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Little Richard Buried at Seventh-Day Adventist HBCU He Attended In The 1950s 

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On May 9, the legendary Little Richard transitioned into the afterlife, leaving behind a legacy for decades to come. 

The founding father of rock, born as Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932, was laid to rest on May 20, 2020 in a private ceremony at Oakwood University’s Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Oakwood University is a Seventh-day Adventist HBCU where Little Richard studied theology in the 1950s. 

Richard, who released a few gospel albums throughout his career and became an ordained minister in the 70s, was a Seventh-day Adventist.

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Body Found On LA Beach Identified as WWE Pro Shad Gaspard

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was found early Wednesday on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, where he was caught in a rip current last weekend, police said.

Patrol officers were flagged down around 1:25 a.m. by a person reporting that a body had washed ashore, a Police Department statement said.

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“The decedent was identified as Shad Gaspard and next of kin was notified,” it said. Gaspard went missing last Sunday after he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh.

The boy was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely.

Gaspard, 39, was about 50 yards (46 meters) from shore when he was last spotted by a lifeguard, police said. A wave crashed over him and he was swept out to sea.

His wife, Siliana Gaspard, issued a statement Tuesday thanking authorities and fans.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad,” the statement said.

The statement had held out hope: “Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad.”

Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG.

After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”

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Maryland Woman Says She Is Jay-Z’s 1st Daughter

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La’Teasha Macer from Cambridge, Maryland says she has been through a lot in her 28 years on this earth.

She watched Multiple Sclerosis take a toll on her mother’s life, leaving her bedridden, but she held her mom down helping raise four other children while going to school full-time and working two jobs.

Macer said her family had a so-called secret that the whole town knew about including her. She says it’s now time for her to spill her own tea and speak her truth: Jay-Z is her father, allegedly.

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According to Macer’s Instagram page, she has decided to speak her truth. She alleges that the rapper/music mogul Shawn Carter AKA Jay-Z is her father.  According to La’Teasha’s page, Jay-Z and her mother had a relationship that her family, as well as others in town, knew about. Besides DNA, looks don’t lie. She also said just like her alleged father, she has twin boys, that would be his grandchildren.

This won’t be the first time someone has staked their claims to the Carter royal throne.

Listening to the video below it sounds like La’Teasha plans on doing her own documentary.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Inspires With Her At-Home Fitness Routines [VIDEO]

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Like the rest of us, Jada Pinkett-Smith is currently at home under quarantine. The only difference is that  she’s living in a mega mansion and well, many of us are not!

But that’s beside the point. 

While at home, Mrs. Smith and “Red Table Talk” creator, is using her social media platform to inspire her millions of fans to find creative ways to work out at home.

It started with a routine that required you to pull yourself across the floor while laying on a towel. Then it was an ab workout with books and now it’s another ab workout that only requires comfy socks.

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Well, it only requires socks if you have a core of steel. You’ll see what I mean below!

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Continue being a light in this dark world, Ms. Jada!

 



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The Fly Jock: Black Twitter Gives Strong Salute To The Legend Tom Joyner

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When Tom Joyner officially signed off from the airwaves last year, the world of morning radio was without one of its living legends. 

Joyner’s professional career in radio started in the 1970s and the story of how he earned his Fly Jock nickname proved why he also had another nickname, “The Hardest Working Man In Radio.”

For eight years, Joyner worked a morning show in Dallas on KKDA-FM, and commuted to Chicago for an afternoon show on WGCI-FM, racking up millions of frequent flier miles in the process. In 1994, Joyner was signed to the ABC Radio network and his nationally-syndicated program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, was born.

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With Joyner running point, his co-host Sybil Wilkes and former co-host J. Anthony Brown, and other rotating personalities informed and enlightened their devoted fan base. The show was a hub of progressive Black thought and promoted excellence via education and service. Along with daily news bits, comedy skits, and guest hosts, the show also heavily promoted the contributions Black people have made to the world via the Little Known Black History Facts segment.

Joyner signed off in December 2019 and passed the torch to his Omega Psi Phi brother in Rickey Smiley, who now maintains the morning show slot that his predecessor commanded for 25 years. While Smiley is as capable as they come, fans on Twitter are missing the Joyner and his signature theme song on their drives.

We’ve got those reactions from Twitter below.

 



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Tina Knowles-Lawson Is Serving Cookie Lyon Vibes In This Throwback Pic

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In the “Savage” remix, when Beyoncé rapped that her “Mama was a savage, n****a I got this s**t from Tina,” it’s clear that the Queen wasn’t lying.

Now, Tina Knowles-Lawson is proving her baby right. In a throwback picture of herself, circa 1992, the 66-year-old looks absolutely stunning rocking a yellow, brown and black leopard print jumpsuit, looking like one of our favorite characters from Empire

“I am 38 on this photo!” the mother and grandmother wrote on Instagram on Monday, telling the story behind this perfect blast from the past. 

“Took it on my lunch break from the salon with 6 people under the dryer with wraps, Are used to take a couple hours to dry, I still love leopard My Girls used to hate it! Yes I was Cookie Lyons before there was a Cookie Lyons. @tarajiphenson 😂❤❤🙏🏾.” 

 

Of course, folks such as Naomi Campbell, Holly Robinson Peete and many others showed Ms. Tina love, including Vanessa Williams who wrote: “Woo chile you hurtin ‘em with this look! Exactly Kerry OG periodt! We see your Divine gifts all over your gifted children! Love you Ms Tina Lawson!”

Now, while being fierce is one of her strong suits, dancing is not.

“”Haaaa!!! Yeah i know they didn’t get their dance moves from me !!” she wrote in the video’s caption, attempting to be the physical embodiment of the Megan Thee Stallion and Bey song. “They got em from their daddy! its okay i still like to dance!!!!! And i got two new knees.”

But alas, she gets an “A” for effort for attempting this popular TikTok dance…I mean hey, I’ve been working on the first eight for weeks.

Take a look:

 

Hilarious!

From telling her corny jokes to reminding Black folks to forgo getting their hair and nails done to starting the campaign #IDIDMYPART to offer free COVID-19 tests to the resident of Houston, Tina has been keeping very busy during the quarantine. And we’re here for it!

“Why would these be the first places that open?” taking a few-seconds pause. “We need to stay at home. It’s people dying every day and Black people are dying at an alarming rate. We can do without this.”

 

 

You better tell em’ Mama!

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Clip Leaks Of Master P, Romeo Beefing With ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ Producers

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Fans of Growing Up Hip Hop may have noticed that Romeo departed the show near the top of the year, with him and his father Master P stating that the show forced storylines that made participants look bad. In a recently unveiled clip from TMZ, the moment that inspired Romeo to split from the show was revealed and it involved Angela Simmons as well.

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TMZ exclusively obtained a copy of the clip with Master P and Romeo getting into it with producers of the popular unscripted series. According to the footage, P felt that the producers tried to twist the storyline for sensationalism and create a storyline between him and Simmons but the No Limit boss pushed back.

TMZ reports:

TMZ’s obtained video of Master P going at with producers during a ‘GUHH’ shoot in NYC back in early March. The issue P and Romeo were beefing with the show about involved what they called “fake drama” over a manufactured storyline involving Romeo and Angela Simmons.

Check out the video … Master P’s talking to a producer and he’s fuming over how Romeo’s being portrayed. He feels the story should instead revolve around Angela finding herself in wake of her ex-fiance and father of her child being murdered in late 2018.

Romeo also feels his relationship with God’s being exploited on the show, and he’s not having it anymore.

The creative differences between Master P and Romeo and Growing Up Hip Hop were mentioned during an interview the pair had with The Breakfast Club back in March in where both men echoed the same sentiment of having integrity and also getting their stories told the correct way.

Check out the clip below.

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WATCH: Trailer For Spike Lee’s Vietnam Film ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Released

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t’s been more than a year since we learned that Chadwick “Black Panther” Boseman was cast in Spike Lee’s newest project, Da 5 Bloods. While it may sound like a film about gangbanging, it’s actually much deeper than that.

The Oscar-winning director’s latest film centers around four African-American Vietnam veterans – Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) – who come together to fulfill a pact made when they were young soldiers serving on the front lines of Nam. Now well into their senior years, the four men return to Vietnam five decades later to not only retrieve the remains of their deceased squadron leader (Chadwick Boseman), but also dig up a treasure chest filled with enough gold to have them set for life. Well, what’s left of their lives anyway (no shots).

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The film will feature Boseman as “the best damn soldier that ever lived” during the flashback scenes while Lindo, Peters, Lewis and Whitlock, Jr. travel the country looking for his remains throughout the rest of the movie.

And do expect there to be divisions and comedic conflict amongst this brotherhood as Spike Lee told Vanity Fair that Delroy Lindo’s character is indeed a Trumpian.

“So we’ve got this group, and I had to show some type of diversity amongst these African American men. They can’t be all alike—that’s not only stupid, it’s not dramatic. […] And there are a small minority of black folks who drank the orange Kool-Aid. To make him more dramatic, Paul is a MAGA-hat-wearing motherfucker.”

Watch Paul be Kanye West’s favorite character in the film.

Peep the trailer to Da 5 Bloods below and let us know if you’ll be streaming it on Netflix come June 15. If the shelter-at-home orders are once again put back in place you might as well, b.



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Dwight Howard Reveals Mother of His Son Died After Epileptic Seizure

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NBA superstar Dwight Howard has revealed that in the midst of dealing with the stress of the pandemic, his family has suffered a tragic loss after the mother of his son passed away.

According to ESPN, The Los Angeles Lakers star said the mother of his six-year-old son, Melissa Rios, passed away back in March after having an epileptic seizure. During the interview, Howard explained that the hardest part of losing Rios was having to explain her passing to their six-year-old son.

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“I’ve had some things happen in my personal life that has been difficult to really handle,” Howard said. “My son’s mom, she had passed away a month and a half ago and it’s extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son, who’s 6 years old, just about the whole situation.”

Although Rios passed while many states were quarantining and practicing social distancing, Dwight Howard noted that he and his son were fortunate to be able to attend the funeral while still following the state’s guidelines.

“There was no way I could not be there for my son, and even for her family,” Howard said. “I definitely would’ve felt like that would’ve been bad. She deserves and he would deserve better if I didn’t do that.”

Howard, who was planning to invite Rios to his home with him and his son during the NBA hiatus when he learned that she has passed away, added that the entire experience has taught him to cherish each day because “every moment counts.”

“Be grateful for every situation that you have, just be grateful for life. I think we also take for granted the little things and just spending time with people and stuff like that. And you know after having all these situations, it’s like, reconfirming to me just stay in the moment. Always be grateful. Always be grateful for everything you have, every little thing that happens.”

Rios was 31-years-old.

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Flex Alexander Reveals He Once Borrowed $350 To Take Shanice On An Anniversary Date

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They say that you don’t know who your real friends are until hard times hit and Flex Alexander has found a solid friend in fellow actor Chris Spencer. The two married entertainers came together to chat on Instagram Live via @BlackLove and recalled a time where Chris came through for him.

Nearly a decade ago Flex, who is married to singer Shanice, was experiencing a tough time financially and his friend showed up in a way he will never forget.

For the first time ever, 50-year-old Flex confesses to Shanice on live that he accepted money from his friend Chris to take her out for their wedding anniversary.

[It was] our anniversary and I couldn’t do anything for you. And Chris, he gave me $350 so that I can take you out. He went to The Comedy Store and he texts me the check they gave him at the Comedy Store was the exact amount. 

I just say that because you really find out who your real friends are when things are bad. When things are great, everybody loves you. I appreciate you, man.

 

 

Flex and Shanice have been married since 2000. They have two kids together.

This article was originally posted on Bossip.com

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