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‘Real Sports’ Tackles NCAA’s Mistreatment of Athletes

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Former Temple University discus thrower Ebony Moore on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”

*The latest episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” focuses on the physical and mental health of college athletes, and whether it’s on the NCAA to bear at least some of the financial responsibility for the bills once the athlete has graduated.

The first segment deals with athletes who are unable to play professionally or earn a living in a regular job due to severe injuries sustained in college. Unable to generate income, these athletes are often saddled with thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses without their alma mater kicking in a dime.

Gumbel, who has called college football a “free farm team” for the NFL, thinks the league should contribute at least some of its billions to these athletes in the form of health and disability insurance. But he knows it will likely never happen.

“The NFL is not even willing to compensate its own people who have been hurt. So asking them to compensate people who haven’t even joined them yet, you’re really not going to get very far,” he said.

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The episode’s second segment followed the journey of Ebony and Amber Moore, twins on the Temple University track team. When both began to chafe under the coach’s alleged verbal abuse, Amber was able to quit because she wasn’t on an academic scholarship, but Ebony had received an athletic scholarship, and was forced to stay on the team so that she could remain in school. The verbal abuse, Ebony says, eventually broke her.

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Gumbel, meanwhile, has a serious bone to pick with the obscene amount of millions paid to college coaches while many of their athletes from impoverished backgrounds are struggling to get by under strict NCAA rules regarding limiting any exchange of money or services.

Listen below:

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Halle Berry, Ellen DeGeneres Stuff Their Bras with Cash (Watch)

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*Halle Berry visited “Ellen” to promote her new lingerie line at Target, but of course was talked into playing a game – this one requiring the two to fill their bras (“Dream Bras” from Berry’s Scandale Paris lingerie line) with as much cash as possible for the benefit of two audience members.

In the 30-second Stuff Your Cups challenge, the ladies had to grab as many Benjamins as possible as they blew around in a boxed-in wind tunnel.

“Ellen, I hope I don’t hurt you in there,” said the actress.

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Berry’s 10-piece Scandale Paris collection – between $7-$18 – officially hits Target stores today (March 30).

“I’m big [into lingerie] and being married to a Frenchman you kind of have to be,” Berry told Ellen earlier. “That’s part of it.”

Halle and her actor husband Olivier Martinez, 49, wed two years ago and are the parents of 17-month-old son Maceo. She also has a seven-year-old daughter Nahla with her French-Canadian ex-partner, INC brand ambassador Gabriel Aubry.

Berry also spoke to “Ellen” about getting to pet a great white shark and zip-lining in Hawaii…

The Oscar winner will reprise her role as astronaut Molly Woods in the second season of “Extant,” premiering July 1 on CBS.

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‘The Wiz’ is NBC’s Next Live TV Musical Event; Broadway to Follow

The Wiz: Michael Jackson, Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell

The Wiz (1978): Michael Jackson, Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell

*Slide some oil to the Peacock…NBC has announced that its next live musical television event will be “The Wiz,” to air Thursday, Dec. 3, reports Variety.

“The Wiz” marks NBC’s third production, after “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood and “Peter Pan Live!” in which Brian Williams’ daughter Allison Williams played the title character.

“The Wiz” will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, also presented by Cirque du Soleil.

Casting for both projects is yet to be announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC’s “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” return as exec producers. Kenny Leon will direct both the TV production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to not only produce this as our next live musical for NBC, but to then see it move to Broadway for a new generation to experience,” said Zadan. Meron added, “It will be a joy to work again with Kenny Leon, who did ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Raisin in the Sun’ with us.”

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Audra McDonald Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Audra McDonald, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," attends the 2014 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Reception at the Paramount Hotel on April 30, 2014 in New York City

Audra McDonald, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” attends the 2014 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Reception at the Paramount Hotel on April 30, 2014 in New York City

*Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald is reportedly in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

McDonald will play Garderobe, the French word for wardrobe. She’ll join Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as vain villain Gaston, and Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s loyal sidekick.

In Disney’s fairy tale, the Prince is placed under a curse which sees his servants turned into various objects in the castle. The lady-in-waiting is turned into Garderobe.

She, along with Mrs. Potts, a kettle, assists Belle in her initial loneliness and takes part in the “Be Our Guest” showstopper. Garderrobe also sings a solo as part of “Human Again,” a song which was deleted from the 1991 movie but later added to the 2002 special-edition DVD.

The live-action film will be directed by Bill Condon.

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Michelle Obama Inspires Crowd at ‘Black Girls Rock!’ (Pics)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark.

*First Lady Michelle Obama was at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Saturday celebrating the power of black women and promoting her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls. according to The Associated Press.

“I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of humanitarian organization CARE USA were the night’s honorees.

But according to the AP, FLOTUS was the most celebrated participant:

Wearing a form-fitting white dress, she jammed to performances from the likes of Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E, Estelle and others and applauded the honorees.

Obama got arguably the night’s loudest ovation as she came on stage and declared “Black girls rock!” — the slogan and name of the organization founded by Beverly Bond. It is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.

First Lady Michelle Obama, left, waves while standing on stage with Making A Difference award winners, from left, Kaya Thomas, Chental-Song Bembry and Gabrielle Jordan during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark

First Lady Michelle Obama, left, waves while standing on stage with Making A Difference award winners, from left, Kaya Thomas, Chental-Song Bembry and Gabrielle Jordan during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark

Obama acknowledged as much in her speech to celebrate three young honorees.

“I know there are voices that you are not good enough,” she said, acknowledging that she often lacked self-confidence growing up despite encouraging parents.

“Each of those doubts was like a test,” she said, “that I either shrink away from or rise to meet. And I decided to rise.”

Obama, who recently completed a trip to Japan and Cambodia as part of her worldwide push for better educational opportunities for girls, lauded the young honorees for excelling in their studies.

“There is nothing more important than being serious about your education,” the Ivy League-educated Obama said. “That’s why I am able to stand here tonight. … I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”

Obama’s speech was just one of many highlights of the nearly four-hour event, which will be shown Sunday, April 5, on BET.

Will Smith, right, gives a hug to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith before Will Smith gave Pinkett Smith the Star Power award  during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark, N.J.

Will Smith, right, gives a hug to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith before Will Smith gave Pinkett Smith the Star Power award during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark, N.J.

Will Smith gave an emotional tribute to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who received the Star Power award. Smith alluded to persistent rumors that the couple’s marriage was in trouble.

He said when one rumor got out of control, he had a chance for reflection.

“In that brief moment my heart jumped for a second and I started to imagine what my life would have been like without that woman,” he said as the couple’s daughter, Willow, beamed from the audience.

When Pinkett Smith accepted the honor, she alluded to recent slights of black girls and women — including a college baseball player’s slur against Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis — as reasons why Black Girls Rock! is necessary.

She also implored black women to celebrate and be aware of their own strength.

“I need you to understand that we are the women who marched from cotton fields into fields of medicine … politics … entertainment,” she said. “We have found a way to march into the White House.”

Tyson also spoke to the resiliency of black women as she accepted her legacy award from hosts actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King.

“The moment anyone tries to demean or degrade you in any way, you have to know how great you are,” Tyson said. “Nobody would bother to beat you down if you were not a threat.”

DuVernay, whose civil rights drama “Selma” received an Academy Award nomination, making her the first black woman to notch such an achievement, name-checked a host of other black filmmakers in her speech as she accepted her Shot Caller award, and implored women to “figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story.”

The show peppered songs from entertainers like Jill Scott, Estelle and others with inspiring stories from the award winners. One of the members of the group Sister Sledge sang the song “We Are Family,” with the refrain “I’ve got all my sisters with me,” as the audience grooved along.

And sisterhood was the spirit of the evening, evident when Obama came on stage to close the show with all the honorees. When an embarrassed King flubbed a line, Obama gave her a hug and then jokingly rubbed her back.

The actress and director then shouted with glee, “I’ve got Mrs. Obama pumping me up!”

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NeNe Leakes Storms Off ‘RHOA Reunion’ Set: Report

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*This seems to be NeNe’s thing this season – storming off set when she feels verbally attacked.

Radar Online is reporting that the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star left the reunion taping, which took place last Friday.

“NeNe completely broke down. …She was crying, and then she walked off,” an insider told the website.

However, the source added that her theatrics didn’t last long. “When she stepped out, she was gone for about an hour. It was typical housewife dramatics.”

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NeNe Leakes and Dr. Jeff on an episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

According to a second source, the therapist, Dr. Jeff, from the on-screen therapy session during which Leakes also stormed off, made an appearance at the reunion and set her off again.

“When Dr. Jeff appeared, he said something to NeNe, and it made her start crying,” the second insider dished.

Once the reunion was over, Leakes took to Facebook to post the following: “Sometimes it’s only my fear of prison food that stops me.”

Later, Leakes went into more detail about the reunion, saying she went into the taping “feeling very at peace,” and had to “mentally accept that things would not change.”

“I had made my mind up that there were people I would NEVER talk to again in life….but God! Won’t he do it,” Leakes revealed coyly to her fans on the Bravo website.

In other NeNe news, the reality star will team with her frenemy and former Atlanta housewife Kim Zolciak for the new Bravo series “NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches”

Bravo says in a statement:

Atlanta’s “most driven” housewives— NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak Biermann— drive out of their comfort zones and across the country to discover America on a one-of-a-kind adventure. The road to LA may be paved with good intentions, but that doesn’t mean they won’t occasionally drive each other crazy.