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ICYMI: The Hottest Stories Of The Week

May 17th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This week we recap the news with the New York Times hiring their first African-American executive editor, Temple University bestowing Jill Scott with an honorary doctorate degree and the Knowles-Carter camp speaking out about Solange assaulting Jay Z. For all this and more, check out the articles below!

The Standard Hotel confirms that employee responsible for leaking the Solange fight tape has been terminated.

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The Carters Release Statement On Elevator Attack: “Jay And Solange Each Assume Their Share Of Responsibility”

Beyonce and Jay Z have finally provided a meaningful response to the biggest news story of the week: Solange’s vicious attack on her brother-in-law after the Met Gala May 5 via a statement to the Associated Press.

A Diamond Will Make It Better- Jay Z And Solange Seen Jewelry Shopping

Update: Extended Video Of Solange Violently Attacking Jay Z In Elevator Released

TMZ obtained footage from an elevator at an Met Gala after party of Solange viciously attacking Jay Z in an elevator.

Jill Scott To Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree From Temple University!

May 15th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It looks like Diddy and LL Cool J aren’t the only ones receiving honorary doctorate degrees this graduation season! According to Essence, our girl Jill Scott will also be honored by her alma mater . The Philadelphia singer will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree today at Temple University!

“(Her) values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university,” said university president Neil D. Theobald.

In addition to being a three-time Grammy Award-winning songstress, Jill is also the founder of the Blues Babe Foundation, which offers financial assistance and mentorship to underserved students in the Delaware Valley who are seeking to pursue postsecondary educational goals.

“The brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and poet Jill Scott, the Blues Babe Foundation was formed for the purpose of nurturing college-bound students of color, artistically and academically,” the non-profit’s description reads. “The Blues Babe Foundation is committed to assisting students in under served communities by providing programs that promote leadership and academic excellence. The foundation’s scholarship program offers financial support and mentoring for students that have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees. We also engage students in grades 6 – 12 through programs such as Camp Jill Scott and Clean Up Your Neighborhood. In addition to its support of young people through their public schools, the Foundation also fulfills its mission by including support of community centers and community -focused organizations as a part of its scope.”

The “Golden” singer majored in secondary education at the university before dropping out due to financial issues.

That Was Quick: Shows With Black Leads That Weren’t Given A Chance Before They Were Canceled

April 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Some shows hit their stride in a few episodes, and sometimes it takes a whole season. But before these shows could really gather an audience, they were axed because of low ratings, lack of good advertising to get ratings, and so-so writing. And sadly, that seems to be the norm for a lot of shows with black leads, as they’re not really given a good chance to blow up. Here are 11 shows that were cut quite quickly.

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Undercovers

This spy series from the mind of J.J. Abrams starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a married couple of spies, who when recruited back into the CIA learn a lot about each other’s very interesting pasts. I actually enjoyed the program. It had action, the leads were gorgeous, and it was a s*xy show! But before the full first season could even be completed, NBC cancelled the show three months in. Guess people weren’t ready for black spies on primetime television.

Yaaass! Jill Scott Steps Out Looking Fab With A New Mystery Man

April 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You can always count on the United Negro College Fund to bring out the celebs. And UNCF’s 2014 “Evening With The Stars” event in Atlanta was no exception. Folks like The Braxton sisters, Monica, Trey Songz, and even Ronald Isley made appearances on the red carpet.

But the name who was on everybody’s lips was Miss Jill Scott.

Not only did Jill appear on the carpet, cuddled up to a mystery man, the soul singer loved svelte in an all black dress with a see through bottom. And the hair was to die for. We don’t know if it’s a wig, weave or her own tresses but either way it’s working!

Jill was looking so good that folks hardly noticed that her foot was in a brace. Check out the pictures from the event below.

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The Jigga Effect: Women Jay Z Helped Put On

April 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Jay Z went from being a Brooklyn drug dealer to a rapper to a business mogul worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Though some might consider the Bed-Sty native crude and self-serving, once upon a time he didn’t have a problem helping a few ladies climb the ladder to success right along with him — or at least climb the charts for a few weeks. In case you didn’t know, here’s a list of women Jay Z helped put on throughout his career.

For more on Jay Z, check out A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized story of Jay Z.

He Did That! 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Warryn Campbell Produced

March 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.

Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.

Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.

Underneath It All: Celebs Who’ve Shown Off Their Real Natural Hair

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.

Celebs Who've Shown Their Real/ Natural Hair

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp

SideEye: Celebrity Women Who Are Surprisingly Single

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.

Actor Keith Robinson Cast In James Brown Biopic, ‘Get On Up’

November 7th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Things really seem to be coming together for the long-awaited James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Just last week we told you that singer-turned-actress Jill Scott has been cast to play The Godfather Of Soul’s wife. We’ve just learned that Dreamgirls actor Keith Robinson has also been added to the all-star cast.

According to Shadow and Act, the 38-year-old actor will be playing the role of Baby Roy, an original member of James Brown’s band. Keith will be in the company of some of Hollywood’s most talented actors and actresses. If you recall, 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the role of Brown. The Help actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis have also been cast to play the late singer’s aunt and mother, respectively.

Keith has already taken to Twitter to thank everyone for their support and express his excitement regarding his new role.

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We’re pretty excited to see who else will be added to the all-star lineup.

Jill Scott Cast To Play Wife Of James Brown In Upcoming Biopic

November 1st, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Reason 1,000,001 why we love Jill Scott: she acts just as well as she sings.

Not many artists successfully make the music-to-movies transition, but Jill Scott certainly has. Just one month after her latest theater film, Baggage Claim, hit theaters, the über talented Philadelphia native has snatched up yet another movie role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Scott has been cast to play one of James Brown’s wives, in the highly anticipated biopic, Get On Up!

Though Jill seems to have mastered both acting and singing, a few months back she confessed to Shadow and Act that it’s pretty difficult to balance the two.

“Balancing is hard. I’ve lost roles that I really wanted because I had set up a tour.  I cancelled tours to do roles before. But I have to find the time to make that up to my audience. I made a commitment to them. Singing and acting suit me. I made a vow to myself, to do everything that I can do with this life that I have, and I have to find the time to do this. Sometimes I need to be an actress.  Sometimes I don’t need to be Jill. However, everyone is always looking for the Jill in everything.  People say that they like the characters that they believe that I am. But, I don’t as much.  I like the characters that I believe that I am not. Like my role on Law and Order. That character unnerved people. And I loved every second of it. I want to continue growing as an actress. There are ways that I can reach quicker, or deeper, with acting,” she said.

Back in August we told you that 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the role of James. And just last month we delivered the wonderful news that The Help actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis will also be reuniting on the set to create some more of that on-screen magic. In case you missed it, Viola will be playing James’ mother, Susie Brown. Octavia will be playing the late singer’s aunt, Anne Tunney aka Aunt Honey.

As previously reported, Get On Up is scheduled to hit theaters October 17, 2014. This sounds like such an amazing line-up. We will continue to keep you posted as more celebrities are added to this all-star cast.