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#HU2020: Nick Cannon Starts School At Howard University, Says “Education Over Everything”

August 23rd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For all the success that Nick Cannon already has hosting America’s Got Talent, hosting and producing Wild N Out, being named chief creative officer for Radioshack (where he sells NCredible headphones) and juggling acting and music endeavors, it seems that education is  still very important to the 35-year-old star. He’s chosen to go back to school to get a degree, specifically choosing Howard University in D.C. as his new home of higher education.

After graduating from Monte Vista High School in California back in 1998, Cannon started obtaining comedic gigs almost immediately before making guest appearances on Nickelodeon’s All That. From there, his career became his focus. But he’s now saying “Education over everything.”

YOU KNOW!!!!! #HU2020 My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020

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Turning these Airplanes into School Buses! #FirstDayWave #BeNcredible

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He’s been sharing all sorts of quotes about education since his first day at HU on his Instagram, from notable statements by Nelson Mandela to sayings by Benjamin Franklin. According to Cannon, “Been getting Money now its time to get Mindful!!”

Cannon even spit a few bars about entering this next phase. He took part in the #SoGoneChallenge and said, “Now you can catch me up at Howard getting my college degree, shouts out to D.C.”

Cannon hasn’t shared what exactly he will be studying, but he plans to fit earning his degree in with his very busy schedule. Again, he has hosting duties, he’s been promoting new music, he has 5-year-old Roe and Roc to spend time with, and a certain someone waiting for him to get home…

Waitin on him…hurry back🙊

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Either way, he is determined to make it work, and join a long list of celebrity HU alumni, including Taraji P. Henson, Lance Gross, Chadwick Boseman, Phylicia Rashad, and many, many more. And who knows? Maybe if he frees up a little bit more time, he might be able to join the marching band on drums. Get it? Drumline? Sorry, I had to do it…

Go, Nick!

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Chi-Raq

August 16th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Spike Lee’s controversial satire film Chi-Raq is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, penned by Aristophanes. Lysistrata is the story of a woman who plans to end the Peloponnesian War by encouraging fellow Athenian women to abstain from sex. Released in December 2015 as the first feature-length film on the Amazon Studios roster, Chi-Raq stars Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson. Written in rhymed verse, Chi-Raq, which had a limited theatrical release prior to screening on Amazon, was met with countless positive and negative critiques from politicians, critics, and Chicago-bred rappers. From concern over the film’s title to Lee’s comments about rape on college campuses, and all of the chatter pre and post-premiere, controversy for Lee is not at all unusual. That much we know. But click on to read some lesser-known facts and details about veteran writer/filmmaker Spike Lee’s contentious joint.

Now That’s Some TLC: Chilli Braids Nick Cannon’s Hair As Dating Rumors Heat Up

August 3rd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just a month ago, rumors swirled that Nick Cannon, 35, and Chilli, 45, were dating. In response to such stories, Cannon played as corny coy as he could. “I would be so lucky to be able to be called ‘dating’ her,” Cannon told PEOPLE. “This is all new to me. I’m not ready for titles and all that stuff. I’m damaged goods! Who would want to date me? Clearly I don’t get it.”

And just like that, the conversation about the pair died down – until this photo popped up:

#NickCannon x #ChilliThomas #BaeWatch

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Yes, that’s Ms. Rozonda Thomas braiding Cannon’s hair (with some obvious help). And just as fast as that picture hit the Internet, a source spoke to The New York Post and claimed that the two have been dating for the last two months and managed to keep it on the low until now.

“They’ve been seeing each other for about two months. She really likes him and they’re spending a lot of time together,” the source told the Post. “She’s beaming all the time. She’s met his friends and family. Everyone approves.”

According to this same source, Cannon has also invited Chilli to join him at one of his many jobs, his hosting gig on America’s Got Talent. She was allegedly invited to tag along for filming this week with his mom. But as things heat up romantically, don’t expect them to heat up in the bedroom. If you’ll recall, Cannon told Ellen DeGeneres he was “being celibate. I’m trying to work on myself. No sex right now.”

While my colleagues were less than thrilled about the idea of these two as a couple, I think this pairing is kind of cute. Who knows? With his love for older women (i.e., Mariah Carey) and her appreciation of younger men (i.e., Usher), they may have finally found their perfect match. If not, he can at least get some fly cornrows done in the meantime…

What do you think of this possible couple? 

Is Nick Cannon A Hotep?

July 1st, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Is Nick Cannon a Hotep?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Let’s review the evidence, shall we:

For those with limited data, the title of the piece is entitled, “ If I See Another F#cking Slave Movie”

and it features Cannon dressed in all black like the Omen doing spoken word about his hatred for historical slave narratives over a jazz beat that sounds like it was ripped form Spike Lee’s Mo’ Betta Blues.

Some of the highlights include:

“I get it! You used to treat us like animals

I get it! You see me as Sambo

Now you feel bad tho!

So you green light these movies

Instead of giving us roles like Rambo

Because y’all know if you gave me a machine gun

I’m letting off all the ammo

Into every executive that I can Yo!

Not out of hate, just frustration and pay back

So stay back about 40 acres and a Maybach

Institutionalize us with white lies but steady trying to tell us to stay black.

Conditioned our minds to make us feel behind

Only to make them feel better about where they at!

If I see another fucking Slave movie…

I’mma set this theater on fire!

But they keep telling me Black Films don’t sell to international buyers

Then why you keep making the Butlers, Django, Amistad and Roots over and over again

Is it Just to show us the power of White men

Or to have our kids head spinning like a Nickelodeon

I know y’all like there he go again

Little Nick from Nickelodeon

On his soapbox going in!

But he don’t know the pain we in

But I’m just showing them, that this social programming ain’t going unnoticed fam!

So Fuck 12 Years A Slave, how about 10 Thousand Years of Brave.

It’s time for the new Emancipation Proclamation

And this time I’mma play the role of Ol’ Honest Abe

And in my Gettysburg Address

I’mma discuss the 4 score and 4 hundred of years of mess, Yes!

These grotesque history book lies, and Hollywood fairy tales they been forcing us to digest.”

The irony that the video for this poem about Cannon’s disdain for seeing images of Black people abused by White people is filled with the very images he says he is tried of seeing, is not lost on me.

By the way, Cannon has his own production company. None of the listed projects are films and or television shows about Kings and Queens. But there is one show with a token Black guy in it…

Listen, I get it: Anyone with two eyes can see that America loves Black suffering. Likewise our suffering is both entertainment and an art form. But when I hear some of the pushback from us specifically, I can’t help to hear a lot of shame in it. We tend to use the term “slave” and “slavery” as slurs against each other. And while the institution deserves to be ridiculed, those who were oppressed and enslaved do not. And every time we reject and deflect from the role our people played in building this society, I feel like we are doing to our ancestors, the same thing the oppressors did. And that is erasing them from history and denying them their humanity.

Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and queen of unpopular opinions from Philadelphia. To learn more, visit

Nick Cannon Speaks On How His Life Changed — And Improved — After “Scary” Lupus Diagnosis

March 1st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nick Cannon says that he's not ready to date: “I’m dating no one. I’m not even ready for that right now."

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During a recent trip to the couch of Huffington Post Live, Nick Cannon was asked, as someone with lupus, what people can do to help encourage and support those with life-altering autoimmune diseases. He spoke openly and honestly about how his own diagnosis impacted him, and how he was able to overcome fear and live healthier than ever before.

So how can you support someone with an autoimmune disease?

“Research. Especially if you’re dealing with someone who has it,” Cannon said. “Especially when you hear the words ‘autoimmune disease,’ or ‘Lupus,’ it’s like ‘Whoa, what is that?!’ And that’s how I felt, and how my family and friends felt. But you realize this is something you can live with and actually overcome with the proper research and proper support system.”

Cannon was diagnosed in 2012 and complications from his disease have landed him in the hospital a few times, including for kidney failure. But once Cannon did his research and changed the way he was eating, he was able to get a handle on the chronic inflammatory disease. So now that he’s made such strides, Cannon is making it a mission to help people understand lupus and how they can live a happy and healthy life with it.

“Sometimes people don’t understand it until it hits close to home,” Cannon said. “I knew nothing about it until I was diagnosed. Totally scary. It was super scary just because you don’t know. You’ve never heard of this, and then you hear ‘autoimmune,’ you hear of people who have lost a battle with autoimmune diseases. But to me, I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been before because of the research, because of the education that I’ve received on it. The proper things to eat and the proper things to put into my body — what can cause flare ups and what can’t, and preventative measures and all of these things. And when you can share that information and share knowledge and research, I think that helps more than anything.”

Would You Do It? Celebrities Who’ve Sued Their Exes

February 11th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Folks have been getting on singer Ciara’s case recently for her decision to sue her former fiancé, Future, for defaming her name in public. But she’s far from the only Hollywood celebrity who has had to take their ex to court.

Breakups have a tendency to be messy, especially when stars split. But when lawsuits get involved, the messiness can quickly skyrocket to another level. And you won’t believe the reasons these celebrities are taking their exes to court. From STDs to explosive arguments that happened years ago, these former couples are taking their past baggage to court to let a judge sort it out. Sometimes for millions in damages.

If you could take your ex to court, what would you sue him or her for? Or is it petty to get the legal system involved no matter how badly you feel you’ve been done wrong? We want to know what you think. So tell us whether you’re #teamlawsuit or #teamletitgo in the comment section.

“I Feel Like Marriage Isn’t For Everyone.” Nick Cannon Says He Highly Doubts He’ll Marry Again

January 12th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Whether you’re in the limelight or an average Joe, marriage is a challenge. Joining your life with an entirely different person is no small feat.

Some people learn this before they embark on a marriage, others in the midst of it and some people don’t fully grasp the concept until their own marriage is looking a little shaky.

In a recent interview with DuJour, it would seem that Nick Cannon has come to that realization.

The 35-year-old was on his way to a tattoo parlor when he conducted the interview. The article breezed past his numerous jobs, the fact that he sleeps about two hours a night and his role in Spike Lee’s Chi Raq but more than anything, the article was focused on his divorce from superstar Mariah Carey (He filed in December 2014 after six years of marriage.), maintaining their amicable relationship and his thoughts on marriage these days.

Check out a few of the highlights below.

Cannon say that no matter how amicable his divorce from Mariah has been, he realized the media would always want to make it drama-filled and sensationalized.

He also discovered something else throughout this ordeal.

“I feel like marriage isn’t for everyone. A friend of mine put it the funniest way. He said, ‘If you heard that there was a 50/50 chance of living or dying when you jump out of a plane, you probably wouldn’t go skydiving. There’s like a 50/50 chance of a marriage working. If it didn’t work out for you the first time, and you still survived it, you probably shouldn’t do it again.” 

His thoughts are pretty clear but when DuJour asked Cannon if he’d ever marry again, he nailed the point home.

“I highly doubt it.”

But, as he’s been trying to tell us, he still has nothing but positive things to say about his wife. In talking about their family’s Christmas celebration, Cannon mentioned all the extravagance. The “Rockefeller tree in their living room,” half a dozen reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through Aspen where they traditionally spend Christmas. And though it’s excessive and far from normal, Cannon doesn’t think their different upbringing predicts doom for their adult lives.

“I don’t see a problem with them being different and having an eccentric upbringing. It’s fascinating and fantastic. But it’s about [teaching them] humility more than anything. Teaching them to be respectful—to make eye contact and say ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘Yes, sir,’” he says. “You can still be a diva and be humble. Mariah is a perfect example of that.” 

Being that his marriage to Mariah seemed to end relatively nicely, you would think he would be more optimistic about giving it another go. But he’s looking at things differently these days, even suggesting that being married goes against basic human nature.

“When you can be blissful in [a marriage], it’s beautiful. Embrace it for the time that you have it, because it’s not easy. In human nature, we’re supposed to be selfish… We’re constantly moving, constantly changing and evolving. To expect someone to do that with you is kind of absurd.”

Despite not being so sold on the idea of marriage anymore, he still describes himself as a hopeless romantic…just one who has a hard time trusting people.

“I’ve rarely let people that close to me. A lot of it comes with me having trust issues. I’ve been that way since grade school. I don’t trust many people,” he says. “Who knows where I’ll be when I’m 60. At 35, I’m not even looking to be in a relationship.”

So maybe there’s some George Clooney hope there.

But for now, he’s working on being by himself. You may remember that he recently told Ellen he’s practicing celibacy for now. 

He also posted this quote on his Instagram.


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“I never ever in my life want to have to… how do I say this the right way…” he trails off, thinking carefully about his choice of words. “Not to say that I was bogged down [in my marriage], because I wasn’t by any means, but I like being able to make my own decisions and come and go as I please.” 

You can read the rest of Cannon’s DuJour interview and check out the spread here. 

After Split From Mariah, Nick Cannon Says He’s Been Practicing Celibacy: “I’m Trying To Work On Myself”

December 9th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Mariah Carey may have bounced back from her split from Nick Cannon to find love again with billionaire boyfriend, James Packer, but Cannon says he’s taking a break from dating and doing some work on himself. That work includes taking a break from sex. So despite the people you may have heard that Cannon has been seen with or heard he’s been hanging around with within the last year (Amber Rose, Nicole Murphy, etc.), his attention is on his kids and himself.

Cannon shared all this while sitting down on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. When DeGeneres asked Cannon if he’d met Carey’s new man, Cannon said that he hadn’t, but would like to soon enough.

“I haven’t, I want to, though. I think that would be cool. It’s still like, we’ve all talked about it and stuff. It seems like it’s cool.”

But when asked if he was out here looking for love, Cannon said that was the last thing on his mind.

“I’m not ready for that. I’m not. You going to hook me up with somebody, Ellen?”

When DeGeneres insisted that he had to be out here getting his mack on, the 35-year-old Chiraq star insisted that he just has friends and nothing more. No fooling around of any sort, including sex. “I’m being celibate. I’m trying to work on myself. No sex right now.”

He continued, “I mean I have friends, and we hang out, but I’m not ready to do anything seriously, especially because I’m really trying to make sure I can establish being in my kids life and working. I’m always so busy, so if I’m not working, they’re my number one priority.”

Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Are Just Like Us: Co-Parenting Through The Holidays

December 7th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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This year will mark the first Christmas Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrate after divorcing. And like some moms and dads, that doesn’t mean they’ll set aside their family traditions.

The singer recently sat down with E News! while promoting her new children’s book “All I Want for Christmas” in New York, and opened up about their plans for the holidays.

Mariah says the twins, Monroe and Moroccan, have already written their letters to Santa. “Santa Claus comes every year and real reindeer are there, of course, as well. [We have] too many traditions to name! We go on a two-horse open sleigh and spend Christmas in Aspen usually so I can have a white Christmas, so it’s really nice,” she explained.

As far as how she and Nick plan to co-parent through the special time of year, she says, “I think we’re all just learning as we go. We’re doing the best we can, and it’s all about the kids. That’s it!”

Nick reciprocated her same thoughts in an interview with Howard Stern recently, expressing his happiness over her new relationship with James Packer. “That’s awesome, isn’t it? It happened a lot faster than you thought,” he told Stern who confessed he thought it was all a little bit fast. However, Nick promised he’s just glad to see her doing well. “As long as she’s happy and my children are happy.”

Nick says family comes first. “[I see them] all the time! We’re in the same city together,” he explained. “My house is more in the suburbs, and they’re in the city. We hang out all the time.”

He added, “You know what’s really cool, and I love this, and my daughter will be like, ‘I don’t want to sleep here! I want to go sleep at my other house.’ So we’ll just put her in the car and drive her to Mom’s house. Like even Thanksgiving, it was really cool because we all had Thanksgiving together…At the end of the night my son was like, ‘Yo! I want to go with you!’ And my daughter was like, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow! Come pick me up in the morning.’ So we had a boys night!”

True Or False? Does Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?

October 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown

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To put Hip Hop allegiances in the simplest of terms, if you’re from the East Coast, you’re a Biggie fan and if you’re from the West, Tupac is your fave. And if you’re from the Midwest, like myself you have the pleasant task of choosing.

When it came to me and my house, we were Tupac fans. I was a child of the ’90’s and I enjoyed the passion and energy of his music and more than any other rapper of that era he just seemed to be saying the right things…sometimes. In addition to warning women that the underground just “don’t stop for hoes,” and telling Biggie “That’s why I f–ked your b–ch,” he was also telling women to keep their heads up and asking men why we don’t respect them. What male rapper was talking about misogyny in the ’90’s, even if he himself often fell victim to it? Before Tupac became a part of Death Row, he was a product of the Black Panther teachings and from the time he was a young teenager, he was speaking out against White supremacy and injustice.

He was a conflicted soul to say the least. And what saddens me the most about Tupac’s short life is that if he’d had the opportunity to live and mature a little bit longer, he could have done even more great things in the world, revolutionary things.

Sadly, that’s just not how the cookie crumbled.

If you can’t tell already, I have great respect for Pac so when I hear people compare others to him, my antennas perk up.

And that’s what they did this weekend when Nick Cannon said this.

I wish I were mature enough to ignore this. I wish I could just dismiss this as the trolling it likely was and keep moving on with my day. But by golly, I just cannot. It’s too far fetched to ignore.

And I don’t say that because Pac and Michael were saints and Chris Brown isn’t. None of these men were or are perfect, just like the rest of us. But I was always good at grouping like objects and if you ask me, all three of these men, while they share some qualities as artists, are quite different from each other.

Aside from the fact that each of these men were both talented and controversial, there are really no further similarities to me.

When I think about Michael Jackson, I think about a consummate entertainer who had laser like focus and an almost unnatural work ethic. That’s what made him legendary. Of all the archival footage that I’ve watched of Michael Jackson, none of it shows him off his game. His ability to inspire, astound and entertain is unmatched. And as someone who’s followed a majority Chris Brown’s career, I can’t say the same for him.

And I root for Chris Brown. I desperately want him to win but I’m also honest enough to acknowledge that he lets too much nonsense get in the way of making his music and perfecting his art. There have literally been times on stage when Chris will stop dancing and stop singing to talk about his relationship drama. Michael would never.

Perhaps Nick was trying to say that he was more Tupac in that regard. You know, the bad boy. But nah. We’re talking legends here. One who proved himself over decades and another who was actually about challenging people and improving the community. While both Chris and Pac have some pretty hurtful and harmful songs directed against women, Pac, at least, had some content and some views and opinions to counter that. I can’t recall a time when I heard Chris speak about community uplift or sing a song about the worth of women, outside of sex or romantic affection. And that’s fine. He doesn’t have to, but that’s what makes him different, in very fundamental ways, from Tupac. Maybe Chris will get there one day but as of now, he’s just not on that level.

But he still has time.

More than anything I don’t know why we always have to compare artists and people. There will never be another Michael or Pac. And the two didn’t get together in some alternate universe to send us Chris Brown in place of their absence. He’s different and different is quite alright.

But that’s just me, perhaps I’m too in my feelings to see this clearly.

Does anyone else think that Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?