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THE WORD | Tyler Perry tells Gayle King: "I'm ignored in Hollywood"

On Saturday, all of Black Hollywood’s elite descended upon Atlanta to celebrate the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, the first ever fully black-owned film studio lot. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the studio has no proprietary partners or corporate backing.

The Atlanta film complex spans 330 acres with12 sound stages – larger than the Burbank, California lots owned by Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Walt Disney Studios combined. “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King spoke to Perry in Atlanta about the historic moment.

Notable guests at the grand opening gala included Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Stacey Abrams, Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish and a surprise appearance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Perry dedicated the sound stages to legends such as Oprah, Harry Belafonte, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg and even his own mother Willie Maxine Perry.

People took to social media to express their excitement over the newly opened studio.

THE WORD | Icon Diahann Carroll Passes Away

The oscar-nominated and film pioneer Diahann Carroll has lost her battle to cancer at the age of 84. Her daughter, Susan Kay, confirmed her passing on October 04, 2019. As the world and entertainment industry mourns her passing, we acknowledge her accolades.

Diahann Carroll was a pioneer who left her mark on everything she touched. In 1968 she made television history by becoming the first African American woman to have her own tv show that didn’t portray a servant role. The tv series Julia, ran for 86 episodes before it came to an end in 1971. Her portrayal of Julia Baker was a significant role because it broke away from the standard of African American’s only being portrayed on screen as servants and help. That role not only uplifted the black community and culture, it acknowledged Diahann Carroll as a force to be wreckened with, especially after it secured her Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1969.

Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker

Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker

After Julia, her television history didn’t stop there. Carroll later, made history again as the first African American woman to star in a prime-time soap opera drama. Dynasty aired 74 episodes from 1984–1987 and her work as Dominique Deveraux paved the way for this generation to have an Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. Diahann Carroll was unquestionably a major pioneer and icon in the television industry. Aside from making history as the first African American woman to star in a soap opera drama and have her own tv series in a non-servant role she starred in timeless films like Claudine which won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1975.

With over a dozen award nominations, Carroll has been busy over the years. She’s tirelessly worked as a triple threat in television, film, and theater. Carroll has guess starred in countless shows and films like A Different World as Whitley’s mother, Eleanor Potter in The Five Heartbeats, and Aunt Ruthie in Soul Food. Her consistent work over the years secured her spot in the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Diahann Carroll’s on screen presence was one of grace and class. Her life has impacted many. We join celebrities and industry professionals as they remember her life and legacy.

THE WORD | Is Nick Cannon the new content King? He announces new daytime talkshow

Nick Cannon's entertainment domination continues to build. The media mogul landed his first daytime talk show. The syndicated program will launch in 2020 under the production hat of his Ncredible Entertainment company. Cannon went on Wendy Williams earlier this week to make the announcement.

Cannon is coming off the first season as host of Fox’s hugely successful The Masked Singer, the No. 1 new show of last season, which drew more than 17 million multi-platform viewers in its record-breaking 2018 debut. He previously served as host of NBC’s talent competition series,America’s Got Talent for eight seasons. In addition to hosting The Masked Singer and AGT, Cannon is perhaps best known for his work as a producer, creator and host for 13 seasons of the popular MTV sketch show, Wild ‘N Out, which the network has ordered through Season 16. This past July, Cannon took over the Los Angeles morning drive time radio airwaves launching Power 106’s Nick Cannon Mornings.

"After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show," Cannon said in a statement. "I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone's minds. When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.” - Nick Cannon

Below You Will find some of Cannons dope accomplishments

THE WORD|Tekashi 6ix9ine Tells All

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In a third day of testimony, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) told a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan that he was not the only well-known rapper associated with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that prosecutors say is responsible for a string of violent crimes throughout the city. 

As prosecutors were about to play a recording of a phone conversation, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was asked to identify the voices on it. He said one of them belonged to Jim Jones, whom he called a “retired rapper” and said was a member of the gang.

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On Tuesday September 17, the popular yet controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine had his first day of trial. The rapper has been incarcerated since November of last year for racketeering and gun-related charges. During his brief time spent in jail and awaiting trial there has been a lot of chatter regarding his cooperation with law enforcement. Social media has ran rampant with memes, tweets, and jokes regarding the rapper’s lack of loyalty to his team and other rap colleagues. But, with Tekashi’s testimony, those rumors were put to rest.

Tekashi was facing multiple years in jail for his crimes. The rapper has been incarcerated for the past year and since then has accepted a shorter sentence by cooperating with law enforcement as a government witness. When asked in court

“At what point did you start cooperating with the government?”

He replied “The day after”

Referring to his second day in custody. Thus, as a witness, when the rapper was asked to testify on the stand, he did the expected… snitched.

During the trial the overnight sensation, was asked several questions regarding his former gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and the role he played in the gang. According to Tekashi’s statements his role in the organization was majority fincancial benefit for the gang. He claims that the information he was given was limited as to where or whom the money went but he provided funds while they provided protection. Let’s be clear, he left no parts unsaid. He commented on inside information of the organization including initiation, and what crimes they typically performed. Along with that he went as far to naming other members and rival gang members like rapper Trippie Redd. As there was no complete video of his testimony, transcripts and quotes from that court session have been published online for all to see.

As the trial continues, more information will unfold. But after the first day it’s clear that the rappers image is largely tainted. As many fans and artists have published their opinions online. Although everyone hasn’t jumped ship and deserted the artists, his fan base does appear to be dwindling. This trial and his cooperation with the government leaves many wondering will he hang up his career or is there a possibility he will attempt to continue rapping? Considering the rapper has been incarcerated for the past 10 months and hasn’t released any music, it appears his chance for a comeback might not happen. But Tekashi 6ix9ine, has certainly proved himself to be a persistent artists and one who enjoys publicity, he might try his luck at continuing his career, it’ll definitely be interesting to watch.

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THE WORD | KEVIN HART FACES MAJOR BACK INJURIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN MALIBU!

Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 1. Hart is currently suffering major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off Mulholland Highway, rolled over and landed in a ditch in Malibu. The driver Jared S. Black also suffered major injuries. Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat with no major injuries from the accident. While Hart was rushed to medical attention both Black and Broxterman were stock in the car. 

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We are all praying for a fast recovery for those involved in the car accident. 

THE WORD | 2 year old girl involved in a Tragic incident AT ORLAND PARK MALL

A 2-year-old girl died after part of a store display fell and struck her on the head inside the Akira store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park Tuesday afternoon, fire authorities mention. 


The little girl was at the Akira with her aunt when the incident took place . A display at the store , possibly a mirror, fell and struck her on the head. How the store display fell was not immediately clear. A doctor and a nurse attend to the young girl until the paramedics arrived. The young girl was transmitted to Christ Medical center where she died from her injuries. 


Praying for the family and friends in this tragic time of need. 

THE WORD | RYAN COOLER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE DATE OF BLACK PANTHER 2!

Wakanda Forever ! Ryan Cooler announces at the Disney expo D23, the big return to direct marvel studios’ black panther 2, in theaters May 6 2022. The first Black panther was so moving and phenomenal it had viewers glued to the screen. We are all so excited and curious to see what this next sequel is going to reveal. 

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THE WORD | Bryan Michael Cox Claims Jay-Z Told Jermaine Dupri to Turn Down a Similar NFL Deal

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Hip Hop Icon Jay-Z has been all over the news recently after holding a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing a multi-year partnership with the professional sports league, in which the 49-year-old rapper will consult on the halftime show and work with the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The controversy around the business move is not only centered around the NFL’s problematic relationship with its players of color, but also JAY Z’s own public statements damning the organization, even declining an invite to perform at the Super Bowl. 

“I said no to the Superbowl, you need me, I don't need you
Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too” Jayz. The Carters APESHIT

Shortly after the news initially broke, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox – credited with some of the biggest R&B hits of the last 20 years (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) revealed that his longtime friend and fellow Urban hitmaker Jermaine Dupri was offered a deal similar to Hov’s by the NFL a year ago.

Cox says Jay personally contacted JD and told him to decline the very deal (to co-produce the Super Bowl) he’s now signed.  View Cox’s remarks below and let us know what you think.

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THE WORD| Gunman Opens Fire at Tee Grizzley in Detroit, Killing Tee’s Aunt/Manager Jobina Brown


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Grizzley was reportedly involved in a Detroit shooting that left his aunt/manager, Jobina "JB" Brown, dead.

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Law enforcement indicated that the incident occurred Tuesday night as the rapper got out of the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade. 


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It has been noted that the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, hitting Brown on her left side as she sat in the backseat. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.

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Grizzley nor the driver were wounded during the shooting as officials mention. At this time, it's unclear if the rapper was the target. 

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Our thoughts & prayers go out to Grizzley and his family.

THE WORD | The Lion King's Gross is $1.4 billion, but Some People Think It's Overrated!

As of August 19th, The Lion King has grossed $497.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $940.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.439 billion. The film had a global debut of $446.1 million, which is the ninth largest of all-time and the biggest opening for an animated film.

For the opening weekend, the Lion King was a must see, for both younger and older ages. As it turned out, the crowd seemed to have mixed signals for the movie. By it being the 9th largest movie of all time, was it really worth it or was it overrated?

Let us know what you think below

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THE WORD | OVO CHICAGO IS NOW OPEN

Drake’s OVO brand took to Instagram to announce that they will be opening a store in Chicago this weekend. The OVO Chicago store will opened Saturday, August 10 and it featured merchandised with the traditional OVOOG owl.

Owners of October’s Very Own, or OVO, include Aubrey Drake Graham, the rapper known simply as Drake; the musician’s manager and business partner, Oliver El-Khatib; and producer Noah James “40” Shebib.

OVO has two stores in Toronto, where Drake is from. Other stores are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

OVO Chicago Location
9 W Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

A big question some people are asking how did Drake get a store in Chicago before Kanye?


THE WORD | MALCOLM X & BUMPY JOHNSON RELATIONSHIP DISPLAYED IN NEW GODFATHER OF HARLEM TRAILER

 Premium network EPIX released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. The two join forces to manage the social upheaval and mob war that looms. In the trailer, Malcolm X says to Johnson, “You have guns, but I have an army.”

GODFATHER OF HARLEM is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

GODFATHER OF HARLEM PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 29AT 10 PM PT/ETON EPIX



THE WORD | JET & EBONY MAGAZINES AUCTIONED OFF FOR $30 MILLION AND DONATED TO NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

Four Foundations Team Up to Buy the Historic Archives of ‘Ebony’ Magazine for $30 Million in a Bankruptcy Sale. The foundations will donate the archive to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the Getty Research Institute.

Isaac Sutton,  Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special”  (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Isaac Sutton, Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special” (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Moneta Sleet Jr.,  Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal  (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Moneta Sleet Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and once the country’s largest African American-owned publishing firm, Johnson Publishing launched Ebony magazine in 1945 and its sister publication Jet in 1951. But Johnson died in 2005, and the company has struggled for at least a decade, first attempting to sell its archives back in 2015. At the time, they were appraised at $46 million. The company sold off Ebony and Jet the following year, and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in April.

“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” said Capital Holdings V in a statement in April, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”

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THE WORD | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 

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THE WORD | Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer-actress #HalleBailey will be part of #Disney 's world.

Bailey, who with her sister forms R*B duo Chloe and Halle , has nabbed the starring role in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

Bailey is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.

The animated “Little Mermaid” is widely acknowledged as the movie that helped kick off the Disney Renaissance. Other films from that era that have already been adapted into live-action films include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and the upcoming “The Lion King.”


THE WORD | FAMOUS YOUTUBER FOUND DEAD

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The New York Police Department confirmed on Tuesday that a body found on the evening of June 24 has been positively identified as Daniel Desmond Amofah also known as Etika, a famous youtuber. Amofah was 29 years old. He had been considered missing since June 19, when authorities found and recovered his belongings, including his cellphone and identification. Prior to Etika being found, earlier this week he posted a video stating that he was sorry for not letting the people who care in & that it was too late. Then that is when days later Erika’s body was found.

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May Etika rest In Peace ❤️Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Amofah 🙏🏽

THE WORD | Dreezy Joins PUMA As Newest Ambassador For Classic Summer Kicks

“PUMA has been a stamp for stylish and comfortable clothes since I can remember. You are what you wear, and PUMA is clean and respected.”

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The Chicago rapper Dreezy made her debut with PUMA in the brand’s latest CALI Bold campaign, Monday (June 17). The footwear apparel giant hand-picked the hip-hop star as its vibrant new face not just because of her incredible fashion sense, but as a means to further incorporate music with fashion and sports—a hybrid culture PUMA prides itself on fostering more and more today.

THE WORD | Is Drake The G.O.A.T ?

Drake Ties The Beatles for Second-Most Top 10s,  in the Billboard Hot100with Chris Brown’s track "No Guidance" debuting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake is getting closer to proving that his claim of having "more slaps than The Beatles" is actually true.

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 "No Guidance" becomes Drake's 34th top 10 song on the Hot 100, tying him for the second-most ever with The Beatles. What makes this all so interesting, he accomplished all this in a time span less then a decade.

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 "No Guidance" is Drake's 194th entry to the Hot 100 thus far. His first Top 10 hit on the chart was his breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had." Seems like drake is on a winning spree.


Congratulations to Drake for another win on the charts. But with this all being said does this make Drake the GOAT?

THE WORD | Checkout Virgil Abloh's New Art Exhibition at the MCA In Chicago

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Creator of the top Urban Brand Off White and men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh launched his  first-ever solo exhibition, "Figures Of Speech," of his work will be on display opening Today (Monday, June 10 ) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The Illinois-born designer, 38, has been creating fashion, objects, furniture, graphic works, painting, sculpture and photography for the last 20 years. Abloh became a household name after working on creative direction for Kanye West’s DONDA firm, where he collaborated with the musician on album covers, concert designs and merchandising.

"I felt the public needed to know more about this artist and why he is important,There are so many ideas embedded in his work and such ambition there. Virgil’s work seems to speak to people from all sorts of different interest groups." Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chief Curator.

Also Checkout Virgil’s Louis Vuitton creative pop up in Chicago’s west loop.