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Marla Gibbs, Ja’net Dubois, Sidney Poitier & More Show Up for Norman Lear’s Book Signing (Photos by Steven Williams)

Marla Gibbs, Ja’net Dubois & Sidney Poitier At Norman Lear Book Signing

Marla Gibbs, Norman Lear & Ja’net Dubois

*Photographer Steven Williams was on the scene at a book signing event for famed TV producer Norman Lear. Lear’s new publication is called “Even This I Get to Experience.”

Lear of course is the man behind some of television’s biggest ever hit shows including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times, ” and “The Jeffersons.” The exclusive event was held at the Beverly Hills estate of billionaires billionaire Lynda and Stewart Resnick.

Norman Lear who produced and wrote great TV shows like All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jefferson held an exclusive book signing event at billionaire Lynda and Stewart Resnick estate in Beverly Hills. His new book entitle “Even This I Get to Experience.”

Williams points that there were four famous African Americans in the room: Sydney Poitier, Ja’net Dubois (“Good Times”) and Marla Gibbs (“The Jefferson”) and Marl’s daughter, Angela Gibbs (“Black Jesus”). Also present were actors Dustin Hoffman and Rob Reiner and Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post.

From the pics you can tell the special admiration that Norman Lear has for the timeless beauty that is Ja’net Dubois and Marla Gibbs.

Enjoy the world class/coffee table quality photos from Steven Williams:

Norman Lear and Ja'net Dubois

Norman Lear and Ja’net Dubois

Norman Lear, Ja'net Dubois  & Dustin Hoffman

Norman Lear, Ja’net Dubois & Dustin Hoffman

Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post)  & Ja'net Dubois

Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) & Ja’net Dubois

Rob Reiner & Ja'net Dubois

Rob Reiner & Ja’net Dubois

Dustin Hoffman, Sidney Poitier & Norman Lear

Dustin Hoffman, Sidney Poitier & Norman Lear


(Marla Gibbs, Ja’net Dubois & Sidney Poitier At Norman Lear Book Signing)
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Lance Gross’ Impending Fatherhood Motivates Actor on UNCF ‘Empower Me Tour’

Lance Gross Speaks On UNCF Empower Me Tour

*Lance Gross star of Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” is on the road for UNCF as the host of one of the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization’s Empower Me Tour –making stops across the country including at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, Saturday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“I went to Howard University and I know the experience that I had going to an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) and it was a very rich and cultural experience for me,” Gross said.

The 33-year-old NAACP Image Award winner says there’s a new meaning to his smile when he speaks to students because of something happening in his personal life, “I’m an expecting father and I’m super excited. I’m ready to be a good example for her.”

No surprise that the impending birth of his first child is ever present on his mind because “this is like my trial run,” the “Temptation” star explained. “I’m doing this for the other students, but pretty soon I’m gonna be doing it for my own daughter. I’m smiling ear to ear right now.”

His fiancée, Rebeca Jefferson, is set to deliver a girl in November – but Gross wouldn’t divulge when they’re going to tie the knot only saying with a sly laugh, “That is a secret. That is something we are keeping private.”

His hobby of photography went very public when his pictures of a very pregnant, very nude, Kelly Rowland were published in Elle magazine.

He revealed he’d been talking to the ex-Destiny’s Child singer, a good friend for about a year about photographing her but their schedules “conflicted.” When she got pregnant, Gross said, “I was the first one she called.”

It started out he says just for her to use but, “when she saw them she said ‘Oh my God we gotta do something with these.’ So she contacted Elle.”

“I think pregnancy is beautiful and it is something that deserves to be captured,” Gross remarked.

You may be seeing him on the small screen in a new show but he’s doesn’t have much details only saying, “It is something big and it’s new and in development.”

Gross is urging people, particularly those of college age to visit the free, traveling college- and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF.

After Dunbar High, the tour will be in Oakland, California, where Gross was born.

Celebrating its seventh year, the UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams.

Hear more of Tené Croom’s exclusive interview:

By Tené Croom

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(Lance Gross Speaks On UNCF Empower Me Tour)
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Beverly Johnson Talks Untold Story of Mandela’s Release: ‘Plot for Peace’ (Watch)

Beverly Johnson Talks Untold Story of Mandela's Release

*The untold story behind the release of Nelson Mandela is revealed in the much anticipated documentary, “Plot of Peace.”

The film tells the story of how an Algerian-born French businessman was instrumental in the discussions surrounding the former South African president’s release.

EURweb’s Lee Bailey caught up with model, Beverly Johnson for the exclusive, early feedback on the film.

“It was riveting. Compelling. Complex. For an African American woman who knows very little about her roots, it’s really interesting to see in Africa all of these presidents…and knowing a little bit about the history behind Nelson Mandela release. I’ve seen it twice. I want to see it again, because it’s really that much information to absorb all at one time. It’s a great story. I has all the components of a Hollywood movie but its real life!”

Check out the rest of her interview below:

“Plot for Peace” opens in DC, VA on October 31; in NYC on Nov. 1; Los Angeles on Nov. 5t and San Francisco, Nov 7.

Get MORE information at

Watch the official trailer:

(Beverly Johnson Talks Untold Story of Mandela’s Release)
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Amnesty International Takes Ferguson Police to Task

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*(Via Newsy) – An international human rights organization has issued a scathing critique of the Ferguson Police Department for its handling of the events and subsequent protests surrounding the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown near St. Louis back in August.

Amnesty International released a report early Friday morning calling into question several tactics used by the Ferguson police force.

For starters, it questions whether Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown, opened fire as “a last resort” regardless of whether there was a physical confrontation between the two.

It also calls for Missouri to adopt narrower statutes governing the use of police force. Amnesty International says current provisions fall short of international standards.

The human rights watchdog also lashed out at police for going too far in certain instances to quell protesters, including:

-Restricting the right to peaceful assembly.
-Instituting a mandatory curfew.
-Wearing riot gear and launching tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
-And restricting the media from covering the events.

According to TIME, this is also “the first time [Amnesty International] has documented abuses inside the U.S.”

Get MORE at Newsy.

Watch this Newsy report:

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Hold Up! Wait a Minute – Tyrese and Sanaa Lathan Dating? (Watch Video)

Tyrese And Sanaa Lathan Dating?

Well golly gee, who knew?

Tyrese Gibson and Sanaa Lathan … an item?!

Well apparently no one until now. Yep, that’s the deal if a report from TMZ is to be believed.

A TMZ camera guy caught up with the two leaving the Cheesecake Factory on Wednesday night. And he asked Tyrese if the two were indeed an item. Tyrese, 35,  seemed annoyed walking to his car and in response to the videographer’s questions the actor/singer kept saying, “c’mon man.”

We’re not sure why he was trying to be evasive ’cause in the passenger seat was the 43-year-old beauty.

Apparently, this wasn’t the first time they’d been out. Sources told TMZ that the two had dinner at Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood on Monday and then again on Wednesday.

Oh yeah, Sanaa uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram, showing off her new jeans, and some claim it was taken inside of Tyrese’s house. Oh really.

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As usual, Miss Lathan looks delicious.

Check out the video:


(Tyrese And Sanaa Lathan Dating? )
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Melyssa Ford’s Injuries from Attack Worse than Originally Thought (Video)

Melyssa Ford's Injuries Worse than Originally Thought

*Earlier we reported that Melyssa Ford had been attacked by her “Blood, Sweat & Heels” cast mate Geneva Thomas at a taping of the Bravo series in NYC.

In the confrontation, Thomas allegedly hit Melyssa in the head with a vodka bottle which required a visit to the hospital by Ford. Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of assault

Apparently Melyssa’s injuries were worse than initially thought as she was had to return to Lenox Hospital on Thursday. A TMZ cameraman caught up with her as she was being helped out of a town car and into a wheelchair.  Apparently, a head injury wasn’t all that she sustained during the brawl, as one of her feet were wrapped in an ace bandage. It’s being reported that she can’t walk due to several gashes under her feet from broken glass during brawl.

When asked what had happened, Ford responded: “I was attacked.”

When probed about what started the fight, Melyssa simply said: “I have no idea.”



(Melyssa Ford’s Injuries Worse than Originally Thought)