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Comcast To Add Two Networks Geared Toward African-American Viewers In 2019

The two networks will aim to provide programming for the black global community.

According to Deadline, Comcast's Xfinity has a plan to appeal to African-American households. The mega-corporation announced the creation of Afro and Cleo TV, two networks that will provide programming geared toward this demographic. Cleo TV will feature programming for "Gen X women of color," while Afro will serve as a hub for Nollywood films and other entertainment attractions.

The entities are also being billed as "two African-American majority-owned" outlets that'll take shape at the top of 2019. Afro and Cleo TV are also part of Comcast's goal to establish 10 diverse networks next year. Out of the 10, there are eight that will be majorly controlled by executives of color.

Keesha Boyd, Comcast Cable's executive director of multicultural products, said the content will span the black global community's experience. "The offerings from both Afro and Cleo TV serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities. We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as the two we're announcing today, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base."

Currently, BET, TV One, Revolt, OWN and others continue to produce content for black audiences. That push for more programs is something BET's head of programming, Connie Orlando, believes will provide new grounds for more networks to sprout.

“Our content wasn’t as widespread as it is now,” Orlando said to VIBE. “There wasn’t a home for young black musicians, for actors, for people behind the scenes. BET was birthed out of this need and this want to see ourselves reflected on television and see our stories. Before BET, I think we all hungered for it.”

READ MORE: How BET’s Original Programming Looks To The Past And Future For Network Success

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Charlottesville Killer Receives Life Sentence Plus 419 Years

James Alex Fields Jr will spend the rest of his life behind bars for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., which injured many and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

According to reports, Judge Richard Moore sentenced the 22-year-old white supremacist to life in prison plus 419 years. Fields, who reportedly had a picture of Adolf Hitler framed by his bed, drove from Ohio to attend the 2017 Unite The Right Rally with fellow racists and neo-Nazi's to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

The event also drew Heyer and other counter-protestors who marched against white nationalism. The violence forced local authorities to declare an unlawful assembly and begin the process of demobilizing everyone. Later on the same day, Fields drove his car into a crowd killing Heyer and hurting others.

The event caused already bubbling racial tensions in America to spill over when during a press conference Donald Trump blamed "both sides" for the turmoil.

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DMX Is Cleared In The Case Of A 'Stolen' Corvette

Rapper DMX will reportedly not face any charges after it was believed his was driving a “stolen” vehicle back in May.

The rapper reportedly left a Los Angeles restaurant in another person’s car, after the valet accidentally gave him and his entourage the wrong set of keys. The valet mix-up created a potential issue for X, as authorities believed that driving a stolen vehicle was grounds for a probation violation as it pertained to his tax evasion case. Police reportedly were able to retrieve the vehicle, and no one was arrested.

“DMX met with his probation officer and everything is fine,” the MC’s attorney, Murray Richman, told TMZ. “We're told the rapper's in the clear as far as a potential probation violation goes.”

As far as his professional life goes, DMX reportedly joined the cast of Chronicle Of A Serial Killer back in April. He also gave a rousing sermon at Kanye West’s Sunday Service performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the spring.

“Doors that were once closed are now open for me,” he said. “I am God’s favorite child…I have supernatural increases and promotion. Like the restoration of everything the devil has stolen from me. This is the day, time, and moment for me to experience the free grace of God.”

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Bhad Bhabie Tells Jermaine Dupri To "Suck [Her] D**k" After Female Rapper Comments

Bhad Bhabie is commenting on the controversial comments uttered by Jermaine Dupri.

A cluster of female rappers from Cardi B, to Rapsody, to Doja Cat commented on the above sentiments, stating that there are many female rappers who don’t rap about their bodies. The latest voice to chime in is none other than the young Floridian.

In a now-deleted Instagram Story post, the 16-year-old wrote, “Jermaine Dupri can suck my d**k. Been like 10 years since bow wow. Sit down grandpa."

Last week, the producer and artist was asked by People about the latest wave of female rappers taking over the charts. He stated that while he appreciates them, he believes they’re “all rapping about the same thing.”

“I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper,” he said. “For me, it’s like strippers rapping. As far as rap goes, I’m not getting who is the best rapper.” In a video, Cardi stated the reason why she raps about her body, and then praised artists like Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah and CHIKA for bringing something different to the game.

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