TMZ obtained legal documents where Wayans cites his use of the controversial word as a term of endearment, explaining how he grew up in New York City projects, where black men and women frequently used the N-word as a term of camaraderie.


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Faizon Love supports Bill Cosby, calls Hannibal Buress a house N***a

Faizon Love (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) and Bill Cosby (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Faizon Love (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) and Bill Cosby (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)




Don’t worry, Bill CosbyFaizon Love has your back.

Cosby, who lately seems to be accused of sexual assault on a daily basis, got some unlikely support from the 46-year-old Love — whom many remember as “Big Worm” from Friday.

Love lit up his Twitter account Saturday, chastising those who would rather believe the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault than Cosby himself.

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Bow Wow slams ‘black folks’ for dissing his relationship with Latina fiancé

Shad Moss and Erica Mena. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images).

Shad Moss and Erica Mena. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images).


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Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, and Love & Hip Hop star Erica Mena recently announced their wedding date, set for April 2015.

Bow Wow took to his Instagram days ago to post a picture of Erica in a white gown with the caption, “The date is set. April 2015. #MRANDMRSMOSS.”

Apparently, the 106 & Park host received several negative comments from his followers after posting the photo of his Latina fiancé, prompting him to turn to Facebook and vent his frustrations.


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‘Queen Latifah Show’ officially cancelled

Queen Latifah. Photo via 'The Queen Latifah Show.'

Queen Latifah. Photo via ‘The Queen Latifah Show.’


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The Queen Latifah Show has been cancelled in the midst of its second season; however, the show will continue to air original episodes through March.

A spokesperson for The Queen Latifah Show and Sony Pictures Television provided theGrio with the following statement on the show’s cancellation:

“We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of.  Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”

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How ‘Scandal’ Star Joe Morton Responded When He Was Told He Wasn’t ‘Black Enough’

Joe Morton poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Joe Morton poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)



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While the black experience is diverse and multifaceted, films don’t always portray the various aspects of the African American life. Joe Morton echoed that sentiment in a HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday, during which he looked back on the rough time he had landing film roles early on in his career.

Although Morton started in theater, once he received acclaim for his work in “Brother From Another Planet,” the film roles started to roll in. The downside was he didn’t exactly fit the casting directors’ expectations.

“[My character in] ‘Brother from Another Planet’ didn’t speak at all, so the [casting directors] had no idea, really, who I was,” he said. “I would walk into a room and this voice would come out and they would think, ‘Oh, you’re not urban enough, not southern enough, not black enough.’ All that kind of stuff. So that was a shock for me.”

Morton didn’t take that sort of “stupid” criticism lying down. In fact, the actor said on one occasion where a white director questioned another actor’s blackness, he spoke his mind and didn’t hold back.

“I just raised the roof. I said, ‘First of all, I’m not interested in your script, and how dare you tell an actor that he’s not who he is? I’m sure if a white actor walked in you wouldn’t say you’re not white enough,'” Morton told host Ricky Camilleri.

Morton explained that his understanding of his racial identity started forming at a young age. After moving around the world until he was 10 years old, he started public school in Harlem and found that he didn’t share many of the same interests as his peers.

“Although [the other students and I] were the same color, although we were fighting the same ‘good fight,’ there were just huge differences,” he said. “I was, at the time, speaking … three different languages. I spoke English, Japanese and German at that time. I didn’t play basketball because I’d learned how to ice skate.”

He realized that having a shared skin tone did not necessarily mean having a shared life experience.

“I was the stranger with my nose pressed up against the window pane looking in, in a situation where I shouldn’t have been, if you see what I’m saying,” he added.

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with “Scandal” star Joe Morton here.


Tyler James Williams: Media Portrayals Of Black Men Feed Black Homophobia

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19:  Actor Tyler James Williams attends ChefDance Sponsored By SUJA Juices, El Tesoro Tequila & Sunrider on January 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for ChefDance)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 19: Actor Tyler James Williams attends ChefDance Sponsored By SUJA Juices, El Tesoro Tequila & Sunrider on January 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for ChefDance)



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Actor Tyler James Williams, who made a splash in this year’s breakout indie darling “Dear White People,” sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday and touted the film’s portrayal of gay issues, which Williams said have been historically sidelined by the black community.

“Whether we like to address it or not, the African American community is notoriously homophobic,” he said. “We have been coming up on this rough side of the mountain, as far as civil rights issues go, but we haven’t necessarily addressed the fact that there is a whole other side to that civil rights coin, which are gay rights.”

In the film, Williams plays Lionel Higgins, a gay, black university student dealing with the complexity of both his sexual and racial identity. The actor said he was quick to jump at the opportunity because the role challenges dominant perceptions of gay characters. Although black characters in film seem to be evolving past stereotypical media depictions in recent years, LGBT characters have not yet seen the same progression, Williams continued.

“I feel like the new stereotypical character[s] are gay characters, where you can’t just have a regular everyday guy who just happens to be gay, just like many people that I know,” he said. “You don’t automatically need to see and know that [the character is] gay just by his mannerisms. That’s not everybody.”

While Williams was eager to take on the “Dear White People” role, he said some black audiences were not happy with his performance. After seeing — and associating themselves with — so many one-dimensional black male characters on screen, Williams said a character as dynamic as Lionel worried viewers who didn’t identify with him.

“For so long there was so little, I guess, portrayals of the average black American, that the average black American male associated himself with whoever was on TV,” he said. “So in this way, there’s still this mentality of, ‘Okay, you’re a black male on TV. I am you. Wait, you’re gay? I’m not gay! No, no never mind, we’re not the same thing. Forget you. We shun you now.'”

Some of this “backlash” may stem from the undue pressure placed upon minority actors to stay true to their roots, Williams added.

“There’s this interesting thing in the black community of staying real … always representing the community well, which is frustrating in a lot of ways and stressful as well,” he said. “It’s hard to please everybody and stay black and proud.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with actor Tyler James Williams here.

Netflix postpones Bill Cosby comedy special amid rape allegations

Bill Cosby November 6, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Bill Cosby November 6, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)


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Bill Cosby was scheduled to debut his first televised concert special in 30 years on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, but the streaming network has decided to shelve the concert special amid the controversy surrounding the comedy legend as more women come forward with rape allegations.

“At this time, we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special Bill Cosby 77,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to

Netflix released their statement just hours after former supermodel Janice Dickinson became the third women to come forward and say that Cosby raped her, just weeks after comedian Hannibal Buruss referenced Cosby’s decades-old sexual assault allegations in a comedy routine.


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Solange Knowles gets married





Solange Knowles recently tied the knot with director Alan Ferguson on Sunday in New Orleans. The couple were married at Holy Trinity Church and were photographed riding to the wedding on white bicycles. The November 16 ceremony took place in front of about 200 friends and family members, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Blue Ivy, and Tina Knowles.

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‘Aaliyah’ movie’s biggest failure wasn’t the casting, it was R. Kelly

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This weekend I had the misfortune of watching Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and am as dismayed and confused as the rest of you. The dialogue was satirical, her music was nonexistent, and the casting choices were so outlandish they inspired dozens of hilarious social media memes.

At this point the public consensus seems to be that the whole thing was a train wreck.

But was it totally inaccurate?

Full disclosure, I may have been one of the biggest Aaliyah fans on the planet. We were about the same age, I had her posters hanging on my bedroom wall all through high school, and she was the first person in my generation to pass so tragically; teaching many of my peers and me a painful lesson about mortality.

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RLJ Entertainment Announces Launch Of UMC – Urban Movie Channel

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Silver Spring, MD — RLJ Entertainment Inc., (NASDAQ: RLJE), created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and The RLJ Companies and Chairman of RLJ Entertainment, today announced the launch of UMC – Urban Movie Channel (“UMC”), RLJE’s proprietary digital channel. UMC will feature urban-themed movies as an alternative to conventional subscription-based channels by showcasing the best drama, documentaries, comedies, horror, and stage plays.

Commenting on UMC’s launch, Robert Johnson said, “As founder of BET, I have gained a deep understanding and knowledge about the African American and urban consumer and the entertainment content that appeals to them. UMC was designed so that the African American and urban creative community could directly reach consumers in a way that removes many of the restrictions associated with the legacy content development and distribution models. As more video is consumed over broadband, we believe that we can quickly become the preeminent provider of quality urban entertainment to what has largely been an underserved, yet highly engaged audience. I am convinced that urban consumers will gravitate to the economic and entertainment value proposition of UMC and that the creative community will embrace UMC as the best way to reach their loyal fans and benefit financially from showcasing their outstanding work product.”

Programs previously released by RLJE under the One Village brand will be incorporated into UMC’s library, which will also include titles from RLJE’s existing Image independent feature film line. UMC will launch with a free trial period for subscribers through February 4, 2015 and with a suggested retail price of $4.99/month or $49.99/year thereafter, but with a special limited time introductory pricing of $2.99/month or $29.99/year to start.

Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJE stated, “As one of the largest independent distributors of entertainment content with nascent propriety streaming channels like Acorn TV, we are uniquely positioned to fulfill the vision of our chairman and deliver to the urban audience an unprecedented library of high quality video content. We are confident in RLJE’s ability to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content that will appeal to the urban community across the growing number of distribution platforms.”

Among the titles launching are live stand-up performances featuring Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, and Charlie Murphy; documentaries Dark Girls and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; the feature films All Things Fall Apart starring 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles, and Ray Liotta; and The Suspect starring Mekhi Phifer.  Bestsellers include the stage play production of What My Husband Doesn’t Know by David E. Talbert. UMC can be found at:

Traci Otey Blunt joins RLJE as Corporate Executive Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs and will oversee the company’s marketing, public relations and investor relations, as well as the promotion of the UMC channel. For the last six years, Traci served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at The RLJ Companies, the holding company which formed RLJ Entertainment. Prior to RLJ, Traci served as a national deputy communications director and director of African American media for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Traci has been with The RLJ Companies since 2008 and has been responsible for all corporate communications, public relations and government affairs,” said Johnson. “She has proven to be an invaluable executive in promoting and executing the business goals and objectives of The RLJ Companies and its portfolio companies, and I believe appointing her to RLJE as Corporate EVP to perform these functions, as well as focus heavily on the marketing and promotion of UMC is an ideal fit.”

“I am confident that with Traci joining the RLJE management team, her expertise will be beneficial to the company as a whole and help our strategic launch of UMC,” said Penella. “She will promote the channel and grow its subscriber base by building new and cultivating existing relationships which will ultimately have a strong impact on RLJE’s digital platforms,” he concluded.

RLJ Entertainment is a leading creator, owner and distributor of media content across digital, broadcast and physical platforms.  The Company leverages its branding expertise, access to content and direct to consumer skills to optimize the value of its programs for distinct audiences.

RLJ Entertainment is focused on driving growth through the development of interest-based entertainment services for targeted audiences in niche genres including British television, urban, action/thriller, horror, comedy, and fitness, by using new technologies to deliver that content to consumers.