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Maxine Waters Among Democrats Targeted By Unknown Bomber

Rep. Waters hasn't commented on what many are now calling the "Maga Bomber."

UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. ET (October 24, 2018) - In a statement to VIBE, Rep. Maxine Waters has condemned the suspected act of terror.

“I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI. I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”

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The list of suspected pipe bombs targeted at key Democrats now includes Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.).

According to The Hill, the suspicious package did not make it to her home and was intercepted at a mail facility in Maryland Wednesday (Oct. 24). The news comes hours after the Secret Service confirmed that "potential explosive devices" were sent to the homes of former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as former Attorney General Eric Holder and Florida Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.

Because the list of targets includes those who have been the most outspoken about the Trump administration, the hashtag #MAGABomber has been attached to the suspect(s).

NBC News reports the first explosive was discovered in the mailbox of Jewish philanthropist and billionaire George George Soros' home in Bedford, New York. There were also reports of another potentially dangerous package was sent to the office of Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, but it turned out to be a  false alarm.

READ MORE: Suspicious Packages Sent To Clintons, Obamas

After it was confirmed that CNN's New York office was also targeted, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an act of terror.

"What we saw here today was an effort to terrorize," de Blasio said. "This was clearly an act of terror."

Speaking at a previously scheduled private donor event for Donna Shalala Wednesday, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out against the suspected bomber. "It is a troubling time," she said. "And it's a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring out country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same."

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Trump and First Lady Melania Trump condemned the packages and any effort of violence.

"The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice," he said at the White House. "We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. In these times, we have to unify. We have to come together, and send one clear, strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."

READ MORE: Laverne Cox, Amiyah Scott And More Speak Out Against Trump’s Anti-Transgender Proposal

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Jamie Foxx Laughs Through Flubbed Line During 'Live In Front Of A Studio Audience' Special

In honor of legendary television producer Norman Lear, ABC gathered a cast of A-list thespians to re-enact episodes from All in the Family and The Jeffersons (May 22) for its Live in Front of a Studio Audience special. Lear is responsible for developing both shows and packing each with scripts that reflected the then-state of affairs in the United States as it relates to race, class, and culture.

For 2019's one-night-only revival, actors Anthony Anderson, Wanda Sykes, Kerry Washington, Woody Harrelson, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Hudson, and Jamie Foxx assumed their roles and revived memories viewers once held for the original shows. While the laughs were found within the scripts, the studio audience, as well as viewers at home, probably chuckled during an impromptu moment by Foxx.

While reenacting one scene from All in the Family, Foxx, who played George Jefferson, fumbled a line and decided to add his own take before he returned to character. "Everyone sitting at home just think their TV just messed up," he quipped to the audience as some of his castmates laughed along.

We said anything could happen! #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience #TheJeffersons #AllintheFamily pic.twitter.com/d8lNCjUzD3

— ABC (@ABCNetwork) May 23, 2019

Such an honor to be part of this INSANELY SPECIAL evening bringing, the brilliant work of @thenormanlear back to television. Thank you @jimmykimmel for including me in the cool kids! Love you. #liveinfrontofastudioaudience #allinthefamily #thejeffersons pic.twitter.com/Ux9i3VluZl

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 23, 2019

The primetime special was executive produced by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who praised Lear for his small screen vision. "[Lear] did so much for freedom of speech and inclusivity," he said per Variety. "We'd be way behind without him."

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Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper And PnB Rock To Release Song Tonight

Pop singer Ed Sheeran recently announced his upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project, which will feature nothing but– you guessed it– collaborations.

His first single off of the LP (which drops on July 12) was "I Don't Care" featuring Justin Bieber, and his next single will reportedly feature Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock. The song with the MCs is called "Cross Me," and it will drop at midnight, the same time that fans will be able to pre-order the album. The rest of the features on the 15-song album have not been announced.

“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called ‘No.5 Collaborations Project,'" Sheeran wrote in his album announcement via social media. "Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make."

This is the first time Chano and PnB have collaborated with Mr. Sheeran. Chance announced that his forthcoming "owbum" is dropping over the summer, and PnB's second studio-album TrapStar Turnt PopStar was released in early-May.

 

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Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make. No.6 Collaborations Project will be out everywhere on 12 July. It’s available to pre-order from midnight tonight local time and my song with @chancetherapper and @pnbrock will be out everywhere at the same time x

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Living The Dream: Lena Waithe Gets Smooched By Halle Berry On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Lena Waithe was Jimmy Kimmel's guest host for Jimmy Kimmel Live! while he was out for the night working on ABC's Live In Front Of A Studio Audience special, and she had a great time.

During her monologue, the Emmy-winning writer admitted she needed to get "psyched up" to be hosting the late-night show, when Halle Berry comes to her aide with the help of the "Berry Button." Waithe said that she needed some "inspiration" and "Halle Berry juice" to keep the energy going.

"Lena, you know I know you, right? We've worked together," Berry said to inspire Waithe, her Boomerang co-producer. "So I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African American queen! Lena, tonight you are a writer, an actor, a producer and tonight you are a late-night comedian. You about to slay this show! And you are already winning, girl, because you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever was."

When Berry asked if the temporary host needed anything else, she proceeded to kiss her right on the mouth. Waithe posted a clip of the smooch on her Instagram page, where many famous friends such as Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Luke James expressed their surprise at the lip lock.

Check out their meet-up around the four-minute mark.

 

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No caption necessary. Just tune in y’all. @jimmykimmellive

A post shared by Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) on May 22, 2019 at 8:14pm PDT

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