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“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

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BET (@BET) ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AS SOLANGE TOPS WITH 7 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW HITMAKERS BRUNO MARS, DJ KHALED, RIHANNA, KHALID AND SZA

BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories.

The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET.

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BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories.

The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 01: Solange Knowles arrives at the Lavazza Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

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Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. Braxton became an immediate R&B superstar after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. Her debut album received multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Her second album, “Secrets” was certified 8x platinum and included her greatest hit titled, “Un-Break My Heart,” the Diane Warren-penned ballad which spent 11-weeks at number one. Over the span of her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. Toni’s current single, “Deadwood,” was released by Def Jam Recordings in September and her new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” her first in seven years, will be out in early 2018.

The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV. SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including “Weak,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” “I’m So into You,” and “You’re the One.” They have sold more than 25 million records, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Last year’s Lady of Soul Award went to R&B icon Brandy. Both Toni and SWV are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

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BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today.

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are:

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Best New Artist
6LACK
H.E.R.
KEVIN ROSS
KHALID
SZA


Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
BRUNO MARS
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
KHALID
THE WEEKND


Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
KEHLANI
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MARY J. BLIGE
SOLANGE
SZA


Soul Train Certified Award
BELL BIV DEVOE
JOHNNY GILL
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MACK WILDS


Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY


Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award
CHANCE THE RAPPER
CHARLIE WILSON
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN


Album/ Mixtape of the Year
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN
SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE
SZA – CTRL
THE WEEKND – STARBOY


Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE
KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE.
YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP


Song of the Year
BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE
CHILDISH GAMBINO – REDBONE
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
KHALID – LOCATION
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY


The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE)
LOCATION 
– WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID)
LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND)
REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO)
VERSACE ON THE FLOOR 
– WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)


Best Dance Performance
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER


Best Collaboration
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE
MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

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Baby #4!? Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) is Allegedly Expecting Child w/ Boyfriend, Younes Benjima!

Another day and another pregnant Kardashian! It looks like in 2018 the Kardashian-Jenner Clan will be setting the world’s population a new high as Kourtney Kardashian joins her younger sisters Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and Kim Kardashian in “new baby-hood!”

Yep, Kourtney is  allegedly pregnant AGAIN, and not by Scott Disick, but by her current boyfriend Younes Benjima!

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Another day and another pregnant Kardashian! It looks like in 2018 the Kardashian-Jenner Clan will be setting the world’s population a new high as Kourtney Kardashian joins her younger sisters Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and Kim Kardashian in “new baby-hood!”

Yep, Kourtney is  allegedly pregnant AGAIN, and not by Scott Disick, but by her current boyfriend Younes Benjima!

via Life and Style:

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“She was thrilled to learn she was expecting,” a source told Life & Style exclusively. However, for now, Kourtney and her boyfriend of one year Younes Bendjima are only telling close family and friends. “She loves being part of a large family and having so many siblings,” the insider adds, “and she wants the same for Penelope, Mason, and Reign.”

Kourtney, 38, has made it very clear she wanted more kids — even after her split from longtime boyfriend Scott Disick. “I would have more. I could see myself with six kids,” Kourtney told Cosmopolitan magazine. “I just don’t know what’s in God’s plan.” She does know that Younes, 24, is the perfect dad-to-be.

“She needs a man who will be both present and sober,” the source explained. “With his charming personality and intelligence, Younes will make the perfect father.” However, it doesn’t look like Scott, 34, is happy about her new relationship. Life & Style previously reported that Scott was trying to ruin Kourt’s relationship with the young model.

“Scott will do anything to sabotage Kourtney’s relationship, including showing up wherever Kourtney and Younes are hanging out together,” the source said. “He’s also been asking around, trying to get some dirt on Younes so he can bring it back to Kourt and persuade her to dump him.” It doesn’t seem Kourtney is too concerned about her ex after she recently made her romance with Younes Instagram official on a couple’s vacation to Paris. 

We are really hoping this is another Kardashian rumor, but then again when any member of this family is involved there’s a hint of truth. If Kourtney is pregnat–CONGRATS! If not, she should look into getting her tubes tied. Kendall you in danger girl!

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Yikes! Kodak Black (@KodakBlack1k) Hit w/ Sexual Misconduct Charges!

Just when we thought we heard the last of Kodak Black, the controversial rapper makes headlines once again. This time around it is not because he is disrespecting Lil Wayne or being shaded by Charlemagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.

This time, unfortunately, Kodak Black has been indicted with sexual misconduct charges!

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Just when we thought we heard the last of Kodak Black, the controversial rapper makes headlines once again. This time around it is not because he is disrespecting Lil Wayne or being shaded by Charlemagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.

This time, unfortunately, Kodak Black has been indicted with sexual misconduct charges!

via The Shade Room

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Kodak Black is facing new criminal charges. According to reports, the rapper was indicted on first-degree sexual conduct charges by a grand jury in South Carolina on Monday.

According to ABC affiliate WPDE, Kodak is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl back in February 2016 at the Comfort Inn & Suites. The assault allegedly happened after a show at the Treasure City nightclub. The teen first reported the incident to her school nurse in Richland County.

Kodak, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was arrested for criminal sexual conduct last November and was released from the Florence County Detention Center on December 1st on a $100,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

 All we can say is yikes, yikes, we hope he has a good attorney, and YIKES again! We also want to ask is there something in the air? Kodak is not the only rapper charged with sexual impropriety. As you all know rap star Nelly was arrested (and released) for second-degree rape. Nelly has come forward to proclaim his innocence. Kodak, however, has yet to release an official statement. We really hope justice is served and if he is innocent it is proven. Until then we will be sure to keep you posted as this story develops. These rappers have really got to learn to keep it in their pants! Something has got to give!
What do you guys think though? Is Kodak Black innocent or guilty? Let us know in the comments’ section below!
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