India Arie Discusses The Failings of Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone Biopic 

Grammy-winning soul singer-songwriter India.Arie was an early critic of the Nina Simone biopic Nina, penning an open letter on the decision to cast Zoe Saldana shortly after on-set photos of the actress in darkened skin and facial prosthetics surfaced in 2012.

Outrage over the long-shelved film went viral this week when the trailer was released on Wednesday (March 2), with the harshest response coming from the official Twitter account of Simone’s estate. (Simone’s only child, Lisa Simone Kelly, told Time that although the family disapproves of the film, she does not hold Saldana responsible for its failings.)

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Posted by Azania Monday, March 7, 2016 6:32:00 AM

Kanye West Addresses Pirate Bay Accusations 

Sources recently said that Kanye West was joking when he tweeted a screenshot that showed a computer with a browser tab visiting the Internet piracy hub Pirate Bay. In a chat with the paparazzi, the rapper acknowledged the incident himself.

“It’s funny because, you know, it’s obviously not my computer,” Kanye can be heard telling the paparazzi in the video below. “I took a picture of it in the studio, and then everybody was like, ‘Don’t put that up.’ I was like, ‘Let it go up.’”

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Posted by Azania Monday, March 7, 2016 6:23:00 AM

Here's Why Lady Gaga Got Group Tattoos With Survivors Who Joined Her at the Oscars 

Lady Gaga may have exuded bravery during her Oscars performance on Sunday, but the singer shared in a new interview with SiriusXM’s Morning Mash Up that she was very scared prior to the show.

"I was really, really having a hard time getting ready for this performance," she admitted of the rehearsal process. "I've been sick for a long time because of what happened to me all those years ago. ... I was on the floor of my dressing room and my team was telling me to be strong and I was like, 'Don't you tell me how to feel!' I was really losing it; I was really going through it."

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Posted by Azania Monday, March 7, 2016 6:19:00 AM
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