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Condolences are in order for rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny as his sister Precious Harris passed away today. Her passing comes after Harris was involved in a serious car accident on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Harris' car struck a pole that induced an asthma attack. This led her to be placed in ICU where she fought for nearly two weeks before being overcome by her injuries. The news was confirmed by Harris' daughter, who took to Instagram with a touching tribute. Harris was a recurring character on T.I. and Tiny's popular reality series Family Hustle. It was through this show where her close relationship with her brother was on full display.She also became a key piece of Family Hustle's spinoff series Friends & Family Hustle for which T.I. and Tiny halted production amid Harris' accident and passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they deal with her death. #preciousharris1913 #fridaynews #familyhustle #blackexcellence #blackination #blackigossip #socialstreaming #blacksocialstreaming #blacktechs #blacktechnology #blackmoneymatters #queenkay

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The melanin was popping and on full display today, as Essence hosted their Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills, CA. The beautiful Kelly Rowland was this year’s host and she set the stage on fire with her personality as well as her fashion game. Newcomer Kiki Layne, who starred as Tish in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk, was among the honorees for the day, along with Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg and Jenifer Lewis. The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is presented by The Ford Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, L’Oréal Paris, Walmart, Geico and Warner Bros. Eva Marcille was so moved by Stenberg's speech, she was the first to stand up for her ovation. Another notable moment? Layne's “Breakout Star” acceptance speech, where she spoke about how she feels like she isn't alone "in all of this." "It is the very beginning for me and being here in this room and receiving this award, it's showing me that I'm not by myself in all of this." Jenifer Lewis low-key mentioned Jussie Smollett during her acceptance speech. While she didn't explicitly say his name, she did sing a song about her "comment" on his situation.Aside from the awards segment, the red carpet displayed fearless fashion as everyone dazzled in bright and bold ensembles. All shades of blue took over the luncheon. Jenifer Lewis, Angela Bassett, Tati Gabrielle and Chloe Bailey (of the singing duo Chloe x Halle) attended the event in various blue-toned outfits. #fridaytea #essenceblackwomenluncheon#blackexcellence #blackination #blackigossip #socialstreaming #blacksocialstreaming #blacktechs #blacktechnology #blackmoneymatters #queenkay

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in yesterday and is now facing felony charges of filing a false police report. He was in court yesterday for a bond hearing. Now many are wondering if his new revelations to this case will in fact impact those victims of racial violence in the future. Salary is the reason why he claimed that he had been a victim in the first place, saying he believed that he would be paid more by “Empire” due to his attack. Sadly, the two so called assailants, are actually friends of Smollett's who intend on telling their side of the story when the time presents itself. All over the world shock has set in, with fans and supporters of Jussie still saying that he is innocent and is being railroaded by the Chicago police. A spokesperson for the department went on record stating that after conducting interviews of witnesses as well as looking at surveillance equipment in the area, they believe that Jussie is a suspect and not a victim. How will this impact the future of “Empire”? What are your thoughts on this story? Are you still a Jussie supporter or do you believe like Cardi B that he ruined Black History Month? Sound off, it’s Friday! #fridayscoop #jussiesmollett #victimornah #blackexcellence #blackination #blackigossip #socialstreaming #blacksocialstreaming #blacktechs #blacktechnology #blackmoneymatters #queenkay

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This Black History Fact, let’s celebrate author Toni Morrison. The remarkable writer recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Born Chloe Anthony Wofford, in 1931 in Lorain (Ohio), the second of four children in a black working-class family. Displayed an early interest in literature. Studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities, followed by an academic career at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and since 1989, a chair at Princeton University. She has also worked as an editor for Random House, a critic, and given numerous public lectures, specializing in African-American literature. She made her debut as a novelist in 1970, soon gaining the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her epic power, unerring ear for dialogue, and her poetically-charged and richly-expressive depictions of Black America. A member since 1981 of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. We salute her acheivements and wish her a Happy Birthday! #blackhistoryfacts #thursdaynews #tonimorrison #blackexcellence #blackination #blackigossip #socialstreaming #blacksocialstreaming #blacktechs #blacktechnology #blackmoneymatters #queenkay

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to Chicago Police. He is facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct in reference to filing a false police report three weeks ago to police. He claimed that he was a victim of a hate crime where bleach was thrown on him, a noose was put around his neck and he was called racial slurs by two unknown Trump supporters. We have since found out that the two Nigerian men that were arrested not only work for the Empire series but that one is also Jussie’s personal trainer! Video surveillance has surfaced showing the brothers buying the items in question, rope as well as black gloves and ski masks, prior to the incident taking place. Some are wondering if Smollett is just replying to a previous incident where he received hate mail and it was “not taken seriously” by the set of Empire. Could this be his way of reacting to producers non-reaction? For now we don't know but we will keep you updated on the details as Jussie is said to be appearing in court this afternoon. What are your thoughts on this story? Comment below, it’s Thursday! #jussiesmollett #breakingnews #thursdayscoop #blackexcellence #blackination #blackigossip #socialstreaming #blacksocialstreaming #blacktechs #blacktechnology #blackmoneymatters #queenkay

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