In His Safety: Gospel Singer Lecresia Campbell Has Died

Posted September 29, 2016 by jmurray

Back in the 1990’s, I was a teenager in high school with aspirations of working in the entertainment industry. At that time, I was cutting my teeth in gospel music and volunteering for a Washington, DC area production company called HawKings Productions. I helped them organize the Youth & Young Adult portion of their annual […]

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Demetria McKinney: She’s Split With Roger Bobb & Reveals New Boyfriend

Posted September 19, 2016 by jmurray

One of Atlanta’s most-prominent couples, singer/actress Demetria McKinney and TV and film producer Roger Bobb have called it quits. The two, who were featured prominently on season seven of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” when McKinney joined the cast, got engaged this past January after nearly nine years of dating on and off. The 48-year-old […]

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Couple Confirmed: Faith Evans & Stevie J Officially Dating

Posted September 13, 2016 by jmurray

Grammy winner Faith Evans has confirmed what has been suspected by many for months now: she’s dating “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta” star Stevie J. In an Instagram post she did on Monday evening, the First Lady of Bad Boy Entertainment wrote under a split image of she and Stevie J: “Well I guess it’s Ooouuu…(in my […]

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Deal Done: Ebony Magazine & Jet Website Sold To New Owners

Posted June 15, 2016 by jmurray

After 71 years in the media business, the iconic Johnson Publishing is getting out of publishing. The financially-strapped business founded by the late media mogul, John H. Johnson has sold its iconic magazine Ebony and its digital-only publication Jet magazine to an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm, Clear View Group. The deal was finalized in […]

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No Laughing Matter: Kevin Hart’s Robbed For $500K

Posted June 14, 2016 by jmurray

While Kevin Hart has been on a whirlwind promotional tour promoting his upcoming film, “Central Intelligence” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, his home was burglarized. The Hollywood funnyman returned home from Miami on Monday to discover that the backdoor to his home in Tarzana, Calif. had been pried open over the weekend while his family […]

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Muhammad Ali: My Two Unforgettable Encounters With “The Greatest of All Time”

Posted June 4, 2016 by jmurray

More than a decade ago, I was driving down Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California in a red Cadillac on loan from General Motors. I had the windows down, as it was a beautiful sunny day in L.A., and I was blasting my Syleena Johnson CD, “Chapter 2: The Voice.”  I was on my way […]

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Audra McDonald: Pregnant With Second Child At 45

Posted May 10, 2016 by jmurray

Actress Audra McDonald may not win a Tony this year, but she may give birth to one. The six-time Tony Award winner is pregnant with her second child at age 45. This will be the first child for McDonald and second husband, Will Swenson. McDonald has a daughter, Zoe, from her previous marriage to first […]

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Rickey Smith: “American Idol” Favorite Dead At 36

Posted May 6, 2016 by jmurray

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey Smith has died in a car accident. The singer was 36 and would have turned 37 on his birthday May 10. Smith, who appeared on season two of the long-running Fox competition series, was killed when an alleged drunk driver was headed the wrong way on a freeway outside of […]

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Media Massacre: Juicy, XXL, SLAM, Rides & Other Magazines Ending

Posted May 3, 2016 by jmurray

More than a dozen or so magazines just became casualties of the digital era, as Harris Publications abruptly announced it was closing last week. The latest digital disruption brings an end to urban print titles like Juicy, XXL, SLAM and Rides; as well as Celebrity Hairstyles, Guitar World, Revolver, Who’s Who in Baseball, and Guns […]

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Baby On Board: Kerry Washington Confirms She’s Pregnant

Posted May 2, 2016 by jmurray

Kerry Washington has confirmed she is pregnant. The Emmy-nominated star of “Scandal” is expecting her second child with her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha. The 39-year-old actress acknowledged her pregnancy on the red carpet of the Met Gala in New York City on Monday evening. Speculation that Washington was pregnant began weeks ago after […]

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