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It has taken only 15 years, 21 seasons of The Bachelor and 12 seasons of The Bachelorette, but ABC has finally cast its first black lead: Dallas attorney Rachel Lindsay.

The move comes after years of criticism directed towards ABC and the franchise, which also includes Bachelor in Paradise, for its lack of diversity.  If you recall two black men who had auditioned for The Bachelor even sued ABC in 2012 claiming discrimination (the suit was dismissed).

Since, there has only been one non-white lead, the Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis, who was cast in 2013. Only two people of color–Catherine Ciudici and Tessa Horst, who are both part Asian–have ever won the show. And, according to research by Fusion, 59% of black Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants are sent home within the show’s first two weeks.

Now, ABC is making this historic AND surprising move. Lindsay is currently STILL competing on this season of The Bachelor for Nick Viall’s love. According to sources the announcement was supposed to be made tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! but news leaked earlier than planned. We guess she’s getting voted off this evening.

According to Forbes, Lindsey, 31, will begin her own search for love this summer. We can’t wait!

 

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Finally! Taraji P. Henson Confirms Relationship With NFL Baller Kelvin Hayden

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Taraji is finally letting the world know what it already knew – she’s in a relationship with NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Henson dished the (cold) tea while on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast saying that the reason she kept it a secret was because she’s a private person.

“I’m not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that’s important for people to know. I’m happy. I’m very very happy. I just am,” the “Empire” actress shared.

Rumors first circulated in December 2015 about Henson and 34-year-old Hayden, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, after photos surfaced of the pair holding hands in Miami. Though Hayden has appeared on her Instagram feed, the Golden Globe winner never confirmed the intimate details until now.

“You know, we’ve been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don’t really blast my info like that. But I’m very happy,” she said.

Taraji girl we could tell. The Hidden Figures actress even broke out singing, “Finally! It has happened to me,”—quoting the CeCe Peniston‘s song “Finally.”

Henson also revealed the couple will be celebrating the holidays together with the new puppy Hayden gifted her with as an early Christmas present.

“Big #KBall with Lil squirt #KBall watching daddy brush his teeth! 😩😂😂😂,” she wrote, teasing a photo of her boo and new pup.

And speaking of Christmas, in case you missed it Taraji hosted her “White Hot Holidays” special on Fox Wednesday night. Peep the clips of Henson having some fun with her celebrity guests including Method Man, DJ Khaled, Neicy Nash, Salt-N-Pepa and The Ying Yang Twins.

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