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Tiffany Haddish shares update on plans to adopt

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Tiffany Haddish is sharing an update on her plans to become a mom.

While chatting with E!’s Daily Pop, the comedian, 42, who has previously been open about her plans to adopt, shared an update about the adoption process. 

“I just went to Africa. I was just in Eritrea, and people were trying to give me their kids,” Haddish shared in the interview published Wednesday. “I was like, ‘Hold up now, I gotta get the paperwork right now. I can’t just be taking kids with me.”

So when is she planning to start that paperwork? “Not right now, but maybe at the end of the year, beginning of next year.”

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The Weeknd makes Billboard history after ’Dawn FM’ becomes top-selling album in the world

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Congratulations are in order for The Weeknd, who just made Billboard history!  His new album, Dawn FM, is currently the number one album in the world even though it has yet to have a physical release.  Currently, it is only available on digital platforms.

According to a press release, Dawn FM also places 24 of The Weeknd’s songs on the Global 200, which breaks the all-time record for the most songs charted by a male solo artist.  The accolades don’t stop there — the “Save Your Tears” singer has another album — aside from Dawn FM — charting on the Billboard 200 top 10.  His The Highlights has risen to number six while Dawn hovers in second, giving him the rare honor of having two studio efforts atop the prestigious chart. 

Dawn is also making major waves in the streaming world after fans listened to it over 500 million times across Spotify, Apple Music and other services.  His “Sacrifice” track went to number one on Spotify and Apple Music notes it is currently charting in over 130 countries.

Considering this album was a surprise and The Weeknd has yet to release physical copies of his new record, it stands to go to number one on the Billboard 200 once it hits the shelf — which would follow his 2020 effort After Hours.

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Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance produce ‘One Thousand Years of Slavery’, Anthony Mackie to make his directorial debut and more

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Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance are serving as executive producers of the docuseries One Thousand Years of Slavery, which will premiere on the Smithsonian Channel during Black History Month on Monday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Debbie Allen, Lorraine Toussaint, Soledad O’Brien, CCH Pounder, and Dulé Hill are among the personalities featured in the four-part series, which explores slavery’s legacy.

One Thousand Years of Slavery stretches the canvas beyond the 400 years we’ve traditionally learned about, and I’m thrilled to bring this storytelling to life with Smithsonian Channel,” Bassett said in a statement. Vance added, “We are incredibly proud to be part of this journey.”

In other news, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie will make his directorial debut with Spark, a true story about Claudette Colvin, an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era, Deadline reports. Saniyya Sidney who portrayed Venus Williams in King Richard, will star as Colvin.

“It’s great to be a superhero in movies, but she’s a real live one living amongst us, and I’m honored to tell her story,” Mackie said in a statement.

Finally, grown-ish has dropped the trailer for the second half of its fourth season, which premieres January 27 on Freeform. In the clip, Zoey, portrayed by Yara Shahidi, is faced with choosing between love or her career as graduation approaches.

Specifically, Zoey must decide whether to pursue a fashion career in New York City with her ex-boyfriend, Luca, played by Luka Sabbat, or to accept the invitation from her current boyfriend Aaron, portrayed Trevor Jackson, to accompany him to South Africa, where he’s received a grant from the University of Johannesburg.

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Jeannie Mai reveals the name of her baby with husband Jeezy

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Jeannie Mai revealed the name of her first baby with husband Jeezy on Thursday

In a video posted on her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel, The Real co-host announced that the baby’s name is Monaco.

“I thought Baby J’s name should be a J name because obviously Jeannie and Jeezy, makes sense, but that wasn’t the name that came to us,” Jeannie explained. “What really came to us was how baby J came to fruition for us when we were dating.”

She recalled a trip to the European city-state of Monaco that she and Jeezy took where they talked about their goals for the future.

Then Mai pointed to a wall where Monaco’s name was printed and said that the nursery is themed after the moniker.

“That’s really the theme of the nursery: what Monaco is about. Family, moments, traveling, discussions, important key points in my life and Jeezy’s life that brought Monaco here,” she added.

On Thursday’s episode of The Real, the co-hosts also revealed the name, clarifying that the sex of the baby will be announced at a later date.

“Today is an extra exciting day because, guess what…we have a Baby J update,” Adrienne Bailon said. Then she pulled out an envelope and announced the name, reading, “Three years ago, Jeezy and Jeannie were talking on a bridge in France, talking about what it meant to do life together. Here they decided to grow and raise a family together. Hence, they named their child after the city that changed their lives forever: Monaco Mai Jenkins.

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High fashion, low tops: The late Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 sneakers hitting Sotheby’s for charity


Legendary Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh passed away in November at 41 years old after a private battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in a new charity auction.

Bound to get sneakerheads everywhere green with envy, Louis Vuitton and Nike announced they’re teaming up with Sotheby’s for a limited-edition sale of the designer’s take on Nike’s iconic “Air Force 1” kicks.

The auction of just 200 pairs of the sneakers kicks off January 26 and runs through February 8.

Proceeds from the auction of the shoes will benefit The Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, an organization, “that aims to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by providing scholarships to academically promising students of Black, African American, or African descent.”

As one might expect, these aren’t your ordinary kicks. According to Sotheby’s, “the sneakers were made with materials employed in Abloh’s Louis Vuitton men’s collections, and were styled with his signature quotation marks, echoing the written graphics Abloh used to adorn the shoes. The individual style designed for the show were made by Louis Vuitton in its shoe manufacture in Fiesso d’Artico.”

What’s more, “Each pair will be sold with a Louis Vuitton pilot case in orange Taurillon Monogram Leather (exclusive to this auction).”

The designer was instrumental in the creation of the auction prior to his death; his family is overseeing the event in his stead.

And in case you doubt these bespoke kicks will fetch a pretty penny from collectors, consider Sotheby’s description: “A cultural symbol in its own right, today the Nike Air Force 1 serves as an objet d’art emblematic of self-generated subcultural provenance.”

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Anthony Hamilton hopes his career can inspire aspiring artists

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After releasing his first album in five years, Love Is the New Black, in September, Anthony Hamilton is celebrating receiving three NAACP Image Awards nominations on Tuesday. The Grammy winner is up for Outstanding Male Artist,and has two nods for Outstanding Duo or Group Collaboration: “Superstar” featuring Jennifer Hudson from the album is nominated, as well the “Complicated” remix with Leela James.

Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a teenager Anthony chose to be adopted by another family after his mother struggled with substance abuse. He became a father right out of high school and supported his son working as a barber and as a cook. Eventually, at 21 he moved to New York City to pursue a music career, then returned home where his career took off. Last year, Hamilton celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist.

His life has been a struggle, and he believes his journey can inspire others.

“I’m at an age where I’m not ashamed by it,” the 50-year-old singer tells Shadow and Act. “If it can be used to tell the story of Anthony Hamilton, maybe some young kid or one of my own kids can see something in that to push them through to their next level of greatness.”

Now the “Charlene” singer is diversifying and owns the Hamilton Corner Store in Pineville, NC where he sells the southern foods he grew up on.

“I want my own grocery stores in the urban communities like Whole Foods and Publix for my people,” Anthony says. “We deserve the best of the best.”

Hamilton will join Joe on Maxwell‘s NIGHT tour kicking off March 2 in Dallas. They will perform 25 shows, and cities will include New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, and Oakland. The tour wraps in Miami on May 8.

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Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley dead at 73

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Another fashion icon has left us. André Leon Talley has died at age 73. 

The former Vogue creative director and editor-at-large died Tuesday while in the hospital battling an unknown illness, TMZ reported. 

Talley’s illustrious career spans over multiple decades with stints at magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, and the New York Times, however, it was his time with Vogue that he’s associated with most.

ALT began at the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine in the 1983 and worked his way up the ranks to creative director and the right hand man to editor-in chief Anna Wintour. In 1995, Talley left Vogue and moved to Paris, where he worked for again before returning to Vogue three years later as the editor-at-large, which he remained until his departure in 2013. 

During his career, Talley also acted as a judge on America’s Next Top Model as well as a fashion advisor to former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. He also authored two memoirs and made cameos in the Sex and the City movie and Mariah Carey‘s “Say Something” Video.

Overall, Talley was a trailblazer in the fashion industry not just for his style, but for diversity on the runway, advocating to see more people of color. 

Following news of Talley’s death, fellow fashion icons, celebrities, and fans took to social media to pay tribute. 

Sharing a snapshot of Talley, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg wrote, “Good bye darling André … no one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did … no one was grander and more soulful than you were …the world will be less joyful.”

“I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years,” she added. “I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much.”

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Brandy says starring in ‘Queens’ is the role she’s been waiting for: “It’s all divine”

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Brandy has enjoyed a variety of film roles in her 29-year career, including starring in Cinderella with her idol, the late Whitney Houston, and in Double Platinum with Diana Ross. Her television series have included Moesha, The Game and Star. Now, the versatile singer/actress says she’s found her ultimate role in the ABC series Queens.

Brandy remembers she could barely control her excitement when she was offered the role of Naomi in the show about former music stars hoping to rediscover their past success.

“My heart was pumping because I’ve always wanted to do television where I can do everything that I can do in one role,” she tells MadameNoire. “I loved Broadway. I love the way I felt there. So, I wanted to do that on television. I was already in before I read the script. Now I am in this group that encompasses hip hop and singing. It’s all divine.”

In 1999, Brandy and Monica won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit “The Boy Is Mine.” In August 2020, the two singers battled on Verzuz, and it was an experience Brandy says she will never forget.

“I didn’t know who was going to watch and what people were going to think. I just knew that it was a celebration and it wasn’t about being competitive,” Brandy says.

“I was so down to do it and Monica was too. When I first approached Monica for ‘The Boy Is Mine’ it was because I was a fan and I wanted to work with her,” she remembers. “That’s the spirit in which the song was created. I wanted the Verzuz to feel the same way. I had a great time that night. I didn’t want it to end.”

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Silk Sonic’s Las Vegas residency, “the sexiest party of the year,” starts next month

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Bruno Mars already has a residency in Las Vegas, so it’s no wonder that his side project Silk Sonic is following suit.

“Its happening! The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las Vegas!” Bruno wrote on his socials. His Silk Sonic partner Anderson .Paak added, “THE TERMS ARE LOCKED AND VEGAS MIGHT NOT EVER BE THE SAME JACK!! YOU’RE INVITED TO THE HOTTEST SHOW IN SIN CITY!”

The residency kicks off February 25 at the 5,200-seat Dolby Live theater at the Park MGM, which is where Bruno does his residency.  A pre-sale starts at 1 p.m. ET today, while tickets go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

So far, the dates the duo will play are February 25, 26, March 2, 4, 5, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 31 and April 2.

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Broadway to dim its lights tonight for Sidney Poitier

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At 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Broadway will dim its lights in honor of stage and screen legend Sidney Poitier.

The legendary actor and activist, who died at 94 on January 6, made his debut on the Great White Way 75 years ago in an all-Black revival of Lysistrata, and went on to earn a Best Actor Tony nomination for creating the role of Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry‘s groundbreaking drama A Raisin in the Sun

After becoming the first Black actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award, for 1963’s Lilies of the Field, Poitier returned to the stage as a director, with Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League noted in the announcement, “Although Sidney Poitier’s brilliance shone on Broadway stages as a performer and director in just a small number of productions, his presence on Broadway was both titanic and influential.”

Calling him a “true icon and an inspiration to so very many,” St. Martin said, “I know that Broadway fans worldwide recognize the incredible impact Mr. Poitier had on our art form.”

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