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Phylicia Rashad is fighting to keep her position as dean at Howard University. Rashad, 73, was heavily criticized after she showed support for her TV husband, Bill Cosby, in an exuberant tweet.

Cosby, 83, was released from prison last week after serving three years of a 3- to 10-year sentence for alleged sexual assault.

Rashad, who starred with the comedian on the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", tweeted:

"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

After facing furious public backlash, Rashad deleted her tweet and backtracked, saying "I fully support survivors of sexual assault".

Liberal officials at woke Howard University pressured Rashad to apologize again after students called for her termination.

Rashad hastily released a lengthy statement, saying her "remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault."

Rashad received overwhelming support from her celebrity friends, including singer Stephanie Mills who urged Howard U. to "give back the millions" Cosby donated to the school.

The 64-year-old "Home" singer took to Instagram and wrote:

"I love you @phyliciarashad [heart emojis]. If it's true that Howard University wants to terminate her Position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the university."

Mills referred to the millions Cosby donated to Howard in return for an honorary college degree in 1989.

Cosby also donated millions to the all-women Spelman college in Atlanta, Ga.

The former Broadway star is best known for her hit singles "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".

She won a Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (watch her sing live below).
 

 

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Rapper Boosie Badazz pleaded with fans to donate their spare insulin to control his blood sugar levels. It isn't clear why Boosie relies on his fans to refill his insulin supply.

The 38-year-old rapper posted an Instagram photo of a Lantus insulin multi-dose pen, along with a caption asking fans to contact his manager: "I NEED IF U N ATL dm @nightlyfedtone CASH ON DECK."

Lantus is long-acting insulin typically used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Insulin is a hormone produced by the body that lowers blood sugar levels. Lantus begins to work about three hours after injection and lasts for 24 hours.

Boosie is at risk of losing his right leg after he was shot by an unknown gunman in Dallas in November. The rapper, whose real name is Torrence Hatch Jr., underwent 3 surgeries to place pins in his leg.

Fans expressed concern for the ailing rapper who is forced to perform in his wheelchair at nightclubs to pay his medical bills.

"His leg ain’t gone heal if y'all don't get this," one fan wrote. Another IG user wrote: "Get at boosie on the quicks y'all ! And y'all have a blessed day."

He is confined to a wheelchair due to diabetic wasting, a disorder that affects the nerves in the legs, hips and buttocks, causing pain and muscle wasting.

In another post on Instagram, Boosie shared a video explaining why he wasn't holding a giveaway fans this Christmas.

"I'm giving my love and my gifts to my family... People who hurt when I hurt, people who cry when I cry. People who done suffered with me."

He captioned the video: "#yeahisaidit I WISH A HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL THO."

Millions of diabetics are struggling to refill their insulin due to skyrocketing insulin prices. The feds are cracking down on underground black markets for insulin sales.

One desperate diabetic posted an ad online that reads: "I cannot afford my insulin anymore. I have Lantus pens to trade for Novolog or Humalog vials/pens. Any help is appreciated!"
 


 

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Nick Cannon is still feeling the heat after making anti-Semitic comments during an exchange with former Public Enemy member Professor Griff on the June 30 episode of his "Cannon Class" podcast.

The public fallout was swift and harsh as ViacomCBS severed longstanding ties with the comedian, taking millions of dollars in revenue with them.

Cannon's bank account took another hit as his daytime talk show, The Nick Cannon Show, has gone on hiatus and his radio show on Power 106, Nick Cannon Mornings, is temporarily suspended.

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The talk show, which was scheduled to premiere later this year, is pushed to 2021, the show's producer, Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, confirmed in a statement obtained by Variety.com.

The production company said it is "standing by" Cannon, as did Fox TV, which said it is keeping him on as the MC of The Masked Singer -- for now.

Debmar-Mercury stated Cannon could redeem himself by meeting "with leaders of the Jewish community".

On Monday, Cannon visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where he learned about the Holocaust and the millions of Jews who lost their lives in the Nazi concentration camps.

The father-of-three pledged his first paycheck from The Masked Singer to the Jewish center to continue its work.

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Cannon, 39, once known as one of the most powerful media personalities in America, was so despondent over his derailed career that he wrote a series of cryptic social media posts that sounded very much like suicide notes.

In the caption of a photo of himself and rapper Ryan Bowers, who took his own life, Cannon wrote:

"After waking up and barely rising from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet, this powerful warrior actually had the balls to do it."

In an early morning tweet on July 17, he wrote: "I thought it couldn't get any worse. Then I watched my own community turn on me and call me a sell-out for apologizing. Goodnight. Enjoy Earth."

He followed up by tweeting, "Y'all can have this planet. I'm out!"

Cannon has been "counseled" by Jewish manager Guy Oseary, whose celebrity clients include Madonna and U2, according to Variety.

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Lena Waithe is helping to pay the bills of Instagram users during the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns in America.

During an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden on Monday, the Emmy-winning screenwriter said she's been giving money to people on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Waithe is giving money directly to people who need it through an app rather than donating to the political organization, since none of the hundreds of millions of dollars BLM has received in donations is going to Black communities.

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The 36-year-old Chicago native says giving money to Instagram users is a "humbling" experience.

"When the cameras leave and when the dust settles, Hillman Helps will still be here," she said, referencing her company, Hillman Grad Productions. "I'm a big believer in community, I'm a big believer in tribe."

Waithe noted she paid out almost $50,000 from her own bank account.

"We've literally just been going through the Instagram and people asking us for certain amounts and they're not asking for a lot," she said.

"It really has been a humbling and inspiring experience for me to talk to these people and to communicate with them. We've been able to help some folks out and it's been a beautiful thing."

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The Hollywood Police Department in Hollywood, Florida severed ties with former NFL player Antonio Brown after he disrespected their officers during a public meltdown.

The 31-year-old former NFL wide receiver live-streamed himself shouting expletives at his baby mama - in front of their minor kids and a small army of police officers.

The Hollywood police were called to Brown's home following a dispute with his baby mama on Dec. 14.

"Get the f**k out of here you b**ch a** pu**ies!" he yelled, as police escorted Chelsie Kyriss and their children to patrol cars.

The department was so outraged over Brown's treatment of their officers that they returned his donation for their Police Athletic League field.

"While officers were on the scene, Mr. Brown treated them with disrespect and disdain," said a police spokesperson.

"We made the decision to sever ties between Mr. Brown and the Hollywood Police Athletic League. We did not want our youth to be subject to this type of behavior nor emulate the actions of Mr. Brown."

According to TMZ, cops returned Brown's donation for their 7-on-7 league and they banned him from working out on their field ever again.

"We will not take money from a donor that we cannot have our youth be proud of or represent our organization."

If Brown sets foot on the PAL field again, he could be arrested for trespassing.
 

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Billionaire Robert F. Smith made headlines in May when he made a generous pledge to pay off student loans for Morehouse College graduates.

Now Smith has extended his pledge to pay off the debts of their parents as well.

The pledge to pay off student loans for Morehouse grads and their parents will cost Smith $34 million.

The graduates learned of Smith's new pledge to pay off the educational debt of their parents in a letter sent out by the school.

"On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus," said Smith during his surprise announcement at Morehouse College in May.

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"Now I've got the alumni over there. This is a challenge to you, alumni. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," said Smith, referring to his wife, Hope.

22-year-old finance major Aaron Mitchom figured he could pay off $200,000 in student loans in 25 years if he allotted half his salary to the debt.

After hearing Smith's announcement at the commencement in May, Mitchom cried.

"I don't have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off," he said in an interview after the commencement.

Tina Mitchom, Aaron's mom, said eight family members, including Mitchom’s 76-year-old grandmother, co-signed on the loans to help him graduate.

"It takes a village," she said. "It now means he can start paying it forward and start closing this gap a lot sooner, giving back to the college and thinking about a succession plan' for his younger siblings."

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