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This week the Miss Universe organization announced that it will be going swimsuit-free, replacing the competition in the Miss USA pageant with athletic wear. Over the years, pageant organizers have explained that the swimsuit portion was created with the intention of showcasing the athleticism of competitors. However, this transition to athletic wear is a lot less exploitative and more appropriate for it’s younger participants, aged 15-19. “I have been an athlete my entire life. As a member of a softball team and a competitive dance team, I spend a lot of time in athletic wear,” reigning Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik told USA Today. Miss Universe president Paula Shugart shared in a memo that the change is meant to “celebrate women’s strength, confidence and beauty” in various, more constructive ways…
[MadameNoire]

Clap For Him: Marc Lamont Hill Lands New VH1 Late-Night Talk Show

Over the years we’ve Marc Lamont Hill strength his hustle and influence from a African American Studies Professor at Morehouse College to hosting Our World with Black Enterprise and HuffPost Live to serving as a correspondent for BET News and a CNN political commentator. Now, Hill is testing the waters with his very own show on VH1, a weekly late-night series called VH1 Live!. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is produced by Embassy, known for Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, will showcase a pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip. Hill will also interview the network’s popular stars, highlighting the must-see moments on the network’s favorable shows and fusing in his own opinions with his approach that’s been billed as “raw street savvy.” The series is set for a Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT debut. Will you be tuned in?
[MadameNoire]

Ice Cube To Recieve A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Ice Cube, the man who once recorded a song called “Burn Hollywood Burn,” is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The rapper/movie star born O’Shea Jackson will be inducted into the 2017 class and is joined by a long list of celebrities including singer John Legend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Lee Daniels, Tyra Banks and legendary R&B group New Edition. “The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is thrilled to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” says the Walk of Fame Selection Committee in a statement…
[HipHopWired]


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