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#FreeRayshawn Stars Stephan James, Laurence Fishburne & Jasmine Cephas Jones

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*Stephan James stars in a new series alongside Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Hamilton”).

#FreeRayshawn is a series on the new digital platform Quibi, that tells the story of a young black man on the run from the police. 

Trying to prove his innocence he hides out at home with his wife, played by Jones, and their son but the hideout quickly turns into a standoff with the police.  

The series is very prevalent in what is going on right now from police shootings and protestors to the impact of social media. The show tells the story mostly from Rayshawns’s point of view and gives people the opportunity to know who he is as a man and not a criminal.  

Rayshawn decides to use the power of social platforms to share his story.

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Our correspondent L.Marie spoke with James and Jones about their roles in #FreeRayshawn. She asked them about their thoughts on how social media could help or hurt in certain cases. 

“Social media opens you up to the whole world and the opinion of the whole world and the perspective and the mindset of the whole world and that is a very vulnerable position to be in,” says James.

Even though Rayshwan received a lot of support, there were those who saw him as just another black man breaking the law.  

During his standoff with the police, he bonds with a black officer played by Laurence Fishburne whose character finds himself conflicted between doing his job and being empathetic to Rayshawn as a black man.  Because the show is dealing with such a current and disturbing issue, we also asked the cast about the emotional effects filming the show had on them.  

“I think this was a project we really had to give a piece of ourselves to and emotionally we all went there. I think once we were done it was like ok we can let this go now,” says Jones.  

#FreeRayshawn is definitely a must-watch and is available right now on the Quibi app. Make sure you download Quibi and watch now! 

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BLIND ITEM: Singer Holds Housekeeper Hostage

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*The following Blind Item comes from Hollywood insider Enty Lawyer. Please address all inquiries and complaints to the original source.


This foreign born former A list singer in a group and solo has, over the years turned into an awful human being. The antithesis of who everyone thought he was when he was in the band. He recently went on a drug fueled rage against his housekeeper and terrorized her for 48 straight hours and wouldn’t let her leave the house or use the phone.

Can you guess the foreign born/former A list singer? Here’s a hint: he’s not Black 

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‘What Have You Done for Black People?’ Obama Sits Down in Person With The Breakfast Club (Watch)

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Barack Obama on The Breakfast Club – Nov. 25, 2020

*President Obama’s jam-packed book tour for “A Promised Land” stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning for a wide-ranging interview, including the ongoing question by that one Black person in your orbit who keeps asking, “What has Obama done for Black people?”

DJ Envy asked Obama how he takes it when people question what he’s done for people of color, or say that he hasn’t done enough.

“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope… And I also think we generally viewed the presidency as almost like a monarchy.In the sense of, ‘once the President is there he can just do whatever he needs to get done and if he’s not doing it then it must be because he didn’t want to do,’” Obama said.

He then pointed out that the current president appears to be able to “do what he wants” because he “breaks the law.”  But Obama said he was very confident in what he had done for “Black folks” during his time in office “because I had the statistics to prove it.”

He said that among his accomplishments for African Americans, 3 million more Black people had health insurance who didn’t have it before, the number of Black folks in prison dropped for the first time in years, 30 percent fewer people were in the juvenile correction system, Black poverty dropped to its lowest level since 1968, Black businesses and income rose, and data shows that “millions of Black folks were better off by the time I left office.”

After Charlamagne Tha God pressed him to be more specific about his policies that aided Black people, rather than the “rising tide lifts all boats” answer, Obama conceded, “There is no way in eight years to make up for 200 years.”

Here’s Obama’s full interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.

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Fantasia Announces Pregnancy in Sweet Instagram Video with Husband Kendall Taylor [WATCH]

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*Singer Fantasia has announced that she and her husband of five years Kendall Taylor are expecting their first child together.

The couple revealed the news during an Instagram Live, check out the cute moment via the clip below. 

READ MORE: Gabourey Sidibe is Engaged, Boyfriend Brandon Frankel ‘Put A Ring On It’

 

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Fantasia has two children from previous relationships; 19-year-old Zion and 8-year-old Dallas.

The singer gave birth to Zion as a teenager and last year she posted a series of photos and videos of her daughter in honor of her 18th birthday.

In the caption she wrote: “I remember the day my water broke. It was the scariest feeling in the world. We lived in Winston Salem at the time and Papa Joe had left the house for a second and so I called the ambulance. Zi, I was terrified because I was so young and I wanted to give you the world but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. You came a little early and at the time I was thinking it was because you were either nosey (lol) or you heard all my cry’s and felt you needed to come on out and protect me. Now I see it was the protection part and still to this day you go hard for Mommy!”

Fanny also recalled a funny memory of Zion as a toddler and the family pet.

“We had a dog named Diva,” she explained. “Zion would hit her from time to time, she was 3 years old, and Diva would always get her butt right back. When she did, Zion would run in the room crying, ‘Diva Said, Diva Said.’ I told her DIVA CANT TALK ZION!!”

In a second post she noted of watching her daughter grow up: “[I’m] having a hard time with this 18 thing.”

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