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    Bria Murphy reps Dark and Lovely

    Bria Murphy is taking Dark and Lovely worldwide as the hair care line’s new global ambassador.

    Dark and Lovely announced that Bria, its newest spokesmodel, will not only be featured in the campaigns, but she’ll also host events and participate in social media programs. The model is eager to take up her duties.

    "I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I am so proud to be part of a brand that celebrates the diversity of African-American women and inspires them to be self-confident, glamorous and fun," Bria said. 


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    Kanye West announces new album

    Kanye West is getting ready to drop some classical rap music on the masses.

    "IN THE STUDIO NOW WITH THE BEARS GAME ON," Kanye tweeted this week, before plugging his upcoming collabortion with Jay-Z. "WATCH THE THRONE COMING IN 2 MONTHS!"

    But that’s not the only studio project Kanye’s working on. The rapper announced that his solo album will be ready in time for cookout season! "MY NEW ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER," he wrote on Twitter. "THIS IS HIGH END RAP MUSIC. I just threw some bassoon on this muth@f*ck@."

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    Rihanna’s album goes platinum?

    There’s some confusion on how well Rihanna’s latest album has sold. The singer announced via Twitter yesterday that Loud went platinum.

    "Thank you #RihannaNavy for being so sexy and makin #LOUD platinum in the U.S.," she tweeted.

    However, it looks like she may have jumped the gun on the good news because the RIAA has no record of the achievement yet.

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    Mike Tyson continues to reproduce

    Former heavyweight champ, Mike Tyson, has welcomed his eighth child, a son.

    Mike and his current wife, Lakiha, also have a daughter together. The champ has five other children by other women.

    Just 18 months ago, Mike lost his 4-year-old daughter, who died after getting tangled in a cord that was hanging from a treadmill.

    Back in May, Mike told the hosts of the “The View,” “I’m totally destitute and broke. I have no money.” He admitted to having lots of responsibilities that he did not take seriously.

    So, how will he take care of his seven remaining children? Only time will tell, but sources close to the couple tell PopEater that “Mike and Lakiha are very happy.”

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    Compliment or not?

    The nickname, “Blackie O,” allegedly given to the stylish Michelle Obama as a compliment, resurfaced this week when Joan Rivers admitted she’d not used it in an earlier comedy act because she thought it might be offensive.

    "I think it’s an adorable joke… I thought it was a compliment," Joan told Howard Stern.

    That’s not the first time Michelle has been compared to former First Lady Jackie O in that way. Celebrity stylist and designer Phillip Bloch also used the nickname back in 2008. 

    What do you think? Should the fashion-forward First Lady being insulted? Tell us what you think in the comment section below

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    Debbi Morgan ill

    Debbi Morgan, the actress best known for her years-long portrayal of Angie on the popular “All My Children” soap, has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, according to EURweb.

    “It’s nothing fatal. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the borrelia bacteria from a tick,” Debbi said on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." “It’s a chronic condition, and I’ve had it in my system for over 15 years.”

    Debbi’s illness has caused her to take leave from the series. She first took on the character Angie in the ‘70s and returned to the soap last year to reprise that role.

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