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What’s the big deal with celebrity gossip?

It’s time for a little history lesson. People have always been chatty creatures. It’s how we communicated danger, connected with others and kept ourselves warm during long, cold nights alone in the wilderness. While that may not be an issue in our very modern day, some habits die hard. Celebrity gossip is a fun way to get in touch with multiple industries and even learn a little about yourself in the process. Are you a huge fan of music? How about a budding film buff? Refresh yourself on current celebrity news and some interesting facts below. You might just master the art of the conversation at the next office party.

Film is a massive industry. The United States has led the pack for many decades now and, thanks to the hard efforts of talented actors and actresses, we won’t be bumped from this pedastal any time soon. Denzel Washington has two Oscars to his name and is one of the few black actors to win a coveted Academy Award. He was actually the second ever in history after Sidney Poitier back in the 1960’s! Black celebrity news has been bursting with great strides these past years. You won’t have to look very far to find something interesting to talk about.

Will Smith is still one of the film industry’s most beloved actors. Nearly every single last one of his films have grossed over $100 million. He started reaching huge popularity in the 90’s with his hit show ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’, later going on to star in memorable films like ‘I, Robot’, ‘Hitch’ and ‘I Am Legend’. His incredible range and strong charisma have contributed heavily to a film career that just won’t quit. His wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, is a successful actress enjoying a lot of attention after her role in the surprise hit ‘Girl’s Trip’.

What about music? Although there’s plenty to enjoy in relatively new art forms like dubstep and electronica, the classics have yet to fade from our collective memory. It’s estimated nearly seven million people in the United States visited RandB, rap and hip-hop concerts within just a 12 month period back in 2008. Just a few years later hip-hop would receive the unique distinction of receiving the most Facebook likes from college students. What makes this genre so longstanding? It’s certainly hard to go wrong with catchy beats and creative lyrics.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are our modern day power couple. Her studio album ‘Lemonade’ blew everyone’s minds just the prior year, arriving with absolutely no fanfare to rave reviews. Elvis’s legendary record was also recently beat out by The Blueprint 3, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Beyonce, as of today, has an estimated net worth of $450 million and is one of the most successful female musicians of all time. Combined with her husband the Carter-Knowles family has a collective wealth of $1 billion.

Television hasn’t been left behind! Black Entertainment Television (more commonly known as BET) is viewed in over 90 million homes around the world, which is nothing to say of recent black-directed critical darlings like ‘Queen Sugar’ and ‘Luke Cage’. The ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ aired for a stunning 25 seasons, from the 1980’s to early 2K, and did much to pave the way for iconic black entertainment. The show grossed over $125 million by the end of its first year, reaching an audience of 10 million people and quickly becoming one of America’s most iconic shows.

Celebrity gossip isn’t just about rattling off names. It’s about being in touch with your culture and appreciating all the steps taken to give you the entertainment you enjoy today.

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