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The world is just a little bit sadder today as an amazing woman who was an even more amazing actress and singer has passed on. We are deeply saddened to report Della Reese has passed at the age of 86.

Della Reese is a music icon, known the world over for her strong vocals, strong morals, and dozens of television and movie roles in productions like Touched By An Angel and Harlem Nights. Della passed Sunday evening.

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“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” her costar Roma Downey confirmed to PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By an Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, Reese began singing in public at just 6 years old at her local church, establishing her roots in gospel music. Her vocal talent flourished and by 13 she was tapped to perform with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group, with whom she’d later tour.

She formed her own group, the Meditation Singers, in the late 1940s, but her exposure to jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan sparked a desire to broaden her musical scope. Now using her famous stage name, she signed a deal with Jubilee Records in 1953, releasing six albums largely composed of jazz standards.

National fame would come in 1957 with the release of “And That Reminds Me,” a Top 20 hit and her first global seller.

She followed it up with “Don’t You Know?” — which would become her signature song, and a string of hits including “Not One Minute More, “And Now,” “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You),”  and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

In the late ’60s she began to expand her career from a jazz nightclub act to all-around entertainer by breaking into television. She became a familiar face on the small screen, securing guest spots on a host of shows, including The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Sanford and Son, MacGyver, Night Court, and The Young and the Restless.

Her short-lived variety series, Della, debuted in 1969, and the following year she became the first black woman to co-host The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It was after a Tonight Show appearance in 1979 that Reese suffered a brain aneurysm that nearly claimed her life.

Reese became an ordained minister in the 1980s through the Christian New Thought branch known as Unity, leading her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living (also known as “UP Church”).

She would draw on her faith for her most famous acting role, playing the part “supervising angel” Tess on the CBS series Touched By an Angel beginning in 1994. Though the show was initially met with mixed reviews, it went on to become a huge success, running until 2003. Tess’ playful sarcasm and no-nonsense attitude added something of a humorous edge to the wholesome show, and she became its most beloved character.

Reese was plagued with health problems later in life, including a battle with diabetes which she blamed on poor diet and exercise. Following two appearances on the television show Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2014, she retired from acting.

Rest in peace Della, we were all truly touched by angel.

 

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DMX Reportedly in “Grave Condition” After Drug Overdose

It is being reported that rapper and actor, DMX, is now in “grave condition,” following a drug overdose which triggered a heart attack last night.

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It is being reported that rapper and actor, DMX, is now in “grave condition,” following a drug overdose which triggered a heart attack last night.

The fifty year old rapper was rushed to a White Plains, New York hospital, but the true state of his condition remains unknown as multiple reports are coming in that he is fighting for his life, or in a vegetative state after being declared brain dead. Neither his family or representatives has yet to release an official statement on his condition.

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DMX has battled drug addiction and substance abuse most of his life. In 2019, he canceled four tour dates to check into a rehab facility, apologizing to his fans for the disappointment. In multiple interviews, and most notably on OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant: Fix My Life,” the effects of said abuse has been disastrous to his family and marred his career and personal life. Still, the love and support from both celebrities and fans has been overwhelming, with many taking to social media.

Missy Elliot posted, “Prayers for DMX” on her Instagram account; with other rappers like Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross following suit. The former posted a sunset over the ocean, and the latter posting “Prayers up #DMX” with a video to an Instagram Story.

 

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Fans too have posted their well wishes, as well as their disbelief in his relapse: “Prayers to the real rough rider,” @bitchiwas999 posted with a picture of DMX at a concert, meanwhile @RasheedPanda tweeted, “The worst thing is that we all thought he had been sober this whole last year, he did songs and looked healthier and everything. Addiction ain’t no damn joke.”

As aforementioned this story is still unfolding. We will report back with new information as it becomes available and would like to send our own personal prayers up for DMX.

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Keyshia Cole Announces Retirement After Final Upcoming Album

Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole is announcing her retirement from music after her final upcoming album.

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Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole is announcing her retirement from music after her final upcoming album.

Keyshia made the announcement unexpectedly on Instagram when a fan stated she should feel like she is “sitting on top of the world” with the way her latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” has been received by fans, the hype around her recent “Versuz Battle” with fellow singer and rival, Ashanti,  and her upcoming album.

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The songstress, surprisingly, replied “I’m retiring. “When questioned on the seriousness of her response, she doubled down and stated, “I’m not lying.” Keyshia’s fans initially thought her account was being hacked, however she confirmed again she was retiring, but promised one more album. “I’m already contracted to do so, I wouldn’t do that to @BMG ,myself, or my fans,” she said of not releasing a record. “But I’m gonna have to move at my pace with this one. #Album8.” She goes on to cite her children as her reason for retirement, stating she wants to take a step back and jokes about leaving music altogether. “#StimnyHitsAccount RETIREMENT SOUNDS GOOD [crying laughing emoji] this is funny! Hella! Just thought I’d join in on the fun. I’m serious about retirement… [crossed fingers emoji] but this is funny [crying laughing emoji].” 

Fan reaction to Keyshia’s retirement announcement has bordered on the humorous side, with most questioning her others heckling her.

Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album will be her eighth one. Besides her music, the singer has been hailed as one of the music industry’s last true R&B artists. She is also known as a family and anti-drug advocate as she showcases her roller coaster relationship with her birth family, including her older sister Neffeteria “Neffe” Pugh and her mother, Francine “Frankie” Lons, well documented on multiple reality television series and talk shows.

 

 

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WebLYFE Atlanta, Season 2, To Be Produced By “U Do TV!”

WebLYFE’s creator, casting director, producer, cast member and owner, Michael Jonvier, formerly known as “Hey Mikey,” has opted to switch to a new production company. WebLYFE Season 2 will now be produced and filmed by Atlanta based production company and new Roku Channel, U Do TV.

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WebLYFE Atlanta was one of the latest additions to the growing genre of LGBT Web Reality Series.

Like Chasing Atlanta, The Come Up Atlanta, and still others before it; the series attempted to show the lives of seven Atlanta based web series actors, content creators, and media personalities; Larry “Phylle” Carter, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Carl “K $tarr” Levonzell, Lacie “Lacie Doll” Squire, Nikia “Freshie” Squire, and Brandon Karson Jordan; as they live, laugh, love and clash on the backdrop of Atlanta’s vibrant social scene. 

However, the first season was riddled with production issues, onset and behind the scenes as various cast members and producers clashed with one another and production. Although many viewers enjoyed the series and the cast; even more noted the poor production quality of the episodes (editing, lighting, camera movement, audio, etc.), not seeing the full scope of the cast’s work, and an imbalanced story line primarily centered on two cast members that was pushed throughout the season. This is a far cry from the original balanced vision of an ensemble cast the show’s creator clearly expressed and expected. 

WebLYFE’s creator, casting director, producer, cast member and owner, Michael Jonvier, formerly known as “Hey Mikey,” has opted to switch to a new production company. WebLYFE Season 2 will now be produced and filmed by Atlanta based production company and new Roku Channel, U Do TV.

Together with the CEO of U Do TV, Maurice Ravennah, Michael will co-executive produce the new season, in collaboration with his own new media company Michael Jonvier Media, LLC. Project Management Company, Forever Dope Management, headed by Ebony Shinelle, will assist with show production and operations, while Kontrol Magazine will act as a major sponsor. “We’ve worked with Michael for a decade, and with our two brands merging, this is the perfect marriage. WebLYFE has been a dream of his for years, even when he was intially naming it ‘Web Stars of Atlanta’ and we are happy to help however we are needed. We got his back!” Julian Lark, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Kontrol Magazine tells us.

 

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Additionally coming on board are returning cast members Carl Levonzell, Lacie Doll, Freshie, and Larry Carter. “This show is my brainchild and I wanted a reality series that was balanced. Yes, you have the drama, but you need to also see people working through their issues, finding solutions, and for sure showcasing their work. I’m blessed to call some of the most creative minds in the city [Atlanta] my friends and colleagues. Season 2 is going to be my vision–what it should have been all along.” When asked where Michael stands with the former production, OutPour Media Productions LGBTQ, he simply states, “I wish them the best. My interaction with their executive producer, solely, taught me to research people thoroughly before working with them; and that you can never see your vision come to fruition in the hands of someone else. Nevertheless, I wish them the best.”

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 In the second season you will also see two new faces soon to be announced! Michael and Maurice both state they want well rounded people who have never been on a reality television with a story and work that will really make people take notice. “Atlanta is full of talented people, but we are looking for individuals who are making moves in their fields as well as have the personality and wherewithal to deal with reality television…We are excited to partner with Michael on this and are more than prepared to deliver an amazing second season.” Maurice adds. 

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Season 2 of WebLYFE Atlanta will begin filming in April. For media inquiries please contact info@udo.work.

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