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Loss of a Legend…Civil Rights Icon & Comedian, Dick Gregory, Has Passed…

Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

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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!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

“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.

Dick Gregory dead

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!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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New Details! Wendy Williams’ Son Was Allegedly Punched in Face By His Father, After Calling Him a “B*tch!”

Family violence is all too prevalent and NEVER okay. When you add celebrity status to that mix it only makes a miasma of mess on public display. Wendy Williams knows this all too well as more details are coming out about the altercation between her son Kevin, and his father–and her soon to be ex-husband, Kevin, Sr. Allegedly, Kevin, Sr. hit his son in the face after being called a bitch by him. The two then began to wrestle and the police were called, resulting the younger Kevin being arrested.

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Family violence is all too prevalent and NEVER okay. When you add celebrity status to that mix it only makes a miasma of mess on public display. Wendy Williams knows this all too well as more details are coming out about the altercation between her son Kevin, and his father–and her soon to be ex-husband, Kevin, Sr. Allegedly, Kevin, Sr. hit his son in the face after being called a bitch by him. The two then began to wrestle and the police were called, resulting the younger Kevin being arrested.

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“with a closed fist to the face.”

Kevin Jr. then got closer to his dad before he pushed him, which resulted in a scuffle.

The redacted report obtained reads,

 “Kevin [Jr.] then stated that he called [redacted] a ‘b****,’ which caused [redacted] to approach him in an aggressive manner and started pointing [redacted] finger very close to his face. [Kevin] Jr. then admitted to pushing [redacted], which caused them to start wrestling with one another.”

Kevin Sr. has insisted that he didn’t punch his son. But it was Kevin Jr. who was taken into custody for domestic violence simple assault. This all happened outside of a Krauszer’s Food Stores located in West Orange, NJKevin Jr. also refused to receive medical treatment.

Williams was not present at the time. But it might be safe to say the drama between the Kevins makes her emotional. She cried when a reporter asked her how her son and her soon-to-be ex-husband were doing (after he thought a man next to Williams was Kevin Jr.)

“Please don’t ask about Kevin. We have an 18-year-old son and I’m sensitive to that. But that is not Kevin. Young Kevin and I are fine… Big [Kevin]… Godspeed… You know, stuff happens in life. Stuff happens. And it’s okay. I’ve still got a very full life that I’ve really endured. Please don’t make me cry… Oh my gosh… I didn’t plan on this but it was what it was… I have a very full life. I would ask you to respect our privacy but please I don’t respect people’s privacy… But all three of us are doing fine.”

She said everyone will see the three of them together again considering Kevin Jr. has major life events coming up like graduating from college in a couple of years. She also spoke on the drama between the Kevins.

“They’re not apart.”

We are praying for Wendy and her family. This is clearly painful for her and the strain that all of this is placing her on family and health has been apparent.

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FX & FXX In Full Effect! Check Out Clips from The Upcoming Seasons of “Snowfall,” “Baskets,” & “Archer!”

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FX and FXX are really making waves on the Small Screen, thanks to the amazing and original series like Snowfall, Baskets, and Archer. Each one of these series is critically acclaimed and captivating! Thankfully, we have got a few clips from each of these hit series to keep you enthralled! Check them out below, oh, and Happy viewing!

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DESCRIPTION:  Chip visits Dale at his new home. It goes off with a bang. This season continues on Thursdays at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Check It Out, “Love It,” By Serayah (@Serayah)!

Serayah–Fox’s Empire may have introduced her to the world–but her career as a singer and actress to continues to build her legacy. This amazing woman is a quadruple threat as she sings, dances, acts, and models. Now, she is releasing a new music video for her catchy new single, Love It! The music video is riveting and gives us Teyana Taylor and Ciara vibes!

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Serayah–Fox’s Empire may have introduced her to the world–but her career as a singer and actress to continues to build her legacy. This amazing woman is a quadruple threat as she sings, dances, acts, and models. Now, she is releasing a new music video for her catchy new single, Love It! The music video is riveting and gives us Teyana Taylor and Ciara vibes!

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Serayah is so timeless and this music video gives us all the feels. It definitely can be that “good girlfriends out partying on a summer night” vibe. We are ready to see more of her music and we are sure her life after Empire is about to be LIT! What do you guys think of Serayah’s new music video for Love It? Sound off in the comments’ section below! Happy viewing!

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