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Today’s The Big Day! D-Wade And Gabby Union To Wed In Castle

August 30th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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D-Wade and Gabby Union To Marry In Cadtle

After making guests sign confidentiality agreements and taking extra lengths to ensure security, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union will make it official today in a wedding ceremony that TMZ reports will take place in a Miami castle.

Dwyane and Gabby will exchange “I do’s” in the “Chateau Artisan”, a moated castle where rapper/producer Birdman shot his 2010 video for “Fire Flame”. Keeping in their theme for extreme privacy, it makes sense that the moated castle with extra security appealed to the couple.

Chateau Artisan boasts 19,000 square feet including 8 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and sits on 14 acres.

The couple will not allow cell phones into the ceremony and guests will have to show photo ID upon arrival. Don’t expect any live-tweeting of the affair since guests just may face some hefty fines for not obeying the couple’s rules. But strangely enough, the couple themselves have been using the official hashtag “#WadeUnion” in reference to the affair.

We understand the want for privacy from the pair on their special day, but is anyone checking that hard for these two? I think most of our national monuments have less security than this wedding. All of these extra lengths to keep the paparazzi and over-zealous fans at bay seems a tad bit unnecessary. Either way, we wish them the best on their big day.

Miami Sues JPMorgan For Predatory Lending In Minority Communities

June 18th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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The city of Miami says JPMorgan Chase & Co took advantage of minority homebuyers so it’s suing the bank, alleging predatory mortgage lending in minority neighborhoods resulted in massive foreclosures during the last decade’s housing crisis.

According to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, “the country’s largest bank engaged in a continuous practice of discriminatory mortgage lending since at least 2004, violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act,” reports The Huffington Post.

The lawsuit says JPMorgan issued high-cost loans to minorities prior to the housing crisis, but later refused to refinance the loans on the same terms as it extended to whites, which led to defaults and foreclosures. The suit says loans in predominantly minority communities in Miami were nearly 4.6 times more likely to result in foreclosure than loans in mostly-white neighborhoods.

Miami leads the country in foreclosures.

“The Miami City Attorney’s claims are baseless and stand contrary to our long record of providing affordable housing to low- to moderate-income families across the region,” JPMorgan spokesman Jason Lobo said.

Miami isn’t the only city taking legal action against the way a bank does business with minority customers. The city of Los Angeles recently filed similar claims against JPMorgan, asking for damages due to lost tax revenue and increased city services needed in depressed neighborhoods.

And other banks have been accused of the same thing. Wells Fargo & Co, Citigroup Inc and Bank of America Corp have also been sued by  Los Angeles and Miami for allegedly giving minorities unaffordable home loans, which resulted in numerous defaults.

The banks deny any wrongdoing, though Wells Fargo and Citigroup were unsuccessful in having their lawsuits tossed.

Fun In The Sun! Michael B. Jordan Spotted On Miami Beach With A Mystery Woman!

January 26th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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First, let’s point out how we’re in the middle of winter and battling freezing temperatures and constant snow in many states, but Michael B. Jordan and his lady friend are kicking it in Miami shirtless and in a bikini, respectively, down in Florida.

But I digress.

The Fruitvale Station and That Awkward Moment star was spotted this weekend in Miami with a young lady very close by the entire time. The two hit the beach for some sun and jet skiing.

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Now ladies, I know that some of you have already claimed Michael as “yours” and he’s been saying that he’s single so don’t let these pictures deter you. Yes, she looks like she’s cute and she appears to have a great body and this is the first woman he’s been spotted with since he and his ex-girlfriend broke up, but what does that mean? I’ll tell you: not a thing! As far as we’re concerned, he’s still up for grabs.

Anyway, check out a couple more pictures of Michael and his “friend” as they enjoy that beautiful Miami weather and water.

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Like Father, Like Son: John David Washington, Denzel’s Son Heads To HBO for New Pilot!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Move over Denzel, John David Washington is hoping he’s the next celebrity in the Washington family.

John David, the oldest of the Washington children, is the newest addition to the HBO pilot, Ballers, according to Indiewire.com. The show which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” is a show about the lives of retired athletes living it up in Miami. While they’ve yet to release Johnon’s role, he’ll surely be the main character.

Washington will play Ricky, a very spiritual yet extremely competitive athlete.  At least one part of the role should come easy to him: Washington is a football player. He played for Morehouse College and went on to briefly play in the NFL and the UFL.  Acting is his latest venture.

The show will also co-star Donovan Carter, a former college football player, as one of the football players.

Ballers is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg (whose made an incredible name for himself in Hollywood) and the script will be written by Entourage’s Stephen Levinson.

The show sounds like it could be interesting. Not many people get their start in acting doing an HBO show so John David better be ready…and he better be good. Surely Daddy Denzel has been helping him out because as a living legend in the industry, he knows his son will be closely compared to him.

HBO is hoping to start filming later this fall. Would you watch?

Man Accidentally Sets Himself On Fire In Attempt To Burn Down Ex-Fiancé’s Business

September 27th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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In attempt to destroy something that meant a lot to his ex-fiancé, a man ended up setting himself on fire and wound up dying of his injuries.

A man named Luis Evans, 19, was seen leaving a psychic business on Sunday evening in West Park, Florida.  At the time he was seen jetting away from the scene in his black Pontiac, the business had smoke pouring out of it, so the witness called police. Firefighters were able to contain the damage so that the business, owned by Jennifer Tanner, 26, wasn’t completely wiped out. After stopping the fire, authorities found evidence that not only did someone purposely start the fire, but they were likely burned in the process. Turns out it that was Mr. Evans, who in a lover scorned role, decided to burn down his ex-fiancé’s place instead of moving on and moving forward. Unfortunately, he was burned trying to tear up Tanner’s business.

Tanner received a call from a friend saying that Evans showed up at that individual’s home in Miami burned severely. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Miami Fire Rescue where he died from his injuries on Monday. Sadly, Evans became a victim of his own crime, and at such a young age too…

Party Time! Amar’e & Alexis Stoudemire Head To Miami For A Celebration Of Their Marriage!

June 30th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Yes, Amar’e and Alexis Stoudemire have been legally for six months but it seems that it is really “official” now since everyone was finally able to get involved.

According to US Weekly, the couple “re-married” in Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Guests included Carmelo and Lala Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys and many others.

Celebrity event planner Colin Cowie put the entire event together and as one source described it, “This is fairy tale amazing down to every last detail.”

Their ceremony in December was very small and intimate and recording to reports, the only other people in attendance were their three children (they’ve since had a fourth child). The Stoudemirws always said there would be a bigger extravaganza to celebrate their union.

This time, Alexis had six bridesmaids and Amar’e reportedly had 11 groomsmen. Alexis wore a J’Anton wedding dress and Amar’e wore a Clavin Klein suit.

Congrats again to the happy couple…it looks like everyone had a great time!

Are You the Next Kenya Moore? The Affects Reality TV Shows Could Be Having On Your Relationship

April 26th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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What are we learning about love and relationships from watching these shows?

Is it just me or is TV out of control with all the dating shows being aired? According to this article in The New York Times, three new shows aired this month with each program being worse and worse. The first program to air was Eva Longoria‘s show, Ready for Love, but it was cancelled after only two episodes. The idea was that three matchmakers had to scour the world to find matches for their clients. (My thought: if these matchmakers had to “scour the world” to find someone a match, this client was being way too picky, anyway.)

Next to hit the airwaves was Find Me My Man on Oxygen, featuring Miami matchmaker Natalie Clarice. The show, created to help Miami’s professional women find love, is clearly another reality dating series … sans the reality.

Read more at YourTango.com

Cities Where Men Are The Most Honest And Dishonest In Their Online Profiles

March 4th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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You already know a certain amount of risk goes along with online dating, but a new survey from Whatsyourprice.com may lower your risk just a bit. The online dating auction site just identified the cities where men and women have the most honest and dishonest dating profiles. So, even though you may have already reduced your search to a regional one, this might help you figure out whether you should keep it local or check out a new state altogether. See which cities had the most honest and dishonest men and what they lie about.

Too Much Partying:Tracy Mourning Arrested in Miami After Driving Under The Influence

February 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, this a bit disheartening but nobody is perfect.

Tracy Mourning, wife of former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning, was arrested on Friday morning driving under the influence in Miami.

According to The Huffington Post, Mourning was clocked going 28 miles over the speed limit in Coconut Grove while driving her Porsche.

When a police officer finally stopped her a few blocks down, she’d apparently been swerving and she ran a stop sign.

At that point, the officer says Mourning then put on her charms and asked in a nice voice, “What did I do officer,” followed by a wink and then saying, “Was going fast, wasn’t I?” Okay so even at almost 4am and knowing she was wrong, Tracy tried to use the “bat your eyes” trick to get out of any trouble.

But the officer wasn’t buying it. He said her eyes were bloodshot, she was slurring her speech and reeked of alcohol. After failing a roadside sobriety test and refusing to take a blood alcohol test, she was then arrested.

No word yet on what time she was released and when she’ll have to appear in court. Her hair still manages too look good, even in the booking photo.

The Mournings have become pillars of the community in Miami where they spend countless hours giving back.  Alonzo has been known for years to throw one of the best fundraising events in town with his “Zo’s Summer Groove.”  Along with that huge money maker, the couple often scouts for other ways they can get back.

Hopefully, Tracy can get this taken care of and be extremely careful when it comes to drinking and driving (how about just don’t do it).

Honestly, how many of you still get behind the wheel even though you know you’ve probably had one too many drinks? Do you still get in the car with someone who you know has had too much to drink and let them drive?

South Beach Just Got Hotter: Actor Omari Hardwick Named ABFF Ambassador

February 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Let me go on record right now and say that any time there’s a chance to see this piece of eye candy, the show event – whatever – will be a good one.

Okay, let’s get back on track.

The American Black Film Festival has announced that actor Omari Hardwick will be the 2013 Festival Ambassador, according to EURweb.

The ABFF will once again take place in Miami and it is in its 17th year, it continues to become not only a staple for up and coming filmmakers, but also for a “hot spot” for those who want to be seen. The five day festival takes the time to showcase, support and promote quality black films.

The festival’s founder and CEO Jeff Friday had this to say about Hardwick:

“Omari Hardwick is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He shares our vision for Black cinema and understands the importance of nurturing new artists and maintaining diverse voices in this business that sometimes overlooks those outside the mainstream. The role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission, which is to encourage collaboration and support between Hollywood and the independent film community.”

Hardwick seems like a great fit. He started acting back in 2001 in very small roles with his first big break coming in 2008 in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna. Since then, his career has taken off with parts in CSI: Miami, Dark Blue, For Colored Girls and Middle of Nowhere. He’s also the host of Centric’s Verses & Flow.

He also released a statement saying:

“I am beyond humbled for being asked to be the ambassador of such a legendary and established film festival that has been around for 17 years and counting. I have always been a fan of the work Jeff Friday has done within the film community and I look forward to sharing the wisdom, experience, creativity, and passion that I have to offer to the American Black Film Festival in 2013.”

This is a good look for Omari Hardwick as he continues to grow his brand.

The ABFF will be held June 19-23. If you’re a filmmaker, the deadline for narratives is March 1st and the deadline for documentaries is March 8th.