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President Barack Obama is proposing to overhaul the nation’s mortgage finance system, including shutting down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — a plan with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.
Denzel Washington will narrate a PBS documentary about the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. “The March” airs Aug. 27, a day after the 50th anniversary of the march that featured Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The music world has lost yet another legend. Grammy award-winning jazz musician George Duke passed away Monday night at the age of 67 after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Throughout his 40-plus year career, Duke was known for his innovative sound that fused together genres like jazz, rock, funk and R&B, enabling his music to become highly sampled among the likes of Kanye West, Common, Ice Cube and many other artists.
The singer’s son, Usher Raymond V, was hospitalized Monday afternoon following a swimming pool accident. Usher’s oldest son with his ex-wife Tameka Foster was playing in a pool with his aunt when his arm became stuck in the drain. The 5-year-old boy is currently in the Intensive Care Unit, but he is expected to be okay.
HBO is developing a comedy series with Larry Wilmore, creator of “The Bernie Mac Show,” and Issa Rae, who is known for her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Rae is set to star in the currently untitled series, which will focus on awkward experiences of modern Black women.
Chris Brown can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. This latest tweet from Breezy is a little dramatic. After his next album, “X” drops Aug. 26, he claims he will be saying farewell to fans and quitting music. This message was sent after he spent 45 minutes in jail for a hit and run on Monday, USA Today reports. The celebrity says he is frustrated with being reminded of the 2009 assault with Rihanna.
Jay Z and Beyonce have worked extremely hard to make a name for themselves and their fans love them. So imagine the surprise when Jay Z ran out on stage to join his wife Monday for her last night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Queen Bey was performing “Bow Down” during her Mrs. Carter World Tour when the hubby joined her and power couple performed “Tom Ford” off his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
The comedian will have to finish three years of probation and three months of alcohol education classes as a result of two DUI charges from April. If Hart successfully completes the classes, don’t be surprised if he adds this experience to his next act. Let’s hope not because this is definitely a serious matter.
Denzel’s still got it! His latest film landed the number one spot this weekend, grossing over $27 million. In the film, the actor teams up with Mark Walhberg to crack down on an undercover drug trafficking stint.
Our favorite weatherman hit the snooze button this morning. “After 39 years, it happened,” tweeted Roker. “I overslept and missed a show.” Although he slept through his 6 a.m. show on The Weather Channel, he made it in on time for The Today Show.
The tennis star came in at number 2 on Forbes’ top ten list of highest paid female athletes. She pulled in over $20 million last year. Way to go, Serena!