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‘Benson’ Star Robert Guillaume Dies at 89 in Los Angeles

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Actor Robert Guillaume has died at the age of 89.

He died on the 24th October 2017 in his home in Los Angeles after battling prostate cancer.

“He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep,” Donna Guillaume, his wife said.

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Guillaume is survived by four children, all of whom had spent time visiting with their father in his final weeks, according to Donna.

“He was a good father and a good husband. He was a great, great person,” she said.

He first played sarcastic and irascible butler Benson DuBois on the over-the-top soap opera parody series, ‘Soap’.

The show debuted in 1977 and also starred Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan and Billy Crystal.

His performances on that show won Guillaume the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 1979.

The character ‘Benson’ was so popular that ABC network created Benson for him and that series ran for seven seasons from 1979 to 1986.

On his own show, the title character was governor’s director of household affairs, then state budget director, lieutenant governor and candidate for governor.

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He won the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 1985 for Benson, the last of six times that he was nominated for an Emmy playing the character.

He became the first black actor to win that award.

In accepting the Emmy, he joked, “I’d like to thank Bill Cosby for not being here,” because Bill had taken himself out of contention that year.

Guillaume was very careful of not playing his role as a racial stereotype common at the time.

“In all honesty and candor and modesty, I always wanted the character to have that kind of upward mobility because it mirrored the American dream,” he told the Washington Post in 1985.

After the end of Benson he starred in the short-lived sitcom The Robert Guillaume Show in 1989, as well as the series Pacific Station (1991-1992) and Sports Night (1998-2000).

He suffered a stroke in 1999 on the set of Sports Night but was able to return to his role within weeks.

Robert was to appear in several movies, giving life to very memorable characters over the years, appearing with Morgan Freeman in the 1989 drama “Lean on Me.”

Robert Guillaume with Morgan Freeman

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Robert provided the voice for the mandrill ‘Rafiki’ in Disney’s animated 1994 hit The Lion King, a role his wife said he loved so much and wanted to do so well.

Guillaume as Rafiki

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French Montana Doing More Charity Work In Africa

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The popular rapper French Montana is looking out for the next generation as he takes his good works home.

French Montana takes up more charity work as he takes the good work to his home country Morocco by footing the bill for 2 preschool classrooms. The rapper who is working with the Sabae School of Fida-Mers Sultan district reportedly makes the donations that will be able to provide supplies and sustain the classrooms for at least a few years.

French grew up in Morocco before moving to the United States when he was 13. In June 2018, he became a legal citizen of the United States but his loyalty hasn’t shifted from home.

As reported by TMZ, “French’s investment in education comes on the heels of the $500k he raised to help build a hospital in Uganda. The hospital opened in March and it’s now servicing more than 300,000 women in 40 villages.”

Keep up the good work French!

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Tyler Perry Says Its Time To Kill Madea

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American actor and movie producer Tyler Perry says it is time to kill the movie character Madea.

Come next year Madea will be no more as Tyler Perry recently reveals it’s time to say goodbye to the character and he plans to do so in his next Madea film expected to be released in 2019. Speaking on a radio program, Tyler says; “This is it… It’s time for me to kill that old b***h. I’m tired!… We’re gonna say goodbye in ‘19. I just don’t want to be her age playing her.”

The producer says the last of Madea will be seen as the movie character takes a final bow in his upcoming film, “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral,” – to be released in March 2019. This film in the works will be the 8th Madea film and the 11th film in which Tyler will play this character. The movie producer also plans a farewell stage play tour for the character.

We are getting ready to see the last of the very mad, insightful, gangster and motherly Madea. It was indeed a good run.

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Kizz Daniel And Davido Set To Drop New Song One Ticket

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Popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has announced that a new record titled One Ticket off Kizz Daniel’s album would be dropping on Friday 2nd of November, 2018.

Davido made these known via his official Instagram account on Wednesday 31st of October 2018, posting a picture of himself and Kizz Daniel in a private jet.

He wrote “New single this Friday !! OBO X @iamkizzdaniel !! ONE TICKET… get ready to dance and sing your hearts out!!”

The song One Ticket is expected to be the rollout song for Kizz Daniel’s second studio album titled ‘No Bad Songz’.

Recall that Kizz Daniel had earlier revealed that he would be dropping his second musical project titled‘NBS’ in September or October 2018, but the project has been delayed.

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