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GMA3 (Good Morning America) co-anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes both shut down their Instagrams amid rumors of an intimate, off-camera affair. Both are married to other people. We wouldn't be surprised if the ABC program will be looking for new hosts in the near future...


Stephen A. Smith doubles down on his defense of the Jerry Jones 1957 photo and responds to being called a "coon" and a “sellout” on his Know Mercy podcast. “Because I don’t agree with y’all position on a still photo from 66 years ago. Really? We better wake up y’all.” Smith says he is only talking to Black people. White people should just turn off the podcast. >Listen to his podcast if you have nothing else better to do...


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107.5 WBLS is the TOP RATED radio station in New York City with a 7.0 share of listeners 6+....


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iHeartMedia has announced a new lineup of comedy podcasts featuring Rosie O’Donnell, Jason Alexander, Eric Andre, Amber Ruffin and others set to launch in early 2023...


Diamond Tyleir is named night host at “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ Birmingham. Read more...

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December 20, 2011

No Beef Between Common and Maya Angelou on Song Collaboration



Angelou Calls in to 106 & Park [VIDEO] "I will not be divided...", Common talks about it with Hot 97's Angie Martinez

In an article titled "Rapper N-bombs poet pal" that appeared in the New York Post yesterday, Maya Angelou supposedly told the newspaper that she’s horrified that one of her biggest fans, the rapper Common, put her on a song peppered with the “N” word.

But now it appears the Post took some liberties within the article on Angelou's expression of uncomfortableness in Common’s use of the N-Word on his single “The Dreamer.” The poet cleared up the issue on BET's "106 & Park" during Common’s appearance on the show.

She said that the issue had not caused a rift between her and the Chicago rapper. “I don’t think the word disappointment quite makes it, I was surprised,” Dr. Angelou began. “I know that Common is brilliant. He may in fact be close enough to be called a genius—I’m not sure—I know that we are all in process, and young artists are in process.”

Common appeared on the Angie Martinez show on Hot 97 before the call in to 106 & Park and referred to Maya Angelou as a mother figure to him and said she was enthused about being on his album.

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