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Kerry Washington Roasted at Harvard

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Actress Kerry Washington, Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Woman of the Year, does her impression of singer Tina Turner, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, as she is roasted and honored in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Actress Kerry Washington, Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year, does her impression of singer Tina Turner, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, as she is roasted and honored in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Kerry Washington received major love today from the Harvard community. The ‘Scandal’ beauty was celebrated in Cambridge Thursday as Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year honoree.

The nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization says it named Washington as Woman of the Year because she’s the first black woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974, according to the Associated Press. Washington set our TV’s ablaze starring as Olivia Pope on the hit show “Scandal,” which debuted in ABC in 2012.

The 38-year old actress has earned Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations for the role.

Our beloved Comedian Amy Poehler won the prestigious Hasty Pudding last year. Others who have been honored include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
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 Congratulations Kerry!

 

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New Album ‘ANTI’ by Rihanna Released – for FREE, ONE DAY ONLY!

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Rihanna has officially dropped her much anticipated new album, “ANTI,” and to show appreciation to her billions of fans , she is giving away her music for free for 24 hours.

With this promotion, the much-loved pop star is doing something that is unprecedented in the music industry. The album, which features 13 new tracks mostly co-written by RiRi, was teased Wednesday when she shared her first track, featuring Drake, entitled “Work.” A limited number of “ANTI” downloads were available for free on Rihanna’s website Thursday.

The album has been streamed exclusively on the Tidal streaming service, a music hub that Rihanna co-owns with Jay Z, Beyonce, Usher, Madonna and other artists.

“ANTI” will be available for purchase digitally on Friday.

 

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Rihanna and Drake Team up for New Single – WORK!

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Bad Girl RiRi is at it again! She is working it, this time with Drake on a new single that is burning up the charts!

Rihanna just debuted her new single, “Work,” featuring Drake on all iHeartRadio stations across the country. This latest connection between Drake and RiRi has also been rumored for a little bit now, as footage of them shooting a video for the song at a mall in California surfaced earlier this month, according to ComPlex.

“Work” has a nice beat and is not the typical Rihanna upbeat dance grove song, but still she brings it with her amazing vocals. Drake adds his power vocals to the track and the two sound dynamic as they go back and forth. It’s a thrill ride for sure. The song is produced by Boi-1da.

Listen to the song via Tidal here. The single is also available to purchase on iTunes here.

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Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead’s Corey Hawkins Cast As Male Lead in 24: Legacy

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Corey Hawkins knows how to keep it moving.

Fresh off his arc on the hugely popular AMC series The Walking Dead and as Dr. Dre in the blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton, the star just inked a deal as the male lead in 24: Legacy.

The new Fox show is a reboot of the previous 24, but with new faces and characters led by Eric Carter (Hawkins), reports Deadline.

24: Legacy, directed by Stephen Hopkins (who worked on the original 24 pilot), and written by 24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz. The new 24: Legacy centers on military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins) and chronicles his return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Earlier this month, FOX ordered a pilot for 24: Legacy. Legacy will retain 24’s signature one episode and one hour format. Dana Walden said “never say never” to appearances from the original series’ characters.

The Juilliard graduate will next be seen in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island.

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Oscars Make Plans to increase diversity

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The Oscars are trying to turn things around, in the wake of this year’s nominations where no actor of color was recognized in any of the four acting categories.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Friday, it will add three seats to its 51-person board in an effort to double the number of minorities and women in the Academy by 2020, according to Variety.

It also met with African-American host Chris Rock to make sure he’s still on board. Rock, has been under pressure to drop out as host from many credible people of power in the entertainment industry as the fall-out continues.

Variety points out that, of 305 eligible films this year, only a handful were made by minority directors, and fewer were directed by women.

Beginning later in 2016, new member’s voting rights will last 10 years and be renewed only if that member has been active in film. Members will get lifetime voting rights after three 10-year-terms, or if they’ve been nominated for an Oscar, the report revealed.

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In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, John Krasinski, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations for best performance by an actor in a leading role at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

The board made the changes in an emergency meeting Thursday night, as an undeniable response to the controversy over the Oscar nominations being so white. The Academy will also launch a new campaign aimed at increasing diversity.

Power players Jada Pinkett Smith, and honorary Oscar Winner Spike Lee have posted on social media that they will not be attending this year’s ceremony.

 

 

 

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James Packer Puts A Ring On It: Billionaire and Mariah Carey Engaged

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Congratulations to pop superstar Mariah Carey and her billionaire beau Mr. James Packer who just gifted the stunning singer with an engagement ring!

The singer is set to tie the knot with her Australian businessman boyfriend, after Packer popped the question in New York City on Thursday night, ET confirmed. The singer received a massive 35 caret diamond from Packer, as reported by E! News.

Packer and Carey have grown very close over the past few months. They have even been spotted together with her kids out on [family] vacations for Aspen to Sydney. The two made their first public appearance on the red carpet back on Sept 22 when they attended the NYC premiere of The Intern.

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LL Cool J receives 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21: Rapper/actor LL Cool J (front center) attends a ceremony honoring LL Cool J with the 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 21: Rapper/actor LL Cool J (front center) attends a ceremony honoring LL Cool J with the 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

LOS ANGELES – LL Cool J has added yet another huge accolade to his extended list of accomplishments: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

James Todd Smith, known by his stage name LL Cool J – which means Ladies Love Cool J [James] accepted the star Thursday among his closet friends and family. The recording artist, actor, author, and philanthropist, who is set to return as host for the upcoming 58th Grammy awards was in very good spirits before-and-after he was honored with the star.

The two-time Grammy Award winner is one of the few entertainers who can count being equally successful in music as well as television. LL was the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. He has also been a stand-out on the successful CBS drama NCIS:Los Angeles, and has landed leading roles in several films including Any Given Sunday and Kingdom Come, which also starred Vivica A. Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith.

LL received his star on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Hard Rock. His family and friends were there to provide good wishes to the Grammy Awards host, musician, and actor. LL Cool J has been married to wife Simone since 1995. They have four children together.

The 48-year-old rapper/actor has received three NAACP Image awards, a soul train award – “The Quincy Jones Award” for Outstanding Career Achievements and is the recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal, Harvard University’s “Artist of the Year.”

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21:  Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, rapper/actor LL Cool J and Queen Latifah attend a ceremony honoring LL Cool J with the 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 21: Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, rapper/actor LL Cool J and Queen Latifah attend a ceremony honoring LL Cool J with the 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

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New Halloween ‘Madea’ Movie in the works at Tyler Perry Studios

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PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor/producer Tyler Perry speaks onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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Tyler Perry is set to reprise his starring role as ‘Madea’ in new Halloween movie. The Tyler Perry Studios announced they have begun production on a new Madea film called Boo! A Madea Halloween, which will be distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment.

Perry will write, produce, direct, and star in the project, which centers around his popular matriarch character Madea, who gets caught up in a comedic adventure through a haunted Halloween, fighting off zombies, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, and ghouls while protecting a group of misbehaving teens.

“We are thrilled to reunite with the iconic Tyler Perry, one of the greatest creative forces in entertainment and a beloved and cherished member of our Lionsgate family,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a news release. “Boo! A Madea Halloween brings together two great Lionsgate traditions — Madea and a Halloween movie — and we know that audiences will find the combination outrageous, hilarious, and unbeatable.”

Along with Perry, the film’s costars include Bella Thorne as Rain, Cassi Davis as Aunt Bam, Patrice Lovely as Hattie, Andre Hall as Quinton, Yousef Erakat as Jonathan, Lexy Panterra as Leah, Diamond White as Tiffany, Liza Koshy as Aday, Brock O’Hurn as Horse, Jimmy Tatro as Sean, Jc Caylen as Mikey, Kian Lawley as Bean Boy, and Mike Tornabene as Dino.

The film is set to be released on Oct. 21.

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Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Should Not Host Oscars Due to Lack of Diversity

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Tyrese was one of the first to speak out in support of boycotting the Oscars after it was revealed that all the acting nominations went to white performers for the second year in a row. Now, he appears to be questioning whether comedian Chris Rock should be hosting the awards show.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Tyrese went on a rant about those choosing not to protest the awards show. “Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up?? In this town, I guess it takes homosexuals to be discriminated against in order for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something,” he declared. “You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they’re as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights.”

WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg Slams Oscars Boycott — It Pisses Me Off!

On Wednesday, Tyrese continued his argument, writing: “If Andy Cohen of [Watch What Happens Live] was hosting the Oscars and they purposely left out all gays and or homosexuals from being nominated, HE would of stepped down already. This is a #fact.”

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In 2015, no gay men or women were nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars, but Neil Patrick Harris, a homosexual man, hosted the awards show. At this year’s Academy Awards, not one LGBT person was nominated in the four acting categories.

The 37-year-old Furious 7 actor went on to say that while he wholeheartedly supports the boycott of the Oscars, he still thinks Leonardo DiCaprio deserves to win for his role in The Revenant. “For the record… I HATE that this is all happening on the year that Leonardo DiCaprio is gonna win his first Oscar for BEST ACTOR,” Tyrese quipped. “Leo looooooveeessssss black people!!!!!! Leo in my homie!!!!!”

MORE: Chris Rock Calls the Oscars the ‘White BET Awards’

However, not everyone agrees with Tyrese about boycotting the Academy Awards. “I don’t know if avoiding it altogether is going to help, but I just think we have to continue to move forward,” Niecy Nash told ET at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “We have this awareness and this spotlight — we’ve got to look at other work. There’s other work out there that I think was missed. We’ve just got to do better.”

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Adele confirmed as performer for the 58th Grammy Awards

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10-time Grammy winner Adele will be performing at the 58th Grammys, announced this morning.

The Hello singer will join the star-studded line-up of talented musicians already scheduled to appear including front-runner Kendrick Lamar, and Little Big Town. The singer did not qualify for any nominations this year due to her album, 25, being released after the nomination deadline. Despite not being nominated for anything at the prestigious event this year, Adele will be bringing her A-game to the stage.

The GRAMMYs took to Twitter to announce the big news:

 

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The 58th Grammy awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and will take place on February 15.