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Exclusive: ICON Mann’s Power 50! Kevin Frazier, Laz Alonso, David Oyelowo Recognized

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50 influential men were invited to attend ICON Mann’s Black Men in Entertainment 2013 pre-Emmy Awards dinner, an exclusive, invitation only, men’s Hollywood soiree on Friday night.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet to catch up with the dapper attendees, including HH’s very own, Kevin Frazier.

“It’s great to come out here to see a bunch of different men that are doing things. Tonight we kind of get to talk and hang, and kind of swap stories and also link up about what we are going to do in the future,” the omg!INSIDER host explained.

Wayne Brady, the evening’s host, shared with HH that he was thrilled to be among so many powerful, iconic men.

“Everybody wants to be part of something, and to be part of a fraternity of successful black men here in this town trying to make it, when it’s incredibly hard to make it anyway. Just forget what you look like and where you come from. It means a lot to me to be considered in a certain breathe with some of the guys in that room,” Brady said.

And Lee Daniel’s The Butler star, David Oyelowo, explains that this kind of gathering is actually rare. “One of the tings I’m so proud of in terms of ICON Mann and what it represents, is that often we don’t get to rub shoulders with each other because we tend to be the only one in any given project we are in … I think that coming together in this way we can hopefully change that,” David explained.

Fore more on what some of the power 50 had to say, including Laz Alonso and Richard Roundtree, check out the clip below:

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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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