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Grammy Award-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on STAR, beginning this spring on FOX!

LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine; and Norwood will play Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

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“STAR” cast Season 2

In the next all-new episode of STAR, “Faking It,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Ayanna (Michael Michele) must quickly do damage control to restore Midtown’s image, amidst all of the heat the label is catching from the tragic police incident. Desperate for a spot in the showcase, the girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) work on convincing hot recording artist – Joyce Sheree (guest star Teyana Taylor) – to do a featured verse on one of their songs. Carlotta continues to fight for custody of Simone; a misleading photo of Noah (Luke James) and Alex goes viral; and Cotton (Amiyah Scott) juggles two relationships. Meanwhile, Brody’s (Stephen Dorff) motivation for his return to Atlanta is revealed.

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With a career that spans more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle has earned 13 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, and sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was awarded the “Legend Award” by the World Music Awards. In addition to her success as a music artist, LaBelle is a bestselling author, actress, humanitarian and entrepreneur, with a successful product line, Patti’s Good Life. Her most recent projects include the cookbookDesserts LaBelle (April 2017), jazz album Bel Hommage (May 2017) and forthcoming holiday album Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays (November 24, 2017).

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Brandy Norwood is a multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress. She was one of the most successful multi-media stars of the past two decades, with a constant presence on pop and R&B charts, the hit sitcom “Moesha” and the TV movie phenomenon “Cinderella.” Her additional film and TV credits include horror film “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and TV series “The Game” and “America’s Got Talent.” Norwood made her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” and recently appeared on FOX’s “My Kitchen Rules.”

 

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Morehouse Commencement Speaker to Pay Off Class of 2019’s Student Loans, Angela Bassett Receives Honorary Doctorate!

They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

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They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

via Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Robert F. Smith

But during his remarks in front of the nearly 400 graduating seniors, the technology investor and philanthropist surprised some by announcing that his family was providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019. 

Graduates react after hearing billionaire Robert F. Smith is paying all student debt for the Class of 2019 during the Morehouse College commencement ceremony In Atlanta, on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo: STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

“This is my class,” he said, “and I know my class will pay this forward.”

The announcement came as a surprise to Smith’s staff and to the staff at Morehouse, and elicited the biggest cheers of the morning.

Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III is a member of the Class of 2019, estimates that his student loans are about $70,000.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million.

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Actress, Angela Bassett, also received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse, making the day all the more magical. Black Excellence was clearly in full effect on the hallowed grounds of The ACU today and we are here for it!

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[PHOTO] GOD IS GOOD! Nene Leakes’ Husband, Gregg Leakes, is Now Cancer FREE!

“He’s an on time God, yes He is!” That’s a set of the lyrics to the gospel song, “On Time God,” and they are totally fitting for this amazing news! The Real Housewives of Atlanta  star, Nene Leakes’ husband, Gregg is now cancer free! 

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“He’s an on time God, yes He is!” That’s a set of the lyrics to the gospel song, “On Time God,” and they are totally fitting for this amazing news! The Real Housewives of Atlanta  star, Nene Leakes’ husband, Gregg is now cancer free!

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“Look at God! We are overjoyed to say, we saw the doctors for the results of Gregg’s Pet Scan he took last week! Test show, wait for It…..WE ARE CANCER FREE!!! Yes God!” she captioned the post.

It wouldn’t be a post from NeNe without a little shade…

“Now i can go give Gregg a black eye since so many thinks he’s abused [sic],” she continued.

Again, this is great news! Beating cancer is no easy feet, whether you choose a holistic approach or chemotherapy. Gregg’s cancer was a huge part of Nene’s story line this past season and nearly pushed their marriage to its breaking point! BLOOP! Cancer you lost, congrats Gregg and Nene!

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ICYMI! Kim Kardashian Heads to Charlotte w/ Her Doctor to Help Ex-Con Remove His Face Tattoos!

“Hooray for Kim K”–at least that is what her recent humanitarian efforts are making us say. In the last month she helped free 17 prisoners  and now has headed, with her doctor in tow, to assist a newly freed man remove his facial tattoos. As we all know, where you get a tattoo can vastly alter others’ perception for you. For an ex-convict with facial tattoos his life chances to gain employment and work legally can be greatly reduced by his criminal history and appearance. Kim Kardashian seems to now be flexible her growing humanitarian clout by helping inmates any way she can.

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“Hooray for Kim K”–at least that is what her recent humanitarian efforts are making us say. In the last ninety days she helped free 17 prisoners  and now has headed, with her doctor in tow, to assist a newly freed man remove his facial tattoos. As we all know, where you get a tattoo can vastly alter others’ perception for you. For an ex-convict with facial tattoos his life chances to gain employment and work legally can be greatly reduced by his criminal history and appearance. Kim Kardashian seems to now be flexible her growing humanitarian clout by helping inmates any way she can.

via People

Azaria Algarin of Charlotte, North Carolina, detailed how Kardashian West, 38, not only responded to a letter her brother Paul Algarin — who was incarcerated over the course of seven years — wrote to her while in prison, but the reality star also she flew in after the 2019 Met Gala to meet with him.⁣

“Recently my brother was released from central prison where he served an accumulation of 7 years,” Azaria captioned a post shared Tuesday, which featured a series of Instagram photos of her and her brother meeting Kardashian West and Kanye West. (Azaria has since deleted the caption.) “Throughout my brothers time in prison he shared his dreams, aspirations, and goals with me- I always thought some were unrealistic & silly.⁣”

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Paul Algarin

“He asked me for Kim’s address so he could send her a letter & I rolled my eyes & never sent I,” Azaria added. “Eventually my mom sent it to him so he would stop harassing us.”

To Azaria’s surprise, Kardashian West responded — and then some.

In addition to taking the time to fly out to Charlotte, Kardashian West also brought her doctor with her to help start the procedure of removing 24-year-old Paul’s facial tattoos. ⁣

“Fast forward to yesterday. Kim flew in to CLT with her doctor to have lunch with us & start the procedure of removing my brothers face tattoos,” Azaria added. “Never in a million years did I think Kim would write him back (or even read his letter), fly in right after the met gala (not to mention her 4th baby is due at any minute), invest in our family & laugh / relate to us over the smallest things.”

“I’m so proud of my brother for taking steps in the right direction. Our relationship hasn’t been the easiest,” she admitted. “I pushed him away for years out of hurt for his absence, but yesterday was all the feels. I felt like we were children again & that he wasn’t gone for the last 7 years. Such a special day that I will forever cherish.”⁣⁣

We have nothing but applause for Kim and her recent work. People can talk about prison reform and rehabilitation but she is actually doing something about it. Kudos Kim, we think you will be one helluva lawyer!

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