Plus: blue-eyed soul singer Joe Crocker passes, MJB refelcts on her career, and Marvel casts Mike Colter as Black superhero Luke Cage, and more!
Here's what we're talking about this Tuesday morning:
Tyler Perry says the birth of his son, Aman Perry, earlier this month, has helped get him back into the holiday spirit. “This is the first Christmas in the past five years that I’ve been able to find joy,” he wrote on Facebook. “You see, my mother died December 8th five years ago, and no amount of Christmas lights could replace the light that she was to me. But this year, in spite of myself, God gave me another light to shine in my hear right beside hers. God thank you!” Aw! Merry Christmas to you and your new family, Tyler Perry! [Facebook]
Music has lost one of its most distinctive voices. Joe Crocker, made famous from his hit songs like “Up Where We Belong” and “An Officer and a Gentleman,” died after a long battle with lung cancer on Monday. He was 70 years old. [New York Times]
The Good Wife's Mike Colter has landed a super role as superhero Luke Cage in the new Netflix original, Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which will air in 2015. [Access Hollywood]
Former NFL player Michael Sam says he made the right decision in coming out and becoming the first openly gay NFL draft. In an upcoming documentary airing on OWN, Sam discusses the decision that changed his life and football forever. "In that moment I was like, 'I don't care what happens, I made the right choice to come out," he said of the NFL Draft. Michael Sam will air on OWN December 27 at 9pm. [Huffington Post]
Compton mayor Aja Brown joins the #IamUnbroken campaign. Here, she shares why she is unbroken.