Terry Crews Just EXPOSED Sexual Assault Apologist Russell Simmons

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 Well this is interesting. Just hours after Russell Simmons gave his spiel about abuse "violating the very core of his being," actor Terry Crews exposed him for seemingly being a sexual assault apologist. Receipts inside…

After accusations of forced sex were published about Russell Simmons today after a model told her story about her encounter with him at the age of 17, more dirt is coming out about the music mogul.

Terry Crews, who has been vocal about sexual misconduct in the industry and telling his own story about being assaulted, provided receipts about Russell trying to cover for his apparent homies.

In an email allegedly sent from Russell to Terry earlier this month, Russell told Terry to give the agent, Adam Venit, who grabbed his genital "a pass":

 

Message Russell Simmons sent to me regarding my sexual assault case against Adam Venit of @WME:

Dear @UncleRUSH——
NO ONE GETS A PASS pic.twitter.com/DmEvqWVxkc

— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 19, 2017

Actor Don Cheadle chimed in too:

Whoops is right Mr. Cheadle https://t.co/kRhTg9mraF

— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 20, 2017

Sounds like abuse only rattles Russell’s soul when it’s done by someone he doesn’t know.

In other news, Terry just shot down a story that didn’t even make it to press (because it was a lie, he says) that he hired prostitutes in Monte Carlo back in 2015 during a TV festival:

 

1 day after my @GMA interview, @radaronline threatened me w/ a false story abt me hiring 2 hookers at the 2015 Monte Carlo TV Festival.

It never went 2 press because it was a lie.

This was not a coincidence. I told u they were coming 4 me. I also told you I am ready. pic.twitter.com/vqLAUknUiO

— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 19, 2017

 

Terry’s keeping his head up amid the drama:

 

 

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IT’S A MOMENT! Tracee Ellis Ross & Mama Diana Ross Make AMAs History, And The Whole Fam Is There For The Legend

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Issa moment!  Tracee Ellis Ross and her legendary mother Diana Ross are making American Music Awards history tonight, and looking ridiculously fabulous while doing so.  Get into their epic family red carpet moment inside…

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Our fave mommy-daughter duo just made history tonight as the first mother & daughter to both host the AMAs!

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But that’s not the only reason tonight is a B-F-D.  Ms. Ross is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 5 decades of slaying the music industry.  And everybody’s in tow for the huge accolade.

Host Tracee, 45, glammed up in a sparkly maroon curve hugging number, her sisters Chudney, 42, and Rhonda Ross Kendrick, 46, as well as brothers Ross Naess, 30 and Evan Ross, 29, were right there by mama Di’s side.

Evan’s wife Ashlee Simpson Ross and their daughter Jagger Snow and all of Diana’s grandkids posed it up on the carpet.

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Diana left no one out.  Her ex-husbands, including Motown founder Berry Gordy, and longtime friend Smokey Robinson are there as well.

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Fly grandma mode for Diana.  Gotta love it!

"black-ish" star Tracee served up cake and bawdy for her and her mom’s big night:

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We’re just gonna bow down right quick to this goddess.  Serve, Tracee.

 

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THE SPLURGE CONTINUES: Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian (Private) Jet To Their Honeymoon

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And they’re off!  Newlyweds Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian were spotted loading up the private jet before their Honeymoon.  More from their splurge-tastic wedding weekend inside…

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Just a couple days after their HUGE Big Easy wedding, The Ohanians hit up their private jet in New Orleans to go spend some downtime on their honeymoon.  It looks like their baby girl Olympia is going too as she was spotted being loaded on the plane with them.

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And Alexis was on husband duty making sure his new bride had enough…support…as she made her way onto the plane.

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Congrats again to the newlyweds!

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Friday after the wedding, the bridal party and fam had a huge brunch in French Quarter. This weekend, Serena and her sister Venus were spotted chillin’ with friends out on the town.

BONUS: Wedding guests LaLa, Kelly Rowland, Ciara and Beyoncé served up pics from their personal wedding day style stash:

 

Squad…. celebrating love

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Dressed for The Most Royal Ball

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Mood When Your Girl Marries A GOOD Man!

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Hair, face and LEWKS. Check out the gallery of official pics below from The Ohanians’ Beauty & The Beast Royal Ball themed wedding.

 

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ISH TALKIN’! Trump POPS BACK At LaVar Ball Who Says Trump DIDN’T Help, ‘I Should Have Left Them In Jail!’

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Donald Trump is popping back at LaVar Ball after the Big Baller Brand honcho said 45 didn’t have anything to do with bringing his son LiAngelo Ball back from China after shoplifting. Receipts inside…

A Trump-Ball beef?!  Christmas def came early.

When the three UCLA basketball players made it back to the US from China after the shoplifting scandal, Donald Trump made sure to hop on Twitter to beg for an apology. He ended up getting one. But, LiAngelo Ball’s father LaVar Ball had something to say about it.

The Big Baller Brand honcho downplayed Trump’s involvement in bringing his UCLA freshmen son LiAngelo Ball and his teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, during a conversation with ESPN:

"Who?" LaVar Ball had told ESPN on Friday when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

You’ll recall, the UCLA basketball team left China on a Saturday after their game, leaving LiAngelo, Cody and Jalen behind for questioning.

Daddy Ball continued:

"As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.<,/p>

Well, in true 45 fashion, Trump hopped on Twitter to rip into LaVar, tweeting:

 

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017

 

No, what you should be doing is running the country instead of responding to nonsense on Twitter. 

BONUS:

 

 

LaVar Ball dropped by Update to unveil the new LiJello 20s. #SNL

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This "SNL" impersonation is spot on and funny AF. Check it above.

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A Model Accused Russell Simmons Of Sexually Assaulting Her At 17, And Says His Friend Brett Ratner Watched

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Russell Simmons is being accused of sexual assaulting a model when she was 17-years-old, forcing sex on her while his friend Brett Ratner watched.  He’s now giving his side.  Get the full story inside…

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Well this is a doozy.  A model named Keri Claussen Khalighi says music mogul Russell Simmons forced sex on her in 1991 when she was a 17-year-old up and coming model. 

According to the Nebraska native, it all happened in New York after a night out with both Russell and Brett, a now powerful producer, who were known (and still are) for wining and dining models.

The L.A. Times reports:

Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Simmons, the Def Jam Recordings mogul. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in New York, and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said.

“I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”

She says after Russell aggressively forced himself on her, she eventually gave in to his oral sex demands.

“I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.”

Ratner, meanwhile, “just sat there and watched,” she said.

 

It apparently didn’t end there.  Keri revealed she immediately went to take a shower, and says Russell entered her shower and briefly penetrated her.

Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”

 

In his statement, Russell admits to sex occurring with Keri, but says it was consensual.

“I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced.  Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation. Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women’s issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women’s equality.”

Russell says Keri wined and dined with him and stayed at his apartment while he wsn’t there, all after the incident. And he says he provided three witness accounts that were never used in the article.

 

Brett, per his attorney Marty Singer, says he has no recollection of her ever protesting Russell’s advances or her asking Brett himself for help.

This is not the first time either men have been accused of sexual assault.  Earlier this month, several women came forward, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accusing Brett of sexual misconduct.

Both Brett and Russell were investigated in 2001 by Beverly Hills PD for an alleged sexual battery that happened that year, but no charges were brought.

 

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Russell Westbrook’s Unisex Streetwear Line Is About To Drop + Grab Your Curves & Coins – Danielle Brooks’ Tria Collection Is Here

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Russell Westbrook and Danielle Brooks have new lines just in time for Christmas. Deets on their collections inside…

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Christmas is right around the corner, so what better time to drop a new collection.

OKC Thunder baller Russell Westbook is no stranger in the fashion world, so it was no surprise he’s dropping a new collection.

After working with Barneys New York on capsule collections for a few years, Russ delivers his own streetwear line, Honor the Gift. And he debuted it in an unconventional way.

The NBA player chose to present his line for the first time at a body shop in Oklahoma City where hundreds of fans lined up outside for hours to be the first to see his new unisex streetwear line.

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The new dad dished to VOGUE magazine why he chose to debut his line in OKC rather than somewhere like Paris Fashion Week:

“My humble beginnings started here,” he told Vogue. “I’ve been conceptualizing the idea [for] many years and felt it’s time for me to launch my own brand with my own messages. Honor the Gift is a brand of self-belief and dedication to honor the gift ‘he’ has given you, shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter the hardship.”

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The line of streetwear designs were inspired by “vintage automotive [design] and a sense of danger.”

“Streetwear has always been about comfort. I wanted a collection that both males and females can get into,” Russ explained.

You’ll be able to get your hands on some of Russell Westbrook’s designs when the line is launched via his website (honorthegift.co) on November 22nd. He’s also planning other pop-ups later this year.

Another YBFer dropping new threads…

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We told you actress Danielle Brooks was releasing her first curvy collection. And now it’s here.

The “Orange Is The New Black” starlet hosted a launch party in New York to celebrate her new collection. The Tony Award nominee is releasing a three-piece “Tria” collection after joining forces with Universal Standard.

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Before releasing her line, Danielle told PEOPLE Style she decided to work with the brand because of its commitment to provide quality clothing in an array of sizes.

“The reason I chose Universal Standard to be the first company that I design for is because they symbolize the fact that all women, no matter their shape or size, want and deserve to wear beautifully made, fashion forward clothing,” she said. “They stand for everything I believe in!”

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Of course, her "OITNB" co-star Uzo Aduba came out to support.

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Congrats Danielle! You can cop pieces from her collection on Universal Standard’s website.

EXTRAS:

1. Mariah Carey had to cancel several Christmas performances, per doctor’s orders. STORY

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CHANCE THE RAPPER KILLED SNL: ‘Come Back, Barack’ Is 90′s GOLD, There’s A Mariah Carey Of Thanksgiving + Eminem Performs ‘Walk On Water’ Sans Beyonce

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Chance The Rapper made his debut as this week’s “Saturday Night Live” host and he killed it. Get into his “Come Back, Barack” 90s music video, how he’s gunning to be the Mariah Carey of Thanksgiving and Eminem’s “Walk On Water” performance sans Beyonce inside…

Last night was all about Chance The Rapper!

The Chi-town native made his debut as “SNL” host and he killed it. The Coloring Book rapper flexed his comedy acting chops in several skits, offering up endless laughs.

One of his funniest skits is when he teamed up with Kenan Thompson and new member Chris Redd for the “Come Back, Barack” music video. The trio morphed into 90s singing group De-Von-Tré where they croon about wanting President Barack Obama to return to the White House. Trust, it’s funny as hell.

Check it:

Speaking of Keenan and Chance:

 

What are you thankful for, Cecil? #ChanceOnSNL

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Nailed it.

During his opening monologue, Chance served up holiday vibes as he attempted to become the Mariah Carey (Queen of Christmas) of Thanksgiving. Get your laugh on below:

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Chance took it old school to put the young generation of rap on their history with the "Soul Crush Crew." Peep the funny clip below: 

The 24-year-old rapper had us laughing as a pizza delivery guy, a student in class on career day and a basketball correspondent covering a hockey game below:

As for the musical performance…

 

 

Eminem performed his brand new single "Walk On Water," featuring Beyonce. However, he tapped Skylar Gray to fill in for Bey. Peep the performance above.

 

Thanks to @chancetherapper, @eminem, and @skylargrey for an amazing night! #ChanceOnSNL

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How did Chance do guys?!

 

BONUS: Dr. Dre was on hand to watch his homie Em kill it:

 

THE DR. IS IN #Livefrom8H #SNL

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R.I.P. Legendary Singer & ‘Touched By An Angel’ Star Della Reese, Dead At 86

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In very sad news, gospel legend and “Touched By An Angel” star Della Reese has passed away. She was 86. More inside…

We just lost another YBF legend right before the holidays.

In very sad news, legendary singer and “Touched By An Angel” star Della Reese passed away Sunday evening (November 19th), according to Della’s “Touched By An Angel” co-star Roma Downey. She was 86.

The singer/actress leaves behind her husband, Franklin Lett, as well as three children James, Franklin and Dominique. She was preceded in death by her daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” her costar Roma Downey told PEOPLE in a statement.

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By an Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Many grew to love Della as Tess from the hit series “Touched By An Angel.” But, she was also a songstress back in the day.

She was born Delloresse Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detriot’s Black Bottom neighborhood. She started singing in church as a child before she was tapped to perform with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group at the age of 13.

Later, she formed her own singing group, the Meditation Singers, in the late 1940s. By 1953, she had inked a record deal with Jubille Records and released six albums. She was said to be inspired by jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Della had several songs that made climbed the charts, including “And That Reminds Me,” “Don’t You Know?,” including “Not One Minute More, “And Now,” and “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You).” She also served up a stellar performance in the 1989 classic film, Harlem Nights.

We send our prayers and condolences to her family, friends and fans.

 

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Kerry Washington Explains Why Shonda Rhimes Isn’t A Fan Of The Word ‘Diversity’ At Vulture Festival + Issa Rae Dishes On Her VERY Black Life

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Kerry Washington, Issa Rae and a few other YBF actors dished on their respective shows at the Vulture Festival in L.A. Find out why Shonda Rhimes doesn’t like the word “diversity” and how black Issa’s life really is inside…

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Black girl realness took over at the 2017 Vulture Festival held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in L.A. Kerry Washington and the “Scandal” cast was on hand to chat about the final season before it wraps up.

The hot mom rolled up on the scene in an ALTUZARRA frock straight from the SS18 RTW runway, black Christian Louboutins sandals, a Movado watch (since she’s an ambassador of the brand) and Sara Weinstock jewelry.

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We feeling it?

 

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On the panel, the media tried their hardest to get the 40-year-old star and her castmates to spill some deets on the final season, but they weren’t budging. However, Kerry did get into why “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes doesn’t like the word “diversity.”

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“Shonda does not love the word ‘diversity’,” Kerry explained. “She talks about replacing it with ‘normalizing.’ You look on this stage and what this cast is made of — a ton of people who society would say belong to a minority or disenfranchised groups whether it’s because of age, sexual orientation, race or gender. There’s two straight white guys on this stage — and that community feels disenfranchised right now.”

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She continued:

“When you have a lot of people who identify as ‘other’ put together in situations, you’re avoiding the idea of being ‘the only one in the room’. When you’re the only ‘other’ in the room — you don’t get to enter conversations on how that looks like because your job as the only ‘other’ in the room is to conform. But when you normalize the population you get to explore what difference means and how it feels in the world because ‘other’ becomes normal.”

We agree.

Peep a clip from the panel below:

Also on the scene…

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“Insecure” actress and creator Issa Rae was also at the festival — clad in black & white stripes — to chat it up about her hit HBO series.

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As she made her rounds, she ran into Oscar winning screenwriter Lena Waithe:

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On the panel, Issa talked about how the show reflects her own life. "It was more focusing on highlighting pieces of my life that I felt were relevant, and my life happens to be very black," she said. And we love her for it. It’s refreshing to see OUR lives on the small screen weekly.

On another panel…

 

 

Hollywood director titans Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler dropped gems on filmmaking, their huge projects (A Wrinkle In Time & Black Panther) in the works and more.

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Here’s The 2017 AMAs RED CARPET RUNDOWN! Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Yara Shahidi, Kehlani & More

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The 2017 American Music Awards brought out everybody to the Microsoft Theater in L.A.  And we’ve got all the red carpet looks inside of the YBF folks that you need to see…

 

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Come on through, hot mama! Ciara made it back to L.A. from bestie Serena Williams’ New Orleans wedding just in time to hit the AMAs red carpet tonight. 

The mom of two walked in dripping in head to toe snakeskin Alexandre Vauthier. 

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The presenter rocked the wet-look hair and natural glam makeup.  And she slayed.  She revealed on the red carpet that she WILL be at her husband Russell Wilson’s big game against the Falcons tomorrow night.  And yes, the Georgia peach is cheering for man and the Seahawks.

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Our fave doll Kelly Rowland hit the carpet tonight, also making it back in time from Serena’s wedding.  She rocked a black and multi-colored Galia Lahav dress and black Jimmy Choo heels for her big night presenting alongside Kat Graham.

 

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Stunning, per usual.

 

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Lil sis Yara Shahidi made a statement on the red carpet.  She dressed up her shorts-look with embellishments, embroidery and knee high socks with silver sky high sandals.

By the way, the back of her trench was also a black power statement piece.

 

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— Yara Shahidi (@YaraShahidi) November 19, 2017

She changed clothes before presenting.

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The "Grown-ish" and "Black-ish" star revealed she may have to defer her Harvard acceptance a second year.  She said she’d rather do her first year on campus instead of long distance due to her filming scheduled.

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Yara’s cute co-star Trevor Jackson showed up in all plaid.

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And Yara’s tv little brother Miles Brown also made an appearance.

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Another ABC leading lady made a surprise appearance.  Viola Davis took some time out of her "How To Get Away With Murder" filming schedule to roll up to the Awards to present.

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Presenter and T-Mobile spokesman Nick Cannon hit up the awards tonight.

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Garcelle Beauvais walked to the carpet in her Saint Laurent boots.

 

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Rae Sremmurd cut up on the carpet.

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Nominated singer in the R&B category Kehlani hit the carpet in a sheer lace AMEN gown that we’re actually feeling.  She also covered up her face tatts this go-round.

 

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Kat Graham was on hand to present, and revealed she will be singing on the Nickelodeon float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Newcomers Khalid and "Stranger Things" star Caleb McLaughlin (in an artsy Phillip Lim look) showed up on the carpet.

 

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DJ Khaled brought Ashad (of course) and fiance Nicole on the carpet to watch him present.

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Jamie Foxx had his daughter Corrine there as his date as they both saluted everyone who has had a troublesome year in 2017 at the top of the show.  From hurricane victims to mass shooting victims, the Texas native gave a heartfelt tribute to all those who suffered.

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And, of course, Ms. Ross and fam hit the carpet in a major way.  We’ve got more about host Tracee and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Diana Ross HERE.

 

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