62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - 2020 Billboard Power List

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Here’s something to break of the monotony of heavy news today.

Queen Naija just released a video for her song Butterflies Pt. 2 and it’s starring none other than her baby daddy Clarence. The two love birds have a romantic night out and about on the town in the video. Some simple, clean, romantic fun. Fans were gushing in the comments, saying they were hoping for Clarence to pop the question at the end!

These two have been together and going strong for over two years now. Good for them! Hit play to see “Butterflies Part 2 official video.

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ABC's "Bless This Mess" - Season Two

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Everyone has an opinion on Insecure characters, but it’s safe to say that both Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) have made some questionable dating decisions.

It seems like Molly is just now getting her act together with her “Asian Bae” Andrew (played by Alexander Hodge). But let’s not forget how she was the queen of picky back in the day. In one instance, she wanted a man to give her reassurance by the hour (Dr. Michael Pete played by Brandon P. Bell), in another instance she couldn’t deal with a man’s sexual past even though it had nothing to do with his relationship with Molly in the present (Jared played by Langston Kerman). Then, there were other instances where her unwillingness to commit was understandable (everyone can’t get involved with a married man no matter how open his marriage is – Dro played by Sarunas Jackson).

Issa has also had some challenges. There was that one time she cheated on her long-term boyfriend with a music producer – Daniel played by Y’lan Noel. Now, with the recent episodes of season four, it seems like she’s trying to reconnect with Nathan (played by Kendrick Sampson) when they still haven’t had the discussion about why he ghosted her in season three.

The possibility of Issa getting back together with Lawrence (played by Jay Ellis) also hangs in the air and he too has had his ups and downs with exes.

Despite the challenges of each character, they’ve still had a solid selection of past romances. Although the exes weren’t perfect, they definitely had some redeeming qualities and weren’t bad to look at either. Check out some of the exes played by Y’lan Noel, Jidenna, Brandon P. Bell, DomiNque Perry, Langston Kerman, Christina Elmore, Leon Thomas III, and Sterling K. Brown below.

It’s definitely a stroll down memory lane.

The Launch Of The Beauty Book For Brain Cancer - Arrivals

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WTF is going on?! That’s the question that’s being asked after author/actor Hill Harper made a comment on a birthday post for Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade‘s daughter Zaya. Gabby proudly posted a pic of the teen on her Instagram marking the child’s 13th birthday.

“Happy Birthday baby!!! I can’t believe you are 13!! “@zayawade you are such an inspiration and motivation to get my butt up everyday and fight. When I’m weary, frustrated, full of rage, I see your face and your joy and you living your best life and I want that for all of us. “I love you sooooo much kid!!

The moment was marred however by a comment from Hill Harper who plugged his book and wrote;

“”Happy Birthday young man!! Read “Letters to a Young Brother!!!” Your mom wrote something in it!! You’ll love it! Have a great day!!”

Now, why…….

The post caused outrage from folks who thought Hill deliberately went out of his way to send malice to a child who’s already been nastily dragged through the mud by transphobic trash of adults.

According to Hill himself, however, that’s simply untrue. It was just honestly a messy (albeit musty) mistake. He also reiterated that he’s a Wade family friend and he had no ill intent.

“I would like to apologize for my post. I am responsible for what gets posted and I made a horrible error,” wrote the author on Twitter. “I misgendered my friend’s child and I am so sorry to Zaya and the entire Wade family. It was not my intention to misgender and misrepresent her in any way.”

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As a family friend, I feel so bad that I may have taken away from the celebration. Zaya’s courage and strength is something I celebrate. And there was absolutely no malicious intent to my post.

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There are many challenging things going on in the world right now and I certainly didn’t intend my birthday wish to be a negative distraction and certainly didn’t want it to take away from a celebratory birthday for Zaya.

Still, some folks are convinced that the “Him” and “Letters To A Young Brother” comments were intentional.

What do YOU think, was Hill Harper’s Zaya Wade misgendering a mistake???

Despite the hoopla, we hope Zaya has the safe and joyous celebration she deserves to mark her 13th year of life.

After President Donald Trump called for shooting looters in Minneapolis, Taylor Swift called him out on Twitter.

       

Paws up! Lady Gaga is back with her long-awaited sixth album “Chromatica,” out Friday, which delivers on the dance-pop promise of her best-known hits.

       
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Just as Forbes goes viral for blasting Kylie Jenner, their Highest Paid Athletes list is making headlines too.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were no. 1 and no. 2 last year, respectively, came in no. 3 and no. 2 this year, with Messi losing the top spot to Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer and Ronaldo maintaining his position. Fan favorites LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant all make the Top 10, with Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Deontay Wilder piercing the Top 20.

Troublingly, only two women make the Top 100  — Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

“Athletes from 21 countries and 10 sports make the final cut this year, as do two women — Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams – the first time more than one woman has made the ranks since 2016, when Williams appeared with Maria Sharapova,” Forbes states, adding “Osaka, who earned $3.4 million in tournament pay, is another dream endorser, collecting $34 million from brands including Nike, Nissan Motor and Procter & Gamble. No female athlete from any other sport besides tennis has ever made this elite rank.”

Here’s Forbes official Top 10 list. Head over to the site for the full ranking.

1. Roger Federer – $106.3 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – $105 million

3. Lionel Messi – $104 million

4. Neymar – $95.5 million

5. LeBron James – $88.2 million

6. Stephen Curry – $74.4 million

7. Kevin Durant – $63.9 million

8. Tiger Woods – $62.3 million

9. Kirk Cousins – $60.5 million

10. Carson Wentz – $59.1 million

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Even though a lot of Americans are really eager to return to regular life and large public gatherings, Spike Lee isn’t one of those people–even when it comes to activities he used to frequent.

In a Vanity Fair piece that talks about about getting back into theaters or resuming productions within the industry, the legendary writer/director was asked about his thoughts on the matter. Lee replied by admitting that resuming either of those things wasn’t feasible for the foreseeable future because of COVID-19.

“They ain’t doing a thing until the vaccine,” Lee said. “I know I’m not going to a movie theater. I know I’m not going to a Broadway show. I know I’m not going to Yankee Stadium.”

Spike also addressed the seriousness of the coronavirus, specifically mentioning how some people appear hesitant to accept the fact that getting back to business may not be the best idea right now. “Corona is a b***h,” he told writer Anthony Breznican. “Corona is not playing. You f**k around you’re going to get killed, you’re going to die. I’m not ready to go.”

As far as taking measures in the meantime to make a production safe, Lee wondered how shooting something like a movie would even be possible. “I mean, are you going to do a movie by remote, like Saturday Night Live?… I don’t know how you do that,” he revealed. “So, we’re on pause now.”

Similarly to these sentiments he already mentioned, in his interview with Complex earlier this month, he spoke about how hesitant he is to hit up a movie theatre any time in the near future.

“I can’t speak for anybody else, but for me, I am not going to any movie theater until November, December,” he said. “Maybe next January. The beginning of 2021. Who knows.”

If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like living next door to Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, look no further than Epix docuseries “Laurel Canyon.”

       
Barack Obama Issues Statement On The Murder of George Floyd

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The one voice the country wanted to hear from has spoken.

The city of Minneapolis is burning literally, and figuratively, protestors are still demanding justice for George Floyd, and there isn’t a voice worth listening to coming out of the White House. One voice in particular many we’re looking to hear from, our forever president, Barack Obama and has finally broken his silence on the matter.

In a statement issued shared on Twitter, Obama shared conversations he has had over the past couple of days with friends about the footage of George Floyd being murdered. In it, he said this shouldn’t be “normal in 2020 America.”

“It’s natural to wish for life “to just get back to normal” as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly “normal” — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.”

“This shouldn’t be “normal” in 2020 America. It can’t be “normal,” if we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideal, we can and must be better.”

The 44th president closed out his statement point out that everything will fall on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that Floyd’s death is investigated thoroughly and justice is served. He also made sure to point out that the men and women in law enforcement who do their jobs correctly hold those who abuse their power accountable to “create a new normal.”

“It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a “new normal” in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Well said, President Obama.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians can’t tour to play gigs, the main revenue stream for most artists. Many connect with fans through online shows.

       

After the coronavirus pandemic led to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, musicians responded by lining up live-streamed concerts and events.