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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer showed her love and support for embattled daytime talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.

Spencer, 50, posted a B&W throwback high school photo of DeGeneres on her Instagram account. In the lengthy caption, she wrote:

"Sending love and support to Ellen and all of the employees of her show. All of my interactions with everyone from the show including ELLEN were supportive and fun! In that spirit I am praying all involved get the love and support they need."

Spencer updated her post after the comments went left, as her followers objected to the actress and other Black stars rushing to 62-year-old DeGeneres' defense.

"UPDATE: lively debate happening in the comments. I welcome that. I also believe that all of the voices of her employees need to be heard. Past and present. Speaking truth to power is the only way change happens. My truth is everyone was kind to me. From the PAs to the producers. So yeah! I want all of those people to feel valued and heard. And no, people are NOT always kind to talent! #AllVoicesNeedToBeHeard #beyekindonetoanother".

Spencer is one of the most decorated Hollywood actresses. Her list of accolades includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is one of two Black women to receive three Oscar nominations and two consecutive nominations.

Spencer is the latest Black star to defend DeGeneres publicly. Comedian Kevin Hart, who was nearly canceled for old homophobic statements, was among the first to show his support.

DeGeneres' set DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, broke his silence to show love to his boss.

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Boss is pictured with his wife, dancer Allison Holker, daughter Weslie Fowler and son Maddox Laurel Boss.

"We can't speak too much legally about it, but I'll say this, there's been love," the 37-year-old dancer, told Us Weekly.

"Obviously there's some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there's been love. I'll just leave it at that until there's a time where we can address more publicly. There's been love and there will continue to be love."

There are unconfirmed reports that DeGeneres's daytime talk show is canceled amid reports that she ignored harassment and racism on her show.
 

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Viola Davis finally made the cover of Vanity Fair magazine after winning an Oscar Award, an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, and more accolades as a star on the Black A-list.

The dark, moody cover features "The Help" actress wearing an afro wig and a blue dress with a cut out back detail.

"It's about frickin' time," wrote ShowBiz411's Roger Friedman. "It would have been nicer on the September issue, and a cover photo where you could see her face, but we'll take it!"

The cover was shot by Dario Calmese, the first Black photographer to ever shoot a Vanity Fair cover, according to Friedman.

"Change comes slowly at Vanity Fair," Friedman wrote. "Radhika Jones [a person of color] has been the editor in chief for how long now? But we'll take it!"

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In the cover feature, Viola said she planned to attend protests calling for justice for George Floyd, the Black Minnesota man who was killed in police custody in May.

Davis's close friend and neighbor, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, talked her out of it because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I immediately talked her out of that." Davis told Vanity Fair via email.

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"Both of us cried," Spencer continues. "This WAS our civil rights movement, and we were sidelined because of health issues. We felt isolated from the movement."

Davis told VF she regrets accepting her role in The Help, a box office hit about racism in the deep south told from the perspective of a domestic housekeeper.

"There's no one who's not entertained by 'The Help.' But there's a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself, and my people, because I was in a movie that wasn't ready to [tell the whole truth]," Davis said, adding that the film was "created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism."

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Davis, 54, admitted she took the role in the hopes that it would make her "pop" in Hollywood. "I was that journeyman actor, trying to get in," she said.

And while the movie increased her visibility in Hollywood, the job offers weren't pouring in.

She said when people ask her why she transitioned to television rather than continue making movies, she said, "I always ask them, What movies? What were those movies? Listen, I got 'Widows,' but if I just relied on the Hollywood pipeline... No, there are not those roles."

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Ray J goes out without a face mask while arriving at the London in Los Angeles with his friends. It was all business as the 39-year-old singer and entrepreneur talked on the phone while wearing a Kush Boys tee shirt accessorized with three $56,000 Cartier Love bracelets. Ray J and his estranged wife, Princess Love, are going through a divorce.
 

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Watchman actress Regina King stepped out with no makeup of face mask as she exercised while walking her dog near her Los Angeles home. The star wore an LA Dodger hat to cover her hair. Some stars have learned to style their own hair during the coronavirus lockdown.
 

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Actress Octavia Spencer is seen enjoying a sunny stroll with her constant companion after she donated respiratory monitors to Alabama Hospitals.
 

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Los Angeles Laker Kyle Kuzma took a break from isolation to go for a bike ride with his friends.
 

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Model Victoria Hilton is seen wearing a custom Louis Vuitton hazmat suit and protective face mask while on a stroll in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City on May 3.
 

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This is Victoria Hilton as you're used to seeing her. The model attended a party for the launch of "Gotcha Girls" in New York City.

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