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The Rock packs on pounds for ‘Hercules’

It looks like all that begging Robin Thicke has been doing to get Paula Patton back hasn’t done the crooner a bit of good. The estranged couple have put their home above Hollywood’s Sunset Strip up for sale with an asking price of $2.98 million. The former teenage sweethearts have officially split up after 20 years of coupledom and nearly a decade after marriage.

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Sherri Shepherd to sell NJ house

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Apollo Nida, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, on Tuesday received an eight-year sentence from a federal court judge for his four-year scheme that involved bank, mail and ID theft

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Tracey on the mend

Go With the Flo

Word is Tracy Morgan is reportedly showing signs of improvement, so much so that doctors upgraded his condition to fair. He remains hospitalized while recovering from several broken bones, the worst of which is a fractured femur.

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B'Way welcomes 'Holler if Ya Hear Me'

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Floyd Mayweather could be back in legal trouble after a beef with rapper T.I. turned into a brawl at a Fatburger on the Las Vegas strip about 2 a.m. on May 25.

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Street named in Sylvia’s honor

Go with the Flo

My colleagues over at the “Confidential” column at the New York Daily News are reporting that Solange Knowles’ elevator attack on brother-in-law Jay Z, which occurred on May 5 at a Met gala after-party in the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, was ignited because the rap mogul had plans to head to Rihanna’s after-party without Beyonce.

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New baby girl for Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is the proud mother of a new baby girl.

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Idris Elba celebrates new baby boy

Chris Brown’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran was among the chicsters who attended ELR project, a one-of-a-kind pop-up photography gallery showcasing the 2014 Cadillac ELR extended range luxury coupe on West 34th Street in the Big Apple on April 16.

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Apollo celebrates fourth annual Harlem Jazz Shrine Fest

Some of New York’s fashion elite gathered to celebrate OWN’s new reality series “Love in the City”

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‘Atlanta Housewife’ Kandi ties the knot

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker tied the knot in a “Coming to America”-themed ceremony on April 4 at Le Fais Do-Do in Atlanta.

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Whoopi welcomes great-granddaughter

Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said on March 17 that he was told the crooner made disturbing remarks in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

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General Motors diversity communications shines during 45th annual NAACP Image Awards Weekend

General Motors took time out to educate select members of urban media about Crystal Windham, the first African-American woman to be named director of design for Chevrolet passenger cars and small crossover interiors

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Lil’ Kim expecting a lil’ bundle of joy

Jay Z and Beyoncé headed to an exotic, warm locale for Valentine’s Day. However, according to reports, Jay Z took the time to buy Bey’s Valentine’s Day gift before they jetted off to paradise.

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Ray Chew and wife host event at Minton’s

“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, who is now an MLB baby mama to be, celebrated the upcoming birth of her son by Carl Crawford, who has a $142 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a “Diamonds and Diapers”-themed baby shower last Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

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Nick Cannon cuts new compilation

Nick Cannon, creator has announced the release of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out Compilation, Vol. 1,

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Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston inducted into NJ Hall of Fame

New couple alert! It looks like “12 Years a Slave” darling Lupita Nyong’o may be dating hot hunk Jared Leto.

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Kandi Burruss joins ‘NEWSical the Musical’

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member started a two-week run on Jan. 13 in the off-Broadway smash comedy “NEWSical the Musical.

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Bobbi Kristina marries Nick Gordon

According to reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown announced on Twitter Thursday that she and Nick Gordon are “happily married.

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Finally! SNL hires Black female cast member

Sasheer Zamata, a recent University of Virginia graduate who is popular on the New York City comedy circuit, has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live".

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Idris Elba avoids serious injury after car flips on camera

Idris Elba escaped injuries after a car he was driving flipped over while he was filming an upcoming documentary.

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Erykah, Rihanna: New faces in haute couture

Beyoncé planted a sweet kiss on Madonna’s daughter Mercy James during her concert on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following the show, Queen Bey took the party from the concert venue to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square.

Sisters Uptown hosts ‘Deadly Stuff Players’ book signing Dec. 22

The “Deadly Stuff Players” tour continues. Yours truly will be signing books on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Sisters Uptown Bookstore, 1942 Amsterdam Ave., from 2-4 p.m.

ABC a little less ‘Scandal’-ous this season

Celebrity rumors: true and false

Jay Z’s Barneys collection selling out

It looks like certain members of the Black male population of New York City have more allegiance to Jay Z than to boycotting Barneys New York due to the recent “shop-and-frisk” incidents involving two young Black shoppers. Jay Z’s controversial SCCBNY collection for Christmas is almost totally sold out at the high-end Madison Avenue store. Items like the less expensive $695 cashmere ski mask, $1,275 fleece hoodie and the $2,295 leather sleeve puffer varsity jacket that Beyoncé wore are all gone.

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Idris Elba among BAFTA honorees

Diana Ross’ 25-year-old son Evan Ross announced he is ready to marry Jessica Simpson’s sister, Ashlee

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Ring in the holidays with ‘Life With La Toya’

According to WWD, the event to kick off “A New York Holiday,” the collaboration between Barneys New York and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, has been canceled. The party, which Barneys was sponsoring at an off-site location Nov. 20, was expected to be a fundraiser for the Shawn Carter Foundation. The cancelation comes amid controversy over Jay Z’s collaboration with Barneys and allegations of racial profiling against the retailer, as well as against Macy’s Inc.

Jay Z cashing in for the holiday season

It’s going to be a busy holiday season for Jay Z. First, his controversial deal with Barneys starts on Nov. 20, when his Christmas window at the store debuts, along with his special boutique. Then, he will enter the fragrance business with the launch of his first men’s eau de toilette, “Gold Jay Z,” which will debut on Friday, Nov. 29 at major department stores throughout the U.S.

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Atlanta Housewife Khandi elopes with fiancé?

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kandi Burruss and her fiancé, Todd Tucker, might have eloped to Cancun, Mexico

Kanye and Kim to wed

Oct. 21 was a busy day for Kanye West. First, the rapper presented the Hollywood Breakout Director Award to “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “12 Years A Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o was also honored with the new Hollywood Award. Later that night, West hopped a plane to San Francisco, where he rented out AT&T Park, hired an orchestra and proposed to his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, who was celebrating her 33rd birthday, with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

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Oprah’s diamonds up for auction

Five months after Kandi Burruss sued Kim Zolciak over her being paid next to nothing for producing the hit song “Tardy for the Party,” which prompted Zolciak to retain their mutual “Real Housewives of Atlanta” castmate attorney Phaedra Parks to represent her, an Atlanta judge ruled in favor of Zolciak. That means she can keep selling the record and doesn’t owe Burruss additional funds.

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Kerry steps out for ‘Scandal’ premiere

Congratulations are in order for Pharrell Williams and his fiancée, Helen Lasichanh, the mother of his 4-year-old son, Rocket. The couple, who were secretly wed in Europe in August, will be celebrating their vows on Oct. 12 in Miami. Rumor has it that the guest list will include Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pusha T and Malice of the Clipse, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, Gwen Stefani and Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D.

Gabrielle Union reunited with Dwyane Wade

It looks like those rumors that floated around last spring claiming that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union had broken up for a while and all the chatter about a couple of other women in his life were true.

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Fight Night festivities at the Palms

Fight Night brought out a bevy of superstars to the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 14, as hip-hop legend Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted an over-the-top “Fight Night After Party” alongside his closest celebrity friends at Palms Pool and Rain Nightclub. Known for bringing an entourage of celebrity pals, Diddy celebrated Mayweather’s victory over Alvarez with guests including Tyga, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Meek Mill, Flo Rida, Lil’ Kim and Claudia Jordan. The crowd went crazy around 4 a.m. when Diddy, Ross, Tyga, 2 Chainz and Meek Mill hit the stage to perform.

Thandie Newton expecting third child

The third time is the charm. Thandie Newton is pregnant with her third child.

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Diddy puts Beverly Hills mansion on market

Following a week of reports and rumors that NBA free agent Lamar Odom, who is married to Khloe Kardashian, is battling an addiction to crack cocaine, the basketball player was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on Aug. 30 at 3:54 in the morning and arrested for DUI suspicion.

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Cosby comes to Westchester County Center Sept. 7

The Pepe Infiniti Concert Series, sponsored by Grapes the Wine Company and D. Bertoline & Sons, is proud to present an evening with Bill Cosby at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday Sept. 7.

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Obama ladies out on the town in NYC

Lamar Odom may reportedly be facing a lot of problems, but missing is not one of them. The NBA free agent was spotted out driving his SUV on Aug. 26 in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, near his home with Khloe Kardashian.

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First Lady to release … a hip-hop album?

Usher and ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond were at odds even before last week’s custody battle over their two kids. Earlier this month, Usher filed legal documents asking a judge to decrease his child support payments to Raymond. The singer had been paying $8,000 a month for their two sons, and he says that the amount was set in an old agreement and hasn’t been adjusted since he was given primary custody last year. A date has yet to be set for the hearing.

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Usher’s son rushed to emergency room

R&B star Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond’s 5-year-old son Usher Raymond V was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Aug. 5 after nearly drowning in the family swimming pool. The singer was not home at the time when the incident occurred around 6 p.m. Usher’s son was reportedly playing in the pool when he saw a toy at the bottom and went to dive for it. That’s when reports say Usher V got his arm stuck in the drain. Neither his aunt nor the maid could get him out. Two men who were working in the house then came out and rescued the boy. He was immediately given CPR and raced to the hospital. According to Hollywoodlife.com, Usher made it home and was able to ride in the ambulance with his son. Sources say that doctors claim he will be “OK.” This comes just one year after Usher’s stepson Kile Glover, 11, was killed in a boating accident. Our prayers go out for the complete recovery of Usher V.

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Sylvia’s celebrates 51 years

There is no experience in this world like Cadillac in the Hamptons. I spent the weekend of July 26-29 living a champagne and caviar dream life as a guest of the luxury automotive brand. The trip kicked off with lunch at STK in New York City. After lunch, our media group, which included my new best friend Zondra Hughes, as well as Yoselin Acevedo, Cloves Campbell, Paul Cheung, Mitzi Miller, Christen Rochon, Geneva Thomas and Sekou Writes, headed out to the Hamptons in style in Cadillac ATS vehicles.

Sylvia’s celebrates 51 years

There is no experience in this world like Cadillac in the Hamptons. I spent the weekend of July 26-29 living a champagne and caviar dream life as a guest of the luxury automotive brand.

‘Scandal’ heads to BET; Solange holds rally for Trayvon

According to reports, Halle Berry married fiancé Olivier Martinez on Saturday at Chateau Des Conde in Vallery, France. The ceremony took place in a small chåteau, where, in accordance with French law, a civil union was held at 4 p.m., followed by a religious ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel in the Village.

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Wiz’s Wedding Bells

New parents Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose got married on July 8. The rapper announced on Twitter that they are now man and wife. “Me and Amber got married today. Wedding this fall. Thought I’d let y’all know,” Wiz tweeted. The happy couple welcomed a son, Sebastian, in February and applied for a marriage license in Los Angeles last week.

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Halle helps out at U.N fund

Being pregnant at 46 isn't slowing Halle Berry down. The Oscar-winning actress was in New...

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Legendary actress Cicely Tyson return to Broadway

Legendary actress Cicely Tyson's triumphant return to Broadway after nearly three decades was marked with...

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50 Cent seeing Starz with new cable drama

I am headed to the American Black Film Festival on South Beach in Miami this...

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Brooklyn swings, Newark Jazz Vespers, Jazz for Obama

In most history books, when it comes to jazz, New York City shines above all...

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TreVante teams up against teen dating violence

According to Us Weekly, Beyonce was the second to last celebrity after Madonna to grace...

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Lauryn Hill sentence pushed back

Lauryn Hill just bought herself a couple of weeks of freedom. The songstress was to...

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Foxx fixed to play new 'Spider-Man' villain

According to sources, Beyonce's rumored $25 million deal with H&M has catapulted the superstar and...

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Mekhi Phifer weds

Despite the rumors caused by a tweet sent out by a Los Angeles radio station,...

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