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Did U Know? 7-15-17 Entertainment News Updates…Ava Duvernay, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, Blue Ivy, Michelle Obama and others are trending this week. Did U Know? is trending entertainment news about the latest movies, music, TV shows and your favorite celebrities that happened during week ending July 15, 2017.

Ava Duvernay Making Netflix Limited Series Based On The Central Park Five Case

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Ava Duvernay

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay will write and direct a five-episode limited series about the historic Central Park Five case for Netflix, the company announced July 6. DuVernay previously worked with Netflix on her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary, “13th. While this new project will be a scripted series, it will return to many of the same themes as “13th,” which examined race and the US criminal justice system. In 1989, five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — were wrongfully convicted of raping Trisha Meili in New York City’s Central Park. In 2014, all five were exonerated and reached a settlement.

Each episode of DuVernay’s new series will focus on one of the five teenagers, and the story will span from 1989 to 2014. Netflix says that the series “exposes the breakdown of our criminal justice system at every phase of the notorious Central Park Five case.” The series is due to come out on the streaming service in 2019.

Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth Break Record For All Time Most Viewed Video On YouTube

Wiz Khalifa’s video “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth has broken the record for the most-viewed video of all time on YouTube, a record previously held by PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has held the most viewed video record on YouTube for 5 years, after surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in November of 2012. The record breaking news comes just days before the 5 year anniversary of the release of “Gangham Style” on YouTube. Wiz’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth has averaged over 3 million views per day, just in 2017 alone.

Book of Michelle Obama Photos Coming This Fall

A collection of White House pictures of Michelle Obama is coming out Oct. 17, Ten Speed Press told The Associate

d Press on July 11th. “Chasing Light” will feature 150 color shots and personal commentary by White House photographer Amanda Lucidon. “Mrs. Obama is a source of light and inspiration in my life,” Lucidon said in a statement issued through Ten Speed, a Penguin Random House imprint. “She was a mentor to me and so many people around the world. The work she has done with young people, especially girls and underserved youth, has helped me realize that I want to spend my life helping others reach their fullest potential.”

“Chasing Light” arrives three weeks before “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” a book of Barack Obama pictures by White House photographer Pete Souza. Souza has built a wide following on social media by posting shots of Obama that contrast dramatically with images from Donald Trump’s administration.

Lavar Ball Wants A Reality Show

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Lavar Ball

Lavar Ball, as well as his family, may be attempting to make reality television history, however, Lonzo Ball’s outspoken father strongly rejected any comparison to the first family of reality television, the attention seeking Kardashians. “I ain’t no Kardashian, I ain’t no Kris Jenner,” he told TMZ. “We the Balls. Welcome to the Ball era.” Indeed, the Ball family will be on Facebook as part of the site’s push to get into creative video content, according to Denise Petski of “The second project is a yet-to-be-titled docuseries about the Ball family, whose sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo have taken the basketball world by storm. Freshman UCLA star Lonzo Ball was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers as their No. 2 pick in the NBA draft last month. LiAngelo and LaMelo are standouts at Chino Hills High School.” We must all take out the time to remember that Lavar Ball is a father that is trying to make the very best out of all of his children’s situations, putting them in better positions to create more opportunities.

Blue Ivy Raps on a Bonus Track From JAY-Z’s 4:44

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Blue Ivy

Blue Ivy Carter, age 5, appears to take after her parents. The physical release of dad JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out July 6, and it features a bonus track, “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family,” with a verse recorded by Blue Ivy herself. While some of the words of Blue’s verse can be hard to decipher, a few lines stood out — including one where she boasted that she’s “never seen a ceiling in my whole life.” Another line became instantly quotable: “Boom shakalaka / boom shakalaka / boom shakalaka / boom shakalaka / everything in shaka / everything in faka /everything in shaka / everything in faka.” “Everything everything this my only single thing / Everything I hear is my answer,” she raps at one point. The Internet, as expected, lost their minds and quickly crowned Blue rap’s newest icon. Blue Ivy was previously featured on JAY-Z’s “Glory” and Beyoncé’s “Blue.”

DMX Arrested On Federal Tax Fraud Charges

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper DMX has been arrested in New York on federal tax fraud charges. Prosecutors say the rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in taxes and has engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service. Prosecutors say Simmons raked in millions from his songs, including the 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” and avoided paying taxes by setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash. The 46-year-old Yonkers native was arrested on Thursday. He’s to appear in Manhattan federal court on Friday. A telephone call to his previous lawyer’s office went unanswered. In 2015, Simmons spent more than two months in a New York jail for failing to pay child support.

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Tamron Hall

She’s Back! Tamron Hall Is Getting A Talk Show

Tamron Hall is bouncing back with her very own talk show for daytime TV. Less than six months after leaving NBC and MSNC, Tamron is leveling up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the news anchor is teaming up with The Weinstein Company for her very own talk show. Tamron will cover everything from current events and hard news to human-interest stories on the currently untitled show. She’ll also be sitting down with celebrities and newsmakers for interviews on the daily program. Weinstein Company Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein revealed that he had been working to develop a talk show for quite some time. All he needed was the right host, and Tamron fit the bill. It’s unclear which network might pick-up the series, but we’ll be looking out for news on that.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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