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Dem race shaken, stirred as Sanders, Clinton meet in debate

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled it out on Thursday during MSNBC’s Democratic Candidates Debate in Durham, New Hampshire. During the debate, Clinton and Sanders shared their views on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the death penalty, veteran affairs, and foreign policy. They also discussed climate change and national security. Things took a personal turn when Clinton’s lucrative speaking fees from Wall Street were addressed and her email scandal was brought up. “I’ve been vetted — there is barely anything you don’t know about me,” said Clinton. “I think I am the person who can do all aspects of the job — and take the case to Republicans. At the end of the day, it’s not so much electability, it’s who the American people believe can keep them safe.” During his closing statement, Sanders took a personal approach and shared a story about the struggles his father went through as an immigrant from Poland. “I love this country, my dad loved this country. But today in America, we’re the only major country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee health care, paid family medical leave,” he said. “I’m running for president because I feel it is too late for establishment politics and economic. I believe we need a political revolution.” Read more.

James Franco to Direct Film Based on Viral Zola Tweets

The “Zola” story that surfaced on Twitter last October is proof that social media can definitely be used as a come-up. After the tweets about the chronicles of a stripper’s trip to Florida went viral, there was buzz that the social media posts would be adapted into a book or a film. It was recently revealed that actor James Franco has decided to do just that. The film will be based on the article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,” which was featured in Rolling Stone. The script will be penned by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts and executive produced by Franco and Vince Jolivette under Rabbit Bandini Productions along with Killer Films and Gigi Films. Franco will direct himself. Read more.

Chris Rock Says Black Actresses Have it the Toughest in Hollywood

Comedian Chris Rock, who is slated to host this year’s Oscars in the midst of The Academy’s diversity debate, is using his pedestal to address the struggles Black actors and actresses go through in the entertainment industry. Although he hasn’t directly commented on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, he did share his thoughts on actor Jennifer Lawrence’s mission to close the gender wage gap in acting. “It happens every time. Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect,” he said in an interview with Essence. “Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there’s not one Black woman in there with, like, a real part. It’s a real, real, real problem.” Read more.

Kanye Credits His Mother and Late Father-in-Law For Helping Him with New Album

According to rapper Kanye West, his upcoming album Waves was a family affair. During an interview Thursday with radio host Big Boy on Real 92.3, West said his late mother Donda West and his deceased father-in-law Robert Kardashian oversaw production of his album from heaven. “I’m only doing two percent of the work. God is doing the rest of the work,” said West. He also said the late Robert Kardashian is “still doing deals for controversial black people from up in heaven.” West spoke about including his fans in the creative process: “What I’ve really come to realize about being a celebrity is … everybody is our family. It’s family. If something bad happens, you’re gonna hear about it,” he said.  “Obviously I have made a connection with people – a family-level connection that they played my music in their houses for so many years with their mothers, their friends, their kids. We love any opportunity we have to involve all of our family in the creative process.” Read more.


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