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CAT OUT THE BAG? "Empire" Star Malik Yoba REVEALS Jussie Smollett Is Gay

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So it seems Malik Yoba may have (mistakenly?) revealed Jussie Smollett is gay. Get the deets inside….

As an “Empire” fan, watching his character Jamal Lyon deal with being a gay man and the hardships he faces with his own father and his public image, many can’t help but wonder…is Jussie Smollett also a gay man? Jussie has yet to confirm his sexual orientation, but one of his co-stars has.

Malik Yoba, who stars Vernon Turner on the hit FOX series, did an interview with Black Film were he revealed Jussie Smollett is, in fact, gay in real life. He spilled,

“I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value and there’s an intrinsic nature of you have the gay factor, right? So, obviously, Lee is gay. That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the Black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way…like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.”

Oh? Well apparently, he didn’t talk to Jussie about revealing details of his personal life because Jussie makes it his business to keep his personal life private.

During a recent interview with Sway on “Sway In The Morning” satellite radio show, when Jussie was asked about his sexual orientation he said,

“I’m not willing to confirm or deny anything. I live my life. I don’t hide anything, I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.”

Looks like Malik let the cat out the bag.

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In other “Empire” news….

The amazingly talented Jussie Smolllett recently revealed he has inked a deal with Columbia Records. So is an album in the works? It appears that there is! He told Entertainment Weekly,

“There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia. So darling [Laughs] I’m label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand.

We're here for it!  Check out the full version of the track "You're So Beautiful," which he performed on the last episode here.

Would you cop an album from Jussie?  We definitely would!


Photos: Malik's IG/FOX

IN THESE TWEETS: Did Tiny’s Daughter Zonnique Come For Khloe Kardashian & Her “Fitness Journey”?! + Amber Rose Changes Her Mind On Posting Baby Bash On Social Media

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Is Khloe Kardashian catching more Twitter fade? It appears so. And this time, Tiny’s daughter Zonnique is calling her out. Find out what went down and Amber Rose's announcement about posting pictures of her son on social media inside….

After Amber Rose relentlessly “humbled” Khloe Kardashian last week, it appears someone else is now coming for the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" reality star.

Tiny’s daughter/OMG girl Zonnique is calling folks out on their BS. You know, those who act as if they have worked hard in the gym to get the body they longed for, when in actuality, they may have had some surgical help.  Hmph.

So here’s how it started….

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Earlier today, Khloe took to her Instagram to flex her results of "hard work" in the gym. According to the reality star, she has been sweating it out in the gym and eating right to achieve that flat tummy she's showing off in the picture above. Here's what she said:

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Khloe credits a long fitness journey for her physique, but everyone isn't buying it. And by everyone, we mean Tiny's daughter Zonnique. Apparently the OMG girl peeped Khloe's fitness talk and had a little shade to throw of her own. She tweeted:

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One of her fans followed up asking her if she was referring to Khloe Kardashian:

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Zonnique responded with a smiley face ":)" which she ended up deleting. Bloop!

No word from Khloe...yet.





With all of the "Internet drama" she's been involved with lately, Amber Rose has decided she will no longer post any pictures of her adorable son Sebastian, whom she shares with her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa.

We assume the drama brewing between Amber and Wiz has something to do with it. Although Amber had no problem going at Khloe Kardashian, Kanye West and his wife Kim K on Twitter recently, she has been pretty mum on her husband's recent claims via social media.

Last week, Wiz got super emotional with a series of tweets accusing Amber of keeping Baby Bash away from him on his 2nd birthday (Feb. 21st). While Wiz was tweeting, Amber was buys posting pics of their baby boy. Fortunately for Wiz (if true), he got a chance to see his son recently to give him his birthday gifts for his BASH day. Peep the adorable flicks here.



Photos: Zonnique's IG/Khloe's IG

Kobe & Vanessa Bryant And Friends Hit Premiere For Self-Made Bio "MUSE"

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Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa welcomed NBA friends and more to the London West Hollywood to watch the premiere of his visual biography MUSE.  See red carpet pics inside and get the deets on his passion-project... 

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It was a red carpet affair at The London Hotel - West Hollywood last night as NBA legend/icon Kobe Bryant (shown above with wife Vanessa) premiered his film MUSE. (SIDEBAR- if The London Hotel sounds familiar, its the place where Lupita N'yongo's $150K pearl Oscar gown was stolen. We hope Vanessa kept an eye on her own ish!)

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MUSE is story of Kobe Bryant.  The who, what, where, why and how of his life.  It's not simply a set of interviews or Wikipedia facts, Kobe completely dove into the making of the film (alongside director Gotham Chopra, son of Deepak Chopra).

When asked about the autobiographical documentary, and how he came up with the idea, Kobe told VARIETY,

“I’m just constantly curious. If you have an idea, and if you’re obsessive about what you do, I want to know why.
There’s a common thread between how John Williams composes a score, and how Ariana Huffington decided to build the Huffington Post. There are common threads, and I want to learn about those things."

Kobe Bryant has MUSES. And he's interested storytelling. This project seems to merge the two. It's his way of telling his story, something he's not typically known to do.  He reveals how he built "KOBE Bryant" into the legend he has become.  Showtime president David Nevins said it best, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” is not a sports documentary:

“This is not Bill Russell looking back on his career 25 years later. This is a man who’s sort of at the height of his power, going really deep with self-examination. And that is rare.”

Famously private, the documentary covers EVERYTHING, including that "incident" where he cheated on Vanessa. It's all here. Kobe tweeted,

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We also spotted an open letter Kobe recently penned to his fans.  Alongside MUSE, it shows the depth of his character and his forcefulness as a warrior.  You'll walk about with a complete understanding of KOBE - the alpha warrior champion.

"Hunt or be hunted has always been my mentality. I don’t hide the aggressiveness of competition behind All-Star parties, sponsored events, and the idea that the weekend game is a well deserved break.

The fans voted me in to watch me take on the world’s best. That competition is what I love.

Whether my counterpart is ready or not, resting or not, or just feels like going through the motions, it has nothing to do with me. When I play, I compete, and if you’re too busy acting cool for the fans or celebrities courtside then I will demolish you in front of them.

I want MVP. There’s no shame in feeling that way. Why should there be? I want the world to see me dominate the players that are debated by millions of fans as being on my level. Competing with this spirit is fun to me and it kills me that I’m not able to participate this year. I am a spectator from home.

As a fan, I can only hope one player decides to take the game on the same way I do and raise its level from the opening tip. Being passive aggressive in this competition means you’re fine with simply going with the flow and unwilling to disturb the calm waters of the game to accomplish your goals.

I see that as a weakness. It’s our nature to compete. Throw the ball up and let’s see who the alpha is.

Maybe I’m just old school. Maybe my line of thinking is that of a rotary phone. Maybe this smartphone generation enjoys sharing games of domination. Maybe they like taking turns. Maybe they enjoy competing passive aggressively.

Maybe I’m the one with the problem, maybe it is right to have multiple alphas, maybe I’m the weaker one, the selfish one. Maybe, just maybe …

Either way, I refuse to change what I am. A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me."


Back to the red carpet.... 

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Kobe''s former LA Lakers teammate Rick Fox arrived with model Genevieve Morton

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Actor Pooch Hall came out to support Kobe too.  He's a fan and a friend.


Watch the MUSE trailer below:


Kobe Bryant’s MUSE premieres on Showtime on Feb. 28 at 9 ET/8 C.



1.  Empire's Jussie Smollett landed a record deal with Columbia! Story.  Plus, listen to the full version of "You're So Beautiful"


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