Tamika Fuller, the mother of Ludacris' daughter Cai, has started a GoFundMe account in an effort to regain custody of their 1-year-old. Fuller lost custody of her daughter to Ludacris earlier this year and has only been granted visitation rights. After being denied a new custody trial, she penned an open letter saying she felt "powerless" against Ludacris who she feels has the advantage of money and industry influence that favored him in court.
Fuller is asking for $7,000 in an effort to raise money in her low-income situation and better support her child. [Necole Bitchie]
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John Legend Launches Campaign To End Mass Incarceration
John Legend is taking action against America's prison problem by launching a multi-year initiative called FREE AMERICA to bring an end mass incarceration in the United States.
"We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country," Legend said "When you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration." [Huffington Post]
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Tracee Ellis Ross to Host Gracie Awards
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross will host the 40th Gracies Awards, a celebration of the achievements of some of the entertainment industry’s most exceptional women.
“I am honored to act as host of the 40th anniversary of the Gracies Awards. As women in media and entertainment—we’re fortunate to have a platform that allows us to use our voices in a powerful way,” Ross said. “My hope is that we continue to find opportunities in our lives to inspire each other and create monumental change in the world through our collective experiences, wisdom and insight.” [The Gracies]
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Mariah Carey Signed to Epic Records
L.A. Reid and Mariah Carey have reunited and it feels so good! Carey has signed to Epic Records and is releasing a new album, #1 To Infinity, a collections of 18 of her Hot 100 hits.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back together again with Mariah,” Reid said. “There is really no one who comes close to Mariah as both a songwriter and a singer, and as the world knows, her vocal range is legendary and truly incomparable."
#1 To Infinity will be available May 18. Pre-order here.
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HBCU Marching Band Gets Reality Show
At Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the football halftime show is where the real rivalry begins. Now, Alabama State University (ASU) is turning their halftime show into a TV show. Bama State Style is an all new Lifetime reality series chronicling the lives of the ASU Mighty Hornets Marching Band as they prepare for their weekly, elaborate halftime performances. Bama State Style debuts Friday April 17 at 11pm EST on Lifetime.
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