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Earth, Wind & Fire Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

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Earth, Wind And Fire Perform At Fillmore Miami Beach

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A big honor for legendary R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire.

The group is among the 2019 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, announced Thursday (July 18). Other honorees include pop singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Sally Field, 11-time Grammy-winning symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and “Sesame Street.”

The public television educational mainstay is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “Sesame Street” is the first television program to receive the honor.

All honorees will be celebrated at the 42nd annual ceremony in Washington, which will be broadcasted a week later on CBS.

Source: New York Post

 



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Jada Pinkett-Smith Flaunts Banging Body on Instagram

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Introducing ‘Hot Girl Jada’!

The actress and “Red Table Talk” host got Thee Stallion stamp of approval Thursday (July 18) after posting a snapshot on Instagram showing off her banging body basking in the sunlight on a yacht in the Mediterranean. She’s currently vacationing in Greece and Italy with husband Will Smith and their children, Jaden and Willow.

“I’LL take that joyful hot girl summer thank you,” Smith captioned the photo.

 

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I'LL take that joyful hot girl summer thank you🌞✨

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According to the New York Post, the 47-year-old is rocking an Adriana Degreas + Cult Gaia leaf-appliquéd two-piece which retails for $490.

Megan Thee Stallion, who championed the phrase “hot girl summer,” commented “Yessssss” along with a quartet of heart-eyed smileys. She also shared Smith’s flick, dubbing her “Mrs. Hot Girl Jada.”

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FaceApp Aging Filter Can Steal More Than Your Youth

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*Celebrities across the internet are embracing the FaceApp hype after a retooled version of its old age filter sent social media into a frenzy.

Social media users have been sharing images of what they would look like as elderly folks, including Kevin Hart, Terry Crews Dwyane Wade and Drake.

However, users are being warned that the free “old age filter,” created in 2017 by developers at Wireless Lab in St. Petersburg, Russia, poses major security risks, the New York Post reports.

FaceApp has gone viral thanks to its age filter, which now reportedly owns more than 150 million people’s faces and names. According to the user agreement, the company has an endless license to do anything they wish with this information — made possible by the #faceappchallenge.

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Best caption wins ovo tickets

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Users must grant FaceApp permission to access the photo gallery on their cell phones, and the company notes in their Terms and Conditions that they have the right to modify, reproduce and publish any of your images through its AI.

UK-based Digitas strategist James Whatley said on Twitter, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable… royalty-free… license to use, adapt, publish, distribute your user content… in all media formats… when you post or otherwise share.”

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🤔🤷🏾‍♂️ Grandpa Wade huh

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That means they can also use your real name, your username or “any likeness provided” in any format without notifying or paying you, the report states. And they can do so for as long as they want, even after you delete.

Security expert Ariel Hochstadt told the Daily Mail that hackers (whether or not they are Russian or working with Russia) can use this information against you by cross-referencing your face and phone information with the websites you’re using — such as Facebook and Instagram.

“They also know who this image is, with the huge database they created of Facebook accounts and faces, and the data they have on that person is both private and accurate to the name, city and other details found on Facebook,” said Hochstadt.

“With so many breaches, they can get information and hack cameras that are out there, and be able to create a database of people all over the world, with information these people didn’t imagine is collected on them.”

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Netflix Cancels ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ After Two Seasons

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Only two months after the premiere of the show’s second season, Netflix has decided to cancel Spike Lee’s series She’s Gotta Have It.

This was Lee’s first ever television project, which ran for a total of 19 episodes. Even though Netflix is out of the picture, Lee–who directed every episode himself–is expected to search for a new home for the series, according to reports from Variety.

 

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“Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” #AudreLorde Saying “Until” to Nola Darling today 🕊

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The Oscar-winning director currently has a film in production with Netflix, Da 5 Bloods, which is a war drama about Vietnam War veterans returning to the country starring Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jean Reno.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the following in a statement:

 

“Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series She’s Gotta Have It to Netflix. While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods.”

 

For all the fans of She’s Gotta Have It out there: what network or streaming platform would you want to see the series move to?

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Tamar Braxton & Vincent Herbert’s Divorce Finalized

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'Dancing With The Stars' Season 21 - October 5, 2015

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After filing for divorce in 2017, Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert’s marriage has officially come to an end. Their divorce was recently finalized, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

Tamar and Vince, who share a son together and even had their own reality show, were married for almost nine years. They began dating in 2003 and got married in 2008.  

While they just became single by law, Tamar’s heart was already taken by her Nigerian boyfriend, David.

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Mya: ‘Girls Cruise’ Shows How We Handle Disagreements And Differences As Women

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Mya

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Mya has given us female anthems like Best Of Me, Case Of The Ex and My Love Is Like Wo but the 39-year-old songstress and dancer admits, she spent more time focusing on her career than building friendships with other women.

But after dropping nine independent projects, Mya is ready to let her hair down and enjoy the fruits of her labor alongside Lil Kim, Chilli, and comedians B Simone and Pretty Vee as they embark on the girls trip of a lifetime when they set sail on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean.

And when we say luxury, we mean Kim, who put the trip together, puts the luxe in LUXURY.

“You have to take your shoes off before you walk on the boat,” Mya explained. “You have to walk around with slippers or bare foot because it’s just that immaculate and expensive. Nothing average is present on the boat. The staff is amazing and available 24 hours. Whatever dietary restrictions, they are there to accommodate your every need. It’s a spoiled situation. Kim does everything over-the-top. There’s nothing basic about this. It’s just fabulous. We’re all in awe.”

Girls Cruise aired Monday night on VH1 and gave us a glimpse at Mya’s laid-back personality. But it’s clear she knows how to have a good time.

“I haven’t really been on a platform to showcase who I am as a person and then amongst other women with differences and adversity. I think it’s the whole package of who Mya is in different scenarios. There’s adventure, there’s guys, there’s eye candy, there’s a lot of things in the Caribbean. There are a lot of dynamics that happen on the cruise with disagreements and differences and how we handle them as women. I think the audience is going to take a lot from that.”

Mya gained several new girlfriends while on the 10-day trip including Pretty Vee and B Simone, who she called the second most fabulous on the trip.

“As an entertainer, I was entertained, I got some abs laughing so hard. They are on all the time. I’m glad I did it because I have new friendships and bonds with other women, which is something I feel like I lacked in this business for years because you just go, go and go.”

Catch Girls Cruise every Monday on VH1. 


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Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Kendrick Lamar Appear On New Beyonce Album

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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce’s new album inspired by “The Lion King” features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Beyonce announced Tuesday that “The Lion King: The Gift,” which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez.

In the new version of “The Lion King,” in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala. Beyonce curated and executive produced “The Lion King: The Gift,” which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake.

Jay-Z appears on the song “Mood 4 Eva.” Blue Ivy is featured on “Brown Skin Girl.”

Beyonce’s song “Spirit,” released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official “Lion King” soundtrack as well as “The Lion King: The Gift.”

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Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Kendrick Lamar Appear On New Beyonce Album

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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce’s new album inspired by “The Lion King” features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Beyonce announced Tuesday that “The Lion King: The Gift,” which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez.

In the new version of “The Lion King,” in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala. Beyonce curated and executive produced “The Lion King: The Gift,” which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake.

Jay-Z appears on the song “Mood 4 Eva.” Blue Ivy is featured on “Brown Skin Girl.”

Beyonce’s song “Spirit,” released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official “Lion King” soundtrack as well as “The Lion King: The Gift.”

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R. Kelly’s Alleged Sex Slaves Will Support Singer During Court Hearing

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R. Kelly’s alleged sex slaves say they will support the embattled singer when he appears in federal court Tuesday (July 16) for charges related to his new sex crimes case.

Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary also plan to address the media after the hearing, according to their attorney Gloria Schmidt, TMZ reports.

As we previously reported, R. Kelly was arrested last week in Chicago on federal charges including sex trafficking, obstruction of justice and racketeering. Federal prosecutors want him held in custody until he goes to trial, as they fear he is a flight risk.

Kelly’s publicist, Darrell Johnson, addressed these latest charges during a press conference in Atlanta Friday morning, but it was interrupted by Joycelyn’s father.

Timothy Savage demanded to know where his daughter is being held – but Johnson ignored him.

According to TMZ, the parents say they were in Chicago recently and went with cops to Kelly’s Trump Tower residence to do a welfare check on Joycelyn … but she wasn’t there — and they have no idea where she is.

“I don’t wanna hear all that,” Timothy shouted during the presser. “I wanna know where my daughter’s at! Answer that question!”

Meanwhile, Joycelyn and Azriel offered an update in a video message on Sunday … noting that they’re still living in Kelly’s condo, and slammed reports they had been evicted following his arrest last Thursday.

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Meek Mill Seeks New Trial, Judge After Decade-Long Probation

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade.

The city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge against the performer, the lawyers said, and city prosecutors agree.

RELATED: Appeals Court Grants Meek Mill A Hearing In 08 Conviction

Prosecutors under District Attorney Larry Krasner have filed a motion supporting his bid to toss the conviction and be retried under a new judge.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a symbol for criminal justice reform after Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him in 2017 to two to four years in prison for minor probation violations. He spent about four months in prison before a court ordered him released last year.

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Defense lawyers hope to persuade the state Superior Court that Williams’ conviction be thrown out based on alleged credibility issues with the now-retired police officer who was the key witness against him at the nonjury trial. The officer said the then-19-year-old Williams pointed a gun at him during the arrest outside his southwest Philadelphia home. Williams has denied pointing a gun at police.

Williams has frequently tangled with the judge over terms of his parole, especially over reporting requirements and travel rules that he says conflicts with his music career. Brinkley, after a 2015 hearing that included testimony from Williams’ then-girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, said she “has done nothing but try to help the defendant.”

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Williams is a fixture at NBA games in Philadelphia and has the support of many high-profile celebrities and athletes. He appeared in last month’s season finale of Saturday Night Live, performing beside DJ Khaled, John Legend, SZA and other artists in a tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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