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Cardi B surpasses Beyoncé with most Top 10 hits

To say that rapper Cardi B is having a moment is an understatement.

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Cress Williams plays CW’s first black superhero Black Lightning

The CW is introducing its first African-American superhero and he is fully charged and ready to strike. “Black Lightning” makes its electrifying debut on Jan. 16.

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ABC announces ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ crossover event

What happens when Olivia Pope meets Annalise Keating?

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Taraji P. Henson kicks off the New Year with ‘Proud Mary’

The New Year is kicking butt at the movies. And leading the charge is Taraji P. Henson wearing black leather thigh high boots in the action flick “Proud Mary.”

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Two Dave Chappelle specials set for New Year’s Eve

Netflix gave comedy fans an early Christmas present.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph returns to the big screen in ‘Just Getting Started’

Actress, singer and all-around diva Sheryl Lee Ralph is returning to the big screen and the small screen. First up, Ralph is teaming up with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in the comedy “Just Getting Started.”

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian tie the knot

Tennis star Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tied the knot on Nov. 16 in a lavish, fairy tale, star-studded ceremony in New Orleans.

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Eve joins ‘The Talk’

Rapper-actress Eve has joined the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk.” Eve, whose full name is Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper, is replacing comedian-actress Aisha Tyler, who left the show at the end of last season to focus on her movie and television career.

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Tiffany Haddish to make ‘SNL’ history

Tiffany Haddish is set for a history making turn on “Saturday Night Live.” The break out star of “Girls Trip” will be the first female African-American comedian to host the long-running late night sketch comedy show when she takes the stage on Nov. 11. She will be joined by musical guest Taylor Swift.

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Tamar Braxton’s mom accuses Vincent Herbert of abuse

Some have called it a publicity stunt to boost ratings for the season premiere of their reality show, “Tamar & Vince,” but it seems that Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert’s separation is the real deal. And according to TMZ, Braxton’s mother, Evelyn, is happy her daughter has finally left the music manager, whom she accuses of abusing Braxton.

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Flip or Flop Ft. Worth’ to debut on HGTV

A new team of home remodelers is coming to HGTV and they are packing more than paint. The hosts of “Flip or Flop Ft. Worth” are Ashley and Andy Williams, two military veterans who have made it their mission to transform blighted areas of their hometown into something livable and beautiful.

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NeNe Leakes hits a rough patch

Reality TV star loses two jobs in one week

It has been a tumultuous week for NeNe Leakes.

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Gabrielle Union opens up about the end of ‘Being Mary Jane’

BET recently announced it was canceling its groundbreaking drama “Being Mary Jane.” The show, which stars Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul, an ambitious, single broadcast journalist, debuted in 2013 and ran for four seasons. BET will wrap up the series with a two-hour movie scheduled to air in 2018.

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Rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape

Nelly was taken into custody Saturday morning in Washington state after a woman accused the rapper of rape.

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Oprah Winfrey kicks off 50th anniversary of ’60 Minutes’

“60 Minutes” kicked off its 50th season with a new correspondent – Oprah Winfrey. And no one was more excited than the Mighty O, who tweeted: “BIG night. My FIRST segment on @60Minutes — watch with me. Tweet, tweet. #60minutes.”

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‘Def Comedy Jam’ celebrates 25 years with Netflix special

Some of the biggest names in comedy will come together for one night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Russell Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam.”

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Sanaa Lathan’s shaved head causes buzz

Sanaa Lathan took a sharp pair of clippers to her hair recently. The star revealed her newly shorn look on Instagram and fans went into a frenzy – speculating on why the beautiful actress would cut off her crowning glory.

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Rihanna debuts Fenty Beauty

Rihanna made history when she became the first black woman to front a Dior fashion campaign in 2015. Now, the Barbadian-born singer/songwriter has dipped a well-manicured finger into the beauty business with the launch of her cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, which debuts globally on Sept. 8 at Sephora and Harvey Nichols.

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Tamron Hall, Will Smith, Gabrielle Union and more in BUZZ

Could Tamron Hall become the next Oprah Winfrey?

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Is Tichina Arnold ready to give up acting for music?

With roles on the hit Starz comedy “Survivor’s Remorse” and VH1’s “Daytime Divas,” Tichina Arnold’s plate is pretty full. But, the busy actress, best-known for her role as Pamela James on the groundbreaking comedy “Martin,” is ready to make time for her next act – singing.

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Comedian, activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Dick Gregory, who used his uncanny wit and sharp humor to crusade for human and civil rights, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. He was 84.

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Evelyn Lozada calls off wedding, keeping $1.4M ring

“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada may have called off her wedding to former Major League Baseball star Carl Crawford, but she said she is keeping her engagement ring.

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Sonequa Martin-Green makes Star Trek history, shuts down haters

Sonequa Martin-Green will play the lead role in CBS’s new series “Star Trek: Discovery,” making her the first African-American female lead in the Star Trek franchise and the actress does not take the role lightly.

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Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan team up for new TBS comedy

Tiffany Haddish is on a roll. Fresh off of the box office success of “Girls Trip,” the film’s breakout star is preparing for a new role on the small screen. The comedian is joining forces with Tracy Morgan for the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.”

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R. Kelly denies being a cult leader, sexual misconduct

Singer R. Kelly, 50, denied allegations that he is a cult leader and that he is using women as sex slaves.

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Mel B ordered to pay spousal support to estranged husband

Despite the shocking claims of physical and emotional abuse inflicted by her husband, Melanie “Mel B” Brown has been ordered to pay spousal support to Stephen Belafonte.

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Ava DuVernay brings ‘The Central Park Five’ to Netflix

Director Ava DuVernay has signed on to bring the story of five Black teenagers accused of raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park to Netflix.

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John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’ debuts on FX

Set in 1983, John Singleton’s new FX drama, “Snowfall,” chronicles the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in South Central Los Angeles.

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Kenya Moore opens up about new marriage

Kenya Moore is still wrapped in the glow of wedded bliss.

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Kenya Moore, Idris Elba, and more in BUZZ

Kenya Moore is a real housewife! The star of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” was spotted beachside on the romantic island of St. Lucia in June exchanging vows with her beau, a businessman she met a year ago.

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Aisha Tyler says goodbye to ‘The Talk’

An emotional Aisha Tyler announced on Thursday that she is leaving her daytime talk show “The Talk.”

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Nick Gordon charged with domestic abuse

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s former boyfriend, Nick Gordon, has been charged with domestic abuse and kidnapping.

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Summer fun in New Jersey

Trying to figure out what to do with all of that hard-earned vacation time that won’t roll over?

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Vanessa Williams stars in ‘Daytime Divas’

Vanessa William knows a thing or two about daytime television talk shows.

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Yara Shahidi gets ‘black-ish’ spinoff

Life is imitating art for Yara Shahidi.

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Phaedra Parks fired from ‘RHOA’

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks has been fired from the hit series, according to Page Six. The self-proclaimed “Southern Belle,” who has been on the show for six seasons, was let go after she quietly dropped the bomb that she started the rumor that Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker wanted to drug and rape Porsha Williams.

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Steve Harvey moving daytime show to Hollywood

Steve Harvey was a no-show at the Daytime Emmy Awards, but he was a double winner. The comedian took home trophies for best game show host for the popular “Family Feud” and best host of an informative talk show for “The Steve Harvey Show.” The wins bring his Emmy totals to five.

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Rashida Jones brings the funny on season 3 of ‘Angie Tribeca’

Rashida Jones has returned for the third season of her quirky TBS comedy “Angie Tribeca.”

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Oprah Winfrey stars in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Oprah Winfrey admits to suffering from a case of the nerves when contemplating her role in the new HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

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Janet Jackson splits from billionaire husband of five years

Pop superstar Janet Jackson has confirmed that she is separated from, but not divorcing her husband, billionaire Wissam al Mana, according to ABC News. The separation comes only three months after Jackson, 50, gave birth to their son, Eissa, on Jan. 3.

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Will Beyonce join cast of ‘Lion King?’

The “Lion King” is getting a reboot. The beloved Disney classic is being retooled as a live-action film, joining “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book,” and rumor has it Beyonce is in talks to play the queen of Pride Rock, Nala.

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Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac Shakur into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Snoop Dogg will induct his former labelmate, the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to Rolling Stone. Shakur will be inducted along with Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes and Journey on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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BUZZ

If you have been jonesing for Michelle Obama – and who hasn’t these days – you will be happy to know that the former first lady will guest star on an episode of “Masterchef Junior” with Gordon Ramsay.

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The King of Rock, Chuck Berry, has died

1926-2017

Chuck Berry, the father of rock and roll, who helped define the genre’s rebellious spirit during the 1950s has died. He was 90.

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BET’s “Rebel” with a cause

Oakland, Calif., has a new hero and her name is Rebecca “Rebel” Knight (Danielle Mone Truitt). Cut from the cloth of Foxy Brown and Coffee, Rebel is an Oakland police detective who has a knack for solving homicides.

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Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali make Oscar history

The 89th Annual Academy Awards marked the most African-American actors to win in a single night since 2007, when Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) and Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) took home trophies. Not only did Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed film “Moonlight” take the coveted Best Picture honors, it was also a history-making night for two Black stars – Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali.

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Donald Glover, Paula Patton and more in BUZZ

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” was the toast of the Golden Globes.

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Sanaa Lathan to star in Fox mini-series ‘Shots Fired’

“Love and Basketball” star Sanaa Lathan returns to television in the new 10-hour Fox mini-series “Shots Fired.”

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Does the Grammys have a problem with urban music?

After winning a record five Grammys, including the Big Four, Adele surprised the music world when she announced she was not deserving of her final award for Album of the Year. The honor, she said, should have gone to Beyoncé.

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‘Black Lightning’ strikes the CW

Salim and Mara Brock Akil, the married duo behind “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game,” are teaming up with producer Greg Berlanti for a new series on The CW.

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