Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) & Tami Roman (@tamiroman) Star in New Trailer “The Assist”

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Scripted television is making a heavy comeback in the midst of all this reality TV. NBA star Nick Young and actress and reality star Tami Roman star in The Assist, a new pilot being shopped around to networks. The Assist is a comedic drama from executive producer Ernest Dukes that also stars acting newcomer Paris Phillips and R&B singer Brooke Valentine (remember the song ‘Girlfight’ featuring Big Boi). 

The Assist centers on a charismatic street-smart girl from Brooklyn (Phillips) who gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for an NBA superstar (Young) after a chance encounter. Shamicka Lawrence of Hollywood Exes serves as a producer on The Assist which is currently being pitched to various networks. Check out a few excerpts from the cast and producer below.

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Tamar Braxton (@TamarBraxtonHer) Honored at “Rock Out with Me” Empowerment Panel

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Just this past weekend,WE TV’s personality and founder of the Rock Out With Me Campaign to unite women, April Daniels partnered with Howard University and EBONY Magazine to conclude the last leg of the Rock Out With Me Women’s Empowerment Multi-City Tour. The event took place at Howard University, with Grammy Nominated singer and The Real co-host Tamar Braxton being honored at the event with the Rock Out With Me “BuildHer” Award.

After an empowering and informative panel and a touching video tribute; April spoke to the audience and thanked Tamar for giving her the platform for launching Rock Out With Me. April said:

“Tamar you inspire so many and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to receive the Rock Out With Me “BuildHer” award. I never publicly thanked you, but I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to co-star on the Tamar and Vince show, which enabled me to launch Rock Out With Me campaign to unite women. I could not have done it without you and I am honored to present you with this award.”

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And The Backlash Begins…The Kardashians’ Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) Causes Major Controversy!

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Last night the world of social media was teeming with awe, shock, and later disgust as Kris Jenner, surrounded by all of her daughters; Kourtney, Kim, Khloe,Kendall, and Kylie graced the latest cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The cover, entitled “The First Family” has left a sour taste with many, especially in Black Twitter. Those three words are usually reserved the actual First Family of The United States of America, The Obamas. Comments concerning the cover went from a series of heart-eyed smileys to a photo shopped meme knocking Cosmopolitan, while supporting The Obamas with a family portrait that included their dogs.

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The meme is nothing short of hilarious and points out the latest, in a long line, of disrespectful acts towards The Obamas. Like it or not, he is the current President and his family is the First Family. The Kardashian-Jenner Clan may be the First Family of Reality Television (and foolishness), but they never deserve to be on the cover of any publication with such a revered and respected title. Maybe people are reading too much into this, and just maybe people realize there have to be boundaries. By the way, does anyone know why Caitlin Jenner was not included. It would have made for an interesting cover and statement!

The Celebrity DJ of Your Dreams–You’re Gonna Love Josh Acoff (@Dj_Acoff)!


Whoever said fame favors the fortunate has never traveled to the great state of Alabama, or known what it means to come from nothing to be a great something. If that is the case, then you also know they never met the amazingly talented DJ Josh Acoff. Yep, DJ Acoff is man of many titles– a rising star, aspiring actor, one of the most popular young DJs in the industry, and an all-around great guy. Josh has a story tell, dared to be better than his circumstances, and now stands on the cusp of a future so bright it might as well be highlighted with a neon marker! “I know who I am, who I am meant to be, and where I’m going. You can’t let your past dictate how far your future is gonna go…”

As aforementioned, DJ Acoff rose from less than humble beginnings in Alabama, in the city of Birmingham. There, he was one twenty-one children to a big time drug dealer in the area. “I’m the fifth oldest out everyone…my father was killed when I was young so I didn’t know him too well…but I know of all my siblings…” Acoff was raised by his single mother alongside two of his siblings. He was determined very early on not to follow in his father’s footsteps and be someone others could admire and look up to. “He’s my father and I love him, but that is not what I wanted for my life…a lot of young men would try to emulate that, but that type of life just has you locked up or dead…” DJ Acoff has always used his natural talents to move forward in life. It was his natural athleticism and affinity for football that earned him a full scholarship to Alabama State, and later, Clark Atlanta University.

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Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) Opens Up About Feeling “Powerless” As A Child

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Wolverine star Hugh Jackman reveal that he was abandoned by his mother at a young age and the actor also admits that it has had a drastic effect on his life. He said: “From the moment mom left, I was a fearful kid who felt powerless. I was the youngest. I used to be the first one home and I was frightened to go inside. I couldn’t go into the house on my own. I’d wait outside, scared, frustrated. Growing up I was scared of the dark. I was scared of heights.

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“It limited me. I hated it, and that contributed to my anger. Isn’t most anger fear-based, ultimately? It emanates from some kind of powerlessness. I was really feeling that.”

And that is not the only hardship the 46-year-old actor has had to endure during his life after him and wife Deborra-Lee Furness struggled to have children of their own. Hugh – who adopted son Oscar (age fifteen) and daughter Eva (who is ten) – told Parade magazine: “It was a hard time. We went through IVF. Deb doesn’t give up. At a certain point I was like, ‘Deb, let’s adopt now.

“In Australia at the time, you couldn’t do IVF and adopt simultaneously. So we adopted, and it has been the greatest, most fulfilling and challenging role of our lives.”

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) & Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) Partner Up for a Prison Documentary!

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Russell Simmons attends the Argyleculture By Russell Simmons show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Helen Mills Event Space on September 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Russell Simmons attends the Argyleculture By Russell Simmons show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Helen Mills Event Space on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has snagged Empire star Gabourey Sidibe for a collaboration with Fusion on a juvenile justice documentary, “Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children” debuting Sunday, October 4. October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM) and Fusion is taking a deeper look into America’s juvenile system, which incarcerates over 50,000 children a day. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the documentary hopes to shed light on how the justice system will imprison children between 6-17 years of age, and how incarcerating underage children makes a difference in society and the behavior of the juvenile.

Simmons is no stranger to the discussion of underage children and jail. In 2004, he previously produced a special titled, “Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice for Court T.V.” that will be the introduction to the new documentary. Fusion also joined forces with All Def Digital to serve as a content partner.

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Bringing the Real Back to R&B – Kontrol Konversations with Avant (@avantmusic)!

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Music should always tell a story. That’s the philosophy singer Avant lives by when creating his content. Never one to conform to what everyone else around him was doing, Avant has been able to forge his own path and create a lane in which he dominates. With his upcoming eighth studio album titled “The VIII” (The Eight), Kontrol Magazine snagged Avant for an in depth interview about his music and longevity in an ever-changing industry.

Avant’s career in the entertainment industry pans well over ten years and in an industry that changes quicker than you can bat an eyelash, that’s a major accomplishment. Avant attributes his longevity to being able to create and produce real and true music. “I always said if I didn’t feel it, if I didn’t feel the truth in my stuff and it wasn’t authentic, then it wasn’t for me, ya know. I’ve always been blessed to have radio records that attracted people and got crazy airplay but on the flip side and with my full albums, I’ve always been able to give fans that real.”

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