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Oprah Winfrey To Be Honored At Golden Globe Awards

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at January’s Golden Globes. Morgan Freeman made the announcement for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during its broadcast of the “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” Wednesday on NBC. HFPA President Meher Tatna called Winfrey “one of the most respected and admired figures today” and “one of the most influential women of our time” in a statement Wednesday. The DeMille Award is given annually to an “individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Past recipients include Freeman, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier...

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DeRay McKesson Suing Fox News Host Jeannine Pirro

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a police officer was struck in the face with a rock and seriously injured. The officer sued the Black Lives Matter movement and McKesson for his injuries. After the officer’s lawsuit was dismissed, Pirro “made a series of outrageously false and defamatory statements about Mr. McKesson, including that...

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Omarosa Manigault Resigns From The White House

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration. Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be a round of departures heading into the new year. The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year. Manigault Newman is a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.” She...

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Omarosa Manigault Will Be Leaving Her White House Gig

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration. Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be a round of departures heading into the new year. The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year. Manigault Newman is a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.” She...

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50 Cent & Starz Agree To Extend Partnership To 2019

[ad_1] Source: Desiree Navarro / Getty 50 Cent and Starz have three new projects in the works, including the highly anticipated “Black Mafia Family” and more. TMZ reports: Sources close to the deal tell us … it includes 3 projects the rapper-turned actor/producer already has in development — “Black Family Mafia,” “Tomorrow, Today” and a third to be announced soon. As you may know … Fiddy currently boasts the hugely successful show “Power” on Starz, the most-watched series on the network. He also produces “50 Central” on BET and releases exclusive new music through his shows. Mr. Jackson’s new deal with Starz extends their business...

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Tavis Smiley Is Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

[ad_1] According to an exclusive report from Variety, Tavis Smiley has been accused of sexual misconduct. He is currently suspended from his half-hour interview program that airs weeknights on PBS. The network released a statement, “Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS,...

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Three Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them. In a statement Simmons vehemently denied what he called “these horrific accusations,” saying all his relations have been consensual.     The accusations reported by the Times Wednesday stem from the 1980s and 1990s. One woman, Drew Dixon, said Simmons raped her in his downtown apartment in 1995. Another, Tina Baker, said Simmons raped her in the early ’90s, when he was her manager. A third, Toni Sallie, a music journalist, said he raped her in 1988, also in his apartment. Last month, HBO...

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Tillerson: US won’t set preconditions for North Korea talks

[ad_1] "We've said from the diplomatic side, we're ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk," Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Tuesday, in what amounted to a direct public invitation for North Korea to put aside an escalating cycle of tests and taunts and engage in diplomacy. "We are ready to have the first meeting without precondition," Tillerson said. "Let's just meet, and we can talk about the weather if you want. Talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you are excited about. But...

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Boston’s Black Households Have Median Net Worth Of Only $8

[ad_1] Black residents in Boston are buried under hefty debts, only having an $8 median net worth. Many readers thought it was a typo when The Boston Globe‘s Spotlight team included that statistic in its new series on racism in the city. The city’s non-immigrant African Americans have the second-lowest median net worth, only heading Dominicans who have a dismal $0, according to “The Color of Wealth in Boston,” a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University, and the New School. The staggeringly low number suggested something has impeded the growth of Black wealth in Boston, selected as a site...

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Fed Boosts Benchmark Rate For Third Time This Year

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. The Fed is lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It is also continuing to slowly shrink its bond portfolio. Together, the two steps could lead over time to higher loan rates for consumers and businesses and slightly better returns for savers. The central bank says it expects the job market and...

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