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Almost a month after Megyn Kelly was fired from NBC, ratings for the third hour of NBC's "Today" show are up nearly 10 percent.

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Rihanna Demands Trump Stop Playing Her Music at 'Tragic Rallies'

The artist made it clear on Twitter that she doesn't want her hit song being played.

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Rihanna is the latest artist to ban her music from being played at rallies featuring President Donald Trump.

Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Sunday on Twitter that Rihanna's hit song "Don't Stop the Music" was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections:

Rihanna responded to Rucker's tweet:

Rihanna has sold 124 million digital singles in the U.S., which is 10 million more than any other artist, according to Forbes.

Related Story: Rihanna Says No to Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Last month, she turned down an offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

Soon after, actress Amy Schumer posted on social media that she was turning down a chance to appear in a Super Bowl commercial. Schumer also said it "would be cool" if Maroon 5, scheduled to perform, would reject the offer, like Rihanna did.

Last week, Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump to stop him from using his music. On the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump hosted a Midwest campaign rally where "Happy" was on the playlist.

Related Story: Trump Plays Pharrell's 'Happy' at Post Pittsburgh Massacre Rally

"There was nothing 'happy' about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose," the letter states.

At a rally last week for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was captured on video dancing to "Happy," and it went viral.

Pharrell approved:

"Get it legend."

Celebrity Moderators to Appear on Michelle Obama's Book Tour

Women joining the former first lady include Oprah, Tracee Ellis Ross and Reese Witherspoon.

Former first lady Michelle Obama is set to kick-off her 10-city U.S. book tour in support of her memoir "Becoming" on Nov. 13. The events will include all-star moderators whom she's scheduled to appear with.

The first stop on the tour will be in Obama's hometown of Chicago, with Oprah Winfrey moderating her conversation at the United Center. Other tour events will be moderated by Elizabeth Alexander (Nov. 25 and Dec. 1), Valerie Jarrett (Nov. 17 and Dec.17), Michele Norris (Nov. 24 and Dec. 14), Sarah Jessica Parker (Dec. 19), Phoebe Robinson (Nov. 29 and Dec. 11), Tracee Ellis Ross (Nov. 15), and Reese Witherspoon (Dec.13), each of whom will engage Obama in a conversation.

Last week, Obama and Live Nation announced a selection of the local and community organizations who will receive free admission the book tour. About 10 percent of ticket inventory in each city on the tour was set aside for various organizations including, schools, charities and community groups.

NowThis produced a video of Obama surprising students with the news.

Along with writing about her upbringing, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate writes in her memoir about her time in the White House as the first Black first lady, motherhood and her public health campaign.

Penguin Random House, publisher of "Becoming," said that with "unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it — in her own words and on her own terms."

The book is to be published simultaneously in 24 languages around the world and will be released in the U.S. and Canada through the publisher's Crown Publisher Group, according to Reuters. Obama will also read for the audio edition and there will be an international book tour, which will be announced at a later date.

Penguin Random House landed a deal to publish both the former first lady's memoir and former President Barack Obama's. After a bidding war, the company reportedly agreed to pay $60 million to the former first couple for their books.

Barack Obama's three previous books — "Dreams of My Father," "The Audacity of Hope" and "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" — were published by the same company.

The Obamas plan to donate a "significant portion of their author proceeds to charity," including the Obama Foundation, the publisher said in a statement.

Tickets for Michelle Obama's book tour are available at BecomingMichelleObama.com.

Trump Plays Pharrell's 'Happy' at Post Pittsburgh Massacre Rally

"Rallies are meant to be fun," says our syrup of ipecac president.

Pharrell Williams, composer and performer of the hit song "Happy," is currently trending on Twitter for sending a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump to stop him from using his music.

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Niecy Nash Wants Racists to Call 1-844- WYT- FEAR

A satirical phone line with a real message for racist white people calling the police on Black people for no reason.

Comedienne Niecy Nash teamed up with the New York Times to create a real 800 number for white people who are afraid of Black people to call, instead of calling the police.

It's an answer to all the nonsense calls that have put Blacks in danger of contact with authorities (who notoriously have a dangerous relationship), and a wake-up call to white people that are racist, and apparently don't know it.

911 dispatchers not wanting to pass along the calls made by white people may want to give out this number to save racists embarrassment, jobs, death threats, and save time and emergency resources for those who really need it— like EMS for Blacks being shot by police, perhaps?

Nash tweeted:

It provides options in English and Spanish and encourages white people who are uncomfortable with Spanish to protect their ears and push no. 1.

In the commercial for the number, Nash says it's "a radical new product that will save you all the headaches from being filmed and outed as a racist douche."

She continues explaining, "Our experienced staff have been living while Black their entire lives ... It's a real number, for real white people who should mind their own damn business."

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Many on social media responded in applause:

As #WhileBlack incidents continue to increase in the spotlight, others have offered solutions for the problem of white fear.

Several months ago a New York Senator, Jesse Hamilton, who represents the Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, proposed a hate crime law after a Trump supporter called the police on him while he was campaigning.

This 800 number is sure to be called by many people of color and their allies who seek a good laugh, but the point remains —calling 911 for no good reason is a problem that is more dangerous than it is ridiculous.

Megyn Kelly 'Apologizes' for On-Air 'Blackface' Comment

"Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character," Kelly said.

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Megyn Kelly, host of her own daytime talk show on NBC, apologized to colleagues on Tuesday after she made comments defending racist Halloween costumes, specifically blackface, which prompted her to be immediately slammed on social media.

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'The View's' Sunny Hostin Slams Right-Wing Immigration Policy: Video

"It's always about Brown and Black people and that's not the truth," Hostin said.

Things got a little heated Monday on ABC's "The View" when co-hosts right-wing conservative Meghan McCain (daughter of the late Sen. John McCain) and Sunny Hostin got into a debate about undocumented immigrants and U.S. open borders.

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Rihanna Says No to Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Colin Kaepernick

The multiple Grammy-winning artist turned down the offer to perform because she doesn't agree with the NFL's stance.

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Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, has turned down a coveted offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

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Viral Video: 'A Scary Time' Song Mocks Trump

Lynzy Lab's song takes a jab at comments President Trump made during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process about men not being safe.

Lynzy Lab Stewart has become an overnight sensation after releasing her parody song about the #HimToo movement. Lab's video on YouTube has garnered more than 950,000 views.

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Taraji P. Henson on Mental Health: We're Demonized for Expressing Rage for Traumas We've Been Through

Henson opens a foundation to erase the stigma within the Black community regarding mental health.

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"I'm here to tell you that when they [say] cut and the cameras go away, I go home to real problems just like everybody else," Taraji P. Henson said in an interview with Variety.

To address the lack of treatment for mental health issues in the African American community, Henson has launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father, who suffered from mental health issues as well.

The foundation aims to erase stigma in the Black community, and increase services in schools and prisons, as well as the number of Black providers.


After Henson's son's father was murdered in 2003, she had to find treatment for her son, which she said was difficult because non-Black professionals wouldn't get far because he didn't trust them. He wouldn't open up, and he felt guilty.

"We don't talk about it in our community; it's taboo, it's looked upon as a weakness or we're demonized for expressing rage for traumas we've been through," she said.

Blacks are the least likely to seek mental health treatment, and have less trust due to a history of being misdiagnosed. Less than 6 percent of doctors of psychology are Black.

Henson said, "I have a lot of white friends and … they say, 'You don't talk to anybody? Girl, I'm going to see my shrink every Thursday at 3 o'clock.' So I was like why don't we do that in our community?"

Understanding the influence they have, and recognizing the need, Henson and other celebrities of color have openly discussed mental health.

Jennifer Lewis, star of "Black-ish," who was diagnosed 25 years ago with bipolar disorder and advocates for better mental health, said: "We are as sick as our secrets, and it's time for people to come together, to reach out to those who are hiding in dark rooms, reach out to those who are afraid to take the next step, reach out to those who want to be better and don't know how to."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who did not get his football dream off the ground, and also experienced the trauma of watching his mother walk into oncoming traffic and saving her, said those experiences changed him.

Of his depression, Johnson said, "I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone. I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], 'Hey, it's gonna be okay.'"

Rapper Wale has said of his health, "I was depressed not being where I wanna be in my career when I've put the work in. I wasn't sleeping. I was drinking all day, and I didn't have anyone to go to. I couldn't fight it. Those are some of the demons I talk about on the album."

Viola Davis Regrets The Role She Played in 'The Help'

Being Black in Hollywood often comes with a price and regret.

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Brilliant thespian, Viola Davis, revealed that she has some regrets about one of her Oscar-nominated roles.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans Pay Their Last to Aretha Franklin

"Aretha made a lot of women look at themselves differently and changed how a lot of men looked at women," said Franklin fan Alma Riley.

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(Reuters) — Aretha Franklin's body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured out from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the Queen of Soul.

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