'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' star James Avery dies aged 68 | News

James Avery dead aged 68
As many of us were ringing in the New Year, the sad news broke that actor James Avery, who many from our generation will remember as Philip Banks better known as Uncle Phil on the Will Smith led iconic '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died on New Year's Eve (December 31st) aged 68.Read more

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Chrisette Michele talks diet affecting mental health, art as emotional release [Video] #OKNotToBeOK

Continuing our Mental Health awareness campaign #OKNotToBeOK, we sat down with Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele to discuss the effect changing her diet had on her mental health, keeping a journal, the effect the creation and release of her Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation mixtape had on her emotions and the importance of art to her wellbeing. Read more

How to Survive a Plague (Dir. David France) | Documentary Trailer

Directed by David FranceHow to Survive a Plague is a stirring documentary that captures the battle against AIDS.

Told in the words of a fierce and determined band of activists, the documentary acts as an emotional we-were-there video, detailing the struggles of a staunch few who took on legislators and law makers to take on the resilient, notorious virus. Read more

Veteran actor Bob Hoskins to retire after Parkinson's diagnosis | Film News

Veteran actor Bob Hoskins is to retire from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 69 year old Englishman has enjoyed a four decade long career, famously portraying several gangsters and colourful Cockney characters. Read more

U.S. Food & Drug Administration approves take-home HIV test | News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the latest over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to get preliminary results on their status in as little as 20 minutes without drawing blood. Read more

'Moesha' star Yvette Wilson dies of cervical cancer | News

Yvette Wilson, the stand-up comedian and actress best known for her co-starring roles in American TV shows Moesha and The Parkers, has died Thursday of cervical cancer. She was 48. Read more

English shops ordered to cover tobacco displays | News

Legislation introduced in the Health Act of 2009 requiring all large shops and supermarkets (larger than 280 square metres) throughout England to cover up all cigarette and tobacco displays, an effort that hopes to keep children and young people from being enticed by tobacco advertising and to help existing smokers kick the habit, took effect earlier this month, according to the English Department of Health. Read more

Bee Gees' Robin Gibb "feeling fantastic" following cancer treatment | News

Legendary Bee Gees member, Robin Gibb, OBE has spoken to BBC Radio 2 to reveal that he's making a 'spectacular' recovery after receiving treatment for a cancerous growth in his colon.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 for his role in the Bee Gees, among the iconic group's many Grammy Awards, the 62 year old singer/songwriter has been suffering from ill health since 2010. Read more

J. Dilla Changed My Life charity nights rock London, Brighton & Manchester in February | UK Events

The Doctor’s Orders party promoters are back for the sixth year with their annual event J. Dilla Changed My Life, commemorating the life of celebrated, influential Hip Hop producer, the late James ‘J. Dilla’ Yancey. This year the event will be taking over three parts of the UK with separate events being held in Brighton, London and Manchester in the first week of February this year. Read more

Elton John pens first book Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic

Top global singer, songwriter and pop/rock icon, Sir Elton John is penning his first book for release in July; Love is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, sharing a "very personal story of Sir Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic." Read more

Janet Jackson talks health, self-esteem & True You best-seller with Jay Leno [Video]

Earlier this month pop icon, actress and now author Janet Jackson stopped by Jay Leno's talk show to talk about her experiences of struggling with body image and low self-esteem that eventually inspired her to pen the New York Times best-selling book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself - watch below. Read more

A$AP Rocky discusses vegetarianism, being named after Rakim & more with Angie Martinez [Video]

A few days ago, Harlem's own A$AP Rocky made his way to the legendary Hot 97 for his first ever sit down with The Talk Of New York, Angie Martinez. During their brief yet open conversation the A$AP general filled Angie in on the A$AP movement and disclosed a few surprising facts about himself and his family, including his pescetarian diet. Hip Hop Head Spoiler Alert... Rocky reveals that he was named after Hip Hop legend Rakim and his sister was named after Eric B. Video footage and audio below.
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50 Cent penning fitness book & nutrition guide Formula 50: A 6-Week Body Transformation Plan | Health

50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson has long since had more than music on his mind. The rapper turned business mogul has announced plans to release a fitness book through publishing house Avery Brooks.
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Rick Ross addresses his recent health scare on BET's 106 & Park [Video]

On Friday October 14, Rick Ross boarded a private air plane from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis where his suffered a seizure. As a result, his plane had to make an emergency landing in order for the Def Jam Recording artist to be seen and treated by a doctor. When given the all clear Rozay attempted to make his gig and boarded another flight to Memphis. However, soon after the flight took off he suffered yet another seizure on the plane which once again had to make an emergency landing, this time in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Missy Elliott reveals battle with Graves' disease

It's no secret that the world of music has been missing Missy Elliott's presence for the last couple of years. Dubbed the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum as well as over seven million record sales, the radio silence that ensued may have come as a surprise to loyal fans.

Missy recently revealed to People Magazine that this has been largely due to a battle with Graves', a major autoimmune disease. First diagnosed with the disease in 2008, her difficulty with motor skills was followed by a list of symptoms the likes of dizzy spells, mood swings, hair loss and a fast heart rate.

The disease may not be familiar to a lot of people but it can cause a long list of unpleasant symptoms. Essentially, the disease causes too much thyroid hormone to be produced, causing rapid heart rate, weight loss and double vision just to name a few. Those with Graves' disease however have an added problem in that their immune systems attack the thyroid gland.

Although Missy Elliott was diagnosed with the disease she has still been in very active in the music industry despite several exaggerated detail being reported. The artist released a statement yesterday clearing up any exaggerations about her condition.
“There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Grave’s Disease, so I wanted to clear things up. I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease about three years ago but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all. I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honors’ tribute to Timbaland last year. I’ve written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, #1 hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica and Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. And on top of all that, I’m working on my new album. I feel great. Under my doctor’s supervision, I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.”

Amy Winehouse cuts dates from European Tour following erratic performance

Following the distressingly incoherent and erratic performance given by Amy Winehouse in Belgrade on Saturday [highlighted to the world through videos such as these of her in a concerning state], it has been announced that a number of gigs have been cut from Amy's European tour, which kicked off that night.

The troubled singer's scheduled shows in Istanbul and Athens have been cancelled on Monday and Wednesday respectively this week.

Her disastrous Serbian show has been described by Serbian media as a "scandal," a "disaster" and "the worst in the history of Belgrade."

Her representatives said it would be "worked out as soon as possible" whether she would attend the rest of her European tour. The next scheduled concert date after Athens is July 8 in Bilbao, Spain. The tour was to end in Bucharest, Romania, on Aug. 15.

Winehouse would like to say sorry to fans expecting to see her in Turkey and Greece, but "feels that this is the right thing to do," the statement said. "Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home," it added. There was no further explanation for exactly why Winehouse was canceling. --Associated Press, via Billboard