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Khandi Alexander Will Play Olivia Pope’s Mom on Scandal

 Veteran award-winning actress/choreographer/dancer  Khandi Alexander will play Olivia Pope’s mother, Maya Lewis, on the ABC primetime drama Scandal beginning Thursday. Alexander is known for her long running roles on Treme, CSI: Miami,Newsradio, and ER, as well as for her compelling work on HBO’s The Corner, and in films like CB4, Menace II Society, Poetic Justice, and Sugar Hill. While …

99 Problems and Barney’s is 1

STEPHEN LOVEKIN/GETTY IMAGES The “99 Problems” rapper, who stands to make millions in a deal selling exclusive wares at the upscale store over the holidays, has been silent about allegations revealed by the Daily News that two black shoppers were racially profiled after legally purchasing items at Barneys. He’s failed …

TLC Biopic Breaks Rating Records

VH1 scored with its original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which became the network’s highest-rated telecast in more than five years. The 9 PM premiere last night averaged 4.5 million total viewers, a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and a 5.5 rating in women 18-34.CrazySexyCool ranks as the No. 1 original cable movie year …

Even Beyonce Gave Him Props!

Just call him Ashley Everette… except he’s not Queen B’s lead dancer. This is 21-year-old Chris Koo and  in this video tribute, presumably recorded in his living room, he commemorates the 10th anniversary of Beyoncé Knowles’ debut studio album Dangerously in Love the best way he knows how. His moves were so fierce, …

Hollywood Courts Corey Booker

Cory Booker’s political fundraiser Monday night might as well include a red carpet with an all-star lineup that includes Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The fundraiser, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, is being held at the Los Angeles home of billionaire and Democratic contributor Ron Burkle. Among …

Gizoogle: Google With Rims

The controversial website Gizoogle (gizoogle.net), labeled the  “Ghetto Google” by the Insider, is back  thanks to the hard work of an anonymous group of techies/ urban linguists who’ve devoted more than 4,000 ours working on “gangsta” translations and tweaking the gizoogle algorithm. Gizoogle offers search results with a Snoop Doggy- Docious Twist. For real, …

It’s Not Easy Being First

  In 1983, Vanessa L. Williams became the first black woman to ever win the title of Miss America. It  was a groundbreaking moment as the sweet-faced Miss New York, then a freshman at Syracuse University,  sang a Broadway rendition of “Happy Days are Here Again” and captured the coveted …

Say Farewell To Summer With Rapper Common

  The Ajile L Turner Scholarship Foundation‘s annual Farewell Summer event returns Thursday, September 12th at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO Brooklyn. The annual end-of-summer tradition will feature a performance from Common, Yahzarah, and afro-soul/pop newcomer Amma Whatt.  The Ajile L. Turner Scholarship Foundation was established in 2009 in memory of COMMON’s beloved cousin and road …

Iman on GMA: There Were More Black Models in The Seventies (VIDEO)

(Huffington Post) If the Diversity Coalition’s open letter accusing specific fashion designers of racism on the runway isn’t enough to get the industry’s attention, then a national TV segment will definitely do the trick. Activist and former model Bethann Hardison, who formed the Diversity Coalition, was joined by fellow members and supermodels …