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Bill Clinton was Introduced as the First Black President and Had Awkward Moments at Aretha Franklin Funeral

By: Jarrod Horton

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Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he plays a recording of Aretha Franklin on his phone during the funeral service for Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76
Aretha Franklin, Detroit, USA – 31 Aug 2018

Prior to Aretha Franklin’s funeral, organizers sated it would be a “service not a show.” However, the funeral was more of an event than memorial. First of all, the presence of Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson Sr. together at any place is a conversation starter. Then there was Michael Eric Dyson speaking about Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Not to mention the long list of celebrities, athletes and political figures. Continue reading

Common, Issa Rae and Regina Hall Will Star in Film Adaption of Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’ Book

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Angie Thomas’s bestselling book ‘The Hate U Give’ will be transferred to the big screen this fall. The film will be starring Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae and Amandla Stenberg as the lead character. The book was applauded for tackling the issue of police brutality and other social issues. “I think the movie, in a lot of ways, will be cathartic, especially for people who are dealing with this every single day. I think this is an experience that will heal in a lot of ways. And it’s going to open more eyes,” Thomas said. The movie trailer debuted during the BET Awards last month. Check it out below

GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner looks to boost her into billionaire status

Kylie Jenner has more than 108 million followers on Instagram. This is translating into serious cash per post for the 20-year-old. According to the firm D’Marie Analytics, she makes over $1,000,000 per post across her social media portfolio. This means that every one of Jenner’s tweets, Snapchat Stories or Instagram posts including is reportedly equivalent to $1 million. The Kylie Cosmetics founder’s sisters trail far behind.

By: Cicero Estrella

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This stunt will go a long way into further delegitimizing Kylie Jenner as a “self-made” billionaire. Continue reading

Ciara, Odell Beckham Jr. and More Dance to Drake With the ‘In My Feelings Challenge’

By CADY LANG

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This summer’s viral dance challenge has finally arrived, courtesy of Drake and an Instagram star who goes by the name of “The Shiggy Show.” The dance challenge, which consists of people showing off dance moves that caricature the lyrics of Drake’s song “In My Feelings,” became a hit online after Internet comedian Shiggy posted a video of himself last week interpreting lyrics like “Are you riding?” by dancing and miming steering a car and making a heart with his hands for lyrics like “Keke, do you love me?” The caption to the video used the hashtags, #InMyFeelingsChallenge and #DotheShiggy, which thousands of fans have now adopted to show off their own interpretive dance videos to Drake’s song. Continue reading