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Empire’s Gabourey Sidibe received some hurtful comments following last week’s steamy sex scene with MC J Poppa, played by actor Mo McRoe, but the star handled the critics with grace and dignity.

The actress was slammed by social media trolls who created dozens of memes poking fun at the rooftop moment, but leave it to the beauty to brush it off her shoulders. “Also, yes. I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television,” she wrote in a blog for Entertainment Weekly.

She added, “I keep hearing that people are ‘hating’ on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked.”

The star’s reaction to the negative comments was also applauded by co-star  Raquel Castro, who told HipHollywood during 92.3’s The Real Show that the backlash is “sad.” “I think that just shows where our generation is and the fact that they are so judgmental. She is a human being and she is beautiful, has a beautiful soul.”

She continued, “I’ve never got to work with her one on one but I’ve been talking with hair and makeup on set of Empire and they just talk about how her soul is so bright and she is just such an amazing person. Anybody who is wasting their time saying anything negative about that, they just have a problem of their own. That’s their issue, not hers.”

“I think she is handling it very well, all to her. She is amazing.”

Empire airs on Wednesday night’s at 9 p.m.

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Reports: Mariah Carey Signs With Jay Z’s RocNation



We know Mariah Carey changes managers like she changes clothes, but her next move could be her best move. According to Page Six Carey is in talks with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage her career.

Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole and DJ Khaled to name a few.

Apparently, the pop diva is hoping Hov and his team can put her back on top now that she parted ways with former manager Stella Bulochnikov earlier this month.

Sources tell HipHollywood Carey is cleaning house, and has also fired her publicist, assistant and attorney Darrell Miller.

But one person who hasn’t gotten the boot is her back-up dancer boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Rumors were swirling that she hired Tanaka to take over her day-to-day management, but he’s actually her creative director.

Carey just released her holiday movie Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, and is slated to bring her Christmas concerts back to the Beacon Theater in NYC this month. She hasn’t however dropped a new album in almost four years.

Fingers crossed this new partnership with Roc Nation brings about new music, and a Mariah / Jay Z collaboration. The two did make magic back in 1999 with their #1 single “Heartbreaker.”

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