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Estelle to "Conquer" Fox's 'Empire' With Jussie Smollett Duet (Exclusive Song)

"This is a huge moment. People don’t normally have all of these opinions on Instagram or Twitter about a show. But with the rise of Being Mary Jane and Empire, these shows show what culture is doing, what’s happening in life right now. It’s a good thing. If people are talking, it’s a good thing," Estelle told The Hollywood Reporter.

British singer/songwriter/rapper Estelle released her first album in the U.K. in 2004. Three years later, she was the first to sign with John Legend’s label, Homeschool, and released her first U.S. album and first major-label album Shine. The lead single from that album, “American Boy,” was a hit with audiences on both sides of the pond and earned her a Grammy in 2009 for best rap/sung collaboration” with Kanye West.

Estelle joins Empire as musical sensation in her own right, Delphine, who strikes up a friendship with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) after watching him perform at the white party and being inspired by how he came out. They strike up a friendship, as she is the first artist to show him genuine respect and support, and she enters the Empire Entertainment fold to record a few songs. One of them just happens to be Estelle’s own hit single, “Conqueror.” Originally released earlier this year as a single off her True Romance album, the song was also remixed as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

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”The state is currently spending five times more for the education for a white child than it is fitting to educate a colored child. That means better textbooks for that child than for that child. I say that’s a shame, but my opponent says today is not the day for whites and coloreds to go to the same college. To share the same campus. To walk into the same classroom. Well, would you kindly tell me when that day is gonna come? Is it going to come tomorrow? Is it going to come next week? In a hundred years? Never? No, the time for justice, the time for freedom, and the time for equality is always, is always right now!”

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Buzzfeed: “17 Black Women Who Deserve their own Biopics”

Not enough roles for black women in Hollywood? Let’s make some!

1. Thandie Newton/Alice Walker, 2. Amber Riley/Aretha Franklin, 3. Kerry Washington/Vonetta McGee, 4. Lupita Nyong’o/Grace Jones, 5. Mo’Nique/Hattie McDaniel, 6. Oprah Winfrey/Mary McLeod Bethune, 7. Regina Hall/Moms Mabley, 8. Teyonah Parris/Assata Shakur, 9. Viola Davis/Shirley Chisholm, 10. Jurnee Smollett/Eartha Kitt

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Eve’s Bayou | written & directed by Kasi Lemmons (1997)

"Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old." 

With those opening words, Eve’s Bayou coils back into the past, into the memories of a child who grew up in a family both gifted and flawed, and tried to find her own way to the truth, through the eyes of her older sister, and through the eyes of an aunt who can foretell everyone’s future except for her own.

Eve’s Bayou resonates in the memory. It called me back for a second and third viewing. For the viewer, it is a reminder that sometimes films can venture into the realms of poetry and dreams. —Roger Ebert