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Teyana Taylor Directs Her Own Retro Video for ‘Hywi?’

Teyana Taylor Directs Her Own Retro Video for ‘Hywi?’
Teyana Taylor pays tribute to innovative music video director Hype Williams in her new visual for “Hywi?”, her latest single featuring the rapper King Combs.

The video, directed by Taylor herself (credited as Teyana “Spike Lee” Taylor), references the hip-hop and R&b videos of the late Nineties and early aughts, particularly those by prolific director Hype Williams. Video credits are displayed at the beginning and end of the clip – just like it would be if it were airing on MTV – and Taylor’s gender-flipping fashion matches the style of the era.
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Michael B. Jordan Scores Support From Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton at Lupus Fundraiser

Michael B. Jordan Scores Support From Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton at Lupus Fundraiser
For Michael B. Jordan, mixing the fun of neon arcade games with the seriousness of lupus is the best way to spread the word about the disease that affects over 1.5 million people in the United States.

The Creed II star told The Hollywood Reporter how his annual MBJam fundraiser differs from traditional galas and how it can be as, if not more, effective. 

"When you're able to mix the easy stuff and the fun stuff with the serious stuff and the real life situations of people who suffer from this disease, I think people are able ...
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Toni Braxton's Niece Lauren Braxton's Cause of Death Revealed

Toni Braxton's Niece Lauren Braxton's Cause of Death Revealed
Almost two months after her passing, Lauren Braxton's cause of death has been revealed. Lauren, the daughter of Michael Conrad Braxton Jr. and the niece of Toni Braxton, passed away in late April at the age of 24. The medical examiner's office in Maryland now tells E! News that the autopsy has been complete and that the cause of death for Lauren is heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication. The manner is still undetermined. At the time of Lauren's passing in April, the Braxton family released a statement, saying, "We ask that you please respect the family's privacy in this time of sadness and loss." According to the incident report, obtained by E! News in April,...
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Cult of Personality: Ties to the Fringe

Cult of Personality: Ties to the Fringe
When we think of cults, we tend to picture charismatic leaders with legions of brainwashed followers, eager to devote their lives to the group’s mission. But in reality, most of us, at some point in our lives, have been seekers — open to discovering new ways of life and paths to enlightenment — and celebrities are no exception. Here are a few examples of some who were, at some point, either members of cults or fringe groups, or have some association with them.

Jayne Mansfield

When 20th Century Fox signed actor
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Toni Braxton Narrates New PSA For Lupus La

Lupus La, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the causes of and a cure for lupus, today unveiled its first-ever public service announcement as part of their Your Story Our Fight campaign, which launched earlier this month at their annual fundraiser, the Orange Ball 2019.

The new campaign was made possible through a generous grant from Gsk, a science-led global healthcare company, which is dedicated to finding additional effective treatments for lupus and advancing patient care, advocacy, and support.

The PSA is narrated by legendary R&b/pop pioneer and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Toni Braxton, who also serves on the Lupus La Board of Directors. Diagnosed with lupus several years ago, Braxton hasn’t allowed that to slow her career momentum nor her role as a proud mother of two.

Lupus La fights to shift each patient’s story from pain to promise by providing patient services and programs, supporting medical research and sparking national advocacy.
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Stars To Attend 44th Annual Gracie Awards

Today, the the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (Awmf) announced that Superstore’s Lauren Ash will host the 44th Annual Gracie Awards on May 21 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

Joining her on stage for a special night of performances is nine-time Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow. The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (Awmf), honors outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women.

Loni Love, Melora Hardin, Nichole Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, and Aisha Dee are set to take the stage as presenters at this year’s ceremony. Honorees slated to attend the annual event include Christina Hendricks, Leah Remini, Retta, Rachel Bloom, Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Audrey Kolina, Elizabeth Perkins, Tisha Thompson and more.

“We’ve seen how the power of supporting women in media can deeply affect culture and inspire a new generation of courageous trailblazers and for the past 70 years,
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Toni Braxton's Niece Lauren Braxton Dead at 24

The Braxton family has lost a beloved member.  Lauren Braxton, the daughter of Braxton brother Michael Conrad Braxton Jr., has died, the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in the state of Maryland confirmed to E! News. According to TMZ, Lauren was 24 years old.  Citing Michael, TMZ reported her untimely death was related to a heart condition. When authorities arrived on Monday after being called around 12 p.m., Lauren was reportedly unresponsive.  E! News has reached out to Toni Braxton's rep for comment.  Nicknamed LoLo, Lauren's friends have been taking to her Instagram account to mourn her passing. Over the years, LoLo posted photos of herself with...
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Toni Braxton's Niece Lauren Braxton Dead at 24

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Toni Braxton's Niece Lauren Braxton Dead at 24
11:07 Am Pt -- Traci Braxton tells us, "LoLo was more than my niece, she was my daughter; and I, my son and husband are truly heartbroken over her passing." 10:45 Am Pt -- According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- a friend of Lauren's claims she was talking with Lauren in the kitchen and went upstairs for just 10 minutes. The friend told cops when she returned to the kitchen, Lauren was on the floor and unresponsive.
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Facebook Watch Breakout ‘Red Table Talk’ Returns For New Batch Of Episodes May 6

Red Table Talk, the breakout Facebook Watch chat show hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, is plotting its grand return to the air after a record-shattering installment.

Twenty additional episodes will roll out on May 6 on Facebook Watch, with the premiere date coming almost exactly one year after the show first bowed on May 7, 2018. A total of 23 episodes have aired to date, perhaps most notably a sit-down interview with the social influencer Jordyn Woods, who had an alleged tryst with the boyfriend of family friend Khloe Kardashian, which became the most-viewed Facebook Watch episode ever. You can check out the trailer for the next batch of episodes -- which looks back on notable previous appearances from Ellen Pompeo, Gabrielle Union, Leah Remini, Toni Braxton, and Don Lemon -- below.

Smith’s co-hosts on Red Table Talk are daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris -- who provide an intergenerational perspective on the issues of the day.
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50th NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘black-ish’ Dominate

The winners of the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced last night during the live broadcast on TV One from The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as a nominee.

The big winner of the night was “Black Panther” which took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

In the television categories, “black-ish” topped all winners with five awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Additional winners included radio host and personality Tom Joyner who was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
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NAACP Image Awards 2019: black-ish, Empire, Grey's Anatomy Among Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards ceremony was held Saturday night, and it was a night of many repeat victories.

ABC's hit comedy series, black-ish scored its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Series stars (and hosts of the event), Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson also dominated the lead actor categories.

Empire's Taraji P. Henson was another repeat victory, snagging her third consecutive award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series.

Empire has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, so this win is great.

Have a look at the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)

black-ish (ABC) — Winner

Dear White People (Netflix)

grown-ish (Freeform)

Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish — Winner

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Dwayne Johnson, Ballers

Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks,
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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Grey's, Empire Among 2019 Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday night and featured a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who also hosted the ceremony) in the lead actor categories. Taraji P. Henson triumphed for the third year in a row, winning Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Empire.

This year’s winners list also included several first-timers, including Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams, who triumphed over embattled Empire star Jussie Smollett in the race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
See full article at TVLine.com »

Birdman Sets the Record Straight on His Engagement to Toni Braxton

Birdman Sets the Record Straight on His Engagement to Toni Braxton
Ladies and gentlemen, Toni Braxton isn't single by any means. Earlier this year, the singer and Braxton Family Values star had many fans convinced that her engagement to Birdman was totally over. But during an appearance on Friday's all-new Wendy Williams Show, the rapper made it clear that he's still with his leading lady. When Wendy Williams asked if Toni is single, Birdman replied: "Where did you get that from? Social media I guess. Me personally, I've never been a man that put no energy into social media." But did they at least have a fight? "It was fake," he claimed. "I don't know how this s--t took place but for real, I would never be a man to bring none...
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Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk Grabs Daytime Emmy Nomination After Jordyn Woods Interview

Congrats are in order for the Red Table Talk team!

The popular Facebook Watch show — hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, 47, her daughter Willow Smith, 18, and her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, 64 — picked up a Daytime Emmy Award nomination on Wednesday.

The show is nominated in the informative talk-show category against NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda and syndicated programs Access Live, The Dr. Oz Show, and Rachael Ray.

“Thank you to everyone that supports @redtabletalk. Our Rtt family has become such a joyful part of our lives. Thank you to the Emmy committee @televisionacad for embracing … the new? We appreciate you.
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Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk Renewed at Facebook Watch for 20 More Episodes

Want more Red Table Talk? Facebook Watch is making it happen!

Jada Pinkett Smith‘s highly successful series — in which she’s spoken out about race, domestic violence and her high-profile marriage to Will Smith — has been renewed for 20 more episodes and returns in May.

Since its premiere in early 2018, Red Table Talk has become Facebook Watch’s most popular original series.

The series earned 7.5 million views in the first 24 hours for its episode featuring guest Jordyn Woods, in which she broke her silence following a cheating scandal involving her, Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson.

Hosted by Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith,
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Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’ To Return To Facebook Watch With More Episodes In Spring – SXSW

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Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’ To Return To Facebook Watch With More Episodes In Spring – SXSW
Jada Pinkett Smith’s groundbreaking series Red Table Talk is set to return to Facebook Watch in May with more than 20 new episodes just in time for Mother’s Day. The news was announced at SXSW during a Facebook event where Paresh Rajwat, Facebook’s head of video products also made announcements about new music and video features on the social platform.

After launching last year, Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk has become wildly popular, becoming Facebook Watch’s #1 show. With more than 300 million views (and growing) Pinkett Smith hosts the show alongside her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris (aka Gammy). Pinkett Smith also serves as executive producer alongside Ellen Rakieten and Miguel Melendez.

Red Table Talk has changed the game when it comes to talk shows. First and foremost, it is an uber-successful talk show Facebook Watch, the first of its kind. It also creates a
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Celebrity Big Brother: Lindsay Lohan Now Claims Her Twitter & Instagram Hacker Attacked Winner Tamar Braxton

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Hey, fellow Big Brother fans. We previously told you guys that Lindsay Lohan ,who is the celebrity daughter of Celebrity Big Brother season 2 final four finisher Dina Lohan, had reportedly hopped on her Twitter and Instagram accounts to bash CBS Big Brother along with some of the other Celebrity Big Brother contestants: Tamar Braxton, Ricky Williams and Anthony Scaramucci. A series of tweets and Instagram posts popped up on Lindsay Lohan's official accounts throughout this entire Celebrity Big Brother season. One of the tweets attacked Tamar Braxton right after she won the show! Now, according to the folks over at Eonline.com and other media outlets, Lindsay has addressed this issue, claiming her accounts were hacked by someone on her team. Lindsay wrote a new message on her Instagram account that explains what the hell happened. It reads like this, "I have been made aware that further comments were added
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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Insecure, This Is Us Lead TV Nominees

Nominations for the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced Wednesday, with ABC’s black-ish and NBC’s This Is Us leading the comedy and drama fields, respectively.

black-ish scored nine nods, including recognition for Outstanding Comedy Series and lead performances from Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. (The sitcom won in all three of those categories at the 2018 ceremony.) HBO’s Insecure followed closely behind on the comedy front, with five nominations total.

This Is Us also nabbed five nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series), as did Showtime’s The Chi.

The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of people
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Review: Ariana Grande Moves on in Spectacular Style With ‘Thank U, Next’

Review: Ariana Grande Moves on in Spectacular Style With ‘Thank U, Next’
Ariana Grande is a woman of her word, dropping her new album just six months after her last one—and Thank U, Next turns out to be her best album yet. Sweetener was full of potential hits; the old-school model would have been to milk it for a couple of years, tour it to death, then start the cycle all over again. Instead, Grande went back in the studio while her energy was raging and banged out another album in two weeks. This is her Amnesiac to Sweetener’s Kid A.
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The Backstreet Boys Were Hitless for Years. Then They Met Stuart Crichton

The Backstreet Boys Were Hitless for Years. Then They Met Stuart Crichton
The last eight months have been full of “first since” moments for the Backstreet Boys: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” became their first Grammy-nominated song since 2002, their first single to crack pop radio’s Top 20 since 2005 and their first Hot 100 entry since 2007. On Sunday, the group’s new album, DNA, debuted at Number One, making it the ensemble’s first chart-topper since 2000.

Two factors helped boost the Backstreet Boys’ numbers. First, a bundle deal — which lumped copies of DNA in with tickets to the group’s summer tour — shrewdly capitalized on Nineties nostalgia.
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