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When Tyler Perry said he was retiring his famous character, Madea, everyone knew Madea would be back.

The Oscar and Emmy winning playwright and director confirmed he is resurrecting Mabel Earlene 'Madea' Simmons for a Netflix film streaming next year.

Perry said the world needs a good laugh after the Covid-19 pandemic and political turmoil.

"We need to laugh, man," the 51-year-old movie/TV mogul explained in a video where he appears possessed by Madea.

"Too much is going on in the country. We need to laugh, so I was done (but I wasn't!), but she's coming back."

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Perry announced his plan to kill off Madea during an interview on Sirius XM radio in 2018.

"It's time for me to kill that old b***h. I'm tired, man! I'm tired. We gonna say goodbye in 2019," Perry told Bevy Smith.

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He said he filmed Madea's funeral 2 years prior, and he was finally able to let her go.

Perry held Madea's funeral as a symbolic gesture to allow her fans time to mourn her passing. Her body was symbolically interred in a mausoleum in Georgia.

Tyler, born Emmitt Perry Jr., said he didn't "want to be her age playing her" but he changed his mind after Netflix asked him to bring Madea back from the dead.

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Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspireā€ LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.

In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.

Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.

Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.

"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."

Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.

He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.

He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."

American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.
 

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Ellen Page surprised no one by coming out as a female-to-male transgender in a lengthy message on Twitter.com Tuesday.

Page identifies as a "non-binary" person who is neither man nor woman. Page's pronouns are "he/they".

It's unlikely that Page will get many roles playing a non-binary he/they, so the 33-year-old Canadian will continue to play superhero Vanya Hargreeves, a woman with the ability to turn sound into energy, in The Umbrella Academy on Netflix.

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A source told Variety: "Vanya is a cisgender [heterosexual] woman whose superpower involves unleashing force through the use of sound. There are no plans to change the character's gender."

That didn't sit well with some in the LGBT+ community who support Page's gender identity, but say it's either all or nothing.

One Twitter user wrote: "I am so proud of Elliot Page for transitioning and becoming a beacon of hope for humanity. That said, now that Page is a straight man he is officially an oppressor and deserves nothing but our contempt."

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Fans of cult teen drama Gossip Girl were disappointed to learn the series will be removed from Netflix to make room for the new Gossip Girl reboot, starring Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind (left) and Jordan Alexander (right).

The original Gossip Girl series will no longer stream on Netflix as of Jan. 1, 2021.

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In the reboot, Emily Alyn Lind (right) plays a teenager who tires of her long-term relationship with a boy and decides to explore a same-sex relationship with Jordan Alexander's character. According to LGBT+ organizations, over 50% of all TV shows will feature LGBT+ characters in 2021.

Gossip Girl, set in New York City and Los Angeles, revolves around the antics and misadventures of a group of ultra rich privileged teenagers.
 

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Rapper Common volunteered to serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving day in Hollywood, California.

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Meanwhile, Common's on-again, off-again girlfriend Tiffany Haddish and Craig Robinson gave a street performance in Hollywood on Thanksgiving day.

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Dave Chappelle has asked Netflix to pull his popular "Chapelle's Show" from its lineup, and the comedian told fans not watch his streaming shows on any platform until he is paid.

Chappelle slammed Netflix and ViacomCBS for licensing the Comedy Central hit without paying him.

Deadline.com confirmed the show's removal. Netflix licensed the show on a non-exclusive basis. The show also streams on HBO Max and ViacomCBS platforms like CBS All Access.

Deadline notes that companies license shows by paying the seller who, in turn, pays the artists.

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But Chappelle is still waiting for his checks. He posted a video on Instagram titled "Unforgiven" in which he companied that he was not paid by Netflix or ViacomCBS.
 

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Ava DuVernay has cast actor Jaden Michael to play a young Colin Kaepernick in a new mini-series on the retired NFL quarterback and activist

The filmmaker has teamed with Netflix for a series, titled Colin in Black & White, a six-episode biographical drama, which she'll partly direct with Kaepernick as the narrator.

Colin in Black & White will focus on Kaepernick's youth and subsequent rise to infamy as an NFL quarterback who was blacklisted for his social activism.

The 32-year-old came under fire after staging a series of kneeling National Anthem protests before San Francisco 49ers games after he was benched in favor of a second string QB in 2017.

He has since become an activist, generating support from several notable figures and corporations for his stance on police brutality against unarmed Black men.

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Shonda Rhimes reveals why she parted ways with ABC in 2017 after writing and producing hit TV series on the network for 15 years.

Rhimes' hit shows include Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes said she decided to leave ABC in 2017 and go over to Netflix because she was tired of the disrespect.

According to THR, Rhimes and network bosses clashed over budget issues, content, and, in 2016, an ad for then-presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I felt like I was dying," Rhimes told THR, "Like I'd been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time."

Rhimes, 50, recalled an incident that left her disillusioned with ABC.

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The showrunner had been given an all-inclusive pass to the theme park as part of her deal with the network, and when she asked for an extra pass for her sister and her daughter, Harper (pictured), an ABC executive allegedly asked her, "Don't you have enough?"

Rhimes made her decision to leave ABC and join her pals, Barack and Michelle Obama at Netflix.

She shared her concerns with Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos over breakfast in 2016.

"I said, 'I just want to be in a place where I can make stuff and no one's going to bother me or make me feel like I'm beholden, and he was like, 'That sounds great to me.'"

But Rhimes said the grass wasn't much greener on the other side.

She said she experienced a "real culture shock" at Netflix, having to get comfortable with large crowds of people in her meetings.

"50 people, if you're as introverted as I am, is terrifying," she said.

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Netflix has ordered an animated musical kids series executive produced by actor-rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

The musical kids series, titled "Karma's World," was inspired by Bridges' eldest daughter, 19-year-old Karma, and her educational website.

The series follows a fictional character, 10-year-old Karma Grant, who is described as "an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart."

The series will feature original music that tackles issues that affect young Black girls, including "Self-esteem, body positivity, discrimination, creativity, expressing emotions, friendship, family, leadership, celebrating differences and more," according to Netflix.

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Bridges, pictured with Karma in 2007, said the project was a long time in the making, and he hopes to leave a legacy for his daughters.

"I've had a lot of accomplishments in my life, but everything that I've experienced seems to have led up to this point to where I can leave a legacy for all my daughters," Bridges said in a statement.

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"Karma's World is one of those legacies. I hope this series will show kids that there are many ways to overcome difficult situations. This show is going to move hip hop culture forward, and show young girls that they have the power to change the world. This project has been a long time in the making and I can't wait to bring Karma's World to the entire world."

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In addition to Karma, Bridges, 43, is dad to daughters Cai Bella Bridges, 6, and Cadence, 5. Bridges' wife, Eudoxie, is pictured in 2017 holding Cai, while posing with Karma (right) and a young relative (center).

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A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas has indicted Netflix for "promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child" when it distributed the French film Cuties.

The controversial film sparked fierce backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.

According to a press release, the District Attorney's Office claims that Netflix, by distributing Cuties, "knowingly promote[d] visual material that depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."

A spokesperson for Netflix told PEOPLE in a statement on Wednesday: "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film."

The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.

Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.

A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".

"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign.

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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.

The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.

In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.

The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.

Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.

The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."

Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.