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7 Things We’re Talking About

From celebrities taking the Ice Bucket challenge to celebs speaking up about the Mike Brown protests in Ferguson, here are the 7 hot topics we can’t stop talking about this week.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC] What's up, essence.com? I'm Dana Johnson and we are back as promised with more 7 things we are talking about. Jumping in at number one with some red carpet love, Joe Morton, aka Papa Pope, took home a creative arts Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama, for his eerie large and in charge role as the father of Olivia Pope, on the hit series Scandal. And does anyone get chills when they think about that scene Papa Pope and Bits. You know which one I'm talking about. Also Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her break-out role as the prisoner known as Crazy Eyes in Netflix Orange is the New Black. The series received two additional rewards for casting and picture editing at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony honoring technical and other achievements. Congratulations to the both of you and keep the scene stealers coming. Celebrities. We all love them. Most of the time. We don't wanna know what they are wearing, where they're going and who they're dating, but do you respect celebrities more when they speak up about social issues? Well, we asked this very question on our essence.com daily poll. As more celebs weighed in on the situation at Ferguson. Missouri, which we'll cover more on that later. Overwhelmingly ninety one percent of you said: yes, it's great to see them use their influence for a good cause. Sheri100 commented further and said: Sure. Why not. Any social issue worth attention, is worth anybody's attention. Concerned citizens always speak out for what they think is wrong or right. Why should celebrities be any different? Next up, as you may recall, a couple weeks back, we mentioned the launch of Atlanta Exe, starring the ex wives and fiancees of some of the industries best and brightest, including Kevin Hart's ex. Tori Hart. Well what do you do as an A lister and your wife's reality show is premiering on VH1? I don't know, propose to your girlfriend smack dab in the middle of the show perhaps. That's right, Kevin Hart proposed to girlfriend of five years Enico Parrish for her 30th birthday. On the same night as the exes premier. Tori congratulated the couple on social media while also noting that she was in a happy relationship. Herself. Now let's go ahead and clear up the ear, it's just a coincidence that her birthday was on the same day as the premier. [NOISE] Well, that's that. The rumor mill is all abuzz anticipating Rhianna's eighth album. Social media has been stalking her page. I mean what else is social media exactly for, as she posted an image earlier this summer of a mixing board with an R8 tag that has the navy on edge, hoping for something this fall. We will keep our ears open for this news and updates of course, spread right here on essence.com. We have more entertainment news. It's a bio pic of ballerina. Misty Copeland may be in the works. Dead Line reports that New Line Cinema has option to film about Copeland's rise from living in a welfare motel with her mother to becoming the second African American soloist to dance with The American Ballet Theatre. The film would be based on Copeland's memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. We will keep you in the loop on essence.com as this one gets closer to a theater near you. Now, if you've been perusing social media this past week you're probably wondering what in the world is up with all the ice bucket challenges your friends. Friends and celebs are posting. The good news is they're not random fun but a new twist on a fundraising for a cause. The ice bath challenges are part of a new campaign to raise awareness about ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, a disease that attacks your nervous system. The challenge portion requires that a person donates $100 to the ALS Association or get dumped on video a bucket of ice. And then challenges others to do the same thing via social media, repeat the donate or douse process. Tyler Perry, Kevin Hart, Oprah, Dwayne, Gabby Union, are just a few celebs that have gotten in on the action, Check it out. In the name of ALS and charitable giving, Jesse Tyler Ferguson first called me out. Thank you very much for that. [NOISE] All right I have a serious news update for you on the unrest in Ferguson Missouri. As a result of the shooting of Michael Brown, Dr. Michael Bowden a renowned New York forensic pathologist who performed a preliminary autopsy for the dead man's family said, Brown had been shot at least six times and probably could've survived all but one. [INAUDIBLE] said he believed the bullet that hit the top of Brown's head and traveled through his brain was probably fatal, plus the National Guard has been called in as looting and violence escalated, especially since the name of the officer who allegedly shot Michael was released. Officer Darren Wilson was identified this week and a growing number of citizens are showing their support for Wilson in protest of their own, as well as across social media. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder touched down in Ferguson at the direction of President Obama. To personally oversee a federal investigation into Brown's death and made this promise to the people of Ferguson, our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent. He also said, in order to begin the healing process, however, we must first see an end to the acts of violence on the streets of Ferguson. Violence is never the answer essence, and we will definitely keep you abreast as this story develops. Well, there you have it, pop culture, news, entertainment, everything that you wanna know, right here. So e of the things we're talking about. I'm Dana Johnson and I'll catch you here on essence.com next time.