BREAKING: Kelly Price’s Lawyer Says She’s ‘Safe And Recovering From Covid’, Not Missing

 

In an unexpected turn of events, "Friend of Mine" singer Kelly Price is not missing after all, this according to her lawyer.  Still, her family told cops in Gerogia recently they have not been able to contact her, and GA officials listed her officially as a missing person as of today.   Details inside.

Just hours after GA officials and the National Crime Information Center classified Kelly Price as a missing person, the singer’s lawyer, Monica Ewing, claims she’s not missing at all.  She told TMZ moments ago she is at "an undisclosed location" and still "recovering from Covid". 

Apparently, Kelly went to said "undisclosed location" after being discharged from the hospital last month where she was admitted to ICU for complications with Covid. Kelly’s family said they were shocked to learn she was discharged because she wasn’t fully recovered yet.

Ewing said she would be reaching out to officials to let them know Kelly isn’t missing, but she didn’t confirm if she, herself, saw and/or spoke to Kelly directly.  She also didn’t explain why Kelly’s children have been unable to contact her, or why they feel Kelly’s fiancé is keeping her away from her family.

Kelly’s children say they visited her while she was in ICU for about three weeks, but haven’t heard from her since August upon her discharge.  Someone did ask cops to perform a welfare check since the famly has gone weeks without being able to reach her.  Cops said there was no foul play suspected, but it’s unclear if they saw or spoke to Kelly directly.  Apparently, her fiance was at the home.

 

Kelly hasn’t posted much about her fiance, but she did post about a new bae back in 2017.  It’s unclear if it’s the same person. Kelly also divorced her husband/manager back in 2015 after 23 years together.

TMZ states:

We asked Ewing to clarify why Price had seemingly been ignoring her family and what her current status was with her fiancé, Ewing reiterated Kelly is safe and recovering from COVID and is trying to get well and will further address the story later.

It’s all…very interesting.  We do hope Kelly has been spoken to or seen directly by someone in her close circle, and we do hope she’s recovering and safe.

 

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BREAKING: Kelly Price Classified As MISSING In Georgia, Boyfriend Reportedly Keeping People Away From Her Home

Singer Kelly Price – whose most recent Instagram post was a video about her fighting through Covid – hasn’t been seen by her children or family since mid-August.  She is now classified as a Missing Person by the state of Georgia, and the family says the boyfriend is keeping them from her.  Full story inside.

In an odd turn of events, Kelly Price has gone MIA in Georgia.  On July 29th, she uploaded an IGTV video telling her followers she has tested positive for Covid and is trying to fight through the symptoms. 

Now, her children tell cops she was admitted to the hospital after she announced her diagnosis.  They were visiting her for 3 weeks while she was hospitalized in the ICU, until she was discharged.  Her family says Kelly’s discharge came as a surprise to them because she was not fully healthy.  And they have not seen or heard from her since.  As for why they don’t just go to her home to see her for themselves, the family claims her boyfriend is keeping people away.

 

TMZ reports:

Her family tells TMZ … they were in touch with Kelly while she was in the hospital in early August, and her children visited her several times. However, 3 weeks after she was admitted … we’re told her kids got a call that she’d been discharged, which was surprising because she was apparently still not fully healthy.

The family says Kelly has not been heard from since, and they told cops her boyfriend is allegedly keeping friends and family members from visiting her home.

People close to Kelly became alarmed and someone called the police to do a welfare check last week.  The outcome of that is not yet known.

TMZ says Kelly is now officially considered missing, and there’s an active investigation to find her. She is also listed as missing at the National Crime Information Center.

 

 
 

 

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Media personality TS Madison coincidentally asked about Kelly just last week, and asked someone to go check on her because her fans haven’t heard from her since her last video was posted:

 

 

Now, she says her intuition has been validated:

 

I told y’all…… i felt in my spirit something was wrong!!! #kellyprice

Lord let her be found https://t.co/MWP4ho8MnD

— The Real Ts Madison (@TsMadisonatl1) September 24, 2021

My spirit told me something in my soul ain’t right! when i asked about her the other day!https://t.co/PcCKcDD8Mo pic.twitter.com/v8GmKd898v

— The Real Ts Madison (@TsMadisonatl1) September 24, 2021

 

Da Brat shared photos from a party last night and one photo had Kelly price in it. The rapper’s now a trending topic with people asking if Kelly is actually missing or not.  It appears she is, though, since the pics are from an old event:

The pictures Da Brat posted last night are from an event that was filmed for her show months ago. She is just posting the pictures to go along with the episode that just aired

— MzResearch (@MzResearch) September 24, 2021

Answers are DEFINITELY needed about the well being of Kelly Price. What came of the welfare check and why is her boyfriend – whom she has only posted about once on her timeline on July 5th – keeping her own family away?

We sincerely hope she’s found safe and sound.

 

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Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer Eric Holder Finally Gets Trial Date, Makes Mental Health Claim

Two years after he was officially charged with murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle, Eric Holder finally receives a trial date. His lawyer plans to argue that Eric was having "mental health issues" on the day of Nipsey’s death. More inside…

It’s been a few years since Nipsey Hussle‘s alleged killer was officially charged with his murder. The COVID-19 pandemic was the cause for the delay for his trial, but there are new updates in the case.

Finally, a date has been set for Eric Holder to stand trial in the murder of Nipsey Hussle.

In April 2019, Eric Holder was formerly charged with the murder of rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle (real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom). He was also charged with two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon for the shooting death of Nispey and wounding two others.

According to a Los Angeles County judge, the 31-year-old alleged shooter is set to face trial on January 5, 2022. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

If Eric is convicted as charged, he faces a possible life sentence.

“He’s nervous, but he knows it’s time to get the case moving to trial,” Eric Holder’s latest lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Aaron Jansen, told Rolling Stone.

Previously, Chris Darden, the lawyer who prosecuted O.J. Simpson, was his lawyer. A month after Eric was charged, Chris filed a motion to remove himself as Eric’s defense lawyer.

Deputy Public Defender Aaron Jansen claims his client was experiencing “a substantial mental health issue” and was “off his medication” the day of the shooting. Back in June, Jansen revealed Eric’s mother had just passed way and that was "one of the things affecting him." He declined to elaborate on any prior mental health diagnosis. SMH.

The Grammy nominated rapper, who was 33, was gunned down on March 31, 2019 outside of The Marathon Clothing, a store he owned in South Los Angeles at Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

Surveillance video shows a shooter running up to Nipsey – who won two posthumous Grammys for his songs “Racks in the Middle” and “Higher" – and two others with him, reportedly after exchanging words with the men earlier when the suspect first approached the store. The shooter then shoots Nipsey and the others before kicking Nipsey in the head and ran off.

It’s reported Eric Holder fired at least 10 rounds into Nipsey’s body with a black semiautomatic handgun in one hand and a smaller silver revolver in the other.

“Mr. Holder was firing with two different handguns, trading (shots) between his right and his left hand,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John McKinney previously told a grand jury, according to a transcript obtained by Rolling Stone. 

Unfathomable.

What do you think the outcome will be?

Photo: Pacific Coast News/LAPD

Body Of Missing Black Grad Student Jelani Day Found, Family Speaks Out After Police Had His Body For Weeks Before Confirmation

The search for missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani "J.J." Day is over. Police confirmed the body found three weeks ago in a river near Peru, Ill is Jelani. More inside…

Illinois State University graduate student Jelani "J.J." Day went missing on August 24th. His body was discovered September 4th in Peru, Illinois, however, his remains weren’t identified until after his mother went public to plead to authorities to do their job.

Today, (September 24th), the coroner’s office in LaSalle County, Ill., identified a body found in a river as Jelani’s. The 25-year-old been living in Bloomington (which is about an hour away from Peru) and he aspired to be a doctor.

"There are no words to clearly communicate our devastation," Jelani’s family said in a statement. "Our hearts are broken."

Two days after his disappearance, his car – a white Chrysler 300 – was found in Peru in "a wooded area south of the Illinois Valley YMCA," police said. Inside the car were the clothes Jelani had been wearing when he was last seen.

He was last seen at Beyond/Hello cannabis dispensary in Bloomington around 9:15 a.m. on August 24th:

 

Jelani’s family and professor reported him missing after several failed attempts to get in contact with him.

According to reports, the coroner used dental records and DNA analysis to identify Jelani’s body. His relatives had previously submitted DNA samples to aid the search.

The body identification comes right after Jelani’s mother, Carmen Bolden Day, started publicly pointing out the racial disparities when white people are missing compared to when people of color go missing, referencing Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old white woman who went missing and was later found dead. MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid called out "missing white woman syndrome" on her show, which caused a stir online.

“Jelani hadn’t been getting the coverage. Jelani has been missing for 24 days, and as I said, it seems like the effort to find him has slacked down,” she said during an interview with Newsy. “I know about Gabby, the missing girl, and she’s been missing for two days, and her face is plastered everywhere, and the FBI is involved, and I do not understand why Jelani doesn’t get that same coverage.”

Before the body was confirmed to be her son’s, Mrs. Day talked about how the coroner’s office was disrespectful towards her and how she hadn’t heard from the Peru police department since September 4th after numerous attempts to get updates about the case.

"He said to me, ‘Do you want to know if this is your son or not?’" Jelani’s mother shared. "They were so rude to me."

Peep the interview below:

Toxicology testing will be done to attempt to determine how Jelani died.

Jelani’s mother spoke with CNN after her son’s body was found and she rightfully criticized the way authorities handled her son’s case.

"To them, Jelani didn’t mean anything," Carmen Bolden Day told CNN on Friday. "There is no effort. There is no push. There is no nothing that was being done about my son. Me and my kids, me and everybody that never knew Jelani — my family, friends, strangers — did all the leg work. My son didn’t get any type of help… He didn’t deserve this."

So sad and unfortunate.

As family and friends wait to get answers surrounding his death, tribute for the aspiring doctor have been posted on social media. Jelani was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and they shared a tribute to their brother:

Our prayers go out to the family of Bro. Jelani Day (’18 NE) and the Brothers of Alabama A&M University. Rest in Peace. #OmegaChapter
@NuEpsilonQues #Jelani #JelaniDay pic.twitter.com/sJXfD7g6t5

— Omega Psi Phi (@OfficialOPPF) September 24, 2021

Now, police need to find answers as to what happened to Jelani and who did it!

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Brings Up MLK JR. In Sex Trafficking Trial, Calls Accusers Liars & Fame Seekers + Jury Expected To Start Deliberations Today

After six weeks of testimony, the jury in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking/racketeering trial is expected to begin deliberations today as closing arguments end.

As Kelly’s defense lawyer gave his closing argument, he accused the victims of lying and seeking fame. He also invoked civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, wait a minute…

R. Kelly‘s federal sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn is coming to an end after almost six weeks of testimony from 50 witnesses and three days of closing arguments.

This morning, prosecutors wrapped up their rebuttal argument before U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly. The judge will entrust the jury to begin going through the 10-count indictment to come up with a verdict.

In 2019, the 54-year-old R&B singer was hit with a slew of federal charges in U.S. District court in Brooklyn, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, an interstate anti-prostitution law. He’s being accused of running a criminal enterprise that he employed to help him lure and trap young girls and women to satisfy his twisted sexual desires.

Victims have shared graphic and soul disturbing testimony about how they were allegedly abused – sexually, mentally and emotionally – by a man who was once one of the biggest R&B stars in music.

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

During closing arguments, R. Kelly’s defense lawyer – Deveraux Cannick – accused the many alleged victims of lying and even compared Kelly to civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, and former Vice President Mike Pence. Oh yes, he pulled out all of the stops.

Chile…

Kelly’s defense attorney compared the jury to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, seemingly saying the backlash he received is similar to backlash they may receive.

“See, unlike Dr. King and those who were like-minded, you don’t have to worry about atrocities. You just have to be courageous and fair,” he said.

He added a "heroic and unflinching jury" would clear R. Kelly of all the charges against him. Hmph.

“Older man, somewhat younger women … some people just like it that way,” Kelly’s defense attorney said in his closing argument.

Cannick described Kelly’s obsession with young girls as nothing more than a “May-to-October relationship,” an apparent confusion of the saying “May-to-December romance." He said the Grammy Award winning singer was an international sex symbol known for his playboy lifestyle and compared Kelly’s "playboy" lifestyle to how Hugh Hefner lived.

“Hugh Hefner — that was his life,” Cannick said. “Not a crime.”

Several witnesses made claims that Kelly would make them call him "daddy." He said it was something normal and compared it to how former Vice President Mike Pence calls his wife "mother." Oh.

Cannick tried to paint a picture that characterized all of the victims as liars, who are only seeking fame and financial gain.

“Some of the witnesses, just lie after lie after lie … and the government let them lie,” Cannick said.

In response, Assistant US Attorney Nadia Shihata, encouraged the jury to keep their attention on the pieces of evidence presented during the trial, including DNA, travel records, text messages, screenshots, handwritten letters and more.

She told the jury to not let Kelly’s defense "gaslight" them and she criticized how the defense blamed witnesses for their own alleged abuse.

“It’s like we took a time machine and went back to a courthouse in the 1950s,” Nadia Shihata said. “What they’re arguing is that all of these women and girls were asking for it, and they deserved what they got — never mind that many of them were teenagers, too young to consent.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said in her closing argument, which stretched for 6 1/2 hours over two days, that Kelly needed to be convicted and thrown in jail for the way he treated the victims.

“It is time to hold the defendant responsible for the pain that he inflicted on each of his victims,” listing the six women included in the main racketeering charge each by their first name. “Convict him.”

The jury starts deliberations today. What do you think the outcome will be?

Kelly also racked up charges in Minnesota and Illinois and those cases are currently pending. If he’s convicted in the New York case, he’s facing 10 years to life in prison.

Photo: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

Jeannie Mai’s Ex-Husband Calls Her ‘Trash’ After She Reveals Pregnancy & Allegedly Tells Fiancée Linsey To Not Do Interviews With ‘Brown’ Reporters

There seems to be drama brewing after Jeezy and Jeannie Mai announced they’re pregnant! Apparently, Jeannie’s ex-husband, Freddy Harteis, is feeling a way.  Then, an alleged conversation she had about doing an interview leaked, showing her husband’s seemingly racist-esque side. More inside..

 

Rapper Jeezy and “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai shocked everyone when they revealed they are expecting a baby! The couple kept the secret for five whole months before Jeannie surprised “The Real” viewers to kick off the new season this week.

 

 

 
 

 

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There was an extra layer of shock value after the announcement being that the 42-year-old TV host was very vocal in the past about not wanting to have children. On the show, she would always talk about how she made the decision to not have children. At the time, she was married to Freddy Harteis.

After a decade together, Jeannie and Freddy called it quits. Later, Jeannie admitted her not wanting children was a major factor in her and Freddy calling it quits. Soon after his divorce from Jeannie, Freddy went and had two children by his now-fiancee, Linsey Toole. Jeannie got with Jeezy, fell madly in love and had a change of heart about having children. 

As Jeezy & Jeannie’s pregnancy news started making waves, fans were commenting about it and brought Freddy’s name up. One user wrote, “Her first husband prob biting bricks and screaming rn..”

Freddy caught wind of the comment and decided to respond, “yep. I upgraded from trash to treasure a long time ago. Best decision I ever made. Congratulations. Being truly happy is an amazing feeling. Love my little family.”

Bitter, much?

”The Real” co-host Loni Love saw Freddy’s comment and she responded to his shade:

 

 
 

 

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Soon after, Linsey hops on social media to defend her man. In a series of comments on Instagram, she blasted Jeannie for mistreating her when she was pregnant with Freddy’s baby.

“Sick of the @‘s. All orchestrated by her and still happening after all these years. Every time something happens with her we get bombarded by trolls because of the narrative she led people to believe. Listen go live that troll life. Create fake accounts to attack people if that makes you feel better. But let’s set some facts straight. Since she won’t publicly clear our name and own her lies, let me just let you in on a little news flash. SHE asked for a divorce. SHE is responsible for her own actions. All Freddy is guilty of is moving on quickly. He moved on a couple months after SHE filed for divorce. BIG DAMN DEAL.”

Linsey went on to set the record straight about the cheating allegations that Jeannie alluded about Freddy. Lindsey said Freddy never cheated and that Jeannie is the one who cheated in their marriage.

“I probably should’ve waited until that divorce she drug on was final but unfortunately I didn’t. I probably shouldn’t have been emotional and wrote her publicly but I was sick of her shenanigans and I did. No one cheated (on our end.) So get over it people. Theres ZERO tea here. She just led y’all to believe there was. She moved on and hopefully she’s truly happy. She’s not talking about Freddy anymore so that’s nice. About damn time.” 

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Then, things got juicer.

”Girlfriends and Champagne” host Helecia Choyce reached out to ask Lindsey to appear on her podcast. Well, Linsey stated Freddy didn’t want her doing interviews with someone in “brown culture” because he said “they” can be vindictive. After some conversation about it, Freddy then allegedly said if she does speak to someone “brown”, it needed to be someone reputable.

Chile…

Peep the alleged receipts below:

 

 
 

 

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A mess.  Do you think Jeezy will step in?

 

Photos: Jeezy’s IG/Linsey’s IG

YouTuber Omi in a Hellcat Chats With News Reporter After He Was Arrested & Charged By FBI In $30 Million Fraud Scheme, Facing 514 Years In Prison!

Famous YouTuber Omi in a Hellcat speaks with a news reporter after he was arrested and charged by the FBI for allegedly running a massive cable TV piracy scheme. Deets on his case and what he has to say about it inside…

A famous YouTuber is speaking out after he was arrested and charged by the FBI for allegedly running an illegal streaming service that allowed him to scoop up $30 million! Now, he’s facing 514 years behind bars!

Bill Omari Carrasquillo – known as Omi in a Hellcat online – was named in a 62-count indictment that alleged he’s the ringleader of a massive cable TV piracy fraud scheme.

The popular 35-year-old YouTuber, who is known for his collection of high-end cars, has been charged with conspiracy, violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), reproduction of a protected work, access device fraud, making false statements to a bank and money laundering.

 

 
 

 

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The feds charged Omi and two of his associates (Jesse Gonzales of California and Michael Barone of New York) in a scheme that involved them illegally selling copyrighted video content to thousands of subscribers.

So here’s how they did it…

According to the indictment, the defendants allegedly used legitimate cable subscriptions from companies like Comcast, Verizon and DirecTV, and then bought encoders from China that allowed them to strip copyright protections and stream the video content over the Internet on servers controlled by Carrasquillo.

Customers paid a $15 monthly fee to subscribe to the allegedly illegal streaming service, which had a number of names since it launched in 2016, including “Reboot,” “Gears TV, “Reloaded,” and “Gears Reloaded.” On his YouTube account, Omi in a Hellcat would promote his streaming service to his 791,000 subscribers.

In November 2019, the feds raided his home and seized his cars, cameras and televisions. He told his YouTube followers he was going to jail "for a few years."

If convicted, Omi in a Hellcat will be spending more than just a "few years" in jail. He could spend the rest of his life in prison. Some outlets have reported he faces up to 514 years in prison.

The feds came knocking on his door to arrest him, which he livestreamed:

 

Omi in a Hellcat arrested by FBI agent this morning pic.twitter.com/nberodWqNQ

— SOHOOD NEWS 24-7 (@7Sohood) September 21, 2021

 

Hours after his arrest, he was released. Outside of his mansion in Philly, Omi spoke with a news reporter from Fox 29 Philadelphia about his federal digital piracy case. He questioned why he was the only one to get hit with federal charges and why others who "worked" the scheme with him are only being sued by the cable networks. We’re sure his lawyer was screaming at the television when he/she saw this:

In June, Omi posted a video titled "THE FBI IS BACK!!!," in which he shared with his followers that the FBI had seized more than 30 of his cars and millions of dollars from his bank account.

Check it below:

He just recently announced he has another baby on the way:

Tragic.

Photo: Omi’s IG

Birdman Explains Why He Kissed Lil Wayne On The Lips In Viral Photo, ‘I Love Him Like My Own’

Birdman opens up about that infamous viral photo that shows him kissing his artist Lil Wayne on the lips. Find out what he said inside…

Yep, he’s talking about THAT picture.

If you’re a Hip Hop head, you’ve seen the infamous 2006 photo of Birdman laying a kiss on Lil Wayne‘s lips.

The Cash Money Records honcho isn’t shy when it comes to showing affection for the ones he love. So, when the photo of him kissing his artist went viral, he was a bit confused behind the reactions from the public being that he didn’t see his actions as anything out of the ordinary towards the people that you love. It’s all family love and nothing more.

 

Birdman Explained Why He Would Kiss Lil Wayne On The Big Facts Podcast. pic.twitter.com/lLoXzCqp6W

— Major Leakz (@MajorLeakz) September 22, 2021

 

During an interview on the Big Facts Podcast, Birdman explained why he kissed Wayne on the lips.

"First of all, my own son, I would kiss him," he said. "I always looked at Wayne as my son and I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time he ever see me. I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was 9 years old. And I love him like my own and I’d give my life for him.”

Peep the clip below:

Birdman talks infamous kiss with Lil Wayne and why it was on the lips pic.twitter.com/7wL0TnQFlO

— Power 106 (@Power106LA) September 22, 2021

This isn’t the first time Birdman has addressed the photo. In 2009, he talked about the kiss with Tim Westwood:

"That’s my son. If he was right here, I’d kiss him again," he said. "I just think people took that too far, man. That’s my son. I’ll do it again tomorrow, I’ll kill for him. Ride and die for him.”

At one point in time, fans thought Birdman and Lil Wayne’s relationship was severed forever after Weezy sued Cash Money for $51 million in 2015. The lawsuit came after his fifth album, The Carter V, kept being delayed. It got so bad, they weren’t even on speaking terms.

In 2018, Wayne and Birdman were able to come to a settlement for an undisclosed amount and Birdman issued a public apology during the annual Lil Weezyana Fest. During the interview, Birdman revealed he paid Weezy $50 million to squash their beef:

Birdman explains how him and Lil Wayne fixed their issue, he paid him $50 Million pic.twitter.com/nfLNTKSJ7C

— Complex Ambition (@ComplxAmbition) September 22, 2021

The Cash Money CEO also said he gave Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake a combined $1.4 billion:

Birdman says he paid Lil Wayne $500m, Drake $500m & Nicki Minaj $400m pic.twitter.com/tXqAwFhe3G

— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) September 23, 2021

Check out his full interview below:

Photo: Getty

Moneybagg Yo Receives 28.8 Acres Of Land From GF Ari, $1.5 Million In Cash From Yo Gotti & Label, Rolex Watches & More For His Birthday!

 

Rapper Moneybagg Yo was showered with lavish gifts to celebrate his 30th birthday. The Memphis rapper’s girlfriend Ari Fletcher purchased 28.8 acres of land for his birthday, Yo Gotti gifted him $1.5 million in cash, and the birthday boy received tons of insane gifts from his homies. More inside…

Rapper Moneybagg Yo received some insane gifts to celebrate his 30th birthday thanks to his influencer/model girlfriend, record label and friends.

Fresh from hitting the stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in his hometown of Memphis, the "Time Today" rapper was showered with lavish gifts for his 30th birthday. His girlfriend, Ari Fletcher, made sure her birthday gift to him was as good (if not better) that what he did for her birthday over the summer.

She gifted him 28.8 acres of land in his hometown.

 

 
 

 

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“What do you buy someone that has it all? The gift that keeps on giving. I’ve bought you a lifetime of income, literally. Generational wealth! 28.8 acres BABY! I love you. Happy birthday," Ari captioned flicks of herself with Moneybagg and friends on his new property.

 

 

 
 

 

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The "Wokesha" rapper is signed to Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group and the record label honcho made sure to gift his artist something nice. Yo Gotti laced Moneybagg with $1.5 million in cash along with a Rolex watch.

 

 
 

 

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"1.5m IN CASH !!!! Dam Ion Know Wat To Say Preciate Yall Niggas Bra Best Bagg Day Ever @nless_head @yogotti," Bagg captioned.

The gifts didn’t stop there either. Bagg’s mom and friends laced him with more money:

 

Before the birthday festivities..

 

 
 

 

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Moneybagg Yo showed off his flet of red luxury SUVs and supercars for his 30th birthday celebration. Some of the vehicles shown were a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, a Cadillac Escalade, and a Lamborghini Urus.

 

 
 

 

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Must be nice. Happy 30th Birthday!

 

On the music front…

Earlier in the day, Moneybagg dropped the official "Wockesha" remix featuring Lil Wayne and Ashanti. Take a listen above.

Photo: Ari’s IG

It’s Time To ‘FALL’ Into Fashion, Fun & Fresh Faces – Here’s Your Fall 2021 TV Guide

FALL is here! And we have the ultimate TV guide that’ll keep you entertained while snuggled up on the couch during the upcoming colder months. Peep the fire list inside…

Today is the first day of FALL! And to celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of must-see TV to keep you entertained throughout the upcoming colder months.

COVID-19 flipped broadcast television upside down in 2020. Now, we’re seemingly getting back into a familiar routine, which includes NEW shows to kick off the new season.

This season, we’ve got shows like HBO’s hit series "Insecure" airing its fifth and final season. We know. It’s hard to believe one of our favorite shows is coming to an end, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. It’s definitely more bitter than sweet.

The final ten episodes will kick off on October 24th.

For you fashion heads…

Rihanna is gearing up to give her fans all things sexy and sensual in lingerie for her upcoming fashion show, "Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3." And she’s going all out with the lighting, filming techniques and a star-studded line up of models that’s sure to be "visually stunning and epic."

Not only that, she has an insane lineup of performances by Nas, Normani, Jazmine Sullivan, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Ricky Martin, and Jade Novah. Also, there will also be special appearances by Erykah Badu, Troye Sivan, Vanessa Hudgens and more.

The third edition of Rih’s Savage x Fenty show is set to premiere September 24th on Amazon Prime Video.

Looking for something new? There are several new TV shows coming down the pipeline, including 50 Cent’s drug drama "BMF," which will follow the rise and fall of the Black Mafia Family.

On a lighter note…

Millenials will be treated to an all-black reboot of "The Wonder Years," starring Dule Hill and Don Cheadle.

It premieres tonight at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.

 

Being 12 is never easy. Watch #TheWonderYears series premiere TONIGHT at 8:30/7:30c on ABC and stream on Hulu! pic.twitter.com/LXGx9zT17S

— The Wonder Years (@WonderYearsABC) September 22, 2021

 

ABC’s upcoming series "Queens" is going to give viewers a "If City Girls merged with Chloe x Halle in 20 years for a ‘Star’ reunion type tour"" vibe. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry‘s new male exotic dancer drama series "All The Queen’s Men" will take viewers behind-the-scenes to see what it’s like to be a male stripper.

Shows you love are also returning with new seasons, like "All American":

Oh yes, FALL 2021 TV is going to be GOODT.

Scroll through our gallery below for a hefty list of MUST-SEE TV shows that’ll premiere this fall (if it hasn’t already) that will surely keep you entertained.

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TIME TO 'FALL' ON THE COUCH FOR NEW TV SHOWS- FALL 2021 EDITION!

Nicki Minaj’s Husband’s Accuser Jennifer Hough Speaks Out: ‘I’m Tired Of Being Afraid,’ Blames Herself For Sexual Assault, Says Her Life Was Threatened After Refusing Hush Money

Jennifer Hough – the woman who launched a lawsuit against Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty – is speaking out about the couple’s alleged intimidation tactics. She sat down with "The Real" to open up about being raped by Petty in 1994.  She also claims the couple and/or their camp  threatened to put a "hit" out on her after asking her to recant her story. Details from her interview inside…

Nicki Minaj’s name has been heavy in the headlines lately for many things as media attention is brought up on her husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty’s 1994 rape conviction.

Fans have noticed every time a new update about Kenneth’s case is released, Nicki hops on social media and starts posting pictures and videos of her son, whom she calls Papa Bear. She also recently shared flicks of herself, her son and her husband hanging out with Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky to seemingly distract the Barbz from the reports about her husband’s case. And there was also the outrage against a journalist who Nicki claims threatened her family member if they didn’t speak to her about Nicki’s story about her cousin’s alleged reaction to the Covid vaccine.  Said journalist (from The Guardian) says the Whatsapp messages Nicki showed as proof were fake, and that she never contacted anyone.  She said she will now sue Nicki for exposing her address and phone number to the world.

Despite her efforts in trying to distract folks from what’s transpiring with her husband’s rape accuser, details about how The Pettys have allegedly harassed and intimidated his accuser are continuing to trickle in and make headlines.

After years of hiding, the woman is now ready to speak publicly for the first time.

Last month, Jennifer Hough filed a lawsuit against Kenneth Petty and his wife Nicki Minaj for intimidation and harassment. Even after she filed the lawsuit, she revealed a new threat on her life was issued from someone The Pettys know. In the lawsuit, Jennifer claims The Pettys are trying everything in their power to get her to recant the rape allegations she made against Kenneth.

Right now, Kenneth is facing up to 10 years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

On today’s episode of "The Real," Jennifer and her lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn, sat down with the co-hosts to discuss the lawsuit she filed last month where she alleged people in Nicki & Kenneth’s camp attempted to bribe her with money in an attempt to have her recant her account of the 1994 rape when they both were teenagers. And then she was threatened, she says, when she refused the alleged bribe.

After staying silent for so many years, Jennifer said she’s speaking out now because she’s tired of hiding.

"I’m tired of being afraid. I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear at my age now. And it was wrong," she said. "I don’t want to be afraid anymore. The only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up."

In 1995 Mr. Petty was convicted of one count of attempted rape in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon. He served nearly four years in prison and was released in 1999. He has been listed as a convicted sex offender who has to register in any jurisdiction or state he lives in under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

When asked if she thought justice was served, she said she never really thought about it because she continues to blame herself for what happened to her.

"I don’t think I thought about justice, per se, because I was still blaming myself," she shared. "I thought it was something that I did or didn’t do, so I don’t think I thought about if I got justice. I just knew he did what he did and he went to jail. I had to leave my family. I have to leave my home. I had to move away. So, I haven’t really given it much thought"

Back in March 2020, Jennifer said she received a phone call from the "Seeing Green" raptress, but hasn’t spoken to her since.

“She said that she got word that I was willing to help them out in a situation," she shared. “I didn’t understand what she was referring to. She offered to fly me and my family to L.A. I turned it down and I told her, ‘Woman to woman, this really happened.’ And I haven’t spoken to her since.”

According to Jennifer, an unnamed associate tried to bribe her to recant her story, placing $20,000 in her lap. After she refused the money, she said she was told the money would be used to put a hit out on her.

During the interview she was asked about her request to drop the charges against Kenneth during his trial. She said she was being pressured by the family she was living with to drop the charges, however, she never said he didn’t rape her.

“I never said it didn’t happen,” she said. “I just said I wanna drop the charges.”

“But white is right” Nicki Minaj really wanted y’all to believe Jennifer Hough was a white woman to pretend her husband’s offense was racially motivated…. there’s no defending this smh pic.twitter.com/t3HlsfoUaG

— Jess {fan acc} (@britneyxmariah) September 22, 2021

 

When Kenneth’s past was being dug up, Nicki Minaj tried to counter the rumors, claiming Jennifer and Kenneth were in a relationship at the time of the alleged rape. Nicki also said he was only 15 and Jennifer said that wasn’t the truth.

“We both were 16, we were never in a relationship,” she said. “You [Nicki] have 150 something million followers. They all believed it. It hurt coming from another woman. Just the girl thing.”

Eventually, Jennifer would like to just live her life without being fearful. She wants The Pettys to know that they’re wrong for harassing her and her family and she wants it to stop.

"What they did to me and my family wasn’t okay. It wasn’t right. And it doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter what your status is. You can’t intimidate people to make things go better for you. And that’s what they did. And I want my daughters to know that as they grow, as they experience life, as they come in contact with friends, family, strangers, that they’ll have the strength to know that they have a voice and they should use it. And don’t ever let anybody try to silence them.”

Watch clips from her interview below:

Kenneth Petty’s sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2022, so he’ll be home with Nicki and "Papa Bear" for the holidays before facing his fate. Thoughts? 

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MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid Calls Out ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ In Gabby Petito Case, Highlights Disparities In Media Coverage Of Missing People

MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid calls news coverage of the Gabby Petito case "missing white woman syndrome" while questioning why people of color don’t receive the same media coverage when they go missing. It’s a valid question and she explores the disparities inside…

"Missing White Woman Syndrome" is a definitely a thing and MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid is putting it on the main stage as the Gabby Petito story captivates the nation.

Remains were found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, that were confirmed to be that of Gabby Petito. The 22-year-old white woman went on a cross-country road trip with her 23-year-old fiance Brian Laundrie last month. He returned to his home in Florida by himself, leaving Gabby’s family with questions about where she was and if she was still alive.

"Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999," the FBI Denver division said in a statement. "Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide."

The official cause of death will remain pending until final autopsy results are in, according to the statement.

Gabby’s fiance is currently "missing."

The story has been dominating headlines over the past week, leaving MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid with some questions. She’s curious to know the reason why  missing persons cases involving people of color don’t receive the same level of national attention. Now, Gabby’s family most definitely deserve answers and justice. No family should have to go through what they’re going through.

"The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?" Reid asked. "Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome—the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving people of color," she continued.

Peep a clip of Joy’s coverage of the Gabby Petito case below:

 

MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid: Media reporting Gabby Petito’s disappearance/presumed murder is symptom of "Missing White Woman Syndrome." pic.twitter.com/UYAWgaDyYr

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 21, 2021

 

A lot of people agree that there are disparities in media coverage over missing persons depending on the missing person’s skin color:

 

The sad thing is @JoyAnnReid is not wrong. There have been over 700 missing person cases in Wyoming in the last 10 years. Mostly Native American girls and you have not heard of one of them. https://t.co/ED6cRa3aPy

— Quixotic Fool (@Quixotic_Moron) September 21, 2021

 

 

Joy Ann Reid is absolutely right about how media-at-large covers missing persons. There is an enduring obsession with focusing on white missing persons, particularly white women. Acknowledging that isn’t dismissing tragedy but asking that tragedy be acknowledged across race.

— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) September 21, 2021

 

 

“I’m willing to bet that no one watching or listening can name one single Black or brown woman who went missing who became a household name.”

@marascampo on Missing White Women Syndrome following homicide ruling in Gabby Petito case. pic.twitter.com/LPkIadMhyn

— The Recount (@therecount) September 22, 2021

 

 

“This actually has real-life implications for women of color. Why? It makes them less safe.”

@marascampo breaks down why Missing White Women Syndrome in the media matters. pic.twitter.com/6bqOpTqrIB

— The Recount (@therecount) September 22, 2021

 

 

We’re conditioned to view white women as the "perfect victims," any harm that comes to them is worthy of all our sympathy/attention. And we’re taught to discard Black & brown, queer, etc. folks. Media plays a major role in this. Gwen Ifill calls it“missing white woman syndrome"

— CiCi Adams (@CiCiAdams_) September 21, 2021

 

So we’re clear, calling out disparity in coverage over missing persons doesn’t mean Gabby’s family should NOT receive media attention. The point is, people of color that go missing should receive that same amount of coverage.  It is warranted for both.

There are tons of families just like Gabby’s who are desperately seeking information for their missing loved ones. For example, the disappearance of Jelani Day, a Black graduate student at Illinois State University, who went missing almost a month ago.

 

Jelani is in the process of being a doctor man !!!!! We need those type of role models in our community !!! We need more media coverage of Jelani !!! WE HAVE TO FIND HIM! Please spam @CNN @MSNBC !! #FINDJELANIDAY RT RT SHARE SPAM !!!! pic.twitter.com/55AcJpQ0sh

— #FINDJELANIDAY (@whatuplakerss) September 20, 2021

 

“I was very frustrated with the fact that Jelani hadn’t been getting the coverage,” Jelani’s mother said in an interview. “Jelani has been missing for 24 days.”

“Her [Gabby] face is plastered everywhere, and the FBI is involved,” she continued. “And I do not understand why Jelani doesn’t get that same coverage; Jelani doesn’t get that same attention."

Check out her interview below:

Some would argue that Gabby was a "popular YouTube vlogger/blogger" to justify why she’s getting more media attention than other missing cases. Before her disappearance, she had about 1,000 subscribers and received hundreds of thousands more after her disappearance went public.

Popular IG model Mercedes Morr – who had over 2.7 million followers – didn’t receive this type of media attention when she couldn’t be reached by family, then was reportedly strangled to death and was found dead in her Houston apartment last month.

Folks are just tired of the inconsistencies and wants America to DO BETTER!

Photo: Joy’s IG

Steph Curry Surprises Wife Ayesha With The Sweetest Vow Renewal To Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary

Steph Curry sure knows how to love on his wife, Ayesha Curry. The Golden State Warriors baller planned a wedding vow renewal for his wife to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. He even got their three kids involved to make the event that more special. More inside…

Ten years into the marriage game, NBA player Steph Curry scored another victory off the court.

The Golden State Warriors point guard planned a whole vow renewal ceremony for his wife Ayesha Curry in their backyard to celebrate their decade-long marriage. The 32-year-old celebrity chef shared pictures from the special event on her Instagram account:

 

 
 

 

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“A couple of weeks ago @stephencurry30 surprised me with the most beautiful vow renewal ceremony,” Ayesha captioned pictures from their backyard celebration.

Mrs. Curry shared Steph picked out her Valentino vow renewal dress and rounded up the kiddies to participate. Daughter Riley, 9, officiated the ceremony and sons Ryan, 6, and Canon, 3, walked their mom down the aisle.

"He even picked out my dress for me and had it waiting," said Ayesha. "Our big girl Riley officiated and Ryan and Canon walked me through the grass of our backyard. It’s everything I’ve always dreamed of but didn’t know could be possible in this way. A moment I will never forget. I love you @stephencurry30."

 

 

 
 

 

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Aww! No word if Steph’s parents – who are currently going through a messy divorce – were in attendance.

The Currys have been all wrapped up in love since they met in high school back in North Carolina. The twosome decided to tie the knot in July 2011 and have been sharing how madly in love they are since then. Ayesha shared a celebratory anniversary post in July:

 

 
 

 

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Congrats again to the couple!

 

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Lil Nas X Caused Waves (Good & Bad) With ‘Baby’ Campaign To Promote Debut Album, But Here’s What He Was Raising Money For

Lil Nas X had his "baby" MONTERO! Some loved the "baby" promo, while others hated it. Either way, the campaign helped raise money for LGBTQ+ and human rights non-profit organizations. More inside…

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Lil Nas X‘s "baby" is here! He gave "birth" to his debut album MONTERO, which dropped September 17th. Before the release of his album, he launched a "baby" promo campaign as if he was expecting. The promo was complete with a pregnancy announcement, a maternity photoshoot (a la Beyoncé) and a "baby registry."

me and my team have set up a “baby registry” for many charities if you guys would like to donate.
https://t.co/XhmWSKpZaz pic.twitter.com/ZkRQfyI20o

— MONTERO (@LilNasX) September 18, 2021

me and my team have set up a “baby registry” for many charities if you guys would like to donate.
https://t.co/mS7fvRsExo pic.twitter.com/7asfGJ2udG

— MONTERO (@LilNasX) September 7, 2021

The MONTERO artist tweeted a link to a "baby registry" that’ll help raise funds to help non-profit organizations for LGBTQ+ and human rights groups.  Each album title was attached to a different organization that fans can donate to. It’s genius.

"me and my team have set up a “baby registry” for many charities if you guys would like to donate," he tweeted.

The registry is literally for donating to charities & organizations & i LOVE this! My homie’s organization “What’s in the Mirror” is on here as well! Please go donate! The org is focused on mental health awareness & suicide prevention to communities of color, esp LGBTQ+ https://t.co/Z9V2Y8DCmT

— Somebody Auntie . (@SoCalledShana) September 7, 2021

When LNX announced the release of his album last month with the pregnancy photos, the Internet went NUTS.

 

 
 

 

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"SURPRISE! I can’t believe i’m finally announcing this. My little bundle of joy ‘MONTERO’ is due September 17, 2021," he captioned his maternity shoot.

Leading up to the album’s release, he posted several pregnancy-themed posts:

 

 
 

 

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On the album’s release date, he shared a short video of himself "giving birth" to his "baby." He said it’s "already Grammy nominated":

 

 

 
 

 

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A generous Internet troll. We love to see it.

 

DEAD RIGHT NOW
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— MONTERO (@LilNasX) September 22, 2021

 

Have you listened to MONTERO yet? If so, are you feeling it?

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The Internet Believes THIS Woman Is Eagles QB Jalen Hurts’ Girlfriend!

Eagles (hottie) quarterback Jalen Hurts is starting to ring bells in the NFL and now folks are interested in learning WHO he’s boo’d up with. Fans have found a woman they believe is his girlfriend. Find out who the possible GF could be inside…

 

 

 
 

 

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The NFL season just kicked off in the last few weeks with the Philadelphia Eagles winning one game and losing another. Not only is Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts‘ name ringing bells in football. Folks are also speculating on his love life and who he’s cuddling up with after games.

The second round draft pick (who was drafted by the Eagles in 2020) keeps his private life on the low, so all the relationship talk is rumors, but we all know how when there’s smoke there’s usually fire.

It is speculated that the former University of Alabama quarterback is currently dating a woman that also went to Alabama named Bryonna "Bry" Burrows.

"No words to describe the humble reminder of Honors Day at #UA. Knowing I have been recognized is priceless." -Bry Rivera Burrows #TodayAtUA pic.twitter.com/0ZnXjieOix

— The Univ. of Alabama (@UofAlabama) April 7, 2017

.@MandersonUA MBA student Bryonna Burrows, our next #WomenofCulverhouse feature, is a passionate advocate for advancing student life on campus and continues to lead by serving as vice president of the MBA Association and captain of the national award-winning MBA Case Team. pic.twitter.com/hWrZg2GukM

— Culverhouse College of Business (@culverhouseua) September 19, 2018

Bryonna earned two bachelor’s degrees in spanish and political science and took part in several student organizations, according to FanBuzz. In 2016, she ran for Homecoming Queen:

Today is the day!! Vote NOW on MyBama until 7PM for Bryonna Rivera Burrows, Homecoming Queen!! pic.twitter.com/iOHPr50MPl

— K (@KWells_13) September 27, 2016

After undergrad, she went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration.

She’s also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc:

 

 
 

 

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According to her LinkedIn page, she’s a Software Financing Leader at IBM and works in the Dallas area.

Its believed Jalen and Bryonna broke up when he transferred to Oklahoma to finish his last year of college. However, they may have gotten back together, or at least friends, according to sources. WAGS Unfiltered shared screenshots of her in Atlanta attending the Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons game on September 12th. They also shared a screenshot of Jalen post comments under pictures on her IG account (that is set to private):

 

"This is Jalen Hurts GF," the source wrote. "They’ve been on and off since he was at Alabama(went there). I peeped his comment in that picture like 2 months ago (before he deleted it) and figured they were back together. That picture at Mercedes Benz stadium was just posted. He’s in Atlanta playing the falcons so she at the game.”

Again, this is all speculation. Neither of them have confirmed their alleged coupledom. If she is his girlfriend, they look GOODT together. #BlackLove

The Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas (the same city she works) Monday night, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if she pops up at another one of his games.

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REPORT: COVID Has Now Killed As Many Americans As 1918 Flu Pandemic + Nas & Chris Rock Share Their COVID Experiences

As COVID numbers continue to rise, the number of American deaths are as many as the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. More about the rising numbers and how it compares to a previous pandemic inside…

COVID-19 numbers are continuing to rise. And even with vaccines available, the numbers are continuing to creep up.

According to new reports, COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918 influenza pandemic. The influenza pandemic killed at least 50 million people worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is equivalent in proportion to 200 million in today’s global population. An estimated 675,000 of those deaths are Americans, and the number continues to rise.

 

 
 

 

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We’re now 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and at least 675,446 Americans have been confirmed to have died from the virus since the onset, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, although the real number is believed to be higher.

The virus has claimed more American lives than its counterpart a hundred years ago when the US population was just one-third of what it is today.

ABC News reports:

The influenza outbreak of 1918 began in the spring, with the novel H1N1 virus passing from birds to humans, and lasted for approximately two years. Approximately one-third of the world’s population at that time, or 500 million people, was ultimately estimated to have been infected, according to the CDC.

Like the 1918 flu, doctors and scientists hope Covid will become a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and repeated infection. However, that will take time if it happens at all.

“We hope it will be like getting a cold, but there’s no guarantee,” said Emory University biologist Rustom Antia, who suggests an optimistic scenario in which this could happen over a few years.

With colder months ahead, there could be another COVID surge with the University of Washington’s influential model projecting an additional 100,000 or so Americans will die of COVID-19 by Jan. 1, which would bring the overall US toll to 776,000.

Right now, the US currently has a coronavirus case fatality rate of 1.6%, compared to the 2.5% fatality rate for influenza in 1918. Compared on a per-capita basis, the influenza pandemic of 1918 was far deadlier than the COVID pandemic, according to Christopher McKnight Nichols, associate professor of history at Oregon State University.

"The difference is that 1 in 500 Americans have died now, and about 1 in 152 died in 1918, although our number keeps going up," Nichols told ABC News.

Experts – practicing, board certified physicians and licensed scientist – all over the world said it will take everyone getting on board to get vaccinated in order to make an impact on the COVID-19 death toll. The more people that have the vaccine, the lesser of an impact the virus will have and will also lessen it’s mutations due to there being less viral load going around. 

Until then, the vaccine is extremely beneficial in preventing individuals from having such horrific symptoms that they require hospitalization.  Many hospitals all over the country are at peak capacity with no available beds and could eventually choose which patients can be admitted.  This includes ALL patients (heart attacks, car accidents, cancer, etc.), not just Covid.  So the importance of preventing hospitalizations as much as possible is clear.

Recently, Nicki Minaj made headlines after she was accused of sharing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. She got into a social media feud with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid about why she hasn’t received the vaccine yet.

 

 
 

 

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Rapper Nas recently opened up about his battle with COVID-19 in a cover story for EBONY magazine’s upcoming October issue.

“I caught COVID in late October,” Nas shared. “This is the first time [I’m] mentioning it. It was a tough time. It was mentally and physically hard,” the 48-year-old added. “It’s just today’s world, with chemical warfare, crazy politics, racism, food shortages, police malpractice, Black-on-Black murder. The human spirit is being tested. I think that God has a plan for all of this. But right now, we’re in a serious time.”

Comedian Chris Rock recently revealed he has COVID and encouraged his fans to get vaccinated:

"Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated," he tweeted.

Have you been vaccinated? Share your stories in the comments!

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PLOT TWIST! Surveillance Footage Sheds New Light On Brawl Involving 3 Texas Women & NYC Hostess Over Vax Cert, Guests Say They Were Called Racial Slurs

There’s surveillance footage leading up to that viral brawl involving three black Texas women and an NY hostess over vaccination proof. And it debunks some of the previous reports that accused the women of using fake vax cards, but there’s more involving alleged racism.  Details inside.

 

There are updates on that brawl involving three Black Texas women and an NYC hostess that paints a clearer picture of what really went down before the viral moment outside of popular Italian restaurant Carmine’s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Previously, headlines were published that made it seem like three Black Texas women just decided to "beat down" an NYC restuarant hostess because she asked them to show proof that they were vaccinated. Peep some of the headlines below:

Well, now there’s surveillance footage of what led up to the viral moment and the three Texas women are telling their side of what really went down.

The lawyer of one of the women says the ladies were victims of racism after the hostess started "spouting out derogatory comments," and that "the N-word" was being used towards them.

Initially, police said they responded "to an assault in front of Carmine’s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan involving a 24-year-old hostess, who told them that she got into a dispute with three women after she requested to see their Covid-19 vaccination cards.

The three women – Kaeita Rankin (a businesswoman with a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science), 44, her niece Tyonnie Rankin, 21, and her assistant, Sally Lewis, 49 – were charged with assault and criminal mischief.

The new video footage paints a different picture of what led up to the drama.

According to The New York Times, both lawyers for Carmine’s and the women said that the three women had, in fact, provided documentation of Covid vaccinations. However, a few men came to to join the party minutes later, and they were unable to provide vaccination proof, the lawyers on both sides said. A few of the women also could not provide identification to match their vaccination certs.

The Times reports:

Security camera footage reviewed by The New York Times shows three women, who were with several other people, being ushered into the restaurant after showing documentation near the entrance. Several minutes later, three men arrive to join the group, but only one of the three shows a vaccination card, lawyers for both sides said. A short time later, after the three women, who are Black, have joined the men outside, the fight breaks out.

Justin Moore – a lawyer representing Dr. Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin – said the hostess used a racial slur and spoke condescendingly to the women. She even suggested that their vaccination cards were fake. He also said the Texas women claim that the hostess assaulted them.

“The hostess begins spouting out derogatory comments, and speaking with two of the women; they claim that the N-word is being spewed out” Mr. Moore said in an interview. “They also heard the hostess say, ‘Yeah, you guys can leave my restaurant,’ or something very aggressive like that. When Dr. Rankin hears that, she turns around and addresses the hostess. She tells her: ‘This isn’t your restaurant. You’re just a staff member here. Please address us with respect.’”

He called the altercation “mutual combat.”

On Instagram, Attorney Moore has been calling out Carmine’s and the hostess for allegedly lying:

 

 
 

 

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Hmph.

He also shared a tweet about why Carmine’s isn’t releasing the video publicly:

 

On the flip side, the restaurant claims racism did not play a part in the altercation and no racist slurs were uttered.

“Nothing about this incident suggests race was an issue,” Carolyn Richmond, a lawyer who represents the restaurant, wrote in an email. “The pandemic has added a key responsibility to the host position — insuring the safety and health of all employees and guests by checking for proof of vaccination in compliance with New York City law.”

“The idea that anyone would become violent as an employee performs this necessary function is anathema to New York, the hospitality industry and New Yorkers in general,” she added. “As all of the women showed proof of vaccination they were all permitted to enter and were in fact seated inside.”

All three women were reportedly given desk appearance tickets alleging third-degree misdemeanor assault and must face a judge in New York City next month. Their defense attorney is hopeful the case will be dismissed before then:

"I don’t expect anything to come of it, " defense lawyer Javier Solano, who represents all three women, said. "I really do hope that cooler heads prevail, that the district attorney’s office has an opportunity to investigate this case before [the next court date] and that they dismiss the case."

Hawk Newsome, co-founder and chairman of BLM Greater New York, told The New York Times that BLM plans to protest against the treatment of Black patrons.

"Restaurants are using vaccine mandates to enforce their racist beliefs and excluding Black patrons," Newsome said.

Now that more information has come out, do you feel differently about the situation?

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Ashanti’s Next Project Is A Rom-Com, And She’s Executive Producing & Starring In It

Singer-Songwriter Ashanti continues to flex her acting skills.  She’s about to give us a Rom-Com, and this time, she’s executive producing and starring in the project.  Deets below!

We love a rom-com, especially with a YBF chick leading the way.

Ashanti is no stranger to the big and small screens – starring in movies like Coach Carter & John Tucker Must Die and plenty of popular Lifetime Holiday movies. Now, she’s executive producing her own project she’s starring in – The Plus One.

According to Deadline, the plot involves Ashanti playing a bride who is beefing with the plus-one of her Male of Honor. That plus-one, of course, tries to ruin her wedding day:

Ashanti will play Lizzie, whose only request of her “Male of Honor” Marshall is that he doesn’t bring his hated ex Marie to her destination wedding. But lovesick Marshall brings her as his plus one, and Marie does everything in her power to wreck Lizzie’s big day.

By the way, Ashanti recently revealed she’s not single in real life, either.  

 

 
 

 

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Filming for The Plus One starts this December in Florida. The director and additional cast have yet to be revealed, but Ashanti’s mom, Tina Douglas, is also one of four Executive Producers.

 

 

 
 

 

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Ashanti is also getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022. Nice!

 

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TARDY FOR THE PARTY: REACTION MEMES TO THE ASHANTI VS. KEYSHIA COLE VERZUZ BATTLE!

A Baby Bump? A Morning Sickness Band? City Girls Fans Believe JT Is Pregnant With Boyfriend Lil Uzi Vert’s Baby!

Is JT pregnant by her boyfriend Lil Uzi Vert?

Fans of the City Girls rapper believe she is after she hit the stage in Maryland with what they believe is a growing baby bump. There’s also an IG post she shared of herself where she could possibly be wearing a morning sickness band. See what they saw and decide for yourself inside…

Is JT carrying a mini Uzi Vert? City Girl fans believe so!

Apparently, JT’s fans have been fixated on her midsection and have been dissecting her pictures and zooming in on her during performances. Now, they’re speculating if there’s a bun in the oven.

#JT and her rapper boyfriend #LilUziVert are still flirting hard on social media. The #CityGirls rapper has been all over his social media after she revealed he dropped $30,000 on their first date.

More when you swipe in Stories or click the link… https://t.co/jDiDBgNVI1 pic.twitter.com/vV5yhJpC7q

— YBF CHIC (@TheYBF) May 6, 2021

Over the weekend, JT hit the stage with Yung Miami at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, for 92Q’s End of Summer Jam. The blue bodysuit JT was wearing was extra tight and fans believe she was showing off what appears to be a baby bump.

okay JT pregnant pic.twitter.com/kiGHHZevua

— NOTSHADDIDIT (@utbshad) September 20, 2021

 

 
 

 

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On IG Stories, JT shared a mirror selfie that only fueled the pregnancy rumors even more.

Screenshots of her wrist started going viral after fans speculated she was wearing what appears to be a morning sickness bracelet:

 

Fans are speculating JT may be pregnant after noticing the morning sickness band she was wearing. pic.twitter.com/7lVV4Gnac6

— No Jumper (@nojumper) September 20, 2021

It’s hard to tell if she’s actually wearing a morning sickness band, but it def looks like it could possibly be one.

IF she’s pregnant, it’ll be the 28-year-old rapper’s first baby. As far as the Internet knows, Uzi isn’t a father, so if she’s expecting it’ll be his first as well.

Meanwhile, Uzi Vert has been putting in work at the gym, possibly working on his dad bod:

Lil Uzi looking SHREDDED
(via @LILUZIVERT) pic.twitter.com/5S8RXvgsfa

— Overtime (@overtime) September 18, 2021

City Girls are set to hit the stage to perform at The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit on September 25th. We already know the fans will be tracking her every move to see if she drops any pregnancy hints. Do you think the Hip Hop couple is expecting?

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Newlyweds Jeezy & Jeannie Mai are PREGNANT! Here’s Everything She Shared About Expecting After Previously Saying She Never Wanted Kids

Baby on board! Rapper Jeezy and his wife Jeannie Mai are PREGNANT! She revealed her growing baby bump on the season premiere of "The Real" fresh off her honeymoon with her man. See the maternity shots, her pregnancy announcement, and get the deets on her changing her mind about motherhood inside…

 

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Grammy winning artist Jeezy and EMMY award winning TV host Jeannie Mai are EXPECTING! Yep, they’re pregnant five months after tying the knot. It’s Jeannie’s first baby and Jeezy’s third.

Despite previously saying she didn’t want children, the 42-year-old "The Real" co-host had a change of heart after falling madly in love with Jeezy.

"Jeezy and I have been kind of saving this and hiding this for five months," she told Women’s Health. "So, we’re relieved to finally share the news."

In the past, Jeannie was adamant that she never wanted to have children. After 10 years of marriage, Jeannie and Freddy Harteis called it quits and got a divorce. She revealed the fact she didn’t want kids was a major factor in their divorce. Freddy then went on to start a relationship and get pregnant with someone else months later.

Jeannie and Jeezy confirmed the dating rumors in August 2019 and he popped the question in April 2020. About a year ago, Jeannie and Jeezy decided they wanted to start a family together, but they struggled to conceive. So, they decided to try in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Just a month before they tied the knot in March 2021, she suffered a miscarriage.

"It was not easy," the former Dancing with the Stars contestant shared. "We both needed a bit of assistance, especially with me being 41 at the time."

After the miscarriage, she started having thoughts that she was being punished for previously saying she never wanted to be a mother.

"I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I’d jinxed myself or cursed myself," she shared. "My entire life, I never wanted children. When I say never, I’m talking a hard-stop never. Falling in love with Jeezy made me see life differently for myself. Our love is honest, pure, and safe…something I hadn’t felt as a child," she said.

A week after their wedding ceremony, Jeannie was pregnant again.

"It was the most beautiful sign that anything’s possible, that you’re not in control, and God has a plan," she said.

Being in this safe space with Jeezy allowed her to feel like she could be a good mother to a child and raise their child in a happy environment. She reflected on how her parents raised her and how they had difficulty handling her trauma as a sexual assault survivor:

"It still affects me to this day as an adult. So now, when I think about my child, the one thing I can tell you is how much I plan to protect this child," said Jeannie. "I’ve got that down on lock. Being a mom is hands down the hardest role in the entire world. Now that we’re bringing another Jenkins into the picture. I have no idea what to expect."

A new season of "The Real" premieres today and Jeannie kicked things off by telling her co-hosts she’s with child. Watch it below:

 

 

 
 

 

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Former "The Real" co-host Tamar Braxton almost ruined the pregnancy surprise by posting a comment on Jeannie’s IG about her possibly being pregnant during New York Fashion Week last week:

 

 

 
 

 

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Oh Tay Tay!

Back in July, a mini baby bump was pretty visible at her Jeannie Mai x Owls Brew Boozy Tea Party in L.A. when she posed it up with Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah:

Hmph.

Congrats to the couple!

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#EMMYSSOWHITE: No Black Actors Won In Major Acting Categories Despite Historic & Diverse Nominations

Another year, same ish. White actors and actresses swept up all the acting awards during the 2021 Primetime EMMYs despite almost half of the nominees being people of color. Now, #EMMYSSOWHITE is trending….

When this year’s Primetime EMMYs kicked off with host Cedric the Entertainer paying tribute to late Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie, it surely gave off a vibe that it was the start of a bomb night for black actors and actresses. The 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards had a Black host, Black announcer (MC Lyte), and even Black music.

Yet, black actors and actresses were completely shut out of ALL of the major acting categories. What’s more is the fact that performers of color comprised almost half (44%) of the acting nominations for this year’s awards. And that’s the first time in EMMYs history that many people of color were nominated in acting categories.

While the nominations were historic, the wins were NOT. White actors and actresses swept up all 12 lead AND supporting categories across drama, comedy and limited series categories. There were several Black solid contenders like the late Michael K. Williams ("Lovecraft Country"), Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez ("POSE") and Kenan Thompson (NBC’s "Kenan").

Clearly, the math ain’t mathin’ and folks had plenty to say about it:

50% of tonight’s nominees were people of color and Television Academy voters pretty much chose all the white people #EmmysSoWhite #Emmys pic.twitter.com/oTtx1TSxvc

— Brandi Brands (@BBrands26) September 20, 2021

the Emmys is like that tv show you’re still watching *just in case* it finally does something different

but every year it proves you wrong and does its same old thing again. and again. and again. #EmmysSoWhite

— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) September 20, 2021

Black host, Black announcer hell even Black music. We doing everything but win. #EmmysSoWhite#Emmys pic.twitter.com/fkGDhANUj2

— ~Alexandria~ “AstroPetty” (@DOPECHICKBEATS) September 20, 2021

Yeah, considering how few people of color won tonight, the discussion of diversity is officially bullshit. #EmmysSoWhite pic.twitter.com/fqNEhHeGRC

— Caleb Royal (@CalebRoyal82) September 20, 2021

Michael K Williams SHOULD HAVE WON AN EMMY TONIGHT! #Emmys #EmmysSoWhite https://t.co/jPZV4DLMgY

— Vanessa (@prlatina44) September 20, 2021

"Power" producer 50 Cent also reacted (then deleted):

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"All that talking this past year !! Everybody saying they want inclusion … but yet we see the same results over and over again… no increase in black show runners – same people in position , not allowing others to enter the space – no new faces , No breakouts , no new artist , writers or directors – !!," he wrote. "And this is the results … No wins !! Not even close – Been waiting for @blackishabc and @anthonyanderson and @traceeellisross to sweep the emmys in some form for 5 years – still nothing !! Insecure ?!! Nothing ?! But yet you build shows just like these that win year after year – and lord knows I’m speaking as a fan !! It’s tiring !!! And I don’t wanna hear , we need our own awards show !! Cause the amount of money we bring in – and the level of culture we deliver daily , needs to be rewarded on the big stage , with everyone else !! Feel like we have been lied to again …. Why can’t we get a fair shake “?! I’m asking … where are the black critics ? And do they really count ? If so – why dont we ever win?! We can’t win – “A category” ever ! God help us find unity and fairness! I love entertainment- and I absolutely love television and film !! I’ve given my life to it- but at some point – we need to see REAL CHANGE !!!! And I’m not talking about a invite !! Congratulations to the Queen @therealdebbieallen and #machella for you’re win this evening ! Hoping we can see more of this in the near future !! @televisionacad somebody please call me !! Would love to have a real conversation – that can help this problem… we have a group over here, waiting to have a real conversation that can help."

Last year, four creatives of color won in major categories, including Zendaya, Regina King, Uzo Aduba and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. This year: zero.

While there weren’t any people of color collecting trophies in the acting categories, there were some wins for the culture.

Last weekend, a few people of color won awards during the Creative Arts EMMYs, including Courtney B. Vance, who won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his guest starring role in HBO’s "Lovecraft Country." Comedian Dave Chappelle won Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series for hosting "Saturday Night Live," and Maya Rudolph won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting "Saturday Night Live."

"RuPaul’s Drag Race" won Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program during the Creative EMMYs.

Despite the snubs, two Black creatives did win awards that were televised, and made history.

Michaela Coel – who was up for four awards – won the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for "I May Destroy You." It’s the first time a Black woman has won the award and the third time it was given to a Black creative. 

RuPaul made history yet again! The famed TV host and producer won three EMMYs, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Competition Program for "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

RuPaul now has 11 EMMY Awards and now holds the record for the most EMMYs won by a person of color. Congrats!

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‘I May Destroy You’ Writer & Star Michaela Coel Is Now An EMMY WINNER!

It’s about freakin’ time! One of our fave British imports just won her first Emmy, and it’s WELL overdue.  Celebrate with Michaela Coel below.

First time nominee, first time winner!  "Chewing Gum"star and creator & HBO’s "I May Destroy You" writer and creator, Michaela Coel, is about to add some gold hardware to her shelf.  She’s nominated for 4 Emmys for the show, and just became the winner for Writing For A Limited/Anthology Series Or Movie For "I May Destroy You." Yesss!

Her emotional acceptance speech told other writers to step away from being visible when they need to regroup or when they feel the need, and encouraged them to write what scares them and not just live through other people’s experiences.  She also tributed all survivors of sexual assault.

"I May Destroy" show has become a cult favorite, but it unfortunately will not be returning for a second season as of this past February.  We hope this win changes a few minds tonight, though!

If not, we can’t wait to see what this fab chick does next.

Micaela looked gorgeous tonight in a bold, neon yellow, two-piece ensemble by black designer Christopher john Rogers.  Check out all of our EMMYS red carpet coverage HERE!

 

 

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Rita Wilson Joined Cedric The Entertainer & LL Cool J To Open The 2021 EMMYS With A Biz Markie Tribute And….

Can’t say we saw this coming. But maybe we should have. Twitter is losing it after Rita Wilson – yes, Chet Hanks‘ mama – hopped on the mic to spit the late Biz Markie‘s bars during his tribute during tonight’s Emmys. Watch inside.

We’re not sure what’s even happening, but actress Rita Wilson – Tom Hanks’ wife and Chet Hanks’ mother – doubled down on her rap abilities she showed off at the top of quarantine.  She had everybody in a tizzy then, and tonight was no different.

Emmys host Cedric The Entertainer opened the show with a tribute to late rap legend Biz Markie and Ced’s "best friend" television, who passed away in July, and LL Cool J, Lil Dicky and Ms. Wilson were amongst the surprise cameos.  Rita was clearly having the time of her life during "Just A Friend", chile.  Check it below:

Ha! And Twitter collectively came to the conclusion that she already has a better rap career than her son:

 

Rita Wilson saw Glenn Close doing da butt at the Oscars and said, "Hold my beer"

— Aisha Harris (@craftingmystyle) September 20, 2021

I am not drunk enough for Rita Wilson rapping over Just A Friend !!! pic.twitter.com/Li7c5KRHao

— Carrie Courogen (@carriecourogen) September 20, 2021

When my friends find out that Rita Wilson is my first hip hop concert since covid started. pic.twitter.com/twybIIbs8t

— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) September 20, 2021

Rita Wilson just eclipsed son Chet Hanks’ entire rap career in 10 earnestly awkward seconds.

— Mikey O’Connell (@mikeyoconnell) September 20, 2021

"I should watch the Emmy’s…" (Turns on CBS, sees Rita Wilson rapping, slowly pushes laptop into ocean.)

— Dan St. Germain (@DSGermain) September 20, 2021

Bloop.

 

 

Check out ALL the 2021 EMMYS red carpet coverage now!

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2021 Primetime EMMYs Red Carpet: Yara Shahidi, Taraji, Niecy Nash, Tracee & More

The 2021 Primetime EMMYs are underway! Go inside for a live update of everything and everyone you need to see on the red carpet inside….

The 73rd annual Primetime EMMY Awards are underway in Los Angeles – in a tented space – hosted by none other than comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

Tonight, it’s all about celebrating GREAT television. See how your TV faves hit the red carpet below:

"Empire" star Taraji P. Henson – who celebrated her 51st birthday earlier this month – serves up MAJOR glam in a sparkly, sheer Elie Saab gown with pockets and Sophia Webster heels. She’s slated to play the role of Miss Hannigan in NBC’s Annie Live! later this year.

"Grown-ish" star Yara Shahidi wears a vintage kelly green Dior Haute Couture gown paired with brown leather pointed toe pumps, serving up Old Hollywood glam. That’s two LEWKS in a week.

 

 
 

 

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"Claws" actress Niecy Nash is wearing a black Chiara Boni La Petite Robe gown, styled with Chanel jewels and pearls, also inspired by Old Hollywood glam. The 51-year-old actress (previously nominated for three EMMYs) looked bomb AF!

Multi-hyphenate star Michaela Coel turns heads in a neon yellow Christopher John Rogers ensemble for her first EMMYS. She was nominated for four awards this year. 

The actress, writer, producer and director has won her first Emmy – Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie – for her critically acclaimed HBO series, “I May Destroy You."

"black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross makes her way down the carpet in a shimmery red off-one-shoulder dress that was a combination of comfort and glam. She’s nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series as one of the producers of "black-ish."

"9-1-1" star and presenter Angela Bassett wears a statement-making gown by Greta Constantine paired with Christian Louboutin heels. Do we love it?!

"Little Fires Everywhere" star and presenter Kerry Washington glistens in silver corseted Etro gown and De Beers diamonds on the carpet before she paid tribute to late actor Michael K. Williams.

"Insecure" star and EMMY nominee Issa Rae wears custom AlietteNY and brings black culture to the carpet with a set of grills. 

She landed two EMMY nominations – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – for her role in "A Black Lady Sketch Show".

RuPaul makes history yet again! He now holds the record for the most EMMYs won by a person of color after he won the Outstanding Competition Series honor for the fourth consecutive year for his show "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

Allyson Felix – the most decorated U.S. Olympic track athlete – gets dolled up in a cut-out Reem Acra gown and David Yurman jewels. She presented RuPaul with the history making EMMY.

"Lovecraft Country" star Jurnee Smollett looks like a lifesize doll in a beautiful Dior Haute Couture strapless gown, a piece from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall 2020 collection, for her first EMMY nomination.

Entertainment Queen Debbie Allan was all smiles with her family on the carpet before she accepts the Governors Award.

Nominee Rosie Perez looks like a golden goddess when she hit the red carpet. She’s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in "The Flight Attendant." She was previously nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award in 1990, 1992 and 1993 for her work in "In Living Color."

Her husband Eric Haze joins her on the carpet.

"POSE" actor Billy Porter strikes a pose in Ashi. He’s nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "POSE."


Host Cedric the Entertainer, in an interesting Rich Fresh suit, and wife Lorna Wells hit the carpet.

"POSE" star and nominee MJ (Michaela Jaé) Rodriguez strikes a pose (no pun intended) in a flowy Atelier Versace gown. MJ is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series making the 30-year-old the first transgender performer to receive a lead actress nod.

"The Handmaid’s Tale" actress Samira Wiley and her wife Lauren Morelli wear color coordinated ‘fits. The happy couple became moms to a baby girl (named George Elizabeth) earlier this year.

Cynthia Erivo dons blue and green feathers to add a pop of color to her white Louis Vuitton gown. She’s nominated for her first EMMY award for her role as Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha."

Come through color! "Mrs. America" star & newlywed Uzo Aduba wears a Cristina Ottaviano dress and Brian Atwood shoes.

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The YBF actress recently revealed she married filmmaker Robert Sweeting in 2020. Congrats!

"Black Lady Sketch" star and EMMY nominee Robin Thede looks regal in a custom embroidered Jason Wu gown, styled by Wayman + Micah.

Braided up "Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay wears a strapless Christopher John Rogers gown for the EMMY festivities.

Nominee Kenan Thompson wins best dressed male for the night! He’s nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his NBC show "Kenan."

Nominee Nicole Byer floats on the red carpet in a purple Christian Siriano gown for her big night. 

Jazz musician Jon Batiste honors New Orleans at the EMMYs. His custom suit is made of images from the 2005 storm Hurricane Katrina. The images on his suit show aerial pictures of people sitting and laying on the top of roofs in the flooded city with spray-painted messages reading " The water is rising. Please help" and also names listed saying they are alive in the flooded homes.

Always debonair on a red carpet! Nominee Sterling K. Brown wins the award for Outstanding Narrator for his role in "Lincoln: Divided We Stand." He was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on "This Is Us." The upcoming sixth season will be the last one for the NBC series.

Carl Clemons Hopkins wears Christian Siriano, inspired by the non-binary flag, for the EMMYs Awards. Carl is nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Marcus Vaughan in "Hacks." Carl is the first openly non-binary person to ever be nominated for an EMMY.

TV Host and nominee Amber Ruffin was all smiles on the carpet. "The Amber Ruffin Show" is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Actress Moses Ingram shows out in olive green for her first EMMY Awards. She is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for playing Jolene in "The Queen’s Gambit."

Access Hollywood’s Zuri Hall looks like a Black Barbie giving 70s soul in a silver Rani Zakhem Couture long sleeved jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and split legs.

Entertainment Tonight host Nischelle Turner brings a little color on the carpet alongside her colleague Kevin Frazier.

 

 
 

 

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Watch what folks had to say about their looks below:

 

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Rich Paul – LeBron James’ Agent – And Adele Make Their Coupledom Instagram Official

Singer Adele makes it social media official with her beau Rich Paul, who is LeBron James’ agent, months after coupledom speculations. More inside….

It appears things are getting serious in the sports agent mogul & Adele‘s love lives.

After months of speculation, the British singer took to Instagram yesterday to post a black-and-white photo booth pic of herself and famed sports agent Rich Paul, who represents the Lakers’ star player, LeBron James.  Rich is well known for cutting hundreds of millions of dollars worth of deals and shaking up the sports agent landscape with his star Klutch Group client roster that also includes Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons, Tristan Thompson, Draymond Green and John Wall to name a few.

The rumored couple attended baller Anthony Davis and Marlen P‘s lavish wedding in Los Angeles. Afterwards, she shared some photos from the nuptials and basically confirmed the coupledom rumors that have been swirling about her and Rich Paul:

 

 
 

 

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She shared a photo dump from the party where she’s wearing a black-and-white black Schiaparelli gown posting her coupledom shot with Rich as the last slide. The "Turning Tables" singer simply captioned it with a red heart emoji.

During the reception, Adele turned up on the dance floor with her boo: 

This is wild AF
Anthony Davis singing on stage with new edition while Adele is dancing with Rich Paul.
Hard to process all this at once. https://t.co/fmWboQXWpT

— TAHOE LARRY (@hollerator) September 19, 2021

Before sharing their coupledom photo on her official account, the 33-year-old singer and the 39-year-old sports agent were spotted on a lowkey dinner date at In-N-Out in L.A.:

Adele was seen recently with Rich Paul. pic.twitter.com/4LoxpNP5bY

— Adele Daily (@adeledailynet) September 13, 2021

Rumors about a coupledom situation started over the summer when Adele and Rich popped up courtside at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in July, just a few months after sources confirmed the two were just "hanging out" together. After their NBA outing, a source confirmed to Page Six that they were "definitely dating."

 

 

Rich Paul and Adele look like a couple and she schooling him on the game. pic.twitter.com/cYcq9HRUv0

— Blackie Ohtani (@All_Cake88) July 18, 2021

 

 

In March, Adele’s marriage to CEO of Drop4Drop Simon Konecki, who is also the father of her 8-year-old son Angelo, finalized their marriage. They reportedly share joint and legal custody of their son and neither party had to pay spousal support.

Well, hello there to the new couple…officially.

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Kym Whitley Spills Tea On Marlon Wayans’ ‘Package’ & How Mo’Nique Stepped To Her Over Late Gerald Levert

Say what, now? Kym Whitley spilled hella tea in the newest episode of TV One’s "Uncensored." She talked about her encounter with Marlon Wayans’ "package" and how Mo’Nique stepped to her about dating Gerald Levert. Get it all inside…

Actress Kym Whitley has spilled all of the piping hot tea about her journey into Hollywood during the newest episode of TV One’s "Uncensored" series. And she surely didn’t hold back when dishing about her life’s journey. Like, she shared it all.

While reflecting on her start in Hollywood, she shared a funny story about working with actor/comedian Marlon Wayans on "The Wayans Show" in 1998. Apparently, Marlon is PACKING and when she realized it, she thought he was playing a prank on her.

Since Marlon is know to play jokes, she thought he put a “small bat” in his pants to make it appear as if his penis was bigger than what it is.

“I thought he’s trying to be funny because he’s a fool and I kept looking and I said [to myself], ‘This boy done put a little bat in his shorts, in his red sweatpants.’ I kept looking at it and I said, ‘Stop being silly boy you crazy!’,” she shared.

Turns out, there wasn’t a "small bat" in his sweatpants. That was ALL HIM. She was shocked to find out she was mistaken.

“You see this? He is so silly. And nobody on set was laughing," she continued. "They were saying over the speakers, like, ‘Oh she seen it.’ So I am like, that’s real? First of all you need to put a rope on that thing and tie it up, whatever that is. Then for the whole week I was distracted and they were like he has a reputation in Hollywood. He’s just blessed! It’s burned into my brain!”

We DIE!

Peep the clip below:

O.M.G.

The "My Brother & Me" actress also shared details about her relationship with late singer Gerald Levert. She dubbed him the "one who got away." Apparently, the former couple knew one another since they were kids and her family didn’t agree with her being involved with Gerald. That didn’t matter. She loved him and she was "gonna to stick beside him."  She said she and Gerald had plans to marry, but that never happened due to his unexpected death.

“The reason Gerald and I never got married is because he died,” she said. “He left me here to fend for myself and deal with this life alone. But if he lived we would of definitely got together, absolutely, because we were friends. We always talked about getting married. He said, ‘[When we turn 50], if you’re not married, if I’m not married, we’re gonna get married. He made a solid bet on it.”

The couple had an on-and-off relationship and Kym said his "lover boy" ways is what led to them breaking up. Once, comedienne/Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique confronted her about wanting to date the "Casanova" singer.

“I remember when Mo’Nique wanted to date Gerald,” she said. “That’s one thing people don’t know. Mo’Nique is a very mature woman even when she was young. She came up to me and she was like ‘Look, I want to date Gerald Levert. I know ya’ll used to date or whatever but I am coming to you as a woman to let you know that I’m interested’.”

Not "coming to you as a woman"! Kym said Mo’Nique has always been on her "grown woman" stuff and since she did that, she respected that and gave her the greenlight to do her thing. Sweet.

“I gave her my blessing even though secretly I was like, ‘Did I do the right thing?’”

Peep the clip above.

Kym also talked about her "beef" with her lookalike actress Jackee Harry and shared how Jackee’s sister threatened to beat her down:

 

This Sunday on Uncensored!I’m sure this is going to get me in trouble,but I’ve been in trouble before. @jackeeharry told me to get my own brand, and I’m glad I did! I’m glad that we are friends now! Moral of the story is,you never know where life is going to take you! #Myjourey pic.twitter.com/fdMWqF9MyM

— Kym Whitley (@kymwhitley) September 17, 2021

 

Thankfully, it’s all good now.

The next "Uncensored" will air on September 19th at 10:00pm EST on TV One.

Photos: Kym’s IG

Proud Family Reboot Gets The Star-Studded Treatment – Normani, Lil Nas X & Lizzo Join The Cast + The Shumperts Reality Show Gets Renewed

Disney’s hit cartoon "Proud Family" is getting the reboot treatment with a star-studded cast. Deets on Normani, Lil Nas X and Lizzo getting "louder and prouder" in the animation world, plus deets on Teyana Taylor  & Iman Shumpert‘s reality show getting the greenlight for another season inside….

Remember Disney’s "The Proud Family?" It premiered on Disney 20 years ago with its iconic Solange/Destiny’s Child theme song, ran for a few seasons, and then it was canceled.

Now, it’s getting a revival. Not only is being revived, it’s loaded with a star-studded cast for the new generation.

Although the show only ran for two seasons, it was a big hit with Disney fans. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, a reboot titled "The Proud Family revival Louder and Prouder" is set to drop.

According to Deadline, the reboot has gathered a healthy group of A-listers to feature on the upcoming revival, including Normani, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Chance the Rapper, Leslie Odom Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, Debbie Allen, James Pickens Jr., Courtney B. Vance, Jane Lynch, Marsai Martin, Jaden Smith, Glynn Turman, Lamorne Morris, Brenda Song, Tina Knowles, Eva Longoria, Holly Robinson Peete, Al Roker, Bretman Rock, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Dominique Dawes, among others.

SHEESH! That’s more star power than we were expecting, but we’re not mad. Producers are making sure the animated series comes back "louder and prouder."

"The Proud Family revival Louder and Prouder" is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

A few celeb newbies will also be joining the cast.  Deadline reports:

New recurring stars announced today include Asante Blackk (This Is Us) as Penny’s boyfriend, Kareem; rapper Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Maya’s gamer brother, Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins; Raquel Lee Bolleau (Real Husbands of Hollywood), who will reprise her role as Nubia Gross; and Marcus T. Paulk (Red Tails), who reprises his role as Penny’s classmate, Myron.

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Airing on Disney Channel between 2001 and 2005, The Proud Family followed the misadventures of teenager Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) and her numerous eccentric family members. Louder and Prouder is currently in production at Disney Television Animation and will of course pick up the story of its central character, as it catches up with her parents Oscar (Tommy Davidson) and Trudy (Paula Jai Parker), her twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, her grandmother Suga Mama (JoMarie Payton) and dog Puff, and members of her loyal crew including Dijonay Jones (Karen Malina White), LaCienega Boulevardez (Alisa Reyes) and Zoey Howzer (Soleil Moon Frye), among others.

Other original cast members reprising their roles, as previously announced, are Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Mencia, Maria Canals-Barrera and Alvaro Gutierrez. Additional recurring cast members new to the world of The Proud Family include Keke Palmer, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and EJ Johnson.

Hard to believe its been 20 who years since the show premiered. Much like the show previously did, the reboot will follow the day-to-day life as a Black American family, which will touch on social issues, activism and more. According to Vulture, Penny Proud (the show’s main character) is older now, so that’ll be cool to see how she evolved.

Peep "The Proud Family" featurette below:

 

And they better come through with the right theme song too!

 

 

 
 

 

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Are you here for it?

Also…

The fans love Little Junie and want more!

E! has reportedly renewed Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert‘s "We Got Love Teyana & Iman" reality series for a second season, according to The Jasmine Brand. The show follows career mom Teyana and NBA baller husband Iman Shumpert along with their young daughters, Junie & Rue.

The show is TV gold due in part of Junie’s infectious personality. She’s really the star of the show and keeps viewers laughing with her sassy personality.

Right now, Iman is flexing his footwork for Season 30 of ABC’s "Dancing With The Stars." His rumored dance partner is Daniella Karagach, who assisted rapper Nelly when he appeared on the dance competition show in Season 29. The new season also features "RHOA" star Kenya Moore, YouTuber JoJo Siwa and more.

"Dancing With The Stars" Season 30 begins on Monday, September 20th at 8pm EST on ABC.

EXTRAS:

1. Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr. are set to host the 2021 Tony Awards, which will take place later this month honoring the 2019-2020 season and celebrating Broadway’s return. STORY

2. CBS’ ‘The Activist’ is being reconfigured in response to the firestorm of criticism, and will now become a one-time documentary special instead of a five-episode competition series. STORY

Photo: IMDB

INSTAGRAM OFFICIAL?! Zoe Kravitz & Channing Tatum Didn’t Arrive At The Met Gala Together, But They Surely Partied Together & Left Together

Oh? So, it’s Instagram official now? Well, kinda. Rumors about Channing Tatum and Zoe Kravitz have been circulating for weeks. His latest Instagram post from the Met Gala is only fueling the dating rumors. More inside….

Well, it appears those dating rumors are true: Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum are a "thing."

The 2021 Met Gala went down this week where they both were attendance. They didn’t show up together, but they surely left the scene together:

Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz stepped up and then stepped out to the #MetGala. (: Diggzy/Jesal/Shutterstock) pic.twitter.com/PAuPPT7Bjv

— E! News (@enews) September 14, 2021

He was also seen carrying her purse:

 

 
 

 

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Singer Alicia Keys shared a series of pics from a birthday bash for her husband, Swizz Beatz, after the Met Gala and both Zoe & Channing were in attendance.

Channing shared the pictures on his IG Stories that featured himself and Zoe, writing, "This night! Nobody wanted to trifle with us on the dance floor … Music and vibe was next level. Thank you @aliciakeys."

 

 
 

 

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Just a few weeks ago, Zoe’s divorce to Karl Glusman was finalized eight months ater she filed for divorce. The 32-year-old actress and the 33-year-old actor tied the knot at her father Lenny Kravitz’s home in Paris in June 2019 after three years of dating. By December 2020, the couple decided to go their separate ways, dissolving their 2-year marriage.

The divorce confirmation came at a time when the Mad Max: Fury Road star was rendezvousing with the hunky Hollywood actor. They were spotted together on several occasions in NYC.

Zoe & Channing are currently working on a project together. He’s set to star as the lead in her directorial debut titled Pussy Island. Zoe wrote the genre thriller with E.T. Feigenbaum and she’ll produce it alongside Bruce Cohen, Tiffany Persons and Tatum’s Free Association.

When romance rumors started circulating in January, a source told PEOPLE they were simply "working together on an upcoming project" and shot down dating rumors. Hmph.

Now, here we are….

Photos: Featureflash Photo Agency/Jaguar PS/Shutterstock

The Fire Pics You Didn’t See – INSIDE the 2021 MET GALA!

Gabrielle Union Was ‘Devastated’ When She Learned D. Wade Had A Baby On Her While Experiencing Infertility Issues, Talks Forgiving Him & Bonding Struggles After Surrogacy

For the first time, Gabrielle Union is opening up about how she felt when she learned Dwyane Wade got another woman pregnant and how it hit different since she, herself was trying to have his baby. She also talks about her struggles with surrogacy, even after welcoming her daughter Kaavia James. Everything inside…

 

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade shocked their fans when they revealed they were the parents of a new baby girl back in 2018. Fast forward to now and they’ve settled into life with a toddler and teenagers, including his children Zaire and Zaya, and nephew Dahveon Morris.

The former NBA player is the father of a fourth child named Xavier Wade, whom he had with a woman named Aja Metoyer. While D. Wade and Gabby were supposedly on a break, news of him having a baby crushed her world.

Gabby talks about the devastation and trauma she felt when she learned D. Wade was welcoming a new baby with another woman in her second memoir titled You Got Anything Stronger?, the follow up to We’re Going to Need More Wine.

“In 2013, before we were married, Dwyane had a baby with another woman,” Gabrielle Union tells TIME magazine. “It should go without saying that we were not in a good place at the time that child was conceived,” she continues.

 

 

 
 

 

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The former NBA player told the "Being Mary Jane" star he was expecting a child with another woman before it hit the media.

“We were doing much better when he finally told me about the pregnancy,” she shares. “To say I was devastated is to pick a word on a low shelf for convenience,” the 48-year-old actress admits.

“There are people—strangers I will never meet—who have been upset that I have not previously talked about that trauma,” the actress reveals. “I have not had words, and even after untold amounts of therapy, I am not sure I have them now.”

The news – especially when it became public – of him getting another woman pregnant hit harder since she was also in the midst of trying to get pregnant and have a baby of her own.

"The experience of Dwyane having a baby so easily—while I was unable to—left my soul not just broken into pieces, but shattered into fine dust scattering in the wind," she shares. "We gathered what we could to slowly remake me into something new. There was no way to disguise where I’d been glued back together."

Gabrielle wanted a baby badly, but she was experiencing infertility issues. She started to consider surrogacy after 9+ miscarriages.

"Each time this was presented, I felt the constant, public prodding to acknowledge my body’s failures," she writes in her book.

"’Just let some other, more capable, woman get the job done. Because you’re not capable.’ It wasn’t my imagination. In life’s many comment sections, it was clear that I had wasted enough of everyone’s time. The messages were that I had prioritized my career, and now I was too old to have a kid. In fact, I owed that to Dwyane Wade. I had robbed him of this child because I was an older woman almost ten years older than D—and I had to have known my window was limited."

The "L.A.’s Finest" star shares what it was like when she first met her surrogate, a white woman named Natalie.

"I realized this was like the best and worst blind date ever," she jokes.

"The first thing I noticed was a nose ring. Oh, I thought, she’s a cool-ass white girl. And then I noticed her notice me. Her eyebrows shot up," Gabrielle recalls. "There was an excitement to her voice and I smiled. ‘This is such a trip. I have your book on hold at four different libraries.’ And I knew (a) she was a reader and (b) she frequented libraries. I have never been done wrong by readers. I started laughing, and we hugged."

The Wades welcomed baby Kaavia James Union Wade in November 2018. A year before that, Gabby had been diagnosed with adenomyosis.

 

 

 
 

 

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Baby Kaavia is about to turn three-years-old in a few months, yet, Gabby still questions if her daughter would love her more had she actually carried her in her body. The struggle to feel like she actually "earned" becoming a mother is definitely real to her.

So much time has passed. So many firsts. Yet the question lingers in my mind: I will always wonder if Kaav would love me more if I had carried her," she writes. "Would our bond be even tighter? I will never know what it would have been like to carry this rockstar inside me. When they say having a child is like having your heart outside your body, that’s all I know. We met as strangers, the sound of my voice and my heartbeat foreign to her. It’s a pain that has dimmed but remains present in my fears that I was not, and never will be, enough.

"And Dwyane leaves me with another riddle that has no answer. I can never know if my failure to carry a child put a ceiling on the love my husband has for me. Yes, I am Baby Mama number three, a label that is supposed to be an insult. But is the injury not that label but instead the asterisk next to my name in the record? The asterisk denotes that the achievement is in question. ‘She didn’t really earn the title.’

"If I am telling the fullness of our stories, of our three lives together, I must tell the truths I live with. And I have learned that you can be honest and loving at the same time."

Interesting. Thoughts?

Gabrielle’s second memoir You Got Anything Stronger? is currently available for purchase in major stores and online platforms.

Photo: Gabby’s IG

Michael K. Williams’ Son & Girlfriend Share Special Tributes Before He’s Laid To Rest In Pennsylvania

Before Michael K. Williams was laid to rest in Pennsylvania, his son and his girlfriend shared heartfelt tributes to the late actor.

Read their emotional goodbyes and get deets on his funeral inside…

 

Last week, the world was shocked when news hit that Hollywood actor/activist Michael K. Williams had died.

Michael K. Williams – who played rose to fame as Omar Little in hit HBO series "The Wire" – was reportedly found dead inside of his home in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the police said. He was 54. It’s reported he died of an apparent drug overdose and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Marianna Shafran – his longtime rep – confirmed his death in a statement, which said the family is grappling with "deep sorrow" at “this insurmountable loss.”

It’s reported law enforcement sources said the Hollywood actor was discovered face-down and unresponsive in the dining room of his Williamsburg penthouse with what appeared to be drugs on the table on September 6th. Right now, investigators are working to identify the substance, believed to be heroin laced with fentanyl, and they have opened a criminal investigation to find out who sold him the drugs.

Michael’s middle son – Karim Anderson – has been taking the news of his father’s death understandably hard. He was already grieving the lost of his mother, who died just 35 weeks earlier.

 

 
 

 

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"Started of the year bad.. ending off the year bad.. Unreal.. Momma Bear .. Papa Bear Gone… Same year .. These two right here together was a sight to see.. the laughs.. arguments.. cooking and the vibes," Karim captioned a photo of his mother and father.

 

 

 
 

 

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"Bro we was supposed to get dinner and turn up.. We was suppose to tear up the red carpet.. together like we always do," Karim wrote on IG after learning his father had passed. "We just got finished crying over mom last week… You prayed for me right before I left for Trinidad.. You Stepped In and Stepped Up! Fathered 3 Kids and did the best to your ability and I am forever thank ful! I love you Mike…. And I wanted to tell you that last night.. but I guess our last conversation will have to suffice.."

Karim – a chef – shared a video of his dad about to sink his teeth into one of his dishes:

 

 

 
 

 

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"This Man Loved His Belly.. His favorite dish for me to make him was my Raspberry salmon.. If you ate with him .. then you know he used these exact words if he really liked something.. “YO THIS SHIT IS FUCKING ROCKING BRUH” that’s when you know whatever you made for him or whatever he is eating is special lol .. Love you Pops! Truly are a Legend.. You Did Good! Join Momma! Cook! Laugh and continue to bless us!! Hey Heaven.. Omar Coming.."

As he mourned his father’s death, he shared a video from an interview his father did about working through his own issues to be a better father:

 

 

 
 

 

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The "Lovecraft Country" star’s girlfriend – Goli Samii – also shared how much Michael K. Williams loved his son:

 

 

 
 

 

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"@poeticchef1 ..your pops loved you so much," Goli wrote in a caption of Karim kissing his father. "Proud papa . We were heading to Miami to see your new restaurant this weekend .. Rum n Raspberry .. you will keep making him proud kiddo . Warriors no matter what Keep that smile on his face from the land of angels."

Goli shared several tributes to her "warrior" on Instagam:

 

 

 
 

 

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"My only love . You were my only one . Eternal. No words to say how. Much you meant to me . Just know . I’m never gonna forget how you completed me my warrior . It was you and me . I’m holding you . Like you held me. It’s me alone now . It was only you warrior . We know that 2.. i kiss you with all that’s left in me . Was only one more moment til we met again . Just one . That fast . You are my king photo credit @jordan.goldnadel"

 

 

 
 

 

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"Only u my warrior .I’ll never be loved like you loved me," she wrote. "I will carry on with you inside me . I promise.. way too many hearts breaking for your departure my warrior . You were the truest kindest most humble warrior king of the broken hearted . You will always be the one and only warrior king . Nobody was as kind as you . Not one person you met you didn’t touch . You took more photos on the street with every one who said hello . With heart . You made others smile because your generosity of spirit was so rare . Humble and kind . Pure . Rest in paradise . Rest In Peace . Rest your tender heart. Til we meet again in the land of angels . Only love dearest warrior . You were the truest of them all."

 

 

 
 

 

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Michael’s "Lovecraft Country" co-star Jurnee Smollett wrote a beautiful tribute to her co-worker-turned friend:

 

 

 
 

 

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She also shared a video of the "Lovecraft Country" cast wishing him a Happy Birthday:

 

 

 
 

 

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Earlier this week, he was laid to rest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his mother has lived for over two decades.

 

Snoop from The Wire carrying Michael K Williams’ coffin at his funeral this week was everything pic.twitter.com/GnTw46gsGo

— brb (@hey_mcnutty) September 16, 2021

 

The Patriot-News reports:

"He came to Harrisburg as often as he could," said Johnathan Branam, the funeral home manager for Hooper Memorial Home, which handled Williams’ services, according to the outlet. "He loved his mama. Harrisburg embraced him as an adopted son."

About 150 family and friends, including two dozen actors and celebrities, were in attendance:

 

Queen Latifah Was in downtown Harrisburg today for the funeral of actor Michael K Williams, who starred in The Wire. pic.twitter.com/KVxXRxsErw

— Christine Vendel (@ChristineVendel) September 14, 2021

 

 

Actor Andre Royo or “Bubbles” from The Wire was in downtown Harrisburg this morning for the funeral of Michael K Williams, who portrayed “Omar” on the show. pic.twitter.com/Jz2xo6Svle

— Christine Vendel (@ChristineVendel) September 14, 2021

 

 

His homegoing service was livestreamed for fans, which you can watch below:

May he rest in Power!

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