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  • Saturday, 14 March 2020 12:53
  • Shawn Grant

Shabria Redmond, Ashante and Ariyonna Cotton, Angela Bassett and Tamron HallShabria Redmond, Ashante and Ariyonna Cotton, Angela Bassett and Tamron Hall (Photo: Tamron Hall Show) Last week, an Instagram video of 4-year-old Ariyonna Cotton went viral as she declared “I’m so ugly” while getting her hair done by Shabria Redmond, known as rapper Lil Wave Daddy.

  • Friday, 13 March 2020 20:58
  • Blue Telusma

Kim WayansNEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Kim Wayans attends the "Barbecue" Opening Night Celebration (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Kim Wayans may come from a family of comedy royalty but now the actress is reflecting back on her life. The funny lady would’ve done things quite differently in her 20’s had she known what she knows now. Wayans plays a role in Lena Waithe‘s BET series Boomerang.

  • Friday, 13 March 2020 18:17
  • Cortney Wills

John Boyega(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) John Boyega may be best known for his starring role in the Star Wars franchise, but the British-Nigerian actor has his sights set on content creation and just nabbed a new deal with Netflix. The deal was inked between Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions imprint and the digital streaming service to develop films centered in West and East Africa, Deadline reports. “I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” Boyega said in a statement.

  • Friday, 13 March 2020 15:34
  • Ny Magee

Nick Cannon hit the road with his hugely popular Wild ‘N Out Live show, and during his recent stop in Atlanta, he made time to help a local single mother. Prior to Cannon and crew hitting the stage at State Farm Arena on March 6, he met the mother of a 27-year-old man who has cerebral palsy, The Atlantia Journal-Constitution reports. Jasmine Crowe, founder/CEO of food waste management company Goodr, took to Twitter to reveal how Cannon played a part in serving up a “big blessing” for the deserving mom. READ MORE: Nick Cannon let it be known that he has Gabrielle Union’s back in her claims against ‘AGT’

  • Friday, 13 March 2020 11:04
  • Ny Magee

Soulja Boy’s investment in a soap company is reportedly paying off as people continue to panic over the coronavirus. Sources close to the Hip-Hop star tell TMZ that his investment in The Soap Shop has seen a spike in sales as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally. Complex notes that Soulja and his manager, CEO Miami Mike put money into a Mississippi location last year and now they are seeing a return on their investment. READ MORE: Soulja Boy slapped with 240-day jail sentence for probation violation The Soap Shop corporation has reportedly had an increase in sales for soaps and disinfectants; going from selling 100 bottles of cleaning products per month to well over 3,000, XXL.com reports.

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:58
  • Cortney Wills

black people likeFreeform Freeform is taking a #MoreThanAMonth approach to Black History Month with its “Black People Like…” BHM Campaign. The network that’s home to Grownish wanted to go deeper than peanuts and super soakers and celebrate the rich and multicolored definition of Blackness, ultimately clocking more than 63K Instagram views over the course of 6 weeks. In this original Freeform series Black People Like…, Freeform invited a crew of actors, comedians, writers and influencers including Ira Madison III, Hayley Marie Norman, Moni Oyedepo, Ify Nwadiwe, Chanelle Graham, and Willie Macc to explore what “Blackness” meant to them and how the world challenged their definitions when they fell in love with some stereotypically “non-black” things.

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:52
  • Cortney Wills

Toni Braxton Toni Braxton is gearing up for a new album and filming another season of Braxton Family Values. TheGrio sat down with the superstar to discuss her ongoing battle with lupus, how she has found relief with CBD, and how her journey has affected her outlook on life. The seven-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease that affects more than 1.5 million women in 2008 after suffering a heart attack during a performance in Las Vegas.

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:07
  • Ny Magee

Djimon Hounsou is speaking out about how he reacted when his 10-year-old son was called the n-word by a peer. The Quiet Place star shares son Kenzo Lee Hounsou with ex Kimora Lee Simmons and he recalled the exchange that went down with his kid following a soccer game. READ MORE: Racist fair worker in Florida fired after calling Black man the N-word “I went to pick up my son from a soccer game one time and he says to me some other kid called him the n-word. That’s how early it starts,” Hounsou said on SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show. “He’s wondering, ‘Why do you have to call me that word?’ I was wondering, ‘When do they start to get treated like a second class citizen?’”

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:23
  • DeMicia Inman

Michelle EbanksBEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 01: Michelle Ebanks speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Essence) ESSENCE is officially in search of a new executive leader.  Michelle Ebanks, currentChief Executive Officer of Essence Communications, Inc announced her resignation Monday which will be effective March 31.

  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:25
  • Blue Telusma

(L-R) Charlamagne tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy, winners of the Best Pop Culture Podcast award for 'The Breakfast Club,' attend the 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards at the iHeartRadio Theater on January 17, 2020 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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