Celebrities arriving at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014
*The Fox drama pilot “Empire” seems to be adding cast members by the hour.
On the heels of Malik Yoba joining Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollet in the hip-hop themed project from Lee Daniels, Deadline.com is reporting that Gabourey Sidibe has now signed on for a recurring role.
The story centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson plays his ex-wife and Smollet will portray their middle son.
Sidibe, fresh from her role in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” will play Lucious’ hard-working assistant.
*A Minnesota legislator sees nothing racist about his tweet suggesting that the NBA, (in which three-fourths of the players are black), is full of criminals.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
His post has drawn hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and been retweeted more than 1,100 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.”
*Electricity powers not only business growth but also lights the minds of young people –helping them to learn when theyplug intheir computers and other essential technologicaltools.
R&B star Akon recognizes that in many parts of Africa business expansionis not possible and children’s education stifled because there is no ability to getelectricity.
“They’re using kerosene and candles after dark,” he said when talking about his effort to drastically change their plight.
The five-time Grammy nominated artist has launched “Akon Lighting Africa,”a partnership to bring electricity to one million households in Africa by the end of 2014.
Dr. Boyce Watkins poised to answer any questions
*Once you come out of defense mode, you may recognize the wisdom and truth in Dr. Boyce Watkins content. Here ya go…in his own words!
A lot of people are not going to like what I have to say, but let me start by saying this: I really don’t give a &*^%. These words come from a man who has seen too many black men grow up to become irresponsible, self-absorbed, excessively entitled, weak men, largely because they were coddled at home.
This does not always happen at the hands of a single mother, but it almost always occurs due to parents who do not understand their role in raising intelligent and responsible human beings.
Let’s be clear: If you raise your son to be a boy, he’s going to remain a boy. Typically, strong male role models make it easier to build manhood, mothers cannot usually do it alone.
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*(Via iDateDaily) – What happens when your best pal refuses to be in your wedding? Does that indicate that the friendship has been terminated?
Rapper Kanye West may be re-evaluating the extent of his relationship with long-time professional pal Jay-Z after the rap and business mogul turned down an invitation to be his best man.
Reports claim Jay-Z initially agreed to be in Kanye’s wedding, but under the condition that he, his superstar wife Beyoncé, and their daughter Blue Ivy Carter are not filmed during the memorable ceremony. Continue reading