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Lee Daniels' biographical series about Sammy Davis Jr's life finally has a home at Hulu.

Hulu ordered eight episodes of the untitled series that sat on a shelf for years. The series, based on the book "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.," is described as an exploration of Davis' life and his complex relationship with the Black community.

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Elijah Kelley, second from right, is set to play the lead role as Davis. Kelley, 35, is best known for his role as Ricky Bell in The New Edition Story on BET. Kelley also starred in 28 Days, Take the Lead, Hairspray, Red Tails, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Star TV series.

Davis is a former child star who became one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and '60s. He was the only Black member of Frank Sinatra’s famed Rat Pack.

But Davis ran afoul of the Black community when he supported Republican President Richard Nixon and kissed TV's favorite white supremacist, Archie Bunker (Carrol O'Conner) on an episode of All in the Family in 1972. It was the kiss heard round the world.

The studio and crew laughed for so long that the kiss scene was edited to allow time for O'Conner to deliver his line. It was considered the longest studio audience laugh in television history.

The original kiss scene is lost. The second edit that aired on February 19, 1972 can be viewed below.
 

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Mo'Nique's movie career has been resurrected by Lee Daniels, thanks to intervention by TV mogul 50 Cent.

Mo'Nique and Daniels last spoke to each other in 2010.
 
RELATED: 50 Cent says Oprah and Tyler Perry owe Mo'Nique an apology
 
Fiddy shamed both Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey for blacklisting Mo'Nique after she allegedly refused to promote a Lee Daniels movie.

Mo'Nique spent 12 years trashing the two movie giants, as well as Lee Daniels, for ending her career in Hollywood.

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Then 50 Cent told Oprah and Perry they owed Mo'Nique an apology.

Perry humbled himself and apologized publicly to the Oscar winner.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch.com, Lee Daniels recently interrupted Mo'Nique's comedy show to publicly apologize, saying, "I am so sorry for hurting you."

"I love you, you b*tch!" Mo'Nique said.

"B*tch, I love you more!" Daniels replied.

Daniels went on to say he and Mo'Nique were best friends at one point and he announced he was casting her in his new movie, Demon House, based on a true story.

Mo'Nique is replacing Octavia Spencer who had prior commitments.


 

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50 Cent is resurrecting Mo'Nique's career after she was blackballed in the movie industry for allegedly being difficult to work with.

In 2017 Mo'Nique slammed director Lee Daniels for allegedly giving roles to his bestie, Oprah, instead of her.

"I was offered the role in 'The Butler' that Oprah Winfrey played. I was also approached ... to be on Empire," Mo'Nique said.

"I was also offered the role as Richard Pryor's grandmother [in a new biopic about the late comedian]. Each of those things that [Daniels] offered me was taken off the table. They all just went away. But that's just part of the business, you know? I can't be upset at anybody, 'cause life is too good. It's just what it is."

Mo' then blamed Oprah and Daniels for blackballing her in the movie industry after she spoke out against them.

Daniels denied everything.

"I respect her [as an] actor because she gave me her soul, but I gave her my soul. And for that she was given the Golden Globe and the Academy Award," Daniels said.

"It breaks my heart that she feels that we blackballed her….I don't understand her motive. I don't get it. I really don't. [We] were really down for Mo. To get that performance from her, she had to bare her soul to me. I had to bare my soul to her. That was like making love without having sex."

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Mo's future is looking bright after media mogul 50 Cent decided to stand by her despite her troubled history.

In an Instagram post, Fiddy called on Oprah and Tyler Perry to "apologize" to Mo'Nique.

"I'm sure Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry would not want to continue to allow there influence to damage @therealmoworldwide career and this has went on for way to long," 50 captioned an Instagram post. "So now would be a great time to apologize because i'm gonna put her back on. GLG GreenLighGang I don't miss! #bransoncognac."

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On the Monday, July 12 edition of "Tamron Hall," legendary singer, actress and businesswoman Patti LaBelle joins Tamron Hall to celebrate the special 20th anniversary edition of her cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine.

The Grammy-winning singer discusses her culinary business, shares insight as to why she needed a backup plan and explains why, during the pandemic, she continued to bring the "glam" while cooking.

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During the interview, LaBelle is surprised and delighted with video messages from some of her biggest fans, including award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels and renowned chef Carla Hall.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of LaBelle's cookbook, Lee Daniels surprised Patti with a special video message:

"I get this call at one o'clock in the morning from Lenny Kravitz, who knows how much I love Patti and how obsessed I am with LaBelle, vintage LaBelle. And he tells me 'Come down to my house right away.' I said, 'Dude, it's one o'clock in the morning, my kids are here.' 'Well, bring the kids, it's important. I got a surprise.' So I get there, I walk into his kitchen, and there is Patti frying chicken, Nona [Hendryx] making potato salad and Sarah [Dash] making biscuits. I almost pass out, the kids are already passed out, and then we start singing their songs. I wish that we had the phones that video recorded. It was something that I will never forget. And it was magic."

 

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Lee Daniels, left, came to the rescue of deadbeat dad Damon Dash, right, who owes $950,000 in back child support to his baby mamas Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales.

The money is part of a debt Daniels owes Dash to the tune of $1.7 million. Dame loaned Daniels the money to invest in a movie. But Daniels never paid the cash back, prompting Dash to take to social media to embarrass the father of two.

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Dame was arrested in New York City last month for failing to pay child support. Following his release from jail Dash claimed he turned himself in and paid off his large debt to his exes.

"I went to turn myself in with money! I already paid it! And I still walked in with cuffs," Dash said outside the courthouse. "No more warrants. Everything is clear."

But Daniels' offer to pay off the debt suggests Dash did not pay the money like he claimed.

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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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