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Black Excellence: Several Celebrities of Color Selected to Receive Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018 »

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce made sure it wouldn’t face any #OscarsSoWhite-like criticism when selecting the next group of celebrities to receive stars on the Walk of Fame. The 2018 honorees were just named and many of the recipients are people of color.

“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” said Vin Di Bona, chairman of the 2017 selection committee.

Each year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects celebrities to receive stars on the Walk of Fame due to their contributions to the entertainment industry. 2018’s recipients who are also people of color include:

Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson, Niecy Nash, Shonda Rhimes, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Ice T, F. Gary Gray, Lin-Manuel Miranda, RuPaul, and the “not black” black Zoe Saldana. The late Bernie Mack will also receive a posthumous star.

Stars are broken into five categories. Here is the complete list of the 2018 honorees:

Motion Pictures: Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte, F. Gary Gray and Zoe Saldana

Television: Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Mandy Patinkin, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Shonda Rhimes, and posthumously Steve Irwin

Recording: Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick Jr., Carrie Underwood, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mary J. Blige, Ice T, Snoop Dogg

Radio: Steve Jones

Live Theatre/Live Performance: Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and posthumously Bernie Mac

This is a solid list, though the one nominee I question is Zoe Saldana. I also would prefer Taraji P. Henson’s star to be in the motion picture category. Despite Empire being her most notable TV role, I feel her contributions to motion pictures is greater and more significant than her contributions to TV, but that’s just me.

Nonetheless, congratulations to the “Walk of Fame Class of 2018!” Ceremony dates have not been announced, however, honorees must agree to a date within two years or must hope they’re selected again in the future.

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“I Don’t Want You to Get Shooted,” Diamond Reynolds’ Daughter Says to Her After Witnessing Philando Castile Shooting »

In the moments following the shooting of Philando Castile, his fiancée’s daughter begged her to “stop saying cusses and screaming because I don’t want you to get shooted.”

An extremely heartbreaking 2-minute video clip showing Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter sitting in the backseat of a police car after witnessing Castile’s death has been released (see above).

The footage shows Diamond Reynolds screaming “F**k!” right before her daughter pleads with her to calm down so that she doesn’t get shot too.

“I can keep you safe,” the child says after kissing and hugging her mother. “It’s OK, I got it, OK?” Reynolds tells her. “Come here… I can’t believe they just did that,” Reynolds whispers as she embraces her whimpering daughter.

After Reynolds makes a comment about trying to remove her handcuffs, her daughter yells, “No, please don’t! I don’t want you to get shooted!”

Reynolds responds, “They’re not gonna shoot me, OK? I’m already in handcuffs.” Her daughter says, wiping her eyes, “Don’t take them off, because if you take them off, then everything starts…”

In possibly the most gut-wrenching moment of the footage, Reynolds’ daughter says, “I wish this town was safer… I don’t want it to be like this anymore.”

Philando Castile was shot and killed in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota on July 6th 2016 by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was recently found not guilty of manslaughter in Castile’s shooting death.

WATCH: Philando Castile’s Shooting Aftermath Captured on Facebook Live by Fiancée Diamond Reynolds

Castile and his fiancée Diamond Reynolds were reportedly pulled over in Falcon Heights for a broken tail light, and not too long afterward, Yanez opened fire on Castile (“out of fear,” he said in court), killing him.

The moments immediately following the shooting were recorded and shared on Facebook Live by Reynolds, who had been in the car with Castile, along with her young daughter.

Reynolds said in the now viral video that Castile had told the officer he was in possession of a firearm, and as he attempted to hand over his license and proof of insurance, as requested by Yanez, Castile was shot several times.

“He let the officer know he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him,” Diamond said to the camera. “He just shot his arm off.” As Reynolds continued recording the video on Facebook Live, Yanez was seen pointing his firearm at the couple through the vehicle’s window.

Reynolds’ 4-year-old daughter could be heard in the background crying after Reynolds was told to get out of the vehicle by another police officer.

The dashcam video footage, which actually shows the shooting, as well as the moments leading up to and following it, was also released this week.

WATCH AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION BELOW:

Charged with manslaughter, Yanez recently had his day in court over the shooting, which took place shortly after Yanez had alerted one of his partners that Castile looked like a suspect in an unsolved armed robbery case.

Prosecuting attorney Jeffrey Paulsen argued during his closing remarks that Yanez had failed to control his own traffic stop and he didn’t give clear commands about what he wanted Castile to do after the 32-year-old had disclosed to him that he was carrying a firearm.

Paulson told the jury:

“We all know what happens next. (Yanez) pulls out his gun and without warning, without saying ‘Stop, or I’ll shoot,’ he fires seven rounds into that car. He killed Philando Castile and endangered the lives of Diamond Reynolds and (her 4-year-old daughter). … And (Yanez) says, ‘I was nervous,’ but everyone in this case agrees that is not a justifiable use of deadly force.”

“He got nervous and he put his safety above the safety of everyone else,” Paulsen said.

The dashcam video clearly shows Yanez asking Castile to provide him with a driver’s license and proof of insurance. Castile appears to give him his insurance information, and while reaching for his driver’s license (as requested by Yanez) he informs Yanez that he’s carrying a firearm, which he had a license for.

“Sir, I do have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me,” Castile said. Yanez responded, “OK, don’t reach for it then,” followed by, “Don’t pull it out.”

Yanez, haphazardly reacting to the word “firearm,” fired seven shots into the vehicle, killing Castile as Reynolds and her daughter watched. The backdoor flings open just before Reynolds’ daughter runs out and is escorted away by another cop.

Castile’s gun permit and driver’s license were later found in his wallet.

Yanez was heard describing his version of the incident to another cop as Castile’s body was removed from the vehicle, and officers attempted to perform CPR on him to no avail. He told the officer that his reaction, which resulted in Castile’s shooting death, was a result of him being “nervous.”

Yanez said to Officer Tressa Sunde:

“[Castile] was sitting in the car, seat belted. I told him, can I see your license. And then, he told me he had a firearm. I told him not to reach for it and (sigh) when he went down to grab, I told him not to reach for it (clears throat) and then he kept it right there, and I told him to take his hands off of it, and then he (sigh) he had his, his grip a lot wider than a wallet.”

Yanez went on to say:

“And I don’t know where the gun was, he didn’t tell me where the f***ing gun was, and then it was just getting hinky, he gave, he was just staring ahead, and then I was getting f***ing nervous, and then I told him, I know I fucking told him to get his fucking hand off his gun.”

In an interview with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension after the shooting, Yanez said:

“It appeared to me that [Castile] had no regard to what I was saying. And, he put his hand around something. And his hand made like a C-type shape and it appeared to me that he was wrapping something around his fingers and almost like if I were to put my hand around my gun. It was dark inside the vehicle. I was trying to fumble my way through under stress to look and see what it was to make sure what I was seeing.”

Later in the same interview, Yanez continued:

“I know he had an object and it was dark. And he was pulling it out with his right hand. And as he was pulling it out, a million things started going through my head. And I thought I was gonna die. … He just had something in his hands.”

Though Yanez said he “thought [Castile] was reaching for the gun,” he could never truly confirm in his BCA interview that he had seen Castile brandish a firearm that day.

However, he did use various terms to suggest that there was a firearm present, saying at one point that “it seemed like he was pulling out a gun and the barrel just kept coming.” Yanez said, “It was to me it just looked big and apparent that he’s gonna shoot you, he’s gonna kill you.”

Later, Yanez was asked again about “the object” he thought he witnessed Castile holding, and if he could describe how big it was. “It was, to me it looked like [Castile’s hand] was wrapped around the butt of a gun,” he said.

In his testimony during the trial nearly a year later after the incident, Yanez sounded more certain of what had happened. He testified that he was “able to see the firearm in Mr. Castile’s hand,” forcing him to shoot.

“I had no other choice,” Yanez told the jury. “I didn’t want to shoot Mr. Castile. Those were not my intentions.”

Yanez’s defense attorney argued that  that Castile “ignored” orders from Yanez because he was “stoned” on marijuana, and the officer “did what he had to do” when he shot Castile.

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Porsha Williams Shades NeNe Leakes’ RHOA Season 10 Return, NeNe Claps Back on Instagram »

The ink is barely dry, but NeNe Leakes is already rustling the feathers of current Atlanta housewives.

Porsha Williams doesn’t seem too excited to see NeNe return to her reality show roots. Rickey Smiley, Porsha, and the co-hosts of Dish Nation discussed NeNe officially coming back to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Porsha was quick to throw shade NeNe’s way.

“She has been waiting. I am glad she got her job back.”

“Yeah, you gotta be pretty excited to go do a full photo shoot—all this, that. I’m glad. I’m happy for you. I am glad you are happy.”

Porsha was clearly referencing the photos NeNe posted on Instagram that accompanied her announcement that she was returning to RHOA for its 10th season.

NeNe caught the shade Porsha threw and clapped back with an Instagram post, suggesting she was bothered and threatened that the queen was returning to her throne.

We like to keep’em talking? Nites at the Leakes #thethreat #queen #theybothered? #slaynethia #eatmypeachbitch ??#thephotoshootthatKILLED

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Porsha and NeNe have had a cordial relationship in the past. However, NeNe revealed on Watch What Happens Live! that it all changed when she briefly returned to the show in season 8.

She said they haven’t spoken since that reunion show (when she tried to give Porsha advice about laying hands on people) and called Porsha a liar, who had recently claimed NeNe refused her phone calls. The OG Atlanta housewife said Porsha had never called her.

It’s clear a simple announcement and photoshoot has Porsha and the girls shook. NeNe reportedly hasn’t even started filming with them yet and she’s already sparking drama. Season 10 is gonna be fun

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Warner Bros. Confirms Michael Brown-Inspired Film As Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit »

Michael Brown’s story will soon be told on the big screen.

Warner Bros. has confirmed the black unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer and sparked a nationwide movement will be the subject of an upcoming film.

Mike Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden’s memoir, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy and Love of My Son Michael Brown, will be adapted for film. A Warner Bros. rep confirmed the project Wednesday (Jun. 21) after it was first reported last week.

Development is current in the earlier stages. However, The Tracking Board reports the film will be similar in style to the 2004 drama Crash. It will feature the intertwining stories of several characters, including Brown.

Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo. Officer Darren Wilson in 2014. Brown allegedly had his hands up and told the officer not to shoot prior to Wilson opening fire. However, this account has been disputed.

Wilson was not indicted on any charges, but Brown’s death sparked civil unrest and helped mobilize the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this week, Brown’s parents reached an undisclosed settlement with the city of Ferguson in a wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement amount will be distributed between the two parents and their attorneys and was sealed to protect the safety of those involved in the matter.

The settlement also dismisses any other claims against those named in the suit, including Darren Wilson.

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Milan Christopher Shocks the Internet With Full Frontal Nude Paper Magazine Photoshoot »

Maybe he didn’t “break the internet,” but I definitely think Milan Christopher got Kim Kardashian beat. The rapper and former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star just bared it all in an extremely NSFW photospread for Paper magazine.

Milan paired with photographer Matthias Vriens to create an artistic nude photoshoot, which left absolutely nothing to the imagination. The photos were accompanied by an interview with Paper and was released Wednesday (Jun. 21).

If these piqued your interest, the uncensored shots can be found on the Paper magazine website.

Many were impressed by Milan’s “body of work,” while some were simply not prepared.

Saw Milan Christopher trending…checks to see why…I see you boo. pic.twitter.com/oUwtE3OooU

— Reese (@madamreese) June 21, 2017

Milan Christopher looking like a whole snack I can't even eat.

— Oh Word (@IHeartJas_) June 21, 2017

I think the Milan Christopher shoot was pornographic ????? I did not want to see a greased up dick scrolling down my tl.

— Armand (@YearOfDaBoss) June 21, 2017

Looking at Milan Christopher photo shoot pics like pic.twitter.com/i1671YXk3y

— Brown Suga ? (@nodamnfriends) June 21, 2017

When I clicked on the pictures of Milan Christopher for paper magazine pic.twitter.com/S986noJIop

— india. (@IndiaDionna) June 21, 2017

Milan Christopher paper magazine photos pic.twitter.com/3QveCIdqwW

— Ethan Hill (@EthanHillBeauty) June 21, 2017

and idk why Milan Christopher would be anyone's choice to cover a Pride Edition magazine. he's not our voice and his story is a dime a dozen

— MIKE? (@hshtgmike) June 21, 2017

Milan told Paper he agreed to pose nude because he wanted show the world that it’s OK to celebrate the male body in the same way society appreciates the female form.

“Well, I just feel like in our culture it’s so taboo for a guy to show their bodies but it’s ok for a woman to do it. I just kinda want to break that. I think I have a nice body and I think it’s art and I just think that it should be celebrated like they celebrate women’s bodies. So, you know, I could be a guy and be gay and be black and be artistic and be artistic in a nude fashion shoot in the same way that anybody else could.”

He also compared his moment to Kim Kardashian’s infamous 2014 Paper cover and when 70’s leading man, Burt Reynolds, broke traditional norms and posed nude for Cosmopolitan.

“And so I want that. I want that “break the internet” moment. I want people to look at this and be like, ‘Oh, wow, it’s ok.’ This guy is a musician, he’s on TV. He’s doing this, he’s doing that but it’s ok.”

Appearing on season 2 of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (along with his ex-boyfriend), the musician became the first openly gay male to star in the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Though his casting caused some backlash, Milan says he received lots of positive support. However, he also says the hip hop community continues to be homophobic.

“It’s super homophobic… Even with the producers and the directors and just everything. I mean, I was on Love and Hip Hop, I had my own Out in Hip Hop television show, I was on the cover of the New York Times, the cover of LA Times twice, on Wendy Williams, Ellen, you know, everywhere.

And you know the Hip Hop Awards, the BET awards didn’t even invite me to do anything. It’s like, this is the first time this has ever happened in the history of hip hop music and you didn’t make a place for me because I’m gay? I felt very disrespected by that.”

Nonetheless, as a black gay male, Milan is proud of his identity. He feels a responsibility to represent his communities and also wants to be a role model for others.

“I think it’s not that many gay guys who are African American who are out and who are comfortable? Right now, I can probably name about 5. And it’s millions, you know what I mean? I do think that I have a huge [responsibility for] representation of the community and I do think that I’m doing pretty well…”

“I do think, in a sense, yes, I am a role model. But I also think that at the same time… I’m nervous. But this takes a very strong person to go face forward and make it happen and make people accept it.”

If this was your first introduction to Milan Christopher (and you were able to get past the full frontal pics to actually you read the article), you may believe he posed for such a provocative spread to make an important statement. And maybe he did.

However, not to dismiss his intentions, as someone who watched him on LHHH and occasionally catches his social media posts, I can’t help but wonder if Milan just wanted the attention.

He definitely has an “all eyes on me” personality and is basically a walking Gucci/Versace/Louis Vuitton billboard. I don’t think he was lying when he said he wanted a “break the internet” moment.

Hopefully, I’m wrong though. Because as a gay black man in the hip hop industry, Milan does have a specific platform and has the ability to make a difference, even if it’s a small ripple in a large lake.

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