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v33_DouglasGabrielle Douglas told reporters via The Associated Press, “Someone mentioned that I was the first black American (to win the all-around gold), and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about that!’ I feel so honored.”

Fresh off her gold medal win in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena in London, England, Douglas, 16, nicknamed The “Flying Squirrel” has become the darling of the Olympics.

Gabby, who was raised in Virginia, started training at the tender age of 6. Her dad, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan when she was just 9 years old.

“I just had to pray to God …and tell the angels to keep my dad safe…,” she recently explained to NBC Nightly News.

After having to miss many of her competitions, Gabby’s father was able to attend her U.S. Olympic trials on June 29.

“I’m like, ‘Who’s calling my name?’ And then I look up. It was my dad and his friend, and I haven’t seen him in a while,” Gabby explained. “They were holding up the flag, and I almost felt like bawling.”

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v32_NelsonActor Nelsan Ellis will go from a possessed gay Louisiana cook in HBO’s “True Blood” to the prince of peace on the big screen.

Director Lee Daniels has tapped the star to play Martin Luther King Jr. in “The Butler,” reports

Mariah Carey and Yaya DaCosta (“America’s Next Top Model”) have also recently joined the cast, which includes Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Colman Dingo, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden and Liev Schreiber.

v29_guyswithkidsNBC is branching out and reaching to touch more with multi ethnic stories.

Next on the network’s line up of black programming is “Guys with Kids,” starring Tempestt Bledsoe and Anthony Anderson.

The co-stars told the Associated Press that they are going to be representing positive images of black families.

v28_CissyHouston*(Via Yahoo News) – Cissy Houston’s tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday’s BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night.

Whitney Houston’s mother gave a rousing performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that left the crowd in tears, including Beyonce and Melanie Fiona.

Mariah Carey opened the tribute with memories of her friend. She was followed by a moving number by Monica. Brandy, heavily influenced by Houston, sang two of the late singer’s hits. Chaka Khan blazed the stage with “I’m Every Woman,” which Houston remade. Gary Houston, Whitney’s brother, also performed.

v24_Minage-Drake-WayneNicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar’s latest hit single at the annual event.

Minaj was supposed to hit the stage at 9:30 pm ET on Sunday night, with headliners Rick Ross and DJ Khaled to follow. However, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg reportedly called “Starships,” the rapper’s current Hot 100 pop hit, “wack” to the Summer Jam crowd before introducing Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar earlier in the day. Soon after, Minaj’s mentor and Young Money boss Lil Wayne posted on Twitter, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.”


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