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The topic of black Americans systematically being gunned down by police has been thrust into the spotlight due to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Plenty of celebrities have voiced their outrage and frustration on social media. Mic.com has corralled several of them for a powerful PSA titled “23 Ways You Can Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”

Alicia Keys kicks things off by saying, “Failing to signal a lane change,” referring to the Sandra Bland case. Beyonce, Rihanna, Pharrell, Janelle Monaé, A$AP Rocky, Pink, Chance The Rapper, Common, Queen Latifah, Talib Kweli, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson and Adam Levine then follow with other cases where African-American citizens were shot doing non-aggressive actions including making eye contact, selling CDs, missing a front license plate and so on.

Watch the devastating clip below which sheds light on this horrific statistic.

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Just four months after announcing their engagement, Ciara and Russell Wilson made it official. The extremely photogenic couple tied the knot in front of 100 family and friends at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England. This is Ciara’s first marriage, while it’s trip number two down the aisle for Wilson.

During their year-long courtship, the duo have claimed celibacy. You just know these two are going to get absolutely biblical the second they’re alone. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ciara delivers a baby in nine months.

As expected, the 30-year-old singer was a vision on her special day. Roberto Cavalli designed her wedding dress. Quite appropriate given that she fronted a campaign for the Italian designer in the past. Check out the first official photo below from the nuptials.

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After Madonna paid tribute to Prince at the Billboard Awards, BET took to social media to throw shade at her performance. The network promised a much better tribute to The Purple One at the 2016 BET Awards. In terms of sheer numbers, it bested the Billboards with a whopping five separate tribute performances. If quantity trumps quality, they certainly won.

The Roots, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Tori Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae and longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E were some of those who took to the stage to cover their favorite Prince track. Hudson singing “Purple Rain” and Maxwell’s seductive rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” were a couple of my highlights.

For me though, Sheila E stole the show. Perhaps it was due to the fact she had the closest relationship to the legendary singer. During her medley, she performed “Erotic City,” “U Got The Look” and her own hits “A Love Bizarre” and “The Glamorous Life.” Check out all the performances below and weigh in on which ones were your favorites afterward.

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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton made history once again. The musical about his life snagged a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations including Best Musical and several nods for its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The previous benchmark was set by The Producers back in 2001 when it picked up 15 nominations. Billy Elliot, did the same, in 2009. We’ll have to wait until June 12 to see if Hamilton can top The Producers for most Tony wins with 12.

Jennifer Hudson was widely expected to score a Tony nomination for her work in The Color Purple revival, however she was surprisingly snubbed. Her dreams of joining the elusive EGOT club will have to wait. The Dreamgirls actress already has a Grammy and Oscar on her mantle.

Even though J-Hud didn’t hear her name Tuesday morning, plenty of Hollywood names were recognized. Lupito Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Zachary Levi, Jessica Lange and many more received nominations.

The 70th annual Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre in New York on June 12. James Corden will host the ceremony. Check out all the nominations below.

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For its 2016 live musical event, NBC selected Hairspray. Wise choice if you ask me. Love the stage production and feature film musical. The peacock network has announced its first two cast members.

Fresh off her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson heads over to Baltimore to play Motormouth Maybelle. Queen Latifah memorably played the character in the 2007 film. Inspired casting if you ask me. J-Hud is going to absolutely slay it. Find out which Broadway legend is also joining the project.

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Prince passing away took many by surprise including myself. I’m still shocked the legendary singer is no longer with us. His music played non-stop after hearing about his death.

Broadway was also still reeling from the heartbreaking news. Both The Color Purple and Hamilton paid tribute to the late 57-year-old singer on Thursday night. Jennifer Hudson and her co-star Cynthia Erivo gave a rousing rendition of “Purple Rain.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast joyously blasted “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out both touching tributes below.

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I’m going to make this short and sweet for now as I have to head out for a birthday dinner. Until I write my commentary, check out all the performances on the American Idol series finale. It was an epic trip down memory lane with all the original judges reuniting for one last time. Check out all the action below. I’ll upload missing vids later.

watch all the performances after the jump

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When FOX revealed which former alums were set to appear on the series finale of American Idol, there was one notable exception. Nowhere to be found on the long list was Jennifer Hudson. How could the singing competition sail off into the sunset with their solo Oscar winner? Unthinkable!!!

Thankfully, all is right in the world again. FOX confirmed the Dreamgirls actress will appear. Sadly though, it’ll be a pre-taped performance since the 34-year-old entertainer is currently starring on Broadway in The Color Purple. While I would’ve preferred to see Hudson stand with all the alums on stage, I’ll take this as a consolation prize.

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