Eddie Murphy may be best known for his comedic prowess and his roles in movies such as "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Coming to America," but the 52-year-old actor is showing off his vulnerable side in the new music video to his single, "Promise (You Won't Break My Heart)." Premiering exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment, the video is shot in black-and-white, focusing on Murphy as he plays acoustic guitar and croons about a broken heart.
"'Promise' encompasses themes that I think anyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to, that little hint of fear that exists when you’re starting to fall in love," Murphy said in a statement to HuffPost. "It began with just a couple of guitar licks and evolved into this smooth slow jam."
Check out the the video to "Promise (You Won't Break My Heart)" below and keep an eye out for Murphy's upcoming studio album, "9," set to debut early next year.
BANGKOK (AP) — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament on Monday and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her in one of the nation's largest demonstrations in years.
Analysts said the steps came too late and are unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid Thailand of her powerful family's influence. The protesters are pushing for a non-elected "people's council" to replace her democratically elected government.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be sentenced Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges.
He pleaded guilty in October to charges related to placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third.
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Selena Gomez was so displeased when her performance at the 2013 Jingle Ball concert went awry Friday (Dec. 6) that she cursed and stormed off the stage before finishing her set.
The 21-year-old singer took to the Staples Center stage in Los Angeles Friday night to perform in KIIS FM's annual holiday show. Things did not go as planned when her audio and microphone malfunctioned, and Gomez was heard cursing, according to E! News.
"She for sure said 'what the f--k,' ... You could hear it crystal clear," a concertgoer told E! News. The source added that it "looked like" Gomez was lip-synching and "she was messing around with her ear piece from the first song so you knew something wasn't right."
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It's no secret that mindfulness meditation -- a practice that encourages focusing attention on the present moment -- can ease emotional stress. And evidence is mounting that mindfulness also has key benefits for your physical health -- from lowering blood pressure to helping curb addiction.
But a new study conducted by researchers working in Wisconsin, Spain, and France shows that mindfulness can even affect your genes. Specifically, the study shows that mindfulness can limit the "expression" of genes associated with inflammation.
"The changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs," study co-author Dr. Perla Kaliman, a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona in Spain, said in a written statement. "Our findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions."
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A new book by Anja Grebe celebrates the stunning art collection of the Vatican by featuring every Old Master painting on display. "The Vatican: All The Paintings" also includes images of sculptures, maps, and tapestries which span centuries of artistic genius.If geography is destiny, it is only appropriate that the Vatican Museums hold one of the world’s greatest art collections. Home to masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian, the Vatican has always been a place sacred to the arts. The poetic and creative impulses of the hill beside the Tiber are revealed in its name: The ancient Romans called this modest eminence the Mons Vaticanus, a reference to the poets and seers, or vates, who dwelled there. For many centuries, popes, cardinals, and the religious orders were responsible for the realization of dozens of masterpieces. So many of the treasures in the collections of the Vatican Museums—gorgeously reproduced in Black Dog & Leventhal’s The Vatican: All the Paintings and clearly described by Anja Grebe—depict a vibrant and vivid view into a world of beauty and faith. Walking through the Vatican, or turning the pages of the book, we get an incomparable lesson in the history of art and a profound impression of the skill and passion of the artists, and of their wonderful “force of mind.”
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Muslim millenials joined host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Huff Post Live to discuss the exclusivity of many American mosques, as captured in the upcoming film "UnMosqued" by Ahmed Eid.
More and more American Muslims find themselves at odds with the culture in their mosque communities, particularly as many of these places of worship retain strong ties to homelands that self-identified American Muslims may not relate to, say many of those interviewed in "Unmosqued."
"You go to the masjid, and so many masjids speak their own native language," commented one man. "Whether it's Arabic, Bangla, Urdu, Turkish. and our children have a hard time understanding this message."
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CAIRO -- Shortly after Sara gave birth to her daughter three years ago, her husband casually asked when they would circumcise the infant. For Sara, whose own clitoris had been removed with a pair of scissors when she was 7 years old, the question filled her with dread. She refused to go along and threatened her husband with divorce.
"I never want her to feel that pain," she says, holding up a cell phone with an image of her daughter, now a toddler, playing in a garden. "Sometimes, I wake up at night screaming, just remembering."
Genital mutilation, a practice stemming from perceived dangers of female sexuality, is often perpetuated by women themselves, passed down through generations by female family members and upheld by men who see the tradition as "normal." But Sara is among a growing number of Egyptian women who suffered cutting as girls and are now refusing to subject their own daughters to the practice. (Sara asked that her real name and defining characteristics not be used. She says she fears potential backlash from her community and government for telling her story.)
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While the rest of North Korea's top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach.
So by purging his own uncle, Kim has delivered a more chilling message: No one is beyond reach, not even family.
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies' investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders' families.
The move marks an intensifying of pressure on foreign journalists by the Chinese government and threatens to effectively shut down the two organizations' newsgathering operations in the country.
NEW DELHI (AP) — A spokesman says the Dalai Lama will not attend memorial services for fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela in South Africa, where the Buddhist spiritual leader has twice been unable to obtain a visa.
Tenzin Takhla gave no reason Monday for the Dalai Lama's missing a memorial service in Johannesburg and funeral in Mandela's hometown.
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Who doesn't want to travel to a country where there are beautiful people to hang out with?
There's an ongoing debate about which country is home to the most beautiful people in the world. In all honesty, there are gorgeous people everywhere.
Beauty is subjective, but we think if everyone was as attractive as these representatives from across the globe, the world would be an even more insanely attractive place.
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Want to take a trip across America without actually leaving your seat? Leave it to Reuben Wu, a Chicago-based photographer, to take you there.
Wu set off on a 6,000-mile trip around the U.S., documenting the experience as he went. The result is mind-bending.
Located deep in the heart of Shikoku island, the smallest of Japan's four islands, sits a series of three bridges made entirely from slats of wood and vines.
Check them out.
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There's a good chance Abraham Lake in Canada is younger than you are-- it was manmade in the 1970s. And it won its name in a public naming contest. So it's certainly not the most natural lake in the world.
But it does trap bubbles under its surface, and that is quite a stunning sight.
Seriously... check this puppy out.
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No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The match made Saturday night when the Seminoles and Tigers won their conference championship games, and Ohio State lost, was made official when the pairings for all the marquee bowl games were announced.
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post.
The memos, which come from a government involved in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, detail continued disputes in the talks over the deal. The documents reveal broad disagreement over a host of key positions, and general skepticism that an agreement can be reached by year-end. The Obama administration has urged countries to reach a deal by New Year's Day, though there is no technical deadline.
One memo, which was heavily redacted before being provided to HuffPost, was written ahead of a new round of talks in Singapore this week. Read the full text of what HuffPost received here. (Note: Ellipses indicate redacted text. Text in brackets has been added by a third party.) Another document, a chart outlining different country positions on the text, dates from early November, before the round of negotiations in Salt Lake City, Utah. View the chart here. HuffPost was unable to determine which of the 11 non-U.S. nations involved in the talks was responsible for the memo.
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Staffers at the National Security Agency feel overlooked by the White House amid revelations of the agency's vast domestic surveillance programs, according to a Washington Post report published Saturday.
According to former agency officials quoted by the newspaper, morale is down across the board and frustrations with President Barack Obama are running high in the months since government contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents on the agency's covert practices.
The Post reports:
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NEW YORK -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh accused the Obama administration Sunday of having “cherry-picked intelligence” regarding the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Syria that served as evidence for an argument in favor of striking President Bashar Assad's government.
Though President Barack Obama eventually decided not to strike Syria, the administration made a public case for war by saying that Assad’s regime was responsible for a poison gas attack in the outskirts of Damascus. The U.N. later concluded the attack had involved the nerve agent sarin.
In his piece -- titled "Whose Sarin?" -- Hersh reported that al-Nusra, a jihadi group fighting in Syria’s long-running civil war, had also "mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity.” Therefore, he wrote, “Obama did not tell the whole story” when stating with certainty that Assad had to be responsible, thereby crossing a so-called "red line" that would trigger U.S. retaliation.
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The storybook ending at Sherwood had every element a golf fan could want — Tiger Woods with a commanding lead before a record crowd, clutch shots that kept getting better with every hole and a finish no one saw coming.
Zach Johnson never looked the part of a winner until he was posing with the trophy.
"I feel very fortunate and somewhat lucky," Johnson said.
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