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“We Messed Up”: Tyra Banks Admits ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Wasn’t Inclusive Enough

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America’s Next Top Model has gotten its fair share of slander over the years as people who were once fans realize the show they watched as a child/teenager wasn’t exactly as great as in some areas as they thought it was. One of the things many have pointed out is just how mean Tyra Banks and other judges were to some contestants, reposting old clips in amazement at how normal a lot of us thought it was over a decade ago.

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Now, the creator and new host of Dancing With The Stars is admitting that among other things, the series wasn’t as inclusive as it should have been.

“We were still operating in a world—I was still a model at the time, not a retired model yet, and still operating in this world that had so many rules,” she said on the Tamron Hall Show on Wednesday in response to the criticism she’s faced about the series over the years. “It was this awful push and pull that we all had.”

Banks said there were “different categories of things we messed up” and that Top Model had “a whole bunch of things that we did mess up.” She revealed that she sees the show’s missteps as her attempt to avoid hurting the contestants’ careers.

“I was trying to push boundaries but was also torn to try to make sure that these girls could work, so it was a balance,” She admitted. “It was like, ‘Oh, break beauty barriers,’ but yeah, I can break them all I want on the show, but they’ll graduate from the show, and they won’t work.”

She continued, “I had model agents here saying, ‘These three girls could really, really work, but this must change,’ so there was a whole behind-the-scenes thing happening,” Banks said. “Instead of me saying, ‘You must change this,’ on TV, I think what I should have said is, ‘You’re beautiful.’”

Tyra also said that she had whispering agents in her ear, telling her what the models needed to change about their physical appearances if they wanted to win within the industry. Still, Banks has continued to defended the intentions of the series she created.

America’s Next Top Model was created—I created it—to introduce diversity and inclusion into a world that was pretty much not representing that or representing it in the most minute ways,” Banks said. “So that was the crux of why I created America’s Next Top Model. It’s why my partner Ken Mok and I, who’s Chinese American, got up every single day, and we made so many inroads.”

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Jaw-Dropper: Martin Lawrence Daughter Is STUNNING, Meet Jasmine Lawrence [Photos]

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Martin Lawrence showed off his beautiful family during National Daughter Day earlier this week and the legendary entertainer’s oldest daughter, Jasmine Lawrence, has been breaking necks with her stunning looks!

Jasmine is 24-years-old and is following in her father’s steps in the entertainment biz. Jasmine, in fact, made a special appearance on Bad Boys 3 as one of the night club staff members who were giving Martin & Will Smith a hard time entering the club. Not only does Ms. Jasmine Lawrence act, but she also has a degree from Duke University.

Check out some photos of Martin Lawrence’s beautiful daughter, Jasmine Lawrence below!

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‘Girlfriends’ Star Reggie Hayes Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure

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Girlfriends is enjoying a renewed interest thanks to its inclusion on Netflix but Reggie Hayes, the actor who played William on the popular show, is currently battling health issues.

Hayes was hospitalized last week with congestive heart failure in Los Angeles and due to the wildfires in California, he’s had difficulty with breathing.

” I was in the hospital overnight, they were having trouble getting my blood pressure back down,” Hayes told the Chicago Tribune. “Seems like the more they look, the more problems they find.”

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Hayes starred on Girlfriends from 2000 to 2008, a series focused on the lives of four Black women including Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White. Hayes played the nerdy lawyer who evolved into a love interest for Ross’ character Joan and brought a bit of levity as well as comedy to the show. He won an NAACP Image Award on three occasions in the Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series category.

The 51-year-old has struggled to find work since, revealing that he sold the house he lived in while he was on the show and then lived in his sister’s garage for a number of years.

“I tried being a bouncer for a while, and everyone in the club wanted their picture taken with me,” Hayes said. “I’m 6-feet-2 but everybody knows I’m like a mouse; once you know me, you know I’m a pushover. So that didn’t work out. I also tried being a furniture mover, but I was in my 40s so that only lasted a couple of days. My back never would have survived it.”

He is appreciative of the revival of Girlfriends love and the greater appreciation for the show. “And with ‘Girlfriends’ on Netflix and everybody talking about it again, it’s a really nice warm feeling,” he said.

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Stevie Wonder Gets Real About Breonna Taylor Case [VIDEO]

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Stevie Wonder is fed up.

The legendary singer shared his thoughts about the grand jury decision regarding Breonna Taylor on Wednesday (September 23) in a new episode of his “The Universe Is Watching Us” series and summed it up rather plainly.

“You say you believe that all lives matter,” Wonder says. “I say, I don’t believe the f*ck you do.”

Wonder’s candor came hours after a grand jury declined to bring charges against three officers involved in the death of Taylor on March 13. Instead, they opted to charge one officer, Brett Hankison, on three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighboring apartment. Louisville city officials announced last week that Taylor’s family will receive a #12 million settlement but in Wonder’s views, “no amount of money has ever brought a life back. Ask yourself, Why so long for Breonna Taylor? Why would we accept anyone [to] call a fallen soldier anything less than an ultimate hero?”

RELATED: Breonna Taylor Case Causes Nationwide Protests After Cops Go Unprosecuted

Wonder has been using YouTube and “The Universe Is Watching Us” to be vocal about everything from the upcoming Presidential election and encouraging individuals to vote to urging people to seek the truth and not place the country’s matters in the hands of fate. He also cited another Civil Rights titan, the late John Lewis in regard to doing “good trouble.”

“And for me, good trouble is bringing our nation, this nation, back together again. And the way we do that is to vote justice in and injustice out. We just can’t put November in the hands of fate. But we can put it in our hands. The universe is still watching us. And now,” the “Superstition” singer declared, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is watching us, too.”



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Chris Rock Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premiere, Megan Thee Stallion Musical Guest

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Saturday Night Live is starting its new season out with a bang. NBC announced that Chris Rock will host the premiere episode while the musical guess will be rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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Season 46 of the renowned sketch comedy show will kick off on October 3 and it will be Rock’s third time hosting. The former SNL cast member is an Emmy and Grammy Award winner who currently stars in FX’s drama Fargo. And, he helped Busta Rhymes announce his new album.

Megan thanks to her legion of hotties and fans of her bars have become a Hip-Hop star and recently landed in the pages of Time magazine as one of its 100 most influential people. This will be the “Savage” rapper’s SNL debut.

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Dr. Dre’s Soon To Be Ex-Wife Accused Of Cashing Out His Bank Account

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The divorce proceedings between Dr. Dre and his soon to be ex-wife are uncovering some serious dirt. She has apparently left a paper trail of pilfering from the piggy bank.

As spotted on TMZ Nicole Young’s reputation is now being put to the test. Last week the iconic producer’s attorney Larry Chatman provided proof that she had allegedly helped herself to a big bag to the tally of $353,571.85.

According to a formal letter written by the lawyer she wrote herself a check from his Record One Studio’s bank account back in 2015. Even though she had been appointed as a trustee and signatory for the account he claims the transaction was not authorized and called the move embezzlement. Furthermore he demanded that she return the monies or that a formal suit would be filed against her.

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This week Chatman put his foot on the pedal even further with a new accusation. He recently provided another processed check that was written out by her on September 9, 2020 to the amount of $31,457. And just like the aforementioned transaction she wrote it out to herself. Young’s lawyer is calling the accusations as frivolous. “This is a clear attempt to smear Nicole’s name.  As people are well aware, banks do not give out money to people who are not authorized to receive it” Bryan Freedman told TMZ. 

She previously accused the mogul of hiding assets from her and that he physically abused her. Dr. Dre has yet to comment on the matter.

 

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Singer Jaguar Wright Apologizes To Tiffany Haddish After Accusing Common Of Sexual Assault

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Well, this is an odd twist. Jaguar Wright posted an Instagram video apologizing to Tiffany Haddish a month after accusing her boyfriend, Common, of sexual assault back when the musicians allegedly dated two decades ago. 

In the one-minute video clip, Wright professed her respect for the comedian and addressed the possible friction the accusation may have caused in Haddish’s relationship with the rapper while doubling down on her original story that sparked the controversy over the summer.

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“There’s one person that I have not addressed directly,” Wright states in the video. “And the truth is because I have a lot of respect for her. I think that she is a wonderful comedian. I think she’s a great philanthropist. I just got off of her page and I just scrolled through like a month or two. I was just curious to see if everything going on in hip hop and neo-soul was affecting her in any way because I know that she’s in a relationship with, unfortunately, someone who became a target of my investigation. I just want to say to Tiffany Haddish, I got all of the respect in the world for you.”

Wright later admitted the apology was inspired by a conversation with a mutual friend, Luenell Campbell.

“Luenell has always spoken highly of you and there’s not much Luenell can say to me that I don’t take as Bible,” Wright admitted.  “So I just wanted to apologize, for real, for real, if anything that I have done has caused you distress.”

 

 

Previously, Wright went on Instagram Live and accused Common of sexual assault after the singer rejected his multiple pleas for sex during their relationship in 2000, allegedly. Things took a shocking turn when the pair woke up the next morning.  

“The next thing I know, I wake up. It’s morning and I feel something poking in my face and sh*t. And it’s just poking in my face, poking in my face. And I’m like ‘What the f*ck?!’ Then I open my mouth, this n*gga trying to stick his d*ck in my mouth while I’m sleep,” Wright continued. “Lonnie F*ckin Lynn. Rashid, Common, whatever the f*ck you want to call yourself. Because n*gga if you gon try to stick your d*ck in your mouth while I’m sleep, it ain’t nothing you won’t do.”

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Vivica A. Fox Says She Tested Negative For COVID-19 After Revealing Positive Results

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Vivica A. Fox shared with her Instagram that she’s COVID-19 negative.

Just this past weekend, Fox missed the 72nd Emmy Award Show telecast due to testing positive for coronavirus from what she says was a self-administered test.

“On Friday I took a self-administered COVID-19 test following strict safety guidelines prior to the big event,” Fox said in a statement to Deadline. “As many of you are aware, those results came back positive. Two days ago I took another COVID-19 test, this one administered by a medical professional, and I am thrilled to announce that my results came back negative! I am feeling great and I want to thank everyone for their show of love and support.”

 

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Da Brat Talks Dating Allen Iverson; Being Bisexual In Kandi Burruss Interview [VIDEO]

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Da Brat is opening up about her past and sharing some deep life details.

In the most episode of Kandi Burruss’ Speak On It, the Chicago rapper got candid about exploring her sexuality and her relationships.  She discussed her current relationship with businesswoman Jesseca Dupart and the decision to come out publicly as bisexual.

While discussing past relationships, she opened up about dating former NBA player Allen Iverson in the past.

 

 

In the viral clip, she shared how close they were detailing times when they traveled aboard together and met each other’s families.  She mentioned that she really loved being domesticated for him by cooking and cleaning and in return, he spoiled her.  Though things between them were good, the rapper recalled fighting other women because of his basketball player ways.

“The last straw, I think we were sitting outside the hotel, in the hallway,” she says. “And this half-naked b***h, walks up the hallway talking about she looking for him. I’m sitting there with him. I’m like, ‘B***h, I know you see me sitting here with this [n-word]. You still gon say you looking for him?’ I must have molly whopped that b***h down the hallway.”

She says after the altercation, she decided to fall back from the relationship.

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Taraji P. Henson Is Turning Heads In Her 50th Birthday Celebration Photos

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Taraji P. Henson has been one of the entertainment world’s most beautiful women since bursting onto the acting scene in the 1990s and that trend still continues. While on vacation in Mexico celebrating her recent birthday, the award-winning Empire actress, and Washington, D.C. native showed off and showed out in a series of photos of her donning a bikini.

Henson, who just turned 50 on Sept. 11, has apparently been working out and aging in reverse as evidenced by a number of sultry shots from the sands of Cabo. In one of the photos, Henson is shown sipping on a bit of bubbly and again showing off the hard work in the gym.

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In another photo, the Howard University graduate wrote in the caption, “#BAWDY BY @forcefitnessinc and #hardasswork #ImAddictedtothewotkout #WeAlreadyBackAtIt #LetsGO #MoreGains.”

Well, we must agree, the “hard ass work” is paying off tremendously. Check out the photos of THEE Ms. Taraji P. Henson below. And for those who are unfamiliar, ask any of your Bison pals about the legend that is Howard China.

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