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Two-time Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley has died following a short battle with cancer. She was 71.

An official statement from Alley's children was shared on her social media accounts Monday.

"To all our friends, far and wide around the world... We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," reads the statement. "She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother."

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— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) December 6, 2022



"We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care," the statement continues. "Our mother's zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."

The Wichita, Kansas native rose to fame with her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC comedy series "Cheers." She also starred in  "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Blind Date" and "Look Who's Talking."

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Five Black-Owned Skincare Brands to Shop In-Store

   

Five Black-Owned Skincare Brands to Shop In-Store

It's amazing when you can shop for your favorite black-owned beauty brand, but it's even better when you can shop it in-store and avoid the hassle of waiting for shipping and paying extra.

These five skincare brands are available in a store near you and offer awesome skin benefits.

Topicals 
Topicals Faded Serum: $38
Topicals founder, Olamide Olowe, was named the youngest Black woman ever to raise $10 million for funding by Forbes. The brand was founded in 2020. The brand got attention by appealing to Gen Z, especially on TikTok. Olowe was also named in Forbes 20 under 30. The brand's Faded Serum is super popular and helps fade dark spots from acne.

Shop the brand at Sephora.

Shani Darden Skin Care 
Shani Darden Retinol Reform: $88
Shani Darden herself founded Shani Darden Skin Care. The brand specializes in clinical products like the cult-favorite Retinol-Reform.

Shop the brand at Sephora.

Fenty Skin 
Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean: $32
If you've shopped at Fenty Beauty, you are probably familiar with the skincare line. Rihanna's skincare brand is an extension of her makeup collection. The Fat Toner and Cookies N Clean scrub are fan-favs. Though Fenty Beauty is available at Sephora and Ulta Beauty, the skincare line is exclusively sold at Sephora.

Shop the brand at Sephora.

Cay Skin
Cay Skin Isle Lip Balm SPF 30: $14
Winne Harlow's Cay Skin has the best SPF that is black-friendly. The SPF doesn't show a gray cast on the skin, and the SPF 30 lip balm is also excellent. Remember, your lips should stay protected from the sun.

Shop the brand at Sephora.

ROSEN
Rosen Skincare Tropics Toner: $18.00
Rosen skincare targets pre-teens, teens, and adults dealing with acne-prone skin. The clean beauty brand was founded by Jamika Martin, who experienced acne and reimagined an inclusive skincare brand for others dealing with breakouts.

Shop the brand at Target.

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A Canadian airline crew is finally back home after spending eight months detained in the Dominican Republic on what they say are bogus drug trafficking charges.

The five members of the Pivot Airlines crew were on board a flight headed to Canada from Punta Cana when the flight engineer discovered cocaine on board.

"The maintenance engineer traveling with the crew discovered duffel bags full of cocaine-an estimated $25 million worth-in the avionics bay," pilot Robert Di Venanzo said.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic stopped them from returning to Canada. They "were under virtual house arrest, without their passports, on a no-fly list, and living in fear of retribution for disrupting a major shipment of cocaine. Those fears meant being moved to five different safe houses and requiring 24-hour armed protection," a report stated.

Crew members shed tears and hugged their loved ones after arriving at Toronto's Pearson airport.

They were met by family and friends who last saw them in person in April when they set off on a trip that was supposed to be a short day trip, MSN reported

The two pilots, two flight attendants, and a mechanic with tiny Pivot Airlines were finally allowed to leave DR after prosecutors announced two weeks ago they didn't have enough evidence to charge the group.

The crew was working a seven-passenger charter flight at the time of the detainment, and after reporting the cocaine, their passports were taken by local authorities.

"It's hard to believe that we're actually back home," said flight attendant Alex Rozov.

"The way everything was unfolding, we just started losing all hope," he said. "It was an absolute circus. It doesn't make any sense the way they were trying to prosecute us."

"I'm back, I'm with my family. I'm really happy," he said. "I can't express it," Mechanic B.K. Dubey added.

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The man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker last year was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday.

The 20-year-old man, identified as James Harden Jackson, pleaded no contest to the attempted murder charge. The dognapping shocked many, as the rising crime has been against Bulldogs and other expensive dog breeds. In August, Jackson was mistakenly freed from custody just four months after the incident happened.

In February 2021, Gaga's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot while walking her three French Bulldogs in Hollywood when three people robbed him. Two of the dogs were stolen but later returned to Gaga.

Fischer spoke in court Monday prior to Jackson's sentencing.

"You shot me and left me to die, and both of our lives have changed forever," Fischer said, per Rolling Stone. He continued, "I do forgive you. With the attack, you completely altered my life. I know I can't completely move on from the night you shot me until I said those words to you. [The dogs] were returned and returned to their mom. I don't think I could have lived with myself if they died."

The District Attorney released a statement, "The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a coldhearted violent act and provides justice for our victim," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said in a statement."

Since the robbery, pet owners have been super protective and cautious of their dogs. This was one of many robberies associated with dogs.

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Ice Cube is currently fighting for the rights to the Friday movie franchise. The producer spoke on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson to clear up what he means.

The producer wrote and starred in the original 1995 film Friday and the sequels, which became a phenomenon in the Black community. The movies are iconic.

Ice Cube said, "I don't know," when asked about the fourth installment, "Last Friday," and the future of Friday films. "Warner Brothers is weird right now. I don't know what they're doing, they don't know what they're doing."

"We'd love to have it back. I think it's gonna be close to a time when we can get it back. So we'll either wait for that time, or we'll keep trying to convince them that they need to let us control the movie," he continued. "It's my movie, but they have distribution control."

He then clarified that he would not purchase the movie rights because he owns it.

"I ain't putting s- up for it. F- no. They need to give it to me, and they're gonna make money."

"I'm not [going] to pay for my own stuff, that's stupid," he continued. "They need to do the right thing, get it to us, let us turn it into more money and make the fans happy, and people will have a good time with the series. We can do a lot with it."

Ice Cube wants another Friday sequel, as he has already written two screenplays for more Friday films. He then revealed that Warner Bros. rejected the first screenplay because "the timing was right." The other script is still in development.



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Hot Pockets Debuts Cargo Shorts with Insulated Pockets Created to Keep Food Warm

HOT POCKETS has introduced its own shorts line that includes actual hot pockets.

The microwaveable sandwich brand wants to keep you and your food warm with its new HOT POCKETS Shorts equipped with insulated pockets.

The "first-ever" hot pocket cargo shorts feature "literal hot pockets that keep your sandwiches hot and your calves cool thanks to insulated cargo pockets - a true wintertime flex." according to a Hot Pockets statement.

The new merch product was created in partnership with the Columbus Fashion Alliance, a coalition of creatives, entrepreneurs, civic partners, community, and industry leaders. The shorts are paired with a matching hoodie and will be available exclusively at PKTS.gg beginning on December 12.

The limited-edition items are available for free while supplies last and will include one coupon redeemable for one HOT POCKETS sandwich.

On behalf of HOT POCKETS®
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On Saturday, Elon Musk said there's "definitely some risk" in his safety following his discussion on free speech, Twitter changes, and the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Musk said, "Frankly, the risk of something bad happening or literally even being shot is quite significant.  I'm definitely not going to be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way."

He continued, "It's not that hard to kill me if somebody wanted to, so hopefully, they don't."

During the discussion, Musk argued the importance of free expression and his plans for the social media platform.

"Throughout history, free speech has been highly unusual, not common.  So we have to fight really hard to keep that because it's such a rare thing, and it's by no means something that's the default," Musk said.  "Controlled speech is the default, not free speech."

One day earlier, journalist Matt Taibbi published internal Twitter communications that revealed the platform suspended and censored those who commented on the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story.

"Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be 'unsafe.' They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g., child pornography," Taibbi tweeted.

During the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, Musk claimed Twitter "was acting like an arm of the" Democratic National Committee.  He also said more files would be released soon.

"We're just gonna put all the information out there and try to get a clean slate we will be iteratively better, and it will force other media companies to also be more truthful, or else they'll lose their readership," Musk said.














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Shannon Sharpe is facing much backlash after admitting he would not have attended an HBCU if he didn't have to.

The admission came amid Deion Sanders' announcement that he was leaving Jackson State for the University of Colorado two years after publicly advocating for HBCUs.

On Sunday, the Savannah State University alum and sports analyst responded to a Twitter user who asked, "So black institutions and things are a downgrade?"

That's not the question. Yes or no, do you think Black institutions are a downgrade.

— Phaedra (@pjznuur) December 4, 2022

He replied, "I went to an HBCU, but only because I was prop 48.  It worked out gr8 for me.  Had I had the grades coming out of hs.  I wouldn't haven't chosen an HBCU."

Maybe you wouldn't have made the league if you didn't go to that HBCU.

— Militant.Midget (@MiilitantMidget) December 4, 2022

Prop 48 is a rule the NCAA adopted in 1986 to require high school athletes to get a specific minimum score on standardized college-entrance tests to participate in sports as a freshman.

Many fans/users were outraged that the former athlete would say he only attended his HBCU because he had terrible grades, while others supported him.

Take a look at a few of the tweets:

Shannon Sharpe why??? pic.twitter.com/3uXdMhAyBy

— yardtalkhbcu (@yardtalkhbcu) December 4, 2022

Shannon Sharpe a great example of why idgaf where y'all be goin to college cuz y'all still come out with the similar brands of whiteness because higher ed is by & large a classist pursuit so go wherever tf you can & try to not come out an antiBlack loser deep in your heart

— Terrance... (@iTerryTommy) December 5, 2022

That Shannon Sharpe tweet about HBCUs was really sloppy

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 5, 2022

Shannon Sharpe was the biggest cheerleader of this transformative HBCU sports agenda they had going, btw. Now he wouldn't have went to his HBCU. Some people stand for nothing but dickriding

— Pepé Silvia (@SlayYoung23) December 4, 2022

Shaq, Charles Barkley, Stephen A Smith, Shannon
Sharpe are House Negros #shaq #charlesbarkley#stephenasmith #shannonsharpe #kyrieirving #standwithkyrie pic.twitter.com/GrcTO2OgTk

— Khalil A. (@KhalilRaAli) November 29, 2022

An HBCU gave Shannon Sharpe a chance when he used to live in shack and got the nerve to insinuate that he settled for them. Very wild.

— Grammy Songwriter Loading (@Tony_Still_Sang) December 5, 2022

I really dont think Shannon Sharpe was trying to bad mouth HBCUs. I think he was strictly talking bout athletics. It worked out for him but he wasnt his first choice.

— Wii-Yum (@MrGee54) December 5, 2022

Lmao niggas mad at Shannon Sharpe for no reason. Most athletes coming out of high school are absolutely choosing a big D1 school over a HBCU. This isn't breaking news lol

— Don Julio (@Take_EmToChurch) December 5, 2022

People are fake mad that Shannon Sharpe said the HBCU he attended wasn't his 1st choice. Y'all are ridiculous . No NFL bound athlete's 1st choice is a school no NFL players came from. They want to attend D1 schools.

Y'all's performative outrage is misplaced envy. Do better

— B. Chordial (@BChordial) December 5, 2022

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Yung Miami's Caresha Please podcast might be coming to an end.

On Sunday, the City Girls rapper tweeted, "I might have to cancel #CareshaPlease N*ggas scared of the smoke."

Earlier this summer, Miami sat down with top celebrity guests like her rap partner JT, Diddy, Megan Thee Stallion, Kevin Gates, Saweetie, and Latto to get them to spill the tea and answer questions that fans were dying to know the answers to.

"I ain't got time to be tip-toeing around questions did you fuck whataname#Careshaplease," Young Miami tweeted Sunday.

Since then, fans have taken to Twitter to get the City Girl to reconsider the cancelation.

However, according to reports, it's unlikely that Caresha Please will actually be ending since she tied with Drink Champs for the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards' Best Platform honor.

I might have to cancel #careshaplease niggas scared of the smoke

— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) December 5, 2022

I ain't got time to be tip toeing around questions did you fuck whataname #Careshaplease

— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) December 5, 2022

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The mother of Todd and Julie Chrisley's grandaughter is looking to get custody of her daughter following the couple's sentencing.

According to TMZ, Angela Johnson, the mother of Chloe, is working with a legal team to regain full custody of the 10-year-old.Johnson, who lives in South Carolina, claims she's been trying to get Chloe back for years, but it's been a jurisdictional nightmare since Chloe and the Chrisleys moved from Atlanta to Tennessee.

Angela had Chloe in 2012 with the Chrisleys' son Kyle. Kyle lost custody of the child in 2016 due to his drug addiction, which left Johnson to split custody with Todd.

A few months later, Todd received full custody of Chloe after Johnson was arrested for filing a false application for Medicaid assistance.

Since Todd was just sentenced to 12 years in prison for bank fraud and tax evasion, Johnson has accepted a plea deal to put the case behind her to get custody of her daughter back.

Just last month, Todd and Julie's daughter Savannah pledged to take custody of Chloe once they're imprisoned.

 

 
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