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Sony buys Michael Jackson’s stake in music catalog for $750 million

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrativemusic catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday. The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift. The deal is another posthumous blockbuster deal for…

Model alleges kidney disease was caused by waist trainer

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Princess Shyngle took to Instagram on Friday to post images of herself in the hospital being treated for a kidney disease which was likely caused by her waist trainer. “Hospital bound… Kidney disease healing mercies oh Lord need your prayers ya’ll,” the 24-year-old captioned a post of herself with her arm hooked up to an IV drip. The actress, writer and producer has previously admitted to using the waist trainer,…

Gospel singer James Fortune pleads guilty to assaulting wife

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Tuesday, gospel singer James Fortune plead guilty to assaulting his wife as part of a plea deal to a third degree felony charge of assault. Fortune was sentenced to five days in jail plus five years of probation by Fort Bend District Judge Maggie Jaramillo. Additionally, he will be required to serve 175 hours of community service, complete a “batterer’s intervention” program. He was also told he would be required to stay…

After Sharapova drug scandal, Serena Williams will be world’s highest paid female athlete

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Serena Williams has won 21 major tennis championships, an Olympic Gold medal, and is coming off of a year where she came within a hair of sweeping tennis’s Grand Slam. She was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, beating out former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and NBA MVP Steph Curry. She has been the single most dominant force in sports – at one stretch winning 53 of 56 matches….

Cuba Gooding Jr. spotted dancing shirtless at club, attempts to eat a cell phone

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Cuba Gooding Jr. spent an exciting weekend out partying in Miami, even going shirtless and dancing on tables. “He was running around telling people how he and his wife are separated [and] how she was his high-school sweetheart. He was a mess,” a source who saw the boozing and flirting told Page Six. On Thursday, Gooding went to David Grutman’s new restaurant, Komodo, and learned how to chop duck and serve…

Brazilian actress says black successful men don’t marry black women: ‘black is a slave’

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Black Brazilian actress Polly Marinho says black men marry white or lighter-skinned women in order to move up the social ladder. In a recent interview Marinho said that society places a higher value on whiteness, thus wealthy black men don’t marry black women. “We are educated to think, like, that black is not beautiful. Black is a slave. Black is not good,” said Marinho. “Let’s take, for example, a very famous…

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker explains how Broadway is helping him ‘grow up’ as an actor

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The Great White Way, as Broadway is sometimes called, is much browner these days. You have to literally win the lottery to take a gander at the hip-hop infused Hamilton; Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong’o, features an all black female cast and is also written by black woman Danai Gurira; Audra McDonald will make yet another masterful run on Broadway in Shuffle Along later this month. And now you can add Oscar-winner Forest…

Trai Byers reportedly wants out of ‘Empire’ to pursue ‘better’ roles

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Trai Byers reportedly wants out of Empire in order to pursue “better” roles. Byers, who plays Andre Lyon on the hit show, reportedly was pleased when he was first cast in 2014, but he is now looking to take his career in a different direction. “Trai wants out,” said an insider, according to PageSix. “He feels that he studied at Yale and he’s a ‘true thespian’ . . . The character is beneath…

Nina Simone’s family asks fans to hold listening parties instead of watching biopic

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there was any doubt about how Nina Simone’s family and fans feel about the upcoming biopic starring Zoe Saldana, recent social media posts make it clear they are not pleased. A fresh round of criticism for the film erupted after the trailer and poster for “Nina” were unveiled Wednesday. Saldana posted a quote from the singer and civil rights activist on Twitter, and Simone’s estate…

Big Freedia speaks out Section 8 fraud charge: ‘I take full responsibility’

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On Tuesday, rapper Big Freedia was charged in court with felony theft of government funds for lying about her income in order to get Section 8 vouchers for subsidized housing. That evening, Big Freedia released a statement owning up to the charges, which allowed her to get $34,000 worth of vouchers despite having an income above the federal subsidized housing limit. “This is an incredibly unfortunate situation,” Freedia said in an emailed statement. “I was…

Khloe Kardashian: I have ‘the receipts’ to prove James Harden cheated

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Khloe Kardashian is speaking out about why she ended her relationship with James Harden earlier this year. Apparently, he was cheating on her, and she can prove it. “He sought me out, he wanted to be committed … then wasn’t committed,” she says during a clip of Wednesday’s episode of “Kocktails with Khloe.” Originally, she explained, she didn’t want to be in a “monogamous” relationship with him because of the long-distance…

Amber Rose schools Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run on ‘slut shaming’ sentiments

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Amber Rose didn’t appreciate it when Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run suggested that the way she was dressed encouraged people to touch her. In a segment that has not yet aired of Tyrese and Rev’s new show, It’s Not You, It’s Men, Rose slammed allegations that her dress was a form of consent. “When I walk down the street, because people think I’m famous or I’m cool and I’m taking pictures,…

‘Mob Wives’ Big Ang dead at 55

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Angela “Big Ang” Raiola died on Thursday morning after a nearly year-long battle with throat cancer. The Mob Wives star died in a New York City hospital with her friends and family around her, and her family took to her Twitter account to spread the news that she had “peacefully ended her battle with cancer.” Along with the tweet, the family posted a statement that read in part: “YOU (fans) were some of the…

Phaedra Parks reveals future plans to run for political office: ‘I’m sure I will’

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Don’t go thinking Phaedra Parks is simply just a Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member. The entertainment attorney and author recently revealed that she has her eyes set on running for a political office in the future. “I always thought I would be the insurance commissioner, but then when I got into practicing law, things just evolved, and next thing I know, I’m in this entertainment field,” Parks told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon….

Octavia Spencer talks animated film debut in Disney’s ‘Zootopia’

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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is certain to win over the hearts of moviegoers with her latest starring role alongside Idris Elba, Kristen Bell, and Jason Bateman, in Disney’s 3D animated adventure Zootopia. Spencer takes on the role of Mrs. Otterton, a desperate otter who enlists the help of the authorities in solving her husband’s mysterious disappearance. In an interview with theGrio, Spencer opened up about her first time starring in an animated film,…