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Soul Legend Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. There's mixed reactions on social media.

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It has been confirmed that legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 3.

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Cardi B. Delivers a More Effective Speech About Trump's Shutdown on Instagram Than Politicians

"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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'I Will Stand By My Sisters,' Says Keke Palmer After Watching 'Surviving R. Kelly'

"I have spent the last hour crying," Palmer said on Instagram, referring to herself as a former "student of R. Kelly."

Keke Palmer is the latest celebrity speaking out against R. Kelly after Lifetime Network's airing of the deeply emotional and controversial "Surviving R. Kelly" last week.

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Chance The Rapper Apologizes to Black Women for Working With R. Kelly

While Chance acknowledged his mistake, many other artists, who have profited in some way from an R. Kelly collaboration, are keeping quiet.

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"Surviving R. Kelly," the documentary series that R. Kelly's lawyers had threatened to file a federal lawsuit over, has not only outed some disgusting allegations against the singer, songwriter and record producer, and the families of young Black girls, but also gut-wrenching truths about the treatment of Black women by the music industry — and the money and fame that has been prioritized over their lives.

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LeBron James: NFL Owners Have 'Slave Mentality'

On his TV show "The Shop," James slammed the NFL and commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver for allowing players to express themselves.

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LeBron James, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, slammed NFL owners on the latest episode of HBO's "The Shop," which aired on Friday night.

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Viola Davis Stands Up for Black Women in Speech

"I was tired of seeing movies without me in it and I don't mean me—Viola—I mean, me, as a Black woman."

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After winning a leadership award this week, Viola Davis used her time on stage to speak her mind, and she brought her A game. Not often are Black women given a platform. We usually take it, or create it for ourselves and for others. A video clip of her speech is going viral with more than 500,000 views.

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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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