Is Trai Byers Parting Ways With Empire? 

Don't worry, Trai Byers isn't going anywhere.

Reports surfaced earlier today claiming that the Empire star, who portrays Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard's son Andre on the series, wanted out of the hit Fox show. "Trai wants out," a source told Page Six. "He feels that he studied at Yale and he's a ‘true thespian'...The character is beneath him. He has an idea of himself as being this big Shakespearean actor."

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Posted by Azania Friday, March 4, 2016 9:08:00 AM

Macklemore Admits He Should Have Warned Iggy Azalea About 'White Privilege' Dis 

Is it too late now to say sorry? In a new cover story for Billboard, Macklemore admitted that he should’ve given Iggy Azalea a heads-up before releasing “White Privilege II” — a politically charged track in which he takes aim at the “Fancy” singer. 

In one of the song’s verses, the Seattle native, 32, seems to dis Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley and finally, Azalea — who have all, somewhat controversially, co-opted aspects of African American culture.

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Posted by Azania Friday, March 4, 2016 8:13:00 AM

Kendrick Lamar surprises fans with new album, Untitled Unmastered 

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has released a surprise eight-track album, Untitled Unmastered, comprising outtakes from the Grammy-winning To Pimp A Butterfly.

Filled with jazz solos and politically-charged lyrics, it appears to be a companion piece to Butterfly, rather than a standalone record.


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Posted by Azania Friday, March 4, 2016 8:02:00 AM

Rihanna Announces New Collaboration With Manolo Blahnik 

Rihanna just might be the hardest working woman in show business. Her world tour is set to kick off next week, she has the number one record with her inescapable “Work” and the number two album with Anti.


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Posted by Azania Friday, March 4, 2016 7:57:00 AM

David Alan Grier Cast As The First Black Colonel Sanders For KFC 

Black History Month just got extended, thanks to a milestone in fast food history.

Actor David Alan Grier has been cast as the first black “Colonel Sanders” character for chicken chain Kentucky Fried Chicken. The actor took to Twitter on Thursday (Mar. 3) to share the news:

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Posted by Azania Thursday, March 3, 2016 2:02:00 PM

Alessia Clara Says Troye Sivan's Version Of 'Here' Sounds 'Cooler' Than Hers 

We’ve long considered Alessia Cara a reigning master of cover songs. From her Taylor-Swift approved version of “Bad Blood” to her stripped-down takes on “Hotline Bling,” “Same Old Love,” and just about every other one of your favorite pop songs, there’s seemingly nothing she can’t expertly reinvent.

But now the tables have turned and Alessia has found herself as the cover-ee instead of the cover-er, thanks to Troye Sivan.

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Posted by Azania Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:58:00 PM

Zoe Saldana Responds To ‘Nina’ Backlash, Nina Simone’s Estate Swiftly Claps Back 

The controversy surrounding the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana has reached a fever pitch. After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival nearly three years ago, and photos of the light-skinned Saldana wearing dark make-up, a prosthetic nose and a Afro surfaced online, many took to social media to voice their disapproval with the Cynthia Mort directed film before it was given a release date.

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Posted by Azania Thursday, March 3, 2016 1:12:00 PM

Lady Gaga shares her family's moving reaction to Oscars performance 

Lady Gaga has been outspoken about her experience as a sexual assault survivor in the months leading up to the Oscars, where she performed “Til It Happens To You,” the moving track she wrote with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground. But in an Instagram post shared after the ceremony, Gaga revealed some of her family members weren’t aware of her experience until they saw the show.

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Posted by Azania Thursday, March 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Zoë Saldana's Nina Receives More Backlash Following Official Poster Reveal 

The first official poster for Zoë Saldana's upcoming film Nina has been released, leading to a chorus of criticism on social media. 

Following the poster reveal on Tuesday, the casting of Saldana – who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent – as the legendary African American singer received widespread backlash on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:58:00 AM

Adele Surprises Terminally Ill Fan with Visit After Belfast Show 

Adele took time out from the early stage of her European tour to pay a surprise visit to a terminally ill young fan. 

The British pop superstar stopped by the Belfast, Northern Ireland home of 12-year-old Rebecca Gibney, who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy though listens to Adele’s music from morning until bedtime. 

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:54:00 AM

According To J. Lo, She “Paved The Way” For The Kardashian Booty 

Jennifer Lopez has always been known for her bodacious backside. After all, she was one of the first women in Hollywood to help make big booty a thing. And she isn’t shy about setting the record straight


During a recent appearance at Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen, Lopez was asked if she thought the Kardashians have stolen her bootylicious “jam.”  The 46-year-old veteran entertainer responded by saying she created a path for voluptuous women in Hollywood today.

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:49:00 AM

Katt Williams Challenges Kevin Hart To A $5 Million “Battle,” Explains Georgia Arrest 

In short, many things are going on with Katt Williams.


The comedian of Pimp Chronicles fame is not letting up on his fellow funnyman Kevin Hart anytime soon. In fact, he just decided to raise the stakes on his beef. Inviting Hart to his Mar. 5 Conspiracy Tour show in Philadelphia, Williams hopes to give Hart’s hometown a very special spectacle. Challenging the Ride Along to a series of challenges, Williams put up a $5 million bet.


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Posted by Azania Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:47:00 AM
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