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Former Model and Restaurateur, B.Smith Reveals She Has Alzheimer's Disease

VIDEO: 411 Team Discussing B. Smith's Battle With Alzheimer's Disease

Glenn Gilliam, What's The 411 host, reports that famed restaurateur, model, television, and radio show talent, B. Smith has Alzheimer's Disease. She was diagnosed, as much as, four years ago and while it makes her very sad, she's vowed to help as many people with the affliction as she can.

Remembering the Award-winning Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Ruby Dee

WATCH VIDEO: REMEMBERING RUBY DEE

Actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights champion RUBY DEE, a trailblazer in her own right, transitioned on June 11, 2014. She was 91 years-old.

Ruby Dee was the recipient of many honors and awards. She's earned Emmy, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild, Obie, National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honor awards.

Ruby Dee played RACHEL ROBINSON, opposite the renowned baseball player JACKIE ROBINSON himself, in the 1950 movie, The Jackie Robinson Story. She starred opposite her husband, OSSIE DAVIS and actor SIDNEY POITIER, in the Broadway production of LORRAINE HANSBERRY'S A Raisin in the Sun; she also starred in the film version as well. Ruby Dee starred with her husband in many films including Sister in SPIKE LEE's Do the Right Thing in 1989, where she played the role of Mother Sister. Working well into her 80s, Ruby Dee acted opposite DENZEL WASHINGTON in 2007's American Gangster, a role in which she received an Oscar nomination.

RUBY DEE along with her husband, OSSIE DAVIS and MAYA ANGELOU were active participants in the civil rights struggle. They all were major players in the March on Washington in 1963. "Ossie and Ruby" continued their public demonstration activism for several decades later including protests against apartheid in South Africa. They were arrested in 1999 protesting the shooting death of AMADOU DIALLO, an unarmed African immigrant, who was shot 41 times by New York City police officers. They also spoke at both the funerals for MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. and MALCOLM X.

OSSIE DAVIS passed away in 2005, but in 1998, the husband and wife team released a dual autobiography, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.

Ruby Dee's influence on younger generations was felt at this year's Tony Awards. Six-time Tony Award-winning actress AUDRA MCDONALD and newly-minted Tony Award-winning director KENNY LEON both thanked Ruby Dee for blazing a path for them to follow.

RUBY DEE, your work carries on.

Holler If Ya Hear Me

WATCH VIDEO: 411 TEAM DISCUSSING HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

The What's The 411TV panel consisting of KIZZY COX, JACINDA MOTTON, RITA OBI and GLENN GILLIAM discuss the opening of the new Broadway play, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME. The play's story is undergirded by the music and lyrics of the legendary rapper, poet, and actor, TUPAC SHAKUR.

Amnesty International: Brooklyn Brings Human Rights Home

What's The 411TV host Bianca Peart was on the red carpet at the Barclays Center for Amnesty International's concert for human rights. Ms. Lauryn Hill headlined the concert and actress Susan Sarandon emceed the event.

Uniting a new generation of human rights supporters, Amnesty International hosted its "Bringing Human Rights Home" benefit concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Artists who performed included 2014 Grammy Award Winning Group - IMAGINE DRAGONS, THE FRAY, MS. LAURYN HILL and THE FLAMING LIPS. This video also includes interviews with: COLBIE CAILLAT; WAYNE COYNE; INDIE DUO TEGAN SARA, and COLD WAR KIDS, NATHAN WILLETT and MATT AVEIRO.

Actress and human rights activist, Susan Sarandon emceed the concert.

MADONNA introduced special guest speakers MASHA ALYOKHINA and NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA, members of Moscow's punk art collective group PUSSY RIOT, who were recently imprisoned for 21 months in Russia for "hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred" which violated President Vladimir Putin's regime against gay and human rights.

WATCH VIDEO: CELEBS ON RED CARPET AND MS. LAURYN HILL FOOTAGE

 

Stacey Dash Joins Fox News

WATCH VIDEO: DISCUSSION - STACEY MAKES MAD DASH TO FOX NEWS

In this segment, the What's The 411 team takes on actress STACEY DASH's decision to join the FOX News Channel as a contributor.

The actress will offer cultural analysis and commentary across FOX News' daytime and primetime programs.

"Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates," Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming said in a statement. "We're pleased to have her join FOX News."

Dash sparked controversy in 2012 when she tweeted her support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. She is best known for her breakout role in the 1995 movie, "Clueless."

Watch the What's The 411 team discuss Stacey Dash's move to Fox News, especially the opening sequence.

How do you feel about Stacey Dash joining Fox News as a contributor?

NOTE: What's The 411TV hosts comments are their own and not necessarily the opinion of What's The 411 Networks.

The Arsenio Hall Show Canceled

Viewers are at odds With the cancellation of the Arsenio Hall Show by CBS

In this segment, the What's The 411 team is discussing the cancellation of The Arsenio Hall Show.

CBS Television Distribution canceled The Arsenio Hall Show after it said that the show would return for a second season, leaving fans of the show to call foul.

CBS said in a statement: "Unfortunately, 'The Arsenio Hall Show' will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We'd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show."

Although the show started off well when it debuted in September, it could not maintain its early momentum and struggled with guest bookings. The struggle with bookings was perplexing to the "Arsenio Hall" team given that Hall's ratings were often comparable to cable late night shows such as TBS' "Conan."

The news came as a shock because CBS and Tribune had previously committed to the second year of the show. Leno even made a special visit to the show to announce the season two pickup, his first TV appearance after exiting "The Tonight Show" in February.

In a statement, Hall said: "When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge -- I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created. I'd like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night."

Two of the What's The 411 hosts agree with CBS Television Distribution, one vehemently opposes the move, while a fourth can see both sides.

Watch the video and tell us below which of the four makes the best point? Who is way off base?

NOTE: What's The 411TV hosts' comments are their own and not necessarily the opinion of What's The 411 Networks.

 

What's on this week?: MAYA ANGELOU, BLAIR UNDERWOOD, STACEY DASH, 50 CENT, ARSENIO HALL, and MORE

This WHAT'S THE 411 episode features our homage to the legendary poet, author, and film director, DR. MAYA ANGELOU. WHAT'S THE 411 host KIZZY COX, had the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Dr. Angelou at the National Book Awards last November. We're also discussing events and updates about BLAIR UNDERWOOD, STACEY DASH, 50 CENT, ARSENIO HALL, the late MILES DAVIS, DON CHEADLE, TYRA BANKS and more.

So here's what we're talking about this week:

Music icon and businessman, DR. DRE, sold Beats Electronics to apple for three billion dollars. The deal works out to 2.6 billion dollars in cash and $400 million that will vest over time. Could DRE have done more with beats by DRE?

CBS cancelled THE ARSENIO HALL show. The move came three months after CBS had announced that it would renew the show for a second season. Why the about face?

Actor BLAIR UNDERWOOD was nominated for the TV Critics Association Award for best supporting actor for the Lifetime movie A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL. On Blair's Facebook page, he congratulated his co-stars, those involved in making the film, and his fans for their support of the film.

50 CAN'T THROW! Rapper 50 CENT threw the first pitch at a recent New York Mets game.

It was the worst first pitch in major league history! 50 said he did practice before he took the field, but what happened 50???

The late jazz legend Miles Davis was honored last week with his own street. A stretch of West 77th Street, between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue has been renamed MILES DAVIS WAY in his honor. Davis was once a long-time resident of this Upper West Side neighborhood.

OMG! STACEY DASH is joining FOX NEWS.

WHO IS ON THE CARPET THIS WEEK?

WIMPY AND SELL OUT POLITICIANS who won't or can't stand up to the gun manufacturers' lobby!

Chicago is becoming the murder capital of the U.S., almost every day we're hearing news of gun violence in New York City, and Richard Martinez, a grieving father whose son was killed by a crazed gunman at the USC-Santa Barbara Campus is outraged. He told the crowd at a rally for the victims:

"Today, I'm going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it "not one more"

WHAT'S IN THE ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE PIPELINE?

Acclaimed actor DON CHEADLE will star as MILES DAVIS in an upcoming biographical film entitled KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER. Actress ZOE SALDANA will portray Davis' first wife, Frances. No release date has been set.

JUNE is BLACK MUSIC MONTH. EBONY magazine has a new issue out, a collector's edition, with BEYONCE on the cover. This issue features a 25-page salute to music's movers and shakers.

UNBREAK MY HEART was a big hit for TONI BRAXTON. It is also the title of her new autobiography, which hit bookstores this week. Also in the bookstores this week, is a biography by renowned opera singer BARBARA HENDRICKS entitled LIFTING MY VOICE, A MEMOIR.

SMEYES is coming to daytime. TELEVISION PRODUCER AND MODEL, TYRA BANKS IS COMING TO DAYTIME.

NOTE: What's The 411TV hosts comments are their own and not necessarily the opinion of What's The 411 Networks.

In The Doghouse: Levi Copelin and Josh Gordon

WATCH VIDEO: IN THE DOGHOUSE: Levi Copelin and Josh Gordon

Every week, What's The 411Sports puts a person or organization in the Dog House. This week, Levi Copelin and Josh Gordon get the honors.

NCAA Football is banning Levi Copelin, wide receiver, Missouri, from playing football for the entire 2014-15 season for using banned substances.

Cleveland Browns' wide receiver, Josh Gordon, is facing a suspension after failing a second drug test.

NFL Hall of Fame Induction 2014

WATCH VIDEO: DISCUSSION ABOUT NFL HALL OF FAME 2014

 

 The What's The 411Sports team are talking about the NFL Hall of Fame 2014, and NFL Hall of Famers, Michael Strahan and Andre Reed.

Tim Howard Moves to Broadcast Suite at NBC

WATCH VIDEO: Tim Howard's FIFA Performance Gets Rewarded With New Job

American soccer player Tim Howard who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Everton and the United States national team, just signed on with the television network, NBC to do color commentating.

If Tim Howard's soccer commentating on NBC is as good as his play on the field, NBC has a winner!

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