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Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Tina Turner, Ike Turner, and her their sons. Craig is in the top row to the right of his father

Craig is Tina’s oldest son and first child. She had him with saxophonist, Raymond Hill, when she was just eighteen years old. He was adopted by her ex-husband, Ike Turner, when they wed in 1962.

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Craig worked as a real estate agent in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Craig Turner

Just hours before her son took his own life, Tina attended Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture fashion show in Paris, France, as part of the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.

The iconic singer has lived in Europe since 1995 with her German record-executive husband Erwin Bach. In 2013, she relinquished her American citizenship.

Tina has been open about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Craig’s adoptive father, Ike, who died in 2007.

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In May 2005, Tina revealed to Oprah that it particularly took a toll on Craig, who “was a very emotional kid.”

There are few pains greater than the loss of a child. We are sending our prayers and thoughts to Tina Turner during this tragic time. As always we encourage each of you to do your part. If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please alert the proper authorities and/or call 1-800-273-8255, the American National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Remember you are NOT alone and people do care. Suicide is NEVER an option. YOU MATTER!

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[FULL EPISODE] Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith Address August Alsina Rumors on “Red Table Talk!”

It seems like it has been an eternity, but Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have finally addressed the August Alsina rumors on Facebook Watch’s “The Red Table Talk!” 

As you recall, singer August Alsina, revealed a couple of weeks ago that he and Jada were in a relationship WITH Will’s blessing in a sit down interview with “The Breakfast Club’s” Angela Yee. Now the celebrity couple are clearing the air, revealing that August and Jada actually were in a full-fledged relationship four years ago during a time she and Will were separated. 

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It seems like it has been an eternity, but Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have finally addressed the August Alsina rumors on Facebook Watch’s “The Red Table Talk!”

As you recall, singer August Alsina, revealed a couple of weeks ago that he and Jada were in a relationship WITH Will’s blessing in a sit down interview with “The Breakfast Club’s” Angela Yee. Now the celebrity couple are clearing the air, revealing that August and Jada actually were in a full-fledged relationship four years ago during a time she and Will were separated.

via People

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“One of the reasons I wanted to come to the table, the media, the headlines, we specifically never said anything,” Smith said as his wife sat across from him. “We were purposely never saying anything. We specifically never said anything. Coming to the table, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something.”

Pinkett Smith added, “It’s a situation that I consider private. This is a very personal journey that became very public.”

“Four and a half years ago… I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends,” she continued. “And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.”

The mother of two said the singer “was really sick” when she and Smith first met him through their son, Jaden.

“The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,” she said. “We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.”

Smith replied, “I was done with you.”

“We broke up,” she said, clarifying. “We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time.”

“And then what did you do, Jada?” Smith asked.

“From there as time went on I got into a different kind of entanglement with August. One thing I want to clean up… about you giving ‘permission’ which is… the only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself,” she said.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, August Alsina
She continued, “But what August was probably trying to communicate because I could see how he could see it as permission because we were separated amicably, and I think he wanted to make it clear he’s not a homewrecker because he’s not.”

Smith asked her to clarify what she meant by “entanglement,” to which she said, “Yes, it was a relationship absolutely.”

The Girls Trip star said she didn’t view her relationship with Alsina “as a transgression at all.”

“Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” Pinkett Smith said. “And as I came through and started to realize certain things about you and I, he decided to break all communication with me which was totally understandable. And I let that be and hadn’t talked to him since so it is a little weird that all this stuff is coming out now since this was several [years ago].”

Smith added, “For me, this was years ago.”

The two were able to repair their relationship with Pinkett Smith saying, “We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.”

The couple has been married since December 1997 and shares son Jaden, 22, and daughter Willow, 19.

Pinkett Smith previously teased the episode, tweeting, “There’s some healing that needs to happen…so I’m bringing myself to The Red Table.”

We are glad Will and Jada are wise enough to take control of this narrative and talk this out in the open. Honestly speculation has been eating at the couple’s stellar reputation. However, we would love for them to address the rumors of them being in an open marriage. Are they? Or aren’t they?

What did you think of this episode of “The Red Table Talk?” Sound off in the comments’ section below.

 

 

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Mehcad Brooks Petitions Hollywood to Change Tarzan’s Racist Narrative

Tarzan has been known as the “King of The Jungle” for well over a century now. However, the origins of the character are steeped in anti-African and racist ideology in relation to Black people. 

Actor and former “Supergirl” star, Mehcad Brooks is calling out Hollywood on its historic portrayal of Tarzan. Mehcad took to his Instagram and alerting the industry and public the character needs a modern and realistic makeover.

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Tarzan has been known as the “King of The Jungle” for well over a century now. However, the origins of the character are steeped in anti-African and racist ideology in relation to Black people.

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Mehcad Brooks

Actor and former “Supergirl” star, Mehcad Brooks is calling out Hollywood on its historic portrayal of Tarzan. Mehcad took to his Instagram and alerting the industry and public the character needs a modern and realistic makeover.

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Not only is Tarzan racist it has been used as an instrument of White Supremacy to inject the psychological poison of racial hierarchy, genocide, eugenics and anti-black politics for 108 years. Let’s talk about it. Author #EdgarRiceBurroughs was a known to be proud of his views on #eugenics , African #genocide and White skin being the key to absolute dominion over the world. He believed Blacks to be racially impure and should be exterminated and sterilized. #Tarzan is quoted introducing himself as a title“…The House of Tarzan, the killer of beasts and many black men.” The name “Tarzan” literally means “white skin” in the ape language Burroughs envisioned. Tarzan often boasted about #lynching Black Men for sport and honor and saves Jane from the “black ape rapist”. Tarzan was used as #racist propaganda to debase #Africa and Black People when #MarcusGarvey ‘s “Back To Africa” initiative was gaining support. Tarzan has been devastating to Black Culture and has even been linked to a rise in lynchings around the releases of its titles. @wbpictures Holla at me. Let’s get this right this time. Let’s #remaketarzan with a #BlackLead 🎥🍿🌴 #justakidfromaustin who wants to be #kingofthejungle ▪️We Are Here to Repair This ▪️ Enjoy these excerpts from #tonywalker a #diaspora historian and activist. ♾🙏🏾 . . . . . #mehcadbrooks #tarzan #antiracism #antiracist #blacktraumamatters #wearehere #strongblacklead #wbpictures #warnerbros #blm #blacklivesmatter #blackactors #blackhollywood #blackstoriesmatter

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We did our own research and can confirm Mehcad’s allegations wholeheartedly. There are a number of articles posted below you can read for yourself. A New York high school even canceled its Tarzan musical due to the racist epithets and ideology of the character!

https://weareorlando.co.uk/page13.php

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/09/us/new-york-high-school-tarzan-racism-trnd/index.html

https://www.thehindu.com/thread/entertainment-variety/the-curious-connection-between-indias-republic-day-and-a-hoary-film-franchise-of-tarzan/article30666465.ece

Hollywood definitely has some work to do with some of its older franchises. We are glad Mehcad is bringing this to light. Honestly, we would not mind seeing him cast as the new Tarzan. He definitely has the build, skill, and credentials to be the true “King of The Jungle!”

 

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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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