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LeBron James says he would question returning to the United States if he was stuck in a Russian jail like Brittney Griner.

The NBA star made the comments during a recent taping of "The Shop" according to TMZ.

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James said Griner has been in jail too long and he'd question returning to America if he was her. He said he wouldn't consider coming back to a country that is taking too long to bring him home.

"Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, 'Do I even want to go back to America?'"

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James and Griner are among the "woke" NBA and WNBA players who kneeled before games to protest police shootings of Black men.

Both athletes have been heavily criticized for turning their backs on the American flag and military veterans.

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Griner was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow-area airport after officials found vape pens containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Last week she pled guilty to smuggling drugs into the country and she threw herself on the mercy of the Russian court.

A judge ordered the WNBA All-Star held in detention for at least 6 more months. Her trial is expected to last that long since court is not held there every day.
 

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Sherri Shepherd dropped the first trailer for her new daytime talk show, Sherri, which replaces "The Wendy Williams Show" time slot.

In the trailer, Sherri promises to take viewers "behind the scenes, on the road, in the studio, rehearsals, interviews and so much more."

The former "The View" co-host assured viewers that her show won't be Wendy Williams 2.0.

"This is my time. It is my lifelong dream to have my own show and it is finally happening," she said.

Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind "The Wendy Williams Show," also produces Sherri. The production company fired Wendy after she "stopped showing up to work" amid personal and health issues last summer.

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Sherri's show will be a "comedic take on pop culture and entertainment, celebrity interviews and real people," according to an insider.

The show is executive product by Sherri's bestie, Jawn Murray.

"I can't wait until I return to New York to host the show and merge everything I love... pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy," Sherri said previously.

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Meanwhile, Wendy has given up hope of ever returning to her purple chair. She is currently shopping a podcast deal for $100 million.

A judge recently handed Wendy a victory in court against Wells Fargo bank. The court is giving Wendy and a court-appointed guardian access to her $3 million in funds.

While Wendy is happy to have access to her funds, she is not happy with any court-appointed guardian other than her son, Kevin Hunter Jr.

"Please be advised that Wendy is not in agreement with the appointment of a financial guardian by the court. Wendy has been very clear that she does not want a financial guardian to tell her what she can and cannot do with her money," her attorney La'Shawn Thomas told Page Six in a statement Friday.
 




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ABC's rap drama "Queens" showed so much promise after hip-hop stars Brandy Norwood and Eve signed on in 2021.

"Power" star Naturi Naughton completed the dream team. Then Eve announced her pregnancy and took a break from filming, though she did appear in the series finale.

Their efforts weren't rewarded. "Queens" only managed to draw 1 million viewers and a 0.2 in the all-important 18-49 age demo.

ABC announced the series was canceled last week.

"Queens" centered around four middle aged hip-hop stars struggling to recapture their fame in their 40s after reuniting '90s group the Nasty Bitches.

Twitter users reacted to the cancellation over the weekend.

One user wrote: "Bummer!! Wanted to see where it would go next!! #QueensABC..."

While another tweeted: "#QueensABC was not cancelled because it was bad, it was cancelled because the pacing of the show was break neck speed. It made it so hard to watch."

A third person wrote: "Well this is the worst news I got today. #queens #queensabc."
 

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The Atlanta premiere of Lifetime's thriller "Single Black Female" was held at IPIC Theater over the weekend.

Single Black Female stars Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, K. Michelle and Kevin Savage.

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Friend of the blog Tami Reed (left), of TalkingwithTami.com, posed with Raven at the Atlanta premiere. Tami was invited to interview the celebs on the red carpet.

Single Black Female was inspired by the 1992 thriller Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the roommate from hell.

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In the updated version of SWF, written by Cleveland's own Sa'Rah Jones, Monica (Raven Goodwin) is reeling from the death of her beloved father and a difficult breakup. She is ready to move on with her life as she auditions for a new job as host of an afternoon talk show.

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When Monica hires a new assistant, Simone (Amber Riley), the two quickly become close friends. Simone moves in next door and completely immerses herself in Monica's life. But underneath her sweet exterior, Simone harbors a dark secret. As time goes on, cracks in Simone's façade begin to appear. Monica decides to sever ties once and for all with Simone, but Simone has other plans and is determined to take over Monica's life for good.

Single Black Female premieres Saturday, February 5 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.

See more pics from the Atlanta premiere HERE and watch the trailers below.
 

 

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Rapper Eve is expecting her first child at age 42 with husband Maximillion Cooper. The Philly native, born Eve Jihan Jeffers, announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post on Friday.

The "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" rapper captioned a photo of her baby bump:

"Can you believe it @mrgumball3000 we finally get to tell everyone!!!!!. You all know how long we've been waiting for this blessing!!! We get to meet our lil human February 2022."

Eve suggested she had difficulty falling pregnant, probably due to her advanced age.

Cooper, a multimillionaire race car driver also shared the photo on his Instagram page. "Very excited to share this news ... we have a lil human on the way!"

Cooper is already father to four children - Lotus, 19, Jagger, 17, Cash, 15, and Mini, 13 - from a previous relationship.

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Eve discussed being stepmother to four British teenagers in an interview with PEOPLE:

"It's been now 10 and a half years I've been in their lives and they've been in my life. They've grounded me. In the beginning, when I first met my husband — then-boyfriend — I was like, 'This is never gonna last because you got four kids! How's this gonna work?'

"But then I met the kids and honestly was like 'Wow, kids are amazing.'"

Eve's pregnancy comes just days before her new musical drama, "Queens," premieres on ABC TV on October 19.

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She stars as single mother Brianna, a member of 1990's hip-hop group Nasty Bitches, who reunites with the other three members in hopes of making a comeback.

The show also stars "Power" actress Naturi Naughton, "Hart of Dixie" star Nadine Velazquez and R&B Diva Brandy.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Paris Hilton shut down pregnancy rumors after waking up to 3,000 text messages congratulating her and fiancé Carter Reum.

On Tuesday, the socialite and reality TV star denied she was pregnant with her first child at age 40 in a new episode of her podcast, "This Is Paris."

"I woke up to about 3,000 texts. I heard from people I haven't heard from in years. Thank you everyone for all the messages. I am pregnant with triplets.

"Actually I'm just kidding. I'm not pregnant, not yet. I'm waiting until after the wedding."

But her denials failed to put a dent in the rumormongering. Paris and her vacant uterus were still making headlines Wednesday morning.

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Paris Hilton believes the rumor mill went into overdrive after she wore a push up bra at dinner with her fiancé, Carter Reum.

"I don't know how this rumor started, but I'm assuming it was the Paris Hilton push-up bra from my new lingerie line. It could look like those were because of a pregnancy, but nope. And my dress was very flowy. People just like to make up stories."

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old businesswoman and DJ is set to try her hand at the culinary arts in her upcoming six-episode Netflix TV series, "Cooking with Paris."

Paris' show will follow the star and her celebrity guests as they go "from the grocery store to the finished table spread" and create a delicious dinner.

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Celebrity guests include aspiring rapper Saweetie (pictured) and singer Demi Lovato, among others.

The Simple Life star is not a trained chef, but she knows her way around a microwave.

In a trailer released on Tuesday, the beauty can be seen struggling to grasp the concept of "tongs" and zesting lemons.

Check out the trailer below.
 

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Kim Kardashian failed her first-year bar exam, dashing her dreams of becoming a civil rights lawyer.

Kim had been studying under a program that substitutes learned experience in a legal setting for classroom experience.

The 40-year-old reality TV star shared the disappointing news in a preview of the next episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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The mother-of-four admits she scored 474, but she needed a minimum 560 passing grade on a scale of 800 required to pass the "baby bar".

In the teaser, released on Wednesday, May 26, Kim breaks the news to her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, saying, "So you guys, I did not pass the baby bar."

"If you are doing law school the way I'm doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year program, and after year one, you have to take the baby bar," she explains. "This was actually harder, I hear, than the official bar."

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"I am a failure," she tells her mentor, human rights attorney Jessica Jackson, for whom she is serving as an intern.

Kim said she spent "six weeks straight, 10 to 12 hours a day" studying, which interrupted the time spent with her four minor children.

"I can't do it again... I could try or I could just give up," she said, adding that the next test was scheduled for November 2020 (the trailer was filmed in October 2020).

"I didn't fail by that much," Kim reasons to her sisters, who insist their late dad, lawyer Robert Kardashian, would have been proud of her "regardless".
 

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Sesame Street introduced two "woke" new Muppets, a Black father, Elijah, and his 5-year-old son, Wes, to teach 2-year-old children about "racial literacy" and "racial justice."

The main audience for Sesame Street is aged two, according to Wikipedia.com.

In a promo tweeted by CBS News, the father and son have a conversation with Elmo who asks why young Wes' skin is brown. His dad, Elijah, explains the concept of melanin so a 2-year-old can understand.

"Things on the outside, like our skin color, our hair texture, our noses, our mouths and eyes, make us who we are," says Elijah.

Sesame Workshop also released a music video to the song "Giant" where the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their "own unique identities."

One video features Rosita, her mother and a friend who celebrate speaking Spanish.

Sesame Workshop says toddlers aren't too young to learn about racial differences.

"Children are not colorblind — not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age," Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President Dr. Jeanette Betancourt said in a statement.

Watch the Sesame Street trailer below.
 

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Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” 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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Production of Queen Latifah's new drama series "The Equalizer" has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was "necessary" in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

"The only reservation I had was Denzel," Latifah told USA Today. "I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either."

She said she liked the idea of "delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun."

"When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country," said the multi-millionaire actress.

"We just didn't know that, God, would we need to see justice. There's just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely."

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an "Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes."

One viewer wrote "This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!"

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch "The Equalizer" on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 

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Katie Price, formerly Jordan, explains why she made the agonizing decision to place her mentally disabled son Harvey Price in a home for full-time care.

The former model and TV star gave viewers an inside look into Harvey's transition to full-time care in her BBC show.

"Things change when you're 18 for anyone when you become an adult," Katie, 42, said in the trailer for the Saturday, January 16, episode of Katie Price: Harvey and Me.

"Harvey's got complex needs. I've got to let Harvey have the best shot at life as he can. As long as [he's] happy, I'm happy."

She announced her decision to place Harvey in a home on January 14, Us Weekly reported.

"It's so upsetting to think I won't see him every day but this is the best thing for Harvey and we have to think positively because I don't want him to think I'm just getting rid of him," the Love, Lipstick and Lies author explained to The Sun.

"This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialize with people other than me. I'm trying to get him used to me not being there all the time. But he'll call on his iPad and say, 'Mum, I need you,' and I run to him."

Harvey, 18, is Katie's first and only child by Trinidadian soccer player Dwight Yorke, 49. She bashed Yorke in a July 2020 social media post, writing, "Whether you want to be in your son's life or not, you still created him and he's still your son."

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Harvey was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a condition that left him partially blind, and he is on the autism spectrum. He gains weight easily due to Prader-Willis syndrome. He is pictured at a family outing in 2006 with Katie and her first husband, singer Peter Andre, and their son Junior.

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The family is pictured greeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of a children's eye hospital in London in 2007.

Katie and Peter divorced in 2009. They share two children, Junior, 15, and Princess Tiaamii, 13.

She also has a 6-year-old daughter, Bunny, and 7-year-old son, Jett, by reality TV personality Kieran Hayler.

"The other kids are excited for him," Katie said, "they want to see what he can do. But I think they'll find it hard when he's not around on weekends. I need to learn to let go but it's tough — anyone in my position knows how hard it is. We have an incredible bond. I don't know how Harvey will react or how he'll feel when I can't get to him. It's too painful to think about."

Watch the trailer below.
 

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A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot drama is in the works. The original NBC television series (1990-1996) was a situational comedy starring Will Smith as a street smart kid from Philly who is shipped to stay with his uncle's family in Beverly Hills.

The new drama series, Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper's viral YouTube trailer. The trailer, with updates from the original series producers Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, is currently being shopped to livestream networks, including HBO Max and Netflix.

Bel-Air is described as a dramatic spin on the original comedy TV series that launched Will Smith's career as an actor.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air series has been in the works for more than a year after the 4-minute clip went viral in March 2019.

Cooper, a self-described Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagines the series as a drama.

He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer, according to THR.

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The original series also starred James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Smith has remained close with the cast, except for Hubert-Whitten.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Execs at Tyler Perry Studios and BET are nervous about the terrible online reviews of Tyler's new scripted BET drama The Oval.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, the newly-elected Democratic president of the United States, who moves his family into the White House.

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Hunter, who is white, frequently locks horns with his handsome wife, Victoria Franklin (played by newcomer Kron Moore). Victoria, who is Black, violently objects to Hunter screwing his side pieces in the Oval Office.

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To further complicate Victoria's life, the couple's biracial teenage daughter, Gayle (Paige Hurd) is a shameless slut who takes after her daddy. At least she prefers Black eye candy.

At issue for most Black women is Kron's portrayal of Victoria as the typical angry Black b*tch (a common theme in Tyler's TV shows and movies).

It isn't clear what direction Tyler is taking The Oval in, but his female fans aren't willing to go along for the ride.

Fans want to support the 50-year-old Virgo, who owns the biggest Black-owned independent film studio in America. But Black women are growing tied of supporting a Black man who constantly portrays them in a negative light.

"I love Tyler Perry but I am looking for a different type of product from him," wrote one disgusted YouTube viewer.

Another annoyed viewer wrote, "What are you saying about black people that even in the White House, it's just sex and ratchetness. [sic] Wish this was a little more thought provoking, like hitting current events. Especially in an election year. Pass."

A third viewer wrote: "Another over-the-top, ridiculous fantasy melodrama from Tyler Perry. No thanks."

A male viewer wrote: "Another bedwench show trying to force race mixing".

With reviews like these BET execs are reportedly considering revamping a couple of troublesome episodes before the series debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 23.

An insider who attended a recent screening of The Oval in Atlanta whispered to Sandrarose.com, "Girl, you could hear a pin drop in the room when the preview ended."

Question: Ladies, do you plan to watch The Oval?