Sheryl Lee Ralph Declined An Invite From Omarosa To Join The 'Trump Train'

The Broadway and film actress says Omarosa was determined to get an office in the White House. 

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph avoided an opportunity presented to her by friend Omarosa Manigault to work at The White House with President Donald Trump. Speaking to the hosts of Hollywood Today (Feb. 27)Ralph shared her thoughts on her friend's political career and why she wanted no parts of Trump's administration.

"Omarosa and I meet at this church event. And I say, 'Girlfriend, please don't tell me your taking.. you're doing.. what why?'  Ralph said of their encounter. "And she said, 'Sheryl, I am going to the White House. I will have an office in the White House. I am riding this train and I've got a ticket for you if you would like to come along. And I was like, 'Girlfriend; Imma have to miss that train.'"

Since teaming up with Trump professionally, Manigault has worked as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She's also helped welcome HBCU presidents and leaders to meet Trump, an event some have shared disappointment over. Ralph, who is currently starring on Broadway's Wicked, says while they share political differences, she's still considered her a friend.

"We've been friends a long time," she said. "We don't share the same politics; we don't share the same thoughts. But, I like her," she said.

Ralph might not be a fan of Trump's, but other celebs like Steve Harvey, Mike Tyson and Stacey Dash have shown their allegiance to the businessman.

Watch Ralph's interview above.

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Roc Nation Denies Jay Z's "Disappointment" In Colin Kaepernick's NFL Workout

Everyone has an opinion on Colin Kaepernick's current strife with the NFL but Jay Z isn't one of them.

Several reports over the weekend indicated how the mogul felt "disappointed" in Kaepernick, whose audition for the NFL turned into a very messy sideshow. Kapernick changed the location of his workout in Atlanta, which was oddly scheduled 24 hours before Sunday Night Football. “I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams,” Kaepernick’s agent Jeff Nalley told CBS. “I’ve reached out to them recently, and none of them have had any interest. I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout.”

The workout was scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. but was moved from the Falcons' practice facility to Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale by Kaepernick. It's not known when the workout was initially planned but it has happened just a few weeks after the NFL and Jay Z suffered backlash and criticism for their philanthropic partnership. The workout was reportedly intended to showcase Kapernick's abilities to showcase his skills to teams, showing he has the skills and mindset to play again.

Despite no one asking for the workout, it still happened with the presence of a waiver that included murky language that reportedly blocks the activist from taking legal action against the league in regard to his claims of collusion. Kaepernick previously filed an NFL Players Association grievance, calling out the league's collusion against him for protesting during the National Anthem. NBC Sports Mike Florio and Chris Simms discussed the ins and outs of the waiver which was also given Kaepernick's team just days before the workout.

All of this leads to Sunday's reports that Kaepernick supporter and Roc Nation honcho Jay Z was "disappointed with Colin's actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt." Oddly enough, the same quote was reported by Sports Illustrated, TMZ and XXL as original reporting (which is a mystery in itself). Nearly 24 hours later, Roc Nation released a statement by way of Twitter that said, "A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z (@S_C_) hasn’t spoken to any sources."

A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z (@S_C_) hasn’t spoken to any sources.

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) November 18, 2019

In somewhat positive news, Kaepernick's workout tape was sent to all 32 teams despite him refusing to sign the mystery waiver. In a matter of days, the narrative quickly shifted from the NFL and Kaepernick to the Jay Z and Kaepernick, allowing the league to slide away from the nightmare they seemingly created.

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Chick-fil-A To Cease Donating To Organizations Accused Of Anti-LGBT Beliefs

On Monday (Nov. 18), fast-food giant Chick-fil-A published a statement that signaled the end of its donations to two companies accused of supporting anti-LGBT beliefs. According to CNN, the popular chain restaurant once supported the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Salvation Army, both of which have been criticized for anti-LBGT rhetoric in its employee applications or using the Bible as a means of condemnation.

In a statement made by the restaurant's president and chief operating officer Tim Tassopoulos, the decision, however, will still take into consideration all organizations, "faith-based or non-faith-based." The United States' third-largest fast-food chain (McDonald's, then Starbucks), will now focus its donations on outlets that place issues like homelessness, education, and hunger at the forefront.

"We're saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations—areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed," a statement from the Salvation Army reads.

In a May 2019 interview with Business Insider, Chick-fil-A's executive director of its foundation, Rodney Bullard, said partnering with an LGBT organization would have to be "authentic" and "impactful" for both parties to reach its goals.

"Would it be authentic for us to partner with that organization? For them to partner with us? And for us to get work done?" Bullard questioned. "I think those are the things that we would definitely consider and be mindful of. Would we do it just for reasons that weren't authentic? No, we wouldn't do that."

The statement arrived five years after the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, expressed controversial thoughts on same-sex marriage. "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" he said on The Ken Coleman Show. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about." After a wave of responses to his public revelation, Cathy said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that although he and his family "believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees."

In October 2019, Chick-fil-A attempted to open its first store in Berkshire, England. Supporters of LGBTQ rights protested its arrival, leading the company to announce an indefinite closure once its six-month lease is over. Protests also ceased the arrival of the fast-food chain in certain parts of Buffalo, New York, and San Antonio, Texas, NBC News reports.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott previously signed Senate Bill 1978, or "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, that provides businesses with religious protections. The legislation stops the government from implementing "adverse action" to businesses that place religious beliefs at the forefront of its policies and places it decides to donate to.

There are 2,300 Chick-fil-A restaurants in the United States.

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Kanye West And Dr. Dre Are Working On 'Jesus Is King' Part 2

After many setbacks, Kanye West’s new album, Jesus is King, is finally available to fans. And now it appears that the second installment of Jesus is King is in the works. But this time around, Mr. West will be working with Dr. Dre on Jesus is King II.

Ye revealed the good news on Twitter.

Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon. pic.twitter.com/wTKFgXQQXQ

— ye (@kanyewest) November 18, 2019

This seems to be a separate project than Jesus is Born, a Sunday Service album West is planning to release this Christmas. Also, this will mark the first time that Dre and Kanye West have collaborated together.

This is the second major announcement from Kanye in the past few days. He recently revealed that he’s debuting a new opera, titled Nebuchadnezzar, later this month at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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