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“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

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Just A Second! Jada Pinkett-Smith States August Alsina is Lying About Their Alleged Affair

Jada Pinkett-Smith is not here for the allegations singer, August Alsina, has made stating they were involved in a romantic and sexual affair approved by her husband, Will Smith. Jada, via her representatives, has completely denied an affair between she and August ever occurred. 

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Jada Pinkett-Smith is not here for the allegations singer, August Alsina, has made stating they were involved in a romantic and sexual affair approved by her husband, Will Smith. Jada, via her representatives, has completely denied an affair between she and August ever occurred.

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For years Will and Jada have denied any open relationship in their marriage for years however; in the latest August Alsina interview with Angela Yee, August admits that he was in a relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith & that Will Smith gave him the blessing to do so. August also mentions he fell in love so hard that he had to walk away HURT because he realized they could never be together since Will & Jada are “life partners.” Thoughts? 👇🏿 ———— #CelebrityNews #CelebrityInterviews #AugustAlsina #AngelaYee redtabletalk #willsmith #jadapinkettsmith #openrelationship #openrelationships #talksandthoughts #mp #HeyMikey #HeyMikeyATL #MichaelJFanning #Mikey #atlantablogger #radiopersonality #mediapersonality

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August recently sat down with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee … claiming he had been in a relationship with Jada after being introduced to her by her son, Jaden, in 2015, and, according to him, it lasted quite some time.

AA was emotional as he explained how Jada is the only person he’s ever loved, and how he devoted himself to her and poured himself into their relationship for many years. However, Jada’s rep was quick to denounce his claim … saying it was “absolutely not true!!!”

August also insists Will gave their relationship his blessing. Will and Jada have been very public over the years about their open relationship, but her team says the whole thing is made up.

The singer claims walking away from his relationship with Jada when she “butchered” him and basically “killed” him … so it sounds for his part like he was pretty deeply in love with her.

August hinted at a sexual relationship with Jada last year, when he made some thinly-veiled references to her in his song, “Nunya.”

Now, August has spoken his piece about his alleged romantic past with Jada … but reps for Jada could not have been more clear about their stance.

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Honestly, we do not know what to believe. An affair between Jada and August is totally feasible, and if they are in an open relationship, not wrong. However, August does seem emotional and wounded, which to indicates he was in love with a woman who could not give him everything he wanted. At the end of the day, as he himself stated, Jada and Will are “life partners” and he cannot compare to a commitment like that. How about Jada just have August, herself, and Will at The Red Table Talk to clear the air. It would be a real hoot!

We will keep you posted as more on this story develops.

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Saweetie Talks Music & Black Lives Matter on Quibi’s Musicology w/ Tim Kash

‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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We are really glad to hear Saweetie’s forthcoming album is nearly here. She has been in the spotlight for a minute now and her fans (we are fans) deserve to hear a full body of work from her.

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More importantly, however, we love to hear she is doing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Someone with a platform as large as Saweetie’s is definitely needed in this good fight! These recent lynchings of Black men in various parts of the country being labeled as suicides is nothing short of nonsense and murder at the hands of white supremacists. Thanks Saweetie for speaking out!

You can catch Saweetie’s interview with Tim Kash below! Happy viewing!

 

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WATCH NOW: OWN’s Exclusive Press Roundtable w/ The Cast of “Greenleaf!”

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It Is hard to believe that after five seasons the upcoming season of OWN’s hit series, “Greenleaf,” will be its last. For years now we have watched this family and their megachurch grow, fall, change, and fight all in the name of family, dignity, and God.

Now, it is time to say goodbye, but before the season premiere airs tomorrow we were privileged to be able to chat with a few cast members of the Greenleaf during a Vimeo roundtable press conference! Yep Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Keith Davidson (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Pastor Mae Greenleaf), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), and Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf), and the series’ creator/director, Craig Wright were all there and we got the details for this amazing final season!

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Before the press conference we were allowed to screen the first two episodes of the upcoming season and needless to say they are riveting! You will find the Greenleaf Family collectively faces the end of an era with power and ownership of Calvary shifting to Harmony & Hope (H&H). Individually, Grace faces a tragic setback in her relationship with her estranged son, AJ, Kerissa and Jacob play chess as they move towards an impending divorce, Mae and The Bishop move forward with their wedding plans and the next chapter of their lives, and Charity has become the black sheep of her family, viewed as a traitor by her mother and sister while raging against Phillip Demars for spurning her and choosing Judy Whitmore. Whether the Greenleafs can pull it together to somehow save Calvary–and see their family through harrowing times–remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, they won’t go down without a fight!

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The cast was asked questions by various publications sand touched on how the show has helped humanize church leadership, which storylines besides their own are the most invested in, and even behind the scenes hijinks we never knew anything about.

You can catch the full interview by clicking this link https://vimeo.com/428978269 and using the following password: PressEvent4Greenleaf.

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We hate to see Greenleaf ending, but the news of a spinoff has us glowing. We are sure this is not the last we have seen of this family. You all be sure to tune into season premiere of Greenleaf, tomorrow night, Tuesday at 9/8 PM EST/CTR!

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