in court on Wednesday.

Justin expressed his "absolute support" for his ex-girlfriend, after she asked a judge to end her father's conservatorship over her personal and financial affairs.

Speaking via telephone to a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Britney, 39, said her father Jamie Spears has been acting as her conservator to control her personal and business affairs for the last 13 years.

Britney has accused her father of being an alcoholic who forced her to get an IUD, controlled who she slept with, and even told her which color to paint her kitchen cabinets.

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The pop singer, who is worth $60 million, is given $2,000 a week allowance and does not have control over her own finances.

She has been under conservatorship since her well-publicized public meltdown in 2008, and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for mental health evaluations.

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Britney called for her father to be jailed. Jamie Spears is pictured leaving the Los Angeles County Superior courthouse on March 10, 2008.

"They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life. In the meantime, I want this therapist to come to my home, I'm not willing to go to Westlake ... They set me up by sending me to the most exposed places. I need your help.

"My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail."

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Britney - who shares sons Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline - claims her conservators made her get an IUD (intrauterine device) as a form of birth control, even though she wants to "get married and have a baby" with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.

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#FreeBritney activists protested at Los Angeles Grand Park during Britney's conservatorship hearing on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Justin Timberlake -- who dated Britney from 1999 to 2002, wrote:

"After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was... what's happening to her is just not right.

"No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body. No one should EVER be held against their will... or ever have to ask permission to access everything they've worked so hard for."

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Justin's wife Jessica Biel also shared her support, and the pair are hoping the courts and Britney's family "let her live however she wants to live".

He tweeted: "Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live."

Khloe Kardashian posted: "No one should be treated like this. Stay strong Queen!! You deserve better #FreeBritney."

Singer Halsey wrote on Twitter:

"Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today.

"Additionally, f**k anyone who thinks they have the authority as an institution or individual to control a person's reproductive health. #FreeBritney."

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Kodak Black probably shouldn't have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe's fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team's yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: "I'm Ouchea 24 a Day I'm Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant... #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now."

Kobe's fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: "The helicopter not sitting right w me."

Another wrote: "The man and his daughter died in one."

And a third user wrote: "I think the helicopter was a little to much."

But some of Kodak's followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: "He honoring him if anything."

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Comedian Gary Owen's wife, Kenya Duke responded to his appearance on The Wendy Williams Show that aired on Thursday, June 10.

Kenya filed for a divorce earlier this year, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple tied the knot in 2003 and share three grown children, sons Emilio and Austin, and a daughter, Kennedy.

During his appearance, Gary tried to promote his current film project, The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2, but Wendy was more interested in his failed marriage to Kenya.

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Kenya took to Instagram to express her displeasure at her estranged husband.

"I was shocked you spent most of your time talking about me, the divorce, son and daughter, she wrote, adding that he didn't "shut it down real quick" with Wendy and focus more on promoting his film.

"Why didn't you?" she wrote, "because you want my attention and you knew someone would send it to me."

Gary did try to promote his film, however, there is only one reason Wendy invited Gary on her show.

"My lawyer doesn't want me to say anything," Gary told Wendy.

"We got a lot of legal stuff we gotta go through. But I will say, there's a big twist in my divorce that a lot of people don't know about. It's a doozy, but I can't speak on it yet. But it's big. It changed the whole dynamic of the divorce."

As reported by theGrio.com, Kenya filed for divorce in March. She is requesting $44,000 per month in spousal support.

Gary reportedly changed his phone number and forced Kenya to go through his attorney to request enough money to keep her lights on.

Gary pushed back on accusations from Kenya that he was a deadbeat dad, saying, "our kids are adults."
 

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R&b singer Ann Marie is free on bail after she allegedly shot her boyfriend in the head in an Atlanta hotel room last year.

The singer's scowling mugshot -- showing off her fiery red natural hair - went viral on social media.

Now out on bail, Ann Marie has a message for her fans who want new music from the R&B beauty.

On Tuesday, Ann Marie posted photos of herself working hard in a recording studio.

"Back At It!!" she captioned the images on her Instagram page.

The Chicago native, real name Joann Marie Slater, 25, was charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting that occurred on Dec. 1.

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Sources say she shot the man in cold blood for cheating on her with another woman.

However, Ann Marie claims the gun dropped from her hand and accidentally discharged, shooting her boyfriend in the head. His medical condition is unknown.

Ann Marie's newfound notoriety as a shooter has earned her a legion of fans who desperately need new music from the Chicago songbird.

Question: What's your favorite Ann Marie song?
 

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Teyana Taylor has officially arrived. The former child star was named Maxim magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.

The singer, dancer, model and business woman is the first Black woman to receive the honor.

Teyana appears on the cover of Maxim's July/August 2021 "Hot 100 Women of Influence" issue.

She wore a cutoff wife beater over camouflage cargo pants, gold hoop earrings and her hair in braids extensions.

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Teyana made the transition from singer to directing music videos for other artists such as Macy Gray, Queen Naija and Monica Brown.

"Honestly, directing is one of the best things that I've ever done, and one of my favorite things in my career that I'm doing, 'cause I kind of always had that eye,” Taylor said to Maxim.

The aspiring songwriter has also written songs for Usher, Chris Brown, and Omarion.

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The 30-year-old Sagittarius released her debut mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, in 2009.

She shares two daughters, Iman Tayla, 5, and Rue, 8 months, with NBA player Iman Shumpert, also 30. They were married in 2016.

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Mariah Carey departed Jay Z's Roc Nation management because she was looking to downsize to a smaller boutique management firm, TMZ reports.

According to earlier reports, Mariah left Roc Nation after an "explosive" argument with Jay Z during a meeting about her future with the company.

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However, Mariah took to Instagram on Monday to deny reports that she had an explosive argument with her former boss.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ that Mariah prefers to work with a smaller team that can devote more time to her. Unfortunately, Jay's powerhouse agency has too many cooks in the kitchen.

At Roc Nation, artists like Mariah could have 20 or more people working on marketing, social media, music, merchandise, etc. -- which created an impersonal environment and she simply wanted a more intimate team.

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TMZ's sources say Mariah and Jay Z actually decided a couple months ago to part ways amicably after working together since 2017.

Mariah reportedly signed with Range Media Partners, which also signed her manager Melissa Ruderman. Ruderman left Roc in early 2021 to become a partner in the music division at Range, and she will be working closely with Mariah.

The report prompted speculation that Ruderman lured Mariah away from Roc Nation to join her at Range.

Some of Range's other clients include big name actors Bradley Cooper, Jonny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley.

Mariah will be Range's first bold name music artist.

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Hazel E has threatened to sue an overseas plastic surgeon for threatening to publish unflattering before and after photos of the reality TV personality.

The 40-year-old mom-of-one is best known for appearing on VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood and season 15 of Marriage Boot Camp with husband De'Von.

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In March, Hazel booked an appointment with Comfort Zone surgery in Istanbul, Turkey for full mommy makeover surgery.

She captioned a video: "So excited to share my mommy transformation with you guys! Thank you @gizemsahin.official & @brandibb1 for setting up this amazing makeover experience with @comfortzonesurgeryofficial."

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Hazel was back in the headlines after she almost died during the botched procedure.

Now she is accusing her plastic surgeon of threatening to publish her naked plastic surgery photos to silence her.

According to RhymeswithSnitch, Hazel shared a text message exchange with her doctors and accused them of trying to hack her social media account.

"You guys legally can't send or publish nude photos of me," she wrote. "My team is on to it Christina. You disrespected the f*** out of me & my family."

But "Christina" reminded Hazel that the surgery was free in exchange for promotional rights to all the photos.

"These are basic before and afters. All private areas are covered. When you come as a promo you sign your rights away. So it doesn't matter. I own all photos and videos."

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Remember back in the day when Beyonce Knowles-Carter crushed Keri Hilson's career under her manicured thumb? They apparently ended their feud.

In a recent interview, Keri said that's all water under the bridge now.

The "Pretty Girl Rock" singer, 38, said in a new interview that the two stars had a "healing" moment that ended any tension between them. "She actually has introduced herself. It was a gracious moment," the Georgia native revealed during an appearance on Middays With Persia. "I appreciated it. I feel like she understood what happened, what had transpired and there was a bit of healing in that moment when we met. I take her as a very intuitive kind of soul, as am I." Source

No one knows what set off the legendary cat fight.

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Rumor has it that Beyonce, 40, was intimidated by Keri's beauty. Her husband, Jay Z, was reportedly sweet on the 38-year-old singer/songwriter.

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It's easy to see why Beyonce was jealous.

Envy may be one of the reasons why Beyonce relentlessly ruined Keri's career.

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DJ Funkmaster Flex ripped into DMX's music industry "friends" for not helping him when he was struggling with drug addiction.

The New York deejay took aim at DMX's music industry pals for not helping the troubled rapper beat his drug addiction.

The 50-year-old Ruff Ryders star is currently in a "vegetative state," at a Plains, NY hospital, according to reports.

He reportedly suffered a heart attack overdosing on drugs on Friday, April 2. Speaking to Page Six about DMX, Flex said, "(The music business) is a gorilla. It's a bottomless pit of happiness or depression. I don’t wanna say people don't help you but I do want to say there are people who actually know (when a star is struggling, but don't help) sometimes.

He continued: "You don't always get the best help when money is being made. It's rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame."

Flex hopes DMX's story will serve as a cautionary tale for up-and-coming rappers: "I know he shares his demons and we may have to amplify that demon and amplify his story and his feelings so that the next generation can kind of see a little better, a little clearer."

DMX's drug addictions started at age 14 when he was tricked into smoking a marijuana cigarette laced with cocaine.

DMX, which stands for Dark Man X, rose to fame in the early 1990s when his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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A vigil was held for him outside the Hospital on Monday April 5. DMX's ex-wife Tashera Simmons (left) and his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom (right) were among those in attendance.

DMX's family, friends and supporters played his music and recalled their favorite memories of the star, who was born Earl Simmons. Some of his 15 children were also present.

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