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Janelle Monae, Kimora Lee Simmons and Dr. Dre Donate Free Meals During Coronavirus Pandemic

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*Janelle Monae, Kimora Lee Simmons and Dr. Dre are the latest celebs to pay it forward by helping feed and test the most vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the weekend, Janelle hit up her hometown Atlanta and joined forces with Gate Gourmet and Councilman Andre Dickens to feed 5,000 families.

The singer and her Wondaland Arts Society also hosted “WondaLunch,” which supplied groceries for those in need, The YBF reports. 

“You can only pull up through drive-thru and walk-up – so you won’t even have to get out of your car,” Janelle told WSBTV about the event. “We’ll make sure that the food gets into your trunk and you get it in the safest way possible.”

The food drive fed families and also helped save jobs.

“The beautiful thing about all of this is that we get an opportunity to not only show up for our community, but we get the opportunity to save 500 workers’ jobs through Project Isaiah and Gate Gourmet. They will all stay employed,” she continued.

“It’s been such a giving place and a place that i just instantly wanted to give back to,” Monae said.

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Kimora Lee Simmons is another celeb spreading love during the pandemic.

The fashion icon’s Baby Phat line teamed with Freedom Shield to launch a COVID-19 relief response initiative, and they have distributed thousands of meals for those in need.

Kimora spoke to DailyMail about surpassing their goal of 150,000 meals (they donated over 400,000).

“‘Freedom Shield is an organization I’ve worked with for quite some time which helps disenfranchised and abused young women and children,” Kimora explained. “They focus heavily on child trafficking and bringing an end to that and awareness education, rescuing lots of girls from all over the world from horrible circumstances.”

She also noted: “There’s a ton of kids that are home now that would normally be in school, there are programs that they relied upon that are not available to them, so I think it’s about giving resources back to the community wherever that’s needed,” she continued. “Through the Freedom Shield Foundation we’ve given close to 400,000 meals to those in need.”

 

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In related news, Dr. Dre is doing his part to help support people in Compton by joining forces with Jimmy Iovine to supply meals, medical testing and supplies to those hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have always been great advocates and supporters of the City of Compton,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said in a statement. “Increasing access to food and vital healthcare are some of the most important ways we can make an impact for our community in this time of need.””

As issues like unemployment, food insecurity and lack of COVID-19 testing sweep the nation, I hope that this contribution will inspire others to take action, get involved and support their neighborhoods in any way they can,” Brown said. “Even in a time of social distancing, this contribution is a strong testament to how we can still come together to support the communities we love.”

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Michael Rainey, Jr. (‘Power Book II: Ghost’) Visits ‘The Real’ – Says 2020 is His Best Year Yet! / WATCH

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*On Wednesday, Dec. 2, on “The Real,” Michael Rainey, Jr. drops in to chat about Power Book II: Ghost and why 2020 may actually have been his best year yet!

Also, Ricardo Chavira visits to talk about his role as Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, in Selena: The Series, on Netflix. He also explains his initial hesitation in taking the part.

And co-host Garcelle Beauvais reveals what her 2020 Word Of The Year is – and it is NOT what her co-hosts expected!

Michael Rainey, Jr. Explains Why 2020 Might Have Been His Best Year Yet!

Why Ricardo Chavira Was Initially Hesitant To Play Selena’s Father

Garcelle Reveals Her 2020 Word Of The Year – It’s Not What The Hosts Expected!

 

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Mickey Guyton: First Black Female Solo Artist to Earn Grammy Nod in Country Music Category

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*Mickey Guyton has become the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country music category. 

The 37-year-old singer’s “Black Like Me” song has been nominated for Best Country Solo Performance. The Pointer Sisters previously made history with the song, “Live Your Life Before You Die,” when it was nominated in 1976 for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. 

After the nominations were announced last week, Guyton shared an emotional video about her historic nomination. 

“Honestly still can’t believe this happened yesterday,” she captioned the clip (see below).

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“I haven’t been able to put into words the emotions I feel right now. I have been hitting the pavement for so long just trying to get an opportunity to be heard. And now here I am nominated for a Grammy!” Guyton continued. “I feel seen. I feel heard. I am a living testament that you should never give up on yourself. You never know what God has waiting for you around the corner.”

“This Grammy nomination is for every black girl that felt unseen. That felt unheard. That felt unloved. That felt like they weren’t enough. That felt unpretty. That felt shoved in a corner and completely unconsidered. This is for them,” she added. 

In September, Guyton became the first Black woman to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“That phrase, ‘You see it, you can be it’ really rings true, and I just — standing here for other women of color, it means the world to me,” she said. “That’s why I’m here,” she told ET at the ACM Awards.

Fun fact: Guyton is one of the original members of 3LW. Her former bandmate Adrienne Houghton had nothing but praise for her during a recent conversation on “The Real,” about the 2021 Grammy nominees. 

“When I got my first record deal, when Tommy Mottola signed me to Epic, the original members of my group actually had a girl named Mickey Guyton in it – she was the original member of 3LW, and she is now this incredible country artist that just got nominated as well. Saw this woman in tears – Mickey Guyton, amazing – she’s actually the original member of 3LW! Fun fact, everybody! She’s the one that got the record deal with us,” Houghton shared.

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Tyrese Says He and Dwayne Johnson Haved Squashed 3-year Feud [VIDEO]

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*Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Tyrese have reportedly ended their 3-year feud.

The two actors’ public beef first began in 2017 when Tyrese publicly criticized The Rock for signing on to do a spinoff of the “Fast & Furious” franchise.

At the time, Tyrese called Dwayne “selfish” for agreeing to do the “Hobbs & Shaw,” spinoff. The two starred in four “Fast & Furious” films together and Tyrese also said Johnson wouldn’t respond to his text messages despite the two having been friends.  

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Dwayne previously said it was “pretty disappointing” that Tyrese made their disagreement so public. 

“I always feel like a beef requires two people to actually jump in it, and it was really one-sided, and he had voiced his opinion a lot on social media,” Dwayne said. “Apparently, he was going through some stuff too in his personal life. We haven’t talked and I don’t see where we would, and to me, there’s no need to have a conversation.”

Now, it seems things have apparently cooled between the two men. 

“We talked,” Tyrese told Comedy Central’s Stir Crazy with Josh Horowitz this week. “We talked for at least four hours. It was great.”

“What’s interesting about ‘The Fast and The Furious’ is it’s not about any of us individually,” he continued, speaking specifically about the franchise’s spinoffs. “We’re like the UN at this point. Everyone gets to go to the theater and say, ‘He and she looks like me.’ If I did it with [Ludacris’ Tej], then who are we going to play off of? I could not just make it about me. I just could not.”

What do you think of Tyrese’s take on the “Fast and Furious” franchise? Let us know in the comments. 

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