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Kendrick Lamar’s performance was the blackest thing the Grammy’s ever seen

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Much like Beyoncé’s halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, there’s only two words that accurately frame Kendrick Lamar’s medley at last night’s Grammy’s: Unapologetically black. And if we’ve learned anything from the backlash Beyoncé received, what Kendrick’s performance represents is downright scary to lots of folks – mostly white conservatives who don’t have the artists on their playlists. But, why? Beyoncé is far from being the first racially-aware R&B singer…

Taylor Swift tears into Kanye West during Grammys speech

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift’s official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling “1989” album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year. Swift was shocked when she won the night’s top prize, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes and the Weeknd. Swift used her speech to encourage young women who feel defeated at times or discouraged by others. “There…

Lil Kim defends lightening skin in Instagram photo

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Lil Kim took a picture with Kim Kardashian at the Yeezy 3 fashion show, and she has been hit with some serious backlash because of the filter she used on the photo, which made her skin look lighter. Taking to Instagram to defend herself, Lil Kim had this to say: “Uhunuh it’s a damn shame. The Lil Kim hate is a different type of hate.” Lil Kim Slams Photoshopped Pic That Made…

Omari Hardwick says Denzel Washington and family saved him from homelessness

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When actor Omari Hardwick first got to Hollywood, he was a substitute teacher and high school football coach who moonlighted as a firefighter. He turned down the chance for a full-time firefighting job for what he thought was a big break in a Spike Lee project, but when the project didn’t get picked up, he was left homeless. That’s when Denzel Washington and the two-time Oscar winner’s family jumped in…

Meryl Streep defends all-white film festival jury: ‘We’re all Africans really’

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BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled in the debate about diversity in the movie industry Thursday, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans really.” Streep, who heads a festival film jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and inclusion “of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions.” The seven-member jury will choose the…

Marshawn Lynch hasn’t spent any of the $50MIL he’s made in the NFL

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Marshawn Lynch knows how to save money. He’s made nearly $50 million in his NFL career, but he hasn’t spent a cent of it. “Marshawn Lynch has a lot of money,” Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said. “He hasn’t spent a dime of his actual playing money … ever.” Instead, Lynch has been relying on the approximately $5 million he makes per year through his endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi,…

Big Boi says OutKast turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl

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OutKast could have performed at the Super Bowl, Big Boi recently revealed on ESPN’s The Dan LeBatard Show. The reason they didn’t end up performing, he explained, was that fact that Andre 3000 didn’t wantto split up his songs. “We were supposed to perform at the Super Bowl,” Big Boi explained, “but we had two songs, ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Hey Ya’ and Dre didn’t want to split the songs up….

Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance brought the mood of Black America center stage

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Beyoncé and Bruno Mars were a sight to behold at the Super Bowl50 halftime performance. Did you ever think you’d see so much blackness, or so many Black Panthers in Afros at a halftime show? Or any Black Panthers in Afros at a halftime show? MaybeBeyoncé has tapped into something here, opening up some space for other artists to bring politics into pop culture and to make more of today’smusic more relevant,…

Solange Knowles slams New York Times critic in Twitter tirade

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Solange Knowles is so donewith New York Times pop musiccritic Jon Caramanica. In an earlier Twitter rant, Knowles brought up that time when “indie White guys” joked about her bringing up Brandy album cuts. “Some of these music blogs could actually benefit from hiring people who REALLY understand the culture of R&B to write about R&B,” she wrote on Twitter. “Like you really should know about deep Brandy album cuts before you…

Jazmine Sullivan: “There’s an injustice” that black R&B artists aren’t successful as whites

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Search the name Jazmine Sullivan online, and you’re likely to find the name of another powerful vocalist-slash-songwriter: Adele. There are Twitter pleas for collaborations between the two, year-end lists including them both, and perhaps, more often, think pieces that end in questions about why Sullivan doesn’t get as much appreciation as her peer from across the pond. The theories vary, but many point the finger at race — an undervaluing of…

James Franco to direct film based on ‘Zola’s’ epic Twitter story

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In October, a stripper named Aziah “Zola” Wells captivated the Internet as she told #TheStory about her harrowing experience with trafficking and a horrible road trip gone wrong. “Okay, listen up. This story long. So I met this white b***h at Hooters…” That’s how Zola’s story begins, and as it unfolded across dozens of tweets, the rest of the world looked on in both fascination and horror. In fact, the story…

Kanye West reportedly attacks Wendy Williams in new diss track: ‘you a man like me’

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Kanye West has reportedly recorded a diss track in an ongoing beef against talk show titan Wendy Williams. According to Daily Mail Online, West recorded a remixed version of Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and referenced rumors that circulated in the 90s that Williams was born a man and had a sex change to become a woman, though those rumors have been debunked. West reportedly created the track because he…

Black Chyna defends boyfriend Robert Kardashian on Snapchat: ‘Y’all ain’t about to run him back in’

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Rob Kardashian is taking his relationship with Black Chyna seriously, if the fact that he defended her after her arrest and that he has been hanging out with her son, King Cairo, is any indication. So, when haters took to social media to bash their relationship, Chyna shot back a scathing responseon Snapchat. “You know what I hate the most? Whack a– b—–s,” she said in one video. “All right,…

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with burial expenses for the child’s mother Lakita Hicks.

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FX’s The People v. OJ Simpson miniseries premiered Tuesday night, pulling us back into the chaos of the “trial of the century” all over again. It’s one of those things that people remember where they were as it went down. As the white Bronco sped through the highway, as he tried on the gloves in the courtroom, and as the judgment was read by the jurors…. It is high drama, so…

Don Cheadle gives stunning portrayal as Miles Davis in new biopic trailer

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A new trailer has dropped for the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and now we’re getting a great look atDon Cheadle playing the trumpet master. Cheadle had an inkling he was going to play Davis since ten years ago, when Davis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the time, Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, declared that Cheadle was the one he wanted to play Davis on the…