Betty White passes away at 99

Beloved actress, comedian, and American icon Betty White has died, just weeks before a milestone birthday … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Betty passed away at her home just before 9:30 AM Friday.

A trailblazer and pioneer in media, Betty had the longest-running career for any woman in TV prior to her death — starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting way back in 1939.

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Soul Train Awards 2021: See The Celebs Who Hit The Red Carpet In Harlem

ENTERTAINERS PACKED INTO THE HISTORIC APOLLO THEATER TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF SOUL TRAIN AND HONOR ASHANTI AND MAXWELL.

BY BRANDE VICTORIAN 

Saturday night, celebrities brought the heat to Harlem for the 2021 Soul Train Awards. Held at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, this year’s award show wasn’t just another ceremony, but a celebration of 50 years of Soul Train.

Maxwell and Ashanti were the guests of honor, with the former being presented with the Legend Award and the latter the Lady of Soul Award. The two took the stage in addition to other performers including Lucky DayeAri LennoxLeon Bridges, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak as Soul Sonic, and BET Amplified artists Elhae and Marzz.

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BET+ Originals | Sacrifice Season 1 Secrets.

Scandal. Sacrifice. Daniella Hernandez (Paula Patton) is back protecting the lives of the rich and famous all while trying to put the pieces of her life back together. All- new episodes streaming November 4, only on BET+.

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Paula Patton Takes the Reins in New BET Plus Series ‘Sacrifice’ -–

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By Mekishana Pierre‍ 9:00 AM PDT, October 12, 2021 – ET ONLINE

Paula Patton is ready to take the reins on her new BET+ series, and she’s looking fierce while doing it!

The Mission Impossible actress leads the streamer’s upcoming series, Sacrifice, playing dangerously cool entertainment lawyer Daniella Hernandez and in ET’s exclusive sneak peek of the first season, fans get their first look at the fascinating cast of characters in her world.

Based on the BET+ original movie of the same name, the series follows Daniella’s life in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles as she mitigates the complex lives of her rich and famous clients. An all-around boss with deft perception skills and cutthroat in her negotiations, Daniella is an X-Factor attorney in high demand with many nefarious clients.

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Colin Powell, first Black secretary of state, dies at 84 from COVID-19 amid cancer battle

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.”General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the Powell family wrote on Facebook, noting he was fully vaccinated.A source familiar with the matter said Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. Even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk from the virus.

SOURCE Devan Cole, CNN – read the full story here https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/18/politics/colin-powell-dies/index.html

UrbanFlix greenlights new series! Footage Films & Director Christopher B. Stokes Continue To Illuminate The Screen With Brian White In The New Series “Foster Law”

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LOS ANGELES, Sep. 24, 2021 — Footage Films continues to spotlight black excellence in their new Series, Foster Law. The Series stars Brian White as the lead cast member. The highly anticipated seven-episode series is currently in production and will make its debut on UrbanFlix.

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Footage Films continues to be a trendsetter by being one of the first major production companies to drop their projects on new and emerging black streaming networks like BET+, UrbanFlix, and now UMC. Footage Films was founded in 2015 with the intention to pursue stories objectively, executing the highest possible standards artistically, creatively, and technically; to entertain viewers and tell diverse stories. Its mission is to deliver high-quality, multi-cultural, fiction, and non-fiction programming and production for digital audio/visual media, theatrical and broadcast television through all platforms.

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About Footage Films:

Footage Films was founded in 2015 with the intention to pursue stories objectively, executing the highest possible standards artistically, creatively and technically; to entertain viewers; and tell diverse stories. Its mission is to deliver high quality, multi-cultural, fiction and non-fiction programming and production for digital audio/visual media, theatrical and broadcast television through all platforms.

Photo courtesy of Mark Gravender

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‘Selling Tampa’ Star Sharelle Rosado Expecting Baby With Fiancé Chad Johnson

Selling Tampa star Sharelle Rosado is expecting a baby girl with fiancé Chad Johnson.

The 33-year-old broke the news exclusively to PEOPLE, saying, “It was shocking. I think I was crying and laughing at the same time. I just can’t wait. It’s actually going by so fast. I found out I was pregnant while we were filming, so time is flying. It doesn’t even seem like it’s been that long.”

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Legendary Rapper and DJ Biz Markie Dead At 57

Biz Markie (Marcel Theo Hall) has reportedly died at the age of 57.

According to a Facebook post made by his brother, Diamond Shell, the rapper passed away on Friday (July 16).

“To the baddest in the beats icon legend … my brother BIZ MARKIE… I’LL miss you more than words ….” he wrote.

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BET Awards 2021: Full List Of Winners, Nominees And Honorees

The 21st annual BET awards returned Sunday, June 27 with a theme that focused on the “Year of the Black Woman.” Award-winning actress and producer Taraji P. Henson hosted the ceremony from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where a live audience attended the nearly four hour show.

“Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend it’s a forever mood” Henson said, opening up the show. “There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can’t nobody be like me and can’t nobody be you like you.” 

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