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Thursday was a huge night for Hollywood newcomers, Olympian Simone Biles and actress Issa Rae, who were both honored by EBONY as two of 100 most influential people changing the course of history.

EBONY celebrated the remarkable achievements of Black professionals, entertainers and civic leaders this week, something that Biles and Rae are both proud to be part of. “I’m honored to be here,” Simone said.

Rae, however, was shocked to have made the coveted list. “I’m overjoyed, I always pinch myself. I even asked, ‘Am I even on the list tonight?'” She added, “I’m excited, I’m taking it all in.”

Solange and Beyonce were also recognized during the annual soiree held at the Beverly Hilton hotel, but unfortunately, neither sister was able to attend. The singers’ parents, Tina and Mathew, however, did come out to support alongside Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, who was accompanied by her husband, Tim Witherspoon.

Some of the other honorees included Cicely Tyson and Nile Rodgers, who received the Icon Award. “It just means you’re like old or something,” Rodgers joked to HipHollywood while on the red carpet. “But I do feel honored.”

Many of the stars honored this year were also activists on social media. Dozens of celebrities took to various platforms to speak out about the year’s most controversial occurrences — something that the night’s attendees think is incredibly important.

“We have these different platforms,” The Real’s Loni Love told us. “So when you have a platform like I do, where you’re reaching millions and millions of people, you need to use it correctly.”

Garcelle Beauvais added, “We are given this platform for a reason. It’s not just about looking pretty and coming on a red carpet. It’s about using your platform and getting things done.”


Exclusive Details: Trey Songz Arrested For Domestic Violence + Singer’s Public Response



HipHollywood can confirm that singer, Trey Songz, was arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Tremaine Neverson, the r&b crooner’s legal name, was taken into custody around 6:30am. The arrest stemmed from an alleged violent incident on February 18.

We are told the singer was let out on bail, which was set at $50k.

After being released, Songz took to Instagram to respond to the arrest, writing on Twitter:

“For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain”

He added, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

The singer was also clearly unbothered by the arrest because he went as far as to share a string of stories on Instagram, which included him raving about the beautiful day and blasting music throughout his home.

As previously reported, during All Star Weekend, a woman claimed Songz unleashed fury during a Hollywood Hills party after he spotted her talking to another man.

Following the incident, the woman went to the hospital where she was treated before calling police.

The alleged victim’s lawyer, famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom, even took to Instagram earlier this month to ask for any witnesses. “Went with my client today for her second police interview re her allegations that Trey Songz choked and punched her earlier this month,” Bloom tweeted. “Many were present. We need just one to have a conscience and step forward as a witness.”

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