Whether you keep up with the Kardashians or you’re part of Beyonce’s beyhive, you’re not alone in loving celebrity news and gossip. Each year, the celeb gossip industry rakes in more than $3 billion in revenue!
Today, the online Hollywood gossip landscape is much more than just Perez Hilton. Black gossip sites in particular have become more popular than ever. And it’s a trend that’s hardly surprising ? according to the most current Census Bureau data, more than 45 million African-Americans live in the U.S., or about 15% of the country’s population. What’s more, since 2011, hip-hop has been the top musical genre among college students on Facebook, and the hip-hop demographic wields an incredible $500 billion in annual spending power.
So where can one go to find the freshest, most current black celeb news? Here are three of the best sites to start with:
MediaTakeOut, which bills itself as “The Most Visited Urban Website in the World,” is an obvious starting point for anyone seeking out the hottest black entertainment news. The blog-style site has broken major Hollywood news stories, including Kim Kardashian’s first pregnancy, Michael Jordan’s divorce and more. Its exclusives are also regularly quoted by major news outlets like Good Morning America, The New York Times, BET Style, MTV News and more, making it one of the more influential celeb news and gossip sites on the entire internet.
Young, Black and Fabulous
Another well-known black celebrity news site is Young, Black and Fabulous, which launched in 2005 and has grown to reach millions of readers since then. Whether it’s through its exclusives or gossip bits, YBF covers all of today’s major black celebrities, from Lil Wayne to Barack and Michelle Obama. YBF also produces a podcast and conducts interviews with prominent African-American stars.
Bossip is yet another site that serves up all the latest in black entertainment and culture. It brands itself as a more politically aware outlet for the black community, featuring news categories like “bolitics,” but doesn’t lose any of its humor in the process ? see its “Jesus Take The Wheel” and “What The Hell???” news sections. With nearly 600,000 fans on Facebook, it’s definitely a site to be watched ? and read.
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