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Bayou Soul Writers conference covers romance, sci-fi, beauty and even reality TV

Bayou Soul Writers conference covers romance, sci-fi, beauty and even reality TV

The Essence Festival brings an array of organizations and groups to New Orleans, all reflecting the African American experience. In addition to the rich musical history and signature foods, New Orleans boasts a strong literary culture as well.  The 3rd annual Bayou Soul Readers and Writers Conference kicked off the festive weekend with its 3rd annual conference, […]

Kanye West attacks TMZ photographer at LAX

Kanye West attacks TMZ photographer at LAX

Kanye West went ballistic at LAX. Sporting a gray hoodie, West and a fellow traveler confronted a photographer for TMZ, über-popular gossip and entertainment site. They snatched the camera from the photogs hand and smashed it on the floor. The incident was caught on tape. “Don’t talk … don’t talk to me … I don’t wan’t […]

Tameka 'Tiny' Harris loses dad to Alzheimer's; photos of her and her father, Charles Pope

Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris loses dad to Alzheimer’s; photos of her and her father, Charles Pope

For as long as we can remember, Tameka “Tiny” Harris has been open about her father, Charles Pope’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. As we reported yesterday, Pope sadly lost his battle with the disease earlier this week. Pope reportedly passed away in his Atlanta home Thursday at the age of 76. Just moments after, Tiny […]

 Hollywood's hot hair trend: Halo braids

Hollywood’s hot hair trend: Halo braids

Celebs with halo braids A halo or crown braid is a hairstyle that incorporates a sleek braid wrapping around the front of a scalp. The Grecian inspired look is achieved by parting hair into two sections and braiding it closely to the scalp around the head. Several celebs like KeKe Palmer [pictured above and below] have […]

Legendary hairstylist Tom Harris' funeral update

Legendary hairstylist Tom Harris’ funeral update

Legendary hair stylist Tom Harris passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Atlanta. His funeral will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church located at 534 Fairburn Rd., NW,  Atlanta, 30331. The public viewing of the body will be held this Sunday, July 14, 2013 from Noon to […]

Tiny Harris' dad dies

Tiny Harris’ dad dies

Tiny Harris mourns the loss of her father  Tameka “Tiny” Harris is currently mourning the loss of her father Charles Pope. Pope, 76, passed away in his Atlanta, Georgia home after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. His passing was confirmed by Tiny herself who took to Facebook to publicly mourn. “Today I lost my father […]

Best screenshots honoring Travyon Martin's memory

Best screenshots honoring Travyon Martin’s memory

George Zimmernan’s trial is coming to a close and supporters of Trayvon Martin’s family are organizing via social media to honor the slain teen’s precious memory with prayer and blacking out their avatars on their social media pages to show solidarity. Join the #blackout movement. Here we’ve pulled together some images for consideration.

Prosecution issues rebuttal in George Zimmerman's murder trial: Best statements

Prosecution issues rebuttal in George Zimmerman’s murder trial: Best statements

The prosecution issued a rebuttal to the closing arguments of George Zimmerman’s defense. Prosecutor John Guy issued the rebuttal and attempted to poke holes in the defense attorney Mark O’Mara’s argument. Guy went after Zimmerman and accused him of being a liar who had malice in his heart when he shot Trayvon Martin. Click continue […]

Zimmerman's defense team's closing arguments; the most powerful points

Zimmerman’s defense team’s closing arguments; the most powerful points

Now it’s the defense’s turn. George Zimmerman defense lawyer Mark O’Mara proceeded to try to poke holes in the prosecution’s case that the “cop wanna-be” Zimmerman acted out of “malice,” “ill will” and “hatred” when he tracked down Trayvon Martin in the gated community in Sanford, Fla., initiated a confrontation and then shot the teen […]

Twitter reacts to closing arguments in George Zimmerman's murder trial

Twitter reacts to closing arguments in George Zimmerman’s murder trial

Twitter and Instagram went into mass hysteria blacking out their profile images in honor of Trayvon Martin today, as the prosecution and defense both rested in the George Zimmerman murder trial. As previously reported, jurors have the option to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter for Zimmerman but will not be allowed to consider third-degree murder. Check […]

Celebrities discuss the end of George Zimmerman trial on Twitter

Celebrities discuss the end of George Zimmerman trial on Twitter

Celebrities have been just as transfixed by the explosive George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial as the rest of the nation, spellbound by the emotional highs and low that comes with real life drama. Despite the extremely inflammatory nature of the trial, some celebs took to social media to share their thoughts about the end of […]

Prosecution begins closing argument in George Zimmerman's murder trial

Prosecution begins closing argument in George Zimmerman’s murder trial

The George Zimmerman’s murder case is now coming to an end. Today, closing arguments have begun. The lead prosecutor, Bernie de la Riona, is currently stating his case before jurors. Click continue to view 10 powerful statements from the prosecution’s closing argument in George Zimmerman’s murder trial.

George Zimmerman trial closing arguments

George Zimmerman trial closing arguments

George Zimmerman trial live stream  The prosecution and defense have both rested in the George Zimmerman trial. Below is a live stream from the Sanford, Florida courtroom of the closing arguments. As previously reported jurors can consider a lesser charge of manslaughter for Zimmerman but will not be allowed to consider third-degree murder. Prosecutors brought […]

Is Justin Bieber slowly becoming the white Chris Brown?

Is Justin Bieber slowly becoming the white Chris Brown?

The year was 2005. A fresh-faced 16 year old with Usher-esque dance moves and big pop hooks emerged as the newest teen idol and “Tiger Beat” poster boy. His name was Chris Brown.

Usher to host President's Circle Awards luncheon in Atlanta

Usher to host President’s Circle Awards luncheon in Atlanta

Usher Raymond will serve as host of the President’s Circle Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. The event, which will take place  at St. Regis Hotel, will honor individuals and organizations that have proven to be leaders when it comes to servicing the community. Honorees include Ed Roland (Collective Soul); Julie Miller (Accenture); Nadji Jeter (New Look […]

Jay-Z won't back down to Robert De Niro: 'Doesn't matter who you are'

Jay-Z won’t back down to Robert De Niro: ‘Doesn’t matter who you are’

In a recent interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Jay-Z was asked about the beef with Bobby; and he revealed that he’s not going to budge an inch or apologize to the two-time Oscar winner.

George Zimmerman judge considers lesser charges

George Zimmerman judge considers lesser charges

The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial was asked by the prosecution to consider instructing the jury to with lesser charges when they begin deliberations on Friday. However, the prosecution wants the jury to also consider manslaughter and aggravated assault along with second-degree murder charge. If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman could spend up […]

George Zimmerman declines to testify

George Zimmerman declines to testify

George Zimmerman decides not to testify in 2nd-degree murder trial  As his defense team prepared to rest their case, an at times confused George Zimmerman declined to take the witness stand. During the trial Wednesday, Zimmerman was asked several times by Judge Debra Nelson if he wanted to testify. Initially, the defendant said he needed […]

The 25 greatest East Coast hip-hop albums of the 1990s

The 25 greatest East Coast hip-hop albums of the 1990s

Some hip-hop fans complain about the relative lack of East Coast-based hip-hop superstars these days. The charts are dominated by rappers who hail from virtually everywhere else in the continental United States and even Canada–but over the last ten years, there have been few big names coming out of New York City

BET's Music Matters Showcase spotlights tomorrow's stars at SOB's

BET’s Music Matters Showcase spotlights tomorrow’s stars at SOB’s

The BET Music Matters Showcase has become one of New York City’s premiere music events for up-and-coming artists. Future superstars like Miguel, J. Cole, Melanie Fiona and Elle Varner have all graced that stage as ambitious unknowns at some point

Geogre Zimmerman defense rests case

Geogre Zimmerman defense rests case

Lawyers for George Zimmerman rested their case on Wednesday without calling the former neighborhood watch volunteer to testify, setting up the final stages of his closely watched murder trial for the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. “After consulting with counsel, (I have decided) not to testify, your honor,” Zimmerman said in response to […]

Nicki Minaj poses for 'Marie Claire'

Nicki Minaj poses for ‘Marie Claire’

  Nicki Minaj covers ‘Marie Claire’ Young Money emcee Nicki Minaj, 30, is the August cover girl for Marie Claire magazine. In the feature, Minaj answers questions posed by fans on Twitter. According to Minaj she wants to release three more music albums before devoting more time to acting. “If I can do that, I’ll feel […]

George Clooney's long list of celebrity ex-lovers and girlfriends

George Clooney’s long list of celebrity ex-lovers and girlfriends

George Clooney is one of America’s most respected and admired actors, humanitarians, political activist and most eligible bachelors. So when the Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker recently broke up with gal pal Stacey Kiebler, it naturally set off a feeding frenzy among the tabloids. Clooney, who has sworn off ever getting married again, has had […]

Secrets about the making of 'Coming to America,' 25 years later

Secrets about the making of ‘Coming to America,’ 25 years later

Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America, one of the most iconic, funniest and beloved motion pictures in black American history, just celebrated it’s 25th birthday late last month. Many believe that this romantic comedy represents Murphy’s greatest theatrical triumph even though Beverly Hills Cop was a greater box-office generator and his James “Thunder” Early from Dreamgirls earned him […]

Nicki Minaj reveals desire to be a mom

Nicki Minaj reveals desire to be a mom

For any celebrity, it’s difficult to juggle their professional life with their personal life. Nicki Minaj, the reigning queen of hip-hop has seen her professional life get most of her attention over the last few years as a rising celebrity mogul. But now that Minaj has seemingly conquered the world of entertainment twice over, she’s […]

Afeni Shakur, Voletta Wallace and famous mothers whose sons were murdered by gunfire

Afeni Shakur, Voletta Wallace and famous mothers whose sons were murdered by gunfire

A mother is always supposed to be buried by her sons. When it happens the other way around, it is undoubtedly the most excruciatingly painful experience of a woman’s life, creating a canyon-sized hole in her soul that can never be filled during the remainder of that mother’s existence on earth. Sybrina Fulton has refused […]

Jason Collins' ex-fiancée, Carolyn Moos, claims she's hurt by his coming out

Jason Collins’ ex-fiancée, Carolyn Moos, claims she’s hurt by his coming out

When former Washington Wizards player Jason Collins decided to come out as gay in April, it was a move that was met with high praise as he became the first active pro athlete to come out. And although the anger of most critics was drowned out by all of the applause, fans are now hearing […]

Blacks who support George Zimmerman

Blacks who support George Zimmerman

An African American coming out in favor of accused murderer George Zimmerman is practically tantamount to political and career suicide, which is why so few blacks have publicly thrown their support behind the volunteer neighborhood watchman who admittedly shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in Sanford, Fla. Even white celebrities and dignitaries who […]

Terrence J, The Game and other celebs celebrate Kevin Hart's birthday

Terrence J, The Game and other celebs celebrate Kevin Hart’s birthday

Kevin Hart’s birthday party  After partying at the Essence Music Festival, Kevin Hart and a plethora of his celebrity friends partied at Greystone Manor this past weekend for the comedian’s 33rd birthday. Flanked by lit up bottles of Hennessy V.S. Luminous, Hart’s guests included Damien Dante Wayans, and DeRay Davis.  Terrence J, Los Angeles Clipper Chris […]

Hip-hop and Ramadan: Rappers who practice Islam

Hip-hop and Ramadan: Rappers who practice Islam

The Islamic Holy Month, Ramadan will begin this month and more than 1 billion Muslims will fast from sun up until sundown. When it comes to hip-hop, Islam has had a profound affect on the music genre throughout the years. In honor of Ramadan, rolling out magazine has compiled a list of the most influential Muslim rappers […]

Kirk Frost says Nicki Minaj was right about his cheating being inappropriate

Kirk Frost says Nicki Minaj was right about his cheating being inappropriate

Kirk Frost’s behavior on this season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” has been anything but pleasant to watch. After cheating on his wife, Rasheeda, during last week’s explosive episode, Frost was blasted by fans all across the web, including famous fan Nicki Minaj, who called him a “cornball” for betraying his wife.” Now, in […]

Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, Brandy featured at McDonald's 365Black Awards

Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, Brandy featured at McDonald’s 365Black Awards

  A stunning array of legendary artists, A-list celebrities, dignitaries and major business leaders dominated the 10th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards at the New Orleans Theater inside the mammoth Earnest N. Morial Convention Center during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight, supermodel Beverly Johnson, education connoisseur and leader Dr. […]

5 biggest events from George Zimmerman murder trial's 2nd week

5 biggest events from George Zimmerman murder trial’s 2nd week

  After two weeks of contentious testimonies and cross examinations, replete with dramatic introduction of evidence and emotional rollercoaster rides, the state rested their case on Friday and the defense will now present its case. George Zimmerman is contending that he is innocent of second-degree murder charges in the admitted shooting death of teen Trayvon […]

Nathan Hale Williams: Unapologetically PROUD

Nathan Hale Williams: Unapologetically PROUD

Television and film producer, writer and columnist for Essence, Nathan Hale Williams has made more than a name for himself; he is making his mark. Williams received the Legacy of Pride Award at Harlem Pride’s launch party, and with accolades in nearly every arena it is easy to understand why. Even with a resume worth envying, he remains humble […]

Dwight Howard's list of baby mamas

Dwight Howard’s list of baby mamas

Dwight Howard bolting the Los Angeles Lakers for the friendlier confines of the Houston Rockets is the sports world’s biggest development of  summer 2013. A number of Howard’s alleged children are also developing, so Howard could have used that extra $30 million that he left on the table. Perhaps when the Houston Rockets sign Dwight […]

Random celebrity sightings: EJ Johnson, Amber Rose, Christina Milian and Paris Hiltonkick at 4th of July Beach Bash

Random celebrity sightings: EJ Johnson, Amber Rose, Christina Milian and Paris Hiltonkick at 4th of July Beach Bash

It was a random and somewhat ridiculous smash up of stars that headed to Paris Hilton’s Independence Day bash on the beach in Cali Thursday. Newly signed artist Paris Hilton along with her buddy Christina Milian were front and center at their beach bash with celebrity guests Amber Rose and EJ Johnson to name a […]

Miley Cyrus new music "We Can't Stop" remix featuring Khia

Miley Cyrus new music “We Can’t Stop” remix featuring Khia

The “My Neck My Back” rapper reached out to Miley Cyrus on Twitter and ended up hopping on the official remix for Miley’s hit single “We Can’t Stop.”

Celebrity Twitter reactions to Dwight Howard leaving Los Angeles for Houston

Celebrity Twitter reactions to Dwight Howard leaving Los Angeles for Houston

Dwight Howard just ignited a civil war in the Western part of the United States sports world after he rudely dismissed the begging and the panting from the Los Angeles Lakers to stay, instead opting to leave skid marks from the Staples Center in favor of the comfy Southwestern confines of the Houston Rockets, the […]

Kerry Washington's ex-lovers and boyfriends

Kerry Washington’s ex-lovers and boyfriends

Kerry Washington sent seismic tremors reverberating throughout the entertainment world when she “creeped” on the low and got married to NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha of the San Francisco 49ers. The clandestine union was not the only thing that made this a shocker. They got married in Idaho of all places. Most people don’t even know […]

Study claims 'The Simpsons' helps gay men come out

Study claims ‘The Simpsons’ helps gay men come out

For 24 years,“The Simpsons” has provided generations of fans across the globe with laughs and inspired today’s latest crop of primetime cartoons. The cartoon, a new study claims, that the series has had an even bigger impact on gay men as it suggests “The Simpsons” helps gay men to come out of the closet. According […]

Former MTV VJ claims Michael Jordan tried to take her virginity

Former MTV VJ claims Michael Jordan tried to take her virginity

Professional athletes are notorious for having wild sex stories. According to former MTV VJ Kennedy, she almost ended up as the star one of NBA icon Michael Jordan’s infamous sex stories and losing her virginity to him. According to TMZ, in Kennedy’s new memoir, “The Kennedy Chronicles,” the popular ‘90s VJ explains that a dinner […]

George Zimmerman lied when he said he didn't know 'Stand Your Ground' law

George Zimmerman lied when he said he didn’t know ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

Another day, another George Zimmerman lie gets uncovered. The volunteer neighborhood watch captain told investigators in the hours after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012 that he did not know anything about Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. It turns out that he not only did know the law, […]

Celebrity women we would not care about if they were unattractive

Celebrity women we would not care about if they were unattractive

There are some celebrity women who attained national stature because they got mad skills in one genre or another. There are others who procured prominence because of that “it” factor, that swag, that sense of flair and the moment to be able to take over a room or stage effortlessly that others don’t have. Nene […]

Top 5 cities to watch 4th of July fireworks

Top 5 cities to watch 4th of July fireworks

Around the world, after all the cookouts and parades, millions will gather to watch some of the most spectacular firework displays. Celebrate our country’s Independence Day in one of these cities to witness one the most beautiful and unforgettable patriotic celebrations in the U.S. Check out our Top 5 picks here.

'The Lone Ranger' movie review

‘The Lone Ranger’ movie review

The Lone Ranger Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson Johnny Depp continues to burnish his reputation for putting a quirky spin on the characters he portrays. In this latest adaptation of the Wild West tale about John Reid/The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) and his sidekick, Tonto (Depp), we learn how Reid became […]

'Coming to America' 25 years later; where are they now?

‘Coming to America’ 25 years later; where are they now?

Yes, Beverly Hills Cop was Eddie Murphy’s highest-grossing movie. And his dramatic portrayal of drug-addled singer James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls was his most critically-acclaimed role, by far, earning a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. But it was the immortal classic Coming to America, the story of an insanely rich African prince […]

Kanye West, T.I. attend Jamie Foxx's BET Awards afterparty

Kanye West, T.I. attend Jamie Foxx’s BET Awards afterparty

Kanye West and others attend Jamie Foxx’s star-studded BET awards after party

Summer grills

Summer grills

  Grills are the epitome of summer. They add just the extra something to all summer activities.  Check out the different types of grills that will enhance any Summer event. Weber Genesis E-310 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill ($699) The Weber Genesis is both pretty to look at and powerful with its  3 stainless steel burners. […]

Who are the George Zimmerman jurors? Take a closer look

Who are the George Zimmerman jurors? Take a closer look

Audiences have probably wondered who the jurors are in the George Zimmerman case. We won’t begin to learn their identities until after the trial is over. While the court did not release the racial makeup of the jury, the panel appeared to reporters covering jury selection to be made up of five white women and […]

7 reasons George Zimmerman won't dare testify

7 reasons George Zimmerman won’t dare testify

Jurors in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial got to hear the former neighborhood watch volunteer describe in his own voice the events that led to his being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s words, however, in separate statements to police were inconsistent at times —discrepancies and obvious […]