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Reports that Kanye West is America's wealthiest Black person, with a reported net worth of $6.6 billion, were met with skepticism by Forbes.

The reports of West's massive wealth -- eclipsing Oprah's fortune -- began circulating this week after Bloomberg mentioned Yeezy and Yeezy Gap have a combined value of "potentially" $4.7 billion.

But Forbes, which publishes an annual list of World's Billionaires, disputed the widely reported claims, citing an over-reliance on "theoretical future expectations."

In other words, Forbes is calling BS on the reports that West is the richest Black person in the United States.

In a new report published on Thursday, Forbes' staff writer Madeline Berg said West calculated his net worth by counting bags he hasn't earned yet.

By Berg's estimates, West is worth in the neighborhood of $1.8 billion -- which means he can't sit with Oprah, whose net worth is estimated to be $4.5 billion.

Berg even compared West's ego to former president - and fellow billionaire - Donald Trump.

Berg writes:

"West's wildly optimistic approach to his net worth mirrors the approach used by Donald Trump, who insists the value of his name be included in any net worth estimate."

Still, $1.8 billion puts Kanye in the ultra exclusive club of wealthiest Black people on the planet.

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Bethenny Frankel, right, apologized to Meghan Markle, left, after watching the Duchess of Windsor and her husband Harry Windsor's Oprah Winfrey interview.

The reality TV star ripped Meghan and called her "a fairly unknown actress" who is earning "hundreds of millions" of dollars for her short stint as a senior royal.

"Cry me a river," Frankel tweeted to her 1.5 million followers on Sunday.

"The plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 [million] for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals."

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But Bethenny had a change of heart after she watched the interview which aired on Sunday on CBS.

"I watched M and H sit down. Emotional distress and racism must feel suffocating and powerless. I am a polarizing, unfiltered (often to a fault) flawed person with a voice. When I heard about the interview, during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I am sorry if it hurt or offended you."

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A spokesperson for the former royals said the couple was not paid for the tell-all interview. CBS reportedly paid Oprah between $7 million and 9 million.

The interview drew 17 million viewers.

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A royal photographer said he was "absolutely shocked" to hear Harry Windsor trash the Royal Family in his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday.

Arthur Edwards told "America Reports" that Harry is "unbelievably miserable" since Meghan Markle came along.

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"The one thing about Harry was that he was always fun, he was always part of the family," recalled Edwards, who has spent more than four decades photographing the royals for The Sun newspaper.

"[Harry] and his brother [Prince William], they learned to ski together, they learned to fly airplanes together, [fly] helicopters together and they were just inseparable until Meghan came along and then things start to fall apart."

Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle said that the Duchess has "narcissistic personality disorder."

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Narcissists do two things very well: 1. They make people in their orbit very miserable. 2. They portray themselves to be the victim in every situation.

In January 2019, your Auntie told you that British journalists reported Harry was "grumpy" because of "high maintenance" Meghan.

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Harry, 36, was always the happy go lucky Prince. He always had a ready smile for his subjects. But his friends began whispering that Harry was not himself since Meghan arrived.

Buckingham Palace has kept silent after the bombshell Oprah interview, but even before the interview aired, there were reports that Meghan was verbally abusive to the Palace staff.

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Soon after Meghan, 39, moved into her private quarters on the Royal Family estate, her staff began quitting left and right. There were reports that she was very difficult to work with and that she yelled at staff for minor infractions.

"The entire household was on the verge of quitting," a source told The Sunday Times newspaper. "It was drama, drama, drama with those two."

On Wednesday, the Palace announced that it was launching a human resources investigation into the allegations of bullying.

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Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor sat down with American media mogul Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all discussion about the royals, race, victimization, depression and thoughts of suicide.

Megan, who is 39 and pregnant with her second child, claimed the royals were concerned that her firstborn baby's skin would be too dark to be a prince.

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Meghan was "angry" that Queen Elizabeth II didn't break 100 years of convention to make her son, Archie, a prince instead of a lord.

The "Suits" actress claimed inaccurately that the "prince" title was her son's "birthright".

She alleged that this happened "in tandem [with] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

In reality, Archie, the Queen's great-grandson, is not entitled to be named a prince. The children of the Queen's daughter Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips also do not have titles, and nor does the newborn son of the Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie.

When Oprah pressed Harry on exactly who discussed her unborn son's skin color, he refused to answer.

"That conversation I'm never going to share," he said. "At the time, it was awkward. I was a little bit shocked."

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Meghan also revealed that she contemplated taking her own life when things didn't go as she planned. "I didn't want to be alive anymore," she told Oprah, who was paid $9 million to conduct the interview for CBS.

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It isn't clear how much Meghan and Harry were paid for their interview. Since being cut off financially by the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have been supported by Netflix, Spotify, and the generosity of their wealthy American friends.

The following are more quotes from Meghan and Harry’s in-depth interview with Oprah:

Harry on the gender of their unborn baby: "It's a girl. To have a boy and then a girl, you know, what more can you ask for?"

Megan on their secret wedding: "Three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that."

Harry on his mother Diana: "My biggest concern was history repeating itself. She would be very angry how this panned out."

Harry on the Queen: "I've never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her.

Meghan on her relationship with the Queen: "The Queen has always been wonderful to me. I just really loved being in her company."

Harry on being cut off by his father: "I had two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls." Harry said his father asked him to put their plans in writing. "We didn't have a plan. That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us."

Harry on his brother Prince William and father Charles: "They are trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are. My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don't get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
 

If Meghan thought this tell-all interview would finally bring her the admiration and respect that she craves from Americans, she is sadly mistaken.

As one viewer wrote in an online forum: "If Meghan thought this 'interview' would make us more sympathetic to her and like her more -- it didn't."

British journalist Piers Morgan ripped Meghan for the disgraceful way she portrayed the royals.

And American reality TV star Bethenny Frankel called Meghan "a fairly unknown actress" who is earning "hundreds of millions" of dollars for her short stint as a senior royal.

"Cry me a river," Frankel tweeted to her 1.5 million followers.

"The plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 [million] for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals."

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Others said Meghan selfishly married into the Royal Family, knowing what her duties would be. But being in servitude to others for the rest of her life was not in the cards for a narcissist.

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Stevie Wonder says he's moving to Ghana permanently to protect his grandsons and great grandsons from racial injustice.

The 25-time Grammy-winner revealed his upcoming move to West Africa during a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to PEOPLE.

"I wanna see this nation smile again. And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana, because I'm going to do that," he said.

When asked if he plans to relocate to Ghana permanently, the 70-year-old musician replied, "I am, because I don't want to see my children's children's children have to say, 'Oh, please like me. Please respect me. Please know that I am important. Please value me.' What kinda [life is that]?"

Wonder has been considering a permanent move to Ghana since 1994, per the Orlando Sentinel. He told a Washington gathering of the International Association of African American Music that he had fallen in love with the country and "there's more of a sense of community there."

He didn't say when he will depart America for good.

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Half of Britain don't want to watch Oprah Winfrey's interview with Henry Mountbatten-Windsor, formerly Prince Harry, and his American wife Meghan Markle.

More than half of all Brits polled by The Sun newspaper say they'd rather change the channel than watch Oprah's upcoming interview with the ungrateful pair.

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to a sit-down interview with the American talk show boss before they quit the Royal Family for good earlier this month.

Just 27 percent of Brits surveyed by The Sun said they would watch Oprah's sit-down with Harry and Meghan.

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Queen Elizabeth II (left) responded by stripping them of their remaining royal duties and redistributing the duties among family members who know their roles as humble servants to their British subjects.

Buckingham Palace released a statement Friday on behalf of The Queen, who said, "in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."

The Queen previously ordered Meghan's name removed from her grandchild, Archie's birth certificate, as all grandchild heirs to the throne are in the sole custody of the Queen -- including Harry and Meghan's unborn child.

Harry's brother Prince William -- second to the throne -- is said to be "sad and shocked" by his brother's rude behavior to their grandmother, Her Royal Highness the Queen.

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According to The Times, sources close to Prince William (far left) claim he is "very upset" by Harry and Meghan's "insulting and disrespectful" reply to Queen Elizabeth II.

In a subtle jab, Harry and Meghan responded to the Queen: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."

While service may be universal, no one talks back to the Queen.

"You don't answer the Queen back," said a royal source, "it's just not done."

Another source close to the family called the reply "petulant and insulting to the Queen," adding, "Don't disrespect your granny, Harry."

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Rihanna says she has forgiven ex-lover Chris Brown for beating the crap out of her in 2009. Rihanna insists she has gotten over the hurt and betrayal and she considers the hip-hop musician to be the love of her life.

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Brown, 31, was arrested in 2009 for beating Rihanna in his car as they left Clive Davis' Grammy party. This photo was taken at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, hours before the near-fatal beating.

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Brown pled guilty to felony assault and had a restraining order placed on him, preventing him from seeing Rihanna.

The order was later lifted and the pair developed a "very, very close" non-abusive friendship.

Speaking about the relationship during a no-holds-barred interview on Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Conversations podcast, Rihanna explains: "We've been working on our friendship again. Now we're very very close friends. We've built up a trust again, and that's - we love each other and we probably always will. And that's not something we're ever going to change. That's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love."

She added: "I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love. And I see that he loved me the same way... it's not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's a little unhappy, or he's still lonely."

When Oprah asked if Rihanna and Chris have rekindled their romance, she replied: "He's in a relationship of his own. I'm single but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped. We've just worked on it, little by little, and it has not been easy. It's not easy."

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Rihanna has had difficulty maintaining a stable, healthy relationship with men including Travis Scott, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Hassan Jameel, and others.

Rihanna said mending her relationship with her father, who was abusive to her mother, allowed her to forgive Chris.

"It took me a long time, I was angry for a long time," she admits. "I felt like this is not my fault, this is not me doing this, and still I have to worry - I was resentful, I had a grudge, I was angry, I was dark. It was coming out in my music, in my clothes, in my attitude and I didn't like that feeling, it was heavy."

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She continued: "I repaired my relationship with my dad. I was so angry with him, and I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood and I couldn't separate him as a husband from him as a father. I felt like if he was a bad husband then he was a bad father. I witnessed a lot as a child. Yes he was (violent)... I remember just thinking one day, why can't I get to a place where I can let somebody in? Why can't I love? I wanted to know why. I would think, 'What is my idea of what is supposed to happen?' I wasn't having a relationship with my father anymore so I wasn't able to connect with a man past a certain point.

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"The minute I was able to realize that my father was probably one of the best fathers in the world. He taught me everything. And as awful as he was to my mom at times, it didn't compare to how great he was as a father. And I had to come to terms with that. And I was able to close that gap with him. And all kinds of emotions started happening after that. All kind of things started making sense."

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She concludes: "I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted. And I realized that what it was is I had to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I let go of that, I started living again."

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Oprah Winfrey's O magazine will cease monthly printing after 20 years. The news comes amid reports that Hearst Magazines' president quit amid sexual abuse allegations.

According to Business of Fashion, the staff of Oprah's magazine were informed of the decision on Friday, July 24.

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The magazine was a joint venture between Oprah, 66, Harpo, Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and is known for its Oprah-centered content, the book of the month club and the annual Oprah's Favorite Things gift guide.

The magazine's readership -- mostly white women -- speculate that the magazine folded due to allegations of sexual misconduct against Troy Young, who resigned as president of Hearst magazines.

The announcement of Young's resignation came a day after the New York Times reported the 52-year-old's "bullying or harassing" behavior which include making indecent remarks to female employees.

In one case, he reportedly sent unsolicited p0rnography to an editor. Young, who was named editor in 2018, sent a note to staffers saying he was "sorry" for the comments he made and he never realized how offensive they were.

"I am sorry and I'm committed to the work I need to do here," he said in his note, which was published by the New York Times.

Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz said the magazine isn't going away completely. It will become "digital-centric" with more emphasis on the O magazine website run by a smaller staff.

"This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more digitally centric."

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Chrissy Teigen locked her Twitter.com account after an anonymous activist group retweeted her old posts that seem to suggest she may have a predilection for young children.

Earlier this week, the former model blocked 1 million of her 14 million Twitter followers and deleted over 60,000 posts after some of her suspect tweets went viral.

Chrissy, 34 vigorously denied allegations that she is a pedophile or that her name is on convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's "Lolita Express" flight logs.

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Chrissy's husband, John Legend, was also listed on one of the flight logs which were part of the federal case against Epstein before he took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

"I have never even met the man. Or been to the island. Or on the plane," Chrissy tweeted on July 10.

"I have block chained over one million people, ONE MILLION people today and I am still flooded with sick psychopaths. So please, spare me the 'just ignore them, they're just trolls,'" Teigen, 34, tweeted Tuesday.

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"I actually deleted 60,000 tweets because I cannot f**king STAND you idiots anymore and I'm worried for my family. Finding me talking about (TV series) toddlers and tiaras in 2013 and thinking you're some sort of f**king operative."

She added: "everyone thinking I'm guilty because I'm defensive. You understand you are calling me a pedophile, correct?”

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Chrissy's old tweets were screencapped and shared on social media for all to see. In one tweet, she noted how "sexy young girls are doing the splits" and that she should "put myself in jail".

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In another tweet, she discussed how "sexy" toddlers' tummies are. "Are they meant to be this sexy?" she wrote, referring to toddlers.

When a little boy was a contestant in a beauty pageant she was watching, Chrissy tweeted, "Yummy ... eye candy at last."

After her old tweets went viral, Chrissy went on a furious blocking spree and she sought help from a friend to bulk delete all of her problematic tweets.

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She portrayed herself as the victim, complaining to Twitter support to "do something" about the anonymous group QAnon, whose members unearthed her old tweets.

"If Twitter doesn't do something about this *actually scary* harassment, I am gonna have to go," she wrote.

Other celebrities and high-profile public figures are also scrubbing their Twitter timelines and DMs.

There is a rumor that Twitter locked down "blue checks" or verified accounts to prevent them from deleting direct messages that may contain damning evidence.

The list below shows the names of the celebrities and politicians who allegedly hitched a ride on the Lolita Express.

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The stars include power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, TV mogul Oprah, mega producer Pharrell Williams, former President Barack Obama, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Actor Will Smith's name also showed up on one of the flight names. Interestingly, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's name was not on the list.

It should be noted that the Lolita Express is not a charter service that celebrities could rent. The plane made return trips to Epstein's private island where children allegedly awaited his guests.
 

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Oprah Winfrey is concerned that the CDC is not being totally honest about the number of Black people killed by the coronavirus.

Winfrey said the coronavirus outbreak continued to have a devastating impact on Black communities and she's concerned that people aren't getting the message about the risk of asymptomatic carriers.

"It's all these people [asymptomatic carriers], who perhaps could be carriers, Winfrey said.

In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Winfrey said it was important for Black people to understand that preexisting conditions including diabetes and asthma put them at greater risk if they contract the virus.

Earlier this month, Winfrey announced she is donating $10 million to Black people in chocolate cities across the country.

"It's not only ravaging our community, but people who have preexisting conditions, which I think people didn't hear that," she said.

Winfrey, previously revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia in September. She worries that her lungs aren't strong enough to survive contracting the virus.

"So the moment I heard preexisting conditions, I'm like, 'lock the door, nobody coming in here,'" she said.

Many Black adult Americans have higher rates of diabetes, obesity and asthma, which makes them more vulnerable then their African brothers and sisters.

Some Black Americans also don't go in for annual physicals or seek out medical treatment until they are sick.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in most healthy adults. The virus causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, obesity, and smokers.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional