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Tiffany Haddish Keeps Her Word & Honors Her Father & Eritrea at the Oscars

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Photo Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 Oscars By Mwabi Kaira It took years for Tiffany Haddish to find her Eritrean father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, after a turbulent childhood that includes foster care. She didn’t give up her search and was happy to be reunited with him and connect as a young woman. Although everything between them wasn’t always smooth sailing,…

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The Rebirth of Brownstone’s Nicci Gilbert: From The Bottom Up

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Nicci Gilbert  By Mwabi Kaira Twenty four years ago, Detroit native Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert burst onto the music scene with her powerhouse vocals. She, Monica “Mimi” Doby, and Charmayne Maxena “Maxee” Maxwell were the founding members of Grammy-nominated Brownstone, the first group signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music record label. Brownstone had 2 successful albums that spawned the hits including…

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T.I. & Walmart Give Away Black Panther Tickets in ATL & It Was Lit!

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T.I. & Family (photo: MichaelWalker/UmeekImages) By Mwabi Kaira Tip Harris aka rapper T.I. teamed up with Walmart to give away free tickets to an advance screening of Black Panther in Atlanta last night, and it was fiyah! Walmart chose to partner with T.I. because of his unwavering commitment to his community and because the movie was shot in Atlanta. Lucky…

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Actress Tiffany Haddish Gets Emo Visiting Eritrean Relatives For The First Time

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Friends Dionne & Precious with Tiffany Haddish in Eritrea via eastAFRO.com By Mwabi Kaira I laughed along with millions watching last summer’s blockbuster Girls Trip and discovered breakout star Tiffany Haddish. I didn’t remember seeing her in anything else before this and saw her everywhere after. Her Breakfast Club interview stood out the most to me; she had quite a…

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ is a Lesson in What’s Off Limits

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Megalyn Echikunwoke & Naturi Naughton  By Mwabi Kaira I didn’t see the trailer for Step Sisters, a Netflix original film starring Megalyn Echikunwoke and Naturi Naughton when it hit the internet weeks ago but I heard the uproar. Black folks said no, nope, nah son, not today, and stop the madness to the storyline of a Black sorority president teaching…

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Lupita Nyong’o Celebrates Her Skin With Children’s Book ‘Sulwe’

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Photo via filmsor.net By Mwabi Kaira In the ongoing conversation about skin hues and how uncomfortable the world seems to be with dark skin, Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o has fared well and seems to have come through pretty unscathed since emerging in the public eye back in 2013. Other than former NBA player Gilbert Arenas dumb remarks about Lupita…

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