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Colin Kaepernick Tweets Appreciation For Rihanna Following Super Bowl Statement

"I really appreciate @rihanna keepin it 100."

On Sunday (Feb. 3), the NFL held its annual Super Bowl event. Leading up to the main attraction, one of the most prominent topics of conversation was Colin Kaepernick's absence from the league for another year.

To voice their support of the 31-year-old athlete, artists like Cardi B and Rihanna turned down offers to perform at the halftime show. The latter received praise from Kaepernick on Twitter after she jokingly posed a question as to where one can watch the game.

"I really appreciate @rihanna keepin it 100," Kaepernick tweeted on Feb. 4, the day after the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams' game. In October 2018, Us Weekly published a statement from a source that seemingly confirmed Rihanna's decision to boycott the league. On the subject of the halftime show, the source said, "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance."

Since Kaepernick began his protest during the national anthem at games to combat police brutality and amplify his quest for equal racial and social justice, he's yet to sign to another NFL team. While no clear cut answer has been given as to why he remains off the turf, Kaepernick and his lawyer Mark Geragos launched a collusion case against the league.

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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

A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on May 23, 2019 at 2:00am PDT

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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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