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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Said to be Gravely Ill

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin is said to be gravely ill. The “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” singer has been sick for quite some time.

“She has been ill for a long time,” a longtime friend tells PEOPLE. “She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

For years rumors have engulfed the 76-year-old and her health. In 2011, rumors swirled that she was allegedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Showbiz 411 reporter Roger Friedman was first to report the singer is “gravely ill,” sharing that Franklin’s family are “asking for prayers and privacy.”

No word on what illness plagues the sing. However, she is currently said to be surrounded by family and friends.

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Max Joseph Announced Departure from MTV’s CATFISH

‘CATFISH’ will never be the same again, as Max Joseph is leaving the show.

Joseph began on the hit MTV series seven years ago alongside Nev Schulman.

Though Joseph has given his all to the show, he had also been going full throttle into being a filmmaker. Ultimately, managing both has become a bit much for Joseph, so he’s opting to bow out.

He took to Instagram to announce his departure from the show and wish Nev & Co well.

No word on who will replace Joseph, if anyone at all. Joseph’s last show will air Aug. 22. Read his full statement below.

Naomi Campbell for ESSENCE Magazine

Naomi Campbell is serving on the September cover of ESSENCE magazine.

Who else but Campbell would cover the Fashion Issue of the magazine.

Though not glammed up, even Campbell can make nerdy glasses and a larger-than-life chain look good.

Inside, find tips and tricks from Dapper Dan, Andre Leon Talley and Jamel Shabazz!

Also, this issue of the magazine spotlights the 25 most stylish Black women.

Lady Gaga’s Vegas Residency To Begin Dec. 28

Lady Gaga is taking over Las Vegas with her first official residency in December.

Gaga’s residency, titled ‘Enigma,’ will begin December 28 at the Park Theater.

Her Vegas residency will consist of two shows at the venue – LADY GAGA ENIGMA and LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO.

The ENIGMA show will consist of her new pop hits, while Jazz & Piano will feature stripped-down versions of her hits in addition to music from the Great American Songbook.

Check out all of the dates for both shows below.

Date City Venue Purchase
LADY GAGA ENIGMA
Fri Dec 28 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater Buy Tickets!
Sun Dec 30 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater Buy Tickets!
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Thu Jan 17 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater Buy Tickets!
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LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO
Sun Jan 20 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater Buy Tickets!
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Carrie Underwood Pregnant with Second Child

Carrie Underwood husband Mike Fisher are expecting their second child.

The singer announced the baby news along with her upcoming Cry Pretty tour on Wednesday (Aug. 8) on Instagram. The couple is already parents to 3-year-old son Isaiah Michael.

“You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?’ Well … yay!” she said in an Instagram video that panned to show balloons spelling out “BABY” above her head. “Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another fish to our pond.”

Underwood, 35, continued, “This has just been a dream come true with album and with baby news and all that stuff. We’re just so excited and just so glad you you guys can share in this with us and be a part of this with us. Love you guys! We will see you on the road in 2019.”

Issa Rae Covers EBONY Magazine’s Fashion Issue

Issa Rae is model-ready for the new September issue of EBONY magazine.

The actress looks spectacular in her black ball grown for the magazine’s special Fashion Issue.

Rae currently stars in the HBO series “Insecure.”

Check out more photos of her below.

Beyoncé Covers VOGUE Magazine September Issue

Beyonce is ready for her close-up as she covers the September issue of VOGUE magazine.

For this special Issue, the Queen Bee was Photos graphed by Tyler Mitchell, which marks the first time a Black photographer was used to photograph a VOGUE cover in the mag’s 126-year existence.

Inside, Beyonce discusses body issues, bouncing back from pregnancy and having the love & support from her husband Jay-Z.

On body positivity, her health and looking back –

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“After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. “I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012, After the twins, I approached things differently. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On Jay-Z being a supportive husband –

“My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”

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